Brian “Popeye” Simonson, age 56, of Sedan, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, January 27, 2022 in Laredo, TX. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 4, 2022, at Glenwood Lutheran Church in Glenwood with Rev. Krista Lee officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood and will continue on Friday morning at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Chippewa Falls Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Brian “Popeye” Dean Simonson was born on January 19, 1966 in Wanamingo, MN. He was the fifth of seven children born to Orville W. and Helen (Simon) Simonson. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Orville’s hometown of Sedan, MN where they helped Orville’s parents operate the family salvage business. Brian was a member of Chippewa Falls Lutheran Church and he attended school in nearby Glenwood, where he graduated with the Class of 1985. From 1983 until 1989, he served in the Army National Guard.
On December 11, 1987, Brian was united in marriage to Sharon Wingert in Glenwood, MN. They made their home in Sedan and were blessed with a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Nicole. In 1996, Brian completed the Truck Driving program at Alexandria Technical College. For the past several years he worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Farmers Elevator in Kensington.
Brian had a big heart, an infectious smile, and “the gift of gab”. He loved to visit with folks and made friends instantly. He was a generous and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother.
On January 27, 2022, Brian passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in Laredo, TX where he had traveled for work. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Brian is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sharon; their son, Matthew (LeAnn); and daughter, Nicole (Heath) Mikkelson; five grandchildren, Heath Mikkelson, Jr, Sadie Simonson, Hunter Mikkelson, Sierra Simonson, and Hadleigh Mikkelson; three sisters, Cindy (Lenny) Bonrud, Brenda (Kirk) Hanson, and Hope (John) Eder; three brothers, DeWayne (Renae), Jonathan (Kristy), and Dean; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Helen Simonson.
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