Arthur R. Simonsen

Arthur R. Simonsen, longtime resident of Superior, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Wascott on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

Arthur R. Simonsen, longtime resident of Superior, passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Wascott on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

Arthur was born July 5, 1920, in Duluth to Randolph and Zenna Simonsen. Arthur enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps on July 9, 1941, with his occupation listed as a farmer.

In August 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a mail clerk. His basic training was spent at Fort Snelling, Minn., after which he was shipped to active duty in France. Arthur was on his way to Japan to do combat when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. At that time, he was rerouted to help with reconstruction in Germany.

Arthur was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps Jan. 27, 1946, with an American Theater service ribbon, a European African Middle Eastern Theater service ribbon and a good conduct medal.

After returning home, Arthur worked road construction until he became employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1948. He worked his way up to section foreman within the next 10 years and retired in 1980.


Arthur married Lydia E. Horstman June 8, 1946, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Mason. The couple had been married 58 years upon Lydia's passing in April of 2005. Arthur was a member of the First Presbyterian Church (now part of the merged United Presbyterian) for 56 years and served as custodian at the old church for close to 20 years.

Arthur was an active bowler and golfer, taking part in both sports several times each week. He was also a Boy Scout leader for nearly 10 years and was a member of the VFW. He was also a long-standing board member for the Burlington Northern Employees Club in Superior.

His main hobby was woodworking, producing many beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and friends. He also enjoyed sitting with friends and former co-workers and reminiscing about life as a railroad employee. Arthur was a wonderful and supportive husband and father, who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Barbara A. (Glen) Carlson; a grandson, Glen Carlson Jr.; his brothers, Harold and Frederick; and his sisters, Verna (Elmer) LeBlanc and Lillian (Paul) Gooler.

He is survived by one son, Robert E. Simonsen of Ellicott City, Md.; two daughters, Susan E. (Charles) Brannan, Wascott and Jean L. (Ronald) Hackensmith, Superior; four grandsons, Adam Simonsen, Waterbury, Conn., Michael Simonsen, Baltimore, Md., Jason McDowell, St. Cloud, Minn., and Joseph McDowell, Winona, Minn.; two granddaughters, Jaimie (Lance) Goette of Green Bay and Kayla (Joshua) Johnson, Superior; five great-grandchildren, Lance, Ashton and Jaydon Goette, Joshua Johnson Jr. and William Simonsen.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of the Regional Hospice Center in Hayward. Special thanks to Bonnie, Richard, Sharon and Theresa.

The Minnesota Patriot Guard will provide the escort to the United Presbyterian Church, 229 N. 28th St., for the 10 a.m. visitation and the 11 a.m. memorial service Thursday. The Rev. Joel Huenemann will officiate at the service. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Thomas F. Stein VFW Post 1091 and the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post 435, with the Wisconsin National Guard unit in Superior performing the gun salute.

A private interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery early this summer. If desired, memorials in Arthur's name may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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