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Robert L. Simmons Click for Condolences      Printable Version
1949 - 2010

Robert L. Simmons ROBERT L. SIMMONS

Robert L. Simmons, age 60, of Mt. Sterling, IA, died peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2010 at his home following a courageous struggle with brain cancer.

He was born September 11, 1949 in Keokuk, IA, and graduated from Harmony High School with the class of 1967. He later received a degree in Gunsmithing.

On November 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Constance Louise Lillard, in Ava, MO. They were blessed in marriage with four children: Katherine, Jerry, James, and Joseph.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Constance "Connie" Simmons of Mt. Sterling, IA;

two sons, Jerry and his wife, Tami, of Donnellson, IA, and Joseph and his wife, Jill, of Oklahoma City, OK; one daughter, Katherine and her husband, Dr. Shawn Griffin, of Missouri City, TX; thirteen grandchildren: Justin, Aaron, Daniel, Jacob and Jonathan Griffin, Matthew, James, Luke and Abigail Simmons, and Bryce, Taylor, Kayden and Jayce Simmons; one brother, Larry and his wife, Joyce, of Farmington, IA; two sisters, Dorothy and her husband, Richard Gumc, of Bethel, MO, and Doris and her husband, Duke Henry of Cantril, IA; two sisters-in-law: Ruby "Dodie" Simmons of Kahoka, MO and Phyllis Lillard of Kansas City, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Simmons; a son, James Robert Simmons;

father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Mary Lillard; a brother, Garry E. Simmons; brother-in-law, Arnold Hall; sister-in-law, Margaret Lillard; and two grandchildren.

Robert was a skilled and knowledgeable gunsmith. He owned and operated Simmons Gun and Repair and was well known throughout the area for his talent and expertise in his field. For thirty years he raised feeder pigs for Max Westercamp and thoroughly loved his job.

He was a founding charter member and deacon of Amazing Grace Bible Church, a life-time N.R.A. member, and a Missouri Hunting Education Instructor. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed feeding the birds, turkey, fish and other wildlife and watching them feast in the front yard of the beautiful sanctuary of his home in the country. Most of all, he cherished the love and devotion of his wife and his relationship with his Lord.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Amazing Grace Bible Church, Kahoka, MO, with Pastor Mike Shea officiating. Burial was in the Anson Cemetery.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Amazing Grace Bible Church.

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There are currently 23 condolences.

Roger and Susan Boyd
Wednesday January 20, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Dear Connie and family, We are deeply saddened by Robert's passing. I have many fond memories of Robert and the old Athens Park Assn. and visits with him at Athens and in his gun shop. The last time we visited was in the gun shop where he fixed a problem with my black powder musket before I retired. He wouldn't take any money for the repair, Robert was like that. He will certainly be missed by anyone who knew him. Take care -- Roger
Wendell and Rhonda Lance
Wednesday January 13, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Simmons Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace through this difficult time.
Kristi O'Day Bruner
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Connie, Kathy, Jerry & Joe - you are in our thoughts & prayers. I remember getting to come out for hunting supplies & stories often with Dad & Clint when we were growing up. We always had fun when we got to visit :) Many blessings of comfort & strength! Dave & Kristi O'Day Bruner
carol lillard alvis
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 12:35 PM

To Connie and family, My thughts are with you. I am sorry that i couldn't be there but i am thinking of you, and am with you in thought. Carol your cousin
Steve and Cora Smeltser
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Dear Connie and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Robert. I pray that The Lord will give you the strength you need to make it through this tough time. Love Steve & Cora
Joan Winkler
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Connie and family I am sorry to hear about the loss of Robert. May he now rest in peace. My thoughts and with you Joan Winkler
John and Theresa Robertson
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Connie and family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time of your loss. May God continue to bless you and keep you in his loving arms, now and in your days ahead.
Michael Land
Tuesday January 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Kathy, God bless you and your family during this time.
JIm Robertson
Monday January 11, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Connie & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Robert because of Hunter Education because I too am an Instructor. Robert will be missed by all those that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Curtis Hines
Monday January 11, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed many years of doing business with Robert.
Rick and Ramona Shafranek
Monday January 11, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Connie, we are so sorry to hear about Robert's passing. We have such fond memories of sitting in the shop and listening to the stories that Robert always had for us. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steve and Mary Wilson
Monday January 11, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Connie and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. We hope your memories of the good times will bring smiles to help you through the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you all. Mary & Steve
Mike & Kathy Harrison
Monday January 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Dear Connie and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you all.
Jeana Wiley (Folker)
Monday January 11, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Dear Connie and Family: My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family right now. I am so sorry to hear about Robert he is going to be truely missed. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. God Bless Jeana Wiley and Adriana
Kevin Fox
Monday January 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Connie & family,you have my deepest sorrow. I am a Hunter Ed Instructor with Robert and it was such a pleasure to teach with him and watch him teach. No doubt he loved the out of doors and no doubt he knew who created it. We will miss him greatly he was a wonderful man and I am a better person for knowing him.
Laura Gaston Richmond
Sunday January 10, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Connie, Kathy, Jerry and Joe, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time. May the Lord shower you with peace, strength and love during this time of sorrow.
Vernon&Suzie Hopp
Sunday January 10, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Dear Connie and Family, I am sorry to hear about Robert and are prayers are with and your family. Remeber the kids going to school together.
Jim and Roxie Folker
Sunday January 10, 2010 at 8:50 PM

We just wanted to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless
Lois Harland
Sunday January 10, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Dear Connie and Family, I'm thinking of all of you and praying that God will give you strength in your time of sorrow. I hope that you will find comfort in your memories of all the good times you shared.
Jack, Darlene & Shelly Chapman
Saturday January 9, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Dear Connie & Family; We are so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. But Praise the Lord - we know he is with our Heavenly Father. We also enjoyed a visit with Robert when he came into the store. Our deepest sympathy and prayers.
Mitch/Mary Grahlman
Saturday January 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Sincere sympathy & prayers to the Simmons family and especially to Kathy & family. Our Griffin grandsons have wonderful memories of the Simmons Grandpa Robert to treasure. Peace be with you.
Vanessa Panos-Weaver
Saturday January 9, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Simmons Family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Joe, he graduated with my brother. Your family will be in our prayers. May God comfort each and everyone of you during this time. Vanessa Panos-Weaver
Steven and Becki Krueger
Friday January 8, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Connie and family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. I'll always remember holiday dinners at Aunt Mary and Uncle Jerry Lillard's when Robert was there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

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