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“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 ...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Marilyn Roth - Livingston, MT

“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...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Laurie Robeson/Marilyn Ingalls - IL

“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...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Matt Dacres - Sioux City, IA

“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...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Greg Drees - Arnolds Park, IA

“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. ...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jacob Means - Sioux Citgy, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Winker - Ashland City, TN

“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. ...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn (Berding) Cusick - Dallas, TX

“Jeanne, 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...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Larry & Reva Ehmen - Quincy, IL

“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...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Stephanie Anderson - Centerville, IA

“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...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Mindy (Drees) Eifler - Carroll, IA

“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...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Marv and Bette Still - Sioux City, IA

“Jeanne I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Pixy Jones - Quincy, IL

“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...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Marilyn & Bill Humphrey - Payson, IL

“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...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Gail Booth - St. Louis, MO

“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. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Elizabeth LaGrone - Jacksons Gap, AL

“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 ! ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy kerr - Albia, IA - Friend

“We thought a lot of Red. Red was as good of a friend as one could ask for. We will miss him very much. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Carl & Norma Spory - Quincy, IL


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.