Simard, Harry F.
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Harry F. Simard passed away March 29 at the VA Hospital in Iron River, Mich. He was born April 1, 1921 in ChasseII, Mich., to Henry and Tilly Simard. He graduated with the Green Bay West High Class of 1940, where he was a wrestling champ and runner up for the state championship in his senior year. He enlisted in the Marines in 1942, and was sent to the Pacific. He was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient and nick named "Pillbox Harry" due to his bravery in destroying Japanese pillboxes.
He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W, the D.A.V. and St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River. Hunting and fishing were so very important to him. His later years were spent in Arizona and Tipler and he spent many hours playing cards and cribbage with his wonderful friends. If you phoned Harry on Saturday morning, he was too busy playing cribbage to talk so you knew he was OK.
Harry married two wonderful ladies, Leona Noland and Dorothy Pooley, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Chester; sisters, Leah, Yvonne, Doris, Beatrice, Eleanor, Berniece and Evelyn.
Harry is survived by a stepson, Laron Beudahl and stepdaughter, Patricia Hollatz; sisters, Pearl Barrette and Shirley Gifft; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Celebration of Harry's life was held on his 93rd birthday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Iron River. Well done uncle Harry. Rest in Peace
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 6, 2014