In Memory

Randy Lee Simmons - Class Of 1965

Randy was born in Ontario on January 25, 1947 to Alice (Goodman) Simmons and passed away on June 6th at home in Ontario. He joined an older brother, Rick and the three of them lived with their Goodman Grandparents outside of Vale until Alice married Anthony Coleman of Brogan. Tony and Alice ran the Coleman’s Grocery Store in Jamieson.

Rick and Randy attended the Brogan school as did their sister Mary until it was time to go to High School. He graduated from Vale High in 1965 and received his Bachelors of Science from Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, OR. In the summer of 1966, he married Linda Lieurance and they had a son, Jason, and a daughter, Tiffany.

He joined the Oregon National Guards after college and spent 6 months in training and then did the summer camps to finish his obligation. When he returned from the Guards, he went thru US Bank’s management training program where he learned all areas of the bank and made many friends in the Ontario Branch. After the training was completed, he, Linda, and the kids moved to the Portland area where he worked in different branches. While working in the Hillsboro Branch as the Operation Officer, he was asked to be the manager of a new office in Sisters, Oregon. This was by far his favorite job as being on the startup of a new branch was not only a challenge but great fun. After Sisters, he managed the John Day branch, was the assistant manager of the Ontario Branch, and the Burns Branch.

In 1993, he married Barb O’Kief and they blended their two families. When he left the bank in 1998, he and Barb moved to Brogan and began a partnership with Brother Rick and wife Marcia where they raised hay and were “gentlemen farmers.”

Randy is survived by his wife Barb, son Jason (Katy) of Fruitland, daughter Tiffany (Josh) English of Bellevue, WA as well as Barb’s children, Barbi Vahshotz, Christian O’Kief, Paula Boles, and Ryan O’Kief, his brother Rick (Marcia) of Brogan and sister Mary also of Brogan. He and Barb shared 11 grandchildren and 8 great grands.

Our family would like to thank Abbie, Sharla, and Lana from Heart ‘n Home Hospice for their care and companionship during his last months. Also we Thank Father Ron Maag for his visits and comforting words and sharing many stories of growing up in Brogan and Jamieson.

At Randy’s request there will be no funeral or memorial service. However, some time when you are out hunting or fishing or just driving by US Bank, remember the kind and caring man who was your friend and banker.