Samuel P. Hawpetoss Sr.

Samuel Paul Hawpetoss Sr., 89, of Neopit, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Shawano. Born on Aug. 8, 1924, in McCord, he was the son of the late Paul and Josephine (Jack) Hawpetoss.

Samuel was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy for more than three years during World War II.

At the time of his honorable discharge on Aug. 17, 1946, Sam had achieved the rank of fireman 1st class and had received several medals and ribbons, including a Navy Unit Commendation and World War II Victory Ribbon.

In 1960 Sam moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as a boilermaker and was a member of the Local Boilermakers Union 107. In 1976 he returned to this area and had made his home in the Neopit area ever since. He was united in marriage to Frances Matchapatow in Keshena. Sam worked hard his entire life and found enjoyment in hunting and fishing.

Samuel is survived by his five children, Jerry Hawpetoss, of Neopit, John (Leah Besaw) Hawpetoss, of Neopit, Rebecca Hawpetoss, of Keshena, Judy (Pete Shawanokasic) Hawpetoss, of Keshena, and Sam “Lam” Hawpetoss Jr., of Keshena; numerous grandchildren, including a special grandson, Hunter Hawpetoss; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Samuel was preceded in death by three children, Nina, Glenn and Dale, and his parents, a brother and a sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Hawpetoss residence, 3639 Third Ave., Dog Town, Neopit. Burial will be in the Our Lady of the Woods Cemetery in West Branch with military rites conducted by the Menominee American Legion Post 497 and the Veterans of the Menominee Nation. Visitation will be held at the house from noon on Friday until the time of the service on Saturday.

Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano is assisting the family with the arrangements.