ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for Robert E. Simacek, 90, of Spirit Lake will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with lay pastors Aleene Worrick and Marc Oleson officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville. Interment will be at East Side Memorial Cemetery in Estherville with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 at Hilltop Care Center in Spirit Lake.
Robert E. Simacek, the son of Rudy and Lena (Handevidt) Simacek was born April 13, 1924, in Jackson, Minn.
He received his education in the Sherburn, Minn. schools. After completing his education Bob served in the United States Army during World War Two, serving in Japan.
In 1952 Bob was united in marriage to Marcella June Updike in Sherburn. Following their marriage, the couple farmed northwest of Sherburn. In 1959, they moved east of Huntington and continued farming. In 1999, the couple retired from farming and moved north of Estherville. Following his retirement Bob worked many years for Superior Coop Elevator. June died Nov. 22, 2012.
Bob was a member of Huntington United Methodist Church and the VFW.
Left to cherish Bob's memory are his children, David and his wife, Sarah; Susan Zach and her husband, Dean; Robert and his wife, Kathy; Gary and Arlene; 11 grandchildren, Michael; Cory; Craig; Chad Johnson and his wife, Sara; Chet Johnson and his wife, Angie; Carrie Taylor and her husband, Abe; Craig Johnson; Brandie Simacek; Amanda Simacek and Jeremy; Emily Simacek; Stefanie Simacek and Justin Rossow; Jesse Monce; Angie Ruczinski; Lindsay Lentz and her husband, Cory; Heather and Drew Tran; Michael Zach; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Elmer Simacek; Vernon (Sylvia) Handevidt; Dale (JoAnn) Handevidt; and brother-in-law, Bob Helmers.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sisters, Carol (Maynard) Gohr; LeAnna Helmers; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bill (Mae) Updike; Martin Updike; Harry (JoAnn) Updike; Elmer (Elizabeth) Juhl; and Lucille Simacek. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com