Jimmie Dean "Jim" King, 71, of Geneseo, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at his home. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the United Church of Oneida in Oneida. A visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the services at the church in Oneida. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, Growth Day Care Center and the American Milking Shorthorn Foundation. Per his request, cremation will be accorded following the service and private inurnment will take place in the Oneida Cemetery.
Jim was born on March 15, 1941, in Galesburg, the son of Keith and Lillian B. (Nelson) King. He was a 1959 graduate ROVA High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University in 1963 and held a master of science degree in guidance and counseling from Western Illinois, graduating from that program in 1977.
Jim taught American History, World History and America Government for 10 years in the Princeton, St. Charles and Galva schools. He served as the work program director for Abilities Plus in Kewanee from 1990 to 1994 and served as executive director of the Henry County Youth Services Bureau in Kewanee from 1994 to 1997. He was in private practice from 1997 to 2007 at the Jim King Counseling Center, Geneseo. He most recently served as the youth counselor at Black Hawk College and was interim economic development coordinator for Henry County with the University of Illinois Extension from 2008 to 2009.
Jim served on the Henry County Board for eight years, the Henry County Soil and Water Commission for seven years, the Land Use Council for two years, serving as president. He served on the Interstate Resource, Conversation and Development Board for 12 years, serving as president for part of that time. He was vice president of Freedom House, a board member of the Bishop Hill Heritage Society and former president of the board of Growth Day Care in Geneseo. He was on the board of directors of the World Dairy Expo for nine years, the University of Illinois Extension Unit No. 7, the University of Illinois Extension State Advisory Commission, and the Henry County Planning Commission. Jim received, in 2007, the Distinguished Merit Award from the Illinois State Soil and Water Commission. He was a member of the American Milking Shorthorn Society National Board and served as president of this national organization. Jim was named 2012 "Citizen of the Year" for the National Milking Shorthorn Society and recently received the University of Illinois Henry County Human Service Council Volunteer Award. The loves of Jim's life included his family and friends, horticulture, and he always looked forward each summer to showing the Kingsdale Milking Shorthorn Cattle at the Illinois State Fair and the World Dairy Expo.
Survivors include two brothers and spouses, Jerry and Inis King of Victoria and Dr. Michael and Peggy Nelson of Creve Coeur, Mo.; two sisters and spouses, Janet and Jim Nelson of DeWitt, Iowa and Janice Larson (and the late Dean Larson) of Altona; 12 nieces and nephews, Julie King, Brent King, Brian King, Steve Larson, Sallie Rivera, Scott Larson, Brad Nelson, Jamie Edstrom, Eric Nelson, Shane Nelson, Nathan Nelson and Jennie Guest; 24 great-nieces and nephews, and special friends, Dolores McDowell and Mike and Hayley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law.
Page 2 of 2 - This quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes reflects the way Jim lived his life, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."