William Joseph Simpson Jr.

March 3, 1950April 28, 2021

William Joseph Simpson Jr., 71, of Swansea, IL, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO.

William was born March 3, 1950 to William Joseph and Marie Bryden (Roberts) Simpson. He married Jin Shia Jiang on April 22, 1974. She survives and resides in Swansea, IL.

Together they had three children who survive: William (Lisa) Simpson III, Christopher (Hsing Yi) Simpson and Marie Simpson-Wicker; beloved grandchildren, Abigail, William IV, Chieh yu, Chen, Sophia, and AnJoelina; one brother, Buddy and one sister, Jackie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Marie Simpson; and siblings, Barbara and Theresa.

William was a life member of the Masonic Lodge and more recently with the O’Fallon Masonic Lodge. He was also involved with the Shriners for many years. William was a professional hobbyist, always enjoying a new activity and finding new interests.

He was a LVAD heart ambassador, paving the way for others through advancements in medical technology.

William proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a retired veteran after 24 years of service and a true Patriot to his country. He also worked and retired from the United States Postal Service.

Above all else, William was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Additional condolences may be sent to the family at

VISITATION: A visitation for William will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 3:00 P.M.- 4:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL 62208.

SERVICE: A funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation, at 4:00 P.M. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. Inurment will be held at Jefferson-Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. A procession will leave Lake View Funeral Home around 9:30A.M. Friday morning should guests choose to accompany the procession.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Inurnment

    Friday, May 7, 2021


William Joseph Simpson Jr.

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Rautty Rautenstrauch

May 6, 2021

Iam sadden by your loss and send Prayers. I only got to meet Crash once but what a Great Person . I regrett not being able to spent more time with him but i did have the pleasure of talking to him when in the Hospital. He well be deeply missed. Prayers to the Family.

Anjoelina Wicker

May 3, 2021

Hello, this is AnJoelina ( jojo) I'm his grand daughter. I didn't get to say goodbye due to that fact i'm four hours away from my family. First I would like to say that I miss him dearly and i'm using his passing as motivation. He always wanted me to be successful and always pushed me to do my best. There's too many memories to choose from, so every moment we had together my favorite part was him. I love you and I miss you popop.

Chris Dodds

May 1, 2021

His son organized several lunches with him and several friends. I remember he was always in good spirits and we always had a great time! He was loved and will be missed. May his family be blessed and cared for during this difficult time.

Ralph Jones

April 30, 2021

Bill and I came from related Intel career fields when we met while joining the 75th MAS in 1975. He was the Best Man at my wedding .

Linda Jacob

April 30, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. We worked together at the post office and he was my work husband. Bill had a joke for everything. We rode Harleys together and shared a lot of fun times.
He was so kind after my husband passed away in 2006.
I wish I could be there for his service but I now live in Texas and won’t be able to attend. I’m sure my husband Glenn is already talking about Harleys with Bill now.

Raymond Huang

April 30, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Bill and the rest of the Simpson family for the passing of their beloved and wonderful husband,dad,granddad.

May God bless his soul where he will be in a better place eternally.

From Raymond, Cora, Priscilla and Phoebe Huang


April 29, 2021

I was blessed to have have had Bill in my life. We spent many hours talking while traveling to and from our Veterans of Vietnam Motorcycle club meetings and working together on numerous club functions. . I really don't have the words to express my deep sadness with the loss of my good friend. My condolences to his family and praying that the Lord will comfort you all during this difficult time.