Ralph Eugene Sluder, 54, passed away peacefully in his Bastrop, TX home Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
SGT. Sluder was born on April 11, 1964 in Ruislip, England to Ron Sluder and Verna Jo Hobbs-Sluder. In May of 1984, he joined the United States Air Force in Nashville, TN and stationed at Bergstrom AFB in Austin, TX, where he served as an Avionics Instrument Systems Specialist. SGT. Sluder received multiple awards during his 4 years of service including, AF Good Conduct Medal, AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon, AF Training Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and AF Outstanding Unit Award. In August of 1988 STG. Sluder was Honorably Discharged from The Air Force; however, his service to our country didn't stop there, SGT Sluder reenlisted into the Air Force Reserves at Bergstrom AFB until May of 1990.
In 1990 SGT Sluder married Laurie Schlosser and in 91 welcomed a baby girl to the family. He worked as a lineman in Austin, TX from 1990 to 2012. After his retirement he volunteered and served as Commander at the American Legion Post 533 in Bastrop, TX.
SGT. Sluder was a devoted patriot, loyal friend, loving father, son, and brother. He is survived by his Father, Ron Sluder of Springhill, TN; Brother, Brian Sluder of Austin, TX; Sister, Michelle Hendershot of Springhill, TN; Daughter, Breanna Sluder, of Austin, TX; Step-Son Christopher Saxon and Step-Daughter Stephanie Saxon; his step- grandchildren Colten, Zoey, and Jackson.
He is preceded in death by his Mother, Verna Jo Hobbs-Sluder, and Grandparents; Halbert & Anna Sluder, Richard & Palma Hobbs.
The service was held at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas on November 28th at 10am, with the burial immediately following the ceremonies. Flowers and donations may be sent to Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, TX 76542.