Charles L. Sims, 79 of Monticello, Indiana, died on February 11, 2013 in White Oaks Health Campus. Charles was born April 29, 1933 in the old Home Hospital in Lafayette. He was the son of the late Charles and Dorothy (Riggs) Sims. He was raised on the family farm near Attica, Indiana in the house that was built by his Great-Great Grandfather in 1854. He graduated from Attica High School in 1951. He attended Indiana University, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and followed with a M.B.A. Degree in 1956. While attending Indiana University, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Professional Fraternity. For two years Charles was a member of the I.U. track and cross country team and was a competitive distance runner.
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Upon graduating from college, he married Cynthia Jane Knowles in Attica. They were later divorced. Charles served in the U.S. Air Force, spending four years in the Air Defense Command stationed both state side and on the remote radar site in Labrador. Upon honorable discharge, he had attained the rank of Captain. Upon returning to Attica, Charles actively worked on the family farm where he raised crops, cattle and hogs. Charles served on the Attica Consolidated School Board and was elected to the USDA ASCS County Committee and served as Fountain County Young Republican Chairman.
Charles married Penny Purnell Roemer in 1967, and joined the Farm Journal publications in Chicago, where he served as a regional sales manager until his retirement in 2001. He and his wife Penny lived in Wilmette, Ill. During his years with Farm Journal, he traveled throughout the U.S. working with agri-marketers. He has continued to serve as manager of the Sims Family Farms near Attica.
Upon retirement in 2002, Charles and Penny sold their Wilmette home and purchased a home on Lake Freeman in Monticello, IN. In Monticello, he became an active member of Kiwanis, Food Finders and Action Club. He is a certified teacher in NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness); working with family members who have mentally challenged loved ones. Charles is a member of the Monticello Christian Church, where he has served as Deacon, the Bethel Community Church near Attica and the Northfield Community Church in Northfield, Ill.
His wife Penny of 44 years preceded him in death on December 1, 2012. Charles is survived by his children; Julia Elizabeth Sims Brady of Ft. Wayne, Charles M. Sims (Lisa) of Libertyville, Ill., James Sims of Attica, Rick Roemer of Glenview, Ill. Tim Roemer of Attica,; grandchildren, Chris (Kristine) Brady, Lisa Roemer, Lyndsay Roemer, Lauren Roemer, Megan (Derick) Roemer Howard, Katie Roemer; great grandchildren Colt and Kennedy Brady, Hayden Roemer and Allie Roemer; sister Susie Elizabeth (Tim) Saffell Rogers of Connersville; niece Shari Saffell with Ronan and Isabella of Attica; nephew Brian (Kelly) Saffell with Braiden (dec'd) of Rushville.
A celebration of life was held February 15 at the Monticello Christian Church, with the Rev. Chris Dodson officiating. A short graveside service was held at the Riverside Cemetery in Attica with the Rev. Chris Dodson assisted by Pastor Harold Holt of Bethel Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to the Monticello Christian Church, Northfield Community Church of Northfield, IL, Bethel Community Church of Attica, or Serenity Hospice Foundation, Fowler.
Miller-Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Review Republican from Feb. 20 to Mar. 20, 2013