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In Memory

Dayton (Skip) Sledge

Dayton (Skip) Sledge

George Dayton "Skip" Sledge was born on July 21, 1945, and passed away on May 12, 2010, in Bryan, Texas, after a lengthy illness.

Skip's love of archery and hunting did not surpass his love for his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jenniece Sledge and father, George H. "Buddy" Sledge, Jr.

Survivors include his son, Todd Sledge; granddaughters, Stephanie and Megan of Fort Collins, Colorado; sisters, Jackie Sledge Garner and husband Larry of San Antonio, and Lucy Sledge Wendt of Bryan; brothers, Buddy Sledge and wife, Jaynee, of Houston, and Dale Sledge and wife, Joyce, of College Station; seven nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

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06/12/11 09:30 PM #1    

Mike Burroughs

Skip Sledge and I go back more years than I can count, but we first went to school together at Lamar Junior High—then on through SFA and two years at A&M, where we were in the same squadron in the Corps of Cadets. Always sharp as a tack, he was a model cadet.


Skip eventually moved to Alaska and worked on the Alaska Pipeline for many years. Sadly, we lost contact with each other until a few years ago when he was visiting another classmate of ours here in San Antonio. Then we got into more frequent contact around 2008 or so.


One of the things I remember most about Skip is that he loved to hunt—and using a bow and arrow instead of a rifle was his specialty. Back in 2009, one day I asked him what all he hunted while he lived in Alaska, and said that he hunted everything that was available and legal. That didn’t surprise me at all. For an avid hunter like him, Alaska was a paradise.


Despite various difficulties and problems, Skip always seemed to have an upbeat attitude. When he lost part of one leg in an unfortunate accident when we were about 20 or 21, I remember going to the hospital to see him. Cheerful as always, he told me that he would eventually ski again (another of his great loves). And he did, too!


For Skip, there was always this silver lining in every dark cloud. I sincerely believe that he found the good in all situations and embraced it. I am glad we did reconnect after so many years although it should have been much sooner. He was a great friend and a great inspiration.


And I’m also proud that he was my cousin!


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