LeRoy Ned "Sam" Sampson, 76, of Sioux Falls, died March 31, 2010. The family greeted friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5 at Miller Funeral Home, Sioux Falls. Funeral services began at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Church of the Good Shepherd Church in Sioux Falls. Memorials may be directed to the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2707 W 33rd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, or the El Riad Shrine Transportation Fund, 510 South Phillips Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
LeRoy Ned Sampson was born on July 12, 1933 on the Sampson family farm near Hub City, to Orvie and Helen Edens Sampson. He attended grade school at Dalesburg country school and graduated from high school in Vermillion in 1951. He worked a short time for Northwestern Bell before entering the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he returned to work at Northwestern Bell and retired from AT&T after a 40-year career in computer electronics. Sam was united in marriage to Barbara Taylor Metli on Dec. 21, 1979, in Sioux Falls.
Sam was an active member of several organizations including Elks Lodge #262, Past Master of Unity Lodge #130, Scottish Rite, El Riad Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters and Past Brigadier of the El Riad Shrine Fife & Drum Corps. Sam served on the Vestry at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. He was the Past President of the Sioux Valley Model Engineer Society and member of the Great Northern Railroad Historical Society. Sam was also involved in his community through volunteer work with the El Riad Shrine Circus, El Riad Transportation Unit and Meals on Wheels.
He was a life-long model railroad enthusiast, passionate Green Bay Packers fan and loved taking annual trips to Lambeau Field. An avid hunter and fisherman, Sam enjoyed more than 25 years at their cabin on Cree Lake in northern Saskatchewan. Sam could fix or build anything and was extremely generous with his time and talents helping out family and friends. Sam and his wife traveled extensively exploring all corners of North America during their retirement.
Sam is survived by his wife, Barb; his daughter, Ann Metli Lange; a son, Jeff Sampson; a daughter, Tracy Entringer; grandchildren, Michael Lange, Mary Lange, Molly Lange, Craig Sampson Shelby Sampson, Paige, Erica, and Matthew Entringer; brother, Wayne (Kathy) Sampson; nephew, Shawn Sampson; aunt, Clara Sampson and many special cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Alan Sampson; son, Michael D. Metli, Jr. and son, Thomas T. Metli.