Harold Simunek

December 1, 1921 - August 3, 2022

Visitation: Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Service: Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.

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Harold Simunek, age 100, passed peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday morning, August 3rd at Fellowship Village in Inwood, Iowa. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Harold was born December 1st, 1921 in Clearwater, Nebraska to Frank and Anna Simunek. He was the second oldest of six children, Edith, Harold, Raymond, Dorothy, Gladys, and Eugene. Harold’s parents farmed in the Chambers, Nebraska area until the late twenties when they then moved to the Hammel, SD area to do the same.

Harold started school in Hammel and continued there until 1934 at which time Frank and Anna bought another farm 7 miles southwest of Inwood, Iowa. Harold completed his high school education within the Fairview School District.

Harold’s first job was with John Morrel and Company in 1938 where he worked until 1941. He then headed out west to California where he worked at the Consolidated Aircraft Factory and later the shipyards in San Diego. In October 1943, he returned to Iowa and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the India/China/Burma Theater with the 1380th Petroleum Unit as an Engineer/Mechanic installing pipelines throughout the Burmese Jungle. He was discharged in the fall of 1946 and returned home. He was very proud of his military service and was a lifetime member of the Canton VFW.

On his return home, he got a job as a mechanic in Inwood and helped farm on the side with his Dad and brother Ray. It was at this time his sisters introduced him to a young girl, Myva Hanzen, who would later become his wife. They were married on May 17th, 1949 in Alvord, Iowa. From this union, five children would be born. Harold continued to farm in the Fairview and Inwood area up until his retirement in 1972. After retirement, he worked at various jobs in the area until finally finishing his career at the Farmers Cooperative in Canton driving the bulk truck.

Harold and Myva loved to travel and traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona, Texas, and California. Myva passed in September of 1993 after a long battle of cancer.

He remained active in the community of Canton and the Canton Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends, talking with old neighbors from the farm, playing cards, fishing, tinkering on different projects and always lending a helping hand when one was needed. He loved to listen to the Twins baseball games and was proud of the fact that he maintained his own lawn and garden until the ripe age of 96. He was a great mechanic and could fix just about anything in his garage where he always spent his free time.

Harold is survived by his children: Elaine Niebuhr, Canton, Roger (Amy), Canton, Jerry (special friend Deb Atkins), Worthing, Marsha Stensland (special friend, Gaynor Johnson), Canton, Sandra Roseland, Canton; two sisters, Edith Thomas of Mt. Vernon, WA and Dorothy Jorgenson of Colton, SD; a sister-in-law Jeannie Simunek of Sioux Falls, SD; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna; his wife Myva; brothers Raymond and Eugene; one sister Gladys Schmidt; brothers-in-law, Ralph Schmidt, Robert Thomas and Ed Jorgenson; sons-in-law, Larry Niebuhr and David Stensland; and a special friend, Dorothy McKenny. www.andersonandsonsfh.com

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  1. Tami Rikansrud on August 4, 2022 said:

    Simunek family, I’m sorry for your loss. What a great guy that will be missed by many.

  2. Lana (Dieren) pink on August 4, 2022 said:

    Roger and family,
    So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. You were blessed to have him with you for so many years and may you find comfort knowing he is resting in the arms of our LORD AND SAVIOR.
    Know that we care,
    Lana and Ernie Pink

  3. Anne Rosgaard (CNA at Fellowship Village) on August 5, 2022 said:

    Marsha and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I had the pleasure of getting to care for Harold for several years. He always made me laugh. Praying that you feel God’s comfort. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Loren Wallem on August 5, 2022 said:

    To Harold’s family, so sorry for your loose. But you have 100 years of memories. I lost a great neighbor; think of him every time I look across the street and remember all the visits with him sitting in the garage. Couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor, never had to worry when not home as he was watching the neighborhood and I kept an eye on him when he was doing things in the yard you kids didn’t think he should be doing. Won’t be the same around here. God Bless you Harold!!

  5. Bev Burrus on August 5, 2022 said:

    Roger & family, what an amazing life your father led! I’m so sorry for your loss and send my sincere sympathies.

  6. Nina & JB on August 5, 2022 said:

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I didn’t know your dad, but I only heard wonderful things about him. I know how heartbreaking losing your father is. How lucky you all were to have him in your life for so long.
    My sympathies to all of you.

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  8. Donna Roti on August 6, 2022 said:

    My sympathies to the entire Simunek family……I have fond memories of Harold, Myva and the entire Simunek families…..

  9. Jon Thorburn on August 8, 2022 said:

    My condolences to the entire family. Many good visits with Harold over the years. May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you all now and always.

  10. Alan Kroger on August 8, 2022 said:

    To the ENTIRE Simunek family: what a wonderful celebration of life and treasure box full of memories Harold has given you being on this earth for 100 years. I always remember him taking the time to visit and don’t remember seeing him without a smile. May the Lord wrap his arms around you comfort you through these days ahead. Alan Kroger

  11. Emily Harris (Fellowship Village CNA) on August 10, 2022 said:

    Simunek family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Harold’s passing. I had the pleasure of getting to care for Harold for a couple of years. He was the sweetest guy and he will be greatly missed. May Gods comforting hand be among your family during this hard time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Patty and Craig Dittberner on August 11, 2022 said:

    Thiking of all of you and sending our sympathy. Will always remember him sitting in front of his garage ready to visit with anyone who stopped or walked by! Hope he’s enjoying his new home in heaven. He will be missed in Canton. Patty and Craig Dittberner