Edward Dorne Simmons was born September 20, 1924 in Mullens, WV.  His parents were Fred Columbus Simmons and Carmen (Peters) Hade and Philip R. Hade.  He attended grade school in Mullens and grades 9 -11 on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA.  He graduated from Mullens High School.  He attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  After joining the US Army in 1943, he briefly attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., before serving in the Army Infantry in the European Theater, which he always referred to as his all-expense paid tour of Europe.

Following his honorable discharge after three years of service, he earned a degree in physics at San Diego State University with the aid of the GI Bill.  He took graduate course work at UCLA.

In August 1950, he came to work at the Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake.  In November 1950, he brought his bride, Colleen Tracey Simmons, to live in the Indian Wells Valley “for a short time.”  He worked as both the Chief Project Engineer on the ASROC project and as the range scheduling officer until his retirement in December 1989.

Ed entered the Catholic Church in the late 1980s and served as the head money counter at St. Ann’s for the rest of his life.  He was an early member of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration volunteers.  He served with the Retired Affairs Office at China Lake and as a volunteer with the Ridgecrest City Hall Information Center. Ed was a camera buff and for many years enjoyed photographing weddings, church events, and family gatherings. He was very much into computers during his career and into retirement. He was an avid bowler for 50 years.

Ed is survived by his wife, Colleen, his four children, James Simmons, Brian (Melva) Simmons, Sheila (Richard) Semana, Monica Simmons (Tom Azumbrado), daughter-in-law, Betty Grady, and brother, Dale Simmons. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one great- great-grandchild, special nephews and niece AJ, Sean, and Mary, their families, and dear family friend, Paula Smith.

There will be a viewing on Friday, September 1, beginning at 10:00 at St. Ann’s Church, 446 W. Church Avenue. The funeral Mass will begin at 11:00, with burial to follow immediately afterwards at the Ridgecrest cemetery. Following the burial, there will be a lunch at St. Ann’s Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in memory of Ed be given to either St. Ann School or the China Lake Museum Foundation.