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MORTON - Samuel D. "Sam" Roecker, 75, of Creve Coeur, formerly of Morton, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016, at Heartland at Riverview in East Peoria.
He was born Dec. 26, 1940, in Peoria to August and Mary (Aupperle) Roecker.
Surviving are two sons, Ed (Kathy) Roecker of Morton and David (Sherrie) Roecker of Marquette Heights; four grandsons, Jacob (Rebecca) Roecker and Matthew Roecker, both of Morton, Gaven Roecker of Marquette Heights and Brandon Roecker of Michigan; and one brother, Jim (Christine) Roecker of Morton.
He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.
Sam started his career as a laborer for Roecker Brothers Construction in Morton. He then joined Carpenters Local 183 in East Peoria, where he was a member for 50 years. He retired from Phillips Swager Associates Inc. in Peoria.
Sam enjoyed his Camaros, fishing, wood working and watching Formula 1 racing. He also was a football fan and enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Grace Church in Morton, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., with Pastor Tim Bertsche officiating. Burial will be in the Morton Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to Special Olympics Illinois; the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Illinois or to the St. Jude Runners Association in Peoria.