|He was a lifetime
resident of South Amherst and attended South Amherst schools.
He served in the U.S. Air Corps during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star.
In 1950 he started Sliman's Sales and Service, a Dodge dealership in Amherst. He retired
in 1989. Before that he had operated a trucking company from the Cleveland Quarries in
South Amherst. He was also an active developer of Amherst during the 1960s, developing the
Dodge, Lancer and Royal Drive neighborhood.
Sliman was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and American
Legion Post 197, both of South Amherst. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and working
in his workshop.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ruth C. (nee Dellefield); son, Ray Sliman of
Vermilion; daughters Catherine Chiavetta of Fort Collins, Colo., Virginia Sliman of
Kennewick, Wash., Lee Sliman of Cloverdale, Ore., and Carol Rolli of Birmingham; sister,
Margaret Sliman of South Amherst; brothers Sam Sliman of South Amherst and Pete Sliman of
Amherst; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph, in 1970,
and Mary (nee Deeby) Sliman, in 1971; brothers Michael, in 1994, and David, in 1950; and
sisters Martha Abraham, in 1993, and Anne Sliman, in 1929.
Friends may call Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851
Park Ave., Amherst. Prayers at the funeral home Friday at 10:15 a.m. will be followed at
11 a.m. by Mass of Christian burial in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic
Church, 333 S. Lake St., South Amherst. The Rev. Denis St. Marie, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst, with military honors by the Amherst
Veterans Military Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church,
333 S. Lake St., South Amherst 44001.