Simon Nicklaus Sokerka was born September 18, 1979 in Wichita, Kansas, son of Gregory Sokerka and Carol Sparks. His family moved to Springfield and later to Florida where he was a very active, excited toddler. He instantly fell in love with the beach and it was the only place that would calm him down. His love for the beach stayed with him throughout his entire life. During their time in Florida, Simon, his mom and his sister, Sarah, all took Tae Kwon Do. This was an interesting family activity they all enjoyed learning together. They eventually moved back to Wichita where he attended school until age 12, at which time he moved to Springfield, Missouri again where he graduated from High School. Simon was very athletic and played basketball, football and golf. Carol was always known to be on the sidelines, yelling at his games.
Following high school, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he worked for a car dealership. In 2002, he moved to Anthony, Kansas where he worked for Irwin-Potter Drug. During this time he received an Associate's Degree in Business from Pratt Community College. He returned to Springfield in 2004 and went to work at the Village Inn as a bookkeeper.
Simon had a passion for cooking. He changed career paths and attended culinary school in Nebraska. He moved back to Wichita and worked as a chef for several different restaurants. Needing a change, he moved to Arizona and then back to Springfield. He eventually made his home back in Anthony, Kansas.
Simon had a love for life! He was always highly intelligent and loved challenges. Jeopardy was his favorite game show. He loved comedy and could quote many comedians. He never stayed in one place for very long as he was always looking for new challenges and excitement. The one place he could have stayed forever, but didn't have the opportunity to make it back to, was the Florida beach.
On February 5, 2020, Simon passed away from health issues at the age of 40 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was preceded in death by his father, Gregory Sokerka.
Simon will be deeply missed by his mother, Carol "Sparky" Gates and husband, Jim; sisters: Sarah Kangas, Ginny Nelson and husband, David, and Tara King; several nieces and nephews; various members of the Gates family; other relatives and many friends.
Memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Revolution Fellowship Church with Pastor Kent Olds officiating.
Friends may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony.
Memorials in memory of Simon may be made to The Lord's Diner and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com