|John Elliott Simonson, 87, died 4:30 pm on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, IL. He was born on March 9, 1922 the son of Simon Van Arsdale and Bessie Henry Simonson in Woolsley, Saskatchewan, Canada. He married Katherine Huston in the Methodist Temple in Chicago, IL and they celebrated 61 years of marriage; she preceded him in death in 2006.
He is survived by one daughter Janice Simonson Bocke (Joseph) of Quincy, IL and one son Miles Simonson of Long Beach, CA; 2 granddaughters Elizabeth Katherine Buck (Bill Nugen) and Amy Kristine (Reggie) Summers; great grandchildren Tyler Jordan Buck, Emma Elaine Summers, and Dylan John Summers; one brother Charles (Rosemary) Simonson. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife 1 granddaughter Jennifer Anne Simonson, and 3 sisters Edith Simonson Mink, Ruth Simonson Fussell Mandle, and Dorothy Simonson Martin.
John graduated from Stronghurst High School and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He proudly served aboard the U.S.S. Charger. After the war he was employed by Barrows-Addleman in Monmouth, IL and later became an Illinois State Trooper. He retired in 1981 as a Sergeant. John and his wife spent 25 winters in Tempe, AZ at their second home. He spent the last two winters in Scottsdale with his daughter and her husband. He was a much loved father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His family was his pride and joy. His love, support, strength, and wry sense of humor will be missed greatly. We were blessed to have him in our lives. John was a member of the Roseville Methodist Church, Retired State Police Association of Illinois and Lawson Babbitt American Legion Post # 614.
Memorial services will be Monday February 1, 2010, 11:00 am at the Roseville United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends on Sunday January 30, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Corman Memorial Home Roseville, IL. Lawson-Babbitt American Legion Post #614 will provide military rites at the Church. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be made to the Roseville Public Library, the Roseville Methodist Church and or the Lawson-Babbitt American Legion Post #614. Please sign the guestbook at www.cormanmh.com. Corman Memorial Home Roseville, IL is in charge of the arrangements.