Salem Samuel Samara Jr., 62, of Kewanee, passed away at 12:15 PM, Monday, May 7, 2012 at Kewanee Hospital with his loving wife and son, Jeremy by his side.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation to celebrate his life will be held from 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Following the visitation at 2:00 PM, military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born January 12, 1950 in Kewanee, the son of Salem S. and Evelyn Mae (Bitting) Samara Sr. He attended Kewanee schools, graduating in 1968. He spent 4 years serving his country in the US Navy. Some of that time he was stationed on the USS Intrepid and then he spent 16 months at the Navy Base in Guantanama Bay, Cuba. While in the military, he took specialized training to be an Aviation Firefighter and performed that service on base and shipboard.
Sam married Pamela Jean “Pam” Theobald on June 23, 1973 in Kewanee. She survives, as do two sons, Jeremy Samara of Kewanee and Salem S. (Jen) Samara III and their children, Elizabeth “Lizzie”, Victoria “Tori” and Benjamin “Ben”, all of Parkview, IA, a daughter, Teri (Oliver) King and their children, Olivia, Hailey, Courtney and Kaleb, all of Oakdale, MN, sisters, Mary Reische of Hawthorne, FL, Sheila (Bob) Grant and Linda (Dave) Grant, both of Elmira, IL and Sally (Benny) Talbot of Kewanee and brothers, George (Ginger) Samara of North Canton, OH and John (Jo) Samara of Danvers, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Shirley and brother, Ricky and a brother-in-law, Dave Reische.
He spent many of his young years working in his father’s grocery store, Salem’s Market on the corner of 6th and Chestnut St. He held many fond memories of his time spent working in the family store. Sam worked many years in retail grocery, working for Eagles, Kroger’s and SuperValu. He had also worked at Wal-Mart, Pearson Brothers in Galva and the Kewanee Boiler Shop.
Sam was an avid barbecue cook and when he lived on Madison Ave. and Edwards St. He loved being out in the weather cooking and doing yard work. He loved cooking and baking and sharing that food with others. He and his wife and son, Jeremy spent many hours together watching movies or going out of town. He will be missed, loved and thought of constantly by all of his family.