Larry “Sam” Simonton, 80 of Cerro Gordo, IL passed away 12:15 A.M. September 12, 2017 at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello, IL.
The family greatly appreciates the love and concern of Larry’s many friends. However, due to family health concerns we are unable to receive visitors at this time. A private service is planned at East Frantz Cemetery in rural Cerro Gordo with Dennis McClure officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the Larry Simonton Memorial Fund.
Larry was born February 4, 1937 in Decatur, IL the son of Roy “Jack” and Anna (Wells) Simonton of rural Cerro Gordo. He married Janice Baker on February 17, 1957 in Cerro Gordo Methodist Church and the two always considered themselves a team in all they did throughout their 60 years of marriage.
Larry is survived by his wife, Janice of Cerro Gordo; daughter, Andrea Simonton-Gregg of Milmine; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Taylor of Monticello; two grandsons, Jared (Lori) Gregg and their daughter, Callie; and Jeff (Brianna) Gregg and their daughter, Lena, all of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Kyle; a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Donald Esker of St. Louis, MO; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Midge Baker of Indianapolis, IN; and a brother-in-law, Robert Taylor of Bement, IL.
Larry enjoyed his life’s work as a farmer in the Piatt County area and at the time of his retirement from farming had come close to achieving his goal of raising 60 crops. In the 1950’s, he became interested in raising and training Standardbred Harness racehorses and for many years successfully raced at County and State fair tracks as well as racecourses in the Chicago area. He remained an avid fan of the sport and especially enjoyed watching the new developing champions with their amazing speed and stamina. He made many friendships over the years that have continued to be treasures to him. He especially looked forward to afternoons playing 42 with his buddies.