i knew matt when we were kids, knew charlie, he was the sheriff when i was in eureka. matt was a happy-go-lucky kid. can't believe 5 years ago his life was taken from everyone. what a wonderful experience of love he offered so many, years before he was in a position to protect. just want to send family and friends a moment of silence of loving thoughts, remembering matt and the many lives he touched, his whole life.
You will be forever missed Matt, But never forgotten!
My heartfelt sympathy to the Samuels family for the great void that has been left in their lives with the loss of Matt.
As a former resident of Eureka and a brother in Law Enforcement it pains me to hear of his cruel passing.
Matt was always kind to me when I was growing up.
The world remembers and now misses this defender.
Matt and family, thank u for making my younger sister and I feel like part of your family in such a loving way. Matt was such a caring and dedicated man. He could reach out to anyone with his warm smile. We'll always remember His face. We love u and miss u so much!!
i miss and love you matt your always in my heart and u always got me outta trouble
WE will always miss you Matt.
Matt was a wonderful man and we greatly miss him. May our thoughts and prayers be with his loved ones always.
Tami, I remember working with you in the courthouse. Matt and Charlie were my friends. I always felt safe in Greenwood County knowing that they were there for my protection. I have thought of you often and admired your bravery. Nell
I never knew him but reading these entries I can tell how many people really loved him. I especially love the entries by the young people that he interacted with as they came of age, how he was a real home-town guy when he pulled them over in their cars, real sweet & funny, exchanging friendly banter & telling them to slow down, be careful. Like a dad would do. Like my dad would have done if he had been a cop.
I have a friend in in Australia, a Koori aborigine who is one of Australia's national treasures. When my husband died she taught me this Koori word: Illabukamer'laiyuri. It means, "The spirit lives forever."
God walks with us and holds us up when we stumble because we cannot see through our tears. And when we stop and lie down sometimes because it hurts too much to go forward, He picks us up and carries us through to the other side of our pain.
R.I.P. Sheriff Samuels. You fought the good fight...
Thank You for all you have done.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tami and family, I think of you often during this difficult time. I try to keep myself updated on things back home. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jennifer (Scott) Best
Well Matt, its almost over, and we are all thankful for the conviction.My heart and prayers goes out to Tammy and Family. God be with you. We still miss you Matt.
Audrey Morrow, Severy, Ks
Matt, I miss you so very much. I miss your laughs and smiles you always gave me. You were like the father I will never have. You always supported me and made me feel good when I was down. I will never forget when you came to my house one night while i was sick. You brought me sprite and m&ms and said it will make me better. To this day i still use sprite and m&ms when i am sick. I am always thinking of you. To Matt's family I am so very sorry for your loss. Wish we could bring him back. All we can do is keep him in our hearts. I do 24/7. Miss and love you Matt!
my thoughts are u with your family and matt
Thoughts are with Matt's family,
especially this afternoon.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
My heart goes out to you Tammi and family. Don't know if you remember me or not, but I used to manage the Pizza Hut & my last name was
Lillard back then.
My heart goes out to the Samuel family during this very trying time
I didn't know you that well but you were a great man that loved what you did. You will be missed very much. You will never be forgotten.
Matt: My heartaches each time your name is mentioned. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not thinking of you. If only we could turn back time and do things differently...I am and always will be proud of the person you were and will always be. I will see you again someday and you will smile and say, "Hey, what have ya been up to?" And I will reply, "Missing your precious spirit"0;)
Gods Speed my dear cousin...Tami J.
My heart goes out to the samuels famiy. I knew matt when i coached football in Hamilton. He treated me with the highest respect and offered his support. I say that because i am african american and being in Hamilton i was nervous but Matt was always there with a smile and support. Matt was a Mason as i am and once a mason always a mason and a brother mason. God needed a great person and mason in heaven. My sympathy to all who loved him. Otis Moon
i love and miss u uncle matt
Matt i miss u alot thanks for being a sheriff for Eureka Ks and i wish that you was with us right now i miss you thanks for everything
Your on my mind and in my heart. miss you little brother.
My prayers are with your family may you find comfort in knowing he will be remembered. Those who choose to be in law enforcement and put their life on the line for others are truly special people
I'm so sorry a bout you loss.HEwas such a nice guy!!!
I LOVE YOU MATT!!!!!
Hey Matt I miss you so much...i have been staring at your picture and listening to "American Soldier" crying for the past 3 hours...I even wrote you a letter so if you get time you come read it...I love you matt and i miss you
It has been two years and i miss you more and more each day!! My thoughts and prayers go out to the rest of the family!! You will always be in my heart and i hope to see you again some day!! Love you with all my heart!!!
it has been 2 yrs now. matt we miss you very much. i know you are up their watching over us at all times. now if we can get a conviction every thing would be right. at least going in the right direction. forever in our thoughts matt love you and miss you bunches
i miss you matt i will never forget you you were there to help my family and i respect that and i love you matt and i will never ever forget you
Today marks the date that we all never seen coming and never thought would be up on so soon, I just wanted to tell you that i love you and miss you a lot, I would not be the person i am today if you had not been in my life, i was not the best and still not the best at picking my friends. you showed me a lot and you were always right about most of it. I love you Uncle Matt!!!! and miss you everyday
I can't believe it's been 2 years since you left us. I know that there alot of people that miss you very much. I do hope that you are watching over everyone, and know that we here on earth still love you and miss you very much.
Matt was like a father to me for many years and losing him was like losing a piece of myself. I cant believe it has been almost two years. This family has not been the same since that horrible day. And Christmas just wasn't the same without you! I miss you now and always. See you someday again. Love Ya!
Matt was a really great guy and my dad thought of him as a best friend....my dad is Mike Mullins and was with Matt and tried to save him but it didn't work out ya know and Matt will be greatly missed and remembered!!!
I know you are up there helping to watch over my babies Matt, THANK YOU
hey i miss you matt i really do i cant belive its been so long since you died it feels like oyur not dead cause i belived in you but you will always ne in my heart
Always in our hearts, forever in our mind. I Love You Cuz'.......
I can't believe it's almost been two years ago since we lost you. I think of you often. Love, Your Friend.
It was hard to go to the sheriff's office after school to give my grandma my back pack and not have Matt there picking on me. He was an insperation to all of us in Eureka. I give my best to Tammy, Sharlee, and Heath!
I had the privilege of going through the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center with Matt in 1987.(101st Basic) Even in the early stages of his law enforcement career, you could tell how much Matt loved the law and wanted to help people in his community. It was common knowledge that most of the officers would leave law enforcement within the first 5 years after graduation. I stuck it out almost 12 years before leaving active patrol and attending law school. I still maintained contacts with a number of my classmates and while I worked hard towards a law degree, I took just as much pride in watching my brothers in law enforcement grow and advance in their careers. I am proud of you Matt. Proud to have had the opportunity to know you. Proud to be able to tell others about the work you were doing making your part of Kansas a safer place for hard working, honest families. Matt, some officers will wander through a 30 year career and never make a difference. In the short time we were blessed by your life you MADE A DIFFERENCE! Rest in peace my brother and we will see you soon.
Matt, I'll never forget ya buddy. Canada trips just aint the same without you. I'll never forget going with you to mcdonalds on the way to lad bridge and you made me eat those dang fries. We're always thinkin of you! Maybe we'll meet again someday. Rusty Galbraith
I had the great honor to live with Matt and Tammy for about a year. I just found this site, I loved him like a dad. Matt, Tammy and the kids are a part of my family and I still think about Matt often and I hope I will be back soon to be with Tammy, Sharlee and Heath. I will never forget him, never ever, I never got grounded back home in Germany, but he grounded me the first time in my life ;-) He was strict, but really fair and honest and just simply a wonderful person.He and Tammy teached me so much, I wouldn`t be the person that I am today without them. Love ya Sandy Mey
matt was a great man. he always had something good to say to people as he walked by. and never angry with anyone.. I'm sure he maid a great father and husband to...but through his passing you must think of the good,not the bad .So with that just rember what a great person Matt Samuels was.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
iloved matt! sorry about your lost.
I am very sorry for the lost.
sorry, for your lost of him. :(
At 1030 in the morning of April 25th, Matt's name was etched into the Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.. I just wanted everyone out there in Kansas to know that Sheriff Samuels was spoken of, remembered, and his loss acknowledged by many of his extended L.E. family here in Maryland. Your loss is our loss and you're in our prayers. Hope to meet some of you this year in D.C. firstname.lastname@example.org
HE was a good cop and will always be remeberd.
Been thinking a lot lately about Matt. Just want to tell tammy and the rest of the family that you guys are in my prayers and if you need anything dont hestitate to call!! The world is a lesser place without him but he is always here in our hearts. Love you and miss you guys a bunch!!!
Good people are hard to forget, and Matt remains to be one of those Good People. Absent from our lives for a year now, he will never be absent from our hearts. He left an impression on our hearts of every conversation, every smile, wave, just about every move he made or word he spoke remains with us. Matt touched a lot of peoples lives, and his friendship is stamped forever on our hearts. God Bless the Family and Friends of Matt.
I can't believe it's been almost a year since Matt left this earth. I was in Eureka over Christmas, and the town didn't seem the same. It seemed like the town was still in shock over his death. It's really sad that Matt is gone, but I believe that he is in a better place and is watching over us all. Watch over your family and community, and take care of them always. We will miss and love you forever.
We miss you more and more everyday
It's not fair: the Good Lord took you away
We miss you every moment of every day
We miss you more than words can say
It's hard to believe you're gone
Makes your time here not seem so long
Why did you have to go?
Why didn't you say good-bye
All we can do is sit and cry
We miss you every night and day
But nothing can take away the pain
We wish you were here
So we can hold you
There are so many things
We never got to say
You're the part of our lives
That we never forget
We'll never forget you
You'll forever be on our minds
Till the end of time
In loving memory
Matthew Hayden Samuels
We'll always love you and miss you
Until we meet again.
just want the samuels family to know how are sorry i am for their loss! tho i never met matt i know he was a good man just from looking at him you could tell that not to mention how much i can tell from what people say good luck my prayers are with you all candy silbaugh
My condolences for your loss of a husband, father, and friend. may you remember the time you had with him and take solace in that memory. you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Edwin Lewis Jr
It has been almost a year since Matt was taken from his family and friends. It does not seem that long ago. Since moving back to Eureka from Las Vegas in November, I have often went to the cemetary and talked with Matt to let him know he will FOREVER be the Sheriff of Greenwood County and he will never be forgotten. Matt, we know you are up in heaven watching over all of your friends and family keeping us safe. We will meet you again someday. We love you Matt. Tammy and kids, just know that not only the Maxson family is here for you, but everyone that loved Matt and Cherished him!!!!! God Bless you Matt. We miss you terribly!!! Love, Rebecca and Trampas Maxson and Family
Thought of you while on patrol today myself. Wanted you to know I was thinking of you & continue to miss you daily. The world has truly missed out on having you here in person. Keep watch over everybody like you've done all along. God bless & i'll talk to you later. Anthony #143
Been thinkin' about Matt alot the last few days. Anniversaries aren't always happy occasions. May God get Tammy, the kids, and all Matt's family and friends through this first one...time ease our pain.
Hi guys! I was thinking about Matt the other day, and about you, and I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers will always be with you!! Matt has not been, nor will he ever be, forgotten!! He and my Mom were "one of a kind"!! Love, Marva
It has been several months since Matt passed away and I often find myself thinking about him and his family. I want Tammy and family to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers and that your loss has not been forgotten. Matt will never be forgotten. I pray for God to give all of you strength to carry on. May God bless you.
You know, its really amazing that the loss of one life can affect so many people, not only his family , but everyone who knew and loved Matt. A question came up a few days ago, and I thought if only Matt were here, maybe he could point me in the right direction as he had done several times in the past. Tammy and family, Matt has not been forgotten, and we all miss him. God Bless you all. Audrey Morrow
I have been reflecting back alot over the 9 months that Matt was taken from us. It is truly something how you get so caught up in daily life and take for granted day to day contact with someone.
Just the other day I had a question come to mind that I would usually pick up the phone and call Matt about. I can only say this that Matt is a person that I will miss everyday for the rest of my life. He was truly a friend and friends and that is something that will never be taken away from because I still look up in the sky on those clear nights and talk with Matt. He was truly a hero in my mind and heart and I miss him more and more everyday.
What is amazing out of this is how strong Tammy has been. She truly a solid rock in this loss that I have found myself asking why I feel the way I do sometimes. Thank god for the family and friends that she has because they have been so great as well.
My thoughts and prayers have been with Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee since January 19. I had the pleasure of working with Matt at Eureka Downs and always enjoyed the jokes that he had to tell. It won't be the same at the track this year without Matt.
My Brother Matt was the best brother anyone could have possible ask for. He was always there for me and my boys anytime we needed him. I miss him so much. I'm glad you got to watch Jeff play in one of his football games big brother and I know you will be watching down on him and Bubba in everything that they do. Thanks for always being a great big brother. I Love You. Also thanks to everyone who wrote such great things about Matt. Say Hi to Daddy for me Matt. Love, Sheila
My Uncle Matt was aan awesome man he would do anything and everything to make sure you were doing great. He loved his family very much ( all of us). He would always try to be at all the sporting events. I can remember a few times when he was in hamilton wathing the football game when he could have been doing something else, or when tammy and him would come down and stay till 4 in the morning for the hamilton after prom. I just wanted to tell everyone thanks for their support.
To everyone who has written in here. Thank you for all your words and thoughts and Prayers. I have enjoyed reading all of these wonderful words. Matt was a great brother (spoiled sometimes),but I loved him a lot. I am glad every one got to know him the way I knew him. He loved his family, he was a wonderful father and husband. He was a friend that any true friend would want. I will truely miss you Matt. Say HI to daddy for me OK.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee my thoughts and prayers have been with you since January 19th. Matt was a great person and I am glad that I was blessed to have known him. He will be missed.
Matt, thanks for everything, we will take care of "business" down here... Watch over us, we miss you. You WILL not be forgotten.
Our thoughts and our deepest sympathies our with you thoughout all these difficult times.
When I found out about what had happened to Matt, I was absolutely devestated. This was a wonderful man, friend, and police officer taken from the state of Kansas. I am terribly sorry for your loss, but please understand that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. God bless all of you.
It is with great remorse that such a thing like this happen. I know that there is nothing that one can say to relieve the pain. Just know that it sounds as if Matt died doing what he loved to do. that is to serve and protect the community that he loved and lived in. I didn't know Matt, but I Do know the type man he was, A servant to his community and father and husband. I am sure he will be missed by all. I know that from what I have read about him he was indeed a rare man with a big heart and strong sense of purpose, something rare in todays world. God bless to all Matts family and friends..
Tammy and Kids,
I am sorry for your loss. When I was a teenager and dumb enough to get into trouble his was great at helping me learn my lesson. He never treated me badly in public and helped me grow into a good person. Please take care. Crystal
Sam, I know that there are no words that can take away your pain, but everyday I pray that God will keep you, Heath & Sharlee wrapped tightly in His precious comforting loving arms. I only met Matt once, but I will always remember that you & he helped me be able to qualify on the "mini-14" for EDCF. I am here if you ever want to talk or anything, and I mean that.
Tom & Debie (Zack) Rumiser
God bless Matt and his family.
Matt was two years younger than me but I knew him as everyone else did in school because he was a friend to us all. I pray for his family and the whole Greenwood County community as this is truly a tragedy and his shoes will certainly be hard to fill.
I was a friend of Matts father& he was a special person in my & my wife,s heart. My son went to school with Matt,but I didn,t no him personly,but I,m sure he was ever bite as nice of a person as his father was. you have our prayer,s
My condolences go out for the family. Im very saddednd to hear that this had to happen to a great person in this world. Now he can look over all of us at once. He is greatly missed but always will be rememered. Dawn
Matt was a very good friend of mine. When I got into trouble, Matt was there. When I needed someone to talk to - Matt was there - always with a joke and a smile.
Matt - I know we didn't keep in touch like we both would have liked to when I moved away. Nonetheless. I love you and I will forever miss you!! Say hello to Mike for me.
Your friend -- David J. Wilson
Matt, I will miss you buddy! You were an awesome guy and a blast o hang out with. I will really miss all the fishing trips, there was never a better fishing buddy than you. God bless you!!! Love, Jesse Galbraith
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Matt, you always saw the best in every one you knew..It is so unfair that you were taken from this world so soon. I will always remember the times we shared while working for the Greenwood County Sheriff's Department. You were my brother in law enforcement and you will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to your family and friend.
The pain of losing a loved one never goes away, but it does get a bit easier to bear each day that goes by. My deepest wish is that the pain of the passing of Matt Samuels becomes easier to bear for his family, his friends and co-workers, and everyone whose live's he has touched. The last part of that obviously covers much ground. I myself have fond memories of joking with Matt when, as a teen, we used to sit on the hoods of our cars on the corner of Main st and River. Matt was never one to just sit in the car either, he'd get out and lean on his or sit on one of ours with us and talk for a bit. It kept us out of trouble, and gave us an opportunity to view law enforcement in a positive light. There is no better example for community policing on the face of the earth than the story of this great man. I hope that he remains and example to all others in the profession. We are the lucky ones, we knew him. We keep him alive for all those who did not, will not. He was wonderful in every way imaginable and my heart goes out to Tammy and her children. Please know that as I said before, while the pain never goes away, it will someday be easier to bear than it is this moment.
He was always a good friend to all of us!
It was a shock for everyone god bless him and his family!
Even today seeing his photo, it still seems impossible that this wonderful man can be gone. He and Tammy were the two people that Francis introduced me to first when we started dating. They accepted me and helped me meet others around town. There were many Friday nights spent around their table with others that had just dropped by to visit and were invited for dinner. Francis always called him Brother Matt so my children grew up knowing him as Uncle Matt. They couldn't have asked for a more kind, loving, caring man to be their uncle. He was a teacher of life's lessons, a mentor to many, someone to bounce ideas off of, someone to help you see a better way to handle life's situations as well as a loving father and husband and committed law man. We miss him dearly. Love, Sunni, Francis, Jaimie and Travis
tammy and kids my thoughts and prayers are with you GOD bless and be with you all now and always
Tammy,Heath, and Sharlee;
Matt was a great person. I have known him my entire life, as we went to school together. He would drive daily from one building to the other for class, and I would caught a ride daily. We continued to have contact through the years,sometimes not always the kind of contact taht you want to have with the sheriff,Matt was great though. I know that he will be missed and that the town of Eureka will not be the same. My prayers are with you in this very hard time.
Diana Kelley,Nathan,Trevor, La-Tish, and Allyson Smalley
"No Farewell Words Were Spoken,
No Time to Say Goodbye,
You Were Gone Before We Knew It,
and Only God Knows Why."
This quote says it all, and will always remind me of GW 1...Sheriff Matt Samuels...He was a great guy, and a Hero to everyone...We will always remember his smiling face...His helpful ways...and most of all his concern for everyone...To Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee...our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are part of a wonderful family that will be there for you, just as everyone here in the community will be also. You have your own special memories of your husband & dad; we have our memories also of a special friend, that we'll cherish for our lifetime...Thanks Matt for everything...Your memories will live on...you may be gone...but not forgotten.
What a tragic shock to the family and community. My sincerest sympathy to the Samuels family.
With sincere condolences to the Samuels family.
MATT WAS A GREAT PERSON & FRIEND.
MATT ALWAYS HELPED EVERYONE HE COULD.HE HELPED US OUT WITH THE SCOUTS HERE WHENEVER WE NEEDED IT, AS HE HELPED OUT ALL OF THE YOUNG KIDS. I KNOW THE CUBSCOUTS THOUGHT IT WAS SO COOL TO GET TO RIDE IN THE POLICE CAR/TRUCK, GET TO TURN ON THE SIRENS OR TALK ON THE SPEAKER THEY HAD A GREAT TIME!!MATT WILL TRUELY BE MISSED!!!---JAMES, MICHELE, MICHEAL, STEVEN HARE
To the Samuels family,
We have been accquainted with Matt for many years. We are honored to have known him.
We trust that the Lord will somehow comfort you in this time of deep sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We are sorry for your loss.
will miss you deeply my fellow law man rest in peace. and may god and you keep watch over us all
Tammy and Family,
Matt will truly be missed. Whenever any of the children were in trouble he never judged them and always listened to all they had to say. He was a big man with a huge heart and an enormous smile. I can't say enough about him that hasn't already been said or that you didn't know already. The Spirit never dies and he had lots of it. God Bless You!
My thoughts and prayers. Matt will forever live on in our hearts and memories. God Bless the Samuels family.
While I didn't know him it must make you so proud that he was the kind of Law Officer that they all should be like and too seldom are at least out here. God Bless him and all of you and give you strength and the sure knowledge that he is in Heaven. I will pray for all of you.
I went to a Police Officers funeral this morning
My emotions were high and all were mourning
The bagpipes played Amazing Grace
The loss of this Officer was on my face
With tears in my eye's and a heavy heart
It was the sound of taps that tore me apart
To see the Honor Guard fire their guns
This Officer now guards the Heavens and sun
My memories go to the times we had
These I enjoyed, but ohhhh I feel sad
I'm sad for the family most of all
With grief in their hearts they still stand tall
Today we buried one of our own
Tomorrow we'll visit the graveside stone
This Officer answers roll calls from above
As the Guardian of Paradise with all it's love
This Officer has stood the final inspection
Judged by the book on their life's reflection
Many times it took more to preserve
An LEO's motto " To protect & serve
Matt was always very kind to everybody. He always made the family reunions fun. I will greatly miss him. My deapest sympathys go out to tammy and the rest of the family.
Tammy and Kids,
Lots of good memories in Greenwood county. Charlie and Matt were very special to me. My prayers are with you.
Be very proud of how he lived,he was a credit to his profession.He will be sorely missed.
Stevens Co.Sheriff's Dept.
Tammy and Family. As with most everyone here, words cannot describe your loss or the loss all of us are fealing. Matt and you helped me when things were tough for me when Dena died. He believed in me and that meant a lot. I will always remember him and the kind way he had. Matt will be missed by all, but his legacy lives on. Reading through these many entries from all over the US, shows all of us just how much he touched everyones lives. In his short 42 years he made an impact on so many that he will live on in each of us. If we can be as kind as Matt was then that will be his legacy. Good bye Matt, for now, we will meet again. Tammy and family, if we can help do not hesitate to call on us. Keith, Melissa and the kids.
Dear Samuels Family:
I am very sorry to hear of Matt's passing. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
A voice behind me says,"What'd you do now" or "You need to slow it down, lake road isn't the auto bond" followed by a gentle chuckle and a big smile.It just hit me that I will never hear those words again. Or on the rare occasions (weather permitting) when he did pull me over, I think it was more to catch up because "he hadn't seen me around lately". "How's the boys? You been staying out of trouble? Or more recenetly, how's that vicious dog of your's." The threats of calling in my tag because he knew my parents were listening to the scanner."Oh, go eat a bagel dog and leave the law abiding citizens alone" is usually all I could come up with.
I now look back and realize how much of an impact this "man" had on my life, how many times he was there when something was wrong. He always went above and beyond not because it was his job and he had to, but because he was Matt. Matt wasn't just a man, he was an angel that walked among us. We were blessed to have him the short time we did. To bad that knowing that doesn't take away the pain. He touched us all.
Matt thank-you for always being there for us.
Matt was a wonderful man and an inspiration to us all. We wish more people would be as compassionate and giving the way Matt was. Heaven has a special angel sheriff to keep watch.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to Tammy and all of her family. May God bless you all.
Bill & Mary Teichgraeber
Nathan and Trista
To Sharlee, Heath, and Mrs. Samuels
I haven’t been around to talk to friends for a while. Saw Heath last time I was in town and he looked so happy I hope his humor will help you through the grief my heart goes out to the whole family. Sincerely Jake Droge
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Matt. I watched the news on the internet and wept for his family and close friends. Matt was such a great comfort in Eureka and I will miss seeing him at Eureka Downs in the Summer. I am so sorry and he and his family are in our prayers.
On behalf of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), we express our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and members of Sheriff Matt Samuels’ family; to Matt’s many friends and law enforcement colleagues, and to the citizens of Greenwood County.
Following in his father Charlie’s footsteps, Matt Samuels proudly carried on the tradition, dedication and commitment to protect and serve the citizens of Greenwood County and the citizens of our great State. Sheriff Matt Samuels was a respected member of our Kansas law enforcement community. For years he has been well-known for dedicating many hours of his personal time as a volunteer at our state’s central law enforcement training facilities near Hutchinson.
During the week preceding his death, Matt spent the majority of the week working with new recruit law enforcement officers helping them master firearm marksmanship skills. Working as a KLETC firearms line coach, Matt was known for his diligent guidance and soft-spoken approach in helping new officers learn the skills that might one day save their life or the lives of citizens they protect and serve. He is remembered by our staff for helping ensure that Kansas’ law enforcement officers are prepared to meet the challenges of policing in today’s complex society.
Sheriff Matt Samuels was a 1988 graduate of KLETC’s 101st law enforcement basic training program and the KLETC New Sheriffs’ Orientation School in 2000. It is with everlasting friendship and a deeply saddened heart that we will always remember Matt as one of our own who gave the supreme sacrifice, laying down his life in the line of duty. In the next few weeks, we will dedicate a fallen officer plaque in Sheriff Matt Samuels honor and memory on the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Wall of Honor. May the memory of Sheriff Matt Samuels never be forgotten.
Ed H. Pavey, Director
and the staff of
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
Dr. JoAnn Smith
Dean of Continuing Education
University of Kansas
To the family of Matt:
Would like to express my deepest sympathy for your great loss. Although it's been several years since I've lived in Eureka, I still remember Matt as a kind and gentle soul. May your faith help you through this difficult time.
Rest in peace, and may God allow him to keep watch over us on earth while you patrol your beat in heaven. Our prayers go out to you your Department and family. May they all find peace in their hearts soon.
From all the Staff at Police Special Inc.
I am truly sorry to learn about this tragedy. He was dedicated to his job of keeping the peace, seeking justice. Certainly he will be greatly missed. His deeds will not go forgotten. "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." - John 5:28,29 May Jehovah the God of love remember your dear loved one his book of life, and let God comfort you the family thru His Word the Bible.
I have not lived in Eureka for many years nor did I know Matt. I did, however, know his dad, Charlie, while I was growing up in Eureka. Charlie was very kind and very well liked around the community and it sounds like Matt was just like him. I hope in some small way all of these messages in your guest book will help ease the pain all of you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee
I am so very sorry for your loss, Matt will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
May our thoughts be with you.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I was and still am very shocked that Matt is gone. He is truly one of the best men I have ever known. He always knew how to put a smile on my face. This town will never be the same wthout him. He will be missed.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee,
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I remember Matt and he was such a wonderful guy. I haven't been in Eureka for a long time, but when I heard what had happened I couldn't beleive my eyes. As soon as I found out when the funeral was going to be I did everything to get a day off work to be able to go. I thought that it was amazing how many people showed up to show their feelings for Sheriff. My best to you and the whole Samuels Family.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Samuels family. Matt was a wonderful man. He is smiling down on us, waiting to meet us all again, one day in heaven.
TAMMY HEAIH CHARLEY WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.MATT WAS A WONDERFUL MAN. HE DID A GREAT DUTY AS SHERIFF. AND LOVED HIS FAMILY SO MUCH.MATT HAD LOVE IN HIS HEART FOR HIS FELLOW MAN.MANY ACTS OF LOVE AND COMPASSION WERE SNOWN BY HIM TO MY FAMILY MANY TIMES.I PRAY FOR EVERY DAY.I ASK GOD TO HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART AND HELP YOU TO GO FORWARD. SHARON MCDONALD MARSHALL ARKANSAS
We are so sorry and we wish Matt's friends and family peace and strength.
You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. The respect people have is truly an inspiration to us all. May God be with the family during these trying times.
Wendy,Roxanne, Tammy, and all the Samuel's family. My daughters called me the day after you lost Matt. I was shocked to say the least. He was a wonderful person, and a good man. I have so many memories of Charlie..and Matt...and All of you...this is a major loss..but you all are very strong people, and I know you will go on. It seems like yesterday I was intown for Krista and Heath's graduation, I wanted to tell him and all of you thank you for helping my parents with the girls..I know they were a handful at times..maybe one more than the other. But you helped them when they needed it.They both consider all of you family. I nor my girls will ever forget the kindness, compassion, and fareness, that Matt showed to everyone. And when the time comes for all of us to tell the next generation about "how it was back when" we will make sure that those kids know about Matt, and all of you. I know that this is a great loss, but know that you have the memories of him...and noone can take those away from you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
When I read this story it touched my heart. Even though I live hundreds of miles away, and I don't know Matt nor his family; stories like this...You never want to hear about. The great one's always get taken away from here way too early...
To the family: Please be blessed and keep God in your hearts, your loved one has gone to be with the Lord, but Matt will always be with you in spirit. So sorry about your loss. You will be in my Prayers.
Keisha (age 26-Maryland)
To the Samuels Family: I am deeply sorry for your loss. It is such a senseless tragedy. Matt was a great guy. Even tempered, fair and decent. There are not enough men like him anymore. He will be missed. In times like this, turn to God.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee-
I am so sorry for your loss. I know you feel like your world is falling apart, but BOTH of your fathers in Heaven will see you through this storm. Matt was such a friendly and familiar face. He was truly a fine man. My mother says a great indication of what a person is like is to watch and know their children. She thinks the world of Heath and so do I. I will always pray for your family.
Sending love from my family to yours.
You know I am always here for you and please call on me if you ever need to talk. You were definately one of the best guys I grew up with, it has been nothing but a blessing to know you. I know your father was so proud of you. Just know that I care for you and your family, and that I am always here for you.
With love and sympathy-
Kali and Brooklyn
Matt was such a wonderful person. I can't imagine what the family must be going through. My whole family's heart and prayers go out to the family. From Kandi Keith Shaun and Kurtis Anderson of El Dorado and Jim and Barbara Smith of Eureka
Tammy & Family
We are so sorry for your loss.Matt was a great guy, he will be missed by all of us. We always felt safe when Matt was around, now he'll be watching over us from heaven.
God Bless you all.
After lreaning about this terrible tragedy I was in total shock. The respect I have for that man without even knowing him is enourmous. He was a young sheriff doing what many would not even think about. He put his life in danger, I cannot imagine the bravery that Mr. Samuels had. I know very little about Greenwood County, the pain I feel for his family is entirely to great to describe. All law-enforcement officers deserve ALL Kansans' respect. I hope that Mr. Samuels spirit will live on in Eureka, as well as the whole state of Kansas.
MATT I WILL NEVER FORGET SOMETHING THAT YOU ONCE TOLD ME. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS KEEP ON SMILING AND TRUST IN GOD.THANK YOU FOR THOSE WORDS THEY MEAN ALOT TO ME.TO YOUR FAMILY MY PRAYERS ARE WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU.
My condolences and prayers go out to Matt's family during this time of sorrow. Matt will be missed, but remembered fondly and respectfully by everyone.
We all share in your grief and sense of loss. Matt was unique and will never be repeated on this earth. I enjoyed getting to know him as a fellow Sheriff and instantly respected the way he approached the job. My prayers will forever be with you, his family, and the Eureka community.
Sheriff Steve Bundy
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Matt. Matt was a one of a kind guy. Noone could ever take his place!!!! My husband and I grew up there and knew Matt very well. He was always there if anyone needed him. Matt, you will be DEEPLY MISSED BY EVERYONE!!!! We know that you are up in heaven looking down on everyone and keeping us safe!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!! We love you.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee
I will take a minute to recall with you a story I remember well. In 1988 our house burned and we lost almost everything we had. Matt came out to the property and expressed his sorrow to my family. After he left he went home and convinced Heath that he should share some of his toys with my son since he had lost all of his in the fire. That evening Matt and Heath came back out to the property and Heath handed Chris, my son, some toys that Heath had decided to share. I have always respected Matt as a leader and to me this even expressed the leadership qualities that he wanted Heath to learn. Now the tide has turned. It is your family that has had the loss. If only toys would make it better for you. I am speechless, I am mentally exhausted, and very depressed from your loss. I know that this community will suffer immensly from this tragedy. I can only pray that God sends you hope and courage to go on. If you need ANYTHING my family will be there for you just like your family has been there for mine. May God Bless You and Keep You!
The Marty Patchett family
We will all miss Matt! He made our small community seem secure. He was always a welcome sight at the school.We knew he was sheriff but he was more of a friend that also protected us.
I hope Matt's family will find the confort they deserve. I know they are 3 strong caring people.
My thoughts are with you !
To the Samuels Family,
I was lucky enough to know Matt in the late 1980's and will never forget his great personality.Even the first time I met him he treated me as if he knew me all his life. What a great person. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family.
You guys have always been there for me if I needed anything, and I just want to let you know that I am here for you, too. I am very sorry to hear about Matt, and it still seems like a bad dream that will not end. We all need to start thinking more about the good times we had together and remember him as the great dad, and friend he was to everybody!I know he was always there for me if I needed anything, and I am only a phone call away if any of you need anything.Sharlee, i expecially want you to know that I am here for you and don't be afraid to call or come over if you need to escape some of the madness. Matt will always be in my thoughts and in my prayers. I will never forget him. He is in a better place now. We love you and will always miss you!
Even though I havent lived there in years, it still saddens me this could happen to what will always be my home.
My sympathies to the whole family.
Tammy and Family,
We are still in shock and feel for you. Our hearts go out to the samuels family. Matt was great guy and will missed by us. We will cherish our memory of him.
Leonard, Carla & Cheyenna Crane and Bailey and Blake Wiggins
"Greenwood One reporting for duty," trumpeted the angels. It has been a privilege and honor to have the opportunity to know and appreciate Matt, Tammy and the kids. We just want you to know how proud we are to be touched by "The American Soldier."
MATT WAS A GREAT SHERIFF AND A FRIEND TO ALL HE MET. MY PARENTS LIVE IN HAMILTON AND THEY HAVE ALOT OF RESPECT FOR MATT. I WORKED IN EUREKA FOR A SHORT TIME AND MET MATT WHILE WORKING IN EUREKA. HEAVEN MUST HAVE NEEDED A NEW SHERIFF(MATT). TAMMY, SHARLEE, HEATH YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
If you need somewhere to go to hang out, or anything at all, I'm right down the block, and my mom makes awesome cookies! Rember 912 N. Walnut if you need anything.
Sheriff Samules was a wonderful human being, kind and caring. He was loved by all who met him and he will be greatly missed
Matt was a long time friend, and was like his father Charlie in many ways. He will be missed very much!! The world was a better place with Matt in it.
Tammy, kids and rest of the family,
There are so words to express my deepest sorrow for your loss. some people say that God has a purpose for everthing. We may not know why things happen and the pain is unbearable. I wanted you all to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tammy, Heath & Sharlee,
Words can never describe the impact that Matt's life had on me and the entire community. Nor can words express adequately the impact his death will have on all of us. I wish there was something I could do to ease your pain and your aching hearts.
I will be there for whatever you need whenever you need it, like you have always been there for me.
I know you are all proud of what Matt did and what Matt stood for. Just remember, he was just as proud of you three for what you did and for what you stood for.
He will live forever in the hearts of his extended "Greenwood County family".
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee, I've knew Matt for 20 + years, first meeting him when he nicknamed my mom "Annie Oakley". That is a memory always ingrained in my mind and that is the way that I will always remember Matt. Always making a joke, smiling and laughing. He will be sorely missed by my daughter Jolie and I. Your loss is great, but I can tell you that it will get easier with time. There will be rough days ahead, no doubt, but let his memory keep all of you strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Samuel's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I want you guys to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything you guys need if I am able I will do it. Matt was a wonderful person and at this time I hope you can focus on all of the good times that you had with him because that is what is going to help you get through the trying times. Matt will never be fogotten and his legacy will live on forever. Love Ang
To the Samuels Family:
We offer our condolences to you during this time. I know our parents have always loved and respected Matt and we appreciate the time he took in his busy life to always give them a moment of his life. He will be missed by the citizens of Greenwood County and by his fellow officers in law enforcement in the State of Kansas. A good lawman is a treasure in communities throughout America. May God carry you through this difficult time, you will meet again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
To the Samuels Family,
In this hard time my prayers and thoughts are with all of you. It has been many years since I have seen Matt, but as a kid I remember how kind and forgiving he was to me and those in Eureka. He will be missed by all.
I am very sorry for your loss. Matt was a wonderful father, sheriff, mentor, leader, and person. He will be sorely missed, but his spirit will live on in the town of Eureka forever. May God bless his person, his spirit, and his memory.
To the Samuels Family:
I do not know you but want to extend my deepest symphany. My husband is a deputy sheriff and I know the fear you face everyday that something like this will happen. But as you probably know, it is what they love. My family and I are praying for you.
Dear Tammy amd kids
Matt was a wonderful guy and will greatly be missed. It will be hard for any one to fill his shoes. My husband the late Carl Lamb thought he was the best, along with his dad. my love and sympathy goes out to you all.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee--
I do not know you, yet I do extend my deepest sympathy to each of you. You Husband and Dad paid the supreme sacrifice to protect the citizens of Greenwood County. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband and father was the greatest of men. He touched so many of us in so many ways. I feel so fortunate to have grown up in the same town as Matt. He is definitely one of a kind. A true friend to so many, believing in each one of us. He will be deeply missed.
Thank you for everything Matt. You are a true hero.
To Tammy and the Samuels family our hearts go out to each and everyone one of you. We are so sorry for your loss, time will make it easier but we never forget. Hold on to the memories.....God Bless you all!
John and Brenda Eddings
Tammy, Sharlee, Heath and family,
I just want to let you all know that you are all in my prayers and if you all need anything just let me know Sharlee if you need someone to talk to or hang out with to get away just let me know email me or find me around town. I am here for you, we have had some fun times!!! Matt is a good man and will be missed and remembered forever. Love you all and just hang in there things will get better even though they don't look like it right now.
To Matt's Family: To all of you, my thoughts and prayers are with you. His kindness, his humble bravery and his true devotion to his family and the community will be sorely missed.
Sis, Sharlee, and Heath: Know one can possibly know what your going through unless they have been through it themselves. I just want to say we love you and will be thinking about you always. Love your brother Rob, Kim, Lucas, Zach, and Nichole.
Matt Samuels was definately one of the greatest men that I have ever known. He was more then just a sheriff he was a friend, and a good one at that. He is one of the most kind hearted people that I know. I will never forget the day that he gave me and two of my friends a ride from the court-house to the highschool. We rode in his new Sheriff's truck and I got the pleasure of sitting upfront! When we arrived at the school he turned on the sirens for all to hear! It was great, a day that I will definately never forget. Words cant even come close to saying how much Matt and his family meen to our community. I thank God for giving me the chance to get to know such a great person like Matt Samuels. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers, as well as his family.
The world has lost "A Very Special Person"...The heaven has gained "A bright shinning star"...
Thank-you, Matthew, for always being there for your family. We find comfort in knowing, you will be keeping watch over us, with each twinkle in the stars.......
All our Love,
Dear Samuels family. I only knew Matts voice on the scanner that I have had for at least eight years. I always thought that he sounded like such a nice man. And I find out that he was such a man. I also am the wife of Mickey McDonald who had a fatal accident while backing his boat trailer on the ramp at Fall River lake two years ago on Feburary the 17th. We had to get a accident report from Matt on the phone and he was very obliging. I will miss hearing him on the scanner. We used to camp at Fall River and I took my scanner with me and Greenwood county was about all I could pick up. It kept me company while my husband was fishing for crappie. Just wanted you and your family to know how I felt about him. Doris McDonald
To the Samuels Family - no amount of words will ease your sorrow but may it comfort you to know that your loss is felt by everyone who knew Matt. May God keep his arms around you and give you comfort through your difficult days ahead.
Tammy & Family,
Our prayers are with you. Matt was a wonderful sheriff and a great man. He will be missed by many people in Greenwood County and across the nation that loved and respected him. May God bless you and your family in this time of grief. You will continue to be in our prayers for a long time.
Darvin & Tonya Nix
I did not know Matt personally, but as a retired police officer, I have been thru this far too many times. My heart goes out to his family. Someday you will join him. He has been welcomed to heaven by a great brotherhood of officers. "Greater love hath no man....."
Tammy, Health and Sharlee we wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts have been with you through this ordeal and we will continue to keep you in our prayers. We are originally from Madison.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee your dad was a wonderful and caring man. He was a one of a kind and I along with everyone else know how much you all and the rest of the family meant to him. He took pride in everything he did and he'll continue to in heaven. He may be gone from your lives and everyones physically but mentally it'll never happen. Tam if you need anything just give me a call I'll be there to do whatever I can. And also know Matt didn't know Keith other than saying hi to him and myself at the cafe but on that fatal/tragic morning Matt drove by Keith and in that Matt way smiled and waved as he past Keith and Keith waved and smiled back. He'll never forget that day!!!! We love you and our prayers are with all of Matt's family, relation and all of his loyal works and friends from all over.
MY FIRST FOND MEMORIES OF A POLICE OFFICER WERE THE SAMUELS OF EUREKA;THOSE MEMORIES REMAINED WITH ME THROUGHOUT MY LIFE AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE PRINCIPALS I HAVE TAUGHT TO MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHETHER IN CALIFORNIA OR AS THEY ARE NOW IN KANSAS. THE LEGACY OF THE SAMUELS FAMILY HAS JUST ENLIGHTENED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE CHILDREN AND ADULTS OF THE KIND LOVING INNER FEELINGS THAT MAKE ONE TAKE THE OATH "TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE". MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MATT . A TRUE AMERICAN LAWMAN AND HERO. HE NOW SHARES THOSE GOLDEN WINGS WITH OTHER DEVINE HEROS AND THE KEEPERS OF HEAVEN . GOD BLESS YOU MATT SAMUELS.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Matt will truely be missed. He is such an inspiration with a huge heart. Such a pleasant face in Eureka that will never be forgotten.
Matt and I became friends during a criminal case. He was a great man, and a good cop. He and I had many conversations involving hunting and fishing. We became reaquainted thru the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Matt was a great man, and I felt his presence in every child I saw at the funeral.It gave me a big smile when I thought about him grinning at all of us freezing our butts off for him. Tell my brothers hi, and I'll be seeing you.
Detective Brad McCaffree Sedgwick County Sheriff Office, Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
dear tammy and family,
i am so sorry for the loss of uncle matt. i really do not know what to say but i feel really bad for all of you. when i heard all i did was cry because i loved him so much. all i do now is think back and remember all the good times i had with him when he was here. i can remember running around the house and him chasing me to catch up to me when i was a little girl. i will always remember how he helped me out on problems and he always talked to me when he was at home.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee--
I am so sorry. Matt was one of a kind and I always looked forward to seeing him whenever I came back home to Eureka. Every time he saw me he would just laugh and shake his head and ask if I was staying out of trouble. I know my mom thinks the world of him and working with him has really touched her. Your family and everyone that considers Greenwood County "home" are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you Matt--for just being you.
Tammy,Heath and Sharlee,
I am so sorry for your guys loss. I am really going to miss Matt when I come over to your guys house. He was so fun to talk to and hang out with. I know that Matt is in a better place now but I still can't believe he is gone. It just seems like a really bad nightmare. Now who is going to talk chinese while their in the shower? Who is going to give us lectures about boys? Who is going to ease drop on our personal conversations? Matt will always do that because he is watching over us right now and we need to take that for granted. Sharlee you are my best friend and I hope we stay best friends forever because we really need each other right now. If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to call or ask I will always be here. I love you guys with all my heart and Matt will forever always be in my heart.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee,
There are not enough words to express what a wonderful man Matt was. Maybe one of his best qualities as a Sheriff was how deeply he loved the town of Eureka and its people.
Matt always took the time to catch up with me and find out what was going on in my life. No matter the mood I was in Matt always made me smile. Matt had a unique gift for making other people feel good about themselves. He will be greatly missed.
I wish I could have been there to celebrate Matt's life with you. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I was so sorry to hear about Matt. I use to live in Eureka and knew Matt years ago and he was a great guy. He will be missed.
Matt will be missed by all of Law Enforcement. Working with Matt during his campaign with the Law Enforcement Torch Run was a joy and a pleasure. He will be missed by all. The numbers at the funeral were so great, we stood in the east hall and never saw any of the funeral service, but it was an honor to be in the presence of the Lord as he took Matt home. May God be with you all. Greg Askren, State Trooper and North Central Director for the KLETR.
Dear Matt's family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Matt will always be a HERO in my eyes and for other law enforcement officers. I wish you all the best and God bless each of you.
I don't know Matt personaly, but I do know Cris Samuels a Srgt. fighting in Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tammy I will never forget those days when Matt was my late night security at the racetrack or that one endless question, "Are you done yet". I will miss his great sense of humor and kindness. You & yours are in my thoughts and prayers. He truly was a great man.
Dear Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, Wendy, Roxanne, and ALL of the Family: Matt was a close and special friend to me all through school! There are very few individuals who are TRULY able to love people "UNCONDITIONALLY". I was fortunate to be the daughter of one--Patty Spears, and to be the friend of another one--Matt Samuels! We were "BLESSED" to have these two for the short time that we did! Matt was a kindred spirit to me--always positive and optimistic--looking for the GOOD in everyone! For you see, when you look for the "good" in everyone, THAT is what you will find! I will miss him dearly! I feel very PROUD to have known Matt and very "BLESSED" to have been his Friend!! My heart, prayers, and love go out to ALL of you!! Marva Mitchell
I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to Sheriff Samuels' family.
I come from a law enforcement family and I understand. I lost my Dad in 1993.
Sheriff Samuels was a hero.
May G*d console you for your loss and may Sheriff Samuels join all of the other great and good cops who are patrolling Heaven and your family will be reunited again.
G*d bless you and may all the wonderful, kind and coureagous things he did be remembered.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee
this loss is a milestone in your great lives that will pass, but always be remembered. And just know that I will always be there for you anytime, day or night.
To Matt's Family:
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all. Matt was such a wonderful human being who touched many lives. He will be sorely missed. Let me know if there is ever anything I can do.
Tammy, Heath, and Sharlee my thoughts and prayers go out to you! Sharlee, you are such a good friend, I don't know what I could do without you. Tammy you are like a mom to all of Sharlee's dearest friends, and you have always welcomed me in your home. Matt always knew how to make the best steaks ever! My love thoughts and prayers go out to Sharlee and family!
Tammy, Sharlee, and Heath
My thoughts, and prayers go out to you in this time of need. Sharlee, I will aslways be a friend when you need one. Knowing that Matt is now watching us from above puts my heart at ease. The last good bye is always the hardest ...nothing will ever replace this great man.
I don't know if you remember me but I was the manager at the pizza hut from 9/96 till 2/98.
I sure do remember Matt and all of you and my prayers are with you.
He was always checking and looking out for my welfare and making sure everything was going ok. I had to read all the sign ups to the guest book and boy oh boy was I suprised at how many people I still remembered.
God bless you all
Linda Maroon (used to be Lillard)
Matt was a great Sheriff and a good friend. I was blessed to be able to work and learn from Matt. He will be missed by all who knew him.
I always like to celebrate a life while I mourn a death. You make it hard, Matt, because so many good things cross my mind when I think of you. I will always remember your kind heart, great sense of humor, and loud grey truck with the shiny wheels. Rest in peace, Big Man.
My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the Samuels family, the citizens of Greenwood County and the Law Enforcement Community for their lost.
I will never forget Matt, we used to go phesant hunting with our fathers out in Rush County with Sheriff Jack Mendenhall. One day we were about to stop at a new patch to hunt Matt was so excited that he got out of the car before it stopped and his foot went under the back tire. After we made sure he was ok [ except for the broken leg ] we all gave him a hard time. My prayers are with you. James Gregg Fountain
Mu heartfelt condolences to Tammy and her family. May God bless you and comfort you. My prayers are with you. I felt I know you because of Marion talking so fondly of all of you. Love, Helga
It was such a shock and still very hard to get a handle on Matt being gone. I will always remember him as one of the boys who felt as at home in our house as in his own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Heath and Sharlee.
Jackie, Scott, Marian, Krystal
While I did not know Sheriff Samuels personally, I do know many law enforcement officers with the dedication and commitment that he had. As a wife of a police officer, I understand the fear that grips the family as they leave for work each day and the nervous anticipation waiting for them to come home each night. Words cannot express my sadness and the sympathy I feel for the Samuels family and the community that has lost such a fine man. Please know that our hearts weep for you and our prayers go out to you from Hot Springs, AR.
I cannot add more than other people have alreadys said about Matt. His family has seemed to be a part of my life since moving to Eureka in 1981. From hanging out with his siblings to seeing him while out at restaurants in recent years with my parents. I know that he went above and beyond the call of duty in every facet of his life, and I am especially thankful to the attention he showed my mom and dad in their times of need when I was so far away. Matt has a special place in our hearts and in heaven. God Bless Matt and the whole Samuels, Bechtle family.
I do not know your family but I do know the loss you are feeling. May God bless each and every one of you! I will keep you in my prayers.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Samuels family. I was crushed to hear about what happened to Matt. You can only believe that things like that happen in large cities..not rural KS. I've known Matt and the Samuels family my entire life. He will be greatly missed. I'm sadden by his loss and will continue to pray for the entire family.
My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the Samuels family. Greenwood County has lost a truly great man. He served as an inspriation to all knew him and will be greatly missed.
Never knew him,however reading about such a gentle person touch my heart..Love will comfort you.
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Samuels family in this difficult time. I share the many kind notes and remembrences of Matt and all that he has given to the people of Greenwood county. However unfortunate the reason, it is nice to see a few familiar names in this guestbook that also consider Eureka their "hometown" and were influenced by Matt.
What can a person say about this great man. He was one that was welcomed in everyone's home. He touched so many lives in good and bad times for many families.
I loved this man for the good heart that he had. No one walked away from talking to Sheriff and feeling like they were not heard.
I will miss the man who would do anything and cared so much for his family and his community. May God bless this great man.
To My Friends the Samuels,
Flying past "Bunyard's tap the brake
My speedometer reads 60...must be a mistake
Flashing lights behind me... pull over to the right
Man, I knew this wasn't going to be my night
The shadow moved closer... I breathed a deep sigh
Hey its Matt, with that twinkle in his eye
"Going a little fast... you need to slow er down... what are you doing back in town,
How's your family,
Are you married yet,
Do you have any kid's,
How's your dad,
How's your mom,
How's your sister,
Its good to see you, now on your way...
and you have your self a good day--
I will miss Matt Samuels.
Heath, I'm in Topeka, if there is anything you need please call me.
My prayers are with you all and with my friends and family in Greenwood County.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this sad time. Matt was a truly caring man who touched many lives. Like many others I will also miss his orneriness. Whenever I saw Matt he would make sure and ask me if I was staying out of trouble. He will be missed by the whole community, but never forgotten. May god help you get through this.
With all our love,
Cindy,Keeley, & Kade McMillen
I am so sadden to hear of your lose. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. I hope the out pouring of love by everyone that knew Matt and your family gives you some comfort. Matt will be missed by many. He was one of a kind!
Tami, Heath and Sharlee,
I am so sorry about what happened to Matt. He was a very good man and we will miss him dearly. Never forget the many memories you shared with him and think about each day that he made you laugh. He was a great husband, a wonderful dad and a very good friend. But most of all he was the best Sheriff anyone could ask for. I will miss him so much and I will pray for you daily. I love you guys bunches and know that I am here if you need me. I am only a phone call away.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May god bless you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time in your lives. Stay strong and keep the faith. Matt touched all our lives in many ways and we will never forget him. God Bless you and your family.
I am so sorry for your loss.Matt was a good friend.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Matt you were taken way to soon and I hope you felt no pain. Thank you for all you have done for Mandy and I when we lived in Eureka, like letting us have our cat during the yrs we lived in your rental. And thanks to Tammy too. You had the funest daycare where kids could actually play and get dirty!! I really enjoyed being around your family. Love Lori and Mandy
To Matt's loved ones,
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. It has been 20 years since I've lived in Eureka, but it remains a special place to me because of the genuine goodness of the people. People like Matt.
Tammy, Heath & Sharlee,
I am so sorry...Matt was taken from this world much, much too soon. This is an excruciating loss for Greenwood County and for all who knew him. What an awesome outpouring of love and respect for a man who touched so many people, and made a positive, lasting impression on everyone he met. He always had a twinkle in his eye, and a happy smile on his face…he was comfortable to be around.
Matt made a difference in many lives. I pray that all who knew him will try to "pay it forward" or commit a random act of kindness every day to honor his example and his life.
With deepest sympathy,
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, Roxanne, Wendy, Sheila and Cheryl:
This really seems like it could not have happened and that we will wake up and Matt will still be here...but we know that won't happen.
Matt and his father were both wonderful men. They were kind, caring, and compassionate and at the same time good law enforcement officers. It was a priviledge to have be associated with them both during the years I reported on County Commission meetings.
Matt always had time for the people of the community and you felt that "we were in good hands and protected." Hearing his voice on the scanner was very assuring whether it was on storm watch or carrying out his duty as an officer of the law. He always spoke to us, waved or even sat with us in a restuarant and visited.
We echo all the thoughts and words of sympathy others have left...put together they say it all. His death has left a hole in all of our lives.
We extend our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dear Tammy, Heath & Sharlee,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will cherish the time spent hunting and laughing with Matt.
Danny and Wanda Williams
How do you put into words what Matt meant to all of us. You've heard it all, it has been said very well by others. Tammie, I guess you are the only one now allowed to call me "Susie". I wish my little Brady would have had more time with Uncle Matt, but his memory will forever live on in our family. Heath, Craig has a golf game just waiting for you this spring. May you begin to heal knowing that your husband, father and Sheriff to all touched more lives than we will ever know.
Craig, Susan and Braden Harms
Tammy, Heath,Sharlee, and family;
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Matt. He was a great man and will be missed by many resident's in Greenwood county. My family is here for you if you need anything. Let us know.
My prayers are with Matt's family at this tragic time. He sounded like a wonderful human being that will be deeply missed by all his friends and family. My deepest thanks and gratitude to all our law enforcement officers that put their life on the line every day.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Fritz is a distant cousin of Matt on the Anderson family side. Although we did not know Matt,he sounded like a great guy. I'm sure he will be sadly missed.
To the Family and friends of Matt.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and every one of you.
This is a very tough time in your life that no one likes to go through, yet we all seem to be forced to experience the loss of a loved one.
Just when you think it will never get any better, It does. God would never build a bridge that he didn't think you had the strength, or the courage to cross.
Know that Matt is looking down on all of us smiling, knowing that he served his family, friends and towns people with all he had in him.
Memories are the backbone of holding on, they give you the extra strength that you will need on the mornings that you just don't think you can even get out of bed.
You were blessed with his presence, now you are blessed with his memory.
Prayers to all.
Bryan and Rhonda Russell
To Tammy and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. We all loved Matt, and all that knew him, knew he was a wonderful person, always willing to talk to you, help out in any way he could. H e will be missed by all. God Bless each of you in the coming days and help you through the really tough times ahead. Love to you all, Audrey Morrow
God bless you Matt as you patrol the streets in Heaven. May your family and friends be comforted. You will be rewarded for your wonderful service to others.
As I drove to Eureka today to pay my respects to "late Sherriff Matt Samuels", I still feel that this didn't happen. I'm so truely sorry for this and it shouldn't of happened. I haven't seen Matt since 1975 when I left Eureka but still remember my younger years as I was a classmate with Matt and spent a lot of time at his house.....my second family. I knew that someday that he would follow his fathers' footsteps and it sounds like he did. The Samuels of Eureka are great people and would do anything for you. My prayers are with the family and Roxanne and Wendy I feel your hurt and you two have been a part of my life even when I wasn't living in Eureka. May god bless you all and find strenght in each other and God. He will comfort this...even though we don't understand why this happen. I'm proud of the Eurekans, our governor of Kansas and all the law enforcement that showed the support of Matt and his family...what a great support system that we have. Keep the support for the Samuels always...what a special family that God put on this earth....May God watch over you and protect you always.
I now live in another state, but lived in Hamilton for 12 years. Matt was a very kind man and children, teens and adults respected him very much. He was always there for anyone who needed help. I had the misfortune of going to jail once over something stupid and Matt is the one who drove me to jail. On the way, he played a song on a CD, it was from Bob Seger, "Like A Rock".Not having a way to get home 12 hours later, Matt also drove me home and stopped at Sonic to get us a soda. He always helped me when I had issues while raising my sons as a single parent. He was always my rock and will be greatly missed by myself and my sons. My thoughts and prayers are with The Samuels Family. He will be missed by so many. Matt, Thank You for being a big part in the person I am today, and for help in leading my sons in the right direction.
All Our Prayers, Sherrie Thompson, Jesse Wickizer, Jeff Wickizer
To the family of Matt we want to express our sincere sympathy. We didn't get to know Matt well, only got to meet him twice to visit and he was real friendly, and seemed like a nice guy. He did not seem like a law enforcement person. He invited us for a game of golf when we got moved to Eureka. We will soon be residents of Eureka but will miss seeing the "nice, friendly" sheriff. Again, we extend our sympathy to you in the great loss of a husband and father.
To The Samuels Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the community as you try to move beyond this tragic event. It is such a shock to see your small hometown in the National spotlight. Matt spoke to me once on a visit to Eureka while waiting for food at LoMar. I introduced myself, but he said he already knew who I was from seeing the Florida tags parked at my Mom's house. He just paid that kind of attention to everything around Eureka and Greenwood County in his own quiet way. The entire community will need time to recover from this loss.
Don and Cindy Cammel (EHS Class of 65)
The Samuels family is in my prayers. I'm broken-hearted for what you're having to go through. Below is a a song that's given me a lot of comfort over the past several years, through the death of my mother and father - Matt was at both of their funerals. He'll be grately missed. I hope you can have peace knowing God has a plan - even though we don't understand it. He has promised us He will take everything that happens and use it for good for those who love Him. God bless you all.
~The Ones Left Standing~
Music & Lyrics By: Wayne Watson
Who on earth could ever explain the great mysteries of life
Or the mournful and untimely face of death
But as long as we remain
We grow better, even stronger
Though we'll never be the same
'Cause the ones left standing
Have to cry all the tears
And replay all the memories
The good and bad from the years
And we shoulder the weight
Of the work left to be done
And the ones left standing carry on
The peace of God will abide in the season of our sorrow
In the valley of a pain we can't describe
In the palm of His hand
In a shelter from the madness
We can never really understand
'Cause the ones left standing
Have to cry all the tears
And replay all the memories
The good and bad from the years
And we shoulder the weight
Of the work left to be done
And the ones left standing carry on
And in eternity when
All the mysteries are gone
It will be clear that it was our God
Keeping us strong
'Cause the ones left standing
Have to cry all the tears
And replay all the memories
The good and bad from the years
And we shoulder the weight
Of the work left to be done
And the ones left standing carry on.
We were truly saddened to hear about Matt. A great guy with a big heart will truly be missed. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy and family,
I never got the chance to meet you but every year Matt would come to LaCrosse for the opening weekend of Pheasant season, it was always nice to see him and Heath. Matt will forever hold a special place in the hearts of each and every person that knew him. May God Bless you and give you strength,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt's family..........Matt always took the time to say Hello and find out how you were doing. He'll be truly missed and never forgotten.
My thoughts are with Tammy and the entire Samuels family - plus all the officers who worked with Matt. Our prayers are with you.
My deepest thoughts and sympathy are with Tammy and her children.
We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our prayers are with you.
My thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and with all the dedicated men and women who serve to protect all of us. God bless them all!
I am so sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great loss. Matt was a great guy, and will be missed. Shane and Angie(Larcom) Frakes
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, Roxanne, Wendy, Sheila and Cheryl,
It stills seems like all of this has happened in a dream... Growing up the Samuels family was like an extension of my own. Charlie was like second father to me. Some of my fondest memories are staying at the house with Wendy and the nights Charlie and Cheryl would drive us to football games!
Seeing Matt follow in Charlie's footsteps always held for us the knowledge that he would be there to protect the community. While we were sleeping in our homes... many times Matt would be out ensuring we were safe... be it patroling or storm watching.
Matt always had an approach of being a kind, caring, considerate, compassionate human being... all the while enforcing the law. He carried with him always a big heart and a smile. He was truly there for the community in ANY time of need... as a husband and father, an officer, a friend and as a citizen.
Thank you for sharing Matt with all of us here in Greenwood County. We feel his loss and express to all of you our deepest sympathy... you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy, Heath, & Sharlee,
I like many others was privileged to have worked closely with your husband & father, while I was an educator in Greenwood County. I know that both my sons are better people for having known him. I will always remember the help he gave me as a teacher in Eureka and as principal at Hamilton. Your dad helped me keep several student in school until they could graduate. I pray that God will see you through your sorrow and that Matt will long be remembered. He was an excellent law enforcement officer and knew that people came first. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Matt always spoke, waved he never saw a stranger.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Matt was a friend to everyone.We will miss him.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee: I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Matt was a very caring and loving man. He always made everyone in town feel safe whether it was at school or on the streets. If you had a problem he was there. He always made sure justice was served when needed. I never saw anyone with a frown when they were around him. I can't even bare to think of the loss you are going through but he will be missed deeply by all of us in Greenwood County. I wish you all the best. You are all in my prayers. Sharlee and Heath stay strong and never let those great memories of times with your father leave your heart. Even though he is gone in the flesh he is still watching over all of you.
With Love I send my regards
Dear Tammy and family,
I am truly sorry for your loss, it is a loss that is felt and shared by all of us. Matt was a big teddy bear of a man with a bigger heart. He was nice to everyone big and small, young and old alike. He knew how to make everyone feel like they were important and that anything you had to say was important. Sometimes when i was having a rough day, he made it better with his smile and great sense of humor. I guess God needed a friend like that and now he has ours. I truly feel that all of us who knew and loved Matt have a new guardian angel to watch over us, he is still protecting his community from up above. Please let us know if there is anything you need or anything we can do. With deepest sympathy, many prayers and warmest wishes.
Vicki Williams, Jessica Phillips, Christina Phillips and Elizabeth Williams
Tammy,Heath,Sharlee and family, Our deepest sympathy of your familys loss of Matt. As fellow Eurekans we will miss him waving at us as we drove down the street, or talking to us on the phone when we needed to talk to him about kids issues and concerns as parents do and go the extra mile to comfort worried parents and extend those words that you could count on. My family always felt safe and secure knowing Matt and the Boys were out and about protecting us from the bad people of the night and day. We always went to bed hearing Matts voice on the scanner saying that everything was under control or that the "individuals" was in custody, that's why we love this town, because of people like Matt. He made us feel safe and we will miss him dearly. Thank You Matt for all that you did, GOD has you now right beside him watching over the people of Greenwood County. Tammy you're in our hearts and prayers and to know that this whole community shares your loss, God be with you always.
The Swats Family Eureka, Ks.
Let's let the lessons Matt taught us about fairness and big heartedness, be the lessons that we honor his memory with forever. Matt was with us for a reason. Lest we forget.
Matt was a true warrior who died trying to clean up his town. There is no more noble a death. Our prayers go to his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and with our Sheriff's Department. He was a wonderful person and a geat sheriff. He was wonderful with the children in our county. May we all be better people for having known Matt.
Steve and Sally Signer
Tammy & kids, Sheila, Roxanne, Wendy, and Cheryl
I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Just know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Matt was such a wonderful guy! What a great mentor for the kids in Eureka! Growing up I spent a lot of time at the Samuels house, Matt never missed a chance to give Sheila and I a bad time. I moved away from Eureka after graduating. One time driving through to see family, I was speeding and Matt pulled me over. Once he figured out who I was he started laughing and told me to slow down. My step-brother just passed away in Eureka, and Matt lead the cars out to the cemetry, it was great to see him and take a stroll down memory lane. Know he will never be forgotten!
Dear Tammy and Family,
I am so sorry for your your lost. Matt was a good man and a great friend. He will be greatly missed. Sorry I could not come home to help you in your time of need, but you know my family will be be there any time.
SSG. John Simon
I have spent the last 7 summers at Christian Hills Camp as the Camp Host and Maintenance person. Each year we would contact the Shariffs office to let them know we had youth at camp for the summer. Matt would come out himself or send a officer to let us know whem bad weather was near. He had a concern for our youths safety. He will be missed by all of us at CHC.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee
Bonnie, Scott, Drew and I want to extend our sympathy to you on Matt's passing. When you teach and coach as long as I have, you look back with pride on those you had that make an imprint on the people they come in contact with. Matt has been, for a long time, one of those that I take pride in identifying to the young people that I have in class now. He learned the lessons of compassion, respect for others, teamwork and friendship and applied them to his everyday life. He was one of the "good guys" and will be missed by all of us.
Our hearts were saddend with the loss of a Great Man. Know that he will be missed by us greatly. That the family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Matt was a loved and respected man by all who knew him. What a tremendous void he leaves. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Samuels Family...God Bless.
Being born and raised in Eureka is one thing that Matt and I had in common. Part of me always remains in Eureka. I offer my most sincere sympathy, as well as the sympathy of the Eureka High School Class of 1978. Earth lost a good sheriff, a good man, and a good husband and father. I hope God will help heal your pain as soon as possible.
sis,heath,sharlee and family
our love and sympathy goes out to everyone
It's hard to put Matt in words, but if I had to say a word about Matt it would be "kind". Tammy, Heath and Sharlee; I can not even begin to imagine your feelings at this time.
I would like to share a story about Matt with you that Maegan came home from the truck stop with several weeks ago about Matt. She was there with friends and the waitresses were busy; so being the person he was Matt got up; went behind the counter; got the coffee pot and proceeded to fill coffee for the customers. Maegan thought that was pretty neat; I thought it was Matt! (Not to mention all the times he unlocked my daugther's vehichles when they locked keys in the car).
Our entire community will feel the loss for a long time to come; but together we'll heal.
God Bless all of you
Mary Ann, Madeline and Maegan Thornton
Tammy & Family,
No one can feel what your going through, but we all feel the loss of Matt. Know that he was a loved man and no one can take his place in our hearts. You and your family are in my prayers. I love you all.
To the Samuels family: We are so sorry for your loss. Keep him forever in your hearts. May he rest in Peace.
We send our heartfelt and deepest
sympathy for the unnecessary loss of
Matt- as a good man, husband, and
father of two children. May God give "His Blessings and Comfort" to all of Matt's Family members.
My wife, Janice (Samuels) Peterson,
of Eureka, KS, is a distant cousin
of Matt. And I, (Bruce) was a school-mate, and good friend of
Charlie Samuels (Matt's Father).
Our prayers and thoughts are with
you all, and I guess it can't be
said any better than "May God Bless"
each and every one of the "Family."
"Peace be with you!" Bruce & Janice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
To Tammy and children and your families I want to express our deepest sympathy and just know how much your cared for and are in our prayers at this most difficult time.
To the Samuels family, Sorry for your loss. Your husband and dad was a wonderful man and is in a better place now. Just remember all the times the days ahead. God will give you the peace that you need.
I did not know Matt personally, but being born and raised in Greenwood county, this tragedy has truly touched my heart. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the Samuels family.
We are so saddened to know Matt is gone. He was a great man. He's been our friend for many years. We have many fond memories with fun times with Matt. What a special man. He always had an encouraging word for everyone. We will continue to pray for you, as this is one of those times that there is only one set of footprints in the sand. Jesus will carry you through this. With love,
To the Samuels family,we will miss Matt alot,he was a good person and friend to evry one, May god be there for all of you.
To the Samuels family,
I never got a chance to meet Matt but have heard many great things about him from my sis who lives in the community. I wanted to let you all know that you are in our thoughts and prayers Dianne, Amber, and Noah Ortiz
Sis, Heath, and Sharlee,
What can be said about Matt has already been said numerous times. Matt was truly “One of a Kind.” He was a big loveable guy with a heart as big as life itself. This is a tremendous loss that reaches beyond the boundaries of the state. Because of all the lives that he has touched, it is felt across the country and the world is a better place because of him. We were all blessed to have had him in our lives as he was blessed to have such a loving and supportive family as you all are; what an incredible legacy he has left behind. May you gain strength and comfort in knowing that you have so many people that are here to love and support you always. He may be gone from this world but he will live on forever through all the wonderful memories and through those that knew and loved him. What has become our loss, has become God’s gain, for he is now in heaven where he will be watching over all of his loved ones.
I wish I could be there but I am glad that Greg was able to be there for you. Turn to your family and friends for support, know that we all love you, and are here for you, and that you will never be alone.
Our love to you all - Kathy Greg, Jeremy, Brian, and Sarah
My thoughts and prayers with all.
Gone, but not forgotten. He will always be in our hearts.
To the Samuels family, I am deaply sorry for your loss. Matt was a carring sheriff, father, and friend to Greenwood County and many others.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was so caught off gaurd when I hear of this news. I would like to express my deepest sympath to the Samuels family. Matt was such a great guy and I respected his family very much. Matt's dad, the late Charlie Samuels was like a dad to me. I hung out at their house a lot when I was young. I remember that Matt would do anything to help you and he was a good friend to me. The whole Samuels families will be losing another great man. God be with you and your families at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We knew Matt very well and respected him highly. He will be missed!
Dear Samuels Family,
We are still in a state of disbelief. If you've seen the TV program, "early edition," you'll understand what we mean when we say "please God, let someone get there before this headline becomes reality!" We really got to know Matt when Chuck was the Mayor here, and during my present time on the Crime Stoppers Board for Greenwood County. We are just so heartbroken by the fact that this terrible tragedy has indeed become a reality. We will continue to pray for each of you, and for all of our Police Officers.
Even tho I didn't know Matt, my boyfriend (Matt Blythe) and his faimly are residents of Eureka and my heart goes out to Tammy and her family, For I know how it is to lose a loved one. Sincerely, Berrnadet Paredes
dear tammy sorry to hear about matt but our prayers are with you and heath and shalsee. sincerly bud clark
Our hearts go out to Tammy and kids. Matt you will never be forgotten.
Tammy, Heath, & Sharlee,
Our thought and our prayers go out to you. We keep you close in our hearts. Matt was a wonderful person and had a big heart. Smiles are very contagious and we always seemed to catch one from him. He was well known in our community for his passions to love and help other people. The loss of a loved one is a tragedy, but having someone to celebrate his life with is a blessing. If you guys need anything please let us know.God Bless
The Gravatt Family
I want to share a story,
At the hospital, on a stormy day, I was working and Matt happened to be there. I was shaken by the storm and he tried to make the best of it. He was convincing me that there was a tornado just right outside the hospital. With the serious look that he had on his face I began to believe him, and sure enough he was right. He asked me take a look outside the door and to the west, and there happened to be a Eureka Tornadoes emblem on the back of a van. Matt was then thrilled because he made several people laugh in the situation. That's what was so great about him, he was out to make everyone have a good day. If there is anything that we can do to make this situation easier or even give you a smile, please let us know.
Kim Gravatt and Chris Swartz
There are no words that can express the loss of such a pillar to the community. Although I havent lived in Eureka for many years, the Samuels legacy makes me proud to say it is my hometown.
In the field of law enforcement and life in general, Matt was exemplary. The world could use more like him to make it a better place.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Matt's family, friends, and co-workers.
God Bless Matt and may he now rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Matt was truly a good and kind man. Young and old alike trusted and appreciated his friendly smile and kind words. All of us will miss him.
Mike and Gerry Larcom and family
Matt and I were classmates from the class of 81 at Eureka High School. My husband Tom works with Tammy at EDCF. We are grieving at such a terrible loss...and we are praying for strength and peace for Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, and all the Samuels family. Knowing Matt, I am comforted in the fact that he died doing what he always dreamed of doing...and that heaven has another angel to look down over us and protect us. Leanne and Tom, Riley and Anna
Matt was a great guy - always upbeat, smiling, and everyone's friend, but serious about doing his job and keeping our community safe. We know he was incredible- he was well-respected by the teens of our community! (and that's no easy feat!)
To Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, and family - we offer our heartfelt condolences. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
To the Samuels Family,
My heart and prayers go out to you all, in this time of sorrow. Your family will be in my prayers.
Former Butler County Deputy
TAMMY & FAMILY, I WAS SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF MATTS DEATH. WE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED THRU LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND WE ATTENDED THE NEW SHERIFFS SCHOOL TOGETHER IN HUTCHINSON. I WILL MISS MATT AS WILL SO MANY OTHERS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO REMEMBER YOU IN OUR PRAYERS. IF WE CAN EVER DO ANYTHING FOR ANY OF YOUR FAMILY, PLEASE CONTACT US. STAN COX
People like Matt are the reason I came home to Greenwood Co to raise my family,From my house to yours a heart felt sorrow and a joy of knowing Matt as a friend,He lived and died doing what he wanted to do.We miss him and our prayers are with you.
Matt will never be forgotten for
the wonderful person and friend he
was to so many many people,
not only in Greenwood County,
but the entire state of Kansas.
I just have to echo what everyone else has said about Matt. He was a great human being with a big heart. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with the Samuels family and Greenwood County as well for their loss.
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF MATT
Our deepest condolences. You will be in our prayers.
My sincere and deepest sympathy to Matt's family.
Matt was the kind of guy everyone wanted as a friend, and he was a freind to many. He always had a smile for everyone.
God blessed us all with the honor of having Matt touch our lives. His legacy will carry on. Matt THANK YOU for making our world a nicer place.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee,
Our hearts are breaking for you. We loved Matt so much. He was a treasure to know and we feel rich to have called him our friend. Over the past few days the memories that we have shared with each other about him have made us laugh and cry. God didn't say that terrible things would never happen to us but He did tell us that He will be there with us to give us strength when those bad times come.
We will pray for you every day.
Evan and Jola
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.LOOK TO GOD IN TIME OF NEED AND HE WILL GIVE YOU COMFORT.
MAY YOUR LOVE ONE R.I.P
We have been praying that the Lord will wrap your family in His arms, and comfort you. We don't pretend to know the extent of your loss. Our granddaughter died in a fire Nov. 9, in Winfield. We know personally that the Lord will give you the Peace to endure all that is facing you at this time. Keep looking to Him and trust Him.
I worked with Matt for awhile in 2003 and can say Matt was the type of boss that would not ask you to do anything he would not do himself. Matt took great pride in being the Sheriff, and tried to make every event in the county. To Matt's family, I am sorry for your loss.
I came across this guestbook on the way to write something in my mother's. I am sure he is now one of the very bright stars in the heaven's skies! May God bless you and embrace you with gentle peace!
May God's hand be upon your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
I am so sorry about the lose of your husband Matt. He was such a wonderful person and a very good man. I know it is very difficult on you and your children but my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will pray for your family that you may find peace with this event. May God keep you safe and watch over you. Walk by Faith not by Sight.
Everyone who has heard the news of your loss is deeply saddened. Your family and community are in our hearts and prayers.
I lived in wichita kansas for 13 years until the day i met the woman i love and she brought me to this wonderful little community about 6 months ago. Since I have been here there have been a couple incidents i have been in because of other people where the police have been called. One of which matt samuels was dispatched to the incident. When he arrived he was the only one there that i felt i could actually trust and believe.he listened to my side of the story when no one else would. Even when i spoke with matt on the street he was very respectful with as a human being and a person i mysellf will greatly miss him because he was a good man and he was one of the few police officers that i actually respected and liked it was a pleasure to speak with him and i do honestly beleive eureka will be at a great great loss without him on gods green earth. I give the samuels family my blessings and condolences we all have had a tragic loss but you have it the worst. Stay strong.
my deepest, deepest thoughts go out to the family and friends. the communinty also. we have lost a great man and he will always be remembered in my prayers and thoughts. there never was a day that went by that matt wasnt in my heart for he was one of the few police officers that helped me through the tradgies that i have went through and he was looking to the day he died for the guy that jumped me. my deepest thoughts and prayers go out to you Tammy, Sharlee, and Heath. sharlee sorry if i spelled it wrong. remember to stay strong and also remember you can go to anyone in this community or county to talk to if you need anyone. sorry for your loss. he will be greatly missed till the day i die.
Matt Samuels Family.
My prayers are with you in your great time of loss. Keep your faith.
I'am very sorry for your lost. Just remember that Mr. Samuels will be remembered for all time for his heroic deeds.
To the entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. It is always difficult to lose a loved one, but especially one that has touched so many lives. We were all lucky to have him in our lives, no matter what part he did play in them and he will be missed by all. Each and everyone of us will keep him in our thoughts each time we remember a story or a moment that we shared with him and this is how he will continue in our lives.
To the family of Matt Samuels our deepest sympathy,our thoughts and prayers are with you.
My prayers are with the family and loved ones of Sheriff Samuels. I met him briefly at the KAC conference in November. I remember him because he told me he'd see to it I was safe if I ever made it to his county. May he rest in peace.
Heart felt condolences to Matt's family. My fondest memories of Matt are his being my flag football coach back in grade school. It's been many years, but I still remember how he made me laugh back then. I know God will watch over is family in these difficult times.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and the rest of the Samuels family,
We know there are no words to comfort the pain you are feeling right now, but we would like to offer our condolences to all of you. Matt was an amazing person. I remember him always having a huge smile and always giving me a hard time about one thing or another and especially telling me to stay out of trouble. I believe that everyone he came into contact with was touched in some way by his HUGE heart and loving ways. I am very sorry for your loss. God has a very wonderful man with him in heaven right now. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Ramon & Grace Lujan
I didn't real get to know Matt to good, but I use to come to Eureka on weekends and would run into him every now and than. I meet him a few times but not on the bad side. I will miss him, and all my condolences go to all family and friends.
Dear Samuels family
My heart goes out to the Samuels family in this very difficult time. I met Matt through mutual friends. I had the great fortune to play softball for matt in a score tournament. Matt was a pillar for the community; He was a great leader and a role model for the citizens of eureka. Matt touched the lives of many people over the years, and I am glad I had the opportunity to cross paths with him. God bless you all.
Corey M. Hoover
My sincere condolences on the death of Matt. My prayers are with you and your family in this time of great sadness. God Bless you.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee,
It is said that God makes things happen for a reason, but at times like this it is difficult to find a reason. Heaven has gained a great person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy, Heath,Sharlee and family
My heart and prayers go out to all of you in your time of sorrow. Matt will always be missed greatly by our family. I knew if i had a problem Matt would be there to help fix it. If there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to ask. Charlie helped our family out many times and so did Matt.
He will be greatly missed. Your family will be in our prayers.
Bobby Key, Viola Key, Amy Selby, Carol Selby and Lee Nowell
Tammy & family of Matt, We thought the world of Matt and considered him a very unique individual. He gave so much of himself to everyone. He will be truely missed . He had such a caring heart for everyone he met, young and old alike. You have our sympathy.
Louis,Betty & Louis Jr & Family
My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Samuels family. Matt and I worked together for several years and he will be missed by all that knew and associated with him. He was always a kind and big hearted man to everyone he had dealings with. RIP brother Matt.
Matt's family; my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I attended school in Eureka with members of the samuel's family. My parents thought the world of Matt and talked about him often in our phone conversations. It saddens me to hear of such a tragedy in my own home town. You have my deepest sympathy.
I'am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you his peace.
Lt. Dick Shaw, Winfield PD Retired
Very sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know Matt, but just wanted to say that anyone who puts on the badge and devotes his or her life to law enforcement is a hero and needs to be commended. There are a lot of people that are always saddened by the loss of a law officer and I am one of them. God bless.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Samuels family and friends. It has been a long time since we lived in Eureka but we know that Matt was a well respected and well liked member of the community. His loss will be felt by many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Matt was a great man and he will be missed by all.
sorry for your loss, god works in many ways, have faith he will take care of you and the children.
Tammy, Heath, & Sharlee - Our parayers and thoughst are with you and the rest of the Samuels family. Matt is a wonderful person who I love dearly. He was always there for me and I will never forget him and his kindness.
I'm so sorry to hear about Matt. I will always remember the goodtimes we had when I came over to go fishing and hunting with Charlie and Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ray McGuire, Retired Pratt County Sheriff
Tammy and family,
I just wanted to let you know that we are very saddened at the loss of Matt. He has done alot to help out my family through the years. Me and my kids are gonna miss him alot. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you Anita and family
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I am so sorry about your loss Matt will never be forgotten he will always be in our hearts.
Dear Tammy and family: There are no words to express the love and concern we have for your family at this time. May you be comforted by the display of love that people, not only in Eureka and Greenwood County but from all over the United States, are showing for your family and Matt. You are blessed with beautiful memories that your husband and father left with you. They will help to get you through these difficult times. May you be stregthened by the many prayers being offered for your family. Shirley and Larry Jones, Leon, Kansas.
My prayers are with your family .
Tammy,Heath, Sharlee and all the Samuels family. May God be with you at this time and may you remember that Matt is still in your heart and watching over you and the whole town. He will never really be gone because he is right there with each of you. Your in my familys thoughts and prayers. Tamara, Alice & Tim Mitchell
I will pray for Matt and his family. God must have needed Matt more in heaven than on earth. Though it has been many years since I have seen Matt, I remember him as always being a very kind man with a smile on his face. It seems by reading the recent accounts, he was as beloved by Eurekans as his father, Charlie, was when I was growing up. He will be greatly missed.
Tammy & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of great sadness. Eureka and all of Greenwood County has lost a very kind a generous man. He truly cared about this community and everyone in it. He will be greatly missed by all.
Once you have lived in Eureka, you may leave but a piece of your heart always remains. I pray for God's comfort to rest upon all who Matt's life touched. I remember him as a happy young man. God Bless and keep you all.
Matt is physically gone but his spirit remains with those who knew him and knew of him. He will be remembered for seeking a caring and peaceful solution to issues of conflict. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Tammy, Heath and Sharlee,
My heart goes out to you in this time of sadness. I lived in Eureka about 10 years ago and met Matt through the previous sheriff. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I know your memories of him will live on and I pray for your hearts to heal. God be with you and bless you.
God bless you all. May you find some peace in all the good Matt left behind.
"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars"~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Samuels family~ Eureka seems so dark right now. Find comfort in knowing that though Matt is gone, he is shining so bright everywhere. Matt gave so much to GW County and the City of Eureka. May the Lord be your light through this darkness. Blessings~ Bridget, Rob, Quaid, & Aubryn Strickland
Hi Tammy and Heath, I'll be thinking of you and I hope the best for you and your family
Matt was the most professional and contientious Sheriff Greenwood County ever had. His decency and fundamental
courtesy showed through in everything he did in the line of duty...he always tried to the right thing without regard to any notions of self - advancement. Matt never fell into the elitism that plagues many public officials. I pray that his example lives on in others. Matt took a very difficult job and often made it look easy. His dedication to the job was placed above his personal interests.
I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Samuels, but my wife did and she told me what a great guy he was and how friendly he always was. I think that all of the postings on this site and the mourning of Greenwood county are a great testament to Mr. Samuels character. I hope that his big heart and kindness can be an inspiration to all of us.
Matt has truly blessed many, many people not only in the Greenwood county area but across the entire country. Even at his young age he has become a true legend. Very few people in the world reach the legendary status that Matt has reached and in such a positive way. My thoughts and prayer are with you. God Bless you! Dale
I am so stunned and saddened by this terrible loss. I remember Matt fondly, always a big person with a bigger heart.
I find consolation only in the thought of all the good he did in a too-short life, the many lives he touched so positively.
I just finished ready the many condolences that have been sent to Tammy and the family and I sit here and wonder what there is left to say. But I realize that you can never tell someone how sorry you are for their loss too many times because when I lost my sister hearing those same words over comforted me and made me realize how many knew her and how many really did care. So, to the family of Matt, I send my heart felt condolences to you and the family and please know my prayers are with you all and you and Matt will always be in my thoughts. Heaven has got a great guy. Ethel Shelburn email@example.com
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee
Matt was and will always be a very dear friend. I've known Matt for many years. We met each other through our fathers. Charlie and my dad, Ray, were friends and fellow sheriffs. Through that tie we hunted and fished together and later worked together on the Greenwood County Sheriffs Department. When Matt first ran for sheriff he wanted me to be his Undersheriff. It was the hardest thing for me to say no. He will be missed. God bless your family and the people of Greenwood County.
The whole Samuels family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Samuels family.
Randy, Robin,Megan,& Mindy Crismas
May God's love embrace you all and may you find the strength and peace you will need during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Matt was a wonderful man and he will live on in our hearts and in our memories. God bless you all.
Terri and John Hamilton and family
It's hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of such a well-lived life. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Tammy, Sharlee and Heath:
I hope you remember me, I was an exchange student 8 years ago at Eureka with Henrique Tacca. I feel really sad because of this tragic notice. I have good regards from all your family, specially from Matt, he was a good and a funny man. He always make me smile with his jokes. I have no words to express that I am sorry for his lost.
I hope some day to visit Eureka and see you again my friends.
i wish the family and friends of mr samuels well and may god be with you! this is a tragedy and im sure he will be missed by all who knew him
Shock,Sadness,disbelief. Matt was an outstanding individual, words cannot describe his "being". Matt had the biggest heart imaginable. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all at your time of loss. When the good LORD reached for him, he took one of the best! These things are never easy but time will heal. God Bless you all.
my heart goes out to the samuels family, may god bless and keep you.
As a new member of Eureka, I'm sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting Matt. Everyone here in Eureka spoke very highly of him, he must have been one great person to know.
To his family and friends I pray for you, and wish you all great things in the day to come
my prayers are with you all, everything will work out and i hope all of you are ok.
Matt was a friendly guy. Always waving and doing whatever he could to help someone. He will be greatly missed.
Tammi, Heath,and Sharlee. I'm at a loss of words. I still can't believe this. I'm sorry I can't be there, I tried everything I could. Since I can't be there, if there is anything at all i can do just e-mail me or tell grandma roberta. I love you guys.
We will remember Matt most for his smile. He was an amazing man and an especially wonderful father. This loss will be felt by many as he touched many in his life cut too short. His family and all those who grieve this loss will be in our prayers. God Bless you
Shaun, Jennifer, Skyler, and Victoria Kunz
On behalf of Special Olympics Kansas and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, I would like to extend my depest sympathy to the family and friends of Matt. He was a loyal volunteer for the Torch Run and he will be deeply missed by the staff, volunteers and athletes of Special Olympics.
dear matt samuels family, i am so sorry about your loss, matt was a great man a wanderfull father , friend, husband, this much i know , just by hearing everyone talk about him , i use to live in eureka years ago when i was 13 , this really touches my heart my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, god bless you all ! candy gray silbaugh.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, Wendy, Sheila and all of Matt's family..I'm so saddened about Matt's passing, words are hard to find...He was truly a wonderful guy to know..I have fond memories of him from my childhood and school...May God be with you in this time of need...remembering that Matt is very much loved as so are you.
My heart felt prayers and thoughts are with you all!!
Robbie (Strang) Oestmann & family
Tammy & Samuels Family,
I am so sorry to hear about losing Matt. Just remember he stills lives in your heart and always will. Remember the laughter and the great memories you have with Matt. We miss him and our prayers are with you. Time heals and with God's help you will be okay. With time it gets a little easier but remember he will always be with you where ever you go. God Bless all of you. With God's Love,
Just wanted to let the family know that that my family and I are keeping you all in our prayers. My husband is currently serving a second tour in Iraq so we understand the fear but not the reality. I'm sure you know how many prayers your family is being uplifted in. I have passed the word to several friends in Bartlesville and asked that your family be included in their prayers.
Tammi, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will miss his beautiful smile.
May God comfort you and yours.
I did not know Mr. Samuels; however, there was an occasion where one of his deputies went out of his way to assist me when I was locked out of my car in Eureka. There is no question that Mr. Samuels' care and concern for home-town as well as out-of-town people spilled over into the hearts of his staff and deputies. Mr. Samuels' family is in my prayers daily.
i just went through the guest book and there is a lot my parents are kim and bob cope and my family is amber 15 april 17 harley 1 and me 13 and if you need anything matts family come to my family because we know how hard this is for your family and we love you
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Matt is a hero to all.
I just got finished reading all of the condolences on the 13 pages that have already been sent regarding the death of Sheriff Samuels. I have been drawn to this story since it unfolded yesterday. While we never know when God will call us home, we can be rest assured that Matt was doing something he truly believed in and loved doing. He has a legacy of his own and his father but I can't help believing that his children will not let his legacy die. I know that I am truly unfortunate for not having known him by all of the kind words from all over the country that have been sent. May your sorrow be comforted in the days to come.
My son is at the academy and just had Matt as shooting instructor the week before he was shot. He just went on and on about what a great guy he was, how helpful, and how much he enjoyed him. I know there are no words of comfort but thought you might enjoy knowing he does live on.
As a fellow officer's wife, I want you to know how much respect and admiration I have for you. I am here if you need anything, and you know Paye is always around, just if you need to PUNCH something! :) You just focus on taking care of yourself and your children, and let people help. We love you guys!
Tammi and family I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't really know Matt very well, but saw how good he was with the youth and how everyone loved him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
On behalf of Chief John Douglass and the men and women of the Overland Park Police Department, I want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sheriff Matt Samuels. Our thoughts and prayers go out also to the citizens of Greenwood County for the tragic loss of this loyal and dedicated public servant.
Major Doug Dunn
Patrol Support Division
Overland Park Police Department
valri cope one of matts best friends and he was a good cop and when i heard he got killed i broke down in to tears.
Charlie,Harold & Family we go back along way there isn't enough word's to express. Matt went way beyond the CALL of DUTY. It was in his blood from the day he came into this World..
our prayers go out to Matt
Samuels family. we moved here 15 years ago and live very near this wonderful family. they invited us to join so many of their family gatherings.Matt will be missed. we have never know such a caring sheriff and family man. Matt and his officers made us feel much safer. god bless all of you.
Tami, Heath, Sharlee, Roxanne, Wendy, Sheila & the entire family -
I was so shocked when I heard the news. I want you all to know that you are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Time heals all pain. It never truly goes away, but it eases. You had the wonderful opportunity of truly knowing the man, & with that you are blessed more than most. Just remember the good times with laughter & tears, they will never fade only grow brighter.
The next time I'm down, I'll try my best to stop & visit with you.
You are in my prayers now & always.
Just want to send our condolences to the family and the community of Greenwood County for the loss of their loved one. Being involved in law enforment for many years as my husband is a Deputy in Southwest Ks. we know how quick our lives could change when these people put their lives on the line everytime they leave to go to work. Our prayers are with you.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, and the entire Samuels Family; I am so very saddened by our loss. It is truly a loss for the entire community. Matt and I loved to tease each other. I will miss him so much. Call me when you need to talk about him or anything else I can do.
I belong to an international prayer chain that Matt had contacted on Monday the 16th, being from Kansas I responded to him, and he responded back to this old Grandmother, My heart cried out to him in his hour of need,,, Now we on the IPN pray for his family...
From our family we wish to express our heartfelt sorrow & sympathies to the family of Matt Samuels. His dedication to his family, friends, community & to the position he held is a true testament to the person he was. Though we did not know him personally we also grieve for him & his family. May his family find peace in the memories they have of him & the life they shared. May God bless this family at this time & in the difficult times to come. Our hearts & prayers are with you.
Our love and sympathy to all the family. Matt was like one of our kids, and in and out of our home a lot. Love you...Hollis and Marilyn
Our prayers are with Matt's family -- and what a wonderful family it is!!! We don't always understand what happens in life, but we do need to believe that God loves us all and through prayer we can go on. Matt grew up and went to school with our boys -- he will always be loved and missed by all of us. All who knew Matt grieve with you.
We had the opportuntity to meet Matt Samuels at the Governors Hunt in El Dorado. Both my husband and myself really enjoyed his company, smile and most of all his positive attitude. Every other month on the third weekend I passed thru Greenwood County on my to Chanute Ks. I thought about Matt and remembered meeting him at the Governors hunt.
He was a very special person, He will be missed by all who he touched his life. I know we will miss him.
With Deepest Sympathy to the Family and Friends and the Community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers,during this difficult time.
Tammy and Samuels Family, We don't have any words that will take away the sorrow, but we want you to know that we care, your in our thoughts and prayers today, and the days to come. Psalm 34:18
I know your life is tough right now, and Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, and I wanted to say that I'm thinking of you with love and support. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless.
Tammy, Sharlee and Heath,
I know of no words that can comfort you during this sad time in your lives. I, know, first hand the teriffic husband, father, friend and community leader that Matt was. I wish I could be with you now, but later down the road when there aren't so many around. Our family will miss him as much as your's. You and Matt were certainly there for Mom and Dad those first few days after Mick's death. Mary never called, but what Matt didn't come up in the conversation. Matt will always be part of our lives.
All My Love,
I never met Sheriff Samuels. Although he sounds like he lived by Micah 6:8. I work for the Sheriffs department here. It takes a wonderful man to be a sheriff.
Thoughts and prayers for the family. Marilyn
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and the Samuels Family
I am truly for your loss, Matt was a great guy and very fair. I remember everytime i would be speeding he would smile and shake his head, telling me i know better because if my grandparents ever found out i would have been in deep trouble. I remember all the times he would come in Lomar and ordered his food it never failed he had to get some on his shirt and save it for later. Heath I am very sorry for your loss, you have been through alot and you dont deserve to be put through this you are deep in my thoughts and prays. I remember all the fun times we had as kids and in high school you were truly a good friend to me and i hope it will stay that way untill the day we pass. Tammy I know you will be lossed without Matt around but it will be ok thats is what Heath and Sharlee are for is to help you through the hard times and look forward to a very happy future. Sharlee i am very sorry about your loss and in a way the whole county lost a great man he was a man among men and a great father to you and Heath nobody could ask for a better father and i am lucky you had him you still have him in your thoughts, dreams, and in your heart. To the whole family never give up hope Matt we be watching all of you from Heaven patroling around in his truck making sure everyone in Greenwood County is safe and taken care of. I found out about Matt after i had gotten off of work yesterday and i just cried he was such a great man and all i could think is i hope Heath, Tammy and Sharlee are ok, and i am sorry i will not be able to come to the funeral on sunday i have to work but i will be coming home on wednesday and thursday of next week to pay my respects and see if everyone is doing alright. I love you all and i will pray for you and the Samuels family is deep in my thought. Heath i trust you it will be alright i have faith in you, you are a great guy and a great friend and i love you like a brother and i am very sorry for your loss. Aunt Wendy i didnt forget about you I Love you. Well i said all that needs to be said. I love you all and the county has lost a great man and he will be truly missed by all.
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family and the community over this great tragedy. It is amazing how one person can truly touch so many lives.
Patty Bogle A former Eureka resident.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, and family - We are greatly saddened by the loss of your husband and father. He was a friend to all and a man that we greatly admired and respected. The times we shared working, hunting, or just visiting with Matt will be greatly treasured. We appreciate all he did for our family and for all the citizens of Greenwood County. He was truly a great man who made this a great place to live.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Jack, Cyndi, Celisa, Sean and Mathew Alford
Take solace in knowing that you are being prayed for dear family. I never met Matt, but I know him as a brother of the badge. Draw strength in the fact that there are those who care.
Clay County, Missouri
I wish to express my sorrow at the death of Sheriff Samuels. The death of a law enforcement officer is a great tragedy and when it occurs, all of law enforcement grieves. We will keep Matt Samuels and his family in our prayers through this difficult time. May God bless you and comfort you.
I AM SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILY OF MATT SAMUELS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I USED TO WORK IN EUREKA WITH THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AND KNEW MATT AND MANY OF THE SAMUELS FAMILY. MATT WAS A WONDERFUL AND KIND PERSON. I CAN REMEMBER BACK AS FAR AS WHEN CHARLIE WAS SHERIFF. MY MOM ALSO SENDS HER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, WHICH IS KAREN KRUSHENSKY. SHE HAD LIVED IN EUREKA FOR YEARS AND KNEW THE FAMILY AS WELL. IF ANYTHING IS NEEDED TO HELP PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.
Tammy, we know how much you and the kids adored Matt and nothing can be said to ease your pain. We just wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you! If you need anything please don't hesitate to call or email. Matt touched many lives and will be missed.
I met & knew Matt through Grandpa Charlie and always enjoyed hearing about the good stuff he was always doing. Matt was a good man and will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers. If you ever need help or just want to talk give me a call!
Love from us all!
Jay, Tobey, Chelsea, Andrew & Connie
Dear,Tammy,Heath, Sharlee,and the entire Samuels family:
Our hearts are never ready to share a time like this,but we still reach out in our sadness and in our love to hold each other close and reminisce...We tell our saved up stories of the good days and well remembered years,and through our smiles and tears,we start to feel that we belong to one another all the more.
With much Love and Sympathy
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee, and other family members also suffering, my heart aches and breaks for your loss. I pray that God would divinely grant you His grace to make it through this most difficult time. Matt was such a treasure to our community and just such a giving person. We are all privileged to have known him and call him our friend. My sincerest condolences to you all.
For every person there is a time-- Matt's time was too short. He and his family will be remembered by all Greenwod Countians, no matter where we live now, in our prayers and thoughts.
To the Samuels family:
There are no words of comfort that can help to fill the void that has entered your life. We know that Matt was a remarkable officer and a wonderful person. Our hearts go out to all of you that are suffering this tragic loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time and in the days to come. You will remember him always with love and longing, but the pain of his absence will not always be this deep. Take heart and know that his life was enriched by your own and the bounds of love cannot be broken in death. May God Bless You All.
To the Samuels Family,
I am deeply sorry for your lose. Matt was a wonderful and caring person, and will be missed so very much. He was the kind of person that never judged anyone, and treated everyone the same. He will be missed terribly and Eureka will never be the same, and my prayers are with you.
Tammy, Sheila, Wendy, Roxanne, Cheryl and family...
I can't even imagine what you all are going through right now. I take comfort in knowing that you will all pull together and support each other like you always have when things got tough. Matt made us all very proud of him, especially Charlie. He took his job very seriously and made Eureka a safer place for everyone.
I love you all and I am praying for you.
To the family and friends of Matt Samuels. My heart goes out to all of you. My family just went thru the sorrow of losing a good officer in the line of duty. God was ready for Matt to patrol the streets of heaven. I know not much can be said to make the pain go away, but just know you have a whole brotherhood of officers out there that will help you thru this time. With lots of love and deep sorrow.
My sympathy and prayers go out to your family. One of my many blessing assigned here to Sacred Heart was to know Matt. God bless you. Fr. Leo
Tammy and Family,
Words can not express my sympathy. Matt was such an amazing individual with a wonderful heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Samuels family,
God Bless you all at this difficult time of your lost loved one. I personally did not know Matt, but I do have a relative in the same line of duty that Matt was in, and do have respect for each and everyone of you that you do to help serve our country!
Our prayers are with each and everyone of Matt's famliy.
Our entire office sends its condolences to the family, co-workers, and friends of Matt Samuels. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office mourns with the rest of the community today after this very tragic loss. We remind the Samuels family that the law enforcement family is very large and is here for you today and from now on.
Tammy, Heath & Sharlee & Family, Our hearts are just aching with sorrow for each one of you and our prayers & thoughts are with you. Matt was such a big hearted caring guy. Such a pride and joy to this community. How could we ever thank him and all of you his family for everything he has done for our community. He was just bigger than life and everywhere. Doing his job and his duty. Doing what he did best just being Matt. Doing what he loved most being our Sheriff and keeping us all safe. He will live on as a much beloved hero in the hearts of everyone who ever knew him and missed greatly by all. God bless you Matt's loved ones.
Matt was one of the most fair, genuine citizens that Eureka has ever known. He led an example for all to follow. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
wow,you really dont know how to reply to all of this.my sister call me and told me and it was shock and aw.matt was a really wonderful man,a good husband and father. i still cant believe this happend.i pray for his wife and children and i am so sorry for your loss.but matt touched alot of people,he will be missed greatly.
We didn't know Matt but he is our daughter-in-law's (Denyse Waldrip's) cousin. Our sympathy goes out to the family of this tragic event.
I am deeply saddened upon hearing of Matt's death. I remember riding bikes to school with Heath as a kid and Matt would always joke around with us before we left. Matt was one of the best people I have had the pleasure of knowing. My deepest condolences are with Tammy, Sharlee, and especially Heath.
Heath- I've seen battle through so many things in your life, it isn't fair you and your family should have to go through this now. You are in my prayers. My deepest condolences.
Our prayers are with you. I have alot of fond memories of us all growing up together. Matt will be missed and our hearts go out to you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Matt. Our condolences go out to you and your family.
I remember at the annual christmas parade in Eureka, Mac went out of his way to make sure my brother could get some candy because all of the bigger kids were closer and faster.
Only met Matt on one occasion,a good Sheriff. and hope all the best for his family I know he will be missed.
My heart goes out to the Samuels family and whole city of Eureka. Matt was an amazing person and he will truly be missed!
Your husband and father of your children sounded like a super wonderful man, the kind everyone wants for a neighbor and friend. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.
I know there are no words to change things. You guys are so unfortunate to have such a tragic happen, and so blessed for the years you have had a great man in your lives. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Matt was always there for our family when he was needed. Keep in mind how blessed you all are to have had him in your lives. Life can seem so unfair, but, time and faith will heal.
Tammy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Matts death. My heart pours out to all of you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Matt will truely be missed by everyone. Love, family and friends will help you through this. Matt will never be forgotten.
To Tammy, Heath and Sharlee,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It won't be the same around town, not seeing Matts big smile or hearing his soft voice. But our loss is Gods gain. I close my eyes and see him patroling the golden streets, side by side with Charlie.
God's speed Matt. You will be missed!
It is with a heavy heart we come, it has affected each and everyone of us. This loss of a wonderful person, who was caring, helpful, and loving. May the Creator, wrap his loving arms about his wife and children, during this time...We will Miss him.
On behalf of the Atchison County Sheriff's Office, I wish to extend our Heartfelt Sympathy to the Samuels family and entire Greenwood County community at this Time of Sorrow. May God comfort you during these Times of Sorrow.
I haven't lived in KS for many years, but remember Matt very well. I always thought a lot of him and had a lot of respect for him. I couldn't believe it when my mom called and told me the news. My thoughts and prayers our with your family. I am so sorry.
Matt was and always will be a wonderful and exceptional person. I think he gave new meaning to "big hearted". Always so understanding no matter what the circumstances were, he was there to help anyway he could. He had such a caring way about him. His method of helping troubled youths was to try to help work through their problems. He didn't believe on giving up on anyone. That is only one of the many reasons that this community grew to love and respect Matt so dearly. He made everyone here feel like they mattered. I can't find enough words to express how much he will be missed. He touched many lives in so many different ways. He was like this communities "Guardian Angel" always watching out for everyone , making sure to do all he could to make our county a safer and better place to live. The thought that should help comfort all those who knew and loved Matt is that even though he's not here with us now, he will forever be treasured and live on in our hearts. God Bless you Matt and thank you for being a special part of so many lives. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. May God help you through this very sad and devastating loss.
dear samuels family i did not no sam but what i hear he was a great person sorry about your loss. but in my heart i know he is looking down on us and helping god guied us down the right path love the strachn family: trevor donita margueritre jazmine and jade
May God give strength to all of Matt's family, friends, and all of the men and women of the Greenwod County Sheriff's Department. He will be missed more than words can describe.
I was shocked yesterday when I received this news. I am a Cousin to Matt. I did not get to see him alot. But do have memories of him and the best memory is how proud all of us cousins have been of him for follow in his fathers footsteps and being the wonderful person he had turned out to be. Our prayers go out to Matt's wife and children and Mother. He will be greatly missed everytime you go through or to Eureka you stop anywhere you would hear someone talk about Matt. So our prayers go out to the Community we understand what a loss.Its so hard to loose such wonderful people especially when all he wanted was to help others. God Bless Tammy and the Kids you are in our thoughts and prayers. Penny Higinbotham/Herder,Kendall Higinbotham, Stella Higinbotham.
What a terrible shock and a tragedy for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and all our friends in GW County.
Jay & Linda Brown,
Jason and Jessie
Be strong Sam. Diana and I only met big man once and really enjoyed both of you guy's company. He was a loving husband, great father, and a friend to all in your community and will be missed by all. Along with thousands of others, my family and I are also deeply saddened, and our prayers and love are with you and your family. Sam, as tough and hard headed as you are, if you need anything at all or just want to talk,don't hesitate to e-mail or call "Daddy Bald Head" you hear. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Love Randy
I can't start to express the amount of saddness I felt when I heard about Matt. My heart goes out to all his family. He's one of the biggest hearted guys I've ever known.
To All the Samuels family:
I am heartbroken. May the peace of God be with you all.
.........Till we meet again.
Matt, Tammi, and the kids-
God definitely needed some more uniformed men up in heaven. Matt was a gentle man who would always have a joke ready to throw my way whenever I saw him. I can remember giving him a hard time every time I saw him running out around the Country Club. He would repay the favor the next time he saw me running or working out in the gym. I remember one time when my brand new car got rearended. Who did I go to first? Not my dad, but I drove straight to Matt's house where he took care of problem. He was always there when you needed him with a smile on his face. Your humor and heart will be missed by all!
Stay strong for the reunion in heaven awaits you all.
Matt is my second cousin. I never got to see him very much but he and his father were adored by our family and other family members. We will miss him very much. Our sympathy to his family. He is enjoying heavenly peace now. Marla, Dane and Trey Wilson
matt samuels was a fair and decent man. at a time when i personally was headed down a road of disaster, he was fair to me and helped me see right.
this is truly a sad day for greenwood county. may god bless the samuels family.
Mr Samuels represented the values and friendliness that the entire Eureka community offers. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and children, and the rest of his family.
It is hard to believe that Matt is actually gone. He was at our city office in Madison quite a bit after the recent ice storm coordinating limb clean-up and just generally helping people that needed it. He will definitely be missed by our county. His family may find comfort because he was one of a kind and an officer that truly cared about the people he served. God bless his family.
Tammy, Heath, Sharlee & Family:
I think that God Decided he needed a new Sheriff in Heaven. Matt is and was a man among men. He was always understanding, compassionate, caring, and overall - fair. He is truly missed. My heart goes out to you all in this time of need.
Heath: Be as strong as you have always been, I know you will make it through. You especially are in my thoughts and prayers.
You liked Matt the instant you met him. I hadn't seen him since I worked with him when his Dad was Sheriff, but I'll miss him just the same. We never did get that golf game in Matt.
I did not know Sheriff Samuels, but wanted to give my condolences to his family, his many friends and all the people whom he protected. I am a native Kansan, my great-grandfather was a Sheriff in Anthony, and I was told stories of the dangers he went through. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all the residents of Greenwood County.
Family and friends of Matt Samuels; please accept these inadequate words of condolence. May God grant you peace during this time of sorrow and when time passes, may all that is left be good memories.
My heart is heavy since I heard the news of Matt's passing. He was a great guy and I'm proud to be related to him. Charley was so close to all our family, and Matt just kinda stepped in when his dad died. Tammi and family I'm so sorry, but we know that Matt's with the angels now.
Matt has helped my son out so many times and has shown so much caring. He is very special. Greenwood county will miss him dearly.. His family is in our thoughts and prays.. I grew up in Hamilton.
Heath, Tammy, and Sharlee, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
To all the family and friends of Matt. Our sympthy and prayers are with you all. He was a very special person, and will be greatly missed by all the touched.
Ellen & Scott
Shock and sorrow don't seem like words that should be used with Matt's name. Smile and laughter are the trademarks that we will all miss. He had a heart of gold and will be remembered a very long time. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.
I GREW UP IN SEVERY WITH CHARLIE SAMUEL AS SHERIFF. I DID NOT KNOW MATT, HOWEVER I AM SO SADDENED BY THIS TRAGIC EVENT TO HAPPEN IN MY HOME AREA. I SEE IT DAILY HERE, BUT NEVER THINK IT CAN HAPPEN THERE. I AM SO SORRY FOR THE FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!
Matt - what a friend he was to our entire family. Whenever we needed something he was their for us. If available he spent every Sunday noon at our family's dinner table. He was like a member of our family. Always a smile and always a friend. We laughed and cried together. What a wonderful person who will always be missed. His wonderful memories will live on forever.
Matt treated both the impoverished and the elite of town with the same respect and dignity. He he cared for all of us, from our town's children to the elderly. I can think of no other person in our community that would cause us to ponder the question, "What building in town will hold all the mourners?" Matt was a good man and our community will be forever changed because of this tragic loss.
To all of the Samuels family. Matt was a wonderful person. He will be greatly missed. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry and Carolyn Hein
Tammie, and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Matt, He will be deeply missed, I'm so sorry I can't be their for the family, just so you no we will be thinking of you all, and we love you, you no Matt loved what he was doing, and made each day a safer place on this earth for people to live, as always he wanted to live his life as his dad did and his grandpa, it is what he always wanted to do. he was only 2yrs younger then me, I no it won't be the same in greenwood county with out Matt, but just remember all the good he did for the community and the family. he was the rock of it all. with love and regards Denyse your cousin in Tucson,Az and Thad waldrip. LOVE YOU MATT ALWAYS
Matt was always there for me and my family, in good times and bad. I have so many wonderful memories of the man who was so much like a father to me. Our families spent many fun and memorable times together hunting and fishing. All my thoughts and prayers are with you Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and Sheila.
May God be with the Samuels family in this time of great loss. Matt was a friend to everyone he met and we are blessed to have known him. He will be missed by so many of us.
Im so sorry to hear about Matt Samuels may he rest in peace .
We will miss you but never forget what you gave to all of us. Always a friend.
I send my love and prayers to the family and friends of Matt Samuels
I am very sorry for your loss.
Matt will be missed for a long long time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
I grew up and went to school with Charlie. Both men were deticated officiers and loved the work that they did.
We'll miss you.
Matt will be missed for a long long time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
I grew up and went to school with Charlie. Both men were deticated officiers and loved the work that they did.
We'll miss you.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Sheriff Samuels.
Matt always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile upon his face as a young man and an adult. He was always there for all of us in Eureka and Greenwood County and he will be greatly missed. Our sympathy goes to all of his family
My thoughts and prayers are with the Samuels family. I worked with Charle and Harold at EDCF, all of the Samuels family have my condolences at the loss of such a good man.
My thoughts, prayers and best wishes go out to the entire family of Matt. He was a great guy, a good man, and loved by many people. It was truely an honor to know him. Bless you all.
May God be with you Tammy and children. Matt was a good friend and officer. He answered many phone calls at all times of the day, was understanding and a gentleman in every way. He will be missed by all of us in northern Greenwood county. We are so sorry for you and family. May God and all the Angles Bless him on His way. Many prayers be with you all.
Tammy, Heath & Sharlee,
We were very saddened at the news of the death of Matt. He was a terrific guy and we will always remember the Super Bowl parties at the Schureman's home. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and we know that the Lord will comfort you through this very hard time. All our love to all of you!
Since have the same first name, Matt and I had a running joke when we were kids. Whenever someone would yell "Hey Matt!", we would both answer and grin. What a treasure he was.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone morning such a great loss. Not only in Eureka and Greenwood County, but, the State of Kansas.
My thoughts and prayer are with Tammy and kids..Matt made our comunity feel so safe..He will never be replaced..
My thoughts and prayers are with Matt's family and friends during this difficult time.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
Wendy, you & your family are in my
heart & mind.
My condolences, Love Rhonda
I'am so sad that this happened.. This was a friend of mine and my family's.. Matt was and still is a great man... My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and my home town Eureka
I knew Matt through my friends who lived across the street from the Samuels. I always knew him as Big Matt. Without a doubt, the biggest thing about him was his heart. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO MATT'S WIFE AND CHILDREN AS WELL AS THE REST OF HIS FAMILY. BEING FROM HAMILTON AND HAVING GROWN UP JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM MATT'S GRANDPARENTS, MY BROTHER AND I WERE ALWAYS CALLED OVER TO VISIT WHENEVER MATT AND WENDY CAME TO STAY WITH THEM. I HAVE SEVERAL FOND MEMORIES OF MATT AS I'M SURE EVERYONE DOES, HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
We were saddened to hear of Matt's death, my fiancee worked w/ him on several occasion.. and said that Matt was never without a good joke and a good laugh. He enjoyed him very much and said he was an exceptional man.
Mrs Samuels, all of us who have family members, husbands, sons in law enforement will pray for you everyday.
Tami and the rest of the Samuels clan, just a note to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is such a shock and loss that Matt is gone. The world is a better place since Matt was in it. With deepest sympathy ,Lisa and sons (Daniel, Bryan, and Nic)
Matt was a great guy, and will truly be missed. I knew him for many years, and he was one of the nicest people there is. My prayers go out to his family.
Thoughts and prayers to Tammy, children, and all family and friends. During my time with Greenwood Co. Sheriffs Dept. Matt was Undersheriff. I have fond memories of Matt, he will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time, go out to Sheriff Samuel's wife, kids and the rest of his family.
Undersheriff Don Read & family
Cowley County Sheriff's Office
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tammy, Health, and Sharlee. Matt was a great man. When we lost Mike three months ago, Matt was there to comfort our family. We will miss you Matt.
I never knew Matt or his dad. But having family in Greenwood Co. and Butler Co., I have heard about them for years. Everyone has always had wonderful things to say abouth them both. I am so sorry for the Samuels family loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May God be with the family of Matt and help see them through their sorrow. Carla & Family (ELK CO.)
What is there to say about Matt that hasn't allready been said or thought? He was a wonderful man, and like a brother to my family. His support and friendship were unfailing. My thought's and prayers go out to Tammy,and the kids, and all the rest of the Samuels' family. Know that he was loved and will be missed.
Kami & Keith Stafford
Matt was a tremendous person. We shared many old memories of school over a cup of coffee for me and cold tea for Matt. I considered Matt a friend. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May God bless you during this time.
Matt meant a lot to many people. I am glad God give me the chance to know this wonderful and caring person. Matt will be remember by me as one who made me laugh and had a smile and laugh I will never forget. I always felt safe growing up in Eureka. My prayers go out to everyone in his immediate and extended family.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that I have grown up with. I will miss going to Eureka to eat and not see Matt in the cafe. He had a good soul and rest in Heaven above. I'm sorry for the loss.
Tammy and family, Cheryl, Roxanne, Wendy and Sheila
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pam (Close) and Mark Dawson and Holli
I am so sorry to hear about Matt. My thoughts and prayers are with Tammy, the children, and all the Samuels family at this time. Matt was like my little brother when we were all younger since him and my brother, Chuck, were such good friends. I know he was a good man just like his father. I will miss him as well as many, many others will too. Eureka has suffered a terrible loss and I hope they will grow stronger as a community.
My deepest sympathies,
I am so saddened to hear about Matt. I just wanted to let Wendy and the rest of Matt's family know that they are in my thoughts.
My sympathy and condolences go out to Tammy and the children. Matt was a tremendous friend and co-sheriff and I am a much better man having known him. He had a heart as big as he was.
So very very sorry. Matt's Dad, Charlie was a good friend when I was Sheriff.
We will miss you sorely. The world was a better place because you were here.
Our prayers and sympathy are with Tammy and the children at this time of grief.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. I am a Special Agent at the Kansas Attorney General's Office and have heard great things about Matt from other law enforcment officers. He will be missed.