BLOOMINGTON — Timothy Scott Simpson, 37, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Bloomington, died at 1:56 a.m. May 30, 2013, at Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn, Scottsdale, Ariz.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eastview Christian Church, Normal, where military honors will be accorded.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Cremation rites will be accorded following services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation,

He was born Dec. 16, 1975, in Normal, son of Gerald “Jerry” L. and Diane L. Bricker Simpson. 

Surviving are his mother, Diane Simpson; his father and stepmother, Jerry and Vickie Simpson; and one brother, Daniel Simpson, all of Bloomington. Also surviving are one stepsister, Lisa (Al) Carey, and one stepbrother, Michael Renfrow, both of Farmer City; two nieces, Taylor Simpson and Cheyenne Simpson; one nephew, Colin Simpson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and by his “special uncle Jim.”

In 1998, Tim joined the U.S. Army, where he served three tours overseas for Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his discharge from active military service, he graduated from the U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School. He then continued to work part time for the Arizona Army National Guard in Phoenix, stationed at Papago Park Military Reservation with the 285th Aviation Battalion.

Sgt. Timothy S. Simpson recently completed military aviation training in Panama, South America. While working, he also attended Mesa Community College to complete his aviation flight degree. 

He was proud to represent his country and serve in the military.  He also enjoyed traveling and sailing. Tim cherished his family and will be remembered for all of his selfless acts of kindness and will live on in the hearts of his family and friends forever. Tim’s family and friends will never forget his magnetic sense of humor and he will be remembered by his nieces and nephew as “the bestest, funniest uncle ever.” 

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