May 4 1922 July 17 2019
Raymond Owen Sims May 4, 1922 – July 17, 2019 Ray Sims, age 97, passed away in his home in Roseburg, Oregon on July 17, 2019. He was born on the family farm in Santa Clara, Oregon on May 4, 1922, the son of Herbert A. and Josephine (Hurd) Sims. He was the fourth boy in a family of seven children. When Ray was 13 his family moved to Medford, Oregon. To earn spending money he started working for Postal Telegraph at 11 cents per hour, delivering both a morning and evening newspaper and helping his dad in the family bicycle shop. His big break came when he was hired by Trowbridge and Flynn Electric Company as a stock and delivery boy. This introduced him to electrical contracting which was to become his life’s work. After graduating from Medford Senior High School, Ray began studies at Oregon State University in 1941. He married Shirley Jeanne Lawrence, in Medford, Oregon on September 13, 1942. Ray often said that the most important thing that happened in his lifetime was when Shirley said yes. Together they raised a family of four children. For many years summer weekends and family vacations were spent boating, water skiing and fishing at Loon Lake. Ray and Shirley later enjoyed opportunities to travel abroad and explore small towns while tracing their family histories. They celebrated almost 70 married years together before Shirley passed in 2012. During World War II Ray served in the US Navy and obtained the rate of Chief Electronic Technician. During this time he attended the US Naval Electronic School and Texas A & M University. He taught the electronics of radio and fire control radar and authored a book on high frequency antennas, wave guides, frequency generators and receivers. Ray was founder and President of Sims Electric, Inc. in Roseburg and Medford. His other business endeavors included I-5 Construction, Inc., IESCO Mfg. Inc., Roseburg Electric Wholesale, Inc., Industrial Electric Service Co. of Oregon, Medford Electric Wholesale, Sims Data Systems, Inc., Self Service Supply, Marshfield Electric Co. and Electric Corner Partnership. Ray was active in the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce and was awarded its First Citizen Award in 1976. His community service work included the Central Douglas United Way, the Community Cancer Treatment Center and the Douglas Community Hospital Foundation. He was a member of the Roseburg Kiwanis Club, the Masonic Laurel Lodge #13, and the Scottish Rite, Hillah Temple of the Shrine. In 1982 he received the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award. In 1995 Ray wrote his first book “Santa Clara and its High School Reunions”. “Loon Lake and Ash Valley Revisited” was his next project. In 2010, “Electrified Men”, a 100 year history of the electrical industry in Southwestern Oregon was published. Over the years Ray wrote 14 books about Southwestern Oregon and family histories. Ray is preceded in death by his wife Shirley, his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Ray is survived by his fiancée, Doris Heyman, his brother Bill Sims of Roseburg and his children, Donnea Sims, Gary Sims (Debra), Marcia Sims, and David Sims (Meddie). He was devoted to his extended family which included 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends with whom he corresponded on his extensive genealogical studies. Ray was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Roseburg and Wilbur. In 2002 he wrote “Methodist Spirit Lives”. Funeral arrangements are by Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ray Sims of Roseburg May 4 1922 July 17 2019.
Death notice for the town of: Roseburg, state: Oregon