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Samuel C. Jackson Jr.
Sep 12, 1948 - Jul 27, 2022

Samuel “Sam” Jackson age 73, of Estero, Florida, former longtime resident of the Kansas City area, passed away at his summer home in Raymore, Missouri on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 around 10pm after battling pulmonary fibrosis for several years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Red Cross ( or HealthWell Foundation (  For additional information or to leave condolence, please visit


Born Samuel Calvin Jackson, Jr. on September 12, 1948 in Mesa, Arizona he was the son of Samuel C. and Darleen M. (Knudsen) Jackson.  At the age of 6 weeks, Sam’s family moved to Kansas City, Missouri.  After graduating from North Kansas City High School in 1966, he attended Metropolitan Junior College where he majored in pre-engineering.  He served in the United States Navy from March 1968 and was honorably discharged on January 20th, 1971.


Sam returned to the Kansas City area where he worked briefly as a mail carrier.  He was hired onto the Grandview, Missouri Fire Department in October 1972 where he worked for 32 years rising to the position of Captain.


He married Patricia L. Nolta on August 11, 1973 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The couple made their home in Grandview later moving to Overland Park, Kansas in 1992.  A few years prior to Sam’s retirement in 2004, the couple took their first trip to Florida. They eventually became Florida residents making their home in the Riverwoods Plantation 55+ community.


Sam was a big believer in volunteer work.  He volunteered for several years with the American Red Cross and, later in Florida, with the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  He also volunteered time to the Riverwoods community serving on the Board of Directors and various RW committees.  Sam loved almost any kind of music.  He DJ’d many RW dances and also taught line dancing there.


Sam cherished being outdoors.  Some of his favorite past times included camping, boating, biking, tennis/pickle ball, and sky diving.  Flying was a passion of Sam’s and eventually he obtained his pilot’s license.  He and Pat enjoyed flying the skies in his two-seater Cessna 150.


Sam was a selfless man who habitually did kind things for others behind the scenes.  He was honest to a fault and had a great sense of humor and could be quite the clever, fun-loving prankster.  He worked hard his whole life; sometimes working three jobs.  Retirement didn’t slow him down as he found ways to stay active.  Everyone loved him, which made him perfectly suited for the many social activities he organized in his neighborhood.  He’ll be missed by so many as there will never be another one-of-a-kind Sam.


Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Pat; his sons, Samuel C Jackson III, (wife, Melanie) of Lee’s Summit, MO, Brett A. Jackson of Olathe, KS; granddaughters Layla and Ember; his sister Linda of Canton, GA and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel C. Jackson and his mother, Darleen.



Leo & Judy Marino Aug 03 ,2022

Dear friends ,Manchester ,Missouri

Dear Pat Sammy & Bret & families & friends. Sam was a dear friend to Leo & I. We didn’t live far from them at Lake of the Ozarks where we would continue to keep our fun times together visiting. We we’re friends before Riverwoods at Lake San Marino in Naples Fl. We had many many good times together which created such good memories. Leo talked to Sam the week before he passed and Sam would say he was OK. Never complaining. Although Leo & I knew he was suffering. That’s just the kind of man he was. He will be missed by us although we know he is not suffering now. Rest In Peace our dear friend. Love Judy & Leo Marino

Ed and Bev Jahn Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Estero ,Florida

Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family. Sam will be dearly missed in Riverwoods. God’s Blessings always.

Mary Borsari Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and family, Tom and I were sad to hear of the news that Sam passed. Sam was one of the first people who reached out to us when we first moved to Riverwoods. As the Yacht Club Commodore, he invited Tom to join the club. This was our first introduction to RIverwoods and we knew we had found a home away from Massachusetts, thanks to Sam. Sam and I worked on various committees together and I always applauded his great decision making, hard work and honesty. Plus, my grandchildren always loved being in the bike parade. Making them feel part of RIverwoods too. Sam will be greatly missed by all. May his memories be a blessing to all that knew him.

Jack L Young Aug 03 ,2022

So sorry to hear the bad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jack and Phyllis

Sue and Alberto Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Baden, Ontario, Canada ,Florida

Dear Pat, We were shocked and saddened to hear of Sam’s recent death. Especially because we haven’t seen him since March 2020 when he seemed to be doing very well and keeping the disease in remission. We are sending much love to you Pat, and to your family at this time. May God bless you all with strength, peace and comfort as you grieve his terrible loss. Sue and Alberto Alves

Bruce & Claris Peters Aug 03 ,2022

Friends ,Buffalo ,Minnesota

So sorry to hear this. Sam will be dearly missed. Our condolences to Pat and his family.

Lana Wilson Aug 03 ,2022

Neighbor in Riverwoods ,Paducah ,Kentucky

Pat, I was sorry to learn that Sam passed away. He always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

Joann & Dave Brandt Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Clinton Twp ,Michigan

We are so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He was such a nice man. Sam will be sorely missed by all who knew him at Riverwoods. Prayers for Pat & her family.

Kathleen Gunning Aug 03 ,2022

friend ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and family We are so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Sam was a true gentleman and a friend to all. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Riverwoods. We hope that happy memories of Sam and knowing that so many friends are thinking of you now will help you through this most difficult time. Kathleen and Greg

Diana Jones Aug 03 ,2022

Friend from Riverwoods ,Salineville ,Ohio

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy!” Condolences to Pat and family! Craig and Diana Jones

Doris & Ray Sayegh Aug 03 ,2022

Friends ,Estero ,Florida

What sad news this is! Sam was a terrific guy and loved by all. We will surely miss him. Loving thoughts to Pat & family as they mourn his passing.

Jim & Cheri Gutting Aug 03 ,2022


Sam was a super, great guy and will be missed by all his Riverwoods friends. Our condolences to Pat and family.

Phyllise and Rick Marks Aug 03 ,2022

Dear Pat Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Sam was always a fun person to be around whether it’s was playing tables tennis, pickle ball or line dancing. Our thoughts are with you.

Ann Rsub Aug 03 ,2022

Pat and family, so sorry to hear your sad news, Sam will be missed by all in Riverwoods, I loved to watch him line dance. Thinking of you. Love Ann

Lynn Foltz Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Pickerington ,Ohio

Pat and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a fun guy with a real zest for life. He will be missed by many at Riverwoods. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

John and Sally Hersh Aug 03 ,2022

Friends from Riverwoods

Pat and Family….we are very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a valued member of the Riverwoods community. He will be missed!

Joan & Gerald Bourland Aug 03 ,2022

Friend ,Bethalto ,Illinois

So sorry to get this news, Pat. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Barbara Drabek Aug 03 ,2022

Friens ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and Family-my heart goes out to you over your lost. Sam taught me line dancing. We had a lot of fun in class. He will be miss by all. Blessings-May the Lord bring comfort to you during this challenging time.

Phyllis West Aug 03 ,2022

Riverwoods friend ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and family; my heart goes out to all of you. May he finally Rest in Peace. You have my deepest sympathy.

Val & Ted Wickert Aug 04 ,2022

Friend ,READING ,Pennsylvania

What an incredible loss to his family, his friends and RWP! We will miss Sam tremendously.

Joe & Nancy Berardi Aug 04 ,2022

Pat, our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Sam. Our thoughts and prayers to you all at this time. Joe & Nancy Berardi

Art and Ursula Westelaken Aug 04 ,2022

Friends ,Sarnia, Ontario, Canada ,Montana

Dear Pat, we were sad to hear news of Sam’s passing. You and Sam are so special to all of us in RW. I loved learning line dance from Sam, so much so that we could perform at the Variety show! His DJ dance functions were so much fun! Art and Sam played tennis together on Art’s first and second team. Always a friendly gentleman in all things. We will miss him. Sending you hugs and hope to see you this winter for a real hug. Love from Art and Ursula

Neil and Ann Aulenbach Aug 04 ,2022

Friends ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and family, our friendship developed 20 years ago in a campground in North Naples. We then convinced you to follow us to Riverwoods and we had many more years of fun, dinners, bike rides and games. Sam will be in our hearts and memories forever. We are here for you Pat. Love, Ann and Neil

Jim and Pete Hassler Aug 04 ,2022

Friends from Riverwoods ,Missouri

Dear Pat and family Everyone loved Sam he was always so happy and upbeat all the time he always took time for everyone and always with a big smile Prayers for you and your family he will be missed by all

Nancy Nier Aug 04 ,2022

Friend ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat and family I’m so sorry & sad to hear of Sam’s passing. He was so loved & will be missed by his many friends in Riverwoods. He was a generous man with his time & attention to making us happy & productive.May you & the family feel God’s comfort ,peace & love during this sad time. Nancy Nier

Jan bc and John Stover Aug 04 ,2022

Friend ,Napoleon ,Ohio

Dear Pat and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on Sam’s passing. We were honored to enjoy his company in Riverwoods and awed by his volunteerism and constant energy and happiness. So sorry for your loss. He will be truly missed. Jan and John Stover

Jeff and Sue Eddinger Aug 05 ,2022

Friends ,Estero ,Florida

So sorry Pat. We loved Sam so much..He was so pleasant,easy going, patient and always smiling no matter what! Pat we hope you continue to come to Riverwoods to continue Sam's legacy. Love Jeff and Sue.

Eileen & Pat Fegan Aug 06 ,2022

Friends at RW ,St. Catharines ON Canada

Dear Pat and family. So sorry to hear of Sam ‘s passing. He was a very active volunteer at RW I loved his enthusiasm for music and his efforts to teach us all to line dance. He made our St Patrick’s dance very special. We look forward to seeing you Pat in RW in the Fall God Bless

Mary Ann Slavin Aug 06 ,2022

Friend/neighbor ,Minneapoliis ,Minnesota

Sincere condolences to Pat, Linda and your entire families. I am so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of growing up with “Sammy”, as I knew him as a kid in Kansas City. We had a few good laughs the last time we spoke about a broken collar bone incident when we were horsing around at age 11! It was so good to reconnect with him last year. I will miss him, like I miss his parents. Such a lovely family!! God bless you all.




Bill Carr Aug 11 ,2022

Riverwoods neighbor ,Estero ,Florida

Dear Pat, I share my condolence with you over the passing of Sam. Sam will be remembered for his genuine concern for others and truly was a friend to all. Words are difficult to express during this difficult time and yet I can say that may you and your family always cherish the memories you shared with Sam forever bring you comfort and pleasant smiles. Bill Carr