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Rolan R. Sims


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Rolan R. Sims Obituary
Rolan R. "Rollie" Sims, 80, of North Huntingdon, formerly of Monroeville and Hazleton, went to meet his Lord and Savior Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. He was born April 10, 1937, in Hazelton, son of the late Roland and Dorothy Sims. Music had always played an important part of Rollie's life and he shared these God-given gifts throughout his life. He played the trombone in the jazz/stage/marching bands at Hazleton High School and sang Baritone in the Boys Barbershop Quartet. After graduation, he directed the Hazleton Mountaineers Barbershop Chorus and sang with several quartets in the chapter of SPEBSQSA. He also sang with the Pittsburgh SPEBSQSA chapter and sang lead with the Tune Peddlers Barbershop Quartet in Pittsburgh. He was the choir director and soloist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroeville for eight years and sang with the Monroeville United Methodist Church (MUM) choir, as well as being a soloist and quartet participant. In addition to his dedication for church music, Rollie sang with the Muses Choral Group in Penn Hills. He also sang with the Mendelssohn Choir (directed by Robert Page) and the Pittsburgh Symphony in a presentation of "Alexander Nevsky". He was most recently a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City, where he sang in the choir. In 2008, Rollie spearheaded the efforts of raising significant funds from his 1955 Hazleton High School classmates for the renovation of the school's "Castle Auditorium"; in 2012 Hazelton High School was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Rollie worked in the flexible packaging industry for many years and was named Salesman of the Year several times. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sandra (Hill) Sims; his children, Janice (Sims) Stancovich and her husband, Ken, and Susan (Sims) Condrasky and her husband, Michael; brother, Conrad Sims and his wife, Linda (Farley) Sims; and his grandchildren, Tracy Sims, Jason Crystol, Justin Stancovich, Jordan Stancovich, Tyler Condrasky and Nicholas Condrasky. He was preceded in death by his sons, David Sims and Robert Sims.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in the Community United Methodist Church, 3487 Route 130, Penn Township. Memorial visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to the GENE H. CORL INC. FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATION SERVICES OF MONROEVILLE.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3487 Route 130, Irwin, PA 15642. www.corlfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Times Express from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2017
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