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Frederick Leroy “Fred” Slagle

Frederick Leroy “Fred” Slagle, 77, of Rockingham, NC, formerly of Butler, passed away in the comfort of his home while in the company of his loving wife, Thursday morning, November 30, 2023.

Frederick was born in Kittanning on March 25, 1946.

He was the son of Elsie Anderson Slagle and the late Jerry L. Slagle.

He was a 1964 graduate of Ford City High School. He was a star baseball pitcher who dreamed of the major leagues. Fred was a proud U.S. Army veteran having served in Vietnam and was a Bronze Star recipient in an operation that also received a Medal of Honor.

Fred enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, outdoors and working in his yard. When his wife could not find him, he could often be found on his tractor. He watched baseball daily, was an avid Yankees fan and lamented the time between seasons as the worst part of every year. He had retired from UPS as a delivery driver which he usually enjoyed, except for the holiday rush.

Fred is survived by his wife, Sonya McGuire Slagle, whom he married in Las Vegas, NV on May 22, 1998. Also surviving his mother, Elsie Slagle of Templeton; a son, Jared Slagle and his wife Michelle, of Washington, NC; a daughter, Janine Hilliard and her husband Bill, of Ford City; a step daughter, Sarah Frazer and her husband, LTC Jeffrey Nephew of Fort Liberty, North Carolina; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Slagle and his wife Sharon; two sisters, Cheryl Delaney and her husband, Bill, and Lisa Tomkiewicz and her husband Charles, as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, and brothers-in-law.

To celebrate his life friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora on Saturday, December 9 from 1-3 p.m. A funeral service will follow from the funeral home at 3 p.m. with Frederick’s brother-in-law, Chaplain James McGuire, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the Chicora and Brady’s Bend American Legion Posts at the funeral home. Interment will be in Hillview Cemetery.

The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora Fenelton Rd., Chicora, Pa. Condolences may be sent by visiting

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