David James Simon
January 24, 1942 – March 9, 2021
David James Simon
Jan. 24, 1942 – March 9, 2021
David James Simon, 79, died March 9, 2021, in the presence of his family’s love in hospice care in Greenville, Ohio.
David was born Jan. 24, 1942, and raised in Russia, Ohio, the eldest of 10 children born to James and Mary Simon.David was a son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved his family deeply. He was a hard worker and a person of integrity. He instilled those values in his three daughters, who were raised in the family’s home on West Third Street in Greenville near St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where the family worshipped.
David retired from Clopay in Russia after many years as a purchasing manager. His work took him to Japan, Korea and other destinations. He later drove a semi, traveling the country with his beloved wife of 58 years, Becky.
David was known for his gentle smile, infectious laugh, intelligence and commonsense. He was a role model to many.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, David loved riding his Harley-Davidson and working on it in his garage. He was also curious about the world and passionate about conservative politics. He spent many hours keeping up with the news.
David is survived by his wife, Becky; daughters Kim Ricker (husband Rick), Tina Smith (husband Kurt) and Tammy Underwood (husband Scott); siblings John, William, Tom, Timothy, Edward, Jerrold, Jane, Susan and Steven; grandchildren Dustin, Chastity, Samantha, Lindsey, Alixandra and Simon; great-grandchildren Stella, Isabelle, Eli, Bliss, Judah, Magnolia and Finn; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services are to be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville.www.zecharbailey.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
David James Simon
March 21, 2021
David was a great friend, and mentor in so many ways.
In his own quiet and determined manner, we built business together, a friendship and a lifelong brotherhood.
Dave probably helped saved my life in many ways when I was floundering going through a tough divorce.
He was always there for me—or anyone else that sought him out -
He and I spoke motorcycles a lot. I was getting ready to step up out of my 650 Yamaha—-needed a bigger bike.
One night-meeting at the Golden Lantern-he flipped me the keys to his pride—said take it out. Scared the hell out of me. I had never been on a bike that big in my life—was just praying I would get it back to the parking lot without dropping it. I did.
I was sold. I was buying a Harley.
I found a 91. FLHS/-in the window back in Chicago. Loved it but worried about all of the bills coming in. Simon said—“ what good is that “moldy money doing you in a bank”—-bought the bike the next day.
Changed my life.
Road with Dave and Beck in Sturgis—along with the whole Ohio crowd—-
Such great memories —Bike Week Daytona —and numerous other destinations. Too much too mention.
Dave was as good a man as anyone could hope to know.
We all loved David. For good reason.
He was a very private person. But would give the shirt off his back to help fix your carburetor.
Bless you. You are forever missed -
Your brother -H
March 14, 2021
Becky & Girls, We took Tammy camping at Lake Arrowhead with us and I remember your Dad drove your Mom down to check to see if all was well with Tammy / Such a great Dad!/Mom Becky was in tears (of relief) seeing Tammy having a good time !!! We were just glad we had not gone out of state or a long distance from home💕🙏✝️ Nikki loved your husband and Dad /Nikki loved Tammy’s Dad ‘a nickname for her....“Boogie”/ thought David was great! Tina, my heart goes out to you and your sisters. Our deepest sympathy to All! The Buckingham’s....Terry, Gloria, Nikki, Matthew
March 13, 2021
Riding my bike down the alley to your parents house. Your dad working on his Harley. A great man and always a good uncle. Will be praying for you girls in your time of mourning.