Arnold J. Simmons, 80, of Red Hook, NY, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck, NY.
A lifelong resident, he retired from IBM as a quality control specialist after 35 years: working in both Poughkeepsie and Kingston during his career.
Arnold was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club, and, for 13 years, of the Rhinebeck Fire Department. He bowled and played softball and golf. He loved to go to the river and watch for boats, trains, and to fish.
From 1948 to 1952 he was a member of the 156th Field Artillery unit of the NY Army National Guard in Poughkeepsie.
Born May 14, 1929, in Rhinebeck, he was the son of the late Robert C. and Catherine (Lattin) Simmons, Sr. On May 12, 1951 he married Geraldine Merritt in Rhinebeck.
He is survived by his family, which was the love of his life: his wife Geraldine, his children: Geraldine & Bob Lown of Red Hook, NY, Evelyn & Jim Fluegel of Rhinebeck, Arnold Simmons, II, David & Lori Simmons, and Diana & Charles Simmons-Devens all of Red Hook, his 7 grandchildren: Ruth & Eric Frisenda, Shelby & Frank Bottego, Heather Lown, Bobby Lown, Zac Simmons, Nicole Simmons, and AJ Simmons his 7 great grandchildren: Caitlyn Bottego, Noah Frisenda, Isabel Simmons, Peter Frisenda, Logan Bottego, Karha Crotti, and Kayden Crotti, and 2 sisters: Kay and Audrey Simmons of Red Hook, Numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
He was predeceased by a sister and 5 brothers; David, Isabel, Roger, Walter, Ralph, and Robert.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 15th, at Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7261 S. Broadway, Red Hook. The Rev. Luis R. Perez will officiate. Burial will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 PM.
Memorial donations may be made in Arnold's memory to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
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