Rene Quinten Simmons Ovid Born July 28, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, passed away February 10, 2013 at the age of 53. Rene was a department manager for the State of Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget. He served briefly in the U.S. Coast Guard. Rene was a very charismatic, outgoing, loving husband, father and grandfather with a love of music and a great sense of humor. He was a dedicated MSU Spartan fan, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, camping, river floating, horses, skiing and sailing. Rene will be greatly missed by his adoring wife of 35 years Beckie. He is survived by his children, Nicole Garza (Joe Gray), Jamie (Doug) Kirby, Scott (Kelsie Cole) Simmons, Trevor Simmons and Christopher (Ashleigh Wazbinski) Mee; grandchildren, Taylor, Jaylee and Makenzie Garza, Avery and Drew Kirby, Autumn Gray and baby Oliver Mee; parents, Richard and Dorothy Simmons; siblings, Charles (Sue) Simmons, Renee (Patrick) Lindsay, Therese (Tom) Hamming, Mary (Les) Vietzke and Toby (Candie) Simmons; father-in-law, Clifford Mee; foster mother-in-law, Susan Garbarini; sister-in-laws, Patricia Simmons, Janet (Adam) Ravelo, Lisa Hilty and Linda Mee; brother-in-laws, Brian (Lisa) Mee and Mike (Colleen) Mee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Christopher and Brion; mother-in-law, Joyce Mee; foster father-in-law, Mark Garbarini and a great-niece. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 15, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, with the Rev. Mark Inglot officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 14, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing where the rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 12, 2013