Cecil Samuel


Cecil Ross Samuel, age 87, of Melrose, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022 at his home.

Cecil was born on March 11, 1934 in Hiteman, Iowa, the son of Pliny and Violet (Briggs) Samuel.  He graduated from Albia High School with the Class of 1953.  On May 14, 1994, Cecil was united in marriage to Theresa Riddick.

Cecil worked at Burlington Railroad as an Electrician for 30 years before he retired.  In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, mushroom hunting, yard sales, visiting with friends and in his younger years, he was fond of Go Kart racing.  Cecil was fond of wheeling and dealing and loved playing the stock markets.

Left to honor Cecil’s memory are his wife, Theresa Samuel of Melrose; his children, Toni (Lonnie) McCoy of Keokuk, Crystal Wheeler of Clive, and Dalene (Everett) Shaw of Boone; his grandchildren, Melanie McCoy, Kelly McCoy, Megan Merrill, Carlee Wheeler, and Jennifer Cassidy; as well as several extended family members.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Pliny and Violet Samuel; a step-daughter, Jennifer Robinson; a grandson, Carl Robinson; as well as several in-laws and extended family members.

Per Cecil’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.  A Celebration of Life service may be held at a later date.   Memorials have been established to EveryStep Hospice, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, ATTN: Samuel family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com or on our funeral home Facebook page. 

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