Lawrence R. "Larry" Nims

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May 30, 1935 ~ October 4, 2019

Born in: Anderson, Indiana
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Lawrence Richard (Larry) Nims died October 4, 2019, in Pueblo, Colorado.  He was born May 30, 1935, in Anderson, Indiana, where his two older brothers named him after Lawrence of Arabia.  In between birth and death, he spent significant time in and around Greeley, Colorado (1939-1967); Canon City, Colorado (1968-1971); Gunnison, Colorado (1971-1998); and Pueblo, Colorado (1998-2019).  He grew up in Greeley, graduating from Greeley High School and Colorado State College.  He met his wife Joyce in Greeley; their three children were born there.  In Greeley also he started his long career in education.  He continued that career in Canon City and Gunnison, teaching and coaching.  He retired to Pueblo.  His passion was sports.  He played in state title games, in the minor leagues, in U.S. Army tournaments, in city leagues, and in fast pitch softball’s World Tournament; he played fast pitch into his sixth decade.  He coached football, basketball, baseball, boys, girls, teams that lost, and teams that won, doing things the right way throughout.  He watched countless games.  His favorite teams included the Packers, Broncos, Rockies, and Dodgers, but he appreciated sporting excellence of any kind.  He played the trumpet as a young man, and played in the kinds of dance bands popular in his youth.   He taught many subjects; his favorite was American History.  In retirement he served as a docent at Pueblo’s Rosemount Museum.  He leaves behind his wife Joyce, his three children (Geoff, Mike, Melissa) and their spouses (Tanya, Elaine, Chris), six grandchildren (Xavier, Michele, Kendra, Meghan, Cody, Mykalle), four great-grandchildren (Aurora, Marissa, Kayleigh, Courtney), and another great-grandchild on the way.   He put up some impressive numbers:  84 years on earth, 58 years of marriage, 30 years of teaching, 3 successful children, and countless young people whom he taught, coached, and influenced.  He would be happy to know that this obituary closes with a quote from longtime Dodger announcer Vin Scully, who remarked at his retirement, “Don’t be sad it’s over, be glad it happened.”  So it is with the passing of Larry Nims – sadness that his life is over, gladness that it happened the way it did.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Ascension Episcopal Church, Pueblo, Colorado, with reception to follow.    Memorial donations may be made to Ascension Episcopal Church, or to Sangre de Cristo Palliative & Hospice Care, Pueblo, Colorado.


Memorial Service: November 9, 2019 1:00 pm

Ascension Episcopal Church
18th Street & Grand Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Mr. Nims was one of the best educators and positive influences in my life during the high school years. He was the kind of person that made you want to do the right thing and not have to be told. I’ll never forget the driver’s ed experiences and visits during those drives. My thoughts are with you Mrs. Nims, and your family.

  2. Sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. What a fine man and fine family. He was a friend.
    Hugs to Joyce, I know she will miss him.

  3. When I think back to high school, I remember Mr. Nims with a genuine smile and hello in the hallway and one of the best teachers to have had growing up. Summer Drivers Ed.- “Why isn’t the car moving Mr. Nims?” “Because Erin, I have my foot on the brake over here-slow down around the corners please.” Hugs to the Nims Family.
    With Sincere Sympathy and Love,
    Erin Tayler

  4. With memories of our little apartments on 9th st, Gunnison. Blessings to the family
    Betty (Williams) Archuletta (Caryn Johnsons mother)

  5. Rest In Peace Mr. Nims. God Bless Joyce and the rest of the family. Truly love all of the Nims family and appreciate how many lives they have touched. God Bless!

  6. Joyce and family,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I remember how my mom loved speaking of you both-you held a dear place in her heart. Peace be upon you.

    Lynn Logan Chavez
    Los Lunas, NM

  7. Larry, you will be missed very much by everyone . We love you very much. You have been a great dad, father in law , grandpa and great-grandpa .Michele was so looking forward to you meeting her son when he is born. We are so glad she had the opportunity to tell you in person!
    Rest In Peace .
    Love you,
    Mike , Elaine, Michele, Kendra and Aurora

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