Bill Sims 1939-2016


William R. “Bill” Sims, 76, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

He was born Dec. 1, 1939, in Tobias, Neb., the son of Galen R. and Velda L. (Mead) Sims. He was a 1957 graduate of Denison Rural High School, where Bill played football and basketball.

William was employed by the Santa Fe Railroad for 34 years, re­tiring in 2000.

Bill married Charlene K. Martin in 1961. They divorced in 1982.

Bill married Phyllis J. Howey on Aug. 4, 1984, bringing two families together. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, Jay (Tracy) Sims; stepsons David (Denise) Damme and Doug Damme; grandchildren, Evan and Jacob Sims, Danyelle (Beau) Buschbom, Dustin (Amanda) Damme, Dale (Melissa) Damme, Deanna (Christine) Damme and Dylan (Emily Pickens) Damme; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Wendell (Jean) Sims; a sister, Marilyn Childs; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill’s favor­ite cat Prince was by his side 24/7.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepson, Daniel D. Damme.

Bill enjoyed watching KSU football, basketball, KC Chiefs and any sporting event his grandkids were playing. Bill also enjoyed his Harley motorcycle, his Cadillac and many clocks he had collected over the years. Bill regardless of how he felt would always have a joke to crack and tried to put a smile on everyone who entered his life.

The family thanks the staff at Lexington Park Assisted Living, and Grace Hospice. Especially GF Dana! His last days were made more comfortable by the care they gave Bill, mom and family.

Bill was cremated. A graveside service was held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Half-day Cemetery, Elmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribu­tions may be made to Grace Hos­pice or Helping Hands Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel in Topeka is assisting the family.

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Phone: 785-364-3141

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