July 19, 1961 - July 7, 2013
SYRACUSE — Donald DeWayne Simmons, 51, died Sunday evening, July 7, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, following a lengthy illness.
Donald was born July 19, 1961, in Portsmouth ,Va.
On May 26, 1984, he married Johanna Rump at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Elkhart.
She survives along with his parents, Paul and Carol (Jump) Simmons of Goshen, and two brothers, Jon (Vicki Krogh) Simmons of Elkhart and David (Ingrid Franke) of Goshen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and a great-nephew.
Donald graduated from Concord High School in 1979 and attended Purdue University. He enlisted in U.S. Army from 19801986. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science. He later earned a master’s degree in theological letters from Indiana University.
He was a licensed nursing home administrator and worked for a number of years for Beverly Enterprises. He attended Missionary Alliance Church and was a member of the Missionary Church. He was a member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Syracuse.
Donald was a great lover of religion, knowledge and politics. He enjoyed a healthy debate. His greatest love, aside from Johanna, were his two dogs, Neo and Sammy, but most of all he loved the Chicago Cubs.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8. Thursday, July 11, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where a 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, funeral will take place. Cremation will take place following the funeral at Yoder-Culp Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or USO.