Richard K. Samec

richard samec
Richard K. Samec, age 62, of New Hampton, IA died Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton, IA after a short battle with lung cancer. Richard Kenneth Samec was born on October 14, 1947 to Joseph and Bertha (Christenson) Samec in New Hampton, IA. Rich graduated from New Hampton High School in 1966. He worked for Super Value in New Hampton for 28 years, working for Wendell Liddle and later Matt Anderson. Rich worked for Ameritec in Fredericksburg and most recently was employed by Featherlite Trailers of Cresco for 18 years. In January of 1968 Rich was inducted into the US Army serving his country in Italy. He was honorably discharged from the army in December of 1969. On June 13, 1970 Rich was united in marriage to Joeleen Thome at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage, IA. Rich enjoyed hunting, fishing, and in later years he enjoyed metal detecting and was an avid gardener. He lovedspending time with family and friends. Rich and Joeleen enjoyed vacations to Memphis, TN visiting Elviss Home, Nashville, TN, Black Hills, SD, Colorado and many bus trips to Branson, MO. Rich was always very positive and had a smile and laugh for everyone. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church. Rich is survived by his wife of 39 years Joeleen Samec of New Hampton; three children Jerry Richard Samec of New Hampton, Randy Brian Samec of Janesville, IA and Jill Marie Samec of Mason City, IA; three sisters Eleanor Wilkes of Waterloo, IA, Ruth (John) Northness of Waterloo, IA, Hazel (Kenneth) Hammell of Wapello, IA; a sister-in-law Deanna (Mike) Shoars of Orchard, IA; and several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Charles Wilkes. Cemetery: Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery at New Hampton with John Northness, Jason Northness, Troy Wilkes, LeRoy Wilkes, Curtis Wilkes and Kenneth Hammell serving as casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Alan Hammell, Chad Shoars, Chris Shoars, Joleen Pietro, Julie Romeo and Connie Hammell. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Fae Stine Post #38. Visitation: Visitation will be on Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 4-7pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 6:00 pm scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Monday, January 25, 2010 at Holy Family Parish-St. Marys Center in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrating.

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  1. I want to pass my sympathy on to you. Sorry to hear God called Rich home so soon. He was a great employee for all the years he worked for Wendal and I. We will all be able to keep many memories of him in our hearts.

  2. Joeleen & family, So very shocked and saddened to hear of this today. Please let me extend my deepest sympathies to you all. I remember fun times together on our many adventures…our prayers are with you at this time.

    Rich & Becky

  3. Joeleen, Our deepest sympathy to you and your
    family at this time. Rich was much too young to leave
    his family but God picks the best. He was a great man
    and was always very friendly. He will be missed by many.

  4. Joeleen, Jerry, Randy, and Jill,
    So sorry to hear of your loss, hold onto your many special memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy,
    Jeff & Pat Sommerlot
    Marshalltown, IA 50158

  5. Jolene and Family I am very saddened to hear of Rich’s passing, All the years of working together at Liddles many of us got to know him and you and your family well. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time!

  6. Jolene and Family: Gary & I are so sorry about the loss of Rich. He was a good man and I really enjoyed working with him all those happy years at the grocery store. He can now join Dad and maybe they are busy at a grocery store in heaven. Our sympathy to you.

  7. Jolene, Jerry, Randy & Jill, We want to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Rich was a dear friend and have many memories of him. Those years at the store were times we will all remember. Rich will be missed by all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jolene, Jerry, Randy, and Jill,
    We were deeply saddened to hear about Rich. We enjoyed our time as neighbors and Rich was always a great help. Kallie will always remember Rich as the popickle (popsicle) man! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Little Rich,
    Was a Great Guy!!
    I worked with Rich for many years. We became Great friends. We talked about everything.(coins,work, an car payments.)
    Back in 2007 When N.E. Iowa had a Ice Storm. Rich an his family let me spend the night at his place. I was very great full to him.
    Im going to Miss Little Rich Alot!!! We All Are !!!
    My Hart Go out to The Richard Samec Family. God Bless…
    Andy Lentz

  10. I worked with Richie at Featherlite for the past 6 years. He was a great friend. Always had a smile on his face and good advice to share. I will miss him deeply!

  11. Rich ws a terriffic man that brightened the lives of everyone he met.Janice & I want his family to know how sorry we are for your loss ,your in our thoughts & prayers. Rich thank you for touching our lives!
    Matt & Janice Andersen

  12. God took Richard home so he didn’t have to suffer.He is at peace now.Let that be comfort for you and we are so sory for your loss..He was a good man.

  13. Joeleen- Jerry- Randy and Jill,
    So sorry to hear about Rich what a shock. I’d meet him alot of EARLY mornings pulling out of his driveway or up on Pleasant hill corner on his way to Featherlite to work and me on my way to Triimark, We’d wave or honk (saying have a good day). I’m going to miiss that Red Truck.
    Dan and I worked with Rich at Liddle for many years . (Thank God the coolers couldn’t talk) . We had a great group of people to work with and that’s what made the store a fun place to come into and shop and work at. I remember Dan always telling me I talk to you later , cause Rich – Don Johnson and Dan would be going somewhere fishing – they were like two older brothers to him. To crazy to be his Dad. Hold your memories close and they will get you though these long days ahead. Sending our Deepest
    Sympathy to the entire family. Rich will be truely missed by many. friends always , Dan – Karen Rosonke and family

  14. Randy and rest of the Samec family , our thoughts are with you at this time . I work for the city were Randy works . Randy always talks about Rich that him and his dad cut fire wood and splitting it.Our Prayers are with the whole Samec Family .

  15. Rich will be missed by many people from New Hampton. I know because I worked with him for 21 years at Super Valu. He was a very likable, happy man, who always had a great smile and a good attitude.
    My sympathy goes out to the family.

  16. Joleen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have never forgotten you. If I can help, let me know. I live in Waterloo. 319-493-9933 622 S. Hackett Rd.
    I hope your family and friends are helpful in your tme of grief.
    Eleanor Demuth

  17. Joleen, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. I am praying God will give you the strength you need during this most difficult time. It was good to see you at our class reunion. Bonnie

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