Norman Eade Sims Jr., 63, who retired in 1972 as director of the Treasury Department's Office of Budget and Finance, died at Fairfax Hospital Nov. 20 of complications following heart surgery.

Mr. Sims joined Treadury in 1940. During World War II, he went into the Army and served from 1941 to 1946. He was an intelligence officer with the 70th Infantry Division in Europe.

He then returned to Treasury, where he worked in the Office of the Comptroller before transferring to the Office of Budget and Finance in 1951. He was acting and deputy director of the Office before becoming director in 1971.

Mr. Sims' awards included Treasury's Meritorious Service award in 1968 and a special award for his work on a study of the roles and missions of the Coast Guard.

A Washington native, he grew up in Arlington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in government from George Washington University in 1938 and a master of commercial science degree from Strayer College in 1941.

Mr. Sims lived in McLean before moving to Sperryville, Va., in 1973. He sang with the Columbia Light Opera Company here and in the choirs of the Falls Church in Falls Church, St. John's and St. Thomas's Episcopal churches in McLean and Trinty Episcopal Church in Washington. He also was a vestryman at these churches.

He was active in the McLean Boy Scouts and was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the Four and Six Cylinder Plymouth Club and the 70th Infantry Divison Association.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Lester Sims of Sperryville; a son, George L, of Oakton; two daughters, Catherine S. Sands, of Lander, Wyo., and Mary G. Hill, of Boulder, Colo.; his mother, Helen P. Sims and a sister, Barbara H. Sims, both of Silver Spring, and a brother, Robert T. Sims of Charleston, W.Va.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a memorial fund at Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington, or to a charity of one's choice.