Fred T. Simmons 02-1992 Submitted by: Tim Dotterer
Fred T. Simmons, 86, died February 11, 1992, at East View Nursing Home, Enid. Funeral services were at 1 PM Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial was in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery.
He was born May 23, 1905, on a farm near Ringwood to Frank and Gertrude Simmons and attended Oak Center School. He attended Dague Business University in Wichita, Kansas, and worked for Rainey Davis Merchantile in Enid. In 1927, he began work for Axton Fisher Company in Lewisville, Kentucky, and in 1929 was employed by Boye Needle Company. He was promoted to vice president of sales, working 27 years out of Chicago and New York City. In 1957, he moved to Warsaw, Indiana, and was a stockbroker. He purchased a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and opened three stores. He sold the business in 1970 and moved to Sedonia, Arizona. His wife Ruth died in 1987, and in 1989 he moved back to Oklahoma.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. He was a member of the Methodist Church, American Legion and a charter member of Optimism Club in Warsaw.
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