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Alex Simmons

March 8, 2018 GMT

Alex B. Simmons changed his address on March 4, 2018. He is now experiencing a life free of worries, pain and health issues! Psalms 91:16 “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

The wake will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno. Masonic rites will be given at 7 p.m. An additional time of viewing will be from 9 a.m. on Saturday until the 10 a.m. funeral services at First Baptist Church in Manteno. Pastor David Peterman and Associate Pastor De Abbott will be leading the service.

A viewing at First Baptist Church of Cutler will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Graveside services and the Steelville American Legion Color Guard Gun Salute will follow in Cutler Cemetery in Cutler. Tim Blair, of Harrisburg, N.C., will be leading the graveside service.

Alex was born on May 31, 1945, in Cave-in-Rock. Preceding him in death were his parents, Reedie and Ava Pennell Simmons and one brother, Bob Simmons.

Surviving are his wife, Cynthia E. Blair Simmons, whom he married on July 25, 1970; two sons, Jonathan Alex Simmons, of Bourbonnais, and Justin Michael Simmons and special friend, Cathy Mau, and daughter, Isabella Corona, of Chebanse. Also surviving are his brother, Ronnie and Ruth Duchene Simmons, of Herscher; his sister, Phyllis Renchen, of Manteno; sister and brother-in-law, Earl and Jane Fryer, of Cutler; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Brenda Blair, of Powhatan, Va.; sister-in-law, Norma Simmons, formerly of Manteno; and many nieces and nephews.

Alex retired from Recycled Paper Products as a warehouse person in 2007. He was Past Master five times at Manteno Masonic Lodge 6. He attended Kankakee Community College for one year and graduated from mortuary school in Chicago. He worked for two years at Harvey-Brown-Long Funeral Home in Manteno.

He served a two-year duty with the U.S. Army in Erlangen, Germany, during the Cold War. The Vietnam War was also in progress. He was a Spec. 5 Acting Sergeant and drove an M-60-A1 tank and was discharged in January of 1968. He was active in the Manteno American Legion.

Alex enjoyed camping and travel in their motor home around the United States. His tool collection was also his enjoyment during retirement years.

He was a wonderful husband, father and protector of his family.

Please sign his online guestbook at clancygernon.com.

(Pd)