US Air Force

Kenneth "Larry" L. Simms

October 11, 1936 ~ May 3, 2019 (age 82)


Kenneth Larry Simms, age 82 of Cardington died Friday, May 3, 2019 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.  He was born on October 11, 1936 to the late Alonzo and Marie (Vermillion) Simms.


Kenneth served his Country Honorably in the United States Air Force. While enlisted Kenneth finished his schooling, obtaining his High School Diploma. After serving in the Air Force, Kenneth would work for G.T.E in management until his retirement.


Kenneth was a member of the Church of Christ in Marion. He was a man of many talents, he loved to draw and paint. Kenneth also enjoyed being outside, fishing, tending to his garden and flowers around the house. He loved his birds; he would feed corn and peanuts to the blue jays that visited him frequently. Kenneth was also a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan throughout the years.


On October 26, 1957, Kenneth married Margaret (Newman) in West Findley, PA. Margaret survives in Cardington.


In addition to his wife, Kenneth is survived by two children; Cathy (Roger) Cole of Cardington, and Brad Simms of Galion; 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Simms.


Friends may call on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Gompf Funeral Home, 440 Center Street in Cardington.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the funeral home at 10:00 am with Pastor Victoria Troutman officiating.  Following the service, the burial will take place in the Glendale Cemetery.


Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Cardington Community Food Pantry; 300 S. Marion St. Cardington, OH 43315.


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Public Viewing
May 8, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gompf Funeral Service
440 Center St.
Cardington, OH

Funeral Service
May 9, 2019

10:00 AM
Gompf Funeral Service
440 Center St.
Cardington, OH

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