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Gerald Roy Slotemaker, born October 26, 1943 in Bellingham, Washington.

On December 8, 1941 Neil was seriously injured in a logging accident. Ruth recalls, "Dad was raised in a very strict Christian Reformed home and church and in his late teens or early twenties he rebelled and quit going to church Dad was always an individualist and didnt like his kids to conform, just to conform.

Another thing Grandma Slotemaker told Mom one day that she had had a dream, that, in heaven, she and Grandpa were sitting at a table drinking a cup of tea. So Grandma knew that Dad would be in heaven too." Neil was eventually diagnosed with Hodgkins disease from which he died on September 19, 1952.

Neil Slotemaker was born January 10, 1902 at the family home "about a quarter of a mile south and west of the corner of Front Street and B. Avenue" in Lynden, Washington, the first child of Jan ("John") and Tetje ("Tillie") (Kramer) Slotemaker.

In 1912, the family moved to a 100-acre farm three and a half miles east of Lynden on what is now the Hampton Road, where Neil spent the remainder of his growing up years.

When I graduated from high school I had to give a speech, and I included my belief in God and how he frees people.

Dad was never in sympathy with church going and the idea of a relationship with God, but he liked my speech because, I think, it was different and was what I really believed and didnt follow the crowd.

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