George Slavens, 72, a veteran of the Spanish American War and of World War I, who saw action in the St. Meheil offensive during World War I, died Friday morning, February 15th at the Veteran's Hospital at Marion from the effect of a cerebral hemmorage. He had been ill of a heart ailment.
Mr. Slavens began his military service at the turn of the century with the field artillary where he served for 15 years. For 13 years he served with the coast artillery at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He was overseas for 17 months during World War I.
At the end of his army service he was a rural mail carrier out of the Waveland post office for 14 years. He was a member of the Waveland Christian church, Morton Masonic lodge, the Raymond Todd Post of the American Legion, of the United Spanish War Veterans post of Greencastle, and the Order of Eastern Star at Waveland.
Born December 15, near Greencastle, 1879, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Slavens. He married Stella May McClain at Phoebus, Va., Dec. 22, 1915.
There survive the widow, a daughter, Mrs. Gilbert Thomas of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Thomas Tuttle of Greencastle; a grandson, Harold Thomas of Indianapolis, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Waveland Methodist church Sunday afternoon in charge of the pastor, Rev. E.F. Prevo, and burial was in Mount Moriah Cemetery where the Raymond Todd Post American Legion conducted graveside rites.
Waveland (Indiana) Independent, February 21, 1952.