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James F. Simons
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1929
Iroquois County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 2012
Iroquois County
Illinois, USA

James F. Simons, 82, of Kentland, passed away from natural causes after a brief stay at the Iroquois Memorial Resident Home in Watseka, Ill., on Friday, September 28, 2012. Jim "Si" was born at the same hospital on December 10, 1929, to Charles and Clara (Plunkett) Simons. He graduated from A.J. Kent High School, Kentland, in 1947.

Jim served a short time as a paratrooper for the U.S. Army. He earned a master's degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He was a past member of the Colorado, Illinois, and Indiana Bar Associations, member of the U.S. Patent Bar, member of the National Association of Securities Dealers, and was a licensed pilot. Jim was a member of St. Joseph Church.

In 1953, Si married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Kindig. They raised their children in Park Forest, Ill. while Jim worked for Borg Warner and Standard Oil. In 1976, he returned to his passion, the family farm. Returning to Kentland from the Chicago area also enabled him to fully enjoy his love of flying. Jim cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

Surviving with his wife are a son, Mark (Jo Ann) Simons, of Watseka, Ill., and his daughter Cathy (Earl) Standish, of West Lafayette; grandchildren, Ann Standish, Olivia Simons; and stepgrandchildren, Allison Schindler, Dustin (Andrea) Standish, Dane Standish, and three great-stepgrandchildren; sisters, Susie Sasko, of Fort Wayne, and Charlene (David) Longnecker, of Washington, DC. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Alice McArthur.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. (CST) until the time of the Mass at 11a.m. (CST), Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland. Father Robert Bernotas will Celebrate the Mass, with internment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Kentland.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kentland, or to the American Kidney Association. Share memories and online condolences at

Published in the Journal & Courier from September 30 to October 1, 2012 
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  Virginia R. Kindig Simons (1929 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Newton County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Sherry Salla
Record added: Sep 30, 2012
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James F. Simons
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