Jack Samuels

Jack Samuels, 91, of Wapello, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2024 at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Wapello. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at the Wapello Methodist Church.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Wapello Cemetery.  Memorials have been established for the Wapello Methodist Church and Wapello Fire and Rescue. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservices.com.

Jack LeRoy Samuels was born on February 12, 1933 in Morning Sun, the son of Raymond Henry and Alice May Hupp Samuels.  Jack graduated from Wapello High School in 1950.  In May of 1953 he became a member of the US Army and spent two years in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas serving his country with a rank of Corporal.  On May 2, 1953 he married Shirley Ann Fletcher in Iowa City.  Following his discharge from the Army, they settled on a farm west of Wapello, Iowa and remained in that area until his earthly life ended.   Jack farmed in Wapello raising cattle, sheep, hogs and crops.  He grew sorghum and popcorn which he shared with family and neighbors.  But he was most famous for his trip to Michigan when he brought back delicious peaches which were enjoyed by many.

Jack was a member of the Wapello Methodist Church where he served as an usher and taught Sunday School.  He served as leader of the Wamaco 4-H Club, was a member of the Louisa County Cattlemen’s Association, was a Wapello Township Trustee, a 50-year member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and served as Grand Master. He was a member of Gideons International and served as a church speaker for the organization.

Jack will be deeply missed by his wife of 71 years, Shirley; daughter, Debra (Ralph) Smith of Burlington; sister, Doris Samuels MacEachern of Wapello; brother, Larry Samuels of Sigourney, Iowa; cousins; nephews; nieces; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Keith, Charles and Lester Samuels