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Robert Simondet, 61

Robert Douglas Simondet, age 61, of Silver Lake, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

He was born March 1, 1956, in Glencoe, the son of Douglas and Mary (Bushell) Simondet.

Bob was a 1974 graduate of Glencoe High School. He played the trumpet, and received one of the highest musical achievements in school, the John Philip Sousa Award. He was also invited to audition for the United States Marine Corps Band. Bob was very passionate about music and playing the trumpet, and he idolized Doc Severinsen.

Robert was united in marriage with Katherine Navratil Sept. 18, 1976, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. They were blessed with two sons, Ross and Jeff.

Bob was a front end mechanic at Sam’s Tire, and worked in sales in the Green Industry for over 30 years.

He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, campfires, and “those dang fireworks that shook the town.” He also enjoyed caring for his lawn, watching and feeding the birds, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and watching all sports, and grilling and having a fish fry; and he loved his golden retrievers.

Bob was very mechanically inclined and always wanted to fix things rather than getting something new.

He was preceded in death by his father, Doug Simondet; father-in-law, Jim Navratil; and nephew, Marc Smith.

Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy Simondet of Silver Lake; sons, Ross Simondet of Everett, WA, and Jeff Simondet of Aurora, MN; mother, Mary Simondet of Hutchinson; and siblings, Diane Montague (Mike) of Orlando, FL, Annette Schwarze (John) of Lester Prairie, Pam Kormylo of Minneapolis, Bill Simondet (Carol) of Litchfield, Michael Simondet of Hutchinson, and Maureen Simondet of Hutchinson.

He is further survived by his mother-in-law, Deannie Navratil of Silver Lake; siblings-in-law, Vonnie Nelson (friend, Richard Fimon) of Glencoe, Jim Navratil (Dianne), Deb Bebo (Bruce), all of Silver Lake, and Mike Navratil (Karen) of Winsted; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other family members and friends.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher as the celebrant. Interment followed at Holy Family Cemetery in Silver Lake.

There was visitation Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the church.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family; www.mareshfuneralhome.com.

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