Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Jennings Simi died Nov. 8, 2007, at his home in Salmon, Idaho, after a lengthy illness. A 1973 exalted ruler of the Elks Club, post 420, he was 78 years old.
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He was born May 29, 1929, in Seattle. He attended Ballard High School, and graduated with honors. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served a tour of duty in Korea before receiving an honorable discharge. After the Army, he returned to Seattle and worked at Sunde and D'ever Marine Supplies.
He moved to Alaska in 1962 and spent some time as a commercial fisherman. Family members said he enjoyed being a considerable local celebrity for his amazing ability to catch really big king salmon. He was also an avid golfer, they said. He enjoyed competing in tournaments and won many trophies.
He worked as a purchasing agent for Don Abel for more than 20 years and retired in 1986.
He was an avowed bachelor until he met his one true love and soul mate, Anne LaPierre, whom he married in 1973 in Juneau. Annie and Bob's favorite pastime was fishing on their 30-foot Bayliner, the Darcy Em.
He became a widower in 1987, and in 1989, he moved to Idaho to care for his ailing brother George and work his family's gold mining property near Salmon. Aside from an occasional trip to Juneau for spring king fishing, he lived out his remaining years in relative comfort and peace at the family homestead there.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents, Albert and Eugenia (Muckala) Simi; brothers, Hugo and George Simi; and son, Gerald LaPierre.
He is survived by his children, Don LaPierre, Robert LaPierre and his wife, Mary, of Las Vegas, and Darcy Stetson and her husband, Jon, of Juneau; brother, Warren Simi and his wife, Wanda, of Bedford, Texas; niece, Laura Simi, of Pagosa Springs, Colo.; nephews, Mark Simi and his wife, Ginger, of Aurora, Colo., and Warren Simi and his wife, Tammy, of Houston; grandchildren, Emilee Smith, Elizabeth Horvath, Christina, Matthew, Lacee, Jeremy and Tiffany LaPierre, and Brian and Joshua Stetson; and great-grandchildren, Tiana, Isaiah Horvath, Brandon and Tahlia LaPierre.
Internment will take place in the spring at the Yellow Jacket Cemetery near Salmon. Memorials can be made in his name to St. Jude's or a local animal shelter.