Raymond F. Simpson, Jr., 89 of Weir, Kan. died at 5:58 a.m., Saturday, January 16, 2010 at his home.

Raymond was born January 29, 1920 in Hallowell, Kan. to Raymond F. and Grace (Holmes) Simpson, Sr. He attended area schools.

Raymond served his country in the United States Navy. While serving he was engaged in the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was stranded for nine months before being rescued. He was honorably discharged on September 10, 1945 as a motor machinistís mate first class.

Raymond was a farmer all of his life, starting with his father when he was eight years old.

He attended the First Baptist Church in Columbus, Kan.

Raymond belonged to the Mirza Shrine and the Masonic Lodge. He was active in the NFO and FHA. He was on the CO-OP board and former board member of School District #493. He was an avid square dancer and Kansas Jayhawk fan. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In July of 1997 he had a larenjectime.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Harold Dean Young; brothers, Carl Simpson and W.J. Simpson; sisters, Elizabeth Randall and Golda Westervelt.

Additional survivors include his sons, Derris Simpson and wife Cheryl of Weir, Bob Potter and wife Kathy of Kansas City, Bill Potter and wife Debbie of Pittsburg and Bill Young and wife Sandi of Texas; brother, Dareld Simpson and wife Betty of Columbus; along with 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.†

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St, Weir, Kan. with Rev. Warren Stanton and Rev. Dennis Johnson co-officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lone Elm Cemetery, where flag presentation will be done by the United States Navy Funeral Honors Detail team. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Friends may call the funeral home after 4 p.m. on Monday. The family suggests expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the First Baptist Church of Columbus. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Weir, KS. E-mail condolences may be left at our website www.bathnaylorcom.