Lee Simpson, 61, also referred to as Cowboy by his wife, was picked up by a posse of angels and taken to Heaven on January 29, 2021. His wife and two children were with him.
Lee was born the son of Yvonne (Gregory) and Guss Simpson Jr. on October 14, 1959 in Anderson, Indiana. (Lee was met at the Pearly Gates by his dad, Guss Simpson Jr.)
Lee was a graduate of Alexandria Monroe High School in 1978. Lee moved to Lawrence, Kansas in 1980 and then to Olathe, Kansas in 1981 where he met his wife, Mim, and they were married just six weeks later. Lee began his career with Kansas City Power and Light (KCPL) where he became a Journeyman Lineman and attained his Associates Degree. He worked faithfully with KCPL for nearly 30 years until June 2017 when he retired. Throughout his career, he worked with the International Lineman Rodeo until his final rodeo in October 2019.
Lee and Mim have three children, Jessie Simpson (Matt Gleason, Tara Lea, and Sammy), Jeremy Simpson (Camden “Camo”, Emma, Autumn, Reace, and Rook) and Chris “Bubb” Bryan (Layla, Colton, and Lexie). Lee has two siblings, Deborah Wright (Larry, Mark, Mykel and Christopher) and Scott Simpson (Andrea, Chelsay (Kaiden), Janet Lee, and Savannah).
Lee was always up for an adventure, he loved playing sports, hunting and fishing, jumping out of airplanes, flying airplanes, riding bareback in rodeo competitions, and so much more. Lee loved watching NASCAR and the great outdoors was his little slice of Heaven on Earth. But, his greatest adventure and love was his family.
Lee’s legacy is one that will never be forgotten. He will be remembered for his unconditional love for God and his family, his witty comebacks, his jokes, his laugh that got the whole room laughing and his genuine love for life.
Lee’s Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at Bross & Spidle Chapels in Kearney, Missouri on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. A viewing will be open for friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Graveside service to follow at 1:00 p.m. to Fairview Cemetery, Kearney, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, as Lee was passionate about this cause.
Our Sincere Condolences
So so sorry Mim but you two will be back together in Heaven someday. Lee will be waiting on you with open arms and showing you all over Paradise!!
Love you, Dovie and Jack Freestone
Lee had a full life, brimming with laughter and love. And you married him after only 6 weeks? Guess you knew he was a good guy when you met him. I’ll always remember how he watched me until I reached my car when Transitions was at the church in NKC. Nobody was going down on his watch. Your love story will live on through your children and grandchildren. I feel so fortunate to have known him and seen you two together.
Love you both, Marcia
Our deepest condolences. Tess and I will be praying for you. I will miss him. I enjoyed when he came to transitions and we will swap hunting stories and photos. I’m glad he was a part of your life and he is in a better place.
Mim, sorry to hear about Lee. He was the best person I have known in my life. We spent a lot of time in the Operation Center at KCPL and having him there was a pleasure and boy did we have fun. I will always remember our Z-Man lunches and will miss him. I wish I could be there for the memorial but I will say a prayer for him. He was a great man and friend.
The world lost a truly amazing man. It was an honor to know Lee. Lee and Mim have a way of lifting the spirits of everyone around them. My deepest condolences to Mim and all of their family.
My deepest sympathy to Mim and family. Lee left us too soon but led a full life. His memory will live on through you and your family. Take good care of yourself.
My deepest sympathy Mim, to you and your family. You two had a wonderful life together, he will be missed by so many. I pray that God wraps His loving arms around you and the family to help give you comfort, peace and His Glorious Love during this time of need. Sending you my love and hugs Mim!
Karen McKenry (Twig)
Lee and Mim Simpson, a great love story. Lee was a great man and he leaves a hole that no one can fill. I will miss his quiet wit and gentle spirit. Praying for all of you! Cathy. Lee, till we meet again!!
My deepest condolences to you Mim, and your beautiful family. I was lucky enough to meet you and Lee three short years ago. Lee is a gentleman to the highest degree. You two have a true love story that will live on forever. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing a lot of the funny and great stories, and of the deep love Lee has for you and your family. The legacy Lee leaves will live on within all of you and your sweet families minds and hearts . Lee was the bravest cowboy and warrior, who handled his illness with dignity and Grace. Fly high Lee Simpson. Love to you all.
Worked with Lee many years at KCP&L. He was a great guy, always so congenital. Yes, Heaven did gain an angel. Blessings to all the family.