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We sadly miss the following members of the SCS/NRCS family who have passed away.

Our sympathy and prayers are with their families and friends.

Please email Paul Benedict at soilwarden@verizon.net.  to report recent In Memoriam notices.

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Last updated 9/2/2020

 








Surname

Year

In-Memoriam (Note: These are recent notices. For a complete list, please see www.arcse.org)

Allen

2020

Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Malvern “Mook” Walter Allen (93) of Bunker Hill, Illinois passed away at his home on June 5, 2020. He was born on April 7, 1927, in Wood River, Illinois to Ernest L. Allen Sr. and Ellen R. (Reed) Allen. He married Helen Marie (Burns) Allen on September 12, 1953 in Shipman, Illinois. Mook started his career working for McDonald Aircraft before coming to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as an engineer. During his career he served as Area Engineer in the Edwardsville Area Office and then went to work for the Northeast Technical Center as an Environmental Engineer. Mook was a member of the American Legion of Bunker Hill. He was active in Boy Scouts and youth organizations in Bunker Hill, Illinois. He was also active in the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association serving for a while as a Director of that organization. He is survived by his wife, Helen Marie Allen of Bunker Hill; children, Michael (Joan) Allen, Kathleen (Mark) Knetzer, Theresa (David) Bryan, Denise (James) Davis, John (Bonnie) Allen, Joan (Jerry) Flarity, and Richard (Leann) Allen; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. 

Bossuyt

2020

Kathryn May Bossuyt (née Knobloch) (100) of Tucson, Arizona passed away June 19, 2020. Kathryn was the spouse of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service Tucson District Conservationist, Maurice J. Bossuyt, who passed away in 2015. She was a graduate of Catholic University of America and a professional Librarian during her career, serving in many leadership roles including serving on the Governor’s Committee on Libraries and as an officer of several professional organizations.

Bossuyt

2015

Maurice John Bossuyt (95) of Tucson, Arizona passed away October 25th, 2015, at Mountain View Assisted Living Facility. Maurice was born in Moline, Illinois on October 10, 1920 to Alberic and Rachel Bossuyt. Maurice was a World War II veteran, having served 5 years in the US Navy aboard the battleship USS Arkansas and the aircraft carrier USS Santee. Maurice and his wife Kathryn Knobloch married in November 1950. He attended Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, completed his studies at Iowa State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy in 1950. They moved to Arizona in 1951, where he took a job with the University of Arizona Extension Service and was assigned to the office in Casa Grande, Arizona. Later, he was employed by the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and transferred to Tucson where he served as District Conservationist until he retired in 1987. At the time of his death, Maurice was survived by his loving wife Kathryn, son Joseph of Tucson and daughter Colette (David) Kramer of Pueblo West, Colorado.

Brister

2019

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Rayford J. Brister (92) of San Saba, Texas (formerly of San Antonio, Texas) passed away August 11, 2019. Rayford was born in Mertzon, Texas on April 27, 1927. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, including service as a range conservationist, soil conservationist, and a District Conservationist. He retired in 1982. Many of Rayford’s colleagues have passed away, making it difficult to learn much about his career, but numerous archived newspaper articles either written by Rayford or about Rayford in the 1960s and 1970s can be found online. He evidently had an active public information program promoting conservation in Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughter Janice Brister. He is survived by wife Helen Brister, and his children, Sherry Brister Smay and Stephen Brister. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family.

Bump

2020

Gary Francis Bump (73) of Lincoln, California passed away peacefully on January 21, 2020. Gary was born July 7, 1946 in Chowchilla, California. He worked on the family ranch, and graduated from the California State University of Fresno, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gary spent his career working for the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and Natural Resources and Conservation Service in the fields of transportation engineering and then information technology for a combined 42 years of public service. He was a highly intelligent, renaissance man who could fix anything and loved woodworking, playing and watching sports, coaching his daughters playing softball, and being out in nature. He is preceded in death by his wife Judi Bump. He is survived by his daughters Sheri Lasick and Vicki Dean, and grandchildren Robert Lasick, Cheyenne Lasick, Raven Lasick, Shania Dean, Tawnee Dean, Bethann Dean, Anna Dean, and Kylie Dean, and great-grandson Mason.

Carter

2020

Johnnie Lee Carter Sr. (76) of Davis, California passed away July 8, 2020, at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville, California after surviving kidney failure and transplant for 17 years and a more recent battle with dementia. Johnnie was born October 14, 1943 to Fred and Betty May (Goings) Carter in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in June 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army the same month. After his honorable discharge he returned to work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS; formerly Soil Conservation Service) in Nashville. On Oct.14, 1967, Johnnie was united in marriage to Dorothy M. (Fuqua) Carter. While working for NRCS, the family lived in Tennessee, Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, and California. After settling in Davis, California in 1975, the family took weekend and holiday trips exploring their new state from top to bottom. He often shared with family and friends his passion for fishing, jewelry making and was an avid golf enthusiast. While working for NRCS as a Civil Rights Administrator, he created many opportunities and encouraged careers for minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities that crossed several local, state and federal agencies. Johnnie is survived by his wife Dorothy Carter, son John Carter, Jr., grandson Johnnie Lee Carter III and many others, including Nancy – his “Angel” kidney donor. Contributions in Johnnie Carter’s memory can be made to the Northern California Alzheimer’s Association, Sacramento Office at www.alz.org/norcal.

Dunnigan

2020

Cecilia S. Dunnigan (91) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away July 30, 2020. Cecilia was the wife of ARCSE Member and Senior Conservationist Lorn Dunnigan who worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Lorn was the head of the Soil Mechanics Lab in Lincoln. He retired in 1989 and passed away in 2014. Cecilia was born January 1, 1929 in Cavalier County, North Dakota to A.G. and Thorlaug (Finnson) Magnusson. She was raised in an Icelandic community and taught school in rural North Dakota until she married Lorn Dunnigan on September 8, 1951. She was an accomplished seamstress and avid gardener. She was also a Food Service Manager for Lincoln Public Schools and a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Cecilia is survived by her Children David (Joy) Dunnigan of Clatonia, Nebraska, Diane (Tom) Lamb of Lincoln, Joan Dunnigan (Bob Cohn) of Louisville, Kentucky, Karan Dunnigan (Gary Connelley) of Billings, Montana, and Brian (Jody) Dunnigan of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Eckenrode

2020

Joseph Jay “Jake” Eckenrode (75) of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania passed away May 23, 2020 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Jake began his soil scientist career in 1966 after earning a degree in Soil Science and Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University. He mapped soils in Crawford, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Clinton, and Potter Counties. He also did soil survey details in Florida and Alaska. He was one of the featured soil scientists in the Smithsonian Institute’s 2008 to 2010 Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Exhibit. He mentored many soil scientists who have gone on to successful soil science careers. He retired from NRCS in 2005 and continued working as a consulting soil scientist. Jake wrote many materials that are still being used today – Introduction to Soils of Pennsylvania, the FFA Soils Land Judging manual, Pennsylvania Soil Survey Biographies, and various Agronomy Series on the History of Soil Survey in Pennsylvania, to name a few. He was one of the early contributors to the Pennsylvania Envirothon program and was an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists. He is survived by his wife Sharon M. (Struble) Eckenrode; two sons Jay Glenn Eckenrode (Karen Nagle) and Joseph Andrew Eckenrode (Tara Davidson); two stepsons Jeffery Horner (Robin), Scott Horner (Jennifier); six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Erinakes

2020

Life Member Dennis Erinakes, (80) of Burleson, Texas passed away July 29, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19. Dennis was born June 6, 1940, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He was a graduate of Brown University and received his Master’s degree from the University of Maine. Dennis was an engineering geologist and retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as National Groundwater Specialist in 1992. He later was Vice President of one of the largest water boards in Texas, as well as an avid goose hunter and fisherman. He had a deep love for training his hunting dogs and taking in an occasional stray. Dennis was the youngest commercial pilot on the east coast when he earned his credentials in 1956, and he used his status to spot swordfish off the coast for fisherman. He was an Eagle Scout, along with his son and grandson in Davisville, R.I., Troop 1. Dennis was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and always was willing to help anyone who asked. Dennis was on the board of directors of the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District. He will be loved and missed by his friends and family, including his sons, Michael Erinakes (Angela), David Erinakes (Elaine); and grandchildren, Danielle, Allison, Hunter, Megan and Ethan.

Farr

2019

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Jay Edmundson Farr (92), formerly of Petersburg, Illinois passed away February 20, 2019 at the Bell Trace Senior Living Center in Bloomington, Indiana where he and his wife Betty had lived for five years. Jay was born May 3, 1926 in Oak Park, Illinois to Jay, Sr. and Elizabeth Farr. Immediately after graduating from high school, Jay enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He graduated from the University of Illinois and began a lifelong career in conservation, first with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until he retired as a district conservationist in 1972, and then 20 more years with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Jay was a charter member of the Petersburg Tree Committee, active in veterans’ organizations and the United Methodist Church. One of the highlights of his later years was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC to honor World War II veterans. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty, and grandchildren Sara Humbert, Becky Belancin, Jeffrey Bartons, Angie Hudak, Scott Lindroth, Catherine Lindroth and one great-grandchild, Madison Belancin.

Galt

2020

Henry Deloss "Dee" Galt (90) of Las Cruces, New Mexico passed away peacefully on May 19, 2020 in Las Cruces. Dee was born on September 14, 1929 in Forsan, Texas, the only child of Junius and Helen (Marshall) Galt. Dee was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an Airman First Class in the Army Air Corps. He was an alumnus of both Texas A&M University and the University of Arizona, where he obtained a B.S. degree in Range Management, an M.S. in Range Forestry, and a Ph.D. in Range Management, also minoring in Animal Nutrition. He married Margaret Lucille "Lucy" Tucker on July 9, 1960. Together they raised a family while they lived in New Mexico, North Dakota, Tunisia, and Washington due to Dee's work as a Range Conservationist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, where he worked for 30 years. Dee and Lucy moved to Las Cruces when Dee retired in 1990. After retirement, along with Jerry Holechek, Dee formed an independent range consultant service, where they worked on several projects throughout New Mexico and Arizona. Dee was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy in 2014. He is survived by five children: Patrick (Carole) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Mark of Las Cruces; Keri Galt-Belhon (Patrick) of San Diego, California; Janis Phillips (Mike) of Griffin, Georgia; and Lee of Las Cruces; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Gentry

2020

Alan Dale Gentry (63) of Ottawa, Kansas passed away June 14, 2020, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Alan was born March 19, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas and was adopted May 23, 1957 by Kenneth Neil and Alberta Elizabeth Briles-Gentry. He was welcomed home by big brother Mike who was also adopted. On August 31, 1961 they all welcomed baby sister Elisa Ann to the family. Alan was united in marriage to Lori Fritts March 25, 1995 in Ottawa where they were fortunate to share 25 years of marriage. He worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring on June 30, 2018. He loved his job and working with the farmers. Alan and Lori traveled extensively. They cruised to Alaska twice, took yearly trips to Branson, Orlando, Wyoming, Ohio, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Alan’s favorite vacation spot was Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. They had hoped to travel back there, but God had other plans. Alan is survived by his wife Lori and son Benjamin “Ben” of Castle Rock, Colorado. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas City Research Institute c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067 as Alan participated in their liver research program.

Giese

2020

Gene Giese (87) of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away June 23, 2020 at Sanford Health, Fargo. Gene began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in 1958 as a Soil Conservationist at Selfridge, North Dakota, then worked at Napoleon, North Dakota and Cavalier, North Dakota. In 1970 Gene moved to Fessenden, North Dakota, as a Soil Conservation Technician, where he worked until his retirement in April 1986. He then worked as a manager for the Soil Conservation District in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and Wheaton, Minnesota. Gene is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda Giese (Kramlich); one son Glen (Stephanie), of Fargo, North Dakota; two daughters Audrey (Victor) Nordstrom, and Karla (Darrell) Schlagel, both of Fargo, North Dakota; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Goodwin

2020

Danny P. Goodwin (70) of Mayflower, Arkansas passed away August 16, 2020. He was born September 19, 1949 to Wilford Goodwin and Betty Jo McDonald in Griffithville, Arkansas. Danny served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, earning two Bachelor's degrees, and Memphis State University, where he earned a Master's Degree. Danny spent 30 years as a Groundwater Hydrologist assisting all 50 states and projects in Guam and China. He worked first for the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission (ASWCC), where he actively engaged and supported the East Arkansas Water Conservation Project, a partnership effort among ASWCC, the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, and United States Geological Survey. He moved over to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the late 1980s as a water quality specialist. He was a principle planner on the Buffalo River Tribs PL-566 project to help manage animal manure waste in the Buffalo River watershed. He became a hydrologist at the National Water Management Center in the late 90s, assisting state NRCS specialists to further document and assess the need for water conservation efforts and improve water quality. Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife Becky Goodwin and stepson, John Franklin. Danny was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Alicia Franklin.

Gray

2020

Frankie Eugene Gray (80) of Abilene, Kansas passed away May 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family. He was born January 7, 1940 near Miltonvale, Kansas, the son of George W. and Georgia A. (Catlin) Gray. On July 4, 1957 he married Sherryl Shroyer in Miltonvale. Most of their married life was spent in Abilene. Frankie was employed by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. Frankie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, traveling, and country music. He was a member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church. Frankie was preceded in death by his son, Leland Gray. Frankie is survived by his wife, Sherryl Gray of Abilene; son, Gerald (Jeanine) Gray of Iola, Kansas; daughter, Sherri (Jim) Hohensee of Abilene; four grandchildren, Kelby Garten, Cassie Gragg, Leland Gray, Layton Gray; and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Dickinson County Hospice.

Hanson

2020

Theodore Dale “Teddy” Hanson (78) of Lewisburg, West Virginia passed away May 31, 2020 at his home. He was born March 11, 1942 at Clintonville, West Virginia the son of the late Slater Wilson and Winona Maye Kelley Hanson. Teddy was in the National Guard for eight years. He was retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. He was a member of the Lewisburg Baptist Church and the Maxwelton Ruritan Club. He enjoyed gardening and hunting. Teddy loved coaching his grandsons in basketball and baseball. Survivors include his loving devoted wife of fifty-three years, Mary Ruth Keene Hanson; daughter, Darla Beane (Jeff) of Lewisburg; and grandchildren, Isaac, Austin and Lauren Beane. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Lewisburg Baptist Academy Athletic Fund, 246 Grand Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

Harjo-Moffer

2020

David Brent Harjo-Moffer (77) of Wetumka, Oklahoma passed away February 19, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. David was born September 25, 1942 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Eddie Moffer and Hazel (Absher) Moffer. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. On September 25, 2007, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, he married Melissa Ann Harjo. David was a construction inspector for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After retiring from NRCS he worked in real estate for the Sac and Fox Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs. David also enjoyed searching for and collecting arrowheads and fossils. Survivors include his wife, Mellisa Ann Harjo-Moffer of Wetumka; one son, Brent Tulwv Moffer (Dana) of Norman, Oklahoma; three daughters, Debbie Devine of Nashville, Tennessee, Raquel Moffer of Ft. Thompson, South Dakota and Kim Moffer of North Carolina, and several grandchildren. Committal was at the Moffer Family Cemetery near Wetumka, Oklahoma with military honors.

Henry

2020

Johnnie F. Henry (82) of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed on to his Heavenly home on July 9, 2020. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on May 6, 1938 to parents John and Frances Henry. Johnnie received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a Civil Engineer and as the State Design Engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, retiring in 1990. He also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church for 53 years. Johnnie enjoyed sports and worked on the NLR High School chain crew for over 40 years. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Linda Alexander Henry of North Little Rock; son, David (Pam) Henry of Conway, Arkansas; daughter, Diane (Russ) Moore of Maumelle, Arkansas; and grandchildren Jakob Henry, Abbey Moore and Zachary Moore. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church, 1723 Schaer St., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

Higgin

2020

Danny Higgins (78) of Elkton, Kentucky passed away May 17, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born July 1, 1941 in Todd County, Kentucky, the son of the late Ernest E. and Imogene Dunn Higgins. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ. He was retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service where he worked as a civil engineering technician. He was also a retired farmer. He loved his family, cattle trading, gardening, and tractors. Danny is survived by his wife of 58 years Dianne Higgins of Elkton; three daughters Kimberly Sears (David) of Allegre, Kentucky, Cherie Morris (Mitch) and Brandi Higgins (Coty) both of Elkton; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Hodges

2020

Jacqueline Theresa Hodges (nee McDermott) (82) of Folsom, Pennsylvania passed away May 21, 2020 due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Jacqueline was born on August 3, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her loving husband Charles, and her son Charles, Jr. She graduated from John W. Hallahan High School in 1955 and worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until her retirement in 2005. She worked on the Soils Staff at the Northeast National Technology Center and later as a computer specialist. Jackie also worked for several years at National Headquarters. Her favorite hobbies were spending time with her family, being at the family shore house in North Wildwood, traveling with her friends, and gardening. Survivors include daughter Cathleen, daughter Patricia (Fran), son Bill (Kathleen), and grandchildren Kristina (Michael), Charles (Lindsay), Francis, Jr. (Amanda), Andrew, Sean, Joshua, Patrick, Victoria, and Ryan, as well as three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Holmes

2020

Senior Conservationist Daniel E. Holmes (96), former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and of St. Francis Village (SFV), Crowley, Texas, passed away on July 12, 2020, on the birthday of his beloved, already deceased wife Betty Holmes. Dan was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, and spent his early years on the family farm near Lincoln, Kansas. Dan was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. In 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Hundertmark. They enjoyed a long, happy union and were blessed with four sons. Dan earned a B.S. Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University and a mid-career Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Dan's employment was with the USDA's Soil Conservation Service (SCS), where he devoted his life to providing encouragement and technical assistance for land users to protect the nation's natural resources. He rose through the ranks, serving in positions in Kansas, Iowa, Washington D.C., Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and finally becoming an Assistant Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, the position from which he retired in 1980. He received many awards and commendations for his technical expertise and leadership during his career, capped by the USDA's Superior Service Award while serving as State Conservationist of Illinois. He was a Charter Member of the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service. He was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, the North Texas SCS Alumni Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Knights of Columbus, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the St. Bartholomew Prime Time Club of St. Bartholomew, and the American Legion. After his retirement, Dan volunteered his assistance in many activities at St. Bartholomew Church and St. Francis Village. Survivors are his son Richard Holmes (Bronia), of Columbia, South Carolina; son Steven Holmes of Emeryville, California; son Joseph Holmes (Deborah), of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren; and four great granddaughters. In addition to his wife Betty, a son, David, preceded Dan in death at 16 years of age.

Holmgren

2019

George Holmgren (92) of Palo Alto, California passed away peacefully at home on November 22, 2019, surrounded by family after a short illness. Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, he later moved with his family to Berkeley, California where he attended Berkeley High School. Following graduation, he immediately volunteered for the Navy, serving at the close of WWII. Upon returning home, he attended the University of California, Berkeley and went on to earn a PhD in Soil Chemistry at Washington State University. He worked as a researcher with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, Soil Survey Lab in Lincoln, Nebraska for 30 years. Las Vegas was his home in retirement for three decades, and in 2015 he moved to Palo Alto, California to be near his children. He was married for 62 years to his surviving wife Joyce Holmgren. He is also survived by son Eric, daughter Laura (Frank), and five grandchildren.

Hunter

2020

Iona Catherine (Bennett) Hunter (88) of Taloga, Oklahoma passed away June 28, 2020. Iona was the daughter of Gale Ward and Clara Beatrice (Nordquist) Bennett and was born October 8, 1931 at Eagle City, Oklahoma. On April 23, 1954, Iona married Daniel Osborn Hunter. Iona was the secretary for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and the Dewey County Conservation District, a career spanning 46 years. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, making several for friends and each grandchild. She also enjoyed embroidery work, completing a beautiful state bird quilt for her daughter. In 2006, Iona become a member of the Taloga Precinct Election Board. Iona was preceded in death by her husband Daniel in 2003, son-in-law Wallace Donnelly; and grandson Joseph Gerard Vandeven. Her survivors include children Darrel Hunter of Taloga, and Debra Donnelly of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Hurst

2020

Donald Alan Hurst (64) of Richmond, Kentucky (formerly of Springfield, Kentucky and Stanton, Kentucky) passed away May 9, 2020 at his home. He was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky on June 19, 1955. Donald was a 1977 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He spent his career working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist. He was the district conservationist in Stanton, Kentucky when he retired in 2010. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Goode Hurst; a daughter, Rebecca Petrey (Lynn) of Richmond; a son, Alan Hurst (Katie) of Lexington, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Madelynn, Tate and Millie Petrey and Iris and Ivy Hurst; and his mother, Mary Agnes Hurst.

Jackson

2020

Member John Wallace Jackson (88) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away February 16, 2020. John and his twin brother and fellow ARCSE member Calvin Jackson, were born on May 2, 1931, at Maypearl in Ellis County, Texas to Margaret and W. H. Jackson. They grew up on the family's farm near Maypearl. After graduating from Waxahachie High School in 1948, John farmed and attended Texas Christian University before transferring to Texas A&M in 1951. John was a member of the Corp of Cadets and graduated with his brother Calvin from Texas A&M in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering. He received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduating from A&M and served most of his active duty at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon his discharge from active army duty in 1957, John went to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS), where he worked as a construction engineer. He began his career in Crosbyton, Texas, where he worked for two years before being transferred to Spur, Texas. John moved to the Pampa, Texas SCS office in 1964, where he worked for nine years, and he finished his career in Stephenville, Texas where he worked for fourteen years, before retiring in 1987 after thirty years of service. He moved to Fort Worth in 2002 and was a member of First Baptist Church Benbrook. Survivors include his twin brother and ARCSE member Calvin M. Jackson (Carolyn) of Fort Worth; niece Carol Silver (Ken) of Edmond, Oklahoma; nephew Cal Jackson (Cheryl); and several great nephews.

Jahns

2020

Chester “Chet” Arno Jahns, Jr. (74) of Rockford, Washington passed away June 20, 2020. Chester was born in Spokane, Washington on January 25, 1946. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. After getting his degree, Chester worked as an engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and later managed Viewpoint Farm in Rockford. Chester was active with the Washington Farm Bureau, Secretary of Spokane County Crop Improvement. He was on the board of directors for Mica Peak Cemetery, the citizen's advisory committee for the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority, and President of the Spokane Swing Dance Club. Chester was a faithful member of Rockford United Methodist Church. Chester loved to travel to many places, including Germany and Ukraine to observe their farming practices, and he enjoyed participation in the German American Society. Chester is survived by his son Kelly Jahns, daughter Tamara Scarcello, and two grandchildren.

Jahns

2020

Chester “Chet” Arno Jahns, Jr. (74) of Rockford, Washington passed away on June 20, 2020. Chester was born in Spokane, WA on January 25, 1946. He graduated from Freeman High School and then Washington State University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. After getting his degree, Chester worked for the Soil Conservation Service and later managed Viewpoint Farm in Rockford, WA. Chester was active with the Washington Farm Bureau, Secretary of Spokane County Crop Improvement, he was on the board of directors for Mica Peak Cemetery, the citizen’s advisory committee for the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority, President of the Spokane Swing Dance Club. Chester was a faithful member of Rockford United Methodist Church. Chester loved to travel to many places including Germany and Ukraine to observe their farming practices and he enjoyed participation in the German American Society. He loved hiking, bicycling, and snow skiing, and of course he loved playing a little black jack! Chester is survived by his son Kelly Jahns, daughter Tamara Scarcello, two grandchildren, as well as his brother William Jahns and his sister Bonita Morrow.

Johnson

2020

ARCSE Member Ottie G. Johnson (89) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away July 25, 2020 in Oklahoma City. Ottie was born in Hughes County, Oklahoma on May 22, 1931 to Goldie and Alta (Free) Johnson. He married Virginia Blevins on December 30, 1950 in Ozark, Arkansas. He was a geologist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1986. For decades, he also wrote a weekly newspaper column. Ottie is survived by his wife Virginia; son Russell Johnson of Greeley, Colorado; daughter Jayne Cross (Kevin) of Newberry, Florida; grandchildren Kenny, Katrina, Alyx, Adam, and Jon; and eight great-grandchildren.

Kugel

2020

Grace “Marie” Kugel (71) of rural Strum, Wisconsin, passed away May 1, 2020 at her home. She was the spouse of retired conservation engineering technician Ron Kugel who worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. They were high school sweethearts and married June 10, 1966 in Tucson, Arizona. Marie is survived by her husband, Ron; two sons, Wayne (Christine) Kugel and Scott Kugel; and four grandchildren.

Laber

2020

Doris "Dottie" Walter Laber (84) of Wells, Maine passed away peacefully June 25, 2020, at Avita of Wells Memory Care Community. Doris was born on March 4, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1958, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. After getting her degree, Dottie worked full time for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a public information officer, which led to travel and projects around the country. She enjoyed visiting farms and farmers and writing for publications on soil conservation. On June 9, 1963, Dottie married Larry J. Laber. Dottie and Larry lived many places including Chicago, Illinois, Athens, Georgia, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Orono, Maine. Along the way, Maine became their home base. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Larry, in 2018. Survivors include her sister Lynn Walter Meier (Paul) and many loving nieces and nephews. Donations in memory of Doris Walter Laber may be made to Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Rd, Old Town, Maine 04468 or Sarah's House of Maine, 346 Main Road, Holden Maine 04429.

Lohmiller

2020

Robert Lohmiller (84) of Bozeman, Montana passed away August 17, 2020. Robert was the retired Montana State Resource Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. https://www.dokkennelson.com/obituaries/Robert-G--Lohmiller?obId=17962146#/obituaryInfo.

Lough

2020

Robert Bernell Lough (95) of Grafton, West Virginia passed away on June 26, 2020 at his home. He was born in Fairview, West Virginia, August 16, 1924, the son of Thomas Samuel and Ellen Marie Brewer Lough. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ellen Fox Lough on January 26, 2015. Robert was a Veteran of the US Army/Air Force in Iceland from 1943-1946. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1951 with a Degree in Agriculture. He worked at Fairmont Foods for fifteen years and then for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for eighteen years. He finished his federal career as the District Conservationist in Grafton. In addition to his wife, Mary Ellen, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Lough Murray. Robert is survived by one granddaughter, Ashley Lamphere, of Essex Junction, Vermont, and one great granddaughter, Aniyal Lamphere. Graveside services were held at the West Virginia National Cemetery on June 30, 2020

Louviere

2020

ARCSE Member Don Louviere (75) of Weber City, Virginia passed away after a brief illness on July 5, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Don was born June 21, 1945 to Octave and Frances Ducato Louviere in Beaumont, Texas. Don worked for USDA as a Soil Conservationist for 30 years, retiring in 2002. After his federal retirement he was a food sampler at Food City, Weber City for over 15 years where he was known as “The Voice of Food City.” He served as a District Conservationist in both California and Virginia. He is fondly remembered as a colorful character by many of his colleagues. DrDirt was part of his email address and personalized vehicle license plate number. Don is survived by his daughter, Veronica Guidi-Louviere; son, Vincent Guidi-Louviere (Erin); grandchildren, Owen Kenneth Guidi-Louviere and Luca Vincent Guidi-Louviere; and mother of his children, Karen Guidi. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 10, 2020 at Saint Dominic Catholic Church with Father Michael Cummins officiating. Burial was at Holston View Cemetery.

McCall

2020

Keith LeRoy McCall (87) of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away July 20, 2020 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Keith was born on August 29, 1932 to Jesse and Leta (Mattes) McCall in Hamburg, Iowa. He entered the US Army on December 10, 1952 and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in November 1954. Keith married Mary Alice Kish on April 16, 1955 at the First Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple was blessed with 40 years of marriage. Keith was a long time Civil Engineering Technician in the Shenandoah Engineering Office for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1989. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice. Those left to honor his memory include his children, Kathryn (Ron) Barker of Omaha, Nebraska, Richard (Pam) McCall of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter

Mowrey

2020

Helen I. Mowrey (92) of Logan, Ohio, passed away June 24, 2020 at her granddaughters' residence in Logan, Ohio following an extended illness and hospice care. Helen was preceded in death in 2013 by her husband Senior Conservationist Noel Richard "Dick" Mowrey who worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. Helen was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Hocking County Historical Society; volunteered at the Hocking Valley Community Hospital; and retired from the Logan Clay after 40 years. Surviving are her daughter Melissa Howell; granddaughter Crystal (Justin) Kerns; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Olivia Kerns. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Logan, Ohio with Pastor Scott Smith officiating.

Mowrey

2013

Senior Conservationist Noel Richard "Dick" Mowrey (89) of Logan, Ohio passed away peacefully February 4, 2013 at home. He had lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 25 years. Dick was born April 20, 1923 in Hocking County Ohio to William and Birdie Mowrey. He served with the U.S. Army in Guadalcanal during World War II. He worked 32 years with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), and designed many of the county’s ponds and spring developments; he assisted farmers in implementing erosion control practices and in managing their forests; he planted thousands of evergreen trees in the area. He also farmed with his brother Everett for more than 50 years. After retiring from SCS, he enjoyed restoring Ford and Allis-Chalmers Tractors with his friend Frank Holcomb; was active with the St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the Hocking Valley Community Hospital Board, the Hocking County Historical Society, the Hocking County Fair Board, and served as Honorary Supervisor on the Soil and Water Conservation Board. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen I. Mowrey; daughter, Melissa Howell; granddaughter, Crystal (Justin) Kerns; and two great-grandchildren Abigail and Olivia Kerns.

Neff

2020

Clinton Edgar Neff (92) of McClusky, North Dakota, passed away on his 65th wedding anniversary, June 18, 2020, at Augusta Place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Clinton lived in McClusky, North Dakota his entire life, except for the years he served in the military from 1944 to 1954. After this service he began working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in McClusky as a soil conservation technician for thirty years until he retired in 1988. He volunteered at his church and on several boards in the community, as well as serving throughout his life on the McClusky fire department, including a period as fire chief. Clinton is survived by his wife Mary of 65 years; and their sons, Michael (Cindy), Bismarck, and their children, David, Daniel (Jenny) and Rachel; Steven (Nancy), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and their children, Blake, Abby (Tyler) VanLiere, Mandy (Joel) Haas and Ryan; and Paul (Luisa), Cleveland, Ohio, and their children, Cory and Olivia.

Palmer

2020

Cecil Dean Palmer (84) of Ellis, Kansas passed away August 7, 2020 in Ellis. He was born May 27, 1936 in rural Osceola, Iowa, to Ralph and Esther (Foland) Palmer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. Following graduation, he served as a high school science teacher in Russell, Iowa where he met his wife, Marilyn (Ford). He also served six years in the US Army with a combination of Active Duty and reserve time. Shortly after, he began his career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist, where he stayed until retirement in 1994. He worked in Fort Dodge, Iowa and in Norton, Stockton, Hiawatha, and Salina, Kansas. Cecil is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn. Cecil’s surviving family include daughter, Melissa Robb of Ellis, Kansas; son, Dennis Palmer (Adrina), of Little Elm, Texas; and daughter, Deborah Palmer, of Salina, Kansas; six grandchildren Kerry, Kevin, Kelly, Patrick, Gabrielle, and Alexis; and one great-grandson.

Persinger

2020

Claude Calvin Persinger (76) of Winchester, Virginia passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on June 23, 2020. Calvin was born May 15, 1944 in Burnsville, West Virginia. He promptly married his sweetheart Judith Eileen Skinner after graduating from high school. They moved to Morgantown where he started his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences at West Virginia University. He graduated in 1967. He then began his career with the federal government working as an economist and procurement officer with the USDA-Soil Conservation Services and Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1994 from the General Services Administration in Washington, DC as the director of IRM Service’s Planning and Support Division. After retirement Calvin became President of Net.Works in Chantilly, Virginia. He suffered a devastating stroke in 1999 and was cared for by his wife, family, friends and many wonderful medical professionals and caregivers. Calvin is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years Judith, daughter Lisa Robertson (Kelly), son Shawn, and grandchildren Claudia and Atticus.

Philipps

2020

Phyllis Ann Philipps (61) of Conrad, Montana passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on August 5, 2020 after a long battle with breast cancer. Phyllis was born December 28, 1958 in Alhambra, California to Anthony and Josephine Caputo. She attended Humboldt State University where she followed her passion for performing arts, nature, and John Denver. Phyllis was active in the Sierra Club and US Youth Conservation Corps where she explored the mountains and maintained trails. She married her first husband, Andy Faulkner, in California in 1980 and gave birth to her daughter, Lauren, in April of 1981. In 1982 she received a bachelor’s degree in Art. She found her calling in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and excelled at her job. She began her work in Washington DC and in 1984 she and Lauren moved to Conrad where she became a soil conservationist. She moved to Townsend, Montana in 1987 to continue her work as a soil conservationist until she moved back to Conrad as a District Conservationist. In 1988 she married her second husband, Jerry Philipps, a local producer in the Conrad area. In 1991 she gave birth to their son, Brandon. In 2002 she was selected to be the Assistant State Conservationist for the NRCS and began working out of Great Falls, Montana. In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite her diagnosis, Phyllis did not let anything slow her down. She did multiple stints in Washington DC working closely with top officials in the United States Department of Agriculture. She became a Regional Conservationist, and she oversaw multiple states in the American Northwest. During the latter part of her career she was the State Conservationist for the state of Colorado. After retiring from the NRCS in 2014 she returned home to the farm in Conrad. Phyllis loved to travel and see new and exciting places. Her love for life was contagious to many around her, and she was an inspiration to all. Her amazing work ethic and high energy, despite her illness, gave many people hope and kept her doctors baffled. Phyllis was truly an extraordinary woman who touched many lives. Phyllis is survived in death by her husband, Jerry Philipps of Conrad; children, Lauren (Gareth) Morrissey of Delaware and Brandon (Nicole) Philipps of Conrad; and her four grandchildren, Nora, Saorise, River and Poet.

Pranger

2020

Robert Joseph Pranger (83) of Cornelius, Oregon passed away July 8, 2020. Robert was born in Hillsboro, Oregon to Francis (Frank) and Anna Pranger. Robert graduated with University of Portland Class of 1958. He entered the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in October 1958, was promoted to First Lieutenant, and served until 1963. Robert designed and tested parachutes while in the Air Force. He made 101 jumps. He dreamed of being an aeronautical engineer at NASA. Unfortunately, his military career was cut short when he developed type 1 diabetes. Robert married Judy Grubbs in Pendleton, Oregon, and they had seven children. He was faithfully married to Judy for 58 years. Robert worked as a general engineer for Boeing and then as a civil engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, designing bridges and dams all over Oregon for 35 years, until his retirement in 1993. Robert was the owner of Pranger Tree Farm for 40 years. Robert is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, David Pranger of Heppner, Oregon and Charles Pranger of Beaverton, Oregon; daughters, Karen Hoholik of Kihei, Hawaii, Gretchen Powell of Marysville, Washington, Julie Pranger Talty of Hillsboro, Oregon, Susan Smullen of Branchburg, New Jersey and Mary Corcoran of Tigard, Oregon; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Remembrances may go to Hertel Center, St. Matthew’s Catholic School, and the American Diabetes Association.

Rasmussen

2020

Senior Conservationist Jack J. Rasmussen (96) of Spokane Washington passed away June 27, 2020 just 12 days after his wife of LaRee C. Rasmussen (94) passed away on June 15, 2020. LaRee was born near Richfield, Utah to Parley and Iona Shelton Christensen. Jack was born in Monticello, Utah, raised in Ephraim to John "Jack" and Bertha Colby Rasmussen. Both were blessed with close-knit, loving families who knew sorrow early, as LaRee's father died when she was seventeen, and Jack's father died when Jack was only thirteen. After high school, Jack helped his older brother Thad run a cafe in Delta, Utah. Everything changed December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Jack went to the recruiter the next day and in January 1942 started four years’ service in the 3rd Division of the Marine Corps. He was in the first group of Marines ever trained at Camp Pendleton. Jack was involved in military action on the islands of Bougainville, Guadalcanal, and the battles of Guam and Iwo Jima, where he was wounded. He finished his tour of duty as a Drill Instructor back at Camp Pendleton. Meanwhile, LaRee finished high school and attended one year at the University of Utah. Her cousins from Ephraim introduced her to the handsome Marine. They courted and finally married on September 1, 1948. As a result of her writing a winning essay, Jack and LaRee were married on a radio show in Hollywood and got gifts and a dream honeymoon. Jack finished his degree in Soil Science at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and started work in Bellingham, Washington for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1949. He retired in 1982 as State Soil Scientist in Spokane. Daughter Terese and son Thad were born in Bellingham, Washington. Sorrow struck again when their newborn baby was severely brain-damaged by RH blood incompatibility just a few days after birth. Despite many hospitalizations, he lived almost three years. Jack's work took him to Prosser and Toppenish, Washington and finally a big promotion to Spokane. He completed soil surveys of Whatcom County, Benton County, and most of Yakima County. LaRee resumed her college studies while in Prosser, earning an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College, then finished a Bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education. Continuing on, she received a Master's degree in Education. She worked as a reading specialist for Nine Mile Falls School District and Spokane School District. Jack and LaRee were life-long members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jack where he held leadership positions. In 2011, due to LaRee's increasing forgetfulness, Jack decided to move down the street to Touchmark Senior Living. They enjoyed many activities and freedom from housework there. This April, Terese was finally able to move her parents to the Tri-Cities. They are survived by daughter Terese (Roger) Pratt, grandchildren Jonathan (Julie) Pratt and Jennifer (Richard) Pruiett of Kennewick, Washington, Rachel (David) Ritchey of San Jose California, Kristen (Carlos) Canalessi of Sandy, Utah; and grandchildren Sarah, Sam, Michael, Amilyn, Cielo, Rey, and Jack.

Renfro

2020

Marvin “Bo” Renfro (65) of Paint Lick, Kentucky passed away June 9, 2020 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Bo was born in Danville, Kentucky to the late Dallas and Virginia Palmer Renfro. He received his college education at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Bo retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service after almost 40 years of service. He was the district conservationist for Lincoln County Kentucky when he retired. He was a member of Wallaceton Baptist Church and a member of Gideon’s International, Berea Camp. He is survived by his loving wife Joy Renfro; two children, Kara Taylor (Sam) and Rodney Renfro (Kacie); and three grandchildren, Tahirih Joy Renfro, Tristan Renfro, and Lucille Taylor.

Ritzer

2019

Deborah A.P. Ritzer (81) of Easthampton, Massachusetts passed away peacefully September 30, 2019. She was the widow of USDA-Soil Conservation Service Resource Conservationist Henry J. Ritzer who retired in 1985 and passed away in 2007. Deborah was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Lasalle College and worked for the USDA for a while. She leaves her children Scott, Michelle and Heather and their spouses. In addition to her husband Henry, she was preceded in death by an infant son

Schott

2020

Thomas E. Schott (68) of Willits, California passed away on July 4, 2020 in Willits, California, after living with esophageal cancer for six years. He was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but spent most of his early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota’s College of Forestry in March 1974. During and after college Tom worked for four different federal agencies: US Postal Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Tom moved to Mendocino County, California in 1974 where he met his wife of 41 years, Shirley Schott. Tom spent many years working for NRCS as an area forester and District Conservationist. In 2004, Tom transferred within NRCS, to Riverside, CA where he was the Emergency Watershed Protection Coordinator of the multimillion-dollar, multi-year Southern California Watershed Restoration Project. Tom retired in 2008 and returned to Mendocino County in 2011, working part-time as a forestry consultant and a forester for the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District until January 2019. He also served on the Board of Willits Community Services, was active in the Willits Community Theater and St. Francis in the Redwoods Episcopal Church. In addition to his wife Shirley, Tom is survived by two sons and a granddaughter.

Shuler

2020

Betty Bagwell Shuler (92) of Columbia, South Carolina passed away August 15, 2020. She was born May 9, 1928 in Columbia, South Carolina. Betty was the wife of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service Assistant State Conservationist Norman Ernest Shuler, who passed away in 2005. Betty was a graduate of Winthrop University after which she became a teacher for 34 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Ernest Shuler and son, Norman Fred Shuler. Left to cherish her memory are her two grandsons, Robert Shuler and Jeffery Shuler.

Standish

2019

Richard Alden Standish (89) of Spencer, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at home July 8, 2019. Richard was born July 2, 1930 in Pascoag, Rhode Island, the son of Clairmont and Evangeline (Dimond) Standish. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953. He spent most of his career working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, first as a dam inspector, and later as a contract specialist for the Southeast Region. His work included hurricane recovery efforts in Florida, Puerto Rico, and throughout the Southeast United States. After retiring from federal service, Richard partnered with a former co-worker to form their own consulting business, R & J Contract Services. Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years Sandra (Holden) Standish; three children, Merriellen Moroney (Michael) of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, David (Ellen) Standish of Spencer, and Lauren Standish of Atlanta, Georgia; and grandsons Degory, Royal, and Alden Standish of Spencer.

Thiele

2020

James H. "Jim" Thiele (83) of Bismarck, North Dakota, completed his journey through life on July 21, 2020. Jim lived all over North Dakota during his career as a Soil Scientist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Jim married the love of his life, Carolyn Freise, on February 8, 1959. He, Carolyn, and their three children lived in Bismarck, Crosby, Bowbells, Rugby, and Bottineau, before he settled down again in Bismarck as his final home. He ended his career with the SCS as the State Soil Scientist for North Dakota in 1995. Jim is survived by his children, David (Kelly) Thiele; Dan (Connie) Thiele; and Sue (Troy) Borud; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, and a great-grandson.


Thompson

2020

James R. "Jim" Thompson (92) of Devils Lake, North Dakota passed away March 4, 2020 at a Devils Lake Hospital. After graduating from High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in General Douglas McArthur's Honor Guard while stationed in Tokyo, Japan. After his discharge, he attended North Dakota State University where he earned an agriculture degree and started a long career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. During that 33-year career he worked in the North Dakota towns of Cooperstown, Cavalier, Mayville, and Grafton. He finished his career as Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator in Devils Lake, North Dakota, retiring in 1984. Jim is survived by his three children, James C. (Peach) Thompson of Houston, Texas; Nancy D, (Dale) Woolhiser of Missoula, Montana; and Paul J. (Amy) Thompson of Devils Lake, North Dakota; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella "Sally"

Weber

2020

Mary Louise Wills Weber (88) of Keizer, Oregon passed away February 29, 2020. Mary was the wife of Life Member and Senior Conservationist Edward Weber, who retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1988. Mary was born on March 12, 1931, in Green River, Wyoming to Earl Wills and Zelma Wills. She and Edward wed on December 25, 1949, and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day, 2019.During her working years, Mary worked mainly in retail. She started at Western Auto in Hermiston, Oregon. She held several positions with Fred Meyer in Corvallis and Roseburg, Oregon, and retired from the Fred Meyer in Salem, Oregon. Mary also worked for Harry and David in Ashland, Oregon. In addition to her regular job, Mary was an Avon Sales Representative. Mary was active in Campfire/Blue Birds, Hermiston PTA, Teton County Montana Home Demonstration Club, Square Dance Clubs, and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an avid reader, loved knitting and crocheting, and making dresses. Mary is survived by her husband of 70 years, Edward Weber; daughter Edith Cano (Bob) of Vancouver, Washington; son Leslie Weber (Deena) of Meridian, Idaho; grandchildren Shelly Cano Kurtz (Nate), Nathan Cano, Matthew Weber, and Shyla Paradis (John); and 10 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Myrna Weber.

Wesoloski

2020

Betty Louise (Bushnell) Wesoloski (92) of Hadley, Massachusetts passed away June 19, 2020 at her home with her loving husband, James Wesoloski at her side. James, or Jim as he is better known, is a retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service engineer who retired in 1997. He is the ARCSE state representative for Massachusetts/Rhode Island. James, or Jim as he is better known, is a retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service engineer who retired in 1997. Betty was born on November 13, 1927 in Spokane, Washington the daughter of Crystal (Jackson) Bushnell and Milo Homer Bushnell. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Whitworth College and Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington and took advanced courses in Public Health training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. After graduation, she was employed by the Indian Health Service on the Colville Indian Reservation in eastern Washington where she met Jim. They were married on October 6,1973 at Newman Catholic Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Betty also did Public Health work among the Pima/Maricopa and Apaches in Arizona and she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Veterans Administration hospitals in Spokane, Washington and Prescott, Arizona. Betty worked for the Amherst Board of Health for several years and retired as the Hampshire Regional High School Nurse in 1989. She is survived by her husband, Jim; a half-brother, Bryce Abraham of Walla Walla, Washington, a half-sister Crystal Faye (Abraham) Hudson of Vancouver, Washington; a brother-in-law John Wesoloski of Greenfield, Massachusetts; a step-sister, Leona Mellott of Vancouver, Washington, and many nieces and nephews whose birthdays she seldom forgot.

Wohl

2020

Shirley Mae Wohl (91) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away June 19, 2020. She was the wife of Senior Conservationist Art Wohl, a former soil conservation technician, in Washburn, North Dakota. Art retired in 1983 and passed away in 2009. Shirley received a teaching certificate from Minot State Teacher’s College. She later went back to Minot State and received her bachelor’s degree in her late 40s. She taught school for many years. Shirley is survived by her children, David, Larry (Jan) and Kari (Mike) Kramer; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Zinszer

2020

Robert Hans “Zip” Zinszer (81) of, Tyler, Texas (formerly of Pocatello, Idaho), passed away June 5, 2020 surrounded by beloved family members. He was born October 13, 1938 in San Pedro, California, the son of Richard “Dick” H. and Mildred “Mitzy” R. (Hall) Zinszer. Robert attended high school in Rome, Italy while his parents lived in Saudi Arabia. In his youth and early adulthood, he spent time in Hays, Kansas and was fond of living and working on his Hall grandparents’ Sweetwater Ranch. Later he joined the military, enlisting in the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After leaving his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Fort Hays State University. He married Margo Matlock on April 16, 1960 in Parkers Settlement, Indiana, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. Prior to moving to Tyler in 2018, Robert and Margo lived in Pocatello, Idaho for 31 years. In 1994 he retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as an Assistant State Conservationist. Other locations he served and lived during his career were the Kansas communities of Smith Center, Greensburg, Osborne, Strong City, and Emporia, as well as Carbondale, Illinois. Robert was an avid gun enthusiast, fisherman, ham-radio operator, and card player with a special fondness for cribbage, poker, and “hand & foot.” He especially enjoyed motorcycling and camping and was a frequent visitor to Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding area. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Randy Zinszer (Cheryl) of Flower Mound, Texas, and Shawn Zinszer and (Kori) of Jacksonville, Florida; a daughter, Kimberly Stapp Gary) of Tyler, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lacey Stapp, Taylor Stapp, Riley Zinszer, Carly Zinszer, Brennan Zinszer, Dallon Zinszer, and Kelsey Zinszer.