John B. Slaton, Jr.

September 23, 1946 ‒ January 26, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

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MANSFIELD: John Slaton was quiet and reserved.  Not someone to complain, he was a good man.  A man who loved and supported his family, especially his grandchildren: John B. Slaton, Jr. passed away suddenly, Sunday, afternoon January 26, 2020 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.  He was 73.

He was born September 23, 1946 in Mansfield to Elnora (Wright) and John B. Slaton, Sr. and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1964.

A U.S. Army veteran, John served two tours in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1968.

For over 40 years, he worked at Warren Rupp IDEX.

On October 21, 1995, he married Barbara J. Wheeler who survives.

A lifelong area resident he was a member of Lexington Church of Christ.

John was passionate about motor cross.  He embraced the thrill of dirt bike riding even into his 50’s.  He loved and cheered for the Ohio State Buckeyes and also followed the Cleveland Browns and Indians.

John appreciated U.S. history especially civil war battle sites, visiting many over the years.

One of John’s greatest joys was his grandchildren.  He was always at soccer, baseball, and volleyball games ready to cheer.  A loving family-man, John will be remembered for his genuine kindness.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara Slaton of Mansfield, two sons Andrew (Amy) Slaton of Texas, and Benjamin Slaton of Mansfield; step-children Rachel (Donny) Weber and Chad (Marti) Hamman all of Mansfield; grandchildren Mitchell (Morgan) Weber, Hayley (Aaron) Davis, Jacob Weber, Lauren Slaton, Brockton Slaton, Chloe Slaton, Kalee Hamman, Evan Slaton, Josh, Justin, and Corey Hunt; great-granddaughters Myla Weber and Ariah Valerie Davis; a brother Randy Slaton of Ft. Myers, Florida.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Valerie Slaton and special Aunt Johnny Mae Wright.

Friends may call Friday, January 31, 2020 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11am.  Pastor Tj Waters will officiate.  Military honors will be held on the funeral home grounds.

Memorial contributions to Lexington Church of Christ may be made through the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve John’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


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  • Barbie, I am so sorry for the lost of your husband. He must have given you joy to be your husband. May he rest in piece, Thank You John for your service and Thank You for loving my friend and classmate Barbie.

  • Ben , please accept my condolences in the loss of your Father. I will keep you and your family in my prayers for comfort at this most difficult time. . Your friend, Judy Burge

  • Oh Barb, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing! I’m praying that fond memories and the love of family & friends surrounds you during this time. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family. Please accept my sincere condolences!

  • Our thoughts & prayers to the family. Andy, we love you.

    Gerald & Joyce McDowell
    Clifton, Texas

  • worked with John at warren rupp he was a good man ! Pat O’Brien

    worked with John at Warren Rupp he was a good man !

  • To the Slaton family I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing I worked with him at Warren Rupp he was a very nice man my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

  • Our prayers are with you and your family Barb. Our sincere condolences on your loss!

    Rob and Mary Knowlton

  • Barbie, David and I send our condolences to you and your family.We will keep you in our prayers.

  • Ben, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending prayers of support to you and your entire family.

  • Barb.
    We are so very sorry about Johns passing . He loved you so much and was a good man.
    May he Rest In Peace.

    Gerald and Lois Hamman

  • Grew up with John and Randy. We had a lot of fun on the Slaton farm. Sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. Have a lot of fond memories of John as a boy and young man. Ben and Barb you are in our prayers. Hope the love of God and his comfort help you thru this unexpected loss. Cousin Barb and Sharon