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Larry Howard Sims
Larry Howard SimsEuchreLarry Howard Sims, 82 of Marion, passed in peace surrounded by his family on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his home.

Larry was born in a Marion County farmhouse on June 18, 1938 to the late Jack and Dorothy (Hennigh) Sims. He graduated in 1956 from Meeker School and attended one year at Bowling Green University where he met his bride-to-be, Dorothy.

After a whirlwind six-week engagement, Larry married Blue Island, IL-native, Dorothy Ann (Jahn) on November 30, 1957. He then joined his father as the third generation to farm the same Marion county land. Larry raised hogs, sheep, cattle, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Beyond caring for his family, his life's purpose was being a hard-working farmer and a faithful steward of the land.

Active in the community, Larry was a life-long member of Meeker United Methodist Church, a member of 4-H and Future Farmers of America, a state officer of Young Farmers of America, and a member of the Ridgedale School Board.

An avid sports fan, Larry enthusiastically cheered on the Buckeyes and the Browns, but his favorite pastime was attending as many of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events as was humanly possible.

Larry was a beloved member of the various local "Gossip Shops" where his kindness, wit, and sense of humor was known to all. He passed on his love of a good card game to his kids and grandkids while spending many hours playing cards with anyone he could convince to join in.

Larry is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Dorothy, their children: Rex (Daphne) Sims of Maumee, Todd (Stacey) Sims of Morral, Jon (Gwendolyn) Sims of Stevenson Ranch, CA, Jill (Gregory) Boyd of Harpster; his grandchildren Jack Sims, Grant (Jenna) Sims, Luke (Libby) Sims, Mark (Hannah) Sims, Blake (Audrey) Sims, Paige Sims, Drew Sims, Drake Sims, Hunter Boyd and Taylor Boyd; his great-granddaughter Sadie Sims.

His family will greet friends with a drive thru visitation from 2-5 pm on Friday October 9, 2020 at the Sims Farms, 5567 Irvin-Shoots Rd W, Marion, Ohio 43302. Cars will enter from the west and exit from the east. Family and friends may attend the graveside service at 11:00 am on Saturday October 10, 2020 at the Frame (Meeker) Cemetery, Pastor David L. Hoffman will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (parkinsons.org) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (michaeljfox.org)

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue is assisting the family

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

Directions to Frame (Meeker) Cemetery

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#1 from: Jim Forry. ,Sr & Patricia Lee
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 12:58 PM

To the family,
So sorry for your loss.

#2 from: Arlin&Julie Park
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 1:23 PM

Our sympathies to all the family. God Bless you all. I will always remember the stories he told at Morral Chemical

#3 from: The Hill Family
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 1:52 PM

We send our love, prayers and deepest sympathy to the whole family. May God wrap his loving and comforting arms around you during this time. I will treasure the time spent and stories that I got to hear from Larry when he came to the shop and fields at your farm.

Amanda Hill and Family

#4 from: Todd and Susan Seiter
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Sorry for your loss. Are sympathies to your family.

#5 from: Carol Althouse
Harpster, ohio
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Sooo sorry for your loss. Much love...

#6 from: Bruce Brown
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 8:40 PM

My condolences to the family.  Larry was a great dude.

#7 from: Betty Dolin
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 at 10:16 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Larry was a great guy. I will never forget the love he showed to Tim and I. Rest In Heaven Larry

#8 from: Bud and Judy Chapman
Harlingen Texas
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 9:23 AM

Dottie and family,  We are so sorry to hear the news about Larry, holding  you all in our prayers

#9 from: Terry hartle
Westerville Ohio 6 3 7 0 portrait Circle Westerville Ohio
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM

He definitely was a special person I and we we'll miss him very much enjoying spending time with him at our birthday parties and playing cards you all have my sympathy

#10 from: Mike & Alanna Darling
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 10:57 AM

Much love and prayers to Dottie, Todd and family. Larry was a wonderful friend to the McKelvy family and will be greatly missed. God bless you all!

#11 from: Cynthia (Weston) McMillen Wenig
Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM

Much love and many prayers to you all, Dottie, Rex, Todd, John, Jill, and all the family. I have many fond memories of Larry from my growing up years, and then in my adult years,  of what a good friend Larry was to my mom and dad. The six of us  "Weston kids" have been sharing stories back and forth about Larry from our childhood. I dont want to take all the stories,  but just HAVE to say memories of Larry pulling in to our house with dilly bars from DQ for one and all was well-remembered by us all! Larry will be sorely missed by the many whose lives he touched.

#12 from: Tim Hilborn
7509 St. Rt. 95 Fredericktoiwn, OH
Thu, Oct 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM

Condolences to the family, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

#13 from: Linda Thomas
Harpster ohio
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 1:45 PM

Our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time ❤️

#14 from: Larry Geissler
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 5:05 PM

My deepest condolences to the entire Sims Family on the passing of Larry. I am taken back to my first contact with Larry at Bowling Green State University where we shared many rides back and forth to Marion. I was blessed when my late wife[Carol keck Geissler 1937-2001] introduced me to her Chi Omega Sorority sister,Dottie,soon to be Mrs Larry Sims. Carol's first big trip out of Ohio was to Chicago to be a brides maid in Larry and Dottie's wedding. This was followed a year later by Dottie being a brides maid and Larry being an usher at Carol and my wedding. Larry was an outstanding husband, father,grand father. He was a great citizen and a model rural representative of what made America great. As I saw him over the years at ball games, fairs and community events I was always reminded how grateful I am to be part of his generation.May God be a blessing to his family. May he rest in peace. Sincerely,Larry Geissler

#15 from: Ben Higgins
Marion oh.
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 9:39 PM

All of the Higgins Family would like to offer our condolences in your family’s loss. We all have memories and will always remember our times with Larry and your family from our Meeker Days. Including (BF) being his next door farm Neighbor and then working part time helping with some of Larry’s Farming in the JD 5020 with cab, to the countless sports games at Ridgedale to some long Poker games at the Sims family home and Many countless other events.

#16 from: Mark Murphy
Upper Sandusky
Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 9:43 PM

Our sympathy to Dottie and all of the family.  I will always remember Larry with a smile on his face and that twinkle in his eye, just as his picture shows. I remember riding in the combine with him as a teen when he and Jack did custom work for us. Always a good friend to the Murphy families. Mark and Pat Murphy

#17 from: David Clunk
Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 1:39 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Sims family. Always enjoyed talking with Larry. He sure loved to watch his  boys play basketball! Those were fun times!
My condolences.

#18 from: David Clunk
Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 3:37 PM

My deepest sympathy to the Sims family. Always enjoyed talking with Larry. He sure loved to watch his  boys play basketball! Those were fun times!
My condolences.

#19 from: Brad and Karen Moffitt
Radnor OH
Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 9:40 AM

Deepest Sympathy. Heaven just gained a great man and farmer.

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