John R. Sams, 92, of Willard, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007, in Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard.
He was born July 12, 1914, in Peak's Mill, Ky., to John B. and Lula (Flaherty) Sams, now deceased, and was a Gypsum resident the majority of his life, recently moving to Willard. Mr. Sams was a retired conductor from the Nickel Plate Railroad. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the United Transportation Union.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Andy Missler of Willard; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Sams of Bellevue; seven grandchildren, Susan Kiss, John Missler, Dennis Missler, Chris Sams, Brian Missler, Margaret Ward and Rob Sams; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude E. (Ernsberger) Sams in 1956; his second wife, Elma H. (Diebert) Sams in 1980; and his third wife, Thelma (Huskey) Sams in 2002; a son, John C. Sams; his parents; an infant granddaughter; two brothers, Gilbert F. Sams and Howard Watson; and a sister, Shirley Orwig.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bellevue Cemetery. No calling hours will be observed.
Secor Funeral Home in Willard assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences can be made at secorfuneralhome.com.