Gene Richard Simpson, age 88 of Alexandria, Minnesota, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Knute Nelson in Alexandria.

Funeral services for Gene Simpson will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 11:00 at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home and also for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Interment will be in Glenwood Lutheran Cemetery.

Gene was the youngest of three children born to Rose and Carl Simpson. He was born July 26, 1930, in Graceville, MN, and grew up on a farm.  He attended rural school and graduated from Graceville High School in 1948. In 1949, Gene joined the US Navy and was stationed at Moffett Field in California until 1953. He worked as an avionics mechanic for Signature Flight for 40 years at MSP airport. On October 25, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Horning. Together, they raised four children in Bloomington, MN.

Gene had a strong enduring love of family, friends, church, and athletics. Mechanically minded, Gene was always “tinkering around” and lending a helping hand if something needed fixing. He also loved a fair bit of competition. Whether that was on the football field in his younger days (4 years of undefeated 6 man football in high school), on the golf course in his later years (3 holes in one), or playing cards, Gene played to win. Faith and service were an integral part of his life. He regularly attended Bible Study, volunteered at soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity, and helped with community projects.

Gene is survived by his loving friend and companion Natalie Johnson, daughter: Deanna Simpson (Gerald Hill); sons: Tony (Maureen) Simpson and Loren (Darcie) Simpson; daughter-in-law; Robyn Birdwell; brother: Ervin (Doris) Simpson; and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Dorothy (2009), son Joel (2013), and sister Eva (2019).

Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

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