Robert James Slaughter, age 81, went home to be with the Lord on April 2, 2021. He was born in Ontario, Oregon on August 4, 1939 to Charles M. and Mary Slaughter. He was the youngest of 12 children. Robert was raised in Idaho and Eastern Oregon. He attended Meridian High School where he participated in football and track. He graduated in 1959. After graduating, he attended Boise Junior College studying auto mechanics. Robert then attended Idaho State College Trade and Industrial School where he studied aviation mechanics, graduating in May of 1961.
While Robert was living in Pocatello with his sister Emma and her family, he met Judy Rhoades. They were married on June 9, 1961. They had two children, Robin and Michael. He worked for Electric Service, Hill Brothers Buick, and spent the majority of career working for Garrett Freightlines as a diesel mechanic. He worked in the Pocatello shop until 1983. He was transferred to Billings, Montana where they lived for seven years. They enjoyed their time in Billings and made many lifelong friends. In 1990, they returned to Pocatello, where he worked for Associated Foods and then FMC until his retirement.
Robert was a very active person. He loved camping, boating, waterskiing, biking, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing and hiking. They enjoyed traveling throughout the western United States and also took many fun vacations including Washington D.C., Vermont, Branson, an Alaskan cruise, and a trip to Hawaii for their 40th anniversary.
Robert loved the Lord and was always ready to share his faith with everyone he met. They attended First Assembly of God, Calvary Chapel and Calvary Alliance Church. He loved gospel music and loved to sing. He was a choir and worship team member in the churches that he attended.
He enjoyed building and tinkering with things. He could repair anything and make replacement parts for anything. One of his largest projects was a house addition and remodel.
Robert is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Robin (Steve) Jensen, son Michael (Britiney), granddaughter Jenna (Cameron) Thompson, grandsons Dawson, Mason, and Jordan Slaughter, great grandsons Dylan and Silas. He is also survived by his sister Mina Craig, brothers Paul (Thelma) and Don (Alice) Slaughter, and brother-in-law Loyd Forsman. Robert was preceded in death by his grandson Nathan Wegner.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Alliance Church, 800 Marinus Lane, Pocatello, Idaho. The family will receive friends at the church before the service from 1:00-1:45 p.m. the day of the service.
The service will be streamed at www. calvaryalliance.com or on the Calvary Alliance Church Pocatello YouTube channel.
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