Homer F. Simmons
Homer Simmons, age 82 of Caseyville, Illinois, born Nov 2, 1935 in Red Fern County, Missouri, passed away peacefully in the presence of family on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at his residence.
Homer was a US Army veteran as well as a one-of kind father and friend, always willing to give the shirt off his back for others even if it meant for him to do without. He would go out of his way to help those in need and spent the last twenty years of his life dedicated to helping his fellow friends and co-workers diagnosed with occupational cancer. He led efforts to obtain compensation settlements from the US Department of Labor due to their exposure from processing uranium for fuel rods under a subcontract with Mallinckdrodt and the US Atomic Energy Commission as well as processing experimental thorium alloys and other radioactive materials used in the production of high-speed aircraft and missile parts for Defense Department at the former Dow Chemical/Spectrulite/Consolidated Aluminum Corporation plant in Madison, Illinois from 1957 to the late 1960’s. Homer’s last dying wish was to ensure everyone who suffered as a result of their exposure was compensated for the pain they endured and also be recognized for their hard work and dedication to help support American interests during the Cold War in which he served.
Homer was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Beulah Simmons; his loving wife of 59 years, Dorothy; and his big brothers, Vernon and Valmyer.
He is survived by his sister, Helen Simmons of Caseyville; his children, Kathleen (Stephen) Duckworth of Collinsville, IL, Senior Master Sergeant (Retired) Fred (Tara) Simmons of Caseyville IL, and Helen (Robert) Watt of Collinsville, IL; grandchildren, Zachary (Angie) Simmons, Chad (Mallory) Duckworth, Connor Duckworth, Senior Airman Caitlyn and Kade Simmons, Katherine and Eric Watt; and great grandchildren, Elijah and Erin Simmons, and Kolton Duckworth. He is also survived by his wonderful sister-in-law, Carol Lucas, of St. Louis .
Visitation will be held at the Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, Illinois on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Funeral services will be on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Thomas Nadelin officiating. Interment with military honors to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.
Memorials may be made to the USO of Missouri Inc. or to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund and will be received at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.barrywilsonfuneralhome.com
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