It is with regret we announce the passing of Dr. James Michael Slater, age 72, of Fayetteville, TN. Jim was born on January 18, 1947 in Fort Wayne, IN to the late Fred Lyman and Vera Viola VanHouten Slater. He earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO, worked as a Trauma Surgeon for many years in Mid-Michigan, and was a college professor with Ivy Tech Community College. Dr. Slater passed away on June 8, 2019 at Lincoln Medical Center.
Jim enjoyed fly fishing, astronomy, and spending time with his family. He was larger than life. Survivors include his devoted wife, Dr. Misty Dawn Miller Slater; daughters, Jessica Sue (Rick) Carter of Ann Arbor, MI, Emily Michael Slater of Las Vegas, NV, Breanna Elizabeth Jacobs of Columbus, OH, and Kate Isabella Slater, Natalie Erin Slater, and Daisy Amelia Slater all of Fayetteville, TN; son, Ian Stephen Slater, wife Nicole of Phillipsburg, NJ; granddaughters, Jane Victoria Carter, and Rachel Emily Carter, Abigail Zoe Slater and Caroline Janice Slater; and a brother, Stephen (Anne Jackson) Slater of Ankeny, IA.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fayetteville, TN with Reverend Father George Panthananickal officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at 4 PM until 7 PM on Monday, July 1, 2019, at Higgins Funeral Home in Fayetteville, TN.
A graveside service will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Union Township Cemetery (Hope Lutheran Cemetery) at 2001 South 500 East, Columbia City, IN 46725.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Dr. James Michael Slater.
Mrs. Slater, Shocked and truly sorry about Mr. Slater. So wish he was still with you. I am the person who stopped and visited with you two and talked to you about Gen. Forrest camping in your area and you told me about talking to with Shelby Foot when you were a teen. Missed you last night at Higgins.
He was a great man, I loved him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Keeping this family in my prayers. May God bless you with love, strength and peace. Love, Kim, Katie and Jessica
To Dr. Misty Slater I know you weren’t my doctor for long but I just wanted to send my sympathy to you at your time of loss may God Bless you and your family I will keep you in my prayers
So sorry misty. I remember us sitting in the old residency office talking about u and Jim
So sorry. I didn’t know Jim well but seemed like such a genuine person. My heart goes out to you and your girls. Love you, Dani
He is feeding all the “big dogs” in heaven their carrots! I have alot of fond memories of your family, including the 4 hooved ones. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed ❤
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
My heart is breaking knowing you have lost the love of your life. The two of you gave so much to each other and gave 3 beautiful girls to the world. You are the best Misty.
I am sorry for your loss of Jim!! I will keep your family in my prayers. May Christ give you his comfort and peace. I know Jim will continue to look over all of you!!
Misty, I am so sorry for your loss, if there is anything I can do please let me know.
Misty and my dear preschool friends, Our love, thoughts, and prayers are being sent to you all. Jim always made me smile and I’ll forever hear him shouting Mrs. D……….! It was a privilege and honor to call him friend. Love you all. Tom and LuAnn
oh Dr Slater I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, family and friends for strength, peace and comfort.
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with all of you. In Christian Love, John and Mary
We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Slater’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your girls.
He was a very fine guy..I will miss his funny jokes and friendly face at the window at BOLC. Park City Branch…
Praying for you Misti and the family..
So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Misty, my prayers go out to you and the girls. Jimmy was a gentle creature with wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. Love you all…
Dawn and Jon Hoops
Misty, Troy and I are so very sorry for you and the family. Praying for peace and comfort to you all.
I am so sorry. You and tour family are in my thoughts and prayers!
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.