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Melvin E. Sims

July 31, 1920 ~ March 3, 2016 (age 95)
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   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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