In Loving Memory of Robert Bruce Simmons
Bob made transition peacefully at home surrounded by family April 15, 2019 in Carson City, Nevada.
Bob was the second of three boys born on December 15th, 1932 to Martha Herbert Simmons and John Joseph Simmons Jr. in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
He attended Lawrenceville prep school and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts, and spoke French fluently.
Following college, serving in the military was one of the highlights on Bob’s journey. He was an Army First Lieutenant, Headquarters Battery Commander, 98th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 749th Brigade during the Korean War.
After his military service, Bob began his career as a graphic arts designer for an advertising agency in New York City, and with his talent went on to become advertising director for the JC Penney Company in New York City and then southern California where he retired. Living his motto “just keep moving” he published a community newspaper before moving to northern Nevada.
Bob enjoyed oil painting, golfing, serving his famous spaghetti and meatballs dinners to family and friends, fishing, traveling, playing the upright bass and spending time at the beach.
He was married to Jane Reynolds with whom he had three daughters. He happily remarried Peggy Fleming and welcomed her daughter and son into the family.
Bob’s parents and second wife predeceased him and is survived by his children Drew (Rick), Lauren (Shannon), Elizabeth, (Larry), Mary, Ken (Stacey), 8 grandchildren, brothers Jack (Peggy), Randy (Sally).
Heartfelt appreciation from the family for the thoughtful care by numerous devoted caregivers who paid special attention to Bob at A Plus Hospice Care, Prestige Carson Tahoe Expressions Memory Care, Skyline Estates Senior Living, The Lodge Assisted Living. The family is also very grateful for the compassionate attentiveness by Kelly Bell, Tiffany Bell, Cheryl Bell, Suzy Niles, Betsy and Tim Kosier, Nancy and Wendell King, Dr. Forman and Dr. Doyle.
Bob leaves with his close family, friends, and caregivers the feeling and memories of his gentle graciousness, sense of humor, quiet dignity, kindness, resiliency, patience, and as a thoughtful listener who offered sage wisdom and encouragement with a generous spirit.
Bob will be laid to rest at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada. A private Celebration of Life service will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved, we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”