Meadville Tribune

February 20, 2014

Otto E. (Jack) Simmerman

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — Otto E. (Jack) Simmerman, 76, of Meadville and formerly of Conneaut Lake, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was born on Aug. 14, 1937, in Marion, Ohio, a son of Otto R. and Lucille Ghee Simmerman. He married Laura Wise on July 2, 1960, and she survives.

Jack was a 1955 graduate of Linesville High School. He worked at Ohio Rubber Company, Conneautville, and Wolf’s Hardware, Schnaar’s Construction Company, Rand Construction Company and Firedex, all of Meadville.

He was of the Christian faith, had formerly been active in the Conneaut Kickers and Ramblin Squares square dancing groups and enjoyed woodworking.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife, Laura, of 53 years, include four children, Kevin Van Zandt and his wife, Chris, of Madison, Ind., Lori Ellen Ball and her husband, Tom, of Lexington Park, Md., Otto (Jeff) Simmerman and his wife, Melanie, of Marshallville, Ohio, and Susan Trucco and her husband, George, of Meadville; six grandchildren, Amanda Jackson, Chelsea and Taylor Ball, Anthony and George Jacob Trucco, and Rachel Simmerman; a great-grandson, Kamdyn Jackson; two brothers, Howard Joseph Simmerman and his wife, Joan, of Linesville, and Ralph Edward Simmerman and his wife, Judy, of Centerville; a sister, Gayle Ann Hildack and her husband, Roger, of Andover, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert H. Simmerman; and two sisters, Janet Simmerman and Mary Lou Simmerman.

Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.

The funeral and committal service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Philip Torre officiating.

Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

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