Palmer L. Slaughter

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Palmer LeRoy Slaughter, 88, of Glenwood, Minnesota, formerly of Benson, died Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the Glenwood Retirement Village Care Center. Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation continued from 12:30-1:30 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 1:30 p.m., June 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson.

Palmer LeRoy Slaughter was born March 25, 1931, in Trimont, Minnesota, the son of Rennie and Emma (Hanson) Slaughter.  Palmer grew up in Rolling Forks Township in Pope County, around the Swift Falls area.  He left home and worked for area farmers at a young age, until he was drafted into the Korean War at the age of 21. 

While in Korea, he was introduced to his future bride by letter through one of his Army brothers. After serving two years overseas, he returned home and was united in marriage to Marcia Peterson,  February 19, 1955.  The couple was blessed with five children and 64 years of marriage. 

After Palmer returned home from serving our country in 1954, he worked for several farmers, with his future goal of owning his own farm.  Marcia and Palmer worked for a farmer by Olivia after they were first married and then moved back to the Benson area, where he was a farmhand for the Ernest Young family.  In 1966, Marcia and Palmer settled their family on a farm in Kerkhoven Township, Swift County, where he lived until 2013, at which time he and Marcia moved to Westwood Manor in Benson, with Palmer moving to the Glenwood Retirement Village Memory Care Unit in 2017.   

Palmer had a long time love of all animals, but draft horses were his main love.  He achieved his goal of owning and operating his farm with the use of draft horses.  He was a dairy farmer and supplemented his income when necessary by working as a feed truck driver for Earl B. Olson Farms.  He also enjoyed attending family functions and going to Draft Horse events whenever he could.  In the later years, he enjoyed going to the Donnelly Threshing Bee and the Northern MN Draft Horse Association Field Days.  Palmer loved the simple things in life.  He admired the Amish Community and often said he would have loved being Amish if they were allowed to have a VCR (his other interest was Western movies).

Palmer is survived by his wife Marcia of Benson; his five children: Marlene (Mick) Wrobleski of DeGraff, Randy (Laura) Slaughter of Benson, Tim (Lisa) Slaughter of Benson, Kathy (DeWayne) Hanson of Cold Spring, and Deb Slaughter of Benson.  Grandchildren: Michael Wrobleski of Benson; Michelle (Doug) Gunderson of Benson; Mark (Molly) Wrobleski of Rosemount; Matt (Danielle) Wrobleski of Alexandria; Mitchell Wrobleski of Benson; Christopher (Ashley) Lassiter of Papillion, NE; Amanda (Derek) Bluhm of Clara City; Bob (Brooke) Slaughter of Benson; Karrie Bahr of Osakis, David Flannigan of Ham Lake, Michaela Sexton of Benson; Lilly Slaughter of Benson; Charlie Gocha of Benson; Abigail Callahan of Cold Spring and several great grandchildren.

Palmer was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rennie and Emma Slaughter, and five brothers: Edward Slaughter of Benson, Henry (Mickey) Slaughter of Murdock, Harlan Slaughter of Benson, Leonard (Tiny) Slaughter of Benson and Willard (Blanche) Slaughter of Litchfield.  

Six sisters: Hazel (Woody) Anderson of Benson, Mildred Zickhur of Benson, Lorraine (Leonard) Pillatzki of Willmar, Leona (Melvin) Brekken of Murdock, Florence Yates of Seattle, WA and Amie (Lawrence) Holm of Benson. 

Palmer was also preceded in death by two granddaughters: Maisey Mae Callahan and Kayla Wrobleski. 

Palmer’s life was one of love, honesty and kindness.  He always believed tomorrow would be better and often times it was.  He walked through life at his own pace and lived every day without regret.  He achieved the goals he had set for himself: he owned his own farm, he survived Korea, and he married the love of his life and had a family. 

In answer to the question “Dad, isn’t there somewhere you want to take a trip?”
“Why? I have everything I want right here.”

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.
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