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Obituary for Edward Gene Simmons

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Edward Gene Simmons

June 26, 1957 - February 21, 2017

Edward Gene Simmons, 59, returned to his Heavenly Father February 21, 2017 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 26, 1957 to Gerald and Ramona Simmons in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Ben Lomond High School, Class of 1975.

Ed then served an LDS Mission in Houston, Texas. After returning home he wasted no time proposing to his high school sweetheart, Tonya Anderson. They married that same summer on August 24, 1978 in the Ogden LDS Temple.

Ed was a faithful employee of Jetway in Ogden where he was employed for 36 years. Ed also worked for Weber County Recreation where he umpired, trained and mentored many employees over the years. He quickly became friends with those he mentored and worked with.

Ed was an active member of the LDS Church where he enjoyed his many callings, including his last calling as a gospel principals teacher in the Mound Fort 2nd Ward. Ed currently was a member of the Meadow Brook Ward in Ogden, Utah.

In Edward’s life he enjoyed playing and coaching many sports. He loved spending his time with his family and friends camping, hunting, fishing, shooting archery and telling “BIG FISH STORIES.” He also enjoyed umpiring and coaching for his kids and with his kids in various youth sports within the community. He had a strong love for life and always seemed to get his way no matter what the situation. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Edward is survived by his wife, Tonya; his four children, Chauntelle (Clifford) Stapley, Brandon (Jazie) Simmons, Shane (Amanda) Simmons and Blake (Korrina) Simmons; sister, Sue Wistisen; nine grandchildren and many others that loved and called him Dad, Coach or Grandpa Ed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Ramona Simmons; and grandparents, Eugene and Anona Oliverson.

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Mound Fort LDS Ward Building, 952 Childs Avenue, Ogden, Utah. Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.

Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

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Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

952 Childs Avenue
Ogden, Utah

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

952 Childs Avenue
Ogden, Utah


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Born: June 26, 1957
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Nick Andrews posted on 5/8/17

Ed, I have not seen you for many years. I was scrolling through the obits. and seen yours, I didn't even know. My condolence go out to his family. I remember the day I met Ed out in Hooper Goose Hunting. And We became pretty good friends after that, Going goose hunting many times together after that. Ed you will be greatly missed and I am sure you are at piece. Love you Brother!!!!


Gary N Simone posted on 2/28/17

Tonya and family, It was with great sorrow hearing of the death of Eddie. You have become our friends because you are wonderful, genuine people and so easy to love and appreciate. Eddie will be very much missed by us. Eddie is a great man in the most simple terms. His example has caused others to want to be and do better. His strength has been key to him being a silent leader. Did I mention he was fun to be around? I didn't get the privilege of knowing him very long, but am totally grateful for the time I have known him and you. God bless you and your family. Eddie is probably telling some whoppers of stories in the great beyond. I suppose if he told big fish stories here, how big will they be on the other side? He will always have a place in our hearts and thoughts and memories.


Stephen Oliverson posted on 2/28/17

Bless you Eddie. Say hello to Grandma and Grandad for me please.


JC posted on 2/24/17

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Edward. May you find comfort in the words written at Acts 24:15, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the future He will also eliminate our enemy, death.(Isaiah 25:8) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones, forever. Until then, I hope the memories of Edward and these promises from God comfort you in the days ahead.


DOUG MILLER posted on 2/24/17

It is with deep sadness to hear the death of my friend. I spent a lot of time working & hunting with Ed & I cherish the memories of the time we spent together. If there is anything Sherry or myself can do to comfort you or your family in this time of morning, please let one of use know & we will be more than glad to help. I wish we would have keep in touch more but I guess life takes its toll and the years just keep going by. With best wishes & all our love, Sherry & Doug Miller.


Michael Baca posted on 2/24/17

To the Simmons Family I am sorry for you loss. Ed was a good man and co-worker. He treated his team like family and gave his all to everything he did. He also led by example and had a strong compassion for what he did. Whether it be work, fishing, or hunting he always gave his all. I am grateful to have had him as a friend and will miss him dearly. We may have disagreed at times but in the end we knew we could count on each other if needed.


mike barnes posted on 2/23/17

the Simmons Family. My sincerest regret for our loss of Ed.He was a very good friend and I will miss him very much.When we were together he would always talk about how great Tonya was as a wife to let him get out and hunt and fish with his friends and family.which was alot more than most wives would put up with.He was also so proud of his sons and daughter,and would tell me of their accomplishments all the time.He cared about all of his workmates at Jetway and was trying to get things changed there,It is too bad he didn't get to finish what he started to do.. He was one of the bravest and toughest men I know to be able to go through all of the problems that he had through the years and still have a positive outlook on life.My am so sorry for your loss.