Samuel James Bellanger III


Samuel James Bellanger III

Born: Mon., May 31, 1976

Died: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015


4:00 PM Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

Location: Ball Club Community Center

Traditional Native Service

10:00 AM Thu., Oct. 29, 2015

Location: Ball Club Community Center

Samuel James Bellanger III, 'Porker', age 39, of Deer River, Minnesota began his spiritual journey from Grand Rapids, MN on Monday, October 26th, 2015. Samuel was born on May 31, 1976 in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Samuel Jr. and Barbara (Wakanabo) Bellanger Jr.

Samuel had a joyous spirit, he was constantly making everyone laugh and loved to joke around with them. Samuel loved hanging around with his family and friends, but he especially liked being with his nieces and nephews. He liked gambling at the casino, enjoyed listening to his music and watching movies. His all-time favorites were 'Fast and Furious' and scary movies. Samuel was a 'Facebook' fanatic, he was obsessed with it! He would go to Valleyfair every chance he could. Samuel's lifelong dream was to be a contestant on the game show "Family Feud", he had his 'family' picked out, right down to who was going to be in the bonus round with him.

Those welcoming Samuel home are his father, Samuel Bellanger Jr., brother; Ryan Shawn Bellanger, maternal grandparents; Hubert and Josephine Wakanabo and paternal grandparents; Samuel Sr. and Ruby Bellanger.

Left behind to remember Samuel are his mother; Barbara (Wakanabo) Bellanger of Deer River, brothers; Brandon Johnson of Grand Forks, ND, Lance Johnson of Ball Club and Robert Fairbanks Jr. of Deer River, sisters; Angela (Cameron) Bellanger of Austin, TX, Miranda (Floyd) Bellanger of Ball Club and Robyn (Travis) Johnson of Ball Club, uncle; Paul Wakanabo, aunts; Holly Fairbanks, Brenda Bellanger and Candace Gotchie, special niece; Barbie, special cousins; Curtis Bellanger Sr., Dana Meza, Allan Smith and Andrew 'Beaj' Gotchie, nieces and nephews; Isaac, numerous cousins, other relatives and many friends.

An overnight wake for Samuel will begin at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28th and continue until his 10:00 a.m. traditional services on Thursday, October 29th all being held at the Lone Eagle Center in Ball Club. Steve Jackson will be his Spiritual Leader. Helping to lay Samuel to rest are Jason Cash, Ryan 'Chubbs' Cash, Louis Deegan, Cameron Dick, Clayton Oothoudt and Dale Young RunningCrane. His honorary pallbearers are his nieces and nephews; Joaquin Vargas, Shawn Bellanger, Taylor Desjarlais, Barbie Desjarlais, Shane Desjarlais, Kristen Schaaf, Mathew Schaaf, Rhiannan Johnson, Hayden Johnson, Orion Johnson, Topanga Smith, Travis 'LT' Smith Jr., Trista Smith, RaShawn Smith, Landon Johnson, Isaac Fairbanks and Avaya Fairbanks. Interment will be in the Townsite Cemetery in Ball Club following his Thursday service.

Samuel's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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