Carlyle Ray Sims

Jun 13th, 1929 - Apr 12th, 2018


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018 10:00 AM ~ 12:00 PM


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018 12:00 PM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Wed, Apr. 18th, 2018 1:30 PM

Carlyle Ray Sims

Marion – Carlyle Ray Sims, 88, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm at his home lovingly surrounded by his family.

Carlyle was born June 13, 1929 in Marion the son of Ray and Aria (Tanner) Sims.  He married Louann Bruce on February 3, 1951 in Marion and together they have shared over 67 years of marriage.

He proudly answered the call to serve his country. Following the war, while serving in the Army, he was stationed in Okinawa and Japan.  Carlyle was a proud graduate of Purdue University, which he loved dearly. He received his Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Masters Degree from Krannert School of Business, both from Purdue University.  Community was of great importance to him.  He served on several boards including the Marion Park Board and Williamson County Fair Board and volunteered countless hours as a volunteer and manager for the Marion Little League program.

He is survived by his;

Wife – Louann (Bruce) Sims of Marion


Diana Murphy and husband Mike of Peachtree City, Georgia

Rebecca Lawrence of Riverside, California

Annette Walker and husband Darrel of Riverside, California

Jannette Johnson and husband Allen of Riverside, California

Kim Adams and husband Dave of San Juan Capistrano, California

Carole Whitmore and husband Henry of Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania

Susan Humphrey and husband Mike of Marion

Sally Reese and husband Doug of Barrington

Jane Hargis of Marion

Nephew –B.W. Bruce and wife Jerianne of Marion

Sister-in-law – Lois Jane Bruce of Marion

Special friends – Peggy and Ray Altmix of Marion

Many longtime friends and golfing partners

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Son – Darrell Bruce Sims, Sister – Loretta Moake and her husband J.T. Moake, Brother-in-law – Ben Bruce, Sister-in-law – Lorelei Bujdoso and her husband Ted.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to the Darrell B. Sims Cancer Research Foundation or the Darrell B. Sims Memorial Scholarship, Lyles School of Civil Engineering.  Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Joni Moore

    From: Lafayette, Indiana

    Date: April 14, 2018

    Carlyle was such a giving and thoughtful person. I loved his commitment to Purdue, and willingness to help others. He was proud of his association with Purdue, because his stories reflected his history and involvement with the school. I will miss him and the confidence he projected. It was an honor to have known Carlyle.

  • Guest: Rita and Fred Monroe

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 15, 2018

    So sorry to hear this, Louann. He was always a

    gentleman and had such a kind heart.

  • Guest: Jack & Mary Lou Atwood

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: April 15, 2018

    Louann, we send our sincere sympathy.

  • Guest: Anna Mae Miller

    From: Quincy , Illinois

    Date: April 16, 2018

    Louann, thinking of you at this difficult time. We have
    wonderful memories of our weekends at Purdue.
    Stay strong and we will be in touch.
    Friends forever , 💕
    Chuck and Anna Mae

  • Guest: Peggy Davis

    From: Crainville, Illinois

    Date: April 16, 2018

    Louann, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed speaking to Carlyle at the dentist office when he would bring you in. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Guest: Jannette Moake Johnson

    From: Riverside, California

    Date: April 16, 2018

    Every time my family and sisters visited Carlyle and Louann, we always had a glimpse of mother, Loretta. He told us many stories last summer about him, Louann, and mother and daddy. Live you and will miss you a lot.

  • Guest: Don Redden

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 18, 2018

    Louann: I am very sorry for your loss. Carlyle was one of the finnest persons I was ever influenced by. And all in a very positive way, that left a profound inspiration on my life and others that I have talked with about Carlyle. I have very fond memmories of the many SIU games that him and Darrell took me to. Darrell was one of my very best frinds. I have thought of him often, especially when Carlyle would come and visit with my fellow class mates at our reunions. I am a better man today thanks to knowing Carlyle. Your in my prayers. Don Redden

  • Guest: Edwina Cronin Kent

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: April 21, 2018

    My condolences to the family. Carlyle was such a kind person, so easy to talk with. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

  • Guest: Mary Landes

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 22, 2018

    Louann, your Carlyle was such a kind man.. I always appreciated his smile and greeting when we saw each other at ballgames and school activities. Thinking of you and the family with love.