Having fun helping others has been a lifestyle for this week’s Greensburg Daily News volunteer of the week.

Larry Simons has used his upbeat and enthusiastic attitude to reach people in many different ways. It might be an unhappy child at the YMCA or motivating the local Kiwanis Club to take on another fundraising project to help Riley Hospital.

Fellow Kiwanis members say he has a unique way of making you feel better after visiting with him. He’s a true gentleman with a good sense of humor.

Simons has been a member of the Greensburg Kiwanis Club for more than 20 years. He’s served as vice president for several years, relenting the office of president for other members. One year while serving as vice president, the president only made it to three meetings, so Larry presided over most of them. At the end of the year, the club honored him as Outstanding President. He just laughed.

Simons also served the YMCA for many years helping with maintenance. He didn’t realize it, but he did lots of maintenance to people’s feelings each day at the YMCA. Helping people find things, fixing equipment in an instant or just with a friendly greeting. He would often volunteer to help with activities and was a big part of the Corporate Challenge.

Larry, and his wife Linda, have been very active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Both have been Eucharistic Ministers and Larry served as President of the Pastoral Council. They have helped with many of the church’s activities over the years. The two have four children; Brenda, Joe, Josh and Jennifer. They have been blessed with 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Larry has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 14 years. He has served on the Park Board and the Area Plan Commission.

As a member of Kiwanis, Simons’ biggest passion was the Riley Hospital for Children. He was chairman of this project and helped the club raise funds so a $1,000 check could be presented to Riley Hospital each year. He would arrange for someone from Riley to attend a meeting and tell of the many services and miracles that occur there. This is always the club’s best meeting each year.

If you call Larry and Linda’s residence, you might get their answering machine complete with a thought for the day. Even though you get no answer, you are still touched by their will to help others.

Recently, Simons was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even though he was quite ill and weak, he attended last week’s Kiwanis meeting for a little while. At Trackside Cafe, Larry’s love and courage was felt by all the members.

Again, his unique way of making others feel better about themselves came right out. But the true class of Larry Simons took an emotional hold over all the members when they found out later that he had paid for all their dinners.

Now you know the true Larry Simons. He never stops giving to others.

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