Saturday, November 17, 2012

Alex F. Simpson

Alex Francis Simpson, age 80, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at the Elizabeth Residence. He was born in Uniontown, PA, on October 14, 1932, son of the late Alex and Helen (Nee: Cole) Simpson of Hopwood, PA.

Alex graduated from North Union High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1956. Returning to the Uniontown area he met the love of his life, Arlene Miller, and on June 1, 1957, they were united in marriage. Alex worked at the family business, Simpson Towel Supply, and went to Waynesburg College where he earned a degree in business management and became a Certified Public Accountant. He worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co. for 8 years, first in Pittsburgh as an auditor, and then broadened his responsibilities into general management with a transfer to Rochester, MI. In 1970 he accepted a job from Modine Mfg Co. and moved to Racine. In 1987 Modine elected Alex executive vice president and chief operating officer. He attained the position of vice-chairman of the company before retiring in 1994.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist church and had served on the finance committee. He had been a member of the Racine Country Club and the Somerset Club. Alex served on many boards, including the Parkside Benevolent Board, St. Luke’s Hospital, Nelson Industries, Racine Downtown Redevelopment, and Modine Mfg. Alex enjoyed golfing, jogging, history, geology and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was a generous supporter of the Racine Community. Above all he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Arlene; son, Eric (Michie) Simpson; daughter Luann J. Simpson; grandchildren, Lorna and Alex, all of Racine; brothers, Donald (Marcia) Simpson, William (Kathy) Simpson all of Hopwood, PA; nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3825 Erie St., with Reverend Roselind Dryver-Scott officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials to Hospice Alliance or the Alzheimer’s Assn for Research have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jennifer Takata and the staffs of Hospice Alliance and Elizabeth Residence for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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