Charles J. Samson

June 5, 2024

Charles J. Samson

Charles J. Samson, age 88 of Prairie City passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 7th at the Christian Reformed Church in Prairie City. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 8th at 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Prairie City. The family asked for no flowers, but donations can be made to the Christian Reformed Church “Threads of Love”. Condolences may be left for the family at

Charles (Chuck) Junior Samson was born on March 29, 1936 to Charlie & Marsella Samson in Otley, Iowa. He was the oldest of three children. Charles married Marilyn (Hol) Samson on August 1, 1955 in the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church.

Chuck began work for the local hardware & grocery store at the age of 15. For 15 years he worked for Roberts Brothers learning the plumbing & electrical business. In 1967, Chuck & Marilyn bought the old locker on the NW corner of the square in Prairie City and they opened Samson’s Inc. For 33 years, Chuck, Marilyn, and his son Mark ran their electrical, plumbing, and tiling business. He enjoyed his work, even the middle of the night calls in the dead of winter. In his early years he loved hunting in Colorado, camping and fishing with his family, boating, riding motorcycles, and antique tractors.

Chuck served on the Prairie City Christian Reformed Church council and was an elder for the Christian Reformed Church in Arizona. Charles and Marilyn were snow birds for 30 years, spending their winters in Apache Junction, Arizona.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn, his brother Ralph (Kim), and his three children, Mary Tratchel, Mark (Sue) Samson, and Marcia Gogg. Along with 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren.