Private Police Officer Joseph Harold Sampson (1932-2019)


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Private Police Officer Joseph Harold Sampson

Joe was born January 20, 1932 in Whitley City, Kentucky to school building custodian George and Flonnie (Perkins) Sampson. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

Joe joined the Cincinnati Private Police Association as a Private Police Officer during August 1970. From 1981 through 1983 he also served as Trustee for the organization. He was assigned several duties, but most often was assigned to the Loge (Red) Level of Riverfront Stadium during baseball and football games. Whatever his assignment, he excelled according to former Private Police Chief Lenny Carbonia. Officer Sampson left the Association in 1992 to be with his brother in Oklahoma.

Joe passed away in Lebanon, Ohio on March 14, 2019 at the age of 87.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughters, Connie Flores and Karen Ballweg, and siblings, Jack Sampson and Hazel Mumford. Officer Sampson is survived by his wife of 26 years, Nancy (Frame) Harrison-Sampson; daughter, Nina (Joe) Schirmer; stepchildren, Mark (Maryan) Harrison and Rebecca Harrison; siblings, Herbert Sampson, George Sampson, and Wilma Perry; nine step-grandchildren; and eighteen step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today, March 20, 2019 at the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home in Lebanon. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. He will be buried at the Dayton National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Dayton Veterans Association Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

We apologize for this late notice. His status as a law enforcement employee was just now verified to us. If there are any updates, they may be found at


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