Nathanael Luther Simonson

Dorothy A. Brown

WAUPACA – Nathanael Luther “Nat” Simonson, age 66, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. He was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Hibbing, Minn., Nat was the second of four children to the Rev. S. Luther and Audrey Simonson. The family moved to Madison in 1971.

Nat was a natural athlete. While attending LaFollete High School, he competed in the high jump and played golf with friends, the latter of which he continued through his life. An avid outdoorsman, Nat hand-built his homestead in Minong, Wis., where he enjoyed music and the company of his dogs. He worked as a master carpenter in the greater northern Wisconsin and Minnesota areas, building luxury log homes until symptoms of MS became too great. Nat spent his last years of life under the exceptional care of the staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

Nat was predeceased by his father, Rev. S. Luther Simonson; and his sister, Rachel TenBruggencate. He is survived by his mother, Audrey Simonson of Madison, Wis.; his sister, Deborah (Wayne) Smith of Mantorville, Minn.; and his brother, Peter (Denise) Simonson of St Paul, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks to the great people of Wisconsin Veterans Home in King and would like to remind all to be kind to healthcare workers who care for you and your loved ones as their own.

Nat was not one for pomp and circumstance. He much preferred a simple life in the woods over life in the ‘big’ city of Madison. Respecting his wishes, a simple burial service will be held in spring/summer of 2023. Specific date and location are pending at this time. Online condolences may be made at