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Howard Dwight Simmons

Howard Dwight Simmons, 85 of Auburn, IL formerly of Mt. Auburn, IL went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:12 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. He was the oldest son of six boys born to Samuel and Estella Simmons on December 16, 1934 in Vandalia, IL. The family moved to Mt. Auburn, IL where he graduated High School in the class of 1954. He met and married Shirley A. White on August 6, 1955 in the Mt. Auburn Methodist Church. He worked at Fiat Allis and farmed on the side. He built their home in Mt. Auburn, IL

He is survived by his wife Shirley Simmons; Children: David D. (Brenda) Simmons of Auburn, IL; Daniel H. (Beth) Simmons of Mt. Auburn, IL; Janet L. (Jerry) Sheley of Chatham, IL; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a great-grandchild.

Howard loved the Lord and was a lifelong member, superintendent and teacher of the Stonington Church of the Nazarene until it closed. They then became members of the Taylorville Christian Church. He loved his family especially his grandchildren, farming, going to farm sales and buying toy tractors. After retiring and health issue Howard and Shirley sold the farm and moved to Auburn, IL to Eastland Retirement Center.    

Due to the Virus and the CDC recommendations private graveside services will be held in Grove City Cemetery in Grove City, IL with Pastor James Jones officiating.

Memorials may be made to Taylorville Christian Church 1124 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568. 

 Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Dear Shirley and the Simmons family, Howard made the Schultz family comfortable with his sincere welcome at Eastland. Will never forget our visits. May the Lord be with you and your family during this difficult period. Our thoughts and prayers to you and the family. Carl and Susan Schultz.

Carl Schultz Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Shirley, Im so sorry for your loss!! Im praying for you and your family. God Bless you always! Love Sally

Sally Snyder Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Shirley, So very sorry about the passing of Howard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours as you say good bye to Howard. We know with out a shadow of a doubt he is with the Lord and all his loved ones that have gone before him. What a homecoming for Howard!!! Love you dear Shirley. In His Love, Kathy and Jim Lindsey.

kathylealea@gmail.com Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss of Howard. He was a wonderful man! We know this is a hard time for your family with everything that's going on. Our prayers are with you.

Monte & Nancy Coontz Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Shirley, David (Brenda), Daniel (Beth), Janet (Jerry) - We are sorry to hear the sad news about Uncle Howard. Our hearts and love go out to all. My best childhood memories always involve Thanksgiving at Big Nannas in Grove City and summers spent in Mt. Auburn. Your all in our hearts and prayers, `Karen Lea& Rebel.

Karen Cadle Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

I was Howard's pastor for 10 years, this scripture describes his life, Matthew 25:23 "His Lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant ............Enter into the joy of your Lord." my family has many great memories that cannot be taken away. Shirley, you, David, Daniel and Janet are in our prayers. Thank you all for making us part of your family.

Gerald and Florence Painter Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss! Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!

Steve Tracy Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.

Sue, Jana and Carl Ladson

Jana Ladson Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to Howard's family. May God comfort you and hold all of you close during this difficult time.

Dale Conaway Mar 31 2020 12:00 AM

Great neighbors to my mother!

Jerry Long Mar 31 2020 12:00 AM

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