The Goldendale Sentinel, Goldendale, WA., February 9, 1989, page 2


Harold C. “Pete” Simmons, a former Goldendale resident, died Jan. 31, at a nursing home in LaGrande, Ore. He was 84.

Born April 20, 1904 in Indian Territory, Ponca City, Okla., he was the son of James Raymond and Lenora “Riggs” Simmons – an Oklahoma pioneering family.


He married Ida Ula Lumry at Ponca City on Sept. 26, 1926. She preced­ed him in death on Aug. 13, 1988.

Mr. Simmons worked as a grocery clerk until 1943, when he moved to Goldendale and started work at a lumber mill and box factory. He later worked for the State of  Washington as a toll collector on the Biggs Rapids Bridge, retiring in 1966. He moved to LaGrande, Ore., to be near his family, following the death of his wife.

An avid fisherman, traveler camper and Huckleberry picked Mr. Simmons was a member of the Goldendale First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, song leader and Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Vern L. and Betty Simmons, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Eula and Glen D. Jones of LaGrande, Ore.; a brother, Clarence N. Simmons of Ponca City, Okla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Claude L. Simmons preceded him in death.

Services were held Feb. 4 at Goldendale First Baptist Church, with Pastor Skip Mitchell of­ficiating. Interment was at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, in care of the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 722, LaGrande, Ore. 97850.