Rites Set Thursday For Area Developer

Joe B. Slavens, 51, of 505 Slavens Manor, Bettendorf, died Tuesday morning in St. Luke's Hospital following a heart attack in his home.

Services for the area builder and developer will be 1 pm. Thursday in McGinnis Chapel, Bettendorf. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park.

Mr. Slavens was born in Cincinnati, Iowa, and married Vesta Hickman at Lancaster, Mo., in 1931. He came to Davenport as manager of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. store and turned to real estate development in 1949. Among his many building projects in Davenport and Bettendorf are the Insurance Exchange Building, Davenport; the Bettendorf Arcade Building, the East and West Embassy Apartments in Bettendorf and the 104 unit Slavens Manor in Bettendorf.

Mr. Slavens was a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Davenport and Bettendorf, the Bettendorf Rotary Club, and the First Christian Church of Davenport. He also served on the board of the Bettendorf Civic League, was a director of Northwest Bank & Trust Co., and maintained an interest in Investment Management, Inc., which is majority stockholder of Northwest Bank & Trust Co.

Survivors include his wife; sons Atty. Bob J. Slavens, Bettendorf, and James E., a law student at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City; his mother, Mrs. Rhoda Slavens, Cincinnati; brothers Kenneth and Donald, Davenport, Charles and William, Bettendorf, and Thomas, Des Moines; and two grandchildren.

Davenport (Iowa) Morning Democrat, March 4, 1964.