Memorial service for Jim Simpkins Sunday

January 14, 2011

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NEW — 12:05 p.m. Jan. 14, 2011

James Delzon Simpkins of Bellevue passed away peacefully Jan. 6. A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Newport Hill Pool Clubhouse, 5464 119th Ave. S.E., Bellevue.

Jim was born Nov. 22, 1932 in Bronxville, N.Y. Jim grew up in New York and was an Eagle Scout. Jim served as Corpsman in the Navy. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in pharmacy in 1956 and then worked for Burroughs Wellcome where he covered the entire state of Montana.

On Feb. 22, 1957, Jim married Anna Marie Kaylor. In 1959, Jim’s family moved to Bellevue. In 1960, Jim became a freelance photographer and was later hired by United Press, where his first assignment was to cover the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. In 1975, Jim became a pharmacist working at Newport Hills Drug, Lakeside Drug and Safeway until he retired in 1996.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years Ann, son Phillip, daughter Sandy and son Jim.

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