William “Bill” Simpson, 85, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday February 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday February 22, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein. Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein.
Bill was born on June 29, 1930 in Erie, PA to parents Edward and Mildred (Eighmy) Simpson. He attended Strong Vincent High School in Erie, PA. Bill then served his country honorably from 1948-1951 in the United States Army during the Korean War. On August 1, 1950 he was united in marriage with Marilyn Moody at Petersburg, VA. Bill owned and operated Simpson Refrigeration in Oelwein for 40 years. Bill and Marilyn moved to Chesterfield, MO where Bill was employed in the maintenance department at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. Following retirement, they moved back to Oelwein.
Bill enjoyed golfing, trips to the river in Guttenberg, and his work in refrigeration. He mostly enjoyed his time with friends and family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love him.
Left to celebrate Bill’s life are his children: Bill (Cathie) Simpson of Northport, FL, Barbara (Terril) Cook of Overland Park, KS, Janet (Joel) Reinert of Manchester, and Patrick (Karen) Simpson of Oelwein; his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his siblings: Norman Simpson, Frank Simpson and Ruth Holbrook, all of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marilyn; his grandson Nickolas Reinert; his brothers: Ralph, Bob, Buddy and John Simpson.