Daniel Slabaugh

Daniel Slabaugh, 99, of Sturgis, Mich., died Nov. 20, 2020, at Thurston Woods in Sturgis. He was born Oct. 28, 1921, to Moses J. and Anna (Yoder) Slabaugh near Kokomo, Ind.

At age 14 he accepted God’s plan of salvation, accepting Jesus Christ into his life as Savior, Lord and Master. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1940, attended Eastern Mennonite College and then Purdue University. In 1942, he was drafted and served from 1942 to 1946 as a conscientious objector against war with Civilian Public Service as a surveyor for the Bureau of Reclamation in South Dakota, and later in charge of the receiving wards at a mental hospital in Pennsylvania.

After the war he worked to support his family and attended Goshen (Ind.) College, where he graduated in 1953. He married Ethel Salina Lehman on Aug. 14, 1954, at Goshen.

They lived in Detroit for three years before moving to a farm near Whitmore Lake. He was a Registered Medical Technologist and worked for 32 years as supervisor of medical labs (both a private lab in Livonia and at St. Joseph Hospital in Ypsilanti).

In 1966 he was ordained as a minister of the Mennonite Church and served at Ann Arbor, where he served as a self-supporting pastor for 20 years until his retirement. He also built a new house and two barns on the farm and after retiring raised raspberries and feeder pigs. In 1994, he and his wife sold the farm near Whitmore Lake and moved to Sturgis. During his retirement he was asked to serve as interim pastor at Toledo Mennonite Church. He was a member of Marion Mennonite Church. Survivors include his children, Mark (Lannie) of Dansville, MI; Martha (David) Bryja, Farmington Hills, Marvin (Betsy) of Kalona, Iowa, and Mary (Daniel) Carlson of Niskayuna N.Y.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, in 2018; eight sisters and six brothers.

Contributions may be made to Thurston Woods Village, Sturgis.

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