Jeffrey Simonis

08/02/1958 — 04/15/2021

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Richland, WA

Graveside Inurnment

Starts:
Sat, April 24, 2021, 1:00 pm
Ends:
Sat, April 24, 2021, 2:00 pm
Location:
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway Richland, WA 99352

Gathering and Reception

Starts:
Sat, April 24, 2021, 2:30 pm
Ends:
Sat, April 24, 2021, 4:30 pm
Location:
Einan’s at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA US 99352

Jeffrey Simonis

Jeffrey Craig Simonis

Jeffrey Craig Simonis passed away peacefully on 15 April, 2021 at Tri Cities Chaplaincy in Kennewick, WA after a brief battle with cancer.

Jeffrey was born 2 August 1958 to Richard and Helen Simonis and was a lifelong resident of the Tri Cities. He is survived by Mother Helen and Brothers, Roy (Rhonda) and Brad (Mary) and nieces and nephews.

Jeffrey was a child of “possibilities’. Jeffrey was born with Down Syndrome and in the beginning doctors told his parents that he would never be able to do the things other children could do and should be placed in an institution.

Through the ARC of Tri Cities, Special Education, Special Olympics and a loving family Jeff was able to work at Columbia Industries, and Manufacturing Service and Goodwill. He retired from Goodwill in 2015.

Jeffrey won ribbons and medals galore in the Special Olympics program that allowed him to participate in Swimming, Bowling, Field & Track, Basketball Softball, Golf and Snow Skiing and he competed in the 1995 Special Olympics World Games in Connecticut and won a Bronze medal in swimming for the 400 meter freestyle.

Jeffrey loved to go on road trips with ARC of tri Cities and enjoyed the dancing and dining with friends and family.

Jeffrey had friends everywhere and was always ready with a hug and a smile and his gentle nature was a joy to be around.

Jeffrey you will be forever missed

There will be a Graveside Inurnment at Sunset Gardens (915 ByPass Hwy) in Richland, WA on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:30 pm followed by a gathering and reception at Einan’s at Sunset.

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  • The best hugger in the univrrse!

    Toni Conrad (Ingraham)
    April 25, 2021
    Roy, WA
  • Jeff was a gentleman and a joy to be around. I loved seeing him independent in the community, taking the bus to work or with his friends at hockey games or dances. He always had a warm greeting and big hug when you hadn’t seen him in a while. I will miss the numerous hours we spent together on trips and campouts. Helen and Dick did a wonderful job raising a true gentleman! God bless!

    Paul B Singer
    April 24, 2021
    Kennewick
  • Oh Helen my heart goes out to you I wish I was closer to you . I have been around Jeff and your family for many years ,Jeff and I go back almost 39 years we worked together and went on many trips oh I will miss him dearly Helen I have at in hospital for almost 3 weeks and will be in for about 2 more weeks as soon as I get better I will stop by and again I am so sorry for loss he was a wonderful friend he will be missed

    Elena Alexander
    April 24, 2021
    Boise Idaho
  • My condolences to the Simonis family. RIP Jeffrey

    Jackie Miles
    April 24, 2021
    Oklahoma
  • Jeff was such a sweet guy. Always smiling. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Hug’s and prayers to you and your family Helen.

    Cindy Pidcock
    April 24, 2021
    Kennewick, WA
  • I remember Jeff & his wonderful hugs. He a was sure a dear & sweet person. Sending much love to Aunt Hellen & the rest of the family.
    RIP untill we meet again Jeffery.

    Karen
    April 24, 2021
    Hall
  • Helen I morned with you this day, because I know how hard it is to love someone for so many years! These special angels have filled our life with great joy. Kim now tells people she has Up syndrome! So wish we could be with you on Saturday. Our love.

    LaVon and Doug Gale
    April 23, 2021
    Payson UT
  • Jeffery was a great man. I enjoyed swimming in Special Olympics with you. I will pray to Heavenly Father so your mother will feel comfort now you are in heaven.
    Love Kimberly Gale

    KIMBERLY Gale
    April 23, 2021
    Payson Thah
  • Helen,
    He was a good swimmer and it was fun swimming with him and helping him be a better swimmer.

    Laura Blomberg
    April 23, 2021
    Kennewick, WA
  • So sorry for your loss.

    David Harry
    April 23, 2021
    Puerto Morelos Mx
  • Miss you Jeff fly high

    Mary Jo Saari
    April 23, 2021
    Kennewick
  • I well miss you my friend from my bike riding team and art

    Sheila
    April 23, 2021
    Richland wa
  • Dear Helen, our family always had a place next to you at ARC and Special Olympics. You are the most inspirational Down Syndrome mom that always sees the joy in everything. You showed us that anything is possible.

    Joan, Jeff, and Evan Young
    April 23, 2021
    Kennewick
  • RIP Mr.Jeffrey. You were indeed an inspiration to all and loved by so many. You had the courage to do things that I know I would never have been able to tackle.
    Love you Jeff.

    Karen Pulis
    April 23, 2021
    Box Elder, SD
  • Condolences to the family.

    Forest Pulis
    April 23, 2021
    Box Elder
  • What a great life he lived. Sorry for you loss.

    DENNIS FAULK
    April 22, 2021
    GRANDVIEW
  • My thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family all week Helen. Jeff had a great life because of a loving, caring family. I liked his hugs and friendliness whether here or in Packwood. I know how empty your house and heart will be without him.

    Lu Hilliard
    April 22, 2021
    Richland
  • I met Jeffrey the first time when I was about 13 and he was about 6, and again when I was 19 and married his oldest brother. He was a sweet, happy little boy who loved Scoobie Doo. Jeffrey could give the best hugs ever. And I could always look forward to Almond Roca at Christmas and small angel figurines.

    He had a wonderfully full, active life, and will be missed. Especially his laugh when he got tickled and his big, warm hugs.
    In my thoughts…

    Mary Catherine
    April 21, 2021
    WA
  • We are sad that Jeffrey is gone. Know that we think of you! The obit is well written! Glad you included the remarks about Down Syndrome. A good friend of ours from New York has a Down child who is progressing well at Five.

    Pam and Steve Torborg
    April 21, 2021
    Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Helen, I am so sorry. I love Jeff! He has been such a blessing in my life. He helped me feel welcomed at The Arc and made it a fun place to be. He will be missed by so many of us. Thank you for your belief in him and those around you. Your family made has made this community a wonderful place to be and live and Jeff was a key to making that happen.

    Donna Tracy
    April 21, 2021
    The Arc of Tri-Cities
  • Jeff u were a good friend and an awesome special Olympics athlete amber and I will definitely miss u buddy. Rest In Peace with Jesus Christ and continue to share ur love up in heaven

    Kevin
    April 20, 2021
    Kennewick Washington