OSKALOOSA — Herman M. Simons, 89, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa.
He was born Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1924, in Tainter, the son of Paul Johanna Ryken Simons. He attended Greeley Country School. On May 1, 1946, Herman was united in marriage to Viginia M. Brummel in Leighton and she died Oct. 1, 2002. Herman farmed for 10 years and worked at AE Dairy for a time. He also shelled corn, worked as a salesman for Farm Service and as a courier for Mahaska State Bank. His family was the center of his life. He enjoyed telling jokes, going to coffee and helping people. Herman will always be remembered as being a very sympathetic person. He was a member of the Gateway Church of the Nazarene.
His family includes his daughter: Verjean (and Ken) Rexroth, of Oskaloosa; his son: Dr. Ronald (and Dr. Leslie) Simons of Athens, Ga.; five grandchildren: Angela (and Dave) Risch, Joseph (and Cindy) Simons, Dr. Sara (and Dr.Kenny) Fearn, Kim (and Mike) McCann and Scott (and Krista) Rexroth; 7 great-grandchildren: Jack and Joe Risch, Kaleb, Kendall and Lainie Beth Van Amburg and Ethan and Ella Rexroth; two sisters: Nettie (and Lloyd) Van Zante, of Pella, and Joann (and Dale) Van Ommen, of Oskaloosa; a brother: Paul (and Kathryn) Simons Jr., of Pella; two step sisters: Esther Bensink, of Pella, and Mildred (and Ray) De Zwarte, of Oskaloosa and; two step brothers: Howard (and Nancy) Brummel, of Monroe, and James (and Marilyn) Brummel, of Oskaloosa; and a sister-in-law: Edith Brummel, of Knoxville.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother and his wife: Leonard and Norma Simons; five step sisters: Edna (and Lester) Klein, Clara (and Henry “Hank”) Lanser, Ada Olson, Bernice (and Edward) Goemaat and Ann (and Ben) Groenendyk; and one step brother: Virgil Brummel.