February 26, 2012
Mr. Rex L. Simpson, 88, of McPherson, passed away at 11:38 a.m., Sunday, February 26th, 2012 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. Rex L. Simpson, the son of Roy H. and Edith E. (Campbell) Simpson, was born in Helena, Oklahoma on November 21, 1923. He was one of five children born to this union, four sons and one daughter: Rolland, Rex, Don, Mary Louise, and James “Jim”. Rex and his siblings grew up on a farm and learned early on about the values of working hard and getting things done before school, church, sports, and their other activities. Rex attended the Helena grade schools and graduated from Helena High School, Helena, Oklahoma. It was during these years, that Rex participated in sports and gained a love for sports that would last through out his life. Baseball was one of his favorites and he pitched professional baseball in Muskogee, Oklahoma in the Western Association owned by the Springfield Browns Baseball Company. On August 16, 1945 Rex entered into the United States Army at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He honorably served with Company A. 7th ETBn ETX Ft. Belvoir, Virginia during W.W.II. He was a construction machine operator and was a Sargent at the time of his discharged on December 5, 1946, and earned the Victory Medal. He returned home and went back playing baseball for the St. Louis Browns Baseball Company, and worked construction using heavy equipment in Enid. On February 28, 1949, Rex received a letter and contract from the St. Louis Browns Baseball Company to come play for them. It stated “Our organization feels that you are a good prospect and that you have a definite chance to make of yourself a major league player... I know nothing of your present line of employment, but we do know that professional baseball is not unlike the other professions. No one starts at the top… I am returning the contract for your signature, for you to sign and return immediately. Signed John E. MacWherter, President.” After coming back from the war and having a good job it was a hard thing to pass up but just being asked to play gave him a smile as big as a wave on a slop jar. On July 10, 1949 between a double header game in which Rex was pitching, he was united in marriage to Ginger Snoddy on home plate at Muskogee, Oklahoma. He finished the second game and the young couple had a very short honeymoon, for there were more games ahead. The young couple established their first home together in McPherson, Kansas. This union was blessed with a son, Douglas. Rex worked as a compressor man for the National Cooperative Refinery Association, McPherson, Kansas and Trimmed, shod, and broke horses. The family joined the McPherson Church of Christ where they have since been faithful members. Rex was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 24, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No., 2715, and Masonic Lodge, No 72, all of McPherson, Kansas and was a member of the National Rifle Association. Rex was a devoted Christian, loving and caring husband, father, brother, uncle, co-worker, and friend. His wise counsel, gentle but firm guidance, gracious smile, orneriness and sense of humor will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. He was very proud of his son and always wanted the best for him. He enjoyed spending time with his co-workers and friends playing golf, cards, hunting and fishing. Rex was very handy working with his hands and enjoyed drawing, painting, and tinkering in his garage. Rex and his family were deeply saddened by the death of their son, Douglas on May 5, 1993. Rex L. Simpson, 88, of McPherson, passed away at 11:38 a.m., Sunday, February 26th, 2012 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Douglas Leon Simpson; and two brothers, Don and Rolland Simpson. Surviving family members include his loving and devoted wife of nearly sixty-three years, Ginger Simpson of the home, McPherson; his sister, Mary Louise Sloup and her husband Allan of Enid, Oklahoma; his brother, James H. Simpson of Helena, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas. The funeral service will be held at McPherson Church of Christ, McPherson, Kansas at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 with Minister Gary Witcher officiating. The congregation will sing Hymn #473 'Safe In The Arms of Jesus', Hymn #76 'How Great Thou Art”, and Hymn #885 “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be'. The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be given to McPherson Church of Christ, McPherson, Kansas and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.USHERSPug Harrison Jesse MoegeCASKET BEARERSScott Vena Mickey Vena Barry WilliamsonDonnie Simpson Ron Simpson Wayne SimpsonHONORARY CASKET BEARERSAll of Rex’s friends, cohorts, duffers, and rabble-rousers.
Mr. Rex L. Simpson, 88, of McPherson, passed away at 11:38 a.m., Sunday, February 26th, 2012 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital, McPherson, Kansas. Rex L. Simpson, the son of Roy H. and Edith E. (Campbell) Simpson,... View Obituary & Service Information
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