William Gene "Bill" Sampson
86, of Westfield, was born on May 14, 1928 to Kathleen (Osterdock) Sampson Hornbaker and Ira Sampson in Akron, Ohio and was called home on June 8, 2014 after an illness. His family would like to thank the staff of Maple Park Village for their devotion and care during his final months.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Barbara (Barmore) Sampson; daughters, Maureen (Paul) Green of Nashville, TN and Shannon (Tim) Stuart of Westfield; brother, Donald (Mary) Sampson of Summerville, SC; sister, Evelyn (Gerry) Stanford of Shannon, MS, and five grandchildren, Nicholas and Lauren Green and Tyler, Siera and Carly Stuart. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law Clyde and Denzel Barmore, half-sister, Nancy Hetzer; stepfather, Elmer Hornbaker, and daughter, Patricia Sampson.
Raised on his grandparents' farm in Clay County, Illinois, Bill graduated from Flora High School and later attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force post WWII through the Korean War as a flight navigator. Bill worked for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft and later moved to Indianapolis to serve as Operations Director of the City-County Building where he met his future wife Barbara. They were married on May 14, 1967 in Home Place, Indiana.
Bill is remembered for his significant contributions to the city of Indianapolis. He served in an Operations and Project Director role at the Indianapolis Convention Center, M&E Engineering, Methodist Hospital, the Hoosier/RCA Dome, Pan Am Plaza and Victory Field. He volunteered his time to serve as president of the Building Committee at Christ United Methodist Church, the Westfield Washington School Board, and was a founding and current member of the Westfield Washington Education Foundation. Bill was a past member of the Lions Club and a current member of the Fidelity Lodge #309 of the Free & Accepted Masons. He attained the rank of 32nd degree mason and recently received his 50 year pin. Bill was honored by Mayor Hudnut and the City of Indianapolis in the 1980's and by the City of Westfield in 2008. The street to the south of Victory Field was named in his honor. Bill's commitment to faith, family, and friendship were perhaps his greatest accomplishments in life. He loved spending time with family and friends, attending his grandchildren's athletic and music events, fishing, reading, and serving others through his community and church.
Please join the Sampson family to celebrate Bill's life in Christ United Methodist Church 318 N. Union Street, Westfield, Indiana. Visitation will be Thursday, June 12 from 4pm-8:30pm concluding with the Masonic ceremony at 8:30pm. The funeral will be held Friday, June 13 at 10:30am, burial immediately follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Hamilton County Humane Society or the Westfield Washington Education Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Leppert Mortuary - Carmel . All are invited to share thoughts and memories with Bill's family at: http://www.leppertmortuary.com