David D. Simpson

GENEVA – David D. Simpson, 94, a longtime resident of River Grove and Geneva, died peacefully on June 18, 2016.
David Simpson was born in Evansville, Illinois October 25, 1921, son of Raymond and Anna Simp-son, known by all as Mom and Pop Simpson.
David was one of ten siblings, and was the last living child. He bravely enlisted with his brother, Walter, to fight for his country during World War II. He served as an army sergeant and re-enlisted to continue his service. His medals included the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Ribbon, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, and Army of Occupation Medal Japan.
He frequently shared memories of his time in Africa and the Philippines with his grandchildren, proudly displayed his medals, and wore his World War II veteran hat whenever possible. David felt privileged to attend the Honor Flight, which acknowledged his service.
After the war, David worked at International Harvester for more than 30 years, and received recognition for his longtime dedication when he retired.
David married Betty Louis and lived in River Grove. They loved to travel together and spend time with their friends, family, and social group, “the Pilgrims.” After Betty’s death, David was again blessed and married Helen Hansen. They shared 20 years together in Geneva, attending Mass daily at St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
David was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His faith in God, devotion to his family, loyalty to his country and the Chicago Cubs will always be remembered.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Helen Simpson. He is the cherished father of Mary Ellen (Kenneth) Pollina and Donald Simpson; devoted grandfather to Patrick (Catherine) and Timothy Simpson; Katie, David, and Elizabeth Pol-lina; and Addison Wherley; proud great-grandfather of Rex and Benjamin Simpson; brother-in-law of James C. Scott of Dwight, and Lorraine Simpson of Largo, Florida.
He had many step-children, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Betty Louis Simpson; son, Thomas; grandchildren, Colleen Simpson and Matthew Pollina; nine siblings: Delbert, Valla, Justin, Walter, Bobby, Sylvia Keating, Betty Wallace, Mary Fecarotto, and Anna Mae Scott; and longtime best friends, Lucille and Jimmy Dufexes of Algonquin, all of whom he loved dearly.
His Funeral Mass was Saturday, July 2, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter Catholic Church, Geneva.
Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery, Odell.
Visitation was Friday, July 1, from 4 until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Yurs Funeral Home in Geneva.