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Better known as Frank, Francis Leo Simpkins was born May 23, 1922, in Oxford, Iowa. He passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Alamogordo. He came from a family with four brothers and two sisters, all of whom predeceased him.
Frank grew up in a farming community, working from childhood as a farm worker and helping in the family store. In high school he played basketball and baseball and was proud that, as a pitcher in one game, he was just one pitch away from a no-hitter.
Shortly after graduation from high school, he joined the Army Air Corps along with his brother before the U.S. entered World War II and was assigned to food services. Later he and his brother Alan, on a lark, tested to become officers. Both qualified, both declined but were ordered to go to Officer Candidate School in Florida. After receiving his commission, he worked with Link Pilot Training in New York and San Antonio, Texas, until being sent to Alamogordo Army Air Base, now Holloman Air Force Base. He eventually was put in command of the bomb and gunnery range in the Tularosa Basin. Along with other duties on the range, he did aircraft crash investigations and had the task of asking ranchers to vacate prior to the first atomic bomb tests at Trinity Site.
In Alamogordo, Frank met "the nicest woman" he ever knew, Loma Tinsley, and married her June 21, 1944, at the base chapel. He remained in the Reserves until 1961, achieving the rank of major. After leaving active-duty service in 1946, he owned a local restaurant and a small airport and worked other jobs until settling in to sell real estate and insurance with the Dalton Agency for over 20 years. He then opened his own real estate firm, running it for many years before "retiring" to manage Tinsley Trailer Park with his wife, Loma.
During his time in Alamogordo, he was active in civic affairs. He was on a number of committees, helped in forming the Chamber of Commerce and was very strong in working with Boys State for many years. Frank was also a charter member of the Country Club and the Noon Lions Club, keeping perfect attendance with the latter until recent years.
He is survived by three offspring: Sheri Sewell and her husband, Skeeter Ash; Loma Ann Seek and her husband, Tony; and Mike Simpkins. He had three grandchildren: Breanna, Shera and Patrick, along with stepgrandchildren Jamie, Christiane, Laura, Cindy, Kathy, Tim and Steve. Twenty great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren survive him as well.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Loma, in 2004, after 60 years of marriage. We pray that he has now joined her to continue their marital bliss through eternity.
A graveside service will be conducted Friday, June 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Monte Vista Cemetery with Robert Smith officiating.
The Simpkins family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 20 to July 20, 2011
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