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SAMUEL T. WATTS

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Samuel T. Watts of Wheaton Samuel T. Watts, 20, a member of the 1/508 Rifle Company and the 82nd Airborne Division serving in Afghanistan, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md. Sam was born Aug. 14, 1991, in Elmhurst. Sam attended elementary and junior high at St. John Lutheran School in Wheaton, and graduated from Wheaton North High School in 2010. He was an avid BMX biker. He was a student at Technology Center of DuPage in Addison in the Fire Science program and hoped to serve as a Fireman after his service in Afghanistan. He was known as a man who could be himself around anybody and loved the people around him. He loved adventure and was constantly moving. In his short time here he lived a full life. He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Susan Watts of Wheaton; three siblings, Sarah Watts of Springfield, Andrew Watts of Wheaton and Abigail Watts of Wheaton; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Watts of Addison; his maternal grandfather, Paul J. Keehn of Arlington Heights; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Interment will follow in Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 W. 22nd St., #620, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Family and friends may sign a guest book at www.hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call 630-668-0027.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 27, 2012
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