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Sam R. Hayden

Born: Wed., Mar. 7, 1934
Died: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

No services to be held

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Florence – Sam R. Hayden, 85 of Florence passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 at Kathy's Place Assisted Living. He was born March 7, 1934 in Stevensville, MT, the son of the late Art & Jule Hayden. Sam grew up & graduated high school in Stevensville. He then spent four years in the Navy during the Korean War. On February 27, 1955 He married Florence N. Knopp of Ronan, MT. They lived in Florence in a home they built with their own hands from the ground up. Sam did all the electrical, plumbing, foundations, frame work & finishing with Florence by his side. Nothing was ever hired done, maybe just some experienced advise accepted along the way. Sam retired, at age 59, after 38 years working for Dairy Gold in a variety of jobs, ending as truck driver. Sam enjoyed anything outdoors in his “free time”. Horses were central to his entire life; Training, rodeo & showing, and then in later years trail riding. At different stages of his life he also enjoyed snowmobiling, ice skating, sledding, hunting, boating & fishing. Sam is survived by his wife Florence of Florence; one daughter, Tammy and husband Gordon Eye of St. Ignatius, two nephews & two nieces of Washington state, and one niece, one nephew of Wisconsin. Sam will be remembered as an upbeat, smiling individual always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. Prior to Alzheimer's he never met a stranger. All were friends on site & worthy of a visit. He was a devoted & faithful Husband & Father, and the kind of friend we all seek. At his request, there will be no services. His ashes will be placed at rest in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to your favorite charity.

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Carola Woolsey Mielke (Vernons' daughter)
   Posted Mon December 30, 2019
Florence, Tammy and family. Haven't seen any of you for years, was very saddened to hear of Sams' passing. Such great childhood memories in the little house on Burnt Fork. Aunt Jules' no bake oatmeal cookies, the steel guitar, the handsome older cousin, being teased to tears by Phyllis and Sam, and going back for more. Watching the beautiful horses in shows and parades. My most heartfelt sympathy to you all. Be comforted in the fact that he is in a much better place now. Love from our house to yours.

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