Harold R. "Hap" Sampsell, 94, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Millmont, Pa., entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Arlington, Naples.
He was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Laurelton, a son of the late Harry and Frances (Schnure) Sampsell. On Oct. 30, 1947, he married the former Marie E. Blyler who passed away on Nov. 19, 2004.
Hap graduated as valedictorian of his class in Hartley Township High School. In 1941, he signed up with the Navel Air Corps and in 1943 went into service with the Naval Air Corps at Glenview, Ill., Mount Vernon, Iowa, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Pensacola, Fla., respectively and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Hap served as Postmaster for the Millmont Post Office for two years, and then transferred to rural mail carrier with the Postal Service for the Millmont area, covering 72 miles daily. He retired in 1986. Earlier in life he worked for Piper Air Craft from 1946 to 1947 when the plant closed, American Car and Foundry plant in Milton, and Diehl's Chevrolet in Lewisburg as the tire shop manager.
Hap was a member of Christ's United Lutheran Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school treasurer, and on the church council. He was a member of the Mifflinburg American Legion, Post 410, Member of Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 370, Mifflinburg, the Williamsport Consistory, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of the Valley of Williamsport, member and past president of the Pennsylvania Rural Letter Carriers' Association, a member of Bear Run Hunting Camp, the Millmont West End Lion's Club, and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association. He also served as Scoutmaster for seven years, the Mifflinburg school board treasurer/member from 1948 to 1963, Little League manager, and treasurer of the municipal authority.
Hap enjoyed gardening, helping with church dinners, and playing with children. He was known for his dry sense of humor.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Doug Denisen of Naples, Fla.; one brother, Myron Sampsell, of Laurelton; and one sister-in-law, Ada Sampsell.
He was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Phoebe Sampsell and Jeanne Sampsell; and two brothers, Carl and David Sampsell.
Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Christ's United Lutheran Church (Four Bells), 13765 Old Turnpike Road, Millmont, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. John D. Yost officiating.
Interment will be in the New Laurelton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hap's memory may be made to Four Bells Church, 13765 Old Turnpike Road, Millmont, PA 17845, or to the Alzheimer's Support Network, 660 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 21, Naples, FL 34102, or to Avow Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105.
Funeral arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.
To share in Hap's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.
Published on February 11, 2017