Pharos-Tribune

April 1, 2013

Warren W. ‘Simmie’ Simmons


FULTON — Warren W. ‘Simmie’ Simmons, 92, Fulton, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Chase Center, Logansport.

Born in Whitley County 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, Coesse, Ind. 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 July 31, 1943, Warren married the love of his life and best friend, Mary E. Sowers 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, Kewanna, Sharon Bowman, Fulton, Debbie Sheets and husband Ron, Twelve Mile, Patti Donahue and husband John, Charleston, S.C.; two sons Jerry Simmons, Michigan City, Ron Simmons and wife Teresa, 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 and a sister Esther Wolfe and a great-grandson Junior Buswell.

A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.

Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. The Revs. George Hapner and Bruce Russell will officiate. Graveside services will be at the South Whitley Cemetery at 12:15 p.m. 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.

Expressions of sympathy on line may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.