Steven "Simo" Simonson
Anchor Point resident Steven "Simo" Simonson died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, suddenly while hunting with his best friend of 20 years, Dave Smith, at "Moose Camp," Falls Creek, near Clam Gulch. He was 48.
A potlatch memorial barbecue will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Dave and Sharon Smith's home in Anchor Point. Mr. Simonson's ashes will be scattered on the top of Mount McKinley.
Mr. Simonson was born Aug. 12, 1957 in Eau Claire, Wis., where he was raised and graduated from high school. He joined the U.S. Army on Jan. 5, 1977, and was stationed in Alaska in 1978. He was honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1979. He moved to Alaska in 1985 and worked as a welder on crab boats in Homer, on barges in Nenana and as a waterwell driller in Anchor Point . He also lived in Trapper Creek and Ninilchik.
"He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and loved Harley-Davidsons. He also loved children and was a happy-go-lucky fellow. He would always find the best swimming holes on long hot summer days. He would make the kids yummy 'dinosaur'-shaped pancakes. He had a lot of good friends," his family said.
Mr. Simonson was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his father, Donald Simonson of Woodburn, Minn.; mother, Connie Simonson of Hudson, Wis.; brother, David Simonson of Lakeland, Minn.; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Foster of Eau Claire; and numerous uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Mount McKinley Fund, C/O Smith's Family, P.O. Box 333, Anchor Point, AK 99556.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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