Ronald Lynn Simmons

Ronald “Ron” Lynn Simmons, 69, of Polo, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at his home.

Ron was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in Kansas City, Mo., to Walter Thorton and Helen Elizabeth (Barnes) Simmons. He married Linda Carol Powell of Kansas City, Mo., in 1971. They later divorced.

Survivors include: two daughters and one-son-law, Ronda Watson, of Columbia, and April and Michael Green, of Pilot Grove; two sisters, Linda Sue Richardson, of Fishers, Idaho, and Regina Gail Dickson, of Kansas City, Mo.; six grandchildren, Matthew Simmons, Jerimiah Watson, Logan Watson, Brandon Ballew, Evan Chadwick and Blake Green; and five great-grandchildren, Ryliegh, LJ, Payton, Keaton and Madison.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jim Munden; and one brother who died in infancy.

Ron was a Jack of all trades. He worked in construction and farming, and worked hard his whole life. He loved his family, fishing and hunting. He liked to have a good time. His favorite thing to say was, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Ron lived in the Clay, Ray and Caldwell county areas most of his life.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the food pantry in Polo.

Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at Thurman Funeral Home, Richmond. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be left at

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