Alan F. Simon, 74, of Rockford, Ohio, died unexpectedly at Joint Township Hospital in St. Mary’s Ohio, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Alan was born on November 21, 1943, in Van Wert, the son of William and Gladys (Krugh) Simon. He graduated from Ohio City High School then served with the Air National Guard. He was co-owner, with his son Walt, of Simon Farms—raising crops and prize cattle. He was a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and showed shorthorn cattle across the U.S., earning multiple Grand Champion titles with his stock. He had a passion for raising and breeding cattle, which he had done his entire life. He also loved Antique Tractors, which together with his son, Walt, he restored. He loved tearing them apart and putting them back to their original look. He was an avid camper for 20 years, and he enjoyed his coffee and donuts with the gang at T.J.’s, where together they solved many of the world’s problems!
Alan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of thirty years, Chris Simon. In addition, he will be remembered by his son, Walter P. (Stephanie Wilson) Simon of Rockford; three daughters: Jenifer (Stephen) Smith of Celina; Andrea Simon of Orlando, Florida, and Judie Cochiolo of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also survived by two step-daughters: Michele Snyder of Los Alamos, New Mexico and Tiffany Grimm of Celina, Ohio, 4 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, along with 2 great-grandchildren. Surviving are a brother John (Leslie) Simon of Ohio City, Ohio and a sister, Linda Shupe of Van Wert; deceased is a brother-in-law, David Shupe.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford with Pastor Shawn Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and on Monday, 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be directed to the Chatt Chums 4-H. Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.