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Bruce Lyn Simon, age 74 passed away at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND on Thursday, August 31, 2023.
Bruce was born February 22, 1949, to the late Kenneth and Doris (Woldmoe) Simon of Hampden, ND. He was raised and educated in the Hampden area, graduating from Hampden High School with the class of 67. Bruce attended Lake Region State College for 2 years, and then a short time at UND, pursuing a degree in accounting.
But farming was his true passion, so he came home to farm with his Dad and eventually set up his own operation.
Bruce married Linda Harpestad on October 26, 1973. Together they raised their 2 children, Stephanie, and Steven.
Bruce was an avid fisherman and often took the kids along. Ice fishing was always a challenge, because one of them invariably stepped in the hole. He learned to take extra clothing along.
After retiring from farming, he and Linda enjoyed following their grandkids in their various sports, be it football, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, or track. They tried to get to as many games as they could. And Bruce couldn’t wait to brag to anyone who would listen how great they had done.
When he wasn’t at a game, Bruce enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and watching Westerns. And eating Hershey Nuggets. He loved those nuggets!
A father always wants his children to be more successful in life than he was. He wasn’t disappointed. He couldn’t have been prouder of both Stephanie and Steve.
Bruce is survived by his wife Linda of 49 years; daughter Stephanie (Todd) Hartleben of Bismarck ND; son Steve (Kristin) Simon of Hampden; five grandchildren Chloe, Kenna and Brogan Lambrecht and Karsen and Parker Simon; sisters Karen (Palmer) Brekhus of Tolley, ND, Kathy Cromwell of Casper, WY and Linda (Larry) Geisen of Langdon ND; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Robert Harpestad Jr.(Sandy Miller), Edmore ND, Sheila (Mark) Robertsdahl, Devils Lake, Rick (Naomi) Harpestad, Mayville, ND, Tamara (Rick) Clemetson, Park River, ND along with several nieces and nephews.
Bruce’s parents and in-laws Robert and Dorothy Harpestad preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Monday, September 4, 2023 at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, at the church one hour prior to the funeral service which will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, Edmore, ND at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Rebecca Kjelland officiating.