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John L. Simecka

March 3, 2015

St. Marys—John L. Simecka, 94, passed away Tuesday March 3, 2015 at the St. Marys Manor.

He was born October 7, 1920 at Delia, the son of John S. and Henrietta “Nettie” Scheidegger Simecka.  John grew up in the Delia community and graduated from Delia High School in 1938.  He served in the United States Army in the 195th Field Artillery Group in Europe with General Patton.

He lived in the Delia & Rossville communities before moving to St. Marys in 1957.  He and his wife Florence owned and operated Simecka Hy-Klas Grocery Store in St. Marys from 59’ until 82’.  John was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys and a 50 year member of Knights of Columbus Council No 657.   He was also a charter member of Jimmie Lillard Post No 31 of the American Legion in Rossville.

On November 26, 1942 he was united in marriage to Florence M. Wehner at Salinas, CA.  She died September 20, 1998.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Henry, Stephen, William, James, Robert and Frank; two sisters, Dora Immenschuh and Grace Horack and two granddaughters, Wendi Cushing and Jennifer Simecka.

Survivors include two sons, John R. (Paulette) Simecka, St. Marys and Gary (Pam) Simecka, Midland, TX;  three daughters, Linda Tuller, Topeka, Shirley (Willie) Mergenmeier and Denise (Scott) Cushing all of St. Marys; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Mr. Simecka will lie in state after 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until the Prayer Vigil at 7:30 P.M.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Manor Bus Fund or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Endowment Fund and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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14 thoughts on “John L. Simecka

  1. John and family,

    Sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,

    Dennis, Tammy, Richard and Rebecca Biswell

  2. John L. Is and always will be something special in my heart. A man with many friends & character , he taught me many things in my youth. His memory is everlasting here & will be the same in heaven. God bless the family. Dan & Linda Perry

  3. One more Angel in Heaven. He was a wonderful man and I know he is glad to be free of his old body. We always loved visiting with him at the grocery store. May all the family have God to comfort them.

  4. I offer my deep sympathy to all of you with the loss of John Sr. Kenny considered the Simeckas among his best. friends. John is in a better place. God bless you all. Charlotte Kling

  5. Linda, John, Gary, Shirley, and Denise,
    Your dad was always very special to my family. He was the last living member of his family that included my dad, Bill. Dad and John were close friends as well as brothers. It is comforting to know that John is in a better place now. However, he will be missed. God bless each of you.

  6. So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He had a special heart of gold just like my Dad. They had good times together. Your Dad would go up to the Coop stations on Saturdays & they would joke & talk about the good times. Also went to American Legion dancing. As I grew up, he was like a father to me always complementing on my basketball games. He meant a lot to time. I will surely miss him & the times I spent with him. God bless you.

  7. Denise and Family,

    So sorry for the loss of your dad. May your many memories comfort you.

    Shelly, Dale and family

  8. Gary, Pam & Simecka Family,
    So sorry to read of John’s passing. Please accept our deepest of sympathy. May he Rest In Peace.
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr.

  9. Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I will be thinking of you but have Caitlin’s play so will be there in spirit but not body. Let me know if I can do anything.

  10. Thoughts and prayers to you all. Now he can plant that garden and grow some maters…. You will be missed John by many. We enjoyed his visits when he lived at Walnut Hills. He always came to make sure we were doing the garden correct. What a wonderful person he was and still is in our hearts. I know that he and Florence are dancing the day away before he plants his garden. Hugs to all of you.

  11. I offer my sympathies to all of his family. I have had the pleasure of knowing John all of my life. May he rest in peace.

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