Louis Long Simpler, 88, of Selbyville passed away after a prolonged illness at the Atlantic Shores Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Millsboro.
He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II in the combined effort to supply men and material to the Allied Forces. He worked for the Delaware State Highway Department, George and Lynch Surveyers and also a short time driving for North American. He was a very private person, more of a listener than a talker. He was always generous in doing little things for others, such as taking them flowers, or fixing them lasagna.
He was preceded by his wife of 51 years, Juanita (“Nita”); and his five siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Saundra K. Wolstenholme and her husband David; his sisters-in-law, Marie Simpler and Carmetah Murray; his nephews Earl Simpler, Don Simpler, Bobby Simpler, William Simpler and Lacey Murray. He is also survived by his nieces: Barbara Rook and Stella Simpler, along with extended family and friends.
His daughter wishes to extend deep appreciation to the staff of Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick Island, where Louis resided from August, 2012 until December, 2013.
A time of visitation and viewing will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, from 1 until 1:30 p.m., at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington St., Millsboro, with a eulogy presented by his daughter. Interment follows at the chapel of the Delaware Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery with committal rites by Pastor Clifford Toomey and the conferral of military honors. Everyone is invited to participate in the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contribution to the Roxana Cheer Center, 34314 Pyle Center Road, Suite 2; Frankford, DE 19945.