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Maurice “Sam” A. Adel

Maurice “Sam” A. Adel

Maurice “Sam” A. Adel, 92, Winner, SD passed away Monday, August 19, 2013 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital, Gillette, WY.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Winner at 10:00 am followed by burial at the Winner City Cemetery, Winner.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Mason Funeral Home, Winner from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Maurice A. “Sam” Adel was born April 3, 1921 in Witten, SD to William and Lura (Long) Adel. Sam grew up on the family farm in Witten. He graduated from high school in 1939. He continued to farm and when WWII broke out he enlisted in the Army. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from July 1942 to January 1946. Sam returned to Witten and farming after the war.

On April 30, 1950 Sam married the love of his life Pauline Baird and became a father to her daughter DeAnn. They welcomed their daughter, Marcia to the family three years later.

In 1985 Sam and Pauline moved off the farm and into Winner. Sam was instrumental in getting an American Legion Club started in Witten in 1948. He held several offices in the Legion and in 1956 received the District Legionnaire Award. He served for five years as the President of the Winner Senior Citizens Center. He also served on the City Bus Board of Directors. He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church in Witten and was President of the council for many years. In November 2009, he flew to Washington DC with the South Dakota WWII Honor Flight. He had many wonderful memories from that trip. Sam always felt very blessed for his family and his many friends.

He is survived by his daughter Marcia (Tom) Giblock, of Gillette, WY; grandchildren: Lexann Littau, Mike (Tammy) Littau, Shannon (Gretchen) Giblock, Jamie (Tim) Deimling and Matthew Giblock; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Other survivors include his brother Calvin (Jean) Adel and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Pauline, daughter DeAnn and grandson Ray Allen. He was also preceded by his parents William and Lura Adel and sister Blanche Stange.