NEW ULM - Harold F. Simon, 91, of New Ulm, died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, May 9, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm with Pastor Brad Kuebler officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest Section, with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue from 7:30-11 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org
Harold is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Christensen Simon of 70 years; his children, Gloria (Hiroshi) Takagi, Linda (Roye) Stelzer, Timothy Simon and Karen (Bill) McGuigan. Also, survived by his grandchildren, Naomi (Cesar) Acosta, Elisa Takagi, Emily (Steven) Ellingson, Elena Takagi, Tara McGuigan and Nicole McGuigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Thomas; and his brother Clarence.
Harold Fred Simon was born June 11, 1922 at 11 a.m. in Fairmont, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Catherine (Kotewa) Simon. At the age of 20 he joined the Army Air Corps. known today as the Air Force. He married Joyce Christensen at Westover Field in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 20, 1944 before leaving for a mission overseas during WWII. He was a 2nd Lieutenant and Navigator in a B24 airplane that was shot down while flying a mission that crash landed in England. Harold received the Air Medal and Purple Heart.
After returning to the states he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Forestry. He worked for the Department of Natural Resources in Big Falls, Faribault, Grand Rapids and New Ulm where he retired as a land appraiser in 1984. Harold enjoyed gardening and searching for arrowheads. He also enjoyed traveling in their RV to Arizona and California. He was an active member of the River Valley Christian Church in New Ulm where he served as Deacon and Trustee. Harold was a member of the American Legion Post 132, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 807. There will be a lunch at the River Valley Christian Church at 100 N. Washington Street following the services at the cemetery.