Leslie E. SIMS

Leslie E. Sims

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Leslie E. Sims, 82, of Springfield, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Walker Nursing Home in Virginia, IL.

He was born July 24, 1931, in Brookport, IL to Harry and Bessie Johnson Sims. In 1959 he married Shirley Snodgrass; she survives.

Mr. Sims is also survived by his brother, John Luke (Kathleen) Sims of Herrin, IL, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters: Beatrice DuRall, Reginald Traversy, Pauline Danaher, and Modell Sims.

Leslie retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 after 46 years with the State of Illinois, Dept. of Military Affairs – National Guard. He was an avid stamp collector and was a member of Faith Bible Church.

A funeral service, conducted by Dr. Curt Daniel, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, with burial to follow at Old Salem Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Walker Nursing Home, 530 E. Beardstown St., Virginia, IL 62691, and please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at


Funeral Home

Bisch Funeral Home
2931 South Koke Mill Road Springfield, IL 62711
(217) 544-5424

Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 18, 2014