McGilley Memorial Chapel-Midtown

20 West Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO


Cleo Gordon Simmonds

May 13, 1936July 29, 2019

Cleo Gordon Simmonds, 83 and resident of Prairie Village, passed away on July 29, 2019. Cremation is planned with a memorial gathering to be held at a later date. Born in the home on May 13, 1936, to Ralph Clinton Simmonds and Vera Loraine (White) in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, Cleo grew up in and around Hutchinson, Kansas. After graduating from Hutchinson H.S. he eventually attended and graduated from Wichita State University in 1958. Cleo attended Wentworth Military Academy for one year during high school, and participated in R.O.T.C. at WSU which led to serving six months of active duty then several years in the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Captain prior to discharge.

Cleo is survived by two wonderful children: Adriane (Richard Meeks) and Corey (Susan) and his granddaughter. He is also survived by his warmhearted companion of many years, Dorothy Haegele.

Early careers, primarily finance, led him to positions in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas before returning to Wichita for several years. In 1984 he relocated to Kansas City to work in the trust department at Commerce Bank, soon settling into his home in Prairie Village where he lived for over 30 years. He also completed his C.F.A. credentials during this time. After retiring from Commerce, he began to find and pursue his passions. He enjoyed travel, leading to his participation on the Prairie Village Sister City Committee, which developed a special connection to Dolyna, Ukraine. He later started and owned an online business selling model train supplies and train-related books and periodicals. Cleo joined the Kansas City MG Car Club after acquiring his "dream car," a 1948 MG TC, which always seemed to be just one spare part from running like a top.

Cleo will be remembered for being outgoing, curious, thoughtful, a good neighbor, and having a passion for arts and culture.

In lieu of flowers or casseroles, memorial contributions may be made to KCUR.org or kansaspublicradio.org/support/


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Cleo Gordon Simmonds

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Harry Simpson

August 18, 2019

Rest Cleo, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Adriane Simmonds

August 17, 2019

Love this picture of Dad. Unfortunate that he didn't get to drive his MG more often

Anne Thacker

August 8, 2019

Cleo you were loved and are missed. Anne

Family birthday party, undated.

Chuck Bloom

August 5, 2019

I was greatly saddened to see the notice of Cleo's passing in the Star. Cleo and I worked together at PaineWebber in Wichita in the late 1970's and became good friends. We kept in touch occasionally for years here in KC. I have fond memories of his happy personality, quick wit and for being a really good man. I'll remember him always. Deepest sympathy to his family and close friend(s).

Russell Sifers

August 5, 2019

Cleo was a good friend and fellow grease monkey when we worked on our MGs. I miss him.