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Raymond W. Sample

August 15, 2017
Emmetsburg News

The visitation for Raymond Sample will be on Tuesday,?August 15 from 10a.m. - 12p.m. at the Faith Community Church in Ida Grove. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Faith Community Church. Reverend Mark Aurand will officiate.

Inurnment will be in Laurens Cemetery in Laurens. Military Rites will be rendered by the Ida Grove American Legion. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond W. Sample, son of Charles R. and Mary G. Sample, was born February 27, 1945 in Storm Lake. He was raised in Albert City, where he received his education, graduating in 1962. Following high school, Ray farmed with his father and brother.

Ray attended Iowa State University from 1963 - 1964 and then entered the United States Army, serving from 1965-1967. Ray trained and served as a military policeman. After his honorable discharge in 1967, he remained in the Reserve until 1990. He was raised to the rank of Staff Sergeant. While serving in the Reserves, Ray was deployed overseas twice. After being discharged from the Reserves in 1990, he entered the Inactive Ready Reserves, being discharged in February 1995. Ray served his country for a total of 30 years and was very proud of his military commitment.

After returning home in 1967, Ray had numerous jobs in the area, but mainly worked at the Farmers Coop in Albert City. Later he moved to Marathon.

In 1972, Ray married Sandra L. Brown of Marathon. To this union two daughters were born. Ray moved his family to Ida Grove in the summer of 1974 and drove truck until his retirement in 2007.

Ray was a member of the Church of God, American Legion Posts in Marathon and Ida Grove for over 40 years. He served as a volunteer fireman and first responder while living in Marathon.

Ray passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the Emmetsburg Care Center in Emmetsburg at the age of 72.

He is survived by his daughters, Jeannie and Terry; grandchildren; great-granddaughter; one brother, Dick Sample; three sisters; and nephews and nieces.

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