Joseph W. “Bill” Samm, 90, of Terre Haute, passed away at 8:04 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Union Hospital at Terre Haute. He retired as a supervisor for Amoco Oil Company after 36 years of service. He was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Coalmont, to Clarence D. Samm and Edith Smith Samm.
Survivors include his wife, Rose J. Foradori Scott; a daughter, Brenda Samm of Indianapolis; five sons, William Joseph Samm and his companion Carol Sue Studler of Vincennes, Clarence C. “Buck” Samm and his wife Lynda of Florida, Michael B. “Bruce” Samm, Kevin D. Samm and his wife Melanie, and Keith E. Samm, all of Indianapolis; six stepchildren, Dr. John R. Scott and his wife Gloria of Indianapolis, Nancy Olson and her husband Don of Mishawaka, Daniel Scott of San Francisco, and Rose Marie Scott and her husband Michael Worrell, Jean Ann Scott, and Maribeth Scott and her companion Greg Seger, all of Terre Haute; three sisters, Margaret Yazel, Wanita Monrovey, and Wanda Bickel; four brothers, Weldon Samm, Carl Samm, Jack Samm, and Larry Samm; a sister-in-law, Leona Kelly and her daughter, Debra Bridgewater of Seymour; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freida Samm, whom passed away in 1995; his parents; a sister, Marilyn Janet Bradbury; two brothers, Basil Samm and Hubert Samm; and a stepson, Phillip Scott.
He was a member of St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church in Terre Haute, a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps during which he achieved the rank of staff sergeant, and he also was a member of Easter Star Chapter and Masonic Lodge, both in Jasonville, where he was a Past Master.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. today, Nov. 20, 2012, in St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Rick Ginther officiating and military rites provided by the Vigo County Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation was 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., in West Terre Haute. There also will be visitation prior to services today, in the funeral home, which friends are welcome to join the family for a prayer service at 10:20 a.m. followed by a procession to the church. Cremation has been scheduled following all services with burial of his ashes in Bethesda Memorial Park at a later date. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church or the charity of donor’s choice with envelopes available in the funeral home.