Richard L. ‘Dick’ Simmons

Richard L. “Dick” Simmons, 89, a resident of Elkins, passed on from his home among the hills to his heavenly home on the eve of his 90th birthday, Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center at Clarksburg. He had received excellent care as a resident of the West Virginia Veterans’ Nursing Facility at Clarksburg for the past month. Richard was raised, educated, married and resided in Elkins for nine decades.

He was born Thursday, July 31, 1924, at Elkins, a son of the late Divers M. and Ernestine Swecker Simmons. On June 20, 1951, at Elkins, he was married to the love of his life, the former Betty Lee Weese, who preceded him in death Feb. 21, 1993. Surviving are one son, the Rev. Ronald “Keith” Simmons and wife, Ruth, of Washington, Pa., one brother, Gene Simmons and wife, Rexanne, of Magnolia, Texas, two granddaughters, Jennifer J. Moss and husband, Steve, of Darnestown, Md., Laura Simmons, of Los Angeles, and one great-grandson, Keegan Alexander Moss, of Darnestown, Md.

He was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1943 and attended Davis & Elkins College after serving his nation as a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II.

After first managing the Hippodrome Movie Theatre, Richard dedicated his career as a grocer and meat carver in Elkins, Coalton and Mill Creek. As a civic servant, he was a dedicated Boy Scout leader and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church.

He found joy in pastimes including fishing, hunting, and bowling leagues. Having volunteered with Elkins High School athletics until the age of 88, he exuded a true passion for sports and supported the aspirations of countless youth. Beyond his deep orange and black Elkins Tiger pride, he was an avid fan of West Virginia University.

The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Dallas Forren will officiate and interment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery at Elkins, where the United States Navy, the H.W.Daniel’s Post No. 29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post No. 3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct full military honors. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins WV 26241 or to Meals on Wheels, 450 Randolph Ave., Elkins WV 26241. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Richard L. “Dick” Simmons. Condolences may be expressed to the family at; www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.