Robert F. Simons
Robert F. “Bob” Simons died Jan. 26 at his home in Grand Junction. He was 78 years old.He was born April 12, 1927, to George Edward and Lora Franklin Simons in Okmulgee, Okla. Bob was an Army veteran serving in Korea and Italy and a graduate of Oklahoma University.
After traveling to Aspen with the Oklahoma City Ski Club, he fell in love with the area and moved there in 1957, where he ran a grocery store before becoming a teacher. He taught school from 1962 to 1987. He loved seeing his former students, who still called him “Mr. Simons” and was told that they were grateful for his strict discipline and term-paper writing instruction. His students were known to say, “Did you do your ‘Simons’?” rather than “homework.”Bob taught skiing for the Aspen Ski Corp. from 1987 to 1990. He and his wife, Kay, moved to Carbondale in 1990 and to Grand Junction in 1995.
Bob was a world-class fly fisherman and fly tier who guided fishermen on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers. He was a huge OU football fan and loved watching sports. He especially loved his birthday parties and was quite fond of golf. When he was no longer able to play golf, his buddies started a coffee group and got together frequently.He greatly admired his wife, Kay, and was thrilled that she was able to ride and show her horses. Bob’s great smile and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. He kept his bright mind, sense of wit and interest in life and people to the very end.
Bob is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kay; sons Robert F. “Robbie” Simons Jr., of Seattle, Thomas Edward “Tommy” Simons, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; nephew Geoff Simons of Boca Raton, Fla., who he raised and thought of as a son; grandchildren Travis Robert, Kevin Andrew, Trevor and Sally Poe Simons; and great-grandchildren Kristina and Brooke Simons.A memorial service will be held at Callahan Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction today, Saturday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be given to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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