Michie P. Slaughter, 72, Overland Park, Kan., passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born May 4, 1941, to Valinda and William Slaughter in Roxboro, NC. He grew up and attended schools in Roxboro with his sister, Nancy (Slaughter) Marston. He enjoyed playing football and singing in the Barber Shop Quartet. He attended Davidson College on a full football scholarship. After graduating from Davidson College in 1963 and marrying his first wife, Vicki Hastings, he started a career in human resources that took them across the country.
In 1972 they moved to the Kansas City area where he became the Executive VP of Human Resources at Marion Laboratories. He worked there until 1989, at which time he helped Ewing Kauffman found and run the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, as founding CEO. Michie continued to mentor entrepreneurs in building their businesses throughout his life, as it was one of his core passions. He and his first wife had three daughters; they made their home in Spring Hill, Kan., for 14 years, where they enjoyed many hobbies, including horseback riding, boating and sailing. They moved to Loch Lloyd, of Belton, Mo., where he became an accomplished golfer and traveled to play many of the best courses around the world.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, but found a loving relationship with Rebecca MacKinnon, who became his wife, and her children, who became his second family. Along the way he and Rebecca joined the independent family farm and cattle ranch operation of Rebecca’s family in the Osage County area of Kansas and it became another passion in the last decade of his life. After a determined fight, he succumbed to complications from multiple myeloma and will be deeply missed by his family.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Vicki Slaughter and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca MacKinnon; his daughters, Michelle Slaughter, Holly Slaughter Newton, Christy Slaughter Hazelwood; stepchildren, Ryan MacKinnon, Katie MacKinnon; grandchildren, Jon Hazelwood, Alexis Newton, Nicholas Newton; sister, Nancy Marston.
The family suggests memorials to St. Luke’s Hospital South, 12300 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66213, with the deepest appreciation for the care and the support provided by their team. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 9500 W. 159th St., Overland Park, KS 66221. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Luncheon will follow service.
Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.johnsoncountychapel.com Arr.: D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 451-1860.