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David Neil "Nut" Sampsell, 91, of 89 Shipton Street, Mifflinburg, entered into rest at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

He was born May 2, 1925, in Laurelton, a son of the late Harry and Francis (Schnure) Sampsell. On April 1, 1950, at the West Milton Parsonage, he married the former Ada Mae Snyder, who survives. Together, they shared 66 years of memories.

He was a 1943 graduate of Hartley Township High School.

David enlisted in the United States Navy, and began his service in 1943, prior to his high school graduation, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 18, 1945 as an Electrician's Mate 1st Class.

After returning from the war, he began working for Reish Brothers in Lewisburg as an electrician from 1946 until 1964, when he founded his own business, Sampsell's Electric in Mifflinburg from 1964 through 1986. In 1973, he began working as an electrical inspector for Middle Atlantic Electrical Inspections until his retirement in 1996.

Nut, as he was known by many, was an avid hunter and fisherman; belonging to the Bear Run Hunting and Fishing Club in Haines Township, Centre County, where he served as a member and past president. Nut enjoyed the outdoors in general; with having cut and split many cords of wood over his life to keep his family warm and to enjoy friendship with others. He loved golf and played a mean game of pinnacle.

David was a member of the Mifflinburg American Legion Post 410; where he was a member for 71 years. He was a charter member of the Mifflinburg Sons of the American Legion, Post 410, and also was a 33 year member of the Sons of the Legion, Mifflinburg. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Post 1964, Mifflinburg.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Carl D. Sampsell and his companion, Sandra J. Winn, of Selinsgrove; one granddaughter, Courtney L. Sampsell, of Charleston, S.C.; two brothers, Myron "Mick" Sampsell, of Lewisburg, and Harold "Hap" Sampsell of Naples, Fla.; and his dog, Nikki.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Chad R. Sampsell; one brother, Carl "Bup" Sampsell; and two sisters-in-law, Phoebe Sampsell and Marie Sampsell.

A graveside service with full military honors will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David's memory may be sent to American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016.

To share in David's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.

Funeral arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
Published on November 26, 2016
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