Larry Sims

Larry Sims, 81, of La Porte, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. 


Larry was born in La Porte, IN, on February 4, 1939 to Lowell Ossie and AdaWilmina (Gemberling) Sims. 


On July 28, 1962 in La Porte, IN, he married Carole Clendenen, who survives.  Also surviving are his daughters, Sheila Williams of La Porte and Julie (Louie) Kopernak of Indianapolis; 4 grandchildren, Kristina Born of La Porte, Nicole Williams of La Porte, Hayden Kopernak of Indianapolis, and Liam Kopernak of Indianapolis; 2 great-grandchildren, Noah and Eli Born; sister, Shirley (Ron) Goodwin of Wanatah; brother, Gary Sims of La Porte; numerous nieces and nephews; special cat, Bob; and beloved dog, Valentine.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gerald Sims; and sister-in-law, Mary Sims.


Larry proudly served in the U.S. Army.  After serving his country, he worked as a plant manager for Sullair, working his way up from the production floor. He left Sullair after 25 years of faithful service.  Later, he became a production manager at Trivani Pump.


Larry enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and gardening.  He was always outside doing various activities.  There wasn't much that Larry didn't enjoy doing, including attending flea markets, going antiquing, and playing BINGO.  Most importantly, Larry enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.


Larry was a wonderful husband, Dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa.  Everyone who knew him, loved him.  He was a kind soul with a big heart.


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.


A time of visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. 


A Memorial Dinner, honoring the life of Larry, will be held at a later date.


Due to the recent Governor's Order, anyone attending the visitation and/or service is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing of six feet.  Also, we are limited to 25 people in the building at any given time.  We kindly ask for your patience as we oversee these mandated guidelines. 


The family would like to express their gratitude to Dunes Hospice.  Dunes Hospice provided outstanding, loving care to Larry.


Memorial contributions may be directed to Alzheimers & Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, Inc., 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617.


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