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Charles Ritchie Slater

June 13, 1998 ~ June 20, 2018 (age 20)

Charles “Chip” Ritchie Slater, 20, died on June 20, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  Chip was a loving son, grandson, nephew, and friend to many and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving mother Heide Mairs, Nanny and second mother, Edna Juarez, father Charles Slater, grand-parents Robert and Helen Mairs, Chuck and Cheryl Slater, Frieda Hodge, aunts and uncles Julia Mairs Weisbecker, Elizabeth Mairs, Robert Mairs (Aimee), Tonya Slater Phillips, Ray Slater, Tippy Geurin, numerous cousins and his kitties Zorro and Jasmine.

Chip was born June 13, 1998 and in his twenty short years touched many lives.  He attended St. Andrews pre school, West University Elementary School, Awty International School, Montana Academy, and the Post Oak School.  At the time of his passing, he was a first year student at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  One of his proudest moments was achieving Eagle Scout in May 2016.    

Chip and his mom travelled to the ends of earth from Egypt to Hawaii, including Paris, London, Norway, Italy, and all around the Mediterranean Sea.  He loved the ocean and the serenity of the sea as well as time spent with family in the woods along the shores of Lake Superior.

Chip was many things to many people:  A musician, an artist, a gardener, a curious scientist and student of life, among other things.  But most of all he was a loyal and dedicated friend.  He knew no strangers, only friends he hadn’t met yet.  He could always be counted on to lend a hand to a friend in trouble, and these relationships were most important to him.  Recently he was investigating an EMT position because it would combine a long held interest in medicine with helping people.  Our time with Chip was too short but his influence and impact will live on through the many friends and family who he cared about and who cared about him so deeply.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from three until six o’clock in the evening with a celebration of his life at four o’clock at Bradshaw-Carter Memorial & Funeral Services, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston.   A memorial service will be held at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota later this week. Details to be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, the family request gifts in Chip’s memory be directed to Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Animeals on Wheels program ; Sam Houston Area Council of Scouting or the recovery charity of your choice.

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