Mark Simek Obituary

Mark E. Simek
Mark E. Simek

April 26, 1958 - May 3, 2019
Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa


Mark E. Simek
Des Moines

Mark E. Simek, 61, passed away unexpectedly on May 3, 2019. Per his wishes, he will be cremated and interment will be on June 15, 2019 at 10am at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mark was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on April 26, 1958 to Eugene and Bonnie (Duffek) Simek.
He graduated from O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. He lived in Omaha, Nebraska for many years, initially working for a local bank in data processing and was a self-employed carpenter. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he worked for the VA Hospital in the engineering department. He was later transferred to the engineering department at the VA Hospital in Des Moines.

Mark enjoyed working with his hands, remodeling his home and keeping up with current events. He was respected and well-liked by his neighbors and a mentor and father figure to young people in the neighborhood.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie and his brother, Gary. He is survived by his father, Eugene (Mavis) Simek of Sebring, FL; step sister and best friend, Tracy Bean of Portland, Oregon; step sisters, Lori (Randy) Martin of Prairie City, Iowa and Nancy (David) Knecht of Iowa City and step brother, Rick (Melissa) Hansen; as well as several aunts, uncles and their families.

Contributions may be directed to a mental health charity of choice. Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel



St. Michael Catholic Cemetery
3001 N. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota US 57104
Saturday, June 15, 2019
10:00 AM
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