Alfred Simons, 93, of Pillager, passed away April 28, 2018, surrounded by his family at Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m, Friday, May 4 at Casino Assembly of God Church, rural Pillager with Pastor Dan Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.
Interment with Military Honors will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager.
Arrangements are by Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples.
Alfred was born August 20, 1924 in Pillager to Harry and Maude (Whipple) Simons. He grew up and was educated in the Pillager area, leaving school in the eighth grade. Alfred served in WWII in the anti-aircraft artillery division from May 1943 to January 1945. After being Honorably discharged, he married Iona Miller on October 31, 1946 in Brainerd. They made their home in Pillager, where they raised their seven children. Alfred worked for several years in the sheet metal trade and then went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad as a Watchman, from September 11, 1955 to April 16, 1984, when he retired. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, making horseradish and spending time with family and friends.
Alfred is survived by two sons, Larry Simons of Garrison and Keith Simons of Pillager; four daughters, Linda (Donnie) Johnson of Pillager, Nancy (Lloyd) Hansen of Brainerd, Patty (Dan) Mannie of Brainerd, and Tracey (Darrel) Thomas of Motley; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Onie; daughter, Kristi Buscho; grandson, Kyle Thomas and great-grandson, James Martin.