June 22, 2016
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June 22, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 23, 2016
- 1:00 PM
Rodger Lee Sims, 67, of Fargo, N.D., loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, June 20, 2016 surrounded by his family.
Rodger was born on December 14, 1948, in Crookston, M.N., to Pershing and Bernice (Pribula) Sims of Fargo, N.D. He was raised in Wahpeton, N.D., and Enderlin, N.D., and graduated from Enderlin High School in 1966. Later, he graduated from North Dakota State University with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology. Upon graduating, he worked at the University of North Dakota Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks from 1973 – 2006 where he also earned a B.S. in Chemistry.
Rodger married Bonnie (Brooks) Sims on June 14, 1975, and they raised their three sons in Grand Forks, N.D., where they were passionate fans of their sporting and school events. Upon retirement, they moved to Fargo, N.D. in the summer of 2006. Rodger and Bonnie loved simple times. They enjoyed going out for coffee and meeting new people and he would often request peanut butter for his pancakes. They celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on June 14, 2016, with their children, spouses and grandchildren. Rodger was an avid sports fan, enjoying the Vikings, Twins, the UND Fighting Sioux, and the NDSU Bison. He loved classic cars, motorcycles, long car drives, plain popcorn at the movies, computers, fishing, ice cream and science.
Rodger will be dearly missed by his wife, Bonnie, of Fargo, N.D.; sons, Bryan (Paige) Sims, Houston, T.X., Chris (Jessica) Sims, West Fargo, N.D., and Jonathan (Courtney) Sims, Vandenberg AFB, C.A.; lovely granddaughters, Rhianna, Emmalyn and a grandchild due in September; his mother, Bernice Sims, Fargo, N.D.; brothers, Philip Sims, Fargo, N.D., Ken (Vickie) Sims, Moorhead, M.N., Dan (Shari) Sims, Elk River, M.N.; sisters, Marilyn (Jim) Kram, Fargo, N.D., Patricia (Allen) Kukert, Moorhead, M.N., Janet (John) Klocke, Fargo, N.D., Lori (Vern) Dosmann, Sarasota, F.L., and Lynae (Mike) Sims, Moorhead, M.N. and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pershing Sims.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Rodger Sims Memorial Fund at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Special thanks to Hospice Red River Valley, Fr. James Meyer, Fr. Andrew Jasinski and Fr. Duane Pribula.