Samuel Watts, 20, Aug. 14, 1991-May 19, 2012

Visitation for Samuel Watts of Wheaton will be Tuesday, May 29 at Hultgren Funeral Home.

Obituary courtesy of Hultgren Funeral Home

Samuel Watts of Wheaton, a member of the 1-508th Rifle Company and the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistant died Saturday, May 19 in Bethesda, MD. He was 20.

He was born August 14, 1991 in Elmhurst.

He attended in Wheaton and graduated from in 2010. He was an avid BMX biker, and a student at Technology Center of DuPage in Addison in the Fire Science program, and hoped to serve as a fireman after his service in Afghanistan.

He was known as a man who could be himself around anybody and loved the people around him. He loved adventure and was constantly moving. In his short time here he lived a full life.

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Susan Watts; two sisters, Sarah and Abigail; a brother, Andrew; his paternal grandmother, Ruth; his maternal grandfather, Paul; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A visitation will be held from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at , 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton, IL. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., in Wheaton, IL. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery in Wheaton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Wounded Warrior Project, 1111 W 22nd Street, #620, Oakbrook, IL 60523.

Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

Gregg Slapak May 26, 2012 at 01:36 AM
May Sam rest in eternal and everlasting peace and may his family always find strength, comfort and love in their memories of Sam. Although I/we do not know the Watts family, I along with my long time Wheatonite (since 1953) mother and father, ( WWII USMC vet) wil be proud to attend Sam's funeral on Wednesday for the community's final "salute" to soldier Sam. I/we hope you will join us and other grateful Americans from the Wheaton-area community.
Gregg Slapak May 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Katie Jackson May 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
As a parent of 19 and 21 year old sons; the wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter and niece of former servicemen, I cannot image the pain your family is experiencing now. You are paying the ultimate price for our freedom& from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you. One of my fiends is a friend of your family and tells me Sam was a great young man with dreams of becoming a fireman. I send my heartfelt prayers for your tragic loss. Katie Jackson, Geneva, IL
Josie Triplett May 28, 2012 at 11:02 PM
He well live in are hearts for aver


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