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Roderick Simenson 03/06/2019

Roderick Simenson 03/06/2019

RODERICK EARL SIMENSON JUNE 1, 1930 – MARCH 6, 2019 RIVER FALLS, WI – Rod Simenson, 88, of River Falls, Wisconsin passed away on peacefully after complications from a stroke on March 6th, 2019. Rod was born on June 1, 1930, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was one of two sons born to Harry O. and Marvel Simenson. After Graduating high school he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for two years before joining the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd battalion of the 7th Marines. He served in combat in the Korean War and earned the rank of Sargent. He lived at 102 E. Fuller Street in Freeport, for 50 years with his late wife, Joyce Elaine Simenson, who preceded him in death on March 16, 2015. In 2012, they both relocated to River Falls, Wisconsin, to be closer to family. Rod married Joyce Simenson in 1950, in Freeport IL. while Rod was in the Marine Corps, they lived at various U.S. Marines bases around the U.S., in Bern, North Carolina and Florida. Rod was employed at Micro Switch Honeywell, Newell Companies and Lutheran Brotherhood. Joyce and Rod have two sons, Scott Eric Simenson and Marc Steven Simenson. Along with his sons, Rod was active in Boy Scouts including dedicating 27 years as the scout master for troop 7, chartered at First Lutheran Church. He was a Vigil Member in the Order of the Arrow, received both the Silver Beaver award and Lamb of God Award BSA. He enjoyed taking his scout troop on camping, canoe and kayak trips in the region. He volunteered hundreds of hours at Canyon Camp, Stockton, Illinois, building and repairing structures. Rod was a contingent leader to the Philmont Scout Reservation in Cimeron NM. Rod enjoyed kayaking on the many waterways around Freeport with a group of close friends where they started the Paddle the Peck club. Rod was an active member of the Freeport Kiwanis organization. He had a deep love for his children and grandchildren and loved traveling to Alaska and Wisconsin to spend time with their families. Rod is survived by sons, Scott Simenson (Linda) of River Falls, WI, Marc Simenson (Lois) of Eagle River, Alaska; grandchildren, Kaitlin Nerlfi (Matthew), great granddaughter Zoe of Eagle River, Alaska, Rebecca Simenson of Eagle River Alaska, grandchildren Lauren Simenson and Erik Simenson of River Falls. Rod was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother Donald of Eau Claire Wi. The family is planning a private memorial service. Arrangements are by Bakken-Young, 805 E Division Street, PO Box 431, River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 (715-425-8788). To offer condolences to the family please visit their website found at


  • Vernon White Posted March 10, 2019 4:13 pm

    A wonderful man and leader. A friend to everyone especially a scout needing assistance.

  • Paul Hinkley Posted March 10, 2019 7:20 pm

    The world is a better place thanks to Rod–and so am I. I have treasured his time given to us in the Troop, and am still working on paying it forward.

    Thanks, Rod.

    Paul Hinkley
    Eagle Scout
    Freeport Troop 7

  • Dean Hinkley Posted March 10, 2019 7:21 pm

    As a former Troop 7 scout, I have nothing but fond memories of Rod. He taught us not only camping and canoeing skills, but also what was expected of us as men. He treated us with respect at all times and we felt as if there was nothing he wouldn’t do for us. My life, and the lives of many others, are fuller as a result of his guidance and attention.
    Rest in peace, Rod, you will never be forgotten.

  • Marla Nesmith Posted March 10, 2019 9:42 pm

    My condolences to the family of Rod. He was a neighbor and interesting fellow.

  • Jim White Posted March 10, 2019 10:51 pm

    A true inspiration and model for young leaders….

  • Tom Sanders Posted March 11, 2019 3:11 pm

    I remember Rod as one of the great scoutmasters. He inspired and cared for the scouts under his care. I believe he helped form me to be the person I am today. May the Great and Good Scoutmaster bring comfort and hope to his family.

  • The First Lutheran Church Family Posted March 11, 2019 7:36 pm

    First Lutheran Church is very sorry to read of the loss of Rod. We send our condolences and will include his family in our prayers. If there is any way we can be of help to Rod’s family our doors are always open. God bless.

  • Mike St. Ores Posted March 12, 2019 2:29 am

    Your father was a true leader, Scott (Elf) and Marc. I have many great memories of times we spent in Freeport and Canyon Camp. I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathies are with you. May the memories of the love your family has shared, sustain you through and far beyond this time of grief.

  • Michael White Posted March 18, 2019 7:07 pm

    Rod Simenson was a great role model, and a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. Since we would miss any remembrance of him; my wife, I and David Freeman gathered here in Tucson to toast his legacy at the US Marine Corp League. They graciously gave us their floor and joined us as we took a moment to remember him as a Marine and a Scoutmaster. In the Air Force, there was a joke, “What’s the difference between the Air Force and the Boy Scouts? The Scouts have adult leadership…” Rod, you nailed it! Semper Fi!
    Michael F. White
    Life Scout Troop 7
    TSgt, USAF (Ret.)

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