He was born September 28, 1946 in Lebanon, Ind. a son of Willis and Geraldine (Cunningham) Sims. His formative years were spent in South Whitley where he attended South Whitley Elementary and High School. On October 2, 1964 he was united in marriage to Judy Grubbs. After several years of moving around the country following his construction job erecting high tension electrical transmission towers, they returned to South Whitley.
He was employed several years as a custodian at Whitko High School and for the past 31 years as a highly skilled polisher at Fox Products in South Whitley.
He was an avid deer hunter and loved tending his vegetable garden.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 44 years, Judy; children, Gary (Jodi) Sims of South Whitley, Lisa (Brian) Keirn of Claypool, and Doug (Kristal) Sims of Pierceton; seven grandchildren, Jordan and Sydney Sims, Brian II and Breanna Keirn and Devin, Dylan and Kayce Sims; four sisters, Phyllis (Gerald) Stayer, N. Manchester, Fran (Dick) Adams of Comfort, Texas, Judy (Jon) Wilmot and Rita Shelton, both of Columbia City; three brothers, Chester (Liz) Sims of Churubusco, Charles D. (Glenda) Sims of South Whitley and Timothy (Beth) Sims of Shelbyville, Mich.; and a sister-in-law, Roberta Sims of South Whitley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Willis “Bill” Sims.
The funeral service was Monday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with Rev. Jason Tash of New Hope Wesleyan Church officiating.
Burial was at South Whitley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Whitko Athletics Boosters.
Online condolences may be directed to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.