Walter F. “Terry” Slaymaker III, a 44-year resident of Hartsville, formerly of Willow Grove and Warminster, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022. He was 78 years old. Terry was the beloved husband of the late Joan E. Slaymaker (nee Ide) with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage. Born in Abington, PA, Terry was a son of the late Walter F. Slaymaker Jr. and Janet Slaymaker (nee Collins).
After graduating from Central Bucks High School in 1961, he joined the United States Air Force hoping to “see the world.” Following his discharge in 1966, he worked for Fischer & Porter in Warminster, where he met Joan. Terry proudly served his country for many years with the 913th Airlift Wing at the Willow Grove Air Reserve Station. During his military career, he had many opportunities to travel, including a four month “camp-out” in the desert during the Gulf War. He retired in 2000 having served for 39 years and achieving the rank of Master Sergeant.
After leaving the service, he spent many years entertaining people as Buttons the Clown. He was a member of several clown organizations, as well as the editor of Mid-Atlantic Clown Association’s magazine, “The Big Top”, for 17 years. He loved parades and would come up with a new prop each year. He entered numerous competitions and won multiple awards in the paradeability category.
In addition to serving for his country, he was also an active participant in his community. He served as a Deacon, Trustee and Elder at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church in Hartsville, where he was a long-time member.
He is survived by three loving children, Jennifer Kent and her husband, Robert, Brian Slaymaker and his wife, Glenda, and Sue Gorniowsky; as well as seven grandchildren, Rebekah, Robert "Robbie", Jillian, Marc, Matthew "Matt", Caylee, and Jaxon; and brothers, William “Bill” and John “Hank” and his wife, Mildred “Mimi”. In addition to his wife and parents, Terry was predeceased by a brother, Andrew “Andy” (survived by Elizabeth Steele). He is also survived by many other family members, friends, and neighbors.
Everyone is invited to attend his Memorial Service on Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 PM at Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Meetinghouse Road, Warminster, PA 18974. His interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Terry’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online.
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