William Edward "Sonny" Sam
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William Edward "Sonny" Sam

William Edward "Sonny" Sam was born May 22, 1937 in Tulalip, WA and continued his journey to be with the ancestors on September 21, 2012.
Sonny, a Tulalip Tribal Member and Bible Shaker, spent his life in this area holding jobs in logging, construction and security and always enjoyed the time he could get taking rides in the mountains, berry picking, hunting and gambling.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Hagen Sam; mother, Gertrude Kitsap Sam; sons, William E. Sam Jr., Anthony Kitsap Sam; daughters, Angela Sam and Loreen Sam-Barr.
He leaves behind sister, Mildred Sam-Lewis; sons, Clinton "Bodie" Sam (Tulalip), Stacey Sam (Auburn, WA); daughters, Wanda "George" Sam (Tulalip), Augusta "Gus" Lobehan (Tulalip), Jessica Myers (Tulalip); and niece, Patricia Ann Sam; 29 grandchildren; 31 great-grand-children; and many dear friends and relatives.
Sonny will be greatly missed by all whose lives were touched with his presence and prayers.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 starting at 1:00 p.m. at Schaeffer-Shipman Funeral Home; followed by a wake service starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Center; a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Tulalip Tribal Center; Burial to follow at Mission Beach Cemetery, Tulalip, WA.

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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Sep. 26, 2012.
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21 entries
September 22, 2020
Miss your wise words and your lovely songs.
Fly high Dad/Grandpa
Sam Fam
October 5, 2012
Love and Prayers to the Family. I love you cousins! And Uncle, you will aalways and forever be in my heart. You were there, even though ailing for us when our baby Kiyaire passed, Prayed and Prayed for us, thats one thing I can nevrr forget and I love you Always and forever! Thank you for sharing, teaching, and most of all loving n caring for us! I love and will miss you my Uncle!
Terry Sue (the Baby) Flores
October 2, 2012
Sonny always had a smile for everybody. Have a good journey and see you later, Sonny.
Valerie Olaizola
September 28, 2012
When we feel down or our spirits are low
We will light a candle and watch it glow.
For we know God needed you more than we
But we know you are closer to us and always will be
Even though we are apart
Dad Sonny will forever be in our heart!!
Sherina Sam
September 28, 2012
Sonny made many trips with me on my bus routes.He was a gentleman and very kind to me always had a smile and said thank you for the service I provided.
Daisy Hawk
September 27, 2012
Sonny always had a smile and a hug for me every time we seen him.. We always had time for one another to visit and talk. Lots of good stories
D. Bill
September 26, 2012
i love you uncle so much,i will miss our times we talk and laugh together but never will forget<3 you always knew how to make me laugh when i was having a bad day!thank you for being there for me...i will always love you and miss you tons love tasha
natasha clark
September 26, 2012
Iam sorry for your loss Sonny was a really good man and I loved him very much he will be missed alot
Lila Roberts-Henderson
September 26, 2012
I will never forget you Sonny for the times we sat and talks of your life and the manys stories you told me will forever be with me, thank you Sonny I will miss you Dearly
Denise R. Medina Tulalip Member
September 26, 2012
Dears Family and friend's.
Sonny will forever be in my heart he was my mom Stephenie Charley first cousin and she would alway's say that (he was her favorite)And he'd say yah and laugh,But truth be told he was a very important man in my life, Alway said he loved me , Was there for me when I lost my mom so now he's up there with my mom haveing a laugh or two togather.I will love and miss him alway's.
Stephanie McManis
September 26, 2012
I remember Sonny because of his smile. He had a very nice demeaner and shared himself with others. That's the best gift of all. Sonny will be missed! God bless his family and friends!
Marilyn Flores
September 26, 2012
I will always remember Sonny and his family. The love for his community always
September 26, 2012
September 26, 2012
I'm sorry to hear about ur loss... I have known him always and I'm going to miss running I to him ... may peace be with u all u are in my prayers...
elizabeth comenote
September 26, 2012
You will always hold a place in my heart. Love & miss you!! My heart & prayers go out to all his family & friends.
Amber Cortez
September 26, 2012
Goodbye my friend. Sonny was a very kind and generous man. He and I became blood brothers in our friendship. Sonny was a “great” man in this life and will be a greater man in his spiritual life. I will never forget Sonny and when my spirit passes over I will find Sonny and we will become blood brothers again. Jon Peterson
Jon Peterson
September 26, 2012
Sonny may you Rest in Peace, I will miss that beautiful smile you always had on your face... You could always light up a room with just your presence, we will indeed miss that here @ the clinic...

Prayers to all your family...
Jennie Fryberg
September 26, 2012
Much love nd prayerz too the family he will be missed by many people
Rick Sanchez Sr
September 26, 2012
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
The Enicks
September 26, 2012
My condolences to all that Sunny Sam made an impact in their lives and especially to family and close friends.

He will be missed and my prayers are added to those of so many others.

He will live on forever in our hearts.
Linda Tolbert
September 26, 2012
Sunny you were a great man and i am poud that I got to know you, you will be missed so much, I will miss seeing you at the Senior Bingo and at the office, RIP Sunny! love you!
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