Ronald Edgar Simmons, 88, of Gaylord, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
He was born the son of James and Lavina (Butler) Simmons, on August 10, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan. He served proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean War conflict, before coming home to marry the love of his life, Gerrie, in 1955.
Ronald moved to Gaylord in the 1970’s. He was a 3rd and 4th degree member of Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Eagles, and Elks Lodge. Before his hands gave out, he loved to do woodworking and carpentry. He loved to sing and always had a million jokes to tell.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Geraldine; siblings, James (Isabell), Margaret (Clare) Patterson, Richard (Ruthann), and sister-in-law Merle Tourville.
He is survived by his children, Russell, Thomas (Peggy), Larry (Susan), and Carolann (Phil) Knapp; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and lots of nieces and nephews. Family was everything to him.
Funeral services will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home (135 North Center Ave., Gaylord) on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to O.C.C.O.A. (Otsego County Commission on Aging), 120 Grandview Blvd, Gaylord, MI 49735.
Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49735.