In Memory of

Jack Michael Slaymaker

April 13, 1947 - February 26, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Jack Michael Slaymaker

Jack Michael Slaymaker

Born: April 13, 1947
Died: February 26, 2019
Age: 71

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In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

Jack Slaymaker, the son of Russell and Charlotte (Peacock) Slaymaker, was born April 13, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Spencer where he received his early education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1965.

After graduating High School, Jack spent some time in Arizona and California working the HVAC trade and, of course, fueling his passion for cars.  He made good friends and remained in contact throughout the years.  When Jack returned to Spencer he worked at Christians Sheet Metal as shop foreman until he purchased the business with Tony Sholly in 1996.  He retired in 2009.

     Jack’s passion for building, working on and driving vintage vehicles started when he was young and stayed with him throughout his life.  He also loved animals and rescued many.  Jack was a collector of all things.  He wanted to give everything a home.

     Jack married Lorri Ann Jahn on February 11, 1989, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Following their marriage, they remained living in Spencer attending numerous car events, enjoying sprint car races, swap meets and auctions together.  Sometimes doing nothing but being together was a favorite pastime.

     Jack passed away at his home in Spencer, Iowa, on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the age of 71.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Charlene McAmis and Diane “Didy” Kunzmann; and one brother-in-law, Neal McAmis.

     He is survived by his wife, Lorri of Spencer, IA; one brother, Dennis and his wife, Sharon Slaymaker of Spencer, IA; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

10:00 A.M., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Charlie Gilmore
Mike Grems
Casey Timmer
Kevin White
Mark White
Per Clarke
John Williamson
Visitation will begin 3:00 P.M., Friday with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Friday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
North Lawn Memorial Park
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at the Grace United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the graveside services.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM
“I never met Jack.
I never knew his family until I met his brother Dennis recently.
I was picking up a car the family sold in Fostoria.
I ended up spending a few hours viewing part of Jack’s Collection.
I left with the Chainsaw Rocket Ship.
I gave to my welder Reg Yoder in Iowa City the next day.
Anybody that would have a Chainsaw Rocket Ship as part of their
Collection musta been a helluva guy .....

Freighter Jim”
- Freighter Jim
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 7:34 AM
“Lorri, my deepest heartfelt condolences go out to you in your time of loss. My family and Jack's were next door neighbors in high school, so we spent a lot of time walking to school together. I just heard of his passing today, and quite a shock it was! He will be missed by many as I never knew of anyone who didn't like him and enjoy his friendship. Rest in Peace my old friend!”
- Bill Griggs
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:50 PM
“Sorry to hear of Jack's passing away, very sad for the entire family but God has gotten another gearhead in his garage of speed & modification to go fast...….Godspeed !!”
- Steve ( goobe ) Essick
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:50 PM
“Lorri, Donld Lamb I dont know what to say. I always considered Jack my best friend when living in Spencer and one of the finest person I ever worked with and will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. I can relate to what your going through and know that you have loved ones you can learn on, having gone through it myself I know how hard it is. I hope that jack was able to find peace with Jesus Christ love, Donald p9p”
- Donald Lamb
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 12:56 PM
“Jack is embedded in my childhood memory as a fun loving character who helped fuel my imagination. Slaymaker stories get told and retold out here , especially on the way out to El Mirage. So sad to hear. You all are in our prayers.”
- Jonathan Schroder
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 12:20 PM
“Heard many great stories about Jack from nephew Rick McAmis. Condolences to the family from Nixa, MO. ”
- Steve Petersen
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:57 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Jack. I have known Jack since grade school. We use to trade comic books. That's been a long time ago. Tom has known him since working with Lorri at the bank. Was always great to visit with him when we would see him. Our thoughts are with you!!”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:46 AM
“Lorri so sorry to hear about Jack.What a great guy he was.Always enjoyed you both as neighbors.”
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8:11 PM
Truly sorry that Jack has left us. Had many good times and will miss his humor and infectious laugh.”
- Emery & Carol Lee
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:26 PM
“Glad we were able to touch base with Jack at Kenny J's retirement party last fall. Our condolences to the family.”
- Stan and Jean Tripp
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 2:01 PM
“Lorri and family, we are so saddened by Jack's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Paul and Rebecca Westhoff
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jacks passing! He was a mentor and admired by everyone that knew him!!! Always looked forward to talking with him and learning more about his many passions ! Gona miss our talks Rip Jack”
- David Mills
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:13 AM
“Lorri, so sorry to hear about Jack, he was a great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bob & Lavon Montgomery
Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:45 AM
“ I grew up knowing Jack, a good friend and always fun to be around, prayers go out to his family. ”
- John Muetzel
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:47 PM
“What an icon in the area and car community. Jack always had a minute or two when he saw you and was fun to talk to. Was always Jumpin Jack Flash to me. Much Respect! Lori and Dennis and Family, my condolences. Jerry”
- Jerry Faulkner
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:51 PM
“Dearest Lauri, I’m so very sorry to hear of Jacks passing. May you find comfort in your wonderful memories and may you feel Gods loving arms wrapping you in Love and peace.”
- Judy Van Dyke
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:51 PM
“Jack Slaymaker was one of my mentors, if it wouldn't of been for Jack I probably would of never wanted so many street rods or custom cars. I know he will be thoroughly missed. He's in heaven trying to figure out how big of a garage god will let him build. Rest in Peace old friend”
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 2:32 PM
“It has been a privilege knowing Jack. He will be very much missed.”
- Gary Pithan
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 2:32 PM
“Upstanding gentleman and will be very much missed.”
- Gary and Jan Pithan
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:24 PM
“Lorri and family: We are thinking of you a during this difficult time. Jack will be missed by all the lives he touched.”
- Deb/Dave woodcock
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:24 PM
“So sorry to hear about Jack's passing. He was such a very nice person, Eldon always enjoyed visiting with him & sold him several old cars to fix. May he RIP and drive his cars on The Heavenly Highway. God bless his family, may they hold all their memories close to their hearts. ”
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:07 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Jack was one of my favorite people to talk to, maybe I should say listen to. He will be greatly missed.”
- Cal & Bev Schreyer
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“To everyone in Jack's family I extend to you my heartfelt sympathy
and my prayers of comfort. I first met Jack when I worked at Christian's Corp
as part of my Office Education Training (back in the mid 70's) I always loved
running into him and of course his cool cars. RIP Jack”
- Mari Lu Larson
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“So sorry to hear of Jacks passing. What a laid back great guy. R.I.P. buddy.”
- Steve Hall
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:06 PM
“My heart keeps hurting for you Lorie & family!
Great memories that Kent used to share with me about this man !
3 or 4 days ago Jack commented on a post of mine in FB and I thought at that time I should meaaage him and remind him how much admiration my late husband had for Him!
That he loved him !
I guess Kent was able to tell him himself !
My deepest sympathies go out to all of you !
My prayers are for peace in your hearts !
Love you all ”
- Rhonda Olson
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM
“Lots of childhood memories of Jack and sharing our Collie dog, Whiskers with him and his family....always fun taking a ride in his cool cars ! He never forgot the "little" neighboorhood kids. Always a smile and hello when we would run into each other. Sure going to miss him. Thoughts and prayers to all his family. ”
- Gary and Vicki Seversen
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:41 AM
“Lorri- I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Jack. He was one of my most favorite people to shoot the shit with. He always made me laugh and was just a great guy overall. I know your heart is hurting, just know that your work family is always here for you.
- Kelsie Baccam
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“So sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many.”
- Black Knights Car Club
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“Lori and Family, I am sorry I've never met you, but I certainly want to convey my sympathy to you in the loss of Jack. He was a classmate of mine with a wonderful charismatic personality. He was a "people person" for sure and will definitely be missed by many friends, and of course family. You will be in our prayers in the difficult days ahead, Lori. God bless you with His peace and may the happy memories
be a great comfort.”
- Charlene Smith Radcliffe
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:09 AM
“We were shocked and saddened to hear of the awful news of the untimely loss of Jack yesterday. Although we've been away from the area for a number of years I won't ever forget Jack, the gentle soul that was a talented craftsman and the collector of all cool things "Hot Rod". We were hoping to see Jack and Dennis this summer when come back to the area and revisit the times spent at the Spencer Rod Run, Swap Meet and Bonneville Salt Flats. Our heartfelt condolences are with you Lori, Dennis and Sharon. Godspeed Jack.”
- Jerry and Jan Mlady
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 8:08 AM
“Lorri. We were so sorry to hear of Jack's passing! Sending many hugs your way.”
- Nancy Hanson
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 9:05 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Jack will be missed. I'll miss seeing his face in the pharmacy at Walmart. ”
- Jamie Walker
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 8:16 PM
“My sincere condolences to the Slaymaker family. I thought the shock of moving back to Spencer and arriving the end of January was something, but the loss of Jack is beyond shocking. The world has a lost a special individual who is sorely missed. The summers when I returned to visit and saw Jack I always heard Elvis in the background singing "I Did It My Way !!!" and he did. Rest In Peace but keep those exhausts rumbling. ”
- Bill Hansen
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:12 PM
“Sending out prayers for Jacks family..”
- Loren and Rhonda Remillard
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6:36 PM
“Dear Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Jack.. We always enjoyed seeing him at Rock the Roof At the lake with his old car.
He for sure will be missed by many.
Love ❤️ and 🙏 prayers to you all,
Roger and Jackie Mann
- Jackie Mann
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 6:22 PM
“Lori, and Family, I only knew Jack a short time through his brother Dennis BUT He was a Great Guy, always friendly, happy and always had something nice to say, He will be missed, Thoughts & Prayers to You and Your Family!!”
- Archie Dunham
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:57 PM
So sorry for your loss 😓
Jack was definitely one of the good guys!
Take care and God Bless 🙏🏻
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:47 PM
“Lori, Dennis and family. Jack was a very special hot rod buddy and best friend and I will miss him very much! Jack, Dennis and I had many great times together over the years and I will never forget them! Always remember his laugh and keep him close in your hearts.”
- Rod and Diane Ensz
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:46 PM
“From being our hot rod neighbor to my shop foreman for 10 years we are deeply saddened at the loss of a heck of nice guy. Will miss your smile and the little chuckle you had when we’d meet on the street or at Menards Rest In Peace big guy.”
- Jim&vickie Montgomery
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:06 PM
“My sincere condolences to the Slaymaker family!”
- Jay Santage
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:34 PM
“The BEST Uncle ever, so unique and fun-loving. Sad I didn't get to say good-bye. Many wonderful memories, at Bonneville and swap meets, races and always uncluding hot-rods. Will miss him dearly, until we meet again! ”
- Julie Slaymaker-Dollansky
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:03 PM
“Jack was a Spencer icon as I was growing up. I will always remember Jack's mystique with his 1963 Black Fuel-Injected Corvette. Jack's swagger demonstrated style and "cool". This gear-head/car-guy will never forget Jack Slaymaker. Thank you Jack. You will be missed.”
- Ronald Johnson
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“God bless Lori and the family. Jack was a great friend and hot rod mentor. I will miss him very much. ”
- Jon and Becky Jamison
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