Milton Sampson, 89, of Edmore, N.D., died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake, N.D.

Milton Sampson, 89, of Edmore, N.D., died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Heartland Care Center in Devils Lake, N.D.

Milton’s funeral service will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church of Edmore on Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.  Officiating will be the Reverend Don Reynolds.  The organist will be Valerie Sampson, with special music by the High Plains Trio.  Interment will be in the spring at the Edmore Cemetery.
Serving as casketbearers will be K. Thor Thompson, Bruce Johnson, Rodney Melland, Dennis Melland, LeRoy Howes, and James Legacie. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Milton E. Sampson was born June 2, 1924 in Triumph Township, near Edmore, N.D., the son of Abner and Mabel (Trimble) Sampson.  He attended grade school in Triumph Township and high school in Edmore, graduating in 1942 as valedictorian of his class.  Milt also attended NDSU in Fargo for a time.  He started farming in 1945 with his brother, Abner Jr.

Milton was active in community affairs and has served on many boards.  They include the Farmers Shipping & Supply of Edmore for 32 years, the Ramsey County Water Management board for 25 years, the Ramsey County Housing Authority, and the Edmore Economic Development Corporation.  He was also clerk of Triumph Township for many years.  Milt was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Edmore and was president of the building committee when the new church was built in 1963. He also belongs to the Devils Lake Elks Lodge and the Langdon Masonic Lodge.  He was a member of the Edmore Curling Club and curled for many years.  Milt enjoyed hunting, fishing, sporting events, and reading.  He lived in Edmore at the home once occupied by his parents until October of 2013 when he moved to Heartland Care Center.

Milton is survived by three brothers, Abner Jr. and his wife Jackie of Edmore, Frank of Boulder, Colo., and Clark and his wife Lou of Edmore; a sister-in-law, Carlyn “Lyn” Sampson of Grand Forks, N.D.; five nephews, Lloyd, Dan, Bruce, Owen, and Ned; three nieces, Beth Pakola, Christine Bushy, and Ellen Sampson; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Douglas.

Memorials are suggested to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, Minn. 55905.

Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota, N.D., is in charge of arrangements.