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Harold George Simmons, Jr., age 74, of Cedar Springs, passed away early Sunday morning, August 16, 2020 at his home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  The son of Ida L. (Oliver) & Harold George Simmons, Sr., he was born on August 5, 1946 in Grand Rapids.  Prior to his death, he was helped by several friends and relatives.

Following his graduation from Creston High School, he was inducted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War and while serving Fort Sill, he married Sandra Jane Williams on May 27, 1966 in Lawton, Oklahoma and he was later stationed with his wife in Furth City, Germany.  Together they raised four children and enjoyed 54 years of marriage.  After his honorable discharge, they made their home in Grand Rapids where Harold worked at Purolator as a driver and Rapistan where he retired from after 30-plus years of service.

Harold loved Racing.  He raced Berlin when it was dirt, taking his children when they were young.  With his help his daughter raced quarter midgets, and his son raced a variety of cars from Street Stocks, Pro Stocks, Sportsman Class, Limited Late Model, Modifieds, and more.  He also enjoyed building race cars, making models of race cars, going to swap meets, listening to oldies, spending time with his family whom he always expressed a tremendous amount of pride for, and in the last two years, he enjoyed playing Cards Against Humanity with his family.  He was a member of the UAW Local 1485.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  and two sisters, Flora Watson and Mildred Brown.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra J. Simmons of Cedar Springs;  their children, Tammy & Eddie Link of Kentwood, Kimberly & Joseph Young of Grand Rapids, Penny & Randy Itter of Rockford, Todd & Julie Simmons of Sunfield;  sixteen  grandchildren, Chrissy & Dariush Simmons of Tehran, Iran,  Ariel & Michael Chatman  of Sparta, Randy Itter Jr. of Rockford, Britteny Itter of Rockford, Bradley Young of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Nolan & Lacey Young of Fort Walton, Florida, Emily Link of Kentwood, Aaron Itter of Rockford, Mary Young of Huntington, Indiana, Christopher Itter of Rockford, Nathan Link of Kentwood, Travis Link of Kentwood, and Amber Simmons of Sunfield; three great-grandchildren, Eric, Aryan, and Arash; brothers and sisters, Margaret & Robert Mol of Grand Rapids, Keith Simmons of Grand Rapids, and Dorothy Simmons of Grand Rapids; siblings-in-law, Stanley Williams of Lake Odessa, Dan & Vaughn Williams of Grandville, and Dennis & Nancy Williams of Rockford;  and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring Harold’s wishes, a private celebration of his life is being planned and burial, with military honors, will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta.  Instead of flowers, Harold would have appreciated contributions in his memory to Spectrum Health Hospice or to Alcoholics Anonymous (as he celebrated 18 years of sobriety).

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Harold’s online guest book, or share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. John l. Bowen on August 18, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Hi everyone I’m so sorry about Harold ,I remember when we were 17 years old I helped Harold to put brakes on his 1953 ford wagon, we finished the brakes at 3 am, ,thank God it was summer time and we did it with flash lights, R.I.P.HAROLD –JOHN

  2. Eileen C on August 19, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find Peace Love and Comfort at this time. If there is anything you need please let us know

  3. Kimberly Young on August 21, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Dad, we played your songs and celebrated your life In a private gathering tonight in true “Simmons” fashion. It’s going to be hard never hearing your voice again, the corny jokes that always make us laugh. You always told me how proud you were of each and every one of us. Well dad, you helped mold all of into the hard workers we are today, both you and mom working two jobs just to give us opportunities you may have not had. I wish you peace in that you are no longer suffering. Hug Granpa, Grandma, Aunt Fora, and Aunt Millie from me.
    Love you always dad!

  4. Todd Simmons on August 30, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you all for your kind words. Our family has been blessed and appreciate everyone. My dad Harold Simmons will be missed. I’m glad the times we did spend together racing fishing working on cars. Love you dad.

  5. Chrissy Simmons on December 14, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Grandpa I love you. I can’t believe I have to spend next summer without you. I know how much you loved us and how much you enjoyed watching your grand kids and great grand kids play. Thinking of you. Xoxo

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