Warren A. "Sam" Ciriacks

Warren A. "Sam" Ciriacks, 69, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at his home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Sept. 27, 1936 in West Bend to the late Alvin and Eleanor (nee Schott) Ciriacks, and graduated from West Bend High School in 1954.

He then spent a year at Valparaiso University before entering the United States Air Force, where he served until 1959.

Shortly after returning to West Bend, Sam began his employment with the West Bend Co., retiring after a 27-year career.

On Oct. 5, 1957 Sam was united in marriage to Marlene Reynolds at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, West Bend.

Throughout the years, Sam became a very active member of the Methodist Church. He was also a member of the West Bend Masonic Lodge 138 F&AM, an associate guardian of the Jobs Daughters Bethel 25 and a Little League coach.

While a snowbird in Florida, Sam cooked for Meals on Wheels for eight years.

He enjoyed golfing and deer hunting with his grandsons, and was an avid PlayStation gamer.

Sam enjoyed playing bridge, skat and sheepshead.

Door County vacations with his family were always special.

The Mission Trip to India in July 2004 was a life-changing event for Sam and Marlene.

Sam is survived by his wife, Marlene; four children, Linda (Mike) Smeaton, Jeff Ciriacks, Debbie (Dale) Bossler and Sandie (Paul) Fischer, all of West Bend; nine grandchildren, Jack and Cody Smeaton, Alex Ciriacks, Andy, Ryan and Kaitlyn Bossler, Melanie, Samantha and Megan Fischer; two sisters, Waynette Major of Phoenix, Ariz. and Jeanette (Wil) Schuelke of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Aaron "Bill" (Ruth) Ciriacks of Black River Falls; a brother-in-law, Tevis Reynolds of Pisgah Forest, N.C.; four sisters-in-law, Marolyn (Bob) Kell of West Bend, Janet (Herb) Schwarze of Durham, N.C., Bonnie (Ralph) Julien of Cherokee Village, Ark. and Kay (Rev. Robert) Blackburn of Berlin; step-mother-in-law, Marie Rey-nolds of West Bend; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Zachary Smeat-on.

A memorial service to celebrate Samís life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jean Bartlett officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at the church from noon until the time of service.

Cremation took place at Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, with Samís cremated remains being buried in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

Memorials to Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church to benefit the Phillip and Timothy Stains Orphanage in India are appreciated.

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