WWII Purple Heart Veteran, Melvern M. "Shorty" Slaysman Died

Shorty Slaysman
Shorty Slaysman

Melvern Mahlon Slaysman, 89, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital in Perryville, Maryland following a brief illness.

Shorty, as he was known, is survived by his second wife, Jean (Huneke) and children, Gary Davis and his wife Beverly of Middle River, and Gail Neal and her husband Greg of Chase, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many close friends. Hi first wife, Loretta; son, Robbie; and baby daughter, Joan preceded him in death.

Born and raised in Baltimore, the son of Melvern and Irene (Yingling) Slaysman, he was a lifelong resident of Essex.

At the age of 17, Shorty enlisted in the army and served proudly during World War II. He was honorably discharged with a Purple Heart medal following injuries sustained in a battle in Italy in 1943.

After his military service, Mr. Slaysman went to work for General Motors where he worked until retirement. He was active in the VFW and belonged to the Charles Evering VFW Post 6506.  Mr. Slaysman was a family man who enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and helping others. He was well known for his homemade walnut cakes and chicken soup.

Viewings and funeral service will be held at Connelly Funeral Home in Essex, Maryland with the viewings on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 3 pm-5 pm and 7 pm-9 pm and the funeral service on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10 am. 


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