Danny Eugene Simerl, 54, of Brock, Missouri, passed into the hands of God and his Angels on Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2017, following a prolonged illness.

The first son of Jackie Eugene Simerl and Nora (Levonne) Greene, Danny was born February 28, 1963, at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Hannibal, Missouri. A lifelong resident of Northeast Missouri, Danny married Kimberly Bowens in Memphis, Missouri. To this union a son, Cory, was born. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Danny was a car salesman by trade, first working for Sill Motors where he made top salesman several quarters in a row. He also worked for Beeler Motors and then he opened his own car dealership, Pioneer Bargains, where he had a wholesale store on the side. He helped many people in the area to get vehicles who couldn’t afford them by taking scheduled payments over time.

Danny loved his family, they meant the world to him and nothing was more important. He loved the days of hunting and fishing with all the “GANG” of kids that he raised or helped to raise. He had a sense of humor and a zest for life. He was always joking or playing jokes. He was known as the family comedian. Danny was almost a mirror image of his father “Big Jack”, and they both had a heart that was larger than life and full of love. He also followed in his father’s footsteps as an exceptional mechanic and as an occasional seasonal Santa Claus, a part played well by both with their bellies that giggled and a jolly laugh.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Junior and Marja (Stone) Simerl of Memphis, Joe and Leona Pence of Memphis and Betty Pence of Memphis, father Jack Simerl of Memphis, an Uncle R.L. Greene of California, and a brother-in-law Hughie Cline of Memphis.

He is survived by his son: Cory (Shelly) of Portland, TX; his adopted daughter: Amanda Shinn of Memphis; his grandchildren Alexis, Keira, Traevin, Camdyn, Kaliann, his mother Levonne Simerl of Brock community north of Memphis; his sister: Kathy (Doug) Lanphier of Memphis; a brother, Steve (Lori) Simerl of Fulton; two aunts: Leola Shuck of Warrenton, MO and Leota Cundiff of Brashear, MO; one uncle: Jim (Virginia) Simerl of Memphis along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and his best friend forever and side kick, Oscar (the wiener dog).

Cremated rites were accorded per his wishes and a memorial service was held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, 22 July 2017, at Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Officiating the service was Pastor Larry Smith.

There will never be another like you… my strength…my rock… my hero…my Dad…Love You, Cory, Shelly and Amanda.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Danny’s name at Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 East Madison Street, Memphis, MO 63555. All donations will assist family members in paying funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.