John Simmons
John Simmons

Obituary of John Albert Simmons

John Albert “Jack” Simmons passed away August 26, 2020, in Lacey, Washington.  He was born May 18, 1939, to Mary Elizabeth Drew and Richard Leroi Simmons in Wenatchee, Washington. Over the years, he also lived in the Washington cities of Pasco, Port Angeles, Hoquiam, Montesano and Rochester, in addition to military assignments.


Jack was a 1957 graduate of Wenatchee High School.  He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Everett, Washington; Scotland; Spain; Germany; Minot, North Dakota; and Iceland.  His last tour of duty was back to Minot, where he retired August 1, 1977 after 20 years of service.


Jack married JoAnn Rose Schmitz on April 28, 1962 in Wenatchee; she passed away October 14, 2006.  On September 9, 2008, Jack married Mary Susan Redmond in Montesano.


After military retirement, he worked for Shakey’s Pizza in Parkland, Pasco, Kennewick, and Walla Walla, Washington; Taco Bell; and Safeway in Aberdeen, Washington.


Jack was fun-loving, and a jokester!  He was an incredible father and grandfather; he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He had a kind heart and would help anyone. He loved golfing, fishing, car races, and anything military.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hoquiam, and the Eagles Club.


He is survived by his wife, Mary Susan Simmons of Rochester; son, Jeffrey Simmons; daughter, Jackie Score (Rick Hench);  son-in-law, Anthony Score; stepchildren, John, Laurie, Jeff, and Monica; grandchildren, Aaron, Jonathan, Marcus, and Evan; great grandchildren, Maddox, Zachary and Brooklyn Score; and numerous bonus grandchildren and great grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Duane Simmons; and sisters, Penny Engels (Rex), and Amanda Faure (Greg).  Jack was predeceased by his first wife, JoAnn; parents; brother, Richard Simmons; and great grandson, Hayden Jeffrey Score.


A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, September 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at 17340 Sargent Road SW #66, Rochester, WA 98579.


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