Auburn resident Sam Panasuk died July 22, 2011, at the age of 90.
He was born Oct. 22, 1920, and raised in Bainville, Mont., but lived in Washington more than 50 years. He served in the Navy during both World War II and the Korean War. While stationed in western Australia he met and married Ailsa and, following his military service, he settled in Burien and retired from Boeing. In his retirement years, he moved to a small farm in Auburn where he did custom haying in the neighborhood. Sam is remembered for his endless energy for his family and friends, always giving support and lending a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife; children Sandy Klein and husband Ray of Auburn, Debbie Cook of Everett, Linda Seibold and husband Ken of Walla Walla, Wanda Johnson and husband Richard of Upland, Calif., Steve Panasuk and wife Marnie of Brewster, Wash., and Cindy Holdener and husband Dan of Auburn; siblings Phil, Willie, Andy and Esther; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers Alex, John, Peter, Paul and George and sisters Leda, Eva and Edna.
A memorial is planned for 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St. in Kent. A celebration of life will follow at Cindy Holdener’s home.