Date Posted: 2007-05-19

Donald K. Slater, 40, of Warrenton, Ore., died May 19, 2007, in a boat accident on the Columbia River in Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on June 2, 2007, at the Grand Generation Center in Lexington.
Don is survived by his wife, Melinda, of Warrenton; a son, Brian, and a daughter, Elisabeth, both of Warrenton; his parents, Bill and Kay Slater of Lexington; a sister, Kelly Slater and her partner Harold Beam of Johnson Lake; and nephews Timothy and Adam; along with numerous cousins. Don was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Velma Hammond and Alvrada Slater.
Don was born Aug. 19, 1966, in Lexington, to Bill and Kay (Reed) Slater.
He was a 1984 graduate of Lexington High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1990.
He married Melinda Brown on Aug. 22, 1991, in Lexington. At the time of his death he managed North Coast Home Care.

5/21/2007 11:03:00 AM
Coast Guard calls off search in capsizing
Fisherman missing after boat accident at mouth of Columbia River
The Daily Astorian
A Warrenton man remains missing and is presumed drowned after his sports boat flipped during a fishing trip on the Columbia River Saturday morning.
North Coast Home Care manager Don Slater, 40, his son, Brian, 19, and son's friend Eric Peterson, 23, were planning to fish for sturgeon when they decided to drop anchor about 100 yards west of the Astoria Bridge just before 8 a.m.
But the anchor line became tangled on a bow cleat - part of a boat's mooring system - and a strong ebb tide dragged the bow into the water, down toward the anchor on the river's bottom.
"That tripped the boat and it rolled over in the current," said Bob Coster, civilian search and rescue controller at U.S. Coast Guard Group Astoria.
All three aboard were thrown into 58-degree water. None was wearing a lifejacket, Coster said.
Someone watching the scene unfold from shore called for help, and an HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria was diverted to the area. A motor lifeboat and 25-foot response boat were launched from Station Cape Disappointment, and a Clatsop County Sheriff's Office marine patrol was underway by 8:05 a.m.
The person who phoned in the report lost sight of the fishermen at 7:57 a.m., Coster said.
Authorities recovered the two younger men within 30 minutes of their plunge into the water. One was snatched by a rescue swimmer who dropped free-fall from the helicopter, the other was grabbed by a sheriff's deputy.
It was just in time, said Coster. They were struggling to stay afloat against a current faster than 5 knots, driven by the outgoing tide. "Neither one had much time left," he said. "Both were on the verge of drowning."
Both survivors were taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, where they warmed up and were released.
However, the father, who was seen within 15 minutes of the rescue, disappeared.
Coast Guard crews combed 40 square nautical miles of the lower Columbia from the Astoria Bridge to the river's mouth looking for Don Slater. The search was suspended at 3:01 p.m. pending any new developments.
Clatsop County sheriff's deputies recovered the capsized boat and turned it over to Brian Slater Saturday afternoon.
Given the short time the men could survive in the river, bogged down by their heavy cotton clothes and without life jackets, it was lucky a Good Samaritan noticed them struggling, said Coster. "If they didn't see it, everybody would have perished," he said.
In a statement issued today, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office encouraged boaters to wear personal flotation devices. "They are essential for even confident boaters," the statement said.

Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Jeffrey B. Shriver, age 51 of Bottineau died Friday in a tragic automobile accident. There will be a prayer vigil Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 8:00pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau and funeral mass will be held on Thursday October 12, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Marks Catholic Church also in Bottineau.

Jeffrey was born to Vern Shriver and Donna Mclain in Lexington, NE. He attended school in Lexington and graduated in 1984. In 1985, he married Daneen Smith and they had two Daughters Crystal and Heather. This marriage later ended. In 1995 he met Echoe Brown and they were married in April 1997 and had four children together, Jayhawk, Rhegan, Jacob, and Joshua.

Jeff served in the USMC from 90-94 and served during in Desert Storm. Jeff loved his family, flag and Country beyond measure. His greatest passion was fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a dedicated employee and community member. He worked for Wal-Mart for 10 years helping to set up new Wal-Mart’s with their management teams. During his time working for Wal-Mart Jeff and his family lived in 5 different states, finally deciding to make Bottineau, North Dakota their final home. He became the manager of Jason's Super Foods in Bottineau in 2017. In every community Jeff became very active by volunteering for different organizations and donating whatever was needed.

Jeffrey is survived by his wife Echoe, Bottineau, ND; Daughters Heather Peil, North Platte, NE; Rhegan Shriver, Bottineau, ND; Sons Jayhawk Shriver, Jacob Shriver and Joshua Shriver of Bottineau, ND; Father Vernon Shriver Wiggins, CO; Mother Donna Mclain, Lexington, NE; Sister Laura Shriver, Lexington, NE; several extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and daughter Crystal.

Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given.