Reverend Harley Everett Sampson, 80, of Lee’s Summit, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on November 3, 2018. He reached his final destination peacefully in his sleep with his loving wife by his side.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The memorial service will be held Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. Both the visitation and memorial service will be held at Lee’s Summit First, 425 SW Oldham Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Harley was born October 9, 1938, in Garden City, Iowa, to Harold and Esther (Brandt) Sampson. After graduating from Stratford High School in Stratford, Iowa in 1956, he served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. Upon discharge from the Navy, he continued his education at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He met his wife, Donna Varney, at Central Bible College and they were married on June 15, 1963. He graduated in 1966 with a Bible degree. He served as the pastor at Tama Assembly of God in Tama, Iowa from 1966 to 1972. He served as the church camp director for the State of Iowa from 1972 to 1976. He served as the pastor at First Assembly of God in Lee’s Summit from 1976 until he retired in 2010. Even after retiring, he still found ways to volunteer and work around the church. He spent his entire life serving Jesus and loving people. He was very active and loved being involved in the church and community. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and relished spending time with them.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna (Varney) Sampson of the home; his brother, David Sampson; his son and spouse, Todd and Dianna Sampson; his daughter and spouse, Kim and Scott Polina; his daughter and spouse, Rhonda and Jeff Weber; his daughter and spouse, Sharolynn and Michael Myers; his grandchildren, Jennifer and James Hensley, Ashley Sampson, Jacqueline Sampson, Amanda Sampson, Amber Polina, Austin Polina, Mackenzie Polina, Chris and Kaytlyn Weber, Justin Weber, Bradley Myers, Zachary Myers and Makayla Myers; and his great grandchildren, Payton, Kyla and Layla Hensley, Amelia and Liam Murphy, and Lucy, Elias and Bennett Weber.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Sampson; mother, Esther Sampson; sister, Lois Bergman; and brother, Richard Sampson. Arrangements are with Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Burial will be at the VA cemetery at 2:00 p.m. in Higginsville, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susquehanna Assembly of God, or a church of your choice, to provide camp scholarships to send underprivileged kids to church camp.