Jack Anthony Sloma

Jack Anthony Sloma, USAF

March 20, 1931 – January 27, 2010

Richland – Jack Anthony Sloma, 78, of Richland, MI, after a valiant fight passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, January 27, 2010 at Select Specialty Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI. He was born March 20, 1931 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Thaddeus F. “Ted” Sloma and Bertha Mae (Van Vuren) Sloma.

Jack had worked for Sears & Roebuck managing the catalogue department, when they were located downtown then moved to the Lakeview Square Mall where he worked in sales in the tools, lawn and garden departments. Jack worked for Sears for 35 years and retired 1992.

He is survived by his only brother: Ronald C. Sloma and Barbara Sloma of Battle Creek, MI; three nieces: Sara M. and Dr. Benjamin T. Huelsbergen of Battle Creek, MI, Melinda M. Sloma of Phoenix, AZ, and Krisa Sloma of Reston, VA; three nephews: Major Ronald J. Sloma of Phoenix, AZ, Steven M. Sloma of St. Petersburg, FL, and Craig A. Sloma of College Town, TX.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and great-niece: Olivia Anne Huelsbergen.

Jack graduated with the Class of 1949 from St. Philip Catholic Central where he served as the class President; he then joined the Air Force during Korean War to be an Airman First Class from 1951-1955 and was a crew chief for helicopters.

He had attended KCC and Western Michigan studying engineering. Jack was a faithful member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Richland. He enjoyed fishing, pheasant hunting, enjoyed a good day of golfing or bowling, enjoyed photography and was an avid reader. Jack collected ALL the old Western movies on DVD and was a true animal lover. Jack was a kind and gentle man.

Visitation will be at the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service after 12 noon Sunday, where the family will be present from 4-8 p.m. and a short prayer service will be at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday (February 1, 2010) at the St. Ann’s Catholic Church (12648 East D Avenue, Augusta, MI) with Rev. Father Chris Derda officiating. Burial will follow at the Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial tributes may be made to Alagille Syndrome Alliance. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 www.bachmanhebble.com

Published by Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 31, 2010.

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