Simon R. Litke, 30

Simon R. Litke, age 30, of Delano, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

A celebration of Simon’s life will take place Friday, Nov. 13 at the American Legion in Delano from 4 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.

A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Simon completed two tours with Echo Company, Second Battalion Fourth Marines. In 2004, Simon and the rest of Echo Company, nicknamed “The Magnificent Bastards,” were deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, where he was a rifleman, team, and squad leader during some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

He was deployed again to Iraq in 2006, where he served until 2007, when he was honorably discharged.

Simon was born in Minneapolis, but spent much of his childhood in Saskatchewan, Canada. When he and his family returned to Minnesota, they re-established roots in Delano, where Simon graduated from high school in 2003.

He joined the Marines straight out of school, and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA for his four-year commitment.

Once his service was up, he moved back to Minnesota, which became his permanent home. Over the next eight years, he pursued many different career paths before settling on welding, made the dean’s list, and was to graduate in December from Dunwoody Institute.

While Simon’s life may have been spent sprinkled across the world, there was one thing that remained consistent where ever he went; from his smile, which could captivate and charm anyone and everyone he shared it with, to his infectious laugh, he always had so much love for family, friends, and Marine brothers. He was always willing to help those he loved, and exhibited this selflessness even in the end, as an organ donor.

Simon is survived by his mother, Nicki Peterson (Ken); father Robert Litke (Barb); brother Evan Litke (Nikki); sister Kate Boman (Evan); maternal grandmother Jeanne (Gary) Cannady; aunt Stacey Cannady; nephew Connor; and stepbrother Garrett.

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