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A Celebration of Wesley Robinson Slaymaker’s life was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Atkinson Presbyterian Church with pastor Wayne Owens officiating. Burial took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson with military rites conducted by the Norton-Carlisle American Legion Post of Stuart, Nebraska. Prayer services were held October 2, 2006 at the Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson, Nebraska.

Pallbearers were Wesley’s grandsons Ross Brinkman, Matthew Brinkman, Rick Slaymaker, Robert Slaymaker, Randy Slaymaker, Dustin Slaymaker and his nephew Mick Zink.

Honorary pallbearers were Gary Lech, Wilmer McConnell, Glen Macklen and Max Hamik.

Beth Prussa, Mary Ann Prussa, Ken and Doreen Prussa, David Brinkman and Jay Kelley provided special music.

Wesley was born February 28, 1919 at Newport, Nebraska to Serena Johnson Slaymaker and Laurence Guy Slaymaker. He grew up on the family farm, one of the earliest homesteads in the area, southwest of Atkinson in Green Valley Township and attended rural schools graduating from District 143. He attended Atkinson Public High School and was a member of the Class of 1937. He worked for local ranchers and trucked the “World’s Largest Steers, Pete and Repeat” to state and county fairs before enlisting in the army on February, 21, 1942. He served in the army with the 37th Division, 129th Infantry, M Company in the South Pacific on the Islands of Fiji, the New Hebrides, Guadalcanal and Bouganville, and was wounded on Luzon in the Philippine Islands. Sergeant Slaymaker was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was honorably discharged January 31, 1946. His service history and pictures may be found on-line at

Wesley and Helen Lucille Zink were united in marriage on April 9, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Atkinson. To this union three children were born. They ranched in the Atkinson, Stuart and Newport areas until they retired to Atkinson in 1985. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Easter weekend April 2006. Wesley loved his family, his cattle and the Sandhills, the Chicago Cubs, and Nebraska Football. His nieces, nephews and friends remember his sense of humor and willingness to tease them at the drop of a hat.

Wesley was a member of the Atkinson Presbyterian Church, the Norton-Carlise American Legion Post and was instrumental in the founding of the Atkinson Senior Center.

Wesley is survived by his wife, Helen, daughters Sandra of Edgemont, SD and Mary Lou (David) Brinkman of Laramie, WY, son Wesley “Robb” (Lori) of O’Neill, sisters, Jean Carlisle of Jonesboro, AK, Avis Hickerson of Fullerton, NE, brother, Lawrence Slaymaker, Atkinson, 6 grandsons, 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.