Many of you have worked with Paul Funk from the Ginning Laboratory in Las Cruces.  He is a good friend to the Texas Ginning Industry.  His son Simeon Andreas Funk passed away a few weeks ago at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.  Here is the obituary that we received: 

SPC Simeon Andreas Funk was born in Tucson, AZ just in time to ring in the New Year, on December 31st, 1993.  He died September 22nd, 2020 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, at the age of 26.

The most important things in his life were his faith in Jesus Christ, his wife Justine, whom he married on August 24th, 2013, and his son Gideon (January 30th, 2015) and daughter Lylah (March 7th, 2016).

He worked in a variety of jobs from helping run a feedlot to auto mechanics, but most recently served as a member of the US Army, earning the rank of Specialist. His happiest moments were with horses, on stage, and with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Justine, children, Gideon and Lylah Funk, parents, Paul and Rochelle Funk, four siblings, Lynnae Kruis, Zachary Funk, Micah Funk, and Karis Funk, and maternal grandfather Ray Hagberg and paternal grandmother Nathalie Ostroot.

His smiles, hugs, and goofy sense of humor brought light and life wherever he went and will be missed and remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues.

The funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 at La Paz Funeral Home, 555 West Amador in Las Cruces. Attendance at the service is limited, but all are invited to watch online: 

Those wishing to give in his honor or in support of his family may donate to the Simeon A. Funk Children’s Trust and Memorial.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die …”

John 11:25 (NIV)


“For no one is cast off

    by the Lord forever.

 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,

    so great is his unfailing love.

 For he does not willingly bring affliction

    or grief to the children of men.”

Lamentations 3:31-33 (NIV)