Art Simpkins, age 80, passed away on June 2, 2013.
Born in Riverside, Calif, on Oct. 28, 1932 he was the son of Merl and Mereon Simpkins.
Art grew up in California, had a large paper route, was active in YMCA programs, became an Eagle Scout, and was the chief of the local Scout order of the arrow. He enjoyed hiking and camping in the local mountains. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force and became a mulit-engine pilot where he launched his dream of traveling the world. He left the Air Force, married Sandra Cox and lived in Santa Barbara, Calif. before moving his wife and three children to Lee’s Summit. Here he became a knowledge-driven teacher, certified in the Montessori methods of instruction. He rejoined the Air Force Reserve and resumed his travels which included many towns and villages on every continent, each time returning with materials that he would eventually use when teaching geography and science to children. He retired from the Air Force with many honors and awards. Art was a much loved husband, dad, uncle, brother, son, grandpa ("papa") and friend. Over his lifetime he mastered several career fields and enjoyed sharing his expertise and experience with children.
Art was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Sandra, son, David and daughter, Linda.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie and daughter Elizabeth of Lee’s Summit, his son, Philip, daughter-in-law, Ali and two granddaughters, Christina and Angela in San Antonio, Texas, two brothers, Richard in Virginia and Herbert in California.
A memorial service will be held on June 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Unity Village Chapel.
Memorials or donations may be made to Unity Village Chapel or the American Cancer Society.
(Arrangements: Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW Third St, Lee’s Summit, MO., 64063, 816-524-3700.)