Wilbur Franklin Simpkins

March 06, 1924 ‒ October 18, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

Wilbur Franklin Simpkins, age 93 of Delaware passed away early Wednesday morning, October 18, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

He was born on March 6, 1924 in Gallipolis Ferry, W.V. to the late Charles Edward Simpkins and Iva Mae (Litchfield) Simpkins. A Delaware resident since 1966, he had worked for Marion Power Shovel, Ranco Manufacturing and Delaware Meats.

Wilbur enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, especially tomatoes. He also loved to work and tinker on mowers. Having a fondness for mowing grass and up until this past summer, he could often be seen riding his lawn mower down the street, his weed eater across his lap, pulling a push mower headed to his next stop.

Wilbur is survived by his daughter, Mary Simpkins of Delaware; 7 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren; sister, Juanita (Homer) Matheny of Point Pleasant, WV; numerous nieces and nephews and his canine companions “Murphy” and “Suggie”.

In addition to his parents, Wilbur was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Ruth Elizabeth (Mayes) Simpkins, sons Lester, William and Robert “Bob” Simpkins, daughter Brenda Simpkins, great-grandsons Austin and Logan Darst, brothers Chester, Melvin, Okie and Marvin Simpkins, and his sisters Faye, Beulah and Freda.

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William St.), Delaware, where funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm with Pastor Donnie Akers officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

To share a fond memory of Wilbur or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Our sincere condolences to Mr. Wilbur Franklin Simpkins Family for the loss of your dear loved one. It’s never easy accepting the loss of a loved one. the Bible makes this comforting promise at John 5:28 “ Those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice (Jesus) and come out. By means of an earthly resurrection you will be reunited with Mr. Simpkins to share wonderful times together again. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief in the days to come.

  • Mary & family
    So sorry to hear about “Dad” passing I will miss his orness and his smile when you talk about his garden & babies My prayers and thoughts are with you all . I know there was welcoming angels when he got to e heaven gates
    Sorry could not attend today