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Manliff “Manny” Simpson
  • April 04, 1942
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  • August 02, 2022

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In Loving Memory of Manliff “Manny” Simpson

4th April 1942 – 2nd August 2022, aged 80 years

 

Manliff M. Simpson, affectionately known as “Manny” born 4th April 1942, originally from Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully on 2nd August 2022.

He is survived by Lynn, his wife of 14.5 years; daughters: Leandra and Lauren; son, Ryan and step-daughter, Steph, and his sisters, Veda Meyer and Kim Grahame.  Manny was also Papa to Ava, Elin, Isla, Olina, Madeline and Nathaniel.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Eileen, in 2006.

Residing between Illinois and Florida, Manny spent the most recent 10 years in River Wilderness, where he happily played golf, drank good wine, and enjoyed afternoon rides on the golf cart with his beloved dog, “Big Al”.  His love of golf started over 40 years ago at Medinah Country Club, where he served as Secretary for several years.  Manny’s past also included serving as an US Marine Corps fighter pilot in Vietnam, where he flew over 350 combat missions and was awarded the DFC and Bar.  Later when Manny retired from the Marines, he successfully practiced law for over 40 years in Chicago and assisted in creating the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association and the Air Warrior Foundation.

Manny’s wish was to be cremated and his ashes to be scattered from above, where he could return to fly his final mission.

A Celebration of Life service will be held in the Club at River Wilderness on Sunday, September 11th from 2:00-4:00PM

 


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  1. Kim Grahame posted an image:
    19 Aug 2022
    Manliff ( Manny ) Simpson <br />
Captain US Marine Corps <br />
F4 Phantom Pilot
    Manliff ( Manny ) Simpson
    Captain US Marine Corps
    F4 Phantom Pilot

  2. Kim Grahame lit a candle:
    19 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 19, 2022 at 8:38:51 AM

  3. Kim Grahame says:
    19 Aug 2022
    My dear elder brother Manliff ( Manny ) Simpson was very special to me, a hero who was always there. He had my back. Check six Manny. A captain in the Marines, he was a top gun F4 Phantom ace pilot and was awarded a DFC and Bar. He has been a great inspiration all my life. A wonderful brother, father, grandfather and husband Manny will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew and loved him. We will treasure all the happy family memories with Manny and he will forever live on in our hearts. We were blessed to have had Manny in our lives. As they scatter his ashes in the sky, the heavens will have gained another angel. Rest easy my dear brother ❤❤❤

  4. Val Saunders lit a candle:
    14 Aug 2022
    Lit since August 14, 2022 at 8:00:37 PM

  5. Terri Diana posted an image:
    13 Aug 2022
    I hope you and Daisy can find each other in heaven. Thank you Manny for the many stories and laughs around the dinner table.
    I hope you and Daisy can find each other in heaven. Thank you Manny for the many stories and laughs around the dinner table.

  6. Ted Giardino says:
    13 Aug 2022
    You will be missed my friend!

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