Bill O. Simon, 96, of Columbia passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Columbia Post Acute Care .

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at Nilson Funeral Home in Columbia.

Bill was born Jan. 7, 1923, in Ericson, Nebraska, the son of the late Oscar Simon and the late Annie (Reineke) Simon. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Rex Simon, Clifford Simon, Delbert Simon and Doynne (Simon) Neal.

Bill was married to Mary (Hunt) Simon on May 19, 1972, and she preceded him in death in 1995. Bill farmed with his family in Nebraska until they moved to Missouri, at which time he continued to farm with his father near Hallsville. After selling the family farm, Bill worked at Missouri Book Store, and after retirement he helped his wife, Mary, run an in-home day care where he lovingly became known as “Papa Bill.” He remained Papa Bill up to this day to many of the families and children whose lives he touched.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his close friends and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations are suggested to Disabled Veterans, in care of Nilson Funeral Home.

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