Wolford was born to Warren Weston Wolford and Grace Atwood in Otis, Indiana.
He is preceded in
death by his parents, his loving brothers, Alan, Clyde, Jim, Warren Jr., and
Paul, and infant sisters Donna and Grace, his wife Carol Myers Wolford, and
his daughter Laura Wolford, and was joined in death by his son, Scott
He is survived by
June Wolford, daughter Sally Wolford (Doug Bonthron), blessed with
grandchildren Ian Bonthron, Jean Conover (David Conover), Leslie Bonthron,
and Michael Bonthron. His full family includes stepdaughters Joan Hilner,
Lori Sloan (Steve), Deb Carpenter, Sarah MacLachlan (Colin), and stepson
Andrew Handley (Helen).
He was loved dearly
by his step-grandchildren Jason (Lindsey) Hilner, Denise Carpenter (Danny
Kurpish), Emily Carpenter (Mitchell Smith), and Colin III, Benjamin, and
His family also
included five step-great grandchildren. Don and Doris Layton became like
family to him with their love and extra-special friendship.
Sam proudly served
in the United States Armed Forces on the ground during the Korean War.
Sam was a cement
finisher by trade and a concrete artist by dreams. When God told the world
to work six days and rest on the Sabbath, Sam must have been hauling a
wheelbarrow full of wet cement on a job site or roughing in some wet slabs:
Sam was never happier than when he was finishing a job well done or planning
one to be better than the previous one.
Having lived all of
his 84 years within 15 miles from his birthplace, Sam knew everybody! A trip
to the hardware store would take Sam an hour. Ten minutes to make his
purchase and fifty minutes catching up with his good friends.
Sam loved the
outdoors and living by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Dunes State
Park. They were his sanctuaries. He’d walk every day and be amazed by a herd
of deer or a flock of Sandhill Cranes, even if he had seen the same
Sam, more than
anything, loved his family. He’d brag about family members’ accomplishments
big and small and will be a enthusiastic addition to the Heavenly Rolls. We
rejoice for Sam that in life and in death he belongs to Jesus Christ.
Services will be at
White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St., Chesterton, IN, on Saturday, April
7, 2018, with visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the funeral to
follow. Burial will be held privately with the immediate family.
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