John Elmer Slaughenhoupt
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John Elmer Slaughenhoupt
  • June 10, 1933 - July 22, 2017
  • Winnabow, North Carolina

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John Elmer Slaughenhoupt age 84 died Saturday July 22, 2017, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was born June 10, 1933, to the late Arthur and Regina Slaughenoupt of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbra Hahn Slaughenhoupt and four children, Cindy Page of Leland, NC, Lee (Peter) Napoli of Marblehead, MA, George (Pam) Slaughenhoupt of Easton, MD and John (Monica) Slaughenhoupt of Leland, NC. Five grandchildren Bob, Ben and Christina Page, Taylor and Anna Slaughenhoupt, and eight great-grandchildren.

He grew up in Knox, PA and graduated in 1951 from White Memorial High School (Knox High School) which opened in 1901 and was closed due to construction in 1959. At age 12 he organized and managed baseball team for 12 to 16 year olds, before organized baseball came to the area. Games were played with Ashland, Reno, and Oil City. At age 16 while playing for Clarion American Legion, he was invited to the Cleveland Indians Baseball Camp. He was the only True Freshman Basketball player for Knox High School having never played a Junior Varsity game. He was also the all-time high scorer and was recruited by Westminster College where he made the Freshman Team and the Varsity Baseball Team.

After a year he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. While in the Navy he played on two undefeated softball teams, one of which won the 5th Naval District Championship. Elmer played for Pocomoke City, Maryland in the Central Shore Baseball League which involved three states: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia comprising of seven teams. In 1954 he had a batting average of 368 and led the league in homeruns. This attracted the St. Louis Cardinals whom lost interest when learning of his two more years of service. After service he graduated from Clarion State Teachers College in 1960. While attending college he was janitor of First Seneca Bank and Grace Lutheran Church. He was employed by Owens Illinois Glass Co. and the US Postal Service. He also umpired softball and baseball and refereed basketball. In June 1958 he was appointed Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Amateur Softball Association in Clarion County. Upon graduation he worked in the insurance industry for 32 years retiring from Statesman Insurance Co. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Greensburg, PA. He was 32nd degree Mason, member of Hill-Top Social Club, and other sporting and professional organization. Private Service for family only.