William Lyle “Bill” Sims, 75, of Taylorville passed away at 12:43p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Meadow Manor in Taylorville. He was born on August 19, 1943 in Taylorville, the son of William Earl and Gladys (Jacobs) Sims. Bill retired from Caterpillar where he worked for over 40 years. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Bill had a love for the outdoors where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting. He liked to surprise his daughters by bringing home large turtles that he would find. He was a proud member of the NRA, was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears, enjoyed bowling, and was a member of the Methodist faith. More than anything he loved his family and spending time with them.
Bill is survived by his daughters: Melinie (Derek) Richards of Rochester, Kathy (David) Jostes of Rochester, Crystal (Chris) Rora of Taylorville, Laura (Sam) Hughes of Taylorville, Karla (Shawn) Watkins of Taylorville, and Casandra (Bryce) Pinnell of Morrisonville; 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; siblings: Richard Sims and Larry (Linda) Sims all of Texas, and Earlene (Jack) Beaman of Taylorville; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister: Rita Maschke; brother: Robert Sims; sisters-in-law: Lois Sims and Pat Sims.
In keeping with his wishes, Bill will be cremated and a memorial service for Bill will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Bill’s nephew, Jimmy Jones officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 until 11:00a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment with military graveside rites will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, the NRA, or Illinois Sheriff’s Association.
McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memories of Bill, or condolences to his family, may be left online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com