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Darren Sims

February 17, 1965 — January 9, 2024


Darren Todd Sims was born February 17, 1965 in Ponca City, OK. He passed away on January 9, 2024 from a sudden illness at his home in Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his mother – LaTresa Engle, step father – Larry Engle, grandparents James & Frances Brown, Uncle – Joe Foust. Survivors include Brother – Terry Sims (wife Kim), nephews Brady and Casey Sims of Carl Junction, MO. Father Rick Sims and stepmother Tammy Sims – Winfield, KS. Brother Ryan Sims – Kansas City, KS. Step sister – Diane Peterson, Ark City, KS. Aunt Kathleen Foust of Ark City, KS. Cousins Jason Brewer (wife Keela) of Ark City, KS -  Cousin Julie Gray (husband Simon) of Ark City, KS along with numerous nieces and nephews. Darren was the first born son of Rick and LaTresa Sims of Ponca City, OK in 1965. He grew up in the Ark City – Newkirk area and attended Newkirk Schools. In 1976 Darren’s mother LaTresa married Larry Engle and they made their home on north main street in Newkirk, OK. Darren and his brother Terry grew up in this house until adulthood. It was a wonderful home shared with many laughs and good times. Darren’s friends in high school always knew that when they came over to Tresa’s house, there was a great meal waiting for them. After high school Darren moved to Dallas, TX area were held multiple positions with office equipment distributors and even did some truck driving. Darren met several friends in the Dallas area and especially had great times with Jeff and Andrea, going to many concerts and fun events. Darren’s true professional calling came in the 1990’s when he entered the heat treat & inspection services business, working in oil refineries and power plants in several states. Darren recently was employed at American Pipe & Inspection in Tulsa as Specialty Services Mgr. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues in the business. Simply put, there was no one that could out work Darren. Darren had a close bond with his brother Terry and they were both avid OU Sooner football fanatics and talked on the phone at least once a week going over football and life.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024, in the Newkirk First Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Hope Cemetery in Arkansas City, KS 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024. Visitation will be Friday, January 12, 2024 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family in attendance to receive friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, January 12, 2024

2:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Miller-Stahl Funeral Home

128 S Main St, Newkirk, OK 74647

Family in attendance from 6 pm to 7 pm

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

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