|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1925|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2011|
THANK YOU to P. David Eastburn for his sponsorship of this Great American! Please visit His Mother's Memorial - Mrs. Mary Frances Smith.
** WW II NAVY Submarine Specialist **
SS Barbaro and SS Ronquil
Donald Eddy Simmons was the only child of Robert Eddy Simmons and Vera Eliza Jay. Born in Missouri, the family moved often following his Dad's work in construction during the Great Depression Era.
Donald was married August 9, 1953 in Des Moines, IA . Married 57 years to the love of his life Gertrude Marie Halterman (direct descendant of the McCoy's) Simmons. They met in Des Moines, IA - where Donald was a teacher in the Des Moines Schools teaching shop at high school. He lived on the first floor apartment and Marie lived upstairs with her room mate. The two girls spotted Don but Marie was the lucky girl who married him!
Donald served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during World War II. He served on the SS Barbaro and the SS Ronquil. He graduated from Hutchinson High School, Reno County, Kansas in 1946 after returning from active duty in the US Navy Submarine Service in the Pacific Theatre..
Kansas State Teachers College, Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas in 1950 with a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Education. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Larimer County, Colorado in 1965 with a Masters Degree in Vocational Education (Trade & Industry).
He taught the first class of Know Your car for women while teaching in the Des Moines Iowa Independent School District, Des, Moines, Polk County Iowa
He was a State of Iowa Consultant in Civil Defense Adult Education and a Consultant in Pre-Career Education.
He was the State of Iowa, Plymouth Trouble Shooting Contest Chairman for several years.
He was certified by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a Master Automotive Technician and several areas as a Heavy Truck Technician from the beginning of this voluntary certification program.
The American Industrial Arts Association honored Donald E. Simmons for being selected by the Iowa Industrial Education Association as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year 1965.
He holds Life Memberships in the following organizations:
American Industrial Arts Association
American Vocational Association
National Education Association
Phi Delta Kappa
He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, AF & AM #140 (#124), Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas for over 55 years, as of 2001.
He served as the first Des Moines YMCA Day Camp Director for a period of four years. During this period the Day Camp program was greatly enlarged and met the requirements to become an "Approved Day Camp" by The American Camping Association. This was the first Day Camp approved in Iowa.
Donald earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was active in the Boy Scouts of America as Aquatics Director in Camp Mitigwa, Boone, Boone County, Iowa and served in various positions in the Boy Scout Organization. He was honored for his service with the Boy Scouts by being elected to the Order of the Arrow. His son Craig was raised in Scouting and Grandfather participated with Troop #372 Longhorn Council, Denton, Texas, with his grandson Charlie. (See picture)
Don and Marie both only children, had only one son - Craig Byron Simmons. Craig married Jennifer JoEllen (Barnes) Simmons April 10, 1999. Donald has two grandchildren - Charles Bernard Simmons, 9yrs. old and Alison Danielle Simmons, 8 yrs. old.
Don had fallen and been hospitalized since December 5, 2010. He was standing on a table to "Get a better picture of the Holiday Spread" at the Retirement Community Center where the Simmon's live. Photography was a hobby and he wanted the best picture he could get. But he fell off of the table - busting both knee caps and ended up in leg casts and bedridden. An undetected bladder infection caused his diabetes to go out of control and he passed away early in the morning hours.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Marie Simmons and Family.
HOMECOMING - May 11, 2011
It is an honor to have held this Memorial for a Homecoming - We are so pleased today to transfer Donal Eddy Simmons to the care of his Son Craig Simmons and his Family for Caretaking. We love you all! Blessings Always!!!
Robert Eddy Simmons (1904 - 1993)
Vera Eliza Jay Simmons (1903 - 1994)
Cremains will be driven back and interned in Cedar Memorial Park - Cedar Rapids, IA.
Specifically: Finial resting at Cedar Memorial - Cedar Rapids,Ia
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Originally Created by: Diddy & Doodle
Record added: Jan 29, 2011
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