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Merton A. "Mert" Simms

September 16, 1928 March 1, 2012
Merton A. "Mert" Simms
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Obituary for Merton A. "Mert" Simms

Merton A. �Mert� Simms, age 83 and former resident of Ft. Myers, FL, Farmington Hills, Dearborn Heights, and Lincoln Park, died on March 1, 2012.

Born on September 16, 1928, the son of John and Winifred (Christopherson) Simms, Mert grew up in Lincoln Park where he was a graduate of Lincoln Park High School. Following high school he worked with the Wabash Railroad and attended Michigan State University, before joining the U.S. Army with which he served from 1950-1952 in the Airborne Division. After his military service he returned to the Wabash Railroad. He met Shirley M. McArthur on a blind date in 1953 and they married on February 20, 1954. Following the birth of their daughter, Kathy, in 1955, Mert began his career with the Ford Motor Company. They made their home in Lincoln Park, and later Dearborn Heights. On January 1, 1990 they retired together after sixty-six years of combined service with the Ford Motor Company. In retirement they moved to Farmington Hills and enjoyed their home in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Mert will always be remembered for his quiet kindness, generosity, and readiness to give to a good cause. His wife, daughter, and granddaughter were his world. He loved them with everything he had.

Mert was preceded in death by Shirley, his beloved wife of over fifty-three years, in 2007, and is survived by his daughter, Kathy (the late Mark) Tarczynski, his granddaughter, Lisa (Kevin) Hrit, a sister, Dolores (Herb) Chall, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Beverly Hoskins (d. 1997) and Jacqueline Cook (d. 2011).

A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. James Catholic Church, 46325 W. Ten Mile Rd., Novi, on Monday, March 5, at 10:30AM with the Rev. Fr. George Charnley officiating. Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Sunday, March 4, 2-6PM. Memorials may be made in his name to the Salvation Army. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

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