Samuel E. Molter, 90, of Kentland, died at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at George Ade Memorial Health Care Center of Brook.
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He was born Aug. 28, 1920, in Goodland to the late Samuel E. Sr. and Margaret O'Neil Molter. He graduated from Goodland High School in 1938. He then went on to study law at Notre Dame, where he received his A.B. in 1943 and his L.L.B. in 1949.
He served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946.
His first marriage was to Helen Sanderson on Aug. 1, 1946, in Peoria, Ill. They had five children before she preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 1956. He then married Genevieve Anderson on Dec. 29, 1990, in Kentland. She survives.
Sam was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland, the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Newton County Bar Association, Notre Dame Alumni, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and he founded the "OB" Club of Kentland.
He practiced law for 62 years, and also worked as a Juvenile Law Officer for 21 years.
He enjoyed gardening, wood cutting, antique tractor shows, ballroom dancing, and he was an avid Notre Dame football fan.
Surviving are five children, Margaret "Peg" Arihood (husband: Brenton) of Lafayette, Samuel E. Molter III (wife: Mary) and Daniel Molter (wife: Kate) both of Kentland, and Thomas Molter (wife: Dianna) and David Molter (wife: Kim) both of Goodland; a sister, Rita Molter of Indianapolis and two brothers, Lloyd Molter (wife: Betty) of Kentland and Richard Molter (wife: Natalie) of Lafayette.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren; Sara, Staci and Brenton Arihood, Bradley Williams, Aaron, Derek, Brian and Mark Molter, and four great-grandchildren; Elizabeth, Emma, Hanna and Michael.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Keith Molter, another brother, Raymond Molter, and a sister, Marcelline Buyno.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. (CDT) Thursday, June 9, at Stitz-Clapper Funeral Home of Kentland, where a rosary service will be held at 3:45 p.m. (CDT). Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. (CDT) Friday, June 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kentland with Father Robert Bernotas officiating. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Kentland with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made in Sam's name to George Ade Memorial Health Care Center or the charity of your choice.
Published in Newton County Enterprise from June 8 to July 8, 2011