ALLENDALE, Ill. — Patricia J. Slunder, 85, of Allendale, Illinois, formerly of Owensville, Indiana, passed away Nov. 16, 2020, at Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

She was born June 14, 1935, the daughter of Marvin and Nella Mae (Smith) Merritt in Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Patricia attended Mt. Carmel High School and obtained her GED at the age of 53. On May 6, 1965, she married Jack Raymond Slunder in Shawneetown, Illinois. He preceded her in death on June 3, 2005, after 40 years of marriage.

Patricia and Jack owned and ran Bayou Bait Shop located south of East Mt. Carmel, Indiana. Later she was manager of Busler Truck Stop in Haubstadt, Indiana.

Left to cherish Patricia’s memory is her son Scott Slunder and his wife Robin of Cabot, Arkansas; and three grandsons, Jake, Zachary and Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters, Shirley Sherman and Barbara White.

Visitation for Patricia will be Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois, with funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.

Social distancing practices will be in force. Masks are required. Please enter through the garage.

Condolences may be made online at

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve the Slunder family.

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