Leo "Sonny" Simons, Jr.
09/08/1936 - 02/02/2020
Obituary for Leo "Sonny" Simons, Jr.
Leo Gerald Simons, Jr., age 83, passed away at his home in Casnovia on Sunday, February 2, 2020. He was born in Sparta, Michigan on September 8, 1936 to Leo, Sr. and Edna (Bigelow) Simons. “Sonny”, as everyone knew him, grew up on a farm in Sparta and had a love for John Deere tractors. He enjoyed taking care of his lawn and flowers and will be lovingly remembered as a kind, easy-going guy.
Sonny is survived by his wife, Linda; his children, Susan (Jerry) Helsen, Karen (Sal) Perez and Gerald (Stefani) Simons; his stepchildren, Ken (Judy) Simons, Doug (Karen) Simons, Russel (Janet) Simons, Randy (Becky) Simons and Fred Simons; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Wayne (Judy) Simons, Leon Simons and Rita Ackerman (Dan Rama); special friends, Dan VanderPloeg and Buddy Klinger, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Joyce, and 4 siblings.
Services for Sonny will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta with Reverend Don VanSlyke officiating. Family will meet visitors on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5-7:00 PM at the funeral home and also for 1 hour prior to the service on Friday beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in Hilton Cemetery in Casnovia. Those wishing to make a donation in Sonny’s memory may do so to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.
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