Robert Schofield Sims (May 16, 1937 – September 12, 2022)

Robert Schofield Sims (May 16, 1937 – September 12, 2022)

Robert Schofield Sims passed away peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2022, at the age of 85. Bob was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming on May 16, 1937, to Doreen Schofield Sims and William Wilson Sims. He was educated in the Rock Springs school system. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming in 1962 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He married Juliet Reid on August 26, 1961.  

Upon graduation, he was assigned by the Army to Europe where he served in Germany and France. Julie accompanied him and while stationed in France they became parents of Mary Robin in 1964 and Roberta Anne in 1966. Upon completing his 3-year tour in Europe, he was assigned to Ft. Lewis, Washington where he was promoted to Captain and was deployed to Vietnam. Bob was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. Upon returning to the U.S. He became employed by Barber Colman Company a Textile Machinery manufacturer, in Rockford, IL. The family was transferred to Greenville, SC where their son Michael James was born. They moved to Framingham, MA and then to Gastonia where they have resided since.  After leaving Barber Colman Co. Bob was employed by various German owned companies. He was Executive Vice President in charge of the US companies owned by Rosenkranz Holding GmbH & Co. KG until he retired in 2002.  

Bob and Julie have traveled the world on Cruise ships and River Boats. Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and looked forward to the summers when they could be together. He became active in the Gaston Breakfast Rotary Club after retirement and was especially passionate in the Rotary’s “Flight of Honor” program and the Club’s “Annual Fund” raiser, which donated some of its proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Program. He was a member of American Legion Post 23 in Gastonia.

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Bob was preceded in death by his parents, William and Doreen Sims, and his brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Anne Sims.

Bob is survived by Julie his loving wife of 61 years, daughter Mary Wooten and husband Mike of Holly Springs, NC, daughter Roberta Penny and husband Paul, of Holly Springs, NC, son Michael Sims and wife Gina, of Gastonia, NC, grandson James Sims and wife, Samantha of Gastonia, NC, grandson. Matthew Wooten and granddaughter Katherine Wooten, granddaughter Vivian Penny, and grandson Jack Penny, all of Holly Springs, NC, niece Kristine DeLaune and family and nephew Robert W. Sims and family all of Boise, ID, and numerous cousins.

Family and friends of Bob Sims are invited to attend his memorial service beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022, in the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC. The Rev. Daniel Commerford, and The Rev. Dr. Charles Davenport will officiate. A service of committal with military rites will take place for the family at Evergreen – A Quiet Place.

The Sims family has requested in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the American Military Museum, 109 W. Second Avenue, Gastonia, NC 28052. Attention: Jim Mayo.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Sims family where a guest registry is available at