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LaVonne R. Simonson 1932-2017

June 27, 2017
Emmetsburg News
Services for LaVonne Simonson will be held Tuesday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. Andrew Loomis will officiate the service. Interment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Ruthven. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. LaVonne Ruth Simonson, daughter of Clarence and Hazel (Buchacker) Loomis, was born on the farm near Ayrshire, on Oct. 26, 1932. She received her education at Silver Lake School in Ayrshire, graduating in 1951. Following high school, LaVonne attended the Fort Dodge Beauty Academy, graduating in November 1952. LaVonne was united in marriage to Dick Simonson on Dec. 14, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven. To this union five children were born. They made their home on the Simonson family farm near Ruthven. Dick was a Farm Bureau Insurance agent in the area and then in 1971 he accepted the position of Agency Manager for Farm Bureau in Sioux County so he and LaVonne moved their family to Orange City. They resided there until his retirement in 1985 when they moved to the Lakes. In 1994 and LaVonne moved to Sioux Center to live closer to her children but returned to Ruthven in 2004. LaVonne passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Ruthven Community Care Center, at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick; a sister, LaDoma Rierson; brothers, Richard, Dale and Donald Loomis; and a grandson-in-law, Jay Taber. She is survived by her children, Diane (Ray) Raak of Orange City, Valerie (Mike) Cleveringa of Rock Rapids, Gary (Lisa) Simonson of Olathe, KS, Jalien (John) Secord of Hospers, and Scott (Margie) Simonson of Sioux Center; ten grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, David Loomis. Condolences can be left at


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