Jul 18, 2012 - StaffHugh James Simonson, 78, of Lander, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
Cremation has taken place, and there will be a private family service later this summer.
Hugh Simonson was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Baker, Mont., to John and Pearl (McIntosh) Simonson.
He was a Korean War Veteran decorated with the Purple Heart.
His family said he loved the outdoors, ranching, his faithful dog, Joey, telling stories and teasing his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
He is survived by his brothers Joe (Donna) Simonson of Worland and Jerry Simonson of Worland; sisters Jean (Ed) Spencer of Cary, Ill., and Doris Freistone of Glendive, Mont.; former wife Ezmyrah (Fackrell) Simonson of Lander; sons Mark Brady of Sacramento, Calif., and Joe (Sarah) Simonson of Coquille, Ore.; daughter Vickie (Mark) and grandchildren Martel and Nick Memmer of Jackson; son Jamie (Lezley) and grandchildren Kade, Kaleb, Kyra, Kambri Simonson of Lander; daughter Lisa Simonson and grandchildren Chris (Chelsie and great-grandson Hunter) and Jordan Klingelhoets of Boise, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John (Jan) Simonson of Lemoore, Calif.; and his grandson Willy Brady of Thermopolis.
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