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Ronald Simpson

Ronald A Simpson was born on December 28, 1939 in Creston, Iowa to Rex A and Helen Mickle Simpson. He passed away on August 17, 2015 at the age of 75.

Ron graduated from Shannon City High School in May of 1957 and attended Iowa State University. He lived his entire life on the family farm outside of Shannon City, farming and dairying, first with his dad, Rex A, and family and later with his wife and daughters.

Ron was united in marriage in Creston, Iowa to Karen Elaine Henry on February 19, 1961. To this union, two daughters were born, Kimberly Lynn and Deborah Lou.

Ronnie enjoyed dancing, bowling, 4H leadership, the Shannon City and Creston Live Nativity scenes, judging Dairy, Dairy Goat and bottle calf shows, driving an East Union school car and the Ellston Bell Choir. He was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church and the Shannon City Community Church and was a baptized believer in Christ. Ronnie gained much enjoyment from visiting and developing meaningful friendships with people of all ages and found something positive in all of God's creation. His family meant the world to him and his love for them was never in doubt.

Left to celebrate his life are his wife of 54 years, Karen of Shannon City; daughter, Kimberly Lynn Kopke (Mark) of Amarillo, TX; daughter, Deborah Simpson Thummel (Jeff) of Sheridan, MO; brother, Mike Simpson (Beverly), Chatfield, MN, sister, Carol Oliver, Lacona, IA; sister, Mary Lou Cheers (Ron), Afton, IA; five grandchildren, Jennifer Long, Amarillo, TX; Montana Kopke, Amarillo, TX; Austin Thummel (Kylee), Parnell, MO; Chase Thummel, Sheridan, MO and Sydney Thummel, Sheridan, MO; one great grandson, Kipton Thummel, Parnell, MO and several cousins, nieces, nephews, a cherished Aunt Helen (Mickle) Davis and many, many friends from all facets of his life.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Rex A and Helen (Mickle) Simpson and a brother in law, Jerry Oliver.

Memorials may be made to the Union County 4H Foundation, as Ron and Karen met through 4H, and/or the Shannon City Community Church Camp fund in order that young people from the community might have the opportunity to learn more about Christ.

  • Open Viewing

    August 20, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    August 20, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    August 21, 2015
    10:30 AM

    Shannon City Community Church

    Shannon City, IA

  • Burial

    Friday August 21 2015

    Oakland Cemetery

    Shannon City, IA

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I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. He was such a good guy, and always had a smiling face. It was so nice having him in our little graduating class of nine.
Karen, may happy memories help you and your family through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Audrey Cunningham Jeter - Omaha, NE - Friend   August 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was sorry to hear of Rons passing. I first knew of Ron through 4-H. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Janis Denney - Pella, IA - friend   August 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Ronnie will be missed by all. Thanks to Ronnie for all he did for the 4H organization.

Posted by Eleanor Hoffman - Shannon city, IA - Friend   August 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ron was a joy to have in our Ellston Bell Choir...thank you, Ron, for those memories! Both he and Karen were always so eager to play the bells, and were so appreciative of being Ellston bell ringers! Coming into bell practice, Ron''s warm smile and twinkling eyes lit up the room! His gentle and sweet nature will always be remembered. The bell choir will miss Ron''s enthusiasm and integrity, but his love of life will remain in our hearts as we continue to rings those bells!

Posted by Sharon Thalman - Ellston, IA - friend   August 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ron was such a special person in my life when I was growing up. Learning about dairy cows and showing at the county fair with your girls. Life passes by way too quickly and the best we can do is fill our hearts with the best memories. I will miss his smile. Karen, I am so so sorry for your loss of such a good man.
Carol Hartsook

Posted by Carol Hartsook Higgason - Evans, CO - Friend   August 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Ron, will hold very fond memories in my heart, we had such good and hard times on the farm , between feeding the baby caves to riding lightning out to get the cows at milking time , field work , and going to feed the hillbillys animals .I learned so much from him and he was glad to always teach me some thing new, he loved farming, ( ok maybe not the day he tipped the chopper wagon over full and we had to pitch it all out by hand ) and being out doors. even though our time together was not very long he made an impact in my life . Thank You Ron , Rest in Peace .

Your old farm hand Julie

Posted by Julie Hurd - Nashua, IA - old farm hand   August 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our condolences for you and our family.

Posted by Celeste, Tom, Alek and Ryan Libbin - Amarillo, TX - Friend   August 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

sorry for your loss Kim I hope you remember who I am . Your father was a very nice man

Posted by Penny Tindle Adams - Bedford, IA - friend   August 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Karen and family,

So sorry to hear about Ron''s passing. All of the guys from Florida looked forward to seeing Ron''s smiling face when we made the trip to Shannon City. He was a kind man and a very dear friend to us. All of you are in our prayers.

Bill Jones

Posted by Bill Jones - Jacksonville, FL - Friend of the family   August 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Ron''s passing, he was such a nice man. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Heather Hill - Afton, IA   August 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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