Ray Simmons Obituary

Dodge City Daily Globe (date unknown)  Mr. Simmons died July 23, 1930

Ray Simmons, young father of north Wright, and a son of Mr. & Mrs. D. S. Simmons of Westview Garden Dodge City, was killed by a bolt of
lightening about 8 o'clock Wednesday on the farm of "Uncle Jimmy"
Wrighten pioneer who died Tuesday night.  Mr. Simmons leaves the farm:Monday, although he had been living there for sometime.  The bodies of landlord and tenant lie side by side at the Hulpieu Mortuary, were they are being prepared for burial.

Mr. Simmons left the house to take care of some small chickens and Mrs. Simmons watching from a window saw him fall between a wheat drill and a clothes line.  Death was apparently instantaneous, as 3 holes were burned in his head and burns and singes from the bolt covered his body.

He was 30 years old and lived in Ford county nearly all his life.  He is
survived by his widow, Mrs. Marybelle Simmons, who was formerly Mary Hull of near Dodge City, three children, Francis, Blanche and Melvin
ages from seven to two years, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Simmons and five brothers, Ernest, Lee and Earl Simmons of Dodge City, Clyde Simmons of Eads, Colorado and Calvin Simmons of Hydro, Oklahoma.

He was the second violent death to young farmers in Ford county in two
days,  Martin Hoffman 33, of near Kingsdown having been fatally injured in a tractor accident Tuesday afternoon.

Submitted by Donna Clark on September 21, 2002.

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