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Dr. Charles Alan Slagle

March 19, 1936 ~ June 3, 2017 (age 81)

Dr. Charles Alan Slagle, died June 3, 2017 in Charlevoix, Michigan, his favorite place. Deeply missed and dearly loved, he was known for his mechanical prowess and ability to repair things, as well as his knowledge and passion for the beauty of natural things.

Alan was the fourth generation physician in his family; his grandson is about to become the sixth generation physician. He was a graduate of Oakwood (Dayton, Ohio) High School, the University of Dayton, and of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served patients in Ashland, Ohio from 1968 to 2008, and before that patients in New London and Bailey Lakes, Ohio from 1964 – 1969.  He was on the staff of Samaritan Hospital from 1968 to 2008, and served as Chief of Staff. He derived great joy from the patients he served over several decades. He served as the medical director of Brethren Care, and as the plant physician for Faultless Rubber, Abbott Labs, Hedstrom Corporation, and Bosch Braking Systems in Ashland and Wooster. He served as the Health Commissioner for Ashland County. He particularly enjoyed his work as an Aviation Medical Examiner for the FAA for twenty-five years. He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, and the American Bonanza Society.

Alan had many passions:  his family, friends, piloting his Bonanza airplane, his orchids, banjo music, woodworking, ice cream, and fixing all things mechanical himself. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He maintained friendships back to his school days in Dayton, Ohio. He loved spending time by the lake in Michigan.

He is the beloved husband of Holly Slagle (nee Shaw). Loving father of Dodge and Shirley Slagle of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Anthony Slagle of Mount Vernon, and loving stepfather to Troy and Julie Garver of Ashland, Ohio, and Mitchell and Meghan Garver of Nova, Ohio.  Dear grandfather to Amy, Amanda, and William, and step-grandfather to Hayley, Taylor, Aaron, and Grayson. He is predeceased by his son Guy, brother Robert, and sister Elizabeth. Loyal son of the late William and Jean Slagle. Dear friend of the mother of his children, Tanya Slagle of Ashland.

Burial was in Petoskey, Michigan, at Greenwood Cemetery overlooking Lake Michigan. A Memorial service will be held later in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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