Samuel LeRoy Graber

Born: Mon., Jul. 28, 1952
Died: Sat., May 24, 2014


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sat., May 31, 2014
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., May 31, 2014
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Samuel L. Graber

July 28, 1952 - May 24, 2014 SOUTH BEND -

Samuel LeRoy Graber, 61, of South Bend, died unexpectedly at 5:38 p.m. Saturday, May 24th, at his residence. Sam was born July 28, 1952, in South Bend, to the late LaDella Mae (Allison) and Herman Graber, and lived in South Bend since returning in 1993 from Texas. He is survived aby three sisters, Brenda K. Breslin (David) of Edwardsburg, MI, Debra Porter (Barry) of Middlebury, IN, and Linda Carter of Mishawaka, IN; brother, Dennis P. Graber (Bonnie) of South Bend; and many nieces and nephews. Sam was a 1970 Clay High School graduate and received an Associate degree from IUSB in criminal justice. He served as a South Bend City police officer in the mid-1970s. He lived in Seabrook, Texas, for over 10 years and in Alaska for approximately 1 year prior to returning to South Bend in 1993. He retired from the Carpenters Union Local 413 due to disability. Sam was an avid Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football fan. He loved watching sports of all kinds. He enjoyed fishing and adopted several dogs. His most recent, Fiona, was returned to the Humane Society after his passing. He loved watching and feeding the many breeds of wild birds he attracted to his yard. Sam was very generous with his time and would always be there to help someone in need. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A celebration of Sam's life will be held with the family greeting friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31st, in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. Cremation will take place at Welsheimer Crematory. Memorial contributions in Sam's memory may be made to, PetsConnect, Inc., PO Box 8104, South Bend, Indiana 46660. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at 

Charitable donations may be made in Samuel's memory to the following organization:

PetsConnect, Inc.
PO Box 8104, South Bend, Indiana 46660

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Tommy Leszcz
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a Special Guardian Angel to watch over you.
Sam and I were on the SBPD together in the 1970's, he was always a jovial person and would do anything for anyone. I will always have fond memories of him.
Tommy Leszcz #278
Retired SBPD

Daphne Rudhman-Litton
   Posted Wed May 28, 2014
Condolences for Sam's family. Sam was a terrific friend at Clay, would do anything to help a person who needed help, and just had a terrific personality! Sam and I shared a birthday on the same day. On behalf of all his classmates from Clay High School, thanks for being you, Sam. May you shine with Jesus now! You will be greatly missed.

Mines family
   Posted Thu May 29, 2014
Please accept our sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort become your strength and courage during this most difficult time. Which will bring you peace and a calmness to your heart. Because God is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34;18)35

Patricia Wolff
   Posted Fri May 30, 2014
So sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I will never forget your whole family - the best neighbors and friends ever for myself, Bud, and our 4 sons. I like to think Sam and Bud are now chatting about all those years, so long ago. Bud passed a year and a half ago, and like Sam will be to all of you, missed deeply. Dennis, Brenda, Debra and Linda, my deepest condolences to all of you. Our loving God will help you in the days to come.