To those who knew Ken Slack, please raise a glass in honor of a life well lived. Ken passed away peacefully on November 18, 2017. To the end, he always claimed that he led the happiest and most fulfilling life ever and was very grateful for his many years spent with family and friends. Those who knew him can attest that he was an example to all of how to be kind and helpful and enjoy each day as it comes. He was an extraordinary cribbage player and avid opera buff.

Born in Elyria in 1918, he grew up in Ohio and later lived in Michigan and Illinois. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan. In younger years, he worked as a chemist for the Haskelite Corp., and later the Bakelite division of Union Carbide Co., and then Upjohn Pharmaceuticals before returning to medical school. When he retired from his successful Illinois dentistry practice of 26 years, he moved to North Carolina in 1987.

An active member of the Village Chapel and the Belle Meade Chapel, a life member of the Masonic Lodge, past member of the Lion’s Club, and a Phil Harris member of the Dixon Rotary Club, Ken believed in community service and lived with that belief. Cremation will take place in Southern Pines and his ashes will be buried in Grand Rapids, Michigan with those of his late wife, Marguerite Tapley Slack to whom he was married for 65 years. He claimed her as the only love of his life, and has long awaited this reunion with her.

His death was also preceded by his two sisters, Elizabeth Logie and Winfred Montgomery, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Surviving are his four children, Fred and Mark Slack of Santa Fe, NM, Tom Slack of Morton, IL, and Marilynn Durkee of Charleston SC, as well as numerous grand and great grand-children.

Instead of flowers, Ken would hope that you would do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for some unfortunate soul, or add a little extra in donation to the charity of your choice.

Cheers to Ken Slack, we love you, and may your joy of life continue through us.

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