Sanford (Sam) Gjermo

Sanford (Sam) Gjermo Jr., 82, of Merritt Island, Fla., passed away Friday Jan. 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Madison July 19 1930, the son of Sanford and Gladys (Anderson) Gjermo.

Sam lived most of his life in the Stoughton/McFarland area before moving to Merritt Island, Fla. to be closer to his son and family. After graduating from Stoughton High School in 1948 (honor student), Sam proudly served his country in the United States Army (Korean War) and then returned to his job at Asleson’s Hardware. In 1967, Sam began a career with Nelson Industries working in sales and engineering for 30 years, retiring in 1997.

Sam was an aviation enthusiast and thoroughly enjoyed living on the Space Coast of Florida where he observed shuttle launches, air shows and Air Force rocket launches up close.

He enjoyed living on the waters of Sykes Creek, where he watched the activities of dolphins and manatees, along with the winter conditioning of the UW rowing teams.

He is survived by his son, Steve (Kelly) Gjermo of Merritt Island, Fla.; daughters, Julie (Ben) Gunderson and Samantha Gjermo of Stoughton; five grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters. He is further survived by his sisters, Virginia (Harry) Papcke and Joyce (Roger) Utermark.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Per his request there will be no service. A memorial is being planned for sometime in June in his hometown of Stoughton.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the National MS Society or MS National Research Institution.