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“Leo” Simmons, age 80, of Knoxville, Illinois, died at 4:35 P.M. on Friday,
January 17, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loved ones.
was born on May 11, 1939 in Hardin County, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the son of
Elbert “Ebby” Young and Beulah “Dessie” (Fields) Simmons. In February of 2000, Leo was married to
Candace Nelson-Madden in Yorkville, Illinois.
to cherish Leo’s memory is his loving wife of nearly twenty years, Candace Simmons
of Knoxville; three children: Katherin Franklin of Colorado, Anthony Lee (and
Mary) Simmons of Big Rock, Illinois, Larry (and Margi) Simmons of Yorkville,
Illinois; three step-children: Amber (and Chad) Green of Yorkville, Kelly (and
Kelli) Madden of Yorkville, Jody (and Bo Natoli) Madden of Largo, Florida;
fourteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and
one sister, Hazel.
began working for Caterpillar in Aurora, Illinois in 1959, retiring after
thirty years in 1989. Shortly after
retirement from Cat, Leo and another gentleman started a business together, A&L
Tree Service in Oswego, Illinois, which lasted for thirteen and a half
years. He was a member of the Plano
Christian Church in Plano, Illinois, as well as the Christian Motorcycle
Association. Leo absolutely loved to
visit with people, and will be remembered for his ability to never meet a
stranger. He also loved riding his
motorcycle and building things.
rites will be accorded. A celebration of
Leo’s life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00
P.M. at the Party Lodge, 1312 East Church Street, Sandwich, Illinois 60548. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory
is assisting the family. Online
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