John Wayne Samples, 65, Topeka: Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – John Wayne Samples, of Topeka, Kan., was born on Dec. 30, 1950, and died Thursday, June 23, 2016. He was the son and only child of John W. and Naomi “Oma” Elizabeth Parscale Samples, of Matfield Green, Kan. John was preceded in death by his father in 1973 and his mother in 2011.

John grew up in Matfield Green and attended school in Cottonwood Falls, Kan., graduating from high school there in 1969. He later attended Emporia State University. He was married to Carol Samples, they later divorced. He married Debbie Samples; they later divorced.

John began his housing career at Broadmore Homes of Kansas, in Emporia, Kan., continued with MTI in Texas, and then returned to the area to be the general manager of the new housing plant in Osage City, Kan., constructed as a joint venture between J.C. Nichols and Marley Continental Homes. John later led a local group that purchased the facility and reopened the closed plant as Kan Build Inc., which operated successfully, garnered many awards, and expanded with two additional plants in Colorado. The company was sold in 2000 to All American Homes, which later chose to close the plant in the fall of 2005. John again led a local group to buy the plant and reopen it as Kan Build Inc. It operated under that name until February 2011. John ran the facility 25 1/2 years of its 28-year tenure.

Among the many awards John received as Kan Build president were the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, the Kansas Calvary Award from Governor Bill Graves, and the Good Scout Award. In his position, he was privileged to meet with President George H. Bush, President George W. Bush, Bob Dole, Bill Ryan, Lynn Jenkins, Anthony Hensley, and many other state and federal legislators.

With his long-time business partner Les Anderson, John was a consistent and generous supporter of local 4-H groups, local churches, and the community of Osage City. Notable donations done in whole or in part included the former Osage City entry signs, the shelter house in Santa Fe Park, the Gillday gas station project, the kitchen facilities at the fair building, Osage City’s current Christmas decorations, and countless local charitable projects. John helped an untold list of individuals and was an unwavering fan of the underdog.

Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City.

Memorial contributions can be sent for the John Samples Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of First National Bank of Kansas, PO Box 275, Osage City, KS 66523.


2 Responses to John Wayne Samples, 65, Topeka: Dec. 30, 1950 – June 23, 2016

  1. W Schimmel says:

    RIP John.You will be missed!

  2. JOHN says:

    RIP my friend. I will see you again, just not yet!

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