Fred J. Simmons

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Fred J. Simmons
AIKEN, SC - Frederick James Simmons died in Augusta, GA at the age of 73, on November 9th, 2016.
There will be a celebration of Fred's life on Sunday November 20, 2016 starting at 1pm at The Simmons home, 1024 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803.
Fred was born in Dallas, TX on June 24, 1943. He lived in Washington, Maryland, New York and moved to Aiken, SC in 1992. He graduated from Central High School, Syracuse, NY and continued on to receive a BS and MS in Chemistry from Syracuse University.
Fred was married to Kathryn Doss on July 26, 1975; they were married 41 years.
Fred served in the Air Force from 1961 to 1965,
stationed in the Philippines. He worked for Philco in Alaska and at Goddard Space Flight Center in 1977 during the Apollo 8 mission. Fred was 'Mr. Fixit' at Stereo World in DeWitt, NY, worked as a Chemist for Otisca Industries in Syracuse, NY, Galson Laboratories, East Syracuse NY and since 1992 for the Savannah River Site, Chemical Management Center, Lead Senior Scientist. He loved computers and had been building his own, which his son will complete in his honor. For several years he was a Scout Master for Troop 110 in Aiken, SC. He also loved traveling, had been around most of the world and spent the last few years traveling the United States. He was particularly fond of our National Parks, especially Yellowstone. He also loved Devil's Tower and Monument Valley.
Fred is survived by his wife Kathy, children Jessica Tipple and spouse Chris of Fort Mill, SC, Amanda Conner and spouse Matt, Chris Simmons and partner Sarah, in Aiken, SC. Granddaughter Alanna Simmons and grandson Ayden Thompson, both in Aiken, SC. Three sisters, Cecelia Hicks in Mesquite, TX, Linda Felts in Ponca City, OK, and Brooke O'Neal and spouse Rudy in San Diego, CA, sister-in-law Mary Simmons in North Syracuse, NY and a brother Rick Simmons in Syracuse, NY. Nieces and nephews Karen, Brian, Amy, Willie, Ryan, Alexis, Taylor, Heidi, Fritz, Terri, David, Tyler and Charlie.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Helen Simmons.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Boy Scouts of America.

Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 15, 2016
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