Carl David Simpson, formerly of Delaware Carl David Simpson, 93, died peacefully on March 21, 2017 at Harrison Senior Living in Coatesville, PA.
Born October 7, 1923 in Blairsville PA he was the son of the late John and Adah Hawkins Simpson. He graduated high school in 1942 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps and he fought in the Pacific Theatre until his discharge in May 1945. He worked as an ambulance driver for Chester County Hospital while attending West Chester State Teachers College. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in history in 1949. While working at the hospital, he met Betty May Sellers and they were married on November 12, 1950.
He began his teaching career as a principal and lead teacher at the Highland Consolidated Twp. in Gum Tree, PA. After 3 years at Highland, he moved to West Grove for a year; then to Kreb’s Elementary School in Newport, DE. He received his Master’s Degree from Penn State University in 1959 and retired in 1978 after 29 years at the Kreb’s School. After retirement, he was active and held many positions in the Rough and Tumble Museum in Gap, PA. He had a love of Conestoga Wagons and collected antique rifles, trains, and tractors. He was mechanically inclined and could fix almost anything that had moving parts. He was active in the Delaware Blues 1st Regiment Re-enactment Society. He was a member of Centennial Celebration of Delaware and was instrumental in obtaining a large cannon for town square in Newport, DE in memory of fallen warriors. He was adamant about the heroes who make up our history and spoke to many organizations about Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and many others.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, daughter and son-in-law, Carol and David Neideigh of Phoenix, AZ, a granddaughter, Erin Neideigh and grandsons, David Neideigh and Devon Washington, and an older sister, Grace Milos of Denton, TX. He was predeceased by his daughter, Joy Washington.
Funeral Services are being held Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00am at Marshallton United Methodist Church, 1282 W Strasburg Rd., Marshallton.Visitation will begin at 10:00am. Interment will be in Marshallton United Methodist Cemetery, Marshallton. Memorials in Carl’s honor may be made to Blairsville Historical Society, 116 East Campbell Street, Blairsville, PA 15717. Arrangements are being handled by Wentz Funeral Home, Coatesville (610) 384-0318. To share online condolences please visit www.wentzfuneralhome.com.