Sept. 19, 1935 — May 16, 2015
Samuel Peter Suklis died Saturday night.
Sam was good at everything he tried in life from competition dance skating to car mechanics to woodworking, including cabinet making. But the things he did best were being a parent and being a friend. He was proud of his children and his friends.
Sam was a consummate newspaperman, starting as a proof reader at the Oregon Journal and going on to setting type and eventually writing a weekly column in Lebanon. Most of his 45-year career he spent in advertising.
He said “You work for the customer, not the newspaper. If you don't put the customer’s needs first, you will hurt the newspaper.”
He was talented at ad design and layout. The newspapers besides the Journal that he had worked for included the Vancouver Columbian, the Lebanon Express and the Albany Democrat-Herald.
His love of life and his perfectionism were his trademarks, and his sense of honor shone. He was a total car enthusiast and had owned more than 200 cars during his life. Sam was fun and full of humor.
Surviving are wife Glenda “Genno” and children Don and Cheri Suklis of Jefferson, Barb and Larry Becker of Coos Bay, Pete Suklis of Lebanon, and Kipling Suklis and Beth Reason of Winchester, New Hampshire.
The grandchildren are Kenneth, David and Sharayah Becker, Katie Klindtworth, Kelsey Eilert, Sean and Jason Wilber and Aris and Gryphon Suklis. The great-grandchildren “ggs” are Aniyah, Alexa, Colson and Moira, with Savanah due this summer.
Sam has asked that there be no services.