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Harold Simonton

September 3, 1926 — October 21, 2014

Harold Simonton

Obituary for Harold "Hal" Simonton

Harold Dean "Hal" Simonton, 88, of Atlantic, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 3, 1926, in Clarinda, Iowa, to Jacob Daniel and Adda Elanore (Roberts) Simonton. After completing his schooling in Clarinda, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he spent two years in the Philippines. Just prior to entering the service, he married his girlfriend, Phyllis Jean Eshelman, on January 6, 1945. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant, with medals for expert rifleman.

Hal accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1969; he loved serving the Lord. He and Phyllis were members of the Mission America Placement Services (MAPS) for 14 years and they traveled the U.S., as volunteers, helping to plant many Assemblies of God churches.

He was in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business for many years, and retired in 1988. Three generations of the family have owned and operated Simonton Plumbing & Heating for 59 years.

In his spare time, he loved to go fishing and always shared his catch with family and friends. He also enjoyed watching golf, football and NASCAR on TV.

Hal is survived by his wife of 69 years, Phyllis of Atlantic; his daughter, Susan (Steve) Scarlett of Adel, Iowa, and their children, Shelly (Kevin) Hilsenbeck and Todd (Jen) Kitselman both of Ankeny, Iowa; his son, Kelly (Bev) Simonton of Atlantic and their daughter, Suzanne (Andy) Reed of Oakland, Iowa; his daughter-in-law, Rhonda Simonton of Atlantic and her children, Amy (Joe) Hetrick of Iowa City, Iowa and Josh (Christina) Simonton of Atlantic; eleven great grandchildren, Kameron, Lena & Jayden Kitselman, Connor and Carson Hilsenbeck, Isabella and Betty Hetrick and Jacob, Scottie, Jennifer Simonton and Joslin Reed; and great-great-granddaughter, Kyah Kitselman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his three sisters, Thelma, Mary & Violet; and his son, Kim Simonton.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the First Assembly of God in Atlantic, with Pastors Guy Fisher and Lee Havemeier, officiating. Military rites will be performed at the church by the Atlantic Color Guard.

Interment will be at a later date in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Open visitation will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 23rd and Friday, October 24th, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25th at Roland Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God.

Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic, Iowa is caring for Hal's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Harold D. “Hal” Simonton

September 3, 1926
Clarinda, Iowa

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
At the age of
88 years, 28 days
Atlantic, Iowa

Two o’clock P.M.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
First Assembly of God
Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Guy Fisher
Pastor Lee Havemeier

Sherry Davis

“The Old Rugged Cross”
“How Great Thou Art”

Dean Esbeck
Don Hart
Allen Herzberg
Bruce Roenfeld
Don Sonntag
Lenny Theulen

J.R. Betz
Keith Harlan
Bill Oliver

The Atlantic Color Guard

(At a Later Date)
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Adel, Iowa

Hal’s family invites you to join them for
refreshments in the Church Fellowship Hall
following the Funeral service.

Memorials may be given for the First Assembly of God.

John 14:1-7
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

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