John Simpson

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John Stanley Simpson
March 10, 1917 - April 4, 2015
John Stanley Simpson (Stan), the second son of Elias and Frances Warrener Simpson, was born in a sod house on March 10, 1917 near the town of Brisbane, North Dakota. Stan grew up on a farm without electricity, indoor plumbing, phone and all farming was done with horses. He always had chores before and after school, including milking cows by lantern light each morning.
Stan received his schooling in a one building with four classrooms. The primary grades were on the ground floor with the high school and small gymnasium on the second floor.
Shortly after graduating from high school in 1934, those were tough years, deep in the depression years. He joined the CCC's July 12, 1934 and served two years in North Dakota, Arkansas, South Dakota and finally shipped to Idaho in 1936, where his folks had moved to be near his sister, who moved to Meridian in 1929.
Stan worked in the orchards, hay fields or wherever he was able to find work from $1.50 to $2.00 a day. He also worked at Montgomery Ward in Nampa for $0.25 an hour and started subbing at the Meridian Post Office in 1940.
On September 10, 1941 he was drafted into the Army and had just finished basic training at Camp Roberts, California and was on guard on December 7 and then to Fort Lewis, Washington. Stan was shipped out to Australia in April 1942, after 49 months in the Army, 42 months he was overseas with one 7 day furlough. He was in numerous locations in the South Pacific, left his outfit in the Philippines, the day after the Japanese surrendered and finally home and discharged October 4, 1945 with rank of Staff Sargent.
Stan transferred from Meridian Post Office to the Nampa Post Office and spent 31 years as a clerk with the last three years as a Rural Mail Carrier and retired on August 17, 1976.
Stan married Ruby E. Willis on February 13, 1953 with a ready-made family, which couldn't have worked out better. After retirement, he worked for Amalgamated Sugar Company for five fall campaigns, spent time camping, fishing and visiting relatives in Oregon. One of his favorite camping spots was the Philipps Reservoir and campground out of Baker, Oregon.
Stan belonged to Nampa Church of the Brethren. He was one cog in the noodle making crew, worked the produce booth for the annual bazaar and was a member of NARFE and AARP. He was a member of Quinco Credit Union since 1955 and did volunteer work for the senior center for about 15 years.
Stan is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Ruby; daughter, Eleanor (Ellie) Knudsen; 3 sisters, Ida, Vera & Mabel; 2 brothers, Gordon & Wes. He is survived by son, Gary (Lorie) Willis; grandchildren, Michelle (David) Bocchino, Holly (Angela) Knudsen, Chris (Suzy) Knudsen, Cindy (Dennis) Willis, Jamie Willis and Dianna Willis. Also surviving him are numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's name to Nampa Church of the Brethren, 11030 W. Orchard Ave., Nampa, ID 83651 or a favorite .
A viewing will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So., Nampa from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Apr. 8, 2015