Steven W. Slater went home to be with the Lord and greatly missed family and friends on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, his 71st birthday, at home in Prineville.
He was recently rated a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran who proudly served his country from 1967 to 1970. He was diagnosed with Agent Orange-caused prostate cancer related to his military service and bravely, heroically, valiantly battled that for almost four years. He and his wife, Karen, believed the almost 30-year challenge with Type I diabetes was also related to Agent Orange. He and his wife, Karen, were active in a ministry called Pointman International Ministries in the 1990s that provided support and resource information plus to veterans and their families.
Steven's love for God, his wife, his children, grandchildren, family, friends, country and just people (especially children, who he called short people) was over-the-top. He was a super hard worker, outdoor lover and multi-talented craftsman, whose kindness, compassion and sense of humor never went unnoticed.
Over the years, he had a lot of work experience in a number of occupations, including limited electrical licensed sign hanging, welding, construction and making knives, but his heart belonged to logging.
In addition to his wife, Karen (the love of his life), he is survived by his stepsons, Jon (Traci) and Wes (Kuni) Matson; daughter, Theresa "Tess" Lynn Newberry (Jeremie); eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Diane) Lynn Slater; and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy A. and Hazel R. Slater.
Steven is greatly missed but always in our hearts.
His Memorial Service will be at the Terrebonne Grange located at 8286 11th St. in Terrebonne at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 with the interment burial service to follow at the Grandview Cemetery at 3:15 p.m. Maps to the Grandview Cemetery, 17035 SW Montgomery Drive in Grandview, will be provided at the Terrebonne Grange, and there will be some signs posted along the way. Please contact the Prineville Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Steven's name to any of the following: Messianic Vision, P.O. Box 39222, Charlotte, NC 28278, Pointman International Ministries, c/o Larry Mennenga, 5025 Highway 47, Carton, OR 97711, or Band of Brothers Prineville Branch, P.O. Box 1066, Prineville, OR 97754.