Wayne Red Sampson

  • Born: July 9, 1936
  • Died: September 6, 2015
  • Location: Moravia, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wayne "Red" Sampson, age 79 of Moravia, Iowa, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on September 6 after a valiant 13 month battle with leukemia.

Red was born on July 9, 1936 in Carroll, Iowa to Lillian (Scharnweber) Sampson and Clarence Sampson. He spent his boyhood days in Carroll and graduated from Carroll High School in 1954. Carroll is also where he began a long career in the motel/hotel industry. After attending Parsons College he managed the 71-30 Motel in Carroll, Iowa. In 1961 he married Jeanne Groenewold. They soon moved to Spencer, Iowa where their four children were born and Red managed the Tangney Hotel.

The Sampson's moved to Sioux City, Iowa in 1972 where the couple co-owned and managed the Palmer House motel. In 1985 they moved to Quincy, Illinois where they managed and trained new managers in hotel operations. Jeanne and Red made Quincy their home for 27 years.

Red was very active in trade organizations. He served as president of the Spencer Jaycees, President of the Iowa Hotel/Motel Association and served on the executive board of the American Hotel/Motel Association.

They retired to Lake Sundown, Iowa. Red loved life and made many friends wherever he lived. As his oncologist said and all who knew and loved him would agree, "He was one of a kind."

His shed at the lake is filled with tools and various mementos. Despite always having one or more projects to work on, Red most enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

Red was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville, Iowa and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Red is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Jeanne, Jeff (Fay) Sampson, Dr. Ann Sampson, Carey (Rick) Jorgensen, Joel Sampson. Four grandchildren Ryne Sampson, Erica Sampson, Skyler Sampson, Gavin Sampson, great granddaughter Quinn Judith Ketter, his sister Diane (Bill) Dobson and nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Jim Groenewold and close friends Buck and Virginia Kaelber and Mike and Connie Nedved.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Art Groenewold and sister-in-law Judy Jones.

The family would like to thank the caring staffs at Mercy Hospitals in Des Moines and Centerville, Centerville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, his oncologist Dr. Angela Sandre and her nurse Ramona.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am, Thursday, September 10, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating, followed by a luncheon in the Marion Hall. A visitation will be held at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville on Wednesday, with the family greeting friends from 5-7pm. A Rosary will be conducted at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the family of Wayne Sampson and/or Mercy Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.