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Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL

OBITUARY

Linda Lee (Kratzer) Simmons

November 24, 1936October 12, 2019
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Linda Lee (Kratzer) Simmons entered eternal life peacefully on October 12, 2019 at Lutheran Hillside Village at the age of 82. Linda was born in Peoria, Illinois on November 24, 1936 to Walter Lee and Rilma Ione (Moody) Kratzer. She was the youngest of three sisters, Ruth Irene Grover and Betty Jean Dailey, who both preceded her in death. Linda was a former resident of East Peoria, Illinois; Waterloo, Belgium; Elmwood, Illinois and Rosefield Township, Peoria County, Illinois. She is survived by her husband of sixty-four years, Harold Ray Simmons. Ray and Linda met at a Peoria County 4H Federation Meeting in 1953. Linda was active in 4H raising and showing short horn cattle. They were married on September 3, 1955 at Elmwood Methodist Church and afterwards enjoyed a nice Steak ‘n Shake dinner together. Linda was a loving mother to two children, Daniel Ray (Michelle) Simmons of Petersburg, Illinois and Leticia “Tish” Ann (Dave) Sills of Vincennes, Indiana; who both survive. The joy of Linda’s life was when she spent time with her grandchildren. She was a very fun and loving grandmother to five grandchildren. Some of her family fondly called her Honey. Her grandchildren, Samuel Ray Simmons of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Monica Riley Sills of Evansville, Indiana; David Matthew Sills of Vincennes, Indiana; Harold “Harry” DeCourcy Simmons and Elinor Grace Simmons of Petersburg, Illinois all survive. Many nieces and nephews also survive Linda. Linda attended elementary school in Oak Hill, Illinois, which was the last Peoria County one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Elmwood Community High School in 1954 and was homecoming queen in the fall of 1953. Linda always maintained strong emotional ties to the Elmwood and Rosefield communities. She continued her education at Brown’s Business College and was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance and Caterpillar. She took a break to raise her children. After a while she updated her skills at Illinois Central College and returned to the work force as an employee at Bradley University and Central Illinois Agency on Aging. Linda and Ray enjoyed camping and visited all but two continental states. She was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, always working behind the scenes. Linda was active in altar guild, quilt distribution, Joanna Women’s Circle and newsletter preparation and mailing. A funeral service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peoria, officiated by Pastor William R. Dohle Jr., on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Linda will be interred at Elmwood Township Cemetery. Linda’s family would like to express their thanks for the loving care provided by OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s Emergency Room, Neuro ICU, Adult Cardiac ICU and Cancer Care Unit; OSF Hospice, AMT Ambulance and Lutheran Hillside Village. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital or Children's Hospital of Illinois.

You may view Linda’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com

  • FAMILY

  • Walter Lee Kratzer, Father
  • Rilma Ione (Moody) Kratzer, Mother
  • Ruth Irene Grover, Sister
  • Betty Jean Dailey, Sister
  • Harold Ray Simmons, Husband
  • Daniel Ray (Michelle) Simmons, Son
  • Leticia "Tish" Ann (Dave) Sills, Daughter
  • Samuel Ray Simmons, Monica Riley and David Matthew Sills, Harold "Harry DeCourcy Simmons and Elinor Grace Simmons, Grandchildren
  • Nieces and Nephews, Many
  • Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Rilma; and her sisters, Ruth Irene and Betty Jean.
  • DONATIONS

  • Shriners Hospital
  • Children's Hospital of Illinois

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Vistation Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 18, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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Denise Johnson

October 15, 2019

Heartfelt condolences go out to Linda's immediate family while she was a resident at LHV.

Scott Stalter

October 15, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Linda was such a nice neighbor. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Michelle Stalter.

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