William Charles Simon, M.D.
Aug. 26, 1930 – May 25, 2014
Dr. William C. Simon, 83, passed away in Colorado Springs with his wife, children and grandchildren nearby after suffering from the effects of Lewy-Body Dementia.
Dr. Simon was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Decatur, Illinois, to Dr. Arthur Charles and Willetta Goe Simon.
After graduating from Stephen Decatur High School in 1948, he attended Yale University and graduated in 1952. At Yale, he was a member of Saybrook College and Phi Gamma Delta. Thereafter, he studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.
He chose to follow in his father’s steps and completed his urologic surgery residency from Washington University. He left for two years for an internship in San Diego and general surgery at Good Samaritan Los Angeles, then returned to St. Louis to finish his urology residency. After his residency, he served our country in the Navy for two years in Key West, Florida. Afterwards, he would return to Decatur and join his father in practice.
From 1964 to 1995, he practiced urology in Decatur. He loved his practice and patients, and he was loved and appreciated by his patients, colleagues and the hospital staff. His charm and sense of humor were therapeutic. He served as Chief of Staff and on the Board of Directors at both Decatur Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. He was the president of the Macon County Medical Society. In addition, he was the state representative to the American Urological Association and on the executive committee of the North Central Section of the AUA.
While in San Diego, he met the love of his life, Dolores (Dee) Swigart. They were married in 1958, in Columbia Falls, Montana. Their wedding trip was hiking in Glacier National Park. The marriage was blessed with three children: Margaret May Heck, Sarah Simon Ruch and James Arthur Simon. While in Decatur, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church, The Country Club of Decatur and The Decatur Club.
He developed a love of the mountains at Teton Valley Ranch in Wyoming as a teenager, then later as a backpacking counselor at Cheley Colorado Camps during medical school. He and his family would vacation in Colorado’s Summit County, starting in 1970 when Keystone Resort was founded. In 1995, he and his wife would retire in Summit County to their cabin by the Blue River where they enjoyed hiking almost daily. A man of strong faith, he and Dee embraced the fellowship of Lord of the Mountains Church. Since childhood, he was an avid fly-fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. In the winter, he loved downhill and cross-country skiing. He was a prolific reader. He and Dee traveled the world during his retirement.
When his health declined in 2012, he and his wife moved to Colorado Springs to be near their son and family.
He is survived by his wife, Dee; daughter Margaret May Heck and husband Timothy with five children, Mary Prater, Matthew Prater (Natalie), Brian Heck, Joshua Heck (Shawna) and Jessica McCaffrey (Ryan) with a total of seven great-grandchildren; daughter Sarah Simon Ruch and husband Will with two children, Tyler Quin and Cassie Marie; James Arthur Simon and wife Emilie with four children, Margo Elizabeth, Henry Charles, Anna Catherine, and Caroline Camille; his sister Sally Simon Tantau and husband William, nieces Margo Tantau and Shelley Tantau, and great nephew Cooper.
He spent the last nine months of his life at the Memory Care Center at Emeritus at Bear Creek receiving loving care from the staff and Gentiva Hospice. The center provided the care, trust and compassion needed during his end-of-life journey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to:
Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd. SW, Lilburn, GA 30047
Stephen’s Ministry @ First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Endowment Fund @ Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1059, Dillon, CO 80435
Gentiva Hospice Volunteers, 5526 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 108, Colorado Springs, CO, 80918
Nat’l Parks Conservation Association, 777 Sixth St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C., 20001
A memorial service will be on June 12 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs. A commendation service will be at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon, Colorado, on June 14.