Derold Keith Simonson

Aug. 9, 1928-July 5, 2024


Derold Keith Simonson, 95, of Minot, ND and formerly of Fillmore, ND passed away Friday, July 5, 2024 at Trinity Hospital in Minot. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, July 12, 2024 at Zion Lutheran Brethren Church in Maddock, ND with Pastor Luther “Lu” Mathison officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be held at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Maddock. Music will be provided by Kathy Daeley and Yoli Slater. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Zion Lutheran Cemetery Fund: 3556 52nd Ave NE Maddock, ND 58348. Arrangements are with the Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock, ND.

Online condolences may be left at www.nelsonfuneralhomesnd.com.

Derold Keith Simonson was born August 9, 1928 to Arthor and Mina (Hanson) Simonson in Fillmore, ND, where he grew up on the family farm. After school, he worked various jobs until taking over the farming operations in 1961. Derold was united in marriage to Iris Goetz on April 27, 1969 in Knox, ND. The couple lived on the farm where they milked cows, raised beef cattle and small grains.

Besides work, Derold’s favorite thing to do was have coffee with the neighbors. He loved the outdoors and in the fall, you would find him hunting geese and cranes. In 1997 Derold retired from farming but continued to work for various farmers in the area. In 2014, he moved to Minot, where he loved to spend time with his grandchildren.

Derold is survived by his wife of 55 years, Iris; son, Chad (Nicole) Simonson of Minot, ND; grandchildren, Matthew Simonson and Alexis Simonson; brother, Glen (Irene) Simonson; sisters-in-law, Betty Simonson and Elaine Simonson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, JoAnn Simonson; parents, Arthor and Mina Simonson; siblings, Frances Simonson, Lois (Bill) Porter, James (Joan) Simonson, Richard (Carol) Simonson, Audrey (Bryon) Lundeen, David Simonson and Paul Simonson.

Published by The Minot Daily News, July 10, 2024.