Samuel Vasquez Perez, Sr. passed away on Saturday, August 14th at the age of 82, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with determination and a smile. Despite the pain, Sam came out a hero and stayed strong and faithful to God and his loved ones to the end.
As a child, Sam was raised by his oldest sister and her husband, Louisa and Ignacio Torres, whom he affectionately called Mom and Dad. His life drastically changed when he surrendered his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a young man. From then on he always proclaimed the Gospel to anyone who would listen.
Sam met the love of his life, Mary, while attending youth meetings at their church in Brownsville, Texas. Shortly afterwards, they married and had two sons. They then decided to move with family to Wisconsin and had two daughters.
Attending church activities anchored his family to the Word of God. Both he and Mary were tremendous examples of being faithful church workers. Sam lived a godly legacy for his four children, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to follow.
He only finished the eighth grade, yet earned his GED later in life. Proving that he was a lifelong learner in everything from life skills to relationships. His work ethic was second to none! He was a union leader and welding instructor at work, a church leader in multiple capacities (i.e. pastor, deacon, Royal Ranger Commander, Sunday School teacher, bus driver, etc.). Also, he was “El Jefe” at home, where he led his family with a strong hand and caring heart. Finally, Sam was the self-proclaimed “King’s Kid,” and everyone knew his allegiance was to the lover of his soul – Jesus. Now, we can take comfort knowing that he is hand-in-hand with The Good Shepherd.
Sam was preceded in death by all of his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife, Mary Perez; children, Abel (Rebecca) Perez and Sam (Lori) Perez Jr., Ana Luisa Perez and Sara (Dave) Ruckman. Also, there are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws who will miss his humor, laughter and godly wisdom.
A funeral service for Samuel will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at City Church, 2313 N. 31st Street, Sheboygan with Rev. Jose Luis Martinez, Rev. Chuck Apple and Rev. Abel Perez officiating. Family and friends may gather at City Church on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials in Samuel’s name may be directed to The Gathering Place, 730 County Road PPP Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085. The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
I must apologize for this late message of sympathy, but I just saw Samuels's obituary today as I was looking for another one. I just want to let you know that I remember your family from when I taught young Sam at Longfellow School. I remember what a great kid Sam was and I know he came from wonderful parents. Samuel was always so friendly. I have only seen him a few times through the years but we always struck up a conversation. What a great man! Treasure your memories.
Sincerely, Mrs. Pat Grams
Hermana Mary, Lo siento mucho por la perdida de Sam. Sabemos que él ahora está gozandose con nuestro Señor y Salvador, pero
también es difícil para nosotros quienes nos quedamos. Estoy orando por usted y su familia. No sé si se acordará de mi ya que han sido unos años que no nos hemos visto. Les conosí en la iglesia de Rogersville Assembly of God. Muchas veces me sentaba con ustedes. Fueron una bendición para mi. Me acuerdo de Sam y el alegría que él tenia que fue el gozo del Señor y el amor que él tenia para la gente. Fue una gran persona. Estoy orando por usted y su familia. Bendiciones, Chrystina Rivera
I remember Sam from Rogersville Assembly. He would get eggs from us. I loved his zest for life. Such a jolly man, always smiling and joking around. My sincere condolences.
I was sorry to read of Sam's passing. I remember him well and he always had a smile and a positive attitude. My condolences to Mary and their children.
I knew Sammy from the Assembly of God church. My grandparents were Edwin And Johanna Akright. Sammy was a loving person he will be missed
My memories of Samuel are many. Always celebrating his love for the Lord and his family are right at the top. Sam was always promoting some ministry and the fruit of that is seen in His Children. Sam certainly was a “Kings Kid”. Margaret and I send our sincerest sympathy to each one the family.
My sympathies to all the family. Will miss his cheery presence.
I remember all the good times we had working at Optenberg Iron Works. He always had a positive attitude and a smile on his face. Sammy, rest well till we meet again.
Commander Sam was an inspiration and a beloved leader. I'll never forget this "Kings Kid!". Best wishes and God's comfort to his dear family.
Blessed to have known Sam. He was my church softball manager. He was a great example of the way Jesus wanted me to be. I will surely miss him. Sam and his family have been a great blessing to me in my life. Sad that Sam is gone. Rejoicing because he is in heaven for eternity with his Savior, Jesus! See you later Sam!
Many fond memories of Sam. God bless you all
Sam was a great man—always an upbeat and encouraging spirit to all those around him. He’s left a great legacy in his family. I’m sure he and my dad will be making connections in heaven.
For many years,at First A/G Sheboygan my family & I had the privilege of worshipping with Sam & his family. I know he will be greatly missed. Praying for you all.
Sorry for the loss that Sammy's family is now feeling, Sam is however in a perfect place with all those who have loved and served the Lord with all their heart. He was a wonderful friend when we first entered the Church as new converts. I will always appreciate his welcome and his fatherly advise. we are blessed to have known him. Sincerely Mary and Steve Nohl
To Mary and family : So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing but he’s free of pain and at peace now . May the memories you shared as a family get you through this time of grief .
Sincerely, Claudette Forss
As you walk this journey of grief, may the Lord provide people who offer space for you to share your stories of sorrow and joy so that you may heal. May you sense the Spirit hovering over you in your grief, covering you with wings of love and comfort. Praying for you.