OSHKOSH -- Douglas Charles "Fitz" Simmons, 58, died Friday (August 15, 2003) at his home.
He was born Jan. 5, 1945, in Limon, Colo., to Ruleiph Charles and Fannie Caroline (Tracy) Simmons. He grew up and received his education in Agate, Colo., graduating in 1963. He furthered his education and received an associate's degree at Lamar Community College, a bachelor's degree at Colorado State College in Greeley and a master's degree in physical sciences at the New Mexico School of Mines. He also attended several other colleges and universities. He began teaching at Wilsonville High School in 1967.
On Aug. 23, 1969, he married Ivalene Holtze in Wilsonville and the couple made their home there. In 1974, he moved his family to Oshkosh where he became a math and science teacher at the Garden County High School. He also coached football and basketball. After 27 years at the high school, he retired in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-mother Velma.
Survivors include his wife, Ivalene of Oshkosh; one daughter, Caroline Simmons of Holdrege; three sons, Russell and wife Michelle Simmons of Hays, Kan., Richard and wife Heather Simmons of North Platte, and James Simmons of Oshkosh; one sister, Deanna and husband, Hugh Johnson of Deer Trail, Colo.; and three grandchildren.
Services are, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. (MDT), at the United Methodist Church in Oshkosh with Pastor Ray Weinerman officiating. Interment will be Wednesday, 3 p.m. (CDT), in the Wilsonville Cemetery in Wilsonville. Friends may call Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh. A memorial has been established to the family.
Holechek Funeral Home of Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.