Rene Ren Quinten Simmons

July 28, 1959February 10, 2013
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Born July 28, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, passed away February 10, 2013 at the age of 53. Rene was a department manager for the State of Michigan Department of Technology Management and Budget. He served briefly in the U.S. Coast Guard. Rene was a very charismatic, outgoing, loving husband, father and grandfather with a love of music and a great sense of humor. He was a dedicated MSU Spartan fan, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, camping, river floating, horses, skiing and sailing. Rene will be greatly missed by his adoring wife of 35 years Beckie. He is survived by his children, Nicole Garza (Joe Gray), Jamie (Doug) Kirby, Scott (Kelsie Cole) Simmons, Trevor Simmons and Christopher (Ashleigh Wazbinski) Mee; grandchildren, Taylor, Jaylee and Makenzie Garza, Avery and Drew Kirby, Autumn Gray and baby Oliver Mee; parents, Richard and Dorothy Simmons; siblings, Charles (Sue) Simmons, Renee (Patrick) Lindsay, Therese (Tom) Hamming, Mary (Les) Vietzke and Toby (Candie) Simmons; father-in-law, Clifford Mee; foster mother-in-law, Susan Garbarini; sister-in-laws, Patricia Simmons, Janet (Adam) Ravelo, Lisa Hilty and Linda Mee; brother-in-laws, Brian (Lisa) Mee and Mike (Colleen) Mee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Christopher and Brion; mother-in-law, Joyce Mee; foster father-in-law, Mark Garbarini and a great-niece. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 15, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, with the Rev. Mark Inglot officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 14, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing where the rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Rosary Service Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 15, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 15, 2013

Rene Ren Quinten Simmons

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Beckie Simmons

June 20, 2013

Tentative plans are for a Graveside service at Ovid Cemetery on July 27,2013 then get together at our home on that afternoon & evening, possible camping, shoes, cooking and in the morning WAFFELS!

Jamie Kirby

February 20, 2013

I miss you so much! Keep talking to me through the music, and I will keep singing and dancing! I love you Dad!

February 18, 2013

I graduated with Rene. He was always such
a gentleman and great friend to all. And
that "Smile". Take comfort in memories.

Lori Smith Wirt

February 17, 2013

We will be holding a grave side service in the spring or early summer.

Monique Page

February 17, 2013

Hi Simmons family,
I hope you remember me, I baby sat for you guys back around the late 80's. My sister still works for the state and told me of Rene's passing. I'm so saddened to hear of this, my sincere condolences go out to you Becky, and all the kids. Looking back at that time in my life, I so appreciate how good you guys were to me, I was young and a little confused about which direction to take in life, but you guys were so supportive, I loved having a little part in your family. Rene was a very sweet man and such a loving father, I know that you can take comfort in the memories of how he loved you all so much. I remember one day when he came home he was so excited to be off work to spend time with you all, especially Trevor, who was probably less than a year old, he tossed him gently up in the air and took him out for a stroller ride. I pray for peace and strength through your hard days ahead. I'm sure things are very dark and overwhelming now, but I pray the Lord bring you comfort like only He can do. Sincerely, Monique Page (Calder)

February 15, 2013

RIP Rene. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to know and work with you. And as many have said before me, you have a wonderful spirit and you are a complete joy to be around. No more troubles down here Rene; save a spot for me in heaven. God Bless your family.

Teresa Keyton

Karen McCumber

February 15, 2013


Sorry to hear about your brother. I remember dancing in your basement and he would play his records, especially Ram by Paul McCartney. My condolences.

Cathy Myers

February 15, 2013

I worked with Rene at the State of Michigan many years ago. I remember one day when his wife was in labor and he kept calling the office and giving us updates on the progress.  He was so proud to be a father.  Even though it has been quite some time since I worked with Rene, I still have a vivid memory of his smile and happy personality. My thoughts go out to the family.

February 15, 2013

Beckie, I am so sorry about your husband's passing. My thoughts are with you and if there's anything I can do, please call. Your childhood friend, Caryn Whipple, (Browder)

Vicky Christeson

February 15, 2013

Words can not express the great sadness we feel at the loss of Rene. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family Beckie.