Funeral services are scheduled on Friday, June 1 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Artesia for long time Artesia resident John Simons, Jr. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery with full military honors. Officiating at the services will be Rev. Ty Houghtaling and Rev. Mark Simons. Pall Bearers will be his six grandsons. Services are under the direction of Terpening &Son Mortuary. Public viewing will be Thursday May 31 from 10 AM until 6 PM at Terpening & Sons Mortuary.
John was born in Magdalena, NM on August 9,1922 and passed away on May 26, 2018 at age 95 at Brookdale Country Club Assisted Living Home in Roswell. He moved to Artesia in 1924 with his parents John T and Ella (Sprague) Simons and graduated from Artesia High School in 1941. He had two younger brothers David T Simons and Donald S Simons.
He married his high school sweetheart LuJuana (Monschke) Simons on April 21, 1943 at the First Baptist Church in Artesia while on leave from the U.S. Army. He shipped out for England on May 8,1944 and was assigned to the 29th Infantry division as a rifleman. John was wounded in action September 14, 1944 near Brest, France but rejoined his unit after recuperating in England to continue the attack across Germany until the war's end. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and honorably discharged as a Staff Sargent from the Army in October of 1945. John was very proud of the book he wrote in 2011 entitled "WWII My Story".In February 1949 John began a career as an agent for New York Life Insurance Company in Artesia with LuJuana serving as his secretary. He received many honors in his industry until he retired after a career spanning almost 50 years. John also served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church, president of the Artesia Rotary Club, commander of the American Legion, and was involved in many other civic and charitable organizations. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his outstanding volunteer service to the organization. He was named as Artesia's Citizen of the Year by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and as a Local Treasure by the Artesia Museum.
John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, wife LuJuana in 1994, and second wife Rita in 2016. He is survived by his four children Janet Ellwood and husband Bill of Gilbert, AZ, Ken Simons and wife Delma of Artesia, Mark Simons, and wife Kathy of Burkburnett, TX, and Emily Moore McCaw and husband Bill of Artesia.
He is also survived by his twelve grandchildren, John Rowley, Robb Rowley, Jana Rowley, Ryan Rowley, Donald Simons, Christopher Simons, Summer Briscoe, Jessica Addington, Andrew Simons, Kendi Cox, Ashlee Matthews, and Madison Moore, twenty great-grandchildren, and two step-children Russell and Beverly Fleming.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the NM Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 629, Portales, NM 88130 or the Pregnancy Help Center, 610 W Quay, Artesia, NM 88210.
I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with John a few months ago. He was part of my parent’s generation. Everything about him, from the way he talked about his military service to the courtesy he showed to his neighbors, reminded me of my dad. I am very sorry for your loss.
JamesSanta Fe, NM
My heart goes out to you, to lose a parent is hard holding on to each other will help , God bless you .
Evelyn ThorpeLevelland, TX
Janet & Ken,
Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. What an inspiration he was and what a true American hero he was. God bless you and your family during this time.
Larry AdamsTempe, AZ
Sorry for the loss of your father. I remember him for the smile that he always wore---I never saw him without it.
Thomas ParrishLivingston, TX
My hero. You are deeply missed. I love you
John RowleyPhoenix, AZ
Emily, Ken, Janet & Mark,
May your Dad rest in eternal peace.
With our love and prayers,
Mark & Gianna Matthews
Mark & Gianna MatthewsSocorro, NM
We approach John's memory and his family with love and respect. John touched our lives in so many ways and blessed each one of us. We will miss him always.
The Family of Opal WhitedRoswell, NM
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather John. He was such a Christian role model for us at First Baptist Church. We love you and will keep you in our prayers.
Annette & Randy PattersonAlbuquerque, NM
Dear Janet and Ken, Emily and Mark, Our condolences on the loss of your father. He had been such a major part of both of our lives for a very long time. Our families shared so much--beginning with your first house on Missouri (right next door to Grannie Bynum), church, and so many veterans' activities. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and sharing in your sorrow. Love, Janie
Janie Lee Hammons and Imogene LeeRoswell, NM
My sincerest condolences to Mr. Simon's family. Prayers for spiritual healing. He's home now and heaven has another angel!
Deanna Spraberry Luttrull McCrackenMoriarty, NM
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family. John was a Godly example to all and a wonderful friend. May you feel God's comfort and love now and in the days ahead. We send our love and prayers.
Rick and Debra IrbyRogers, AR
John was an absolute gem, and an outstanding person. I will miss all that we discussed in a short span of time. He taught me so much.
My dear friends, I love you so much. Your daddy was such a special person to me and to the rest of Artesia. I never saw him without a smile on his face, despite the circumstances. I can see him walking the streets of gold right now, smiling and waving at everyone that passes by, just as he did in Artesia. His heavenly reunion must have been remarkable. Surely Jesus told Him, "Well done, good and faithful servant." So blessed to have called him friend. Sending you lots of love and prayers.
LuAnn BeardemphlLubbock, TX
A true patriot and gentleman. I'm blessed to have known him. Chris. Brookdale
Chris HicksRoswell, NM
I am so sorry for your loss of John. He was a wonderful person to know. I am so thankful for the many years of friendship we enjoyed. We can only look forward to seeing each other again with our Precious Lord.
Ruby ParkerArtesia, NM
Heartfelt condolences to all the family. Prayers to you all.
Janie AllenBroken Arrow, OK
John was a wonderful man and a role model for many of us growing up in Artesia. He was a family friend and my scout master. My prayers and condolences go out to his family.
Donald IversAlexandria, VA
Your daddy was such a special man. I know how much you will miss him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Helen Lund YanceyEl Paso, Texas, NM
Sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man of God. Loved and respected by many. He will be missed.
Jim EdwardsARLINGTON, TX
I’m so sorry for the family’s loss! What a great man he was! I’ve never met a more friendly man. He sure produced an awesome family and leaves behind a wonderful legacy! I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his service for our country! He will truly be missed!
Carla KirkpatrickArtesia, NM
Mr. Simons was an inspiration of patriotism and had such a kind spirit and smile, feel blessed to have known him. My heart is sad for the family with your loss, praying for you. You are a family full of faith, love and kindness that even more exemplifies him as a faithful dad and grandfather. In Sympathy.
Sherri AllenMidland, TX
Janet, so sorry for your loss. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Prayers and love coming your way.
Virginia GeislerNORTH BEACH, MD
Janet, Ken, Mark, Emily:
So sorry to learn that you've lost your
dad! Mr. Simons was a wonderful man who gave so much to so many people; he was a favorite of mine.
My best wishes to you all.
Dr. Ken Banistettorrington, WY
Emily and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all during this time. Sincerely
Rhonda Blount CogginAndrews, TX
An amazing American hero! God bless him, and May the joy of his living quickly replace the sorrow of his passing!!!
Brian and Kathy FoulkesEl Paso, TX
He was a great beloved Family Man. I am very honored to have been in an organization devoted to Veterans. He will be missed by many friends as well as Family. I salute Sir. God Bless Your Family.
Betty SkinnerArtesia, NM
Janet and Ken, I am saddened to hear of John's death. When I lived in Roswell and worked at the hospital, I would go across the street and tell John hello. He always knew who I was! My prayers are with you and your entire family! John was a wonderful Christian.
Shirley Daugherty ThielLubbock, TX
This world lost a truly amazing man. John was one of the finest gentleman I’ve ever met in my life. My sympathies to all of his kids, grandkids and family
Danette MaloneArtesia, NM