(March 5) Floyd Barsoom, who played a key role in the growth of Topco Associates LLC, Skokie, Ill., died Feb. 28 at the age of 90.

A native of Reedley, Calif., Barsoom joined Topco Associates in 1959. He was vice president of the produce division until his retirement in 1982. Previously, he had worked for California Growers, Youngtown Grape Distributors and Nash de Camp.

Barsoom followed his father into agriculture, but he made a few other career stops along the way. After graduating from college, he worked for Republic Studios, Los Angeles. He left that position to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps one week after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

At the end of World War II, Barsoom became the Dodge-Plymouth dealer in Reedley. He sold the car dealership to return to agriculture.

Barsoom served on the board of directors of the California Tree Fruit Agreement. He was a founder of Kings River State Bank and chaired the bank’s board of directors for 15 years. He was a co-owner of Mid Valley Publications, which published five San Joaquin Valley community newspapers.

Barsoom was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Marie. He is survived by his daughter, Tami Crinklaw and her husband, Dave; son, Todd and his wife, Carmen; son, Terry; and, five grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church.