Samuel D. Villeareal

Samuel D. Villeareal, 57, Lawrence, passed away peacefully at his home, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 with his wife at his side under the care of Grace Hospice of Topeka. He was born in Olton, Texas to Samuel Villarreal and Antonia Davila on August 29, 1954.

Visitation will be held at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home in Lawrence, Kansas from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Free Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Graveside service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. Immediately following the graveside service we will gather at the Free Methodist Church for a potluck lunch and fellowship. Bring your best “Sammy” stories to share.

Sam married Enedina (Nina) Martinez June 25, 1988 in Lawrence. He brought into the marriage two children from a previous marriage, she a son and together had two additional children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, three brothers and one sister.

Sam is survived by his wife of 23 years, three sons; Samuel Villeareal III, Ramon Martinez and David Villeareal, two daughters; Kristie Villeareal and Raquel Villeareal; two grandsons; Andres Martinez and Carter Rush, all of Lawrence, Kansas. He is also survived by four brothers; Hector Gonzales, Dimmitt, TX; Armando Davila, San Angelo, TX and Adrian Villarreal, Haskell, TX; Antonio Requena, Chino Hills, CA; four sisters; Albarina Castillo, Pomona, CA; Crisanta Fulkerson, Corona, CA; Oralia Martinez, Haskell, TX and Alicia Villarreal, Abilene, TX.

Sam was honorably discharged from the Kansas Army National Guard in 1994, having served 13 years. He lived in Lawrence these last 26 years, worked as a framing carpenter, a cook, a welder and an insurance agent.

Being the ultimate Chiefs fan, he loved all things Chiefs. Regardless of whether they had a winning season or not, Sam supported and rooted for the Chiefs. His favorite saying was “Chiefs all the way, baby.” You couldn’t go wrong with gifts, so long as it was Chiefs related. Other interests were barbecuing, golfing, spending time with his friends, watching action movies, reading books, watching Chiefs football, KU basketball and the KC Royals.

He loved his family and friends. He was proud of his children and always remembered to pray for them. He loved with all his heart, had a wonderful smile, his eyes sparkled and his laugh filled you up. He was a wonderful husband, father, Son, grandfather cousin, and friend. We will miss him.

Memorials may be made to the Samuel D. Villeareal memorial fund in care of the funeral home.

Messages & Condolences

From Tom and Ann Tichy...

Dear Nina and family,
Certainly Sam’s departure has left a huge hole in the hearts and lives of family and friends across the country. These same people would all agree that their lives are better for knowing Sam, whether they competed with him on a dart team, cheered on the Chiefs with him, or shared a beer and a barbeque with him. Sam was a fierce and loyal friend and a leader who was always true to himself. Above all, Sam’s love for and commitment to his family shone through, setting a high standard for the men around him.
Prayers of love and support to Nina and family. Thanks for sharing him.
Tom and Ann Tichy
Gilbert, AZ

From Edward Davila & Family...

Dear cousin: we are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord embrace you and your family, provide comfort, and have mercy on you all. We love you guys and miss Sammy. The Davila Family.


SAMMY; REST IN PEACE WITH THE Lord, no more pain no more suffering be at home peaceful and we will all follow when our time comes. to your family im so sorry for your great lost. but hes at home in heaven with out pain. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. FRANK AND HELEN TORRES.

From Barbara Jean Walker...

Just a quick note to let you (Nina) and the family know that I am thinking of you all and that you are in my prayers. Sam is at peace now, remember all the good times you shared with him. Know that he will always be with you!

From Virginia Davila...

With deepest sympathy from Aunt Adelina Davila and family.


“Most Merciful Father, we commend Sammy D. Villeareal into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that he will rise again on the Last Day with all who have died in Christ. We thank you for all the good things you have given him during his earthly life. O Father, in Your great mercy, accept our prayers that the gates of paradise may be opened for your servant. In our turn, may we too be comforted by the words of faith until we greet Christ in glory and are united with you and our departed. Through Christ our Lord…”

I remember my cousin Sammy growing up to be a happy person. He was always smiling and had a warm affectionate way about him. We ask our Father God to give his family peace during this difficult time in Jesus name we pray.

Virginia Davila

From Mark & Jo Ann (Vasquez) Foley...

Dearest Nina,
We’re so sorry for your loss but also understand that his illness included long and endless days & months in and out of hospitals! We’ll pray that the good Lord bless you and your family with comfort and love these trying days and those to come in the future. Our hearts go out to you and all of your family.. Blessings, Jo Ann & Family (Sam’s maternal cousin in Texas & Louis’ sister)If you’re ever in the DFW area in Texas please call on us…JF

From Joan Stevenson...

Oh Nina and all youre family, I know how sad it is to lose youre loved one. He will be greatly missed forever. Gods love to all of you as you go thru the mourning of his loss!

youre friend,
Joan stevenson

From Susan Rinke...

I wanted to say to the family of Sammy that I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Sammy from the Jet Lag and remember his great love for KU and the Chiefs. He made everyone giggle because he was so into the games. He is probably known best for his amazing cooking and his love for the “regulars”. He knew how to spoil us all. It’s surreal that the Jet Lag changed over to another name about the same time that he became very ill.
You are all in my prayers. I will miss him very much. It is nice to know that he feels no more pain.

Susan Rinke

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