Published in Chicago Tribune on December 18, 2012
Reuben Daniel Simonec,
age 88, formerly of Oak Lawn, IL, died December 16, 2012, at Oak Brook
Healthcare Centre, in Oak Brook, Illinois.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 9:00 a.m.
until time of the Funeral Service 11:00 am at Grace Fellowship Church,
15150 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Forest, Illinois.
Interment and Military Honors will take place at Abraham Lincoln National
Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.
Reuben "Si" Simonec, was born on October 11, 1924, in Chicago
to Ignatius and Anna Simonec. As a child Reuben loved to play baseball,
and played on the team at Farragut High School where he graduated in 1942.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
After the war, he returned to Chicago and pursued a career in professional
baseball that was cut short by an injury in 1947. He then enrolled and
graduated from Worsham Mortuary College and briefly worked at a funeral
home but soon understood his interests were in finance and mortgages.
For over 30 years he worked in the banking industry.
He met Elsie Bauman and married her on October 30, 1948. Si's true passion
was his commitment to Jesus Christ and spent his entire life teaching
and preaching the Bible. He and Elsie opened their home to a weekly Bible
study for over 35 years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elsie and his son, Tim, who resides
with his wife, Janet, in California.