Strate Funeral Home

329 East Grand Coulee Ave, Grand Coulee, WA


Leonard Ray Simpson Jr.

May 4, 1978December 31, 2019

Leonard Ray Simpson Jr. “Chu-Lah-Lush” (41) known to friends and family simply as “Junior” left us all much too soon this last week of December 2019. He was born Thursday May 4th, 1978 in Grand Coulee, Washington to Leonard Sr. and Gloria Francis-Simpson, and graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School, in Coulee Dam, Washington in 1996. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and Walahsat 7 Drums, Junior loved his Sweathouse brothers and sisters and his Nez Perce Longhouse Family. Junior was a talented author, who wrote under the penname of “Windreamer” and enjoyed writing murals. Most at home in the out-of-doors, Junior enjoyed spending time in the woods whether hunting, fishing or gathering foods. He enjoyed beading, listening to music as well as being self-taught on and playing the flute which he made himself.

Predeceased by his grandparents: Charlie & Cecelia Jo Simpson and Terry & Dora Owhi-Francis; father: Leonard Simpson Sr.; aunties: Barbara Owhi, Lena Wilson and Rita Sherwood and cousin David Wilson; Junior’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his mother: Gloria Simpson; brothers: Robert Simpson (Vikky) and Chuck Simpson (LeAnne); the Owhi Family; the Redstar Family; Hamilton-Nason Family; the Gang from 1131 Tilmus and his two 4-footed buddies: “Astro” and “Orbity.”

Junior’s dressing took place at 1:00pm, Friday, January 3, 2020 at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. His interfaith wake and 7-Drums services were held that evening at the Nespelem Community Center in Nespelem, Washington. A sunrise service was held the following morning – Saturday January 4, 2020, immediately followed by his graveside ceremony at Owhi Family Cemetery in Nespelem, Washington.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at http://www.stratefuneralhome.com for Junior's family.


  • Cross Denominational Wake Friday, January 3, 2020
  • 7 Drums Service Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Sunrise Services Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


Leonard Ray Simpson Jr.

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Brenda Hat

January 20, 2020

Part 3 of 3
as goes with my mother, she's there to reprimand me in her own ways for her own reasons, and I'm there to take in the lessons, appreciate the parent she is, and be the annoying baby son I can be as well as lovingly surprising son at the same time.


Brenda Hat

January 20, 2020

Junior was quite excited to learn to make frybread from the dough to the bread itself. On this day, he also learned to make banana bread. It was a good day.

Brenda Hat

January 20, 2020

June 14, 2014

“I know I'm not a healer, not a person of interest, just a guy from this rez who happens to sporatically show up somewhere. the people who know me, tend to try and keep me around when my presence suits them. I agree, as I tend to wander around and check on different people from time to time. where I make my rounds spans elders and youngsters alike. male or female, however it happens I show up. if the feeling of welcome is still around, I have my stay there for a bit, and if not, I excuse myself and walk out. I'm not a constant wanderer, but have my moments. more than likely, I'd rather go outdoors. sometimes, we need a break from people, or people need a break from us. I just like the known ways of being out there, everything out there will protect itself, even at the cost of your well being. they're equipped to know something is in their midst. being allowed to have a temporary presence is good enough for me.”



This hope I send is the prayer I'm proud to make
From me, this offering is something for you to take
For our sakes I pray things play out in a good way
A way that anticipates what unheard voices say
The darkest clouds can create great flashes of light
Genuine invites into unlocked vaults earning all rights
Corners uptight to incite another to start baring teeth
We all see the surface, some unveil what lies underneath
Seething, breathing deeply to restrain an try to explain
To go about what's good, what's better, and the best way
Facing the next day as one yet set on how to unfold as is
Put to bed a day passing that gave us all it could magic
Refashion the image you presented as a task to carry out
Walk into I don't know and hope to make you fairly proud
While we share these routes over ground familiar and safe
In awe and inspired through respected beauty on display


These are a few ‘writtens’ Junior shared with me. I hope they offer some solace during this time.