Samuel Wiersma

Date of Death: Mar 30, 2014
Samuel Wiersma
[highlight_text] [/highlight_text] Samuel “Sam” Wiersma, 74, of Waupun, affectionately known as “The Flying Dutchman”, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home.


[leftcolumn] Sam was born December 8, 1939 in Long Beach, CA the son of Henry and Adriana Zwartz Wiersma. In 1951 the family moved to Cambria, WI. On March 5, 1958 Sam married Daune Selk at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lost Lake. The couple resided in Beaver Dam until 1974 and then moved to Waupun. Sam drove for various trucking companies and became a successful owner/operator. The past five years, Sam was employed by Smedema Trucking in Fox Lake. Sam has been a board member of the Waupun Truck ‘N Show. In 1992 he was “Driver of the Year”, an award given by Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. He was also presented with many safe driver awards over the years.

Sam received basic training with the US Army and was a member of the US Army Reserve for eight years. Sam was an active member of Waupun United Methodist Church where he served as usher. Sam was a very avid NASCAR fan.

Sam is survived by his wife, Daune Wiersma of Waupun; their five children: Len (Cynthia) Wiersma of Rockton, IL, Lori (Tom) Hamilton of Madison, Lee (Vicki) Wiersma of Sun Prairie, Larry Wiersma of Madison, and Lance (Marsha)Wiersma of Beaver Dam; 13 grandchildren: Clara and Casey Wiersma, Mitchell and Justin Braddock, Molly Dellaria, Nicholas and Benjamin Wiersma, Jack, Chloe, Sam and Max Wiersma, Cindy Haga and Nick Hamilton; two great-grandchildren, Darcy Braddock and Collin Wiersma; and four more great-grandchildren on the way; three sisters, Elaine (Harold) Dykstra of Black River Falls, Donna (Glen) Smits of Randolph, and Noreen (Gordon) Dahm of Fort Meyers, FL; along with several nieces and nephews.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Rhonda Dykstra; and a great-grandson, Francis Michael Dellaria.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Visitation: [/highlight_text] Friends and relatives of Sam Wiersma may call on the family on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Funeral services for Sam Wiersma will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Waupun United Methodist Church with Rev. JD McCarty officiating.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Burial: [/highlight_text] Burial will take place at a later date.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Memorial Contributions: [/highlight_text] The family requests memorials be directed to Waupun United Methodist Church Building Fund or Make A Wish Foundation.

[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Special Thanks: [/highlight_text] The family thanks Agnesian Cancer Clinic, Hospital, and Hospice for their care.



  1. Julie & Lyle Maryniak Says: March 31, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Len, Cindy, Clara and Casey, We’re so sorry to hear about Sam’s passing. I remember meeting Sam at Casey’s christening and he was a charming, down-to-earth fellow. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

    Julie & Lyle Maryniak

  2. JX Enterprises Says: March 31, 2014 at 11:49 am

    To Len and your family,

    You have our deepest sympathies during these difficult times,

    Your JX Enterprises Family and Friends

  3. Gary Dretske Says: March 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Sam will be missed.
    Your family has our sympathy.

  4. Dale & Renee Ter Beest Says: March 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

  5. Tom and Linda Steebs Says: March 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Dear Daune, Len and all your children,

    Sam and Tom(Slippery) trucked many years together and we have some great memories of him. The trucking knowledge he had was always helpful to us. Our daughter received her first trucking handle from Sam, he called her Hot Dog and Slippery always called him Dad.

    Our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you in this very sad time. But knowing that Sam is with Jesus and safely home we have a guardian trucker that will help watch over them and you.

    Thanks for the memories, Sam(Dad).

    Slippery(Tom) and Linda Steebs
    Cedar View Trucking, Inc.

  6. Norene Dahm Says: April 1, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend of many, Sam was loved by us all. I always felt it was an honor to be his sister. I will miss his love and friendship and the feeling that he was always there. I hope we can all gain solace in his memory. Norene

  7. Kathy Hendricks Says: April 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Daune & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Bird Trucking. He had a “huge heart”. He always spoke very highly of all of you. Wishing you peace and comfort in the coming days.
    Kathy (Crain) Hendricks

  8. David & Mindy Wild Says: April 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    To the Wiersma family: We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thought and prayers.

  9. David & Mindy Wild Says: April 1, 2014 at 11:35 am

    We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. John, Michelle, Coy and Carly Paulson Says: April 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Lance, Marsha, Sam, and family,
    Sending warm wishes to you and your family during this very difficult time. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as you remember your dad and grandpa!
    The Paulson’s

  11. John Wischhoff Says: April 2, 2014 at 10:25 am

    During my days at Peterbilt in Madison, Sam was more than a customer – he was a friend.

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