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Kenneth Ray Simons

September 30, 1962 — June 25, 2023

Kenneth Ray Simons, 60, of Cairo, NE died on June 25, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. A memorial service will be at 2 P.M. on Friday June 30, 2023, at Apfel Funeral Home in Grand Island with Father Richard Piontkowski officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 P.M. at Apfel Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date. The family requests casual attire or concert t-shirts to be worn. Online condolences may be directed to ww.apfelfuneralhome.com

Ken was born on September 30, 1962, in Grand Island, NE to Ira “Ike” and Lorraine (Eggers) Simons. He grew up in Grand Island and attended Grand Island Public Schools. He was united in marriage to Jan Clark on April 16, 1983, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island. Shortly after, the couple moved to Cairo where Ken would own and operate Shorty’s Meat Shop for 20 years on a small acreage. On that small acreage he enjoyed teaching his kids, whether they wanted to learn or not, how to succeed in life and instilled good work ethic that will carry them through life.

Ken enjoyed riding his motorcycle and teaching his kids how to safely (and unsafely) ride them too. He liked playing and listening to music, fishing, and camping. Most of all, he loved his grandkids and especially loved watching them play ball.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Simons of Cairo, NE; two sons: Ken Simons Jr. and his wife Kristien of Blair, NE, C.J Simons and his wife Jill of Dannebrog, NE; daughter, Kati Brunt and her husband Travis of Grand Island, NE; grandchildren: Kolten Simons, Beau Simons, Deagan Simons, Hudson Simons, Raylan Simons, one on the way, Landon Brunt, and Alivia Brunt.

He is preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Charlie and Nola Clark; sister-in-law Diana Davies; brother-in-law Kurt Schuyler; and nieces, Angel and Maria.


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Thursday, June 29, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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Friday, June 30, 2023

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Apfel Funeral Home - Grand Island

1123 West 2nd Street, Grand Island, NE 68801

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