John D. Simonds

March 8, 1929March 9, 2019

John D. Simonds, 90, of Oneonta passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born March 8, 1929 in Oneonta the son of the late Francis and Frances (Beams) Simonds. John married Mary Fisher on December 20, 1974 in Walton, NY. Mary passed away June 17, 2018. John proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Corporal during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge he began working for the D&H Railroad as a conductor. He retired after 44 years of service.

John was a lifelong Oneonta resident. He also spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida at Bakers Acres RV Resort where he won many shuffleboard tournaments. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion as well as the VFW. John is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Richard) Brown; grandchildren, Timothy (Candice) Brown, Tina (Ian) Quencer; great grandchildren, Owen, Bryn, Zoey, Ella and Everett; sisters, Dorothy Gill, Peggy Sorenson, Nancy (Donald) Elliott, Belva (Roger) Linscott; brothers, Russell (Bonny) Simonds and Paul (Carla) Simonds; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Couse and brothers, Donald, Gordon and Robert Simonds.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Funeral services will immediately follow at 3:00 PM with Rev. Judith A. Thistle officiating.

For those who wish memorial donations may be made to either the National Heart Foundation or the National Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences may be made by visiting Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 14, 2019

John D. Simonds

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