Ronald A. Simmons, 94, of Erie, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at St. Vincent Health Center, following an extended illness. He was born in Erie on January 22, 1920, a son of the late George and Lena Schneider Simmons.
Ronald attended East High School and was a member of the Conservation Core Camp when he was 17 years old. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant, during World War II
, where he took part in the invasion of Anzio and received a Purple Heart
. He worked at the Hammermill Paper Company for 42 years, before retiring in 1982.
Ron was a member of the United Church of Christ and was a life member of the former East Erie Turners. He also belonged to the Sunflower Club, Siebenbuerger Club, American Legion Post #571, and the former Presque Isle Yacht Club. He enjoyed wintering at the Outdoor Resorts in Orlando, Fla., where he spent time at the Liar's Club. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, boating, fishing, and playing cards.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Ruby Gowen Simmons; two sons, Ronald A. Simmons, Jr. and Robert Simmons; four brothers, Harold, Clarence "Rip," George and Arnold Simmons; one sister, Helen Deutsch; and two half-sisters, Lulu Simmons and Marie Sterling.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Jean Emery Simmons; two daughters, Judith Moser and her husband Bob of Conneaut Lake, Pa. and Marilyn Simmons and her partner Dar Sobczak of Erie; two stepdaughters, Shirley Maxumczyk and her husband John of Erie and Edith Vitti and her husband Lou of Pittsburgh; two stepsons, Robert Imler and his wife Norma of Oil City and Richard Imler and his wife Linda of Erie; two grandchildren, Wendy Giliberto and her husband Mick and Eric Moser and his girlfriend, Jackie; two great-grandchildren, Jack Westberg and his wife Kate and Luke Westberg; 14 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the time of services there at 7:00 p.m. Military honors will follow. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Lakeside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Erie VA Medical Center, Attn: Voluntary Office, 135 E. 38th St., Erie, PA 16504.