Luther L. "Lucky" Sampson


1925 - September 12, 2008

Luther LeeRoy Sampson, or "Lucky," of Craig, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. Lucky was born in Clifford on March 12, 1925, to John Constantine and Margaret Adeline (Nelson) Sampson. He joined siblings Edna and John and later was joined by Nelson. The family later moved to Hayden, where they finished their school years. When World War II began, Edna and 17-year-old "Lukes" went to an airplane prop school. He was drafted and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, Eighth Air Force, as a mechanic and worked his way up into becoming a Right Waist Gunner on a B-17.
After his honorable discharge, Luther returned home and met and fell in love with a lovely "soda jerk" at the Hayden Drug Store. Lucky married Barbara Ruth Tutt, or "Bobbie," on Aug. 27, 1950. They lived in Hayden, and Lucky worked on the Lighthizer Ranch until 1954. The couple then made Craig their permanent home.
Lucky worked as a mechanic for Union Carbide, John Deere, Willems Implement, Sampson's Tractor Service, The Craig Power Plant and finally, he retired from the city of Craig. He built the family home on East 10th Street himself during a span of years, and finished it after the birth of his last child.
Lucky loved to fly fish, camp, ride and "break" horses, sing, bake cookies and notice how fat it made his children, read, and drink coffee and visit with friends and family. He loved to fix junk cars (then sell them to start right over again) and could make just about anything good as new, while visiting with whoever would drop by.
Lucky dearly loved his wife, Bobbie, and loved each and every child born to him with the same intensity. When his family grew with each child's marriage, he loved all the spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came into the family. The door always was open to all to sit at the kitchen table for talk, food, laughter and coffee.
In Lucky's own words; "I would like to have everyone know that I love the Lord and that I know that he is the boss. Everything I am or have been is because of him. As you all know I have had a deep love for my family and friends. Why he kept me around so long, I just don't know. Where I'm going to be, I should be happy. You all be that way, also."
Luther was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and is survived by wife, Barbara, sister, Edna, seven children, 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and an extensive extended family.
"The Legacy of Luther LeeRoy Sampson"
Trudy and Leon Christopher
Chris and Myndi Christopher
Karmen and Jayce
John and Michelle Christopher
Nita and Jim Abney
Jim and Annette Abney
Jimmy and Jackson
Misty and James Churgovich
Neisha and Levi Balleck
Frank and Lois Sampson
Lee, Wyatt, and Clint
Clyde and Lisa Sampson
Megan and Steve Mudge
Joan and John Hillewaert
Hollie and Keith Haskins
Aislee and Isaac
Camren and Sam Aberle
Gideon and Azeriah
Miranda and Jake Langlais
Malcolm Hillewaert
Janice and Lanny Lambrecht
Leah, Lucas and Hannah
Wanda and Kevin Brown
Krystal and Justin Fedinec
Marlee and Karson
Stephanie Brown
Jayden Brown
Services were Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at Craig Christian Church with Frank Sampson officiating. At Luther's request, his ashes will be scattered over the Tutt Ranch by airplane. Memorial donations can be made to the Macular Degeneration Research or to the Craig Christian Church Deacons Fund.