TISKILWA — Charles H. Sims, 80, of Tiskilwa passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
Charles was born April 4, 1934, in rural Tiskilwa to Paul and Agatha (Taylor) Sims. He farmed for 13 years and later raised Rat Terrier puppies. He had retired from the Henry Grain Elevator after 30 years. He attended Bureau Township School and graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1952. He married Phyllis Elmore on June 19, 1954, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa.
He enjoyed coon hunting, attending Flea-Market in Rutledge, Mo., and restoring Massey Harris tractors.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Sims of Tiskilwa; five sons, Dan (Julie) Sims of St. Charles, Mo., John (Jayne Barnes) Sims of Tiskilwa, Wayne (Wendy Kenny) Sims of Tiskilwa, Tom (Ruth) Sims of Tiskilwa and Andy Sims of Princeton; four daughters, Jill (Ray) Carrington of Wyanet, Wanda (Gary) Wagner of Tiskilwa, Jacqualyn (Mark) Karlosky of Tiskilwa and Janet (Mike) Rosenberger of El Paso, Ill.; 30 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fred (Sharon) Sims of St. Charles, Cletus (Nancy) Sims of Tiskilwa and Edward (Mary Jo) Sims of Palatine; six sisters, Elizabeth Downey of Sioux Falls, S.D., Jenirose (Donald) Houston of Tiskilwa, Mary Sims of Loves Park, Clara (George) Janet of The Villages, Fla., Cecelia Sims of Princeton and Carol (Mark) Albrecht of Ohio, Ill.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Lori Carrington; one sister-in-law, Thedie Sims; and one brother-in-law, Joe Downey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Mary Cemetery, Tiskilwa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service or the St. Louis Catholic School.