PAULTON — Sam German, 89, passed away at 11:42 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at his residence.
Sam was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Wellborn, Texas, to Fletcher and Martha Ella (Warren) German Sr.
He married Florence Louise Lasley on Feb. 23, 1957, in Anderson, Texas. Together they have shared 62 years of marriage.
Sam was retired, having been employed by E.T. Simonds Constructions for many years. Before he moved to Illinois, he worked for Butler, Jones and Williams Construction in College Station, Texas. He also worked at the Texas A&M University Beef Center.
Sam served his country honorably by serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Sam was a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church near Paulton.
He was also a member of Laborers International Local 773.
He enjoyed welding and tinkering on his farm. He shoed horses from the age of 14 until the age of 82. Sam enjoyed spending time outdoors deer hunting. His greatest passion was raising cattle and working with his horses. He loved to compete and judge horse shows and rodeos.
Survivors include his wife, Louise; five children, Russell E. (Nancy) Odum of Bluford, Caron (Scottie) Harris of West Frankfort, Catherine (Gary) Mosley of Bryan, Texas, Dennis (Ruby) Odum of Benton, and Lloyd (Maureen) German of Akin; two sisters, Catherine Holligan of Bryan, Texas, and Gaynell Boyd of Sommerville, Texas. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jessie German Jr.; brother, Fetcher German Jr.; and two sisters, Gladys Koreth and Marylois Huckabee.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in Pyle Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Howat officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery near Paulton. Military honors will be accorded by the Marion VFW Post 1301 and members of the Illinois National Guard Military Honors team. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. Memorial envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Pyle Funeral Home in Johnston City is entrusted with the arrangements.