Lewis Simmons Jr.
Lewis Simmons Jr.
Lewis Simmons Jr.

Obituary of Lewis George Simmons Jr.

Lewis George Simmons Jr. passed away March 23, 2024, in Centralia, Washington.  He was born July 20, 1928, to Lewis Simmons Sr. and Ester Simmons in Marlbough, New York.


Lewis served in the U.S. Air Force, SQ3 463rd AFF BU, from January 6, 1946, to July 8, 1947.  He was called back to active duty with the U.S. Army, serving from May 1, 1951, to September 6, 1952. Lewis was a cryptographer through most of his military career.  He gained his high school diploma/GED while in the military. He was also a member of VFW of Lincoln City, Oregon.


Lewis married Gloria M. Anderson on December 1, 1950, in Spokane, Washington.


As a young boy, Lewis would shine shoes instead of going to school in order to support his mother and sisters, until he went into the service January 1946. When he got out, he went to work as a sheet metal journeyman and worked construction, building grain silos from 1953 to 1957.  He then worked for the U.S. Post Office at Fairchild Air Force base in Spokane, from 1957 to 1964. He then moved his family and transferred to the Olympia, Washington, Post Office until July 1985 when he retired.


Then he and Gloria moved to Lincoln City. They lived there for 37years.  Lewis enjoyed singing in the church choir as a boy and also at their local senior center choir night in Lincoln City. Together over the years, they like building and remodeling their homes, salmon fishing and camping. Fishing in Alaska was his favorite time as well as traveling abroad to Europe and Holland and throughout the U.S. with his wife, Gloria.  They enjoyed 72 years together, until her passing on February 23 2022.


Lewis is beloved by his three sons, Ronald of Beaverton, Oregon, Walter of Rochester, Washington, and Kenneth of Richmond, Texas; and daughters, Elizabeth Leaming of Dallas, Oregon, and Margaret Denny of Burbank, Washington; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 3 three great-great-grandchildren.


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