Frederick V. Simon
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March 7, 2014
Fred was born on July 22, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, the child of Victor and Mathilda Koenig Simon.
Fred's musical talent was evident throughout his 99 years. At Lakeview High School he was named most valuable band member playing the trombone in the band and orchestra. His skill was appreciated in several Chicago bands that played at the major hotels and ballrooms.
Majoring in music at the University of Illinois led to Fred joining the US Navy Band. He was stationed at Great Lakes Training Center. He met Agnes Robarge at the Stage Door Canteen. She promised to wait for him when he was deployed to Iceland. When he returned, they were married in 1944.
Fred continued his musical education at the University of Illinois. After graduation he taught in Mansfield and then Belvidere, Illinois where he was Director of Music, and his bands won superior ratings. He retired in 1976. Then he learned to repair woodwind musical instruments.
In 1977 Fred and Agnes had enough of Illinois winters, and they moved to Fort Myers. They joined Cypress Lake United Methodist Church where they sang in the Sanctuary Choir—Fred for 30 years. He also continued playing the trombone in the Fort Myers Symphony Orchestra as he had in Illinois. He also played in the Community Band.
Fred was widowed in 1994. After moving to Seven Lakes in 1996, he married Willodean (Billie) Hall in December, 1996. He joined the Men's Nine Hole Golf League, walked every day, sang in the Seven Lakes Chorus, and he and Billie traveled overseas for many years.
Fred and Billie moved to Shell Point Retirement Community in 2009. They live on the Island where he could watch the dolphins and manatees swim down their canal.
Fred outlived all his relatives other than Billie. He passed away peacefully.
A celebration of Fred's life will be held at Cypress Lake United Methodist Church on Saturday April 5, 2014 at 10:30AM. Lunch will be served in Fellowship Hall after the service.
In lieu of flowers please consider Hope Hospice at Shell Point.
Published in The News-Press on Mar. 30, 2014