Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Thomas Eugene Simkins, 71

Wellsville, NY – Thomas Eugene Simkins, 71, of Stannards Road (formerly of Galeton, PA), entered Heaven’s gates on Saturday, October 29, 2022, unexpectedly at the Buffalo Veteran’s Hospital. He was born on June 6, 1951 the son of the late Billie E. and Mary (Drake) Simkins. On April 12, 1997 in Wellsville he married Kay Whitesell, who survives. 

Tom attended Galeton Area School, graduating in 1970. He served in the United State Navy from 1970 – 1983 specializing in Antisubmarine Air Controller, as well as a Naval Warfare Operations Specialist. After his honorable discharge, he worked as an Auto Mechanic for many years, retiring in 2013. Tom enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, playing as Santa Claus, playing horseshoes, Monopoly, and Euchre. His ultimate goal was to spend time with his family and harassing his wife. He always made time to work on cars even after retirement. 

In addition to his wife of 25 years, Kay, he is survived by: his greatest legacy, his children, Billie, Shane, Casey, Tonya, Robin, Joey, David, Melissa, and Vickie (seven daughters, and two sons); 22 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Ivan and Susan; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a son, Roberto; a brother, Michael; and two sisters, Penny and Patty. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 1 – 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville, 34 West State Street. His funeral with full military honors will follow in the funeral home at 3 pm with Reverend Brent Baker presiding. Please consider memorial donations to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. Cindy and Gary SmithNovember 3, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    You will be miss , you always willing to help someone out. Fly high!

  2. You will be missed by us all. We have another angel watching over us. Till we meet again my friend.

  3. my name is Brenda from his euchre group. He will be missed very much... we had a memorial tourney for him with alot of members sharing their great memories of him. Prayers to Tonya and his family.