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Howard William (Bill) Simmons, Jr.

Howard William (Bill) Simmons, Jr., 88, of Garfield Ave., Carrollton, passed away Sept. 22, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 11, 1924, in Aultman Hospital, he was a son of the late Howard W. Simmons and Ethel Louise (Marshall) Simmons.

He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1942 and spent the summer after graduation working with his father at Carrollton Metal Products before joining the Navy.

He also served in the Marine Corps as a dental tech.  He returned to Carrollton after being honorably discharged in 1946 and began working for Dr. Ray George, DDS, while attending Kent State University studying pre-med.  He then lived and worked at Aultman Hospital while taking classes for MT (ASCP) where he attained his degree as a Clinical Pathologist.

In 1949, he met the love of his life, the late Esther Bonnidene Hahn of Minerva while playing second base for the Carrollton Farmer's Exchange team.  They married April 1, 1950, and had two children, Stephen W. Simmons of Norton, and Sidney Autumn Simmons of Carrollton.  Bonnie was taken by cancer in 1957.  She was lost to us but kept with the kids by their Dad's eternal love.

While working for Lyons Physicians Supply in 1961, he met and later married Marciabelle Whitacre, who preceded him in death in 2009.  He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Dean.

He spent his life working in various medical supply businesses and retired from L.E. Blane-Schesko-Mayder as the National Director of Marketing for hospital information systems in 1998, and returned to his beloved home in Carrollton.

He proudly marked 60 years as a member of the Masons and was a proud veteran of World War II and a member of the Carrollton Eagles Club.  He was involved with the Carroll County Vet's Club and was active in building the Vet's Pool. 

Family was the most important thing to Bill and he will be missed by his two children; three grandchildren, Bonnie Stewart and Stephen W.D. Simmons, both of Carrollton, and Lacie (Sam) Williams of Dublin; and three great grandchildren, Stormy and Summer Stewart and Juliaunte Simmons.

He was always known for his wonderful sense of humor which he kept to the end.  He loved his family more than anything and his passing leaves a huge hole for them.  His family will always remember his beautiful tenor voice singing "More" and "Moon River."  They know now he can sing to their mom again and give their love to until they see both of them again, "Tap!  Tap! Tap!"

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the American Cancer Society.

A funeral service will be held Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in Allmon-Dugger-Cotton Funeral Home in Carrollton, with full military honors provided by the DAV, American Legion and VFW.  Calling hours will be Sept. 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home.  Masonic services will be at 6:45 p.m.