OBITUARY

Cecil Simpson

June 8, 1959March 10, 2019
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Cecil Leo Simpson, 59, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. Born June 8, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan to Alfred Dale and Rose Eilene (Pettit) Simpson, Cecil was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was stationed in Germany, where he developed of love of German culture, food, and drink that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Cecil was a history buff who never passed up a documentary on American or German history. He was a diehard Spartan fan who also loved to golf, woodwork, and travel. Cecil lived for family gatherings – whether to watch an MSU game, to barbeque, or just to hang out.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christin Grant; his parents; and his two sisters, Josephine and Vickie.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sabine; his son-in-law, Josh Grant; his grandchildren, Katjana and Tyler; and his siblings, Kathy (Hal) Anderson, Dale (Karen) Simpson, Marshall Simpson, Barbara (Terry) Rahe; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11am at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 13 from 6pm until 8pm at the funeral home.

In memory of Cecil, memorial contributions may be made to the Ingham County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be expressed at www.greastlansing.com.

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  • Ingham County Animal Shelter

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019
REMEMBERING

Cecil Simpson

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Angelo Aquino SFC ( Ret )

March 13, 2019

A beloved friend, a beautiful heart, always a straight forward and kind person. SSG Simpson was a fantastic mentor to his soldiers. I remember him and Sabine together outside Merrell Bks while I was on guard duty. I had beers with him at the Green Goose and saw the great charactor he displayed, always. We both were going to meet in Nuremberg late 2019. No words can express such the great loss for this human being..... The world lost a dear friend and heaven gained another angel.
R.I.P. dear brother we have the watch.

Philip Castaneda

March 11, 2019

Warm memories of a good soldier and better friend. Let it be said "Well done and Be thou at peace." CWO (Ret) Castaneda.

Mary Mitchell

March 10, 2019

SSG Simpson was one of a few NCO's that you could go to that would not judge you, instead he'd lead you in the right direction. My condolences to his family and friends. R. I. P. SARGE.

Duane Gendreaux

March 10, 2019

I served with Cecil from 1989-1992 in Germany. During that time we were deployed to Desert Storm. I was a young soldier and he was one of the sergeants I looked up to. We kept in touch through Facebook and it was great sharing things about Germany and Military stuff. Sending prayers of comfort and healing to his Family and Friends. RIP Sarge.

David Nash

March 10, 2019

My heart hurts. RIP brother!

Herbert Gately

March 10, 2019

Picture taken the day Desert Storm Ended. This is TOW Platoon from 45th Ordnance Company. SSG Cecil Simpson is 2d from the end on the far right near the HMMWV.

Herbert Gately

March 10, 2019

Safe Travels my friend. You pushed me to excel when a young and meandering soldier needed it most. I have accomplished much since those days. You were a mentor. As always TOW Rules!!!!

CWO ( RET) Herbert F Gately

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Biography

Cecil Leo Simpson, 59, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. Born June 8, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan to Alfred Dale and Rose Eilene (Pettit) Simpson, Cecil was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was stationed in Germany, where he developed of love of German culture, food, and drink that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Cecil was a history buff who never passed up a documentary on American or German history. He was a diehard Spartan fan who also loved to golf, woodwork, and travel. Cecil lived for family gatherings – whether to watch an MSU game, to barbeque, or just to hang out.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christin Grant; his parents; and his two sisters, Josephine and Vickie.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sabine; his son-in-law, Josh Grant; his grandchidlnre, Katjana and Tyler; and his siblings, Kathy (Hal) Anderson, Dale (Karen) Simpson, Marshall Simpson, and Barbara Rahe.