Harlan K. Sims

September 21, 1922February 27, 2014
Play Tribute Movie

Harlan K. Sims, age 91 of Dayton, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Miami Valley Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Jean Sims, in 1994. Two children survive him, daughter Kaye Kelly of Dayton, and son Greg and wife Patti Sims of Florida. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Grant (Mary) Kelly, Patrick (Nicole) Kelly, Cara (Jeff) Anderson, Chris (Terri) Kelly, Kelly Anne Sims, Amy Lynne Sims, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Harlan was born in Wilimington, OH to the late George and Verna Sims, who preceded him in death along with three sisters, Virginia, Reba, and Wilimina, and two brothers, George and Charles "Ebby". He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the original UDT Team 3. It was because of his brave service that Harlan received the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and was most recently inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor. Upon his honorable discharge, he was employed by NCR for 36 years as Labor Manager and Inspector. Following his tenure at NCR, Harlan worked for the City of Dayton for 15 years as a housing inspector. He was a devout member of the East Dayton Church of the Brethren, served on the NE Priority Board, and worked for the East Dayton community through the Sunshine Center. Friends may call at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-Beavercreek Chapel, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Rd. at Grange Hall on Sunday afternoon, March 2 from 2-5. Funeral services will be held at the East Dayton Church of the Brethren, 3520 E. Third St. Dayton, OH on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the US Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N Hwy A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949 in Harlan's memory.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 2, 2014
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 3, 2014

Harlan K. Sims

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

Mike Dugan

November 10, 2014

I worked with Harlan at the City of Dayton, I can remember when he was probably about 70 he was helping a widowed lady about 80 with shoveling snow, "he said I like to help the elderly people". Classic Harlan a great guy, gone but not forgotten.

Ted Mosure

March 4, 2014

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame, I want to pass along condolences to the family. Mr. Sims was an American Hero in every sense of the word. On a personal note, I served with Seal Team One in the late 60's. "Old Frogs" like Harlan were a very special part of our heritage. God rest his soul and bless his family.

Ted Mosure
President, Board of Directors, OMHOF

Barb Kozlowski

March 3, 2014

It was my blessing to have known Harlan and to be good friends with his daughter Kaye. Kaye is truly a testament to the influence her Dad had on her life. She is so kind, loving and giving and thinks of others before herself - so much a legacy and tribute to her Dad. Please accept our since sympathy and know that our prayers will be with the entire family in the days to come. All our love, Bob and Barb Kozlowski

Bonnie Klepacz

March 3, 2014

I worked with Harlan at the City of Dayton. He also worked with my Dad at NCR. He was a wonderful man. I am blessed to have had him as a friend. Take care and God bless all of you.

Bonnie Klepacz

Steve Baker

March 3, 2014

I worked with Harlan at the City of Dayton for many years. He was a good guy and one of our more colorful co-workers.

Dee Baughman

March 2, 2014

Kaye and Greg -
There are no good words when we lose a parent. I have many memories of your dad at East Dayton and lots of pictures of those years from Daddy's old slides. I often think of you both. You each hold a special place in my heart.

Rob Wood

March 2, 2014

I met your Dad only two or three times. Each time was a privilege. I admired his vigor and independent character. You did good work in caring for him, evidence that some of your Dad's character was passed on to his daughter. All the best to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


March 2, 2014

Kaye, we are so sorry to hear about POP, we really came to love this
ole "seal" . I loved hearing him talk about his time in the Navy, I will miss sending him cards,. please know that you and your family are in our thoughts , love and prayers. June and John

March 1, 2014

So sorry to hear of your father's passing. However, I celebrate with you regarding the close relationship you had with him and the great memories you treasure. Now he is happy in heaven enjoying those streets of gold and feeling no pain.

Jill Hamilton

March 1, 2014

To Harlan's family -
I worked at the Northeast Priority Board 1986-1996 and worked with Harlan on a daily basis - and so enjoyed Harlan & Jean dancing at our social events. Harlan was a stellar guy and I was so sorry to hear of his passing.