Samuel J. Puccio, 64, of Dubuque, and formerly of Farley, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 23, at Luther Manor Grand Meadows Nursing Home in Asbury. Due to Covid, no services will be held. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sam was born Oct. 14, 1956, in Dubuque, the youngest son of Charles and Betty (Carr) Puccio-Gibbs. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School. On June 29, 1983, he married Geralyn Klosterman. He worked as a dog trainer at Dubuque Greyhound Park for many years and followed the dogs to Texas in winter. He also worked at Shady Rest Nursing Home in Cascade. Sam loved to go fishing, whether it was trout fishing at Bankston Park or canoeing on the Upper Iowa River and the Mississippi River.

Sam is survived by his children: Ben (Marili) Puccio, Josh (Hailey) Puccio and Melissa (Erik Ross) Puccio; seven grandchildren: Liam, Lexi, Nolan, Tanner, Aubrey, Mikael and Anecyia, all from Cedar Rapids; his brothers and sister: Charles (Donna) Puccio of Epworth, Anthony (Kathy) Puccio of Farley, Walter (Jane) Puccio of Cascade and Mary Nell (John) Kertels of Farley; nine step-brothers and sisters: Ronald (Joanne) Gibbs of Rickardsville, Danny (Donna) Gibbs of North Buena Vista, James (Donna) Gibbs of Farley, Mary Ann (Chuck) Dunne of Cascade, Julie (Phil) Meyer of Farley, Jane Schilling (and fiancé, Jeff Weber) of Petersburg, Kenneth Gibbs of North Buena Vista and William Gibbs of Earlville; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Glen “Bud” Gibbs; and a step-sister, Connie Gibbs Scott.

Sam’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Luther Manor Grand Meadows and St. Croix Hospice for their professional and compassionate care and a very special thanks to his niece, Brenda Puccio.

The Reiff Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Anyone wishing to send a memorial to the family can send it to: Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Samuel Puccio family, P.O. Box 99, Farley, IA 52046.