John P. Simmons


John Perry Simmons, 95, of Columbus died Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at his home.

He was a retired farmer and he was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer and was on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of Bartholomew County Plan Commission, Bartholomew County Board of Appeals, Bartholomew County Council, Flatrock- Hawcreek School Board and Bartholomew County Farm Bureau. He was a 4-H leader and a Little League baseball coach.

He was a sports fan following the Yankees, Cinncinati Reds and IU basketball. He enjoyed selling his produce at the Farmer’s Market, playing cards and scrabble.

Born March 18, 1920, in Columbus, John Perry was the son of Charles H. and Nora Norton Simmons. He graduated from Clifford High School in 1938 and attended Indiana University for 3 years. He married Gladys H. Glick Sept. 28, 1941, at the Flat Rock Methodist Church Parsonage and she survives. They celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in 2015.

John Perry’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Kirk officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will follow at Hope Moravian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be donated to Hope United Methodist Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana through the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys of Columbus; children, Jim (JoEllen) Simmons of Homer Glen, Illinois, Ron (Adele) Simmons of La Quinta, California, Don (Roseann) Simmons of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Larry (Kathie) Simmons of Muncie, Indiana, Betty Ann (Curtis) Garrett of Greenwood, Indiana, Catherine Simmons of Columbus, Indiana, and Bonnie Baute of Hope, Indiana; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Nicos Panciocco.

John Perry was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Tommy Simmons; a brother, William Simmons; and a son-in-law, John Baute.