The Passing of Retired Brother Fred “Joe” Slama

We are deeply saddened to share with you the passing of retired Brother Fred Joe Slama on March 7th, 2023.

Joe had hired on with American Airlines in 1956 and retired from the position of Crew Chief, Aviation Maintenance Technician back in 1993.

Please keep the Slama family in your thoughts and prayers.


Obituary for Fred Joe Slama

Fred “Joe” Slama was born at home in Marysville, Kansas, with a doctor in attendance. He was born to parents Irene Ada and Fred Fredrick Slama on March 24, 1931, the youngest of four children and the only son. His was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mary Ann Shramm Slama, his sisters and their spouses, Mable and Ernie Manley, Noreen and Joe Slama, Norma and Bob Ellis, a grandson, Joseph Wayne Slama, and son in law, Arn McJilton.

Joe spent his early days growing up in Marysville. He began working at various jobs at a very young age. He bought his first car at the age of 14, a 1925 Model T Ford, for which he gave $40. He developed a thirst for sports and he continued playing almost up to his retirement. He graduated in 1949 from Marysville High School, where he was the senior class president. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 at the age of 20 and served in the Korean War. Joe married Mary Ann in June of 1952. Eventually, they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1956, where he was employed with American Airlines. Over the years their family grew to four children, Joseph Michael, Sue Ann, John Paul and Mary Kay. It continued to grow to include 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. In a recent encounter with one of his coworkers, we were told in his role as shop steward at AA, “he always stood up for the underdog!”. He retired from American in 1993 after 37 years of service.

Joe was devoted to his family, God and his County. He touched the lives of many youths growing up. He coached various sports teams for many years. He was instrumental in instilling confidence, courage, and sheer determination in even the most timid of players. He spent countless hours in various roles at his church. He deeply loved not only his immediate family but his extended family and friends, as well.

He truly touched the lives of many and asked for nothing in return. He taught us so many things. He taught us to be faithful and loyal to those you love and care for in good times and bad. He taught us to trust in God. He taught us to stand up for the underdog and to be true to yourself. Dad, we will continue to celebrate your life in all that we do. We are so very grateful to have had you in our lives. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it is over, but smile because it happened”.

A Rosary will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Church at 9 am on March 25, followed by mass at 9:30 am. A graveside service will then take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
1436 N. 67th E. Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74115

Calvary Cemetary
9101 S. Harvard Ave
Tulsa OK. 74137

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in his honor to Meals on Wheels Metro Tulsa, Porta Caeli House, or Season’s Hospice.

Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 918-585-1151