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Spencer A. Slayton

WOODBURY – Spencer Allen Slayton, 82, of Woodbury, passed away peacefully on November 15, in the comfort of his home with family at his side.

He was born January 22, 1941, in Hardwick; the son of the late Glen and Mildred (Fisher) Slayton. He attended Hardwick schools, graduating in 1959 from Hardwick Academy.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Vermont Army National Guard. Spencer received an Honorable Discharge following eight years of service.

On January 21, 1962, he married Janet Elaine Houston in Hardwick. Together, they raised three children.

In his earlier years, he was employed by Avon Atkins and various other construction companies in Vermont and Arkansas. He was a ski lift operator on Mount Mansfield, prior to working as a lineman for Hardwick Electric for seven years. From 1969 until 1972 he was employed by White Pass & Yukon Railroad as a Brakeman and Conductor in Skagway, Alaska. From 1972 until his retirement in October of 2000, he was an electrical lineman for Washington Electric in East Montpelier.

He was a member of the Caspian Masonic Lodge No. 87 F&AM and the American Legion Post No. 7, both in Hardwick and he was active in the Woodbury Recreation Organization. He enjoyed reading, hunting, trapping, fishing, golfing, four-wheeling, camping, gardening, and traveling to see family.

Survivors include: his wife, Janet of Woodbury, three children, Raymond Slayton of Alaska, Bradley Slayton (Brenda) and Deanna Slayton Avery (Gail), all of Woodbury; grandchildren, Jessica, Joe (January), Ian (Stephanie), Calvin (Mackenzie), Samantha (Ashley), Danielle (Bunker), Alexander and Quinn; great-grandchildren, Keira, Sadie (Justin), Sawyer, Gavin, Caspian, Emma, Remi, Dawn and a great-great grandson, Asher; brothers, Scott Slayton of East Hardwick, and Stephen Slayton of St. Johnsbury; as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Stuart Slayton.

A service will be held at the convenience of his family during the summer of 2024, with date, time, and location to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the United Church of Hardwick, P.O. Box 396, Hardwick, Vt. 05843 or to the Hardwick Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 837, Hardwick, Vt. 05843

Arrangements are in the care of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm Street, Hardwick. Online condolences are welcomed at

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