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Obituary: Raymond E. Simpson, Columbus

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On July 18, 2014, Ray Simpson received an invitation he could not turn down, an invitation to play endless golf. The first round would be at St. Andrews, the “oldest” course. He would complete the foursome that included, St. Peter, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.

St. Peter explained that there would be no swearing, throwing of clubs, or foot wedges. Ray started to protest, but St. Peter reassured Ray, "You won't need them, you will be perfect in heaven."

Raymond E. Simpson was born June 16,1931, in Hamilton, OH, to Mabel Johnson Simpson and Frank E. Simpson.

Ray is survived by his wife, Susan Simpson of Columbus, IN; and his children, Scott Simpson, Eric (Sandy) Simpson (Indianapolis, IN), and Kelly (Kurt) Schwarze (Columbus, IN). He is also survived by Susan's children, Jim Shobe (Fishers, IN), Kim (Edward) Pence (Columbus, IN), and Michael (Cindy) Shobe (Carmel, IN).

Ray was the proud grandfather of Eric II, Johnathon, Reis, and Dominic Simpson, Tucker Schwarze, John Doll, Zak (Amy) Shobe, Jessica (Jon) Fisher, Jacqueline Pence, Kelsey (Grant) Russo, Emma Pence, and Abby and Sam Shobe. He was also a great-grandfather to Sydney Doll and Max Shobe. In addition to his own grandchildren he was the adopted grandfather to many more and all called him RayO.

Ray was predeceased by his parents and his former wife, (Erma Burns Simpson).

Ray and Susan attended nearly all of their grandchildren's school events. They were regulars at hockey, golf, football, and cross-country meets. Ray was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments and loved to regale people with the stories of those accomplishments.

Ray's dogs, Maxwell and Bentley, preceded him in death, and his dog Leo survives.

In Ray's professional life he was in marketing, sales, and later owned his own business.

Ray received a BS degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Ohio.

Ray served his country as a Navy Corpsman and in Korea as a Marine for 18 months during the Korean War.

Ray was a longtime member of Harrison Lake Country Club and was the President of the Breakfast Optimist Club.

Ray and Susan are members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where Ray used his beautiful baritone voice as a lector. He also read to many elementary children as a book buddy.

In Ray's earlier years he loved road racing for Porsche. He kept his racing trophies with his war medals. He was a coach and a referee for the Columbus Youth Hockey League where he made a positive impact on countless lives. In addition, he was also a coach for PAAL football.

Ray enjoyed spending time on their boat, the "Sue-Ray". They took one very memorable voyage on lake Michigan that almost turned into an Edmund Fitzgerald moment. Ray claimed he was in complete control the whole time.

Ray had a very soft heart as proven by the care he provided to his mother, Mabel, as well as his mother-in-law, Violet Dennison, when their health declined.

The world is a better place as a result of Ray living in it. He lived his life to the fullest and will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church with the funeral service immediately following at 1 p.m. Pastor Mark Teike will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with full military rites being presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be sent to the Simpson family and a video tribute may be viewed at

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