Eugene “Gene” Sam Sr., 76, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 in Spokane, Wash. Gene was born Friday, Aug. 14, 1942 to Harry M. and Christine James-Sam in their home near Buffalo Lake, just outside of Nespelem, Wash. A Roman Catholic and proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. Gene worked as a logger both independently and for Colville Tribal Logging.
On Saturday, Aug. 17, 1963 - just three days after his twenty-first birthday - Gene married Kathleen Lezard at St. Mary’s Mission in Omak, Wash.
Gene enjoyed hunting and “Going Home” to Buffalo Lake where he would fish, kayak, canoe and most importantly – spend time with family gathering together at the home place.
Gene was preceded by both of his parents; siblings, Alex Sam, Isabel Cleparty, Adeline Fredin, Raymond Sam, Jerome Sam, Rusty Sam, Sylvester Sam and Gabe and Joseph Sam who both died in infancy.
Gene’s legacy lives on through his beloved wife of 55 years, Kathleen Sam; children, Eugene Sam Jr, Loren Sam and Jolene Sam; god-daughters, Christine Fredin, Kelli George and Stephanie McCraigie, god-son, Marcus McCraige; sister, Angie Timentwa; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Gene’s dressing was at10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at the Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Wash. Services took place at the Nespelem Community Center as follows: Family Rosary, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, Community Rosary, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 and Funeral, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, followed with graveside services in the Nespelem Catholic Cemetery.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for his family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME of Grand Coulee, WA is serving Eugene’s family.