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Wendell Simpson


1915 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Wendell Simpson Obituary
Wendell Kohl Simpson died at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME on March 18, 2013. He lived in his home at York Beach, ME until only a few days before his death. Born in Spokane, WA April 8, 1915 to parents Glenn Simpson and Hannah Kohl Simpson, Wendell grew up in Indiana. He went to Angola High School, and continued his education at DePauw University, graduating in 1937. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University in 1941. Wendell served in the Army during WWII. In Washington, DC on VJ Day 1945 he met Barbara Jean Stine, and they married a few months later. Wendell worked for the American Life Convention (ALC), a trade association of life insurance companies, first in Chicago and later in Washington DC, after the association merged and became the American Counsel of Life Insurance (ACLI). He climbed to the position of V.P. of Administration before he retired after almost 35 years with the company. Wendell and Barbara had 3 children: Karen (1946), Stewart Kohl (1949), and Christopher Peter (1955). He was predeceased by his brother Wilbur Herman Simpson (1997) and his daughter Karen Simpson Young (2003) of Oldsmar, FL He is survived by his wife Barbara of 67 years, his sister Miriam Simpson Kaplan of Wilmette, IL, his son Stewart of Hallowell,ME and his son Christopher of Whitefield, ME. Wendell had 5 grandchildren; Adam Young (Atlanta, GA), Jason Young (Astoria, NY), Jacob Young (Wilton, CT), Marguerite Simpson Coy (Gales Ferry, CT), and Julia Simpson (Portland, ME). He will be dearly missed by all. A memorial service and celebration of Wendell's life took place at St. George's Episcopal Church in York, ME on Saturday, August 24th at 11:00 am. Wendell's ashes were interred in the columbarium next to the church.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Nov. 3, 2013
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