- December 12, 1927 - January 3, 2012
- Missoula, Montana
of William's Passing
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William G. Simmons "Mr. Bill", 82, of Missoula MT started his heavenly life, passing away from natural causes at the Village Health Care Center, on Tuesday January 3rd, 2012. Bill was born December 12th, 1927 in Stevensville, MT to Ora Lee and Etta May Simmons. He was married twice, to Ruth Ferguson of CA, and later to Cora Jane Steinley of MT. Bill did many things throughout his life from being in the United States Army Air Corp as a Medic/Dental Assistant, driving trucks for beet farmers, working at H. O. Bell as a mechanic and owning his own businesses. His last owned and operated business was Simmons Carburetor and Electric. Then turning to a favorite past time of bicycles that kept him busy and happy he worked at Big Sky Cyclery. Last but not least another job he loved, keeping people smiling at McDonalds as a greeter. Bill chose to spend his last few years at the Village Health Care Center where he was able to see and spend time with friends. The staff let him help in the dining room so he always felt needed and happy. For this his family thanks everyone there for the excellent care and understanding that was given to him. As with other parts of his life everything always had its place, in his garage and if you used it you better return it where you found it. However he also liked his practical jokes. He enjoyed making people smile especially if they were having a bad day. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Cora Jane Simmons on January 2, 2002, his father Ora Lee Simmons on October 5th, 1984, his mother Etta May Simmons on October 24th, 1995, and his sister Viola "Vi" Bretz May 12, 2000 and his son in-law Larry R. Lake January 9, 2005. He is survived by his first wife Ruth of Vacaville CA, a sister and brother in-law Alice Mae and Gam Shae of Penney Farms Florida, Brother in-law Frank Bretz of MT, 9 children and their spouses; Gratia and Brooks Oakley of Fairfield CA, Connie Hudson of Vacaville CA, William "Butch" and Barbara Simmons of Vallejo CA, David Simmons of Vacaville CA, Paula and Skip Snyder of Missoula MT, Darla and Leon James of Missoula MT, Lola and Carl Chewning of Tucson AZ, Robert and Sherry Simmons of Ballantine MT, Lorena and Paul Tringali of Hubbardston MA, as well as 19 Grandchildren, 16 Great-grandchildren (counting the new addition due in April) , multiple nephews and nieces. He was a loving Husband, Father, Brother, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, and friend. Bill will be deeply missed by all. At Bill's request there will be no services held.