David Slimack

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David Charles Slimack, 57, of Freeburg, IL, born September 30, 1963, in Salem, IL, died Thursday, July 29, 2021, at his residence.

David worked as a State Farm Insurance agent for over 25 years. During this time, he achieved a great deal of recognition and awards. He was well known for making his customers feel comfortable and satisfied.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Pauline, nee Rescaldina, Slimack.

Surviving are two daughters, Madeline Slimack Gregory (Luke) and Hannah Slimack of Belleville, IL; a brother, Dr. Joseph P. (Karen) Slimack; a sister, Amy Slimack; and his nephew and niece, Jon (Jordy) and Katie Slimack.

David was a friend to many, always smiling and cracking jokes. When he wasn’t the funniest guy in the room, he was giving words of encouragement and always lending a listening ear.  If you were the target of his humor, you knew he was your friend.  If you spent time with David, you left with a smile on your face, a full belly, and a good story to share.

He also enjoyed working outside at his home, tending his garden, canning pickles, picking blackberries, and cooking elaborate meals for his friends and family.

His greatest joy were his two girls. He loved them unconditionally and worked hard to give them the world. He was there to cheer on his girls whether he was watching Madeline play volleyball or there to coach Hannah in softball. He was certainly their biggest fan. He enjoyed taking his girls on trips, out boating, or for rides on his Harley. He was proud of what his girls had accomplished and the young ladies they have become.

David was a talented baseball player at Belleville East, Belleville Area College and SIUE. He was a catcher on the SWIC baseball team that made it to the Junior College World Series. His teammates still talk about the unbelievable season he had both behind the plate and with the bat.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Belleville East High School Scholarship Fund for the David Slimack Memorial Scholarship. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, 2021, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing will be observed.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.


32 Comments on David Slimack

Jim Pickering said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 5:01 PM

Well, I'm very sad to hear this news, almost two years after his passing. I knew Dave very well when I lived in Illinois, and his obituary captured everything about him. He was a remarkable, funny guy. When Dave added an addition to his Freeburg home, he hired me to wire the electrical "sometime in the future." Then several months later, he called me back and said, "I'm sorry. My brain is like a bag of cement that got wet. When did I say I'd needed you to wire my addition?" That was the moment when we hit it off. After that, we enjoyed every minute together. I also tried his canned dill pickles. Later, I did electrical work at his State Farm office in Belleville. Several years later, when I moved to Hawaii, I called Dave to see if State Farm would insure my home and automobiles. I thought Dave could get some kind of recognition for a referral, but State Farm didn't have offices in Hawaii. He was very happy I thought of him. My condolences to his family. I miss him.

  • HI
Robert A Gilbert said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 7:36 PM

I've known Dave for 25 years ever since he took over the office in Belleville. He always was a big help whenever I bought a new car whenever I needed help with my insurance. He always called me back like you said he would and was a really good man. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and I pray for his family. Ill miss you Dave, but I'm sure we will see each other again someday. Take care my friend. God bless

  • St Charles
  • Missouri
Tom & Tina Partelow said : Guest Report Aug 13, 2021 at 2:27 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Dave’s family. Dave has been my family’s insurance agent for many many years… Reading all the posts here I wish I would’ve gotten to know him better. To his family may the peace that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Fairview heights
  • Il
Glen Lemp said : Guest Report Aug 12, 2021 at 12:55 PM

Dave I’m so sad to hear of your passing, I always wanted to ride Harley’s together with you, You will be sadly missed Brother!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Brad Penet said : Guest Report Aug 06, 2021 at 4:10 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you Madeline and Hannah and your entire family. So sorry to hear this

  • New Athens
  • IL
Mike M said : Guest Report Aug 05, 2021 at 8:37 AM

Well, I’m speechless to say the least regarding hearing of this, but I know he is in good hands . What a great friend dating back to grade school. We had many good times over the years . David is a good man , a caring man , and a fun man to be around, and a Great father . We will see each other again. He will be greatly missed. From Mike who you loved me coining your place “not so green acres “ . I Will never forget you falling over headfirst on our farm horse and I knew you would want a farm from that day on with some animals , hay, garden ,barn, and men motor toys , yet all in all men are really still boys at heart —-Rest in peace my good friend.

  • Lewisville
  • Texas
Kathy muller said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2021 at 3:08 PM

My condolences to Dave’s family.. I’ve known dave since grade school, he was always the one you wanted to be your square dance partner!! I have many fond memories, and will miss our conversations.. he spoke of his daughters with much pride..his wit and charm will be sorely missed!!

  • Dallas
  • Tx
Kelly Sandheinrich said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2021 at 2:46 PM

Had the opportunity to play baseball with Dave, tremendous player and just a great person. RIP bother.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Greg giger said : Guest Report Aug 04, 2021 at 9:09 AM

Dave you were an agent of mine for many years honest and sincere you were more than a grade school and high school friend to me someone like yourself is hard to come by ill miss your personality for sure well meet again one day!

  • Fairviewhgts
  • Ill
Kyle Bammer said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2021 at 6:32 PM

Dave was a one of a kind guy, always cracking jokes and would do anything to help someone out. It was a joy to go to his place and help him out. I would like so send my condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Dave, you will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kelly griffin said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2021 at 6:14 PM

I've known Dave for almost as long as I can remember. We began grade school together. I always left him with a smile on my face and a good story on my mind. I will miss him dearly. Thanks Dave for a great time always!

  • belleville
  • il
Scott Parkinson said : Guest Report Aug 03, 2021 at 1:58 PM

You don't often meet someone who is as real and genuine as Dave, it was a privilege to be his friend. We'll miss you Dave, may God grant you eternal peace.

  • Imperial
  • Missouri
Molly said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 9:56 PM

David, it's Molly in Columbia SC. I choose to speak to you personally though you have passed. The music we spoke of prior to double nickel event in Belleville. James Taylor, Carolina On My Mind, Fire and Rain. We caught up on life , shared pictures your girls and my Mary Grace. Those conversations are treasured I will miss you my friend.

  • Irmo
  • SC
Marilyn said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 6:56 PM

My thoughts have been with the entire Slimack family as they try to find peace in their grief process. The Merwin’s and the Slimack’s friendship and interaction into each other’s life goes way back with Joe and Glenn working together. David and our Lynn went to high school together and our David and Amy knew each other. I heard about Madeline and Hannah from Grandma Mary. She truly loved watching you two. I will always remember David’s kind soul and his smile. Love, Marilyn

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Madeline Slimack Gregory said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 5:30 PM

I miss you, Dad. I’ll love you forever. Always your Big Mad. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • IL
Steve Knapp said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 4:54 PM

Dave was a good comrade and a great friend. He lived in the real world but always had great advise on how to survive it. I will miss him and his great sense of humor.

  • Belleville
  • IL
David Merwin said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 4:14 PM

my sincere condolences to the Slimack family. I've known David since we were young. i was shocked and saddened to hear the news. David was a good, honest man, and will be missed by many. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Troy
  • IL
Lori Creason Powell said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 2:02 PM

From the first time I mentioned wanting to create a public garden near my house in downtown Belleville Dave loved the idea. He pushed me to put a plan on paper. He paid for the first tilling, came and tilled once himself, and wrote a few other checks over the years. I was forbidden to tell anyone about his generosity. He told me that he liked giving people nicknames, mine was Flower. This year he dug up two of his best prized blueberry bushes and some blackberries for our garden. I sent him pictures constantly once the fruit set and he would complain that I was getting more berries than he was at home. Quite a guy. You have a place in my heart friend. ❤

  • Belleville
  • Il
Cindy Verhoek said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 12:07 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  • Lockport
  • Illinois
Diane Oncken said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 9:55 AM

My heart hurts soo bad for the loss of my friend Dave - I met him when he started his training to become an agent and I knew I had a forever friend in him - I will soo miss the laughter he brought to me. Sending my Deepest Sympathies to his daughters and his family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lexington
  • IL
Tracy Dillon said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 9:42 AM

My sincerest condolences to the Slimack family. Dave was a good friend and excellent giver of advice. I will miss him very much.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joan Fumagalli said : Guest Report Aug 02, 2021 at 7:30 AM

I worked with Dave's sister Amy and want to offer my sincere condolences to the entire Slimack family. May Dave rest in peace

  • Florissant, MO
  • MO
Otto Daech said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 8:57 PM

To David's family: My thoughts are with you on the loss of a great person, David. A tough loss for you and to the State Farm agent family. God Bless!! Otto Daech

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Sheryl Juenger said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 3:14 PM

Dave was my insurance agent for many years,he will be missed greatly. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing ?

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ann Lawton said : Guest Report Aug 01, 2021 at 10:35 AM

My deepest sympathy for David's daughters and family. I have great memories of David from high school, and am now praying that you will experience God's comfort during this time. I appreciate Psalm 34:18 which say, "God is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." David will be remembered!

  • Austin
  • Texas
Glenn Beaubien said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 10:43 PM

We are unfortunately out of town and will not be able to make Dave's services. Too young, too soon! Rest peacefully with the Lord Dave!

  • Cape Coral
  • Florida
Lee Ann Heaton said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 8:25 PM

So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers with the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jo Rapp said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 7:01 PM

Dear family - David was such a joy to anyone who knew him. As an insurance agent he always looked out for his clients and sought to give them his “best”. You can be very proud of him. I was blessed to work with his dad and also when David had someone he couldn’t help in insurance. Cherish your memories of what a great guy he was and how much he loved his family. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Lesa Lowry said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 6:39 PM

Dave was such a sweet soul. He prepared the most elaborate and delicious meal for my birthday last year. He was always encouraging, caring, and thoughtful. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I will miss his frequent messages. My heart hurts that I lost a good friend way too soon.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Al Orelt said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 6:08 PM

My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I enjoyed trading records with Dave and enjoyed his sense of humor. Praying for you and your family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dana Tatham said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 4:26 PM

I’m going to miss our talks and dinners, mostly your friendship. Charlie is going to miss you.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Lea & Tom Richardson said : Guest Report Jul 31, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Madeline & Hannah, may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences. Your Dad was a one of a kind guy. He will be missed. ??

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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