RALPH EDWARD SLATER was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for 26 years with the Camden County Sheriff's Department, retiring on February 1, 2003. He then worked as civilian identification officer with the Camden Police Department, and lastly was employed with the Camden Fire Department in the Fire Marshall's office.

Ralph E. Slater passed away on October 13, 2015 after battling lung cancer for two years. He was survived by his wife and daughters.

Philadelphia Inquirer - October 15, 2015

Ralph Edward Slater, Jr. 
AGE: 68 
Cherry Hill 

Ralph Edward Slater, Jr., of Cherry Hill and formerly of Woodlynne passed away on October 13, 2015 surrounded by his family after a brave two year battle with lung cancer. Son of the late Ralph and Ethel Slater of Audubon Park. Beloved husband of the late Theresa Slater. Devoted and loving father of Carolyn and Diana. Brother of the late Donald Miller and Barbara Weihmiller. Also survived by many cherished cousins and nephews.

Ralph graduated Audubon High School in 1966. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the Air Force from 1966 to 1972 as a Security Sergeant. He received the Bronze Star Medal for leadership and meritorious service. He met his wife Theresa as a patient at West Jersey Hospital, where she was his nurse. They married in 1972 and were married for over 41 years until her death. He worked at the Camden County Sheriff's Department for 26 years and retired as a Sergeant. He then worked as a Civilian Identification Officer for the Camden City Police Department and most recently for the Camden City Fire Marshall's Office. Throughout his career he made many dear friends whom he treasured. He was devoted to his family and he considered his neighbors close friends. He worked hard throughout his life. He took pride in improving his home and enjoyed woodworking and crossword puzzles. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and "Slater stories". He was a man of pride and honor and always strived to be a good man and Christian.

Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Saturday, October 17th from 9:30am to 11:00am at the BOCCO FUNERAL HOME, 1300 North Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00am in the funeral home. Interment at Locustwood Memorial Park 1500 Rt. 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ. To share condolences, please visit http://www.boccofuneralhome.com/