Don Simon


Donald Lee Simon, 94, of Conway Springs, died Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Spring View Manor, Conway Springs.

Don was born June 14, 1926, at Viola to Louis William Simon and Ruby (Kabureck) Simon. He moved with his family to Conway Springs in 1928. He grew up in the Conway Springs community and attended the local public schools. Don graduated from Conway Springs High School with the class of 1944.

Don enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 26, 1944, where he served as a member of the 130th Infantry Regiment in Japan and the Philippines during World War II. He was honorably discharged on January 7, 1947.

Don was united in marriage to Nina Maxine Jayne on Oct. 19, 1952, in Wichita. They later made their home at 204 W. St. Louis in Conway Springs, where they raised their family of six children. Nina preceded him in death on Dec. 18, 1986.

Don worked at Boeing Aircraft as a mill and bore operator. He retired after 39 years on Jan. 1, 1989.

Don was a member First Baptist Church, Conway Springs, and A. Tom Kirk Post 265 American Legion.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clinton Simon; one daughter, Linda Woodson; two brothers, Louis and Delmar Simon; one sister, Dorothy Creed; two grandsons, Stacy and Braeden Woodson; and one great-granddaughter, Allysa Foster.

Don is survived by one son, Max Simon of Sharon Springs, Kan.; three daughters, Kathy Heenan and Rhonda Waymire, both of Wichita, and Brenda Hood of Conway Springs; numerous grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 17, at Conway Springs Cemetery with Pastor Kelly Jayne officiating. Military rites were by U.S. Army Fort Riley Honor Guard. Interment followed in Conway Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs. Online condolences and guest book are available

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the Conway Springs City Library.