Obituary: Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms (Jan. 10, 1935 – Nov. 17, 2013)

By Submitted November 22, 2013 04:57 pm

Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms
Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms
Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms passed away on Nov. 17, 2013, surrounded by family and friends at his home in Klamath after a 3-year battle with cancer.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1935, at Kapel, on the Klamath River, to Doris Roberts and was helped raised by his adoptive father Hector Simms. 

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Simms; brother Don Natt; sister Amanda Donahue; mother of his children Vada K. Berry; daughters Winter Berry and Malea Simms; step-daughter Shannon and husband Jon Richards; grandchildren Tatiana Simms, Rachele Whitson, Whitney Whitson and Tyler Richards; along with several very loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents along with his brothers Skee Skelton and Butch Lewis.

Corky spent most of his life in the Crescent City and Klamath areas.

After his service in the United States Marines, he returned home to work as a Union worker pile driving, then went on to work in masonry and had always been an avid fisherman with a love for the river and the commercial fishing season, where he taught many young tribal members the ways of the Klamath River and how to carry on the Yurok Tribal traditions that he lived.

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a viewing at Wier’s Mortuary followed by a wake at his home in Klamath.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, we will be taking Corky for his last boat ride up the Klamath River. We will depart from the Requa Boat Dock and go up to Blue Creek. Everyone is invited to attend; we just ask that you bring your own boat and be in the water ready to leave at 7 a.m.

Funeral Services will follow at Wier’s to begin at 12 p.m., followed by a burial at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery in Crescent City. Family and friends are invited for a potluck celebration of life at the VFW Hall at 810 H St.

The family would like to thank everyone who came by, prayed for and supported Corky in any way, especially in the last few months, as there are too many to name. A special thanks to Lloyd Sheppard for his endless support at his home making sure he always had everything he needed.

Please send any monetary donations to the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Center at P.O. Box 0981 UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143-0981 in the name of Fredrick “Corky” Simms.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.