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Leon Jesse Sims
Oct. 7, 1949 - July 29, 2013
BURR OAK â€” Leon Jesse Sims, 63, of Burr Oak, left this world Monday, July 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth after a sudden illness.
He was born at Memorial Hospital in South Bend on Oct. 7, 1949 to the late Jesse and Frances (Leap) Sims. After attending Culver Military Academy and graduating from Culver High School, he went on to attend South Bend College of Commerce and graduated with an associate 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.Â Alongside his wife, he ran and owned Sims Printing Co. in Culver from 1977 â€“ 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 â€“ Melissa (Sims) Holstein of Plymouth and Brock Sims of Burr Oak, a brother Loren Sims of Warsaw, nieces Beth (Rock) Wells, Belinda, and Barbara; nine biological grandchildren â€“ Lena, Alison, Edwin, Olivia, Tobey, Emily and Melody from Melissa and Austin and Alexis from Brock. He also has two honorary children â€“ 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 Leonâ€™s life at Odom Funeral Home in Culver on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 from 5 - 8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Burr Oak Cemetery on 14B Road outside of Burr Oak.
Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www.odomfuneralhome.com.Â
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is in charge of arrangements.