James G. Simpson
March 12, 1926 - October 3, 2017
James G. Simpson
91 of Franklin, Indiana passed away October 3, 2017. He was born March 12, 1926 in Sharon, North Dakota to the late Alice Gunderson & James George Simpson.
At just 17, Jim enlisted and served in the US Navy during WWll. Much of the time he served on USS LST 1103 in the Pacific. He is on a US Postage Stamp. He appeared in an image of Navy Servicemen on a stamp to raise funds for the war effort. Very few living persons appear on a US stamp.
His dedication to service continued as a missionary in Sierra Leone, West Africa. There he set up and taught at a trade school. He built churches, schools, houses to teach and benefit the local population.
Jim was a scientific sort. He invented an electrostatic seed sorter. He designed early self-
driving cars, as usual, ahead of his time.
Jim was a man of travel. To the Dakotas and around the US, he drove great distances. Many noted, and admired, his driving skill and determination even in winter weather. When retired he, and his wife Cleo, ventured two trips to Alaska driving in their RV, a significant journey at any age.
James loved to read and write. He has recorded many of his adventures and ideas in his book “This Other Simpson”.
Jim taught high school while pastoring at Flat Rock United Methodist Church in Flat Rock, IN, then at Maple Hill United Methodist Church in Wanamaker, IN.
He was preceded in death by his wife June, then by wife Cleo, daughter Carol Simpson, son Tim Simpson; brother Roger Simpson and sister Marilyn Hazard. James is survived by his children, Jannet Duffin (Mark) of Carmel, IN and James Earl Simpson (Glenda) of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren, Nicole Chambers, Natasha Patterson, Benjamin Duffin, Steven Duffin, James William Simpson and
Wendy Simpson; one great grandchild, Greydon Booker.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Chapel at Franklin United Methodist Community 1070 W. Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131. Calling will start at 10 AM followed by the service at 11 AM.