In Memory of




Obituary for George William Slater

George W. Slater, age 94, gained Eternal Life on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Waverly Gardens Home in North Oaks, MN. George was born to Ethel Bauer on November 6, 1929 in St. Paul, MN. He will be dearly missed and is survived by his half-brother Coy (Buzz) Bauer (Melissa), daughters Laura (Mark) Hatzenbeller, Lynn (Thomas) Dittrich, grandchildren Ryan (Ashley Johnson) Hatzenbeller, Sara Hatzenbeller, Joseph (Jacklyn) Dittrich, Shannon (Andrew) Lardani, great grandchildren Kenna Lu Hatzenbeller, Joseph Jr. (J.J.) Dittrich and Thomas Dittrich. A private service for immediate family will be held at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the White Bear Lake Meals-on-Wheels Organization at 2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.

George graduated from Mechanic Arts High School in St. Paul, MN in 1948 and met and married his sweetheart Beverly Mader in 1950, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage until Beverly passed in 2018. George held several jobs in the meat packing Industry, ultimately training for and becoming a USDA Federal Meat Inspector, a successful career he held until his retirement at age 57.

A considerate and caring family man, George enjoyed a life well-lived. In addition to his family, he was passionate about boating, camping and fishing, and always looked forward to his annual fishing trip with his “crew” to the MN/Canada Boundary Waters of Crane Lake, MN. where, as they say, “everybody knew his name.” This tradition he started has been passed down to the next generations of family members who carry it on in his memory.

An avid storyteller with an infectious sense of humor, George was known for his recall and loved recounting stories of the “good times” whether they be of family, camping or fishing trips past. He always had a captive audience and his family would ask to hear stories over and over! Everyone was entertained when “gramps would tell his stories!”

A High School Hockey Player himself, George was an avid High School Hockey fan. He followed the local teams every year, attending over 50 years at the MN High School Hockey State Tournament, mostly to cheer on his White Bear Bears, but whomever made it to the finals always had his support. He was featured in the news for this several times.

We are blessed to have had George in our lives, we go sadly forward. He will be so greatly missed.