George Simon, age 80, of Sioux Rapids, died on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Sioux Care Center at Sioux Rapids.
Memorial services will take place on Tuesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids. Visitation will take place on Monday, July 4, from 4-6 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids where the family will be present the entire time. Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to George's family.
Raymond George Simon, the son of Firman and Mary (Pfeiffer) Simon was born in Early, on Sept. 12, 1930. He moved with his family to Sioux Rapids in 1932. George attended the Sioux Rapids Consolidated School, graduating with the Class of 1948. Following his high school graduation, George enlisted in the United States Army and served his country faithfully from Jan. 31, 1951 to Feb. 1, 1954.
On April 30, 1955 George was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Robeson at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Sioux Rapids. This couple has been blessed with five children: Michael, Steven, Nancy, Patrick, and Brian Mark, who died in infancy. George spent a lifetime of devotion to his farming vocation. Their married life has been spent farming in the Linn Grove and Sioux Rapids areas. In addition to his grain farming, he also raised cattle. George was a school bus driver in Brooke Township and worked at Simonsen Iron Works until he retired from there in 1995. He was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the American Legion, and the Sioux Rapids Historical Society. Special pastimes of George included: playing cards, traveling, having coffee with his friends. He cherished the time he could spend with his family, enjoying life on his farm and spending the winter months in Arizona.
George's life will always be honored and cherished by his family which include his wife, Shirley Simon of Sioux Rapids; children: Michael Simon of Sioux Rapids; Steven (Karla) Simon of West Des Moines; Nancy Simon of Des Moines; Patrick (Mary) Simon of Altoona; 5 grandsons: Tyler, Ryan, Logan, Alex, and Harrison; 2 brothers: Al Simon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Paul (Betty) Simon of Rolling Meadows, Ill.; sister, Mary Ann Wilson of Cortez, Colo.; brother-in-law, Norman (Wanda) Robeson of Cherokee; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eula Mae and Ralph Best of Oxford, Neb.; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Brian Mark; sister, Caroline; 4 brothers: Amos, Francis, Don, and Clarence; his sisters-in-law: Helen Simon; Nelva Dawn Simon; Betty Simon; Peg Robeson; Helen Foss; brothers-in-law: Bill Wilson; Ivan Robeson; Judd Foss; Homer Lancaster; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Elsie Robeson.