Simon Swartzentruber, age 20, of Spring Valley, Minn., died on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
A funeral service will be held at Lime Springs Mennonite Church, Lime Springs, Iowa, on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Gordon Holdeman officiating. Burial will be in Chester Hill Cemetery rural Chester, Iowa. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, from 4-7 p.m. at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home Cresco. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.
Simon E. Swartzentruber was born October 1, 2000, in La Crosse, Wis., son of Eli and Rebecca (Hershberger) Swartzentruber. He enlisted in the United States Army and began basic training on July 22, 2019. Simon graduated at the top of his class for marksmanship from basic training. Simon liked to lift weights, practice shooting with airsoft guns, and other firearms. He was an outgoing and dependable person who shared his strength and humbleness with family and friends. If Simon set his mind to a task, he was going to complete it. He took great pride in all his accomplishments. In May 2019, Simon graduated from Chatfield High School, where he played football. Simon enjoyed watching whatever football game was being played, and had a love/hate relationship towards the Minnesota Vikings. He was a Star Wars fan, enjoyed putting together Legos, and loved his cars.
Simon is survived by his parents Eli and Rebecca Swartzentruber of Spring Valley, little brother Jayden Swartzentruber, paternal grandparents Joe and Cevilla Swartzentruber of Canton, Minn.; maternal grandmother Anna Hershberger of Isle, Minn.; paternal aunts and uncles Lovina (Uria) Gingerich, Amanda (Mosie) Hershberger, Mattie (Emery) Hershberger, Ella (Dan) Yoder, Dennis (Saloma) Swartzentruber, Fannie (David) Byler, Emery (Heather) Swartzentruber, Jacob (Sevilla) Swartzentruber; maternal aunts and uncles Elizabeth Grell, Sevilla Frisch, Katie (John) Miller, Johna (Melissa) Hershberger, Jacob (Barbara) Hershberger, Ella Leis, Amanda (Dan) Hershberger, Gideon (Jennifer) Hershberger, Melinda (Peter) Swartzentruber, Roman (Arra) Hershberger, Reuben Hershberger, Andrew (Katie) Hershberger, Joseph (Emily) Hershberger, and Mary Hershberger; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Enos Hershberger and maternal uncle Eric Leis.