Obituary: Juel S. Simonson (Feb. 23, 1930 – April 19, 2012)

By Submitted April 26, 2012 12:00 am

Juel S. Simonson, died April 19, 2012. He was born February 23, 1930, in Red Wing, Minn., to Albert and Margret Simonson. Juel grew up in Minnesota, mostly in Red Wing. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1946 and was stationed in Tripoli, Libya. Juel received an honorable discharge in 1950.

He married Cassie Apmann on April 21, 1950. He worked for a time in a tree nursery and an aluminum foundry in Lake City, Minn. In 1954, he moved to Seattle, Wash., and shortly after began a lifelong career as a roofing contractor. In 1959, Juel purchased a dairy farm in Marysville, Wash., and continued farming until 1968 and operated his roofing business during that time. 1n 1966 he moved his dairy operation to Quilcene, Wash. He sold his jersey herd in 1968 and continued his roofing business, working in the Port Townsend area and on the entire Olympic Peninsula.

Juel also became an auctioneer and had an auction hall in Quilcene and did estate auctions as well. He had an antique store  and called it Juel’s Jenuine Junque and Cassie’s Classic Clutter.

Juel semi-retired in 1994 after suffering a heart attack and continued to stay busy as much as his health allowed. He even re-roofed his own house recently, much to the chagrin of his family. He always had a very strong work ethic and was admired much by his friends and family for that. Juel was one of the fastest roofers around and once hand-nailed on 32 squares of roofing in one day.

He served on the Quilcene School Board for many years.  Juel was also a man of strong Christian faith, professing his faith in Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in 1954 in Seattle. Following the service Billy Graham personally came up and prayed with him. He served on many church boards and in 1984 helped his son Rev. Andy Simonson in the founding of the Quilcene Bible Church, which is still going strong today.

Juel also enjoyed singing, playing the harmonica, and was learning how to play the piano.

Everyone who knew him always enjoyed his big smile and spirit of optimism.

He is survived by his wife Cassie Simonson, daughters Nanette Canterbury of Bellingham, Wash., Sue Borges and her husband Tom of Quilcene, Wash., Sandy Solheim and her husband Brad of Woodinville, Wash., son Andy Simonson and his wife Cheryl of Crescent City. Also 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Juel will be held at the Crescent City Church of the Nazarene, 224 F. St. Crescent City, on Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. All are invited, potluck following the service. Cards may be sent to: Cassie Simonson c/o The Crescent City Church of the Nazarene, 516 2nd. St., Crescent City, CA. 95531.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.

— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel