MICHAEL SAMSJERSEYVILLE- Michael Lynn Sams, 63, died at 4:30 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at Christian Hospital Northeast after suffering a heart attack a week earlier.He was born in Alton on Nov. 29, 1950, one of two children born to Robert E. & Imogene (Huff) Sams.Mike graduated in 1968 from Jersey Community High School, and soon entered the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS America battleship. He lived most of his adult life in Florida where he worked construction, and relocated back to Jerseyville several years ago from St. Cloud, Fl.He was a member of the Jerseyville Eagles Lodge, AMVETS and was a proud member of the Kane American Legion where he also served on the honor guard.Surviving are his parents, Robert & Imogene Sams of Jerseyville;two daughters, Laura Wendle of St. Charles, Mo., and Stephanie Sams of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister & brother in law, Patricia & Michael Meuth of Jerseyville; three nieces and their spouses, Stacey Meuth of White Hall, Jennifer & David Fink and Mary Jo & Matt Capps all of Jerseyville; great nieces and nephews, Cory Rowling, Ethan Capps, John, Ben & Emily Fink.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:45 p.m.A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m., Tuesday at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Jerseyville, with Father William Hembrow officiating.Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville, with the Tri County Honor Guard conducting military graveside rites.Memorials may be given to the Kane American Legion or to the St. Francis/Holy Ghost Catholic School in Jerseyville.
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