Sidney Simandle

Sidney R. Simandle, 88, of Versailles, husband of Mildred O. Simandle, died on Thursday, May 1. He was welcomed home by his parents, Tony and Lura Hash Simandle, his sister, Lura Ann Kitts, and his brothers, Stanley and Anthony Simandle.

Born in Bonnie Blue, Virginia, to Tony and Lura Hash Simandle on July 8, 1925, he was active in church work throughout his life, beginning at age 4 when his parents joined the Salvation Army. In college he was president of the YMCA church group. He was an Elder Emeritus at First Christian Church in Versailles after having served the congregation for many years.

Dr. Simandle observed a lifetime interest in mathematics and the sciences. He received his first college degree at Lincoln Memorial University and taught high school science and mathematics in Jenkins, Kentucky, before going on to complete his Master’s degree and Doctorate in Education at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Simandle was Dean of Students at Midway College for three years. The remainder of his career was spent with the Kentucky State Department of Education, where he led the Kentucky private junior colleges in obtaining state approval to offer curricula for the certification of elementary school teachers. He was appointed Division Director for all of the educational certification in the public schools. Throughout his career he worked with Kentucky colleges of education, teachers, the General Assembly and educational administrators to create teacher and administrator preparation programs throughout the state. His most significant contributions included developing the requirements for ongoing education for certified teachers, developing reciprocity protocols among states to recognize certification standards from one state to another when he was the national president of NCATE, and the development of the Kentucky Teacher Internship program (KTIP), which provides support for all beginning teachers in the state.

After his retirement in 1987, Dr. Simandle traveled throughout the United States and Canada with his wife, Mildred.

Dr. Simandle is survived by his wife, Mildred, and his daughters Sandra Simandle Barr and Susan Simandle, both of Versailles, and his son, Dr. Stanton Simandle (Dr. Lynn McCoy-Simandle), of Lexington; his grandchildren Dr. Kessler McCoy-Simandle (Andrew Spevack) of New York City, Chandler McCoy-Simandle of Cincinnati, and Sarah Simandle of Versailles. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Azalee Simandle, niece Stanna Simandle Reinke (Will) and nephew, Dr. Steve Simandle (Jessica).

Please join the family in a celebration of Sid’s life at First Christian Church in Versailles, Ky. on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. The family asks that everyone wear bright clothing in keeping with his joyous homecoming. Contributions may be made to the Building Fund at First Christian Church in Versailles, KY.    Guestbook is available online at

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  • Before I was even aware of my uncle's great intellect, kindness, and all around sheer awesomeness, I can remember distinctly learning two things about him a a very young age.  First, I remember being told that I was partly named after him, Stanna Rae, after Sidney Ray.  Second, I remember when he came to visit us in CA, bunking in with my little brother and me, and how he completely impessed us both with the loudest snoring we have ever heard. I mean, how could anyone sleep through that decibel level while creating it?!   That set us on a path to continued awe and wonder for our Uncle Sid, and he never disappointed.

  • How well I remember this wonderful man as a young high school girl at Midway.  He was a prize of a human being and this earth shall miss him much.  My love to his family.   Blessings, Miss Betty (Betty White Martin, Midway Alum 51'-59')