COLUMBIA — Steve Simpson and his wife met on a blind date 39 years ago. Four years later, the couple tied the knot.
"You might say it was love at first sight," his wife, Vivian Jean Andres Simpson, said. "After that, we were inseparable."
Steve Ray Simpson Sr. of Columbia died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Boone Hospital. He was 58.
He was born April 3, 1954, in Moberly, to William L. Simpson and Cleeta A. (Agee) Simpson. He married Jean Simpson on April 28, 1978. The couple lived in Columbia with their sons, Stephen R. Simpson Jr. and William E. Simpson.
Mr. Simpson attended schools in Moberly and worked for Boone County Oil as a propane driver for 22 years. His last job was that of tire technician at Sam's Club.
Jean Simpson said Mr. Simpson loved astronomy, UFOs and NASCAR; he liked driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. He also loved to hunt and fish.
"He was into watching UFO movies, anything to do with it," Jean Simpson said.
William Simpson said his father was always there for his family. Mr. Simpson loved spending time with his grandchildren and being around people.
"To me, he was the perfect dad," William Simpson said. "I came in for anything, and he would help me out no matter what."
Stephen Simpson also said that Mr. Simpson was a wonderful father who would do anything for his family.
"His shirt off his back and give it to me right then and there," he said.
Jean Simpson said she can't pinpoint one special day with her husband.
"Every day was special," Jean Simpson said.
Mr. Simpson is survived by his wife, Vivian Jean Andres Simpson; two sons, Stephen R. Simpson Jr., and his wife, Tina, of Columbia; and William E. Simpson, and his wife, Ashley, of Columbia; sister, Wilma L. Johnston of North Carolina; and four grandchildren, Jocelyn Simpson, April Simpson, Megan Simpson and Aarin Simpson, of Columbia.
His parents, William L. Simpson and Cleeta A. (Agee) Simpson, two sisters, a half-brother and a half-sister died earlier.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the same location. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
Condolences can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.