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Dr. Joseph O. Simington, 99, of Danville, formerly of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born Dec. 4, 1916 in Mooresburg, Montour County, a son of the late William M. and Alice (Bower) Simington.

Dr. Simington was a graduate of Danville High School, the Pennsylvania State College (now university) and the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Upon graduation of high school he entered the CCC's (Civilian Conservation Corp) upon completion of his tour with the CCC's he enrolled with the Pennsylvania State College where he received his certificate in forestry, later transferring to animal husbandry. Upon completion of his studies at Pennsylvania State College, Dr. Simington enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, from which he graduated with the degree of Veterinary Medical Doctor (V.M.D.) Upon receiving his degree of V.M.D. he enlisted in the Army, Veterinary Corp, where he served for 3½ years. He was assigned for duty in England during the invasion of the continent on "D-Day" in France when Germany surrendered (V-E Day) after which he was enroute to the Pacific when Japan surrendered. Upon completion of his tour of duty in the Army he was given an honorable discharge with the rank of Major.

Dr. Simington opened his veterinary practice in Berwick in 1947, where he has practiced veterinary medicine until Dec. 30, 2004, a period of 57 years. He was trustee of the Central Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association for many years, was elected as vice-president of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association.

Locally, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Berwick, the Berwick Rotary Club, and Master Mason, Knapp Lodge 462, Berwick.
Dr. Simington is survived by two brothers, David Simington, of Sunbury and Paul Simington, of Northumberland; three sisters, Ann Scott, of Williamsburg, Va., Mary Jane Johnson, of Danville, and Martha Cole, of Northumberland.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Louise Lawton; and one brother, Dr. William B. Simington.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 1024 Market St., Berwick, with a Masonic service at 11, followed by funeral services

Burial will follow in Millville Cemetery.

Family and friends may send online condolences to jameslhinckleyjrfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 13, 2016
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