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Henry Simons

Private services for Henry Simons of Grass Valley will be conducted.

Mr. Simons died Sunday, Feb. 8, at home after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.

He was born March 21, 1922, in Leiden, The Netherlands. He served as a lieutenant for The Dutch Royal Air Force in Indonesia immediately after World War II. Afterward, he worked for several years at Fokker Aircraft Company in Holland. He married Helena in The Hague in 1945, and he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1954. He worked as an aeronautical engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, retiring in 1984. He and his wife, Helena, moved to Grass Valley. He enjoyed golf, walking, writing, reading, and collecting rain data. His passion was aircraft, and he picked up new skills with computers, scanners and CDs. He also enjoyed music and dancing, laughter and good cigar.

He is survived by his wife, Helena Simons; daughter and son-in-law, Hattie and Michael Beresford of Santa Barbara; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Jolene Simons of Lincoln; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Carey and Joey Silva of Colfax; and grandson, Johnathan Cole Simons, serving on the USS Alaska.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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