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John William (Bill) Sleeman
89, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness following emergency surgery for a rare esophageal rupture.
He was the son of Roy Sleeman and Isabel (Conner) Sleeman of Frostburg, Md. In addition to his parents, he is pre-deceased by his brother, James Roy Sleeman and sister, Ruth (Sleeman) Krippene.
As a teenager Bill worked at Sleeman Brothers’ Lumber Mill. He learned to fly airplanes and had a life-long interest in aviation, building and flying his own model airplanes. During World War II, he served in the Air Force with the 329 th Bomb Squadron from 1943-45 and returned to graduate from Beall High School in 1946. He studied at Frostburg State and graduated for the University of Maryland where he also completed graduate work toward a masters degree. Bill taught industrial arts at Sparrows Point in Baltimore and also at Bruce High School before joining Westvaco as a Maintenance Planner where he worked until his retirement in 1988. At Westvaco he received a special commendation for saving a co-worker’s life during an industrial accident.
He is survived by his widow, Shirley (Raines) Sleeman; three children, Sharon S. Prado and her husband, John Brooks Howard, of Dublin, Ireland, Melissa S. Fazenbaker, of Frostburg, Md, and David R. Sleeman, of Accident, Md.; his grandchildren, Justin Sleeman, his wife Rebecca and daughter Nora, Nathan Sleeman and wife Jessseca, Megan Elizabeth Prado, Matthew Fazenbaker, Sean Sleeman, and Andrew Fazenbaker.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 10626 York Road, Suite A, Cockeysville, Maryland, 21030.
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