Bruce A. Simon passed away on February 17, 2021, of natural causes at age 63. He will be forever missed by his loving wife Stacy and daughers Talia and Ellie. Bruce is also survived by his mother Anne Simon, sister Janice Tecimer (Timur), cousins Todd Simon (Betiana), Leslie Myers (Curt), Venus French, Jim Simon (Kim), Dan Simon (Katherine), numerous nieces and nephews, and many close friends and colleagues.
Born on March 23, 1957, he attended Westside High School in Omaha, Neb., and graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before joining the family business,
Omaha Steaks. He and his wife Stacy were married for 29 years, living full and active lives in Omaha and Sedona, Ariz.
Bruce enjoyed traveling and appreciated art, good food, star gazing, Italian wine and spending time with his family and many friends. He loved good jokes, giving advice and opinions - whether asked for or not – and filling the room with his booming presence. Information technology was an area of particular interest and one of his first roles at Omaha Steaks was to bring the business into the computer age. Bruce loved his Tesla, the newest electronic gadgets and technologies, and investing in the stock market.
He became President of Omaha Steaks in 1994 and subsequently assumed the roles of CEO and Chairman. The company was founded by his great-great grandfather in 1917 and was
part of Bruce’s life since his childhood days where he’d regularly accompany his father Alan to the plant and help assemble boxes to earn extra spending money.
In addition to playing a pivotal role in the growth of Omaha Steaks, he and Stacy led by example through community service and philanthropic support. He was recognized as a strong leader in supporting the cultural arts, education, civic and military organizations both locally and nationally. Bruce was especially proud of the leadership roles he played with Friends of Florence and Joslyn Art Museum and was an active supporter of the SEAL Family
Foundation, Lauritzen Gardens and The Nature Conservancy, in addition to many others too numerous to name.
Bruce was a past member and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Nebraska Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He also served on the board of the CEO Organization and was a long-time member of the American Meat Institute and the North American Meat Association.
Bruce is preceded in death by his father Alan Simon, uncles Frederick Simon and Stephen Simon, and father-in-law Gene Smallwood.
A VIRTUAL SERVICE will be held Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932850269, Meeting ID: 899 3285 0269
Or visit www.templeisraelomaha.com for details.
In LIEU OF FLOWERS, Memorial Tributes may be directed to: SEAL Family Foundation, https://sealfamilyfoundation.org/donate/, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive Ste. 108A-361, Carlsbad, CA 92008
or Joslyn Art Museum, https://www.joslyn.org/support/donateways-to-give/, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha , NE, 68102
JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES AND CREMATORY
1010 North 72 Street
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)
A VIRTUAL SERVICE will be held Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89932850269, Meeting ID: 899 3285 0269 Or visit www.templeisraelomaha.com for details.