Robert J. "Bob" Simon, 84, of Monroeville, died Monday evening, Feb. 3, 2014, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born May 9, 1929, in Monroeville and was a 1947 graduate of Monroeville High School, where he was class valedictorian. Bob was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany during the Korean War.
He retired in 1985 after 36 years with the U.S. Postal Service where he began as a clerk and rural carrier and then became the postmaster of the Monroeville Post Office. Bob was also a nine-year volunteer fireman in the Monroeville Village Fire Department.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville, and the Knights of Columbus, St. John Newman Chapter No. 1117, where he was past grand knight and held various district and state positions. He also owned and operated Simon’s Watch Repair from 1959-79. He was a former member of the Monroeville School Board, Monroeville Village Council and St. Joseph Church Council. After retirement he enjoyed woodworking and traveling with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Eileen Soisson; one daughter, Patricia (Mark) Camino, of Concord Township, Ohio; two sons, Thomas (Rebecca) Simon, of Plainville, Mass., and Gerald (Kristy) Simon, of Norwalk; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roman and Estella (Egle) Simon; one sister, Rose Arlene Fisher; and one brother, Donald Simon.
Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St., Monroeville, where the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb, 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 66 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. William Pifher will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Monroeville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, 79 Chapel St., Monroeville, OH 44847 or to the donor’s favorite charity.
Condolences may be made to the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.