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Obituary for Vince George Simons
Vincent G. Simons, 88, of Stuart passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, July 8th at All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Stuart. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Vincent Simons Memorial Fund and sent in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Vincent George Simons was born March 18, 1928 to Edward and Mary (Scharfenkamp) Simons in Carroll, Iowa. He was the oldest of twelve children. The family moved from Carroll to rural Dexter in 1943. He quit country school at eighth grade to help his father farm.
Vincent was drafted in the Army, serving 2 years. He served his country in the Korean Conflict until his discharge in 1953.
Upon returning home, he married Charlotte Goetz of Fontanelle, on June 1, 1953 at the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart. To this union, five children were born. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979.
Vincent and Charlotte farmed near Dexter, Penn Center, Panora, Booneville and Fontanelle before moving to Madrid in January, 1960. After this move, he worked for the City of Madrid in the street department and also as a town cop. He then was hired by Hallet’s Construction Company in the Boone and Ames gravel pits, where he operated cranes and drag lines. Vincent also did many odd jobs in the Madrid area, including concrete masonry work and tree removal. This work continued after moving to Stuart. He retired to Nebraska for a few years and then moved to be closer to his family in Winterset.
He was a member of the Madrid and Winterset VFW, along with being a member at the American Legion in Madrid and Dexter. He served many different positions while being a member at these posts, including being the Commander in the Madrid VFW. Vincent enjoyed reading newspapers and non-fictional books of the old west and United States history. He liked to cook and baking pies. He enjoyed fishing. Most of all, he loved spending Sunday dinners and time with his family.
Vincent was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dennis; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Jacob; four sisters: Betty, Rita, Lorraine and Mary Catherine; and two brothers, Larry and Andrew.
Left to mourn are four children: Cheryl (John) Gray of Winterset, Charlene (Bob) Robinson of Winterset, Norman Simons (Julie Carper) of Madrid and Carla (Jimmy) Correll of Arvada, Colorado; 11 grandchildren: Amy (Brian) Kay, Justin (Amy) Simons, Alicia Simons, Jason (Sarah) Robinson, Rene Robinson (Patrick Pipenhagen), Erin Robinson (Trent Briney), Amanda Simons, Megan Simons, Kaylee Simons, Alexa (Michael) Ellis and Kelsey Beaman; ten great-grandchildren: Allison, Katie, Clayton, Rebecca, Reese, Reagan, Rylan, Finn, Brayden and Rayleen; sister, Bernadine (Robert) Burke of Madrid; brothers: Leonard (Mary Agnes) of Yale, Gene (Mary Ellen) of Casey, Edward (Margaret) of Des Moines, Leroy (Joann) of Van Meter; sister-in-law, Tish Simons of Madrid and brother-in-law, Cecil Faust of Missouri. There are many nieces and nephews along with many great nieces and great nephews and friends.