James Raymond Sloan
East Tawas, Michigan
September 5, 1920 - March 4, 2021
A military service and burial will take place in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI at a later date.
James Raymond Sloan
Age 100, of East Tawas, MI, formerly of Oscoda, MI passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at the Medilodge in Tawas City, MI. He was born on September 5, 1920 in Iosco County, MI to the late Jesse and Emma (Bygden) Sloan. James was raised in East Tawas and graduated from East Tawas High School. He married Beverly Jeanne DeGrow in Enid, OK on June 19, 1943. James entered the military in September of 1942 and served as a P-51 fighter pilot of the 8th Army Air Force while stationed in England. James flew combat missions before being forced down. He survived being a prisoner of war in Germany by escaping and making his way back to allied lines. Following his discharge from the military, James established several businesses in the local area. For many years, he owned and operated the Gulf Gas Station in Oscoda and later, Sloan’s Alignment in AuSable. James was an avid golfer and played senior softball well into his 80’s and also played in the Senior World Series. He and his wife, Beverly retired to Florida for many years before returning back to Oscoda. James was very proud of his military service and attended many reunions of the 8th Army Air Force throughout the years as well. He is survived by his sons, James (Virginia) Sloan of Oscoda and Thomas (Donna) Sloan of Traverse City; daughter, Susan Sloan of Hollywood, FL; grandchildren, Kari (Ed) Belanger, Jeff (Megan) Sloan, Kristen (Kelly) Irwin and Tricia Sloan; great-grandchildren, Sam, Emma and Maycie Belanger and Ellie, Ariana and Lilith Irwin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly J. Sloan. A military service and burial will take place in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI at a later date.
Great Lakes National Cemetery - Holly, Michigan