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Samuel T. Vandover

Atty. Samuel T. Vandover, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, formerly of St. Louis, MO, was born into eternal life on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, after having been given the sacrament of the sick and last rites at Ministry-Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Sam was born January 28, 1942 in St. Louis, MO, the son of the late Lewis Samuel Vandover and Mary Lou Dimond-Vandover. He was a 1960 graduate of St. Louis University High School. In 1964 he received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and continued his law studies receiving his J.D. in 1967 and educated in the Missouri School of Law, Civil Mediation.

On September 9, 1966 he married Gail Louise Chartrand at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in St. Louis. They retired to Door County, Wisconsin in 2008.

Sam had been engaged in the practice of civil litigation since 1971 and in the defense of civil cases. Since 1978, he had been associated with Godfrey, Vandover & Burns, Inc. in St. Louis until his retirement to Door County in 2008. He had worked with the Law Offices of Edward L. Dowd from 1967 to 1969 and later with the St. Louis County Public Defender (1969-1971). Sam had represented the Circuit Courts of the State of Missouri and the United States District Courts. He was the youngest recipient of the Missouri Bar Foundation’s Lon Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer’s Award in 1973.

He was a member of the Missouri Bar; Past member of the Missouri Supreme Court Nominating Committee on Rules; Former member of the Board of Directors of MATA; Member of BAMSL, MODL, St. Louis Lawyers Association, IODC; American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Outstanding Lawyers of America.

Sam had a passion for life, and it included a love for the outdoors. He was an avid duck hunter and fly fisherman. His hunting and fishing adventures took him throughout North America, Canada and Alaska.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Gail of Sturgeon Bay; three dear children, Victoria (Steven) Billimack of Chicago, IL, Virginia (Joseph) Kash of Chicago, Lewis (Tracy) Vandover of Kansas City, MO; six precious grandchildren, Grace and Jack Billimack, Benjamin, Emma and Sophia Kash, Samuel Vandover; his sister, Sr. Mary Louise Vandover S.L. of Nerinx, KY; four brothers-in-law, Richard (Ingrid) Chartrand of Chapel Hill, NC, Mark (Elizabeth) Chartrand of Washington, MO, Daniel (Janet) Chartrand of St. Louis, MO, John (Christine) Chartrand of St. Louis, MO; and many dear nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Lewis and Mary Lou Vandover, and his infant daughter, Valerie Gail Vandover in 1970.

Memorial Masses of Christian Burial will be celebrated at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Door County and at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic Church in St. Louis. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute, with visitation at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements for the St. Louis services will be announced at a later date. Sam will be buried on the family lot, next to his daughter and parents, at Sunset Memorial Park in St. Louis.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Loretto Convent at 515 Nerinx Road, Nerinx, KY, 40049.

“Special thanks are given to Dr. Winkler, the nurses and staff at Door County Cancer Center, and at Ministry-Door County Medical Center Outpatient Medical Unit and the Skilled Nursing Facility. We appreciate their many kindnesses shown, and the comforting care extended to Sam and our family as we progressed through his treatment. You went through it with us, Thank you very much.”

Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting with arrangements.

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