Richard Dury Simmons, Sr., 72, entered the gates of Heaven on May 9, 2012. Survived by his wife, Arzelia 'Sue' Simmons; daughter, Jan (Steve) Parker of Louisville, Ky.; son, Richard Simmons; stepchildren, Crystal (Keith) Gerlock, Adam (Carly), Amanda and Timothy Ralston; sister, Sara (Jim) Farmer of Monroe, La.; grandchildren, April, Chad, Lydia, Abby, Makayla, Bryce, Joseph, Aalia and Kaylee; great-grandchildren, Oliva, Lola Belle and Regan. Preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Geneva Simmons; son, Paul Simmons; and sister, Paula (Dick) Hammlet. Richard was born April 6, 1940, in Ardmore, Okla. He owned and operated Allen Monuments of Shreveport, La. and later worked locally with Ark Valley Memorial and Roselawn Cemetery. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Service, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Ave., with Pastor Kim James officiating. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. We would like to offer our sympathy and condolence to you, Sue, and to your family during this time of your bereavement.

  2. Richard was one of my trustees at Wesley United Methodist Church. I haven’t known him long but he was one of the greatest trustees. Always willing to help repair or fix about anything around the church. I especially enjoyed helping him build the large TV cabinent at the front of the sanctuary in our church. Right now he’s probably repairing everything in heaven.

  3. Richard Simmons was my Great Uncle. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. Thank you for the memories Uncle Richard. We love you!

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