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 Burkett Moore Sims

Burkett Moore Sims

Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, USA
Death 30 Aug 2009 (aged 84)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100001226 · View Source
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Burkett Moore Sims was a southern man, born in Hot Springs, Ark at midnight between October 19th and 20th, 1924 to Claire Moore and Dillon O'Dell Sims. Hot Springs was a sophisticated resort town with a constant influx of tourists seeking cures at the hot springs and the rehabilitation hospital or seeking the pleasures associated with the racetrack. Yet Hot Springs was surrounded by farmland, lakes and forests where Burkett rode a pony named Prince and learned to fish and hunt. Burkett's mother was an independent woman who had rental properties and had a house built on Lake Hamilton. His father was a banker who held his bank together in the midst of the depression.

Burkett told a story of himself as a 5 year old, when he heard a knock at the door, he opened it to find a hobo asking for food. He immediately went to the kitchen and prepared his own favorite a slice of bread and jelly and gave it to the man.

During his childhood Burkett hitched rides on a horse-drawn ice truck, pulled pranks at Boy Scout camp, and helped serve ice cream at the soda fountain in his uncle's drugstore. He attended St. John's Elementary School and eventually became a Roman Catholic. Burkett left High School to volunteer for the U.S. Army, serving in the infantry as a private 1st class, Company B, 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion, 14th Armored Division, 7th Army, European Theater. He spent two years training then landed in Marseilles, France. He fought horrendous battles through the Vosges Mountains, at Gertwiller, Haguenau and the Moder River; his unit held their segment of the Siegfried Line during the Battle of the Bulge, captured Germersheim on the Rhine, crossed the Rhine near Worms, captured Ingolstadt on the Danube, and liberated 110,000 allied prisoners from a camp at Moosburg. His division fired the last shots on 2 May 1945.

While awaiting his slot to return to the US. Burkett and some buddies went to see Germany's highest mountain, the mighty Zugspitze. At 9,781 feet this glacial mountain towering over twin-towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen is the best known ski resort in Bavaria. There were no gondola fees for the victorious young American Soldaten but the old Bavarian attendant asked if they had ever skied before. They had not, but wanted to try anyway. The old Bavarian shook his head as he handed them the skis and informed them that there was a good hospital in the village. When Burkett turned the skis downhill, He realized that skiing was more complex than it appeared. As he gained more and more speed, he got real concerned. So he sat down, and rode his wallet using the skis as a sled to the bottom. At the bottom, the guys all congratulated themselves on surviving both the war and the ski slope!

He also took a train to Rome and visited St. Peters Basilica and shook hands with Pope Pius XII. So ended his European vacation.

After working in his father's bank briefly, Burkett attended Hendrix College for a time, before heading to California, attracted by reports of jobs in the booming aircraft industry. He worked for 33 years as a chemist in the Ferrite Lab at Hughes Aircraft Co. During his career he worked on guidance systems for projects like the F14 and the Lunar Lander for the Apollo Program.

He joined the church club at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills where he met and married Joan Bilida. He and Joan shared a dream to build a house together and raise a large family there. They succeeded! Burkett, beloved husband of Joan, is survived by five children: Joan Marie Sims Haas, Joseph Sims, Maureen Tinsley, Margaret Kuberka, Mary Sims; and grandchildren: Brian Sims, Danny Sims, Catherine Haas and Nicole Kuberka.

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  • Created by: Margaret Kuberka
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100001226
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Burkett Moore Sims (19 Oct 1924–30 Aug 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100001226, citing Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Margaret Kuberka (contributor 47472671) .