Wayne A. Slotten, 84, of Sparta, passed away Friday, April 1, 2022, at Mulder Healthcare Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Wayne was born on October 28, 1937, to Joseph and Agnes (Helgeson) Slotten. Wayne grew up on dairy farms in rural Mt. Horeb and attended one-room country schools. Following his graduation from Mt. Horeb High School and UW-Madison, he completed a 6-year commitment in the National Guard and taught vocational agriculture for 3 years before completing a 30-year career in the Farm Credit System.
Wayne married Connie Peterson on June 22, 1963. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Paul (Amy), David (Kari), Mark; and 6 grandchildren, Ben, Jonathan, Daniel, Peter, Julia, and Ellie.
Service to his church and community were important to Wayne. He acted as Vice President and President of both First English Lutheran Church in Appleton and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta. He also served on the Stewardship and Call Committees of each congregation. He was a longtime Treasurer of the Sparta Kiwanis Club and a recipient of the Hixson award. He also served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Morrow Memorial Home. Wayne enjoyed gardening, golfing, woodworking, and above all, his family.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Connie; their three sons and their families. He is further survived by his sister, Nancy (Al) Hefty; brother-in-law, Dale Hustad; sister-in-law, Rita Ploetz; and his aunt, Helen Finke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kay Louise (infant), Beth Ann (Dale) Hustad; step-father, Ivan Rhyner; and brother-in-law, Robert Ploetz.
A visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sparta, WI. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon.
A visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Primrose Lutheran Church, Belleville, WI. Funeral service will begin at 12:00 p.m. A luncheon will be held at the church following burial in Primrose West Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church’s Endowment Fund or Sparta Area Cancer Support (SACS).
Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.