Thursday, April 13, 2006

Howard Thomas "Tom" Simon, 85, of Golden, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2006, in his home.

He was born April 14, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Albert and Mazie (Fogerty) Simon.

He grew up in Downers Grove, Ill., and was a 1938 graduate of Downers Grove High School. He also attended Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied metallurgy. During World War II Tom served in the United States Navy, joining the day after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941.

He married Catherine Marie Stauber while he was on leave in New York City on April 24, 1944, and they would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary this year.

He was a noted builder of homes in Illinois and in the Table Rock Lake area. He owned a Chicago area general contractor business, Jewel Builders until 1972. At that time he moved to Shell Knob, where he continued as a general contractor, building many homes in the Table Rock Lake area. in 1984 he moved to Golden to make his home.

survivors include: his wife, Marie; five children, Ellen (Simon) Arnott and her husband, John, of Trophy Club, Texas, Tom Simon and his wife, Beth, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Carol (Simon) Beck and her husband, Don, of Bluffton, S. C., Pam (Simon) Higgins-Gilbert and her husband, Wayne, of Joshua Tree, Calif., and Deborah Simone Simon, of Golden; one brother, John Simon and his wife, Dorothy, of Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Bob and Chuckie and a daughter, Linda. He was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob, where funeral mass was held Tuesday under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Father David Miller conducted the mass. Burial with military honors was at Lake Park Memorial Gardens, Shell Knob.

Rosary was held at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Hospice -- Berryville, Ark.,


Shell Knob, Missouri