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William F. Simpson

Billy Simpson of Otsego, passed away, January 11, 2022 at age 86.

Friends may visit with Billy’s family from 2-6 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Born October 24, 1935 in Kalkaska, the son of George and Thelma (White) Simpson, Billy moved to Otsego in 1943. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956 in Germany. Billy worked at Allegan County Road Commission, American Aggregates and Winchester Steel over the years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching his children and grandchildren play football.

Billy was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and served as Chaplain for 15 years. He was very passionate about this position and had great respect for his fellow veterans. Before covid Billy spent his time at local nursing homes keeping fellow veterans company. He enjoyed meeting his retired buddies at local restaurants for coffee every morning when possible.

On September 15, 1956 he married Peggy Town. Together they had 6 children and shared 65 wonderful years.

Surviving are his wife; children, Deb (Larry) Pillars, Tammy Syers, Greg Simpson, Margie Simpson and Chuck (Amy) Simpson; grandchildren, Angie (Pat), Larry Jr., Tom, Bill (Jo Beth), Vanessa, Kayla, Tomasina, Savanna, Alyssa and Gabriel and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Tommy Simpson and grandson, Justin Syers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Billy’s family from 2-6 PM, Saturday, April 9, 2022 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Billy may be made to Otsego VFW Post 3030.

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Karen Myers(Town )

January 12, 2022 at 2:58 pm

I’m so sorry ! He was like my second dad my hole life ! He will be missed !



January 12, 2022 at 3:46 pm

I’m so sorry Peg and family. You are in my thoughts.


Craig Sisson

January 12, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Bill was a good man as well as a proud veteran. He took his chaplains duties vary seriously and ministered to many thru his visits and patriotic words.

God rest his soul.



January 12, 2022 at 4:04 pm

To the family sorry for your loss -to Bill thank you for your service


Lee and Diane Boysen

January 12, 2022 at 4:20 pm

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Simpson’s passing. Thank you for your service Mr. Simpson. We will never forget.


Terri Parrish

January 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

So sorry for your loss. Bill was such a gracious and loving person. I’ll never forget all the times he came and seen Garry when he was sick. Garry enjoyed that so much. Bill was so caring. Peggy you and your family our in my prayers and my thoughts. God bless you and your family, and keep you in his loving arms.


Jennifer Mitchell

January 12, 2022 at 5:28 pm

I didn’t know Mr. Simpson personally, but I certainly recognized him from the many burials that he served at, as well as representing Veterans in our local parades. I am so sorry for your loss, and hope it brings you comfort to know how many people admired him.


Gary Town

January 12, 2022 at 5:33 pm

RIP Uncle Bill , we are all proud of the accomplishments you done in life .

We will miss you. Your a Great Uncle.


Dave and Jeanne Myers

January 12, 2022 at 6:41 pm

We are so sad to hear about Bill. Glad we got to visit with him at Veteran’s day. He was always smiling. Our prayers to his family.


Joan Adams

January 12, 2022 at 10:26 pm

Vanessa I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. Praying for comfort for you and your family. ❤️❤️


Daid Delemme Allegan County Commander Michigan Legion

January 12, 2022 at 11:33 pm

From American Legion Post 84 of Otsego. All the members of Post 84 salute Bill’s service to our veterans and community. We found him to be a dedicated person that believed in serving our veterans through the Lord. May God hold you near my friend. GOD BLESS Till we meet again


Mrs. Jim Hewitt. (Patti)

January 13, 2022 at 2:32 am

To Bill’s family,

Sorry to learn of your loss. Bill was chaplain for so long, now somebody else will need to step in. As I recall he spoke all from memory, nothing on paper. And yes, he was part of the group who gathered for coffee at Harding’s in Otsego to solve the problems of the world. He was always nice to my husband, Jim. Take care as you negotiate this path of grief.


~Bill and Janice Thompson

January 13, 2022 at 9:57 am

Our Sincerest Condolences To The Simpson Family… We are keeping Peggy and Family in our thoughts and prayers … May Our Lord God Keep All Of You in His Loving Arms During This Most Difficult Time. RIP Billy … You will be missed and always loved.


Cheryl and Chuck Buchino

January 13, 2022 at 12:39 pm

Billy was a great man who loved everyone. He was very devoted to visiting any vet in the hospital or at home recovering. He will be missed. He touched us all at the VFW


The Wrobleski Family

January 13, 2022 at 3:10 pm

On behalf of the Wrobleski family, we are very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. God Bless all of you during this difficult time.


floyd gibson

January 13, 2022 at 4:18 pm

Thinking back of all the good times with bill and peg! lots of good memories! my prayers go out for peg and family!


Amanda sherwood

January 13, 2022 at 5:06 pm

My deepest sympathies and love to the whole family. The world has lost one hell of a man . He has taught me the meaning of family . From the first moment I met him I was immediately accepted and treated like family and that has never changed . His wonderful , and even his not so wonderful stories will be greatly missed along with his coaching the lions on Sunday loud enough it’s a wonder they didn’t hear him , his fried zucchini and mush-melon (cantaloupe) sharing … I have thousands of great memories from my childhood and being out at the farm house. I am forever grateful to grandpa and grandma and the whole family .


Dennis Hiemstra

January 13, 2022 at 5:44 pm

My condolences to Bill’s family. I’m proud too know him and grateful for his service to our VFW


Soni and Jeff Richards

January 13, 2022 at 6:41 pm

RIP Bill! Peggy and the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️


Michelle Murphy

January 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm

So very sorry for your loss!! Thoughts and prayers to all of his family!! Such a great man! He visited my Dad several times when he was sick. Always knew when he had come over because there was always a cup full of candy he brought with him to share.


Connie Gibson

January 13, 2022 at 8:55 pm

Billy was a loving caring man and a dear friend. My husband and Billy use to play chess for hours.Thanks for the great memories Iam so sorry Peg my dear friend.You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers Love ya’ll


Christina Pathic

January 14, 2022 at 6:05 am

So sorry to hear about Bill. He was a good guy I really enjoyed coming over with Tammy or Karen and visiting with Bill!!! He will be missed!!! R.I.P Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with the family!!!


Marty Bero

January 14, 2022 at 1:52 pm

I never met this gentleman but growing up I always remember seeing him the parades & around town.

I am so very sorry for the families loss. This man served & was very dedicated to his country & for that I am forever grateful.



January 18, 2022 at 7:45 pm

My condolences to the family my thoughts and prayers to you all .


Kathleen Snyder Fisher

April 8, 2022 at 4:20 pm

The world lost a great man and many lost a great friend. Bill visited my dad (Lloyd Snyder) and many other veterans faithfully. He took his chaplain position very seriously. No matter the weather, Bill was there to spread joy to others. You will be sorely missed, Bill. To his family, thank you for sharing Bill with us all. God Bless you and grant you peace and comfort.


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