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Malcolm E. “Gene” Slagle, 86, passed away on Monday (Nov. 28, 2011) at the Kobacker House.

He was born in Columbus on May 29, 1925, to the late Myral and Dorothy Slagle, and was a graduate of Central High School. Gene proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning several medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a good and decent man, independent and strong, faithful and generous. He was a member of Sunbury United Methodist Church, as well as American Legion Post 0430, VFW, AMVETS and DAV.

Gene is survived by former wife, Betty Slagle; son, Richard (Nancy) Slagle; daughters, Susan Cochran and June (Bart) Fenton; grandchildren, Stacie Newman, Jonathan Todd, Amie Hafner, Eli (Megan) Cochran, Jennifer (Bob) Keating, Bill (Heather) Fenton, Jason (Kerry) Fenton, Richel (Chris) Maier and Bud (Michelle) Spires; and several great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 1, 2011) at the Schoedinger North Chapel, 5554 Karl Road. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Brian Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Red Bank Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the HomeReach Hospice Kobacker House. Special thanks to Dr. Patel, visiting nurse Marty, and the entire staff at Kobacker House.

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