George William Simpson, 98, of Mabton died on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his home.
He was born on the family home site east of Mabton.
George was a proud second generation Scot. His father, Alexander Simpson, emigrated from Scotland and married Katie Johnson. They migrated to the Mabton area in 1910.
George graduated from Mabton High School in 1929. He served for a short time in the U.S. Army. He was drafted in WWII, but was discharged and sent home before deployment in order to farm and aid the war effort.
He married Mary Beth Kiser in 1941. They had three children.
George was a farmer's farmer. He and Mary Beth thoroughly enjoyed the farming life. In their later years, George and Mary Beth loved to travel and go dancing.
They were married for 63 years before Mary Beth's passing in 2005.
George served on the boards of the Washington Asparagus Growers Association, Drainage Improvement District #2 and Mabton School Board. He was a member of the Farm Bureau.
He is survived by three children, a daughter, Jean (David) Hill of Kent and two sons, Douglas Simpson (Annette) and John Simpson, both of Mabton; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Beth; three brothers, Roy, Alex and Norman; and two sisters, Elsie Babcock and Edna Van Nostern.
At the family's request, there will be no formal services. A memorial for both George and Mary Beth will be held at a later date.
Remembrances may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.