SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Funeral services for Robert L. Simon, 89, of Spirit Lake, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Grandview Baptist Church, Estherville, Iowa, with Pastor Joel Jorgenson, officiating. Interment with military graveside rites by Nassen-Detert American Legion Post 529, Ceylon, Minn., will be in Palestine Lutheran Cemetery, Dolliver, Iowa.
Robert passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Keelson Harbor in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Robert L. Simon was born March 7, 1924, on a farm near Dolliver, Iowa, the son of Fred and Mabel (Schley) Simon. He received his education in the Dolliver Schools. He then attended Morningside College and later the University of Iowa. Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, receiving many medals and honors including the Purple Heart. On May 13, 1945, he was united in marriage to Doris Benton in Armstrong. Robert taught high school for three years in Melbourne before moving back to farm in 1951. He farmed in the Dolliver area for many years retiring in 2005. Robert moved to Fairmont, Minn., in 1998 and then lived in Spirit Lake from 2005 until 2013. On Dec. 6, 2005, he was united in marriage to Velma Olney Stewart. Velma passed away Nov. 3, 2013. Robert was a past member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ceylon, Minn., and then attended St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Spirit Lake.
Left to cherish Robert's life are his two sons, Greg Simon of Estherville and special friend, Ms. Reggie Kelly of Aurelia, Iowa; and Robert (Bonnie) Simon, Jr. of Dolliver; three grandchildren, Joshua (Heather) Simon, Elizabeth and Michael Simon; three great-grandchildren, Tristan, Landen and Adilee Simon; step-children, Greg "Skip" (Jan) Olney of St. Petersburg, Fla., Donna Olney (John) "Ace" Passmore of Sugarland, Texas, Ron (Chris) Olney of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Sue Olney Beck of St. Petersburg, Fla.; siblings, John (Faith) Simon of Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Alice (Paul) Neppel of Spirit Lake; and sister-in-law, Evie Simon of Estherville. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; both wives, Doris and Velma; and two brothers, Jim and Fred Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.