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William R. Simpson, 71, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Bill was born July 14, 1945, in Marianna, Florida, to George R. and Georgia M. (Ford) Simpson. On June 4, 1977, Bill married Frances F. (Allen) Simpson.

Bill was a graduate of Ball State University, on a track scholarship, where he majored in art with a minor in physical education. He was a managing partner of Simpson Enterprises. Bill was devoted to Grace United Methodist Church, where he served as head usher, served as a chair of the education committee, served as past president of Grace United Methodist Men (UMM), and sang in the altar choir.

In addition to his devotion to the church, Bill had been very active in the Boy Scouts of America with his son, where he had served as Scout Master, and Assistant Scout Master to Troop 581. Bill completed his wood badge in 1995. While working with the scouts, Bill was selected to receive the following honors: serving as Scout Master for the National Jamboree in 1997, and the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon an adult leader. Also during his time with the scouts, Bill served many years as the "Kernel" for the annual pop-corn fundraiser.

He was also active in coaching at the YMCA and UCT. He had also served on the pit crew for the Kokomo Marching Wildkats when his son was marching. Bill was also a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. Bill was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed golf, watching football, basketball and racing, as well as serving as pit crew for his brother-in-law and nephew when they raced motorcycles, and attending car shows.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Frances; son, Royce Allen Simpson, Kokomo; mother, Georgia Simpson, Galveston; brother-in-law, Floyd E. (Denise S.) Allen, Rochester, Michigan; sister, Anita Gwenn (Sunil) Atri; nephew, Scott E. (Jennifer A.) Allen, Birmingham, Michigan; nephews, Nathan A. (Haley) and Gregory C. (Sybil) Simpson, Joseph J. and Jon J. Carlo; niece, Michelle R. Simpson; great nephew, Michael A. Allen, London, Ontario; and great niece, Jane D. Allen, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bill was preceded in death by his in-laws, Russell C. and Lydia A. Allen; his brother, Teddy L. Simpson; and his father.