Douglas B. Simpson, Sr.

February 26, 1932 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 88)


Douglas B. Simpson, Sr., 88 years old, passed away at 2:07 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.  Mr. Simpson was born on February 26, 1932 in Lansing, MI to the late Donald and Vivian (Cass) Simpson.  He has lived in South Bend most of his life.  Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Steele White and his second wife, Margaret McCandless. 

Mr. Simpson was a longtime teacher and baseball coach at Riley High School, where he also initiated the Model United Nations and the Human Relations Club. He went on to a second career in business, developing training and education programs for healthcare and manufacturing companies in Memphis, TN and internationally. During his retirement years in South Bend, he became a Master Gardener through the Purdue Extension Program.

Mr. Simpson is survived by his three children, Lori (Marc) Abel of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Douglas B. Simpson, Jr. (Bertha Wilder) of South Bend, and Joel (Linda) Simpson of Austin, TX; two granddaughters, Jessica Abel and Rebekah Abel (Andy Pratt); and his sister, Sue (Joe) Koziol of Holland, MI and many nieces and nephews. 

Private services will be held.  Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, South Bend is assisting the family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Douglas B. Simpson, Sr. may be donated to American Civil Liberties Union, 313 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 or to Broadway Christian Parish, 1412 Carroll Street, South Bend, IN  46613.  Online condolences may be offered to the Simpson family at 

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Private Services

Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614


American Civil Liberties Union
313 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Broadway Christian Parish
1412 Carroll Street, South Bend IN 46613
Tel: 1-574-289-0333

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