Born: January 2, 1918
Death: March 25, 2014

Col. Gerald Samuel ‘Sam’ Yeiter, age 96 of Lowell, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife Ida (Speestra) and sister. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jeanette; children Jason (Alison) Hoendervanger, Jennifer (Matt) Reinsma; 5 grandsons Lee, Joe, Ben, Jason Jr. and Nolan; his brother Robert Yeiter of Traverse City and many nieces and nephews. Sam was born and raised in Lowell. He was the first Eagle Scout in Lowell. He attended Michigan State University and was head cheerleader of the Freshman football team. Sam’s military career began in 1938 and continued for 39 years until he retired in 1979. He fought in World War II, with the 1st Armored Division. Sam led the reconnaissance mission in North Africa (Desert Fox) against Gen. Rommel. He was honored with 10 medals during his active service, including the Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars. He was an active member of the Lowell Rotary, VFW and the American Legion. Following his military career, Sam became active in Tupperware sales, owning and operating Sealcraft Sales. Thank you to all of the caregivers, including Dr. Weber of the Veteran’s Home and Spectrum Hospice, for Sam’s loving care. A Military funeral will be held Saturday 1:00 p.m. at the VA Chapel at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE. Visitation 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the VA Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, Attn: Activities (Ceramics Dept.), 3000 Monroe Ave. NE., Grand Rapids MI 49505.

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