Memorial services will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the McFarland American Legion Post 534 in McFarland, with Chaplain John Berg officiating. Military honors will follow.
Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon reception immediately following at the McFarland Legion.
Memorials may be made to the McFarland American Legion, the Wounded Warriors Program or to Badger Honor Flight.
Cress Funeral Service in McFarland assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.cressfuneralservice.com.
Mr. Simonis was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Stevens Point, a son of Dorothy Simonis and the late Cyril Simonis. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged in 1972.
His work experiences included being an insurance agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and working as a grocery store manager.
He was dedicated to McFarland American Legion Post 534 and served as state chaplain.
He was married to his wife, Nancy, Sept. 12, 1998.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; nine children, Greg (Brenda), Brian (Rhonda), Jeff, Chris (Samantha), Sarah (Adam), Kathy, Don, Chris (Greg) and Corey (Mike); his mother, Dorothy, Stevens Point; two brothers, Dennis (Phyllis) and Mike (Sharon); two sisters, Kathy (Dana) and Lori; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Phillip and Jeffrey.