MOUNT CARROLL—On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Donald Wayne Slick followed his path to eternal life at age 80.
Don will be dearly missed by his wife of 30 years, Merille, and his children, Carey and John (Jodi). Six grandchildren who will miss their Papa are Natalie, Casey, Shane, Trisha, Shannon (Travis) and Rachel. Don has been blessed with five great-grandchildren.
He also enjoyed spending time with Merille's crew, which includes three children, their spouses and six additional grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Joan; and two brothers, James and Randy.
Don was born Jan. 13, 1941, in Mount Carroll, the son of Floyd Slick and Erma (Ethridge) Slick. He attended country grade schools and graduated in 1958 from Mount Carroll High School.
He attended Lincoln Barber College in Moline. Slick's Barber Shop, a staple in the community, operated for nearly 50 years. Don also farmed and later enjoyed his hobby of antique tractors.
Orange became his true color as he brought old Allis Chalmers back to life. These tractors were a part of local Fourth of July parades as well as lengthy travel to North Dakota and Canada. Annual Fourth of July gatherings on the farm were the biggest event of the year for him. The tractor shop doubled as the think tank for the Dirty Dozen, a special group of friends who met weekly.
An avid sports fan, Don cheered for the Chicago Bears and Cubs along with great support for the Mount Carroll Hawks through the years. Lifelong resident of Mount Carroll and member of Berreman Church of God, Don and his wife had recently relocated to Kentucky.
A visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. with funeral service to follow on Saturday, March 20, at Russell Frank Funeral Home in Lanark. Burial will take place at Lanark Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in Don's memory.