Melvin E. Sims

Born: Sat., Jul. 31, 1920
Died: Thu., Mar. 3, 2016


Services will be Private

Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 07, 2016
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home


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MELVIN  E.  SIMS

   Melvin Earl Sims, 95, of Quincy, formerly of Liberty, died at 7:48 p.m. Thursday (March 3, 2016) at Good Samaritan Home.

   Born July 31, 1920 in Burton Township, Illinois, Melvin was the son of Earl R. and Mae Golden Dean Sims.  He married Carol Humphrey on September 4, 1945. She preceded him in death in September 1989.  He married Florita Valero on September 8, 1988 in Alexandria, Virginia.  She survives.

    Melvin was a 1937 graduate of Quincy Senior High School and a 1941 graduate of the University of Illinois, earning a B. S. Degree in Agriculture Economics.
  
   Mr. Sims served his country as a Field Artillery Captain in the U. S. Army during WW II. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and the European Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars.

   A longtime member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Melvin was also a member of the Plainville Masonic Lodge No. 529, Adams County Farm Bureau, University of Illinois Alumni Association, FarmHouse Fraternity, Alpha Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta. He enjoyed golfing, snow skiing, flying and traveling, having visited over 100 Countries throughout the world.

   Mr. Sims devoted his life to promote farmers and agriculture in the U. S. and the World. He was a partner in Sims Farms and Sims Enterprises in Liberty, a Director and President of the Board of Illinois Farm Supply Company which merged to become FS Services and later becoming Growmark Inc.. In 1972 Mr. Sims was appointed by President Nixon and confirmed by the Senate to become a member of the Federal Farm Credit Board in Washington, D.C. for a six year term and in 1982 he was appointed by President Reagan to be the General Sales Manager, U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agriculture Service.  During his career in agriculture, Mr. Sims served as a Director on many local, state and governmental Boards and Agencies.

   Mr. Sims received many awards and recognitions which include being named the first Outstanding Young Farmer in the State of Illinois by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1955, Award of Merit, College of Agriculture by the University of Illinois Alumni Association in 1964, Distinguished Service Award by the National F. F. A. and Honorary State Farm Degree by the Illinois F. F. A. in 1968, 4-H Alumni Award in 1970, International Cooperative Development Award in 1973, Honorary American Farmer Degree by the National F. F. A. in 1973, Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award by the Illinois Farm Bureau in 1981 and the International Development Leadership Award  by the Agricultural Cooperative Development International and a Unit Award for Distinguished Service by the U. S. Department of Agriculture in 1989.

   Survivors include his wife, Florita; two children, Randy Sims (Mary Ann) of Liberty and Judy Walsten (Mike) of Cedar Falls, Iowa; five grandchildren, Craig Sims (Angela) of O'Fallon, MO, Darren Sims (Andrea) of Liberty, Lee Ann Main (Bryan) of Quincy, Sarah Lubach (Aaron) of Grimes, IA and Timothy Walsten (Shelby) of Cedar Falls, IA; ten great grandchildren, Connor Sims, Audrey Sims, Jackson Sims, Evan Sims, Jonah Main, Henry Lubach, Hudson Lubach, Thaddeus Lubach, Tobias Walsten and Finley Walsten; four step children; and many loving step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Sims was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol; and a brother, S. Dean Sims (Mary Jane).

   The family will meet with friends on Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.

   Funeral services with Military Honors will be private.

   Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Home, Chaddock or the Blessing Foundation.

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Tom Salrin
   Posted Sun March 06, 2016
Florita, Randy and Mary Ann, Judy and Mike and family,

I grew up in Brown County, Illinois on a farm where my father supported the local FS cooperative, Schuyler-Brown FS, Inc., and then I had the opportunity to become an employee of that cooperative in 1972. Mention Mel Sims and immediately you think of an individual who dedicated his entire life to improving the lives of those who made their living in agriculture, from the farmer, to the supplier and to the end user of the agricultural products. Mel was a true statesman with a positive outlook and the idea that we can always do things better. May the memories of the good times with your husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather, Mel, comfort you at this time of his passing on to his eternal reward.

Gary Swango
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016
Mr. Sims was an individual I certainly looked up to in my early years with the organization. He was an advocate for agriculture and a leader admired by many. His legacy will live on in the many organizations he touched. He will be missed.

Gary Swango
GROWMARK, Inc.

Merle Anderson
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016
To the Family of Mel Sims:
I had the honor of knowing Mel for about 50 years. Mel is highly respected by all that knew him. Please accept our deepest sympathies. We will miss him.

Ronald Smith
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016
Dear Sims Family, After graduating from the U of I, I GROWMARK SYSTEM ARE MUCH BETTER THANKS TO Melvin SIMS.

Jim and Barbara Gay
   Posted Mon March 07, 2016
Randy and Mary Ann,
Because we are unable to see you this evening, due to a prior commitment, we want to take this opportunity to say how sorry we are for the loss of Randy's father. He had a long, full life but we know through experience how difficult it is to lose a father. It is such a finality. We'll be thinking of you.

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