Richard C. "Rich" Slocum

Born: Wed., Dec. 6, 1950
Died: Mon., Sep. 26, 2016


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 30, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 01, 2016
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Richard Carey “Rich” Slocum went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday September 26, 2016.

Rich was born on December 6, 1950 in Searcy, AK, and was the son of Floyd Benjamin Slocum and Dessie Pearl (Allen) Slocum.

Rich started working at Kmart in Mattoon, IL, and then at the Robinson Computer Systems. He later taught English and Composition at Lincoln Trail College for 17 years. He was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Oblong, IL, and member of the OHS Class of 1968. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1974 with a Bachelor and two years later with two Masters Degrees.

Rich enjoyed watching Jeopardy and only rarely did he not know an answer and he won first place at the Oblong Community Club Trivial Pursuit Competition in 1984. He also enjoyed watching old movies, listening to music and, in early years, playing his guitar. Rich also enjoyed singing with the Slocum Family Singers.  Rich was a repository of knowledge for the entire Slocum family. He was the “Google” before Google.

Rich is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, William K. “Bill” and Becky Slocum, Lebanon, TN; two sisters and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Larry Henry, Oblong, IL, and Judith Mae Slocum, Oblong, IL, with whom he made his home. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews: Pam Henry, Joe Henry and wife Nikki, Bill Henry, Jodi Henry Wiman and husband Jeff, and Carrie Sablone and great nieces and nephews Ian and Tristan Sablone and Kristin and Raegan Henry all of Oblong, IL.

Preceding Rich in death were his parents Floyd and Dessie (Allen) Slocum and one niece Amy Lynn Slocum.

Celebration of Rich’s Life will be at 11:00 AM Saturday October 1, 2016, at Pulliam Funeral Home Oblong, IL. Burial will follow in the Oblong Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM Friday September 30, 2016, at Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, IL. The family requests that an expression of sympathy may take the form of contribution to the Evangelical United Methodist Church of Oblong Furnace Fund or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Envelopes available at or may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.

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“Never again will we hear him correctly answer every single question on Jeopardy; never again will we hear the clever quips that just poured out of him; never again will we be simply astonished at the knowledge that he had; never again will we hear that laugh when he got tickled at something.  But, as hard as that is to wrap our brains around right now, we also know that it is ok.  It’s ok because we know that he is happy there with Grandma and Grandpa and so many others.  It’s ok because he is now a part of the angel choir.  It’s ok because not only is he walking on the Streets of Gold, but he’s also walking for the first time in decades without pain or limitations.  It’s ok because he knew Jesus and he was ready to go and meet Him.”

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Jan (Tommy) Jones
   Posted Tue September 27, 2016
A master of quick wit, puns, and sound effects, Richie could always make me laugh -- what a great legacy that is. I'm so glad he was part of my life, and will always cherish the memories.

Jim Jones
   Posted Wed September 28, 2016
Life now has an empty spot in it knowing he is gone.
It makes me smile knowing that he can now play with the Higgs Boson for real.
One of the very few that I could truly call friend.

   Posted Wed September 28, 2016
It was an honor to know Rich for the short time that I did. I will never forget his witty phrases and the way he made me laugh. Rich exuded positivity and was truly a man of faith. In spite of his physical condition, Rich's spirit was rock solid. Once when I asked how he was doing on that particularly tough day, he responded "My best days are ahead of me." That is something I will never forget. May peace be with his wonderful family and friends.

Donna LeFever Bowman
   Posted Fri September 30, 2016
Phyllis and Judy,
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Bless you all.

Linda D. Miller
   Posted Mon October 24, 2016
Judy, my deepest sympathies on Rich's passing. I just learned the news here in Ontario. I had him for an instructor at LTC many years ago & greatly enjoyed the time in his class. He was one of the few to ever encourage me about my writing. I know there is an empty place in your family but I know you will rejoice with him again.

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