Earl “Lee” Samples, Jr.

Earl “Lee” Samples, Jr.

December 8, 1949 – March 28, 2023

Veteran, U.S. Army

Lee Samples was born on December 8, 1949, in Red Oak, Iowa, to Earl and Marian Samples, and passed away on March 28, 2023, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lee was preceded in death by his son, Jason L., his parents, and brother-in-law, Jim Young.

Survivors include son Lawrence J. Samples; grandsons: Aidan, Quintan, and Paxton; sisters Mary J. Rezac (David) and Shirley A. Young Armitage (James); nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; Rose Samples; and other loving family members.

VISITATION: Saturday, April 1st, 10am, followed by 11am SERVICE at West Center Chapel. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Interment: Hillcrest, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Homeward Trail Bible Camp.


  • Jody Distefano Posted March 31, 2023 10:25 am

    Our deepest sympathies to all of Lee’s family. I know this leaves a hole in your hearts that no one else can fill in the same way that he did. I met Shirley when Lee was deployed, and we would sit in his bedroom, and she would talk about him. I “borrowed” books from his vast collection with her permission and I grew to respect his curious mind through this connection. So much to miss about a man who thinks deeply about everything. Love the sweet innocent picture of him! So very sorry for your loss!
    Jody and Sam Distefano

  • Joey Beachum Posted April 25, 2023 4:31 pm

    My deepest condolences and prayers. Mr. Samples was my history professor at Mississippi State University in the early 2000’s and was, without a doubt, one of the coolest professors I’ve ever had.

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