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Samuel Gruenhagen, 80

Samuel H. Gruenhagen, 80, of Howard Lake, passed away Tuesday July 20, 2021. His daughters Carmen and Shannon were by his side.

Sam was born a hard worker. At a young age he was helping his father with chores on the family farm, often milking cows in the wee hours before heading to school.

In his early twenties, Sam got a job in a machine shop and quickly learned the trade. It wasn’t long before he and two of his coworkers started their own tool and die company, “Palm Tool.” Their business was a huge success.

Not only did Sam work hard, he enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved going on adventures with his five siblings. There was no adventure too big or too small for the “No Tomorrows Club.” Sam also enjoyed annual fly-in fishing trips to Canada with some of his lifelong friends.

In later years he enjoyed winter trips to the coast of North Carolina to visit his daughters Carmen and Shannon; his beloved grandchildren Natalie and Conor; his grand-dogs Lilly, Maui, and Hilo; and many friends who knew him as “Papa Sam.”

Sam will always be remembered for his infectious smile, and his knack for storytelling. It didn’t matter how many times you heard a story, it never got old. It was sure to bring about a laugh and a smile.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Ruth; his brother Gordy; and his sister Karen.

He is survived by his wife Evy; his daughters Carmen, Michelle, and Shannon; his grandchildren Natalie and Conor; his sisters Ruthie, Lorie, and Lois; as well as several nieces and nephews, and many good friends.

A celebration of Sam’s life will take place in Howard Lake at a later date.

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