Warren W. Simonds

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Warren W. Simonds, 84, a resident of Cumming for the past seven years, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. Born in Pasadena, Calif., Warren was the son of the late Merle and Ida Simonds. Warren was a graduate of the University of Southern California and received a degree in foreign service. After serving his country in World War II as a radio operator in the Army Air Corps, he received his master's degree in hospital administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
It was there he met and married his wife, Betty. The young couple left for a new home in Lima, Peru, where Warren, an administrator at the Barnes Hospital complex, was sent to oversee the establishment of a new hospital being built there. Warren later moved to Baton Rouge, La., where he served as an administrator at the Baton Rouge General Hospital for many years. Warren also served as president of the Louisiana Hospital Association.
While in Baton Rouge, Warren was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church. He was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 20 years and received the Silver Beaver and Good Shepherd awards as well as several others for his years of dedication and service to the Boy Scouts. Warren also served as president of the Kiwanis Club in Baton Rouge and continued to be an active member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years. Warren was recently an active member of First Redeemer Church in Cumming.
Warren is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Elizabeth J. Simonds of Cumming; three cherished children, William P. Simonds, Carolyn S. Cagle (Kenny), and Jonathan R. Simonds (Kathy); 10 much-loved grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; his brother, Dr. Robert Simonds (Betty) of Mercer Island, Wash.; and his niece, Monika Simonds.
The Simonds family would like to give special thanks to Kelly Christensen, Tina Ritchey, Doorye Kim, BrightStar and Compassionate Hospice for their wonderful loving care.
Warren's body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine for study and research.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. at First Redeemer Church in Cumming.
Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, the Red Cross or Salvation Army.
Letters or cards of condolences can be mailed to First Redeemer Church, c/o Elizabeth Simonds, 2100 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming, GA 30041.

Published in Forsyth County News from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2012
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