Frederick William Louis Simmel, Jr.

The Reverend Frederick William Louis Simmel, Jr. of Sunset Beach, NC entered the Church Triumphant when he died peacefully at the age of 84 on April 9, 2017 at Autumn Care of Shallotte, NC.

The Rev. Simmel was born on March 3, 1933 in Rahway, NJ to the late Frederick and Caroline (Ritterbusch) Simmel. He graduated from Linden High School in 1951, he then moved onto Bullis Preparatory School in Silver Spring, MD, and continued on to The U.S. Naval Academy where he served from 1952-1955. In 1958, he graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Education.


The Rev. Simmel answered his call to serve Our Lord and received his Divinity Degree in 1961 from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. For 55 plus years, The Rev. Simmel served parishes mainly in PA, MD, and WV. He also served as Chaplain of the Breezewood Trucker/Traveler Chaplaincy and as the Prison Chaplain of the Franklin County Prison in Chambersburg, PA.


Upon retirement in 1996, The Rev. Simmel and his beloved wife, Kathryn, moved to Ocean Isle Beach area of NC. He served several churches in The North Carolina Synod as a Supply and Interim Pastor and he also served as The Executive Director of Providence Home in Bolivia, NC. The Rev. Simmel was most proud of his employment with Comfort Keeper in North Myrtle Beach. Where in 2004, he received The Caregiver of The Year Award. The Rev. Simmel also dedicated nearly 20 years, portraying Santa Claus for day cares, nursing homes, truck stops, and several retail venues. He donated all of his proceeds to the Alzheimer's Association.


In addition to his parents, The Rev. Simmel was preceded in death by his wife, Charleen (Fischerkeller), and two sisters, Janet, and Adeline. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 plus years, Kathryn Simmel, and six children: Jon-Frederick Simmel, (Deborah), of Chapin, SC., Kimberly Ivol, (Steve), of Weirton WV, Karry Simmel, (Lori Brenzo, family friend) of Beaver Falls, PA., Kirk Simmel Sr., (Ruth), of Thurmont, MD, Klint Simmel, (Tracy), Holt MI, and James Javens, (Katie), of Sanford, NC. The Rev. Simmel proudly cherished his 12 grandchildren: Caroline, Jon-Christian, Morgan, Karra Smith, (Terrell), Karmen, E-5 of the United States Navy, Keshia, Kirk Jr., Kaitlynn, Kennedy, Karley,Kylie and Mattie. The Rev. Simmel was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Killian, Kelby, Kassidy, Kooper, and Kamree.


There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be conducted at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Henry B. Rehder officiating. Memorials may be designated to St. Luke Lutheran Church 5869 Ocean Highway West, Ocean Isle, NC 28469. White Funeral Home and Cremation Service, NC will be serving the family. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Autumn Care of Shallotte, NC for their excellent care that was provided for The Rev. Simmel during his residence.