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William Herbert Sluder Jr., 71, of Lexington Park died Jan. 4, 2013, at Hospice House of St. Mary’s.

Born Aug. 10, 1941, in Kermit, W.Va., he was the son of the late William Herbert Sluder Sr. and Maude Mae (Preece) Sluder.

He married Jane Ann Hamara on Aug. 14, 1965, in West Orange, N.J. They spent more than 47 happy years together. He and his wife and children lived in St. Mary’s County for more than 40 years while he spent most of his career as a middle school principal at Margaret Brent Middle School, Spring Ridge Middle School and Leonardtown Middle School. He retired in 1996 and worked for Emory Riddle Aeronautical University at Patuxent River Naval Air Station for two years. He also substituted occasionally in the public school system, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and served as a bailiff in the St. Mary’s circuit court system.

He was an avid golfer, played in the St. Mary’s County Horseshoe League for more than 20 years and loved to garden, play chess, prepare food for the members of the local Elks lodge, spend family vacations at the beach, travel with his wife, play cards with friends, root for the Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland and, in general, enjoy each day as it came.

He was a member of the National Education Association, Maryland State Teachers Association, St. Mary’s County Teachers Association, original member of the Lexington Park Optimist Club, St. Mary’s County Horseshoe League and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks 2092.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Luann K. Wonders of Arlington, Va., and William H. Sluder III of Crofton; grandchildren, Melissa G. Sluder and William H. Sluder IV of Gambrills and Lucy Ann Wonders of Arlington; and two sisters, Mary Louise Mart of Hiawatha, Iowa, and Artlene Boyter of Belpre, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Lloyd Ray Sluder and Helen Lambert.

The family will receive friends today, Jan. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church. An Elks memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., with a funeral service conducted by the Rev. Sheldon Reese following. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Great Mills.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.