On Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, Sam peacefully went to sleep in the Lord.
Sam is best remembered for his passion of cattle trading and his auctioneering talent. His love for the livestock sale barn started early while helping his father manage the family-owned Sunset Sale Barn in Greeley, Colorado. The staff at Brush Livestock became his second family as Sam attended the monthly dairy sale for 65 years. It was there that he officially adopted his beloved “Puddin” – Man’s Best Friend.
It was Sam that the Greeley Christian School called upon for the annual Benefit Pie Sale. His auctioneering talent merited “outrageous” prices for a standard pie to the delight of the school. He was an active member of the Greeley Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 63 years.
Born Feb. 17, 1925, to Webb and Rose Scheller, Sam called St. Francis, Kansas, home until the age of 13. Sam was the oldest of four children, Bill Scheller (Norma), Shirley Scheller Achabal (AJ, deceased) and Bette Scheller Brown (Gary). Being the oldest, Sam was once again called upon to help his mother hook up the horses and plow the fields while his father transported cattle. Following the flood of ’35, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado where Sam met Ruby Pierson and the two were married.
Wheat farming north of Pierce, Colorado became Sam’s livelihood for the next 59 years, where he and Ruby raised their four daughters: Sharon Scheller, Sandy Scheller Shelhamer (Mitch), Sheryl Scheller and Shirley Scheller Soto (Tommy). But it was cattle trading that continued to be his passion. Sam moved to Basin, Wyoming to be near his daughter Sandy and his two grandchildren: Misty Cuin (Mat) and Nathan Forshee (Adrienne) and five great-grandchildren: Caden and Wyatt Bolken and Tyne Cuin and Kruze and Cachelynn Forshee; four nephews Cleto Achabal (Pam), Bill Scheller (Colleen), Steve Scheller (Amy) and Travis Brown, and one niece, Tina Vorbeck (Bob).
In celebration of Sam’s life a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado.
Memorials in Sam’s name can be sent to the Worland Adventist Christian School, P.O. Box 433, Worland, WY 82401-0433.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. at Basin/Greybull, Wyoming is in charge of arrangements in Wyoming and Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley, Colorado is in charge of arrangements in Colorado.