PARKMAN – Richard A. “Richie” Slamm, 71, passed away peacefully April 3, 2009, surrounded by his family and friends, after a brief illness. He was born May 2, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Though an urban man, he settled in South Solon in 1967 with his wife and daughters. There on a 20-acre piece of land he learned rural skills: logging, carpentry, mechanics, gardening and hunting. His interests and skills were diverse. Richie was a unique and colorful man and lived for his work as a tattoo artist. He was well known and respected in the tattoo community. He loved music and was an accomplished musician. Best of all, Richie was a storyteller with a wry view on life and he could charm or challenge you with his tales. Richie always had a laugh and smile for everyone he met and knew and will be sadly missed by many. Family, friends and acquaintances will fondly remember who he was, himself “Richie.” Richie was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Hazel (Geib) Slamm of New York. Surviving children are Victoria Kenyon and husband, Brad, of Newburgh, Donna Allen and husband, Peter, of Hermon and Andrea Sewall and husband, Levi, of Hermon; one granddaughter, McKenzie LoRe Sewall; two brothers, Roy Slamm and wife, Lihua Lei, of Solon and Robert Slamm of Middletown, N.J.; one sister, Frances Slamm of Utica, N.Y; many special nieces, nephews and friends. Very special thanks from the family to Joni Slamm for opening her home to Richie, and to his family and friends, giving us all time and a place for our farewell. There will be a celebration of Richie’s life for family and friends at a later date this summer.