ASHTABULA — Arthur Frederick Simmen, age 74, of Walnut Blvd., passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, at Ashtabula County Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Arthur John and Eleanor (Murphy) Simmen and had been an Ashtabula resident since 1950. A Veteran of the U.S. Navy, he provided 6 years of peacetime service before being honorably discharged.
Prior to his retirement in 1999 as a quality control manager, he worked 40 years for SCM Chemicals.
His family and faith were the most important things to him in life. A long time member of St. Joseph Church (Our Lady of Peace Parish), he went to daily mass for many years and volunteered with the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the Food Pantry, the Fish Fry, as a collection counter, a lay distributor taking communion to the homebound, a marriage preparation consultant, and sponsor for Catechumens. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Art enjoyed going to the movies with his wife and friends, canoeing, and loved to dance. An animal lover, he always made sure family vacations and camping trips were taken at scenic places. He was also a passionate sports fan and faithful follower of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.
His survivors include his wife of nearly 32 years, Sharon (Lombardo), whom he married Oct. 30, 1981; four children, Lisa (John) Feaster of Conneaut, Michael Simmen of Richfield, Lisa (Laura Allred) Edmonds, and Matthew (Celeste) Simmen of Pegram, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Nicole, Justin, Philip, Tessa, Johnny and Gianna; three great-grandchildren, Maya, Landon and Kellen; one brother and one sister, Richard Simmen and Flora Simmen, both of Ashtabula; and his nephews and niece, Fred Simmen, Derek Simmen and Stacey Stone.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Visitation will be held Monday, June 8th, from 12 Noon to 1 p.m., with a Memorial Mass to follow at 1 p.m., at St. Joseph Church, Our Lady of Peace Parish, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula. Full Military Honors by American Legion Dewey Howlett Post #103 will follow the Service.
A special thank you to Hospice of the Western Reserve and his aide Rochelle for the kind and compassionate care shown to Art and his family and to Fr. Rodriguez for his continued support and friendship.
Contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.