Samuel Chester "Sam" KEOLA

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KEOLA, Samuel 'Sam' Chester
Born March 8, 1946 he was 67 years young, passed away January 17, 2014 peacefully in his home with his family by his side. He was preceded in death by his father Samuel Paul Keola, his mother May Kaaualii Keola, his brothers Sam, Richard and Joe, sisters Mary and Nyla. He is survived by his brothers Lloyd, Bob and Duke, sisters Pauline, Lei and Marcella. Sam leaves behind his wife Luciel Nancy D'Innocenzo-Keola of 40 years. Their children Roberta, Charles and Virginia- Also his grandchildren, Lucciana, Ema, Dorothy, Della, Bradley Dewberry-Jimenez, Lorenzo Ledbetter, Phillip Tham, Robert Martinez, Nancy Carrillo and George Clark, also numerous great-grandchildren.


He graduated from Sacramento High School and proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from January 12, 1966 to January 11, 1968. He served in the Vietnam War; he was given the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and Presidential Unit Citation. Worked 24 years for Winter Volvo Lincoln Mercury Dealership.

He loved the game of golf. Before his illness he played several years for the Mexican American Golf Association. Loved music Jazz, Classical, Mexican music and Oldies but Goodies of the 40's, 50's and 60's era.

Services will be held at George L. Klumpp, at Riverside Blvd. and 2nd Avenue. Viewing will be January 27, 2014 from 5 to 7pm, funeral will be January 28, 2014 starting at 10am George L. Klumpp and proceed to Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 26, 2014
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