Sylvan T. Warrington -- Austin

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Sylvan T. Warrington -- Austin

AUSTIN -- A graveside service will be held for Sylvan T. Warrington at 11 a.m. Sunday in Cedar City Cemetery in Austin with the Rev. Robert A. Morgan officiating. Services were held earlier in Chicago.

Mr. Warrington, 91, of Chicago, an Austin native and retired consultant and adviser with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died Feb. 24.

He was born Oct. 19, 1907, in Austin and grew up on a farm in the area. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics and a master's in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and later, while serving as a staff member with the university's extension service, completed a majority of his work toward a Ph.D. Mr. Warrington built the first frozen food locker for his parents' use and became a pioneer in the frozen food locker industry. During World War II, at the request of the secretary of agriculture, he spearheaded the development of a technique for preserving meat and other foods for use by the military and went on to develop the first commercial frozen food lockers. During his career with the Department of Agriculture, he played a key role in the transformation of the livestock industry. From 1948 to 1951, he served as secretary of the National Food Locker Association. In 1934 he married Lenore Berlin. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon (Mrs. George) Collias of Lake Forest, Ill., Jeannine (Mrs. Edward) James of Winnetka, Ill., and Linda Warrington of Maryland; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard H. of LaCanada, Calif.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin.