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“I remember Chuck well from our time working together in the Lafayette Service Center from 1973 to 1977. He was a tremendous person and very likeable...Read More »
1 of 1 | Posted by: Carl V Covely Jr - Lafayette, IN


Charles A. "Chuck" Simms, age 90, of Lafayette, died at 1:12 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. He was born November 5, 1921 on the family farm north of Crawfordsville, one of 9 children born to the late Augustus B. and L. Blanche Robison Simms. When WW II came along, he was drafted into the United States Army and was trained as an Infantry/Communication soldier. Chuck served under General George Patton in the 359th Regiment Infantry, Head Quarters 90th Division and fought in various battles including the Battle of the Bulge. He was the recipient of various medals including 2 Purple Hearts. When he returned home following his honorable discharge, he married his fiancé, Delores Blackford in Indianapolis on December 3, 1945. They have been married for 66 years and to that marriage was born their three children: Steven C. (wife, Terri) Simms, Carl L. Simms, and Karen J. (husband, Roger) Akers, all of Lafayette. Chuck is also survived by his 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his 8 brothers and sisters. Chuck was extremely family oriented and there never was a time that his family was not primary in his mind, from his loving wife to the youngest great-grandchild. After returning from WW II and his marriage to Delores, Chuck got a job with Indiana Associated Telephone Company in Lafayette, which later became GTE and now is known at Frontier Communications. During his time with GTE in Hobart, he was the plant supervisor responsible for the conversion from operator assisted phone calls to direct dial. While working for the telephone company, he used the GI Bill benefits to learn television and radio repair which included building tube testers, oscilloscopes, and as a final exam, building a working 19" black and white television. Chuck retired after working 37 years for the telephone company.
Chuck is a member of First Christian Church, American Legion Post #11, GTE Retirees Club, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, and the Purple Heart Association. In addition, he and his wife belonged to the Hoosier Cruisers Motor Home Club of Indiana and together they traveled to 49 of the 50 United States. Chuck also enjoyed camping, hiking, and traveling with his family.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hippensteel Chapel with Rev. Greg Eberhard officiating. Burial with military honors at Waynetown (IN) Masonic Cemetery. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com http://videos.lifetributes.com/312009