Funeral Mass for Laudie will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Christian Smith celebrating. Burial will follow at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 19 at Stevenson Funeral Home with rosary and vigil beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Laudie Joseph Simek of Dickinson - dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend - passed away July 11, 2022 at the age of 94, at St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson, ND.
Laudie was born to Joseph and Mary (Sykora) Simek on February 7, 1928. He grew up as a quiet country boy on a farm southwest of Dickinson, with a strong work ethic that he carried with him through his life. Laudie met the love of his life, Mary Ann Splichal, at the South Heart grocery store where she worked. They married October 20, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in South Heart. To this union 5 children were born: Lorraine, Richard, Adrian, Kenneth, and Laurie.
Through the years, he spent much of his time milking cows and farming. Laudie and Mary Ann’s greatest joys were dancing, playing pinochle, and spending time with their family. Laudie especially loved the grandchildren visiting the farm and looked forward to Mary Ann and the grandchildren meeting him in the field for a mid-day lunch during combine season. Laudie was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world, something he proudly and often mentioned.
Laudie was very passionate about his faith and belonged to the Knights of Columbus, St. Pius Verian, German Hungarian, St. Wenceslaus, and St. Anthony’s Club.
Laudie is survived by his children Lorraine (Montey) Duncan, Richard (Paule), Kenneth (Barb), and Laurie (Kevin) Heinert; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; his brother George (Bernice) Simek, and his sister Betty Brydl.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann, son Adrian, brother Joey Simek, brother-in-law Larry Brydl, and sister-in-law Shalley (Schobinger) Simek.