- 93 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 18, 1922
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Feb 3, 2016
- Place of passing:
Arden, North Carolina, United States
|Let the memory of Fred and how he touched our lives be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Fred Simon, 93, born on March 18, 1922 and passed away on February 3, 2016. We will love and remember him, and how he touched our lives forever.
A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held on March 19, 2016 at 2 pm at the Unity Center of the Blue Ridge, in Mills River, NC - all are welcome to celebrate his life with us.
Please feel free to share pictures of Fred, and stories of your time with him on the Stories tab.
"Fred served many years in the Asheville Family History Center. Many people depended on him to help with their German challenges. He said that when he first came to the Center, the Director at that time was so impressed with his ability to read German that she asked him to keep coming. He came the rest of his life until the last few weeks. We spent much time listening to Fred's stories and reading his book. One of the folks that came in rather regularly decided that Fred needed some help to get his book in shape to be published so he volunteered to edit it. Lately, Fred liked to get on Google maps and show us the places he had lived and gone to school and dated. We will all miss Fred Simon. He was an institution."
"I first met Mr. Simon aka Uncle Si, as my Scout Leader of troop 85 at St. Peters Church, Chicago. Then as my Scoutmaster of troop 35 at Grace Lutheran Church, near Diversey and Laramie in Chicago. I made my Eagle Scout Award with Fred at Troop 35 in December 1976. Fred gave us boys a life of adventures. From the low lands of Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan to the peaks of Philmont Scout Ranch near Raton New Mexico. We did anything to go hiking with Fred. If there was a campout, there better been a schedule hike. Fred helped me achieve the Fort Dearborn Medal. It involved 5 of some of the longer hikes, up to 18 miles. Our longest hike was the Abe Lincoln Trail of 21 miles where we camped at New Salem State Park. Very adventurous and very fun. I wouldn't had experienced any of it if it weren't for Mr. Simon. I loved the times we traveled together.
Along the way Fred would share his war stories, some I still remember today. The most colorful story is when he was wounded and his recovery. The most funniest one is when during pitch black night someone snuck into where food was stored, and grabbed a loaf of bread and cold cuts. Both stories are in his book " A BERLINER'S LUCK". I was only with Fred for approximately 7 years, but the experience has lasted me this far.
My wife Nancy and I got the opportunity to visit Fred and Erna in 2006. Nancy and I had always celebrated the day we met. So we decided to see Old Uncle Si in late August. Fred suggested we go to Mt Pisgah and walk to the top of this one trail. It was a very memorable. At 84 years old, Fred still wanted to go hiking. A few hours later, after Fred's knee kissed a rock in the side of the hill, was carried out by over two dozen volunteer rescuers. It so happened it was Aug 23rd, the same day Fred was wounded in the war 60 years earlier. It also was the same date Nancy and I met.
I loved the times I spent with Mr, Simon. I will never forget the moments or his stories. Thank you Uncle Si !!!"
"I met Mr. Simon at the Family History Center many years ago. He was generous with his time and very helpful with his knowledge of German scripts. I learned a great deal more about him through the obit. He was a fine fellow and will be missed by many. Condolences to his children and family. I thought it was splendid to hold the memorial service on his birthday weekend. May you be comforted to know that we share in your sorrow at this loss of a good man. I only learned of his passing today (on his birthday!) when I went to the FHC to do some research. How I hoped Fred would be there today to help me with something. Alas, he has left this earth and made it a better place."
"Simon family, I was so sad to hear about Fred's passing. I worked with Fred at Hall Printing in the Cost Department for 15years. Fred was like a second father to me, giving me advice. We were in the Photography club and went on many outing to take pictures. Yes I also heard many story's from his years in Germany. I bought his book, but never have gotten around to reading it. Maybe now I will. His greatest story was his life with Erna and his children. And now also grandchildren. The world has lost a very interesting person who gave so much of himself to others. Family, hold tight to your heart the wonderful memories of this man called husband, father, grandfather, scoutmaster and friend! You will be missed."
"My Oma was lifelong friends with Fred and Erna. Every year Oma and I would travel to visit the Simons. I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Simon telling me stories of his life, listening to them and Oma speak German at breakneck speed, and the nights that the 4 of us stayed up late playing rummy. You will be truly missed Mr. Simon"
"I came to know Fred through scouting and I always looked forward to our Thursday night chats. I'm sorry we didn't make our fishing trip. WWW"
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