NEWTON— John R. Samuelson, 98, died Sept. 19, 2021, at his Newton residence.
He was born July 5, 1923, in Page City (Logan County), to Anton and Anna (Peterson) Samuelson. On March 3, 1973, he married Dorothy (Rogers) Brown at Salina, and she preceded him in death on June 10, 2001.
John served his county in the U.S. Army during World War II, where among other distinctions and stories of wartime he shared, he got to change the oil on General Patton’s jeep.
He was a graduate of Page City High School and graduated with a master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. While at Fort Hays, he played basketball and was the homecoming king. During John’s working years, he was a teacher and principal in Northwest Kansas schools, where he also coached football and basketball. He retired from the Russell school system.
John was a lifelong Lutheran until he married Dorothy and moved to Newton where he became a longtime active member of the Salem United Methodist Church. He was an avid news watcher, enjoyed fishing and played golf in his younger years. John also was known as an outstanding woodworker.
His greatest joy was his family and he was an outstanding dad and grandpa. He kept in contact with his family, remembering birthdays and special holidays with a phone call or card. As a people person, John also enjoyed his time with his friends visiting and catching up with each other’s lives.
He is survived by his daughter, Kay Dey, granddaughter Carly Webb, stepdaughters Denise Brown and Marilyn Brown, stepson Steve Brown, 16 grandchildren and many beloved great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, daughter Mona Jimenez and five brothers.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with the Rev. Donna Voteau presiding. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 9 a.m. Burial with military honors will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Memorials may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.