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Loran Edward Sims

Loran E. Sims, 84, Winona Lake, died at 1:06 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, at his home in Winona Lake, surrounded by his family.

He was born on November 24, 1937 at Dr. Carneal Hospital in Winamac, weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces to Frances Mildred (Leap) Sims and Jesse Edward Sims. Loran was good at sharing childhood stories and writing down his thoughts, he wrote… ‘As the birth rate was low during what is now called the Great Depression, I probably wasn’t a baby’ planned, “but I was certainly welcome! To be my parents’ first child and the Leaps’ first grandchild.”

His family moved to Culver in 1943 where he graduated in 1955 from Culver High School. Loran was highly intelligent and received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Science in 1959 from the University of Manchester in North Manchester. He served in the Army National Guard for eight years, from 1955 until his discharge on September 7, 1963, in units in Warsaw and Wabash. Loran joined RR Donnelley & Sons in Warsaw from 1959, moving in 1980 to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He returned to Warsaw in 1994 and retired in April 1997 after 38½ years at Donnelley’s. He also worked part-time at Bertsch Vending, Heartland Coffee and Zale Drugs in Warsaw.

On June 9, 1978, he married Linda Lee (Lozier) Phillips at the First United Methodist Church in Warsaw. They were blessed to share 44 years of marriage before Loran’s passing. He and Linda have traveled extensively, visiting 49 states, visiting 46 state capitals and most birthplaces of US presidents. They were blessed to have visited 15 countries in the UK, Scandinavia and Europe on 13 extended overseas trips.

Loran was community-minded and gave back serving on the boards of Kosciusko Community YMCA, City-County Sports Complex, Northern Indiana Credit Union, and Kosciusko County Historical Society. He was a former member of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club, the Warsaw Noon Optimist Club, and a member of the Barbershop Singing Society in Columbia City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Loran accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was 12 years old at Culver EUB Church. Throughout his life he continued to serve his Lord in many areas as a Sunday school teacher, small group leader, lay leader at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church in Warsaw, elder at the Presbyterian Church in Warsaw and administrator at the First United Methodist Church in Warsaw. Loran loved to sing and had been a singer since the age of three, singing in several church choirs during his life, in gospel quartets, Royal Sons, Glory Jones, Tidings of Joy and in barbershop quartets , Chain Gang, and two Sounds of Hope European Tours in 1979 and 1984.

More than anything, Loran loved his family and he especially loved family gatherings. He always made himself available to attend the many school and sporting events of his great-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Loran had a big heart for his family and his Lord and will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Linda Lee Sims, Winona Lake; ex-wife and mother of his children, Saundra Kennedy, Warsaw; three daughters, Beth Wells, Belinda Steggell, both of Warsaw, and Barbara Sims, New Knoxville, Ohio; five stepsons, Terry (Kathy) Phillips, Lititz, Pa., Larry (Deb) Phillips, Gary (Bonnie) Phillips, all of Warsaw, Jerry (Rachelle) Phillips, Pierceton and Kerry “Joe” (Sabrina) Phillips, Mentone; 22 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. His parents predeceased him; brother, Leon J. Sims; son-in-law, William “Rock” Wells; and two grandsons, William Wells II and Nicholas Phillips.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.

Loran’s life will be celebrated with a service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Warsaw’s First United Methodist Church, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, and celebrated by Pastor Brian Smith, Chaplain Bryan Benjamin and Pastor LeRoy Wise. A funeral service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Memorial donations may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Warsaw, 179 S. Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Online condolences can be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.

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