Thomas W. Simmons Sr.

Thomas W. Simmons, Sr.

LANCASTER: Thomas W. Simmons, Sr., 85, of Lancaster, died on Monday, June 24, 2013.

Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He retired as maintenance supervisor for Lancaster City Schools in 1989 after 26 years of service and served as a Hocking Township Trustee. The "Mule Man's" true passion was the Fairfield County Fair. While serving as a Director on the Fair board for many years, Tom started the annual Mule Races, was instrumental in the construction of the AAA Building, and supported all things 4-H.

Tom is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen L. Simmons; children, Tom (Linda) Simmons, Jr. and Linda (Howard) Bozman; grandchildren, Scott and Christine Simmons, Matt and Mina Bozman, and Mitch Bozman; and five great grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Mary Simmons and sisters, Roena and Myrna.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, AAA Building, 157 E Fair Ave, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Private interment at a later date in Green Mound Cemetery, Lancaster. Arrangements completed through the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maywood Mission Christmas Fund, 1029 S Broad St, Lancaster, Ohio 43130; FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Rd, Lancaster, Ohio 43130; or to the Fairfield County Fair, P.O. Box 945, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. To send condolences and sign the online register, please visit:

Funeral Home

Frank E. Smith Funeral Home
405 North Columbus Street Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 653-0652

Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on June 25, 2013