James Joseph Samz, age 72, of Kingston, WI, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Ripon Medical Center.
James was born July 28, 1942, in Clintonville, WI, the son of Charles and Rita (VanderLinden) Samz. He graduated from Clintonville High School with the class of 1960. In 1963, he married Judy Ann Wilson. James was an owner and manager of Clark Oil Gas Station in Portage for over 35 years. James was a very gifted mechanic and could fix and build anything. His favorite past time was building race cars and attending races in Wisconsin Dells and Plover. James spent many years racing with his friend, Rocky Breezer. After his retirement, he went to work building race car motors at Wegner Motorsports in Markesan. His passion for racing stayed with him until the day he died. James was known for his witty sense of humor. He loved fishing and was an avid Packer fan. James had a special fondness for his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Matthew working in the garage. In his later years, he had more time to spend with them and he took the opportunity to instill his vast knowledge in each one of them. His dog, Bunsy was his constant companion. Wherever Jim went, Bunsy was going to be with him. She was never far from his side and she brought him much comfort in some of the trying times he had in his later years.
Survivors include: his four children, John (Carmen) Samz of Sauk City, WI; Robert (Jennie) Samz of Laceys Spring, AL; Ann Samz of Providence, Rhode Island and Melissa Griffin of Kingston, WI; thirteen grandchildren: Nathaniel, Ryan, Brooke, Morgan, Cory, Sarah, Abbey, Louie, Vince, Matthew, Kassidy, Emma and Jessica; one great-granddaughter, Briana; brother, Mike (Pat) Samz of Gillette, WI; sister, Mary (Tom) Milbauer of Marion, WI; sister-in-law, Sandy Samz of North Carolina and several nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his wife, Judy; parents, Charles and Rita Samz and one brother, Fritz Samz.
Per James’ wishes, the family will have a private memorial service at a later date. A memorial is being established in his name. Please visit www.butzinmarchant.com to send online condolences.