Richard E. "Rick" Sample, 62, of Sheridan, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

Born in Lebanon, Ind. on March 13, 1956, he was the son of the late Glenn Richard "Rick" Sample and Mary Ann (Stewart) Sample-Graham.

He was a 1974 graduate of Sheridan High School. For 18 years he was the maintenance supervisor for Truss Manufacturing. After retiring from Truss, he went to work for Total Seeds. He did a little bit of everything at Total Seeds; maintenance, truck driver and heavy equipment operator. If it needed done, Mr. Sample would do it.

When he had time to himself, he loved finding things to do outdoors. He never had to really have a reason to be out doing something, just the time. Mr. Sample would never turn down an opportunity to get out and play with his big boy toys. He loved horsing around with the go carts and 4-wheelers, but he enjoyed just as much the times he got to take off and hit the open road on his bike. There was just something about riding his Gold Wing and Victory 8 that you couldn't put into words. He also tried to do as much hunting and camping as he could get in.

Mr. Sample loved his friends and family, especially his grandchildren, more than they will ever know.

Survivors include his step-mother, Elizabeth Ann Bailey-Sample; his two sons, Shawn Sample of Springfield, Mo. and Dustin Sample of Sheridan; four daughters, Lauri, Jennifer, and Valerie, all of Tipton, and Amanda "Mandi" Ringer of Kempton; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Sherman A. "Rusty" (Carol) Sample of Sheridan, Charles R. (Jeannine) Sample of Sheridan, and William "Bill" Dearing of Owego, N.Y.; one sister, Virginia "Jenni" (Mick) Garrett of Avon; many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews; and by his significant other and loving caregiver, Brenda Hunt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joyce Elaine Burdine; and by his brother, Forrest Lee Sample.

A Celebration of Life service is being planned for early spring, out at the family farm.

Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan has been entrusted with the arrangements.