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Local Man Succumbs to Injuries

A head-on automobile crash Monday night on U.S. 36 claimed its second victim when Robert Slavens, 36, of 43 Jackson Blvd., died at the Putnam County Hospital at 12:30 Wednesday morning.

Slavens was a passenger in a convertible driven by James Rex Shoaf, 22, Bainbridge, who was killed instantly in the accident one and one-half miles east of the Ind. 43 intersection.

Lurene Hansen, 50, Alamo Apartments, a passenger in the other car involved was reported in "good" condition at the hospital.

Mrs. Hansen was riding in an auto being driven east on 36 by James M. Rowley, 51, Arthur, Illinois. Mr. Rowley was treated and released.

State police reported Tuesday that Shoaf's car went around a pickup truck and met Rowle's car head-on in the eastbound traffic lane.

Services for Shoaf are set for Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Hopkins-Walton Funeral Home in Bainbridge.

Mr. Slavens was born October 2, 1927, in Marion township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer SIavens. He graduated from Clinton Center school in 1945.

He was a member of the Clinton Falls Methodist church, a veteran of World War II and had been employed at Bridgeport Brass.

Survivors are: the parents, three children, Terry, Sherry and Roger Craig; two sisters, Mrs. William Burnside, Greencastle R. 3 and Mrs. Gilbert Blotch, Greencastle; three nieces and one nephew, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the Hopkins-Walton Funeral Home. Rev. Claude McClure will officiate. Interment will be in Clinton Falls cemetery.

Friends may call at the Hopkins-Walton Funeral Home Thursday.

Greencastle (Indiana) Daily Banner, October 30, 1963.