Samuel J. “Sam” Sponseller

October 11, 1962 - June 11, 2021

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Friday, June 11, 2021
12:00 PM
Greenlawn Cemetery
Plymouth, Ohio

Samuel J. "Sam" Sponseller, age 58, of Plymouth, Ohio passed away at his home on May 27, 2021. He was born October 11, 1962 in Pasadena, Texas to the late Samuel and Nora (Slocum) Sponseller. He retired from the Plymouth High School at the beginning of 2021, after working there for 32 years. He was an avid Rail Fan.

He is survived by 4 cousins, Lee Sponseller, Robert Sponseller, Sue Innatuna and Dorothy Unger.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Nora Sponseller.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Nancy Tischer - Jun 10, 2021
I am very saddened to hear of Sam's passing. I worked with him at the school district. He was a great guy! I got to see his trains in his basement that he was so proud of. He will be missed.
Dan and Gail Davidson - Jun 9, 2021
Many great times and many memories of a great guy. Rest in peace Sam, may your ALCo be in notch 8 and clear tracks ahead!
Emma Boylan - Jun 9, 2021
I'm going to miss Sam. He always called me a young lady every time he came to the house to go railfan with my husband. railfan with my husband. always called me a young lady.
Dick Snay - Jun 9, 2021
So sorry to hear about Sam! I met Sam many years ago through another friend, Mr. Tom Boylan, and we shared many weekends railfanning all over Michigan and Ohio. Sam was more than knowledgeable about all things railroading. He will be missed by many. RIP Sam.
Edna Albright - Jun 9, 2021
Sam was custodian many of the years I taught at Plymouth. He was a unique individual in the best sense of the word. He didn’t like to have his routine interrupted but at the same time he would do anything for you. He had a heart of gold!! And, yes, he always had a great train story! So sad he left us so soon. I enjoyed running into him at the grocery store. Rest In Peace.
Pat Baker - Jun 9, 2021
Worked with Sam at Plymouth High School for so many years. Sam did a great job keeping our school clean, He did love his trains and invited my family out to see his train set-up. Sorry that I never got to see it. Loved talking to him about his travels on the trains that he so dearly loved. You will be missed Sam. Be at peace my friend
JANET KEMPER - Jun 9, 2021
I worked at the Board office for many years. Always enjoyed talking to Sam when he would stop by. He had such a passion for trains and loved to share stories. It was always interesting talking with him. He was a great man and gone way too soon. Rest in peace Sam!!!
Melinda Roberts - Jun 9, 2021
My condolences to the family of Sam Sponseller. He was a great friend and my rail fan buddy. I met Sam at Fostoria and he helped me learn more about the heritage units. We would meet up at Willard and Greenwich and go to lunch sometimes at noon. In 2019 I caught the 4014 and 844. I shared the videos with him and he loved them. I will miss him trackside.
Kenneth Boylan ( Tom ) - Jun 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family of Sam Sonseller as he was a great guy and like a brother to me as we had been together for 25 years and traveled together alot as friends and railfans ,He will be missed greatly
Mark Balla - Jun 9, 2021
Condolences to Sam’s family in this difficult time. I met Sam several years ago in Bellevue trackside while we were waiting for some trains. We stood and talked for a couple hours. I ran into him several times after that and we always had great conversation. I will miss his photographs and knowledge and his passion for railroading.
Bonnie - Jun 8, 2021
You will be missed my friend. May you Rest In Peace.