Richard McClelland Simpson III, 53, of Indianapolis

Richard McClelland Simpson III, 53, of Indianapolis died Friday, January 22, 2021, at his home.


He was born on October 19, 1967, in Beech Grove, the son of Richard McClelland Simpson II and Laura (Kuhns) Williamson.


Richard attended Southport High School and after graduation he proudly served in the US Navy, seeing active duty aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.


He loved computers and the internet. It was in Yahoo chat that he met his wife Paula Trefun Simpson. They married on October 10, 2009 and they most recently celebrated 11 years of marriage.


Richard had a passion for genealogy, Indiana transportation history and the Pennsylvania Railroad. He loved to collect Westmoreland Glass, vintage record albums, old video games, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) Memorabilia, musical instruments, and license plates. He loved Star Trek, especially Deep Space 9, and some of his favorite stuff to watch was on YouTube.


He was the self-appointed “Admiral O.F. Doom” online and enjoyed researching and writing for his Indiana Transportation History blog as well as being the host of his “Short Attention Span Theatre” and “History with R&R” on YouTube. He will always be remembered for his tagline “Just an Observation.”


He worked at the Home Depot in Carmel, and Greenfield and loved his job.


In addition to his wife Paula, Richard is survived by his parents; brother, Aaron Simpson; son, Rorik Simpson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pat and Patricia Trefun; and his cats, Milo, Peyton aka Meatball and Manning aka Locutus.


He was preceded in death by his cats, Oreo, Dusty, Max, Monday and his beloved Velvet.


A gathering of friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.


A Celebration of Richard’s life will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Beth Crouch officiating. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed. There will be a limit of 25 people allowed inside the funeral home at a time. Family and friends are invited to view the service via livestreaming on our facebook page


Inurnment will be at Norristown Cemetery in Shelby County.


Memorial contributions may be made to Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, 642 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601-7562 or Norristown Cemetery, in care of, Jimmy VanGorden, 965 E. 1100 S., Flat Rock, IN 47234.


Admiral Oliver Franklin Doom’s Undeniable Rules of Life Rule No. 129 “Live Life as if awesome and incredible are downgrades. Just an Observation”