Patrick Ray Slaughter, age 22, of Philadelphia, PA, formerly of Wabasha, died February 28, 2014 in Philadelphia. He was born June 25, 1991 in Perham, MN, the son of Larry and Katrina (Szarke) Slaughter. He graduated from Wabasha-Kellogg High School in 2009. While he was a student at Wabasha-Kellogg he was employed by Hill Hardware. He later moved to Philadelphia to attend school. Most recently he was employed as a supervisor for Bartash Printing Company in Philadelphia.
Patrick was a very artistic person and a lover of the arts. He was very active in the drama department of Wabasha-Kellogg High School, appearing as an actor in many of the school’s productions. He was also a member of the school’s rock band, “Rockmeister and the Test Tube Babies,” serving as the drummer. He loved drawing and painting, dabbling in abstract art and graffiti. He also loved the outdoors and the leaves on the trees. Patrick had an infectious smile that brought joy to everyone who knew him. He will be missed beyond measure.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Katrina and Lonnie Grotjahn, Wabasha, MN and his father, Larry Slaughter, Jr., Winona, MN; brother and sister-in-law, Alex and Kayla Slaughter, and their daughter, and Patrick’s niece, Azaelia Slaughter, brother, Logan Slaughter, sister, Deborah Slaughter, brother, David Grotjahn and step-sister, Jordyn Anderson; maternal grandfather, James (Dianne) Szarke, Perham, MN; paternal grandmother, Patty Slaughter, Jeffersonville, IN; paternal great-grandmother, Christine Pratt, Charlestown, IN; aunts, uncles and cousins; and his special friend, Kelly Lynch, Philadelphia, PA. He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Patricia Szarke, paternal grandfather, Larry Slaughter, Sr., and two aunts, Debbie Mueller and Shawn Slaughter.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 11:00am at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha with Doug Snyder officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha. Casket bearers will be Alex, Logan and Deborah Slaughter, David Grotjahn, Jordyn Anderson, Michael Mueller, Joseph Mueller and Zach Pacis. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday one hour before the service.