September 28, 1954 ~ October 23, 2022

Born in: Cairo, IL
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Paul “Steve” Sams, 68, of Indianapolis, IN, born September 28, 1954, in Cairo, IL, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at his home surrounded by family.

In 1976, Steve met Cynthia “Cindy” Sams, née Schneider, and they were married in 1978.

Steve attended Northwestern University and Washington University – St. Louis and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in hospital administration. He worked as Director of Laboratory Services at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center. After moving to Indiana in 1992, he served as Vice President of the Central Indiana Regional Blood Center. He later earned a J.D. from Indiana University and went on to become an attorney and administrative law judge.

Steve was a member of several service organizations including serving as a past president of the Belleville Jaycees, a member of Ainad and Murat Shriners, a member of the Sertoma Club, and serving as a Guardian ad Litem. He enjoyed family vacations and traveling to new places.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleatus Lorene Schmidt (née Plain), father, Paul Clifford Sams, and son-in-law, Bryan Day.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia Sams (née Schneider), three daughters, Jackie (Jerred) Sydnor, Andrea Sams, and Krista (John) Brandle, six grandchildren, Delaney Day, Jane Sydnor, Juliet Sydnor, Samuel Day, Rowan Spencer, Levi Brandle, three sisters, Martha (Bob) Ellis, Charlotte (Mark) Knox, Deloris “DJ” (Kevin) Forshee, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service details:

● Friday, November 4, 2022 (6 pm – 8 pm): Memorial service at Norman Lehr Hall, Melvin Price Memorial Park, 1500 Caseyville Avenue, Swansea, IL 62226

● Saturday, November 5, 2022: St. Henry Catholic Church, 5315 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226 – visitation starting at 10 am followed by mass at 11 am with a luncheon to follow

Memorial donations may be directed to:

● The Michael J. Fox Foundation: https://tribute.michaeljfox.org/tribute-page.php?id=2484&np=true

● Kids’ Voice of Indiana: https://kidsvoicein.org/donation

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. My Dear Bub, I will miss you more then words can say. I know you are at peace but my heart is breaking. Love Sis

  3. Steve I remember all the times you visited in Berkley. All the fun times dressing up for Easter with me and the girls in can can slips under pretty dresses! I’ve cherished all you and your sisters love throughout the years! May u Rest In Peace

  4. Cindy, love to you and your girls. I remember when Steve, Martha, Delores and Charlotte were born! I dearly loved my cousin Clifford and treasure his memory and the good times with his children. Both Clifford and Steve have ‘Paul’ in their names, which was an honor for my father Paul Sams of Burkley, KY. Please accept my condolences…will continue to keep you all in prayers.
    Alice Ann Sams Jackson

  5. Gabby was a great friend and community service leader. He will be forever missed by our family. All of our love to Cindy and the kids.

  6. We are so thankful to God for placing your family as neighbors in Fishers! We have enjoyed watching our families grow and the many fond memories!
    Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences,
    Love,
    Carolyn and Steve

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