Michael Dean Samson, 66, resident of Gallitzin, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, October 9, 2020. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on October 26, 1953, to the late Dorothy Sonner and Herbert H. Samson. Mike met Michelle Marie (Micki) Pinkerman while they were both drug store managers in Toledo. She was the love of his life and they were married on April 27, 1985 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Temperance, Michigan.
He was a graduate of Rossford High School, Class of ’71, The University of Toledo (Associate Degree in Business Administration), and an ardent fan of Penn State and University of Michigan football. Besides his wife of thirty-five years, Mike is survived by his son, Andrew Michael Samson of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania; and daughter, Caitlin Michelle Samson of Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Juliana Elizabeth Nedimyer of Tyrone, Pennsylvania; Preston Andrew Samson and Dominic James Samson of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Mike is also survived by his brother, Thomas (Erica) Samson of Rossford, Ohio; sister, Carol (Dennis) Chenetski of Hilliard, Ohio; and sister, Diane (Gary) Austin of Summerfield, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Mike is predeceased by his brother, William (Bill) Samson.
After leaving the Toledo area, Mike and Micki moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where they both worked as drug store managers. They moved to the Altoona area when he was promoted to District Manager for REVCO and then later CVS. Besides being a District Manager, Mike was also an entrepreneur with small businesses such as Future Sound and Communications in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Embroidery Just for You and The Dance Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and The Tunnelhill Market in Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. He recently sold the embroidery business and the market, retiring and becoming a full-time farmer. He thoroughly enjoyed working with farm animals, gardening with flowers and vegetables, and canning, freezing, and cooking what he grew. He also loved his three dogs, Hunter, Gracie and Tucker.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, there will be no public service. A private memorial for the family will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg.
Note: Family requests no flowers at this time.