Paul E. Simonton
Paul Eugene Simonton, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, February 28. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, on Saturday, March 4, at 11:00 am, with Military Rites conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. There will be a luncheon to follow. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Paul’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.
Paul loved life, was full of life, and lived life to the fullest. He was born to Clio and Ruth (White) Simonton on April 8, 1938, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was an adventurer. As a child, he was always busy, mischievous and fun to be with. One of his favorite things to do was to spend time with his cousins. He also loved to sing and had a great singing voice. He started out in a boy’s choir and, as an adult, sang in church choirs and traveled to different churches singing solos. As a teen, he had a paper route and worked after school as a janitor at the high school, saving his money to purchase all those little “extras.” After high school, he joined the US Army from 1956-1959, where he was stationed in Japan.
Upon arriving home, one night, he went roller skating and literally swept Mary Ann Quevillion off her feet! They were married on September 16, 1961, in Kalamazoo, MI. Paul worked for National Cash Register for 40 years, until his retirement.
In 1963, Paul was transferred to St. Joseph, where he lived until his death. Paul loved to spend time with family and friends. He was very outgoing and got along with just about everyone. He was an avid golfer. He loved camping in the U.P. with family and church friends. He also loved traveling abroad with Mary Ann. Taking long drives was also a favorite, with dirt roads being the best to explore.
Out of everything in his life, Paul would want you to know about his personal relationship with Christ. That was number one, the most important thing to him. He would get up early every morning and read the Bible to start off his day. It is with great confidence that we know he is now with his Savior, Jesus Christ, and has a new, perfect body.
Paul was survived by his wife, Mary Ann Simonton, his son Scott (June) Simonton, and his two daughters, Lisa (Peter) Boehm and Julie (Klaus, Jr.) Zielke, all of St. Joseph; four grandchildren, Phillip (Emily) Boehm, Jasmine Boehm, Klaus Zielke III and Collin Zielke; two great-grandchildren, Branden Kern and Aiden Coleman, all who loved him dearly. He is also survived by his sister, Joanne (Burton) Toornman of Kalamazoo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clio and Ruth Simonton, and his brother, Richard Simonton, all of Kalamazoo.