Marion Body Works (Marion, Wisconsin) sadly announced the passing of owner Vinson Raleigh (Bud) Simpson, Jr. at the age of 89.
Simpson was a businessman, philanthropist, trombonist, runner, cross country skier, lake swim leader, racquetball player, snorkeler, reader, Eagle Scout, canoer, and water skier, was born on August 9, 1928, to Vinson R. Simpson, Sr., and Elsie (Passeger) Simpson in Forest Park, Illinois. In 1946, he graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois, where he met his first love and life partner, Elizabeth (Betty) Matte Simpson. In 1950, he proudly became the first college graduate in his family and to the end could break into his M.I.T. fight song on a moment’s notice. Besides earning a chemical engineering degree, he was a leader in ATO Fraternity and ran track which gave him the opportunity to talk with Louie Zamperini at the New York Relays. His lifelong love of track and field took him to Summer Olympic Games in Montreal and Seoul, Korea.
Simpson and his wife were married on September 29, 1950. Their honeymoon was brief, a drive in a borrowed car to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where he began the following Monday in the student training class at the Trane Company. He rose steadily through the ranks at Trane while earning an MBA from Indiana University in 1955, and was ultimately named President and Director. From 1976 to 1980, he was President and Director of Marathon Electric Manufacturing Corporation, Wausau, Wisconsin. In 1980, his entrepreneurial dreams came true with the purchase of Marion Body Works, Marion, Wisconsin. Strengthening the company and building a legacy at Marion was a challenge and labor of love until his retirement in 2003.
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