Thomas D. Simonton

April 14, 1945 - August 03, 2019

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Thursday, August 08, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville

Thursday, August 08, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville


Friday, August 09, 11:00 AM
Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville


Thomas D. Simonton, 74, of Wolcottville died Saturday, August 3, 2019, at 6:45 a.m. at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Bryan Romer in Kendallville.

He was born April 14, 1945, in Fort Wayne to Powell and Mary Dolores (Arnold) Simonton. They preceded him in death.

On February 14, 1999, in LaGrange he married Gloria (Maxson) Trier. She preceded him in death on October 7, 2011.

A 1963 graduate of Kendallville High School, Tom had worked for Taylor-Made in Kendallville as a supervisor for 25 years. He and his wife, Gloria then owned and operated The Corner Shoppe in Kendallville where he put his woodworking skills to use by making and selling crafts. He retired from Colwell General in Kendallville after three years.

Tom was a devoted member of Destiny Family of Faith in Kendallville. He enjoyed constructing ramps and providing maintenance for the church. He also enjoyed traveling, motocross, woodworking, crafting, and cars. But, one of his greatest delights was to admire the cars at area car shows.

Surviving are his significant other, Cheryl Nowels of Kendallville; a son, Powell (Sandy) Simonton of Kendallville; three daughters, Penny (Todd) Allen of Kendallville, Michele (Bryan) Romer of Kendallville, and Lisa Trier of Kendallville; eight grandchildren, Shaely (Ryan) Strudevant, Shobi Simonton, Samantha (Aaron) Weidner, Austin (Katie) Becker, Katrina (Greg) Helmkamp, Derek (Aleia Campbell) Romer, Paige Romer, and Myah Romer; and five great-grandchildren, Lilly Becker, Athena Becker, Addelyn Weidner, Bria Helmkamp and Holden Helmkamp.

Funeral services will be Friday, August 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville with Pastor Mike Albaugh officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City.

Honorary Pallbearers are Tom Fisher, Dave Derry, Andrew Gisel, Bill Luke, and Nate Siebert. Active pallbearers are Pat Eggering, Jim Eggering, Ryan Vangessel, Rob Kirkpatrick, Bob Edwards, and Jerry Barker.

Calling is Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Preferred memorials are to Destiny Family of Faith or the American Heart Association.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Leah Phillipson
August 13th, 2019 12:08pm

My deepest condolences to all his family. Thank you for letting me come in to offer my services. I'm glad he enjoyed his massages.

Judy McCreery
August 7th, 2019 12:17pm
Mobile, Alabama

Even with the many years behind us, I still remember classmates. I ask the Lord for His compassion and peace during this troubling time for all his family and friends, Love you Cheryl.

Jerry & Jan DeLong
August 6th, 2019 8:17pm

We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family during this time.

Earl and Nancy Eulitt
August 6th, 2019 6:09pm

We are sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

Richard mapes
August 5th, 2019 4:02pm
Oceanside California

Rest In Peace Tommy! I was a friend in high school! , go rest high upon that mountain!

Linda Cole
August 5th, 2019 12:46am
Tonto Verde Arizona

Penny, so sorry for your loss. Ross and Linda