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Sam James Lemieux, age 44 of Minneapolis, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was born on September 5, 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota the son of Willard Malebear Sr. and Dorla Strong.  He was a forklift operator for Day Labor.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  His significant other: Ashley Salawater made his happy the last few months of his life.  Sam was a funny, caring, loving family man, yet he could be quiet and reserved.  Many people looked up to him and he will always be remembered.  He loved to be around all of his children and grandchildren whenever he could.

Sam was survived by his mother: Dorla Hershkovitz; significant other: Ashley Salawater; sons: Sam Lemieux Jr., Basil Lemieux, Dakotah Lamieux, Anthony Lemieux, Enyeto Porter, Paul Lemieux, and Mahto Lemieux; daughters: Alana Lemieux-Defoe, Aamari Lemieux, Adoriianna Lemieux, and Aiiyanna Lemieux; brothers: William Hershkovitz, Anthony Hershkovitz, Wintersun Lemieux, and Willard Malebear Jr.; sisters: Zanita Reyes and Christina Lemieux; granddaughters: Allorah Ojibway and Georgianna Lemieux; grandson: Amias Martin-Lemieux and many other loving relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his father: Willard Malebear Sr.; brother: Robert Lemieux and many other loving relatives and friends.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Bear Conway, Enyeto Porter, Paul Lemieux, Mahto Lemieux, Jordan Saice.

Casket Bearers will be Vance St. Claire, Paul Saice Jr., Sam Lemieux Jr., Basil Lemieux, Dakotah Lemieux, Anthony Lemieux, Willard Malebear Jr.

An all-night visitation will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023 at The Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. A funeral service for Sam Lemieux will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at The Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. Interment to follow at St. Antipas Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can be directed to



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