Floyd Eugene Simmons Sr. was born April 28, 1929 to Frank and Elvira (Kaizer) Simmons. His mother remarried Raymond Waller who raised Floyd ever since he was a baby. Floyd had a huge family 10 siblings to help guide him during his youth. Floyd went to school at the Hazeldale Country School in Ottumwa, Iowa until he was in 8th grade.
On May 3, 1946, Floyd joined the Navy to serve his country proudly until April 29, 1949. In November 7, 1949, he married the love of his life, Madonna Rose Merrill for 55 years before he lost her in August of 2004. To this union there were six daughters, Carolyn, Christi, Charlotte, Cindy, Connie, Calleen, and one son Gene. They moved around a lot mostly lived in Albia and Chariton.
Floyd was a jack of all trades, he knew how to fix and built about anything he set his mind to. He was a hard worker, Floyd would work two or three jobs to make sure his family was taken care of. He was a farm hand to several farmers, mechanic at G & O in Chariton, Johnston Machine works and for Etter’s Livestock. Floyd worked for several places in his life.
He is survived by his children, Carolyn Major of Albia, IA, Christi (Lee) Stephens of Albia, IA, Cindy Glover of Russell, IA, Connie Bandstra of Oskaloosa, IA, Calleen (Tim) Bebee of Lucas, IA, Gene Simmons of Russell, IA, 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Floyd is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Madonna, his daughter Charlotte Richard, his 10 siblings, three sons-in-law, Bill Major, David Glover, Gary Richard. On line condolences may be left at www.fieldingfuneralhome.com.