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Rufus "Rick" Sims Jr.

December 1, 1948 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Rufus "Rick" Sims Jr. Obituary

RUFUS "RICK" SIMS JR., 75, of Sidney passed away Friday, January 5, 2024 at 4:10 PM at his residence. He was born on December 1, 1948 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of the late Rufus and Ruby (Steward) Sims Sr. On August 28, 2004, Rick married the former Pamela Opperman, who survives.

He is survived by seven children, Bradley (Chasity) Sims of Bellefontaine, Rick A. Sims of Sidney, Brandi (Michael) Franklin of Sidney, Tiffany (Willy) Gibson of Columbus, Carmen Sims of Tavares, FL, Jessica (Seth) Elliott of Sidney and Stephanie (Nick) Rife of Woodville, OH; twenty-five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and sister, Marie (Sims) Johnson. Rick was preceded in death by one sister, one brother and one grandson.

Mr. Sims was employed by Century Link as a Telephone Technician for over 37 years. Rick proudly served his county in the United States Marine Corps from 1968-1972. He was on the city council for 17 years and served as the Vice Mayor for 8 years. Rick sat on the Airport Advisory Board, Zoning Board of Appeal, Gateway Arts Council Allocation Committee, United Way Board of Directors and was a Metropolitan House Board member. He was a member of Only Believe Ministries in Botkins.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday January 11, 2024 at 1 PM at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home 302 S. Main Ave Sidney with Pastor Phil Walker officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors presented by the United States Marine Corp and the Sidney Veterans Honor Guard at Glen Cemetery in Port Jefferson, Ohio. Friends may visit from 11 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Wilson Health Hospice in Rick’s memory. Condolences may be expressed to the Sims family at our website,

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January 11, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
302 S. Main Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

Funeral Service
January 11, 2024

1:00 PM
Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
302 S. Main Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

Interment following funeral service
January 11, 2024

Glen Cemetery
St. Rt. 47 East
Port Jefferson, Ohio 45360


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