Richard Bruce Simonson
May 30, 1932 – Aug. 31, 2019
Richard Bruce Simonson, 87, Rugby, died at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison on August 31, 2019. Richard was born in Rugby on May 30, 1932 to Arthur and Mina (Hanson) Simonson. He grew up in the Fillmore area and went to school there. He married Carole Jean Noem in Fillmore on June 9, 1951. Richard worked at the Sweetheart Bakery in Minot until he joined the United States Army and served in Korea for over a year. He was discharged as a Corporal after being awarded the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with a bronze service star, and the Good Conduct Medal. After Richard returned from Korea they operated a grocery store in Fillmore for several years. They moved to Rugby in 1968 and were involved in several businesses through the years, namely, Rugby Dairy Queen, R & S Motors, Hub Service Station, S&S Laundry, and D & S Motors. In later years, Richard and Carole had a hobby farm near Rugby where they raised exotic animals. In his spare time he enjoyed going fishing. He was a long time member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Rugby where he served on the church board for many years. He also was a member of the Clarence Larson Post #23 American Legion.
He is survived by their children Cheryl and her husband, Joe Meyer, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota; Kathy and her husband, Bryon Diebold, Willow City; Renae and her husband Sam Brossart, Rugby; Brenda Simonson Minot and Mark Simonson Rugby. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition he leaves brothers, Derold Minot and Glen Minneapolis and Audrey Lundeen Minneapolis.
Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Carole on March 7, 2014 and brothers Fritz, David, James, and Paul Simonson and a sister Lois Porter.
Funeral services were held at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Rugby on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Nathan Steen officiating. Visitation was at the church on Wednesday
after 9:00 A.M. The casketbearers were Blake and Dustin Brossart, Cole and Jessica Diebold, C. J. and Scott Meyer, Leanna Simonson and Nikki Willett. Military honors were provided by the Clarence Larson Post #23 American Legion and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail.
Burial followed at Persilla Watts Cemetery in Rugby.
Online tributes at www.niewoehnerfh.com
Niewoehner Funeral Home – Rugby 701-776-6222
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