LEWISTOWN - Major Raymond Warren Simpson, 77, of Lewistown, died at 10:08 p.m. Monday, April 21, 2014, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.
Born on April 28, 1936, in Wilmington, Del., he was a son of the late William R. Simpson and Elizabeth (Bryant) Mann.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Jane Leauby and Mildred Adkinson, and a brother, Charles Simpson.
Raymond is survived by: his wife, Gretchen (Presnell) Simpson, whom he married on June 12, 1959; his children, Kathleen Long and husband, Stephen, of Waynesboro, Nancy Yoder and husband, Daniel, of Lewistown, Gretchen Peters and husband, Frank, of Stroudsburg, Captain Joshua Simpson and wife, Sunny, of Suffern, N.Y., Raymond Simpson and wife, Michele, of Aquasco, Md., and Christine Gross and husband, Robert, of Fremont, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; siblings, Barbara O'Neal, Lorraine Miller and husband, Jack, Georgia Megonigal and husband, Ted; and sister-in-law, Lynn Simpson.
He was a graduate of Browns Vocational School in Wilmington and Salvation Army School of Officers Training in Suffern, N.Y., in 1957.
Raymond served in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Major Simpson was a member and minister of the Salvation Army Church. He had served various appointments in the Salvation Army.
After retirement, he continued to serve as a men's Sunday school teacher and prayer sergeant. He also played the cornet in the Salvation Army Band in his early years. He served as the Commander of the Lewistown Salvation Army Corps from June 1978 to June 1986.
Raymond's greatest joy was his family.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed archery, boating, hunting, tinkering with vehicles, collecting model trains and watching westerns and game shows. Raymond always loved to sing. He also was a black belt in karate and served as scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with Captain David Means and Major Les Walter officiating.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the funeral home.
Interment will take place in Church Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Major Simpson's name may be made to The Salvation Army, 9 Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044.
Online condolences may be offered to the family www.hellerhoenstinefuneralhome.com.