David ‘Niles’ Sims, 87 of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away peacefully on August 24, 2018 at Summit Pointe Health Facility. Niles was born on April 9th 1931 in Jefferson City, Missouri to William Tell Sims and Mary Theodocia Roach. Niles joined the navy December 28, 1950 and was in the Korean War and served as a store keeper on the USS Calvert and was honorably discharged on November 3rd, 1954. He then attended Central Missouri College in Warrensburgh, Missouri and graduated with a Business Degree. On December 1st 1956 in Sedalia, Missouri he married his eternal companion Deloris Ann Furnell. After being hired as a computer operator with Phillips 66 in March, 1960, they made their home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for the majority of their lives. He retired from Phillips 66 after 36 years of dedicated service. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in numerous callings. Niles was well known for being the church softball coach where he led the team to 1st and 2nd place seasons. Even after retirement he continued to contribute to the community by driving for Grisham’s Eye Associates and City Ride - making friends wherever he went. Niles was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Deloris, his parents, William and Mary (Dotie) Sims, and his brother Jerry Sims. He is survived by his three children, David and his wife Lesta Sims of Lee’s Summit Missouri. Daughter, Lori and her husband Jeff Hartzfeld of Layton Utah. Daughter, Angela and her husband Todd McClintock of Bartlesville Oklahoma, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He will be remembered for his big smile, huge laugh and long hugs.
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.
-Clarence B. Kelland
Brother Jim Pidge