William Gene Simmons

Born on: February 4, 1936
Departed on: September 4, 2014

Visitation: September 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Service: September 9, 2014 at 11:00 am
Burial: Cloverdale Cemetery

William Gene Simmons, 78, of Mt. Meridian passed away at IU Hospital surrounded by his family on September 4, 2014, after a short battle with lung cancer. Bill was born on February 4, 1936 in Oklahoma to the late Herbert and Susan Cloyd Simmons. He graduated from Belle Union in 1954. He married Betty Louise French on June 18, 1955, and she survives. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He worked at Allison Transmission, Lobdell Emery and Wal-Mart in Greencastle. His hobbies included fishing, archery, and music.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, children, Juleena and Randy Cox of Fillmore and Kelly and Tommy Dirickson of Reelsville. Grandchildren include Tyler and Tiffany Cox, Kory Dirickson, Tiffani Cox, Kody Dirickson and Tessa Cox. Two great-grandchildren, Keaton and Ali Dirickson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Sandra Simmons. Bill is survived by four brothers, Irvin and Deloris Simmons, of North Carolina; Richard Simmons, of Florida; Herbert Simmons, of Texas and John and Roxanne Simmons, of Coatsville. Bill also has numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:00 am at Whitaker Funeral Home Cloverdale, IN, burial will follow at Cloverdale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, September 8, 2014. Condolences may be sent to the family at: cds@whitakerfuneralhome.net.