Rollie L. Sampson

Rollie L. Sampson, 77, of Colesburg, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque surrounded by his family after a long illness.

Visitation was Thursday, May 8, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville, and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, May 9, at Colesburg United Methodist Church, Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Allen Craft.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rollie was born July 19, 1936, in Colesburg, the second child of Howard and Hazel (O’Neal) Sampson. He attended Colesburg High School and Upper Iowa University on a football scholarship.

On Nov. 16, 1957, Rollie married Beverly Jean Fitzgerald. Rollie worked at the Ertl Toy Company before opening the Eighth Inning in Colesburg.  He retired from sales at Kendrick Forest Products in Edgewood in 2004.

Rollie was an outstanding athlete at Colesburg High School and played football, basketball and baseball at Upper Iowa University.  After college he played baseball for the Dyersville White Hawks for many years. His love of sports never faded as his children and grandchildren grew up he taught and watched them with the same enthusiasm. 

Rollie was a passionate person who took great pride in his family, sports, unique farm animals and woodworking.  He spent many years in his shop building beautiful furniture for his family and the community. Rollie’s final years were spent taking care of his animals, watching his grandchildren play ball, and still trying to improve his golf game.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two children, Rhonda (Tim) Kendrick of Edgewood, Robyn (Kyle) Maiers of Dyersville; 7 grandchildren: Kerra (Troy) Boriskey, Andrea (Eric) Harbaugh, Morgan and Kirby Kendrick, Jenna, Michael and Sage Maiers; one great-granddaughter, Lilee Boriskey; one brother, Richard (Fay) Sampson of Colesburg; one sister, Rosie (Greg) Elvidge of Cedar Rapids;  in-laws, Rachel Sampson of Evansville, Ind., Robert Fitzgerald of Dyersville, Mary Jane Banning of Vancouver, Wash., James “Cheetah” Fitzgerald of Oelwein, and Carol (Leo) Klostermann of Dyersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rollie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert; as well as his parents-in-law, Cleo and Lucille Fitzgerald; in-laws, John (Jean) Fitzgerald, Dale Fitzgerald, Lois Fitzgerald, Sylvia Fitzgerald, Keith Banning, Ed (Karen) Fitzgerald and Marion “Cookie” Fitzgerald.

Memorials are preferred.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.

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