Obituary for Gary Simmons

Ponca City Now - August 5, 2020 3:26 pm

Gary D. Simmons

April 18, 1942 ~ August 4, 2020 (age 78)

Gary Simmons, 78, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, was called to his eternal resting place on August 4, 2020, with his loving family by his side. He entered this world on April 18, 1942, in Ponca City, OK to Jasper and Bertha Hudson Simmons.

Gary served his country in the United States Army, and he was honorable discharged in 1967. Gary was a diesel mechanic all his life, he also farmed during his early years, and he enjoyed bowling, camping, and fishing. He met the love of his life Doretta Jones, and they were married October 19, 1984 in Granby, MO, and they made their home in Ponca City.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Doretta, Children; Doug Simmons and wife Julie of Ponca City, Jeri McIntosh and husband James of Cleveland, TX, Carol Reed and husband Jeff of Mulvane, KS, Danny Simmons and wife Kim of Wann, OK, Don Simmons and wife Robin of Ponca City, Sam Simmons and fiancé Holly Sheppard of Ponca City, Christie Smith and husband James of Ponca City and Michael Wilcher of Ponca City, also surviving is his sister; Shirley Brown of Webb City, OK and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and Nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother; Bob Simmons, 1 nephew; Matthew Simmons and 1 niece; Carla Hodges.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 7, 2020, in the Chapel of Grace Memorial Chapel with Pastor Gene Hilgenburg officiating. Interment will follow in the Longwood Cemetery. Visitation hours will be Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City.

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