R. C. Symons, 88, passed away May 31, 2014 in Canon City, Colo.|
He was born in Gray, Okla. on April 14, 1926 to Frank and Jessie (Watson) Symons.
R.C. was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He spent time in Germany, France, and Italy before being honorable discharged in 1946.
United in marriage to JoLee Kengle in 1952, they celebrated their 50th anniversary before her death in 2002. In 1959 they moved from Lamar, Colo. to Canon City where he worked in construction.
R.C. was a member of the Eagles, Operating Engineers Local #9, a lifetime member of the Canon City and Florence Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge #610, and the V.F.W. He also was a member of the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
He enjoyed fishing, his veggie garden and working on his vehicles. R.C. was a regular at the pool hall and visiting the City Market grocery store daily.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and attended many of their school functions and sporting events. He always found time to stop by his kid's home to visit and play with his "grand dogs". He was always ready to stay for dinner and most times got a dinner and dessert to go.
Throughout his life he enjoyed attending and sometimes hosting "The Symons Family Reunions". He was very close to his sibling all through his life as they had a large part in his upbringing after R.C. lost his mother at the young age of 3.
Mr. Symons is survived by his children, Sheryl (Tom) Rupp of Ellenton, Fla., Dianne (Bob) Bush, Randy (Kim) Symons, Rodney (Kimberly) Symons, and Susan (Jack) Miller all of Canon City, Colo.; sister-in-law, LuAnne Simpson of Pueblo, Colo.; grandchildren, Tricia Rupp, Stacy (Tod) Gould, Lindsay Hayden, Allison (Andy) Bush, Justin Symons, Brent Symons, Taylor Symons, Jayson Symons, Stephanie Miller, and Sadie Miller; and great grandkids, Sierra, Dakota, and Jada.
Besides his wife and mother, R.C. was also preceded in death by his father; and all his siblings, Irene Brandon, Johnie Symons, Glen Symons, Aliene Koterwas, Orlan Symons and Alva Symons.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Fri., June 6, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 801 Sheridan in Canon City. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Lamar Ledger on June 6, 2014