Samuel Peele Jordan Jr.
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Samuel Peele Jordan Jr., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on May 24, 2006.

He was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Salinas, Calif., the oldest son of Samuel P. and Ann (Wetherton) Jordan. Sam grew up on military bases in Florida, Puerto Rico, Louisiana and England before graduating from Bellevue (Nebraska) High School in 1960. He was a proud and active member of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1964. His experience at VMI shaped his life and instilled the values of integrity, loyalty, honor and service to country that guided him throughout his life. After graduating from VMI, Sam joined the U.S. Air Force, serving first in Vietnam at Cam Rahn Bay, and then in Madison, Wis., where he met his wife, Mary Jo Anderson. They were married in Tampico, Ill., on April 13, 1968. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Sam attended the University of Denver Law School before beginning his career with The Dow Chemical Co. at Rocky Flats, Colo. In his years with Dow, he worked in the legal departments in Houston, the Louisiana Division, and at the corporate headquarters in Midland. He was a member of the Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan bars, and served as president of the Midland Bar Association in 1994-1995. Sam retired from Dow in 1994, and spent his remaining years pursuing his many interests. He continued his lifelong love of reading about and debating current events and political issues. He and Mary Jo spent several winters enjoying sunshine and golf in Callaway Gardens, Ga. They studied the history of the Civil War as longtime students of the Alumni College at VMI. He served on the board of the Midland Music Society. Most importantly, he spent time with his children and grandchildren, who were the pride of his life. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and friends as well as by his Brother Rats in the VMI Class of 1964.

Sam is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ellan "Jodie" and Tom Auble of Columbia, Md.; his son, Samuel P. Jordan III of Durham, N.C.; his two grandchildren, Luke and Mary Ellan Auble of Columbia, Md.; his brother, Don Wetherton Jordan of Arvada, Colo.; two aunts, Virginia Bailey of Windsor, Va., and Edna Cornett of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dan Lightfoot Jordan; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, May 28, 2006, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Susan Kingsley and the Rev. Joe Mortensen officiating.

Sam's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m., and at the church on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Graveside services will be held at St. Luke's Cemetery in Smithfield, Va.

Rather than flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy be made to the VMI Foundation, Lexington, VA 24450-0304; Historic St. Luke's Church Restoration, Inc., 14477 Benn's Church Blvd., Smithfield, VA. 23430-6155; or the American Cancer Society.

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Published in Midland Daily News on May 26, 2006.
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June 7, 2006
Mary Jo, we are shocked and saddened to learn of Sam's untimely death. Please accept our deepest sympathies and inadequate expressions of sorrow. I'm sure nothing said or done now will help lessen your grief but we want you and your family to know you are all in our prayers during this sorrowful time.
Sam and I attended Bellevue HS and entered the Air Force after commissioning four years later; we spent more than a few leisure hours together during our first few months as 2Lts. I will treasure his memory, his athletic skills and his easy way with people. May the strength of your personal faith; the condolences of your many friends; and your memories of Sam sutain and comfort you in this period of personal sorrow. Please call on us if we can be of any help.
Brett Dula
May 30, 2006
Sam Jordan was a hunk - both looks and brain-wise. He looved pizza and my Dad always remarked "what a nice young man" to me..but he had better visions. We will all miss him and his quiet visions of good and fun things.
Sandra Burchell (Fitzpatrick)
May 30, 2006
Was so very sorry to hear of the loss of one of the nicest people in our class of '60. I too remember Sam with a big smile and friendly greeting. I am sure each of his classmates feels a real sadness and am sure we all are praying for Sam, his family and friends, he will be missed by all.
Mary Lou Johnson (Reid)
May 30, 2006
Mary Jo, wonderful memories I trust, you will always treasure. Sam was such a sincere, admired young man, our class was blessed to have his presence.
Love and prayerers, to you and your family.
Gwen (Bole) Kennedy
May 28, 2006
"Great Gathering, Great Memories"
Sam was a great guy in High School, and too many years between then and our BHS gatherings (photo below taken at Al Haney's home in Omaha while hosting a Nebraska football function). My condolences to Sam's family.
Stuart Schmidt
May 27, 2006
Our lifetime friendship will always be remembered. May God's blessings be upon the entire family.
Ron Curtis
May 27, 2006
Billie Bengtson (nee Spies)
May 27, 2006
Mary Jo, I am heartbroken. Sam has been in or on the periphery of my life since we were in third grade at Barksdale AFB (my first crush). Our paths crossed again when our fathers were stationed together at Offutt AFB and Hickam AFB.

My prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all and keep Sam in safe hands.

Carla Tortora Hartsell, BHS '60
Carla Tortora-Hartsell
May 27, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bill Helwig
May 27, 2006
I will remember Sam for his wit and dry sense of humor, but mostly I will remember his kindness and friendly smile.
Alan Haney
May 27, 2006
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the difficult days ahead. You will be in my prayers. Sam was one of my classmates from Bellevue HS. God Bless.
Linda Corrie Greer
May 27, 2006
Sam was in my graduating class of BHS Nebraska 1960. He and I shared good times with our class; he was a person I always highly respected. He and Mary Jo helped me contact his roommate from VMI, a 3 star Thai general in Bangkok, when I went there to teach in 2001-2002. Joe and his wife treated me to dinner at a fine seafood restaurant where we had 20 servants waiting on us; quite an experience. Thank you to Sam for being the great person he was for our class, his family and country. I am so sorry he had to leave those who love him so soon. My sincere condolences to his family, Karen
Karen Shaw
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