• April 6, 1935 - October 2, 2017
  • Sacramento, California

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Lt. Col. Leo Sampanis, USAF Ret, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 2, 2017, after three days in home hospice care. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lambros and Adamandia Sampanis of Salem, Indiana (both originally from Greece). He was born in Salem on April 6, 1935, and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Katherine, his daughter, Maria Sampanis, son-in-law Daniel P. Eriksson, daughter Joanna Sampanis, and grandchildren, Athena and Alexander S. Eriksson; brothers Lee (Maria) Sampanis of Stamford, CT, Spero (Toula) Sampanis of Pensacola, FL, and Perry (Mae) Sampanis of Bloomington, IN; godbrother James C. Demas of Columbus, OH; cousins Katherine (Sem) Phan, Tina Assimos, and Maria Asimakopoulos; and cherished nieces and nephews. A proud Hoosier, IU alum, and 65-year member of AHEPA, Leo was dedicated to medicine and science, military and public service, education, church community, and family above all-and that family will miss him and his terrific sense of humor tremendously. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The Build, c/o the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 616 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95816 or https://thebuildsac.org/.