View Full Version : A Loss To Bench Rest Shooting

01-01-2008, 10:46 AM
The family of Robert Simonson, Sr. is saddened to announce the loss of Bob Sr. on December 24th, 2007 after a long battle with physical impairments related to a 1991 skydiving accident. Bob Simonson was born October 12th 1934 in Sunbury, PA and resided in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area since 1963.

Bob was best known in the precision shooting industry for his custom bullet swage dies and designs. With many breakthrough designs, Simonson Bullet Dies have contributed to more record groups shot over the last three decades. In addition of his assistance in the development of the world renowned PPC cartridge and work the US Olympic Shooting Team, Bob showed the skills and diversity of bringing his over 40 years of tool and die experience to the precision and bench rest shooting game that has been unmatched to this date. His love of the sport and his experience he brought to it will be sadly missed.

He leaves behind a wife-JoAnn, son-Bob Jr., two daughters-Brenda & Audrey, seven grand-children, a brother and two sisters. Services will be held January 5th, 2008 in Kalamazoo at the 12th Street Baptist Church and the family is requesting memorials be made to your favorite charity in his name.


Robert Simonson, Jr.
6648 Eastern Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

JoAnn Simonson
4050 South 1st Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Jerry Dailey
01-01-2008, 11:02 AM
While Ive never met the man, I feel the loss also. My bullets are made on his dies. Our preyers are with the family.

01-01-2008, 01:07 PM
I'm really sad to hear that news.
Bob was very personable on the phone. I have a set of dies he made me and the are outstanding. The fellows i make bullets for shoot some really small groups with the bullets. I always credited bob for his fine work.
A true square shooter. Gerry

01-01-2008, 01:57 PM
Truly saddend by Mr. Simonsons passing.
Heart felt condolences to the Simonson family.

My set of .22 Simonson dies are so good.... Well, I feel lucky I own a set...!
God bless ya Bob.