American Veteran 09


Erwin Hugo Simon

1932 - 2021



Erwin Hugo Simon, 88, passed away peacefully at his home March 18, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Rhonda, daughters, Judy Justin (Dan), Sondra Adams (Alan), four grandchildren, one great grandson and stepchildren, Kent Lyman, Kathy Schaaf (Mark), Ruthie Lyman and five grandchildren.

He was born in Texas and has resided in Alabama since 1962. He graduated from the University of Texas, Southern Methodist University and 1 year of study at the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium. He served in the Navy as an air traffic controller.

He was employed by Boeing Airplane Co in Seattle, WA and Vought Aircraft in Dallas, TX. He relocated to Huntsville for NASA from 1963-1988. He started Pride Home Entertainment in 1988 and Southern Solar Systems in 2007.

He enjoyed collector cars and restoration, was a pilot and built aircraft, taught scuba diving, enjoyed sailing and motorcycle riding. He was a designer, builder, entrepreneur and skilled engineer. He was an exceptional individual who will be sorely missed by his loving family and many friends. 

The family is planning a celebration of life on the mountain to honor him within the next couple of months.

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Michael Middleton

April 2, 2021 6:27 AM

My family knew him for over 50 years. A wonderful person to talk with and great friend to my parents. Loved scuba diving with him and Dad loved working on cars and projects with him

Dennis McCann

March 28, 2021 12:22 PM

I will miss my solar roommate while at NASA. Peace be with his family.

Debbie Simms Bowerman

March 25, 2021 11:12 AM

Erwin was one of the founding members of the SCUBA Club, MARS Poseidons. He and my Daddy, Melvin Simms, were the primary ones who maintained the club’s equipment. They kept meticulous records and always ensured that everyone had the necessary equipment for their club-sponsored dives. I believe he also provided support in the Neutral Bouyancy Tank. I have many memories of him: trips to the Cay Sal Banks, sailing/diving in Bimini, and numerous checkout dives in quarries and the Gulf. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Tony Gable

March 25, 2021 10:02 AM

Erwin was a very intelligent, accomplished, and interesting guy. I was really impressed to see the framed plaques in his office showing the missions from NASA that he had been a part of. Proud to say he was my brother-in-law.
Tony and Lori Gable - Wichita, Kansas

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