Alfred M. Simon, 94

Published 9:34 am Friday, December 26, 2014

Alfred M. Simon, 94, of Austin, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at his home.



Al was born on Aug. 4, 1920, in Stacyville, Iowa, to Jacob and Anna (Heaman) Simon. He graduated from Visitation High School in 1938.

Al married Ruth C. Vanderbilt on July 16, 1941. Ruth died on June 3, 1972. Al married Donna L. (Hallman) Hareid on Jan. 27, 1973. Donna died on March 9, 2001.

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Al worked at Geo. A. Hormel and Co. for 39 years.

Al was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps. He was a Combat Wounded WWII Veteran as a member of the 17th Airborne Glider Division and received a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.

Al enjoyed fishing, playing poker, watching the Minnesota Twins and unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers. He loved to travel. Al spent his summers fishing on Mille Lacs Lake and winters with his “Texas family” in Brownsville, Texas. Al went fishing every spring and fall with his family and friends in Canada. Al especially loved spending time with his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Br. Robert O.C.S.O., Dubuque, Iowa, Donald, Woodbury, Barbara (Roland) Schumacher, Austin, Jean Kurata, Plymouth, David (Sheryl), Rochester, Alfred Jr. (Debra), Hastings, Kurt, Rochester; stepchildren: Karen Stoltz, Austin, Ronald Hareid, Rochester; extended family, Le Wain (Paulette) Lewis, Austin. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jon Simon, Michelle (Scott) Slinde, Randy Schumacher, Wendy (Chad) Pedersen, Alissa (John) Zimmerman, Matthew Simon, Lindsey Simon, Derek (Tobi) Simon, Kristin (Jayme) Brochman, Allison Simon, Sierra Simon, Saige Simon, Kenneth (Corinne) Stoltz, Keith Stoltz; sixteen great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret Anderson, Cedar Falls, Iowa; sister-in-law, Virginia Wilson, Austin; brothers-in-law: Thomas Miller, Waterloo, Iowa, Kermit Vanderbilt, Langley, Washington.

He is preceded in death by his wives: Ruth and Donna; parents Jacob and Anna; brothers: Ralph, and Martin; sisters: Angeline Simon, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marceline Miller; several brothers in-law, and sisters-in-law.

A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Father Traufler and Father Mark Scott O.C.S.O. officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91, VFW Post No. 1216, and DAV Chapter 27. Memorials are preferred. Condolences may be left online at