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J. Rodney Simmons
Swan Lake, Montana
Dec 8, 1972 – Jun 14, 2009 (Age 36)
J. Rodney Simmons, 36, of Swan Lake, affectionately known as 'Ribcage Rod' by friends and family, tragically passed away on June 14, 2009 in Swan Lake. He was born December 8, 1972 in Auburn, CA, the son of Kenneth Simmons and the late Sondra Faye Peterson who passed away in 2007 in Lincoln, CA. Rodney is also predeceased by his grandparents. Survivors include his father, Kenneth Simmons and wife Janet of Modesto, CA: step-father, Rev. Bill Hawk and wife Jan of Billings, MT: a brother, Ben Richardson and wife Geldie of Auburn, CA and their three children, Benjamin, Jacob, and Noah: his sister, Rhonda Perry and husband John of Eagle, ID and four children, Thom Giles and wife Nichole of AK, Teesha Northcott and son Thomas of AK, and Clark and Elizabeth Perry of ID. His loving wife, Sarah Aczas of Swan Lake, and their two beloved Jack Russell Terriers, Dutch and Lump, along with their many other beloved pets, as well as many cherished friends and acquaintances, also survive him. Rod grew up as a boy with an insatiable appetite for life that never left as he grew into a man. Rod lived many lives: as a youth in CA then later in his adolescent years learning to surf in Hawaii. In his teens he moved with his family to New York State where he was still chasing his passion for life. It was here that he met, and kept his closest friends. Soon, his passion for life lead him toward another passion, hunting. This brought him to Alaska where he lived, worked, and hunted for three years. Later, in Montana he became a licensed big game hunting guide. After moving his life to Montana, his path lead him to Sarah with whom he shared the last six years of his life. In his passing, he will be missed in so many ways: by his family, friends, and the one he loved who loved him so much. Every early morning the wilderness will be quietly missing an avid, aware, intelligent, respectful, and passionate hunter: a man who loved the outdoors when there wasn't a moment that passed that he didn't have his mind on the next big hunt. Never a moment of Rod's days were wasted. He was always moving, working, helping and spending time with the ones he so loved. He will be greatly missed by all. And every time we hear an elk bugle, see a flower grow into bloom, catch a fish, or even hike into the mountains, we will recall all these wonderful memories of a wonderful, loyal man who will always be cherished in many lives, in many ways, and will never be forgotten. Rod's funeral services will be held on Friday, June 19, 2009, 4:00 PM, at the Flathead Valley United Church of Christ, 204 ' 7th Ave. W., Kalispell with Rev. Darryl Kistler officiating. A light reception will follow the services at the church. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral Home of Polson, MT is assisting the family.