William "Bill" Simmons(1949-2013)

William'Bill' Simmons, 64, of Boonville, MO passed away at Boone Hospital Center on Friday, March 08, 2013 surrounded by his family.
Visitation for Bill will be held at Davis Funeral Chapel on Monday evening, Mar. 11thfrom 5:00 until 8:00 o'clock. Friends may call from noon until time of visitation. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday Mar.12th at Zion Lutheran Church in Lone Elm. Burial will in the church cemetery with full military and firefighter honors.
William Joseph Simmons was born in Boonville, MO, Jan. 4, 1949, the son of James William "J.W." Simmons and Mabel Barringhaus Simmons. He graduated from S.S. Peter and Paul High School in 1967. Bill served his country with the U.S. Navy from 1967 thru 1971. He married Alice Toellner at Lone Elm Jan. 30th, 1976 and they are the parents of three children. Bill was well known and respected in the community as a philanthropic giver of his time and talents to many organizations, especially those related to youth. He umpired softball for many years throughout the area; he was instrumental in organizing the softball program in Boonville and coached softball teams for many years. Bill was involved with the Fire Service for thirty seven years and was an important part of founding and organizing the Cooper County Fire Protection District and acting as Chief of the organization from 1980 thru 1998.
Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Simmons. He is survived by his wife, Alice, of the home, his son Joey and wife Sabrina of Boonville, his daughters, Angela and her husband, Brian Young of Kansas City, MO and Christie and her husband Daniel Zoeller of Boonville. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren, Brianna Ruth Young, Sophia Elise Zoeller, Grace Ellen Simmons, Olivia Rae Zoeller, Ava Elizabeth Zoeller and Baby boy Simmons on the way. Bill is also survived by his brothers, Donald and wife Vicky Simmons of Prairie Home, David and wife Elaine Simmons of Boonville, his sister, Cheri Friedrich, his sister-in-law, Linda Simmons, all of Boonville. Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Dorothy Toellner of Lone Elm; as well as 16 nieces and nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully request that memorials be directed to the Lady Pirates Softball program or the Cooper County Fire Fighters Association. Friends may register at:www.davisfuneralchapelboonville.com

Published in Boonville Daily News from Mar. 11 to Mar. 18, 2013