1936 - 2013
Barry “The Bear” Sampsell, our dearly loved Dr. Sunshine, died May 19, 2013 from congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. He was born March 14, 1936 in Elkhart, Ind. to LeRoy and Marion Sampsell.
Barry, who lived in Payson, was a retired employee of America West Airlines. He was a TCM junkie and enjoyed classic country music and opera. His favorite meal was a double cheeseburger, french fries, a bowl of mayonnaise and a large Pepsi.
His dog Wiggles was a constant companion and friend.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan M. Sampsell; children, Mike Sampsell (Kim), Jennifer Ron-Monroy (Peter) and Kristen Sampsell-Pierce (Keats); grandchildren, Michael Jr., Rock and Scarlett; and great-grandchild Talia Marie.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to RTA Hospice Compassus and Palliative Care, 511 Mud Springs Road, Payson, AZ 85541.