Simmons, Jeff

Written by David Green.

Jeff Simmons, 45, of Morenci, Mich., died May 11, 2010, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

He was born July 14, 1964, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Louie Simmons and Judith Canfield.

 Jeff was a 1982 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School.  He lived in the Fayette/Morenci area all of his life, working as a bricklayer with Local #1 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jeff loved fishing, watching sports and seeing his children grow into young adults.  Most of all his heart filled with joy while spending time with family, friends and his granddaughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Devyn (and Jesse) Mull of Colorado Springs, Col.; a son, Kayne Simmons of Fayette; granddaughter, McKenna Mull; his mother, Judy Canfield of Hamilton, Ohio; step-mother, Dee Ann Simmons of Delta, Ohio; grandmother, Marcie Krizan of Morenci; two sisters, Faye Canfield of Hamilton, Ohio, and Tari Pennington of Fayette, Ohio; three brothers, Glenn Simmons of Chillicothe, Ohio, Ernie Canfield of Freeport, Texas, and Kirk Simmons of Delta, Ohio; companion, Meredith Cameron of Morenci; and several nieces and nephews.

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Louie Simmons, and grandparents, Marie and Louie Mynhier and Joseph Krizan.

A funeral service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Zion United Brethren Church in Ogden Center, Mich., with Rev. Aden Porter officiating.  Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the children of Jeff Simmons.

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