Sept. 18, 1945-Oct. 16, 2018
Jack passed away quietly at home with his wife by his side on Oct. 16, 2018. He was born on Sept. 18, 1945 in Westhope, North Dakota to Marvin and Margaret Sletten, the middle of five children. When he was 11, the Sletten family relocated to Anaconda where Jack graduated from Anaconda High School in 1963.
On Dec. 31, 1970, Jack was introduced to his soul mate during a blind date. He and Eileen McKittrick were married on Oct. 3, 1971 in Anaconda. Jack and Eileen lived their entire married life in the same home in the West Valley until Jack's passing.
Upon graduation in 1963, Jack joined the United States Air Force having served one tour during the Vietnam War. In 1968, Jack was honorably discharged from the Air Force and returned to Anaconda. He owned and operated Jack's Enco gas station until 1973, after which he worked for many years as a mechanic, school bus driver and then as a crusher supervisor at S&N Concrete. In 1992, Jack enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard. He retired from military duty in September 2010, having spent 24 years total in the military.
Jack retired from the West Valley Fire Department after serving 20 years as a volunteer, he was a member of the American Legion, VFW, the Grumpy Old Men and the Spooky Brotherhood. During his younger years, Jack enjoyed coaching his son in baseball and wrestling. In 2013, Jack was reintroduced to members of the Spooky team, his squad from Vietnam. They held reunions yearly across the country. He also enjoyed hunting, tinkering with vehicles, spending time with the members of Spooky, telling jokes, signing silly made up songs and anything that involved his granddaughters.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Marvin and Margaret Sletten; older brother, Marvin "Red" Sletten; father and mother in-law, Dan and Catherine McKittrick; and brothers in-law, Richard Vanisko and Lynn Hochstrasser.
Jack is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eileen; son, Christian Sletten and his girlfriend, Cindy Eastman of Deer Lodge; daughter, Katie Ward and husband, Brad of Missoula; granddaughters, Sierra and Olivia Ward; stepdaughter, Laura Rieger and husband, Harold of Toledo, Ohio; sister, Kay Hochstrasser of Anaconda and Vickie Vanisko of Helena; in-laws, Cheryl and Mike Dunn of Anaconda, Pat and Sharon McKittrick, Tom and Lisa McKittrick and Tim and Carole McKittrick, all of Great Falls; along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church. lnterment with military honors will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service along with a luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack's name to the American Legion Post 21, the Grumpy Old Men, Pintler Hospice or to the donor's choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Jack’s family.