Richard Tuttle Simmons
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Richard Tuttle Simmons
  • August 7, 1926 - November 12, 2017
  • Apache Junction, Arizona

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Richard T. Simmons, 91, passed away in Gilbert, Arizona on Sunday, November 12, 2017. Richard was born in Rochester, New York, on August 7, 1926, as the second youngest in a family of six children. After high school graduation in 1943, Richard joined the US Marines, and served our country in military service for the next 30 years. During his long and historic career with the Marines, Richard saw combat action in WWII, Korea (specifically the Chosin Reservoir conflict), and two tours in Vietnam. After serving 20 years as a member of various combat units, his remaining 10 years with the Marines was spent as an embassy guard serving in the Middle East. Retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant, Richard promptly secured a civil service position and worked another ten years. During his later years, Richard remained active in many veterans' organizations, and was particularly proud of his membership in the Arizona Chapter of the Chosin Few organization.

Richard was preceded in death by all of his brothers, sister, and parents. Richard's first wife, Ruby passed in 1996. In 2000, Richard married Stella, who also preceded him in death three weeks prior to his passing. Richard is survived by his stepdaughter, Marcia Fredman and stepson John Bliven, as well as 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren.

The staff of the Arizona State Veterans' Home is recognized for their outstanding care of Richard during the past year. In addition, the staff of Lund Home, Gilbert, and Hospice of the Valley are also recognized for their kind and gentle care during Richard's last week.

Please join me as I and family honor this wonderful old warrior, who will be greatly missed. Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 1:00 PM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, Richard would have appreciated donations to either the Marine Corps Association, Disabled American Veterans, or the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program.

Arrangements under the direction of Melcher Mortuary Mission Chapel & Crematory, Mesa, AZ.