William E. "Bill" Simpson Marshall William E. "Bill" Simpson, 72, of Marshall, Michigan died at home on Saturday, October 8, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. William Edgar "Bill" Simpson was born September 22, 1943, in Battle Creek to Myron and Edna (Wooden) Simpson. He grew up in Hickory Corners and was a 1960 graduate of Kellogg Agricultural School. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps 1960-64; and is a 100% Disabled American Veteran. Bill was employed as a carpenter for Schweitzer Construction Company and did a lot of work at the Kellogg Company. In 1985, Kellogg Company hired Bill and he was employed there until retiring in 2010, as Director of Operations and Corporate Construction. Bill married Diane M. Moyers on June 27, 1985, at Yorkville Community Church. Surviving are his wife, Diane; two sons, Wade Wilkey of Fine Lake, Walt (Shelley Freeman) Wilkey of Aqua Dulce, California; several grandchildren including Wendy, Whitney, Tyler and Jackie; and a great-grandson, Daniel Arnold. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Duane R. Simpson on December 16, 2003; a brother, Robert Simpson and a sister, Eleanor Gillespie. Bill was a member of the Kellogg 25 Year Club. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Rifle and Pistol Team and still enjoyed target practice. He was a former big game hunter and traveled to Africa, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela. Bill was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed big game fishing. He especially loved boating on the great lakes, especially cruising in his Sea Ray "Purrsistence" (name of boat) on Lake Michigan. Friends will be received 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016. Interment with military honors by the Ft. Custer and the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guards will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Bill may be made to University of Michigan, Head & Neck Cancer Research Fund - 304022, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-6815 (F.Y.I. - The Code 304022 gets it to the Octolarynology Department - Phone 734-764-6777) or to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek, MI, 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com .
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