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Shirley Simmons

December 29, 1938 — July 18, 2016

   Shirley Ann, daughter of Raymond and Agnes (Spoo) Rudolph, was born December 29, 1938, at home in Carroll County, Iowa. She attended country school.  Shirley was united in marriage with Eugene Marshal Simmons on August 28, 1960 at Coon Rapids.  Four children were born to this union and the family made their home in Coon Rapids.

   Shirley worked in various jobs for Garst & Thomas through the years.  She also worked for her brother Dale in several restaurants, where she met many lifelong friends.  Shirley’s favorite pastime was playing cards and she loved socializing with family and friends.  She also liked to fish, sew for the Thomas Rest Haven nursing home residents and travel with her sisters and friends.  Shirley was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Coon Rapids.

   Eugene died in 2012 and Shirley continued to live in their home in Coon Rapids.  Following a battle against cancer and a short stay at the Thomas Rest Haven nursing home in Coon Rapids, she died there on Monday, July 18, 2016.  She was 77 years, 5 months and 19 days of age.

   Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; husband Eugene Simmons; brother Dale Rudolph; and brothers-in-law Leon Dorpinghaus and John Hoffmann.

   She is survived by her children: Sue Brummer (Dean) of Storm Lake; Raynette Whitecotton (Bryan) of Coon Rapids; Eugene Simmons Jr. of Coon Rapids and his daughter Elizabeth Simmons of Coon Rapids; Tom Simmons (Tammy) of Coon Rapids; stepgrandchildren: Brent Bates (Kristen) of Creston; Brandi Ragan (Jesse) of Bayard; Kinsey Bates of Coon Rapids; four step greatgrandchildren; sisters: Betty Simmons (Gerald) of Guthrie Center; Bernita Dorpinghaus of Coon Rapids; Donna Hoffmann of Carroll; Diane Richards (Bob) of Coon Rapids; Sandy Clipperton (Randy) of Bayard; sister-in-law Darlene Rudolph of Coon Rapids; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Service

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 10:30 AM

American Legion Community Building

Coon Rapids, Iowa


Gary Strasser, Officiating



“How Great Thou Art”   Andrea Richards, Vocalist

 “Far Side Banks of Jordan”   

Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash (recorded)

“Go Rest High On That Mountain”  

Vince Gill (recorded)


Casket Bearers

Tyler Simmons    Walker Kipp    Rod Richards
Mike Rudolph    Bobby Dorpinghaus    Jeff Rudolph



Union Township Cemetery

near Coon Rapids, Iowa

The family wishes to express their gratitude for your kindness

evidenced in thought, word and deed,

and invites you to join them for lunch and fellowship

at the American Legion Community Building

following the committal service.


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