A celebration of the life of David Lynn Simmons will be 10:00 a.m., Wed., Nov. 28, 2012 at Harbor Church, Oologah. David will be laid to rest at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery under the direction of Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. this afternoon. The family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00. David left his earthly home for his eternal, heavenly home, on Fri., Nov. 23, 2012 at the age of 65.
Born on Sept. 18, 1947 in Hooker, Okla. to Benjamin and Mary (Bradley) Simmons, David grew up and received his education in Edmond. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Central State College, now UCO and served in the U.S. Navy. On Feb. 17, 1973 David and Sarah Dugger married and her daughter, Jennifer, became part of his life. On Nov. 8, 1974, their son, Joshua, was born.
David loved hunting, fishing, training dogs and golf but he would be the first to declare that the extra special events and biggest blessings in his life were his faith, family and his friends.
In 1973 he confessed his faith and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and thereafter praised God and rejoiced in the knowledge that he was His beloved son. He also considered the refining process he struggled through with health and cancer issues since 1997 as a blessing, opening his eyes to the truly important things in life; one of which was knowing that his family and many friends were Christians and that he would see them again. Other blessings included watching his son and daughter parent their children and instill God’s word in their hearts.
David entered his eternal glory confident that his faith made him whole. He is survived by his devoted wife, Sarah, of their home; his precious children, Jennifer Janssen of Claremore and Joshua Simmons and wife, Stephanie, of Broken Arrow; adored grandchildren Caleb Simmons, Quentin Simmons, Andrew Janssen and Tyler Simmons; his brother Darryl Simmons and wife, Barbara, of Coweta; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4110 S. 100th East Ave., Tulsa, OK 74146, or St. Jude, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN