OBITUARY

James "Jim" John Simon

April 4, 1942March 19, 2021
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James "Jim" J. Simon, 78, of Evansville, IN, after many months of ups and downs, this jolly guy waved goodbye to this world and went whistling back to heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021. Jim was a man who valued a hard day's work, loved an action-packed episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, sipped an occasional Miller High Life, and craved thick cut bologna and cheese.

Jim loved all sports, but he had a special love of baseball and enjoyed watching his grandsons play many games, often shouting, "Let's go! We need a little Bingo!" His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and the Evansville Triplets from days gone by.

Many a year, he and Paula could be found on a Saturday night at ARC Lanes bowling on leagues with their friends. And on Sunday morning after mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he could be found at Fendrich Golf Course swinging his clubs.

Jim was a hard-working man. He spent most of his working years in the food packing industry with Hesmers, Shelf Stable Food, and Ameriqual. Later, he was proud to be the first employee hired at the Evansville Menards.

Jim was a devoted Catholic being raised and married at St. James in Haubstadt and a parishioner at Good Shepherd for over 45 years. He was a graduate of Haubstadt High School.

He didn't know a stranger and made everyone smile. When you asked how he was, he replied "Fair to Midland," which means better than average: a pretty good way to live life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Simon and parents, Wilbur and Helen (Schmitt) Simon; and brother, Norman Simon.

Jim is survived by his children, Brian (Kimberly) Simon, Lori (Jared) Kixmiller and Kevin (Maureen) Simon; grandchildren, Shelbi, Mason, Preston, Mallory, Audrey, Hayden and Blake; siblings, Rita (Paul) Scoggins, Jerry Simon, Darlene (Edwin) Goedde and Delores (Fred) Hasenour.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with entombment in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Due to the COVID Pandemic, masks and social distancing is required.

For the past three years, Jim lived at North River Health Campus, where he was treated like family; therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trilogy Foundation https://thetrilogyfoundation.org/donations/

Condolences may be offered at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/evansville-in/james-simon-10115379.

  • FAMILY

  • Brian Simon (Kimberly), Son
  • Lori Kixmiller (Jared), Daughter
  • Kevin Simon (Maureen), Son
  • Shelbi, Grandchild
  • Mason, Grandchild
  • Preston, Grandchild
  • Mallory, Grandchild
  • Audrey, Grandchild
  • Hayden, Grandchild
  • Blake, Grandchild
  • Rita Scoggins (Paul), Sister
  • Jerry Simon, Brother
  • Darlene Goedde (Edwin), Sister
  • Delores Hasenour (Fred), Sister
  • Paula Simon, Wife (deceased)
  • Wilbur Simon, Father (deceased)
  • Helen (Schmitt) Simon, Mother (deceased)
  • Norman Simon, Brother (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021

  • Entombment

    Friday, March 26, 2021

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Genevieve & Tom O'Keefe

March 25, 2021

We're so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have many happy memories of Jim. We'll be praying abundance peace over your entire family at this difficult time.

Gary and Mary May

March 23, 2021

To the Simon family -
Fair to Middlan and middlan to fair - not sure if that's how you spell it but we will never forget it!! Your Dad lived his life as if he didn't have a care in the world and he didn't because he lived his life that way! He was so proud of all of you and I hope he was able to take a box of Grippo's with him to heaven!! We were blessed to be able to know him and enjoy his happiness!

Valerie Okeefe

March 22, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He put up a good fight. I know how much he will be missed by all of you. He will live in your heart forever. He is happy to be with Paula now and all the rest of his family and friends. God bless all of you. Val OKeefe.

FROM THE FAMILY

James "Jim" J. Simon, 78, of Evansville, IN, after many months of ups and downs, this jolly guy waved goodbye to this world and went whistling back to heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021. Jim was a man who valued a hard day's work, loved an action-packed episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, sipped an occasional Miller High Life, and craved thick cut bologna and cheese.

FROM THE FAMILY

Senior High School photo

FROM THE FAMILY

First Communion photo at St. James Catholic School

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim with his sisters in the 1950s

FROM THE FAMILY

School photo from St. James

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim's Washington D.C. Trip in high school

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The Simon Family at their family home in Haubstadt

FROM THE FAMILY

James "Jim" J. Simon, 78, of Evansville, IN, after many months of ups and downs, this jolly guy waved goodbye to this world and went whistling back to heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021. Jim was a man who valued a hard day's work, loved an action-packed episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, sipped an occasional Miller High Life, and craved thick cut bologna and cheese.

FROM THE FAMILY

Senior High School photo

FROM THE FAMILY

First Communion photo at St. James Catholic School

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim with his sisters in the 1950s

FROM THE FAMILY

School photo from St. James

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim's Washington D.C. Trip in high school

FROM THE FAMILY

The Simon Family at their family home in Haubstadt

FROM THE FAMILY

The Simon family with their dog

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom with all of the kids

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim, Paula, Jerry, Pam, Pat, Tony, Mary

Biography

James "Jim" J. Simon, 78, of Evansville, IN, after many months of ups and downs, this jolly guy waved goodbye to this world and went whistling back to heaven on Friday, March 19, 2021. Jim was a man who valued a hard day's work, loved an action-packed episode of Walker, Texas Ranger, sipped an occasional Miller High Life, and craved thick cut bologna and cheese.

Jim loved all sports, but he had a special love of baseball and enjoyed watching his grandsons play many games, often shouting, "Let's go! We need a little Bingo!" His favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals and the Evansville Triplets from days gone by.

Many a year, he and Paula could be found on a Saturday night at ARC Lanes bowling on leagues with their friends. And on Sunday morning after mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he could be found at Fendrich Golf Course swinging his clubs.

Jim was a hard-working man. He spent most of his working years in the food packing industry with Hesmers, Shelf Stable Food, and Ameriqual. Later, he was proud to be the first employee hired at the Evansville Menards.

Jim was a devoted Catholic being raised and married at St. James in Haubstadt and a parishioner at Good Shepherd for over 45 years. He was a graduate of Haubstadt High School.

He didn't know a stranger and made everyone smile. When you asked how he was, he replied "Fair to Midland," which means better than average: a pretty good way to live life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Paula Simon and parents, Wilbur and Helen (Schmitt) Simon; and brother, Norman Simon.

Jim is survived by his children, Brian (Kimberly) Simon, Lori (Jared) Kixmiller and Kevin (Maureen) Simon; grandchildren, Shelbi, Mason, Preston, Mallory, Audrey, Hayden and Blake; siblings, Rita (Paul) Scoggins, Jerry Simon, Darlene (Edwin) Goedde and Delores (Fred) Hasenour.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with entombment in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Due to the COVID Pandemic, masks and social distancing is required.

For the past three years, Jim lived at North River Health Campus, where he was treated like family; therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trilogy Foundation https://thetrilogyfoundation.org/donations/