Sam Aaron Saranto of 132 Malcolm St., Walla Walla, Washington passed away January 5, 2010,
at this home at the age of 85 years. A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Sam Saranto to the Blue Mountain Humane Society in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Oregon 97862.
Sam A. Saranto was born December 21, 1924, the son of Peter and Iva (Howe) Saranto in Milton, Oregon. He was 1 of eight children. After attending school, Sam entered into the United States Navy in August of 1943. He went to the Naval Training Station at Farragut, Idaho. After training he served as a signal second-class aboard a seaplane tender in the South Pacific during World War II. Sam was honorably discharged on March 18, 1946. After the service he went to Newport Oregon where he met and married Norma Safley, his wife of 57 years, on December 2, 1952. After various truck driving jobs he became a route salesman for Franz Bakery. In 1973 the family moved back to the Walla Walla area and Sam continued as a route salesman with Snyders Bakery until his retirement in 1984. Once retired he still did odd jobs to keep busy and provide a little spending money as they traveled the western United States visiting many parks and points of interest. He enjoyed the outdoors and family the most, spending time camping and fishing. In his later years, he also enjoyed visiting the many casinos around the Northwest and his monthly poker games with his friends.
Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Walla Walla; his daughter, Amy Butchas and her husband, Mark, of Newberg, Oregon; his son, Dennis and his wife, Michaelle, of Walla Walla; his brother, Dave Saranto and wife, Mary, of College Place, and his sister, Tina Goldsbury and her husband, Neil, of Springfield, Oregon. His parents and several brothers and 1 sister all preceded him in death.