H.E. “Ed” Simpson of Macks Creek, Mo., and Lenexa, Kan., passed peacefully on Dec. 21, 2020, after contracting COVID-19.

Ed was born into humble surroundings on Aug. 2, 1926, the first of 10 children to Rich and Ruby Simpson of Light. Ed served honorably in the Pacific Theater in World War II, and was part of the Allied occupation of Japan at Nagasaki.

A lifelong educator, Ed served as a teacher, administrator and coach in Missouri for 35 years. After retirement, Ed worked as a gentleman farmer in Macks Creek until his second retirement in 2016.

Ed Simpson is survived by his wife of 72 years, Zuline; children, Sandra (Greg) Walton of Colorado, Terry (Sandie) Simpson of Mississippi, Tony (Julie) Simpson of Kansas and Todd (Michelle) Simpson of Arizona.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

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