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In Memory of

George H. Simpson

August 15, 1926 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


On August 15, 1926, George Hardwick Simpson was born in his parents' home in Des Moines, IA and on March 27, 2015, he rejoined his parents after a short illness in Houston, at age 88.

In 1944, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. George made several trips back to Des Moines for high school reunions until just a few years ago. While in high school, he played trumpet in a dance band that performed at Fort Des Moines and at a summer resort in Delafield, WI.
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On August 15, 1926, George Hardwick Simpson was born in his parents' home in Des Moines, IA and on March 27, 2015, he rejoined his parents after a short illness in Houston, at age 88.

In 1944, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines. George made several trips back to Des Moines for high school reunions until just a few years ago. While in high school, he played trumpet in a dance band that performed at Fort Des Moines and at a summer resort in Delafield, WI.
The Navy drafted him during World War II, and he served from 1944-1946 as an Aviation Electronic Technician. He received his training in Corpus Christi, where he was first introduced to a land with no snow and continued to play trumpet in a dance band. George was then assigned to the utility squadron VM-1 in Jacksonville, FL. His squadron ferried the Annapolis Class of 1946 to Pensacola for orientation after the Blue Angels flight team was organized. The squadron ferried the plane captains and airplane spare parts to air shows. The first show was at Corpus Christi, when Admiral Nimitz was coming home. Being a part of the Blue Angels' beginning was a source of pride for George.

After his time in the military, the GI bill allowed him to attend the Iowa State College, better known today as Iowa State University. He continued his electronics education and in 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. This was during a time prior to calculators when an engineer's best friend was a slide rule.

In 1952, he moved to Houston and was the Manager of Communication Sales for the three-state district for Graybar Electric. During his career, he worked for TRW Controls, Smith-Alsworth-Mitchell and L-M-P. He ended his career when he retired in 2010 from Oberlender & Associates where he was a manufacturers' representative for transformers & switch gear. He preferred his career in electrical sales because he enjoyed meeting new people.
He became a single-engine plane pilot; his flight instructor was Judge I.D. McMaster. In 1958, George became a member, then the president of the Jaycee Flying Club of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce. The planes were kept at Andrau Airpark in Alief.

In 1972, he purchased a beach cabin on Bolivar, Texas close to the North Jetty. The majority of his children's lives were spent at that cabin where board games, coffee and newspaper on the porch, food, friends and laughter were always welcome. George enjoyed traveling and seeing new places, but the cabin was where he was the happiest.

A large part of his life during the 1970s was spent with The Boy Scouts as he was a Scout Master in his youngest son's troop and was a member of the Order of the Arrow. Scout trips brought him great joy and he spent considerable time at Camp Strake and at other camping locations.

Because of his love of the water, George joined the Houston Sail & Power Squadron in 1984. He taught Seamanship for members and was a table proctor for the Boating Safety courses offered to the general public. In 2012, he was inducted as a Life Member, which is a great honor to achieve.

In 1988, he was introduced to Bill W. and was a friend for 26 years. He credits that relationship with saving his life.

George fostered a love for the performing arts and was a volunteer usher for the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts from 1993-2011.

While some collect material possessions, George collected people. He enjoyed meeting new people, and staying close with old friends. He was a family man and was very involved in his children's lives. He had a rare talent that allowed him to connect with anyone he met, from the backyard barbeque to black tie affairs. He was a true gentleman.

To carry on his memory, George leaves behind his children: Stephen Simpson, Kevin Simpson (Robin), Cynthia Simpson (Ron Isbell); grandchildren: RJ Isbell, Courtney Isbell Rustin (Kyle), Meghan Isbell; nieces Betty Moore (Mike), Nancy Wojcik (Bernie), Sandy Brock--widow of late nephew Robert Brock, nephew James Brock (Janice), and numerous work colleagues and friends.

A memorial service honoring George was held on Saturday, April 25th from 11am-2pm in Wesley Hall (old sanctuary for) Friendswood United Methodist Church, 204 W. Edgewood, Friendswood, TX. [Edgewood is also known as FM 2351]. Honorary pallbearers were Stephen Simpson, Kevin Simpson, Ron Isbell, RJ Isbell, Steve Mattingly and Craig Daniell.

The family thanks the staff of Regal Estates, League City for its care and compassion during his time there. You were a blessing to both George and to his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations honoring him to The Hobby Center for Performing Arts or the Salvation Army.