The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


April 9, 2013

Charles Raymond Simmonds

WESTVILLE — The loving heart of Charles Raymond Simmonds stopped beating at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, as the sun came up.

He was home with his wife, Marla, and daughter Julie sitting next to him holding his hands.

Charles Raymond (Chuck) was born Aug. 3, 1948, in Danville to the late Charles Wayne and Celestine Adele (Delattre) Simmonds.

Charles was united in loving marriage to Marla Rose (Binkley) Hanner at Kennekuk Chapel on June 1, 1990.

He is survived by his adored daughters, Julie (Billy) Haynes, Amy Simmonds, Allison (Neil) Rollins, Bethany Hanner; one son, Gregory “Micah” (Jessica) Hanner; and 12 grandchildren, Taylor, Conner, Alexandrea, Jeremy, Jordan (Cecilia), Abigail, Brandon, Jaxon, David, Ainsley, Deakon and Savanah.

Charles had very special relationships with his grandchildren. His love for them will be everlasting in their hearts. Charles Raymond will be very sadly missed by seven brothers and sisters, Marcia Thomas, Betty (Terry) Manning, Richard (Diana) Simmonds, Vickie (Carl) Johnson, Thomas Simmonds, Debbie Cheeseman and Jeff Simmonds. He also will be missed by several nieces and nephews.

Charles Raymond grew up in Olivet and relocated to Westville as an adult. He retired from General Motors as a journeyman millwright after 29½ years of service. Always an avid car enthusiast, he could tell you what happened in any year by remembering what car he had at that time, remaining especially loyal to General Motors products.

He enjoyed traveling with Marla for weekend trips to “anywhere,” many trips to Florida and visiting his grown daughters and families in New Mexico and Arizona.

Charles Raymond loved being with his family and was very supportive of any and all endeavors one may attempt. He was willing to help his brothers and sisters whenever he was asked. He was a friend to all and will be missed by many dear friends. He enjoyed his early breakfasts with the “breakfast group.”

A celebration of Charles Raymond’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Sunset-Urbas Chapel in Westville, with Pastor Ron Drage officiating. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Charles Raymond’s name to Ridge Farm Friends — Children and Youth Program.

Please join Charles Raymond’s family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

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