The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 1, 2013

Keith E. 'Buckwheat' Simmons

Keith E. “Buckwheat” Simmons

Feb. 20, 1958 - Oct. 30, 2013

MAQUOKETA — Keith E. “Buckwheat” Simmons, 55, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his home.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Keith on Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private family service and burial will be held at a later date.

Keith was born on February 20, 1958 in Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Kenneth W. and V. Darleen (Galloway) Simmons.

Keith graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1976. He spent most of his life doing construction. Keith recently worked for Dale Junk, of Bellevue constructing Wick buildings and Chris Davis, of Elwood Gutter Works. He loved spending time with family and good friends. He was an avid bowler, golfer, and enjoyed country music. He lived for deer hunting season, NASCAR, and stock car races. He was talented with his hands and took pride in building things right, especially trim work. He lived his life to the fullest always willing to help friends and family.

He is survived by his mother, V. Darleen Simmons, of Maquoketa; daughters, Whittley (Stephen Sagers) Simmons and Morgan (Landon Eby) Simmons, both of Maquoketa; two grandchildren, Kameron Sagers and Keelynn Eby; sisters, Kristi (David) Hovey of Maquoketa, and Jeanne Simmons of Oxford Junction; a brother, Kent (Connie) Simmons of Maquoketa; a sister-in-law, Mary (Ed) Noel, of Wheatland; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his best friend and longtime companion, Colleen Herman of Maquoketa. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Simmons, brother, Craig Simmons, his nephews, Tom Simmons and Zach Campbell, and a niece-in-law, Terri Hovey.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Keith E. “Buckwheat” Simmons memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at

Death date: Oct. 30, 2013

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