John E. Wadinski a.k.a “Sam”, passed away at the age of 103, on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Renaissance Assisted Living in Weston under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born on April 22, 1918, to the late John and Myrtle (King) Wadinski in Merrill, WI. Sam attended and graduated from high school before joining the United States Army Air Force on October 15, 1940. He proudly and bravely served his country during WWI and was honorably discharged on October 4, 1945.
Sam worked as a truck driver and eventually retired from Marathon County Oil at the age of 55. After retirement, Sam looked forward to trips to the cabin on Grey Lake. You could always find him sitting around a campfire there, enjoying time with friends and family. Sam had a passion for hunting and fishing and passed that down to his children and grandchildren. He looked forward to deer hunting, and his grandchildren remember him as a great teacher and storyteller. Sam was also the original GPS, he was the best navigator. He was an all-around fun guy to be around and would make everyone feel welcomed. He was a past commander of the DAV in Wausau. He will be sadly missed, but has left so many lasting memories.
Sam is survived by his sons: Terry (Nancy) Wadinski of Mosinee and Michael (Cherrie) Wadinski of South Carolina, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife: Lorraine, daughter: Judith Voigt and son: Mark Wadinski.
A private inurnment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Wausau, with a Celebration of Life for Sam at a later date.
Brainard Funeral Home, Everest Chapel, Weston, is assisting the family with arrangements. To share condolences and memories with the family, please visit www.brainardfuneral.com.