ELMER CLIFFORD SLUSS
Gary High School 1950
79 of Woodbridge passed away on
January 12, 2013.
He was born January 30, 1933 to the late Frank Nathan and Ara
Belle Sluss of Mudfork,
Virginia - the sixth of nine children. In addition to his parents, he was
preceded in death by a daughter,Valerie Gay Sluss;
and a son,Clifford Dale Sluss.
He retired from the US Air Force in October 1, 1971. While in the Air Force, he
received many awards and recognitions for meritorious service as a Detachment
Commander. One of his most distinguished awards was the “Air Force Commendation
Medal” for outstanding supervisory and leadership abilities, as well as his
professionalism and devotion to duty.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, he was employed by the Department of the Army
at Fort Belvoir. In recognition of
exemplary service to the U.S. Army Mobility Equipment Research and
DevelopmentCenter, he received the GeliniMedal.
The Gelini Medal
is awarded to individuals deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution
in technical support of the U.S. Army. He received theGelini Medal
for technical support of the Army’s camouflage
program. His work with laser research and radar diagnostics and spectralmeasurements
provided essential data for scientific analysis and decision making.
He was a faithful congregant of
the Church of the Nazarene since
1965, both in Woodbridge andManassas.
Using his diverse talents, he served the church in many capacities and received
the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding lay service. Through his faith
testimony, we know he has met his Savior.
He is survived by his loving wife,Joan Sylvia Rose
(Banks) Sluss; two daughters, Carolyn Joan(Sluss) Godbey and Lorraine Kay(Sluss) Frantz;
one son, MarkNathan Sluss; four
sisters, EdithBeavers, Janice Mahaffey, NaomiMurray,
and Grace McGee; one brother, Randolph Sluss.
He is also survived by 8 grandchildren
and 2 great grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received at Church of the Nazarene,
14001Smoketown Road, Woodbridge VA
22191 on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm, with a life celebration
service following at 6:30pm. Interment will
take place in Quantico National
Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road,
Triangle VA 22172 on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:00am. Those who wish to join
the funeral procession to the cemetery please meet at Mountcastle Funeral
Home by 9am.