Richard Dillon "Pa-Pa" Simmons

July 28, 1935October 28, 2018

Richard Dillon “Pa-Pa” Simmons, age 83, of Peoria, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 at 5 am at his residence.

He was born July 28, 1935 in Peoria to Cecil and Flossie (Belk) Simmons. He married Sandra Kay Swearingen on June 30, 1956 in Peoria. She survives, along with three children: Tyler (Lana) Simmons of Bartonville, Selena (Tom) Dunne of Bartonville, Erica (Ryan) Kneer of Washington; five grandsons: Dylan (Samantha) Simmons, T.R. Dunne, Michael Dunne, Austin Kneer, Ayden Kneer; six granddaughters: Megan (Ryan) Welker, Reilly Dunne, Bailee Dunne, Kayla Kneer, Kami Kneer and Alyssa Kneer; also surviving are three great grandchildren, Jonah Welker, Claire Welker, and Carson Simmons.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Andrea Dalyn Simmons; and four sisters: Katherine Miller, Ruby Curless, Lucielle Greer, Judy Sample; and two brothers: Ronald Simmons and Junior Simmons.

Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1954 through 1956. He was a member of the American Legion # 979. He took great pride in supporting his fellow Veterans. Rain, sleet, or snow he attended every Veteran’s Day Parade. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, fishing and rooting for his beloved Cardinals. He shared his love of baseball with his son, Tyler, and many other children, while coaching for the Limestone Little League. He especially enjoyed attending sporting events to watch his grandchildren.

Richard worked for Labor Union #165 for George Brooks and Son Construction, Armours Packing Co. as a Meat Cutter; Chris Hoerr and Son, delivering Rejoice Foods, Caterpillar Tractor Co retiring in 1996. He also drove a school bus for Laidlaw Bus Company for 13 years.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at Faith Missionary Church on Airport Rd at 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. A Celebration of Life will follow at Independent Steelworkers Union Hall on Bolivia in Bartonville from 6:30-9pm. Please feel free to wear your St. Louis Cardinals attire. Memorials can be made to Bob Michel V.A. Clinic at 7717 N. Orange Prairie Rd., Peoria, IL 61615. Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


  • Cecil Simmons, Father
  • Flossie (Belk) Simmons, Mother
  • Sandra Kay (Swearingen) Simmons, Wife
  • Tyler (Lana) Simmons, Son
  • Selena (Tom) Dunne, Daughter
  • Erica (Ryan) Kneer, Daughter
  • Andrea Dalyn Simmons, Daughter
  • Dylan (Samantha) Simmons, Grandson
  • T.R. Dunne, Grandson
  • Michael Dunne, Grandson
  • Austin Kneer, Grandson
  • Ayden Kneer, Grandson
  • Megan (Ryan) Welker, Granddaughter
  • Reilly Dunne, Granddaughter
  • Bailee Dunne, Granddaughter
  • Kayla Kneer, Granddaughter
  • Kami Dunne, Granddaughter
  • Alyssa Kneer, Granddaughter
  • Jonah Welker, Great Grandchild
  • Claire Welker, Great Grandchild
  • Carson Simmons, Great Grandchild
  • Katherine Miller, Ruby Curless, Lucielle Greer, Judy Sample, Sisters
  • Ronald Simmons and Junior Simmons, Brothers
  • Richard was preceded in death by one daughter, Andrea Dalyn Simmons; four sisters: Katherine Miller, Ruby Curless, Lucielle Greer, Judy Sample; and two brothers, Ronald Simmons and Junior Simmons.

  • Bob Michel V.A. Clinic


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 2, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 2, 2018

Richard Dillon "Pa-Pa" Simmons

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Val Mason

October 31, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. We first met when he was our school's bus driver, and was known to our family as "RD". I remember a time when Sammy forgot his glasses and RD held the bus for him to run back into the house to get them. He was more of a grandpa to the kids than their bus driver. All through our years at Monroe and Limestone, we could count on visiting with RD at every game. He was a dear friend to our entire community and he will be missed. Tom, Selena and family, we are so very sorry and our thoughts are with you all.
The Masons

Cheryl Peacock

October 30, 2018

I met Richard when my sister Lana started dating Tyler around 1980? but I really got to know him my Junior/Senior year’s of high school when Selena became my bestest buddy. So many memories but what I remember most is how much he loved his family. He became “pa pa” to so many of us and lit up when we called him by that name!

Jerry Easley

October 29, 2018

When I first met Dick in May of 1971: As a 19 year old, I had just started working at Caterpillar on third shift. Dick saw this young kid and he started talking and getting acquainted. He could tell I was about as green as you could be and that was Dicks cue to have some fun. He took out his billfold and asked if I wanted to see a picture of his wife. How could I say no. So he took out his billfold and proceeded to show me a picture of an extremely homely person. I was speechless, and after a couple of minutes of silence, he started to laugh as only Dick could. It turns out the picture was of the recently voted ugliest person of the year. Dick’s personality and humor kept life on third shift much more bearable. I eventually discovered that his wife (Sandy) and I were seniors together at Farmington High School. We had met a year earlier and have been friends since.
I have so many memories of Richard, and they were always memories of having a good time and a hearty laugh.
My heart goes out to Sandy and her family. I pray that you feel Gods comfort and security as you move forward.