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Bloomington, IN 47401
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Gregory Matthew Simmons

Gregory Matthew Simmons

Friday, April 16th, 1965 - Sunday, July 28th, 2019
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Gregory Matthew Simmons, 54, of Bloomington, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Greg was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 16, 1965 to Robert and Geraldine Simmons, while his father was serving in the Air Force. They then moved back to South Bend, Indiana where Greg grew up. In his youth, he attended Holy Family School and graduated from Washington High School. He went on to earn multiple degrees from Indiana University. Greg faced adversity early in life through cancer and other chronic illness, but you would not know it based on his exceptional level of fitness and energy. Despite medical hardships, Greg lived every day to the fullest and could accomplish in one day what most people would do in a week. He was an adventurer at heart and always ready to try something new!
From his teen years, Greg developed a love of physical exercise, particularly the sport of powerlifting. He competed for decades at the highest levels of the sport, winning three International Powerlifting Federation Master’s World Championships plus multiple national and state titles. He served as a USA Powerlifting World Team coach and traveled to competitions around the world representing the United States. He was a dedicated personal trainer and athletic development coach to many local community residents and athletes across multiple sports. In addition, Greg taught courses in fitness and strength training at Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College. Many of his athletes and students have gone on to successful careers. He was recently inducted into the Iron Pit Gym Hall of Fame and was also recognized with a Bicentennial Medal from Indiana University for his outstanding record of achievements and for bringing distinction to his community. With his quick sense of humor and zest for life, Greg had many, many friends.
Outside of sport, Greg was an avid supporter of the performing arts. He loved everything from musical theater to alternative rock. Greg recently served as a board member for Cardinal Stage where he attended and supported many productions. He loved live music festivals and bonding with his daughter at rock concerts. Greg also had a lifelong passion for custom cars, having restored a 1968 Camaro in his early days and showing it on the circuit. He continued that interest in later years by attending car shows, driving race cars, and enjoying his 50th anniversary edition “Hot Wheels” Camaro daily. Truly, his interests were so diverse that it is impossible to list them all.
His greatest love was spending time with his wife, Susan, and daughter, McKenna. They loved to travel as a family to destinations near and far. They were frequent cruisers on Disney ships and made great memories on trips throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Greg is survived by his wife, Susan (Crowe) Simmons, daughter, McKenna Simmons, father, Robert Simmons, and nieces and nephews, Mia, Megan, Matthew, and Mitchell Simmons, along with extended family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Simmons and mother, Geraldine Simmons.

Celebration of Life
Sunday, September 22nd, 4-7pm
One World at Woolery Mill
2250 W. Sunstone Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403

We invite Greg's friends and family to celebrate a life well lived at a gathering at Woolery Mill in Bloomington, Indiana, on Sunday, September 22nd, from 4-7 pm. We will share memories and enjoy food, drink, and dancing. Casual attire is appropriate. Please consider wearing your Simmons Strong T-shirt if you have one. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/352878838966757/

For those who would still like to purchase a T-shirt to support the family, they are available at: https://teespring.com/simmons-strong.


To honor his friendship and memory, please consider a contribution to an educational fund set up for Greg’s daughter or a donation to support Cardinal Stage.
You are invited to share a thought or memory or leave a photo of Greg for his family at www.thefuneralchapel.net
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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 |
    When
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
    Location
    One World @ Woolery Mill
    Address
    2250 W. Sunstone Drive
    BLOOMINGTON, IN 47403
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    Celebration of Life - Greg Simmons Sunday, September 22nd, 4-7pm One World at Woolery Mill 2250 W. Sunstone Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403 We invite Greg's friends and family to celebrate a life well lived at a gathering at Woolery Mill in Bloomington, Indiana, on Sunday, September 22nd, from 4-7 pm. We will share memories and enjoy food, drink, and dancing. Casual attire is appropriate. Please consider wearing your Simmons Strong T-shirt if you have one. If you plan to attend, please RSVP via Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/352878838966757/ For those who would still like to purchase a T-shirt to support the family, they are available at: https://teespring.com/simmons-strong.

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Beth Meyerson

Posted at 03:15pm
Dear Susan, our hearts break for you and McKenna. We know this terrible enemy (cancer) and wish for you peace and wonderful memories as time begins to heal. Please know that we are here for you. Reach out any time. - Beth Meyerson and family.

Susan Simmons

Posted at 07:23pm
Thank you to USA Powerlifting Texas for the beautiful display of flowers (and in Greg's favorite color - orange)! It was so thoughtful of you! Sincerely, Susan and McKenna
JR

John Radzikowski

Posted at 11:30pm
This evening, I discovered the loss of Greg and while reading about Greg's amazing life, I discovered I discovered that Ronnie passed away several years ago. Reflecting back to my childhood days, I remember Greg and Ronnie being men who were both determined. They were athletic, smart, kind, compassionate, serious, but yet they both had a sense of humor. They had terrific parents who loved and protected their boys. We played backyard baseball and football together while their father Ronald would coach the kids in the neighborhood, and give them encouragement as well. We all roller-skated together once in a while at USA skating rink and always enjoyed Greg's Camaro. My condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with you all. When I ponder the losses of friends, family, co-workers, and those I minister too, the only response I can give is to listen, care, and share that God is there.
SO

Sandra S., Mike H., Mario L., Ian B., Gio O.

Posted at 10:14am
Love and condolences from Texas. Greg was an inspiring person that had an impact on all the powerlifting community. Our thoughts are with your family.
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Theodore Widlanski

Posted at 02:12pm
Dear Susan and McKenna and Family,
I had the great privilege of knowing Greg and sharing many memories, good times, a few wild times, and some hard times together. When my son Ben got serious about power lifting, there was no question about who his coach was going to be. That I would put my son's training in Greg's hands at a young age, tells you everything about how I felt about him as a professional, a teacher and a person.
Greg didn't just train my son, he also taught and helped me. Throughout my many years of injuries and travails, Greg supported me with advice, knowledge, humor and insight. I watched the calm and unruffled way in which he handled his adversities and I took those to heart. I wanted to be more like Greg. Indeed, as I listen to people in the gym talk about Greg, I hear that a lot. So many people would like to be more like Greg. And many are, because he taught them and trained them. A little bit of who Greg is will live on in them in the best possible way.
There is not consolation or balm I can offer you for the grief you are feeling now. But I hope you know that Greg lives on in all of us- his friends and his students, in ways that deeply matter.
Much love in this time of sorrow,
Ted
 

Susan Simmons Posted at 07:26pm

Ted, thank you for the beautiful words! I too, am much better for having known him. I hope that over the course of 22 years, enough of his joy and tenacity have rubbed off on me to see us through the challenging times and help us enjoy the good times still to come. Sincerely, Susan
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