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Obituary for Samuel G. Shananaquet

July 28, 1959 - June 19, 2019
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin | Age 59

Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Son and Brother


Samuel G. Shananaquet, 59, of Beaver Dam passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison surrounded by his family and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m. with a short Native American funeral. Following the service the gathering will continue until the time of the memorial service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Samuel was born on July 28, 1959 the son of Samuel and Nancy (Naganashe) Shananaquet in Petoskey, Michigan. He was a 1978 graduate of Pellston High School in Michigan. On October 4, 1980, he was married to Karen M. Manning at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam.

Sam was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. He had been employed as a welder at John Deere Horicon Works for 30 years, retiring in 2012. He was a huge fan of all Wisconsin sports and enjoyed going thrift shopping. He was very artistic and was well known for his beautiful dream catchers. Sam was outgoing and personable, always smiling and friendly and very active, you couldn't keep him down. He was also extremely proud of his sobriety for over nine years. He cherished and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his entire family.

Sam will be deeply missed by his wife Karen and his daughters; Lindsay (Josiah) Sherron and Veronica (Joel) Sherron both of Beaver Dam; his grandchildren: Samuel, Ephraim and Linus; his mother Nancy Shananaquet of Michigan; his sisters and brothers: Marilyn Hume, Paul (Elizabeth) Shananaquet, Mary (Gary) Powell, Justin (Christine) Shananaquet, Sherry Shananaquet, Norman (Karen) Shananaquet, Virginia (Ron) Schansema and Ronda (Chuck) Ellis; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ida and Sam Shananaquet and Josephine and Basil Naganashe, his father Samuel G. Shananaquet, his grandson Sullivan Danger Sherron, his brother Albert Shananaquet, nephew Derek Shananaquet, brother-in-law Patrick Hume.

The four day Sacred Fire is being held at his sister Marilyn's home in Michigan and a memorial service in Michigan is being planned and will be held in November.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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