William Ronald Sample, 92, a 55-year resident of Lake Bluff, IL, died Tuesday, July 24, at Highland Park Hospital. Born on November 10, 1925, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Bill was the third of five sons born to John Roy Sample and Eunice Fay Stafford. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School of Indiana on June 4, 1943. Bill served in the U.S. Army from November 30, 1945 to March 29, 1947.
Bill married the love of his life, Betty Lou Brueggemann, on August 18, 1951 at the Roselawn Community Baptist Church in Cincinnati, OH, where Bill’s mother introduced them a few years earlier. Over the years, Bill and Betty enjoyed performances at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera, travelled through Europe, and were active in their community.
In 1954, Bill graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Design, majoring in Advertising Design. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Social Fraternity, Delta Phi Delta, Designers Art Appreciation Society, Jr. Advertising Club, and One Quarter Scale.
Bill spent his entire working career (37 ½ years) at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, IL. He retired as Art Director and Designer in the Advertising Department on December 1, 1991. During his career, Bill worked on many award-winning advertisements, receiving a Triangle Award, sponsored by Medical World News; an Aesculapius Award, sponsored by Modern Medicine; “best of show” and “excellence” by the Chicago Chapter Packaging Institute for Erythrocin; and more than 25 medical advertising awards for K-Tab and K-Lor in the early 1980s.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, John Roy, his mother, Eunice Fay, and his brothers, Marion, Max, Gerald, and Melvin. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and many nieces and nephews. A very special note of thanks to Bill’s caregiver and friend, Rashied, who helped Bill maintain a good quality of life for the past five years.
A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL, 60045 at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
In Lieu of flowers, Betty requests that donations be made in Bill’s loving memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60631; or the Macular Degeneration Association, P.O. Box 96162, Washington, D.C., 20090-6162. Info: Wenban Funeral Home (847) 234-0022 or www.wenbanfh.com