Joseph Mathias Simons, 87, Kasson
Joseph Mathias Simons, 87, of Kasson passed away at his home on Sunday, May 26, 2019. He was born on March 9, 1932 in Stewart, Minn. He was the seventh of nine children born to Jacob and Agnes (Krippner) Simons. He attended St. Bonifacious Catholic School grades 1-8 and graduated from Stewart High School in 1951. He joined the US Navy in 1952 and served as a communication specialist aboard the battleship USS New Jersey. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
He was employed at the 3M Company in Hutchinson, Minn. in 1957. While at 3M, Joe met
Deanna Lamp and they were married at St. Anastasia Church in 1958. They were blessed with six children; Lynann, Joey, Lisa, Greg, Jeff and Jason. In 1966, Joe became an employee of IBM in St. Louis Park, Minn. Joe was transferred to Boulder, Colo. in 1968 and the family lived in Longmont, Colo. for four years. Joe was then transferred to Rochester where he retired in 1992. Joe drove school bus for the K-M School district for 19 years.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he served on Parish Council, finance committee, and was an usher for many years. He was a member of the Kasson American Legion Post 333 where he served on the Executive Board for many years, including five years as Commander. He enjoyed trap shooting, camping with the family, hunting, bowling, pool, all Legion activities, cribbage and cards.
Joe enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a fan of the Twins and Vikings. He enjoyed watching the TV Game Show channel, Walker Texas Ranger, Gunsmoke, and The Little House on the Prairie.
Joe is survived by his wife Deanna; daughters Lynann (Bob) Knutson of Mantorville and Lisa (fiancé Greg Morson) of Kasson; sons Greg (Kristy) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason (Kim) of Kasson, MN and Jeff (Mary Banker) of Owatonna; grandchildren Brandon (Jasmine) Ranvek of Rosemount, Minn., Zachary and Ezekiel Simons of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Emma, Abby, Joey and Sophie Simons of Kasson; and five great-grandchildren Kayla, Aubree, Madison, Jaden and Reese Ranvek of Rosemount, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his son Joseph, Jr.; parents Jacob and Agnes; brothers Roy, Albert and Lenny Simons; sisters Mildred, Theresa and Dorothy; and one niece and two nephews.
Mass of the Christian Burial for Joe was held on Saturday, June 1, at the Church of the Holy Family, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave , Kasson with Fr. John Lasuba officiating.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Kasson is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.