Samuel Ray Cutler, 91

Samuel Ray Cutler, a longtime resident of Mequon, entered into eternal life on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at the age of 91.

Sam was born in Philadelphia on Oct. 1, 1921, the cherished son of Edward Clifford Cutler and Frances (nee Ray) Cutler. He attended Germantown Academy in Germantown, Pa., and graduated with a bachelorís degree from Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., in the class of 1943. Sam proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

For many years, Sam worked at The Grande womenís clothing store, managing the Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay and eventually Mitchell Street locations. Later, he was a consultant for Goldmanís Department Store and Hangers Unlimited Corp. He served as president of the Mequon/Thiensville Senior Art League, thoroughly enjoying teaching watercolor painting as well.

Sam tirelessly volunteered at the Rite-Hite YMCA, where he was twice honored as Volunteer of the Year. He was very active and served on the board of Hill Point Church in River Hills, formerly Mayflower Church. Sam was a constant presence in the Bible study group, Faithwalkers. Remaining active into his late 80s, he was a master croquet player at the Milwaukee Croquet Club.

Sam was the beloved husband for 48 years of the late Betty Jean (nee Krauthoefer); beloved father of Pamela (Dr. Stephen) Abram and Samuel (Linda) Cutler Jr.; proud grandfather of Daniel (Jennifer Mastripolito) Abram, Eden (Matthew Boyd) Abram and Bryn (Joseph) Wagner; great-grandfather, of Ben and Cece Mastripolito and Claire and Ben Wagner; and dear brother of the late Ted (the late Kitty) Cutler. Sam was further survived by other loving relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at Hill Point Church, 2500 W. Brown Deer Road, River Hills, on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with the celebration of Samís life beginning at 11 a.m. Inurnment will be private at Forest Home Cemetery.

Memorials in Samís name may be directed to the Rite-Hite YMCA, 9250 N. Green Bay Road, Brown Deer, WI 53209, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Froedtert Cancer Center and Horizon Hospice for the loving care given to Sam.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Service in Mequon is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit