Ernie Simpson

Born: Wed., Jan. 10, 1979
Died: Thu., Feb. 11, 2021

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Ernie Simpson, 42, of Clinton, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2021, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born in Terre Haute on January 10, 1979, to Christie Earles Simpson and the late Terry Simpson.
Ernie was a graduate of South Vermillion High School where he played football for the Wildcats.  He completed his undergraduate degree in the field of education from Franklin College and completed his Master’s of Education, EDS, and School Administration degrees from Indiana State University.  While at Franklin he played offense for the Grizzlies.  He was currently the Director of Human Resources at Clay Community Schools and an assistant football coach of the Northview Knights.
Ernie loved the game of football.  He coached at South Vermillion, North Vermillion, West Vigo, and Northview.  He was also a teacher and administrator.  Win or lose, he was an avid Detroit Lions fan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Simpson; his paternal grandparents, Harold and Elsie Simpson; his maternal grandparents, Rex and Betty Mardell Earles; his uncle, Jerry Earles; and his beloved rottwiller, Dre.
Ernie leaves behind a loving family, numerous special friends, and many dedicated students and athletes.
AT Ernie’s request and due to COVID, there will be no services at this time. Ernie had chosen cremation with interment  in the Pacific Ocean near Maui.
Frist Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Carol Reed Sanquenetti
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Bless your heart Ernie! Prayers for you mother.
Not only was Ernie my son’s age, he was a former student and then my assistant principal. What an incredible loss!!!
Love and prayers to all his family and many friends.

T Price
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
A class act. I am so sorry for the family's loss. We need more people like him in our educational system. From the day I met him, I had the utmost respect for him.

Anthony "Tony" Heber
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
I had the pleasure of calling Ernie a friend. He was a year behind me in school. We would always talk sports. Big Ern was one of the nicest people I have ever met and always had a smile on his face. He dedicated his life to make people better and mine is better for calling him a friend. Rest is peace, pal, you will be greatly missed.

Liz Doan
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Mr. Simpson, you were a great teacher to me (and all students), you always pushed your students and athletes alike, to do their very best!! I love that we were always able to joke with each other and you were a fun guy!! Fly high, sir, you will be greatly missed!!

Mary Ann Riggen
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Christie, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know your heart is broken. We are not supposed to bury our children. Love from the Riggen family

Madeline Wilson
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
So sorry to hear about your son. My sincerest condolences.

Mary Ann Maher
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss, Christie. Ernie will be missed in many communities!

Connie Adams
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Christie, I am so very very sorry for your loss!
Ernie was such a sweetheart!! I loved him as a student, as a fellow teacher, and as a friend!!
Ernie thought the world of his mom!! I am certain that he wants you to be ok, and always remember the good memories you both shared.💕💕💕💕

Roseann and George Nicholas
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Christie our hearts are broken for you. He was such a bright and loving man.Sending prayers to you. Love ❤️

Chris King
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
Ernie was one of those people that you never forget. Unfortunately it had been awhile since we spoke but it seems like yesterday when we took the trip to Notre Dame football camp prior to our senior year. His leadership, passion, and heart has left a lifetime impression on me. Often times I have reflected on our talks as adults. His perspective towards life was awesome. So sorry for the loss Ms. Simpson. Rest in peace Ernie, you will not be forgotten.

Ron Archbold
   Posted Fri February 12, 2021
As SVMS pe teacher, I subbed for Ernie several times. He was a respected teacher & coach. Sympathy & Prayers to all his friends & family..

Chad Killion
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
I have so many happy memories with Ernie. He was just the kind of guy that made you a better person simply by his example. He worked hard in everything he did and expected the same from you. I will miss his humor and his million dollar smile. I’m am so very sorry for your loss, Mrs Simpson. He was such a great friend who grew to be a great man who inspired all and was a light in this world.

Brenda Alexander
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Sorry for your loss Christie! Ernie was a great teacher and coach. He always spoke with a smile. Prayers for comfort!

Jerry and Patti Spurr
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Christie, Prayers for you and your family. Ernie touched many young lives in his his teaching and coaching. His spirit will live on in those who learned from his example.

Sue Hayes
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Christie and family, my heart hurts for you. I can't imagine your loss. Remembering Rex and Mardell, Terry. They are missed. God bless you in your grieving. 👍☝️🙏

Sue Weber
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Our family loved Ernie! He was a tremendous person. He was a great educator, a terrific role model, coach, and friend! My heart aches for you Christie! You are in my prayers. I hope you feel God's love surround you at this time.

Marilyn Fisher
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Big Ern was kind, gentle, and a very caring young gentlemen. So many good memories of Ern as a student trying to sing the Star Spangled Banner, as a fellow teacher on the Stray Cat team, having SVMS breakfast duty and as a Christian Man. So, so sorry for your loss Mrs. Simpson. He was such a joy.

Phillip Duncan
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Mrs. Simpson,
My thoughts are with you. Ernie was one of the most affable and genuine people even as kids. Have smiled a couple times this week thinking of you taking us to things like PowerTeam USA or the NBA Draft. He’ll be missed but always remembered.

Greg and Karen brock
   Posted Sat February 13, 2021
Dear Christie,
Greg and I are keeping you in our prayers. Ernie made such a positive impact on Matt and was a great friend to him. Ernie was such a kind person and always asked about how Marcie was doing whenever we say him. We were blessed to know him.


Patty Dyer
   Posted Sun February 14, 2021
Ms. Simpson, I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. He was such a great boss and genuinely cared about every detail of the work we did together at Clay Community Schools. I had the utmost respect for him. He will truly be missed by many. You did a terrific job raising him. Praying for God to strengthen you during the hard months ahead.

Jeff and Susan Cobb
   Posted Mon February 15, 2021
Ernie- words cannot express how we will miss you! No matter what, you were always there for countless people. You truly had a servant's heart. Whether you realized it or not, you had a tremenous impact on numerous teachers, students, coaches, and friends. God Bless you my friend.

Mark Killion
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021
Ernie was one of my best friends in a tight-knit group of guys growing up. Ill never forget the nights we spent together hanging out on North 3rd, going to Baseball games together, visiting him at Franklin, and running those horrible sprints with him while he prepared to play college football. He was such a genuine person who always saw the best in people and was always the first one to help any of us if we needed him. He was always there for me and although he was a few years younger I always looked up to and admired the person that Ernie was. I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Simpson. Just know that Ernie had a huge impact on anyone that knew him and the type of person that we all should strive to be. Ill miss you forever Ernie and I am so lucky to have had you in my life.

Caleb Pettit
   Posted Tue February 16, 2021

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Lori Perschbacher
   Posted Wed February 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. He was such a unique person. The impact he had on anyone who knew him was something special. He was such an inspiration to my own son as a teacher and coach at SV. Take comfort in knowing how many lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you❤️

Debbie Kuykendall
   Posted Thu February 18, 2021
May God keep you in his care always but especially during his time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Ernie was such a blessed person. I am sorry for your loss.

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