Simmons, Gene

Gene Simmons
Have been held.

Mr. Gene Simmons, 80, of the Dora community, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis.

He was born on June 7, 1924, in Post, Texas, to Maude and John Simmons. He moved with his family to the Dora area as a teenager. In 1945, just prior to the end of World War II he entered the Army, and served in Manila with the repatriation forces until October 1946. When he was discharged he returned to Dora and bought a farm where he ran a dairy until 1984. From 1984 until 1989 he was the park ranger at Oasis State Park. Since that time he had been retired. On Aug. 2, 1982, he married Billie Jean. He was a charter member of Veterans of Foreign War Post 9515, where he served as commander and also as quartermaster. Family members said he enjoyed mowing his lawn, and watching television and he also liked playing “42” and other games.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wilson, Richard and V.A. Simmons; two sisters, Pauline Bruce and Geneva Peek; a son, Dr. E. L. Simmons; and his wife.

Survivors include a daughter, Jan Black (and husband, Ron) of Hobbs; a step-daughter, Teresa Gay (Jim) of Portales; six grandchildren, Carla Crow, Kevin and Shannon Black, Nicole and Jessica Gay and Heather Simmons; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clarice Hartwig of Abilene, Texas, and Joyce Tennison of San Antonio.

Dusty Leatherwood will officiate the services.

Honorary pallbearers are members of VFW Post 9515.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.