Obituaries

Sammy Duane LaFollette

May 29th, 2020

Sammy Duane “Sammy” LaFollette, age 89, of Wilmington, passed away on May 27, 2020.

Sammy was born on October 6, 1930 in Halltown, Missouri, on the famous Route 66. He was the son of the late Ora LaFollette and Lundy Ann (Sifferman).

In his youth, Sammy moved to Billines, Missouri, then to Aurora, Missouri, where he graduated from Aurora High School. He grew up knowing the fulfillment of life on a farm and owning and raising champion cattle. He earned several Blue Ribbons for his breed.

Upon graduation from high school, Sammy joined the US Navy in December 1950 and completed boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. At completion, he was assigned to the USS Chester T. O’Brien. He completed duty in October 1954 with a rank of GM2.

Sammy married Mary Agnes Blute in June 1951 and settled in Charlestown, MA. He was the father of Mary Ann Pierce, Ellen Marie LaFollette and Duane James LaFollette.

Sammy worked 17 years for Hood Milk in Charlestown, 26 years for Mobil Oil Corp. and 15 years for The Country Club, Brookline, from which he retired in 2010.

Sammy was an avid hunter and fisherman, especially ice fishing, which he loved. Maine was his favorite location and he enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Minutemen, various sports clubs and was a licensed instructor for the NRA and the Commonwealth of Mass.

He is survived by his children Mary Ann Pierce and Ellen Marie LaFollette both of Wilmington, Duane James LaFollette and Debbie of Auburn, ME, his companion Toni Pirie of Wilmington as well as several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He is pre-deceased by his wife and his sister and brother-in-law, Ylene and Eugene Williams of Verona, Missouri.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington, MA on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00-11:45 a.m. Guests attending the visitation should remain in their vehicle until a funeral attendant directs you into the funeral home. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery at 12:00 noon.

Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA. www.nicholsfuneralhome.

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3 Entries in Guest Book for “Sammy Duane LaFollette”

  1. Donna Blute says:

    I will always remember Uncle Sam with his commanding presence, but all the while having a heart of gold. I will also remember marveling over his expansive garden while visiting. May he rest in peace. My love and condolences to the ones he left behind.

  2. Jimmy Tierney says:

    I worked with Sam at The Country Club & spent many hours talking with him about everything. He and I had both served in the U.S. Navy, so spent a good amount of time sharing our sea stories. If you ever shook Sam’s hand, you’d remember it. He had one of the strongest grips you’d ever encounter. After that first time, whenever I would shake his hand, I would always position mine in a way, that he couldn’t squeeze it as tight. We always had a good laugh at that. He had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

  3. Frank West says:

    On behalf of the Wilmington Minutemen, we offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of former Wilmington Minutemen Sam LaFollette.

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