Norman L. Simmons

WAPELLA — Norman L. Simmons, 77, of Wapella, passed away peacefully at 9:35 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Ill. 

 Celebration of Norman’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, in the Family Life Center of the First Christian Church, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be held from 5–7 p.m. on  Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John’s Hospital, First Christian Church or Second Chance Pet Adoption.

Norman was born on July 23, 1939, in Lane, Ill., the son of Robert and Marie (Cowles) Simmons.  He married Sharon Phelps on June 25, 1961, in Clinton. They had two daughters, Janet (Mark Johnson) and Mary Beth (Lora Novak).  On February 10, 1990, he married Kelley Fryman, in Maui, Hawaii.

Survivors include his wife, Kelley Fryman, Wapella; daughters, Janet and Mary Beth; grandsons, Hunter, Connor, and Kyler, along with numerous adoring nieces and nephews.

“Stormin’ Norman” was a member of the Clinton Country Club for 59 years.  He defined the term “avid golfer” with a number of club championships and 12 holes-in-one.  Besides golf, he loved his family, a good martini with a blue cheese olive and breakfast with his golf buddies every Thursday.

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