Obituary of Burton Ward Simer
December 24, 1960
Burton Ward Simer was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the Shoshone cemetery after a funeral service held at the McGoldrick chapel.
Mr. Simer died at 1:00 a.m. December 24 at the Wood River Convalescent Center in Shoshone.
The Rev. Paul Winkler of the First Baptist church was in charge with the music furnished by Wilfred Keele, soloist accompanied by Mrs. Garland Blair. Ladies of the Opal Rebekah lodge handled the flower arrangements.
Pall bearers were Paul Bancroft, John Conway, Jim Campbell, Edward Haak, Owen Fletcher, and Ernest Commons.
The McGoldrick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements with Francis Bergin as director.
Mr. Simer was born May 4, 1879 in Boulder County, Colorado. He was married to Miss Emma Elder in Salmon, Idaho on March 3, 1906. The couple resided for 54 years at Salmon, lived two years in Boise and have resided at Shoshone the past year and a half.
Mrs. Simer, four sons and seven daughters survive with one daughter preceding him in death. The sons are Burton Simer and Ben Simer, both of Salmon, and A.J. Simer and Paul T Simer, both of Portland, Oregon.
The daughters are Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Raymond and Mrs. Ernest (Esther) Waterman, both of Salmon; Mrs. Wilford (Eunice) Keele, Boise; Mrs. Walter (Emma) Lolley, Portland; Mrs. Levard (Marian) Hansen, Fairfield; Mrs. Richard (Lois) Jones, Shoshone, and Mrs. William (Betty) Mann, Denver.
He also leaves 23 grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Fowler, Salmon, and Mrs. Burleigh Blume, Portland.
Mr. Simer had spent his working years as a miner and prospector and he also operated a small ranch while living at Salmon. He welcomed death without fear, according to those who were with him at the last, and died secure in his faith.
All the children were present for the services except two, Burton Simer of Rogue River, Ore., and Mrs. Betty Mann of Denver. Other out of town relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Warner and Carl Waterman of Salmon, Mr. and Mrs. John Weaver of Polson, Montana, David Hansen and Mr. and Mrs. Wes Jones of Fairfield.
Dinner for the family was served at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones that evening. It was furnished by members of the Baptist Mission Society, Opal Rebekah lodge and the American Legion Auxiliary.