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Kenneth W. Simon

Kenneth W. Simon

Kenneth Wayne Simon passed away peacefully on July 19, 2022 with the love of his life by his side.  Ken was born on December 1, 1946 in Leechville, Arkansas to Crat “Tuff” and Susie “Dolly” (Ward) Simon.  In 1964, Ken was one of two in the nation to earn a perfect score on the ASVAB test.  He graduated in 1965 from Bald Knob High School and joined the Air Force.  After training, he was stationed at 676th Air Force Squadron in Antigo, WI where he met and married Diane, his wife of 54 years.  After serving 8 years in the Air Force, including a year at Udorn Air Force Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War, he began his career in construction. 

In 1979, the family relocated to Elk Mound, where he was a jack of all trades.  Ken worked for many local business and farms doing remodels and maintenance.  He was a Maintenance & Custodial Supervisor at the Elk Mound School District up until he retired with a disability in 2005.  Ken was a master at wood crafts, loved “tinkering” in the garage, and hitting the lakes to catch some fish, which were ALWAYS released to return to their families.  In his later years, he found great joy in spending time with his granddaughters, who entertained him and made him smile no matter how he felt. 

Ken leaves behind his wife, Diane, children Michael (Jen), Tammy (Jason Kielbasa), and Jason.  He cherished his granddaughters (Grandpa’s Girls), Kylynn, Ani, and Storm, and a special great-niece, Sarah Simon.  He is further survived by his brothers George (Pat) Simon and Jimmie Simon, and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tuff and Dolly Simon, brothers Carl and Buddy, sister-in-law Lanette Simon, Uncle Elmer and Aunt Mary Lee, Diane’s parents, Leo and Lorraine Blemke, his Godson Chris Blemke, and Brother-in-Law Bill Blemke. 

Ken’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Hospice.  Finally, we would like to thank our neighbors for their kindness, and Ken’s Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law, Donna and Steve Weix, for their countless hours of helping at the house during Ken’s illness.

A short ceremony and Celebration of Life will be held at the Viking Bowl & Lounge in Colfax, Saturday August 6, 2022, from 1:00-4:00 pm.  Please join us to celebrate Ken with his favorite treat, ice cream.  Come as you are or wear red, as that was Ken’s favorite color.  He lived in flannel shirts and would expect nothing more of his friends and family. 



  1. Melanie Miller

    My condolences to all of you.

  2. Tom and Linda Koleski

    Sorry for lose our thoughts and prays are you all

  3. Dick and Pam Rueckl

    We were very sorry to read of Ken's passing.
    You have our deepest sympathy -

  4. Roger &Aemi Thompson

    Our sympathy. So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man.

  5. Paula A Smith

    TO Diane and Tammy and Family im truly sorry for your loss of Ken he was a very easy person to know and im sure each of the grandchildren loved him too i know its going to be hard in the days ahead but due me a favor and hug one another and remember he's watching all of you and he knows your all going to make it and i was proud to know him and im also glad Diane let me get to know most of you take care and hold on to the memories forever Paula A Smith

  6. Laura Bagan

    Diane and family- sorry for the loss of Ken. Thoughts being sent your way at this difficult time. Ken made so many memories with you all. Hugs and prayers at this time.

  7. Sue Zarda

    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Ken. May the special memories you made together help you through this difficult time. My sincere sympathy!

  8. Laura Holm

    Thinking of your family and sending you so much love, Diane, Tammy, and Kylynn.

  9. Tom Simon

    Diane and family. I'm sorry for your loss. God be with you.

  10. Peggy Bodenburg

    Oh my...we are so sorry to hear this. We always enjoyed visiting with Ken. Such a kind man. Our thoughts and prayers are with your lovely family. xo

  11. Diane Kevin Courtney murphy

    Diane and family we are so sorry about Ken. We will be praying for all of you.

  12. Dawn Haas

    Your in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.

  13. Debby Lowe

    Dear Tammy and Diane,
    Ken’s spark will continue in your family; It will be that special twinkle in your eyes as you remember him.
    I am so sad for your loss. Hugs, Debby

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