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January 22, 2021

12/4/2020 1:17:00 PM
Walter Simpson

Walter O. Simpson, 95, of Chisago City, Minnesota, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.  

Wally was born May 1, 1925, in Fairmont, Minnesota, the son of William and Marion (Richardson) Simpson.  He graduated from Fairmont High School and then joined the United States Navy where he served our country as a pilot.  He spent the summer of 1946 driving a tourist bus for Glacier National Park where he met his future wife Cecilia “Sally”.  Wally returned to Minnesota where he enrolled at Macalester College to study journalism.  Wally and Sally were united in marriage in 1950 and were blessed to have celebrated their 70th anniversary this year.  

Wally started his working career in journalism and in 1960 he founded Cold Type Setters in Minneapolis. The successful business grew to nearly 100 employees before Wally retired in 1987. The company continued its growth under family leadership as CTS and then Periscope. In his free time, Wally enjoyed spending time with friends and family, golfing, fishing, hunting, winters with his bride in Arizona and traveling the world.  Wally and Sally moved to Chisago City in 2006 to enjoy the sunset views across Little Green Lake.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Simpson Jr. and Marion Ruth Richardson; stepmother, Marion (Walace), brother Don Simpson; sister Ruth Swanson.
Wally will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him including his wife Sally; children, Sandy Totzke, Greg, Dave (Judy), Bill (Carin), Jim (Peg), Cindy (Rick) Siewert, Laurie (Paul) Finnegan; 23 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, brother Bob (Angela) Simpson, and many other family and friends.

A children-only private Mass of Christian Burial was held.  A public memorial service will be planned for 2021. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Mattson Funeral Home.



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