The Ottumwa Courier

January 16, 2013

Donald Sample, 96, Bloomfield


BLOOMFIELD — Donald V. Sample, 96, of Newton, formerly a longtime resident of Bloomfield, died Jan. 13, 2013, at the Newton Health Care Center in Newton. 

He was born March 31, 1916, in Davis County, to John F. and Myrtle Shepherd Sample. He married Mildred Schindler Sept. 29, 1940, in Pulaski. 

He owned and operated Don’s Repair Shop in Bloomfield for 36 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bloomfield.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Sample of Newton; three sons, Leroy (Polly) Sample of Estero, Fla., Eugene (Nancy) Sample of West Des Moines and Vern (Cindy) Sample of Urbandale; a daughter, Karen (Ed) Meade of Newton; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Grace Hartley, Freda Dooley, Opal Blew and Virgie Sample; and six brothers, Glenn, Hugh, Ralph, Walter, Russell and Wayne Sample.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield; with Pastor Dan Smith officiating. Burial will be at the Pulaski Cemetery in Pulaski. 

Visitation will begin after 9 a.m. Monday with the family present to greet friends at 10 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the First Baptist Church and may be left at Wagler Funeral Home or mailed to the family at 533 34th Place, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. 

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