Lewis Simons(1924 - 2013)

Lewis A Simons
March 12th 1924 - May 11th 2013
Lewis A. Simons of Nampa, passed on peacefully at home in his children's presence on May 11th, 2013 at age 89. He was born on March 12th 1924 at Chandler, Oklahoma to Arthur and Naomi Simons (Wright). He moved to Idaho with his family to the farm at Riverside near Caldwell in 1932.
Lewis is survived by daughters, Leverda Packwood, and Leona Mettille. Sons, Steve Simons, Greg Simons and Gordon Simons, Siblings, Betty Straight, Kenneth Simons, Norma Oliphant and Robert Simons. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Marvin, Sister Phyllis and his wife of 42 years, Norma.
Lewis is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Growing up on the family farm in the thirties was a lot of hard work for Lewis, the first born son. Many of the skills acquired helped him in many ways throughout his life. He had excellent mechanical and fabrication ability and could build and repair many things. Lewis worked various jobs, mostly agriculture based due to his government deferment during World War ll.
He married Doris Berkenbile on November 30th 1944 at Caldwell, Idaho. They had 2 daughters, Leverda and Leona. They were later divorced.
In 1946 at age 22 he was involved in a near-death automobile accident. His physical strength allowed him to overcome his injuries in spite of physician's remarks that he would "never walk again".
He married Norma Huckabee on October 5th 1950 at Wilder, Idaho. They moved to Meacham, Oregon where Lewis began his career for The Oregon State Highway Department. While at Meacham, son Steve was born and after a transfer to The Elgin maintenance District, sons Greg & Gordon were born.
He was in demand by many of the Highway Maintenance Districts around northeastern Oregon due to his high proficiency on a road grader. Lewis spent many days working on Highway 204 "The Mountain" that at times received twenty feet of snow. He once helped save the lives of 3 people that were nearly asphyxiated in their vehicle from drifting snow. The crew always enjoyed working with "Louie" as he was known because he could "operate anything". He retired in 1985 after 34 years of service for the State.
Lewis moved to LaGrande in 1994 and spent 17 years with his companion Janice Warnock.
A burial will be at the Elgin, OR Cemetery.


Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 20, 2013