OBITUARY

William Scott Slusser

October 1, 1956September 18, 2021

William Scott Slusser, age 64, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, September 18, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, William E. Slusser and Faith “Toddy” Slusser, and his infant son, Kevin Slusser. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lori Slusser, his son, Eric Slusser, his daughter, Kristen Rzonca (Michael), his aunt, Zelma Slusser, his cousins Tani Salkowski, Kirk Smith, and Erik Smith, and his sisters-in-law Diane Sherry (Markus) and Janice Birr (Allan).

Scott was born on October 1, 1956 in Huntington, Indiana. He spent his childhood years playing with his cousins along the banks of the Wabash River. They were like siblings to him.

In 1970, Scott’s family moved to Cape Coral, Florida and he quickly became friends with his neighbors. The group affectionately called themselves “the gang”. Eventually bicycles were traded for golf clubs and Scott, Brian, Dave, and JR continued as a foursome.

Scott found love with Lori at Cypress Lake High School. Three days after getting married, they moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Upon graduation, Scott began his career at JCPenney where his hard work and tenacity led to several promotions. His career with JCPenney would span 24 years in five cities with many colleagues turning into lifelong friends.

Scott began his second career at the City of Cape Coral in the Human Resources Department in 2007. He worked there for 12 years before retiring.

For over 30 years, Scott, along with his buddies Tony D., Tony S., Lee, Phil, and Charlie, gathered for biannual golf trips. These weekend getaways always included spirited debates about college football, politics, and the best bands (The Beatles always won).

Scott was an avid reader with an especially deep library of American politics and history. He also wrote short stories, song lyrics, and poetry. His work has appeared in The Storyteller, Westward Quarterly, Poet’s Ink Review, and Long Story Short.

Scott's greatest joy was spending time with his sweetheart Lori. Scott was proud of his children who became curious, well-versed, and kind adults.

You could always count on Scott playing his music loud, drinking his coffee black, and enjoying the evening sunset.

A private service for family members will be held at Coral Ridge Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.CoralRidgeFuneralHome.com for the Slusser family.

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Pearl Taylor

September 27, 2021

I knew Scott when he worked for the City of Cape Coral. He was a kind, intelligent, and quietly funny man. I enjoyed every conversation I had with him and have missed him since his retirement. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Slusser and the entire family. May your memories bring you some comfort.

Lee Earls

September 27, 2021

Scott was loved by and a friend to so many and will be deeply missed. Golfing buddy and business colleague for 30+ years, one thing I will miss is each time spent talking and visiting with him whether it was colleague to colleague, Husband to Husband, Father to Father or friend to friend. Scott could converse about many topics especially politics, history, music, sports or literature among others and always seem wise beyond his years. Scott made each person feel valued and appreciative of time spent with him. In this loss, we take comfort in knowing Lori, Eric and Kristen are surronded by family and a community of those who will support them in the way that Scott supported so many.

Mike Salinero

September 26, 2021

I met Scott in the early 1980s through my brother Tony when Scott and Lori lived in Tallahassee. Though I only saw them occasionally when I visited Tallahassee, I considered them friends and always enjoyed their company. Scott was a fun companion with a quick wit and a ready laugh. I think this is a sad time for everyone who knew him, even those, like myself, who only saw him intermittently over the years.

Tony Salinero

September 25, 2021

I am so proud to call Scott Slusser one of my closest friends for over 40 years. Scott was smart, engaging, funny and always the eternal optimist. He devoured thick books on complex subjects like they were the Sunday comics and he dug deep to express himself as a writer, poet and lyricist. He was proud of his children, Eric and Kristin, and always spoke lovingly of his lifelong soulmate Lori. I can’t imagine Scott ever having an enemy. He was just so easy to like and so much fun to be around. Scott loved life and lived it too the fullest. He will be sorely missed by all and especially by this old friend and running buddy. RIP Sluggo, you were a jewel.

Edison Ingram

September 24, 2021

I worked briefly with Scott as a peer. I moved to the state from Arkansas assigned to Manage a JCPENNEY store. Scott and I met at meetings in Jacksonville. Such a nice guy, I remember us riding together from one of our meetings. We loss touch and I wondered where was my friend Scott. So happy to know he has gained his wings and was surrounded by his loving family.

Edison Ingram
Former JCPENNEY Manager and Friend

Debb Bearden Showalter

September 24, 2021

Dear Lori,
I was so sad to read of Scott passing. My heart breaks for you and your family. I met Scott in 1971 in Cape Coral. Being friends with Stuart (rip), brought us together as great friends. He was kind, wise beyond his years, and a true gentleman at a time when they were not easy to find. I always appreciated his friendship and was and am so happy the two of you shared a wonderful life together.. I'll always cherish our Cypress Lake memories and fun times together. My heart and prayers are with you and your family sweet friend..
Much love, Debb Bearden Showalter

JR Broadbent

September 24, 2021

Scott and I have been friends for over 45 years and I have never met a finer man in my life. He was more of a brother than a friend. He touched so many people's lives. The love he had for Lori and the kids came out every time we were together. He will be missed and never forgotten!

Diane Parry Broadbent

September 24, 2021

My best memory of Scott is our last time together because sitting across from him at dinner it was obvious how happy he was with Lori. When he talked about Eric and Kristin there was a light in his eyes that told me how proud he was of them. He was a happy man and no one can ask for a better life than that!

Leroy Lamey

September 24, 2021

I worked with Scott the Regency JCPenney and the Jacksonville district office…he was one of the good guys…always positive…don’t think I ever heard a foul word from him…

My heartfelt condolences to the Slusser family…

Howard Leroy Lamey…

Kirk Smith

September 23, 2021

Another great memory is when our Grandmother , Bernadine Slusser,took us Scott, Tani, and myself to Chicago on the Erie Lackawanna, a train that had a station stop in Huntington. Our parents wanted us to see the Christmas Lights of downtown Chicago and we just happened to have our Aunt Snookie, the youngest in the siblings between our Mom and Scott’s Dad lived there. We were in amazement of the beautiful lights Downtown. We ate at a real fancy restaurant named The Como Inn. It had dripping candles in empty Chianti Bottles. Of course when we got home, we bought dripping candle. Anyway our Aunt Snookie was almost closer to our age than her siblings. She was like having a hippie aunt. She took us into this crazy shop. It was nothing we had ever seen. When we got older we then realized it was a HeadShop. We all bought a box of the cone incense. Our parents weren’t very happy that we would burn the incense in our rooms but as most things we did our parents were very liberal and tolerated it with caution.My memories are endless

FROM THE FAMILY