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John W. Simar, 80

John Wesley Simar, age 80, of Minnetonka, formerly of Mound, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, surrounded by family, at Presbyterian Homes, Spring Park, MN.

He was born March 5, 1929, in rural Todd County, near Eagle Bend, MN, the son of Burton and Abbie (Uptagrafft) Simar.

John attended Eagle Bend High School and went on to North Central University, formerly known as the North Central Bible Institute, in Minneapolis.

He was united in marriage to Sophie Dixon Oct. 27, 1962, at the Assembly of God Church in St. Louis Park.

John owned and operated Bryte-Kleen Karpet and Janitorial for 33 years. He was the original owner/operator of the Westonka Vacuum Center in Navarre.

His favorite job was when he retired and drove school bus for the Hanus Bus Company.

A husband, father, grandpa, and good friend, John loved meeting people, singing, and spending time with his family and friends.

His love and humor will be missed by his wife, Sophie; children, Burton and Marlanges Simar, Sharolyn and Sol Villagante, Shawn and Joan Simar, and Thomas and Missy Simar; 15 grandchildren; and sisters Twila Kennedy, Ina Wilson, and Lois Klucas.

John was preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers and sisters-in-law Alfred and Carrie Simar, Marion and Evelyn Simar, Lester and Vivian Simar, Orville and Edna Simar, Howard and Ethel Simar, Ira Simar, and Ralph Simar; sister and brother-in-law Gladys and Carl Dettinger; and brother-in-law Sylvan Klucas.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, April 7 at the Delano Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Tyler Grant and Allen Refsland officiating. Music was provided by Phyllis Gruby, pianist, and Richard Golfis, and Steve and Amanda Hinson, vocalists. Interment was in the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.

Casket bearers were Keith Simar, Michael Simar, David Simar, Larry Refsland, Leon Gilder, Ernesto Tapiz, Andy Yonak, and Wilbur Winkelman.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.