Memorial services for Lester J. Slate, 91, of Exeter were held on Nov. 2 at the Exeter District Cemetery. He died on Oct. 26 in Porterville.

He was born in Mansfield, Mo. on April 25, 1913 to Albert and Mary Slate. He was raised and educated in Mansfield. He married Nettie Henry in Wright County, Mo. on Jan. 6, 1936. The couple came to Exeter in 1940 to make their home. The city of Exeter employed him as a fireman and ambulance driver for over 30 years. He retired in 1975. He enjoyed hunting and fishing as a young man.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Slate in 1990; and his daughter, Connie, in 1995.

He is survived by three sons, Bob Slate, Don Slate, and Dennis Slate all of Exeter; one daughter, Kathy Goodman of Visalia; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Evans-Miller Exeter Chapel.

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