Wiater Samuel Joel Wiater, 21, of Athens, died tragically in the Hocking River on March 13, 2014. He was born on March 11, 1993 in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and was a 2011 graduate of Pickerington Central High School, where he was a member of the marching band, concert band, and Young Life. He worked as a delivery driver for Avalanche Pizza in Athens, Ohio. Sam is survived by his parents, Jeff and Trina Wiater; and his brother, Joshua Wiater of Pickerington. He also leaves his paternal grandparents, Richard and Eleanor Wiater; maternal grandfather, Norman Staskey; as well as many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He was welcomed into heaven by his paternal grandmother Marcia Hoppe and maternal grandparents Nelson and Shirley Lenz. Sam is also survived by his best friend, Samantha Stone and their dog, Athena. Sam was a patron and a participant in the arts. He loved performing by singing and playing guitar and was determined to make the world a better place with music. He was also an eloquent writer with a brilliant mind, and was certified as a SCUBA diver in Hawaii the age of 11. This world would be a better place if there were more as devoted and loving as Sam. His family is comforted that Sam is at peace and happy that they will one day join him in heaven. A memorial service in his honor will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church located at 1636 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Pastor Jeff Greenway will be officiating. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. followed by a 12Noon service and luncheon. There will be a private interment for the family.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 30, 2014