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Christopher J. “Chris” Slaughter

August 7, 1955 - April 3, 2020

Christopher J. “Chris” Slaughter, age 64, of Middletown, DE passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Born on August 7, 1955 in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Burnice C. “Bun” Slaughter and Jean O. (Webber) Slaughter.

Chris graduated from Middletown High School. Two years following his graduation, he met the love of his life, LeAnn Gaunt, who was in her senior year. After dating for a few years, they were married on November 4, 1978. Staying close to their parents, they made their home in Middletown where they raised their beautiful daughter, Lauren Jean and built many friendships. In his younger years, he was a member of the Volunteer Hose Company.

Chris was a lifelong mason by trade. He first started his career as a laborer and through hard work and dedication he excelled in his trade. He and his partner owned and operated S & W Masonry for many years. Chris’ work ethic was known to many as being a perfectionist in everything he did. Many of his jobs, buildings, hearths, walkways, fireplaces and so much more can be found in the Middletown and surrounding areas. In September of 2019, Chris decided to hang up his trowel full time, but continued working part-time for KRM Construction.

Chris was an avid Maryland commercial crabber and spent many happy hours on the waters in Wye Mills and Tred Avon. He especially enjoyed crabbing at Shipyard Landing with his father, where they spent countless hours together. Crabbing was an unconditional bond they shared and one he loved immensely.

In his spare time, he always enjoyed spending time at his parent’s pool, where they enjoyed entertaining and hosting family gatherings. After working hard all day, he loved going to Sully’s Pub where he enjoyed having a beer or two with friends.

Chris will always be remembered as a devoted son, loving husband, and proud father. Although he was quiet in nature, he had many dear friends who loved him and will dearly miss him.

He is survived by his loving wife, LeAnn, of 41 years; beautiful daughter, Lauren Jean Fish and her husband, Sean, who Chris loved as a son; and cousins, Mary Lou Wilson (Bill), Wayne Hutchison (Joanne), Milton “MC” Hilliard (Debbie), Judy Brown (Gary) and Charlene Cox (Dave).

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

At the request of the family, please no flowers. In memory of Chris’ love for his soon to be grandson, Parker, memorial contributions can be made to an educational fund for him. Contributions can be made to Lauren Jean Fish or Sean Fish, c/o Wells Fargo and mailed to 310 Dove Run Center Boulevard, Middletown, DE 19709.

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47 Condolences for Christopher J. “Chris” Slaughter

  • Sending our Deepest Sympathy on your loss. He was a great guy.

  • I am sorry for your loss. He was a great guy nice to a lot of people. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. He will be sadly missed he is in all our hearts that he touched.

  • So sorry for your loss

  • Our deepest sympathy on your loss.

  • Chris will be greatly missed – we were lifelong friends and neighbors – my deepest sympathy but am grateful for all the good memories

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Chris was one of my favorite regulars while working at Sully’s. He was always kind and caring and just loved having a conversation. I am so grateful to have known him in the time I did. Sending so much love to the family.

  • I’m very sorry to hear, we spent many Friday happy hours talking to Chris, loved talking to him. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Slaughter family & all of his many friends.

    Rich & Megan Turner

  • So sorry for your loss my deepest sympathies

  • Can’t voice how sorry I am, my heart breaks for you and your beautiful daughter. Love Judy

  • So sorry to hear this prayers to you and your family . If there is anything we can do let us know.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends
    Scott and Kathy Kendall Lloyd

  • LeAnn and family, my deepest condolences to you and your family during this very sad time. Prayers Jo Ann

  • Me he rest in peace LeAnn so sorry for your lose

  • Chris was a great guy and a good friend and I really like to work with him, he will be missed !!!!

  • Rest in peace Brother, until we meet again on the other side. You’ll missed but never forgotten.

  • RIP Chris, we enjoyed good conversation and beers at Sully’s. You will be missed
    Tracy Skrobot
    South Carolina

  • Marie & I are sending our Love to Lauren And Sean on the Passing of Your Loved 1.. We never got to Meet this Great Man but We know He had to be Great.. Hold on to The Memories… Neighbors For Life..🙏😇👐

  • Chris was a great guy always happy-go-lucky attitude, an all around good person. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. God and Jesus bless, keep and help this family during their time of brevement.

  • With Deepest Sympathy to Laura Jean and Sean Fish and Family members. Peace and God’s Blessings….
    Paul & Lois Loder

  • Dear Joanne, Debbie, Wayne, Milton and Family : I am so sorry for your loss. Having know Chris through, High School, MOT Baseball and of course the Delaware Fire Service. What more can be said about one great guy and friend. May Chris’s memories help ease the heartfelt pain at this most difficult time. I will have Chris and his Family in my thoughts and prayers. RIP my friend and God Bless!

  • Sorry for your loss. Chris was a good friend and will be missed by all that knew him.

  • Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Slaughter was always very nice and friendly every time he would bring his computer into my office. He was always wearing a smile. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • LeAnn & Lauren, I am so sorry to to hear about Chris’ passing. I am so fortunate to have one of those perfect basements and one of his signature chimneys. Lots of funny stories when he worked on my home. Seems like yesterday and it was 12 years ago. What a GREAT guy and what a HUGE loss. 😢

  • Chris was a classmate of mine at MHS. He was already a gentleman. My condolences to the family. Rest in heavenly peace Chris. 🙏🏽

  • Dear LeAnn, I can find no words that will comfort you. I think of you constantly and wish I could do something to help . I can only imagine the heartache you are going through. I have known you and your Mom and Dad since you were a young girl and have always loved you for your sweet and gentle ways. Please know my thoughts are with you and I pray you will find comfort and peace. Some days will be better, some not. The hole in your heart will always be there but you will get through each day. I am so glad you will soon be a grandmother..that little one will do more than anything to help heal your mind and spirit. Chris was one of the good guys! Sending love and prayers, Becky

  • I’am so sorry for your loss.Chris was a great guy and will be missed by all! Rest in peace! Willie and Nikki Gravatt

  • Sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. Chris was a classmate, class of 73. May God provide the family with comfort, strength and peace.

  • We are sorry for your loss.

  • Deepest sympathies, Chris will be missed…

  • Chris and I graduated together (1973) He would come to my work place “Atlantic Tractor” and we would talk about our school days and retirement. I am deeply saddened by his loss.My thoughts go out to his family,”Rest in peace” my freind. Diane & Willard Lockerman!

  • So difficult to not be able to show our love and support to you and yours.

  • My sincere condolences on your loss.

  • Chris was a classmate So sorry to hear the passing of Chris. May your memories help you through these tough times. Keeping you and your family in my prayers

  • So sorry for your loss. Glad I had the opportunity to meet him at the wedding last year. Our prayers are with your family.

  • My heart is very heavy at the passing of a dear friend. My deepest sympathy to LeAnn, Lauren Jean & the entire family. God bless each & everyone of you.

  • Chris was a classmate of mine at MHS,
    class of 73.
    Sending deepest sympathy and prayers
    Debbie Emerson

  • Dear LeeAnn ,
    I am so very sorry for your lost, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Lauren Jean.
    Lisa

  • LeAnn and Lauren Jean you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Karen & Felix Rutkoske Jr.

  • Chris was a mentor to me. Was one of the best masons I new. He taught me a lot of the skills I posses and use till this day. He was a good friend and will be sorely missed.

  • I met Chris at his cousin Charlene’s wedding many years ago and he was a good guy. Hadn’t seen him for 40 years when we bumped into each other a few years ago and we recognized each other immediately. He was still the same Chris that I remembered. He will be greatly missed by all who him and loved him.

  • Leann, Lauren Jean & family, my wife & my hearts & prayers are with you. Even though Chris & I lived 90 miles apart the last 20 years we had an incredible friendship. He was a craftsman & an artist in his trade, he will be missed greatly. Stoney.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Remembering you in our prayers. ❤

  • LeAnn and Lauren Jean, my family. Chris was an amazing person, father, husband and friend. I always recall a smile on his face. He could build the most amazing fireplaces. We all grew up together in the then small town of Middletown and he was always a constant. It was LeAnn and Chris. Christmas parties were another grand event. Pool parties at Aunt Betty’s were something we looked forward to every summer. I loved church because I knew I would see my cousin and aunt and everyone every weekend. LeAnn and Lauren Jean. I cannot imagine what your going through and will go through in the months ahead. I loved him and I love you all deeply. I am sorry I am so far away but remember I am just a phone call out. God Bless you both and we will all tell your soon to be grandson what an amazing grandad he had. Prays for you always.-Sari

  • My sincere condolences to you Lauren and your family. I only knew your father a short time, but the occasional meetings from time to time were always very warm and welcoming. He loved you so much and truly only wanted to make sure you would be cared for in his absence as any father would. Your husband will make sure of that. I’m glad he never has to worry about that and can rest in peace. So very sorry.

    Your forever friend
    -tiea

  • Chris, thankyou for your good nature and your willingness to always help others. You are already missed. Your friend, Jeremy Clayton