Each year the Perry Golf and Country Club (PGCC) honors the memory of a former member who had a significant impact on the club. This year, the eighth annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be played in honor of the late Bill Simmer Jr.
The tournament will be held Sunday, July 11.
Bill Simmer was a longtime member of PGCC. He is best known as the former director of the Perry Public Works Department for the city of Perry.
After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958, Bill took his first job as a supply clerk for the Gambles Store. Shortly thereafter, he began working for the Perry Public Works Department.
His competence and reliability stood out and after a few short years, he was offered the position of Perry Public Works Director. Displaying the integrity and character that defined him all his life, Bill turned down the position and told the city leaders that Cy Oscars deserved the job because Cy had worked more years for the department than he had.
After Cy retired a few of years later, Bill was again offered the job, and this time he accepted. He worked well over 30 years in this position, and in total he worked more than 39 years for the city of Perry.
Bill was also very civic minded. He gave of his time to several organizations in which he was a member. Bill was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, the American Legion, the Elk’s Club and Perry Golf & Country Club.
For several years, Bill and Larry Hill took care of the swimming pool for the PGCC. Bill also volunteered many hours to drive a water tank truck for the pool.
Bill Simmer was a well known figure at the PGCC. He was quick to volunteer to help out, and he was loved by his many friends at the club and in the community. He was also a great family man and is missed by his wife, Velma, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Memorial Golf Tournament on July 11 is open to anyone who would like to play in it. The Championship flight will play 27 holes, while the senior division and all other flights will play 18 holes. The defending champion is Kolby Chup, and the defending senior champion is Larry Hodges. To enter to tournament, call the clubhouse at 515-465-3852.