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Dr. Kenneth Joseph Salvatore Anthony DeSimone (1927-2014)

'No one can walk the halls of Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital and not know the sacrifice and dedication that one man made to his community. All who had the privilege to know him, know that he not only was a great physician, but a true friend.'
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Kenneth Joseph Salvatore Anthony DeSimone, son of the late Hazel Beatrice Lamb DeSimone Katz and James DeSimone, was born June 17, 1927 in Louisville, KY and departed this life on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 10:40 am at his home in Green County. He was 87 years, 3 months, and 26 days of age.

The celebration of his life will be held at 10amCT, Friday, October 17, 2014 at Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home with entombment at Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville, KY.

There will be a committal service held at 3pmET at the Evergreen Cemetery - Mausoleum chapel in Louisville, Kentucky with full Military Rites conducted by the Marion County Veteran's Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held 1pm-8pmCT, Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S Main Street, Greensburg, KY, and after 7amCT, Friday until time of the funeral service.

Pallbearers: His children - Lucretia Nimocks, Ralph DeSimone, Kenneth "Deke" DeSimone, Ann Mattingly, Sean DeSimone, and Shane DeSimone.

Honorary Pallbearers: Sons-in-law & Daughters-in-law, Grandchildren, Doris Bridgewater, and Eddie Baker.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and held numerous callings within the church.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brenda Stearman DeSimone.

Survivors also include:
  • Two daughters: Lucretia Nimocks and husband Steven of Plano, Texas; and Ann Mattingly and husband Bill of Campbellsville; KY

  • Four sons: Ralph DeSimone and wife Victoria of Nampa, Idaho; Kenneth "Deke" DeSimone and wife Beth of Charlotte, North Carolina; Sean DeSimone and wife Mary Beth and Shane DeSimone and wife Tiffany, all of Greensburg, KY

  • Lifelong friends: Eddie Baker of Louisville, KY; Doris Bridgewater of Campbellsville, KY; and his mother-in-law, Barbara Stearman, of Greensburg, KY

  • Thireen grandchildren

  • Seven step grandchildren

  • One great grandchild

  • Three half sisters: Connie of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mary and Linda of Norfolk, Virginia

  • Two half brothers: Joe and Frankie DeSimone also of Norfolk, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by step father, Ralph Katz, and his father in law, James Stearman.

He attended Manual High School until 1945 - not graduating due to joining the Marine Corps during WWII. He was honorably discharged in November 1946. He graduated from University of Louisville in 1950 and University of Louisville Medical School in 1954 and completed his General Practice internship at University of Louisville in 1955.

His first medical practice was in the Burdick community of Taylor County from 1956-1960. While doing general practice and performing complicated home deliveries, he saw the need for a skilled surgeon, so he returned to the University of Louisville and completed his surgical residency in 1963.

He was recruited for the surgical position by Tom LaVan, administrator of Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital at that time. Dr. DeSimone was at that time the only board certified surgeon between Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN. Jane Todd had opened on October 29, 1961 and had to close their doors 3 weeks later due to the lack of physicians. The hospital reopened on August 1, 1963 with the arrival of Dr. DeSimone. He had a very successful surgical practice, sleeping many nights on a gurney between surgical cases and deliveries, and he also maintained a busy office practice and was on call for the emergency room.

No one can walk the halls of Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital and not know the sacrifice and dedication that one man made to his community. All who had the privilege to know him, know that he not only was a great physician, but a true friend.

Dr. DeSimone held the position of Chief of Surgery from 1963 until the surgery department closed in 2013. During this long tenure, he also served multiple terms as Chief of Staff. He was the Director of Jane Todd Hospital and Green County Primary Care from 2005 until his retirement in June 2014.

He was a member of the Green County Medical Society, Greater Louisville Medical Society, Kentucky Medical Association, American Medical Association, and International College of Surgeons. He was a life member of the American Legion being the Kentucky Department of Surgeon from 1967 until his death.

He was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved to bird hunt and big game hunt. His love of horses was well known, going on trail rides as long as his health permitted. He was a lifelong trap shooter winning many titles and awards, with his greatest achievement being a participant in the 1972 Olympic Trial Finals. All expressions of sympathy are requested in the form of donations to the Jane Todd Crawford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, United Service Organization, Wounded Warriors, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or Charity of Choice, which can be made at the funeral home.

Send a condolence to the family of Dr. Kenneth Joseph Salvatore Anthony DeSimone

The Cowherd & Parrott Funeral Home, 206 S Main Street, Greensburg, KY, in charge of arrangements.

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Dr. Kenneth Joseph Salvatore Anthony DeSimone (1927-2014)

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