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.

Condolence & Memory Journal

As best man at our wedding in Great Falls, MT , October 31, 1959, Red did
a superb job! It meant a great deal to our lasting friendship to have him
w/us at the altar at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Great Falls, MT. He flew
out from Minneapolis, MN to perform his role as best man. And that he did!!

Soon we'll celebrate our fifth-sixth wedding anniversary!

God's blessings,
Tom and Marilyn Roth

Posted by Tom and Marilyn Roth - Livingston, MT - friend   September 18, 2015


Dear Family,

Sorry to hear about Red. He was a very good friend, and co-worker. He was a caring person. My grandson will always remember him, Red fixed him up a tool belt and always had some type of project for him to do. He had a lot of fun with him. Red is up there building something or enjoying boating. He will be missed by all. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Marilyn Ingalls, Mark, Laurie, Samantha, Blake, & Connor Robeson

Posted by Laurie Robeson/Marilyn Ingalls - Quincy, IL - Friend   September 16, 2015

Jeanne - my thoughts and [prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time of the death of Red. My Mom lived at the Carson's Apartments and he was so kind and caring of her. He always had a smile on his face. Do take care and know that when I think of him, I smile!!!

Posted by A friend   September 12, 2015

Sorry Sampson Family for your loss, I remember this old business man.

I bought my first tv from Red, It was a fair swap 10 hours of free labor working at the Palmer house for a T.V. I had to punch in and everything.

Remember family outing too, hope all are well.

Matt G. Dacres

Posted by Matt Dacres - Sioux City, IA - friend   September 12, 2015

To Jeanne, Jeff, Joel, Ann & Carey:

Red was a unique individual with the gift to always make us laugh and look on the bright things of life. He was a valued friend of the Drees family and I will miss him.
My best to all of you as you mourn his passing.

Greg Drees

Posted by Greg Drees - Arnolds Park, IA - friend   September 11, 2015

I remember when Red and Jeanne ran the Townhouse in Sioux City. Red's brother-in-law Jim Groenewold and I watch many Hawkeye events together there. Sorry to hear about Red. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Jacob Means - Sioux Citgy, IA   September 10, 2015

Jeanne and family, I have many fond memories of Red and my Dad together. I remember a piece of advice Red gave me when I was pretty young, "When you buy a pair of hunting pants, always get them a size or two bigger then you normally wear so you have room to tuck in all the shirts you'll need to stay warm. You can hold them up with a belt!" To this day I follow that advice.
We'll all miss him. Love, Steve Winker

Posted by Steve Winker - Ashland City, TN   September 10, 2015

I recall Red and Jeanne when my sisters would play with their daughters in Sioux City while we were growing up and when I went to school with Joel. My prayers go out to your loving family.

Posted by Lynn (Berding) Cusick - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   September 10, 2015

Red was a welcome & colorfull addition to our group's many breakfast & lunch gatherings over the years that you lived in Quincy and I enjoyed his company and friendship.

Reva and I send our syympathy to you and your family.

Posted by Larry & Reva Ehmen - Quincy, IL - Friend   September 10, 2015

I only got to meet "Red" one time and it was helping him with his medical records. But I had saw his name on charts for a very long time and was anxious to get to meet this man. I know it wasn't under the best circumstances and he didn't feel well that day but even in all of that I could tell this man was unique. He was so polite and even though he was expressing his frustration with getting his records to all the places that he thought needed them and he was not having a good day. He still smiled and tried to be as respectful as he could. He apologized and I told him not to. I went straight back to my dept and told the girls that Wayne was so nice and that we were going to do whatever it took to make sure things were done the way he needed them to be. Im sorry to have lost such a great man. I see and hear all the wonderful comments about this awesome guy. RIP Red I am so glad to have got to meet you and your daughter.

Posted by Stephanie Anderson - Centerville, IA - HIM clerk @ Mercy Centerville   September 09, 2015

Dear Jeanne and family,
I was saddened to read about Red in the Carroll paper tonight. I had no idea he was sick. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories. That is something I have learned to cherish, as many close to me have moved on... Mom, Dad and Mark, to name a few. It is never easy to loose someone dear to you, but remember how much he loved you, and life itself. Memories of someone as wonderful as Red, can never be taken away. May you find comfort in knowing many people have you in their thoughts and prayers. Love, Mindy and Mike Eifler

Posted by Mindy (Drees) Eifler - Carroll, IA - Family friend   September 09, 2015

Our hearts go out in sympathy to all the family. We value the memories of Red and all the family. He is now in Perfect Happiness without pain with his Lord. Our love and sympathy to all the family. Wish we could be there in person to express our sympathy. Love You All!

Posted by Marv and Bette Still - Sioux City, IA - Friends   September 09, 2015

Jeanne I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Pixy Jones - Quincy, IL   September 09, 2015

Sorry to hear of your loss of this fine man. Always enjoyed working with him to best serve hotel guests when I worked at the Holiday Inn across the street from the TraveLodge.

Posted by Marilyn & Bill Humphrey - Payson, IL   September 08, 2015

Jeanne and family,
I am so sorry about Red's passing. He is in a better place and having a drink with my Dad.

I always felt that Red was a second brother to me. Both Gail and I and our family send our condolences to you and your family.

We are sorry we can't be there with you.

Posted by Tom and Gail Booth - St. Louis, MO - Family friend   September 08, 2015

In my mind's eye, Red is piloting his favorite boat, as he navigates smoothly over the deep blue sky. Bon Voyage, Red, till we meet again.

Posted by Elizabeth LaGrone - Jacksons Gap, AL - friend and family   September 08, 2015

Your presence brightened the room. You had a one of a kind personality. You made every one feel special. I knew you briefly but you made me smile !

Posted by Kathy kerr - Albia, IA - Friend   September 07, 2015


We thought a lot of Red. Red was as good of a friend as one could ask for. We will miss him very much.

Posted by Carl & Norma Spory - Quincy, IL - Friend   September 07, 2015