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William Simpson

September 10, 1956 — November 26, 2023

Scott city

William Simpson

William (Bill) F. Simpson, age 67, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas.  He was born on September 10, 1956, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Karl Franklin and Betty Jane Melson Simpson, Jr.  A resident of Scott City, Kansas, since 2014, moving from Lawrence, Kansas, he was a retired Emporia State University Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science.

Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph RCIA Director since 2015, and was a cantor and choir member in Lawrence, Kansas, Oro Valley, Arizona, and Scott City, Kansas. A lifetime chess player,  reached the International Postal Chess Expert rating, and the United States Chess Federation Postal Chess Candidate Master Level. Since retirement he played duplicate bridge in the American Contract Bridge League.  At Christmas, he played both Santa Claus for the children, and “Santa Paws” to benefit the Scott County Animal Shelter.  Bill loved Scott County, spending summers during his childhood with his grandparents, Bill and Floy Melson.  Despite many trips throughout the world, when Bill and his wife Carolyn retired, they moved to the family farm in Scott County,  where he was warmly welcomed, and where he was always happiest.

On June 15, 1978, he married Carolyn R. Schneider in Garden Grove, California.  She survives.

Survivors include his Wife - Carolyn R. Simpson of Scott City, Kansas, and one Daughter - Betty Simpson of Denver, Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his Grandparents and parents.

A rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. with the Memorial Service following at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Scott City, Kansas with Fr. Don Bedore presiding.

Memorials can be written to the Scott Community Foundation in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, PO Box 553, Scott City, Kansas, 67871.

There will be no calling times.

Internment will be in the Scott County Cemetery in Scott City, Kansas.

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