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Simkins, Ralph Dean
Ralph Dean Simkins, age 84 of Rural Knoxville, Illinois died at 7:55 A.M. on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at his home in rural Knoxville, Illinois.

He was born on May 4, 1928 to Roy and Ethel (Diefendorf) of Douglas, Illinois. He married Rosa (Dikeman) on May 28, 1947. He is survived by his wife, Rosa, daughters Ann Ehler and Norma (Bruce) Hedbloom, and son Mike (Tammy) Simkins. He has seven grandchildren, one step-grandson, and three great grandchildren. He has two surviving sisters, Helen and Hazel Plack of Farmington. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Murray and Wayne Simkins.

Dean graduated from Yates City High School. He worked for several insurance companies and held insurance and real estate broker licenses. Deans true love was family, friends, and farming, especially his cow-calf operation.

Dean was a member of Yates City Lodge #448, the Scottish Rite Valley of Peoria, and the Mohammed Shriners. He was a past member of Knoxville Kiwanis, served on the Knox County Fair Board for 34 years, and volunteered at the Mississippi Valley Blood Center. He enjoyed all Knoxville school sporting events and was an avid Cardinal fan. Dean was a long standing member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Michel D. Clark and Rev. Dan Lybarger officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois, with Masonic Services conducted by the Yates City Masonic Lodge #448 at 7:30 PM. Interment will be in the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, First United Methodist Church of Knoxville, Illinois or Hospice Compassus. On-line condolences or sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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