Longtime Alaska resident Robert J. "Bob" Simon died Jan. 13, 2002, in Juneau.
Born in Valentine, Neb., on Sept. 17, 1926, to Edward and Nellie Francke Simon, Bob grew up in Valentine. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and married Doris Kreycik in Valentine on April 6, 1947. Together they moved to Seattle, where he pursued a degree in fisheries biology from the University of Washington.
In 1953, the Simons moved to Fairbanks, where Bob worked as a fisheries biologist for both the territory and state of Alaska. They moved to Juneau in 1972. He was a limited-entry commissioner appointed under Gov. Jay Hammond. He retired in 1981.
He loved hunting, fishing and boating. He was an avid historian and was known for his generosity and sense of humor. His ashes will be scattered at a favorite clam beach in Gambier Bay this coming Memorial Day.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen, and son Erik.
He is survived by his wife Doris, Juneau; son Kris, Kenai; daughter Kathryn Daughhetee and her husband Mark, Juneau; grandchildren Kristen and Kalyn Simon and Zane Daughhetee.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Church of the Holy Trinity at Fourth and Gold streets in downtown Juneau. A wake and celebration of his life will immediately follow the service at 1641 Beach Drive in Douglas. All friends of the family are invited to join in the service and celebration.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Kidney Center, 700 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.