Jerry Simon

Gerald Clement Simon, age 76, left those he loved unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015, at his Prior Lake home. A very faithful servant of the Lord, he was caring, nonjudgmental and loved everyone unconditionally. Jerry’s acts of kindness will be missed by many. He was the best husband, dad and grandpa.

All of the services will be held at the Church of St. Michael 16311 Duluth Avenue SE, Prior Lake, MN. The visitation will be on Friday, April 17 from 4-7 pm and from 9:30-10:45 am prior to the mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 18 at 11 am, with Father Xavier Goulet presiding. Pall bearers will be his grandsons. Jerry will be laid to rest at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

On January 7, 1939 in Shullsburg, WI, Jerry was born the fifth of ten children to parents, Joseph and Bernice (Wiederholt) Simon.  Jerry played football and baseball at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, MN where he graduated from High School in 1958.

Jerry’s life was dedicated to loving and caring for his family and committed to helping in his community where ever he could.  On July 8, 1961 at the Church of St. Michael he married the love of his life, Nancy Muelken. The best days of their lives were blessed raising five children, Michael, Gail, Sanna, Patrick and William and later nurturing 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. When his children were younger, they enjoyed traveling north on weekends to ‘the cabin’ where they enjoyed family time together fishing, swimming and playing.  For their 50th Wedding Anniversary the entire family celebrated this milestone at the cabin for old time sake. Most of Jerry and Nancy’s life, Prior Lake was their home. After Jerry retired, they lived in Mabel, MN for nine years before returning home to Prior Lake.

Jerry proudly served eight years in the National Guard. For 34 years (1961-1995), he worked at Anchor (Midland) Glass in Shakopee, MN where he made life time friends that he continued to fish with. Jerry was a 23-year volunteer firefighter in Prior Lake and he devoted time to the Historical Society and the Lions Club during his time in Mabel.

Jerry’s interests included sports, hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed cheering on his children and grandchildren at their activities and also kept detailed stats on the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Jerry loved deer hunting up north with family and friends. He liked pan fishing all year round and the occasional walleye trip with his sons. Jerry had a knack for woodworking, building benches, beanbag games and other items he not only shared with his family but also donated to many community events that will be truly cherished.

Left to honor Jerry’s life and mourn the death is his wife, Nancy E. (Muelken); children, Mike (Shelly) Simon, Gail (Kevin) McCormick, Sanna (Chuck) Feldman, Pat (Lynn) Simon, Billy (Jenny) Simon; grandchildren, Ashley (Kory) Lochner, David (Shauna) Simon, Kayla McCormick, Connor McCormick, Case McCormick, Jamie (Phil) Fisk, Tommy (Steph) Feldman, Jenna Simon, Bryanna (Jimmy White) Simon, Isabel Simon, Grace Simon, Will Simon; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Julianne and Luke Fisk; siblings, James (Mary Lou) Simon; Sis Bergstrom, Joe (Sandee) Simon, Sr. Zita “Maryann” Simon; other loving relatives and devoted friends.

Preceded in death and there to welcome Jerry home in heaven are his parents; siblings, Lois (Ben) Reis, Melvin (Arlene) Simon, Marlene (Don) Hanson and Betty Kleindl.

Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation, Prior Lake Chapel, proudly served and cared for the Simon family.

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  1. Sorry to hear about Bear. You have my condolences at your time of loss.

  2. Nancy and Family,so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.Deepest sympathies. Mike Cassidy

  3. Randy and Karen Crooks

    Dear Simon’s and family we are so very sorry about Jerry. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you all. We feel so blessed that Jerry was a part of lives and will be missed by many. You have our deepest condolences.
    The Donk and Karen Crooks

  4. Meg & Cliff DeFor

    Nancy and Families,
    We were sorry to hear about Jerry our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. It was an honor to say we knew Jerry, what a great man. Thinking if you during this hard time.
    Meg, Cliff, Austin and Derek DeFor

  5. Love you grandpa so much!!! You meant the world to each and everyone of us. You will be greatly missed. Don’t worry we will take good care of grandma for you.

  6. Nancy and family
    My condolence goes out to you all. Many fond memories when it was Midland and Anchor Glass, when we would have our get together’s.
    Nancy my heart goes out to you.

  7. We are very sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. He will be missed by all. Our heart felt condolences to you all.

  8. Nancy and families,
    I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. He will be missed by so many people. His giving personality has been passed down to his children and that legacy has and will continue to bless so many people. You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy.

  9. Sue and Harold Link

    Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Gail has shared so many wonderful qualities about her dad that I know will live on through your family.

  10. Sorry to hear about our loss of Jerry – he will be missed!!

  11. Dan & Jeanne Gade

    Dear Gail and Simon Family,
    We would like to extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. May all the dear memories of your father continue to live on in your hearts forever. With hugs and prayers.

  12. Mike and Audrey Nosbisch

    Sanna…… sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you, Chuck, Jamie, Tom and the rest of your family…….

  13. Michelle and Scott Jirik

    Sorry for your loss. Jerry was a very special person who with Nancy raised a very special family. Sending lots of prayers and love to you all.

  14. Sorry for the lost prayers are with u

  15. Perry and Mary Watt

    Sanna, Chuck, Tommy, Jamie,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Perry and Mary

  16. Wayne & Janet Riniker

    Nancy, Sanna, Chuck, Jamie , Tommy , So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing, you all have are sympathy. Wayne and Janet

  17. Mike McCormick Family

    We are so sorry for your loss and that we can’t be with you. Jerry was a great guy and a role model for so many. Treasure the memories.

  18. Lori Berninghaus Kroells

    So sorry to hear about Jerry, Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love to all! He will be greatly missed.

  19. John & Stephanie Lloyd Family

    Nancy & Family,

    We deeply regret your loss. Jerry was kind and witty and had a strong love for his family. You could feel the pride he had for each and everyone of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nancy and Jerry did a terrific job of raising their family and his legacy will live on through these wonderful individuals.

  20. Dear Nancy and Family – we were just talking about Jerry Tuesday night at the Historical Society meeting – nothing but the fondest of memories of your time in Mabel – Jerry was such a sweet and generous man with his time and thoughts – truly a loss – take care.

  21. To the Simon family,
    you all have my sympathy ones again. I wanted to tell this store tonight but there was to many people for you to talk to, it would of taken to much time, so here it is
    I have a great memory of Jerry. in 1984 I was one of the manger of the Prior Lake high school football team that year and at the football banquet the manager were given a signed football by all the players on the team. As I and my parents were walking out ,
    Jerry and Nancy were walking with us and Jerry asked to buy my football from me. I would not do it. He will be missed by all.
    Randy Busch

  22. Sister Michaeline Healy

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you, May you find peace
    as you are surrounded by family and friends. Sorry, I can not
    be with you. Peace and love, Sr Michaeline

  23. Nancy and family, you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful man. I pray your sadness and tears give way to smiles and laughter as you will always have his love and your love for him in your hearts. To say that I am so sorry for your loss is such an understatement when your hearts are heavy with loss. You have wonderful families and friends to help you get through this difficult time. Hold each other, hug each other and cry on each other’s shoulders. Share memories and take care of each other as he cared for you.
    Love, Rosanne
    ~~Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
    I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me. ~~Psalm 23:4

  24. Bill& Agnes Chard

    To Sandee & Family..

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jerry. Being from New Market we knew him & his family. Take care all and God Bless Jerry’s family.

  25. Bill& Agnes Chard

    To Sandee & Family..

    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Jerry. Being from New Market we knew him & his family. Take care all and God Bless Jerry’s family.

  26. Nettie Hafermann Plunkett

    To the Simon Family :
    You all have my deepest sympathy, Being what I call neighbors for what I call a childhood, Jerry was a very very sweet man who was one of the men in the neighborhood that had the respect of us children. He will be dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to meet not only Jerry but his wife Nancy and the great family they raised. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this saddened time.

  27. Nancy and family, I can not express enough the sorrow I feel for you today and as you travel these days ahead. May God be with you and give you all strength as He will. Hang on to all those wonderful memories you have all created through the years. I can guarantee you they will be very often mentioned around the dinning room table

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