TURNER — Wayne “Skip” E. Sampson, 85, of Turner passed away Saturday, July 7, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born July 1, 1933, in Turner, the son of Cleon Sampson and Margaret (Tidswell) Sampson. He attended Leavitt Institute in Turner. Skip proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Nov. 1, 1958, in South Woodstock, he married Edith Cox.

He worked as a crane operator at Boise Cascade Mill, later becoming Mead in Rumford until his retirement. Skip also worked rototilling gardens and bush-hogging in the surrounding area. Skip enjoyed going to the agricultural fairs, the cattle auctions and participating in the draft horse pulling, watching videos of Fryeburg Fair horse pulling, and he never missed an episode of “Wheel of Fortune.”

He is survived by his wife, Edith Sampson, of Leeds; his daughter, Penny Sampson, of Turner; stepdaughter, Charlene Tikander, and her husband, Neil, of West Paris; grandson, Max Tikander; brother, Arthur Sampson, of North Turner; sister, Linda Gauthier, and husband, Robert, of Turner; his aunt, Doris Russell, and her husband, Lawrence, of Turner; in-laws Susan Cox and Goldie Sampson, both of North Turner, Irene Buck and husband, Merle, John Mason and Phil Quirrion, all of Livermore; best friends Wes and Fern Gordon, Dan Richardson, Tracy, Stanley and Jimmy Cram, Johnny Honeywell, Kelly Brann and Pat Kimball; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Robert Sampson; sisters Joanne Magoon and Dianne Hammond; friends Richard Kimball, Charlie Gordon and Brann; sisters-in-law Sylvia Quirrion and Eleanor Mason; as well as several aunts, uncles and in-laws.

Penny would like to thank Tina and Gary Ouellette, Bambi and Mike Farina, Suzi Cox, his housekeeper Linda, his VA nurse Penny and all the other family and friends who helped her and were there for her father.

Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com.

Wayne “Skip” E. Sampson

Wayne “Skip” E. Sampson