|Birth: ||Sep. 17, 1918|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 2012|
Samuel Wells Barger, 94, of Columbia Falls, who longed to go to heaven to be with the Lord and rejoin a wide array of family members, finished his earthly journey Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, with his daughters at his bedside.
Throughout his working years, Samuel was known as a highly successful salesman who loved his work, but even more he loved the Lord and his family; he also loved providing service to Assembly of God churches, colleges and missions, as well as the communities where he lived.
Samuel was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Howard, S.D., to Samuel Wells and Harriett Barger. The family would move to Colorado Springs, Colo., so his father could battle asthma, but later returned to South Dakota, settling in Sioux Falls.
It was there that he met his future wife, Verona Hyatt; they married Aug. 6, 1939, in Billings.
It was while working in Billings that Samuel was called to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II; he was in the Pacific when the war ended and he returned to Billings.
Samuel began a long career with Kraft Foods in Billings, winning renowned awards for opening up Yellowstone Park stores to Kraft products. His work then took him to Green Bay, Wis., until he returned to Montana as division manager in Butte. The division later was moved to Billings. After turning down a number of possible assignments in cities such as San Francisco, he was transferred to Omaha, Neb. After retiring, they returned to Billings.
His service to churches had started as a teenager when he and a sister toured as musical evangelists. After settling in Billings, he started working with Sunday schools and serving on church boards. Later he developed a seminar for board members and toured Montana churches. He also was Montana director for the Assemblies of God Men's Fellowship and was named to the boards of directors at what is now Northwest University at Kirkland, Wash., and Trinity Bible College at Ellendale, N.D. Later, he and his wife served the Assemblies of God's International Correspondence Institute in Brussels, Belgium.
Before moving to Columbia Falls, they lived in Hungry Horse and Yuma, Ariz.
His civic service included serving as president of Billings Rotary Club in 1968-69; and as a director of these Billing organizations — St. Vincent Hospital, the Billings Chamber of Commerce, the United Fund, the Salvation Army and the Rescue Mission.
Samuel was preceded in death by his parents; Verona, his wife of 72 years, who died last November; and all four of his siblings, Genevieve, Winnifred, Wilma and John.
He is survived by four daughters,; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Whitefish Assembly of God Church.
Private services will be held for the family.( The Daily Inter Lake,Sunday,October 21, 2012)Arrangements are entrusted to Columbia Mortuary,Columbia Falls, Montana
Created by: Mary Childers
Record added: Oct 16, 2012
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