HIGHLAND PARK—Junior "JR" Alan Simpson, 64, of Highland Park, formerly of Mount Carroll, passed away suddenly in an accident on Sunday morning, Nov. 10, 2019, while working on his home in Highland Park.

JR was born June 27, 1955, in Savanna, to Kenneth Blair and Leola Alicia Simpson and raised in Mount Carroll.

JR and Nina Nabor married Aug. 16, 1980, and together they raised five children and spent 39 years by each other’s side.

JR worked as a carpenter and operated his own general contracting business. He was a black belt in traditional karate-do and a lover and performer of all types of music, particularly bluegrass, and cheering on his beloved Cubbies and Bears. JR valued nothing more than time spent with his family.

JR is survived by his father; his wife Nina and their five children: Dylan, Lucas, Cali, Tessa and Shane, and their respective partners Amy, Monte, Scott and Josh; three grandsons, Cooper, Riley and Bodhi; siblings Bonnie and Bob Donnell, Sue, Glen and Linda Simpson, and Kevin; and his in-laws, Nancy and Paul Nabor.

He was preceded in death by his mother and eldest brother Kenneth Russell,

A service in celebration of JR's life was held Friday, Nov. 15, at the American Legion, 1030 Central St, Evanston. Attendees were invited to bring an instrument to play in a jam session in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in JR's name to Bravo! Waukegan.