WDAY.com |

North Dakota's #1 news website 10,650,498 page views — March 2014

Published August 07, 2013, 12:00 AM

Garfield E. Sampson

Garfield Sampson, 94, of Fargo, passed away August 4th, 2013 at Fargo VA Hospital. He was surrounded by several generations of family at the time of his death.

Garfield was born in Finley, ND, to Lewis and Anna Sampson. He attended Finley High School and worked on the family farm until leaving for NDSU, where he completed one year before being drafted into the US Air Force in 1941. Immediately after earning his Wings from flight school in Douglas, Georgia, 2nd Lt. Sampson of SQD “D” 43E married Muriel Wien on May 28, 1943. During his time in service, he flew the P-38, P-39, B-25 and the P-51, and it was on a test flight of the P-38 that an engine malfunction resulted in the plane crashing. Garfield suffered spinal injuries which left him with permanent disabilities, and as a result, he spent much of his life in a wheelchair. Despite these injuries, his strength, tenacity, and positive attitude allowed him to live life to the fullest and he became an inspiration to his family and all who knew him.

Garfield E. Sampson

Garfield Sampson, 94, of Fargo, passed away August 4th, 2013 at Fargo VA Hospital. He was surrounded by several generations of family at the time of his death.

Garfield was born in Finley, ND, to Lewis and Anna Sampson. He attended Finley High School and worked on the family farm until leaving for NDSU, where he completed one year before being drafted into the US Air Force in 1941. Immediately after earning his Wings from flight school in Douglas, Georgia, 2nd Lt. Sampson of SQD “D” 43E married Muriel Wien on May 28, 1943. During his time in service, he flew the P-38, P-39, B-25 and the P-51, and it was on a test flight of the P-38 that an engine malfunction resulted in the plane crashing. Garfield suffered spinal injuries which left him with permanent disabilities, and as a result, he spent much of his life in a wheelchair. Despite these injuries, his strength, tenacity, and positive attitude allowed him to live life to the fullest and he became an inspiration to his family and all who knew him.

He and Muriel settled in Wahpeton, ND, where they raised their 3 children, who were blessed to have him in the role as the “original Stay-at-Home-Father”! He served as deacon, trustee, financial secretary and Sunday school teacher at Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, and was a member of the American Legion and Disabled Veterans (DAV). In his spare time, his hobbies included needle- and wood- working, and he loved spending time at the cabin on Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. For over the last 20 years, he called Evergreens of Fargo “home”, and spent his time playing cribbage, reading, and visiting with friends and family during outings to Applebee’s where he enjoyed the occasional beer or scotch.

The family held a private family service in Fargo. At Garfield's request, please make all memorials to The Hoarding Project, a non-profit organization established by his granddaughter, Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D. (621 Pacific Avenue, Suite 300, Tacoma, Washington 98402; www.thehoardingproject.org/donate), or on behalf of his wife, Muriel, Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota, 7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55439.

Please visit the online guestbook at Boulger Funeral Home (www.boulgerfuneralhome.com) to share messages and memories and the following link to look at some photos of our beloved Garfield: https://garfieldsampsonmemoryscrapbook.shutterfly.com/

Tags: