01/22/1940 - 02/17/2022

Leslie “Les” A. Hampton passed away peacefully on February 17th, 2022, at the age of 82 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.

He was born January 22, 1940, in Charleston, Illinois and resided in Gilbert, Arizona for the past 4 years, having moved from Sturgis, Michigan.

Les was the most kind, compassionate, generous, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved his family beyond measure. We will miss his wonderful smile, cheerful demeanor and embracing hugs. He will be dearly missed by all, and his legacy will never be forgotten.

He leaves behind his high school sweetheart and loving wife Nancy of 63 years and the joys of his life, a son; Scott (Sheryl) Hampton, grandson; Dustin (Andrea) Hampton, and grandson; Derek Hampton, all of whom reside in Arizona. Stepsister-in-law; Phillis Payne, stepsisters; Charlotte (Fred) Brown and Ann Whitby, stepbrothers; Jack (Diane) Payne, Gary Payne, Tim Payne, and Mike (Geri) Payne.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Hampton; stepmother, Marjorie Hampton; mother, Betty Payne; stepfather Leland Payne; sister, Donna Buchanan; and stepbrother Richard Payne.

Les was Senior Vice President and Co-Owner of Starcraft Recreational Vehicle Company of Topeka, Indiana. He was a coach, teacher, and mentor to many throughout his 23-year career. After retiring, he dedicated the next 16 years to helping his son build a private business.

Les was a member of the following:

  • Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge #49 Free & Accepted Masons of Michigan,
  • Grand Chapter R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons Chapter #26 Sturgis, Michigan,
  • Grand Council-Royal Select Masons of Michigan, Nebuzaradan, Council #6,
  • &S.M Three Rivers, Michigan-Super Excellent Master, Knights Templar
  • Columbia #018 Commandery Sturgis, Michigan-Sir Knight
  • Saladin Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Grand Rapids, Michigan- Noble
  • Sturgis Shrine Club Sturgis Michigan Affiliate of Saladin Temple, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Past Member Sturgis Shrine Club (Fire Brigade)
  • Past Member Society of Automotive Engineers (S.A.E.)
  • United States Army USAR 1958-1966 – Honorable Discharge

In accordance with family wishes, cremation has taken place. No memorial service is planned. Final resting place will be in Oaklawn Cemetery in Sturgis, Michigan at a later date. Gilbert Memorial Park, Gilbert Arizona is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



  • Bill and Donna Smith

    He was one of the finest, funniest, kindest men we ever knew! Such a loss for everyone who was part of his life! RIP Les Hampton! The Angels got a good one! ❤️🙏❤️🙏

  • So sorry for your loss prayers for the family

  • Jim & Jerry Kuhl

    So very sorry Nancy and Scott and family. We will miss Les as he was a great
    brother-in-law and very much part of our family.

  • So sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Rex and Jean Rose

    Condolences and prayers for Nancy, Scott and family. Les always had a smile and friendly greeting for everyone he met. Rest in Paradise, Les.

  • Mike & Kristen Roth

    No words at a time like this seem right. We’re just very sorry for all.

  • Howard and Nadine Roth

    Les was a special part of our family. We have wonderful memories of our many vacations together. He was always there for anyone that needed help. Will miss him soooo much. Our hearts ache for you Nanc and for all of your family that loved him.

  • I’m so sorry Aunt Nancy, Scott and Sheryl and the kids, wish I could be there to give you all hugs! Uncle Les was such an inspiration to me and always made me feel special. Will miss him greatly, love to all.

  • Nancy & Family,
    We are So Saddened at the news of Les’s passing. He was not only a classmate, friend and a relative ~ He was a Leader and a Great example to many people. He is now an Angel that will continue to look after You, Scott, Sheryl, Dustin & Derick.
    Our Prayer is that the memories will comfort and Your Family.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy and Love,
    Ken & Donna

  • Sara Beaty-Zimmer

    Sheryl and Scott, What great memories your dad has left behind for you all, I pray you all have peace in your heart knowing Les left a bit of his heart with everyone he met, his kindness was a blessing to many. Praying for you and the family.

  • Steve and Donna Moran

    Scott and Sheryl,
    We we’re sorry to learn about Les’ passing. He was a great man and a great loss to you. You have our prayers and sympathy in your loss.

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