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Robert "Bob" Sampson

Robert "Bob" Sampson

Robert "Bob" Sampson, 71, of Bemidji, MN, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji with Pastor Kent Dudley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the family cemetery, Eckles Township, Beltrami County.

Robert Eugene Sampson was born January 23, 1942 at home in Wilton, MN to Emil and Verda (Magawa) Sampson. He grew up in Eckles Township and attended the Ergen School in Eckles Township. On September 27, 1963 he married Marlys Hall in Bemidji. They lived in Eckles Township where he started out logging at the age of 17. He worked for Bemidji Blacktop and then Ernie Tell operating a scraper. Later he became a self-employed backhoe operator. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to auctions and spending time with his family. Bob and Marlys just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September.

He is survived by his wife, Marlys Sampson of Bemidji; daughter, Patti (Dave) Robinson of Bemidji; 5 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie Bratholt of Dilworth and Sherry Lien of Solway.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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