Verne A. Simon, 83, passed away June 27, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree in Physical and Organic Chemistry from Toledo University. He furthered his education achieving an M.S. degree in Chemistry from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Florida State University. During his career, Dr. Simon worked for R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology), Morehead State University, and Medical College of Ohio. He retired from the Development Office of Laboratory Services at the Florida Department of Health. Over his career he published numerous research papers, and authored the books Adaptations in the Animal Kingdom and A Subset of Everything. He was a longtime member of the Senior Tennis League.
Dr. Simon was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Ethel Simon, his two brothers, Clinton Giles Simon and Ellsworth Victor Simon. His wife of over forty years was the late Sandra B. Simon. He is survived by his four children: Victor Allen Simon of Louisville, Kentucky; Katherine Janette Simon Cobb of Roseboro, North Carolina.; Stephen Elsworth Simon of Nashville, Tennessee; and Jaqueline Simon Winslow of Neptune Beach, Florida; his granddaughter, Jennifer McCullough of Crozet, Virginia; his great granddaughters Alexis Erin McCullough and Tara Rose McCullough, also of Crozet, Virginia; his brothers, Leroy David Simon of Bellview, Florida; Ignatius Donald Simon of Tallahassee, Florida; Lowell Glen Simon of Toledo, Ohio; Louis Pierce Simon of Tampa, Florida; Floyd Virgil Simon of Toledo, Ohio; and Mark Thomas Simon of Allen, Texas; his sisters, Twila Rose Simon Cosgrove of Boca Raton, Florida; Dolores Jean Simon Sanford of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and Sylvia Lenora Simon Lorenz of Nashville, Tennessee.
A service to celebrate Dr. Simon's life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2014 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Florida, with Father William Kelly presiding. A visitation will be held Monday one hour prior to service time.