MOUNT VERNON — Samuel E. McQueen, 74, of Mount Vernon, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, at Knox Community Hospital.
He was born March 9, 1937, in Licking County, son of the late William and Edith (Gearhart) McQueen. Sam retired from Chattanooga Glass Co. in Mount Vernon after 31 years of faithful service and then went to work for Cooper Energy Services for another 14 years. After retirement from Cooper Energy Services, he started Samuel E. McQueen Auction Service. Sam could be seen throughout Knox County helping out everywhere he was needed; he helped with Food for the Hungry, he auctioned off the bells at the Dan Emmett Festival and the pies at the Farm Festival in Centerburg to name a few.
Sam was a member of the Colonial City Gold Wing Club — Chapter Y, the Road Riders for Jesus — Chapter 51, life member of the Kokosing Valley Antique Tractor Club, a life member of the NRA, a life member of the Conservation Club in Centerburg. Sam was a faithful member of the Grace Community Church near Mount Vernon. Sam had many hobbies. He was a gunsmith and collected guns, in his younger years he enjoyed hunting. Sam also sang in several local country bands, worked around the farm and enjoyed making hay. He loved riding his motorcycle and being outdoors, especially with his canine companions, JW Duke and the late Shane.
Sam is survived by his loving wife, Saundra (Miller) McQueen; his daughter, Julie (Keith) Chapman of Mount Vernon; sisters, Martha (James) Yeager of Mount Vernon and E. Pauline Keyes of Fredericktown; nieces and nephews; his feline companion, Jakey; and his canine companion, JW Duke.
In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by sons, Samuel E. McQueen Jr. and Joseph S. McQueen; sisters, Pearl Parkinson and Ruth Blubaugh; brothers, Joseph, James, John, Isaac, William and David McQueen; and half brothers, Paul, Willis, Frederick, Kenneth and Carroll “Rusty” McQueen.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 12, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 13, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Roger Tickle officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.
Contributions may be made in Sam’s memory to the Building Fund at the Grace Community Church, 1835 Hopewell Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Private expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family at http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Samuel E. McQueen.