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

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Last updated 1/2/2020




Gene L. Bieber (83) of West Lafayette, Ohio passed away November 11, 2019. Gene was born August 15, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana and was the son of Fred M. and Lena (Boyce) Bieber. He was a graduate of Purdue University, Kansas State University, and Auburn University. On June 21, 1969 he married Shea Dawn Cedarquist. From 1960-1963 he served in the United States Air Force as a meteorologist at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. He was an Agriculture Professor at Mississippi State University from 1967-1972, an Agriculture Professor at SE Missouri State from 1972-1974, Extension Agent at Daviess County, Indiana from 1974-1983 and the Area Agronomist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service from 1984 until he retired in 2002. Gene was an active member of the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, West Lafayette, Ohio, past president of the Kiwanis Club in Washington, Indiana, and singer/guitarist in the Jim Patterson Band. He owned and operated Bieber's Backyard Produce. In addition to his wife Shea, Gene is survived by three children: Cara Bieber (Greg) Noyes of Newark, Ohio; Zane Christopher Bieber of West Lafayette; and Lana Bieber (Opha, Jr.) Lawson of Coshocton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.



Toy Noah Campbell, Jr. (87) of Jefferson, North Carolina passed away December 7, 2019 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon. Toy was born in Catawba County North Carolina on January 4, 1931 to the late Toy Noah and Blanche Plumley Campbell. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Toy was a long time District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Jefferson, North Carolina where he retired. Toy was a Hospice Volunteer for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hallie Marie Thompson Campbell. Toy is survived by a son, Jeffrey Toy Campbell (Penny) of Bend, Oregon; two daughters, Sheri Lynn Campbell (Bill Baer), of Salt Lake City, Utah and Donna Campbell Michaels, of Coco, Florida; and two grandchildren.



Jerald “Jerry” Erickson (83) of Leonardville, Kansas passed away December 6, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He retired in 2001 as a soil conservation technician for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, in the Manhattan Field Office. His wife, Patty Erickson, survives.



Rodney "Rod" Keith Goode (70) of Pell City, Alabama passed away October 14, 2019. He was born on July 2, 1949 in Glencoe Alabama. He married his high school sweetheart, Retha Marker Goode, and was married for 49 years. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 and Master of Science degree in 1974. He loved his Alma Mater and was an enormous Auburn football fan. He loved his job with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and retired after 42 years of service at the end of 2016. He was District Conservationist for Jefferson and St. Clair Counties in Alabama for many years. Rod was actively involved in many conservation and civic organizations. He won the Jerry L. Johnson award for excellence in public service. Rod was a member of First Baptist Church of Pell City for 44 years. He led a life of service and volunteered to help his church and community in many capacities over the years. Survivors include his wife Retha, daughter Amy (Chris) Bain, and two grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Pell City on October 18, 2019.



Marvin W. Grandy (93) of New London, Missouri, passed away November 6, 2019, at Clarence Care Center in Clarence, Missouri. Marvin was born March 1, 1926, in Blair, Nebraska to Clarence W. Grandy and Jewell W. Weissen Grandy. Marvin served his country proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17. He was a graduate from Texas Tech College with a degree in 1949. He married Kathryn "Kathy" Luna on April 13, 1963, in Goodman, Missouri. Marvin worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist. He was the district conservationist in New London, Missouri when he retired in the 1970s. After he retired, he worked part time for the YMCA and for the United States Post Office in New London. He was also a cattle farmer. He is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters Linda K. Epperson of New London, Missouri, and Patricia O'Boyle (Bill) of Harmony, Florida; and four grandchildren.



Nila Elaine Haefner (81) of Wheaton, Kansas passed away November 7, 2019. Nila was the spouse of Ernest Haefner, who survives. Ernest retired in 1995 as the District Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service Junction City Field Office.



Edgar Carl “Easy” Hartwig (94) of Auburn, Nebraska passed away November 12, 2019. He was the son of Carl and Martha (Schenkel) Hartwig, born July 6, 1925 in Firth, Nebraska. After high school, “Easy,” as he was known, worked as a welder at the Martin Bomber Plant from 1942 to 1943. On December 28, 1944, Easy enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army, Easy served as a Paratrooper during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 17, 1946. On December 31, 1946 Easy was united in marriage to Ileene Smith. Easy worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Nemaha County as a soil conservation technician from 1962 until he retired in 1991. Easy was involved with several civic and service organizations in Auburn. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ileene. He is survived by his son Chet (Judy) Hartwig of Lincoln; sons-in-law Mark Bresley, David Bals, Mitch Mehuron; daughter-in-law Margy Hartwig; 7 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. According to his wishes, Easy's body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board.



Dean (Keet) Frederick Hire (78) of Athens, Ohio passed away on December 8, 2019. Dean was born February 26, 1941 to Milton and Lucille (Kuns) Hire in Sandusky, Ohio. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years. He attended Ohio State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering in 1969. His first job with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service was in Coshocton, Ohio, and he transferred to Athens in 1972 where he worked until he retired in 1994. He was involved in a multitude of reclamation projects all over southeastern Ohio and became area engineer. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Barbara Ann (Sass) Hire. He is survived by his four children, Tanya Wandling (Dave) of New Marshfield, Ohio; Tammy Hawk (Matthew) of Chauncey, Ohio; Michael Hire (Nicole) of McArthur, Ohio; and Tara (Lord) Kole of Monhegan Island, Maine; and seven grandchildren.



Member and Senior Conservationist Billy Hobbs Jones (88) of Hertford, North Carolina passed away December 27, 2019 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. He was born in Perquimans County, North Carolina on July 28, 1931, the son of the late Thomas Hoyle Jones and Sally Mae Hobbs Jones. Billy served in the US Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict. He then returned to North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University. Billy was an engineer with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and Goldsboro, North Carolina for thirty-four years and was a registered professional engineer. He was a member of Hertford Baptist Church. He was also a member of the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060, the Hertford Ruritan Club, and the Hertford American Legion. He is survived by Valna Alexander Jones, his wife of sixty-two years; daughter, Jennifer Nixon, PhD (Andrew); and grandchildren, Joshua Nixon and Abigail Nixon of Durham, North Carolina.



Hugh David “Dave” Kelly (91) of Florence, Alabama passed away November 23, 2019. He was born on June 1, 1928 in Scottsboro, Alabama. Dave was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the occupation of Japan. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, known today as Auburn University. On September 16, 1951, David married Betty Nell Johnson. His distinguished career as a fishery biologist began with the Alabama Department of Conservation and ended as State Biologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Auburn, Alabama when he retired in 1994. Dave provided technical assistance in the 1980s and early 1990s to fish farmers in the Blackland Prairie resource area of Alabama. During this period, fish farming in Alabama became a multimillion-dollar industry with production of over 20,000 acres of ponds constructed and managed for intensive culture of catfish. Dave was a member of the Madison Church of Christ in Madison, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leigh Ann. He is survived by his wife Betty, his son Mark Kelly (Becky), three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to CASA of Madison County at



Senior Conservationist Harold Leon Lile (86) of Durham, North Carolina passed away December 13, 2019 at his home. He was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the youngest of five children, of the late Harry and Mary Lile. He met his wife Jeaneen Edwards Lile while attending the University of Tennessee Martin (UT Martin). Harold graduated from UT Martin in 1951 with a degree in Agriculture and completed a master’s degree from North Carolina State University in 1966. He played football and basketball while attending UT Martin and was President of the Senior Class. He served two years in the US Army in Japan. Harold worked 35 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Tennessee and North Carolina, including serving as the North Carolina State Administrative Officer for over 20 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and very active in many congregations in Tennessee and North Carolina. Most recently, he was a member of the Triangle Church of Christ. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jeaneen, in 2012. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Lile Clay (Neil) of Durham; Amy Lile Baradell (Don) of Greensboro, North Carolina; sons, Dan Lile (Jodi) of Summerville, South Carolina, Drew Lile of Durham; and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.



Senior Conservationist Robert Harvey Marcum (96) of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2019. He was born in Travelers Rest, Owsley County, Kentucky to Frank and Lennie Mainous Marcum on September 9, 1923. He served in the US Army in WWII in the Aleutian Islands and with the 71st Infantry Division in the European Theater. He was awarded two bronze medals for serving in 40 days of combat. After his military service, he earned a degree in Agriculture at the University of Kentucky in 1949. He taught agriculture to the veterans-on-farm training program for three years. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 31 years, retiring as Area Conservationist in 1980. His son Tom Marcum is retired Kentucky State Resource Conservationist. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elva Gabbard Marcum and granddaughter Susan Edwards. He is survived by his children, Paula Ice, Tom (Judy) Marcum, Doris (Tom) Hardigree; grandchildren, Laura (Mike) Lally, Bryan Marcum, Wesley (Kimberly) Marcum, Tom (Jenny) Hardigree; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Park United Methodist Church, in Lexington, Kentucky.



Lifetime Member Doris McKinney (84) of Champaign, Illinois passed away December 12, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital with her loving husband, David McKinney at her side. Doris was born on May 29, 1935 in Newport News, Virginia to Henry and Margaret Stowers. She met her husband, David, while he was serving in the US Navy and were married on November 12, 1954 at the First Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. After David was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Champaign, Illinois where David was raised. Doris worked at the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until she retired after 30 years of service. She was a Financial Assistant in the Illinois State Office. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, dancing, listening to country music, watching old movies, and camping in their trailer while traveling around the US. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Morgan Memorial Home on December 17, 2019. Doris was laid to rest at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Champaign County. Memorial donations in memory of Doris may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR) program. Doris retired as a Financial Assistant in the USDA-Soil Conservation Service State Office in Champaign. She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Deborah Blaker (Michael); and her son David McKinney III; grandchildren Joshua; Rachel; Jeremy; Jennie; and Brandon, and 5 great-grandsons.



Dale Mengers (82) of Temple, Texas passed away November 16, 2019 at a local hospital. He was born on October 21, 1937 in Tynan, Texas the son of Emil and Alma Mengers. Dale worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of Taylor's Valley Baptist Church in Temple. He is survived by his wife Sue Mengers of Temple; children Shelley Carter of Austin, Texas, Blane Walker of Temple, and Kyle Walker of Temple; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.



David Claire Moffitt (76) passed away December 25, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave was born on March 7, 1943, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, the third child of James and Bessie Moffitt. Dave attended Colorado State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1965. He spent forty-three years studying and managing the impact of agricultural waste management on regional water quality for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. His career took him to jobs in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Silver City, New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah; Santa Rosa, California; Beaverton, Oregon and Fort Worth, Texas. After retirement, he enjoyed continuing to work for another ten years through the Texas A & M AgriLife Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple, Texas. During his time in Salt Lake City, he had the fortune to meet and marry Maryke VanderKraan on December 23, 1972. .Besides his wife Maryke, Dave is survived by his three children, Brian (Natalie) Moffitt of Burleson, Texas, Amy (Chuck) Miller of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Cathleen Moffitt of Delta, Colorado; and six grandchildren. Services are scheduled at Crossroads Christian Church (6450 South State Highway 360) in Grand Prairie, Texas at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 30th.



Helen Louise (Fox) Moody was born on June 25, 1946 in Washington, D.C. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (one in Physical Geography and the other in Astro Physics) from the University of Michigan. After that she earned a Doctorate in fluvial geomorphology at John’s Hopkins University. She went to work for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1975 as a hydrologist in College Park, Maryland. She worked for the agency in several locations until she retired in 2016. Most recently she was hired as an Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program employee, so her work continued with NRCS until very shortly before she passed away. She married Edwin Moody on January 24, 1978. She raised Zebra Finches, having as many as 500 of them in an aviary in the back yard. Her father was a falconer, and he passed the love of birds on to her. He even had her raise and train a kestrel. She also loved butterflies. Everything in their yard had to attract butterflies and birds. And she loved dogs, too. Many of her dogs were therapy dogs that visited rest homes, schools, and hospitals. She is survived by her husband Edwin and son, Seamus A. Moody (Megan).



Ruth Nadine Nethery (82) of Smithfield, Utah passed away November 29, 2019 at Maple Springs Rehab Center, North Logan, Utah. Nadine was born July 15, 1937 in Garland, Utah to Horace Stephen Rose and Ruth Alice Sederholm Rose. She was the wife of ARCSE Life Member and Senior Conservationist Michael Nethery. She and Mike were married on August 11, 1956 in Corvallis, Oregon. She was raised and educated in Garland and attended Bear River High School. Because her father was in the military, she moved with the family and attended high school in Vancouver, Washington and finally in Corvallis, Oregon where she graduated. While attending Oregon State University she met her future husband Mike. She and Mike lived in several locations including Utah (twice), Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Germany, Indiana, Virginia, North Dakota, and Iowa (twice) following Mike with his military service, graduate study, and employment with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. At each of these locations, she made many life-long friends. She was a life-long, faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many capacities in branches, wards, districts, and stakes. She served in primary, young women, and relief society organizations and worked in family history and genealogy for many years. After Mike's retirement as State Conservationist in Iowa, they moved to Centerville, Utah. After 8 years, they then moved to Smithfield where they have resided for the past 21 years. She and Mike have enjoyed traveling throughout the US, plus taking 5 cruises and several other tours worldwide. Nadine is survived by her husband Mike; three sisters, Margaret Griffin (Douglas), Carolyn Dillon (Richard), and Lorraine Kirkham (Sheldon); and three daughters, and one son, Elizabeth Alldridge, Ruth Ann Garner (Philip), Ginger Nethery, and Carl Nethery (Zoii). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.



Bonnie Eileen Packard (88) of Salina, Kansas passed away December 9, 2019. She was born January 27, 1931 in Beverly, Kansas, the daughter of George and Zola Anderson. She retired in 1993 as a Procurement Clerk in the Kansas State Office in Salina for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. She was devoted to her family and church. She was married to her beloved of 67 years, James E. Packard who so adored her. They met at a bus stop and fell in love, beginning a wonderful life together. In addition to her husband James, she is survived by two sons, Steve Packard (Suzie) of Salina, and Randy Packard (Lydia) of Holyrood, Kansas; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.



William Blake Parker (88) of Wedowee, Alabama passed away August 21, 2019 at his home. He was an Auburn University graduate. Blake began his career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Alabama as a soil scientist, transferred around 1966 to Mississippi as Assistant State Soil Scientist and later moved to Florida to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to concentrate on hydric soil technology. He rapidly became recognized nationally as an expert on hydric soils and wetlands, and during this part of his career with the USFWS, he assisted the Soil Conservation Service National Soils Staff in identifying hydric soil attributes. Survivors include his wife, Mary Herren; one daughter, Anita Kay (Bob) Lees of Stuart, Florida; one son, William E. (Alyson) Parker of Alexandria, Virginia; and three grandchildren.



Harold Lee Penner (94) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away October 31st, 2019. Harold was born on November 27, 1924 in Hillsboro, Kansas; the son of Jacob and Florentine (Janke) Penner. He attended Tabor College and Kansas State University, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and soils. Harold enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He worked in the Naval Hospital Orthopedics and Allergy Clinics as a Pharmacist Mate. He faithfully served our country until 1946. On August 31, 1948, he was united in marriage to Doris Louise Dody, in Marion, Kansas. Doris preceded him in death in 2016. Doris and Harold moved to Great Falls, Montana, where he began his first job with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. In 1955, the family moved to El Dorado, from where he worked as a soil scientist on the Technical Staff in the Hutchinson Area Office and was headquartered at Wichita, Kansas. He retired in 1980 with 30 years of service. Survivors include his daughters, Joan Bixler of Topeka, Kansas and Jan Umhay of Mesa, Arizona; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.



Dorothy Lee Green Pennington (83) of Corbin, Kentucky passed away November 13, 2019 at the Bluegrass Hospice in Lexington, Kentucky. Dorothy was born on September 23, 1936 in Buffalo, New York to Flossie Belle McKeehan and William McKinley Green of Corbin. Dorothy worked for the United States Federal Government in various agencies including the Social Security Administration and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where she was a Resource Conservation and Development clerk. She was a member of the Corbin Ossoli Club, Beta Sigma Pi, and the Friday Afternoon Book Club where she enjoyed her many friends and supporting the community she loved so much. Dorothy was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and top fan of Tiger Woods and Tom Brady. She loved people and found much joy in her many friends. Dorothy attended First Baptist Church in Williamsburg in her last few years where she found much joy. She is now joyfully reunited with her loving husband Gearl Pennington. She is survived by her son Brandon Gearl Pennington, daughter Deedra Lee Pennington, 5 Grandchildren; and 6 Great Grandchildren. Donations in her name can be made to the Corbin Ossoli Club and Corbin Backpack Program.



Dean Loris Pettit (89) of Fairfield, Iowa passed away October 25, 2019. Dean was born on December 11, 1929 in Mt. Sterling, Iowa to Craig and Dorothy Pettit. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and then the US Air Force Reserves. Dean worked as a soil conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 40 years. He surveyed for Pathfinders RC&D and French-Reneker-Associates after retiring from the government. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fairfield, and the Lions Club, being voted Lion of the Year in 1974-75. He took up running in 1980, and within a year completed a 50-mile ultra-marathon. He enjoyed spending time outside, gardening, tending trees, and taking walks. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 64 years, Bernita Pettit; his children Marcia (John) Seddon of Cincinnati, Iowa; Glen (Patti Laughlin) Pettit of McPherson, Kansas; Gordon (Becca Roehrich) Pettit of Macomb, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.



Lifetime member Myron Senechal (75) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison, North Dakota on October 28, 2019. Myron was born on January 21, 1944, to Phillip and Evelyn (Cote) Senechal in Bottineau, North Dakota. Myron attended the School of Forestry currently Dakota College at Bottineau and North Dakota State University at Fargo, ND, graduating with a degree in agriculture. Upon graduating in 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. After returning home, he began his long career with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Myron’s career started in Valley City, where he met his wife Cheryl Nelson. Myron's career moved the family to Finley, Forman, and Mandan (all in North Dakota), Casper, Wyoming, and finally to Bismarck in 1984 where they remained and raised their family. He held leadership positions in many organizations including the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Myron gave with a true servant's heart to his family, church, and community in so many ways throughout his life. In retirement, Myron enjoyed discovering French genealogy, volunteering, gardening, carving, and giving away diamond willow walking sticks, and all things family. Mass of Christian burial was held November 4 at Church of St. Anne in Bismarck with Father Wayne Sattler officiating. Burial was held at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cheryl; daughter, Jodi (Tom) Scheeler, Minot, North Dakota; sons, Matt (Lori) Senechal, and Mike (Rui) Senechal, Bismarck; grandchildren, Annie and Emma Scheeler, Caleb and Cohen Senechal, and Max and Spencer Senechal.



Deane W. Swanson (92) of Yates Center, Kansas passed away November 27, 2019 at Yates Center Health and Rehab. He missed his high school graduation ceremony because he joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served until the end of World War II serving on the USS Medusa stationed in the Philippines. Following his service in the Navy he attended Kansas State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. He was a soil scientist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service headquartered at Yates Center. He mapped soils throughout southeast Kansas. His wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death in 2011. He is survived by his children, Richard Swanson (Cathy) of Olathe, Kansas, Susan Roberts of Bel Aire, Kansas, and Sandra Heffern (Mike) of Yates Center; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.



Paul John Sweeney (65) of Saint Paul, Minnesota passed away after a battle with cancer in St. Paul on November 1, 2019. A graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln he retired from USDA-Natural resources Conservation Service and went on to work as a water quality consultant with Ecosystem Services Exchange. While with NRCS he served as a Water Quality Project Manager, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations and State Conservationist. He was a passionate conservationist. Outside of his work, he was also a passionate outdoorsman enjoying fishing, golf, hunting, travel, photography and above all spending time with his family. As an ardent Husker fan, the Sweeney world always paused for football games. Paul is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his children, daughter, Christina Lewis (Shane); son, Phillip Sweeney; stepdaughter, Abigail Grethen (Justin) and 5 grandchildren. Paul asked that donations be made in his memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.



Bobby Glenn “Bob” Wingo formerly of Hennepin, Oklahoma passed away December 5, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. Bob was born October 22, 1932 in Hennepin to the late Broadus L. and Lillian E. (Jones) Wingo. Bob served in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning a Combat Infantry Badge. Following an Honorable Discharge on October 16, 1954, Bob returned home and began a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a land surveyor. Following retirement from the US Government in the mid-1980s, Bob owned and operated the Wingo Grocery Store in Hennepin for many years. He was active with numerous community organizations and the First Baptist Church of Hennepin. Bob was preceded in death by wife Peggy Wingo in 1995. Bob and the former Paula Joan Lee were married on September 30, 2014 in Hennepin. Survivors include his loving wife, Paula; six children, Scott Wingo (Pam) of Elmore City, Oklahoma, Liz Wilburn (Steve) of Ada, Oklahoma, Michael Wingo of Ada, Julie Auld of Konawa, Oklahoma, Shannon Stevenson (Marc) of Grand Prairie, Texas and daughter, Sheree’ Serrano (Frank) of Edmond, Oklahoma; five children gained from his marriage, Colleen Guthery of New Mexico, Susie McCoy of Lindsay, Oklahoma, Linda Blaine of Oklahoma City, Stephen Blaine of Norman and James Williams of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.