Joe Richard Simpson, 78
Joe Richard Simpson passed away Nov. 6, 2023, in his home in Rathdrum, Idaho. He was 78 years old. Joe was born in Spokane, Wash., to his late mother, Francis “Gibler” Simpson, and his late father, Andrew Simpson. Joe Spent the majority of his life living in Rathdrum. At a younger age, he spent time in California, Arizona and Washington.
He joined the Navy at an early age and served his country for a little more than four years. He spent most of his adult life supporting Veterans around the North Idaho area. Joe and others started the VFW in Rathdrum and helped start and support VFWs around the North Idaho area. He was the District commander and grand marshal for a number of parades and made countless trips to Boise to support the VFW in the North Idaho area. He carried this chapter deep in his heart, and as he got older he helped in any way he could.
Joe moved back to Rathdrum in the early 70s, where he met his wife of nearly 50 years. He raised two stepchildren as if they were his own. Joe lost his granddaughter, Jennifer, to cancer at the age of 18. Joe had six other kids from a previous marriage.
His biggest passion was to be outdoors, he loved to hunt, take the four-wheelers out and just spend time in the mountains. Some of that passion for being outdoors was, as a child, he helped his uncle and cousin log with horses above Hauser Lake.
Joe and his wife had property on the Coeur d'Alene River with family. Joe loved to go up on the river and spend time with cousins and his wife. Most will tell you he shared many stories, some of which they heard many times, but nobody ever said a word. His life the last couple of years prevented him from doing the things he so dearly missed and loved.
Joe is survived by his wife, Dianne Simpson, son Russell Orne, daughter Sheila Orne and sons Joe Simpson, Cody Simpson, Andrew Simpson, Frank Simpson and Scott Simpson.
Joe will be missed by many, he was so full of joy and love (and stories).
We will have a gravesite memorial June 1, 2024. Please contact Russell Orne for more info.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the www.woundedwarriorproject.org.