Charles Curtis Sampson, 91, of Mexico, a resident of the Missouri Veterans’ Home, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Arnold Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Mattson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation is Friday from noon until time of service at the funeral home.

Curtis was born April 25, 1926 in Callaway County, the son of Nolan and Clara Belle (Hendricks) Sampson. On May 7, 1951 in Indiana, he married Gloria Jean Mahood. She preceded him in death on March 10, 1995.

Mr. Sampson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He worked for A.P. Green, retiring after 40 years. Curtis was a dedicated member of the Mexico United Methodist Church and a member of the Odd Fellows.

Curtis enjoyed the outdoors, which included fishing, camping and gardening. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He never missed any of their school or sports activities.

Survivors include two daughters, Karla (Robert) Newbrough and Becky (Nick) Shah, both of Mexico; six grandchildren, Carl (Wendy) Willingham, Jr. of Columbia, Catina (James) Hall of Mexico, Jarod Willingham of Fulton, Casey Willingham of Mexico, Sammy (Tara) Shah of St. Charles, and Sonal Shah of Kalispel, Montana; nine great-grandchildren plus two expected next year; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friend.

In addition to his wife, Jean, Curt was preceded in death by one daughter, Norma Willingham; three brothers, Forrest, Wilbur and Harold Sampson; and four sisters, infant Lucille Sampson, Maxie Eastwood, Pauline Adams, and Helen Shouse.

Memorial donations may be made to the Central Missouri Honor Flight or the Mexico United Methodist Church. Both may be sent in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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