Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 24, at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Armand Bertrand will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, with graveside honors to be conducted by the V.F.W., L.A. Wescott Post #2253. Online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Sam was born on Nov. 14, 1912 in Storm Lake. Sam graduated from Wilson High School where he had an outstanding track career. In high school he was employed at Gildner Sauer Men's Wear, and St. Clair Kovaleske.
He served the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre as Radarman Second Class in World War II and was honorably discharged in December of 1945. After the war he returned to St. Clair Kovaleske to become managing partner. He then joined and retired from Raymond's and Morey's Men's Wear in Sioux City. He married Catherine Loretta Heenan July 5, 1937.
Sam loved fishing, heading to the gambling boat, listening to his Iowa Hawkeyes and following all of the Braves sports teams via the radio. You'd see him throughout town on his electric four wheeler "just to visit" his many friends. He was President of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce for two terms, and active as a retailer in Cherokee. He is remembered as one from the "greatest generation" and as a gentleman. He will be missed by Cherokee.
He was preceded in death by his father Percy, mother Lora, brother Lyle, sisters Fern, and Opal, and wife Bobbie.
He is survived by his sons Richard and spouse Billie, and Michael and wife Marilyn Samsel. His Grandchildren include Matt, & Aaron Samsel, and Granddaughter Jamie and spouse Nick Rodriguez, with great-grandchild Samuel.
Other grandchildren include Chris and spouse Roxanne Samsel, with great-grandchildren Christian, Tyson, and Dylan; and grandson Kyle with spouse Crystal, and great-grandchildren Ashlynn and Colton Samsel, grandchildren Howard Martin and Mindy Martin and great-grandchildren Grayson and Caitlin.