Ernest E Simkins
MAY 8, 1934 – MAY 15, 2021
Ernest Eakin Simkins, 87, of Longmont, CO died Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Ernest was born in Niwot, Colorado to parents Eugene and Myrtle (Taylor) Simkins. They moved to Gold Hill, then Boulder, and then to Lyons, Colorado. They were members of the Lyons Methodist Church, where Eugene was head usher for many yeas. He served on the town council for two years and was Mayor in 1956. Eugene was in mining and quarry work. They had five children.
Son Ernie was a Lyons school graduate in 1953 with: Rosemary Bachy, Darlene Cink, David Brodie, William Brodie, Carolyn Friend, Theresia Hall, and Jody Morris.
He was a Veteran of the Korean War; and member of the Colorado Clown Club.
He worked at Gardner Denver Steel for 26 years, owned multiple businesses for six years.
He was a loved and very popular janitor with the kids at Lyons Elementary for 14 years – from 1984 to 1999.
Ernie entertained Lyons senior citizens during those years. He would dress up as a clown and he and his wife would put on fun skits for them.
For the Lyons Good Old Days Parades, he marched as a clown, to the delight of all the youth.
Ernest was an original Denver Broncos season ticket holder, an avid fly fisherman.
He was a member of The First Baptist Church, Longmont.
He was first married to Myrna Morgan, who died in a car accident, and had two sons. His second wife Dorothy Holdron-Newcom also died in a car accident. Our sympathy.
He is survived by sons Ernie and wife Bonnie (Kremin) of Wisconsin; and Edward and Vicky (Veitel) Simkins of Longmont; 2 granddaughters Brandi Johnson and husband Adam of Longmont, CO; Amber Burtis and husband Sean of Mead, CO; 4 great grandchildren: Cody, Hailie, Kaitlin and Austin and numerous step children and grandchildren.
Brandi Johnson, granddaughter, is the Utility Clerk in the Town of Lyons. She remembers him for his great kindness and caring.
He will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Memorial Service: Howe Mortuary in Longmont, CO on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Followed by catered refreshments.
Pastor David Harpool of First Baptist Church will officiate and Robin Yamada will sing.
Inurnment will be at the Lyons Cemetery.