Delmer L. 'Duke' Sampson, 76 - Massillon, Ohio

Delmer L. 'Duke' Sampson, age 76 of Massillon, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 23, 2010 at Affinity Medical Center.

He was born March 18, 1934 in Orma, W.Va. the son of the late Cecil Roy and Nellie Grey (Booher) Sampson.

Delmer was a truck driver for 34 years with Republic Steel, and was a veteran of the United States Army. Delmer was a country-western and bluegrass musician throughout his life. He played in many bands over the years including Country Temptations. He also enjoyed teaching guitar, fiddle, and banjo. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and taking care of his home and garden. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

On June 5, 1976 Delmer married Margaret 'Peggy' (Boak). She survives along with children Rick (Traci) Sampson of Canton Ohio, Joyce Sampson of Newport, RI, Tammy Mickley of Canton, Dennis Shilling of Massillon, and Mark Shilling of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Tania, James, Jason, Cory, Amber, Elizabeth, Ricky, Travis, Kelli, Jacob, Melissa, Michael, Tiffany, and Nicki; three great grandchildren; sister, Juanita Rogers of Massillon; brother, George Sampson of Massillon.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Wes, Bernard, and Bill Sampson, and sister, Florence Rogers.

Visitation was Wednesday Aug. 25 at Arnold-Lynch Funeral Home 1100 Wales Rd. NE. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Mishler officiating. Interment will follow in Brookfield Cemetery.

Contributions in Delmer's name may be made to any veteran's service organization of the donor's choice. Messages of comfort and support may be made at