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1942 Joseph 2023

Joseph N. "Joe" Simon

October 25, 1942 — June 10, 2023

Sioux City


Joseph N. “Joe” Simon, 80 of Sioux City passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 15, 2023 at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Joseph was born the son of Achim and Mary (Chidu) Simon on October 25, 1942 in Sioux City, Iowa where he lived his entire life. Joe was 100% Romanian. His father and mother immigrated separately from Romania after WWI. They met in Garrett, Indiana at the home of mutual friends. After marrying, Joe’s father brought the couple to Sioux City where he became employed by the railroad. All of Joe’s siblings grew up in Sioux City and Joe was the youngest. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ike, Andrew, John, Nick, Dan, and George and his sisters, Mary Hickson, Ann Cain, Jenny Phelps, Joanne Sweeney, and Helen Morse.

Joe worked in the furniture department of Bellas Hess when he met, Marcia who was working part-time while attending Morningside College. Joe and Marcia married on June 12, 1971 and had two children. Their son, Matthew and his wife, Kristen Cogswell reside in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Their daughter Melissa and her wife, Shelby Breker reside in Sioux City.

Joe, along with his friend Tex Nassiff, opened a furniture store call The Furniture Warehouse in a building at the Sioux City Airport. When Tex decided to retire, Joe went to work at Everett’s Furniture until a severe heart attack led to his early retirement.

Joe loved people and everyone he met became a friend. He told stories about growing up in the “bottoms”, a neighborhood along the Floyd River where many immigrant families settled originally in Sioux City. He also told stories of how his mother and sisters, Helen and Joanne were rescued from the roof of their home during the “Great Flood” of 1952.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Food Bank of Siouxland, Grace United Methodist Church, or to a charity of your choice in Joe’s name.

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