Michael D. Simpkins
June 16, 1958 - February 24, 2013
Birthplace: Pensacola, FL
Resided In: Niceville, FL

Service 3/9/2013
Elliott Church of Christ

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Michael Douglas Simpkins, age 54, of Niceville, Florida, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2012 at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL. Michael Douglas Simpkins was born June 16, 1958 in Pensacola, Florida. The family moved to California when Michael was very young and then back to Iowa where he graduated from Griswold High School in 1977. Upon graduation, Mike had the honor of being a page in the Iowa Legislature. He then attended Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA earning an LPN Nursing Diploma. In 1981, he was injured in a diving accident in Omaha, NE that left him a quadriplegic. Not to be deterred, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1984 and a double Master’s Degree in Vocational Counseling & Rehabilitation Training from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Michael was a Vocational and Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Arizona for many years. In 1990, he was awarded Iowa’s Vocation Rehabilitation person of the year for his extraordinary achievements. Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was active in target shooting rifles even after his accident and loved to go shooting with his brothers and nephew.

Mike is survived by his parents, Judith and Larry Turner of Elliott, IA, Sister, Jan McDonald of Niceville, FL, Brother, James Turner and wife Julie of Adel, IA, Sister, Elizabeth Lemelin and husband David, of North Pole, AK, Brother, Philip Turner and wife Becky of Columbus, NE , Brother, Nicholas Turner and wife Kimberly of Stafford, VA, Sister in law, Susan Simpkins of Miami, FL, Sister in law , Julie Turner of Omaha, NE, 13 nieces and nephews, 2 great nieces and 1 great nephew plus many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by Brother, Tim Turner of Omaha, NE, Brother-in-law, Tim McDonald of Niceville, FL, Nephew, Peter Simpkins of Miami, FL, Grandparents, Clesson & Louie Simpkins, Margaret & Lohrman Egge and Aunt Sandra Simpkins.

Memorial service will be held 11 AM Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Church of Christ in Elliott, Iowa.


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