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al Simmons, longtime Powell Butte resident, died of natural causes on Feb. 2, at Central Oregon Community Hospital in Redmond. He was 84 years old.
He was born March 21, 1916 in Derby, Iowa to George Hendrix and Flossie Elizabeth (Exley) Simmons. As a youth his parents moved to Montana where he was raised.
As many young men did in that day and age, Mr. Simmons started hopping on trains seeking adventure and intending to see the country. It was on one of those travels where he met Helen Trobaugh, and they were married in 1939 in Fairfield, Idaho. They farmed in Idaho and moved to John Day where they ranched. He worked for the State Highway Dept. in Spray and in 1953 transferred to the Prineville Highway Dept. living in Powell Butte. He became the first certified log scaler in central Oregon for the Forest Service. He retired from the Central Oregon Irrigation District at the age of 65. In his retirement he delivered newspapers for the Bend Bulletin, Redmond Spokesman and the Central Oregonian.
Mr. Simmons and his wife were square dance callers in John Day, Seneca Monument, Prairie City and other communities. He was a member of the board of the Powell Butte Christian Church and served as an elder and deacon. He also served as treasurer for the Lord's Acre Fund. He and his wife were `greeters' at the Powell Butte Christian Church for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Paul Wagner of Mesa, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law Jerald and Lindy Simmons of Ft. Rock; sister, Betty Gustafson of Fort Dodge, Iowa; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and his parents.
Graveside services will be held Wed., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at Powell Butte Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 3 p.m. at the Powell Butte Christian Church. A reception will be held at the church.
Memorial donations in Mr. Simmons' name may be directed to Project Love in care of Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 SW Hwy. 126, Powell Butte, 97753 or Hospice of Redmond, Sisters and Grant County, Box 1092, Redmond, 97756.
Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements.