Sampson, Ken

Written by David Green.

Kenneth Sampson of Wisconsin died May 19, 2013, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ken grew up in Morenci, Mich., the only child of Raymond and Iva Sampson. He put himself through Hillsdale College and Michigan State University, and graduated with a degree in dairy science. He married Judy Lockage soon after graduation, and they started a life together in Moorhead, Minn. Judy survives.

The couple moved to Green Bay where they raised their children. Ken spent 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 helped Judy with her Christmas store businesses.

Ken’s passions included the Green Bay Packers and downhill skiing, as well as spending time with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Ken is survived by children Mike (and Missy), Dan (and Melanie) and Jenny (and Jim) Schiavo; six grandchildren, Max, Jacob, Matt, Maggie, Nicole and Saskia; a sister-in-law, Sandra (and John) Moore; and a cousin, Molly.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. May 25 at Gunderson Oregon Funeral Home, 1150 Park St., Oregon, WI. Visitation is planned at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. May 24, and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on May 25. A light lunch will follow the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center School of Medicine and Public Health, Wisconsin Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox, P.O. Box 78807 Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807.

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