Robert George ‘Bob’ Simon
Dec. 27, 1924 – Feb. 25, 2012
Robert George "Bob" Simon of Waukesha entered into eternal life Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at home surrounded by those he loved and who loved him, at age 87. Bob was born in Racine on Dec. 27, 1924, to George Charles and Anna Cecilia (nee Zak) Simon.
He grew up in Racine, attending St. Edward’s Elementary and graduating from Washington Park High School. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on March 29, 1943, and served in World War II as a firearms instructor. He was part of the forces in the battle of Okinawa, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant on April 13, 1946.
Bob enrolled in the Stout State Teachers College and attained a bachelor’s degree in 1950. He excelled as a football star while at Stout. In 1955, he received a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
It was while he was at Stout that he met Jeanne, and they married on June 29, 1948. Bob, Jeanne and their son moved to Medford, Minn., in the summer of 1950, where both Bob and Jeanne taught at the local high school for three years. They moved again in the summer of 1953 to Waukesha. He began his career with the Waukesha school system in the fall of 1953, teaching industrial arts. He also coached football and track. A few years after this, Bob designed and implemented Waukesha High School’s driver’s education program. Bob retired in 1983.
Bob courageously fought the battle against lymphocytic leukemia for nearly 10 years. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Federico Sanchez for his medical assistance and counsel. In addition, we would like to thank Pro-Health Home Hospice.
Bob is survived by his wife of 63 1/2 years, Jeanne. In addition, he is survived by three children, Robert E. (Bonnie) Simon of Madison, Susan (Gary) Page of Waukesha and Cynthia (Lowell) Argue of Oconomowoc; three grandsons, Robert (Debra) Simon of New Berlin, Matthew (Stephanie) Lindstrom of Waukesha, Benjamin (Nicolette) Lindstrom of Waukesha; one great-grandson, Payton Simon of New Berlin; as well as a sister, Delores Orsted of Racine.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in law, Tom Barbeau; and a brotherin-law, Edward Orsted.
Visitation and a celebration of Bob’s life will be held from 10 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Saturday, March 3, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. Full military honors will conclude the Mass and a gathering will follow in the church’s community room.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Wisconsin Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 200 S. Executive Drive, Suite 203, Brookfield, WI 53005.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave the family an online tribute message.