Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Inc.: Obituaries

Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home, Inc.

Raymond H. Simon Raymond H. Simon
(September 24, 1923 - December 11, 2013)

U.S. Veteran Raymond H. Simon, age 90, of Parkersburg, Iowa, was born the son of John and Jeanne (DeBois) Simon on September 24, 1923, in Hampton, Iowa. He received his education from the Parkersburg Schools.

Ray served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II from April 2, 1943, overseas in England, France, Belgium and Holland, until he was honorably discharged on November 5, 1945. Ray was injured in service when he was caught between two 2,000 pound bombs. When he returned home he worked for the Illinois Central Railroad for a short time.

Ray was united in marriage with Marcidas “Babe” Card on April 6, 1942, in New Hartford, Iowa. The couple later divorced. Ray owned and operated Simon Brothers Station from 1946 until 1955. During this time Ray brought his brother John into the business. Ray also farmed part-time until the 1980’s. He worked for Markley Knock at Parkersburg Ready Mix until 1958. Following that he was employed at John Deere in Waterloo until retirement in 1964.

Ray was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, the Parkersburg American Legion for over 68 years, the Aplington AMVETS, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Through the years Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. He frequently enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends. In 2010 Ray went on the Honor Tour to Washington D.C., which was very special to him.

Ray died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo of natural causes. He was preceded in death by one son, Ronn Simon on March 4, 1998; his parents; five sisters, Simone Simon in infancy, Darlene Smith, Helen Terwilliger, Doris Evert and Marguerite Fisher; and two brothers, John and Daniel Simon.

Ray is survived by one son, Scott (Connie) Simon of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three brothers, Don Simon and Dorothy of Waterloo, Vernon (Mary Ann) Simon of Parkersburg and Russell (Jenee) Simon of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Pauline (Dave) Engelking of Jefferson City, MO, and Marcelle “Sally” Simon and her friend, Lenny Jascot of Rockford, IL.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 16, 2013, at Bethel Lutheran Church with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery both in Parkersburg.

Visitation will be Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg, (319)346-1534 and 1 hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the family.