ROBERT EDWARD SLOAN SR. was born July 10, 1937 to Theolpia Whittington Sloan and Charlie Sloan Sr. in Donora, PA. He was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home. along with his two sisters and seven brothers. Robert, fondly known to all as Bob; was baptized at the early age of twelve at St. Paul Baptist Church in Donora, where he also attended public schools and was very studious. The football coaches were ecstatic when he tried out and made the teams during his junior and senior high school years as a right guard. Tensions were always high before a big game, but to ease his spirit he played his violin in the locker room, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed and he enjoyed playing for them. Bob blazed the football fields, where he was fearfully but fervently known as the “Hammer!” He had talent, brawn and brains.
After graduating, he entered the United States Marine Corps, where he continued his studies and rein on the football field. Robert served proudly in the military for twenty-two years. He was involved in Beirut Lebanon and the Bay of Pigs conflicts, as well as serving three tours in Vietnam. In 1966, he had an opportunity to be stationed in Washington DC or California. He chose California and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1977 as a decorated MSgt. (Master Sargent).
While in the United States Marine corps, Robert he met and married his “Honey”, Nora Brown. Their marriage of more than 50 years brought forth three children: two daughters, Diane and Valerie Sloan and one son, Robert Edward Sloan Jr. Robert and Nora joined Mt. Erie Baptist church and remained faithful members for a number of years. As a young, loving couple and even up through their senior years, they were very active.
Robert and Nora enjoyed extended cruise ship vacations, fishing, and countless road trips. Bob followed all sports; but especially loved college and pro football games.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nora E. Sloan; son, Robert E. Sloan Jr., his parents; Theoplia and Charlie Sloan; four brothers: Gonzales, Charles, Winslow and Westley Sloan, and one sister, Gwendolyn.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters: Diane and Valerie Sloan of San Diego, CA.; grandchildren, Rodney Sloan of Long Beach, CA, Marcel Sloan of Chandler, AZ, Qaadir Fardan, Tianna Davis, Devery Worsham all from San Diego, CA, Amber and Cameron Sloan both of Seattle WA; his sister, Charliemae White (Theodore) of Donora, PA; brother, George Stanford Sloan (Lucille)of Philadelphia, PA. And James Sloan (Brenda) Sloan of San Diego, CA; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins on the East and West coasts.
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