Richard Samuel, 86

Retired police chief

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Richard M. Samuel, 86, of North Riverside, died on Aug. 29, 2017. 

Born on Nov. 19, 1930, Mr. Samuel served in the U.S. Air Force and then embarked a long career in law enforcement, retiring as police chief of the village of River Forest. 

Mr. Samuel is survived by his wife, Janet Samuel (nee Scheidt); his children, Karen (Eugene) Farina-Ploskonka, Judith (Jill Skole) Sutter and Barbara (Troy) Edmondson; his grandchildren, Kimberly (Israel) Marcano, Sara (George) Buck, Joseph Farina, Marie Sutter and Amanda Edmondson; his great grandchild, Sadie Buck; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Wilbert (Betty) Samuel and Ruth (the late Lester) Hieber. 

A funeral service was held Sept. 2 at Hope Lutheran Church in Countryside, followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park. 

Memorials are appreciated to the Bethesda Lutheran Communities, 600 Hoffmann Dr., Watertown, Wisconsin, 53094 or your favorite veterans charity.  

Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.

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Bob Johnson Sr. from Aurora, Il  

Posted: September 11th, 2017 12:11 PM

So shocked to see this. Sam and Jan were our next door neighbors in Maywood when we bought our first home. They took two young newly weds under their wings and introduced us to so many new experiences, like camping, a service career in law enforcement, and how to cut up chickens so that they stretched as far as possible. Somehow, we always thought Sam would live forever. God bless you, Sam, for a Christian life well lived. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Bob and Sheila Johnson

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