William Sluiter died Dec. 22, 2012, at his home at The Meadows at East Mountain, Rutland.
He was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Platte, S.D., the youngest child of Janis and Jennie Sluiter, first-generation Dutch immigrants.
When he was 10 years old, in the middle of the Great Depression and the Midwest Dust Bowl, his family moved to Delaware County, N.Y., where they settled as dairy farmers.
He graduated from A.L. Kellogg Central School in Treadwell, N.Y., where he was both a scholar and a basketball star.
He attended Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a major in English.
He served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant, and an instructor of officer candidates at Fort Benning, Ga. He also served in Germany with the Army of Occupation.
He returned to Colgate in 1946-47, where he received a master’s degree in education.
On June 29, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Barlow, in Treadwell, N.Y. He and his new wife took teaching positions at Andes (N.Y.) Central School, he in high school English and she in music.
In 1950, he went into the insurance agency business in Margaretville, N.Y., forming the company Close & Sluiter Inc. He continued to expand his business and was joined by his son in 1975, a second son in 1984, and a grandson in 1995.
He retired to Perch Lake in Andes in 1986.
He was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department and Margaretville Rotary Club. He served on the Margaretville Hospital Board and was its president at the time the current building was constructed. He was a member and trustee of the Margaretville United Methodist Church. He was also a public speaker, and was invited to be a lay preacher by churches of varying denominations.
He enjoyed trout fishing, golf, the game of Pepper, and soccer matches.
In May, 2009, he and his wife moved to Rutland to be closer to their daughter Anne.
Survivors include his wife Margaret; three sons, Doug Sluiter of Bovina, N.Y., Tom Sluiter of Lyndhurst, Ohio., and Peter Sluiter of Andes; a daughter, Anne Snyder of Mendon; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a sister of 106 years, Alice DeBoer of Flandreau, S.D.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Margaretville United Methodist Church or Rutland Area VNA & Hospice, PO Box 787, Rutland, VT 05702.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date, at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are with Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland.