Sanford S. "Sam" Field (87) of Effingham


Published on July 27 2012 4:25 pm

Sanford S. "Sam" Field, 87, of Effingham, Illinois died at 4:23 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

His remains will be cremated and his family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like anyone interested to plant a tree, shrub or flower in their yard to remind them of Sam. The family also has suggested donations or memorials be made to the Crossroads Cancer Center in Effingham. Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sam was born January 20, 1925 in Dieterich, the son of Frank and Cleo C. (Mills) Field. He married the love of his life, Lucille Colclasure September 23, 1950 and she preceded him in death in September of 1989. Sam served his country as an officer in both World War II and the Korean  War. After his service he worked for Norge/Fedders in Effingham for 37 years. He also was employed for several years with the State of Illinois. Sam loved people and enjoyed serving and was honored to serve the people of Effingham for five terms as their city councilman. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham, the Effingham Knights of Columbus Council #665, Effingham American Legion Post #120, Effingham Elks Club #1016 and the Effingham Moose Lodge. He loved to garden and generally gave away more of his produce than he kept for himself. He also loved raising flowers witih a special fondness for roses.

Survivors include sons, Sam (wife LuAnn) Field, Jr. of Effingam, Rodney (wife Joy) Field of Okeechobee, Florida; grandsons, Sanford Samuel Field, III of Effingham, Ryan R. (wife Shannan) Field of Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Kylee Nicole Field of Okeechobee, Florida and brother,  William Field of Effingham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three brothers and six sisters.