Duane Eldred Simmons, 82 years of age has passed on to be with the Lord on January 2nd, 2021 after a brief hospitalization in Spokane, Washington. Duane was born in Coquille, Oregon in 1938 to Harold D. Simmons and Edith A. Simmons. Kay Johnson, his sister also resides in Washington State. Growing up in Coquille and Coos Bay, Oregon, Duane graduated from Myrtle Point High School, then went on to “OTI”, Oregon Technical Institute. He enlisted into the Air Force in 1959, and was assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Duane dated and subsequently engaged to his wife if 58 years, Patricia Jeanette Aiken. He transferred to Iceland and upon his return, Duane and Patricia wed on October 28th, 1961. He continued with his military career until 1979. He was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church. His enjoyments in life were with his wife and children, camping, hunting, as well as sports. Duane was a great man and will be deeply missed by those he left behind. He is survived by his Wife, Patricia J. Simmons, his children Terryll Ann, Gail Francis, Harold Jerome, and Paula Elizabeth. Duane also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. To cherish his loving memories, a private family service will be held at a later date.
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