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Joshua "Josh" Christopher Simpson, of Clarksville, IN, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 5, 2024, in Louisville, KY. He was 36 years old.
Josh was born on August 19, 1987, in Louisville, KY, to Marvin Lee and Elizabeth Ann "Bettyann" Gillooly Simpson. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Sean Simpson (Sara Cooke); two nieces, Saylor Simpson, and Hayleigh Underhill; aunts and uncles, Nancy and David Hartshorne, Mike and Diane Gillooly, Liz Bower and Charlie Simpson, cousins, Jeremy and Jessica Bower, Justin Simpson, Hannah and Mark Hartshorne, Rebekah Holloway, Katie Riddle, Michael Gillooly II, Waylon Hartshorne, and Delaney Pitts.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Martha Kremer Gillooly, Arthur and Thelma Johnson Simpson, and Joseph Hood.
Josh was raised in the Catholic faith, and is a former member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Clarksville, IN. From the ages of 11 to 18 he served regularly as an altar server for the church. He would serve nearly every weekend, and he always wanted to arrive early to mass to see if he could be a sub and was disappointed if he missed being able to fill in by a few minutes. For a short time he was a member of the church's choir.
He was a 2006 graduate of Jeffersonville High School, where he was a member of the school's tennis team, chorus, and theatre programs. He acted in several theatre productions, earning his school letter in theatre. During his middle school, high school, and early college years, he was a soccer referee for the Clark County Soccer Association. He was a 2017 graduate of Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He was a former employee of Express Jet Airlines and American Airlines, the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Brown-Forman Corp., and Premium Retail Services.
Josh was head strong, smart, and determined, picking himself up and trying over and over to make life better for himself in the past several years. He had a great sense of humor, loved IU basketball and the Indianapolis Colts football team, spending many days and nights over the years with his dad, watching both teams on tv. He loved playing scratch off tickets and purchasing tickets for both the Kentucky and Indiana lotteries. Most recently winning a trip for two to Hollywood, CA, playing a Wheel of Fortune scratch off ticket. That trip was to occur this coming June 2024. Most of all, Josh loved and was devoted to his family and friends, and he loved spending time with them.
Josh spent 25 years of his life being a part of the Boy Scouts of America, in just about every way humanly possible. He began his journey and lifelong love of the Boy Scouts in 1994 at the age of seven, when he joined the Cub Scouts at his school, Parkwood Elementary. In 1998 when he was eleven years old, he crossed over into the Boy Scouts, joining Troop 10 in Clarksville, IN. He quickly moved up the ranks, earning 36 merit badges. In May 2005, at age 17, Josh earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. He served three terms as Lodge Chief of the Tallegewi Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. During his high school and college summer breaks, Josh was employed at Camp Crooked Creek Scout Reservation, Shepherdsville, KY. He held several different positions during that time, those being Assistant Aquatics Director, Head Aquatics Director, and Program Director. Josh attended numerous boy scout camping trips in many different states, summer camps, camporees, fundraising events, and the 2005 National Scout Jamboree, held at Fort A.P. Hill, VA. In 2005 he also earned his Wood Badge beads at the Wood Badge advanced leadership training program of the Lincoln Heritage Council. In 2006 he attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), held at Michigan State University. In 2010 he traveled to Cimarron, New Mexico with his troop to visit the Philmont Scout Ranch, which is the Boy Scouts of America's largest National High-Adventure Base. Upon turning 21 years of age, Josh became an adult member of troop 10, acting as one of the assistant scout masters. Josh's dream was to one day be an employee of the Boy Scouts of America. That dream came to fruition in 2016 when he was hired by the Lincoln Heritage Council in Louisville, KY. His job title was Product Sales Manager. During his three years of employment there he developed, implemented, and planned two major fundraisers each year, generating revenue of approximately $1.8 million.
In November 2011, at the age of 24, Josh tried his hand at politics, running for the office of Town Council in Clarksville, IN. He was hoping to unseat an incumbent who was more than 50 years his senior. Josh didn't win, but it was a very close race. He loved every minute of campaigning and took his loss very well.
Visitation will be at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Parkway, Jeffersonville, IN, on Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and again at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2024, with the funeral service to follow at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville, IN.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Memories of Josh and messages of support for the family can be shared at www.ScottFuneralHome.com.