Samuel Putnam of Caro, age 58, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Covenant Health Care – Cooper in Saginaw. Sam was born May 28, 1960 in Caro, the son of the late Robert L. & Dorothy A. (LaPeer) Putnam. He graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1979 and took his first job building railroads shortly after. Sam then began a twenty-five year career as a tree trimmer, which he loved not only as a profession, but also a hobby. His spare time was often spent tinkering in his garage or spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and trapping. Sam also enjoyed collecting model trains and loved animals, especially his cat, “Fuzzy”.  

Sam is survived by two daughters, Sarah Putnam and fiancé, Jeremy Rocheleau, of Deckerville, Renea Claerhout and husband, Thomas, of Gagetown; two grandchildren, Ali Rocheleau and Colten Claerhout; two sisters and their husbands, Linda & Dan Mills of Caro, Robin & Cornelius Murphy of Dover, Delaware; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends he loved as family. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by one brother, Daniel Putnam.

In keeping with Sam’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro with Cornelius Murphy officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Ellington Township Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 12:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Putnam Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Renea Claerhout, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro.  Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at

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