• Simank
    Mr. Simank


Billy Ed Simank died peacefully, surrounded by family, at SPJST Memory Care in Taylor on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. He battled Dementia and Parkinson’s with his usual determination, strength, humor, and love of family and life.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorn-dale with Pastor Aaron Kalbas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

Mr. Simank was born Nov. 18, 1938 in Granger to Fred Laurence and Mabel Marie (Hirt) Simank.

He retired from Alcoa’s Rockdale Power Plant, formerly IGC, as a supervisor.

He then attended Austin Community College to become a Real Estate Agent. He worked as a Real Estate Agent until he retired in 2015.

Mr. Simank served as a member of the Thorndale City Council and was mayor of Thorndale for 10 years.

He was an associate member of the Thorndale Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Simank served in the Army as a Sergeant E-5.

He was a member of the American Legion Carlyle Post 358 in Rockdale.

Mr. Simank was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Ray (Bobby) Simank; a son, Joel Warren Simank; and a great-grandson, Kase Carter Jones.

Survivors are his wife of 29 years, Rhonda Simank; seven children, Jeannie Hinds, John Simank and wife Kristy, Jennifer Simank, Jason Simank, Justin Simank and wife Naomi, Jill Eschberger and husband Todd, Janeann Bland and husband Ashaley; three stepchildren, David Cooper, Jason Cooper and wife Lisa, Cathy Barnes and husband John; a brother, Lawrence Alfred (Al) Simank and wife Kay; a sister, Cheryl Hall and husband Darren; his mother-in-law, Linda Washington; and a brother-in-law, Doyle Smith and wife Lori; also, 28 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 369, Thorndale TX 76577 or the charity of one’s choice.

Rockdale Reporter

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