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Barry Simmons

Barry L. Simmons

Thursday, June 26th, 1941 - Monday, April 27th, 2020
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Barry L. Simmons, 78, of Ephrata, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020, at home.

He was born in Harrisburg to the late Russell L. and Evelyn (Eichelberger) Simmons and was the husband of Priscilla G. (Reed) Simmons with whom he celebrated 53 years of marriage on April 15th.

He attended Ebenezer EC Church, Brownstown, where he was a Sunday school teacher.

Barry was a transportation buyer for Case New Holland for 29 years. He was also a veteran of the US Navy serving on the Destroyer, Charles H. Roan. He was a member and past Exalted Ruler of Ephrata Lodge B.P.O. Elks #1933 and a member of the Golden Year Pinochle Club at the Ephrata Rec. Barry enjoyed traveling on cruises and in his car. He was an avid fan of Penn State and the San Francisco 49ers football teams. His life’s ambition was to be a beach bum and his biggest joy was being with his family.

In addition to his wife, Barry is survived by three children, Lori A., wife of Bob Rathman of Ephrata, Stephen J. Simmons of Glendale, CA, Craig R. Simmons, husband of Dean Beckett of Aston, PA; three grandchildren, Kirstie A. Rathman, companion of William Minnick, Kaitlyn Rathman and Ryan Rathman.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, memorial contributions in Barry's memory may be made to the Ephrata Lodge B.P.O. Elks #1933, Scholarship Fund, 107 Akron Road, Ephrata, PA, 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.
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    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    RR#2, Box 484
    Annville, PA 17003
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Donations are being accepted for: Ephrata Lodge B.P.O. Elks #1933.


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Priscilla Simmons

Posted at 07:23pm
Thank you, friends, for your prayers and your fond memories of Barry. I remember the great times and relationships we had with all of you over the years. So did he. He is my love and my best friend. Life on earth will never be the same without Barry--but I know I will see him again, when I also have the opportunity to meet Jesus face to face.

Karen Leigh & Family

Posted at 05:23pm
Love, prayers and deepest sympathy from the Leigh family to the Simmons family with fond memories of great times as neighbors and good friends.
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Gene & Sara Kutz

Posted at 05:17pm
We wish to express our sympathy to the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gene & Sara Kutz

Cindy Muth

Posted at 07:39am
Thinking of you, Bob and Lori. Sorry for your loss. Cindy & Phillipp Muth

david morris

Posted at 12:24pm
priscilla, barry was a friend and fellow worker at sperry, for many years. he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
our condolences
dave & louise morris

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