Vernon Slichter was born to Kate and A. L Stichter in Grangeville on Sept. 23, 1917. He passed away on December 18,2013 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Spokane Valley. His older siblings, all of Grangeville, were Ward, Hallie, Clarissa (Aunt Kissy) and Samuel.
Incidents he recalled from childhood painted a picture of late 1920’s Grangeville and. included the time
the local hearse was reconstructed on top of Grangeville School and early attempts at driving a Model T Ford. As a Boy Scout he continued on to Eagle Scout, only to be unable to complete the requirements due to Grangeville’s lack of a swimming pool and there were no exceptions for biking to and swimming in Tolo Lake.
Upon graduation from Grangeville High School in 1935 he attanted Washington State (then) College for two years and the University of Idaho for two years. Interested in aviation he then went to aviation mechanics school In Glendale, CA before America was drawn into WWII. He was drafted into the army in California in March. 1941. In 1942 he married Marge McCargar in the Episocpal Church in Grangeville. In April 2013 they celebrated their 71st
wedding anniversary. Their honeymoon trip was traveling to California where he was stationed at Camp Callan. Following a series of promotionshe then achieved the rank of Warrant Officer and was attached to the 531 st Anti- Aircraft Battalion. Vemon and Marge were next stationed on the east coast and from there he was sent to the battlefields in Europe. landing first at Omaha Beach on D~Day plus 9. He was ultimately awarded the Bronze Star for “his efficiency and devotion to duty” during the Battle of the Bulge and in
the allied liberation of France and Belgium.
Months after the end of the war in Europe he received his discharge and
returned to his family in Grangeville. He opened the Men’s Clothing Store in the Blue Fox Theater Building. In 1954 he and his family moved to Los Angeles so he could attend an Electronics Engineering School. The following year they moved to Opportunity, WA where he opened Valley TV Sales and Service store in 1955 and served the valley for 30 years. After his retirement Vernon and Marge took many interesting trips to Europe and into Russia.
Throughout his life he was an ardent WSU Cougar fan with season football tickets for many years and attended many of WSU’s bowl games with his family. Always the inquisitive mind he was as informed about current events as he was curious about outerspace. His Interest in outer space lead to many nights of stargazing with his telescope and he was a member of the Spokane Astronomical Association.
He was active in local politics and served on tne Incorporation Steering
CommIttee for the campaign that ultimately lead to the creation of the City of Spokane Valley. He loved cats and for many years the family was never without one or two who were his constant companions.
Vemon is survived by his wife Marge of Spokane Valley. daughters Sandra of Kirkland, WA. Susan Button (RiCk) of Woodinville, WA ; grandson Chris Bartell (Lindy) and great grandsons Josiah and Michael of Portland, OR. grandson Ben Bartell (Jenna) and granddaughters Kaila and Alexa of Bellevue. WA., nieces Kathleen Vopat (Jim) of Grangeville, Karen Homewood (Robert) of Brookeville MD, Jerrine Schilling of Braedenton, FL, many nephews and special family friends Gayle and Jim Williams of Spokane Vaney.