Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake for Hampden native Wayne Allen Simon, 78, who went home to the Lord with his family by his side on October 12, 2020, at the Hospice House in Fargo. Burial was at Storlie Cemetery, rural Hampden.
Wayne was born December 23, 1941, in Devils Lake to Frances (Clock) and Norman Simon. He grew up on the farm near Hampden with his siblings, attending Faith Lutheran Church and graduating from Hampden Public School in 1959. He loved farming and enjoyed spending his life taking care of the land and his family. He married Helen (Lindseth) Simon on November 26, 1966, in California. They worked together for 53 years building a farm, raising a family, and enjoying time with family and friends. They moved to Devils Lake ten years ago and spent time each winter in Mesa, Ariz. with their Sarkis Community ~ he loved the heat! Whether at home or traveling, he and Helen seemed to always be with grandchildren, family and friends enjoying visiting, playing pinocle and pool, and exploring new hikes. He was known for his work ethic, high standards, generosity and love of “Happy Hours”. He was very proud and active in his community. He served in many ways over his lifetime, investing time in Faith Lutheran Church, the Hampden Elevator, Cenex, Northfield Township, Ramsey County Commissioner, Ramsey County Water Basin, PCA, Farm Credit Services and more. He thrived trying to make his community stronger and better. Constantly in motion, he accomplished so much in his lifetime. He was grateful for his many friends, his beloved family and his community. He loved being with others and was very proud of his farm, family, and especially his nine grandchildren! He will be dearly missed, and he leaves this world a far better place because of all the hard work, fun, love and insights he bestowed.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters: Jackie (Pete) Anderson of Flower Mound, Texas, Rachelle (Troy) Romfo of Calvin, Marcy (John) Ross also of Flower Mound, and Natalie (Travis) Westlind of Hamden; grandchildren: Grant, Simon and Meredith Romfo; Beck Anderson; Garrett and Ian Westlind; Albert, Lillian and Johnny Wayne Ross; siblings: Dorothy Miller-Fenske of Carrington, Dale Simon of Iowa City, Iowa, Kay Simon of Mt. View, Calif. and Deborah (Douglas) Lunde of Ada, Mich.; in-laws: Russ Stahl of Mason City, Iowa, Jim and Sharon Homewood of Fargo, Tom and Sylvia Anderson of Menifee, Calif. and Ed and Dianna Lindseth of Norco, Calif.; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and Aunt Jean.
He was preceded in death by grandson Blake Anderson, his parents, sibling: Geraldine Stahl, Norma Jacquelyn Simon, infant brother James and an infant sister.
Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake was in charge of arrangements.