E.L. “Bud” Simmons, age 73, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. He was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Garden City, the son of Charles L. and Osha Pauline Allen Simmons.


E.L. “Bud” Simmons, age 73, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at South Wind Hospice Home in Pratt. He was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Garden City, the son of Charles L. and Osha Pauline Allen Simmons.

Bud’s first job was with Swaim Funeral Home in Dodge City.  He worked 16 years for Southwestern Bell Telephone, 30 years with Stanion Wholesale Electric and worked with Larrison Mortuary in Pratt. 

He was a member of the First Christian Church in Pratt, served on the B-29 Museum Board, Silver Haired Legislator for Pratt County, served on the Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake Advisory Board and the Pratt Parks and Recreation Board. 

He served as a captain in the Kansas National Guard. Bud was an avid antique car collector, was co-owner of Aunt B’s Restaurant in Pratt and helped with the Pratt Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

He is survived by two sisters, Sharon Simmons of Pratt and Charlotte and Wickie Johnson of Buhler; one brother, Melvin Simmons of Wichita; three nieces, Michelle Smith, Kris Young and Susan; two nephews, Donnie and Scott Simmons; one great-niece, Payton Young and one great nephew, Tanner Young and he was known by Caleb and Cole Stover as “Grandpa Bud.”

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Larrison Mortuary. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. Burial with military honors will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Pratt.

Memorials may be made to the B-29 Museum, Pratt County Veterans Memorial Lake or South Wind Hospice all in care of the mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS 67124.  Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.