Jeffrey J. Sims

  • Born: January 11, 1956
  • Died: April 28, 2018
  • Location: Cedar Lake, Indiana

Burdan Funeral Home Inc

12901 Wicker Ave
Cedar Lake, IN 46303

Tel. (219) 374-5518

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jeffrey John Sims, of Cedar Lake, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Jeff had touched in some way throughout his memorable life. He is survived by his younger brother, Tim (Peggy) Sims; and proud uncle of nephew John "Johnny" Sims, of Crown Point; cousins, Warren (Kathy) Benko, Robert (Paulette) Benko, and Gayle (Keith) Schillo; also survived by special friends, Pete and Margie Carrasco; and special neighbors, the Molden family; many friends from grade school through Indiana University, Bloomington. Preceded in death by his father, John "Jack" Sims; mother, Betty Sims; and older brother, David Sims; along with Uncle Louie and Aunt Fran Benko.
A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:30 am at Holy Name Catholic Church 11000 W. 133rd Ave, Cedar Lake with Fr. Michael Surufka, O.F.M. officiating.
Jeff enjoyed over 30 years of sailing his sailboat the "Old Man Sonar" on Lake Michigan out of Chicago's Monroe Harbor. For the past 14 years, Jeff was employed by PepsiCo Beverages, where he loved working in both the Chicago, IL and Munster, IN plants. Jeff became a Pepsi Ambassador in 2015. Previously, Jeff spent 15 years working at Avery Dennison in Lowell; as well as, Union Carbide, Hanover Township Trustee, Indiana Department of Welfare Board Member and QMS over the years.
In lieu of flowers donations to the family to be shared among Jeff's many charitable interests will be greatly appreciated.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in Peace my Friend

Posted by Dave Slacian - Lowell, IN - Friend   October 25, 2018

Jeff was a kind and one of the most thoughtful gentleman I have ever know. May God rest his soul and provide comfort to his remaining family and friends.

Posted by Jim Pupillo - Scottsdale, AZ - friend   May 22, 2018

I remember Jeff as a very nice guy, always a gentleman. May you relish in the Glory of God Jeff.

Posted by Marisa Girman    May 08, 2018

Great guy, can only see him with a smile and good word to say to all. Glad I got to see Jeff and spend an afternoon with him weeks ago when he had an appetite. Burned in my memory is his great perspectives against all odds that life threw at him! We had the funeral and memorial that HE planned..Thanks Old Man!!

Posted by Dave McVey - India, IN - friend   May 08, 2018

My deepest condolences to Jeff's family & friends. Did not see age or high school info; is this Jeff who went to Merrillville Jr High and would have graduated around 1974-1975?

Posted by Linda Lennon - Crown Point, IN   May 06, 2018

So very sorry! We thought a lot of your family!

Posted by Bob and Mary Kay Broe    May 04, 2018

Posted by A friend   May 04, 2018

Jeff and I met during our first few days as Freshman at IU and became best friends all through our college years. I nick named Jeff the "Old Man" and he called me "Punky" and the names stuck. We had many laughs and stayed in touch after graduation. Never forget the day Jeff called me from the Harbor in Chicago while I was working at my trading desk for Morgan Stanley. It had been a number of years since we had seen each other and I was so glad he tracked me down in Chicago. I started laughing like our college days when he shared some of his sailing stories off the Chicago lake shore including when he grounded his boat on the breakwater at the Harbor one evening and the Coast Guard "recue" that followed. Jeff, rest in peace my friend. We knew it was going to be fun from the start of our friendship. Knowing you helped me become a better person.

Posted by Tom Wiscomb - Wilmette, IL - friend   May 04, 2018

Dear Tim, Peggy and Johnny,
You and your beloved Jeff were in our family's prayers at least twice per day since the beginning of his illness. What a blessing that Johnny had such a special uncle in his life! We now pray that all the happy memories of good times shared with Jeff will be comforting to you through the years to come.

Posted by Tiffany Crate & Family - Cedar Lake, IN   May 03, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeff was a truly beautiful person .

Posted by Judy McGuire Shobe - Floyd Knobs, IN - friend   May 03, 2018

Well jeff our idea's held no waterbut we used it like a dam , oh and we carried it all so well gone to soon , i remember down at I.U at the little 500 the most wildest guy in bloomington that day jeff r.i.p. my brother

Posted by Bixeman - Big pine key, FL   May 02, 2018

Posted by Mike Bixeman - Big pine key, FL   May 02, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Family.

Posted by Rocky and Janet King - Monticello, IN - Family Friend   May 02, 2018

Ahoy Sailor. It was good to know you.
A donation: SHARE Foundation

Posted by George Dahmer - IL   May 02, 2018

Bless You

Posted by Stan    May 02, 2018

Rest In Piece JJ, glad I was able to know you during our QMS/AVERY days...

Posted by Wm Hunley - Demotte, IN - Coworker   May 02, 2018

Rest in peace "Old Man". Going to miss you. We had so much fun together. You beat me in the Indy mini Marathon. And you've beaten us to heaven. We'll see you when we get there. YITB1844

Posted by Andy Crose - Arlington, TX - friend   May 02, 2018

Great fraternity brother. His passing is way to soon!

Posted by Steven Burgdoerfer - Centerport, NY - friend   May 02, 2018


So sorry to hear of Jeffs passing. Great fraternity brother and memories during that time.

Posted by Ray Kean - Barrington   May 02, 2018


Rest in peace my friend, Jeff was a mentor for me as a kid, first job was lowell auto wash, he taught work ethics and responsibility to us young people, always on the move. he will be in many hearts forever, we will all miss you.

Posted by JEFF SCHMAL - CEDAR LAKE, IN - Family Friend   May 02, 2018

Loved and admired by so many! Gods blessings to Jeff's family even now.

Posted by Jeri (Granger) Brubaker - Classmate   May 02, 2018

Jeff was always a happy go lucky kinda guy! I always looked up to hI'm as my older brother, since we grew up next door to each other. The Sims family was our second family! Jeff will be very missed, expecially at all of the Lowell Labor Day parades running out into the parade shaking hands with all of the people he knew in the parade! We used to tease Jeff that he should have been the parades "Grand Marshal!" Rest peacefully dear friend and may your memory be eternal!

Posted by Dee Molden-Zembillas - Cedar Lake, IN - Family Friend   May 01, 2018