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Richard Simpson


April 13, 1941
September 17, 2020

Visitation 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 28, 2020 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Sandoval
Funeral 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 28, 2020 - Day Macz Funeral Home, Sandoval

Richard “Dick” M. Simpson, 79, of Sandoval passed away Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Nature Trail Health Care in Mt. Vernon. He was born on April 13, 1941 the son of Frank and Dorothy (Pickett) Simpson in Salem. He married the love of his life Maona Brewster on August 4, 1962 at Odin Baptist Church and she survives in Sandoval.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Maona Simpson; caring brother, James Simpson and wife Mary Ann of Ballwin, MO; sisters-in-law, Elaine Woods of Sandoval, Phyllis Brewster of Odin, Elizabeth Cunningham and husband Don of Champaign; brother-in-law, Gary Brewster of Centralia; many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by both his parents; sister, Mary Ellen Walker; mother-in-law, Leona Brewster; brothers-in-law, Wayne Brewster, Alec Brewster, Davies Brewster, Merle Walker, Douglas “Jim” Woods, and George Brewster.

Mr. Simpson served his country as a Sergeant in the United States Army and served a tour in Vietnam. He was a decorated veteran being recognized as a sharpshooter, and being awarded 3 Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal as well as a National Defense Service Medal. Mr. Simpson was employed by Standford Engineering as a machinist, retiring after many years. He was an active member of Sandoval Baptist Church where he was a trustee. Dick loved all animals and even had a rescue from time to time. He liked to watch Westerns and old science fiction. He was a true outdoorsman and was fond of mushroom hunting. Dick was athletic and excelled at so many things, he truly enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and golfing. He enjoyed hunting and archery. He liked to go fishing, riding on bike trails as well as to run in 5K races. Dick was a talented guitar player, and gardener. He was also a gifted woodworker. He loved the beauty of nature and took long walk with his friends at Salem’s Nature Reservoir. Dick will be deeply missed by his friends and family.

Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is privileged to be assisting the family of Richard Simpson with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 28, 2020 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with Rick Pearce officiating. Interment will follow at Peaceful Valley in Odin. A visitation time will be held for friends and family to offer support to Dick’s family from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service Monday at the funeral home, where those in attendance will be required to wear a mask and the amount of people will be limited to 50. Memorials may be made in Dick’s honor to Sandoval Baptist Church or the Donor’s Choice. Online condolences and memories of Dick may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.