Sam touched many lives in his service to his communities and will be greatly missed.

Follow his example and make the world a better place.
  • 74 years old
  • Born on December 28, 1937 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • Passed away on April 6, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Sam Johns, 74, born on December 28th, 1937 and passed away on April 6th, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Posted by Stephen Johns on 28th December 2017
Happy 80th Dad! Wish you were here - would have been fun to get all 80 candles on the candle and lit! It's been quite a year - hopefully you enjoyed it from afar!
Posted by Stephen Johns on 29th December 2016
Happy belated birthday Dad! It's not that I forgot, but I did not put anything on here, just Facebook... sorry. So I went downtown in front of the Majestic Theater and cleaned your brick! It was very dirty - you should take better care of it :) Thinking of you always!
Posted by Ernest Munshower on 28th December 2016
Carol and all, I am sure you all miss Sam. You will always have all of the good times to remember him. Love to you all Ernie
Posted by Stephen Johns on 6th April 2016
Four years. Hard to believe so much time can go by without someone you thought you could never live without. Odd how the memories start to fade - even though you don't want them to. I will always remember you - you were such a fantastic person - I still aspire to become as good a man as you. Love you Dad!
Posted by Ernest Munshower on 6th April 2015
Sam was such a good man. All of the family enjoyed Sam. It does not seem 3 years since we lost him. Hope you all think of him in the good way and remember how wonderful he was. Ernie Munshower
Posted by Stephen Johns on 6th April 2015
Hard to believe it has already been 3 years. I miss you. You would be so proud of the kids!
Posted by Vickie Storey on 28th December 2014
Happy Birthday Sam. Remembering the picnics and visits.
Posted by Stephen Johns on 28th December 2013
Happy birthday Dad! We miss you so!
Posted by Robin Pringle on 6th April 2013
One year ago. Wow. You are missed so much, yet we still feel you with us whenever we gather. You are and always will be a very big part of us.
Posted by Vickie Storey on 28th December 2012
Happy Birthday Sam, you and all the family in Heaven can celebrate your day as we here on Earth remember you. I last saw you when we buried Aunt Berdine in Texas and I posted a couple of pictures from that day.
Posted by Doug Kranz on 9th June 2012
Carol and family, Next to my father, among all the other pastors I know, Sam was my number one role model for ministry. The year I had the privilege to intern under him in Pennsylvania was a true blessing. He taught me much about pastoring, and modelled grace, love and integrity. I regret not keeping in touch. Love and peace to you all. Doug Kranz
Posted by Gayle Goldapp on 5th June 2012
So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support. Sam's love and joy will be greatly missed by all. Hugs, Carol!
Posted by Gayle Goldapp on 5th June 2012
Carol and family, Jimmy and I were very saddened to hear of Sam's passing. He was such a great friend and an amazing pastor. We enjoyed our time at Hosanna so much! It was so funny how we arrived at Hosanna on the very day the organist was leaving to return to school.. and Jimmy was looking for a job as organist since we had just arrived in SA!
Posted by Janet Campbell on 3rd June 2012
hello dear Carol, oh my so many memories of many years gone by, my heart goes out to you and your family. how fortunate that you had so many wonderful years together. looking at the photos bring so many special memories of you and your folks. would love to see you...love, janet
Posted by Bryant Pringle on 22nd April 2012
I will always remember all the awesome Thanksgiving feasts at Gina's, where we would meet up with Sam and Carol's wonderful family. Two great families coming together, "breaking bread". We could count on Sam's lively conversation, and we could count on him to give a spiritual "blessing" for the abundance of food that everybody had brought! I will very much miss my friend, Sam.
Posted by Robin Pringle on 22nd April 2012
I remember the day I met Sam. I felt a kinship immediately & he gave me a hug. I had just started dating Stephen's father-in-law. I commented over supper that he looked so familiar... Come to find out I had known his sister, Ann, for years at my previous job with Dr.Quigley. An ahh-haa moment for me. I felt his presence with us the day after he passed. He will be missed so much. Robin
Posted by Carol Jablunovsky on 22nd April 2012
Carol and Family, Your neighbors and friends from the Rolling Hills of Rural Valley are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. We will always remember Sam's beautiful smile and great sense of humor.
Posted by Paul Kirchner on 18th April 2012
Dear Carol, Aaron, Greg, and Stephen, Word of Sam's passing made it across the Pacific to the Garden Isle. When I heard wonderful memories of Rural Valley came flooding back! I was blessed to have him as an intern supervisor, and for the last 33 years my ministry has continued to be shaped by him. In Christ's love and aloha - Paul Kirchner
Posted by Stephen Johns on 17th April 2012
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg - 61 Seminary Ridge Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 338-3014 or Abiding Presence Lutheran Church - 14700 San Pedro Avenue San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 494-8884
Posted by Donna Lehman on 13th April 2012
So sad to hear of Sam's passing. I have such great memories when the John's family were at Saint Paul's in Coudersport. I think back often when I met you in SanAntonio when I was there for Trienniel. I laugh when I remember coming home from work and kept hearing someone call "Donna" and could not see anyone and then Sam appeared from along the river waiting until I got home from work.
Posted by Vickie Storey on 12th April 2012
Carol, Stephen, Greg and Aaron, I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was a great guy who loved to call me and do the Howdy from Texas greeting. I was so thankful for him being there for us when we buried Aunt Berdine and Rick and I were talking about his wedding and Sam being the one who did the service. I could go on with all the memories but I will stop. Love to you all. Vickie & Don
Posted by Sandi Carrington on 12th April 2012
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Although I never had the pleasure of knowing Sam we are all part of the same family and as such I share in your sadness over his passing. I know he will be greatly missed, but take comfort in knowing that he's with God now.
Posted by Ernest Munshower on 12th April 2012
Carol and family: We were very sorry to hear about Sam's passing. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sam was always there when any of the family needed him. When Deb and I were married Sam was our co-minister. Deepest sympathy. Ernie
Posted by Stephen Johns on 12th April 2012
Please add what you can to this memorial. I am sure I don't know half the people who consider him a friend and would love to hear from them.
Posted by Stephen Johns on 12th April 2012
It is with great sadness that I share the news of my father's passing on April 6th. He was a wonderful father, husband, grandfather, and minister. Services will be on Sunday April 22nd at 3:00 at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in San Antonio.

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