George N. Sims
GAMBIER — George N. Sims, 87, of Gambier died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Howard to Harley and Ruth (Mercer) Sims and was a 1939 graduate of Howard High School. George started to work for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries in Mount Vernon following graduation and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II. While in Europe he served with Battery A, 157th Field Artillery, 44th Infantry Division seeing battle across France. He eventually returned to the United States aboard the USS Queen Elizabeth on July 10, 1945, receiving his honorable discharge on Nov. 2, 1945.
Following his discharge, George returned to work at the “Plate” and farm locally. In the mid-1970s he was transferred to PPG in Wichita Falls, Texas, and then to the PPG plant in York, Pa., retiring in 1982 as Cuttoff Floor and Quality Control supervisor. After retirement George and his wife of 39 years, Helen (Hall/Jacobs), spent many happy winters in Alamo, Texas, enjoying the weather, fishing, family and having visitors from Ohio. George’s hobbies included carpentry and fishing. He was able to meld the two when he built a boat so he could fish on Lake Erie. He was always building and fixing things around the house and for family members.
Surviving are his wife, Helen (Hall/Jacobs) Sims, whom he married April 10, 1969; his children, George Joseph “Joe” (Edith) Sims of Howard, Joan E. (Owen) Jones of Howard, Sue Melick of Centerburg, Charles (Ada) Jacobs of Gambier, George (Janet) Jacobs of Gambier, Judy (David) Mobberly of Louisville, Ky., Donna (Craig) Stahl of The Woodlands, Texas, and Ronald Jacobs of Grand Junction, Colo.; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Catherine (Charles) Arnold of Powell.
Friends may call on Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Evangelist Jerold Tear officiating. The family will observe a private graveside service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the College Township-Gambier Volunteer Fire Department or the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to serve the family of George N. Sims.