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MARION — Carlyle Ray Sims, 88, passed away at 9:43 p.m. 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 have shared more than 67 years of marriage.

He 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 Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Masters 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; nieces, Diana Murphy and husband, Mike, of Peachtree City, Georgia, Rebecca Lawrence of Riverside, California, Annette Walker and husband, Darrel, of Riverside, California, Jannette Johnson and husband, Allen, of Riverside, California, Kim Adams and husband, Dave, of San Juan Capistrano, California, Carole Whitmore and husband, Henry, of Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania, Susan Humphrey and husband, Mike, of Marion, Sally Reese and husband, Doug, of Barrington, and Jane Hargis of Marion; nephew, B.W. Bruce and wife, Jerianne, 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.

He 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.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, April 18, in Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the 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.

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