Calvin Edward Simpson, known to many as Pete, 92, Lonedell, departed this life Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Washington. |
Pete, son of the late Walter Edward Simpson and wife Goldie Mae, nee Hicks, was born June 27, 1921, in Island Grove, Ill. He was united in marriage to Anna Mae Green Oct. 16, 1944, and two daughters came to bless this union.
Pete was a Christian, and member of Virginia Mines Baptist Church, Lonedell. He was proud to have served his country during World War II as a platoon sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, entering June 20, 1940, and receiving his honorable discharge Oct. 13, 1945. He was grateful to have survived the sinking of the USS Yorktown in the battle of Midway. During his working career, he was employed as a pipefitter at C&R Mechanical Services, Kirkwood, where he retired after over 40 years of service. He also was a proud member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 002, St. Louis, as well as being a member of American Legion Post 347, St. Clair. Pete had a variety of interests throughout his life, including bird hunting, especially quail hunting, raising bird dogs, and growing a large garden. He was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, loved to spend time on his cruiser at Lake of the Ozarks, and go traveling in his RV. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. His children and grandchildren held a very special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.
Pete is survived by his wife, Anna Simpson, Lonedell; two daughters, Sandra Tate and husband Wayne, and Brenda Carrier and husband William, all of Lonedell; one half sister, Betty Whitten, Kirkwood; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Goldie Simpson; and one brother, Maurice Fuller.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. John Pursley officiating.
Entombment, with full military honors, was in Crestview Memorial Park, Haven of Rest Mausoleum, St. Clair.
Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice.
The Simpson family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on May 31, 2014