Richard E. “Dick” Simms
Richard E. “Dick” Simms was called home June 16, 2016. Dick was born to Richard and Othlie Simms October 12, 1934 in Rifle, Colorado. He was the eldest of 10 children. Dick called Rifle “Home”. Dick met his sweetheart Judy 62 years ago and had been married for 61 years.
Dick worked in the Uranium Mines on Polar Mesa, Utah and Long Park, Colorado. In 1961, Dick joined the IBEW Union where he became a journeyman lineman. He traveled to several areas following work. In 1971, his father and brothers started the family sawmill on West Elk Creek.
He enjoyed spending his retirement playing music and entertaining at the senior centers, nursing homes and country dances. Dick loved his family and his church family, he enjoyed prospecting. He was a hardworking man. He would always forgive and always find you. No matter where you were at, or what the trouble was, Dick Simms was on his way.
Dick was proceeded in death by his parents, 2 infant brothers and 2 sisters Sally Elmore and Stella Aldrich. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sons; Richard (Marcie) Palisade, CO, Dee (Twila) Cedaredge, CO, Leslie (Margaret) Silt, CO, and Andy (Kara) Branson, MO; sisters; Geri Jewell, Shirley Hutchings and Margie Maynard; brothers; Earl and Joe Simms. 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Dick will be dearly missed by family and friends.
A viewing will take place June 21, 2016 at the Rifle Funeral Home from 9:30-10:30 a.m. A graveside service will be held at the Rose Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Veterans Park in Silt. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society http://www.nationalMSsociety.org
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