Joseph Harley Slagle


Joseph Harley Slagle, 84, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, a son of the late Joseph Willard and Bertha Virginia (Soyster) Slagle. He married Barbara Suzanne Chilcote on Oct. 19, 1957, at Altoona First Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Deidre A. “Dee Dee” Wendl (Bill) of Plano, Texas, and Susan E. Auld (Tim) of Ottawa, Canada; seven grandchildren, Beth Highfil (Jeff), Katelyn Miller (Zach), Kristen Gordon (Nick), Brooke Wendl, Joshua Auld, Luke Wendl and Emma Auld; and a daughter-in-law, Jackie Slagle of Altoona.

Harley was preceded in death by his son, Jay Harley Slagle, on Aug. 3, 2014.

Mr. Slagle attended Altoona Alliance Church. He was a 1954 graduate of Altoona High School and was also a 1956 graduate of Altoona School of Commerce.

Harley worked for Altoona Trust from 1956-67 and at Reliance Savings Bank from 1967 until his retirement in 1995. He began as a teller and worked many positions throughout his career. He was a bank manager at the Plank Road and Tyrone locations. He ended his career as a mortgage loan originator.

After retirement, he and his son, Jay, started a family business, Slagle Enterprises, helping people with home improvements.

During his lifetime, he served his community on many boards, including Table Rock Girl Scout Council, Blair Christian Home, Rotary Club, Home Nursing Agency, Altoona Housing Authority, Amtran Bus Authority and Calvary Baptist Church.

In his later years, he enjoyed word search puzzles and following the stock market.

He will always be remembered for his smile and his love for people.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tim McGarvey officiating. Interment will be made at Alto Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to Precious Life Inc., 1716 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.

We welcome the use of masks and social distancing protocols.