Julius “Sam” Nanini

Julius “Sam” Nanini, 88, passed away due to natural causes at Northern Montana Care Center on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Cremation has taken place, and at Sam’s request, no services will be held. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Sam’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.

Sam was born on June 5, 1931, in Great Falls to Peter and Erma (Luchi) Nanini. He was raised in Cut Bank, attending school there. Following his school years, Sam began working as a truck driver in the oil fields. He married Julia McCulley in Great Falls on June 19, 1952, and together they had four children. The couple relocated around Montana for Sam’s job, finally making their home in Cut Bank and later divorced. 

Sam went to work for Getter Trucking, and was transferred to Havre in 1972. The company sold, so Sam began working for Harris Trucking, moving on to Elenburg Exploration in 1980, from where he retired in 2001. When Sam moved to Havre, he met Harriet Sparks in 1972 and they later married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  

He enjoyed yard work, gardening, birdhouses, fishing and camping at their cabin in Beaver Creek Park. Sam was a social man who enjoyed joking and teasing, especially his wife and children. He had a wonderful sense of humor.

Sam is survived by his wife, Harriet Nanini, of Havre; children, Gary (Kim Stevens) Nanini, of Great Falls, and Marsha (Randi) Dibblee and Tammy (Bill) Frederick, all of Havre; grandchildren, Jesse (Heather) Dibblee and Mindy (Brandon) Hawk; great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Brenden and Logan; sister, Bonnie (Lee) Manicke of Polson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his son, Randy; former wife, Julia Nanini; parents, Peter and Erma Nanini; sister, Mary Miller; and brothers, Fred, Bill, Joe and Ralph Nanini.