September 4, 1945 ~ April 21, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Jerry knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He and Brenda spent nights in the Bible and prayer. If you needed prayer, they were the prayer warriors to go to. Brenda, his children, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, sisters and brothers in law, friends… were all around his bed when God called him home on Thursday, April 21st. Tears flooded the room as we said our last goodbyes. Parkinson’s led a quick rush of unfortunate events that whisked him away from us too soon – so unexpectedly.

Dad exercised every day, staying fit and healthy was very important to him to maintain a healthy life for years of love and support he would give to his family. He was a mechanic, and every job he ever held were within three blocks of his mom’s home. He’d go there every day for lunch and most often would stop at Brenda’s mom’s home (one house apart) and take his kids to lunch with him. But after years of working maintenance, at Baskin Robbins, Ford Tractor and lastly the Owensboro Board of Education bus garage, his body was showing wear when he retired at 62. The only reason he left any of his jobs before retirement was only due to their closing their doors. At age 66 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s which he contracted while serving in the Army in Vietnam as a radio controller. He never let his ill health stop him. He went to the garage every day and worked. He was a man of many virtues, and patience was a strong one. At 76 years old, it may have taken him an hour to screw one screw in place, but his patience and zeal to fight what he referred to as his “condition” – Never Parkinson’s, just his “condition” – kept him going day after day after day… If you brushed by too close or nudged him in cheer, he’d say, “Now watch out. I have this condition you know.” And he’d smile and laugh, never a complaint, always made light of it in humor. Sometimes one of the kids would say “Come on Dad” and he’d laughingly respond, “I’m telling my feet, but they’re not listening”. Then he’d get ‘em moving – slowly but surely. As Parkinson’s worsened, Brenda would always watch him walk to garage and as he approached the garage door, he’d turn, smile and blow her a kiss which she returned her blown kiss with a big smile – precious moments – ordinary days moments – the best because they were always there… and will always be remembered.

He restored classic cars into street rods – 1932 Ford five-window coupe, 1934 Chevy, 1940 Ford Coupe to name a few. He still had a couple of his latest mint restorations in the garage, kept clean and safe under a “bubble”. He’d clean the engines with a long Q-tip. If they didn’t need fixin’, they could always use a fresh cleaning, keeping them road ready. Cars were his hobby but Love was his family – most precious to him. If he wasn’t working in the garage, he was picking up sticks across their 2-acre lot. But when night fell, you could find him and Brenda siting on the couch side by side watching movies, smiling at each other, petting each other’s leg. Yes, give him Brenda, his remotes, a little ice cream and he was happy. Sometimes they’d listen to music and at random times if a tune hit just right, they’d dance the slow dance of pure love. Brenda always said if all men were like my Jerry, you’d never hear of divorce. He and Brenda started dating right after his return from Vietnam. It was love at first sight and they’ve been inseparable ever since.

His HUGS were the strongest and longest EVER and he’d always return for more – never liked good-byes. He loved his brothers, sisters and mom. He was a strong family man. He was a protector always strong and in charge of all situations. He would be at your side in a moment’s notice, and whatever the situation – he remedied it! “You messin’ with family, you messin’ with me”. His two sons were special in their own ways. His first born, admittedly so, was not mechanically inclined – at all. Then came Jarod, a chip off the old mechanic block, toiled alongside his dad in the garage. Even sometimes when dad wasn’t there – like the young boy tearing down the lawnmower – ooops – but they put it back together, together. You need landscaping – Scott was the son to call on. Yes, there was a daughter, spoiled rotten Audra – spoiled by all, dad, brothers, mom… And still turned out to be the fantastic young woman she is today. Yes, daddy loved them all – stern when needed but always gentle. Growing up the kids remember always going to Opryland for vacation – other kids were off the beach – we were off to Opryland. It was a time before seatbelts and they’d lay in the back seat, the floor, wherever. Just load up and go. Remembered mom and dad driving dated vehicles but also remembered that they were always in tip-top condition because Dad was their mechanic, a very meticulous mechanic. So, if you looked under the hoods, they’d be best on the street!

Then came the grands – Papaw was always so playful with them. The girls would decorate his face and fill in his arm tattoos with washable markers, roll his hair… the boys rolled their hot wheels into the baseboard, stuck coloring pages down the hall… things his own kids were never allowed to do.

So ends the story of a life well lived, a life that will NEVER be forgotten. So, hon, here’s one more blown kiss that says “Be seeing you.” Our next date will be in Heaven, together forever.

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, Jerome Simon and his brothers, Donnie Simon and Roger Simon.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Brenda Marie Simon; his mother, Iona Simon,  children, Scott and the late Shelley Simon, Audra (Michael) Foster, Jarod (Michaela) Simon; eight grandchildren; and siblings, Brenda (Terry) Royal, Sharon (Johnny) Layson, Danny (Robin) Simon, and Allen (Peggy) Simon.

Services will be 5:00 pm on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be 12:00 pm until the time of service on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the funeral home. Per the family’s request, mask will be required.

Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Simon. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of Jerry Simon and sign his virtual guestbook at


Visitation: April 24, 2022 12:00 pm - April 24, 2022 5:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: April 24, 2022 5:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry, we worked together @ Baskin Robbins and became good friends, prayers for him and his family during this difficult time. I had a lot of good memories working and knowing him.

  2. Brenda and all the Simon family, you have my deepest sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you go through the difficult days ahead. God bless each of you.
    Sissy Lyninger

  3. Brenda, I am so so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I certainly know the pain you feel right now. To the rest of the family my prayers are with all of you. Brenda. I am out of town, but I sure am praying for you and your family.

  4. Such a beautiful obituary for a great man and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. My heart will be there with you. Hugs to Aunt Iona and Brenda.

  5. I’am very sorry for all of your loss. .Jerry was one heck of of a great man, .Such a beautiful obituary. .Brenda,Scott ,Audra,Jarrod, My sincere condolences to all of you.

  6. I haven’t seen Jerry in years but we lived next door to each other as kids. We played together almost every day. I lost track of the Simon family after they moved from Lewis Street. We were probably in Vietnam at the same time and didn’t know it. I feel like I missed a blessing in my life by not knowing Jerry as a man. We would have been good friends.
    My prayers for your family in this time of loss. Rejoice that Jerry is in heaven where there is no pain, no sadness, and no illness. Jerry is with Jesus and all is well.

    • Thank you, Jerry, for the kind words. I remember you very well from Lewis St. I am Brenda Simon, third in line, after Jerry Wayne & Donnie. We all had some good memories from Lewis St. Jerry Wayne will be missed by all who knew him. I wish you could have known him, too. A kind & gentle person.

  7. Dear Brenda,
    What a beautiful obituary. Praying for you and your family for God to give you strength and direction in the days,weeks, months, and years ahead.. SOooo Sorry. I love you dearly, Bonnie Bivins

  8. Aunt Iona and Simon cousins, I was so very sorry to hear about Jerry. I didn’t see him often over the years but when I did, he was always the same kind, gentle man I remembered. He was for sure one of the good guys and he will be missed. Speaking for his Illinois cousins, I send our deepest sympathy, loving thoughts and many, many prayers as you face this difficult time.

  9. Brenda we are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing ! We are praying for you and your family ! I remember yours and Jerry’s love story from when we worked together ! Beautiful obituary! Sending love from Guy and Linda Connor ❤️💗

  10. Brenda,
    So very sorry for the passing of Jerry. We worked at Baskin Robbins as coworkers and friends for many years. Have only good memories of having the pleasure of knowing this fine gentleman. Please accept our prayers and thoughts during these times.

  11. Dear Simon Family…we are so sorry for your loss. Joe and I will be unable to visit today but know that you all are in our prayers during this time. Joe and Tammy Daniels, Robin’s brother-in-law and sister.

  12. What a great man!! When Scott and I went with our dads to car shows, He watched over me like I was his son too. God bless you and your family. Jerry Davis jr

  13. I have known the Simon family for several years ,I remember the pictures of Jerry in Nam…We ALL look up to him….I regret that over the years I lost touch with all of them, This was my 2nd Home we are unable to attend but please know that you are in our prayers.

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