Reuben Samani, 95, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in his home with friends by his side. He was born in Baku Azerbaijan, Russia on July 18th, 1920 and was raised by his parents Salmon and Luba Lea (Koklyn) Samani.
Reuben went on to get his Law degree in Tehran, Iran and then moved to the United States where he became a naturalized citizen. He studied Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his Master’s degree.
After this, Reuben decided to continue his education by completing the prerequisites for Medical School and enrolled in the UNL College of Medicine where he became Family Practice doctor. During his time at UNL he met his wife of 61 years, Margaret (Johnson) Samani. Reuben and Margaret were married on August 9th, 1954 while they were both attending UNL. Once he graduated from UNL he started his Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNMC in Omaha. He finished his Residency in 1960.
Eventually Reuben and Margaret moved to Sioux Center, Iowa where Reuben built his own family practice and treated his patients until the age of 90. Over the course of working there Reuben took care of three generations of families.
During his later years, Reuben enjoyed spending time with his friends, playing chess and backgammon with his grandchildren, reading philosophy, watching the news and staying involved with his book club
Reuben is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sister, Rosie (Ebraham) Farahi of Reno, Nevada; his sons: Dr. David (Lynette) Samani of Lincoln and their children Shea (Connor) Smith, Ben, Bryan and Bree; Dr. Daniel (Christina) Samani of Falls City, and Dr. John (Miriam) Samani of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and their children Jasmine, Marisa, Alexa, and John Jr.; his daughter Julie (Steve) Ourada and her children Joey Parks, Jenny (Eddie) Villegas and their daughters Elayna and Alexandra, and Jason Parks.
Reuben’s funeral service will be held at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 O St. Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Burial to follow in Wyuka Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in Sioux Center, Iowa at a future date.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the family for later designation.