Robert ''Bobby''
Robert Joseph Simen Sr., known to his family and friends as ''Bobby'' passed away November 8, 2004 at the golden age of 64. He was born March 18, 1940 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Anthony Wallace, Sr. and Verlie Mae Simeon, and was the 2nd eldest of 11 children and was a resident of Los Angeles for 45 years. Bobby is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Jean Simen, his children Gina Lumpkin, Robert Simen Jr., Tanya Greenwade, Steve Simen and Kevin Millon; sisters, Ora Jean St. Andrew, Marva Arcia, Joanne LeCompte, Darlene Wise; brothers, Jerry Simen, Kenneth Simen, Don Simen and Danny Simen, 8 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Anthony Wallace, Jr and Michael. Visitation will be Monday, November 15th from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503 (310) 792-7599, with Vigil services at 6:00PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 16th at 10:00AM at Maria Regina Catholic Church, 2150 W. 135th St., Gardena, CA 90249. Burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230, Phone: (310) 670-7697. Family and friends are invited to a reception at Rice Mortuary immediately following from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.

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  1. I know that there were days that were rough, and days that were easy. I remember the easy days. Bobby always had on a smile whenever I saw him. He was always laughing and made me laugh too. I will always remember the laughter, the \’at home\’ feel, the always welcome, and of course the good food and good times. I\’ll miss you.

  2. My Dad! What else can be said about a man who was always larger than life? What can be said about someone who only wanted the best in life and love for any and all who crossed his path? I truly believe that if my father had one wish, it would be for people to just simply do the right thing. Walk a straight line from point A to B. How does the saying go: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)? Forget about all of the fluff, glamour, glitz and glory people these days feel they need to measure their success by. Dad always wanted the best for his family, which did NOT mean that we got everything we wanted! We didn\’t have the designer jeans, and 200-300 Barbies and ALL of their accessories (we actually made our own Barbie furniture out of green plastic strawberry baskets and wooden thread spools)! We didn\’t drive the latest SUV and did not live in ritzy neighborhoods. We never wanted for anything, though. We were happy with whatever we had. If our parents ever struggled financially, we never knew it. They allowed us to be children and didn\’t want us to be worried about the stresses and strains in their lives. We never doubted his love for us and understood his way of showing it was all he knew. He would always say to us, “You know I did the best I could raising you kids. You didn\’t come with an owner\’s manual and we didn\’t have all of these books that are out now to tell us how to raise you.” It\’s a good thing he didn\’t! We would all be so confused and would all have missed out on the basics of life as taught by someone who appreciated life for what it was! One thing that was never a doubt in our minds was his love of God. He was a devout Catholic who went to church every single Sunday (or Saturday evening). I missed out on the honor and privilege to see and say goodbye to my father because I was too concerned that he would be disappointed in my life choices. As it turns out, “disappointment” was a word he NEVER associated with any of us, no matter what trials or tribulations we happened to be going through. He stood by each and every one of his children, through thick and thin. If we hadn\’t seen or talked to him for awhile, he would greet us as if we had just spoken the day before. I loved my father more than anyone could ever know. My wish to all who read this is to never hesitate to let those you love know it. Since we do not know God\’s plan, don\’t put yourself in a position to regret not being able to be at peace when He takes someone home to heaven. Thank you all for loving my dad! If you haven\’t shared a memory yet, please feel free to do so now!

  3. In the past 15 plus years that I\’ve known Dad, he has always been a strong presence whenever he was in any room. He expressed his opinions and lived according to what he believed. I\’ve always admired not just his sense of humor, but his timing of it. He knew when to use it and when he did, he could keep a room animated for hours. It\’s a gift that not everybody has and one that he passed down to his children. His home was always a source of family memories, good food, good jokes, good talk, and was open to others. Hospitality is a gift from God that he had and a quality that I admired in him and wanted for my own home as a husband and father. One memory that stands out is when I met him. I didn\’t realize he was Tanya\’s father and when I was introduced to him, I called him by his first name. Not a good way to earn points when dating his beautiful daughter, but I can\’t help but smile when I think of the way we started out. He allowed me to call him Dad and over the years I knew that he accepted me as a son and member of his family. He continued taking care of his family, even at great sacriface to himself. Although he has always looked out for all his grandchildren, his loving sacriface to provide daily care to Phillip and Danielle, particularly with his limited mobility, will always stand out in my memory of him as a man with a good heart. I will miss Dad, his BBQ, “Ol\’ Thibodeau” and his infectious laugh. As I look back, I wish I had more private talks with him. But I\’m blessed to have known him and I\’ll miss the family that he so often brought together. I pray that those who loved him know that he is now not just free from pain, but he is home. Let\’s celebrate his life, rejoice in knowing that he\’s in a much better place than we, that we will see him again, and that when we do he will be oh so glad to see us, regardless of how things were when he left.

  4. Dear Tanya, I\’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I know that you were very close to him, and I can empathize with your pain. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Love, Aunt Gertie

  5. It has been over 12 years since I have seen Mr. Simen. He was a very strong and kind man. May the Lords strength be with the family during this season.

  6. Tanya, Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Doug and Kelly Yuyama

  7. I am going to miss my Dad terribly! Even though I didnt have the chance to see him as often as I should have, we would always stay in touch by phone or email! Im going to miss him calling me at work to tell me his latest joke or to see how Im doing. He always had this “fathers intuition” to call me up when I was down and ask if everything was ok! Of course I would always say “Oh Hi Dad! Everything is fine!”, but I know he didnt believe me (at the times I really wasnt ok!) because he always sensed it!He always made me feel better though, with his “blanket” of concern and love for me! My dad was the strongest man I knew and I know no other will be able to live up to my Dad! I remember a conversation we had about 23 years ago, when he apologized to me for thinking he raised me so harshly or sheltering me as he did. He said since I was the oldest, I was the “tester model” for raising his kids! I expressed to my dad that I never looked back at the difficult times. I told him his apology was unnecessary as I was blessed to be raised by a man who instilled strong and christian morals into his children! I truly believe the world would be a better place if there were more men like my Dad! Whoever knew my dad knew a strong and lovable human being and was always left with a bit of his unforgettable presence! Iknow that he is now with God looking down upon us, watching his loved ones! And as always before, I know that I can still go to him for comfort and love, even though not physically but spiritually! I want to thank each and every one of you who came out to say goodbye and to give us comfort and support! Your thoughts and prayers will always be appreciated! We are so blessed to have so many friends who care and love us! May God bless all of you and your families! I LOVE YOU DAD! GINA

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