MARION -- Carlyle Ray Sims, 88, of Marion, passed away at 9:43 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home, lovingly surrounded by his family.
Carlyle was born June 13, 1929 in Marion, the son of Ray and Aria (Tanner) Sims. He married Louann Bruce on Feb. 3, 1951 in Marion and together they shared over 67 years of marriage.
Mr. Sims proudly answered the call to serve his country. Following the war, while serving in the Army, he was stationed in Okinawa and Japan. Carlyle was a proud graduate of Purdue University, which he loved dearly. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree from Krannert School of Business, both from Purdue University.
Community was of great importance to him. He served on several boards, including the Marion Park Board and Williamson County Fair Board and volunteered countless hours as a volunteer and manager for the Marion Little League program.
He is survived by his wife, Louann (Bruce) Sims of Marion; nine nieces, Diana (Mike) Murphy of Peachtree City, Georgia, Rebecca Lawrence of Riverside, California, Annette (Darrel) Walker of Riverside, California, Jannette (Allen) Johnson of Riverside, California, Kim (Dave) Adams of San Juan Capistrano, California, Carole (Henry) Whitmore of Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania, Susan (Mike) Humphrey of Marion, Sally (Doug) Reese of Barrington, and Jane Hargis of Marion; one nephew, B.W. (Jerianne) Bruce of Marion; sister-in-law, Lois Jane Bruce, of Marion; special friends, Peggy and Ray Altmix, of Marion; and many longtime friends and golfing partners.
Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his parents; son Darrell Bruce Sims; sister Loretta Moake, and her husband, J.T. Moake; brother-in-law, Ben Bruce; and sister-in-law, Lorelei Bujdoso, and her husband, Ted.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 18 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.
For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the Darrell B. Sims Cancer Research Foundation or the Darrell B. Sims Memorial Scholarship, Lyles School of Civil Engineering. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 N. Market St., Marion, IL 62959.
For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.