Sampson, Kenneth D.
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Ken Sampson, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Iva Sampson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Judy; as well as children, Mike (Missy), Dan (Melanie) and Jenny Schiavo (Jim). He is sorely missed by his six grandchildren, Max, Jacob, Matt, Maggie, Nicole and Saskia; sister-in-law, Sandra Moore (John); cousin, Molly; and numerous friends.
Ken grew up in Morenci, Mich., the only child of Raymond and Iva. He put himself through Hillsdale College and Michigan State University, graduating with a degree in Dairy Science. He married Judy Lockage soon after graduation, and they started their life together in Moorhead, Minn. They eventually found their way to Green Bay, where they raised their children, with a brief interlude in Utah. Ken worked his whole career in the cheese industry, working his way up to vice president of numerous cheese companies in Wisconsin. He sat on the Board of Directors of the United Way of both, Green Bay and Monroe. Prior to and after retirement, Ken also helped Judy out with her Christmas store businesses. His passions in life included the Green Bay Packers and downhill skiing, as well as playing with his grandchildren and watching them grow. He often mentioned that it was a good thing that he met Judy before he learned to ski; otherwise he would have lived the life of a ski bum. Heaven is one long powder run, Papa Ken, and the lift never shuts down.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013, and also from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. The family will host a light lunch immediately following the memorial service. The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center - School of Medicine and Public Health in Memory of Ken Sampson, Wisconsin Foundation, US Bank Lockbox PO Box 78807 Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
1150 Park Street
Gunderson Funeral Home
1150 Park St
Oregon, WI 53575
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on May 21, 2013