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Alexander "Lil Alex" Virgil Samuels Sr.

July 31, 1999September 9, 2021

Alexander Virgil “Lil Alex” Samuels Sr. (22) Loving Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew and Faithful Friend; left us all much too soon from Coulee Dam, Washington, Thursday evening September 9, 2021. Alex entered this world Saturday July 31, 1999 in Omak, Washington to Benjamin Cyrus Samuels Sr. and Bernadine Michel.

A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Catholic Church, Alex attended Omak High School, where he was a valued member of the Wrestling Squad and Football Team. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting pool and playing video games with his friends. Alex’s greatest joy however came during time spent with family and especially his two sons, who were the lights of his life.

Predeceased by his sister: Michele Samuels and grandparents: Vivian Pierre, Lenora Wallahee-Michel-Iukes, Virgil Michel, and Chuck Samuels; Alex’s legacy lives on through his beloved two sons: Kobie Alexander Samuels and Alexander Virgil Samuels Jr; life partner & mother of his children: Paulina Vazquez; grandfather: Nelson Iukes; father: Benjamin Cyrus Samuels Sr; mother: Bernadine Michel; sisters: Fernisha Samuels and Maryjane Samuels; nephew: Brevyn Hall and niece: Roslyn Hall.

Alex’s dressing was at 2:000pm on Monday, September 13th, 2021 at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. His Community Rosary began at 7:00pm the same evening in the Nespelem Community Center, Nespelem, Washington, where his services were also held, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10:00am. Graveside services followed at Norine Smith Cemetery in Nespelem, Washington.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is working with Alexander’s family. Memories and expressions of caring may be shared at


  • Nelson Iukes, Grandfather
  • Benjamin Cyrus Samuels Sr., Father
  • Bernadine Michel, Mother
  • Paulina Vazquez, Life Partner and Mother of His Children
  • Kobie Alexander Samuels, Son
  • Alexander Virgil Samuels Jr., Son
  • Fernisha Samuels, Sister
  • Maryjane Samuels, Sister
  • Brevyn Hall, Nephew
  • Roslyn Hall, Niece
  • Vivian Pierre, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Virgil Michel, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Lenora Wallahee-Michel-Iukes, Grandmother (deceased)
  • Chuck Samuels, Grandfather (deceased)
  • Michele Samuels, Sister (deceased)


  • Dressing

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Community Rosary

    Monday, September 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021


Alexander "Lil Alex" Virgil Samuels Sr.

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Stella speedis

September 12, 2021

I will miss your beautiful smile and your beautiful presence nephew our family is blessed to be a part of your short life. My heartfelt condolences for my cousin Bernie and the family.