Ceber Thomas Simpson, 73, passed away peacefully on November 24, 2023 in Mishawaka with family by his side. He fought a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Ceber was born on September 23, 1950 in Terre Haute, IN as the only child to the late Virgil Orris and Bernadine (Howard) Simpson. He is survived by his wife Tamara Ciszczon of Granger, IN, son Ian (Michaela) of Root, Switzerland, his stepchildren, Tara Ciszczon of Mishawaka, IN and Thomas (Claire Kubiesa) Ciszczon of Elmhurst, IL, and their children. Ceber’s ex-wife Jo Ann (Kosier) Simpson of Winterset, Iowa also survives.
At the age of 3, Ceber moved with his parents to Kent, Washington where he grew up and attended Kent-Meridian High School. While at school, he played violin in the Kent-Meridian High School Orchestra and graduated as president of the National Honor Society. He was voted “Most Intellectual” by his high school colleagues, and his Math Department teachers selected him as the Top Mathematics student of his graduating class.
After graduation, he returned to Indiana to attend Purdue University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1972. He went on to receive a master’s degree in 1974 in solid state physics and later in 1980 completed his doctorate in experimental physics with a specialty in photonics. During his time at Purdue University, Ceber was an active member of Triangle Fraternity where he served as Treasurer.
While at Purdue, Ceber met Jo Ann Kosier and they were married on February 4, 1978, in Lafayette, IN. Their son Ian was born on October 21, 1980.
From 1980 to 2001, Ceber was employed at Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis as a physicist and electrical engineer. In 2001, he moved from Indianapolis to Bedford and later to Bloomington, IN where he worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division until his retirement in 2015.
During his professional career, Ceber was recognized for his work from Indiana Governor Robert Orr and was also awarded a patent covering methods of mapping the temperature distribution of a planar electronic device on infrared thermal imaging and micro-raman spectroscopy in 2014.
Ceber married Tamara Ciszczon on May 9, 2008 in South Bend, Indiana. They split their time between Granger and Bloomington. He recently joined the Edwardsburg Conservation Club. Ceber was known for his quick wit and sense of humor. He could make you laugh at the drop of a dime.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Palmer Funeral Home, Bubb Chapel in Mishawaka and Flanner-Buchanan Funeral Home in Indianapolis. A viewing will be held at Palmer Funeral Home, Bubb Chapel, on Wednesday, November 29th from 4 – 8 pm. The funeral will held on Friday, December 1st at Flanner-Buchannan Funeral Home, Washington Park East at 3 PM with Kenion Coleman and Kevin Nailleaux officiating, with visitation 2 hours prior.
Ceber will be laid to rest at Springersville Cemetery in Springersville, Indiana (located technically in Brownsville, Indiana, on the city limit of Connersville, Indiana.)
Memorial donations may be made to the Purdue Chapter Endowment Fund, Triangle Fraternity, 120 S. Center St, Plainfield, IN 46168.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)