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William Bryan Simecka

Male 1904 - 1995  (90 years)


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  • Name William Bryan Simecka 
    Born 22 Aug 1904  Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Mar 1995  St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 28 Mar 1995  Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6288  Rossville
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2021 

    Father John Stephen Simecka,   b. 26 Dec 1873, Austria-Hungary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1937, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Henrietta (Nettie) Scheidegger Simecka,   b. 20 May 1875, Humboldt, Richardson County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1972, St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 26 Dec 1899  Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2343  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Regina Marie Rezac Simecka,   b. 14 Feb 1907, Emmett, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1998, St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 15 May 1926  Harrisonville, Cass County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Richard D Simecka,   b. 14 Feb 1927, Delia, Jackson County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 2006, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. William B Simecka, Jr.
    +3. Karl Simecka
     4. Don Simecka
     5. Terry Simecka
     6. Betty Simecka
    Documents
    Anniversary- Simecka, Bill and Regina
    Anniversary- Simecka, Bill and Regina
    Congratulations, Bill and Regina
    by Dorothy N. Hoobler
    If you read the message on the signs at the First National Bank and Bernie's Mini Mart this past week, you already know that Bill and Regina Simecka celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary at May 15. We'd like to add our congratulations and warm best wishes to this couple who have spent their lives in the St. Marys/Delia vicinity.

    Regina is the daughter of Ed and Cecelia Rezac. Bill's parents were John and Nettie Schnidegger Simecka. The Schnideggers came from Bern, Switzerland. The Simecka family was one in the group of immigrants from Moravia, a part of Czechoslovakia, who homesteaded in the Delia area in the 1880s.

    The young couple was married in Harrisonille, Mo. After all these years, they really aren't sure just why they drove all the way to that little town south of Kansas City, got married, and then drove home again on May 15, 1926, except that their attendants suggested it was a good place for a wedding.

    They farmed awhile, then Bill began working in the barber shop in Delia. He worked a year learning the trade, purchased his barber tools, passed the exam, and then bought the shop.

    Barbering wasn't all that great, so the young couple moved briefly to Topeka where Bill found a job running a cleaning route for the Dollar Cleaners. "He earned $40 a month, and we paid $16 a month for rent," Regina reminisced. "And then the car conked out," Bill added. It's easy to laugh now, but it wasn't much fun in those desperate depression years.

    Moving back to Delia, Bill ran a filling station. In October, 1937, the Simecka moved to St. Marys where he became a car salesman. There were five agencies and 18 salesmen in St. Marys in the late 1930s and early 1940s. You can imagine how they competed for sales and jobs. Over the years, Bill sold Chevrolets for Jack Rauch and Virgil Enos, but he also sold Fords, Kaisers, Frazers, and Dodges.

    During the war, Bill worked at Fort Riley as a time-keeper, and later in Topeka at the Supply Depot. He remembered buying an old truck from Bill Lytle and using it while working on construction of the Depot warehouse.

    There was also a time in the late 1950s when Bill and Regina owned and operated the St. Marys Cafe on the south side of Bertrand Avenue. For four and one-half years, they ran the cafe they'd bought from "Chub" and "Ma" Allen. Bill did a lot of the cooking, but, "We really had good help," they recalled, "people like Agnes Pauly, Marie Seaton, and Rita Brockish.

    "I did a lot of different things over the years," Bill said. "At first, it was hard to make a living, but it got easier as time went by. I really started to do a man's work when I was only 12."

    What Bill enjoyed most was his work in real estate. He sold for Don Dainties and for John Browne, and finally got his own real estate license. He was a good salesman, too, but he eventually gave it up at age 82. "I took my own advice, that old people should quit working and let the young people have the jobs," he smiled. "Besides, the laws got tougher (like the mandatory hours of schooling to renew a license), and it seemed like a good time to retire.

    Now, Bill is a young almost 87-year-old, and he still keeps busy. On Tuesdays, he's the errand boy at the Rezac Sale Barn. Then there's a big garden and the pretty lawn to care for at the beautiful home at 300 Durink that Bill and Regina share with their son, Terry.

    The Simeckas are members of the St. Marys United Methodist Church. They have been active in the Masonic and Easter Star organizations. Bill has served five times as Master of Pottawatomie Lodge #52, AF&AM. Regina, a past matron of Artha Chapter #238, Order of Eastern Star, served as Electa for 17 years.

    They both enjoy traveling. Regina accompanied Lorene Holvorson and other members of Kaw Better Homes E.H.U. to many national conventions. "I've been in all the states but five," she said, "and in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Europe."

    Their favorite country overseas? No question about it - Ireland! The people are so friendly, the countryside so beautiful. All those lush green pastures with their picturesque rock fences, the herds of fat cattle, and huge flocks of fine sheep. Cattle, wool, and woolen articles are among Ireland's chief exports.

    Bill didn't care much for the Blarney Stone, however, and he definitely didn't kiss it. Even though he climbed the steep, winding stairway of the castle, he did not lean backward, while the attendant held his feet so he could kiss that ancient rock. (Anyhow, a salesman like Bill really din't need to kiss the Blarney Stone.)

    Regina still loves sports, especially baseball, But don't question her too closely about the Royals this season. Like most Royal fans, she's disappointed, to put it mildly.

    Although this still-active couple observed their 50th and 60th anniversaries with well-attended, memorable receptions, their main celebration this year will be the family reunion of the John and Joe Simecka descendants in June. It should be a very special reunion.

    Besides, Bill and Regina have just returned from an early May trip to Nevada. They visited son Bill and family in a new home in Las Vegas, and with Karl and his family in Boulder City. They also tried their luck at the machines, too. Bill will gladly show you a snapshot of his good fortune, if you ask him.

    Besides Bill and Karl, the family includes Dick and Betty, Topeka, Don, Denver, Colo., Terry, St. Marys, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Many of them will be home in June to share in the Simecka reunion and a belated 65th anniversary celebration.

    Have a wonderful day!


    [From 28 May 1991]
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2019 22:02:40 
    Family ID F6040  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Mar 1995 - Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Obituary- Simecka, William 1
    Obituary- Simecka, William 1
    William Bryan Simecka
    ST. MARYS William Bryan Simecka, 90, St. Marys, died Saturday, March 25, 1995, at a St. Marys nursing home.

    Mr. Simecka owned and operated St. Marys Real Estate before he retired.

    He was born Aug. 22, 1904, in Delia, the son of John and Nettie Schneidegger Simecka.

    Mr. Simecka was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church, Pottawatomie Lodge No. 52 AF&AM, Artha Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce. He had served on the St. Marys school board and was a volunteer firefighter for many years.

    He was married to Regina Rezac on May 15, 1926, at Harrisonville, Mo. She survives.

    Other survivors include a daughter, Betty Simecka, Topeka; five sons, Richard Simecka, Topeka; Dr. William Simecka, Las Vegas, Karl Simecka, Boulder City, Nev., Don Simecka, Fort Collins, Colo., and Terry Simecka, St. Marys; three brothers, Jim Simecka, Delia, and Jesse Simecka and John Simecka, both of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Burial with graveside services conducted by Pottawatomie Lodge No. 52 AF&AM will be at Valley View Cemetery in St. Marys. Mr. Simecka will lie in state from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home where relatives and friends will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys United Methodist Church and sent in care of the funeral home.
    Obituary- Simecka, William 2
    Obituary- Simecka, William 2
    William B. Simecka
    William Bryan Simecka, 90, St. Marys, died Saturday, March 25, 1995, at a St. Marys Manor.

    Mr. Simecka owned and operated St. Marys Real Estate before he retired.

    He was born August 22, 1904, in Delia, the son of John and Nettie Schneidegger Simecka.

    Mr. Simecka was a member of St. Marys United Methodist Church, Pottawatomie Lodge No. 52 AF&AM, Artha Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce. He had served on several church boards, the St. Marys Hill School school board, and was a volunteer firefighter for many years.

    He was married to Regina Rezac on May 15, 1926, at Harrisonville, Mo. She survives.

    Other survivors include a daughter, Betty Simecka, Topeka; five sons, Richard Simecka, Topeka, Dr. William Simecka, Las Vegas, Nev., Karl Simecka, Boulder City, Nev., Don Simecka, Fort Collins, Colo., and Terry Simecka, St. Marys; three brothers, Jim Simecka, Delia, and Jesse Simecka and John L. Simecka, both of St. Marys; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

    Family visitation was from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home. His funeral service was at 10:30 Tuesday morning at the St. Marys United Methodist Church. Interment, with graveside services conducted by Pottawatomie Lodge No. 52 AF&AM, were in Valley View Cemetery, St. Marys.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys United Methodist Church, and sent in care of the funeral home.
    Funeral card- Simecka, William 3
    Funeral card- Simecka, William 3
    In Loving Memory Of
    William B. Simecka
    Born August 22, 1904
    Died March 25, 1995

    Funeral Services
    10:30 a.m. Tuesday March 28, 1995
    United Methodist Church
    St. Marys, Kansas

    Officiating
    Rev. Dale Lewis

    Organist
    Nancy Rezac

    Vocalist
    Peggy Verschelden

    Casket Bearers
    Alex W. Pappas, Gary Simecka, Bob Rezac, Alan Simecka, Charles Sharp, Paul H. Holz

    Honorary Casket Bearers
    Paul Holz, Ralph Struble, Dale Hammarlund, Roy Carlson, Floyd Holz

    Interment
    Valley View Cemetery
    St. Marys, Kansas

    Arrangements By
    Piper-Verschelden Funeral Home
    St. Marys, Kansas