Steven Ray Simpson

Steven Ray Simpson

Birth
Huntingburg, Dubois County, Indiana, USA
Death 8 Jun 2004 (aged 53)
Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
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Heilman, Warrick County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 38472805 · View Source
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Stephen R. Simpson was an exceptional man. With a heart of gold, he reached out to those in need and helped countless people achieve a better life. Many children in our area remember Steve as their hero. He took children who suffered physical disabilities to and from the Shrine Hospital in St. Louis. Steve was their friend, care giver and their inspiration. Since Steve suffered from his own physical handicap he knew how to empathize with others. With determination and courage, Steve overcame many pitfalls and reached his goals that were geared to a better life for his fellow man. Born in Huntingburg, IN, the son of Betty Saltzman Simpson and Ray Simpson, the family moved to Newburgh, IN when he was very young. The oldest of four children Steve remained close to his brother and sisters throughout his life. During his childhood years Steve was very popular. The family said their yard was always full of kids who came to play with Steve. A top level student at school, Steve graduated from Castle High School in 1968. During his high school years Steve worked in the camera department at K-Mart. He also had fun. Boating on the Ohio River in a variety of boats; they were often called the "river rats." In 1972 Steve was married at Neu Chapel. There was much celebration when two sons, Brian and Scott arrived. Steve approached fatherhood with much enthusiasm. He was in the middle of coaching baseball, soccer and basketball for his sons' teams. Steve's career centered around the Plumber and Pipefitters field where he was a member of the Union. Steve loved his work. He worked hard and enjoyed every minute of it. Whatever Steve decided to do, he did his best and would not quit until he succeeded. At age 15 Steve suffered a blow that affected him for the rest of his life. He was diagnosed with diabetes. Steve struggled as he began to live with the illness. He succeeded in overcoming the barriers that took their tole on his daily life. Along with his work as a plumber Steve served as a D.J. at the Eagles Lodge, the Shrine, the Masons and at private weddings. He loved music and his audience loved him. Steve was a Past Master of Reed Lodge # 316, serving as Master in 1987. One of the highlights of Steve's life was his work with the Shrine. The Shrine Circus was his favorite. He filled every position that was available at the Circus. He had a special love for the children that he transported to and from the hospital in St. Louis. The children returned his love two-fold. In 1989 Steve was confronted with the biggest trial of his life. He lost one leg and then the second leg as a result of his diabetic condition. This was a time of great suffering for Steve, but again Steve overcame. He just worked harder and gave more of himself. Steve was a pillar of strength. Steve wore the prosthesis that were fitted for him and he could do anything that others could do. He crawled under houses at work and continued to engage in bowling. Steve was an expert with the bowling ball. For him, winning at the bowling tournaments brought him much pleasure. When Steve gathered with his buddies everyone laughed about the Shrine conventions. Steve could top any of the stories about conventions. Steve experienced much sadness when his son, Scott moved to California. He loved his sons dearly and continued to see them as much as possible. Brian and Scott remained the joy of his life. Many hearts were sad and heavy when Steve died June 8, 2004 at the very young age of 53. Some of his dreams and hopes remained unfulfilled. The diabetes that had plagued his life, finally took his life. We will continue to remember Steve, for his generous and warm heart, his determination and courage, his love for the Shrine children and his exceptional achievements in the face of adversity. As we pray for his family, let us keep his memory deep within our hearts.


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  • Maintained by: Hal Bloss
  • Originally Created by: Debbie Howes
  • Added: 17 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38472805
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Steven Ray Simpson (20 Jul 1950–8 Jun 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38472805, citing Garrison Chapel Cemetery, Heilman, Warrick County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Hal Bloss (contributor 46549933) .