Kenneth Simmons

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Kenneth M. “Ken” Simmons, Sr., 77, of Belleville, IL, born August 31, 1940, in Ellsinore, MO, died Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Lebanon Care Center, Lebanon, IL.

Mr. Simmons was a coal miner for Peabody Energy Corporation for many years. After retirement, he worked as a school bus driver in Belleville. Ken was a family man and an avid fisherman.  He loved animals, making handmade crafts, and furniture restoration.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo and Leitha, nee Brown, Simmons; and a brother, Larry Simmons.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Carol, nee Bingheim, Simmons, whom he married on October 27, 1962;
two sons, Kenneth M. (Tonya) Simmons, Jr., and Ronald J. (Carol) Simmons;
four grandchildren, Niomi Tai (Ryan) Clifton, Brandon Paul Simmons, Autumn Annette Simmons, and Jamie (James) Willis;
eight great-grandchildren;
two brothers, Carroll (Betty) Simmons, and Lindell (Nora) Simmons;
and a sister, Gerri Simmons.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private family services will be held.


2 Comments on Kenneth Simmons

Ronald Sinn & Family said : Guest Report Dec 29, 2017 at 6:37 PM

We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Our heartfelt condolences.

  • St. Libory
  • IL
Kristi Bell Waidman said : Guest Report Dec 28, 2017 at 5:51 PM

So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers and good thoughts for you family.

  • Florissant
  • Missouri

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