Samuel William Reusser (Sam), born July 7, 1940, transitioned from this world on Friday, the 13th of March 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer over eleven years. Sam was known for multitudes of stories which ranged from his time in the Navy, to working in the electronic field, to remembering good times with his friends and family. He was a man with a big heart who was always willing to help anyone in need, no matter the relationship or length of time he knew them. If you picked up the phone and asked him for help, he would be there.
Sam attended West High School in Denver, Colorado before joining the Navy in 1959 at the age of eighteen. His career in the Navy spanned a total of thirty years, officially retiring in 1989 with the rank of Lieutenant. After his daughter was born, his family moved from Seattle, Washington back to Denver, finishing out his military career as a Reservist. While serving in the Reserves, he attended college courses at night which kick-started his engineering profession, leading to employment with several technological companies.
Sam deeply loved his only child, Julie, and he always made a point of saying he thought of her husband, Ken, as his own son, never a son-in-law. He was so very proud of his granddaughter, Rachael.
Sam married Kathi McKnight on April 12, 2009 on a blustery Easter Sunday afternoon at Red Rock Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. He proudly partnered with her as website manager, technical support, audio visual technician, workshop assistant, sherpa, and cheerleader in her profession as a certified master handwriting analyst, speaker and author. They shared a special love and devotion that was one of-a-kind. Residing in Parker, Colorado, Sam died at home with Kathi by his side until his final breath.
Sam passionately loved the mountains and his favorite pastime was golfing - especially in Winter Park, Colorado. The golf course he loved so much was Pole Creek, just outside of Fraser, where he played many rounds of golf throughout the years with various friends and his son-in-law. He lived out-of-state for a few years, but always considered Colorado and the mountains his home. His other favorite pastimes included working on computers, watching movies (both old and new), listening to music (he was a huge music buff), and of course, cheering on the Broncos. Though the last few years or so, he said he just couldn't watch the games LIVE anymore as his heart couldn't take it; however, he would record them, watching the highlights only after FIRST learning whether the Broncos won or lost.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, John and Gladys (Kielwitz) Reusser, brother John Reusser, and sister Germaine (Reusser) Sherman. Sam is survived by his wife, Kathi McKnight from Parker, daughter and son-in-law Julie (Reusser) Redlinger and Kenneth Redlinger from Parker, granddaughter Rachael Redlinger, currently a student at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as four nephews and three nieces.
Sam would love anyone interested to please visit his website to read his articles, musings, views and exploring around his passion about Eternal Soul.
Military Honors and burial will take place July 17, 2020 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver Colorado at 11:30 AM. Please arrive at the cemetery between 11:15-11:25 AM and line up at Staging Area B. The service will start promptly at 11:30 AM. Wearing of masks is required.
There will be a gathering for friends and family following the service at The Hickory House, 10335 S. Parker Road, Parker, CO 80138. When arriving please ask for the Kathi McKnight party.
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