William “Sam” Simpson

William “Sam” Simpson

William Samuel “Sam” Simpson passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Sam was born February 7, 1947 the most beloved son of Florence and Ray Simpson. Sam was always interested in everything and did everything well. He played the lead in Cheaper by the Dozen in high school and built rockets after school, one of the first going astray through the basement window which was all repaired before his mother came home.

He graduated from Otsego High School with honors and attended Michigan State University where he met his wife of 43 years, Elaine K. Sheehan. He then attended Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, OR, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1981.

After returning to his home town of Otsego he was employed by Old Kent Bank as a commercial loan documentation officer and later specialized in wills and trusts and banking regulations. He served on the Otsego City Commission and helped establish the Otsego Area Historical Society.

Sam also had a lifelong interest in amateur radio, his call sign is KC8OZG. His passions were cooking, the Upper Peninsula and animal welfare.

In accordance with Sam’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance (wishbonepetrescue.org) or to an animal welfare group of your choice.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Jan Crandall says:

    You are at the heart of so many prayers right now. I graduated with Sam in 65. I have always remembered Sam as my partner in Cheaper by the Dozen. I played the part of his wife. We also attended MSU together and I remember him fondly. I had hoped he might attend our 50th class reunion. May the love of your family and friends bring you comfort and may your memories sustain you in quiet moments. I am so sorry for your loss. Janis (Sage) Crandall

  2. Carol Winkel Wuebbling says:

    I am so sorry to learn of Sam’s passing. He was a brilliant classmate and fun in chemistry and physics classes. I think we were all in awe of Sam, and weren’t surprised to learn he’d become an attorney. I spoke with him in February about our coming class reunion and hoped to catch up after all these years. HOW he will be missed

  3. Jack Tucker says:

    I was saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. I met Sam in the first grade and we became best of friends all through school, I spent many days after school over at Sam’s home on East Allegan Streeet. He was gifted student and will be missed

  4. Harold Immekus says:

    I have worked for Sam for many years doing his remodeling projects and what ever he needed. I always enjoyed his company. I am sorry to see him pass.
    My condolences,

  5. Missy Bowden says:

    I’ve only known Sam for 6mths and in those months I learned what an amazing ,smart,caring person he was. We had many fun times from debates to teaching each other how to cook different styles & dishes. Mostly him & Elaine teaching me!! It was a privledge to work for both of you and Sam will always have a special place in my heart. My prayers are with you, hope we can stay in touch., and I owe you some homemade cinnamon rolls! 🙂

    Your friend & Caregiver,

  6. Karen Beauchamp says:

    Roger and I are very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. We will always remember our discussions on the front porch of the Thompson cabin and all the delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners we enjoyed with you both. We will certainly miss him.

  7. Sherry & Don Hurlbut says:

    Elaine and Family: We were saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. We both graduated from OHS with Sam. If you had a class with him, it was quite obvious that he would excell in life. He was friendly, fun to be around and always polite and kind. We, too, were hoping to see him at our 50th class reunion. May these memories of Sam, as well as the many memories you cherish, help you through this difficult time. Rest in peace, Sam!

  8. Dr. Catherine Ann Moon PhD. says:

    William and I are very sad indeed about the passing of our friend and neighbor Sam Simpson. He was such a very special man and a real fine human being. We will miss his intellect and excellent positive attitude. His consummate love of animals and “the Great Outdoors” was always appreciated by both of us.

    Elaine and Sam are such good neighbors. It is such a pleasure to live right next door! We will always be there for you Elaine.

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Always …..
    William and Catherine Moon.

  9. Michael and kathy Smith says:

    we are greatly saddened o hear of sam’s passing. he was a blast to chat with on the radio. i remember have dinner with him and eline up north. we had such great evenings.he also interductd me to porto and many great dishes.

    De KC8WJA & KD8BSY

  10. Robert & Mary Byrne says:


    We are sad to hear of your loss.
    Sam will be missed.


  11. Tom Parker says:

    Our sincere condolences, very sorry to hear this news. Always enjoyed talking with Sam on the radio and at the Ham Radio Swap meets.

    Tom(KC8YOE) & Linda Parker

  12. Marc and Dorothy Gergen says:

    It is with great sorrow we learned of Sams passing. I will miss our long conversations over various interests while the dinner he was preparing continued cooking. Sam was a true lover of animals and he will be missed dearly as a human friend. God bless you Elaine and your extended family . If we can help in any way let us know.

  13. Care N Assist says:

    On behalf of Care N Assist, we would like to thank you for
    allowing us to provide care for Mr. Sam Simpson. Sam was loved by those that he allowed to provide care for him and he will truly be missed and always embraced in all of our hearts. God bless you Elaine, may you find the peace you need and the strength to carry on through the good memories you have of your husband.

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