Robert D. “Bobby” Sims, 54, of Parsons, a former Labette County sheriff, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at rural Erie.
He was born on May 21, 1966, at Sedan to Rosalee (Fraker) Sims. He grew up at Parsons and attended Parsons schools, graduating from Parsons schools in 1984.
Bobby worked at Walmart for several years at Parsons, Joplin and Fort Smith, Arkansas, before returning to Parsons to work at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant. He then started his lifelong passion of pursuing a career in law enforcement. He graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson. Bobby spent his entire law enforcement career working for the Labette County Sheriff’s Office, serving as a corrections officer, K-9 unit officer, detective, undersheriff and retired from service as Labette County sheriff. He earned many awards and decorations throughout his law enforcement career.
He enjoyed traveling, going to concerts, fishing, boating, being on the water, computers, technology and most of all being a father and grandfather.
Bobby was passionate about his career as a law enforcement officer. He thoroughly enjoyed helping people and solving problems throughout his career.
His survivors include his children, Cody Sims and (Parys) of Parsons, Angela Weidert and her husband, Seth, of Parsons, Christopher Padgett and his wife, Sara, of Towanda and Matthew Padgett of Towanda; his significant other of 36 years, Cozette Myers of Parsons; his grandchildren, Zoey Sims, Tristan Weidert, Jentry Weidert, Avery Padgett, Emory Padgett and Lalanya Padgett; his brother, Jeff Anderson of Yates Center; and his sister, Misty Sims of Parsons.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosalee Wiatrak.
The service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Troy Mackey officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to assist the family with expenses and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.