ROANOKE – Robert “Bob” Kennedy “Simp” Simpson, 93, died peacefully Sunday, June 30, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born June 29, 1926, in Tower Hill, the son of Fritts and Wilma Kennedy Simpson. He married Wilma Scherer on June 10, 1956, in Roanoke. She survives.
Other survivors include one son, John Simpson; one daughter, Leigh (Steve) Schamp; three grandchildren, Jordan Schamp, Lindsay Schamp and Alexandra Simpson, and one brother-in-law, Robert Scherer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Maridell Carpenter Bartscht.
Bob served in the Navy as a radar specialist during World War II. He graduated from Tower Hill High School in 1944. Bob obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, as well as a master’s and doctorate from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He was a professor of speech and hearing science at the U of I, where he served as director of the speech and hearing clinic. Bob also served on the Facial Deformity Team at Carle Hospital in Urbana and eventually was employed by Carle as a speech pathologist after he retired from the U of I. He also taught at Greenville High School, where he met his wife. Bob was a member of the Roanoke AC Church, rural Roanoke, and the Champaign AC Church, Champaign. He loved to serve others and was a patient, caring and loving husband to his wife for over 63 years. Bob had an incredible sense of humor and was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals’ fan. He never owned a straight tie and always wore and tied his own bow ties.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Roanoke AC Church with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will take place Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and Wednesday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Roanoke.