Services set for Simmons |

Services set for Simmons

Services will be held Wednesday for Russell Carroll Simmons, who died June 9 at his home in Breckenridge. He was 62.

Simmons was born near Lexington, Neb., to parents Gertrude Ann (Beams) and Melvin Albert Simmons. His family moved to San Diego, where Simmons grew up, earning a degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University.

He remarried Virginia Bernd and the couple served two years in the Peace Corps before returning to California. Simmons then worked for Pecten Chemical, a branch of Shell Oil, where he worked until his retirement.

Six years ago, the couple moved to Breckenridge.

Friends say when Simmons was interested in something, he learned everything he could about the subject. He was an expert skier, a weightlifter and sports enthusiast, enjoyed reading Indian and Civil War books, and collected antique guns. Additionally, he played trumpet and guitar.

Simmons was a member of the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco and served as one of the church deacons, recently named Deacon Emeritus.

He is preceded in death by his father and older brother Dean. Simmons is survived by his wife, mother, sons Russ of Lockport, Ill., and Doug of Spring, Texas; daughter Laura Koury of Palmer Lake, Colo.; and grandchildren Aime, T.D., Nic, Erick, Russell and David.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco. Those wishing to can make memorial contributions to the Rocky Mountain Bible Church at PO Box 148, Frisco, CO 80443.

– Daily staff report

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