Glenn Edward Simmons(1920 - 2013)

Glenn Edward Simmons, a retired U.S. Navy commander, lost his battle with death but won eternal life with his Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at the age of 93. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at First Baptist Church of Arlington. Interment: 12:30 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Arlington Funeral Home. Memorials: Gifts donated in his memory may be given to Mission Arlington, 400 W South St., Arlington, 76010, or the Glenn Simmons Fund for Honor Flight DFW, c/o Gordon Haggert, 1138 N. Edgefield, Dallas, 75208. Glenn was born June 12, 1920, in Fort Worth to Isaac P. and Ethel Mae Simmons. He graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas in 1937 and continued his education at NTAC until 1941. He then joined the VR-2 and became a midshipman at the Naval Reserve Midshipman School at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. He then resigned his commission and began flight school where he received his wings in April 1942. He continued flight training and entered World War II as an aviator of PBYs in the Aleutian Islands. During this time he met the sister of one of his squadron mates, and in six weeks he married his "angel on earth (now in heaven)," Lucille Pearson, in San Diego, Calif. Cdr. Simmons' Naval career spanned World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. His last duty was as director of the Defense Intelligence School in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1969 after 28 years of service. Although he was a strict military man, he was a perfect father for his three girls. Together with Lucille, they raised their girls as they thought best, in God's love; and they can say they were blessed with the best parents ever. During his life, Glenn loved the Lord and made Him the center of his life. Everywhere he and his family were stationed, they served the Lord: from Hawaii, to the Philippines, Europe, and from one coast to the other. They enjoyed working with young people in each church they joined. Glenn became a deacon in the mid-1950s. He taught Bible classes for 60 years. He was Spirit-filled, and anyone who met him was affected by his goodness and love for God. He has served faithfully, alongside his church family, at First Baptist Church Arlington since 1968. In addition to his involvement in church, he was a member of Toastmasters International, the Order of Daedalians (a fraternal and professional order of military pilots), and the Big Brothers and Sisters of Arlington. He was in Big Brothers and Sisters long enough to have a "grand" little brother. In 2011, Cdr. Simmons had the privilege of participating in Honor Flight DFW #6. This gave him the opportunity to work with the organization in helping to raise funds for other World War II veterans to be able to visit Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials. Glenn and Lucille moved to Town Village in Arlington in 2003 where they became involved in the life of the community. Glenn served on the resident council and as president of the council for several years. They enriched the community there as much as the community enriched them. Survivors: Daughters, Carolinda Altier and husband, Jim, Dianne Snell and husband, Monty, and Cynthia England and husband, Bob; grandchildren, Leah Gurley, Chris Paire, Teresa Richardson, Jennifer Frauenfelder, Nikki Griffin, Monica Hall and Nathan Altier; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Catherine Russell; sisters-in-law, Peggy Simmons and Pat Pearson; and nephew, Mike.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 20, 2013