Kenneth Simmonds

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Kenneth L. Simmonds, 81, of Belleville, IL, born May 11, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, October 7, 2023, at St. Paul Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

Kenneth was a United States National Guard veteran. He worked in the maintenance department for Belleville School District 201 for 21 years. He also had his own painting business. Kenneth was a devoted member of the Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, where he held many different offices and received many degrees. He was a member of the Jaycees in Millstadt and Belleville, IL, he was one of the first members of the American Legion band for Millstadt which later became the Crusaders. Kenneth was a former member of Mascoutah Sportsman Club, Lyons Club of Belleville. He was a past president of West Jr. High PTA, a member of the Lepo in Lake of Egypt. His biggest thrill was spending time with his granddaughters, watching them play sports, taking them fishing, and spending time with his family. He adored his first great-grandchild and lit up when she was born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Floy, nee Kennedy, Simmonds; two sisters, Rosemary Maserang and Nancy Simmonds; two brothers, Ralph Simmonds Jr. and Gary Dean Simmonds; and his two brothers-in-law, William Heil and William Maserang.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Patricia, nee Luekemeyer, whom he married on August 19, 1961; two sons, Gary (Marlene) Simmonds and Lawrence Simmonds; two grandchildren, Kristen Simmonds and Allison Simmonds (Andrew Pearson); a great-granddaughter, Abigail Simmonds; two step-grandchildren, Joshua (Lori) West of TX, and Benjamen (Sherry) West of TN; two step-greatgrandchildren, Kylie and Brianna West; three sisters, Carol (Frank) Albers, Patricia Dillon, and Barbara Heil; a sister-in-law, Marilyn (Bill) Borkowski; four Godchildren, Julie (Phil) Acker, Melissa (Roy) Billings, Amanda Borkowski, and Elaine Hollman; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Care Center or to St. Paul Care Center. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Moose fellowship ritual will be held at 6:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.

Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Swansea Moose Lodge 1221, Swansea, IL.



11 Comments on Kenneth Simmonds said : Guest Report Oct 13, 2023 at 11:10 AM

Please except my sympathy during this difficult time to the Simmonds family..

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Stephanie and David Lysakowski said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2023 at 4:52 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending much love and hugs your way.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Marilyn Ackerman said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2023 at 4:18 PM

Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Ken. He was such a good guy and will be missed by many. My prayers go to you all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Marilyn Newell Wikgren said : Guest Report Oct 11, 2023 at 10:47 AM

Deepest sympathy Pat. He was such a pleasant guy. May God bless you.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Butch Hettenhausen said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2023 at 6:16 PM

Pat & Family, So sorry to hear of your loss, you have our sincere sympathy. Butch & Sharon

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Barb and John Hermann said : Guest Report Oct 10, 2023 at 3:29 PM

To the Family of Kenny Simmonds: We were saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. I worked with Kenny at East. He always had a great smile and was so kind to us. We loved his sense of humor and it is my hope as you reflect on his life, you too remember his smile, his laugh, and his caring ways. My thoughts are with you all. He will be fondly remembered.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gary Hagely said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2023 at 7:51 PM

Larry / Gary So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. So many memories while we were in High School and beyond. The dad who could fix anything and make you laugh. Cared about everyone. May your memories always bring a smile to your face. Bonita, Gary and Fanily

  • Ofallon
  • MO
jameseboucher@gmail.con said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2023 at 6:43 PM

Please except my deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
jameseboucher@gmail.con said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2023 at 6:41 PM

I am sorry for such a deep felt loss!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
al d meinen said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2023 at 6:39 PM

Jeannine and I are so very sorry for your lost and hope our Prayers well help you heal love much, Al

  • Belleville
  • IL
Christie Scher said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2023 at 5:32 PM

Pat , so very sorry for your loss . Deepest sympathy to & your family . Rip , Kenny Wayne & Christie Scher 🙏🙏

  • Belleville
  • Il

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