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Ivan Slaughter Jr.

Ivan Slaughter Jr. was born in Bethany, Missouri, to Ivan Slaughter Sr. and Jo Dorothy (Squires) Slaughter on February 12th, 1921.  The young couple had just graduated from The University of Missouri and bought equipment and a farm with an enormous mortgage.  Within a few years, they had lost everything and moved to Columbia, MO, where Ivan Sr. got his master’s degree.  From there they moved to Eldon, MO where he was a county extension agent.  They had two more boys (Frank and Joe) and a much younger daughter (Dorothy Joann).  Farming was in a state of turmoil during those years and they moved up the scale, from job to job.  The family focus was to collect enough livestock and machinery to make a new start.


Ivan Jr. went to twelve schools in twelve years, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1940.  He had a partial scholarship to MU and went there until 1943, when he was taken from the Army Reserves to active duty.  After Officer’s Candidate School, he and Margery Hablutezel were married.  The young couple moved ten times until he was discharged as a first lieutenant liaison pilot in 1946.  They then moved to the farm they lived on for all of their married life.

Ivan started teaching in Pleasant Hill schools, then transferred to Lee’s Summit.  He continued teaching while farming on evenings and weekends for thirty years before retiring as a teacher, and maintained a working farm until his last days.

Ivan spent his limited free time as a 4-H leader, FFA advisor, and ecology club leader.  He eagerly shared his knowledge with all:  family, friends, and students.  He loved to read, fish and hunt, especially coon hunt, and had some excellent dogs.

He and Margery continued their legacy with five children:  Stan Slaughter (Linda);  Bill Slaughter (Susan); John Slaughter (Sarah); Ella Hackney (Ed); and Mark Slaughter (Paula).  They had seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.  Ivan and Margery treasured their time with family and were exceptionally proud of all of their achievements.

Ivan was a lifelong observer of both human and animal behavior – both wild and domesticated.  He used a unique humor and spirit to bring love and knowledge.  We as his family will miss our father but are comforted to know that his legacy will “carry on!”.


Ivan was preceded in death by his wife, Margery M. (Habluetzel) Slaughter; his parents, Ivan and Jo Dorothy Slaughter and two brothers, Joe Slaughter and Frank Slaughter.


He is survived by four sons, Stan Slaughter and wife Linda Chubbuck of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Bill Slaughter and wife Susan of Skidmore, Missouri, John Slaughter and wife Sarah of Clovis, California and Mark Slaughter and wife Paula of Marshfield, Missouri; one daughter, Ella Hackney and husband Ed of Greenwood, Missouri; one sister, Joann Kennedy of Liberal, Missouri; Seven grandchildren, Sixteen great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.


Cremation has been accorded. Services will be held at a later date.



71 Messages

  • harold neill Posted September 26, 2020 1:17 pm

    so sorry

  • James Greene Posted September 26, 2020 3:33 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss but I’m comforted knowing he, Frank & Joe are hunting with their Dad now!

  • Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum Posted September 27, 2020 3:27 am

    May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
    May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

    May your memories of Ivan Slaughter, Jr., give you peace, comfort and strength…

    Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
    I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts
    and prayers to the family of ….

    US Army Reserve Veteran, Ivan Slaughter, Jr., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

    † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

    • Ella Slaughter Hackney Posted September 27, 2020 8:11 pm

      Thank you! He trained liaison pilots to fly low and fast here in the U.S. Always a great teacher!

  • Ella Slaughter Hackney Posted September 27, 2020 1:53 pm

    Blessings to you Friends, Thank you for condolences! Daddy died peacefully at home after complications from a fall. My daughter,Emma and I were with him … We miss him so much! Great man, great void! Ella

    • Jill Peters Posted September 28, 2020 3:46 pm

      I am so sorry for the loss of Ivan. I remember him kind of vaguely as a kid at our Slaughter Reunions. My mother Roxane Slaughter Mihealsick was very fond of him and spoke of him often . I am sending condolences from her as she suffered a massive stroke last Christmas and we lost my brother just 3 weeks ago. Much love and prayers to the family – Jill Peters

    • Patty Cook Posted May 20, 2021 8:31 pm

      Your dad was a bright pool of light in my high school years. I have thought of him often – and remember the truck inscribed with “Ivan Slaughter, Sons and Daughter”. What a great man – May you find peace of mind, heart and spirit as you move forward.

  • Linda Oberweather Rodenberg (Obie) Posted September 27, 2020 5:27 pm

    So sorry to hear of Your dad’s passing. May the Lord comfort you in the knowledge that he was welcomed by many loved ones. He will be greatly missed. Will be keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Karen Shragg Posted September 27, 2020 5:38 pm

    Dear Stan and family, 99 is a pretty long life but with the right fathers there could never be enough time with them.
    May his memory Always be a joy to your heart and may you feel his presence walking with you always.

    • Stan Slaughter Posted October 8, 2020 7:36 pm

      Thank you, Karen! It feels like a great library has just burned down. May you have many more years with your Dad,

  • Joanne Young Posted September 27, 2020 5:58 pm

    Stan you are in our and prayers. Your dad was an amazing man and you are following in his footsteps. Blessing to you and your family.

  • Clara Larsen williams Posted September 27, 2020 6:07 pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Grief is a lonesome journey.

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