October 23, 1955 ~ March 12, 2021

Born in: Elkhart, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

David Robert Slaughter, 65, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2021. He was born on October 23, 1955 in Elkhart, Indiana, to the late Robert and Esther (Hutchison) Slaughter. Dave graduated from Elkhart Central High School in 1974. He then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Political Economy from Hillsdale College in 1978. He was a scholarship member of the Hillsdale track and cross country teams. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He interned in Washington D.C. living in Georgetown. Dave moved to Indianapolis with his high school sweetheart, Lori, upon graduation. They were married immediately after his graduation June 10, 1978.

He worked in the financial industry his entire career as a trusted stockbroker and financial consultant, most recently at Raymond James. He never retired and worked to serve his clients through his entire courageous health journey with a rare Liposarcoma. In his more than a decade long battle with cancer, Dave endured numerous surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments without a complaint. He always maintained a positive attitude to match his toughness and grit.

Dave was a member of so many community groups throughout his life. Some of his most treasured memberships include Rotary, Sponsoring Interact Clubs at local high schools, having traveled to Finland with Interact himself in his teens, foodbank outreaches, alumni associations of his former schools, Booster club boards for his children in their activities and sports as they were growing up, coaches associations, Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association and the commerce clubs/chambers in the many Indiana towns and cities he had ties with. Most recently, helping on committees for Fishers, Indiana Chamber of Commerce in their development. He always took his granddaughters shopping for Thanksgiving dinner items for those in need at their church. He loved to be genuinely involved in people’s lives.

Dave loved to spend time with his beautiful wife, who was also his childhood sweetheart, children and their spouses, countless close family and dear friends, co-workers, clients and community members. He was a proud Papa, whom his cherished granddaughters had him wrapped around every finger. He never missed a special moment in their lives, ever. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, traveling and seeing the United States of America with such appreciation and patriotism. He was an avid reader, runner, researcher and history buff. Dave was the very definition of a true family man. Dave enjoyed sharing his many life stories by his grill or smoker and feeding those he loved dearly his famous BBQ. He loved to listen too. If you were in his life, you were in his life for life. He gave everyone he knew the benefit of the doubt and treated all as he wanted to be treated every day. He could answer any question you ever asked him with knowledge and honesty. He never met a stranger and treated strangers as friends. Treated his friends and family with the utmost care, always everyone else first. He never thought of himself, others first. His bright blue eyes, famous grin and chuckle, soft-spoken advice and ability to never forget a detail of anyone’s life…will be forever missed. He was a Believer.

He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above, grandparents; along with his sister, Sara (Eric) Schneider.

David was survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Lori; daughter, Emily “Emmy” Wright (Seth) of Overland Park, Kansas; son, Clay Slaughter (Annie) of McCordsville, Indiana; and two granddaughters, Story and Maris Wright, along with sisters, Sharon Childers-Slaughter (late husband Milt), Aurora, Colorado; Sue Moore (Charlie), Bristol, Indiana, Lori’s sister, numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members and friends.

The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the entire Community Cancer Center North, Community North Hospice and associates, Community Rehab Hospital Team, as well as MD Anderson, Houston, their team and providers for all their loving care and medical treatment throughout his journey. Additionally, thank you to the family and friends who prayed for us, helped us, loved him and us along the path.

A memorial gathering will be from 9am to 11am on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4790 N. Shadeland Avenue, with a service to start at 11am. Inurnment to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
In Memory of Lori
The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana at https://www.diin.org/donate Please put “In Memory of Lori Slaughter” in the subject line
In Memory of Dave
The Dave Slaughter Memorial Cross Country Alumni Endowed Scholarship at Hillsdale College https://secured.hillsdale.edu/hillsdale/support-hillsdale-college


Visitation: June 10, 2021 9:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Memorial Service: June 10, 2021 11:00 am

St. Lawrence Catholic Church
4790 N. Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. May he rest in peace. He was a wonderful friend. He was our contact with Raymond James. He would stop by our house to see how we were doing. My wife had alzheimer’s for years before she passed last May and he was very concerned about her. We lived near him in the Admirals and moved away14 years ago.
    We miss you. Tom Herbst

  3. Dave was one of the nicest, thoughtful, and considerate people I have ever known. It was my pleasure to work with Dave over the years since we were both employed in the financial services business. It was typical for us and a few others to get a 3-6 mile run in at lunch when we worked downtown. Wonderful talks during those runs about his family ant sports.
    My deepest sympathy to his family. It is a tragedy to lose such a warm gracious husband , father and friend.Dave will be missed by many but remembered by all.
    Duane and Cindi Cretin

  4. We are so sorry to learn of this loss. David was the kindest of souls going back to our days at Rice Elementary School. Always friendly, always welcoming. Very much missed. You lead the pack, my friend. Godspeed.

  5. I can’t even begin to tell you how my heart is broken to hear of the passing of Dave and Lori. Have known them for many years…with Dave in the financial business and Lori who helped me decorate our house 26 years ago (still have the picture we picked together) and taking Aerobics in the basement of the church and Emmy who went to school with my son. Working with Dave through the years was such a joy. He was always quick with a story and always made you smile. All memories I will cherish. Both always had a smile on their face and such an upbeat personality. Sending hugs and prayers to Emmy and Clay for peace and comfort as you go through this most difficult time. Please let me know if I can do anything to help you through. I know that they will be together forever but they will surely be missed…

  6. Emily and Clay: Please accept my condolences in the tragic loss of your parents. I attended Hillsdale College with your father (he was one year ahead of me); we were members together of the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta. Your father was one of the most buoyantly optimistic and nicest persons I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. We used to meet occasionally for lunch in Indianapolis, but I regret that I had not seen him for several years, and I did not know of his illness. May God comfort you in your grief, and may your parents’ memory be eternal! Dan Motsinger (Hillsdale College ‘79)

  7. I am so shocked and saddened to learn of Dave and Lori’s deaths. I just can’t imagine. My deepest sympathy to Emily and Clay and all the family. I worked as a broker at EF Hutton in the 80s when Dave was just starting his career in financial services. I can remember many talks with Dave about getting started and building his business. I knew he would do well. He was honest, sincere and he cared about his clients. He also loved his wife and kids who were very young at the time. RIP my friend. Good Bless his family.

  8. I grew up with Sharon , her sisters and David lived in our neighborhood. My sincere sympathy to his family at this sad time.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss of your parents.Your dad was our financial advisor and Clyde and your dad became good friends through the years.Clyde has had a long journey with cancer as well and he and your dad supported each other.I met your mom years ago through the Ingrams.Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss of your parents.Your dad was our financial advisor and Clyde and your dad became good friends through the years.Clyde has had a long journey with cancer as well and he and your dad supported each other.I met your mom years ago through the Ingrams.Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dave was not only my financial advisor but my best friend. Lori and Dave had spent various memorable dinner evenings with us
    Dave was very thoughtful, patient and reliable friend and I miss him a lot.

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