Harmon Vader Simmons
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Staatsburg - Harmon Vader Simmons, 82, a lifelong area resident and proud U.S. Army veteran, died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Albany Medical Center after a long illness.
For 39 years, Harmon worked for the U.S. Park Service at the F.D. Roosevelt and Vanderbilt historic sites in Hyde Park. While there, he was on the roads and grounds crew; served as a park ranger and an interpreter, giving tours to countless visitors, including actor Christopher Plummer and singer Cyndi Lauper. He retired in 2001.
In his younger years, he was an avid fisherman and hunter. After his retirement, Harmon spent much of his time enjoying political, court and news shows.
Harmon was born in Rhinebeck on July 20, 1931 to the late Harmon and Ethel Day Simmons, and was educated in Rhinebeck schools before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served from 1949 to 1955, and actively served in the Korean War.
On April 20, 1958 in Sharon, CT, he married the former Gertrude "Dolly" Proctor. Mrs. Simmons resides at home in Staatsburg with their beloved dogs, Mrs. Bouvier, and the "lunch thief," Piper.
Harmon is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Harmon G. and Kathleen Simmons, of Poughkeepsie; his son, Shawn Simmons, of Royal Palm Beach, FL.; his daughter, Allison Simmons, of Garner, NC, and formerly of Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie; his grandson and granddaughter, Patrick and Victoria Simmons, of Royal Palm Beach; his brothers, Arden "Artie," Richard, Robert and Albert; his sisters, Helen, Kathy and Patty; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harmon was predeceased by his sisters Norma and Ruth; and brother, Douglas.
Cremation will be private. Memorial services may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the Simmons family respectfully requests memorial donations made to: Dutchess County SPCA; 636 Violet Ave.; Hyde Park, NY 12538 (www.dcspca.org), or, the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. (www.woundedwarriorproject.org)
Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet's Funeral Home, Route 9, Hyde Park.
To send an online condolence, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Jan. 1, 2014