|4/2/2013 8:00:00 AM|
Warren W. Simmons
June 18, 1920 - March 31, 2013
Mr. Warren W. 'Simmie' Simmons, 92, of Fulton, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Chase Center of Logansport.
Born in Whitley County on June 18, 1920, Warren was the son of Samuel and Clara (Pfleiderer) Simmons. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a brother, Russell, and a sister, Esther. In 1938, with great pride, he graduated from Coesse High School in Coesse. Simmie began working for the Nickel-Plate Railroad until he was drafted to serve our country. In January 1943, he entered basic training with the U.S. Army, during World War II. In 1946, he was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of master staff sergeant.
Prior to going overseas with the U.S. Army, Warren married the love of his life and best friend, Mary E. Sowers, on July 31, 1943, in Syracuse. Together, they shared life's adventures for nearly 70 years. They raised six wonderful children. The family tree flourished with the added blessings of 19 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Returning home from the service, he farmed with his father on two family farms in Kosciusko County. In 1960, he moved his family to Fulton, where he was the manager and buyer for P.B. Stewart Hog Market. In 1971, he purchased Simmons Sunoco in Fulton, where he served the community with his friendly, welcoming personality and his mechanical skills.
Warren retired in 1987 and worked part time for Ag Services, while enjoying gardening, mushroom hunting, his bi-annual fishing trips to Wisconsin and IU basketball. As the proud patriarch of the Simmons family, Warren enjoyed the time spent with four generations.
Warren is lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; four daughters, Judy Reed and husband Kenny, of Kewanna, Sharon Bowman, of Fulton, Debbie Sheets and husband Ron, of Twelve Mile, and Patti Donahue and husband John, of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Jerry Simmons, of Michigan City, and Ron Simmons and wife Teresa, of Topeka, Kan.; 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Dale; a brother, Russell; a sister, Esther Wolfe; and a great-grandson, Junior Buswell.
A celebration of the life of Warren W. Simmons will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Rev. George Hapner and Rev. Bruce Russell will officiate.
Friends may visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service Wednesday in the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held at the South Whitley Cemetery at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Military honors will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Guardian Angel Hospice or Angels of Mercy. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
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