Vincent ‘Jack’ Simpson Sr.


Vincent J. “Jack” Simpson Sr., 84, of DeGraff, died at 7:37 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana.

He was born in Champaign County on Sept. 13, 1929, a son of the late James Arthur and Maud Young Simpson. He also was preceded in death by sisters, Delores, Vonda and Helen; and a brother, Norman.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Ernestine Watkins, whom he married Feb. 26, 1972; daughters, Pam (Joe) Mandall of San Antonio, Texas, Vonda Simpson and her partner Tiffany of Bellefontaine, Jackie Burdiss of Sidney and Deanne McKnight of DeGraff; sons, Vincent “J.J.” (Christy) Simpson of DeGraff and Kent (Amy) Watkins of Sidney; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donald Simpson of Quincy.  

Jack served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, retired from Quincy Casting and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Visitation is two hours prior to a funeral at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Walter & Smith Funeral Home, 642 S. Main St., Urbana. Burial follows in Nettle Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Champaign County, P.O. Box 38125, Urbana, OH 43078; and to the Ohio Parkinson Foundation Southwest Region, Inc., 325 N. Third St., Fairborn, OH 45324-4959.

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