Samuel James Northway passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.

Private graveside services will take place at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Sam was born March 13, 1926, in Lone Elm, Kansas, to Samuel Otto and Alice (Thompson) Northway.

He had three siblings, Estel, Ardeth and Doris.

Sam attended Ottawa schools and graduated from San Diego High School, San Diego, California, in 1944.

He joined the Navy and served on the Destroyer USS Beatty No. 756 until the end of WWII. He went to work for the Air Force as an aircraft electrician, later joining the Air Force Reserves, retiring in 1985.

He married Joan “Jo” Jean Finch June 25, 1946, his high school sweetheart. They had two daughters, Alice Jean and Judith Arlene. They enjoyed a happy life, living in both California and Kansas.

Sam is survived by his wife, Jo; daughters, Jeanie and Judy; three grandchildren, Liam, Luke and Laura; and three great-grandchildren, Will, Sammy and Andy.

He was always interested in airplanes. Sam’s greatest joy was his love of family and their time spent together.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Sam’s Tribute Wall at