Leon Jesse Sims
October 7, 1949 - July 29, 2013
Leon Jesse Sims, 63, of Burr Oak, Indiana, left this world Monday, July 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, IN after a sudden illness.
He was born at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN on October 7, 1949 to the late Jesse and Frances (Leap) Sims. After attending the Culver Military Academy and graduating 1968 from Culver High School, he went on to attend South Bend College of Commerce and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business.
He led a wild and fun life. He loved motorcycles, music, and cats. At one time, he was one of the best roller skaters around.
On March 23, 1974, he married Lena Duncan. Together, they had two children, Melissa Marie and Brock Edward Lee. Alongside his wife, he ran and owned Sims Printing Co. in Culver from 1977 – 1988. He was also a bus driver for the Culver Community Schools until he started his employment at Explorer Van in Warsaw in 1988. He retired in 2001 and began to manage several rental houses he and his significant other, Brenda Burroughs, owned together.
Leon is survived by his significant other, Brenda Burroughs, as well as his two children – Melissa (Sims) Holstein of Plymouth and Brock Sims of Burr Oak, a brother Loren Sims of Warsaw, nieces Beth (Rock) Wells, Belinda, and Barbara; 9 grandchildren – Lena, Alison, Edwin, Olivia, Tobey, Emily, Melody, Austin and Alexis. He also has 2 honorary children – Terri and Ira LG Burroughs, not to mention the bevy of friends and relatives by whom he will be sorely missed.
Friends and family are welcome to join our family in a celebration of Leon’s life at Odom Funeral Home in Culver , IN on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 5 - 8PM and on Friday, August 2 from 11AM- 1PM.
Funeral services will follow at 1PM. Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Cemetery on 14B Road outside of Burr Oak.