Clarence Simon passed from this life on February 11, 2010, at the age of 93, in the Hill Country Healthcare Center of Llano, TX. Clarence lived out his life as a soldier, a rancher, a mechanic, a husband, a father, and a friend. In November of 1941 he was called into service and had to report to San Antonio. He joined the Navy on November 4th of that year. Graduating boot camp just a day before Pearl Harbor, he became a veteran of the Second World War. Serving our county faithfully for four full years he spent most of his service time repairing submarines for our troops in Australia and the Philippines. With the war ended, Clarence returned to the states. After three weeks back in the US he was honorably discharged in Galveston, Texas; eligible for at least four service awards.
Clarence returned home to Mason, and as fate would have it, on that very night his parents’ barn burned to the ground. He helped his parents rebuild their barn and then went to visit a Marine buddy of his, originally planning to stay only a few days those few days quickly became six months before he returned home! He met and married Beatrice Sykes and they moved to LaJuanita, Colorado. There he worked for some time as a Dodge mechanic before he bought his own business. His buddies used to make fun of him for riding his bicycle to work!
After twenty-two years he moved to Roosevelt, Texas, in 1969. Beatrice passed away and he eventually married Louise Jentsch at St. James’ Lutheran Church in Llano, TX. When Louise introduced Clarence to her mother, her mother began to ask Louise questions about Clarence in German, Louise informed her mother that she might as well ask Clarence, considering he could understand German, also!
Clarence and his brother Luke were together once at Louise’s house for a family get-together and they kept looking at one another. Finally Luke told Clarence that he had better leave since he had a long drive ahead of him. Clarence quickly informed Luke that Luke was the one who needed to leave since Clarence fully intended to stay the night!
Clarence and Louise went everywhere together, except when Clarence hitch-hiked to Junction to retrieve a pick-up he couldn’t fix; he refused to ask anyone to take him to Junction.
Clarence could fix almost anything; but you had to have a can of oil or grease first. He loved to ride his Honda motorcycle and his three-wheeler. He also loved his dogs and would spend hours petting them, talking to them, and feeding them snacks. He was very proud of his Beef Master cattle and his goats.
At times everyone who came to visit thought that Louise was the only one that could pour out five-gallon buckets of corn to feed the goats. Jerry took a bucket of corn from Louise and asked Clarence where he wanted the corn fed; Clarence replied- where there aren’t any rocks!! You have to know that there are rocks everywhere in Roosevelt. Clarence and Louise put those rocks to good use by building a storage tank, a dam, a fireplace, and rocked a garage.
He was always doing something, or getting Louise to do it for him. He really believed in woman’s work which included opening gates, feeding the goats, and pouring cubes off the back of the pickup for the cattle. In return for her doing something for him, she would get him to cut her out quilt blocks for her to sew. They raised several big gardens each year and also had two orchards. When they moved to Mason the first thing they did was to plant trees and put in a garden. Many times, they would put a fishing line in the water while they were working in the gardens or cutting cedar. Clarence did clean the catfish but left the perch for Louise.
Clarence and Louise loved company, Clarence would sit and tell a story or spin a yarn, he always had his pocket knife and a stick to whittle. When he had to go to the nursing home he got mad at the nurses because they took his pocket knife away!
Clarence loved to read the Bible and spent many evenings and Sundays reading it. The Masonic Lodge was also very important to him and he was very excited when he received his sixty-year pin in the Masonic Lodge in Junction in 2000.
He was survived by: his wife, Louise Simon, his daughter, Frances Toeppich, his sister, Lou-Ellen Fleming, and her husband, John, three grandchildren, including, granddaughter, Sonya Baumbach, and her husband, Rod. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and one grandson, Jason Toeppich.
A visitation was held all day Friday, February 12, 2010, at Gentry Funeral Home of Mason, TX. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 13, 2010, in the Gentry Funeral Home chapel at 2:00 PM. Interment followed at the Gooch Cemetery of Mason, TX.
Services were entrusted to Gentry Funeral Home of Mason, TX.