Robert G. Samp, 89, of Alpha, passed away on December 4, 2010 at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Funeral services will take place on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Union State Line Church in Petersburg Township at 11:00 AM with Pastor Kristina Waters officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Union State Line Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Friday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Robert (Bob) Glen Samp – born March 14, 1921, in Spencer, SD to Max and Ethel (Barrett) Samp passed away on December 4, 2010, at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by his children and the caring staff of the VA.
The Max Samp family moved to MN where Bob helped with his dad’s farm and construction business.
Bob served four years in communications with the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in North Africa, Italy and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He was a member of American Legion Post #130.
After returning home from the war, Bob married Arlene J. Mickelson on February 1, 1945, at Willow Lake Lutheran Church near Currie, MN. He left construction in 1951 to farm near Dovray, MN. As their family grew, they were 4-H adult leaders and Bob served as the 4-H softball coach. He umpired B-League baseball.
In 1962, the family moved to Petersburg, MN, and Bob began working at Jackson Millworks. Arlene passed away in 1964. The family moved to Alpha, MN, where Bob started his own cabinet shop and served as City Clerk. Bob was a member of the Alpha Fire Department and enjoyed playing slow pitch softball on their team.
Bob was a longtime member of Union State Line Lutheran Church in Petersburg, MN where he served on church council and taught Sunday School and release time. He served as the Sunday School Superintendent and as a lay minister.
In 1968, Bob married Rosella (Ulferts) Moore and the family grew with the addition of Rose’s two daughters. Rose died on February, 10, 2007.
Bob enjoyed dancing, fishing and hunting, playing cards with his family and friends in Alpha, and all kinds of games and puzzles. He loved gardening and preserving his fruits and vegetables even at the age of 89. He readily shared the bounty with his family and neighbors.
Most of all, Bob loved his Lord, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and people in general. He was a prolific story-teller and jokester, brightening the day of everyone he met. Samp’s Camp welcomed many visitors, including people stranded on the freeway during blizzards and Karl’s many hunting friends.
During Bob’s final days at the VA Hospital, he inspired all with his faith, courage and good humor. He was a shining example of leaving this world in faith and peace.
Bob is survived by his children, Julie (Joe) Ilacqua, Clarendon Hills, IL; Carol (Harold) Visness, Rosemount, MN; Sheryl (Terry) Mankle, Spencer, IA; Sheila (Jayme Shroyer) Reusch; Longmont CO; Marcia Bahr, Jackson, MN; Karl (Gail) Samp, Brainerd MN; 18 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; sisters Norma (Ken) Miller, Tucson, AZ; Maxine Skouge, Slayton, MN; brothers Gordon (Bev) Samp, Shingle Springs, CA; Ned (Dottie) Samp, Port Charlotte, FL; and extended family.
Bob was proceeded in death by his wives Arlene and Rose; his parents; in-laws (Theodore and Josephine Mickelson); sisters Edna (Clifford) Johnson, Evelyn (John) Feltman; Margaret (Ed) Sands, Hazel (Bud), Johnson; brother Marlowe (Verle) Samp and a brother and sister in infancy; son-in-law, Larry Bahr; and other extended family members.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.