Donald G. Sims

MARQUETTE, MI. – Donald G. Sims, 81, of Marquette, entered eternal life Saturday, January 18, 2014. Granting his wishes, he was able to go to his home in Deltona, Florida, where he died peacefully with his wife of 20 years, Donna Sims and step-daughter, Michele Bahrman at his side.

Don was born December 27, 1932, in Marquette, to James and Olive (Delbridge) Sims and was a graduate of Graveraet High School with the class of 1951. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Korean Conflict from July 9, 1951 until June 1, 1954 with the 3571st Flight Line Maintenance Squadron.

His honorable discharge noted that he earned a national defense service medal, good conduct medal, and had zero days lost during his whole service time.

Returning to civilian life he started working for the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad and Selin’s Furniture and Appliances.

He retired with over 35 years of service. He enjoyed fishing on Lake Superior. He loved being outdoors whether it be working, playing, or relaxing. He loved the sun and warm weather, prompting his move to Florida with his wife, Donna, six months after they married in 1993. Drives on the beach, watching people put their boats in the water, and, in later year s, building bird houses, brought him much joy. He loved to take pictures of everything, and being a good cook, he therefore took pictures of almost every meal he cooked.

Don is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, JoAnne (Mark) Meehan of Sault Ste. Marie and Kathy (Louis) Longtine of Skandia; seven sons, Robert (Jane) of Marquette, Larry of Escanaba, Gary (Kay) of Marquette, James (Patty) of Florence, AL, Brian Sims of Adrian, Dennis Sims of Neenah, WI, Alan Sims of Gladstone; a step-daughter, Michele (Barry) Bahrman of Skandia; step-son, Todd (Tammi) Heller; one sister, Barbara (Duane) Laitinen of Marquette; 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leroy Sims and Alan Sims.

Friends may call at the Swanson- Lundquist Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 18, from 5:00 pm until the time of service at 7:00 pm.

Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside. A reception will follow in the reception area located at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to UPAWS (Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter), P.O. Box 968, Marquette, MI 49855.

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