Military veteran

Samuel Joseph Dash, 28, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sunday, March 25, 2012.

He was born Sept. 24, 1983, in Atlanta, Ga.

He spent most of his childhood in Bucyrus, where he lived on a farm in the countryside. He loved playing with his brother and sister in the outdoors. He loved nature, hunting, chopping wood, jumping on the trampoline, playing in the sandbox, gardening, shooting his bow and arrow, juggling, riding his unicycle, reading and winning athletic competitions.

At an early age, he committed his life to the Lord and made the decision to follow Christ.

He volunteered at nursing homes, visiting the residents and playing violin for worship services. His mother homeschooled him through the ninth grade. His family moved to Tulsa, Oka., when he was 13. He played sports through RHEMA Bible Church. In the 10th grade, he attended Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Okla., where he played basketball when VCC won state. He transferred to Union High School and played basketball there. He graduated in 2002.

He joined the Army and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war on terrorism. He achieved the rank of E5 sergeant.

He graduated from Northeastern State University in 2008. He enjoyed working out, riding his motorcycle, polishing his Mustang and reading Tolkien and other books. He loved volunteering and helping other veterans.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Jane O’Farrell; a sister, Sarah Ruth Dash; a brother, Joel Stephen Dash; his fiancé, Blaire Lenae Marshall; and many other family members.

Graveside services are 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Pine Lawn Cemetery with Bill Villapiano officiating.

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