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Jimmie Dale Fast, age 77, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away September 29, 2015, at Cedar County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 22, 1938, to Russell and Lula (Steward) Fast in Vernon County, Missouri, in a log cabin close to Montevallo.
Jim graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1956, serving as FFA President and was a letterman. After high school he joined the Navy on January 5, 1959, and served in the South Pacific. He received a good conduct medal as an Instrumentman 2nd Class Petty Officer on January 5, 1962.
On June 8, 1963, Jim married Ruby May Luther in El Dorado Springs, MO, and to this union three children were born.
In 1969, Jim graduated from Central Missouri State College with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. He began working for the Ciba-Geigy Corp. in 1969, as a chemical sales representative. He worked there for 27 years and retired as a senior marketing specialist. He felt the best part of his job was walking in the fields and talking with the farmers.
Jim was a history buff. His love of family caused him and Eldon Steward to begin the Steward family reunion in the 1980’s and it is still a yearly event. Jim never met a stranger and his smile made everyone feel welcome. Spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and talking and being with his grandchildren brought Jim great pleasure.
Survivors include his wife Ruby of the home; three children: Pamela Crafton and husband Joe, Angela Sylvester, and Jan Beckmann; six grandchildren: Ami Crafton, Nick Crafton, Lauryn Sylvester, Cecelia Beckmann, Mitchell Beckmann, Charlotte Beckmann; one great-grandchild, Chloee Crafton; three brothers: Delmar Fast, R.D. “Pete” Fast and wife Murnie, and Dennis “Gene” Fast and wife Cheryl; one sister, Pat Ozkal and husband Sinan; and many other family members and friends.
A celebration of life was held in Jim’s honor on October 2, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Chapel. Final disposition was cremation under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Honorary pallbearers were: Greg Gentry, Jim Dunn, Ed Morlan, Ed Hamersley, and Gregg Fast.