Samuel Wayne Koller, 84, of Cahokia, Ill., born Jan. 17, 1929, in Tuckerman, Ark., passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Sam was loved by all, he grew up knowing he had to do things for others and loved the farm he was raised on. When he was 18 he went to serve this country in the Korean War in 1954 to 1955. In 1955 his tank was blown up and he was severely injured thus receiving a purple heart. Since this was in battle he also received a silver metal. After this he went back to his home town and married his sweetheart, Frances Sue Hammonds and went to work for General Motors and eventually moved to St. Louis. Since he was new to the area he asked one of his work mates for directions to a church. Bill Busch directed Sam and Frances to a bible study group known as Jehovah's Witness. Sam and Frances loved the bible their whole lives already and was thrilled to know they could live in a paradise on earth. In 1957 Sam and Frances dedicated their lives by water baptism and served faithfully together until Sam's untimely death. From Sam and Frances union they produces four beautiful girls.
Sam was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra Kay Crain and Dianna Johnson; and all of his brothers and sisters.
Surviving are his wife, Frances, nee Hammonds, Koller; his daughters, Sherry (Rob) Schroeder and Katherine Phillips; eight grandsons; two granddaughters; 10 great-grandsons; four great-granddaughters; and his spiritual son, Dan Sumerall Jr.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Braun Colonial Funeral Home, Cahokia, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 16, 2013