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Osburn Simmons

Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 10, at Woodbine Cemetery for Osburn Oneil Simmons of Artesia.

Simmons, 85, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell.

Ed Hickey officiated the services. Pallbearers were members of the U.S. Army. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Monaco and Johnny Robinson.

Osburn was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Gran Quivira, N.M., to Lonnie and Mary (Jones) Simmons.
He enlisted with the U.S. Army in July 1953 and began his service at Fort Chaffie, Ark.

During his military career, he served abroad in Germany and Korea, and completed a tour of duty in the Vietnam War.

On Jan. 26, 1969, he married Mollie Lou Randall in Artesia. The couple made their residence in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Osburn was stationed at Fort Carson.

Osburn retired from active duty in August 1975 and began working as an automobile technician in civilian life. In 1979, he and Mollie relocated their family to Artesia to live closer to their relatives.

Osburn was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, marksmanship and archery. He was well-regarded among friends and family for his mechanical knowledge and ability to design and fabricate all manner of machinery.

Survivors include his wife, Mollie; sons Tommy Simmons of Belen and James Simmons of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter Cindy Simmons-Bates of Las Cruces; and grandchildren Connor Simmons, Alan Simmons and Kaelyn Simmons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a set of twin sisters; and a brother.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.