Former KanBuild owner found dead in apparent suicide

OSAGE CITY—The former owner of KanBuild Inc., a major modular homes company that operated in Osage City, was found dead this week.

At 4:37 p.m. June 23rd, officers of the Osage City Police Department were dispatched to a possible suicide discovered by an employee of Asset LifeCycle, LLC, in the parking lot of the facility, 126 Nichols Road, Osage City, Kansas.

“On arrival officers found John W. Samples, 65, Topeka, deceased from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound sitting inside his vehicle,” said Fred Nech, Osage City chief of police. “Additionally a letter was discovered in the vehicle addressed to a friend.”

Nech said Samples was transported to Kansas City for an autopsy to further verify and conclude the investigation.

KanBuild was headquartered in Osage City for more than 25 years, once employing as many as 275 people. The company peaked at combined annual sales of more than $30 million, with 500 total employees between three locations.

KanBuild announced the closing of operations on Feb. 18, 2011, indefinitely suspending its 78 remaining employees. The company’s tools and vehicles were auctioned off in June 2011. The location reopened as Asset LifeCycle in 2013.

Samples was a former resident of Burlingame.

“If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK,” Nech said.

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