Eugene Clarence Samuelson

June 23, 1933 ~ July 3, 2022 (age 89)


Eugene Clarence Samuelson (fondly known as Sam or Gene) was born in Randolph, Nebraska on June 23, 1933, to Harry and Rosie Samuelson (Jacobson). He had one older brother Emerys and an older sister Flo. Gene spent his younger years growing up on farms around the Randolph and Sholes Nebraska area. He attended school in Sholes Nebraska for elementary and two years of high school and then had to finish high school in Carrol Nebraska after the high school in Sholes burnt down. After graduating from high school in 1950, he spent time working on a farm until moving to Lincoln Nebraska in 1951. In the fall of 1952, he started attending the University of Nebraska to seek his civil engineering degree. In 1953 he was called to serve in the United States Army, attending basic training at Ft. Riley Kansas and was stationed in Germany as a Service Corporal from 1953-1955. Upon his discharge from the army in 1955 he came home to Nebraska and was employed by the Nebraska State Department of Transportation. In the summer of 1956, he met his love and soon to be wife Charlotte Anderson. They were married on October 13, 1956 and have celebrated 65 years of marriage.

In the fall of 1956, he returned to the University of Nebraska to finish his Civil Engineering Degree. From their union they have two children, son Gregory Dee Samuelson and a daughter Michelle Jean Samuelson (Ayers). Upon Graduating in 1960 with his Civil Engineering degree, Gene accepted a job with the United States Forest Service in Corvallis Oregon. In 1962 he accepted a job with the then Bureau of Public Roads of Colorado. (Now the Federal Highway Administration) He had a wonderful career as an engineer serving in 5 different positions, an Area Engineer, Locations Engineer and finishing as a Design engineer. His engineering skills helped in developing many of the roads throughout the United States that many people travel and enjoy today due to his contributions. Some of the many he worked on: Cottonwood pass, Cumbres pass road, Mesa Verde, Snowy Range, Yosemite National Park, Bear Mt. Pass, Big Bend National Park, Glacier National Park Goat Lick, Mount Lemon AZ, Grand Canyon, Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Canyon Lands, Zion National Park, White Sands, Scottsbluff National monument, Hawaii Volcano National Park, Oregon Pipe Cactus, Lake Meade, Petrified Forest AZ. During his career they lived in Corvallis Oregon, Delores, Antonito, Lakewood and Golden Colorado, Bountiful Utah, Lincoln Nebraska and finally in 1970settling in Indian Hills Colorado for the past 52 years. “Sam” as his co-workers called him, just was a lover of roads, which contributed to him, and Charlottes travels not only for his work but later in retirement. Gene retired in 1994. Gene and Charlottes travels took them to the 49 states, they just never made it to Alaska. 

Gene was a member of the Indian Hills Christian Fellowship Church for 35 years, serving in various positions. He served on the Indian Hills Water Board for 17 years. He enjoyed hunting and camping with his son and grandson. Camping with all his grandchildren. On occasion he still climbed into a tractor to help his son with haying. He enjoyed golfing and bowling with his wonderful friends. He even spent time surveying golf courses throughout Colorado. He especially loved spending time with his family, his extended family at church and those in the Indian Hills Community.  

Gene is survived by his wife Charlotte of 65 ½ years. His son Gregory Dee Samuelson (Alicia) of Yampa Colorado, daughter Michelle Ayers of Denver Colorado, Grandson Cody Samuelson (Victoria) of Indian Hills Colorado, Granddaughter Kaycee Samuelson Sidwell (Tyrel) of Eaton Colorado, Granddaughter Brittany Ayers Knight (Nick) of Bailey Colorado, Granddaughter Kelsey Samuelson Monger (Kyle) of Hayden Colorado. He was also blessed with 7 Great Grandchildren Jordan, Kara, Paisley, Taylor Sidwell, and Thaddeus, Skylar and Alexia Knight. 

He was an incredibly special Husband, Dad, Poppa and Friend. He will be in our hearts forever.

Memorial Service to be held at 11:00AM on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Drinkwine Family Mortuary, 999 W. Littleton Boulevard, Littleton CO 80120; interment, with full military honors, to follow at 1:00PM at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area A, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO 80236.

A reception will be held at 3:00PM at Indian Hills Community Center, 5381 Parmalee Gulch Road, Indian Hills CO, 80454.

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Memorial Service
August 5, 2022

11:00 AM
Drinkwine Chapel
999 W. Littleton Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80120

August 5, 2022

1:00 PM
Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area A
4400 W. Kenyon Avenue
Denver, CO 80236

Celebration of Life and Reception
August 5, 2022

3:00 PM
Indian Hills Community Center
5381 Parmalee Gulch Road
Indian Hills, CO 80454

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