William E. Simmons

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Congerville - William E. "Bill" Simmons, 80, of Congerville, passed away at 10:38 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at his daughter's home in Peoria.
He was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Peoria to Lex and Cecil (McIntyre) Simmons. He married Catherine Krumtinger on Feb. 2, 1952, in Peoria. He later married Marilyn Kindred on Aug. 12, 1967, in Ottawa, Ill.
Surviving are his wife of Congerville; his children, Julie Recar (Andrew Price) of Peoria, Curt Simmons of Galesburg, Dennis (Lisa) Simmons of Washington, Greg (Julie) Simmons of Springfield, Ill., Lex "Tom" Simmons of Peoria and Laurie (Mike) Treber of Carlock, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; one brother, Mike (Jennifer) Lowman of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Joanie (Roy) Miller of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Bill worked at Corn Products Co. in Pekin for many years. He then owned and operated A-1 Concrete in Peoria for 40 years, retiring in 2007.
He was a member of New Life Christian Church in Morton.
Bill was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls. In his younger years, he was active playing in local basketball and baseball leagues in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at New Life Christian Church in Morton, with Pastor Bob See officiating. A time for fellowship with the family and a luncheon will be served following the service.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.


Memorials may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.