Carlene E. Simpson

  • Born: May 1, 1937
  • Died: January 10, 2018
  • Location: Walkerton, Indiana

Rannells Funeral Home

7984 N. State Road 23
Walkerton, IN 46574
Tel. (574) 586-2120

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carlene Edith Simpson, 80, passed away in her home on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 .
Carlene was born May 1, 1937 in Valparaiso, IN to Carl G. and Dorthy P. (Taggart) Smith and lived in the area for 45 years, coming from Valparaiso. She was a member of the Koontz Lake Missionary Church and a retired bus driver with the Oregon-Davis School Corporation.
On September 3, 1958, in Valparaiso, IN, she was married to John Simpson, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Diane Simpson of South Bend and Dorene (Rick) Dennie of North Liberty; one son, Robert (Connie) Simpson of Salt Lick, KY; five grandchildren, Shon Simpson, Sam (Jordyn) Simpson, Anna Dennie, Cameron Dennie and Allie Dennie; two great grandchildren, Dominick Byrd and Sawyer Simpson; one sister, Nancy Hussey of Augusta, GA; and one brother, David (Debbie) Smith of Chesterton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Shirley Smith and brother-in-law, Roy Hussey.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at the Koontz Lake Missionary Church. Carlene wanted a brief service followed by a time of food, fellowship and reminiscing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Koontz Lake Missionary Church.
Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake is handling arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Such fond memories of a beautiful soul. From her babysitting me to riding the bus. I was the first one on and the last one off. We had a lot of great conversations during those years. I couldn't have asked for a better neighbor. Rest well with the angels.

Posted by Carol Morgan - Walkerton, IN - Neighbor   January 14, 2018


On behalf of the entire staff of Navarre I.C. I offer sincere prayers for Mrs. SImpson and the entire Dennie family. I have memories of Carlene bringing little Anna (and the others as they came along) to Dorene's holiday concerts. That ALWAYS makes me smile!

Posted by Michelle Widawski - South Bend, IN   January 14, 2018

We are very sorry for her loss. We are keeping her whole family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by James and Gretchen Nieb - Goodlettsville, TN   January 13, 2018

We send our sympathy to the whole family. The world was a better
place with Carlene in it!

Posted by Bill and Eileen Cameron - Vero Beach, FL - Family   January 13, 2018


Rest in Peace

Posted by Wanda Soto - North Lauderdale, FL   January 12, 2018

Thank you for raising an incredible daughter, Dorene. You'll always live through her! Prayers to your family.

Posted by Krystin Carlson - friend   January 12, 2018

The Angels welcomed her and Heaven is Celebrating.
Light and Love to those she will be waiting for when their
early sojourn is complete. Much Love. Mona

Posted by Mona Loniewski - Sin City, AZ - friend   January 12, 2018

Lovely lady with a great smile and a great sense of humor. She will be missed so much.

Posted by Ann Murphy Kerr - Jeffersonville, IN - family   January 12, 2018


I have no idea what you must be going through in losing what I think is one of the most important compasses in your life.Let the memories of your mother's life provide you with the comfort you need during this challenging time.

Posted by Cindi Koppenhofer Wicks    January 12, 2018

Carlene was the best sister and second mother to me having lost our mother when I was 17. She taught and helped me through many things in life. She was a grandma to my kids and a great-grandma to my grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed by us and I know many others in the community that she loved and was like a second mom to too.

Posted by Nancy Smith Hussey - Augusta, GA - family   January 12, 2018

Carlene was a special lady. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. Many memories with this great lady. She will be missed.

Posted by Betty Brandt- Looney - Argos, IN - Family Friend   January 12, 2018


Prayers and love to you all. Aunt Carlene will be missed by all. May god be with all of you

Posted by Sherry dawn Houp - Lancaster, KY - family   January 11, 2018

For some weird reason there are some adults in the area that I just don't feel right calling them by their first name..Mrs. Simpson was one of those people..she was such a sweetheart and always had a smile..I've known her for many years and met her while I was in high school..she knew when you needed scolding but she also knew you needed love..when i had my battle with cancer, she was there with encouraging words for me throughout. I was blessed to know her..I also attended school with Diane and Robert..I'm not sure I remember Doreen.I will surely miss deepest sympathy to the family..Rest in Peace.Carlene.

Posted by kathy cooper - Walkerton, IN   January 11, 2018