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Kenny Simpson, 99

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William Kenneth "Kenny" Simpson, 99, Osakis, formerly of Alexandria, passed away on Sunday evening, March 23, 2014 at Centra Care Nursing Home in Long Prairie.

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On July 12, 1914 a son was born to George and Mary (Bates) Simpson in Fulton, Illinois. They named him William Kenneth Simpson. He moved as a young man to central Minnesota.

On October 24, 1941, Kenny was married to his sweetheart, Myrtle Leona Wegener in Bertha. They would farm together for more than 50 years on a farm located in Leslie Township, Todd County. They dairy farmed and also raised top market veal calves.

Two years before Myrtles death in 1995, they retired and moved to Alexandria. Ken lived at Bethel Manor Apartments for more than 20 years and faithfully volunteered his time to help others. For 15 years he helped in the coffee shop with his longtime friend, Earl Olson and also assisted other residents by taking them to meals, chapel services or other activities.

Throughout his life, Ken lived by the motto that: "Whatever you are given to do, do it well;" and that was truly his guide. He enjoyed country living and farming with horses. He was a member and former elder for the Leslie Presbyterian Church and later belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in Osakis.

Ken loved his family and spending time with them. He also loved chocolate milk, pumpkin pie and root beer! Going out for a meal was a treat as was taking a drive out in the country to see the fields and wildlife. He was a kind and caring father and grandpa who will be dearly missed.

Special thanks to his caregivers, Laurie Dykema, Scott Lyman and Diane Leismeyer.

Kenny is survived by his children, Judith Melin of Mt. Juliet, TN, Wallace (Judy) Simpson of Osakis, Freddie (Shelby) Simpson of Smith Grove, KY, Lee (Vicki) Simpson of Long Prairie, Edna (Scott) Johnson of Miltona and Mary (Jerry) Dingmann of St. Joseph; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle; grandson, Kevin Simpson; and great-great-grandson, Caidyn Melin.

Funeral services for Kenny were held Thursday, March 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Osakis with the Rev. Tim Sutton officiating. A special reading was given by Dave Olson, Ken's senior companion. Musicians were organist, Vicki Hinrichs and soloist, Dana Hetland. Interment was at Gordon Pleasant Hill Cemetery in rural Osakis, with his eight grandsons as casket bearers, Troy and Russ Melin, Darrin Simpson, Trevor and Travis Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Michael and Matthew Honer.

Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.

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