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Gerald L. "Jere" Sampson, age 92, longtime Sheboygan resident and most recently of Cedarburg, died peacefully Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Jere was born December 19, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph A. and Alyce E. (Milroy) Sampson.
He was a graduate of Grosse Pointe High School and attended the University of Michigan. He served his country with the 33rd Infantry Division of the US Army stationed in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1944. He then attended the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, graduating in October of 1944. He attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 1946 and then attended the US Army "War College" in 1947, after which he joined the US National Guard in 1948.
Gerald L. Sampson and Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Neff were united in marriage on September 13, 1947 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They moved to Sheboygan in November of 1947 where Jere was employed at Phoenix Chair Co. until 1957 in various administrative positions. For the following thirty-two years he was employed at Bemis Mfg. Co. in Sheboygan Falls until his retirement in 1989. During that period he worked in sales of contract products and as General Manager of the Wood Products Division. Bettie preceded him in death on November 20, 2004.
Jere and Bettie were members of Pine Hills Country Club since 1947. Jere also served as the Town Chairman of the Town of Sheboygan from 1991 to 2000.
Jere was extremely proud to have served his country in the US Army and held a lifelong interest in assembling military models and collectible soldiers. In October of 2011 he was privileged to participate in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Over the years he also enjoyed restoring vintage cars.
Jere will be deeply missed by his daughters, Carole Rapach of Shoreview, MN, Patricia (Ron) Malliet of Cedarburg, WI and Julia (Chris) Meyer of Minneapolis, MN; and by his grandchildren, Lori Rapach, US Army Sergeant First Class Scott (Erin) Rapach, US Air Force Captain Keith Meyer and his wife, US Air Force Captain Leah Meyer, Colleen (Joe) Woodington, Christina Malliet, and Patricia Meyer; three great-grandchildren, Christopher and Patrick Rapach, and Charli Meyer. Jere was also looking forward to the birth of his fourth great-grandchild. He is further survived by his nephew, Jay (Suzanne) Sampson and his two nieces, Judy (Wes) Mentink and Mary (Frank) Dodge.
In addition to his beloved wife, Bettie, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Sampson and his sister, Dorothea Miller.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2012 at Ballhorn Chapels & Crematory. Rev. James E. Hollister, Pastor of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will officiate. A time of visitation and support will be held at Ballhorn from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Interment with full military honors will follow at Woodland Cemetery in Kohler.
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Published in Sheboygan Press on Oct. 24, 2012