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Richard Allen "Dick" Sampson Sr., 86, of Lebanon, passed away on Jan. 13, 2017. Born in Charleston, W.Va., to Dorothy Jesmer and Charles F. Sampson, Dick grew up in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Dick enlisted in the Army, but was able to attend and graduate from East Stroudsburg Teacher's College in Pennsylvania. He also served in the United States Coast Guard, stationed in Hoboken, N.J.
While in college, Dick married Mary Catherine O'Boyle in 1953, and the couple moved to Patterson, N. J.
He received his master's degree in psychology from the University of Detroit.
Dick began a career working in museums and living history museums and restoration. He started at the Detroit Historical Museum and was consultant to the Henry Ford and Greenwich Village museums in Detroit. Dick next went to Racine, Wis., to the County Museum and as a consultant for the old Milwaukee Art Museum.
In the 1960s, Dick worked for Earlham College and with Eli Lilly to develop Conner Prairie into the living history museum it is today. During this time, he was an active member and past president of the Noblesville Rotary Club. His final museum legacy includes his love for model trains, and can be seen at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, where Dick participated in the design and installation of the model train exhibit.
Dick and his wife, Mary, were both employed by Brebeuf Jesuit High School, where Dick served as director of development, and initiated the funding processes for the transition of Brebeuf from an all-male institution to the school it is today.
Dick and Mary were married for 44 years before Mary's passing, and enjoyed raising their four children, Richard (Cleanne) Sampson Jr., Suzanne (Mike) Dilts, Martha (Scott) Repp and Matthew Sampson. Dick is grandfather to nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Dick was fortunate to marry Kay Boatman of Lebanon, and they shared 18 years together in the community of Lebanon. In addition to his wife, children and all of the grand- and great-grandchildren, Dick is survived by his brother, Robert Sampson; sister, Margaret Sampson; two step-children, Steve and Karen; and stepgrandchild, Andrew.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Flanner Buchanan-Zionsville, 105 W. Pine St., Zionsville. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Witham Health Services Foundation, 2705 N. Lebanon St., Suite 115, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Published on January 17, 2017
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