Blake Sime, age 65, a lifelong resident of Revillo, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack on Wednesday, October 4. He left this world while out working on his farm – much like he did nearly every day of the year – but his sudden departure came in the midst of the fall harvest.
As far back as high school, Blake was known for helping his neighbors to milk, harvest, and do countless other chores. He volunteered as a Revillo firefighter for 47 years. He also served on the township and elevator boards and was on a long list of councils and committees. So it is a tribute to his generosity and cooperative nature that over 50 friends and neighbors – ages 20s to 80s – showed up at the Sime farm last Saturday to bring in Blake’s final soybean crop for him.
Yvette Johnson of Revillo, said, ”Word spread and everyone started volunteering and decided to do it together.” Sioux Valley Co-op donated fuel and some of the lunch. The Revillo Farmers Elevator donated equipment, trucks and drivers, and some of the lunch. Kibble Equipment also contributed equipment.
According to Johnson, “Over a dozen combines were working at six sites on the Sime’s acreage and many semis could be seen going back and forth assisting. “I have never been so proud of this community!,” Johnson said.
Brenda (Wollschlager), Blake’s wife, received additional support from her co-workers at the Revillo Farmers Elevator. They brought food and helped serve at the evening meal offered to the crew by the Sime family in gratitude for their efforts.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Spirit of the Cats’ Foundation, the former Grant-Deuel School, in Revillo.