Samuel Keith "Sam" McVey, 72, Newcomerstown, passed away Saturday night, May 22, 2010, at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, following a lengthy period of declining health.

Sam was born in Oxford Township, Tuscarawas County, on Oct. 27, 1937, a son of the late Terance Hillard and Thelma Christine McVey.

He was a member of the Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1956. Following high school, Sam enlisted in the Navy. He spent a 30-year career in the Navy, with 26 years of active duty and four years of reserve duty. He served on eight different ships during his career and his duty ports included Key West, Fla.; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; New London, Conn.; Yorktown, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and his retirement tour in Orlando, Fla. Sam was a nuclear depth bomb technician during his naval career and was awarded the Navy Gallantry Cross and the Navy Silver Star on five tours of duty in Vietnam during the war.

After his naval career, he returned to Newcomerstown and worked in the firewood and lumber business for over 10 years. He was also a self-employed house painter for several years. Sam was a member of the Port Washington Masonic Lodge 202, F & A M and the Arbutus Chapter 288, Port Washington Order of the Eastern Star (OES). He also enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing and working on his collection of classic cars.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by three brothers, Hillard Theodore "Dick" McVey of Arkansas, Robert L. "Bob" McVey of California, and infant brother, Donald Dean McVey of Newcomerstown; a sister, Jennie L. Bourne of Newcomerstown; and a brother-in-law, Carl Billings of Newcomerstown.

Sam is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy L. Shaffer McVey of Newcomerstown, whom he married June 10, 1961.

He also leaves two sons and a daughter, Kevin K. (Lisa Norman) McVey of Pensacola, Fla., Shawn P. McVey of Vincennes, Ind., and Debbie L. (Luke) Gaumer of Fresno; four grandchildren, Logan Gaumer of Fresno, Justin K. McVey and Hannah K. McVey, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Cole P. McVey of Newcomerstown; brothers and sisters, Jess A. McVey of Newcomerstown, Chester R. (Delores) McVey of Guernsey, Terry (Jasenka) McVey of Cambridge, Margaret J. (Wayne A.) Hutchison of Newcomerstown, and Mary A. Billings of Coshocton; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Roger Bourne of Newcomerstown; a sister-in-law, Betty L. McVey of Mountain Home, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

To honor Sam's wishes and requests, his remains are to be cremated. No visiting hours or memorial services will be observed. The family is suggesting that memorials be made to the Port Washington Masonic Lodge 202, F & A M, c/o Danny Welch, secretary, 6305 Golf Course Lane, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.