Verne A. Simon

April 13, 1931June 27, 2014

Verne A. Simon, 83, passed away June 27, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree in Physical and Organic Chemistry from Toledo University. He furthered his education achieving an M.S. degree in Chemistry from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Florida State University. During his career, Dr. Simon worked for R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology), Morehead State University, and Medical College of Ohio. He retired from the Development Office of Laboratory Services at the Florida Department of Health. Over his career he published numerous research papers, and authored the books Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom and A Subset of Everything. He was a longtime member of the Senior Tennis League. Dr. Simon was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Ethel Simon, his two brothers, Clinton Giles Simon and Ellsworth Victor Simon. His wife of over forty years was the late Sandra B. Simon. He is survived by his four children: Victor Allen Simon of Louisville, Kentucky; Katherine Janette Simon Cobb of Roseboro, North Carolina.; Stephen Elsworth Simon of Nashville, Tennessee; and Jaqueline Simon Winslow of Neptune Beach, Florida; his granddaughter, Jennifer McCullough of Crozet, Virginia; his great granddaughters Alexis Erin McCullough and Tara Rose McCullough, also of Crozet, Virginia; his brothers, Leroy David Simon of Bellview, Florida; Ignatius Donald Simon of Tallahassee, Florida; Lowell Glen Simon of Toledo, Ohio; Louis Pierce Simon of Tampa, Florida; Floyd Virgil Simon of Toledo, Ohio; and Mark Thomas Simon of Allen, Texas; his sisters, Twila Rose Simon Cosgrove of Boca Raton, Florida; Dolores Jean Simon Sanford of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and Sylvia Lenora Simon Lorenz of Nashville, Tennessee.

A service to celebrate Dr. Simon’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Florida, with Father William Kelly presiding. A visitation will be held Monday one hour prior to service time.


  • Funeral Service Monday, June 30, 2014

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Yvonne Salfinger

July 23, 2014

I worked with Verne when he taught me HPLC, and we published a paper a long time ago. Verne had a good sense of humor-good thing since he had to train me! So sorry to hear of his passing-I just found a postcard he had sent right before I moved to Denver about one of his books and I had just ordered it when I found out. Will read both of them with fond memories.

Fran Gao

July 21, 2014

Dr.simon was my supervisor for more than 10 years before he retired. He was one of the greatest people I have met. I learned a lot from him in chemistry field, and also in his profound knowledge in nature, culture, and language. He was so humble and patient in teaching in lab. He was always positive for people and things around him. His good attitude has been inspired me since he hired me as a chemist for the laboratory. He will be sorely missed.

Yvette Wilson

July 21, 2014

I worked with Verne for many years at the Florida Department of Health, some of that time I was his supervisor, and I never met a nicer guy. He was soft spoken and always had a friendly disposition.

Larry Kennard

July 13, 2014

I was so sorry to read of the passing of Verne. He was the research director for my Master's Degree at Morehead State. I have many very fond memories of Dr. Simon and wish to express my sincere condolences to his family.

Ed LeBlanc

June 30, 2014

Verne was one of the nicest people I have met in my entire life. He was soft-spoken, intelligent and very kind. A smooth tennis player. He will be sorely missed.

Debbie Miley

June 30, 2014

Verne you will be missed by our family very much. Your have a been a dear friend to all of us. I only met you a couple times but talked to you on the phone a few times as well. I wish I could have spent as much time with you as the rest of my family. May you rest in peace. Prayers for your family at this difficult time.

Debbie Miley

June 30, 2014

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Sylvia Wilkinson

June 30, 2014

How very sad I am that my friend, my buddy and my dinner pal has departed from us. I will miss you terribly Verne; you were such a sweetheart of a man. I pray God will give peace and comfort to his children that he loved so dearly.

Cynthia Shank

June 29, 2014

Verne became a friend if mine when we worked at the FL DOH. Since we retired, I've enjoyed visiting with him at special events held at the Lab. He had many friends there and we will sorely miss seeing him. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Mark Simon

June 29, 2014