Bob "Sammy" Samuelson, age 69 of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2023.
Memorial service will be 11:00am Saturday, May 6, 2023 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00pm Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday all at the church. For a complete obituary, to leave a condolence, or view the service livestream, visit his obituary at www.saintpeterfuneralhome.com.
Robert David was born April 1, 1954, in St. Paul MN, to Gordon and Laura Samuelson. Bob was raised in St. Paul and spent some summers with his aunt and uncle on their farm in St. Peter. Bob was united in marriage to Diane Johnson on August 17, 1974 at First Lutheran Church, St. Peter. In 1975, they made their home in Cleveland. After high school, he worked for them for a year before being employed by ADC and later ONAN, working in metal fabrication. In 1998 he began working for St. Peter Glassworks and then South Central Glass before retiring in 2014. In retirement, he enjoyed working at his son's liquor store, Boondocks. Bob was active with the German Jefferson Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed playing hockey, softball and horseshoes, as well as hunting, fishing, and camping. The thing he enjoyed most was spending time with family and friends. One of his favorite songs was, "Grandpas never die." He will be remembered as a "talker" and being able to strike up a conversation with anyone. He was once told, "You don't go talk to Bob, you go listen to Bob!" He will be remembered as a "talker" and being able to strike up a conversation with anyone. He was always one to instill his knowledge into his family and friends.
Bob left us with a lot of good memories and stories as well as “Sammy-isms.” You always knew when Bob would stop by your house and you weren’t home because he would leave a “calling card” in the front yard or the mailbox. He was known to answer the phone with a “Yooooo” or a peace sign when he saw you in person. Blatz Landing was home to many good times and backyard barbeques. As he got older and started to age and lose his hair, “Just more forehead to wash.” Bob was also known to question Angie’s boyfriends, “you got a job.” Olivia always took the opportunity to talk with grandpa and listen to his many stories. Aspen loved to visit grandpa at the store to share his bubblegum. Harley and Talan would raise his blood pressure every time another set of golf cart keys were lost. Brecken enjoyed always going into grandpa’s room hollering “BOB.” Ambriela loved to watch Vikings games with grandpa. Diane was grateful for two wonderful kids who had families and blessed her with 6 grandkids. Brandon will miss being the PCA to Bob’s healthcare needs. Tammy remembers playing darts with Bob and late night pizza parties in his underwear.
One last thought to remember Bob by….”There’s nothing better than a cold beer, good stories and peanuts.” More good stories will be told during the Celebration of Life on Sunday, May 7th, 1:00 pm at Kokomo’s in Cleveland. Make sure to wear your favorite shirt that reminds you of Bob.
Left to remember Bob are his wife of 48 years, Diane; daughter Angie (Brandon) Linsmeier, and son Jesse (Tammy); six grandchildren: Olivia, Harley, Talan, Ambriela, Aspen, and Brecken; two sisters: Lynda (Jim) Burmeister, and Donna (Gordy) Ditmanson; Diane's siblings: Wayne (Bev) Johnson, Sylvia (Wally) Perron, Nora (Dave) Wilking, Lee (Carol) Johnson, Linda (Mark) Yost, Mary (Dave) Thompson, Curly (Eva) Johnson, and Tom (Deb) Johnson; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters-in-law: Judy and Shirley Johnson.
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