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Roscka Funeral Home reports:

Charles (Charlie) Sims, 79, passed away on Feb. 11.

Charles was raised on the family farm near Attica, IN, in the house that was built by his great great grandfather in 1854.

He graduated from Attica high School in 1951. Charles 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. Charles was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Professionals Fraternity. For two years, Charles was a member of the Indiana University Track and Cross County Team and was a competitive distant runner.

Charles served in the United States 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 U.S.D.A. ASCS County Committee and served as Fountain County Young Republican Chairman.

Charles married Penny Purnell - Roemer in 1967, and joined 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, Illinois. During his years with Farm Journal, he traveled throughout the United States 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 Monticello, he became an active member of Kiwanis, Food Finders and Action Club.

He is a certified teacher in NAMI (National Alliance for mental Illiness); working with family members who have mentally challenged loved ones. Charles was a member of the Monticello Christian Church, where he had served as a Deacon. He was a former member of the Bethel Community Church near Attica and the Northfield Community Church of Northfield, Illinois.

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