Ronald Eugene “Ron” Sampson, 73, of Webb City, Missouri, passed away Friday, February 19, 2021.
Ron was born July 15, 1947 in Carterville, Missouri to the union of the late Rheuben “Bud” Sampson and Patsy (Fields) Sampson. After high school Ron proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. During his service Ron worked as one of the youngest Marine drill instructor at the time and a helicopter crew chief. Ron served a 13-month tour in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Ron spent most of his career in the manufacturing industry. His work took him to many areas of the country including Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia. It was in 1992 that he began a long-time rewarding position as the executive director of the Joplin Workshops. Ron loved the opportunity to work with disabled employees and make a positive impact on their lives. He retired from his position as executive director in 2015 after 22 years of service. He was then presented with a flag that was flown over the capital for 22 minutes in recognition of his devoted service to Joplin Workshops.
Ron loved his boy’s trips to go pheasant hunting, boating and camping. However, most of all he enjoyed getting to spend time with his family and cherished the memories created with them. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Ron was united in marriage to Mary Tune on April 25, 1978 in Miami, Oklahoma. They spent 42 precious years together before his passing.
In addition to his parents, Ron was also preceded in death by his sister, Wilmetta Madison, on January 6, 2021.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Heather Sampson, Tracy Tune and Melissa Wheatley “his girl Saturday”, Dustin Sampson and wife, Ila, Eric Tune and Sandy Hall; bonus child, Lynn Bragg; grandchildren, Blake Tune, Keylee Davis, Canyon Kimbrough, Liam Sampson; together with several extended family members and friends.
“Heaven gained another warrior today. He fought for us when the country rejected and despised them…Rest in peace Ron, your watch is over, we will do our best to keep her healthy and whole…Semper Fi”
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary with Pastor Walter Hammond officiating. Interment will follow at Webb City Cemetery. The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Parker Mortuary.