Calvin Simsen, 85, of Grandview passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

He was born March 18, 1926 in Kennewick to Arthur and Matilda Simsen.

In 1944 he and his friend, Dwayne Pierce were sent home from school for whispering in class. Instead of going home, they enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to defend their country in WWII. Calvin trained in Texas as an engineer on a B-17 flying fortress. After the war, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey around Mt. Adams.

In 1948 he married Ethel Ann Campbell. They moved to Los Angeles, where he attended USC. In 1952, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering. They moved to Richland and he worked for General Electric at Hanford.

In 1960 they moved to Grandview and raised cattle on his 20 acres.

After a car accident in 1980 from low visibility due to dust from Mt. St. Helens, he retired from Hanford.

He continued to farm and pursued his hobbies of restoring antique cars and talking on his ham radios.

He is survived by his son, Dana Simsen of Grandview; his two daughters, Linda Borecki of Portland, OR, and Carol Schmitke of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Ann, and his second wife, Fern, who both died in 1994.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Prosser, with concluding services and burial to follow at Riverview Heights.

Prosser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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