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John graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1938. After high school he was attending the University of Missouri until World War II broke out. John was a navigator on B-24 bombers in some of the longest missions in the South Pacific. He was very proud of his military career. After the war, he graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1951.
John married Rosemarie Bauer in 1953 in St. Louis, Mo. They were happily married for 59 years.
In 1955, he had the opportunity to advance his career by moving to New York, but instead decided that he was more attracted to the fishing of all the lakes around Spokane, than the bright lights of the big city. He started taking night classes at Whitworth College in Spokane to get his teaching certificate so that he could have summers full of fishing.
His first teaching job was as a sixth grade teacher in White Salmon. The family moved there in 1964. "Mr. Sam" taught in White Salmon for 18 years before retiring in 1983.
John's retirement years were filled with fishing. He loved to take anyone interested out to the lake to teach them how to fly fish. He also gave away thousands of the flies he tied himself. He fished all the way up until last year.
As his fishing trips became fewer, he spent more of his time doing crossword puzzles and preparing for the next fantasy football season. While most people relied on computer stats, John filled notebooks full of handwritten notes and statistics. This past year was the first year in nearly 20 years he finished out of the money.
John is survived by his spouse Rosemarie of White Salmon; his children Jan Maher of Cut Bank, Mont., Carl Samuelson of Bothell, Chris Samuelson of North Bend, and Kirk Samuelson of Vancouver; grandchildren John Maher IV of Monroe, and Hilary and Klara Samuelson of Bothell.
John was preceded in death by his sister Josephine, of La Junta, Colo.
A funeral service was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery.
She lived on a farm and was somewhat of a tomboy as she was active in helping out with the farm chores.
Ann's family moved to Vancouver in her teen years. She met William Ramsey in the Army stationed there. They wed in 1945 and lived in Philadelphia, Pa. William performed in the parades playing the banjo and Ann saved his costumes. They had two children. Billy was born in 1946. He was a blue baby and died months later. Mom cared for him until he passed away. JoAnn was born in 1949.
Ann moved to Bingen in 1958 to be closer to her brother Chuck, sister Marie and parents. Her other brother Vern and his wife Lil moved out later from Minnesota.
Ann was a shrewd businesswoman and enjoyed buying and selling properties even into her late 70s. She enjoyed boating on the Columbia River from island to island and found many Indian artifacts. She shared her collection with others and has items displayed in the Goldendale Museum.
She was a saver, making most of her daughter's clothes. She made many items for her grandchildren including dresses for May Festivals, costumes and crafts. She did antiquing and garage sales.
She was active in her life. She cared for her parents Ben and Lily for 13 years. Her parents lived into their 90s. She took great joy in it.
JoAnn, Chuck, and JoAnn's daughters Kari and Kristie moved here in 1979. They lived in Ann's house for five years while building their own home overlooking the Columbia River Gorge right behind Ann's sister Marie and her husband Calvin.
Whenever any of her family was ill, Ann always came to help in any way. She attended all her grandchildren's activities, Mayfest parades, school events, volleyball games, dance recitals and drill team events. Kristie often went to her house to make muffins on the weekends. She loved them so much.
She bought little material possessions to save money as she wanted to be sure her daughter would be taken care of in her life. Ann and her daughter shared a home for 10 years.
At 84 she had difficulty with CHF and COPD. In February 2011, she went to stay at a long term care facility and for the past 10 months she battled infections that reoccurred, finally taking her away April 15, 2013. Her siblings passed away before her -- Loretta, Marie, Chuck and Vern.
Ann is survived by her daughter JoAnn Yadro of White Salmon and granddaughters Kari Yadro of Vancouver and Kristie Raker of Princeton, N.J.
A funeral service was held at Gardner Funeral Home on Friday, April 19, 2013, with burial at the White Salmon Cemetery.