Small in stature, but big in richness of spirit and generous of heart ...
Born in 1930, Sam lived a full and blessed life. A very humble, and practical person centered on providing for his family and having a gratifying, purpose driven work life. He was a Veteran of the US Navy, after World War II, and excelled at Diesel engine retrofitting and maintenance on board Navy vessels. Always a mechanically curious sort, after an honorable discharge from the Navy, he immediately got a job as a Field Test Engineer at Detroit Diesel, performing accelerated engine testing and failure analysis on new designs. He worked in this capacity his entire 35-year career for the same company and received many accolades for first time inventions and finding solutions to tough problems.
At the same time his career started, he married his Highschool sweetheart and they started the adventure of a young 50s style family that went on for decades. He traveled the world and gave the family many opportunities to live in different places and experience much of what that had to offer. He was a very practical Patriarch and always lead by being an outstanding example of a human being.
He often commented on how thankful he was to have a family, stating it was his greatest joy in life.
The memory of his richly fulfilled life will live on for generations through his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and the many people he touched ... just by being himself.