'Sam' Roy Samuel "Sam" Durbin (1957 - 2019)

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Roy Samuel "Sam" Durbin, 61, of Beecher City, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Kaskaskia Church, near Wright's Corner, in rural Beecher City, with the Rev. Nick Robertson officiating. Interment will be in Lorton Cemetery in rural Cowden. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services on Saturday at the church. The family would like to extend an invitation to the public for a celebration of life held at the Durbin Shop following the interment. Memorials: Lorton Cemetery, 305 W. Poplar St. Beecher City, Ill. 62414. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Mr. Durbin was born on Nov. 19, 1957, in Effingham, the son of Loyd Junior Durbin and Hilda Lorraine (Lorton) Adams. He married Lou Ellen Mehler on July 4, 2018.
Sam was the patriarch of Durbin Enterprises and was a major regional geothermal loop field installer in southern Illinois. He was a giant in the Illinois geothermal heat pump field, supporting hundreds of heating-cooling contractors in Central and Southern Illinois, and helping to build the industry over the past 20 years. He was always a strong supporter of the industry and GAOI – and was an incorporating founder of the organization. Sam was also a member of Kaskaskia Church and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Sam was a man of few words and many deep thoughts. He was a completely self-made man – strong, humble and generous, a man who's work ethic couldn't be matched.
Sam was very intelligent, loved a good puzzle and could always find a solution. He conquered all that he did, using each business move as a stepping stone to his next adventure. While he had many great ideas, he didn't patent any; he believed that God gave him those ideas to share, they weren't his to keep. He shared everything he had generously; he was grateful to have so much to offer. It was a well-known fact that if Sam Durbin had something and you needed it, he'd let you use it, with no expectations in return. He'd give anyone willing to work a job, a chance, a fresh start in life. One could not count how many lives he impacted. Sam grew his business by giving those who worked for him the opportunity to grow.
While Sam had traveled all 50 states, and became a pilot and a scuba diver, and so many things in between, his favorite place was home, in Loudon Township, on the farm he'd spent his entire life. Sam enjoyed working, rzr and horseback riding, and an evening meal spent around the table with family and friends. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Dom Durbin and wife Beth of Farina, Robert Durbin and wife Lindsay of Mason, Alex Hall of Mattoon, Tyler Mehler of Canada, and Robert Villa and Demi of Robinson; daughters, Samantha and husband Ray Stefanski of Beecher City, Abby Hall and Steven of Altamont, and Ricki Brinkman and David of Robinson; grandchildren, Devon, Madison and Sawyer Durbin, James and Logan Durbin, Kaycie, Whitney and Weslyn Stefanski, Kolbi Packard, Waylon Barker and Owen and Kyler Villa; stepmother, Rose Durbin of Beecher City; brother, Bill Durbin and wife Connie of Altamont; sisters, Linda and husband Linn Radloff of Beecher City, and Violet Adams of Beecher City; nephews, Allen Radloff and wife Sheryl of Beecher City, and Dr. Chris Radloff and wife Kelsey of Summerfield; niece and dearest friend, Sam's right hand, Jennifer and husband Christ Doedtman of Beecher City; and his beloved dog, Willy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Dugal "Jim" Durbin.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Jan. 28 to Feb. 6, 2019
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