Norman Leslie Sloan
Norman Leslie Sloan was born July 9, 1929 at his boyhood home, near Koshkonong, Mo. He was married July 16, 1949 to Lena Christine (Redburn) Sloan. To this union three children were born, Norman Lee, and (twins) Opal Darlene and Opal Arlene. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Christine (Redburn) Sloan of Alton, Mo.; daughter Opal Arlene Ruff and husband Mike of Raymore, Mo.; one Brother John Lee Sloan of Alton, Mo.; three grandchildren, Michael Ruff of Leeís Summit, Mo., Christie (Ruff) Glaze of Leeís Summit, Mo., and Leslie (Crews) Weyland of Alton, Mo.; eight great grandchildren, Derek Ruff of Kansas City, Kan., Brittany Ruff of Leeís Summit, Mo., Jasmine Glaze of Lawrence, Kan., Lily Glaze, Violet Ann Glaze of Leeís Summit, Mo., Dillon Weyland, Peyton Weyland and Madison Weyland of Alton, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Olive (Jackson) Sloan; brothers, Aubrey Sloan, and Jim Sloan; one sister, Alma Sloan; one son, Norman Lee Sloan, and one daughter, Opal Darlene (Crews) Sloan; son-in-law, Grover Crews, and, grandson, Justin Matthew Crews.
Norman was raised on a farm and attended grade school up to the 8th grade. At 16 years old he started his first job outside of the farm at the Koshkonong Cheese plant. He worked there for five years. The cheese plant and the men that worked there made an impression on Normanís life. He still captivates his grandchildren and great grandchildrenís attention as he tells the stories of how cheese was made and the exciting work stories of the great people that worked there as well as the villains and troublemakers that made life interesting as they got what was coming to them.
Norman then went to work on the Lait Taylor work crew building bridges on P Highway. Men in those times would work hard and would work for taskmasters that were not worthy of their efforts. It was times that they would do almost anything to make a living for their family. The stories of what they had to endure are hard life lessonís that Normanís family learned and were made better people from hearing about when life was hard, but men endured. Difficulty and adversity made these men, the men that built America. It made them family men that could be depended on. Norman raised children and grandchildren that benefited from the adversity he endured for them.
Norman was a hard worker and a saver. During those years he saved enough money to make a down payment and then buy the old Paul English place that he quickly paid off. (Norman hated debt.) Norman and Christine farmed and raised their family on the farm.
Norman then worked at four different iron-ore mines running a washer and driving dump trucks, all the while farming and raising cattle and hogs on his farm. His last job working outside the farm was running a road grader for Oregon County, Mo. He said that was the job the enjoyed the most.
Norman retired at the age of 55 when he was diagnosed with cancer the first time. He tearfully sold his farm and moved to West Plains, Mo. Norman liked West Plains and they lived there for 35 years but always missed living on the farm, seeing the cattle and maintaining the farm.
He enjoyed and always missed working cattle and as Norman and Christineís heath needs changed they sold their home in West Plains and moved back to farm life living next door to his daughter, Darlene and her husband Grover Crews. Norman once again enjoyed going with Grover and Daniel Weyland, (Leslieís husband) as the attended cattle and did other farm jobs. They lived close to Leslie and Danielís children, Dillon, Peyton and Madison and were blessed that they were able to share in their lives during this time. Norman always planted and attended his garden even after once again being diagnosed with cancer at 91 years old.
The stories of Normanís life were always a favorite of his family as the characters of the stories came to life as Norman told the stories in a special way that captivated those listening. His stories included his childhood about him and his brothers getting in trouble at school and then telling on each other so they would also get in trouble at home. Hard times that they would work all day picking blackberries for 10 cents a gallon, school stories about teachers that allowed the schools to be taken over by the older kids, and the story of a teacher named George French that quickly brought order to the school with a hickory switch and a short temper. The stories of Lait Taylor and his foul mouthed and demeaning management of the bridge building crew. The stories of the iron-ore days and the fascinated men that worked the hard and dangerous mine jobs, his days in Colorado working in the mountains near Granby, Colo., building Lake Granby, that is a major source of water for Denver even today. Normanís days of driving horses and mules. Stories of wonderful people in his life and some that were not so wonderful.
Many of his wonderful stories were captured on movies and other recording for future generations to enjoy and know the colorful life Norman lived and the positive contributions he made to every life that had the privilege of knowing him.
We miss you, dad (Norman), and always will love you and remember you. We will see you soon because Jesus promised that we would.
Funeral service for Norman Leslie Sloan was Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.
Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. also in the chapel, West Plains.
Burial was in Koshkonong Cemetery, Koshkonong, Mo., under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.