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Loren Simmons Obituary

Loren A. Simmons
Loren A. Simmons

December 8, 1924 - September 30, 2013
Born in Waukegan, IL
Resided in Monterey, CA
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Loren A. Simmons, a resident of the Monterey Peninsula for 28 years, died peacefully at his home in Monterey, CA on September 30, 2013. He was 88.

Loren was born and raised in Waukegan, IL, growing up at 310 Cory Avenue. A 1942 graduate of Waukegan High School, Loren excelled at swimming, earning a state record in the 50-yard butterfly, which stood for several years.

After graduating high school, Loren attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In December 1942, shortly after his 18th birthday, he joined the Marine Corps: this would first take him to Norte Dame University to study engineering and then on to officers training before assuming active duty. One of the notable moments in his military career was being station in Nagasaki, Japan, six weeks after the nuclear attack. Part of a team sent to repair roads and rebuild, Loren captured the poignancy and devastation through numerous photographs.

Loren married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine "Gerrie" Truax, on August 30 1946. Loren's first job was as a sales engineer with Cyclone Fence, which took them to both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Loren was called back into the Marine reserves and retired as a Captain in 1952. They returned to Waukegan to begin the next phase of their life together. Loren designed and built their family home on Forest Lane, where they formed lifelong friendships with the neighbors and raised their children. Loren continued his 38-year career in sales and management in the wire mash conveyors belt industry, including time at Alloy Wire Belt and Ashworth Brothers. While at Ashworth Brothers, Loren was promoted into sales management and transferred to Salinas, CA in June 1979. He finished his career in Modesto, CA from 1988 to 1992, and relocated back to Salinas/Monterey area in 1995 to be closer to family, first to Markham Ranch and then to The Park Lane retirement community
Loren and Gerrie shared 58 years of marriage until Gerrie's death in November, 2004.

Loren lived an active and fruitful life up to the very end, delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors playing golf, hosting and playing bridge and volunteering both at The Park Lane and the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. He loved to explore the local sights of the Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley, and in his later years, he enjoyed travelling to Europe, Hawaii, and taking in an Alaska cruise.

To everyone Loren encountered, he became a valuable, loving, cherished member of their lives. Loren was true to himself, his beliefs, his family, and his friends: and gave generously of himself every day.
Loren is survived by his sister, Virginia Bilharz of Lindenhurst, IL; his three children - Cory (Freda) Simmons of Concord, CA, Kelly (Jay Bolling) Simmons of Bryn Mawr, PA, and Kris (Scott) McCulloch of Cary, NC; and his five grandchildren - Laura and Peter Simmons of Merced, CA, and Sydney, Spencer, and Cameron Bolling of Bryn Mawr, PA.

A memorial service for Loren will be held at noon on Saturday, October 26th, 2013, at St. John's Chapel, 1490 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, followed by a reception at The Park Lane retirement community at 200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey.

Donations to the Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula are suggested in lieu of flowers.



Memorial Service
St. John's Chapel
1490 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA US 93942
Saturday, October 26, 2013
12:00 PM


Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula