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Wayne Emmet SAMPSON

Age 84, of Stillwater, MN Passed away peacefully on February 22, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving wife and children after a joyful and adventuresome life. Wayne was preceded in death by his precious daughters, Amy and Emily, and seven of his beloved brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife Berene Beske; son Mark (Diana); daughter Carolyn (Kathleen Connelly); grandsons Adam and Judd (Jessica); great-grandaughters Chloe and Quinn; brother Curtis (Marian); sister Ruth (Paul) Stormo; former wife Helen Sampson; his adored family by marriage to Berene - Scott Beske, Sandy (Lenny) Snellman, Barb (Bill) Degner, Sally (Terry) Chial, their 12 children and four grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends, including the "Monday Guys" and his very special fishing buddies. Wayne served in the U.S. Air Force before attending Augsburg College and graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Business. His career as a financial executive included many fascinating and rewarding years with Electric Machinery, Turbodyne, UOP Johnson Div., and Focus Homes, where he formed close and lasting relationships with colleagues and acquaintances from all walks of life - and from all around the globe. Wayne was a leader in the Minnesota business community and a proud member of the Board of Directors of Communication Systems Inc. and Hector Communications. He was a member of the University of Minnesota President's Club, Financial Executives Institute, Shriners Masonic Temple, and Rotary Club. Wayne loved to hunt, fish, sail, golf, play cards, ski, garden, barbecue, read and travel. Above all, he loved to visit and swap stories and experiences. He will be missed by many. Service Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 A.M at BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH, 490 N. 4TH ST., Bayport. Burial Hazelwood Cemetery. Visitation Monday, February 24, 5-8 P.M. at BRADSHAW CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTER (NW corner of Hwy 36 & Cty Rd 5), Stillwater. Memorials preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Bayport) or Lakeview Hospice (Stillwater). 2800 Curve Crest Blvd., Stillwater 651-439-5511


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Published in Pioneer Press on Feb. 24, 2014
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