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Wendell K. Simpson

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Wendell K. Simpson Obituary
Wendell k. simpson Wendell Kohl Simpson died peacefully at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine on March 18, 2013, less than 3 weeks shy of his 98th birthday. As he wished, he lived in his home at York Beach, Maine until only a few days before his death. Born in Spokane, Washington, April 8, 1915, to parents Glenn Simpson and Hannah Kohl Simpson, Wendell grew up in Indiana. He went to Angola High School, and continued his education at DePauw University, graduating in 1937. He earned his law degree from Northwestern University in 1941. Wendell served in the Army during WWII. In Washington, DC on VJ Day 1945, he met Barbara Jean Stine, and they married a few months later. Wendell worked for the American Life Convention (ALC), a trade association of life insurance companies, first in Chicago and later in Washington DC, after the association merged and became the American Counsel of Life Insurance (ACLI). He climbed to the position of V.P. of Administration when he retired after almost 35 years with the company. Wendell and Barbara had 3 children, Karen (1946), Stewart Kohl (1949), and Christopher Peter (1955). He was predeceased by his brother, Wilbur Herman Simpson (1997) and his daughter, Karen Simpson Young (2003) of Oldsmar, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Barbara of 67 years; his sister, Miriam Simpson Kaplan of Wilmette, his son, Stewart of Hallowell, Maine, and his son, Christopher of Whitefield, Maine. Wendell had 5 grandchildren; Adam Young (Atlanta, Georgia), Jason Young (Astoria, New York), Jacob Young (Wilton, Connecticut), Marguerite Simpson Coy (Gales Ferry, Connecticut), and Julia Simpson (Portland, Maine), as well as 2 great grandchildren: Hope and Eli Young (Atlanta, Georgia). He will be dearly missed by all. A memorial service and celebration of Wendell 's life took place at St. George 's Episcopal Church in York, Maine on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:00 am. Wendell 's ashes were interred in the columbarium next to the church following the service.
Published in Suburban Life Publications on Nov. 7, 2013
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