Willis Slavens was born in Eel River township, Nov. 1, 1835, and departed this life July 24, 1924, at the age of 89 years.
His parents, James and Mary Slavens, were pioneer residents of Eel River township. They had a family of nine children, Harvey, died at Nashville, Tenn., in 1862, Mrs. Nancy Dean, Willis, Jesse, Milton, Mrs. Mary Wright, William, John, and Reuben.
He was married March 14, 1868, to Mary A. Ragan, daughter of James and Lucy Ragan. To this couple was born one child, Mrs. Della Trotter. Mr. Slavens has made his home with Mrs. Trotter since the death of his beloved companion. Della has been faithful and always ready to do what she could for her father during his recent illness. Mr. Slavens leaves three grandchildren, Helen Bullion, Frank and Maurice Trotter, all of this place.
"Uncle" Willis enlisted Sept. 22, 1861, in Company A, 51st Indiana Infantry. He served nine months and then was discharged on account of ill health. January 4, 1864, he again enlisted and served in the 9th Cavalry until August 28, 1865. He was member of the Christian church and rarely failed to attend his church until his last sickness. He was a member of the North Salem Lodge No. 142, F. & A.M.
The honorary pallbearers were John D. Wisehart, Joshua Thompson, Wm. Emmons, and Quincy Davis.
Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Green of Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer Marquis of Newton, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Bly of Plainfield; Miss Bernadine Copeland, formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Otis Slavens of Plainfield; Ed Irvin and Jesse Slavens of Crawfordsville.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church by Rev. Joseph Craig and interment at Fairview cemetery.
Danville (Ind.) Republican, July 31, 1924