Leonard Sam, 80-year-old resident of Onamia, Minnesota, passed away on September 23, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital – Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
A funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Chiminising Community Center in Isle, Minn., with Pastor Kerry Johnston officiating. Visitation was on Thursday, Sept. 26. Interment was in the Sam Burial Grounds. Arrangements were with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
Bizhiki, Leonard Sam is survived by his children, Janet, Kim, Tracy, Todd, Lauretta, Jen, and Nicole; sister, Marie; grandchildren, Val, Kelly, Rachel, Phillip, Nicholas, Brandi, Brandon, Jarvis, Sam, Derek, Wesley, Ashley, Justine, and Peyton; great-grandchildren, Kevin, Mariah, Kellen, Jaxon, Taya, Noah, Cash, Braxton; and great-great-granddaughter, Myla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maggie; son, Patrick; stepdaughter, Judy; great- grandchild, Purjiel; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Bizhiki, Leonard Sam was born on Nov. 11, 1938, in Cloquet, Minn., to John and Maggie (Armstrong) Sam. He was raised in Isle, Minn., and went on to become an ironworker and welder in Minneapolis, Minn. He served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. Leonard later held several positions with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe including manager of the R.B.E., District II Representative, and a floorman at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. He ended his career working for the Mille Lacs Band DNR. Leonard was an avid hunter, fisherman, and sportsman. He enjoyed coaching softball, playing cards, traveling, watching NASCAR, and spending time with family.