Dean Raymond Samuels died in his sleep March 13, 2014.
Dean was born in his families' home on March 23, 1927. He grew up in Cross Village, until he enlisted in the Navy. During World War II he served on the USS Sandalwood, a net tender in the Marshall Islands. He was selected for enlisted gunnery school and was the leader of an anti-aircraft gun team. He was awarded 3 medals, The Victory Award, The American Area Campaign Award, and The Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Award. He also received the Native American Medal of Valor from Native Nations of the United States of America. He was discharged honorably from the U.S. Navy and returned to marry Frances Rose Keller.
In his younger years he worked in the merchant marine on Great Lakes freighters and on ocean-going vessels in the North Atlantic, South Atlantic as well as the Pacific. Dean also worked on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Samuels and Bill Meshekey, and sisters Lillian Patti and Dorothy Taylor, by his Brother-in-Law Ray Kimball and his Son-in Law Hap McCue.
He is survived by sisters Glenna Kimball (Ray), Margaret "Mickey" Ortner (Robert), Evangeline "Vangie" Blevens (Harry) and Katherine "Katni" Metzger (Robert).The Lord blessed his marriage with 6 children, Dean Samuels, Cheryl Samuels McCue, Sandra Walker (Louis), Karen Norris (Randy), and Michelle Yoder (Don). He is survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family conveys heartfelt gratitude for all of those who expressed their condolences. He loved hunting and fishing and shot his last deer in fall 2012. Dean enjoyed life and was known for finding the humorous side of situations.