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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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