Philip Simon, 53

Philip M. Simon, 53, of New Prague, died Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at his residence.

He was born on May 29, 1956, in New Prague, a son of John M. and Evelyn (Rezac) Simon. Being born and raised in New Prague, he attended St. Wenceslaus School and New Prague High School, followed by Bemidji Vocational Technical in auto mechanics. Phil lived in Georgia from 1983 to 1989 working for CSI. He was the owner/operator of Simon's Sportsmen's Bar in New Prague. For several years he was the head of the New Prague Sportsmen Club and was a member of the Minnesota Waterfowl Assn., Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Wild Turkey Federation, NRA, Minnesota Waterfowl Assn. and MN Licensed Beverage Assn. Phil organized crappie tournaments for the sportsmen club on Cedar Lake for several years, and sponsored bowling, darts, pool and men's and women's softball teams.

He is survived by his parents; siblings Brenda (Karl) Koenig, St. Joseph, Charles (Bev) Simon, San Clemente, CA, Colleen (Peter) Russell, Eden Prairie and Pamela (David) Tietz, New Prague; nine nieces and nephews; three grandnieces; two grandnephews; three step-grandnieces; his grandmother Monica Simon, New Prague; former wife and special friend Kris Harpel-Huhner (David Huhner), New Prague; aunts, uncles and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandfather John C. Simon; and grandparents Frank A. and Agnes Rezac.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m., at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague, with Rev. Kevin Clinton officiating. A eulogy will be given by Simon Malinski.

Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery in New Prague. Urn bearer will be Seth Malinski. Honorary pallbearers are nieces and nephews Gina Koenig-Smith, Chad Koenig, Elizabeth Simon, Emily Simon, Katie Malinski-Kane, Seth Malinski, Simon Malinski, Hallie Tietz and Mattie Tietz.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Bruzek Funeral Home in New Prague.

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