Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 18, 2013

Elmer Clifford Sluss


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Elmer Clifford Sluss, 79, of Woodbridge passed away on Jan. 12, 2013.

He was born Jan. 30, 1933 to the late Frank Nathan and Ara Belle Sluss of Mudfork, Va.  - 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 Oct. 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 Development Center, he received the Gelini Medal. 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 the Gelini Medal for technical support of the Army's camouflage program. His work with laser research and radar diagnostics and spectral measurements 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 and Manassas.  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, Mark Nathan Sluss; four sisters, Edith Beavers, Janice Mahaffey, Naomi Murray, and Grace McGee; one brother, Randolph Sluss. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received at Church of the Nazarene, 14001 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge VA 22191 on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a life celebration service following at 6:30 p.m. Interment will take place in Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road, Triangle VA 22172 on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. Those who wish to join the funeral procession to the cemetery please meet at Mountcastle Funeral Home by 9 a.m.