Eldon Sloan, Topeka, died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home. He was 103 years old. He was born in Hoxie, Kansas, on March 26, 1909, the oldest of Judge Edward R. and Julia Wright Sloan. The family moved to Holton in 1911, and he graduated from high school there in 1927. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1931, where he played cornet in the marching band, once under the baton of John Philip Sousa. He graduated from Washburn Law School in 1933 and entered into private law practice in Topeka with the firm, Sloan, Hamilton & Sloan. The firm still bears his name. He retired in 1979, but maintained an office at the firm until 2010, and at the time of his death, was the oldest active member of the Kansas Bar Association.
Mr. Sloan served in the US Navy in World War II. He was a Police Judge for the City of Topeka from 1941 to 1944. He was Director of Valuation for the State of Kansas from 1957 to 1960, a member of the Board of Regents from 1964 to 1968. He was a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral for nearly 80 years, serving on the Vestry and as both Junior and Senior Warden. Other memberships include the Topeka Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Topeka Country Club, a life membership in the Topeka Elks Club, the American, Kansas and Topeka Bar Associations, the Judicature Society, and he was a Fellow in the Kansas Bar Foundation. He also served on the Boards of the YMCA, Jayhawk Council of Boy Scouts, and Family Service and Guidance Center, of which he also served as President.
On October 31, 1934, he married Harriet Burrows Perry in Topeka. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2003. He is survived by his son, John and wife Carol of Gig Harbor, Washington, and their five children; his son, Paul and wife Karen of San Rafael, California, and their three children; and his daughter, Mary Mozingo of Lawrence, and her daughter, as well as 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Justice Gordon Sloan of Salem, Oregon, his sister, Clarice Belden of Topeka, and his grandson, Samuel Mozingo.
Mr. Sloan was cremated. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels, 5724 SW Huntoon St, Topeka, KS 66604 or The Capper Foundation, 3500 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
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