George Clyde Simms
was born at his family homestead in Bismarck, MO, in August of 1938 and
entered into his eternal rest on October 1, 2019.
His family moved to
Burdick when Clyde was a young boy, and he attended Jackson Township School.
Being the eighth of nine children enabled him to have a great sense of
humor, and he will forever be remembered as being very quick-witted. Family
picnics and gatherings were always entertaining with old stories and
laughter between Clyde and his siblings, especially his brothers, Keith and
His first job was
as a door to door milkman for Dixie Dairy, which eventually grew into
distributing milk to local supermarkets. Being a milkman most of his working
life, he kept milkman hours by rising early for breakfast, frequenting local
diners after his retirement. George was a gifted entrepreneur, and he began
many businesses in the area: Zip Foods, Melody Lane Distributor, and Circles
in the Wind.
Loving horses his
entire life, he worked and trained teams through which he eventually
developed a friendship with the Amish community. That led to a respect for
their handcrafted woodwork from which Circles in the Wind had its beginning.
He always gave a helping hand to those in need.
He is survived by
his daughters: Victoria (Mark) Breitzke of Chesterton, Suzanne (Brian)
Shirley of Dodge City, KS, and Paula Rosenbaum of Valparaiso; grandchildren
Jeb (Amy) Breitzke, Wade (Cambria) Breitzke, Shane (Brittany) Breitzke,
Samantha (Clay) Payne, Levi (Miranda) Shirley, and Rebekah (Hunter) Heiland;
12 great-grandchildren; sisters Betty Hanson of Valparaiso, Doris Dowell of
Portage, JoAnn Hokanson of Chesterton, and Jamie Brown of Tucson, AZ;
brother Keith (Gloria) Simms of Chesterton; and by his numerous nieces and
He was preceded in
death by his parents, Paul and Mildred (Robertson) Simms; his sisters, Ruth
Spurr and Charlotte Tinsley; brother, Larry Simms; brothers-in-law: Joseph
Spurr, Richard Dowell, Dolvin Tinsley, Gurney Hanson, David Hokanson, and
Bruce Brown; his son-in-law, Doug Rosenbaum; and great-grandson, Knoa
A private Graveside
Service will be held at Chesterton Cemetery.
gathering will be held on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 3 p.m., at Andersonís
Winery & Vineyards, 400 E US Highway 6, Valparaiso, IN, where light
refreshments will be served. The family requests that those attending please
dress appropriately for the weather, as the memorial will be held outside in
the garden area.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be given to the VNA Hospice Center or to the donorís
under the care of White-Love Funeral Home.
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