Allentown, NY - Howard E. Slocum Sr. “Iron Man”, age 86, of the Hog Brook Road passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the University Of Rochester Medical Center. He was born October 29, 1929 in Scio to Carl and Esther Burton Slocum. On August 19, 1946 in Bolivar he married the love of his life Elizabeth Burgess who predeceased him on October 27, 2010.
Howard was a long time resident of the Allentown Area who started working for Air Preheater in 1951 and retired this year after 65 years of service. He was an avid stock car fan who raced the dirt track circuit for over 30 years. Howard was a devoted family man who was hard working, humble, honest, and a role model to everyone. He loved life and was beloved opening his home and his heart to anyone in need without seeking recognition. Howard enjoyed the out of doors and especially going to ham and leek dinners. One of his favorite quips was “I was born when the best ships were wooden but the men were iron men”
Howard is survived by 2 daughters, Ruth (Keith) Swift of Dansville and Janice Slocum of Allentown; 4 sons, Fran (Carol) Slocum of Wellsville, Charles Slocum of Allentown, Gerry (Louann) Slocum of Scio and Dennis (Debbie) Slocum of Wellsville; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; 2 sisters in-law, Alice (Jim) Berry of Florida and Carol Slocum of Shinglehouse, PA.; a brother in law, Dale Burgess of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.
Howard was predeceased by a son, Howard Jr., a grandson, Jerry Slocum, a granddaughter, Shelley Benson, 2 brothers, Francis and Harry “Bud” Slocum, a sister in law Mary Slocum.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the J.W.Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and in lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to the S.P.C.A. of to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.