Kenneth Simmons, age 86, Bel Aire, passed away on June 30, 2019 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield, Ks. He was born in September 1932 in Laurens, Iowa to Kenneth E. and Eva (Brown) Simmons. Kenneth was raised in Minnesota and Michigan, but considered Mora, Minn. his home where he was especially close to his Grandpa Brown.
In 1949 Kenneth entered the United States Air Force as a communications specialist based out of Kelly AFB until 1952. Shortly after separating from the military, he then began a long career with the Santa Fe Railroad in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He met the love of his life, Patricia Wells, and they were married in 1954. He worked in various locations before settling in Chanute, Kan. in 1959. Retiring in 1992 he remained in Chanute until declining health forced him to move to Wichita in 2014.
Kenneth was a gentle soul who enjoyed being outside and was an exceptional gardener. He also had a real love for short wave radio and was a member of the local ham radio club for several years. At family gatherings in the summer he loved to make homemade ice cream for everyone.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Patricia, Bel Aire; sons, Michael (Deborah), Bel Aire; Dennis (Brenda), Wichita; and Kipp, Kansas City, Mo. Also surviving are granddaughters, Sarah Bradley (Buck), Swansboro, N.C.; Rachel Simmons (Kevin Griess), Gretna, Neb.; Annie Simmons, Wichita, Grace Irion (Travis), Wichita, and grandson, Jake Simmons, Wichita. Kenneth also has 7 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Bonita Davis, Portland, Ore. and Judy Anderson, Pensacola, Fla. as well as brother, Ted Frase of Duluth, Minn. Visitation with family present will be Friday from 5-7 pm at Cochran Mortuary, 1411 N. Broadway, Wichita. Graveside will be Saturday at 10 am at Kechi Township Cemetery, 6523 N. Hillside Avenue, Kechi, KS. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations please be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 1820 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214 or the American Legion Post 170, 301 N. Evergreen Ave. Chanute, KS 66720.