Steuben developer, philanthropist Sheets to be honored with Sagamore

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) Chuck Sheets, a businessman and real estate developer who founded the YMCA of Steuben County, will be awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash award.

Charles R. (Chuck) Sheets
Charles R. (Chuck) Sheets

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will award Sheets with the state’s highest civilian honor on Tuesday during a ceremony in the Fabiani Theatre on the campus of Trine University. Holcomb will follow up the presentation with a speech as part of the university’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Sheets was the owner of Sheets LP Gas and a real estate developer. He was one of the founders of the YMCA of Steuben County and a founding board member of the Steuben County Community Foundation.

He’s also a generous philanthropist. His family this year donated more than four acres of land to the YMCA. Sheets also established the Harcourt & Elsta Sheets Scholarship at Trine University and has supported the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, the Humanities Institute and Trine’s general scholarship fund. He also has contributed top soil for capital projects.

“Chuck is a true Hoosier,” said Trine President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., in a letter nominating Sheets for the award. “Throughout his life he has contributed to the health and well-being of Angola, Steuben County, the State of Indiana and our country. He is a gentleman of highest character who provides wise counsel and genuinely cares for everyone.”

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