Richard Simon, 86, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Miller's Merry Manor.
Richard was born on July 15, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Martin and Gizella (Kesce) Simon.
On Sept. 30, 1953, in Michigan City he married his high school sweetheart, Karen Sadenwater, who preceded him in death after 64 wonderful years of marriage. Also preceding him in death were his parents and recently passed eldest son, Robert Simon. Surviving are his beloved children, Roger (Sherry) Simon of Chandler, Arizona, Wendy (Wayne) Vance of Rolling Prairie, and John (Lorie) Simon of Goshen; daughter-in-law, Dawn Simon; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Tilden of Navato, California, Bryce Simon of Chicago, Illinois, Cory and Jordan Simon of Chandler, Arizona, Tyler (Tracey) Vance of Rolling Prairie, and Dakota, Luke and Sydney Simon of Goshen; and three great-grandchildren, Owen and Nora Vance and Alexander Tilden. Richard always had an open door to many friends and neighbors, who will miss his lively conversation.
Richard was a master carpenter for 56 years, taking pride in quality craftsmanship and loyalty to his customers. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union #1485, VFW, and American Legion. Richard was a veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed working with his hands, especially farming and gardening. Richard also enjoyed traveling, taking his family and dogs to visit 49 U.S. states.
Cremation has taken place with Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, La Porte. A private family service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 214, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.
Condolences may be shared online at www.cutlercares.com.