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Stephen F Simmon

Stephen F Simmon

Stephen Simmon of Rock Island, IL, passed away Friday, May 8th, 2020, at age 75. He was born on May 22, 1944, to Harrison and Alma Simmon.
Steve graduated from Moline High School and then earned his bachelors degree in business from Augustana College. Over the years, he worked in retail management for Turnstyle/Venture, and then worked for Ralston Purina up until the mid-90s when he started working as a real estate agent. He was very well known as “The Sweater Guy” in his career as a realtor.
Ever since he was a boy, he had a passion for sales. He very much enjoyed finding good deals and garage sale treasures. He also loved being outdoors. Camping, fishing, hiking, and boating were some of his favorite things to do. He took pride in gardening in his yard, and loved a good bonfire.
He enjoyed raising his son and daughter, and spending time with his three grandchildren. He took such pride in all of their achievements and was always there to cheer them on in all of their sports and activities. He was a loving and compassionate person that will be missed by many.
Survivors include his daughter, Amanda (Oscar) Herrera of Rock Island; son, Stephen Simmon Jr. (Bree Bedford-Brown) of Burlington WI; grandchildren, Marissa, Caleb, and Drake of Rock Island; brother, H.B. Simmon (Sue Lent) of Rock Island; sister, Penny (Jeff) Quick of Moline; nephews, Chris (Merideth) Quick of Paletine Il, and Chad Quick of Moline; and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Alma Simmon, and his dear friend, Kate Odean.

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05/13/20 10:16 AM #1    

James M Simon

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Steve Simmons. Steve,Jerry Collins, Bill Brinkman,Tony Shelton and myself had a lot of fun together during high school. I remember that we all performed a skit together in the annual ADC show and I believe Barbara Garst a censored us.I think Steve was one of the very first employees at Turnstyle and the he got me a part time job working there.All of us spent many hours riding in Brinkmans Model A Ford . Steve was always a hard worker and very friendly to everyone. We had a chance to revisit at our 50th reunion and was nice to catch up. He was a great guy and will be missed.RIP my Friend.

05/14/20 12:08 PM #2    

Michael J Miller

About 40 years ago Steve and I were between jobs. Steve was very creative. We bought things at going out if business sales etc. and made some $. Steve put on a garage sale that was so large the Rock Iskand police came to control traffic! Lots of good memories. He is missed.

05/14/20 03:44 PM #3    

John A "Tony" Shelton



Steve and I have been friends since high school until his passing! I last met him at Hafners in December 2019. I  was in Moline on business from my home in Colorado. Jerry Collin, Steve, some friends from Geneseo and  I met for a couple of beers. It was the last time I spoke with him.

We were very close especially during our early years of our marriages. We went on many vacations together:  Minnesota fishing trips, Las Vegas in the same lounge as Elvis, Colorado on our way to California.  Many great times together. 

Steve sold my house when we had to move to Colorado to take care of my sick uncle. Steve was a client of mine when I was in the financial services industry.

Needless to say he will be sadly missed! 




05/14/20 05:32 PM #4    

Jerry J Collin

        I think Steve and I met during the summer before seventh grade when my family moved into the Coolidge school district, down the block from him. As Jim has said, Steve, Tony Shelton, Bill Brinkman, Simmon and I had many good times during our school years.

       After high school, probably while attending Black Hawk, Steve had a '48, '49 or '50 black Plymouth coupe. A lot of time was spent cruising or visiting Hoagies A&W. It had a huge trunk and, of course, was used to sneak a couple extra people into the drive-in. Steve mentioned, not long ago, how neat it would be to have that car now.

       Steve was a life long friend who would look for the humor in most situations. He was, just, a really good person and will be missed by all who knew him. God bless you, Steve.



05/15/20 10:50 AM #5    

Jerry W Soukup

Jim, Mike, Tony, and Jerry had the good fortune of knowing Steve better than I.   My meomories pretty much come from Coolidge, MHS, and BHJC.  Steve was a person one always enjoyed seeing, no matter the situation.  His positive outlook and humor were contagious.  He would make your day more enjoyable no matter the weather.  Rest in Peace - Steve.

05/16/20 10:54 AM #6    

Nancy A Groene (Bené)

I was in the same homeroom at Coolidge with Steve and Jerry Collin. That homeroom was filled with a great group of boys and girls. Remember Mr. Nagel? Steve phoned me on Valentine's Day a few years ago. He called "Just Because." He was worried about Bill Brinkman at the time and asked me to pray for him.


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