Sims, Gerald "Bear", Saginaw Township, Michigan


Went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 13, 2015. Age 79 years. Gerald Robert Sims was born May 21, 1935 in Saginaw to Norman and Vera (Thompson) Sims. They preceded him in death. He married Elaine Hemmeter on September 29, 1956. They shared 58 years together. She survives him. Mr. Sims loved all of nature and animals, and was known to have planted many trees for future generations to enjoy. He also loved fishing. Gerald worked for General Motors until his retirement in 1985 after 30 years of service. Surviving beside his wife Elaine, he leaves his daughter Julie (Bud) Bhirdo, his son Gerald Norman (Lynn) Sims, 6 grandchildren - Tessa (James) Pettis, Jeremy (Cait) Sims, Jenna Bhirdo, Christopher Sims, Jamie Sims and Brent (Holly) Bhirdo, 3 great grandchlidren; Autumn Marie, Elijah James and Lauren Elizabeth, a brother Charles (Gennie) Sims, a sister Norma Storck, a sister Vera Dubay, a brother Richard (Karen) Sims, and many other loving family members and friends. Gerald was preceded in death by 2 brothers Tom Sims and George Sims, and 2 sisters Joyce Guyott and Donna Pavlicek. Rev. Paul Hinz will officiate the funeral and committal service on Monday February 16, 2015 at 12 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3427 Adams Ave. Friends are welcome to gather with the family at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will take place at Chapel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church, Hospice Advantage, or the Millett Center of Bridgeport. Sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at www.reitzherzberg.com.