Obituary: Sam H. Childress
Sam Childress was born in Aspermont, Texas to Molly and Millard Childress on Nov. 25, 1926. He passed away in the Veteran’s Nursing home in Rifle on March 25, 2009.
Sam came to Granby on his 20th birthday in 1946, following his discharge from the U.S. Navy. He had never been to Colorado before, however, he came to work with his sister and brother-in-law who had opened a dry cleaners. This year marked the first time Sam had ever seen snow, and Granby’s winters were much more severe back then. He didn’t think much of his new home at first, however, it wasn’t long before he didn’t want to live anywhere else.
Sam’s brother, Jim, came to Granby following his high school graduation, and together they opened up their own dry cleaners, which they ran for 11 years. Sam married Betty West in 1951 and soon they bought Jim and his wife Donna out and ran the shop for a few more years. When they sold the cleaners they bought the Gambles store, which they ran for 30 years. Sam loved the store and had a great respect for his many loyal customers.
Sam and Betty had two children, Marsha Isenhart of Everson, Wash. and Gary Childress of Aurora. Besides his children and wife Betty he leaves son-in-law Ken Isenhart, grandson Scott Isenhart and his wife Anne, their daughter, Sarah, granddaughter Becky Isenhart, grandson Nick Isenhart, daughter-in-law Patty Childress and grandsons Spencer and Christian Childress. Other survivors include brother Jim Childress and his wife Donna, sister-in-law Gerry West, brother in law Dick West and his wife Betty Anne, sister-in-law Connie Nelson and her husband Rich and a host of nieces and nephews.
Sam was a wonderful and loving husband, father and friend and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Hazel Franks.
His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Presbyterian Church of Eternal Hills in Tabernash.
Those wishing to make donations are urged to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.
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