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Harris M. Samb, 89

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Harris M. Samb, 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Harris was born Feb. 7, 1920, in the town of Gilman to Martin and Nora (Gregerson) Samb. He was a graduate of Spring Valley High School, class of 1938. In 1939, he bought a trucking business. This trucking business was put on hold when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Jan. 9, 1942. He served his country during World War II for three and a half years. Three years of that time, he was overseas in Africa and Italy (China Burma India Theatre) with Gen. Chennault's Flying Tigers. Harris was a staff sergeant and crew chief for pursuit planes. He received a Middle Eastern Theatre ribbon with three bronze battle stars, and an Asiatic Pacific Theatre ribbon with one bronze star. After discharge from the Air Force, he resumed his trucking business which he operated for 45 years. On Oct. 25, 1950, he was united in marriage to Clarice Jacobson at the Little Brown Church in Nasuha, Iowa.

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Harris is survived by two children, Howie (Penny) Samb of Bayport, Minn., and Linda (Jim) Shirley of Baldwin; three grandchildren, Garrett Samb, Natalie Samb and Buddy Shirley; sister, Nettie Kopp of Eau Claire; and brother, Johnnie Samb of Woodville.

Harris is preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Clarice, in 2007.

Graveside services and burial will be in the spring at Rush River Lutheran Cemetery.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is serving the family.

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