Solomon “Sam” Abraham Seikaly
March 20, 1938 – September 9, 2021
It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Solomon “Sam” Abraham Seikaly, of Omaha, Nebraska, formerly of Norfolk, Nebraska, on Thursday, September 9th, at the age of 83 years.
Sam was born on March 20, 1938, in Glen Falls, New York, and baptized at the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Palestine.
Sam graduated from high school in 1956 in Glen Falls, New York, then went on to join the Air Force. While on leave, he met Lois Kay Nelson in July 1961 and they were married five months later in December.
He proudly served our country in Vietnam. After 21 years of service in the Air Force, he retired in 1978.
Sam was many things – a devoted husband to his wife, Lois, of 60 years. She was his biggest fan and loved him more than anyone. Together, they raised three children: Laura Norris (Cliff), Mark (deceased), and Julie Vargas (Jason). Simply said, he loved his family!
Sam was a proud and doting “Jiddo” to four grandchildren: Melissa (Ben), Christina (Jeff), Vivienne, and Ainsley and his four great-grandchildren:, Thomas, Adaline, Barrett, and Archer. We will never let them forget!
He was simply known as Uncle Sam to all his nieces and nephews. He was a protective big brother to Awni (deceased 8/20/21), Nabeeh, May, and Maha.
Sam never met a stranger and often brought these new friend’s home to share a meal or holiday with his family.
He was a proud Palestinian American who loved his country, but never lost hope that one day there would be peace for Palestine.
He was Christian who was not perfect and loved Jesus Christ and believed in the forgiveness of sins.
Sam enjoyed cooking and entertaining with his wife, traveling the world, and was a passionate supporter of Sabeel and Tent of Nations. Sam and Lois were active members in their church, supporting the youth groups, Bible studies, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and delivering Holiday meals to those in need.
Sam was active in Ham Radio and belonged to the Norfolk Chapter for over 30 years. We will miss hearing WA6BRE – Whiskey Alpha Six Bravo Romeo Echo.
Sam left a lasting impression and impact on everyone he met.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Evelyn; brother, Awni; son, Mark.
A Memorial Service for Sam will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 11:00 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 14205 Ida St, Omaha, NE. Reception to follow the service. Memorial donations will be directed to the family to be shared with Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem and Tent of Nations in Bethlehem.
The light of life lives in the soul. He is no longer among us yet his soul lives on and the light that shines shall neither dim nor fade away but remain lit in our hearts the soul bearers of the light of his life. My condolence and love to the family.
Lois, Laura, Julie and family. I am so glad for the times shared with Sam. Lois and Sam, Thank you for introducing me to Tent of Nations and Sabeel . May you all experience God meeting your deepest needs as you grieve yet celebrate a life well lived.
Sam-Well done good and faithful servant- rest in Gods presence and love. You are missed ! Bev Henkel
I had the pleasure of having coffee with Sam several times after our service Sunday bible class. We had good visits. Very meaning full. Will look forward having a visit with you Lois later. God’s Blessings to all.
RIP my friend- Lois and family you are in our prayers. Sam is a great friend of our family and his respect and love for my Dad meant a lot to my entire family. I will miss him dearly.
I learned about Sam’s death from Maurice when I happened to call her last week and want to express my sympathy to you and the family. I heard a few years ago Sam had some health challenges and realize that means you have had some challenges as well. Your family has grown in these past years and I’m sure are a comfort to you. I have good memories of the visit we had when Carol Sorsen and I drove down to attend the meeting with Palestinian Christians as well as Norfolk memories. May you continue to heal. Love, Iva