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Sept. 26, 1945 - Oct. 27, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Raymond Dean Slaten, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 27, in his Oklahoma City home of natural causes. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Chapel of Smith, Kernke Funeral Home, 1401 NW 23, in Oklahoma City. Ray was born Sept. 26, 1945, to Carl E. and Lucille Best Slaten. He was a twin with Weyman Gene Slaten and their mother later said the boys were "beautiful" and that raising them and their older sister, Rena Roberta Slaten, was "the happiest time of our lives." He graduated from high school in Oklahoma City and earned a Bachelor and a Master's degree from Oklahoma State University then became active in theatre and drama groups in Oklahoma City. A Vietnam veteran, Ray saw action in several locations and during the Tet Offensive received wounds that would affect him the rest of his life. One of his proudest times was when his father, a civilian contractor, arranged to be temporarily assigned to Vietnam so he could be with his son. When he returned from the war Ray continued his education and renewed associations in theatre, arts and cultural communities in the central Oklahoma City area. Ray enjoyed friends at the Red Cup Cafe and at the Downtown YMCA where he got great satisfaction from reading to groups of young children. He liked to experience various spiritual activities and religious denominations, including participating in an Indian sweat lodge ceremony and attending different churches and temples. He was preceded in death by his parents and older sister. Survivors include his twin brother, Weyman, nieces and nephews, several cousins and many special friends including Jan Rose, Kim Moffett, John Elias, L.D. Coate and Rev. Kris Ladusau of the Dharma Center.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 4, 2012
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