Robert C. Simmons, 85, formerly of LaFargeville, died Monday, Dec. 13, at Samaritan Keep Home, Watertown, following an extended illness.
Born July 13, 1925, in Gouverneur, N.Y., he was the son of the late Albert and Pearl Byington Simmons. He g rew up and completed his education in Theresa.
He entered the U.S. Navy on Sept. 6, 1943, and served aboard amphibious landing-craft in the D Day Normany Invasion on June 6, 1944. After receiving an honorable discharge on Dec. 22, 1945, he attended the Watertown School of Commerce.
He married the former Louise Garner of LaFargeville on Oct. 23, 1948, at the LaFargeville United Methodist Church. The couple lived in LaFargeville until July 1985, when they moved to Arcadia Park, near Fishers Landing. They moved to Watertown in 2001.
Mr. Simmons' working career was spent in civil service. He was appointed by the Jefferson County Probation Department as a probation officer in 1954. He later served as probation supervisor before retiring in June 1987.
An avid sportsman, he played basketball at the Jefferson County American Legion League, forerunner of the Border League, and later officiated for 11 years in that league in addition to coaching and umpiring numerous youth basketball teams. Throughout his life and into retirement on the St. Lawrence River, he was an enthusiastic fisherman, who prided himself in making his own lures. Among his community affiliations, he was a past member of the LaFargeville Masonic Order and past commander of the Klock Smith American Legion Post 1788.
Surviving besides his wife of Watertown, are a son and his wife, Michael C. and Ann Marie Simmons, Watertown; a daughter and her husband, Cindy and James Kennedy, Pleasantville, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Mattthew Simmons, Megan Simmons Geng, Mark Simmons, Elizabeth Kennedy and Meredith Kennedy; and a half-sister, Della Simmons, Theresa. Eight brothers and sisters predeceased him.
The funeral will be 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Watertown, with Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. A reception will follow at the Samaritan Keep Home. Burial at Grove Cemetery, LaFargeville will be in the spring.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc., Theresa.
Donations in Mr. Simmons' memory may be made to Eighth Floor Resident's Fund, Samaritan Keep Home, 133 Pratt St., Watertown, N.Y., 13601, or Klock Smith American Legion Post 1788, P.O. Box 159, LaFargeville, N.Y., 13656.
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