WEST Jr. USAR (Ret.), Colonel Samuel Abe|
23 May 1931- 11 December 2013
Samuel Abe West Jr. was born on May 23rd, 1931 to Samuel Abe West Sr. and Jessie Leo Needham West. He spent his childhood in Joshua, Texas. He graduated from Joshua High School in 1948 in a class of 22 people.
He graduated from Arlington State College with an ABS in 1951. Graduating from University of Texas in Austin in 1953 with a BBA, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His first assignment was to Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was a Platoon Leader at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and then an Assistant Provost Marshal at White Sands Proving Ground, NM.
After his active military service, he attended graduate school at the University of Texas. This is where he met his wife of fifty years, Dorothy Diane Schmidt, on a "blind" date arranged by his buddy Ed Cates and Diane's childhood friend, Judy Squyres. Sam had seen Diane's picture in the Austin newspaper and asked Ed to arrange a date.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts. Later, he served as an Assistant Webelos Leader and then on the Troop Committee for Troop 88. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow.
He continued service in the Army Reserve with the 4162nd United States Army Reserve School, where he served as the S-3, Deputy Commandant and Commandant of the unit. He retired with 33 years of service. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal and proudly wore his Expert Pistol Qualification Badge.
He was employed by the Texas State Comptroller's Office for 36 years, retiring as a Chief Accountant and Supervisor, Inheritance Tax Division. He was an expert in Texas Inheritance Tax law and testified before the Texas legislature on several occasions.
He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Diane West of Austin, his son LTC Samuel A. West III, DO, USA (Ret.) and his wife Dr. Corinne West, DO of Andice, his daughter Cathy Cook and her husband Sam Cook of Pflugerville, and grandchildren, Travis Cook, Kelly Cook, Rachel West and Samuel A. West IV. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law Victor Raymond Schmidt III of Austin and Jerry Bell, husband of his late sister Mahdeen Bell of Joshua, Texas; his sister-in-law Linda Schmidt Matula of New Braunfels; nieces and nephews- Brian Bell, Lynn Bell, Lori Woods, Lisa Bishop, Anna Phillips, Lisa O'Banan, and Eric Matula.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cedar View Rehabilitation Center, the Buckner Alzheimer's unit, Buckner Campbell unit and Buckner Hospice for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Capital Area Food Bank, Buckner Hospice, ROCK Horses for Heroes or any Veteran's organization.
He will always be remembered as an honorable man and a loyal husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Family Visitation is on Saturday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Funeral Service is Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Weed- Corley-Fish North Lamar location, followed by burial at Austin Memorial Park.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2013