Former Soldotna resident Edward "Butch" J. Simpson died Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Springfield, Ore., from complications of diabetes and congestive heart failure. He was 62.
There will be a celebration of life today at 11 a.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove, Ore.
Mr. Simpson was born May 6, 1940, to William and Viola Simpson in Cottage Grove. He attended Cottage Grove High School, served in the National Guard from 1958 to 1964 and worked as a roustabout foreman and a truck driver.
He enjoyed camping, spending time with family, fishing, hunting and working on cars. Mr. Simpson also was a member of the Moose Lodge in Cottage Grove and of the Elks Lodge in Kenai.
He lived in Soldotna for 21 years and worked on the oil platforms in Cook Inlet.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Simpson, and sister, Charlotte Paul.
Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife of 42 years, Nellie; his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Paul Sugar of Juneau; sons and their wives, Dan and Kara Simpson of Soldotna and Darren and Leah Simpson of Santee, Calif.; mother, Viola Perry of Graham, Ore.; stepmother, Margarette Simpson of Hudson, Fla.; brothers, Thomas Simpson of Prineville, Ore., Lester Simpson of Hood River, Ore., and Norville Perry of Gresham, Ore.; sisters, Pamela Stacey of Gresham and Beverly Hert of Hudson; and grandchildren, Tiana, Eric, Kate and Courtney Simpson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.
Arrangements were made by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Home in Cottage Grove.
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