Sam J. Ohanesian


Sam J. Ohanesian


Sam J. Ohanesian, 80, of Roundup, crossed the great divide on June 29, 2019.

Sam was born on Sept. 20, 1938, to Emma and Sam Ohanesian in Opheim. Sam graduated from Opheim High School in 1956. He attended Northern Montana College for two years, transferring to Montana State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education. He completed his education at Northern with a master’s degree in education and industrial arts.

Sam met and married the love of his life, Linda, in 1958. From that union came three girls: Jontee, Janice and Jeanette. Sam began teaching in Shelby in 1965 and touched many lives. He was awarded the Montana Teacher of the Year twice, and was coach of a national champion Plymouth Troubleshooting team.

After 27 years in Shelby, “Mr. O” retired to pursue his favorite things: team roping, helping neighbors move cattle and building houses. His children and grandchildren were his life. Sam was proud to be known as a cowboy. He raised some really good kids and many good horses, all without ever being mean.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Ohanesian; father Sam Ohanesian; and sister Helen Osgood. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Linda; daughters Jontee Ohanesian of Bozeman, Sydney Slabodnik, Gabrielle Ohanesian, Janice Blackmore (Randy), Trinda, Taggert, Melissa of Roundup, Jeanette (Jeff) Clary of Shelby; Shadee (Tyler) Kapus of Denver.

Waylon said it best when he sang it to Willie: “If you see me getting’ smaller, I’m leavin’, don’t be grievin’, just gotta get away from here.”

Until I see you again, Cowboy.

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10 thoughts on “Sam J. Ohanesian”

  1. So sorry for your lossLinda and family. Many happy memories of Phyllis’ family and yours😊. May you all be comforted by each other and your memories. Peggy Werk and family

  2. Jeanette and Jeff and girls sorry for the passing of your cowboy. A cowboy is patience, caring, kind and respectful of man animals and God. I am sure all of his horses and dogs met him at the gate. To be loved and rode. Peace be with all of u. Xx from Iowa fam

  3. Karla A Monroe

    Sam was a awesome friend of our family. He will be greatly missed. This man touched a lot of lives every where he went. God Bless you . Condolences to his wife and daughters. With much love Charley and Karla Monroe.

  4. Jeanne & Pat McDonough

    Such a huge presence here in Shelby for many years…as a teacher and friend…our prayers go out to all who will miss him dearly ..what a legacy he leaves! Jeanne & Pat McDonough

  5. What a nice tribute and so true! We are thinking of all if you & missing Sam already.
    Karen & Dennis

  6. Char & Al Saunders

    Thinking of you all, Sam was such a nice man and will be missed by all. May he Rest in Peace!!

  7. Jay Westermark

    Sam was a good man and a good friend who taught me a great deal about mechanics, moving dirt, and life. Rest in peace.

  8. Margaret A Normington-jones

    Sorry to hear that Sam has passed. I have great memories of Sam and Linda during my short time in Shelby. My condolences to all the family. May he rest is peace.

  9. Sympathy to Linda and her daughters. Sm was a very special kind of man. There aren’t many of that kind left. We are praying for all of you. Jim and Janet Bailey

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