He married Barbara Boyd in 1951.
They had three children, Joy, Lee and Angela.
Sam served in the US Army for 22 years at bases throughout the world.
In 1976 he attended St. Louis Christian College and began over 20 years of ministry.
He served in churches in Wyoming, Idaho, California and Washington and after formally retiring from Deer Park Christian Church he continued to serve the Lord until his death on Saturday.
He is survived by Barbara, their three children, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren, one brother and sister.
Memorials can be sent to River Christian Church, 5201 N. Market, Spokane WA.
RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY SPOKANE, WA assisted the family.