Our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, Moses “Slo-Mo” Samuelson left us sadly, on January 2, 2019. He passed away at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at the amazing age of 94. He passed away peacefully after an evening with family and friends, enjoying his final meal.
Moe was born August 23, 1924 in Bethel to Loric Samuelson and Agnes Charles. He resided in Fairbanks for most of his life but spoke to his many relatives in Bethel who he visited as often as he could, family was a huge part of his life.
Moe always smiled and welcomed all with open arms. His genuine love and sincerity was felt by family and friends. He was thoughtful and caring, he never went a day without thinking of others. Moe laughed with the children and often gave them nicknames.
Moe’s passion for boat racing was passed on to his children and grandchildren. His involvement and enthusiasm for the sport was one of his biggest joys and accomplishments. Through the years he owned many boats including “Jen-Jen” in which he named in memory of his late granddaughter. He owned many other boats that were successful. His daughter, Agnes and his granddaughter, Ashley followed in his footsteps.
Moe was known throughout the community for his presence. He attended many functions and shared his wisdom with all he approached. He was able to influence his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and students with his stories. He was a long time member of the Plumber and Pipefitters Union.
Moe will always be remembered for his strong will and independence. He was very proud to do everything on his own and not ask for help. Moe was gifted in so many ways. He was musically talented and had his own band “Slo-Mo and the Kayakers” which appeared on the Tonight Show. He played many instruments, he was known for his fiddle playing but he also played the piano, guitar and harmonica. He inspired his granddaughters to play the violin. Moe also was a great hunter in which his son David took this trait on as a provider.
Moe will be dearly missed and he now joins his father Loric Samuelson, mother Agnes Charles, wife Ruth Samuelson; daughter, Agnes Samuelson stepson, Jerry Woods; granddaughter, Jennifer Gallagher in heaven with the Lord.
Moe is survived by his son, David Samuelson, stepson Paul Woods, stepdaughter, Jeanne Woods, grandson, Aaron Gallagher and children, Peyton, Carson and Camryn; granddaughters, Ashley Holloway and children, Tryton and Kenley, Heather Gallagher and children, Malen and Hadley. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with a viewing at 2:00 p.m. at the Chief Salmon Tribal Hall, potlach immediately followed.