William J. Simmons, age 94 of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully at his cottage in Stanton on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
He was born the son of William T. & Mary (McDowell) Simmons on January 11, 1924 in Vicksburg. Preceding Bill in death are his parents; wife, Patricia and son, David.
Bill is survived by his children, Mary (Douglas) Ryan of Grand Rapids; Paul (Amy) Simmons of Wyoming; Jane Needham of Stanton; grandchildren, Molly (John) Taylor; Daniel Ryan; Amanda Woltz; David Simmons; Rose Claire Simmons (Lysandra Marie); Jessica Needham; great grandchildren, Monica, Alison, Griffin, Nolan, Varro, Vaeya; special friend of the family, Michael Finley and lots of family and friends all over the world.
Bill believed you were never to old to learn something new. He started at Michigan State University, but soon took a break from his studies to serve our country as a member of the United States Army serving in World War II in France. After his military service was done, Bill returned to MSU where he received his degree in Education. As an educator, Bill started teaching in a one room school house and finished his 30 plus year teaching career with the Wyoming Public School District. Bill served the president of the WEA as well as a state board member of the MEA. He and his wife Patricia, owned Pat’s Health Corner in Grandville for many years. One of Bill’s biggest hobbies was genealogy and he served as President of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society on several occasions. Bill also served as an executive with the Boy Scouts. Bill’s biggest passion was his family and he loved spending time with them. Bill had a belief that it was never to far to go to a family event and enjoyed traveling all over the world to spend time with family.
Memorial services for Bill will be on Sunday, June 10, 2018 beginning at 2 PM at the Stanton First Congregational Church in Stanton with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating and also on Tuesday June 12, 2018 beginning at 6 PM at Park Church (10 E. Park Place NE, Grand Rapids) with Pastor Janice Flowers officiating.
For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bill’s memory the family suggests donations be directed to either the Stanton First Congregational Church or the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. Envelopes will be available at both services.
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