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James was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elizabeth and Anthony Simko, James grew up in Los Angeles, California. He served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1968. He married Patsy Rae Demler on December 4, 1965. He worked hard all his life as a meat cutter but primarily enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, waterskiing, NASCAR, the Utah Jazz, and especially time on the ocean. He was incredibly talented in gardening, art, woodworking, and had endless creative hobbies. He adored his wife and was incredibly devoted to his family. He taught his children love and respect and was a wonderful “Papa” to his grandchildren. No words can express how much he will be missed.
James is preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Masey and Anthony Simko, his step-father Louis Masey, brother George Simko, sisters Jane Jorgensen and Roseanne Delmas. He is survived by his wife Patsy, sons James (Nicole) Simko, Daniel (Brenda) Simko, Richard (Rebecca) Simko, and daughter Susan (Laurence) Terry, as well as fifteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Tate Mortuary, 110 S. Main St. Tooele, UT, 84074. Visitation from 9:30-10:45 AM, service at 11 AM. Interment at Utah Veteran’s Cemetery.