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Myron Charles Simmons, 85, formerly of Forks, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, near Port Orchard, Washington.
Myron was born on August 14, 1927, to Walter C. and Gladys M. (Sawyer) Simmons in Olympia, Washington. He moved to Forks in 1942.
At the insistence of his mother, he graduated from Quillayute High School in 1945 before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II.
Myron married Jacqueline Kelm in November of 1947 in Forks.
He worked in the timber industry most of his life. He experienced the progression of the timber trade from falling trees with an ax to a chain saw and eventually became a private contractor for various timber companies. In August of 1992, he retired.
Myron was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for more than 64 years and was always very active in his community as a volunteer. He enjoyed his children's and grandchildren's activities.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, picking wild blackberries, razor clam digging and woodworking. He enjoyed traveling to Yakima yearly for fruits and vegetables. Listening to country music was also an enjoyment.
Myron is survived by his sons, Larry (Carol) Simmons of Renton, Washington, and Mike (Roberta) Simmons of Longbranch, Washington; daughter Dawn (Frank) Clark Jr.; sister Marilyn Torstvet of Tenino, Washington; brother, Dale (Linda) Dorris of Brookings, Oregon; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline, and parents.
Donations can be made to the timber museums in either Port Angeles or Forks (1421 South Forks Avenue, Forks, WA 98331), or to any VFW.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Forks Congregational Church, 280 South Spartan Avenue, Forks, at 1 p.m.
McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 26, 2013