CLINTON — William R. “Bill” Simko, 87, of Clinton, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center, North Campus, in Clinton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church with Father Thom Hennen officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Schmitz Funeral Home where a parish vigil service will be held. Burial will be in St. Irenaeus Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandson, Michael Marcin; son-in-law, Michael McNellis; and friend, Paul Kraciun.

William Richard Simko was born on October 6, 1921, in Cleveland, OH, to John and Elizabeth (Gefert) Simko. He was a United States WWII Army veteran, serving from 1940-1945 in the South Pacific. He married Mary Ann Koval on March 14, 1942, in Cleveland, OH. She preceded him in death on April 12, 1998.

His career with Carlon Products started in Cleveland, OH. He was a plant manager for 16 years with Carlon Products in Asheville, NC, and High Springs, FL. He retired from Carlon Products, Clinton, IA, in 1982 with 38 years of service.

He was a member of the Prince of Peace Parish and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed boating, fishing, golf, cooking, visiting the casino and was an avid Cubs and NBA fan.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Frances “Fran” (Michael) McNellis of Morris, IL, and Joy Marcin of Jackson, MI; son, William (Debbie) F. Simko of Celina, TN; 3 grandsons, Donny Joiner, Jeff Joiner and Mike Marcin; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Death date: May 28, 2009

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