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Harvey H. Slaton, formerly of Harrisburg and Eldorado

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    Harvey Slaton

updated: 9/12/2021 9:38 AM

Harvey H. Slaton, age 97, of Paducah, Kentucky and formerly of Harrisburg, Illinois, passed away at 12:29 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021 at Providence Pointe Healthcare Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

Harvey was born on July 16, 1924 in Eldorado to the late Henry and Anna (Stinson) Slaton. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Army in the Philippines and Korea.

He was a graduate of the Ranken School of Engineering in St. Louis, Missouri. He also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Harvey married Norma Jean Alexander on Feb. 2, 1951, and they were married for 67 years. She preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2018.

Harvey was chief engineer of WEBQ Radio station in Harrisburg. Following his time there, he was employed by the Illinois Farmer's Union until his retirement.

Harvey is survived by one daughter, Melissa Breeden (husband Robin) of Paducah; two granddaughters, Alyse Treesh (husband Sammy) of Nicholasville, Kentucky and Elena Wrye (husband Blair) of Paducah; three great-grandchildren, Harrison Treesh, Norah Treesh and Forrest Wrye; and his dear friend and former co-worker Terry Edwards (wife Sheryl) of Paducah, who faithfully stood by his side and visited him until the end.

Harvey was a kind, humble and generous man. His family and his many friends will miss his gentle spirit.

Funeral services for Harvey H. Slaton will begin at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. Rev. Russ Wilson will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Military graveside rights will be conducted by the U.S. Army and the Harrisburg and Carrier Mills American Legion and VFW.

Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to noon at Reed Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or The First Church of God of Harrisburg. Condolences may be left for the family at his obituary page at

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