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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 Ron Marlow at arcse@cox.net to report recent In Memoriam notices.

Last updated 6/30/2019

For a listing of all notices by YEAR, click here. 

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ALL, Sorted Alphabetically

Year

In Memoriam, Alphabetically

 

Abbott

2018

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Everett Loyd Abbott (98) of Katy, Texas passed away on June 13, 2018. Everett was born in Bradshaw, TX. He graduated from Bradshaw High School, as well as Sul Ross State College with a BS degree in 1950. Everett married Pansy Woods on May 28, 1943 and to this union came three children. He proudly served in the Army and was a World War II veteran. Everett was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Bryan. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1979 as an RC&D Coordinator. Everett was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Woods Abbott and is survived by his daughter, Donna (Gene) Easterly of Katy; sons, Bob (Kathy) Abbott of Austin, and Bill (Lynn) Abbott of Irving; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and five siblings including his brother James Abbott of Temple who also retired from SCS, and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Bryan.

Abbott

2014

Virginia Law Abbott of Bryan, Texas passed away on July 23, 2014. She was born in in Vienna, MO. She married William Law in 1943. Virginia considered her greatest accomplishments in life to have been raising three wonderful children, six grandchildren, and one great grandson. She was raised in Vienna, Cedar City, and Jefferson City, MO. In 1985 Virginia married ARCSE Member Everett Abbott of Bryan, Texas who retired from SCS in 1979 as an RC&D Coordinator. They traveled extensively enjoying their love of their motorhome and square dancing.

Abbott

2009

Norman P. Abbott (96) of Boulder, Colorado passed away on May 17, 2009. He worked on the Watershed Planning Staff for the Soil Conservation Service in Kansas.

Abrams

2009

William H. Abrams (95) passed away August 20, 2009. Mr. Abrams graduated in 1938 from Clemson University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocational Agricultural Education. He worked five years in Pleasant Hill, South Carolina, before transferring to Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1943 where he worked as District Conservationist until his retirement in 1976. He was precedent in death by his wife of 60 years, Virginia. He is survived by a son, William H. “Will” Abrams, Jr. of Rockingham; two daughters, Jenny Bea Holden of Holly Springs and Joyce Brooks Thompson of Burlington; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Abshure

2004

Thomas L. Abshure (83) passed away July 3, 2004 in Elmore City, OK. “Ab” retired as State Administrative Officer. He is survived by his wife, Melba, four daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Achor

2013

Wayne E. Achor (64) of Canal Winchester, Ohio passed away on July 4, 2013. He attended Ohio University and received a bachelor’s of science in engineering. Wayne was a former SCS/NRCS Hydraulic Engineer on the State Office Water Resources Planning Staff prior to becoming an entrepreneur. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Janet, two daughters, and a son.

Ackerson

2017

Honorary Life Member Ken Ackerson (98) passed away at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida on December 3, 2017. He would have celebrated his 99th birthday on December 11, 2017. Ken was born on the family homestead in Holmdel, New Jersey. He began playing piano for the Dutch Reformed Church of Keyport, NJ at age 11 and by the time he graduated from college he was the Church’s regular. His interest in agriculture continued when he enrolled in Rutgers College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1941. He joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service following college, then entered the Army prior to the start of World War II. He married Charlotte Zucker, literally “the girl next door,” in 1943 while in uniform. Ken served as a military intelligence officer with the Army Corps of Engineers at Camp Ritchie, MD, as well as in the Philippines, rising to the rank of Captain by the time his service concluded at the end of World War II. Following the war, Ken resumed his career as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, taking assignments in Delaware and Cobleskill, NY. In 1955, Ken and Charlotte were transferred to the Washington, D.C., area where Ken continued to work for the Department of Agriculture. As a specialist in world soils, Ken traveled to Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa for his work with the World Soil Map Project. They became members of the Silver Spring United Presbyterian Church, where Ken became the organist. They continued to reside in Silver Spring until Ken’s retirement from the government after 44 years of service in 1985. Ken and Charlotte soon moved to Florida. As work took him to new places, he always found a church home that could benefit from his talents on the organ. He continued to play the organ for various services until he was 96. Ken is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Jeffrey and Sharon Ackerson, and Neal and Renee Ackerson; by daughters and sons-in-law Sandra and John Goddard, and Virginia and Chuck Flynn; by 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Charlotte, his wife of 69 years, passed away in 2012. The family requests donations to the Columbarium Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach in lieu of flowers.

Ackerson

2017

Honorary Life Member Ken Ackerson (98) passed away at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Florida on December 3, 2017. He would have celebrated his 99th birthday on December 11, 2017. Ken was born on the family homestead in Holmdel, New Jersey. He began playing piano for the Dutch Reformed Church of Keyport, NJ at age 11 and by the time he graduated from college he was the Church’s regular. His interest in agriculture continued when he enrolled in Rutgers College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1941. He joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service following college, then entered the Army prior to the start of World War II. He married Charlotte Zucker, literally “the girl next door,” in 1943 while in uniform. Ken served as a military intelligence officer with the Army Corps of Engineers at Camp Ritchie, MD, as well as in the Philippines, rising to the rank of Captain by the time his service concluded at the end of World War II. Following the war, Ken resumed his career as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, taking assignments in Delaware and Cobleskill, NY. In 1955, Ken and Charlotte were transferred to the Washington, D.C., area where Ken continued to work for the Department of Agriculture. As a specialist in world soils, Ken traveled to Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa for his work with the World Soil Map Project. They became members of the Silver Spring United Presbyterian Church, where Ken became the organist. They continued to reside in Silver Spring until Ken’s retirement from the government after 44 years of service in 1985. Ken and Charlotte soon moved to Florida. As work took him to new places, he always found a church home that could benefit from his talents on the organ. He continued to play the organ for various services until he was 96. Ken is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Jeffrey and Sharon Ackerson, and Neal and Renee Ackerson; by daughters and sons-in-law Sandra and John Goddard, and Virginia and Chuck Flynn; by 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Charlotte, his wife of 69 years, passed away in 2012. The family requests donations to the Columbarium Fund of the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach in lieu of flowers.

Adair

2004

Joseph Robert Adair, Jr. (94) of Laurens, SC passed away April 19, 2004. He retired from SCS in 1965 with 33 years of service.

Adair

2001

Wister M. Adair passed away June 10, 2001. Wis retired as an Area Engineer in 1982 and was very active with his business and farming.

Adams

2017

Billy Adams (86) of Grover Hill, Ohio passed away on May 7, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Grover Hill. He was united in marriage to Leona V. Martin Cross, who survives in Grover Hill. Billy worked for the Division of Wildlife – Soil Conservation Services and the Watershed Services, combined for 42 years. He also served in the Marines. He is survived by two step-children, Michael (Joyce) Cross of Van Wert and Donna (Jerry) Wannemacher of Ottoville; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step-son, Philip P. Cross; and seven brothers and five sisters.

Addison

2017

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Albert "Bob" Clyde Addison (100) of Portal, Arizona passed away in Tucson on December 21, 2017. After serving as a State Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, Bob retired in 1977 as the Director of the Northeast National Technical Center.

Affolter

2004

Paul Affolter of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

Ahlstrom

2006

Ron Ahlstrom passed away October 19, 2006. Ron was the Budget Analyst in the State Office in Kansas at the time of his retirement in Jan. 1994.

Aho

2017

Myrtle "Myrt" Aho (95) passed away at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minnesota, on September 6, 2017. Myrt and Don resided in Bismarck, ND, where they raised their family from 1952 until 2007 when they moved to Prior Lake, MN. Don was the State Resource Conservationist in Bismarck for many years. Myrt is survived by her four daughters, Sharon (Wayne) Anderson, Rockville, MD; Gayle (Steve) Potas, Prior Lake, MN; Vicki Werve, Langley, WA; and Marti (Loren) Fazio, Mariposa, CA; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and son Richard (Rik).

Aho

2010

Senior Conservationist Donald Aho (93) passed away August 1, 2010, at McKenna Crossings Assisted Living, Prior Lake, MN. He was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. He worked for SCS for 35 years retiring as State Resource Conservationist in Bismarck, ND. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle, of 69 years; four daughters, Sharon (Wayne) Anderson, Rockville, MD; Gayle (Steve) Potas, Prior Lake, MN; Vicki Werve, Greenbank, WA; Marti (Loren) Fazio, Yosemite, CA; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by a son, Richard.

Akeley

2002

Nora Akeley passed away Monday night May 20, 2002 following complications arising from a heart medication she was given?   Nora is the widow of Richard Akeley and she was living in Bel Air, Maryland at the time of her death. The funeral will be held at her church, Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Joppa, MD on Saturday May 25 at 11 am.

Albright

2008

Senior Conservationist William E. Albright (88) passed away August 26, 2008. Bill retired from SCS in May 1975 as Branch Chief in the Administrative Services Division. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the 8th Air Force, 379th Bomb Group in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris. He is survived by 2 daughters-Catherine Turner Billie Jayroe, 4 grand children and 5 great grandchildren.

Alexander

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Edward Leon Alexander (93) passed away on December 3, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. He was born in a farmhouse in Obion County, Tennessee. WWII veteran and proud member of the Greatest Generation, Leon served with The 316th Fighter Squadron in the 324th Fighter Group as a mechanic Crew Chief for P-40 and P-47 fighter planes, among others. WWII took him to India, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, France and Germany until the war was over in 1945, when he was honorably discharged. He obtained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. The GI Bill allowed Leon to attend Memphis State College and graduate from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville on June 6, 1948 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. His work with the Soil Conservation Service as an irrigation engineer in Texas took him to Harlingen, Uvalde and then Temple in 1959. The final transfer was to Ft. Worth in 1971 where he retired in 1980. Leon was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years in 2014, Faye Herriman, his son Jerry Lee Alexander, and son-in-law, Charles Edgar Nash III. He is survived by daughter Deborah Alexander Nash; son David V. Alexander and wife Cheryl, their children Brandon and Madeline.

Alexander

2013

Jerry Alexander (65) of Ft. Worth, Texas passed away on September 16, 2013. Jerry is survived by his wife, Katie, and three step-children. Jerry was the son of E. Leon and Faye Alexander of Fort Worth, TX. Leon retired in 1980 as a water management engineer with SCS.

Alexander

2012

Thelma G. Alexander (59) of Somerset, Kentucky passed away July 20, 2012. Thelma was a retired RC&D clerk with SCS. She held a bachelor’s degree from Berea College, loved to cook and bake pies, and sing in church. She is survived by her son, Kevin Dewayne Alexander of Somerset; and two grandchildren. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Alexander, who passed away in 1994.

Alexander

2005

John D. Alexander passed away August 21, 2005. John retired as Area Conservationist. He resided at Somerset, KY at the time of his death.

ALL, Sorted Alphabetically

Year

In Memoriam, Alphabetically

Allen

2019

Donald W. "Don" Allen (90) of Vevay, Indiana, passed away January 29, 2019. He was born on October 12, 1928, at the farm house on Plum Creek Road in Switzerland County, Indiana. He was the oldest son of the late, Alva Clarence and Geraldine (Wiley) Allen. Don was inducted into the United States Army on March 28, 1951, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on March 18, 1952. Don was united in marriage on February 26, 1956, at the Caledonia Parsonage in Moorefield, Indiana, to the late, Thelma Jean Lowe. Don was employed for the Madison Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana and for the Switzerland County Soil & Water District for several years. He is survived by his son, Stephen D. Allen; step-sons, Marty Hankins and William “Bill” Hankins (Janet); son-in-law Carl Siefert. Don was very active and highly recognized in the Scottish Rite – an arm of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Mt. Sterling Baptist Church and the Vevay American Legion Post #185.

Allen

2019

Keith Jordan Allen (93) of Salem, Oregon died peacefully at the Sweet Bye and Bye Assisted Living Facility on Tuesday March 19, 2019. Keith served our country by enlisting in the US Army Air Force and received an honorable discharge. Keith graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and made his career in the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Oregon. He married Ardys Struckmeier in 1950, and they had two sons, Jerry and Gail. Ardys passed away in 1985, but he found love again when he married his 2nd wife, Ruth in 1987. He attended the 1st Christian Church in Salem for many years. He loved taking vacations with Ruth in their 5th Wheel and enjoyed volunteering at their church and for Meals on Wheels. Ruth passed away in March 2018. He is survived by his two sons and two grandchildren.

Allen

2008

Noble D. Allen (80) passed away March 1, 2008. Noble retired after 25 years with SCS as a Core Drill Operator. His wife, Sidney, preceded him in death. He is survived by sons, Tommie and Tim; daughter, Bonnie Fowler; and 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to Pennroyal Hospice, 101 W 18th St., Hopkinsville, KY or the American Cancer Society, Attn: Dee Eggers, 203 Choctaw Dr., Cadiz, KY 42211.

Allen

2004

David Allen passed away in Lee, NH on September 17, 2004. Less than 22 hours later David’s wife, Natalie, also passed away. David was the State Biologist for New Hampshire and Maine prior to his retirement in 1979.

Allen

2000

V. Jay Allen (85) passed away November 16, 2000. Jay retired as the State Conservation Engineer in Nevada. He was also the first State Engineer in Nevada.

Alley

2017

Elaine Rolley Alley (93) of Henrico, Virginia passed away peacefully May 7, 2017. She was born in Cheriton, VA and was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Walter "Pat" Alley. Elaine retired from the Soil Conservation Service. She was an active member of Welborne United Methodist Church for over 60 years. She is survived by her daughter, Trish Minter (Allen); her son, Bill Alley (Janet); five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Welbourne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr., Henrico, Va. 23229. Online condolences may be sent to woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.

Alley

2013

George W. Alley (92) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin passed away on September 1, 2013 after a long illness. He was in his first semester at Purdue University on Dec. 7, 1941. As a member of the ROTC, he knew he’d be called to active duty soon, so he enrolled in the paratroopers, signing a little slip of paper that said, “I agree to jump out of an airplane in flight with the use of a parachute.”  George reported for duty on Nov. 6, 1942, and arrived in England in January 1944. He spent 22 months overseas and was decorated for his participation in four major campaigns in Europe with the fabled 101st Airborne, including – after just three practice jumps – parachuting behind enemy lines on the night before D-Day. (A story about his experiences during the war can be read on-line in the archives of the Peninsula Pulse, www.ppulse.com/Articles-c-2012-05-24-101907.114136-Memories-of-World-War-II-Still-Vivid-for-George-Alley.html). George returned to Purdue after the war and graduated a semester early on Feb. 7, 1949, with a degree in forestry. During 38 years with the U.S. Forestry Service and the Soil Conservation Service, he worked as a forester and soil conservationist in Indiana, California, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, retiring as the SCS State Forester in 1985. George and Juanita celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 28, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Hall Alley, and four children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. George was predeceased by a son and a grandson.

Almquist

2016

Alton Wilhelm Almquist (100) passed away peacefully on February 4, 2016 in Vacaville, California. He was born at St. Hilaire, MN, the fourth child of eight. He was baptized in Augustana (Swedish) Lutheran Church, St. Hilaire and confirmed in St. Hilaire Lutheran Church. In April 1942, he enlisted in the United States Navy, May 23, 1942. His boot training was at Great Lakes Training Station. He was with the initial invasion fleet at Gela Beach, Sicily and Salerno, Italy, Normandy, France, North African campaign, England and also worked at the Naval Ordinance Plant in Pocatello, ID. Due to a severe hearing loss he was discharged from the Philadelphia Naval Hospital in 1945. After his discharge from the service, Alton enrolled at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering. He then returned to the family farm and enrolled in graduate school at U of M. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in South Dakota and Arizona. On October 14, 1950, Alton was united in marriage to Constance Esther Conrad, whom he had met while serving in the navy. They were married at Foundry Methodist Church in Washington, DC. In July, 1958, Alton started working for Soil Conservation Service in Concord, CA. He designed numerous flood control projects throughout the state. In August, 1963 the couple moved to El Cerrito, CA. He became a registered civil engineer in 1966. In November, 1973, the couple moved to Davis, CA and on March 31, 1984, he retired from the Soil Conservation Service. Alton was a long-time member of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Alton is survived by a brother, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by wife in 1989. Cards can be sent to his “oldest living relative”, his sister Mrs. Olive Dunman, 6940 33rd Avenue, Wheatridge, CO 8033.

Amonett

2010

Carl Amonett (54), NRCS employee at Blackland Research Station, was killed in an auto-motorcycle accident October 16, 2010, in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a master’s degree in forestry. In 1982 he began his career as soil conservationist in Kountze, TX. From 1987 to 2000, he worked in Center as a district conservationist. From 2000 on, he worked in Temple for Blackland Research as a member of the Water Resources Assessment Team at Blackland. He served more than 28 years with the government in agricultural soil care. Survivors include his wife, Sharon Russell Amonett of Academy; a son, Christopher Amonett of Dallas; and two daughters, Stacy Amonett of Denton and Sarah Amonett of Academy.

Andersen

2017

Senior Conservationist Gilbert M. Andersen (94) passed away peacefully at the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, North Dakota, on August 11, 2017. In April of 1944, Gil entered the U.S. Marine Corp, serving in WWII and stationed in California and Hawaii. He served in Iwo Jima Volcano Islands in 1945, and received the Navy Unit Commendation for service in Iwo Jima. He was discharged on June 7, 1946. Gil worked as a technician for the Soil Conservation Service in the Jamestown District office from 1949 until retirement in 1986. Gil is survived by sons, Rodney (Phyllis) of Grand Forks, ND, Randy of Gainesville, FL, and Jeff (Shelly) of Jamestown; daughter Sue (Butch) Forester, Jamestown and daughter-in-law Julie Andersen, Naples, FL; five grandsons, two granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth, and two sons (Gary and Gregory).

Andersen

2012

Richard H. Andersen (79) of Athens, Georgia passed away July 19, 2012. He was a re­tired soil scientist with SCS. In the May/ June, 2010 issue had a brief reference to Richard and Barbara's volunteer program for the Homeless in Athens. They were successful in moving their program into a new Homeless Shelter in Athens. Richard was Soil Scientist on Team in Afghanistan written up by Douglas Helms in newest Nov/Dec ARCSE newsletter. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Kindig Andersen, three daughters, a son, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. In lieu' of flowers, the family, requests that donations be made to The Bigger Vision of Athens. Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

Anderson

2017

Carl Leo Anderson (96) of Columbia, Missouri passed away on April 3, 2017. Carl, better known as “Leo” was born in Longton, Kansas. Leo was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the 4-H Club in 1939. Leo served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a radioman on the USS Perkins, which was sunk and then the USS Bearss. When he returned from the war, he completed his college education at Kansas State University on the G.I. Bill. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in Kansas as a field irrigation engineer and retired as the National Irrigation Engineer in Washington. D.C. Leo was the published author of three irrigation manuals. He traveled to Turkey, Russia, and Pakistan to assist farmers with irrigation projects. Leo was a member of the Valley View Church of Christ. During his lifetime he preached and taught the gospel. Leo preached his last sermon when he was 91 years old. Those surviving Leo are daughters and spouse, Joyce Mahan and Karla (Richard) McGough; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great- grandchildren. Leo was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Nina Grace Preston Anderson, and his grandson, Landon Dasher.

Anderson

2017

James Stillman Alderson (70) of Star, Texas passed away on October 2, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Lampasas, Texas. He married Sharleen Clary on Sept. 4, 1971. He was a plant specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas. He was preceded in death by a son, Kirby James Alderson, in November 1975. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Cody Alderson and Kyle Alderson; a daughter, Mitzi Reynolds; three brothers, and 10 grandchildren.

Anderson

2016

Nina Grace Preston Anderson (96) passed away on March 24, 2016. Nina was born in Lamar, CO. She married Carl Leo Anderson Jan. 26, 1946, in Burdett, Kansas. They celebrated 70 years of marriage in January. Carl retired from SCS as the assistant State Engineer in the late sixties. Nina graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, KS. She was an All-State basketball player in high school. She is survived by her husband, Leo Anderson; two daughters, 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.

Anderson

2011

Senior Conservationist E. William 'Bill' Anderson (96) passed away March 3, 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science in range management and forestry from the University of Idaho in 1937 and his Master of Science in range management and animal husbandry from Oregon State College (now University) in 1940-the second Master of Science ever awarded in rangeland resources. During World War II, Bill served in the South Pacific at the rank of U.S. Navy lieutenant, junior grade, in Air Combat Intelligence. In 1946, he was promoted to lieutenant commander U.S. Navy Reserve. Upon his return to Oregon and to SCS, Bill rose to become the state range conservationist and was the original author of the State of Oregon's "Range Site Guides." Bill was a charter member of the Society for Range Management; president the International Society for Range Management; and the winner of the Section's and the Parent Society's highest achievement awards, the Trail Boss and the Renner awards, respectively. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Lois in 2005; survivors include daughters, Christine (Dwight) Ferris of Salem and Elizabeth (Alan) Vandehey of Portland; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the following: E. William and Lois Anderson Memorial Fund, in care of John Buckhouse, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, 200 Strand Agricultural Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331.

Anderson

2010

Frank L. Anderson (85) passed away March 8, 2010, at Harmony Living in Stoughton, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, training at the Naval Electronics Schools at Purdue University, and serving on the Destroyer, USS Bradford (DD545) in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a B.S. degree in soil science. Frank worked for SCS as a soil scientist, retiring in 1989. He is survived by three children, Linda Anderson, Charles Anderson and Margaret (Ron) Hetzler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, in March 2009.

Anderson

2008

Glen B. Anderson (82) passed away Oct. 18, 2008. Glen started his career as a Soil Scientist and served in Bristol, Marion, Fairfax, and Richmond, VA. He ended his career in Jan. 1986 in the Virginia State Office. Glen was a Fellow in SWCS. He is survived by his wife, Margot; sons Glen and Daniel; daughter, Susan Bishop; and five grandchildren.

Anderson

2006

Helmer “Andy” Anderson (99) passed away June 22, 2006. Andy began his career with the Forest Service as a supervisor in a CCC camp. He started with SCS in 1950 as a Soil Conservationist in Chippewa County, WI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and daughter, Jeanne Tyner. He is survived by his son Bruce and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anderson

2005

Stanley M. Anderson (81) passed away October 12, 2005. Stanley retired as a District Conservationist in New York. His wife, Lois, survives.

Anderson

2004

Francis P. Anderson of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

Anderson

2004

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist R. D. Anderson (93) passed away May 20, 2004. He retired in July 1975 as Assistant State Conservationist in Colorado.

Anderson

2004

Obert Anderson of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

Anderson

2003

Andy Anderson of IL passed away recently (2003).

Anderson

2002

David B. Anderson passed away September 1, 2002. He served in SCS for over 35 years. He retired as RC&D Coordinator in Oregon. His wife, Shirley, passed away in 1999. The family asks that remembrances go to the Nature Conservancy of Oregon, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97214.

Anderson

2001

Honorary Member and Statesman Sanford Anderson (92) passed away December 20, 2001. Sanford retired in 1971 after a career in SCS as a Soil Scientist. His last duty station was in Tunisia. He is survived by his wife, Miriam.

Anderson

2000

Paul Anderson (86) passed away December 16, 2000. He was a District Conservationist in Washington County, Maryland, and had a 41-year career with SCS.

Andreas

2013

Susan Lynn nee Bunger Andreas (60) of Maryville, Illinois passed away October 7, 2013 at her residence. Susan graduated from Oregon High School, Oregon, IL, and then attended Rockford Business College. She retired as an administrative assistant for the Triad School District #2. She is survived by her husband, Michael E. Andreas who retired as an area engineer with NRCS in 2008. Also surviving is a son, Bryan (Carrie) Andreas of Edwardsville, IL; daughter, Janna (Dan) Pettus of Glen Carbon, IL; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missouri Botanical Gardens, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Andresen

2006

Senior Conservationist Andrew J. Andresen (98) passed away March 19, 2006. Andrew retired in Sept. 1975 as an Area Conservationist in California. His wife of 63 years, Bonnalyn, passed away some time ago.

Andreucetti

2012

Member Eugene Andreuccetti (70) of Sacramento, California passed away September 28, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Mary Andreuccetti, daughters, Tracy Lawson (Terry) and Kelly Prudek (Fred); 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Gene graduated Humboldt State University in 1966 with a BS degree in wildlife management and range science. In 1966, he began a 32 year career working for SCS. He served in several positions before serving as the California State Conservationist from 1982-88, the Director of Conservation Planning Division, the Assistant Chief for the South and retiring in 1998 as Regional Conservationist for the West Region. Gene also served as the ARCSE Vice-President for the West from 2006 to 2008. Throughout Gene's life, he demonstrated a love for the land and its wildlife. This was reflected in his involvement in Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl Association (CWA), where he was an active life member. Remembrances may be made in his memory to CWA, 1346 Blue Oaks Blvd, Roseville, CA 95678.

Andrews

2015

John W. Andrews (72), Greensboro, NC, died June 20, 2015. John retired as District Conservationist, Greensboro Field Office with over 35 years of federal service. He graduated from N.C. State University. A veteran of the US Army, he served our country in Korea. John was a lifetime member of the V F. W. Post #7726. He was a generous, kind, and loving man and enjoyed outdoor pursuits with his sons, Ward and Bryan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia Potter Andrews, sons, Jonas Ward Andrews of Greensboro, William Bryan Andrews and wife Mindy of Greensboro; brother, Jerry Andrews and wife DeAnna of Charlottesville, VA and granddaughters, Liliah Erykah Andrews and Ella Harper Andrews.

Andrews

2013

James M. (Jimmy) Andrews, Jr. (72) of Washburn, North Carolina, passed away on May 6, 2013. Jimmy retired as Soil Conservation Technician in Rutherfordton, NC, with over 30 years of service. He also worked in Cleveland and McDowell Counties. Jimmy was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and attended Western Carolina University. In addition to his community service, Jimmy was an avid horseshoe pitcher and competed at many local, state, and regional tournaments. The highlight of his horseshoe pitching career was winning the Elders I-2 division of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association World Championship Tournament in Knoxville, TN in 2012. He is survived by his wife Patsy; three daughters, Bonnie Andrews (Phil) Fisher of Matthews, NC, Carol Andrews (David) Winesette of Waxhaw, NC, and Gail Andrews (Sean) Tarlton of Pittsboro, NC; and seven grandchildren.

Angelo

2011

Madeline Angelo (71) of Amber, New York passed away May 20, 2011. She was the wife of former New York State Office Engineering Technician, David Angelo. She worked many years as a clerk for the US Post Office in Marietta. Surviving are her husband of 52 years, David Angelo; children, Christine Caudwell of England, and Corey Angelo of New Jersey; and one granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Amber Congregational Church, 2366 Otisco Valley Road, Marietta, N.Y. 13110.

Appleton

2015

Lance C. Appleton (62) of Columbia passed away February 18, 2015, at home with family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Merna Appleton (computer specialist in IT (OCIO) in the NRCS State Office, Columbia, Missouri). Also surviving are two children and six grandchildren. Lance had a 30-year, full-time international evangelistic ministry. He was a prolific songwriter and accomplished musician on the piano, flute, guitar and harmonica. Lance recorded eight albums. Online condolences and tributes can be shared with the family at www.bachyager.com.

Arbogast

2016

Rex L. Arbogast (91) of Higginsville, Missouri passed away on March 14, 2016, at Meyer Care Center. He was born in Sprague, Missouri. He was preceded in death by one brother and one great-great-grandchild. Rex served as a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force, attaining the rank of Private First Class. He worked as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Soil Conservation Service office in Higginsville, retiring in 1979. He also enjoyed farming. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Higginsville and a member of the Higginsville American Legion Post #223. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Gertrude, he is survived by two sons, Duane Arbogast of Higginsville, MO and Ralph (Susan) Arbogast of Higginsville, MO, one daughter, Susan (Mark) LaRoche of Cookville, TN; and nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hoeferfuneralhome.com.

Archer

2009

Senior Conservationist Donald Vincent Archer (86) of Caldwell, OH formerly of Circleville, passed away April 15. 2009 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Geneva (Wilson) Archer in 1945. Don served our country in the U.S. Coast Guard, was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of the Summerfield American Legion Post #415. Growing up on the farmland of Noble County instilled a passion for the land and the environment that he carried into his 33 year career as Pickaway County District Soil Conservationist. One of his primary "clients" was the former Chief of SCS, Bill Richards. After retirement, he continued the work he loved as a surveyor for the Pickaway County Engineer. He often mentored university students studying in the field and treasured the opportunity to teach and pass along his respect for the land to the next generation. He was involved in the community as a 4-H advisor and member of the Community United Methodist Church. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years Geneva Archer. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community United Methodist Church, 120 North Pickaway St. Circleville, OH 43113; Caldwell United Methodist Church, 537 Main St., Caldwell, OH 43724; or the Pickaway Soil and Water Conservation District, 110 Island Rd, Suite D, Circleville, OH 43113.

Ard

2015

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Roy G. Ard (90) of Wilcox, Arizona passed away on July 6, 2015 while visiting family and friends in Oklahoma. His wife of 69 years, Fran and two oldest sons were with him when he finally lost his long battle with Parkinson's Disease. His third son, Jeff is also a Parkinson's victim. Greg his youngest son had a heart attack and died September 4, 2014. Roy worked for SCS for over 30 years, all over Arizona. He retired as a RC&D Coordinator in 1990. He was born on April 24, 1925 in Drumright, Okla. In 1942, Roy accepted a position as a roughneck on a drilling rig working for Taylor Drilling Company of Fairfield, Ill. On April 23, 1943, Roy enlisted into the service of his country in the United States Navy. After completion of basic training in San Diego, Calif., Roy attended Landing Craft School (LCS) and was assigned to USS Megrez (AK-126); a Crater-class cargo ship commissioned in World War II and responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone. He was honorably discharged from military service on March 1, 1946 in Norman, Okla. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M in 1950. Roy was an active member of many organizations including Elks Lodge, American Legion, and was a 32nd Degree Mason of Safford, Arizona Lodge 16. He was also a member of the Methodist Church. He served in numerous capacities and offices of these organizations. Roy was an amateur geologist and was considered by many as a rock hound. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Frances Ard of the home; three sons, Stephen Ard of Drumright, Okla., Anthony Ard of Hope, Idaho, and Jeffrey Ard of Kennewick, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Aresndorf

2013

Roger C. Arensdorf (91) of Boise, Idaho passed away on May 13, 2013. In addition to his wife of nearly 70 years, Geraldine Lea Arensdorf, Roger is survived by his five children: Jennifer Arensdorf Morlan, Ann Arensdorf Taylor, John Arensdorf, Kathy Arensdorf Brown and Chris Arensdorf. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He spent his early years growing up on a farm near Ensign, Kansas with his parents and brothers. Upon graduating from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1943, Roger proudly served his country as a Naval Officer in the Amphibious Forces during World War II. After the war, he returned to Southwest Kansas where he spent his working career as a Soil Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service. He retired in 1980 as the District Conservationist in the Dodge City field office. Roger and Geraldine moved to New Braunfels, Texas in July 1990. In August 2012 they moved to Boise, Idaho to be near family.

Argabright

2011

Senior Conservationist Melvin "Scott" Argabright (84) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away December 26, 2011 from acute myelogenous leukemia. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1951. After farming for five years, in November 1955, he joined SCS in South Dakota. During the next 25 years, he served as district conservationist, area conservationist, state agronomist, and state resource conservationist at various locations in South Dakota. In 1980, Scott and Dorthy moved to Lincoln where Scott was assigned as conservation agronomist serving a 12 state Midwest region. He retired from SCS in 1992. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorthy; sons, daughters-in-law, Norman (Cherrie) Argabright, Topeka, KS; Patrick (Karen) Argabright, Jackson, NJ; Virginia Argabright, Lincoln, NE; Diana (Martin) Schweitzer, Swanton, NE; eight grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. Memorials contributions are suggested to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 8320 South Street. Arrangements by Roper and Sons Funeral Services. Condolences or personal reflections may be sent online at www.roperandsons.com.

Arms

2015

Senior Conservationist Fred Arms (97) of Danville, Kentucky (formerly of Russell County) passed away on September 25, 2015. He was a World War II Veteran of US Army, a member of First Christian Church in Danville and worked for US Department of Agriculture. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1979 as the Asst State Soil Scientist. He was a member of Duvall Masonic Lodge #6 in Bardstown, KY. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Enola Belle Foley Arms. Survivors include two children: Eric Arms, Lexington, KY and Laura (Jason) Craven, Louisville, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Armstrong

2011

Brett Armstrong was killed during June 2011, in a forest harvesting operation. Brett was Emily Armstrong’s husband and was only 36 years old. Emily is an NRCS Soil Conservationist stationed in Madison County, NY – Hamilton Field Office. Brett leaves behind Emily, two young children with a third child on the way. We’re all quite numb here.

Arno

2001

Statesman John Arno (88) passed away August 27, 2001 at his home in Dexter, ME. John was a Soil Scientist with SCS in Maryland, New York, and Maine until his retirement in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Imogene, of 57 years.

Arnold

2008

Senior Conservationist Verle M. Arnold (88) passed away Nov. 20, 2008. Verle retired in Jan. 1980 as a District Conservationist in Iowa. He died just 3 days before his 89th birthday. He is survived by 3 sons-John, Gene, and Jeffrey; a daughter, Jacque Pirtle; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Bloomfield, United Methodist Church.

Askew

2010

Melvin G. Askew (80) passed away July 4, 2010 at home in Cavalier, ND. Mel worked as a Construction Inspector on many of the Watershed Projects in the NE corner of North Dakota for many years. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife Ileen; two daughters, Linda (Ron) Wagner, Champaign, IL; Lana (Vern “J.R.”) Lee, Cambridge, WI; three sons, Curtis, Hensel, ND; Randy, Moorhead, MN; Ken, Minneapolis, MN; seven grandchildren, a great-grandson; six siblings, five stepchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, and six step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie, who passed away June 18, 1989.

Asp

2006

Noel R. Asp (77) passed away June 23, 2006 at Fargo, ND. He worked at Milaca, MN; Fargo, ND and Finley, ND retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Norma Asp, Mayville, ND; a son and 3 grandchildren.

Aten

2005

Virginia Aten passed away March 21, 2005. Virginia was the wife of Fred Aten. Senior Conservationist Fred retired as Area Conservationist in Ohio in Jan. 1979.

Atwood

2014

Nova D. Atwood (92) of Salina, Kansas passed away on September 15, 2014. He retired in 1979 after 32 years from the USDA as a Soil Conservationist/Agricultural Economist on the Water Resources Planning Staff in the Kansas State Office. He was a member of the National Association of Federal Employees and the First Christian Church Salina, Kansas. Survivors include son, Darroll (Lanis) Atwood of Ozawkie, Kansas; daughter-in-law, Sherrie Atwood of Salina, Kansas; and one granddaughter. He is preceded by his wife, Dorothy (Jones) Atwood; and son, Doyle D. Atwood. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 2727 E. Crawford, Salina, Kansas 67401.

Augustine

2008

Marshall T. "Auggie" Augustine (96) was born in Addison, PA July 28, 1912 and passed away there September 25, 2008. He graduated from Penn State School of Forestry in 1938. Auggie retired from SCS in December 1968 as a Plant Material Specialist in Maryland. He was known throughout his career as a "teacher" for many SCS'ers and farmers. He helped create the Old Petersburg-Addison Historical Society and was a member of the Confluence Lions Club. He is survived by his 2 children-Fran and Tarrant.

Ault

2002

Max A. Ault (70) passed away Sunday, January 27, 2002 in Tea, SD. Max's widow, LaVerne said, "Max had a massive heart attack on the 18th while we were out for dinner. It was quite a shock as he had been feeling fine.”   He was in a coma and never came out of it. He was born Aug. 9, 1931 in Holmesville, NE. He earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, and was a State Administrative Officer for SCS for 18 years retiring in 1987. He served in Lincoln, NE; Syracuse, NY; Bismarck, ND; and Huron, SD. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Tea. His hobbies included golf, reading, crossword puzzles, and football - especially CORNHUSKER football).

Austin

2014

Clarence "Bobby" Austin (71) passed away on July 12, 2014 at his home in Fond du Lac, WI. His Christian faith and life foundation began at an early age at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Horntown, Virginia. At his passing, he was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, WI. Clarence graduated from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware. He was a very proud veteran of the United States Army. After a tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to various soil and water conservation (Natural Resources Conservation Services) districts in the state of Wisconsin as well as the National office, retiring in 1998 from the Administrative Service Division in Washington, D.C. Clarence was united in Holy Matrimony to Mary Council in Beloit, WI on June 20, 1981. They made their home in Fond du Lac, WI. After retiring, he devoted his years to family, church ministries and educational projects in the Fond du Lac community. Clarence and his good friend, Dr. John Lent, inspired the vision and development of Community Education Opportunities (CEO) to empower children and youth of Fond du Lac with a strong educational foundation. He leaves to cherish great memories: his wife, Mary and his father, Irving Austin. Memorials can be directed to the Fond du Lac Area Foundation – Community Education Opportunity Organization in Clarence’s name. They are at 384 N. Main Street, Suite 4, Fond du Lac, WI 54935.

Autry

2006

William (Bill) E. Autry Jr. (77) passed away November 25, 2006 in Ephrata, Washington. Bill had worked as an engineer in Washington and Texas and retired at Paris, Texas in 1985, then moved back to Ephrata for retirement. His wife, Juanita, son Bill, and daughters Vicki and Diane survive him.

Ayen

2012

Beverly Ayen (63) of Urbandale, Iowa passed away December 21, 2012. Beverly was the wife of Jim Ayen, retired SCS State Resource Conservationist. She is survived by her husband, Jim, daughters Kari (Scott) Severson, Kimberly (Ken) Ewing and Erik (Holly) Ayen, and four grandchildren.

Bailey

2018

Manley “Joe” Hibbert Bailey Jr. (90) passed away at home on November 7, 2018 at his home in Lincolnville, Maine.  He was born in Oakland, ME. He was a graduate the University of Maine where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Joe served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He completed soil surveys for Scott Paper Company before working 26 years as a soil conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Joe enjoyed collecting antique tractors and building model airplanes in his spare time. Joe was a member of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden, the Masonic Lodge in Sidney, and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Roberta Ackley Bailey and their infant son; his second wife, Lucille Bailey; stepson, Stephen Lidstone; three brothers; and two sisters.  Surviving is his dear friend and companion, Edith Brown of Camden; a daughter and three sons, one grandson, and one great-grandchild. Memorial gifts may be made to the Chestnut Street Baptist Church.  Interment will be held later in Riverside Cemetery in Farmington.  Condolences may be shared with the family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.  

Baldwin

2019

Donald M. Baldwin (73), of Enterprise passed away at his home on Dec. 1, 2000. Don was born July 11, 1927, in Portland, OR to Melvin and Emma Baldwin. He married Dolores Jeanne McClymond in Newberg, in 1950, and graduated in 1951 from Oregon State University. He also served in the US Army. Don worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, before retiring in 1988 as District Conservationist in Enterprise. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1990, and a son, Scott. Survivors include daughter Kathy Strom.

Behner

2019

Donald Behner (94) passed away on February 16, 2019 at Brookdale of Salem, Ohio. He was born August 13, 1924. Donald retired from the SCS about 1984. He is survived by the love of his life, Edna (Thompson) Behner whom he married December 1, 1952; daughters Debra (Roger) Elder, and Donna (Darrell) Baker; son Gary Behner; brothers Dwight and Bruce Behner; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Preceded in death by brother Harold, sister Dorothy and daughter-in-law Lynn. Per request a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers family request donations be made to Goshen-Butler Township Community Fund, PO Box 33, Damascus, OH 44619. www.greatnonprofits.org

Belcher

2018

Juanita Colleen Belcher (74) of Pratt, Kansas passed away on September 24, 2018 at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita, Kansas. Juanita was born in Macksville, Kansas. After she graduated from Kinsley High School in 1962, she attended Fort Hays State University where she was awarded a Degree in General Science and diploma in nursing in 1966. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. On August 7, 1966 she was united in marriage to Larry D. Belcher in Kinsley, Kansas. Larry retired as the District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service in the Pratt Field Office. They shared over fifty-two years of marriage. To this union two children were born, Amy and Julie. Juanita was active in Pratt’s Pilot Club, United Methodist Church prayer group, and the United Methodist Women. Memorials may be made to Pratt Pilot Club or First United Methodist Church in care of Larrison Mortuary.

Benn

2018

Robert Jack Benn (82) of Smith Center, Kansas passed away peacefully November 10, 2018 at Smith County Memorial Hospital. He was born in Troy, KS. He attended Highland Community College where he played football and then attended the University of Kansas. He was employed by the Soil Conservation Service in Doniphan Co. and was transferred to Smith Center in 1958. He had a 30-year career and retired in 1986. Jack and Arlene loved to travel and spent their winters in Rockport, Texas and many summers in Canada. He loved to cook and entertain his friends and family. Jack was a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Soil Conservation Society of America, and served on the Library Board. Jack is survived by his wife Arlene of 58 years, and one son Dirk (Sarah) of Adel, IA, and two grandchildren. He is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters.

Bennett

2018

Otis Bennett (83) of Owasso, Oklahoma passed away on March 12, 2018. Otis retired as an RC&D Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Bennett

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist James Stephen Bennett (94) of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on May 5, 2014.  He graduated from WVU with a B.S. Degree in Agriculture. Following active duty with the Army Air Force, he was employed in Ohio by the USDA Soil Conservation Service as Assistant State Conservationist.  Jim served as the first president for the Ohio SCS Retirees.  He was appointed as State Conservationist in West Virginia in 1970.  Jim received the highest honor in a Fellow Recognition by the SCS, the USDA Superior Service Award for Rural Development, was first President of the Alumni Association for the College of Agriculture and Forestry, and served as Chairman of the WVU Rural Progress Organization.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for the West Virginia University College of Agriculture and Forestry.  Jim and Naomi retired to Cape Coral, FL in 1977.  For his leadership and work on conservation and the environment in Cape Coral, Jim was nominated by Kiwanis as a candidate for Cape Coral Citizen of the Year in 2003.  He is survived by his loving wife, Naomi Lee of 71 years; daughters, Judy Chester, Marjorie Stephens; and son, Stephen Bennett (Karen); six grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Condolences to family may be sent to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com

Bennett

2013

Senior Conservationist and Member Quentin Preston Bennett (87) of Riverton, WV (formerly of Bridgeport, WV) passed away January 7, 2013. He was an infantryman during WWII in Patton's 4th Armored Division and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. His military awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1952, the first in his family to graduate from college. He married Joy Cooper Bennett of Dry Fork, WV in 1954 and raised three sons. He retired in 1990 as a District Conservationist with SCS. After the death of his first wife Joy in 1993, Quentin married Roberta (Harper) Weese of Riverton, WV in 1999. In addition to his wife, Mr. Bennett is survived by his three sons, Bradley Quentin (Debbie) Bennett of Clarksburg, WV; Jeffrey Dixon (Janie) Bennett of Pueblo West, CO, and Dr. T. Preston (Gabriela) Bennett of Arlington, VA; a step daughter and two step sons; 8 grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; a great-grandson, and 9 step great-grandchildren. Memorials gifts may be made to: Valley Chapel Church or the American Cancer Society. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com.

Bennett

2002

Allyn C. Bennett, Sr. (85) passed away January 5, 2002 in Waco, Texas. Allyn retired in December 1982 from the Texas State Staff as a Field Specialist, Engineering in the area of Conservation Operations. He was a 1939 graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in engineering. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as P-39 pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in the South Pacific. He was preceded in death by his wife, and a son. He is survived by three sons, a daughter and 11 grandchildren.

Bennett

2000

Warren D. Bennett (84) passed away August 13, 2000. Warren was an Area Engineer in CA prior to his retirement in April 1973.

Bennington

2005

Jesse W. "Skip" Bennington (84) passed away May 3, 2005. Skip was a Civil Engineering Technician at Harrisonburg, VA at the time of his retirement. He is a decorated WW II Veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His wife, daughter, and 4 grandsons survive.

Benrud

2016

Donald E. Benrud (81) of Moose Lake, Minnesota passed away after he battled three years of cancer on July 22, 2016 in Moose Lake. He was born in Monroe County. He worked for 35 years with the United States Department of Agriculture as a Resource Conservationist until retiring on December 31, 1989. Donald was a very active member of Hope Lutheran Church, Chairman of Lakes State Federal Credit Union for 10 years, past President of Soil Conservation Society of America, and was a member of Moose Lake Kiwanis for 40 years. He enjoyed farming, wildlife, hunting, traveling to Europe and Scandinavia, and spending time at the cabin in western Minnesota with family, and was especially fond of his beloved dog, Arrow. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janice Benrud, two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.hhkfuneralhome.com.

Benrud

2016

Donald E. Benrud (81) of Moose Lake, Minnesota passed away after he battled three years of cancer on July 22, 2016 in Moose Lake. He was born in Monroe County. He worked for 35 years with the United States Department of Agriculture as a Resource Conservationist until retiring on December 31, 1989. Donald was a very active member of Hope Lutheran Church, Chairman of Lakes State Federal Credit Union for 10 years, past President of Soil Conservation Society of America, and was a member of Moose Lake Kiwanis for 40 years. He enjoyed farming, wildlife, hunting, traveling to Europe and Scandinavia, and spending time at the cabin in western Minnesota with family, and was especially fond of his beloved dog, Arrow. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janice Benrud, two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.hhkfuneralhome.com.

Benson

2018

Bradley T. Benson (59) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away on September 3, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. He served in the Navy as a missile assemblyman from 1981 to 1987. He worked as a geological engineer for the North Dakota State Water Commission and later NRCS in Bismarck, ND. Surviving to honor and remember his love are his mother, Evelyn Fay Benson; wife, Leann Benson; daughter, Ashly Benson; stepchildren, Lindsy (Jeremy) Nordeen, Sarah Tschider, Matthew (Nicole) Tschider; four grandchildren; two sisters, and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his father and a beloved niece.

Benson

2016

Billy Keith Benson (85) of Union, Kentucky passed away on February 12, 2016 at his residence. Billy retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1994 as Deputy State Conservationist of Tennessee. He had 40 years of service in Kentucky and Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1952. Billy is preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Annette Benson. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Edith Reynolds Benson and a daughter, Brenda Benson Schulz (Stephen). Memorial donations are requested to the American Cancer Society, 701 W. Mohammed Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40203

Bentz

2002

Senior Conservationist Elmer C. Bentz (90) of Newton, Kansas passed away March 11, 2002. He was a work unit conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1977.

Beougher

2013

Virgil D. Beougher (79) of Ellsworth, Kansas passed away on March 4, 2013 at his home. He retired in 1996 as a district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service where he worked 38 years. Virgil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Connie of Ellsworth; sons, Duane Beougher of St. Louis, MO and Darrel Beougher of Dighton; daughters, Debra Beougher of Wellington and Diane Beougher of Yoder; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Boy Scouts of Ellsworth, in c/o the funeral home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.

Bereuter

2013

Bette M. Bereuter (93) Edina, Minnesota, formerly of Bismarck, passed away on March 9, 2013. She was preceded in death in 2008 by her husband Lynn “Buzz” Bereuter, who retired in 1971 as the Watershed Planning Party Leader in Bismarck. She is survived by her son, Larry (Janna) and daughter, Erika, and granddaughter Linda. 

Bereuter

2008

Lynn “Buzz” Bereuter (89) passed away January 20, 2008 at St. Alexis Medical Center. He worked in Washington, DC, and as Watershed Planning Party Leader in Fargo and Bismarck, ND. He loved his career, but his favorite job was retirement. He was a former ARSCSE State Representative for ND. He is survived by his wife Bette of nearly 64 years, one daughter, Linda; one son, Larry (Janna) and one grand-daughter, Erika Lynn.

Berg

2009

Elmer Berg (74) of Hadley, MA passed away May 8, 2009. He was the financial guy with SCS in Amherst and then became the State Administrative Officer before moving to the Farmers Home Administration (now Rural Development). Even after many years in Massachusetts Elmer kept his down-east Maine accent and no one would ever wonder where he was raised. Elmer is survived by his wife of 50 years, Orene Berg; two sons; a daughter and eight grand children.

Berg

2008

Senior Conservationist Norman Berg (90) passed away on March 18, 2008 following complications of a heart attack. Norm had reached 90 just 4 days prior to his death. He retired as Chief of the Soil Conservation Service in 1982. He also served as Associate Administrator and in Idaho and South Dakota. During his long career with SCS he provided guidance and leadership to many employees as they progressed through their careers. Following his retirement he became the senior advisor to American Farmland Trust a position he held at the time of his death. He also worked closely with the Soil and Water Conservation Society after his retirement. In 1997 the Secretary of Agriculture named him Chief Emeritus for NRCS. His wife of 58 years, Ruth, preceded him in death. He is survived by 4 daughters, Susan Morgan, Jane Paulsen, Pamela Lieb, and Rebecca Crofton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Farmland Trust, 1200 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 or to the Norm and Ruth Berg Conservation Fellowship Program, SWCS, 945 SW Ankeny Rd., Ankeny, IA 50023.

Berg

2006

Gary Berg (66) pased away March 30, 2006. Gary retired in April of 1994 as a Soil Conservation Technician in MN.

Berg

2005

Senior Conservationist Ordean Berg (89) passed away recently (June 2005). He retired in June 1980 as the Area Conservationist in Fargo, ND.

Berger

2018

Thomas "Tom" D. Berger (69) of Westerville, Ohio, passed peacefully, at home, on November 8, 2018, after battling Lewy Body Dementia. He is survived by beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia, his three children, and four grandchildren. Tom served his country in the Marine Corp Reserves. He was retired from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. He also worked with NRCS for a time in the state office, following his retirement with ODNR.  In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a tree to honor Tom's love of forestry. Condolences may be left at www.morelandfuneralhome.com.

Berkstresset

2008

Dennis L. Berkstresser (65) passed away June 2, 2008. Dennis retired in 1996 as the State Administrative Officer for North Carolina. He started his career with SCS/NRCS in Harrisburg, PA. He is survived by his wife, Jean, and three daughters:  Kelly Bolz, Tracy Shultz, and Julie Janeczko.

Berndt

2016

Gertrude (Trudy) Berndt (77) of Bridgman, Michigan passed away February 21, 2016 following complications from surgery. She was the wife of ARCSE member Loren Berndt who survives. Loren retired from SCS in 1993 as Assistant State Soil Scientist in East Lansing, Michigan. Trudy was born Marquette. She met her husband, Loren, on a blind date in early 1973. They enjoyed 43 years together, traveling to all the lower 48 states and several Canadian Provinces.

Berry

2017

Hollis Berry (72) of Pickens, South Carolina, passed on June 21, 2017 at his residence. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, he served his country honorably in the United States Air Force for 20 years. Following his military service he went to work as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Greeneville office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where he retired. He is remembered as a good man. He enjoyed attending car shows, going boating, fishing and camping. He enjoyed working in his yard and driving his Corvette. Those who will most treasure his memory are his wife of 28 years, Aurelia Ann Berry of Pickens, South Carolina; his daughters, Karen Welch (Nicky) of Tennessee and Barbara Domen (Bruce) of Florida; and his six grandchildren. Hollis is also survived by members of his extended family.

Berry

2006

Senior Conservationist Vernon C. Berry (85) of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away October 30, 2006. He was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1984.

Bert

2008

John S. Bert (65) passed away July 17, 2008. John retired after 37 years with SCS as the District Conservationist at Lancaster, PA. He is survived by his wife, Loine; sons, Kendric and Daryl; and 2 grandsons. Memorials may go to Brethren in Christ Missions, PO Box 390, Grantham, PA 17027-0390.

Berto

2000

Oren Berto (84) passed away July 31, 2000. Word of his passing came to us from his son, Roy Berto. Oren retired as a Soil Conservation Technician in Michigan.

Bertsch

2015

Life Member Walter John Bertsch (84) of Bryan, Texas passed away on January 15, 2015. Walter was born in Coffeyville, Kansas. His family relocated to Aransas Pass, Texas where he lived until he was 21. Walter’s enjoyment of classical music and opera began in high school while learning to play the trombone. He became a fervent scholar of The Hebrew and New Testament scriptures and was passionate about living a life that reflected the teaching of Jesus. He served in the US Navy, 1951-1956, and was in the Navy band. During his final tour in Boston, Walter met his beloved Rhoda. They married June 2, 1956. The couple moved to College Station, Texas where Walter earned a BS from Texas A&M University in 1961. Walter retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1993 after 42 years of service in west Texas. He and Rhoda made Bryan their home in 2003 to be near children and grandchildren. Walter was a mentor and ardent supporter to their four children and spouses: Lawrence and Jill, John and Kent, Carol and Jody, Nancy and Kelly. To his six grandchildren, he was a gentle playmate, a family leader, and an amazing waffle chef. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Care Facility, Bryan Texas; Friends Congregational Church; or your charity of choice.

Best

2010

Luke Best Jr., (84) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away June 4, 2010. He graduated in Agriculture from Washington State University. Luke worked for the SCS in Ritzville, St. John, Selah and Coeur d’Alene where he was the RC&D Coordinator for a project that included counties in both Idaho and Washington. His wife Joyce passed away in 2009 and son, David passed away in 2000. Survivors include his daughter, Vicki (Brad) Scott of Tacoma, WA, his daughter-in-law, Jean Best of Bothell, WA, and four grandchildren. Luke served in the Air Force, was a Legionnaire, and active in the Lions Club in Selah and Coeur d’Alene.

Best

2004

Robert "Bob" Best (79) passed away suddenly May 18, 2004 at Hannibal, MO when he was visiting his son. Bob was the Area Conservationist at Hannibal and Warrensburg, MO and was involved in organizing several Soil and Water Conservation Districts in both areas.

Betler

2015

Glen Arnold Betler (89) of Union, West Virginia passed away on June 18, 2015 at Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV following a long illness. Glen was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran. He saw action in Northern France and Belgium where he became a Prisoner of War during the Battle of the Bulge. He received several ribbons and the Bronze Star Medal. After the war, he enrolled in West Virginia University where he graduated in 1951. Following graduation, Glen was employed by the West Virginia Conservation Commission and the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring as the District Conservationist in the Union Field Office after 31 years of service. Glen was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer. He also served on the Bluestone Conference Committee. Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Patricia “Pat” Smith Betler of Union, WV; and one son, Mark D. Betler of Union, WV; one sister and three brothers. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Union Presbyterian Church C/O Bob Miller Union, WV 24983. Those wishing online condolences may do so by visiting www.grovesfuneralhome.com

Betts

2015

Elaine Betts (83) passed away on July 8, 2015. Elaine was a resident of Cassville, Missouri at the time of her passing. She graduated from Bagley High School, Bagley, IA in 1951. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 2009. Warren retired from SCS in 1988 as an engineering technician.

Betts

2009

Senior Conservationist Warren E. Betts (85) of Cassville, Missouri, passed away March 5, 2009. Warren retired as a civil engineering technician with SCS on January 3, 1988 after 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of 57 years.

Betts

2007

Donald Betts (89) passed away February 8, 2007. He was living at Coon Rapids. He had worked as a technician at the Atlantic and Audubon field offices. He is survived by his wife, Esther, and two children.

Beutler

2016

Charles Stanley Beutler (97) of Elk Grove, California passed away on March 7, 2016. Charles was a native of Gem County, Idaho. After graduation from H.S., he remained on the family farm working with no electricity until 1939 and no telephone at all. Like many of his peers, he joined the Army and served in MacArthur's reconstruction effort in Japan as a counter intelligence agent, serving as a carrier of top secret documents and later operated out of a unit that worked with Koreans in gathering intelligence in North Korea. After returning from the War and greatly benefiting from the GI Bill, Charles graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. degree in Agronomy, becoming the first from his home town to achieve this academic distinction. He married his wife of 64 years, Beth, the evening of his graduation. Soon after, Charles was able to join the Soil Conservation Service. In this role he was a major contributor to the soils mapping of several California Counties. Charles served as an officer in a variety of community and professional associations, including the coastal section of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America. Along the way he and Beth also raised three great girls, Lisa, Rachael and Sylvia. He was the last living member of his own birth family and is survived by his wife, children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. See more at: http://www.eastlawn.com/obituary/Charles-Stanley-Beutler/Elk-Grove-CA/1597282#obit-memories.

Bewly

1998

John P. Bewley (92) passed away November 8, 1998. John retired as a Soil Scientist in Dec. 1970.

Beyer

2016

Member Dennis Beyer (71) of Champaign, Illinois passed away on April 10, 2016. He was born in Delano, CA. He married Susan Goodman on August 7, 1965, she survives. Dennis earned an Engineering degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. He worked over 40 years as a civil engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring in 2009. Dennis further served his country as a member of a team of engineers responsible for restoring New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Also surviving are a son, Brian (Melinda) Beyer of Carrollton, TX; a daughter, Erin (Sean) Arie of Champaign; and five grandchildren. During retirement Dennis cared for Susan, who has Alzheimer's, and he would volunteer to file taxes for the elderly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s research. Condolences may be made to the family at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

Beyer

2012

Trevor Beyer (81) of Bottineau, North Dakota passed away May 11, 2012, at a Bottineau Hospital. Trevor attended the ND School of Forestry in Bottineau then served in the Army in Germany. After working a number of jobs, he worked for the SCS in Bottineau. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Viola; three sons, Greg of Bottineau, Curt of Bismarck, and Jeff of Bottineau; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and a sister.

Bigelow

2005

Kenneth L. Bigelow (79) passed away May 8, 2005 in California. Kenneth retired as a District Conservationist in Feb. 1981. His wife, Betty, survives.

Biggerstaff

2008

Harold W. “Hal” Biggerstaff (89) passed away March 1, 2008. He worked as a soil scientist in Oregon, Nebraska, Idaho, and Hawaii and later with the Agency for International Development serving in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Egypt retiring in 1980 to Hayden Lake, Idaho. In 1938 & 1939 he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Alaska. Hal and Helen moved to Spokane, WA in 1996. He also served in the Air Force in World War II. He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Sandy, Anita and Nola, and by son Larry.

Billips

2017

Layton Carl Billips (65) of Bogue, Kansas passed away July 3, 2017 in Hill City, Kansas. He was born in Norton, Kansas. Layton attended Fort Hays State University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology in 1973. In February of 1985, he began his job with the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). He served many locations in Kansas, ending in Sheridan County where he became the District Conservationist in 1988. He retired from that position in 2011. Layton enjoyed hunting, fishing and many other outdoor activities. He was a true outdoorsman and an excellent marksman. He especially enjoyed deer hunting with his black powder gun. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Linda Billips of the home; parents Donald and Mary Billips of Hill City; two brothers; and two sisters along with several nieces and nephews.

Bindel

2011

Gilbert J. Bindel (76) of Gainesville, Texas passed away December 11, 2011. After serving in the United States Army, he attended Cooke County Junior College and North Texas College. He retired from SCS in 1984 as the Area Clerk at the Gainesville Area Office. Survivors include his wife Joyce of Gainesville; a daughter, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Bingham

2015

Ruben Donald Bingham (88) of 420 Sugarcreek Road, Dry Ridge, Kentucky passed away May 27 at home. Don was born in Grant County, KY and retired on April 30, 1984 from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician after 24 years of service in Carroll and Gallatin Counties. He proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Army and he entered service in Ft. Hayes, OH. on Nov. 1, 1946 and was honorably discharged from Camp Stoneman, CA. on May 6, 1948. Don was a longtime member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served as deacon and was a Sunday school teacher for 60 years. He formerly served as moderator, clerk and treasurer for the Ten Mile Baptist Association and was a member of the Gideons. Don leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 66 years: Fredericka Ferrell Bingham, two daughters: Garlene Glacken-Haley of Dry Ridge, KY., Gracella (Gerald) Morris of Cullowhee, NC., one son: Harold Ray (Debby) Bingham of Warsaw, KY., eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Memorial contributions if desired may be directed to the Gideons or to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Building Fund.

Bingham

2004

Senior Conservationist LeRoy M. Bingham (88) passed away May 5, 2004 in Auburn, ME. Bing served as District Conservationist in the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Soil Conservation District for several years.

Bintzler

2008

Senior Conservationist Robert Bintzler (84) passed away June 16, 2008. Bob retired in Jan. 1982 as the State Conservation Engineer for Minnesota. Much of his career was spent in Wisconsin. His wife, Rosemary, passed away earlier. He is survived by sons, Mike, Bob, Rick and Mark; daughter, Kristine; and 3 grandsons.

Birchmier

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Richard Walter (Dick) Birchmier (87) of Centerville, Iowa passed away on May 19, 2016 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville. He was born in Van Buren County, Iowa on a farm S.E. of Milton, Iowa. He attended high school at Milton, Iowa, graduating as valedictorian in 1945. Dick entered the Army in 1945 as a member of the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, spending one year at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. He then served with the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He attended Iowa State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1952. He lived in Cedar Rapids, Savannah, Milton, Indianola, Greenfield, West Des Moines, Shenandoah and Centerville, Iowa. He worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, farmed, and in 1962, started with the USDA, Soil Conservation Service. Dick was a registered engineer in the State of Iowa. He was in charge of Engineering Project Offices in Shenandoah and Centerville, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville, American Legion, Soil Conservation Society of America, Knights of Columbus and 18-80 Club. Survivors include his two daughters, Cynthia L. Hunt of Maryville, Missouri, and Suzanne J. Birchmier of Centerville, Iowa; four sons, Richard L. (Peggy) Birchmier of Milton, Iowa, Randall R. (Karen) Birchmier of Maitland, Florida, Michael A. (Paula) Birchmier of Kansas City, Missouri, and Thomas D. (Raegan) Birchmier of Albia, Iowa; 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 2012 by his loving wife of 60 years, Martha Lou and one son, Gregory Walter. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.

Birchmier

2012

Martha (Marti) Birchmier (81) of Centerville, Iowa passed away November 22, 2012. Marti was the wife of SCS retiree, Richard Birchmier, who worked in the Centerville Engineering Office at time of retirement. She is survived by her husband and six children, seventeen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Bird

2017

Jeannie M. Bird (75) passed away peacefully at CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, North Dakota on Thursday, May 4, 2017. She was the wife of North Dakota Representative Bob Bird. She is survived by her husband, Bob of almost 30 years; her children, Linda (Clay) Hoag, Bismarck, and David Hertwig, Austin, TX; grandsons Byron (Alisha) Hoag, Justin (Breana) Hoag, and Bender (Shannon) Hoag all of Bismarck; great-grandchildren Braydon, Kylan, Bryson, Kellen, Quinn and Easton; her brother, Bob Watts, Forsyth, MT; sister, Judi (Steve) Erickson, Greeley, CO; brother-in-law Gary Bird, Highlands Ranch, CO, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kandie; and her first husband, Carl Hertwig.

Bivens

2017

Judith Ann Hill Bivens (86) of Brentwood, Tennessee passed away peacefully with family by her side on October 25, 2017. She was born in Cookeville, TN. She met her husband Don at the Soil Conservation Service office where they worked while attending TN Tech. Don, the former SCS State Conservationist in Tennessee, preceded her in death in December 2015 after 64 years of marriage. She is survived by four daughters, seven grandchildren, and nine great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Warner Parks, 50 Vaughn Rd. Nashville, TN 37221 or Abe's Garden, 115 Woodmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37205.

Bivens

2015

Donald Clarence Bivens (84) of Brentwood, Tennessee passed away at his home on December 23, 2015. Don was born in Athens, Tennessee. He met his wife Judy at the Soil Conservation Service office in Cookeville where they both worked while attending Tennessee Technological University. After graduating with a BS in Agricultural Science and his marriage to Judy in 1951, he spent several years as a Captain in the US Army and almost 20 years in the Army Reserve. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1972. Don enjoyed a 36-year career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service that took him and his family across Tennessee from Jonesboro to Gainesboro, then to Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, and Oregon, and back to Tennessee in 1975 when he became the State Conservationist. He retired in 1987 and immediately started a new career as a realtor and especially enjoyed involvement with farm land and rural properties. Don was a pilot, farmer, and gardener. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Judith Ann Hill Bivens; his four daughters Sandy Bivens (Bob Parrish), Susan Bush (Gary), Donita Powell (Bill), and Sara Beth Schwab (Al); his seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of Warner Parks or a charity of your choice.

Black

2016

Life Member Glen Elwood Black (86) of Belton, Texas passed away on October 24, 2016 in Belton. He was born in Killeen, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. Glen retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1987 as the Assistant Director of the SNTC. He married LaVerne Smith on January 3, 1953 Harlingen, Texas and they were married for almost 60 years before she passed away in 2012. Glen is survived by his sons Gregory A. (Michelle) Black of Edwardsburg, MI and Michael G. (Jeane) Black of Bristol, TN, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glen’s memory to the Lakeview Baptist Church Building Fund, 7717 State Hwy 317, Belton, Texas 76513.

Black

2016

Life Member Glen Elwood Black (86) of Belton, Texas passed away on October 24, 2016 in Belton. He was born in Killeen, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. Glen retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1987 as the Assistant Director of the SNTC. He married LaVerne Smith on January 3, 1953 Harlingen, Texas and they were married for almost 60 years before she passed away in 2012. Glen is survived by his sons Gregory A. (Michelle) Black of Edwardsburg, MI and Michael G. (Jeane) Black of Bristol, TN, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glen’s memory to the Lakeview Baptist Church Building Fund, 7717 State Hwy 317, Belton, Texas 76513.

Black

2012

(Myrtle) LaVerne Black (81) of Belton, Texas passed away July 30, 2012 at her home. She was a graduate of Southwest State Teachers College (aka Texas State University). After graduation from college she married her high school sweetheart, Glen Black. LaVerne worked in several jobs including a teaching career in Home Economics and elementary schools in Texas, Iowa, and Virginia. She taught youth Sunday school and in the last 25 years taught a Senior Adult Ladies Bible class. She is survived by her husband of 59 and one-half years, Glen who retired from SCS in 1987 as Assistant Director of the South National Technical Center. Also surviving are two sons Gregory (Michele) Black of Edwardsburg, Michigan and Michael (Jean) Black of Bristol, Tennessee, three grandsons, one granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church Building Fund, 7717 State Hwy 317 Belton, Texas 76513 or Scott and White Hospice 2401 South 31st Street, Temple, Texas 76508.

Blaine

2010

Honorary Senior Conservationist Millard Fillmore Blaine (92) passed away April 20, 2010 in Memphis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri, obtaining a degree in agronomy. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as an aircraft mechanic. He spent much of that time in the Aleutian Islands. After the war ended, he taught agriculture to returning war veterans and then farmed for several years. A hog cholera epidemic in 1963 resulted in the sale of the farm and Millard going to work for SCS as a District Conservationist. He worked in Shelby County, Johnson County, Miller County, Knox County, and finally Grundy County. He retired from SCS in 1982 as the Resource Conservationist over the first Targeted Conservation Area in Missouri. Millard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Muriel of Memphis, MO; their 4 children, Michael, retired State Conservation Engineer in WV, and wife Pamela of Baring, MO, Maurice (Reese) and wife Barb of Shelbina, MO, Myron and wife Peggy of Hannibal, MO, and Myrna of Columbia, MO; 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grand children.

Blakely

2001

Delores Blakley passed away May 21, 2001. She was the wife of Earl Blakley of Fort Worth, Texas.

Blakely

1986

Burdette D. Blakely passed away September 18, 1986. He was Chief Agronomist and was located in Washington, DC.

Blankenship

2012

Member Roger Blankenship (78) of Keyesport, Illinois passed away September 24, 2012. He married Carolyn Croster on June 17, 1956 and they later divorced. Survivors include 6 sons – Bradley (Karen) Blankenship of Salem, IL, Gregory Blankenship (Tyra) of Mt. Pleasant, TX, John (Christina) Blankenship of Keyesport, IL, Daniel (Deb) Blankenship of Teutopolis, IL, David (Sue) Blankenship and Randall (Gina) Blankenship, all of Keyesport; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Roger was employed as a soil conservation technician with SCS. He worked in Clinton, Bond and Marion Counties for 37 years, retiring in 1994. He was a past Noble Grand of Sherwood Lodge I.O.O.F. in Keyesport and a member of Scott Lodge AF & AM Masonic Lodge 79 in Carlyle. Mr. Blankenship was also an Ainad Shriner, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Keyesport and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Memorials in memory of Mr. Blankenship are suggested to Shriners Hospitals for Children and will be received at Zieren Day Funeral Home.

Blankenship

2009

Leon Blankenship (85) passed away November 9, 2009 in Monroe, Louisiana. Leon was the District Conservationist in Grambling, LA and then on the state staff in Alexandria, LA where he retired in 1983 after 33 years of service. He was the first African American unit conservationist in the State of Louisiana. He graduated from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama. He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Mildred Johnson Blankenship; one son, Leon F. Blankenship, Jr., Shreveport, LA; one daughter, Pamela Anita Blankenship, Grambling, LA; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Blanton

2016

“Dee” Dillard H. Blanton (83) of New Hampton, Missouri passed away October 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Excelsior Springs. On August 15, 1953 he married Marilyn Goble at the Christian Church in New Hampton, MO. She survives of the home. “Dee” was a 1951 graduate of Albany High School, a member of the New Hampton Christian Church, and served in the United States Navy. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician for several years in the Albany Field Office and then later worked as a farmer. Survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, include a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lord’s Warehouse in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com

Blanton

2016

“Dee” Dillard H. Blanton (83) of New Hampton, Missouri passed away October 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Excelsior Springs. On August 15, 1953 he married Marilyn Goble at the Christian Church in New Hampton, MO. She survives of the home. “Dee” was a 1951 graduate of Albany High School, a member of the New Hampton Christian Church, and served in the United States Navy. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician for several years in the Albany Field Office and then later worked as a farmer. Survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, include a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lord’s Warehouse in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com

Blevins

2006

Joe Blevins (70) retired District Conservationist passed away in Lubbock, Texas on October 27, 2006. He was a native of Vernon, Texas, graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and received his degree from Texas A & I University in 1957. He retired in 1999. He is survived by his wife Shirley, a brother and a step son and daughter and five grandchildren.

Blue

2008

Gerald "Jerry" Warren Blue (80) passed away December 26, 2008, in Wichita, KS. He retired as Soil Conservation Technician at Ashland in 1987. Survivors include a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.

Blunier

2008

Senior Conservationist Henry O. Blunier (93) passed away February 16, 2008. Henry retired in June 1974 after spending his career in Peoria and Woodford Counties, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Wilma and six daughters:  Nancy Kepp, Evelyn Mogler, Doris Blunier, Edith Stoller, Marjorie Parmenter, and Karen Blunier. Memorials may go to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped, 2125 Veterans Rd., Morton, IL 61550.

Boe

2009

Herbert R. “Russell” Boe (81) passed away June 14, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Minn., on the 56th anniversary of his marriage to Norma Janke Boe. Russ left high school early to enlist in the United States Army prior to the end of World War II. He served in Germany during the Nuremburg Trials until his discharge in 1948. Russ graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman with a bachelor’s of science degree in general agriculture. His full time career began in 1959 with SCS. He served in Montana and Minnesota for 29 years as a soil conservationist and district conservationist, retiring in 1987. He also retired as a Lt Col. in the MN National Guard. After retirement, Russ worked part time for Truax Co., promoting grass seed planting equipment, and was involved with numerous organizations, family, friends and church. He is survived by his wife, Norma, and sons, Ronald (Susan) Boe, Phoenix, Ariz., David (Kristina Solon) Boe, Duluth; daughter, Julene Boe (Dale Lucas), Duluth. Memorials may directed to Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, 2105 Woodland Ave., Duluth, MN.

Boecking

2016

Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Robert Harvey Boecking (94) of Montrose, Colorado passed away on October 31, 2016. He attended college after high school before enlisting in the United States Army Air Force. He was selected for pilot training and served his country during World War II as a B-17 Bomber Pilot. Bob went back to school at the University of Nebraska where he graduated in January 1948 with a degree in Conservation in Natural Resources. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980 as the Resource Conservationist at the Midwest NTC in Lincoln, NE. He was married to Betty.

Boecking

2008

Betty Boecking (83) passed away April 15, 2008. She was Secretary for the Scottsbluff Natural Resource District for 15 years. Betty was the wife of Senior Conservationist Robert Boecking. Bob was the Resource Conservationist in the Midwest NTC at the time of his retirement in 1980. Betty served as the Secretary for the Scottsbluff District for 15 years.

Boehlert

2014

Edward Boehlert passed away in February, 2014 in Florida due to pancreatic cancer. Ed was a former Purchasing Agent for the Soil Conservation Service in New York.

Bogart

2010

Patrick Ivan Bogart (62) of Henryetta, Oklahoma, passed away October 3, 2010. After graduation from Oklahoma State University in 1975 with a degree in forestry, Patrick worked for SCS until his retirement in 2001, having served as the District Conservationist in Henryetta, Oklahoma since 1979. He also earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is survived by his father, Lowell E. Bogart of Port Townsend, WA; his son, Christopher I. Bogart of Oakland, CA; his daughter Valisha K. Bogart of San Diego, CA; and his wife Diana L. Bogart.

Boger

2004

Senior Conservationist Leroy Boger passed away September 22, 2004. Leroy retired from SCS after having served as a District Conservationist in several districts in Ohio. His wife, Alta, survives.

Boggs

2017

Wilson “Short” Boggs (93) of McKee, Kentucky passed away September 7, 2017 at his residence. He is survived by his son, Tony (Teresa) Boggs, a granddaughter, and a great granddaughter. He is also survived by nine siblings. Short was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and the love of his life of 69 years, Dora Aileen Davidson Boggs. He served in World War II. Short was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He retired in 1983 and then became employed at the FSA office in McKee. Short was active in the Jackson County Soil Conservation up to his death. Also, Short enjoyed farming, raising cattle, hunting, fishing and gardening. Short was a member of the Conway Christian Church. www.lakesfuneralhomemckee.com

Bogner

2015

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Neil F. Bogner (89) of Catonsville, Maryland passed away on September 6, 2015. He was born in Henry, IL and married Eleanor V. Johnson on Nov. 25, 1954. She survives as do their sons - Douglas N. (Kathy), Catonsville, MD; Paul D., Hollywood, MD and Carl E., Milwaukee, WI, also their two granddaughters - Emma and Sarah in Catonsville, MD. The first six years of his education was at Red Town, a one room school. He graduated from the University of Illinois where he earned degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agriculture. After graduating from the University he began a career with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), US Dept. of Agriculture. He started as a student trainee engineer in the Marshall-Putman SWCD, Henry, IL and then moved on to Bloomington, IL, Caruthersville, MO and Urbana, IL. It was at Urbana that he had the great fortune to meet and marry a fellow SCS’er, Eleanor. After their marriage they were moved to Macomb, IL where he became the project engineer on the Old Tom Creek Watershed Project. His career took them through a number of locations and levels eventually leading to the Director of Engineering in the National Office. Neil served in that position for 7 years (second longest term for the Agency at that time) and then ended his career as the Associate Director for Technology. He retired after over 33 years in 1983. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. He maintained Membership in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers from the day he graduated until his death. He was named a Fellow in the Society and received the John Deere Medal. He served on numerous committees and, at one time, was Director of the Soil and Water Division. He was also a Member of the SWCS for many years. Neil was named an Honorary Alumnus of the Univ. of Ill. College of Engineering. He was also an original member, representing the USDA, when the Interagency Committee for Dam Safety was established and he represented USDA on the Federal team that investigated the failure of the Teton Dam. Upon his retirement he joined the Association of Retired SCS Employees and served in numerous positions over the next 25 years, including being President and Secretary –Treasurer. Neil and Eleanor were the first couple to be named Senior Conservationists by the Association. He and Eleanor volunteered at Fairfax INOVA Hospital for 17 years amassing many hours. They moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community near Baltimore in 2009 to be near their son and his family. There he was a member of the Parish of Our Lady of the Angels. In lieu of flowers memorials may go to the donor’s choice. 

Bohart

1982

Charles V. Bohart passed away December 20, 1982. He was Recreation Specialist and was located in the EWP Lincoln, NE.

Bohnenblust

2017

M. Joyce Bohnenblust (94) of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on July 4, 2017 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital. Joyce was the spouse of Gene who passed away in 2008 and closed out his career as a Civil Engineer for SCS on the Technical Staff in the Hutchinson Area Office. Joyce was born in Alden, Kansas. She then attended Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas and Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Joyce taught elementary school at Macksville and Buckeye county schools. She was a lifetime member of McPherson Church of Christ and served her church in many capacities through the years. She is survived by her four children, her 10 grandchildren, her 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McPherson Church of Christ or the McPherson Opera House and they can be sent in care of the Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Bohnenblust

2008

Gene F. Bohnenblust (84) passed away September 25, 2008 in McPherson. Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII, receiving the Combat Infantry Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. He served as District Conservationist at Ellsworth, Great Bend and McPherson, then 15 years as Area Engineer, retired in 1985 after 36 years of service. He was a consulting engineer for ten years for the Whitewater River and Sand Creek Watershed Districts. Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of McPherson; three sons, a daughter, a sister, 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Boilesen

2013

Senior Conservationist and Member Axel Christian Boilesen (89) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on March 21, 2013. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1978 as head of the engineering design unit for the Midwest. Axel graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in civil engineering. He was a Veteran of World War II in Central Europe including Battle of the Bulge. Axel was proud of his military service but it taught him to abhor war and align with peace activism. Axel was united in marriage to Betty Ann Barr on Aug. 25, 1945. His Danish sense of humor and positive attitude were a delight to all who knew him. Survivors: sons, James Boilesen (Lincoln), Doug (Sharon) Boilesen (Denver); daughter Bev (Ron) Jester (Lincoln); five grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Betty. Memorials to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Boilesen

2000

Betty Boilesen, wife of Axel, passed away on October 26, 2000. Axel retired as Head, Design, in the Lincoln NTC.

Boland

2005

Carolyn Boland passed away April 18, 2005. Carolyn was the wife of Emmet Boland who retired as the Assistant State Engineer in Kentucky. Emmet is also having some very serious health problems.

Boland

2005

Emmett Boland (76) passed away May 7, 2005. Emmett retired as the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in KY. Emmett’s wife, Carolyn passed away just 3 weeks prior to Emmett’s death. Both suffered with cancer. Memorials may go to Hospice of Bluegrass, 3212 Alexandria Dr. Lexington, KY.

Bolline

2002

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Morrie A. Bolline (91) passed away November 16, 2002. Morrie retired on June 30, 1973 as the Regional Director Midwest TSC. Prior to that he had served for many years as State Conservationist in Kansas. His wife, Gwendolyn, his son, Michael, and daughter, Rosemary, and one grandson survive him. Memorials may go to Hospice.

Bollman

2018

Carolyn “Jane” Bollman (87) of Danville, Indiana, passed away February 20, 2018. She attended Purdue University and received a BA degree from Indiana University after her children were grown. She married Robert “Bob” Bollman in Lafayette on June 2, 1956. Bob, a member of ARCSE, retired as a Deputy State Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in 1986. They lived in Iowa for 10 years prior to moving to Danville in 1966. She was a dedicated member of Whitestone Christian Church, a 36-year member of the Riley Hospital Guild, of which she also served as a member of the board of directors. Jane was a past president of the Hendricks County Extension Homemakers and was a longtime member of the Modern Homemakers Extension Club. She loved children, sewing, baking cookies, and all of nature. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, “Bob;” her children, Patrick and Daniel Bollman of Danville, Thomas Bollman of North Salem, Mary (Gary) Houser of Nobelsville; and ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Jane was preceded in death by two daughters, Sally Ann and Susan Jane.

Bonar

2009

James Sloan Bonar (72) of Annandale, VA passed away June 29, 2009 at home after a valiantly fought battle with cancer. He attended Potomac State College, and graduated from West Virginia University in 1959, earning a BS degree in Animal Husbandry. Jim spent his military career as a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot in the US Army and Army Reserve for 31 years, retiring as a Master Pilot at the rank of Colonel, Infantry. He spent his civilian career as a soil and water conservationist, beginning with SCS in West Virginia, where he worked for ten years. He served an additional 19 years at USDA headquarters in Washington, DC, and spent the final nine years of his civilian career  with the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation District in Virginia. Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years, Molly, and two children; Sarah Parker Bonar Johnson (Randolph Glenn) of Middletown, MD and James Sloan Bonar, Jr., of Glenside, PA, and two grandchildren. Donations in memory of James may be made to Branch Mountain Cemetery, Three Churches, WV or the 1st Presbyterian Church of Annandale, VA.

Bondurant

2016

Senior Conservationist Dewey T. Bondurant (95) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away at Wesley Acres on December 17, 2016. Dewey was born in Bazine, Kansas. Dewey graduated high school from Ness City, Kansas. He lived in western Kansas, in part of the Dust Bowl, and saw the erosion problems firsthand. He had one year of college at Emporia State Teachers College before going into the military. He was part of the Kansas National Guard until he was mobilized to Emporia, Kansas with the Company B 137th Infantry. He did training in Little Rock, Arkansas followed by communications training. He served in the military from 1939 until September 1945. In January 1942, Dewey was part of the Signal Corp 3103 Battalion stationed in England. His job was misdirecting the Germans to think the Allied landing into France would be at a site other than Normandy. Dewey also did similar work at the Battle of the Bulge. As Dewey said, "I helped make it look like the Army was going to go one way, but instead they were planning to go another way." After World War II, he attended Kansas State University for three years. He graduated from there with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Dewey described one memorable moment in college: "...watching Kansas State beat Wichita State in football. It was the team's only football victory in my three years of school there!" After graduation, Dewey moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa and worked in the Soil Conservation Service. Dewey married Georgia Famous Slavik in February 1949 and became a step-father to Carole Slavik and Mike Slavik. In December 1949, Robert was born to Georgia and Dewey. The family lived in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Shenandoah before settling in Des Moines in 1961. Georgia and Dewey loved dancing together (square, round, and line dancing). Dewey continued to line dance and ballroom dance well into his 80s. Dewey also was an expert jelly, jam, and preserve maker, winning multiple ribbons at the Iowa State Fair, including the top award for strawberry preserves. Dewey was an agricultural engineer with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1980 after serving many years as the State Conservation Engineer in Iowa. He was a 50+ year member of Grace United Methodist Church. Among survivors are Robert (Monica) of Urbandale; a step-son, Michael Slavik (Sharon) of Springdale, Arkansas; seven step-grandchildren; and many step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia (1997) and his step-daughter, Carole Slavik Carpenter (1999). Memorials may be given to his church.

Bone

2002

Thomas R. Bone passed away recently. He retired as an Agricultural Engineer in Texas.

Boone

2017

Steve Allan Boone (65) of Hamlin, West Virginia passed away on November 5, 2017 in St. Mary's Medical Center. Surviving is his spouse, Virginia Boone. Steve retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the District Conservationist in the Hamlin Field Office.

Boone

2007

Daniel "Dan" E. Boone (79) retired District Conservationist at Carthage, Texas passed away September 11, 2007. He was a graduate of Texas A & M University and served in the military during the Berlin crises. He was the commander of the National Guard in Carthage for a number of years. He retired from the SCS with 33 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Elanore, four children and seven grandchildren.

Booth

2011

Bert E. Booth (85) of Temple, Texas passed away September 15, 2011. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Forces during WWII. While serving in Italy he attended the University of Florence. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1950 with a degree in agricultural engineering. He was a registered professional engineer. He was a SCS project construction engineer and retired as head of the watershed office in Temple. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lois M. Booth; one son, John (Cindy) Booth of Giddings; two daughters, Suzanne (Jay) Copeland of Temple and Lynelle (Brian) Evans of Austin; and eight grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Churches Touching Lives for Christ, P. O. Box 4482, Temple, TX 76505.

Boothby

2013

Charles A. Boothby (86) passed away on August 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, who served on the SCS public information staff in the Oregon state office. Also surviving are five children, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter and a granddaughter. Donations to the Alzheimer's Association are suggested.

Boquet

2012

Bert Boquet (96) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on June 20, 2012. Bert attended the University of Nebraska and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953. He served in the armed forces during WWII. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association Lincoln/Greater Nebraska Chapter, 1500 S. 70th, Suite 201 (06).

Borchard

2014

Raymond Clyde Borchard (89) of Carmichael, California passed away peacefully October 1, 2014. He suffered a massive stroke just 20 days after losing his dear wife of 66 years Shirley on September 4, 2014. Ray was an active member of Sunrise Community Church where he taught Bible study for many years. He was raised on the family farm in Oxnard, CA where he raised truck crops with his father. Like many young men of his generation, he served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a copilot on a B17. He was a graduate of the California State University, San Luis Obispo. Ray worked for Allis-Chalmers to support his farming habit before leaving the farm to begin a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). His career with SCS required the family to move to several communities in northern CA, finally settling in Carmichael in 1973. Position at retirement, Area Conservationist, Sacramento, CA. He is survived by his sons Mike (Janice) Borchard of Orangevale, CA; and Steven (Donni) Borchard of Medford, OR; fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a beloved charity in his name.

Bordelon

2001

Marie Bordelon (78) passed away October 9, 2001. Marie came to SCS in August 1962 and retired in March 1986. Marie worked her whole career as a secretary in the Louisiana State Office.

Borine

2017

Roger Harold Borine (66) of Bend, Oregon passed away on February 21, 2017. He was born in La Grande, Oregon. Roger graduated from La Grande High School where he lettered in baseball, basketball, and was quarterback for the Tigers. He attended Eastern Oregon College and Oregon State University, where he studied soil science, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973. During summers, he financed college by smoke-jumping out of McCall, Idaho. Roger’s work as a soil scientist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service took him first to Baker City, then Klamath Falls and Medford, and finally to Bend in 1984. After 35 years of federal service, he retired and began a soils consulting business. While competing in the Brittany National Championship in 2007, he was invited to Norway to experience their field trials and to hunt ptarmigan and grouse in Sweden. Roger is survived by his loving wife, Debra (Smolt Mischel) whom he married in 1997, and her daughter Amy (James) Westcoat, and two grandchildren. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Oregon Brittany Club or the Oregon Hunter’s Association.

Bornstein

2003

Joseph Bornstein (82) passed away December 20, 2003. Joe started his career with SCS and ended it in with ARS. He was an Agricultural Engineer and was active in ASAE.

Borst

2015

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist George Borst (102) of Fallbrook, California has passed away. George retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1969 as a Soil Scientist on the River Basin Staff.

Boss

2004

Frederick Boss, Muskogee, OK passed away. - reported May 2004

Bostian

2007

Marcus Bostian (92) passed away November 29, 2007. Marcus retired as a Soil Scientist in the Statesville Area Office, North Carolina. He was born in Alexander County and served in the US Air Force during World War II. Marcus was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and Greensboro Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen Wilson Bostian and a son, Marcus “Mark” Wilson Bostian of Claremont.

Boston

2005

Ronnie Boston (59) recently retired from NRCS passed away suddenly on March 17, 2005. Ronnie was a graduate of East Texas State University and served in several locations in Texas as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist. His wife, Sandra, two daughters and four grandchildren survive. Ronnie will be greatly missed by his family and his peers.

Bosworth

2004

Duane Bosworth (76) passed away February 6, 2004. Duane retired as the Public Information Specialist for the West NTC. Prior to that he was Head, Education and Publication Unit in the National Office. His wife, Sue, 2 sons and grandchildren and great grandchildren survive Duane. The family has suggested that memorials may go to the Parkinson's Center of Oregon at Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239-3098.

Bottrell

2013

George (Dean) Bottrell (83) of Somerset, Kentucky passed away on December 14, 2013. He was a retired soil scientist. While with the Forest Service, he worked on the Soil Survey of McCreary and Western Whitley Counties, Kentucky. While with the Soil Conservation Service, he worked on soil surveys in Ohio. He held degrees from the University of Illinois and from Lexington Theological Seminary. Dean is survived by his wife Ruth Day Bottrell; one son, David Dean Bottrell of Los Angeles, CA; and one daughter Mary Ester Bottrell of Somerset, KY.

Bourland

2010

Ralph E. "Gene" Bourland (82) of Peoria, IL passed away February 27, 2010. Gene served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He worked for SCS until retiring in 1985 as the district conservationist in Peoria. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mardella A. Schroll Bourland on December 27, 2009. Surviving are his three children, Mark J. Bourland of Peoria, Anne (Dr. Mark) Dutz of Morton and Lisa (Frank) Rotermund-Bradley of Chillicothe; four grandchildren; and two step grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit Gene's "Life Remembered Story" at www.davison-fulton.com.

Bower

2002

James E. “Jim” Bower, retired Soil Scientist passed away August 16, 2002. Jim was Area Soil Scientist in Victoria, Texas for a number of years.

Bowers

2002

Senior Conservationist George V. Bowers (94) of Sarasota, Florida passed away September 22, 2002. He worked for SCS.

Bowie

2018

Robert Lee “Bob” Bowie (68) husband of Lynn Isom Bowie, of Edgefield, SC entered into rest August 11, 2018. Bob was born in Abbeville, SC. He was retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and was a member of Edgefield United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, three sons, Hunter Lee (Kerry) Bowie, Clinton Sharpe Bowie, and Theodore Carroll “Cal” (Morgan) Bowie; four grandchildren, and two brothers. Memorials may be made to Edgefield United Methodist Church, PO Box 25, Edgefield, SC 29824 or to a Charity of one’s choice. Please sign the online register book at www.edgefieldmercantilefh.com.

Bowie

2005

Gerald Bowie (65) passed away August 27, 2005. “Jerry” retired from the planning staff in the Virginia State Office. He started his career in his home state of Maine and worked for SCS as an engineer for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Lois, four sons, David, Robert, Richard and James and 12 grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials go to New Hope Hospice, Eddington, ME 04429.

Bowling

2017

Member Ernest Hooper Bowling, Jr. (89) of Dillwyn, Virginia passed away at home on May 13, 2017, following a courageous battle with stomach cancer. He was born in Jonesville, VA. He had lived at Oak Grove Farm in Buckingham County since 1932. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rebecca Hines Bowling; daughter, Sarah Frances Bowling; sons, Ernest Hooper Bowling III and his wife, Karen, James Hines Bowling and his wife, Sun Bun; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters. He is also survived by two sisters. He was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Allen Bowling; and a sister. He attended Buckingham Central High School and was a graduate of Virginia Tech. Ernest was a World War II veteran and retired in 1988 as District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service. He was a lifetime farmer. He was a member of New Store Presbyterian Church, where he served as deacon, elder, clerk of session and Sunday school teacher. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to New Store Presbyterian Church, c/o Bettie Bass Mitchell, 3221 Buckingham Springs Rd., Dillwyn, Va. 23936, or a favorite charity.

Bowman

2017

Roy Howard Bowman (87) and Irma Elsie Bowman (88) of Redwood Valley, California died in the Redwood Fire that broke out in Mendocino County late on the evening of Oct. 8, 2017. Roy retired as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service. They were the type of people who settled into their community and did good without making a fuss.” Roy was a U.S. Navy veteran. Irma Bowman loved to bake and “would tell us to speak well of other people.

Bowman

2005

Gilbert A. Bowman (76) passed away December 30, 2005. Gib started his soil mapping career with SCS in Nebraska. He transferred to Colorado in 1978 as the State Soil Correlator. His wife, Ethel, 3 children-Paula, Tim and Jon, and 6 grandchildren survive him.

Boyd

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Hurshal E. Boyd (96) of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania passed away on February 28, 2017 at Messiah Lifeways. He was born in Seneca, NM. He was a graduate of Kansas State University, where he received his Bachelor's Degree. He also served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1977 as an Assistant State Conservationist in Pennsylvania. Hurshal was preceded in death by his wife Rosann Boyd in 2011. He is survived by his sons, Stephen M. Boyd and Robert W. Boyd; daughters, Deborah K. Boone and Danette M. Hoffman; a grandson; three granddaughters; a great- grandson and two great- granddaughters. Hurshal was an avid golfer, dedicated family man, and a terrific socializer. Memorial contributions can be made to Compassionate Care Hospice 1513 Cedar Cliff Dr #100, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Boyd

2014

O. B. Boyd (64) passed away November 18, 2014 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Texas Banner Church of God. O. B. worked as an Engineering Aide for the Hughes County Conservation District from 1986 to 1998, before starting with the Holdenville Field Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) where he has been employed for the last 15 years as the Soil Conservation Technician. Surviving are his wife 20 years, Sandee of the home, four children, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Boyd

2011

Rosann Boyd (86) of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania passed away July 10, 2011. She was the wife of Hurshal Boyd, former Assistant State Conservationist for SCS in Pennsylvania. Rosann had a long career in nursing. She is survived by her husband, two sons, and two daughters. Cards may be sent to Hurshal and the family at 899 Oak Oval, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-8409.

Boyer

2009

Twyla Boyer passed away January 13, 2009 at her home in Fries, VA. She had been battling cancer for more than 6 years. Twyla had worked as a conservationist in Wytheville before taking disability retirement. Her husband Danny is still employed by NRCS. Condolences may be sent to him at 8784 Spring Valley Road, Fries, Virginia 24330.

Bozeman

2014

Sara Helen Bozeman (92) of Plains, GA, passed away on March 4, 2014, just 4 months following the death of her beloved husband, the late David E. Bozeman, a retired USDA Soil Conservationist. They were married for 58 wonderful years having two daughters, Lynn (Marvin) Griggs and Diane B. (Roy) Worrell, 4 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, GA.

Bozeman

2013

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist David Eli Bozeman (94) of Plains, Georgia passed away on October 30, 2013. David was a graduate of The University of Georgia and a retired Soil Conservationist with the US Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1978.  He was a Veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, having served in the Army Air Corp as a ground crewman with the rank of sergeant. He was a dedicated member of Plains United Methodist Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sara Helen; and his loving daughters Lynn (Marvin) Griggs of Preston, and Diane B. (Roy) Worrell of Perry. David was also dearly loved by four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bradford

2019

Robert "Bob" Jordan Bradford (82) of Louisville, Kentucky passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2019. He had just returned in May from a long-planned visit to Normandy, France. Ironically, he passed on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Living almost his entire life in Kentucky, his love of the Bluegrass state was at the heart of everything he did, from serving its farmers during his long career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, to staunchly rooting for his beloved UK Wildcats. Bob was born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky to Minnie Reeves Bradford and Hollis Aiken Bradford. He received his degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the National Award-Winning Cattle Judging Team. In 1963, he began his Soil Conservation Service career. Bob spent most of his career as the District Conservationist in Shelbyville, KY, and was also a Resource Conservationist with the Cynthiana, Kentucky Area Office. He retired in 1994. After retirement, Bob relocated to Louisville. He is survived by his loving and devoted partner Pamela Capuder, and his children Lt. Col. (Ret) Christopher (Kit) Bradford (Susan), St. Matthews, Kentucky; Robin Bradford Carlton, Fisherville, Kentucky; Holli Bradford Christman (Erik), Greenwood Village, Colorado; and six grandchildren. A celebration of life was held June 12, 2019, at Ratterman Funeral Home, in East Louisville, Kentucky. Contributions can be made in Bob’s memory to the American Diabetes Association or the Crusade for Children.

Bradley

2011

Joyce Bradley (79) of Corsicana, Texas passed away July 19, 2011. She had been struggling with bladder cancer for some years. She is survived by her husband, Jack (who was the District Conservationist at Ennis, TX and AC of Gainesville Area when he retired), two daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com.

Braley

2004

Norris D. Braley (69) passed away Friday, January 30, 2004, following an ongoing struggle with cardiac illness. He was born Oct. 22, 1934, in Mapleton, and received a diploma from the University of Maine, at Orono. He was employed for more than 30 years by the USDA Soil Conservation Service, serving in offices at Presque Isle, Belfast, Houlton, Rockland and Waldoboro. He is survived by his wife Janet, three sons, a daughter, and 16 grandchildren.

Branigan

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist William J. Branigan of Mount Jackson, VA passed away on July 30, 2014 from complications (pneumonia) following knee surgery. Bill retired in 1987 as an RC&D Coordinator with the Soil Conservation Service in Maine, having been a District Conservationist in Allentown, Media (Delaware Co), and Meadville, PA. After retiring, he owned and operated a bed and breakfast called the Roaring Lion in Waldoboro, ME for 25 years.

Brant

2010

Paul Merle Brant, Jr. (68) of Scottsville, Virginia passed away suddenly October 13, 2010. He received a Bachelor’s degree in forestry from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in science from Marshall University and was Fellow of the Agricultural Policy Institute at North Carolina State University. Paul, former Mountain RC&D Coordinator in West Virginia, retired from SCS with over 30 years of service. He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Earle Brant; daughter, Amy Brant Lambert of Scottsville, Va.; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leslie Ann Dornblazer Brant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association at www.aadrda.com or to the National Arbor Day Foundation at www.arborday.org

Brasch

2013

Rhonda Lea Brasch (62) of Spokane, Washington passed away on July 15, 2013. She attended Spokane Community College and her degree eventually led to a long career with NRCS as a civil engineering technician. Rhonda retired in 2012 after 29 years of service. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her son, Allen Brasch. Online guestbook at cheneyfuneral.com

Brasfield

2006

Helen Brasfield passed away April 23, 2006. Helen was the wife of James Brasfield who retired as Soil Correlator in TN in Dec. 1986.

Brasfield

2005

Helen Brasfield passed away October 11, 2005. Helen was the wife of James Brasfield. James retired on Dec. 31, 1986 as a Soil Scientist in the South NTC. Helen is survived by James, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

Bratcher

2013

Member Robert F. Bratcher (84) of Henderson, Tennessee passed away on November 6, 2013. In 1946, at the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and served 5 years and was involved in the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and earned a BS in Agricultural Engineering and a Masters in Engineering in 1963. Robert worked for the Soil Conversation Service for 30 years before retiring in 1984 as a hydraulic engineer. He was a member of the Sanford Hill Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maleta Webb Bratcher of Henderson; a daughter Sandy (Lyle) Rich of Henderson; a son Bobby (Suzanne) Bratcher of Cordova, TN; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bray

2007

Marcus Bray (84) passed away after a single-car accident near Brookville, IN on Nov. 23, 2007. Marcus retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Warrant Officer after 23 years of service before joining the SCS.

Braymen

2014

Beverly Ann Braymen (74) of Creston, Iowa entered eternal rest on December 16, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Beverly was the wife of Tom Braymen, a long time technician in the Creston Engineering and Field Offices. Bev graduated from Clarinda High School and worked more than twenty years for Farm Credit Service of America. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Left to cherish Bev’s memory are her husband of 52 years, Tom Braymen, Creston; a daughter: Lisa (Dave) Carter, West Des Moines; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter: Julie Braymen.

Brehm

2003

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Clarence D. Brehm (96) passed away recently (2003). Clarence retired in April 1968 as State Conservation Engineer in South Dakota. He was the first person named State Engineer in South Dakota. He has spent the last number of years in Mesa, AZ.

Breinig

2004

Senior Conservationist Clarence B. Breinig (91) passed away some time ago. Clarence retired in April 1973 as the State Soil Scientist for Tennessee.

Brewer

2015

Senior Conservationist Edward O. Brewer (91) Wilkesboro, North Carolina passed away on January 1, 2015.  Ed retired July 1, 1982 as Area Soil Scientist, Wilkesboro Area Office.  He was born in Henderson County, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1951.  He began his career with SCS in Wadesboro, NC in July 1953.  He also worked in Salisbury before transferring to Wilkesboro.  Ed was a WW II veteran having served in England and France.  After the war ended, he served in Germany with the Civilian Police force. He was an active member of the Wilkesboro Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, RA leader and Sunday school teacher.  Ed is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Brewer; three sons, Michael Edwin Brewer and wife Debby Hallyburton of Winston Salem, Kenneth Wayne Brewer of Raleigh and David Lee Brewer of Marietta, GA; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Brewster

2014

Robert Walker Brewster (93) of Glen Allen, Virginia passed away on January 8, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pat Dye.  He is survived by his three daughters, his wife, June Adams Hogg of Mechanicsville, VA, who he married in March, 2009, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  June retired from the SCS in 1994 as Special Program Assistant.  After college at the University of Texas, Bob joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1941 and ended his career as Assistant Southeast Regional Commissioner with the Patrol, taking a leave of absence from the Border Patrol for service as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Laurel Park United Methodist Church, 2700 Hungary Rd., Henrico, Va. 23228.

Bridge

2011

Karen Bridge (64) of Tucson, Arizona passed away from kidney cancer July 6, 2011. She started her career with SCS for the snow survey in Salt Lake City, Utah. She entered the Administrative Training Program in Phoenix, AZ, and moved up in the agency- requiring her to move to Iowa, Wyoming, and, finally, to the Washington office in 1980, as a Personnel Specialist. It was there that she met and married Galen Bridge, who retired in 1994 as acting Chief of SCS. She later moved over to FSIS and retired as the Deputy Director of Human Resources. Karen is survived by her daughter, Tracie and husband, Galen. Contributions in her memory would be appreciated at the Friends of Acadia, PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609. The Bridge family will hold a "Celebration of Karen's Life" on Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11:00 am, at the Vistoso Funeral Home, 2285 East Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Oro Valley, Arizona, 85755.

Bridgers

2007

Clemmon Windfield Bridgers Sr. (73) passed away May 25, 2007. Clemmon was a native of Northampton County, North Carolina, where he was a member of Jackson Baptist Church. He was married to Barbara Barrow in 1955. Mr. Bridgers retired in 1990 as a soil technician in Halifax County where he served for 38 years. He was a Master Mason, a member of Seaboard Lodge #378, AF&AM, and a member of the Scottish Rite as well as a Shriner. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; one son, Clemmon Windfield Bridgers, Jr. and his wife, Heidi, of Ahoskie; and one grandson, Lewis Clemmon Bridgers.

Bridges

2015

Sarah T. Bridges (68) of Falls Church, Virginia passed away on March 31, 2015. Sarah, a Cultural Resources Archeologist, was with Federal government for over 31 years and served much of that time as NRCS’ National Cultural Resources Specialist and Federal Preservation Officer. She worked tirelessly ensuring NRCS programs and activities protected historic properties. Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Salwen. She is survived by a daughter, Sarah and her husband, Max Prilutsky, and two stepsons and their families. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bert Salwen Fund Archaeological Research Fellowship.

Bridgewater

1999

Robert Bridgewater passed away December 24, 1999. Robert was a geologist.

Brill

2008

David Brill (91) passed away on March 26, 2008. David retired from SCS in Ohio. He is survived by his son, Dean, 2 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Worthington Christian Village, 165 Highbluffs, Columbus, OH 43235.

Brincken

2008

Ed Brincken passed away November 19, 2008. Ed was the soil scientist in the Chehalis Field Office in Washington. In his memory, a scholarship fund has been established by the Washington Society of Professional Soil Scientists to sponsor a student to attend the Natural Resources Youth Camp.

Brisbin

2011

J.B. Brisbin (79) of Victoria, Texas passed away December 4, 2011. He served his country in the United States Marines during the Korean conflict. He was an area clerk, retiring from SCS and the Veterans Administration after 31 years of service. J.B. is survived by his wife, Donnie Miller Brisbin, two children, ten grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

Brittan

2016

Lynn Arthur "Britt" Brittan leaves behind, "The Love of his Life," Meg, his wife of 38 years, his daughter, Dale Durniak (Chris) of Chico, a grandson, a stepson, two step grandsons and a step-daughter. He was a graduate of the University of California and worked as a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring as the District Conservationist in Petaluma, CA. Britt was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Wiens. At his request, a private memorial will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to the Redwood Chordsmen, his Barbershop Chorus, 556 Danby Ct., Petaluma, CA 94954.

Brittan

2016

Lynn Arthur "Britt" Brittan leaves behind, "The Love of his Life," Meg, his wife of 38 years, his daughter, Dale Durniak (Chris) of Chico, a grandson, a stepson, two step grandsons and a step-daughter. He was a graduate of the University of California and worked as a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring as the District Conservationist in Petaluma, CA. Britt was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Wiens. At his request, a private memorial will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to the Redwood Chordsmen, his Barbershop Chorus, 556 Danby Ct., Petaluma, CA 94954.

Britton

2017

Legion Owens Britton (81) of Edenton, North Carolina passed away on January 12, 2017. Legion retired as the Administrative Assistant for the Edenton Area. She was the first woman in North Carolina to serve as the Director of the NC Federal Women’s Program for NRCS. Mrs. Britton was born in Chowan County and lived there all her life. Following her retirement, she worked for several years at the Barker House. A member of Edenton Baptist Church, she also enjoyed membership in the Edenton Chapter #302, The Order of the Eastern Star where she had served as Worthy Matron, was active with the Edenton Historical Commission, and had served as President with the Business and Professional Women’s Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Junius Frank Britton; a daughter, Janet Britton O’Donnell; her grandson, Patrick O’Donnell. Surviving are her son, Charles A. Britton of Edenton; two granddaughters; and two great-granddaughters.

Broce

2005

William “Bill” Broce (83) passed away April 29, 2005. Bill served in numerous locations in Missouri. Included in his tours were RC&D Coordinator and Area Conservationist. He retired in 1987. His wife, Muriel, survives. She resides at 1308 Walnut St., Bethany, MO 64424.

Brock

2015

Bobby G. Brock (74) of Apex, North Carolina passed away on July 23, 2015. Bobby retired in 2006 as Conservation Agronomist on the State Resource Conservationist Staff. His work assignments during his 45 year career with NRCS included Soil Conservationist in Harnett and Iredell Counties as well as District Conservationist in Sanford, Goldsboro and Raleigh Field Offices before transferring to the state office in May, 1983 as Conservation Agronomist. Bobby probably did more than anyone in North Carolina to promote the use of long term no-till. He was reared on a general farm in the South River Community of Cumberland County, North Carolina. He graduated from NC State College (University) in 1963 with honors and took several graduate agronomy courses after moving to Raleigh. Bobby was active in Civitan Clubs, Soil and Water Conservation Society where he received the Fellow Award, and the NC Land Use Congress. His hobby was collecting and restoring older John Deere tractors. Bobby is survived by his wife, Linda Griffin Brock; daughters Michelle (Robert) Andersen of Clayton, NC, Marlette (Thomas) Truitt of Garner, NC; son, Geoffrey Adam (Brittney) Brock of Fuquay-Varina, NC; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister.

Brooks

2011

James Edward “Jim” Brooks (80) of Russellville, Arkansas passed away August 6, 2011. Jim served admirably in the United States Air Force, was involved in the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952. After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1957, Jim went to work for SCS. He retired from the Fort Worth office as the Administrative Officer and moved to Russellville, AR in 1986. He was a true bible scholar, enjoying reading and talking about biblical truths. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Janice Gleason Brooks. Survivors include his adoring wife, Martha Wilson Brooks of Russellville; three daughters, Jeannie (Wayne) Marsh of Little Rock, Judy Neagles and Joan Hashbarger, both of Russellville; three step-sons, Steve and Rhett Wilson, both of Little Rock and Richard Wilson of Russellville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 2405 East Parkway, Suite 3, Russellville, Arkansas 72802.

Brooks

2004

Charles A. Brooks passed away July 15, 2004 in Hillsboro, Texas. Charles was a retired Soil Scientist and worked in several locations in Texas. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University in 1949 and he served as a bomber pilot in World War II. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. His wife of 60 years, a daughter and two grandchildren survives him.

Brost

2014

Senior Conservationist Ken Brost, (96½) of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away on June 10, 2014.  In 1966, he began his career as a contract specialist for USDA Soil Conservation Service in the Wisconsin State Office.  Ken retired in 1979.  He is survived by six children, Ken (Eileen) Brost Jr., Barbara (Bill) Sippel, Mary (Tom) Misco, Susan (Steve) Kluess, Paul (Debbie) Agarwal, and John England; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  Ken was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jean (Sowle).  He grew up in Cross Plains and Verona, WI.  After high school graduation he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on CCC projects on Isle Royale, MI, and in a Milwaukee, WI County Park.  In March 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps then transferred to the Navy and joined the Pacific Theater in World War II.   He wrote home to his family, "If I make it out of this "thing" alive, I'm going to make my life useful.”  And he did.   He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1952 and worked as a claims adjuster, manager, and agency director for State Farm Insurance for 12 years.  In 1966, he began his career as a Contract Specialist for USDA Soil Conservation Service in the Wisconsin State Office.  During these years, in addition to their six children, Ken and Jean shared their home with over 50 foster babies, providing a temporary home before permanent placement by Catholic Social Services. He was elected the first president of the Wisconsin Federation of Foster Parent Organizations.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Blessed Sacrament School Educational Endowment Fund.

Brower

2003

Senior Conservationist Clayton Brower (84) passed away December 31, 2003. Clayton retired in Dec. 1974 as an Engineer in Ohio. His wife, Tempest, survives.

Browing

2015

Harry T. Browing (84) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania passed away on Sept. 18, 2015. Harry was a Korean War veteran. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in April 1957 at the E&WPU in Upper Darby. He was an Engineering Draftsman throughout his career until he retired in 1986 from the NENTC in Chester, PA. Harry had an excellent knack of seeing how drawings should be organized. Harry was a plasterer by trade but his wife, Anne, was worried because drywall was replacing plastered walls in many areas and she wanted him to have a more dependable job. He and Anne were married 65-years. Harry is survived by Anne, his daughters, Nancy Synder and Dianne Gleason, and five grandsons and his sister May Kucher.

Brown

2019

Thomas “Tom” James Brown (100) of Fairfield, Iowa passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, at his home in Sunnybrook Assisted Living at Fairfield. Tom was born August 5, 1918, in Garden Grove, Iowa to Murice and Harriett (Schooler) Brown. Tom graduated from Iowa State with a BS degree and continued being an avid Iowa State sports fan. After college he served in the Army Corp of Engineers during WWII for 4 years in the South Pacific and retired as a Captain. He married Violet Leah Greene on October 8, 1950, in Humeston, Iowa. This year they would have been married 69 years. He worked 31 years for the Soil Conservation Service as an Agricultural Engineer in the Fairfield Area Office before he retired in 1984. A Masonic Service was held April 4, 2019, at Behner Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service April 5, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Fairfield. Burial with Military Honors was at Humeston Cemetery, Humeston, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church or Lord Cupboard. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Violet Brown, 3000 W. Madison Ave., Apt 409, Fairfield, Iowa 52556. Survivors include his wife, Violet; and nephews, Terry Legvold of North Carolina and James Legvold of Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas.

Brown

2016

Senior Conservationist William "Bill" Thelton Brown (97) passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2016, at his home in Fort Worth. Following Bill's longtime wishes, his body was donated to the UNT Health Science Center. Bill was born on a 40-acre farm in Pondtown, near Hartford, Alabama. After graduating in 1938 from Geneva County High School, he followed his dream and joined the Navy in 1940. During World War II, Bill served aboard the USS Louisville and the subchaser SC1302. While in the Navy, he exchanged letters for three years with a pen pal from Staten Island, NY, named Anne Scotto. After the war ended, he wasted no time getting to New York to meet the letter-writer. Bill said it was love at first sight, and they married eight months later, the day after Christmas, 1946. Bill entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) on the G.I. Bill. Upon graduation, he spent his career with the Soil Conservation Service, first in Mobile County, AL, then in Texas. Bill and Anne settled with their family in Fort Worth in 1967. Bill was a devoted member of Genesis United Methodist Church. He was a dedicated blood donor. Bill is remembered by many as a member of the Employee Development Center in Ft. Worth. He provided training to new employees in the southern states. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 63 years, Anne Scotto Brown. Survivors include his son, William Scott (Nancy) Brown; his daughter, Lois Anne Brown; his four grandchildren, and his two great-granddaughters. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be announced at a later date.

Brown

2011

Senior Conservationist Edwin V. Brown (89) of Bluffton and formerly of Montpelier, Indiana passed away February 14, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Emojean (Inskeep) Brown; and two sons; four daughters; 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Ed earned a B.S. Degree in Agriculture from Purdue University in 1943. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran serving his country for 3 ½ years in the South Pacific. A life-long farmer, Ed taught Ag Science in Jr. and Sr. high school for ten years in Wells County. Ed served as District Conservationist of SCS in 1959 being the first person to have served in that position in Jay County. He worked in SCS for over 20 years. Ed also served as Surveyor in Blackford County. Preferred memorials are to the Bethel Church.

Brown

2007

James C. Brown (J. C.) retired Assistant State Conservationist for Texas passed away August 13, 2007. J. C. was a graduate of Texas A & M University and worked for some 29 years at several locations in Texas, retiring in 1994. J. C. also served 29 years in the U.S. Army reserves, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou, and one son, two daughters and seven grandchildren. J. C. will be remembered for his dedication, gentle spirit and his concern for finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Brown

2006

Alanson W. “Lance” Brown passed away October 17, 2006 after a long illness. Lance was a native of Pearsall, Texas. He was a graduate of Texas A & I University at Kingsville. He began working for the SCS in 1952 and worked in Belton, Taylor and finally served as Area Conservationist at Austin. He retired in 1980 and continued a career as a farmer and rancher. After retirement he served as a Director of the Taylor-Austin Soil and Water Conservation District. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Jane and four sons and seven grandchildren.

Brown

2006

George Brown (92) passed away April 1, 2006. George was the District Conservationist in Allegany County, NY at the time of his retirement in 1974.

Brown

2006

Harold T. Brown (82) passed away June 29, 2006. Harold retired as an Assistant State Conservationist. His early career service was as an Engineer. He is survived by his wife, Charlene.

Brown

2002

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Raymond S. Brown (95) passed away October 6, 2002. Ray retired as Ohio's State Conservationist in April 1970. He started his career as an engineer in the CCC camps in Illinois. Ray has been living in a nursing home in Wisconsin for the past couple of years. Condolences may be sent to Jerry Brown, W3314 Lake Forest Ln, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

Brown

2001

Nan Brown (57) passed away August 14, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Nan was the wife of Raymond N. Brown, Jr. who retired from the NENTC as Associate Director. Ray, three children and 2 grandchildren survive Nan. Memorial contributions may go to American Cancer Society, 11 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602. Ray can be reached at 90 Sunset Ct. Shelburne, VT 05482

Brownfield

2014

Marjorie A. Brownfield (83) of Shelbyville, Illinois passed away peacefully on October 6, 2014, in Shelbyville Rehabilitation and Healthcare. She died of Lewey's Body Dementia. Her husband, Shelby, was the sole caregiver 24/7 for over four years. Marjorie was born in Jacob, ID. She was known by Marjorie Sullivan most of her career as a special education teacher. She married a school mate and longtime friend, Shelby H. Brownfield, of Boise, Idaho, on May 24, 2003, in Shelbyville. Shelby is an ARCSE member who retired as the State Soil Scientist in Idaho in 1986. They lived about one-half of the year each in Boise, Idaho and Shelbyville. They resided in a log home designed by Marjorie that she and her family built. She was a much loved friend and respected stepmother of Shelby’s five children and three stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marjorie received her bachelor’s and master's degrees in special education from the Illinois State University. She has traveled worldwide including two short term missions to Malawi, Africa where she taught in a Marian Medical Mission, Deaf School. Any gifts or donations can be given to First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville, or Alzheimer’s Association. To send online condolences, visit www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.

Brownfield

2001

Joyce Brownfield passed away March 10, 2001. Joyce was the wife of Shelby Brownfield who retired in 1983 as State Soil Scientist in Idaho.

Bruce

1998

William A. Bruce passed away November 5, 1998. He retired as a Construction Engineer in Temple, Texas.

Brug

2012

Member William H. “Bill” Brug (80) of New Philadelphia, Ohio passed away in Cleveland Clinic September 2, 2012. After graduating from high school in 1951, Bill joined the United States Navy where he served his country for four years. He continued his formal education at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. At OSU, Bill met his lifelong partner, the former Shirley B. Baker. He worked for SCS as a soil scientist throughout Ohio and Minnesota, retiring in 1987 as a Soil Survey Party Leader. He also shared his talents with the Soil and Water Conservation District as a supervisor. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley; his son, W. Patrick (Bridgid) Brug of Los Alamos, NM; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 East High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663, Community Hospice House, 716 Commercial Ave SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, or the Norma Johnson Center, 2201-B Progress St., Dover, OH 44622.

Brugger

2005

Sam Brugger (79) was born August 4th, 1925 and passed away March 21, 2005 at a Nursing home in Camp Hill, PA. Sam died of Super Nuclear Palsy, a disease similar to Parkinson, which he had for about 10 years. He was good, mentally, but could not speak or eat solid food for over a year. His wife of 59 years, Bernice, went to see and help feed him every day.Sam was the Economist on the Planning Party in PA for many years. Frank Resides recalls "I met Sam in the summer of '62, when he and others came to Wellsboro, PA to work on the Marsh Creek Watershed in Tioga County. I went along with him to collect flood damage schedules for the economic evaluation. We worked together on several PA watershed projects, before I transferred to MD in 1965, but have stayed in touch ever since. We enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips, and had a few beers together from time to time. Sam was a great friend and co-worker, whom we will miss dearly." The family has asked that memorials go to: ASCERA Care Hospice, 4813 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109Bernice lives at: 4721-A Charles Rd.Mechanicsburg, PA 17050Tel. 717 761 7647

Brull

2009

Robert F. Brull (86) of Hays, Kansas passed away October 27, 2009. He was a Soil Conservation Technician with the Soil Conservation Service in the Hays Field Office, retiring in 1984.

Brune

2019

Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist William John Brune, (92) of Victoria, MN passed away on February 7, 2019. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, which included serving as the Deputy State Conservationist in Minnesota and the State Conservationist in Iowa, the position from which he retired in 1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1948. In addition, he was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Navy. Preceded in death by his parents, August and Marie Brune. Survived by wife of 69½ years, Ruth E. Brune; children, Nancy Linn and Scott (Patti) Brune; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation (https://parkinson.org/).

Brune

2011

Minnie M. Brune of Bucklin, Kansas passed away September 24, 2011. She was predeceased by her husband, Evain E. Brune, a retired SCS district conservationist in Kansas.

Brune

2010

Senior Conservationist Evain E. Brune (85) of Bucklin, Kansas passed away June 26, 2010. Evain retired as a District Conservationist with SCS in 1983. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Minnie Scott Brune.

Brunk

2008

Oral F. Brunk passed away May 11, 2008. Oral retired in Lyons, KS as the District Conservationist. He is survived by his wife, Doris, and 2 sons.

Bruns

2019

Edward L. Bruns (85) of Hugo, Minnesota, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 17, 2019 at his Keystone Place residence. Before retiring, Edward was a soil scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. His positions included being an Assistant State Soil Scientist in Minnesota during the 1980s. He was recognized for personally mapping soils on over 1 million acres in several Midwestern states. He was preceded in death by parents William and Bernice Bruns; brother Richard; sisters Dorothy Sdeaton and Betty Wubbena; and son Ronald. Survivors include Edward’s wife of 64 years Rosabel (Randi); children Steven Bruns (Shari), Kathleen Bosse (Jim), Clifford Bruns (Heather), Elizabeth Okerstrom (Brian); 8 grandchildren; 2 great grand-children; and sisters Minetta Jones and Marge Freeese (Darwin). In lieu of flowers the family request that you give to your favorite charity, and they offer special thanks to the caring Staff at Keystone and Allina Hospice.

Brush

2005

Senior Conservationist John B. Brush (84) passed away October 19, 2005. John was under Hospice care at his home. He died just 3 days after his 84th birthday. He retired in Jan. 1980 as the Chief, Records and Communications, SCS. He served in several locations after starting his career with SCS in Illinois. He served in the US Navy in WW II, and Korea. He retired from the Navy as a Commander. John is survived by his wife, Laura, and children-Anita, Richard, and John and 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. John and Laura have lived in Florida since his retirement. He was buried back home in Illinois on Nov. 12th.

Brust

2008

Ken Brust (71) passed away Oct. 21, 2008. Ken was on the Snow Survey/Water Supply Forecasting Group in the Portland NTC at the time of his retirement. Ken is survived by his wife, Karen; son, Kirk; daughters Kristi Arey, Karla Smith, and Kellie Chambers; and 10 grandchildren.

Bryan

2012

Marie Bryan (89) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away January 5, 2012. She married Victor Hugo Bryan, Jr. on January 17, 1941 and they spent 69 wonderful years together before his passing at age 88 on January 26, 2010. Hugo retired from SCS in Fort Worth. Survivors include three children, nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Memorials: Any Alzheimer's Foundation or a charity of choice.

Bryan

2010

Hugo Bryan (88) passed away January 26, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hugo worked many years for SCS in Fort Worth where he retired. Hugo is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marie; son, Ronnie Bryan and wife Nora; daughters, Cheryl Chandler and husband Russell, and Phyllis Johnson, all from the Fort Worth area, eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Bryan

2009

Senior Conservationist Robert C. Bryan (87) passed away November 28, 2009 in Lexington, KY. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a C-47 pilot in the European Theater and as a B-26 pilot during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1948 with a B.S. in agriculture. After serving as a soil scientist, agriculture economist, and in various management positions, he retired from SCS in 1977 as Chief of the Procurement Management Branch, Washington, D.C. After retirement he was active in several family businesses and Founder of the Lincoln County Educational Fund. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Betsy Pettus Bradshaw Bryan; three daughters—Rebecca Crunk of Fairfax, VA; Margaret (Paul) Champion of Greencastle, IN; and Marie (Kenny) Weaver of Elizabethtown, KY; five grandchildren and one great grandson. Memorials may be given to the Lincoln County Educational Fund, P.O. Box 423, Stanford, KY 40484.

Bryant

2013

Henry Harold Bryant Jr. (67) of Hondo, Texas passed away on August 25, 2013. Harold graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 1968 with a Bachelor of Forestry Degree. He earned a Master's Degree in Range Management in 1969. He retired from NRCS as District Conservationist with the Medina Valley Soil and Water Conservation District in 2005 with over 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judith Ann (Bradley) Bryant, two sons, and one grandson. The family has set up a memorial account with the American Cancer Society in his name. Memorial donations may be made at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/hharoldbryant.

Buchanan

2017

James Bernard “Buck” Buchanan (93) of Somerset, Kentucky (formerly of West Liberty, Kentucky) passed away on January 28, 2017 at the VA Hospital in Lexington Kentucky. “Buck” was born in Hazel Green, Kentucky. He was a graduate of Wolfe County High School and attended Hazel Green Academy and Lees Junior College. He was a WWII veteran serving as a tank mechanic with the US Army’s 274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in France. After the war, he worked for E.V. Treadway Engineering Company and was the first city letter carrier for the USPS in West Liberty, Kentucky. For a time, he served as the basketball coach for the Wolfe County High School Boys basketball team. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician in Pulaski after 23 years of service. During his life, he was an active member of the First Christian Church (Somerset, Kentucky) where he served as an Elder and participated in the Men’s Choir and the Sunday evening radio broadcast. After retirement, he served on the City of Somerset Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as the Pulaski County Conservation District Board of Supervisors. He is survived by his wife Billie Wrae (Hammond) Buchanan formerly of Cottle, Kentucky; son Richard Layne Buchanan of Somerset; daughter Mary Buchanan (Samuel) Moore of Columbus, Ohio; and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Buie

2016

Susan Fern Buie (74) passed away October 1, 2016 in Somerset, Kentucky. Susan is survived by her husband, John Buie, retired Area Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. John may be reached at 265 Combs LN, Somerset, KY 42503.

Buie

2016

Susan Fern Buie (74) passed away October 1, 2016 in Somerset, Kentucky. Susan is survived by her husband, John Buie, retired Area Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. John may be reached at 265 Combs LN, Somerset, KY 42503.

Burbank

2004

Donald G. Burbank (81) passed away April 10, 2004. Don retired Sept. 30, 1980 as the State Conservationist for New Hampshire. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, gardening and carpentry. His wife, Dorothy, their 5 children and 12 grandchildren survive. The family suggests that memorials may go to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Rd., Exeter, NH 03837

Bureau

2018

Senior Conservationist Marvin Frances Bureau (92) passed away in his sleep April 23, 2018, at Brookdale Place of Wooster, Ohio after a brief period of declining physical health. He was married for 63 years to Jeannine Bureau (predeceased) and lived in Wooster since 1955. Marvin was born in the small, then bustling Ohio River town of Moscow. Marvin graduated in 1943, with a class of 11 from Moscow High School, and was immediately drafted into the Air Force, training as a radar technician. Through the years his family repeatedly heard the saying he noted while in training, “Cheer up! Everyone is of some value in this world — even if nothing other than to serve as a horrible example.” As the war was winding down, his B29 group was disbanded and he entered Ohio State University on the GI Bill, graduating with a BS in agronomy in 1950. While working on his MS there in soil chemistry, he met Jeannine. They were married in 1951 and lived in Columbus while he finished his thesis (typed by Jeannine) and then moved to Mount Gilead to work for the Soil Conservation Service. He worked for the SCS for 32 years, completing the soil surveys for four counties. In 1980, he left federal service to work for the Health Department of Wayne County. Shortly thereafter, he entered private consulting for the health departments of several counties. Marvin finally retired in 2011, after 63 years of professional soils work. In later years, they traveled as a couple to Hawaii and Europe, repeatedly to Alaska, and by small motor home around the country. They were active members at Trinity United Church of Christ of Wooster since 1956. Surviving are his son Jeffrey and wife, Linda (Hoffer) of Wooster, and a son, Todd and wife, Barbra (Belfield) of Hope, Alaska; a son-in-law, Robert Felty and wife, Kathy of Columbus; a granddaughter and three grandsons, Marvin was preceded in death by his dear wife, Jeannine, a daughter, Shauna, a brother and a sister. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Bureau

2013

Jeannine Jane Bureau (85) passed away October 16, 2013 at Brookdale Place of Wooster, Ohio after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by of husband of 63 years Member Marvin Bureau who retired as a soil scientist with SCS in 1980. Professionally, she worked for 17 years as a secretary for the Wayne Soil and Water Conservation District, followed by 31 years as secretary for Marvin's consultancy business as a soil scientist. Other survivors include son Jeffrey (Linda) of Wooster and son Todd (Barbra) of Hope, Alaska; son-in-law Robert (Kathy) Felty Columbus; a granddaughter and three grandsons. Jeannine was preceded in death by a daughter Shauna. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Asera Hospice 2820 West Market Street, Ste. 100 Akron, OH 44333 ph: 800-835-4594. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Burgess

2017

Marvin Kimzy Burgess (89) of Columbia, South Carolina passed away October 27, 2017 at home with family by his side. He was born in Big Lick, TN. Marvin was a BS graduate of Tennessee Tech with a Master’s degree from Indiana University. He was employed with the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 35 years, winning many awards including the National Award for Superior Service. He retired in 1985 as the State Resource Conservationist. He served in the Korean War and was a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years, Dorothy Yowell Burgess, four children, Kim Burgess (Barbara) of Roanoke, VA, Steve Burgess (Teresa) of McDonough, GA, Brent Burgess (Debbie) of Carrollton, GA and Cindy Burgess McGougan (Joe) of Mt Pleasant, SC; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven nieces and two nephews. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 5637 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212.

Burgett

2018

Danny Lee Burgett (64) from Hayden, Idaho unexpectedly passed away on April 20, 2018. Danny was born in Ellensburg, WA. He attended Washington State where he not only met his wife Julia but also majored in Environmental Science and Forestry.  Danny joined the Forestry Service and later transitioned to the SCS, USDA/NRCS.  From there he moved up the ranks and retired as Operations-Manager of Oregon’s USDA/NRCS in Portland after 34 years of government service. Danny is survived by his wife Julia, their two daughters Corinne Van Heel (Mark), Kayla Silva (Oz), three grandchildren, and three sisters. Danny was an avid outdoorsman and also a talented mechanic and a skilled wood worker. He was a man – or more appropriately a Superman - of many things. For more information or to send condolences or memories please email DBurgettMemorial@gmail.com

Burgher

2005

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist John Burgher (95) passed away in October 2005. John had a fall at his home and complications followed that lead to his death. John retired as an Engineering Technician in Illinois. He had served as an inspector on several watershed projects. John’s wife, Gladys, passed away several years ago. He is survived by his daughter, Martha.

Burkeen

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist James O. Burkeen (92) of Paducah, Kentucky, passed away on May 29, 2016 at Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah. He was a member of Reidland United Methodist Church and was a 1947 graduate of Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. James was employed as a teacher in the Veterans on Farm Training Program in Trigg County and Fulton County and was employed by the U.S. Soil Conversation Service for 30 years serving as McCracken County District Conservationist for 26 years, retiring in 1988. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Julia Arnett Burkeen; a son, James McKinley Burkeen of Murrieta, California; two grandchildren, Nicolas and Leila Burkeen of Murrieta; and six nieces and four nephews. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Reelfoot Rural Ministries, 6923 Minnick Elbridge Rd., Obion, TN 38240 or Reidland United Methodist Church Helping Hands Fund, 5515 Reidland Rd., Paducah, KY 42003. Online condolences may be left at www.milnerandorr.com.

Burkett

2009

Charles Burkett, husband of Pat Burkett, passed away March 21, 2009 after a long illness with alzheimers. Pat worked at the Northeast National Technical Center and her address is 134 Davis Avenue, Broomall, PA 19008.

Burky

2011

Susan (Wagner) Burky (47) of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, formerly of San Antonio, Texas, passed away December 28, 2011. She currently was employed as an administrative operations assistant for NRCS. She is survived by her husband, Glenn Burky and two step children. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 433 East Main Street, Hummelstown, PA 17036.

Burns

2017

Leland Burns (93) Cheyenne, Oklahoma passed away on January 25, 2017. He retired as a Construction Inspector at age 50.  Leland was born in Cheyenne, Oklahoma and graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1942. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as a radar technician on the Niblack destroyer ship in the Mediterranean, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Leland participated in the invasion at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. While in the service, he was married to Bernice Colleen (Hawkins) Burns at Sayre, Oklahoma on June 5, 1943. After his discharge, he returned to Cheyenne where he and Bernice purchased their farm northwest of town and raised their family. They later purchased the bowling alley in Sayre, Oklahoma in 1980 and operated it until 1985. Leland loved fast-pitch softball and was known throughout Roger Mills County for his pitching skills. He is survived by his wife, Bernice, of the home; three children, Mickey (Janet) Burns, Minco, OK, Judy Wood, Kingfisher, OK, and Jim (Mary) Burns, Cheyenne, OK; seven grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Burns

2014

Patricia Burns (73) of Fairmont, West Virginia passed away on November 13, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Life Member Dave Burns who retired in 2003 as the IRM manager in West Virginia, and her daughter Stephanie Burns, of Morgantown.  Patricia was a graduate of Morgantown High School. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She retired as an office manager at Jones Fur Service with many years of service. She was a member of the TOPS Club 0070. Patricia enjoyed volunteer work after her retirement. She was involved with the Fairmont-Marion County food pantry. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society where she proudly walked the survivors' lap at the Monongalia County Relay for Life for the past seven years. She was a loyal Mountaineer Fan and enjoyed going to home football and basketball games. Online condolences may be made to www.fordfuneralhomes.com.

Burns

2011

Darla Nan Muncy Burns (72) of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina passed away January 17, 2011. She was an elementary school teacher and a long time office manager for the American Cancer Society in Vienna, VA. Darla is survived by her husband, Dennie George Burns, who retired in 1994 as an Assistant Chief for SCS; a daughter, Deanna Marie (Steven) Wentz of Houston, TX; a son, David George (Sarah) Burns of Manassas, VA; and two grandchildren. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO), PO BOX 838, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.

Burns

2007

Ken Burns from Indiana passed away in the last year (reported 6/07).

Burns

2006

Senior Conservationist Kenneth C. Burns (91) passed away February 20, 2006. Ken retired in June 1973 as a District Conservationist in Indiana. His wife, Joan, survives.

Burris

2007

Robert “Bob” Burris (60) died suddenly October 4, 2007. Bob retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, sons-Eric and Brooks and 4 grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials go to the Burris Memorial Academic Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens Bank of Logan, 188 W Main St., Logan, OH 43138.

Burton

2017

Paul Lee Burton (75) of Wynnewood, Oklahoma passed away on July 30, 2017. Paul married Susan (Smith) Burton on June 14, 1974 in Sulphur, OK. He was a watershed inspector for the Soil Conservation Service and the Technician in Sulphur, Oklahoma when he retired. Paul was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Wynnewood, OK. He was preceded in death by his first wife - Georgia Mae Burton in 1973. He is survived by his wife Susan of their home in Wynnewood, OK; a daughter - Sharla Lunday (George) of OKC, OK; two sons - John Burton (Kristy) of Pottsboro, TX, Todd Burton (Malia) of Lakewood, CO; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren - Please send online condolences to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com.

Burton

2012

Arlen V. Burton (81) of Louisa, Kentucky passed away October 15, 2012. He is survived by two daughters; Sherry Burton (William) Barker of Louisville, Kentucky and Sonya Burton (Ronald) Wedge of Charleston, West Virginia; and five grandchildren. After high school graduation he joined the United States Army to serve in the Korean Conflict for his country as a medical aid and attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon return to the U.S., he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Arlen worked for SCS as a District Conservationist and retired with over 25 years of service. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors with the Lawrence County Conservation District with 25 years of service, where he served as chairman for the past 5 years. He was also a member of Lawrence County Farm Bureau for over 26 years where he served as Vice-chair for the past year. He was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church.

Burtschi

1998

Elder Statesman, William T. Burtschi (90) passed away February 9, 1998. He retired as State Engineer of Oklahoma.

Busch

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Howard Busch (98) of West Chester, Pennsylvania passed away on September 15, 2014. Sara (94), his wife of 70 years passed away twenty days later on October 5th. He attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a degree in Forestry and a minor in Civil Engineering. Howard saw four and one half years in the service during World War II part of which was as an Infantry Company Commander with the 76 infantry Division of the Third U.S. Army in Europe. After the war he remained in the Reserves and retired with the rank of Colonel. His civilian career was with the Soil Conservation Service. Assignments included Lancaster, Glen Rock, Lock Haven, and West Chester in Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Champaign, Illinois. Howard retired as Illinois State Conservationist in 1975 and moved back to West Chester, PA in 1978. He was a member of The Soil Conservation Society of America (in which he was elected a Fellow) and the American Forestry Association and was a Thirty Second Degree Mason. He was also a past Commander of the Philadelphia Chapter, Military Order of the World Wars as well as a trustee of the MOWW Memorial Fund. In addition to his wife he is survived by a son, H. William Jr. of Wilmington, DE, a daughter, Barbara A. of Albuquerque, NM, and two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the Military Order of World Wars, for the "Memorial Fund for Patriotic Education," c/o Major William Magill, 312 Box Elder Drive, West Chester PA 19380.

Bush

2016

Edwin Bush (90) of Paris, Missouri, passed away on September 14, 2016 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home.  Edwin was born in Stoutsville, MO. He married Hazel DeOrnellas on August 24, 1949 at Paris, MO and she preceded him in death on December 17, 2001. Edwin joined the Soil Conservation Service as the agency’s first part-time employee in 1965. He became a full time employee as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1967 and retired in 1989. He was a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder. Edwin was also a past member of Monroe County Saddle Club and Lions Club. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Paris Presbyterian Church and Monroe Manor Nursing Home.

Bush

2016

Edwin Bush (90) of Paris, Missouri, passed away on September 14, 2016 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home.  Edwin was born in Stoutsville, MO. He married Hazel DeOrnellas on August 24, 1949 at Paris, MO and she preceded him in death on December 17, 2001. Edwin joined the Soil Conservation Service as the agency’s first part-time employee in 1965. He became a full time employee as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1967 and retired in 1989. He was a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder. Edwin was also a past member of Monroe County Saddle Club and Lions Club. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Paris Presbyterian Church and Monroe Manor Nursing Home.

Bush

2005

Thomas M. Bush, Jr. (87) passed away September 16, 2005. Mr. Bush was an economist on the Watershed Planning Party in Virginia when he retired.

Bushey

2017

Senior Conservationist Lawrence E. “Larry” Bushey (93) passed away peacefully on February 16, 2017, at Sanford Hospital, Bismarck, North Dakota, after a short illness. He graduated from Kenmare High School and North Dakota State University and spent three years in the US Navy in World War II. He worked for SCS in various locations in ND, and after he retired worked as a private land surveyor. He lived at home with his daughter until a week prior to his death. Larry is survived by two sons, Bruce, Tucson, AZ; and Jon (Jenny) , Salt Lake City, UT; one daughter, Lauri Desir, Bismarck; one brother; one sister-in-law; twelve beloved grandchildren living out of state; Sam Desir and Joey Desir formerly of Haiti, now Bismarck; and four precious great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol; his parents; one brother; one sister; and one son, Robert. Memorials can be made to Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, Shiloh Christian School, or donor's choice.

Butler

2013

Wendell Butler (80) of Washington, DC passed away on April 12, 2013. Wendell retired as the NHQ Administrative Officer for the Soil Conservation Service in Washington, DC. He is survivied by his wife Katie Sturdivant Butler, four children, and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550 Chicago, IL 60631.

Butler

2011

Member and Senior Conservationist Walter L. Butler (87) of Shoals, Indiana passed away November 21, 2011 at his residence in West Shoals. Walter retired in 1991 as an engineering technician from SCS with the Paoli and Jasper Offices. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Shoals American Legion Post #61 and attended the Shoals United Methodist Church. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Betty of Shoals and numerous nieces and nephews and near friends.

Butler

2010

Clyde Larry Butler (72) passed away April 14, 2010. Larry was a soil scientist with SCS in the Jonesboro field office, Jonesboro, Louisiana. He retired in February 1988.

Button

2014

Helen Connelly Button (85) of Richmond, Virginia passed away on April 9, 2014 after a second battle with cancer. Helen graduated from Longwood College in Farmville, VA and was a retired school teacher. She was predeceased by her son, Louis Stanley Button III of Richmond. Helen is survived by her husband of 62 years, Louis Stanley (Curly) Button Jr., former State Conservation Engineer, of Richmond. Also surviving are her daughter, Helen Rebecca (Thomas) Cournow of Stevensville, Md; sons, John Connelly (Rosemary) Button of Madison, NC and Thomas Robert (Heather) Button of Millford, VA; a granddaughter and three grandsons. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Fund at Westminster Canterbury.

Byrd

2017

Clifford “Cliff” Harry Byrd (73) of Casper, Wyoming passed away February 15, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Clifford was born in Okanogan, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service). During his career he worked in Mansfield, Davenport, Okanogan, Clarkston, and Ephrata, Washington and moved to Sundance, Wyoming in 1978 and finally to Casper in 1984. After 32 years of service, Clifford retired in 1999 as the State Administrative Officer. Clifford's hobbies were hunting and “Fixing Things,” especially cars. One of his favorite sayings was "If man made it, then it will come apart and I can fix it," and he could. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann Byrd; two sons; a daughter; and eight grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's “Blessing Fund” or Casper's Meals on Wheels in Clifford's memory.

Cagle

2016

John Sherman Cagle (87) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on December 24, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. John was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. On July 5, 1958 he married Vivian Melissa Gray. After graduating from Wilburton High School, he continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. He worked as a Geologist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service where he engineered many bridges and dams across Oklahoma. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma and an avid Cowboy fan. He is preceded in death by his spouse. He is survived by one daughter, Lori Strickland and husband Parker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren. As a memorial, the family requests that all do something for their families that will be a treasured memory. That is the memorial John would have wanted. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Cagle

2016

John Sherman Cagle, Jr. (87) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on December 24, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. John was born in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. On July 5, 1958, he married Vivian Melissa Gray who preceded him in death. He graduated from Oklahoma State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology. He was the state geologist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service during the period when most of the watershed dams were planned, designed, and constructed in Oklahoma. John retired in 1990. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma and an avid Cowboy fan. He is survived by one daughter, Lori Strickland; and husband Parker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Calhoun

2015

Herman H. Calhoun (80) of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away at his home on January 24, 2015, surrounded by family after a short illness. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana, in 1958 and was a civil engineer with the USDA Soil Conservation Service for over 35 years. Herman worked in four states and completed his career in that agency's national office in Washington, D. C. Prior to his retirement in 1990, he received the Secretary of Agriculture's Superior Service Award. After retirement, Herman and his wife moved to Lynchburg where they restored an historic home in the Garland Hill neighborhood, and he served as a volunteer with the Lynchburg Museum System for 14 years. His main hobby in retirement was restoring vintage light fixtures, lamps and clocks. Herman is survived by his wife of 60 years, Frances, by one daughter, Gayle Calhoun and her husband Aubrey O. Friedhoff III; a granddaughter, two step granddaughters, and five step great-granddaughters. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Lynchburg Humane Society. Online condolences may be submitted to www.whittenparkavenue.com

Call

2011

Senior Conservationist Richard W. Call (89) of Los Molinos, California passed away March 31, 2011 in Chico. He attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, graduating in 1943 with a major in agricultural science and a minor in military science. After graduation Richard entered the U.S. Army and served as a combat infantry officer in France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Bronze Star. He married Lorene Donaldson in 1944. He and his wife have four children. He remained in the Army following the WWII serving as a liaison pilot at Fort Benning GA. He retired from SCS in 1978 as an Area Conservationist. After retirement, he farmed full time in Tehama County, California. An oral history of Richard’s life is posted at http://rwcoralhistory.blogspot.com/

Camp

2011

Roberta Camp (81) of Temple, Texas passed away October 26, 2011. She was the wife of Joe Camp who retired from SCS in 1980. They lived in Marfa, Van Horn, Pecos and San Marcos before moving to Temple in 1974.

Campbell

2016

Charles “Charlie” Campbell (80) of King George, Virginia passed away in the company of his loving family on February 8, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years, Carol Campbell. Carol, an ARCSE member, retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1992 as a procurement analyst in the Administrative Services Division. He is also survived by seven children, Charlie’s three, Daniel Campbell, Deanna Olson, and Douglas Campbell, and Carol's four, Michael Moseng, Pamela Odle (Scott), Timothy Moseng (Joan) and Laurie Strickland (Travis). Survivors also include 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many other family members and friends. Charlie retired from the Government Printing Office after 31 years of service before enjoying 24 years of retirement. He enjoyed dancing, golf, boating, and traveling, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his large family and many friends. In lieu of flowers; memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, www.alzfdn.org or the St Anthony of Padua, “Building Our Future,” campaign, 11 S. Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Please sign the online guestbook at nashandslawfh.com

Campbell

2012

Richard W. Campbell (74) of Mahomet, Illinois passed away June 7, 2012. Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie Mae Campbell who retired from the Personnel Staff in the SCS Illinois state office in 1993. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Church, Mahomet, or to that of your choice.

Campbell

2010

Duane E. Campbell (78) passed away June 2, 2010 in Meade, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict. He worked for SCS, as a soil conservation technician, retiring in 1994. Duane is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly Campbell, a son, David Campbell of Olathe; two daughters, Linda Campbell of Red Oak, TX and Lisa (Tom) Hogan of Cimarron; and two granddaughters. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour or the Meade District Hospital.

Campbell

2000

Floyd W. Campbell (80) passed away November 27, 2000 at his home in Strafford, VT. Floyd was the first SCS’er selected for the Harvard School of Public Administration. Floyd retired in 1973 as an assistant to the Administrator from the National Office. Earlier he had served on a special assignment from Secretary of Agriculture Freeman to review the Forest Service. He was the State Conservationist in Maine 1960-1965. His wife, Kathleen, and their 6 children survive him. Memorials may go to Friends of Morrill Homestead, PO Box 98, Strafford, VT 05072.

Cape

2002

Charlie B. Cape (89) passed away January 30, 2002. He retired as a Soil Conservationist. Charlie started his career with the CCCs at Bartlett, TX after having worked in Knox City, Memphis, and San Benito, TX.

Carlen

2010

Calvin Carlen (91) of Ft. Worth, Texas, husband of Thelma Carlen, passed away June 4, 2010. Thelma and Calvin had enjoyed 28 years of marriage together.

Carlile

2010

Keith “Wayne” Carlile (85) of West Lafayette, Indiana passed away January 31, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He worked for 19 years as a Soil Conservation Technician for SCS in Williamsport, IN. He served in the Army in WWII, in Okinawa, as a sergeant from 1944 to 1946. Surviving with his wife of 62 years, Wilma Claire Fletcher, is a son: Gary (wife Jeanie) Carlile, of Houston, TX; 2 daughters: Joyce Houser of Port Huron, MI, and Amy Carlile, of Indianapolis; and six grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Volunteer Dept. of Indiana Veteran’s Home, Trinity Presbyterian Church in West Lebanon, IN, and/or Martha’s Pantry, Williamsport Methodist Church. Share memories and condolences to www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.

Carlson

2015

Zilda Carlson (89) passed away July 26, 2015 in Boise. She worked for SCS in Lewiston, Idaho, and later married Mel Carlson, SCS woodland conservationist. Zilda and Mel spent many happy years together camping hiking and traveling throughout many countries of the world.

Carlson

2008

Carl A. Carlson (83) passed away August 13, 2008. Carl was the State Geologist in North Dakota. He retired in 1978. His wife, Jean, passed away in 1996. He is survived by 2 sons-Jon and Eric.

Carlson

2006

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Mel Carlson (92) passed away January 8, 2006. Mel retired in June 1974 as the State Forester for Idaho. He started his career in the CCC’s at a camp near Salmon, ID. He is survived by his wife, Zilda, daughter Janice Walters and 2 stepdaughters. Memorials may go to the Idaho Conservation League, 710 N 6th St., Boise, ID 8370.

Carlson

2004

Clarence Carlson passed away October 19, 2004. Clarence retired from SCS in October 1986 after his career as a Conservation Technician in Utah. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean.

Carlton

2014

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Earl Parker Carlton (97) of Carrollton, Ohio passed away on December 2, 2014 in his home with his family at his side. He was husband of the late Marie Carlton, his wife of 60 years. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1941 and remained a loyal Buckeye throughout his life. Earl served as a Naval Officer in the Pacific during WW II. Returning home, he began a 27 year career with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Summit County. In 1952, he began yearly plantings of Christmas trees on Mrs. Carlton’s grandparents’ farm in Carroll County. The trees were harvested and sold by his family in the Cuyahoga Falls area. Eventually his three sons joined him in partnership. The farm and business grew and Carlton Tree Farms Inc., a tree farm nursery, developed.  Earl served on the Ohio Reclamation Board of Review for 25 years. He received numerous awards including being named to the Conservation Hall of Fame and the Christmas Tree Growers Hall of Fame. He belonged to and held leadership positions in many organizations including Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Carrollton First United Methodist Church and was a 70 year Mason. He was an avid bridge player. He is survived by three sons Rick (Cathy), Ron (Judy), Bruce (Catherine), all of Carrollton and one daughter, Linda Haskett (Jim) of Stow; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice, 789 N Lisbon, Carrollton, OH 44615.   

Carlz

2013

Ruth Ione (Gilbert) Carlz (89) of Champaign, Illinois passed away October 8, 2013 at Bickford Cottage Assisted Living. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Ralph E. Carlz, in 2003. Ruth worked at the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Tuscola and then in Champaign. She was also preceded in death by one son, Roger Carlz and a granddaughter, Loretta Carlz. Survivors include a son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made directly to St. Matthew Parish Nurse Program, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821.

Carmack

2009

Patsy Blount Carmack passed away April 12, 2009 in Spokane, Washington after an extended battle with ovarian cancer. Patsy is survived by her husband Joe Carmack, retired State Conservation Engineer in Spokane, Washington and National Water Management Engineer in Washington, DC. Joe is still in Spokane but makes several trips each year to the family farm in Tennessee. Remembrances in Patsy’s name may be made to one of the following: Spokane Valley Church of Christ, P.O. Box 99, Spokane Valley, WA 99016 or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center through the following web link or address: Patsy Carmack’s Memorial or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Contributions, J5-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109-1024.

Carper

2003

Thelma Evelyn Carper (75) passed away November 29, 2003. Thelma worked for SCS as a secretary and editor. She retired from the WNTC. Survivors include five sisters and two brothers.

Carr

2018

John Paul Carr (77) of New Martinsville, West Virginia passed away peacefully at his home on October 6, 2018 while surrounded by his family. John was born in Gassaway, Braxton County, WV. He was a retired Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, former Vo-Ag, FFA teacher and shop teacher at his home school in Sand Fork, WV, graduate of WVU, past member of New Martinsville Lion’s club, one of the founders of Hundred Area Pride, and counselor for Conservation Camp at Cowen, WV for many years. John enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and reading the bible. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and an infant grandson. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Jean (Freed) Carr; son, Tracy Paul (Robin Neff) Carr of Middlebourne, WV; daughter, Christina Dawn (Tony) Tharp of New Martinsville, WV; a brother, four sisters, and seven grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name, to First Baptist Church, 841 Fourth St., New Martinsville, WV 26155, or WV State Conservation Camp, 4290 Greenwalt Gap Rd., Upper Tract, WV 26866.

Carson

2008

Senior Conservationist Kermit Langford “Kit” Carson (99) passed away December 1, 2008. Kit was a pioneer conservationist, living and working across Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado as a civil engineer in SCS, retiring in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Erna; his children, Karen Robinette, of San Antonio, TX, Dr. Paul Carson, and wife Pat of Ann Arbor, MI and David Carson, and wife, Anne, of Boulder, CO; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Carstens

2007

Marion Carstens (90) passed away September 4, 2007. Marion retired in March 1976 from the Idaho Snow Survey Section following 20 years with that Section. During her time with Snow Survey the groundwork was laid for the technological changes that moved data collection from manual measurements to the automated SNOTEL system.

Cartagena

2015

Alberta Josephine (Keech) Cartagena (84) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 18, 2015. She was born in Lincoln. Alberta retired from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service as a cartographic supervisor. After retiring from the government, she continued her working career at Tabitha Health Care Services. Alberta was an artist, who loved to paint, quilt and write poetry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Cartagena. She is survived by her children, Steven and Teresa; daughter-in-law, Lori; and two grandchildren. The family requests memorials to the American Heart Association.

Carter

2006

John B. (J.B.) Carter passed away May 14, 2006. Mr. Carter was 83 and living in Orange, Virginia, at the time of his death. Mr. Carter retired as a Soil Scientist in Virginia.

Carter

2004

Elmer R. Carter of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

Carter

2001

Statesman Meril G. Carter (88) passed away June 26, 2001. Meril retired in January 1976. He had been an Area Conservationist at Uvalde and Austin, Texas.

Case

2018

Michael James Case (67) of Greensburg, Kansas left this world for heaven on July 18, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Phillipsburg, Kansas, the youngest of four boys. He earned an Associate Degree from Kansas Technical Institute. Prior to college, Mike spent four years in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Okinawa and Guam during the Vietnam conflict. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Mike spent 21 1/2 years in the Air National Guard. Mike’s civilian job was with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Jan, of the home; his daughter, Bethany (Micah) Wood of Satanta, Kansas; his son, Barrett (Meghann) Case of Rich Hill, Missouri; five grandchildren, one brother. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church, Greensburg and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in care of Fleener Funeral Home, PO Box 41, Greensburg, Kansas 67054.

Case

2003

Dexter Case (60) passed away October 12, 2003. Dexter retired from the Engineering Division on 1/2/99 as the National CADD Coordinator. His wife, Jeanne, survives. Her address is: 1202 Kentmorr Rd,   Stevensville, MD 21666

Casey

2018

William Hunter Casey (96) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on May 9, 2018 at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. Born in Mercer County, he was a United States Army Air Corp Veteran, a graduate of the University of Michigan and a State Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Bill was a member of the Harrodsburg Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman. Survivors, in addition to his wife of seventy years, Thelma “Jean” Casey are, two sons: Daniel H (Michelle) Casey of O’Fallon, IL and David K. Casey of Lexington, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother: James H. Casey and a half-brother: Travis Casey. To share your memories or to leave a message for the family, please visit: www.alexanderandroyalty.com

Cash

2009

Clifton Franklin Cash (87) passed away May 16, 2009, at Johnson Regional Medical Center in Clarksville, AR. He was long time District Conservationist at Clarksville, AR. He was a member of the Clarksville Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, the Clarksville First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, American Legion and DAV and was an Army veteran, having served as a medic paratrooper. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Bandy Cash; a daughter, Fonda Cash of Hot Springs; a son, Gary Cash of Clarksville; and three grandchildren.

Cashman

2019

Stephen L. Cashman (66) died February 27, 2019 at Caribou, Maine following a brief valiant fight with cancer. He was born in Danvers, MA, February 8, 1953, the son of the late William and Doris (Bouchard) Cashman. He served with the U.S. Army and married Jean Hibbard Cashman on May 14, 1983. He was a graduate of Essex Aggie (Danvers, Massachusetts) with an Associate's Degree and the University of Connecticut with a B.S. Degree in Natural Resources. Stephen was employed by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Services in the Fort Kent office for over 34 years. He was a member of the Gray Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his wife Jean, he is survived by three sons, Joshua of North Dakota, Andrew of Brewer, and Christopher of Woodland, Maine; and his grandson Trey.

Casteel

2006

Billy Casteel (79) passed away in March 2006. Billy retired in Nov. 1990 as a District Conservationist in Texas.

Cavanaugh

2015

Member and Senior Conservationist John Patrick Cavanaugh (89) of Chino Valley, Arizona passed away on July 23, 2015. Pat was born in Van Hook, North Dakota. He was called Pat since his birth because of five other Johns in the family. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He was the oldest of six children. Pat served in the Navy in WWII. After his honorable discharge, he married his first wife, Julia V. (Kina) Edmunds. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana using the G.I. Bill. He went to work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He retired in 1989 as a Planning Engineer at the SCS National Technical Center. After retiring, he worked as a consultant for FEMA. His career took him throughout the U.S. and to several foreign countries. Following Kina's passing, after 56 years of marriage, Pat found love again and married his second wife, Joyce E. Gray. They shared 11 years together. He is survived by his second wife, Joyce; seven children - Michael (Rose), Arlys (Richard), Kathleen (Ronald), David, John Jr. (Tammy), Susan (Kim), and Christopher (Jochebed); three stepchildren - Edward (Patricia), Michael (Karen) and Patricia (Ronald); 24 grandchildren; 12 step grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 31 step great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Cave

2007

Jasper R. Cave (74) passed away November 11, 1007. Jasper retired as Soil Conservation Technician in Allegheny County, North Carolina. He was a quiet Christian gentleman who always had a big smile. He was a native of Surry County. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 46 years and one daughter and two sons and their families. Also surviving are three sisters and two brothers.

Celotto

2007

Grace Celotto passed away February 2, 2007. Grace was on the staff at the NENTC for many years.

Champeon

2017

Patricia Lee Champeon (80) of Glenburn, Maine passed away on August 17, 2017 at Dirigo Pines, Orono, ME. She died after a long battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She was born in Lewiston, ME, Pat attended schools in Hartford, CT; Old Town and Bangor before graduating from Berkeley HS, CA in 1956. She married Alfred J. LeClair of Orono in July 1956 and they had three children. That marriage ended in 1978. She married ARCSE member D. Bruce Champeon in November 1983. In 1997, after a 25-year career in personnel and administration with USDA, Soil Conservation Service / Natural Resources Conservation Service in ME and NH, Pat retired as Assistant State Conservationist for Administration. Survivors include three children, Deborah J. Emero (Tom) of MA, Brian T. LeClair of FL, and David J. LeClair (Gail) of FL.; her husband Bruce; two stepsons, Steven J. Champeon (Heather) of NC and Kenneth A. Champeon of ME; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, a brother, and a stepsister. Those who wish to remember Pat in a special way may make gifts in her memory to CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Champion

2003

Boyd Champion of KY passed away recently (2003).

Chapman

2005

David Chapman passed away June 15, 2005. He had been fighting lung cancer and finally lost the battle. David was the son of Wayne and Pat Chapman. Wayne retired in Nov. 1989 as a Soil Conservationist in the National Office. Surviving are his wife, Karen, a daughter, his parents and 2 sisters. Memorials may go to Lung Cancer Support Community, PO Box 1205 Euless, TX 76039 or Massey Cancer Center, The Thomas Palliative Care, PO Box 98037, Richmond, VA 23298-0037.Our beloved son David went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, June 15, and he is at peace. David was an optimist and a fighter and he never gave up. He was in great pain and had fought long and hard with great courage for over two years. We and his sisters and wife were blessed to be at his side in his final moments and to see that old pleasant, peaceful look on his face when he went to heaven.When David was in 9th grade, he did some research on trumpet players in heaven, and he told us then that someday he would be one of them. Heaven has a new trumpet player now. Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, good wishes, and happy memories of our very beloved son David. - Wayne and Pat Chapman

Chastain

2016

Fred Chastain (91) of Cleburne, Texas passed away January 23, 2016. He was born in Wills Point, Texas. He served his country in the United States Army. Fred was a member of the Cleburne Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was preceded in death by two wives, Juanita and Lois; daughter, Karen Sue Morgan. Fred is survived by his wife of eight years, Diann Wilmart of Keene; a son, and three grandsons. Diann worked for the Soil Conservation Service at the South National Technical Center.

Chavez

2011

Antonio "Tony" Chavez (79) of Salina, Kansas passed away October 23, 2011. Tony served more than 20 years in the United States Army and retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class. After his military career, he worked as a supply clerk for SCS. He was preceded in death by a son, and is survived by his wife, Rachel, six chil­dren, 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial contri­butions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave condolences for the family, please visit www.ryanmortuary.com

Chavis

2011

Rudolph Chavis (77) of Lumberton, North Carolina passed away December 6, 2011. He was retired as an engineering technician and construction inspector with SCS. He is survived by his wife, Helen B. Chavis of the home; a son, James Rudolph Chavis of Lumberton; two daughters, Wanda K. Rhoades of Lumberton and Alicia C. Davis of Shannon; six grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Cheek

2018

Honorary Member Charles D. Cheek (91) formerly of Tonkawa and Ponca City, resident of Kansas City, Missouri passed away November 22, 2018. Charles was born in Sterling, Colorado. He attended Tonkawa (Oklahoma) grade school and graduated from Tonkawa High School in 1945. He attended Northern Oklahoma College in 1946, then Oklahoma State University where he graduated with his Bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1951. Charles served in Korea as a combat engineer from October 1, 1952 to May 29, 1954. Charles married Joan Schug in Tonkawa, Oklahoma on August 25, 1948 and was married to her until her death August 2, 2002. They had one son Randy who was born in 1955. Charles worked as an engineer for the US Soil Conservation Service from the summer of 1951 until his retirement in May of 1986, with a break for military service 1951-1954. Survivors include his son Randy Cheek and wife Kathryn of Kansas City, MO, a granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, and a brother.

Cheek

2002

Joan Cheek passed away in August 2002 after a lengthy illness. Joan was the wife of Charles Cheek in Ponca City, OK. Charles had been an engineer in Kansa for many years before moving to Oklahoma. She is survived by Charles and one son, Randy.

Cheetham

2006

Robert N. Cheetham (85) pased away August 11, 2006. Bob was the State Geologist in Wisconsin at the time of his retirement from SCS. He is survived by his wife Evonna Marie.

Chelf

2011

John Vincent Chelf (82) of Wewoka, Oklahoma passed away August 18, 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in agriculture. He was a district conservationist with SCS. John served in the U.S. Army as staff sergeant during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife of 53 years Neva of home; two sons, and six grandchildren. An online guestbook is available at www.PhillipsFuneralService.com

Chessmore

1999

Walter Chessmore passed away on August 8, 1999. Walter was head of the training unit at the South NTC for many years.

Childers

2011

Jim Childers passed away Thursday, July 14, 2011 after a very long struggle with his health. Jimmy retired in October 2005. He was the Agronomist for the Alice Area, and then the Corpus Christi Zone. Arnold King shared Jimmy Childers was a highly respected agronomist who did a lot to promote conservation tillage in South Texas. He lived in Corpus Christi while he worked in Alice and Calallen, and is survived by his wife Billie. Jim will be cremated and Billie will take him back to Kentucky to be buried with his mom and brother. Billie’s mailing address is 4209 Congressional Dr.; Corpus Christi, TX 78413.

Choate

2017

James Hubert Choate (91), of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away at a local convalescent home on July 22, 2017. Hubert was born in Luther, the youngest of twelve children. He was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Tishomingo in 1939. On August 27, 1978, he married Jacqueline Steward in El Reno. She had two daughters who survive: Denise Nick (John) of McAlester and Jamie Lynn Condray (Jason) of Weatherford, Texas. He is also survived by two step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren. He retired on January 3, 1985 after working 31 ½ years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in the El Reno office. He then worked 10 years in real estate appraising while waiting for Jacque to retire so they could travel and be with family more. He was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, and four sisters. http://www.bishopfuneralservice.com/obituary/james-hubert-choate

Christensen

2009

James E. Christensen (80) passed away March 17, 2009 in St. Paul, MN. James worked for SCS for 34 years. He served in various positions in Nebraska and retired as the economist for Ohio and the lower half of Michigan. He then returned to the family farm near Wolbach, NE. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of Nebraska where he graduated with distinction. He is survived by his wife, Joan of 50 years. Memorials are suggested to the Wolbach Methodist Church.

Christenson

2004

James Christenson passed away recently (Jan 2004). Jim has been retired for a number of years. Prior to his retirement he was in the New Hampshire State Office in the B&F Section.

Christman

2012

Richard Lee Christman (86) passed away September 18, 2012. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University. Richard proudly served our country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict, and he continued his service in the Naval Reserves. He worked as a soil scientist for the State of Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Richard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Anne Christman, two sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Visit www.schoedinger.com to extend condolences.

Churchman

2015

Ralph Eugene Churchman (72) of Salina, Kansas, passed away on October 24, 2015. Ralph was born in Decatur, Illinois. He worked for Leon Dinkel for over 30 years and then started Excel Security Systems in 2000. Survivors include his wife, Karen of the home, two daughters of Salina, Kansas, and four grandchildren. Ralph was the spouse of Karen Churchman, who served a number of years in the NRCS Kansas State Office as the Secretary for the State Conservationist. Memorial contributions may be made to Salina Breakfast Ambucs in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio, Salina, Kansas 67401.

Claasen

2006

Marla Lee Claassen (53) passed away May 30, 2006. Marla was a Contract Specialist with SCS/NRCS. She worked in Idaho, New Mexico, National Office, Kentucky and back to Idaho. She started her career as the Secretary for the Idaho Engineering Office. She fought a long battle with cancer. She was a friend, a dedicated person and a joy to be around. She is survived by her 2 brothers and a sister. The family suggests that memorials go to the Mountain States Tumor Institute, 100 E. Idaho, Boise, Idaho 83712.

Clark

2013

Mary Francis Clark of Omaha, Nebraska passed away on Feb 1, 2013. She was the wife of Bill Clark.

Clark

2012

Member John Benson Clark, Jr. (81) of Columbus, Ohio passed away May 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Mary Pierce Clark; sons, Roger A. of Columbus and David (Renee) of New Philadelphia, OH; step-children, Kathryn (Ian) Jackson of Clearwater, FL, Andrew D. Graham (Shannon McLaughlin) of Columbus, Robert Pierce Graham (Marsha) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; and one granddaughter. John received a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1954. He was a veteran of the 17th Inf. Regt. Korean Conflict. He retired after 36 years with USDA, primarily serving as the State Conservation Programs Specialist for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. He served past president of the All Ohio Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society and in various leadership roles with his church and several civic organizations. In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, Kobacker House, 3595 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, 43214, or National Parkinson Foundation, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Ste. 265, Columbus, OH 43231.

Clark

2005

Marilyn Clark (84) passed away October 15, 2005. Marilyn worked in several locations in Illinois as an Area Clerk. Her last position was at Carbondale, IL.

Clark

2000

Senior Conservationist Dexter M. Clark (90) of Oneonta, Alabama passed away January 17, 2000. Dexter was a conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1980.

Clarke

2013

Andrea Clarke (53) of Charles County, Maryland passed away on November 27, 2013. She worked as an energy analyst for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She attended the University of Maryland and Montana State University, and received her PhD from Colorado State University. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Chestnut Land Trust, P.O. Box 2363, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or ACLTweb.org.

Claughton

2007

Stephen G Claughton (69) passed away October 17, 2007. Steve was Design Engineer in the Amherst, MA office and retired in 1995. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 40 years, daughters Sarah and Dana and son Stephen. Steve was a man who held dear many things in this life, his faith, family, and friends.

Clause

2015

Mark Clause (78) Sioux City, Iowa passed away on September 25, 2015. He was the husband of Judy (Rathel) Clause. She was an Area Clerk in Sioux City.

Clay

2004

Senior Conservationist James E. Clay (95) of Huntsville, Alabama passed away September 30, 2004. He was a soil conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1975.

Clayton

2012

Jack Paul Clayton (80) of Chickasha, Oklahoma passed away February 20, 2012. He served in the United States Air Force where he was an aircraft mechanic in the Korean War. Jack attended the University of Oklahoma on the G.I. Bill earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a geologist at the Chickasha Watershed Office. He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Vicki Clayton, in 2002. Survivors include: Daughter: Lisa Clayton and husband Jeff Kemp; daughter: Celia Clayton Lowry and husband Greg Lowry; and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, or the Epworth United Methodist Church.

Clayton

2012

John Oliver (Jack) Clayton (77) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio passed away December 26, 2012 after battling lung cancer. He is survived by Barbara (Parker) Clayton, his wife of 16 years; and former contract specialist with SCS, two children, and three step-children, sixteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 6150 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43213. Online condolences may be made to www.schoedinger.com.

Cleave

2018

Verna F. Van Cleave (88) of Eureka, Kansas, and a longtime former resident of Galesburg, Kansas, passed away on November 1, 2018 at Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. She was born in rural Chase County. She worked in the Kansas State University agricultural office.  Following his graduation from college while living in Eureka, Verna worked for the Greenwood County Health Department as a secretary until retiring.  She was a member of the Galesburg United Methodist Church.  Verna loved to quilt.  Through the years, she had made 157 quilts, many of which were gifted to her family and friends.  Survivors include her loving husband of 69 years, Kenneth Van Cleave, of the home. Kenneth retired from SCS in 1983.  Also surviving are two sons, a daughter, six granddaughters, five great grandchildren, a brother, and two sisters.  Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.

Clegg

2000

Donald A. Clegg passed away February 17, 2000 in Pickerington, Ohio. His last assignment was Watershed and River Basin staff leader in Columbus, Ohio. He served in the US Air Force during World War II.

Clement

2004

Aaron Clement passed away April 22, 2004. Aaron spent many years as a Soil Scientist working in the west part of Tennessee.

Clements

2005

Senior Conservationist Alvin (Buck) Clements (87) passed away at his home on December 7, 2005. He retired from SCS in July 1975 as Assistant State Conservationist in OK. His wife, Irene, survives.

Clemons

2004

Jesse Clemons passed away recently (reported 6/04). Jesse was a Soil Conservation Technician at Cathage, TN.

Clendenon

2019

Douglas Fred Clendenon (46) of Fayetteville, Tennessee, passed away February 3, 2008. He was a native of Akron, OH. He was the son of Fred W. Clendenon of McMinnville and the late Mildred Dilllmore Clendenon. He was married to Judy Darlene Turnbo Clendenon. Douglas worked as a soil scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a member of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church. In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by one son, Kyle Clendenon and one daughter, Callie Clendenon; and a brother.

Clifford

2004

Senior Conservationist John Clifford (83) passed away in late February 2004. John retired as a District Conservationist in Kentucky in June 1977. His wife, Virginia, survives.

Close

2008

Dolores "Dodo" Close (80) passed away Feb. 23, 2008. She was a Secretary in the LA State Office. She retired in June 1986.

Closner

2004

Forrest Closner passed away in late Nov. 2004. Forrest retired out of the Idaho State Office. Earlier he was an Area Conservationist in that state.

Clowdus

2005

Ruby Clowdus (83) passed away August 22, 2005. Two grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, a sister, and a nephew survive her.

Clum

2005

I. Ross Clum (81) passed away November 8, 2005. Ross worked for SCS for 30 years in Allen County, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 2 sons, daughter, 10 grand children and 18 great grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Clum, 977 N. Hardin Rd., Ada, OH 45810. Memorials may go to the building fund for St. Paul Methodist Church. Ada, OH.

Clyde

1972

George Dewey Clyde passed away in 1972. Born in Mapleton, Utah, he graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Clyde joined the Utah State faculty in 1923 and was dean of engineering at the school from 1935 to 1945. From 1945 to 1953, he worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. He was Head SCS Research and was located in Logan, UT. An expert on water, he became director of the Utah Water and Power Board in 1953 and helped to initiate the Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon dams. He later became Governor of Utah.

Coates

2009

Senior Conservationist Lacy W. Coates (92) passed away May 19, 2009 in Clayton, NC. He retired in 1973 as an economist with SCS on the River Basin/Watershed Planning Staff in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is survived by his daughters, Marie Coates Smith and husband, Richard of Raleigh, Marcia Coates Grimsley of Clayton and son Everette Lacy Coates and wife, Deborah of Clayton, brothers, Edwin Coates of Raleigh and Bryan Coates of Spartanburg, SC. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Coats

2008

Ted Coats (90) passed away February 29, 2008. Ted retired from SCS as a Construction Inspector at the Grenada, MS office. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Audrey; son, Filo; and 2 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Gideon's International, PO Box 36, Grenada, MS 38901 or to the Friendship Baptist Church, 475 Pearidge Rd, Grenada, MS 38901.

Cockrell

2001

Freddy Cockrell passed away February 22, 2001. He retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Kentucky in 1996. Earlier he held the positions of District Conservationist, Area Conservationist, and State Resource Conservationist in Kentucky. He also spent time with TVA. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society.

Coffield

2002

William H. Coffield passed away August 28, 2002. Bill was an economist and Watershed Planning Staff Leader. He retired in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Fran.

Coffing

2014

Member Charles H. Coffing (72) of Covington, IN, passed away on May 10, 2014 in Fountain County, IN. He first married Ruby Yang who preceded him in death. He later married Faith "Jody" Tanesky on September 1, 1984. She also preceded Charles in death. He is survived by his three children, Rachel Sueann (Nick) Hilweh of Oregon, Angelia K. (Chris) Compton, also of Oregon, and James Frances (Angela) Coffing of Ft. Wayne, IN; a stepson, Dave (Marge) Smith of Ft. Wayne, IN; and ten grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Brianna. Charles served his country by enlisting in the US Army where he was a Green Beret in the Special Forces. He served active duty from 1960-1967 and later retired from the reserve. Charles was a Covington High School Graduate and earned his bachelor's degree from Purdue University. He worked with the US Department of Agriculture as a certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Charles was a pilot and had a passion for flying. He was a member of the EAA and enjoyed skydiving. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Cohee

2001

Melville H. "Mel" Cohee (91) passed away January 14, 2001. Mel was born April 17, 1909, and was reared on a north central Indiana crop and livestock farm. He was a graduate of Frankfort, IN high school, and received BSA (1931) and MSA (1932) degrees in Agricultural Educa­tion and Economics from Purdue University. He worked on his PHD at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). In 1933, he helped develop the first ever watershed soil erosion and flood control program for the Coon Creek Watershed, Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In 1936 he moved into the Soil Conservation Service, Washington, DC office in its Erosion Control Practices Division. In mid-1938 he traveled and researched past conservation laws, procedures and operations in seven central European countries to gain experiences about their governmental and land owners cooperative conservation endeavors for potential application in the US. After he retired from SCS in Dec. 1965, he did consultant economics work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He was a senior economist consultant with FAO of United Nations. Mel is the author of about 50 technical publications and articles. He was active in professional civic organizations as a charter, lifetime, and fellow award status membership in the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He was a member of Issak Walton League of America. Mel was also a Mason, an honorary Kentucky Colonel, and member of First United Methodist Church, Madison. He is survived by two sons, Roger and Kent. Memorials may go to the Viola G. Cohee Memorial Fund, SWCS, 7515 NE Ankeny Rd., Ankeny, OH 50021.

Cohen

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Herman Charles Cohen passed away in his sleep on November 28, 2017 at an age of over 100. He had a distinguished career in soil and water conservation and natural resource planning before retiring from the Soil Conservation Service in 1979 as a Water Resources Specialist. He retired first to Orlando, Florida, and then to Sun City, Arizona. Herman was born in Los Angeles to Jewish immigrant parents from Eastern Europe. The primary language spoken around the home was Yiddish. He attended the College of Agriculture in Davis, California, then a part of the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in 1940, becoming the first college graduate in his immediate family. While in college, Herman took up boxing, then an intercollegiate sport. Because of his great ability to knock his opponent out cold, he had the nickname “cold cockin’ Cohen.” After college, Herman worked on the Census of Agriculture for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, DC. But his career in agriculture was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, serving as a hospital corpsman (medic). He served during most of the war on the U.S.S. Baltimore, a heavy cruiser, in the Central Pacific and South Pacific Theaters. He suffered shrapnel wounds to his legs caused by an incorrectly timed fuse while on board. At one point, near the end of the war, the U.S.S. Baltimore narrowly averted a Kamikaze strike. Herman developed malaria during the war and had recurrent, but gradually diminishing, bouts with it after the war. When the war was over, Herman met and married Evadna Fern “Sissy” nee Tull and became a farmer with a small farm in San Mateo County, California. He also worked part time for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS). At his wife’s urging, he eventually went to work for the SCS full time. Herman considered himself Jewish. At the age of 98, Herman converted to Christianity, was baptized, and became a member of the Grace Bible Church. Herman’s wife Sissy passed away in 2006 after over 60 years of marriage. Herman is survived by his sons Michael P. Cohen and Jerry D. Cohen (wife Susan D. Cohen), his step-daughter Nell Morris, a grandson, and a great grandson.

Cole

2019

Everett Lee Cole (85) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on April 29, 2019. Everett was a soil scientist and retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service Oklahoma State Office in 1990 after 35 years of service. Everett was always active in the annual National Land and Range Judging Contest. Everett is the father in law of Gerry Cole who currently works in Financial Management at the State Office. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed farming and ranching all his life. He loved being with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Helen.

Cole

2008

Bill Cole, Sr. (85) passed away September 15, 2008.

Coleman

2018

Roger D. Coleman (95) of Oskaloosa, Kansas passed away on January 29, 2018, at the Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Kansas City, MO. Roger was born in Atchison, KS and was a graduate of Atchison High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University and a Master Degree in Public Administration from UMKC. He was an Eagle Scout. He served In the US Navy from 1941 to 1946 and was stationed in Eureka, CA at a Lighter than Air Base and on the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier as a part of the occupation forces in Japan. Roger farmed at Larkinburg, KS for a few years after graduating from KSU. In 1959 he began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (NRCS) in Olathe, KS. He filled several roles including District Conservationist and Resource Conservationist for the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. He retired in 1992. Roger was a member of many organizations including being the oldest member of the Oskaloosa Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Soil Conservation Society of America and a founder and former president of the Kansas Wildflower Society. He served on the Jefferson County Conservation Board as a supervisor and won several soil conservation awards though the years. He was also a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church and served on several different boards. Roger married Maxine Grace Davitt while they were in college at KSU on December 23, 1947. She preceded him in death in 1973. He married Jacqueline Louise Merryfield in August, 1974. She preceded him in death on September 9, 2007. He is also preceded in death by a son Doug Coleman. Survivors include a son Donald (Patricia) Coleman Lenexa, a daughter, Janis (Terry) Abramovitz, Shawnee, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care sent in care of the funeral home PO Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Online condolences may be made at www.barnettfamilyfh.com

Collier

2002

Mary Parrot Collier passed away recently. She retired as the Financial Officer in the State Office at Temple, Texas.

Collier

2000

Billy W. Collier (74) passed away January 29, 2000 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He began his career with SCS during 1953 in the Administrative Services section of the Oklahoma State Office.

Collins

2016

Donald Collins (71) of Houlton, Maine passed away on May 2, 2016. He had been a District Conservationist for NRCS in Houlton, and an RC&D coordinator in Presque Isle. He was born in Rumford, Maine. Donnie received a degree in Agriculture Resource Economics from the University of Maine in 1973. He was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 2009. He worked in the Field offices of Bangor, Caribou, Machias and Houlton. Donnie was an active member of the Houlton United Methodist Church, past president of Vital Pathways and current President of Houlton Community Golf Course. He participated in many other community organizations, including the Board of Directors for Big Rock Mountain. He was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award in 2012 from the Houlton Rotary Club. Donnie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marion Morgan Collins; a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren children of Easton, PA. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Catherine Louise Collins; and his brother, James, who passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016, just one day before his own passing. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Donnie's memory payable to Vital Pathways. Online condolences and guest book: dunnfuneral.com.

Collins

2016

Mike Collins (59) of Alamosa, Colorado, died in a snowmobile accident on February 27, 2016 in the Snowy Range, west of Laramie, Wyoming. He grew up in the Livonia, Michigan area and went to college at School Craft College in Michigan and then transferred to the University of Wyoming where he received two Bachelor’s Degrees in Soil Science and Ag. Mech. in 1980 and 1981. Mike worked for the Northern Gas Company while in Laramie. He then worked almost 29 years for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where he enjoyed his work as a Soil Scientist and Soil Conservationist. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Stacy Stapp Collins; son, Dustin Collins of Cody, Wyoming; daughter, Michelle Collins of Laramie, Wyoming. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Collins

2009

Robert E. Collins (73) longtime District Conservationist at the Middlebury Vermont Field Office, passed away February 17, 2009. He started his career as the youngest DC in the state at the age of 28 and served in the leading dairy farming county of Addison for more than 36 years, becoming known as “Mr. SCS”. After retirement he served as ARSCSE State Rep for Vermont for several years. He also served his country in the military retiring as a major in the Army Reserve. He was active in his community serving as a member of a variety of committees and organizations. He leaves behind his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Lew, three children and their families. Contributions in his memory can be made to Friends of Middlebury Hockey, MSC Addition, PO Box 835, Middlebury, Vermont 05753.

Collison

2006

Senior Conservationist Frederic Earl Collison (85) of Carmel, California passed away October 27, 2006. He was an area conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1976.

Colson

2009

Clay Alton Colson (93) of Brodhead, Kentucky passed away October 12, 2009. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Berea College in 1937, Colson received a Master of Science in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Colson joined SCS in 1947 and served as the Rockcastle County Soil Conservationist for 31 years. After retirement, he served in numerous farming, civic, and church leadership roles. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Nellie Foster Kluttz. He is survived by four sons — William of Hastings, Nebraska, Robert of Westport, Conn., Charles of Salt Lake City, Utah, and David of Brodhead, Ky-- 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kentucky Christian Assembly, P.O. Box 71, Brodhead Ky. 40409, or the charity of one’s choosing.

Colvin

2011

Garland P. Colvin (76) Shreveport, Louisiana passed away April 27, 2011 at his home. He served in the United States Marines from 1953 to 1957. He worked for SCS for 34 years in several locations in Louisiana. He retired as an Area Conservationist in 1994. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gay Denham Colvin and two daughters.

Colwell

2008

Lela L. Colwell (83) passed away June 11, 2008. Lela was a payroll auditor for SCS in the Temple, TX office for 30 years. Survivors are her husband of 65 years, Thomas; daughters, Nancy Bales and Theresa Riley; 7 grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Memorials may go to Hewitt Community Church, PO Box 638, Hewitt, TX 76643.

Combs

2014

John Combs (88), passed away on June 29, 2014 at Hilltop Home of Comfort in Killdeer, ND. He worked the majority of his SCS career at the Killdeer Field Office. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ferne; daughter, Carolyn Moyer of Colorado Springs, CO; step-daughters Doreen (Dale) Orf of Grassy Butte, ND; Candace (Charlie) Jerke of Florence, MT; step-son, Kenton Nordin of Glendive, MT; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son, two brothers and a sister.

Compton

2004

Claude K. Compton (76) passed away suddenly on December 7, 2004 at Nacogdoches, TX. Claude was a graduate of Texas A & M University and had a Masters degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He began his career with the SCS in Nacogdoches and spent 40 years, serving as a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Conservationist and Agronomy Specialist. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the East Texas Wood Workers Club. His wife, Martha Ann, 2 daughters, 2 stepdaughters, and a brother survive.

Compton

2000

Lawrence V. Compton (93) passed away February 8, 2000. Lawrence was the National Biologist at the time of his retirement in 1974.

Conner

2019

Clarence Thomas Conner (71) of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on November 13, 2018. He was born in Moscow, Tennessee. Clarence was a longtime member of Lennon-Seney United Methodist Church. He was employed as a soil scientist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 40 years. He graduated from W.P. Ware Comprehensive High School (Fayette County, TN) in 1966 and from Tennessee State University in 1970. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and sports enthusiast and played baseball in high school and college. He is survived by his wife of almost 47 years, Bernice; four children, four siblings and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Lennon-Seney Men of Praise Gospel Choir, 2084 Dandridge Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Conner

2010

Warren R. Conner (81) of Wakeeney, Kansas passed away May 19, 2010. He graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in soils. He retired from SCS in 1987. Warren is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jeanne Custer Conner; two sons Reed (Denise) and David (Christina); two daughters, Christin Conner and Kim (Allen) Randles; and two grandchildren.

Conradi

2019

Arlin "Al" J Conradi (85) of Baxter, Tennessee passed away April 16, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends. Al was born August 9, 1933, in Homestead, Oklahoma to the late Carl and Martha (Winter) Conradi. He started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist in Oklahoma. He later became the District Conservationist in Oklahoma City and then was promoted to Area Conservationist in Cookeville, Tennessee where he worked until his retirement. Al is survived by his wife Pat Conradi, his daughter Sally (Nelson) Minton, son Roger (Angela) Conradi, and four grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held April 25, 2019 at the Outreach Center of Trinity Assembly of Algood, Tennessee.

Conroy

2003

John Conroy of IL passed away recently (2003).

Converse

2003

Henry Converse of Paducah, KY passed away recently (2003). He was a retired Soil Scientist.

Cook

2016

Lulu M. Cook (75) of Harrisburg, Missouri, passed away at her home on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Lulu was born in Houstonia, MO. She was married on October 4, 1958 to Hubert D. Cook in Smithton, MO who preceded her in death on March 6, 2004. Hubert was an SCS technician in the state office. She is survived by a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Coyote Hills Children’s Home, 9501 Coyote Hills Rd, Harrisburg, MO 65256. Online tributes may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Cook

2015

Kevin Ray Cook (46) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on June 11, 2015 in Rochester, MN after a brief illness. He was a member of the Glencoe Church of Christ. He graduated from OSU in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering. His career with the USDA began at the state Agricultural Research Station in 1986 and continued at the NRCS until his death. He could honestly refer to it as a “dam” good occupation with many “dam” good co-workers. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Brent and Lyndsie; and his mother and sister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kevin Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund established at Glencoe Public Schools, 201 E. Lone Chimney Rd., Glencoe, OK 74032

Cook

2006

Ed P. Cook (68) passed away May 30, 2006. Ed started his engineering career with SCS in Illinois. He served as a Planning Engineer for a number of years prior to accepting a position in the National Office in the River Basin Division. He later transferred to the Nevada State Office. His wife, Mary J., survives. Also surviving are children and grand children. The family asked suggests that memorials may go to Habitat for Humanity. Cards may go to the family at 2119 Leisure World, Mesa, AZ 85206.

Cook

2006

Honorary Senior Conservationist Merwin B. Cook (92) of Vero Beach, FL passed away January 22, 2006. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a planning engineer with SCS and began his career with SCS in Kansas.

Cook

2004

Hubert Cook (64) passed away March 6, 2004 of colon cancer. Hubert retired after 37 years of service with most of his career on the river basin planning staff in the Missouri state office as an engineering technician. He is survived by his wife, Lu Cook, 13351 N. Patton Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

Cooper

2014

Walter F. Cooper (80) of Morganton, NC, passed away on March 5, 2014. Walter retired in 1988 as Area Conservationist in Waynesville, NC. Prior to transferring to North Carolina in 1979, Walt worked in Missouri and several locations in Ohio. He was a native of Kentucky and graduated from Berea College in 1954 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. On his college graduation day, he married his wife, Emma. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and upon his return he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service. In addition to having a passion for bluegrass music, Walter was a postmark collector with a collection of over one million postmarks from all over the world. He spent many volunteer hours with the Postmark Collectors Club and at the Postmark Museum in Bellevue, OH. As a result of his hobby and his love of rural places, he visited all 3,144 counties and equivalents in the United States and six continents, including Antarctica. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma; daughter Amy Cooper (Tony) Outlaw of Atlanta, GA; son Alan (Janet) of Great Mills, MD; and four grandchildren.

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