Samuel Leatherman - December 31, 1969
Samuel Leatherman was born on Nov. 27, 1928 at Cheraw, Colo. He was the third of eight children born to Isaac and Elnora Weaver Leatherman. The family moved to Kansas City, Kan. when Sam was a young boy and later to Garden City, Mo. where he graduated from high School in 1945.
After high school, he attended Hesston Bible College in Hesston, Kan. He later moved to Washington and Wyoming where he was involved in construction. In Wyoming he was part of the crew that built the Boysen Dam.
Sam joined the United States Army during the Korean War in 1951. He served in Japan and Korea until 1953. He then served with the Army reserves until his honorable discharge in 1956.
Sam was living and working at a hospital in Casper, Wyo. when he met Alta Mae Dyck and they were married in Casper on April 14, 1956. Sam began a career with Texaco in the oil refinery field at Casper and was moved to El Paso, Texas in 1982 where he continued to work for Texaco until they sold their interest to El Paso Refining. He worked for three more years before he retired after 29 years of work in the oil refinery business.
Sam and Alta were travelling to see friends in Colorado and stopped in Wallace, Neb. They enjoyed the town so much that they moved to Wallace in 1996. Alta died in 2008 and with the help of his sons Sam was able to stay in his home. He died peacefully at home on Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013. He had reached the age of 84.
Sam had been a member of the V.F.W. and the Wallace American Legion.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Sam is survived by four sons, Stanley in Denver, Steven and Scott, both of Wallace, and Spencer and his wife Tonya of Denver; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Florence, Katherine, and Martha; other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Wallace Morningview Cemetery with John Long officiating.
A flag presentation was made by the Wallace American Legion.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.