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Simons succumbs County employee dies following Jan. 10 accident

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Rex Simons, 61, of Medina, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in a San Antonio hospital of injuries received in a traffic accident that occurred Monday, Jan. 10.
Simons was the senior crew chief for the Bandera County Road & Bridge Department. According to Road Superintendent John Andrade, Simons had worked for the department for 24 years. "If I had to be absent, he took over," said Andrade.
Simons' loss to the department will be deeply felt. "He was the easiest man to get along with," said Andrade. "He was always smiling and he almost never got mad."
At the request of his wife, Rita Simons, Rex wore his Road & Bridge Department shirt and cap on his final journey, a reflection of the love he had for his work.
"He took his job very seriously," said Andrade. "He showed up like clockwork every morning at 7 am."
He was also a man of generous spirit, willingly taking the younger workers under his wing, teaching them "from his own experience, which was a lot," added Andrade.
Simons' immediate survivors include his wife, Rita; daughters, Rachel and Judith; and sons, Allen and Michael.
Rex and Rita met and fell in love when they attended Medina High School. They married in 1968.
Simons was born in Austin and grew up in the capital city, New Braunfels and Utopia. His family moved to Medina in 1962.
After marrying, the couple lived in Kerrville where Simons worked as a fireman for the Kerrville Fire Department for 10 years. "We moved back to Medina when our first child was old enough to go to school," said Rita. "We wanted our children to go to Medina schools like we did."
Simons "loved his family with every fiber of his being," said Rita, "and he would help everyone he could that needed help."
In addition to his job, Rex enjoyed working on "our little ranch, clearing the land, building a lake, growing a garden and taking care of the yard," added Rita.
"Rex enjoyed life to the fullest," she said, "and everything he did, he did at 110 percent."
Simons was critically injured in a one-vehicle rollover around 7 am on Monday, Jan. 10, on FM 3240 - aka Ridge Route Road.
DPS reports indicate Simons may have been traveling east at an unsafe speed for the foggy conditions that existed that early morning. When Bandera County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on the scene, they found Simons lying facedown in the road ditch, about 25 feet from his vehicle. He was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer Sports Track that ended up upside down in the ditch. Simons was transported to Boerne Methodist and then to University Hospital in San Antonio where he remained until his death.
Funeral services for the popular Bandera County employee were held Monday, Jan. 31, at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera. Interment followed at the Simons Family Cemetery.
See obituary for Service Information.