Derk Allan Simon

Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes

Derk Allan Simon

Sleepy Eye - Derk Allan Simon, age 65, of Sleepy Eye, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

A funeral service was held at 2 pm on Sunday, September 12, at Sleepy Eye Event Center, in Sleepy Eye. Burial followed in the Fort Ridgely Cemetery.

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Visitation was from 4-7 pm on Saturday, September 11, at Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes - North Chapel, and was 1 hour prior to the funeral service, at Sleepy Eye Event Center.

Derk is survived by his wife, Ginifer Simon; his sons, Clayton (Julie) Simon, Bryce (Christie Ann) Simon, Caleb Simon, and Jacan Simon; his daughter, Meisha (Keeran) Nicholls; his 8 grandchildren, Aurora, Linnea, Emma, Jonas, Silas, Hadessah, Ava, and Judah; his mother, Marjorie Simon; his brothers, Scott (Myra) Simon, Mitch (Betty) Simon, and Martin (Hoo Soon) Simon; his sisters, Genie Simon, Tami (Peter) Watson, Keiron Simon, Kallan (Mark) Anderson, and Kylie (Chad) Carlson; his brothers-in-law, Kenn (Lorie) Dahmes and Steve (Geri) Dahmes; sisters-in-law, Sue Heffernan and Sandi Hardaway; many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Simon.

Derk Allan Simon was born April 8, 1956, in Sleepy Eye, to William and Marjorie (Davis) Simon. He graduated from Sleepy Eye Public High School and went on to attend Minnesota West Community and Technical College. On December 27, 1980, Derk was united in marriage to Ginifer Dahmes in Redwood Falls. This union blessed the couple with four sons and one daughter, whom together they raised on their farm in rural Sleepy Eye. It was clear to all that Derk was a faithful man, loving husband to his wife Ginifer, wonderful father to five, and was always ready to help anyone in need. Throughout his life he opened his home, gave away valuables, and was always ready and willing to offer a helping hand. He faithfully was involved in a Jail Ministry over many years which affected countless lives. Derk and Ginifer started Barn Yard Ministries together, and opened their property as a place for anyone in the community to gather, encourage each other, enjoy food and fellowship, and celebrate the goodness of Jesus. Derk loved socializing and meeting new people. He described himself as a man that could have a conversation with anyone he ever met. His ability to talk and connect with people naturally flowed over to establishing and expanding his window washing business all over southern Minnesota. He never took a sales or marketing course, he just loved people, and in doing so the business grew to serve numerous clients in many different cities due to his genuine ability to connect. His love for his wife and family and the people around him all stemmed from his love for Christ Jesus. He truly leaves us with a legacy of learning to love. Derk enjoyed snorkeling in the lake, cooking, time in nature, especially loving Oak trees. He was always reading and learning new things. Derk was a man of many wonderful qualities and will be missed by all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.

Posted online on September 08, 2021