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Sam DeCrease

September 19, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

DeCREASE, Sam, gently passed into the arms of our Almighty Father on a beautiful Saturday morning. He was surrounded by his loving and devoted life partner, Dan DeWitt; his sisters, Becky and her husband, Roger, and Cathy, as well as his best friend, Lou Smith.

The undaunted courage and spirit of this artist will never be forgotten. Although his battle is over here, he was not defeated, as he rises in victory over death to join his savior in heaven.

Our pain in his passing is lessened by the faithful knowledge that we will see him again; his kindness, generosity and creativity touched many in the Ohio Valley.

Sam was born August 3, 1959, in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late John Herman and Marie Catherine Mackey DeCrease.

He graduated from WVU and was a Catholic by faith.

Sam was a sales representative with the Wheeling News-Register and a former Wheeling Business Owner.

He is survived by his loving companion of 34 years, Dan DeWitt; two sisters, Rebecca "Becky" (Roger) Haufe of McMechen and Catherine "Cathy" (Jeff) Burdette of Moundsville; three nephews, Brian (Christine) Haufe and their children, Alexis, Zackary, and Cooper, Evan (Kaleigh Sikora) Burdette, and Eric Burdette; his best friend, Lou (Barbara) Smith of Wheeling; two uncles, Angelo (Erma) and Jerome (Claudette); several cousins, Pete, Toni Sue Cappelletti, Elaine Burris, Philip Capobianco, Danny Capobianco, Theresa Kontra, Mike, Marcia Hayes, Lori, Bruno, Vince, Danny, Mark, Robert, and Beth Ann Rosier; Mary Jane Contit; and all of his four-legged friends.

Friends are welcome to come share, reflect and celebrate Sam's life on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from noon-4 p.m. at the Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. with Rev. Msgr. Kevin Quirk officiating.

At Sam's request, he asked that if you have a picture of him that you bring it in, so his family can share in your memories of him as well.

Memorial contributions may be made to: DeCrease-DiCrease-DiCresce Family Foundation, Main Street Bank c/o: Joe Donahue, 112 N. Lafayette Ave., Mounds-ville, WV 26041.

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