Robert “Bob” G. Samp

Samp, RobertRobert 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.

4 thoughts on “Robert “Bob” G. Samp”

  1. Joey Elabedi says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. We know he put up a heroic fight. He’s in the arms of Jesus now and will watch over you and your family with love.
    God Bless,
    Joey E.

  2. Jeni Ommodt Rudenick says:

    I cannot remember a time, growing up, that Bob Samp and Sunday School were not one in the same. I remember the group lesson he would teach and the songs we would sing before breaking into our smaller classes. He was indeed a joker and a wonderful story teller! Anytime I would get close to him, he would give me a big old strong hug and squeeze my cheeks. When I reflect on my childhood, it has and will always include Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.


  3. Cyndi Guice says:

    Julie and Joseph Ilacqua,
    I was saddened to hear about the loss of your father. While reading his obituary, I realized that this was a life to be celebrated so, hold tight to those wonderful memories for comfort. Peace, prayers and blessings to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Cyndi Guice
    CD One Price Cleaners

  4. Cindy Chapman says says:

    To the family of Bob Samp:

    My Mom, Carol (Samp) Jones was a daughter of Fred Samp’s and she often talked about Bob and Maxine. I’ve heard alot about Bob and his love for his family. I too after reading his obituary realized just how much of an inspiration he was to everyone that was fortunate enough to know him. I am truly sad for you and your family and pray God’s comfort and strength be with you and our family as well tomorrow. We lost Mom on Monday, December 6th and it appears they are both being laid to rest tomorrow. I’m sure they are together again sharing some of their old family stories. Our prayers and thoughts will be with all of you!

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