Samuel G. Shananaquet

  • Born: July 28, 1959
  • Died: June 19, 2019
  • Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Koepsell-Murray Funeral & Cremation Services, Beaver Dam

N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road
Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Tel. (920) 885-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Son and Brother

Samuel G. Shananaquet, 59, of Beaver Dam passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison surrounded by his family and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m. with a short Native American funeral. Following the service the gathering will continue until the time of the memorial service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Samuel was born on July 28, 1959 the son of Samuel and Nancy (Naganashe) Shananaquet in Petoskey, Michigan. He was a 1978 graduate of Pellston High School in Michigan. On October 4, 1980, he was married to Karen M. Manning at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaver Dam.

Sam was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. He had been employed as a welder at John Deere Horicon Works for 30 years, retiring in 2012. He was a huge fan of all Wisconsin sports and enjoyed going thrift shopping. He was very artistic and was well known for his beautiful dream catchers. Sam was outgoing and personable, always smiling and friendly and very active, you couldn't keep him down. He was also extremely proud of his sobriety for over nine years. He cherished and loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his entire family.

Sam will be deeply missed by his wife Karen and his daughters; Lindsay (Josiah) Sherron and Veronica (Joel) Sherron both of Beaver Dam; his grandchildren: Samuel, Ephraim and Linus; his mother Nancy Shananaquet of Michigan; his sisters and brothers: Marilyn Hume, Paul (Elizabeth) Shananaquet, Mary (Gary) Powell, Justin (Christine) Shananaquet, Sherry Shananaquet, Norman (Karen) Shananaquet, Virginia (Ron) Schansema and Ronda (Chuck) Ellis; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ida and Sam Shananaquet and Josephine and Basil Naganashe, his father Samuel G. Shananaquet, his grandson Sullivan Danger Sherron, his brother Albert Shananaquet, nephew Derek Shananaquet, brother-in-law Patrick Hume.

The four day Sacred Fire is being held at his sister Marilyn's home in Michigan and a memorial service in Michigan is being planned and will be held in November.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are so very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He has moved on to the next life and suffers no more. He had a smile that made you smile and a happy twinkle in his eyes always. Our hearts go out to his loved ones at this difficult time. The memories your lives were built upon will be the base of the strength you need to get through this difficult time. He was a great guy to work with.

Posted by Jackie Straseske & Tim Netzer - Horicon, WI - Coworker   July 03, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Sam. God bless you and your family.

Posted by Marge Klipstein - Jacksonville, FL - Family Friend   June 27, 2019

Sam was a special man - always friendly, with a positive outlook on life. He presence blessed many lives, including ours. He will be sadly missed. Thinking of all of you! Jenny, John, Anna and Carly Addison

Posted by Jenny Addison - Beaver Dam, WI - Acquaintance   June 25, 2019

Many prayers sent to lift up the family ~ so sorry for your loss and I also pray for healing to your family

Posted by Dawna Shananaquet-Daoust - Alpena, MI - Family   June 25, 2019

Sam as a long time friend and coworker pool partner my family will miss you seems like yesterday we were at work side by side pounding out parts.Sam I hope in my passing we can meet again an talk about old time. We will miss you my friend. Love to your family.

Posted by Tracy Brady - Juneau, WI - Family Friend   June 25, 2019


Prayers are with you in this time. Remember all the good times that you were able to share with him during his time here. Now he will have eternal life until you are reunited again with him. Blessings on the entire family.

Posted by Rod and Denise Hill - Beaver Dam, WI   June 24, 2019

The first time I met Sam there was four feet of snow in our driveway and he came over to give me his snow blower to use I did not even know him until we met again at a later time. that does go to show us all what a wonderful man he really was. my wife Julie and I will miss him

Posted by David and Julie Smith - Iron Ridge, WI - Friend   June 24, 2019

Karen and family, so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. You are in our prayers. The Jakubenas family.

Posted by PETER JAKUBENAS - Rosenberg, TX   June 24, 2019

My sincerest of condolences to the Shananaquet Family.
I had only been able to meet Sam on one occasion when I was a teen. He was such a wonderfully happy person that shared this joy with all those in the room.
May the joy and happiness still live in our hearts whenever our thoughts think of Sam.

Posted by Lee Jakubenas - Spokane Valley, WA - Family   June 24, 2019


It seemed like I knew Sam better than I did, but that was because he always made everybody around him happy. He really did have a Beautiful Smile. Sam made this world a better place, just by living and spreading his joy....Miss you Sam

Posted by Jeff, Julie, and Tia Vaughn - Madison, WI - Family Friend   June 23, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Will and Amy Manier - Randolph, WI - Friend   June 22, 2019

Sam was simply the best! his attitude towards life was so Positive and his laughter and heart warming personality was so nice to be around, he was so uplifting! Sam was like a brother to me, we had a lot of memories! The dream catcher Sam made for our wedding is still hanging on the wall, and it is beautiful! Such Talent! Our prayers and thoughts go out to the whole family. God Bless you.

Posted by Carrie and Jamie Wolf - Petoskey, MI - Friend   June 22, 2019

So sorry, for the whole family our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Reena Parkey King - Cheboygan   June 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jolene Judson - Pellston, MI - Family   June 22, 2019

Your whole family is in our prayers. I remember my parents Garland and Margaret would always stop and visit, when we would go to grandpa Charlie's across the road. Very good memories. Prayers of peace for all of you.

Posted by Pamela Glass - Lansing, MI - Family Friend   June 22, 2019


I can only imagine how difficult this has been, and my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew Sam. What a wonderful man! Such sad news. Our thoughts are with you all.

Posted by LISA & Rick HOPPER - BEAVER DAM, WI   June 21, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. I will have a mass said for him at St. Mary's at Burt Lake.

Posted by Donna Searles - Levering, MI - Family   June 21, 2019

Although I never really knew him I always enjoyed visiting with Sam at the Grace Presbyterian Church rummage sale my prayers to the family

Posted by Gail Kastein - Acquaintance   June 21, 2019


Our deepest sympanthy for your loss, no words can describe the death of a loved one. Sincerely
Wayne and Rachel Ettawageshik

Posted by RACHEL ETTAWAGESHIK - CHICAGO RIDGE, IL - Family   June 21, 2019

I remember working with Sam at John Deere. As you said, he always had a smile on his face, even coming out of that hot welding booth on a 90 degree day! His smile meant a lot to many people. God will keep you close.

Posted by Deb Smith - Neshkoro, WI - Coworker   June 21, 2019

My prayers go out to his family and friends. Charles Owens

Posted by Charles Owens - Fond Du Lac, WI - Friend   June 20, 2019

I will miss Sam's wonderful smile and his kind attitude God's blessings to all of you and your family. We love you.

Posted by Mary and Dan Starck - Iron Mountain, MI - Family   June 20, 2019

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