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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 09/21//2017

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

To see RECENT remembrances, click here.

ALL, Sorted Alphabetically

Year

In Memoriam, ALPHABETICALLY

 

 

 

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.

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

Cornelius A. “Tony” Adams, 81, of Salina, Kansas passed away on January 24, 2017. He was born in Coffeyville, Kansas. Tony worked as a Structural Draftsman for USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994. He was a veteran of the United State Air Force and Kansas National Guard. Tony was a member of the Sacred Heart Cathedral and Salina Astronomy Club; he enjoyed astronomy and astrology. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, of the home; a daughter, Adrienne Anastasia Lukens (Bob), of Galesburg; seven grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be given to Sacred Heart Cathedral or Salina Astronomy Club, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Ankle

2017

David Ankle (83) of Perry, Oklahoma passed away on the evening of February 21, 2017 at the Green Valley Nursing Home in Perry surrounded by loving family. He was born in Beardsley, Kansas. He married Vivian Roots on August 17, 1957. She preceded him in death in 2014. David served in the US Army 1955-1957 and earned the rank of SP-4. David graduated from Fort Hayes State University with a Master of Science in Botany in 1963. Upon graduation, David worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in McAlester and Tishimingo Conservation Districts before taking a position in the Perry District in 1969. He served the public for over 30 years in conservation at both the state and county levels. He was an active member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus of Oklahoma where he received Knight of the Year in 2006, and the Elks Lodge of Perry along with numerous others associations with many awards and recognitions. David loved farming, working on old cars, and gardening. Survivors include two daughters, Sybil (Glen) Rahn of Perry; Clarinda (Cameron) Rackley of Claremore; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. David was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Vivian. Memorials may be made to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N 7th Street, Perry, OK 73077.

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.

Babich

2004

Life Member Larry Babich (62) passed away September 13, 2004. Larry earned his engineering degree in Montana, and held various positions in SCS. He will long be remembered for his work as a member of the multi-state watershed planning staff with a major project in Hawaii. He retired in 1997 as the National Operations Coordinator for the Watershed & Wetland Division at National Headquarters. He was diagnosed as having liver cancer in May. Larry is survived by his wife, Sherry, two daughters and a son. Sherry's address is: 1005 SE 141st Ct. Vancouver, WA 98683   (360) 604-9678Owen Lee remembers when Larry joined the Watershed staff in the National Office, he brought a lightheartedness and sense of humor that we all enjoyed. Whenever, we celebrated a birthday he would always sing "THE" birthday song which went like this:   This is your birthday song   It is not very long   Ta Da!!!Later we added music - I brought a drum back from the African exhibit at Epcot Center for a crescendo as Larry ended the singing with a leg kick. Larry was the "life" of the party - - he will be missed.

Bach

2008

Paul William Bach (87) passed away November 24, 2008 in Hugoton, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired as a Soil Conservation Technician at Sublette in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Bettie, of Hugoton, a son, a daughter, a sister, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Bacon

2016

Daniel Bacon (88) of Macon, Georgia passed away on June 18, 2016. He was born in Tattnall County. He graduated from Glennville High School in 1944 and worked in the shipyards of Savannah until he was 17 and old enough to join his two brothers already serving to protect our country in WWII. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific until the end of the war on the Bunker Hill returning wounded soldiers back to the U.S. Upon returning home he utilized the GI bill graduating from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in 1948 and the University of Georgia in 1950 with a BS degree in Agriculture with a minor in Agronomy. He took a job teaching in Surrency, GA. After teaching Agriculture to returning war veterans, he worked for the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service throughout several Georgia counties. In 1964 he took a job with the United States Forest Service at the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina mapping soils. Upon completing his Master of Agriculture from N.C. State University in 1968, he then moved his family to Atlanta where he became the Southeast Regional Hydrologist for the US Forest Service. After retiring in 1984, he opened a consulting firm, Soil Surveys, and practiced until 2001. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean Bacon; children, Becky Rosson-Bonner (spouse, Cleve Bonner) and Dexter Bacon, San Antonio (spouse, Diane Riden Bacon); three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Tattnall Baptist Church in the memory of Dan Bacon.

Bacon

2006

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Sam R. Bacon (106) passed away September 9, 2006. The oldest of our Senior Conservationists Mr. Bacon was a Soil Scientist in Tennessee at the time of his retirement in Nov. 1963. He earned the attention of many not only for his longevity but also for his continued activity. He was delivering Meals-on-Wheels to people half his age after he had attained the age of 100.

Bahr

2007

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Albert Francis Bahr (92) passed away February 12, 2007. Albert worked as a Soil Scientist in North Dakota for 35 years and retired in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Louie Jean, 5 sons-Howard, Don, Lee, Stephen, and Lyman, daughter Linda, 63 grandchildren and 102 great grandchildren.

Bailey

2016

Senior Conservationist Oran “Bill” Bailey (92) of Peralta, New Mexico passed away on November 17, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Edith Bailey of 15 years and one son, Joseph Carl Bailey, Chickasha, OK. He was preceded in death by his son, William Harold Bailey. Oran served in WWII. He was in the Combat Engineer Battalion. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980 as the State Soil Scientist. Bill was a talented fiddler. As a hobby while in college, he joined the “Aggie Rambler.” Later he formed his own band, “Bill Bailey and the Country Classics.” After retirement, playing music turned into a full time job. He ended all of his performances with the song, “Bill Bailey, Won't You Come Home.” He enjoyed playing and competed in many contests over the years. That was his life. Bill enjoyed every minute of it.

Bailey

2010

Moulton A. Bailey II (76) of Scotland Neck, North Carolina passed away March 21, 2010. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech University and served as a soil scientist for SCS for 32 years. He was the soil survey leader for several soil surveys in North Carolina. After retiring he served as a health inspector and soil scientist for Halifax County, NC, for 17 years. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Margaret Jane Bailey, his daughter, Virginia Anne Bailey; his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Shelton Bailey, Deborah Hairr Bailey; a stepdaughter, Margo William Sorrie and stepson, Grayson Kent Best and four grandchildren and eight step grandchildren.

Bain

2016

William Ruel Bain Sr. (85) passed away August 10, 2016 in Antlers, Oklahoma. Ruel was born south of Valliant. He attended Valliant schools, graduating with honors in 1949. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M where in 1953 he earned a BS in Animal Husbandry. Ruel served in the US Army and then returned to college in Stillwater and earned his Master's Degree in Agronomy (Soil Science), graduating in 1958. He worked for OSU for several years and continued his educational studies. In 1961 he began working at Blackwell, Oklahoma for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist and later moved to Antlers with the SCS. He completed a soil survey of Pushmataha County and assisted in adjoining counties until becoming District Conservationist in 1976. In 1987 he worked out of McAlester as the Area Soil Scientist for Eastern Oklahoma until he retired in 1994. He learned to call bids at an early age and worked auctions for over sixty years. Ruel was a fiddle player and could play most other stringed instruments. He has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Antlers, were he taught Sunday school for several years. He leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife of 63 years, Shirley of the home, two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church kitchen benevolence fund or children's ministry fund.

Bain

2016

William Ruel Bain Sr. (85) passed away August 10, 2016 in Antlers, Oklahoma. Ruel was born south of Valliant. He attended Valliant schools, graduating with honors in 1949. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M where in 1953 he earned a BS in Animal Husbandry. Ruel served in the US Army and then returned to college in Stillwater and earned his Master's Degree in Agronomy (Soil Science), graduating in 1958. He worked for OSU for several years and continued his educational studies. In 1961 he began working at Blackwell, Oklahoma for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist and later moved to Antlers with the SCS. He completed a soil survey of Pushmataha County and assisted in adjoining counties until becoming District Conservationist in 1976. In 1987 he worked out of McAlester as the Area Soil Scientist for Eastern Oklahoma until he retired in 1994. He learned to call bids at an early age and worked auctions for over sixty years. Ruel was a fiddle player and could play most other stringed instruments. He has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Antlers, were he taught Sunday school for several years. He leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife of 63 years, Shirley of the home, two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church kitchen benevolence fund or children's ministry fund.

Baird

2007

Charles Baird (66) passed away October 18, 2007. Charlie worked as an Engineer for SCS/NRCS in Texas and retired Jan. 1, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Gail, sons Rob and Reese. Memorials may go to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 305 N 30th, Waco, TX 76710.

Baker

2016

James (Jim) Edward Baker (75) of Johnstown, New York passed away on January 29, 2016. He graduated from Paul Smith's College with a degree in Forestry, then on to Cornell University with a Bachelor's Degree in Horticultural. Jim began his employment with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1965 and worked until 1996 holding positions in Ellicottville, Johnstown, Chestertown & Warrensburg, NY, ending his federal career as the Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator. He served for many years as an officer and member of the F, J & G Square Dance Club and Cross Trails of Canajoharie. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dorothy Pelzer Baker of Johnstown; two daughters, Amy E. Baker (John Smith) of Voorheesville; Betsy L. Martineau (Lance) of Delanson; three grandchildren, and four great-grandsons. Donations can be made to Johnstown Reformed Church, 351 North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY 12095.

Baker

2016

John Michael Baker (67) of Cameron, Missouri passed away on October 31, 2016. John was born in Kingston. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Missouri. He worked as a civil engineer for the State of Missouri in the Soil and Water Conservation Department. John was also Soil Conservation Technician for NRCS, retiring a few years ago. John was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during Vietnam with tours in Thailand and Germany. Survivors: Two sisters, Shirley (Lester) Skouby, Cameron, and Cora Blackwell, Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews and their children. Memorial donations to the Missouri Veteran’s Assistance League, Cameron.

Baker

2016

John Michael Baker (67) of Cameron, Missouri passed away on October 31, 2016. John was born in Kingston. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Missouri. He worked as a civil engineer for the State of Missouri in the Soil and Water Conservation Department. John was also Soil Conservation Technician for NRCS, retiring a few years ago. John was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during Vietnam with tours in Thailand and Germany. Survivors: Two sisters, Shirley (Lester) Skouby, Cameron, and Cora Blackwell, Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews and their children. Memorial donations to the Missouri Veteran’s Assistance League, Cameron.

Baker

2015

Earl R. Baker (91) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho passed away on June 26, 2015. He was born in Roundup, Montana in 1923. During WW II Earl served in the Army Air Corps, flying missions from China and India into Burma in a B-24 bomber as a photographer and assistant radio operator. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Alice Storer in Billings, Montana on May 29, 1945 and graduated from Montana State College in Bozeman on June 6, 1945. Earl worked 32 years for the Soil Conservation Service in various locations in Washington retiring in Spokane in 1983. He travelled to Washington, D.C. in 2013 on the Honor Flight. Earl is survived by his wife, Mary, of Coeur d’Alene; his daughter, Patty of Coeur d’Alene; his son, Ed of Richland, Washington; his grandchildren, Janel and Brad; and great-granddaughter Vivian.

Baker

2014

Member Judith K. "Judy" Baker (65) of Canandaigua, New York passed away on April 11, 2014, at the House of John in Clifton Springs after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her brother, John G. (Sandra Fleisher) Baker, Jr.; a nephew, a niece, five grandnieces and a one grandnephew. She was a graduate of the fsUniversity of Rochester. Judy worked for 28 years as an administrative officer for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in various locations in the Northeast, Western US, Great Plains and Washington, D.C. In 1999, Judy settled in Canandaigua and worked part-time at the Wood Library from 2000-2013. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustee's. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Canandaigua Chapter and the Friends of Wood Library. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com

Baker

2013

Mary Elizabeth Baker (55) of Clinton, Maryland passed on March 3, 2013 at Southern Maryland Hospital. She was the beloved wife of Robert H. Terry Jr. She was an administrative assistant working for NRCS for twenty-seven years. She was located in Beltsville, MD, having also served in the former East Region office and in the New York State Office. Along with her husband she is survived by two daughters, Jordan Elizabeth and Lauren Emma Terry.

Baker

2012

Orlan J. Baker (84) of Rogers, Arkansas passed away on January 5, 2012. He retired in 1990 as a Soil Conservation Technician with the Soil Conservation Service in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

Baldwin

2000

Donald M. Baldwin passed away December 1, 2000 in Enterprise, OR. He retired in 1988 after 38 years with SCS.

Balkan

2013

Peter L. Balkan (86) passed away December 31, 2013, in Mission, Texas. He worked as a civil engineer in North Dakota and retired as the State Irrigation Engineer in 1976. He is survived by his wife Lilli (Anderson) who he married in May 2004; four daughters: Lore Cunningham, Shady Spring, WV; Shelley Balkan Grant (Peter), Kasson, MN; Petrice Balkan (Greg), Lake Maud, MN; and Kristen Bringgold (John), Lakeville, MN; two stepchildren, Richard Anderson, Detroit Lakes, MN and Tula Smajstrla, Fredericksburg, TX; a sister, nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one on the way. He was preceded in death by his first wife Sylvia in 2001. The family would like memorials sent to Legacy Hospice, 3607 Plantation Grove, Mission, TX.

Ball

2016

Lemuel Franklin Ball, Jr. (91) of Claremont, Oklahoma passed away on February 28, 2016, at home. He was born on the family farm in LeFlore County, Oklahoma. Following high school graduation at age 16, he joined the U.S. Army. During World War II, Lem served overseas in the First Calvary Division of the Army. Upon his return from service in 1946, he enrolled in Oklahoma A&M College where he completed a Bachelor’s in Agriculture and later received his Master’s in Agriculture, then OSU. On August 19, 1950, Lem and Margie Lou Priegel were married. Following college, he worked in seed stores in Enid and Oklahoma City. He then taught in the Agronomy Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Reclamation. And later he worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), which is what he wanted to do all along. As a career employee of the SCS, Lem worked in many places including Okemah, Poteau, Claremore, and Okmulgee, retiring in 1980. Through the years, Lem even served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Oklahoma Baptist Historical Society. He is survived by his son-in-law, Rex Fry of Claremore; his three granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife, Margie Lou (Priegel) Ball; and children James Ball and Virginia Ann (Ball) Fry.

Ball

2002

Gene Ball passed away July 4, 2002. He was the husband of Betty Ball. Betty retired in 1988 as Area Clerk at Parkersburg, WV. Betty is the ARSCSE State Representative for WV.

Bannister

2006

Donald Bannister (86) passed away June 29, 2006. His career spanned 30 years and he served in several locations in ND. His final position was as the State Soil Scientist. He retired in 1976. His wife Thelma died in 1986.

Barber

2014

Norina Barber (91) of Harrisburg, PA, passed away on April 28, 2014 at the Forest Park Nursing Home in Carlisle. She will be remembered as a clerk in the Harrisburg SCS State Office, retiring in 1988. She is survived by two brothers and a sister. 

Barbre

2000

Eddie Lee Barbre passed away May 21, 2000 in Stillwater, OK. He retired from the NRCS in 1988 as an Engineer on the Watershed Planning Staff.

Barby

2009

Sandy Barby (64) passed away May 13, 2009. Sandy worked for SCS in the NNTC. She is survived by her mother with whom she lived and by a brother in Florida. Cards and notes may be sent to her mother, Ella Barby, 89 Lawrence Avenue, Sharon Hill, PA 19079.

Barclay

2009

Martha M. Barclay (93) passed away September 4, 2009. She is survived by husband Woodrow H. Barclay of Grand Rapids, MI who retired as the area conservationist at Grand Rapids in 1980. Also surviving are: son, John H. Barclay who retired as the district conservationist at Centreville, MI in 2007; daughters Karen Kussmaul and Kristen Lee; and 14 grandchildren one of whom is Brian Barclay, district conservationist at Bryan, OH.

Barefoot

2017

Senior Conservationist Stanley O. Barefoot (92) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on April 19, 2017. Stanley retired December 31, 1984 as Planning Engineer on the Watershed/River Basin Planning staff, Raleigh, NC. He graduated from NC State University with Agricultural Engineering degree in 1949. He served in the US Navy 1949-1951. He began his career as the manager of the Rowan Farmers Co-Op, Salisbury, NC. In 1952 he was employed by the Southern Railway, Spencer, NC.  Then he worked for the Trexler Tractor and Equipment Co., Salisbury, NC. In 1953 he started his career with the Soil Conservation Service as Area Engineer, Elizabeth City, NC. In 1956, Stanley accepted the Area Engineer position in Goldsboro, NC. In 1956 he became Construction Engineer in Rome, Georgia, and in 1960 he was the Planning Engineer on the Watershed Planning staff, Athens, Georgia. He returned to North Carolina in 1962 as Area Engineer in Goldsboro and then became Project Engineer for the Crabtree Creek Watershed project, and finally Planning Engineer on the Watershed/River Basin Planning staff. Stanley was the long-time treasurer of the SCS remembrance fund for North Carolina. Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Ann. He is survived by three sons and three grandchildren.

Barefoot

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Everette Glenn Barefoot (91) of Four Oaks, North Carolina passed away on February 14, 2016. Everette retired in 1980 with 32 years of service as Soil Conservation Technician in the Smithfield Field Office. He spent his entire career in Johnston County. After retirement he established a strawberry farm and later founded “Barefoot Hams”, one of the most respected ham-curing operations in the southeast. Everette was a WWII veteran. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in December 1943. He served as a nose-gunner on a B-24 with the 8th Air Force stationed in England. He participated in over 20 bombing missions in Western Europe. Everette was awarded the Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters for meritorious service with the Army Air Force. His B-24 crew of 10 maintained contact after the war and beginning in 1954 they began having annual reunions. He was the last surviving member of the crew. He was discharged as Staff Sergeant on November 19, 1945. When he returned home, he married his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 67 years, Jean Cooper Barefoot, who passed away October, 2012. Everette was an active member of the Four Oaks America Post and was a loyal and supportive member of Four Oaks United Methodist Church. Everette is survived by his two sons, Stephen Glenn Barefoot of Durham and Michael Cooper Barefoot of Chapel Hill, grandson, John Mallary Barefoot Klein of Portland, Oregon, and niece, Pamela Barefoot whom he referred to as the daughter he never had.

Barefoot

2012

Jean Cooper Barefoot (86) of Four Oaks, North Carolina passed away October 7, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Senior Conservationist Everette G. Barefoot who retired from SCS as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1980. Also surviving are two sons Stephen and Michael and one grandson. She was an active member of Four Oaks United Methodist Church where she was a member of the church choir. She worked for a number of years at the Smithfield Herald, then at Smithfield Savings and Loan, where she retired as Secretary-Treasurer in 1980.

Barela

2001

Jose "Andress" Esquipula Barela passed away during September 2001 in Albuquerque. Skip retired after 28 years with SCS and 27 years with the Algodones Water Association.

Baribeau

2011

William Baribeau (94) of Golden Valley, Minnesota, formerly of Valley City, North Dakota passed away June 28, 2011. He worked as Unit Manager in Valley City, ND from 1949 until retirement in 1979. He is survived by his son, Ken Baribeau, Fort Myers, FL; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Magdalena and his daughter, Margaret Baribeau Kopp.

Barker

2017

Stan Eugene Barker (87) passed away on July 11, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Morning Sun, Iowa. He attended Parsons College, majoring in history and education and later attended Drake University, Des Moines, IA. His first career was teaching elementary education at Grinnell, IA. In 1959, he had an opportunity to change careers, and started working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Iowa City, Iowa. He retired from the SCS in 1988, as Personnel Officer for Idaho, with 31 years career service in Iowa and Mississippi, before being transferred to Idaho in 1978. During this time he spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean conflict, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Early in 1979, he met the love of his life, Lorene, in a Sunday school class at Whitney United Methodist Church in Boise. Stan and Lorene were active members of Whitney UMC their entire married life and church was very important to them. Stan became an Idaho Freemason and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1980. He also joined the Order of the Amaranth and was a York Rite Mason. He joined El Korah Shrine in 1980. He held many offices at the local and state level in all of these Fraternal Organizations throughout the remainder of his life, receiving numerous awards. For all his lifetime dedication to the fraternity, Stan is the only person to be awarded the title of Honorary Past Grand Master, an honor he received in 2013 from the Freemasons of Idaho. Stan is survived by his sister, Twyla Wells (Arthur) of Grinnell, Iowa; two step sons (Lorene’s sons), Jerry James (Sarah) of Boise, ID and Thomas (Lisa) of Portland, OR; two grandsons, one granddaughter, and four great grandchildren. Stan was preceded in death by his wife 36 years, Lorene, in February of 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children, Fairfax Avenue & Virginia Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103; or Whitney United Methodist Church, 3309 Overland Road, Boise, ID 83705. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.summersfuneral.com.

Barker

2009

Wesley Leroy Barker (83) of Salina, Kansas passed away July 9, 2009. Wes was a Soil Scientist for SCS, retiring in 1985. He was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M and a World War II Army veteran. He was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for 18 years and a master gardener and enjoyed being a scoutmaster, storyteller, avid photographer, golfer and fisherman. Wes was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolly Marie Wadsworth Barker, and son, Kent. He is survived by his spouse, Pamela; son, Kirby (Marla) of Topeka; stepsons, Chad Wolf of California, and Lance Hinde, of Salina; a stepdaughter and five grandchildren.

Barker

2004

Senior Conservationist Dale C. Barker (95) of Coralville, Iowa passed away November 17, 2004. Dale was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1970.

Barkley

2017

Joseph Barkley (97) of Paris, Illinois passed away on May 8, 2017 in Paris Healthcare Center. Joe was born in Paris and graduated from Paris High School in 1936, was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, and the Montana Historical Society. Joe retired in 1979 as a District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from February 4, 1942 to October 23, 1945 in WWII. He returned to Edgar County after the war and briefly resumed farming. He used the GI Bill to attend the University of Illinois, earning an agriculture degree. He was an avid reader of history, especially about the American west. He married Frances H. Honeywell Barkley in October of 1946, and she passed away April 30, 1983. He is survived by his son, Dan Barkley of Paris, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, John Barkley.

Barnard

2009

Honorary Senior Conservationist Amos Barnard (95) passed away November 24, 2009 in Stillwater, OK. He worked for the CCC Camp Co. 867 in Gunnison National Forest at Waunita Hot Springs in 1933. After farming for several years, Amos started with SCS in 1947 in Beaver, OK. In 1954, he transferred to Stillwater where he retired in September 1984 after working 37 years with SCS. He attended OK A&M part time and attained a Junior status from 1957 to 1962 in Agronomy. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Sammie; two sons, David A. Barnard of Tulsa, OK; and Ray E. Barnard of Stillwater, OK; three daughters, Rebecca A. Grimaud of Tyler, TX; Virginia L. Norrell of Tyler, TX; and Amy J. Drain of Reed Point, MT; fifteen grandchildren; and eighteen great grandchildren.

Barnes

2011

Member Marion C. Barnes (75) of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away October 11, 2011 in Mountain Home. He worked for SCS. Marion is survived by two sons: Raymond Barnes of Mountain Home, Arkansas and David (Cheryl) Barnes of Rydal, Georgia, a daughter: Gay (Eric) Bett of Mountain Home, Arkansas and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Elizabeth Weaver Barnes. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Home Christian Clinic.

Barnes

2008

Life member and Senior Conservationist John Thomas “J.T.” Barnes (86) of Milton, Florida passed away April 15, 2008. He liked to refer to his birthday as 2-22-22. He was a soil conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1980 as an area conservationist. He also served as Veterans Service Officer for Santa Rosa County from March 1983 to June, 1997. He gave outright over a quarter of a million dollars out of his own pocket directly to needy veterans and their families. John graduated from Chumuckla High School in 1941. Tall and angular, he was an athlete who excelled in basketball, his team winning the basketball state championship in 1941. Following a brief stint with the Army Corps of Engineers, John entered the Army in 1942 and served through October 25, 1946, just six days less than four years. The next year he entered the University of Florida where he earned both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in three years in the College of Agriculture from 1946 to 1949. John was presented the F Letterwinner Award for basketball in 1946. He loved his school and arranged to include the university’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in his estate plan which establishes “The John T. Barnes Professorships Fund” in the amount of $1 million or more.

Barnes

2008

Frances Barnes passed away March 28, 2008. Frances was the wife of R. C. Barnes who retired from the National Office as Agricultural Engineer in the Engineering Division. He came to the National Office from Virginia where he was the State Conservation Engineer. R. C. passed away a number of years ago. Frances is survived by their son, Bruce. The family has asked that memorials be sent to; Central Texas Senior Ministries-Meals on Wheels, PO Box 85, Waco. TX 76703.

Barnett

2016

Helen R. Barnett (89) passed away on October 2, 2016, in Winchester, Kentucky. Helen was the wife of James L. Barnett. She is survived by her husband and one son. Helen worked in the Personnel (HR) section of the Kentucky State Office of the Soil Conservation Service, for 23 years, prior to retirement. She always wore a smile and was always ready to help. Staff in the state office lovingly referred to her as "Momma Helen."

Barnett

2016

Helen R. Barnett (89) passed away on October 2, 2016, in Winchester, Kentucky. Helen was the wife of James L. Barnett. She is survived by her husband and one son. Helen worked in the Personnel (HR) section of the Kentucky State Office of the Soil Conservation Service, for 23 years, prior to retirement. She always wore a smile and was always ready to help. Staff in the state office lovingly referred to her as "Momma Helen."

Barnett

2016

Helen R. Barnett (89) passed away on October 2, 2016, in Winchester, Kentucky. Helen was the wife of James L. Barnett. She is survived by her husband and one son. Helen worked in the Personnel (HR) section of the Kentucky State Office of the Soil Conservation Service for 23 years prior to retirement. She always wore a smile and was always ready to help. Staff in the state office lovingly referred to her as "Momma Helen."

Barnett

2015

Richard W. Barnett (91) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 15, 2015. He was born in Falls City. Richard worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1980. He received his professional engineer designation, and was a graduate of the University of Nebraska, served in World War II and a member of the Cathedral of the Risen Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Chris Barnett. He is survived by his children, Michael Barnett, Mark (Cynthia) Barnett, Paul (Janet) Barnett; grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Barnett

2014

Harry Barnett (89) of Honeybrook, PA passed away on June 1, 2014. Harry worked as a Conservation Technician in the Dauphin County field office, when it was located on Locust Lane in Harrisburg. He retired in 1990 and became very active in the Twin Valleys Fire Co. He was Chief of the Fire Police at one time and Chief of the Ambulance Unit at another time. Harry is survived by his wife and three sons.

Barrett

2010

James G. Barrett (79) of Portland, Oregon passed away July 18, 2010. James retired from SCS as a resource inventory specialist at the West National Technical Center in 1994 after having served on the California staff and as the district conservationist in Clearlake, California. James is survived by his daughter Floris M.; and son James G. Jr.

Barton

2014

Arlin J. Barton (92) of Russellville, Kentucky passed away on June 13, 2014 after a short illness.  Arlin was soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service for over 35 years, retiring in 1988, and volunteered as an Earth Team volunteer in the Russellville Field Office for 20 years.

Base

2007

Steve Richard “Dick” Base passed away April 30, 2007. Dick retired in 1994 from the National Soil Survey Center as the correlator for the western United States. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, sons Daniel, Stephen, and Michael, step children Debra, Dana, Davis, Darin 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Basinger

2010

Senior Conservationist Robert H. Basinger (84) passed away April 27, 2010. Bob was a retired SCS District Conservationist. Bob was DC in Saline County from 1966 – 1981. He served on the Saline County Soil and Water Conservation District Board from 1980 until his death, serving as director for ten years. He served in World War II in the Army's Civil Air Patrol. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Sally Basinger of Eldorado; a daughter, Teresa Basinger of Murphysboro; and two grandchildren. In addition to his wife Catherine, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles Dean Basinger; and a daughter, Carol Ann Basinger. For those who desire, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Church. Online condolences may be made at the Internet site www.watsonfuneralhome.net.

Bassett

2003

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Lawrence B. Bassett of Gainesville, Florida passed away on November 13, 2003, the day after his 92nd birthday. Lawrence retired from the Soil Conservation as an engineer in 1972. His wife Charlotte predeceased him by five years. She died on July 6, 1998. Lawrence and Charlotte are survived by their four children and numerous grandchildren.

Batchelor

2011

Elsie Edna Clara Batchelor (82) of Bozeman, Montana passed away November 11, 2011. Elsie is survived by her loving husband Ron, who retired from SCS, four children and eight grandchildren. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, people consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at 3010 11th Ave. North, Billings, MT, 59101.

Batchelor

2003

Senior Conservationist Paul R. Batchelor (90) of Hillsville, Virginia passed away December 13, 2003. Paul was at district conservationist with SCS at the time of his retirement in 1976.

Baten

2012

Pauline "Skip" Baten (83) of Enola, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on November 1, 2012. Skip was a graduate of Catholic High in Harrisburg and worked for SCS in Harrisburg in the administrative/personnel section. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Baten and a son, Jack, Jr. and grandson, John. Surviving is a son, two daughters, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop McDevitt Building Fund 2200 Market St., Harrisburg, PA 17103.

Bathurst

2016

Senior Conservationist Verne Milo Bathurst (92) of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on December 26, 2016. Born on a farm outside a small town on the eastern edge of Kansas’ Flint Hills, he translated his experience with the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, modern medicine, and WW II, into a successful lifetime career in the USDA's Soil Conservation Service (since renamed the Natural Resources Conservation Service). His elementary education was in a classic one-room schoolhouse. As a teenager, Verne nearly succumbed to pneumonia. Standing within earshot of his sick bed, the physician told his parents he doubted Verne could survive, but he had heard of a new drug that might have promise fighting lung infections. After a discussion, they decided to spend the $20, and the drug was ordered from Kansas City. It traveled overnight on the train to Emporia, then 20 miles by car to town, and finally five miles by bulldozer through a blizzard to the farm. It proved the cure. That drug was sulfa. Upon graduating second in a class of five from Admire High School, Mr. Bathurst enlisted in the Army Air Force, training as navigator for B25 aircraft, although reassignments meant he never left US soil. The GI Bill enabled him to graduate from Kansas State University in three years, majoring in Natural Resource Conservation, and joined the SCS directly upon graduating. His career in the SCS began with assignments as District Conservationist in many rural Kansas towns, assisting local farmers in laying out contours, waterways, and retention ponds, to control erosion. In later years, his career took him to the head of the Michigan SCS, the youngest person in the history of the SCS to achieve that rank. He was then sent to Harvard for his Masters in Public Administration. After a long stint at the Service's HQ in Washington, DC, as a top-level administrator, he returned to the state level as SCS Chief in Arizona, until his retirement in 1988. Verne is survived by his wife of 67 years, Carolyn Ilene Anderson Bathurst of Miller KS, three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Batie

1997

J. Russel Batie passed away June 18, 1997. He was Supervisor Wheeler-Case Project and was located in NE. He worked on the Mirage Flats Irrigation Project.

Baum

2010

Senior Conservationist Robert Combs Baum (85) of Salem, Oregon passed away October 20, 2010 after battling a recurrence of cancer. After graduating as valedictorian at Union High School, he entered the Navy for 2 1/2 years, training as a naval air cadet. Following the end of WWII, Robert enrolled at Oregon State College (now University) where he earned a degree in Agricultural Economics. Over the years he sang and yodeled at many family occasions as well as many conferences and community events. Robert worked 41 years in the field of soil and water conservation, including 19 years as Director of the Oregon State Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and 20 years as Pacific Region Representative of the National Association of Conservation Districts, covering seven states. Among other honors, he was awarded the American Motors National Conservation Award and the Distinguished Service Award of the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts. Robert was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis in 2006. He is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Finley (Mike) of Prineville, Susan Ziolko (Mike) of Oregon City, and Michele Gwinup (Michael) of Bend; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Visit www.bobbaum.com for details and to share memories.

Baum

2006

Phyllis Baum (79) passed away August 21, 2006. Phyllis was the wife of Bob Baum. Bob a retired SWCS employee and has been an Associate Member of ARSCSE for many years. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters, six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to Salem YMCA, 685 Court NE, Salem, OR 97301 or Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd St. N.W., Salem, OR 97304.

Baum

2006

Robert Baum (74) passed away February 3, 2006. Bob retired in 1991 as the State Range Conservationist in Idaho in 1991. After retiring he returned to his home town of Tecumseh, NE where he was an active Earth Team volunteer. He is survived by a son, Greg, a daughter, Sonja, and a grandson. Memorials may be sent to the family’s choice, in care of Glen Baum, 61556 722 Rd, Tecumseh, NE 68450-8426.

Baxley

2005

Walt Baxley passed away in TX from complications following colon surgery (May 2005). His wife, Bernelle, a son and 2 grandchildren survive. Bernelle's address is 5608 Waltham, Ft Worth, TX   76133

Bayles

2013

Member Gordon Blaine Bayles (76) of Morgantown (Stewartstown), West Virginia passed away on April 1, 2013, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Blaine graduated West Virginia University and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He retired in 1994 as geologist with the Soil Conservation. He was a hunter and gardner. He is survived by four sons: Steven Lee of Orlando, FL, David (Kristen) Bayles of Morgantown, Daniel (Courtney) Bayles of Morgantown, and William (Shelia) Bayles of Longview, TX; three daughters-all of Morgantown: Sheirl Fletcher, Sharon Offutt, and Donna (John) Messiora; and thirteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna Byrle Everly Bayles, April 13, 1998. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.spearfuneralhome.net.

Beachler

2002

Senior Conservationist Orville L. Beachler (85) of Hillsdale, Michigan passed away July 24, 2002. He was a soil conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1979.

Bean

2006

Senior Conservationist James W. Bean (85) passed away recently (Oct 06). Jim retired from the Watershed Planning Division in the National Office in Feb. 1976. His wife, Myrtie, survives as well as 4 sons, William, Gary, Robert, and Andrew, 2 daughters, Cynthia, Donna, and Marcia, and 15 grandchildren. Memorials may be sent to Center United Methodist Church, c/o Ruth Knepper, 862 Drifting Lane, Hustontown, PA 17229. Condolences can be sent to Myrtie Bean, 3625 Brook St., Greencastle, PA 17225.

Beard

2012

Life Member Mona Fay Beard (81) of Bloomington, Maryland passed away at Frostburg Village Nursing Home on June 29, 2012. She attended Catherman’s Business School, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School and George Washington University, majoring in Business Administration. She retired in 1986 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture having served 35 years with the Agricultural Research Service and the Soil Conservation Service. At the time of her retirement, she was in charge of employee development nationwide for SCS. Before entering the federal government services, Miss Beard worked as a secretary at Westvaco. Among many other awards, in 1984 she received a superior award for the development of the Soil Conservation Service’s Water Quality Training program. Mona was an active member of numerous civic and professional organizations. She was honored in “Who’s Who of American Women”. She is survived by her brother, Harry Ray Beard, a niece, Brenda (Dann) Herndon, great-nephew, Andrew Herndon and family, all of Keyser, WV.

Beauchamp

1992

Keith H. Beauchamp passed away February 29, 1992. He was a Drainage and Irrigation Engineer and was located in EWP Units in Milwaukee and Lincoln.

Beck

2015

Louis Carson "Lou" Beck (75) of Hawley, Pennsylvania passed away on March 6, 2015, at Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Beverly Ann Cushman. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Lou was an Army veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in agronomy from Delaware College of Science and Agriculture. He was an agronomist with the Soil Conservation Service and worked as the District Conservationist in Pike/Wayne Soil Conservation District until his retirement in 1994. However, he best loved to work at the Trading Post/Whatknots, the business he owned with his wife Bev. In addition to his wife, Lou is survived by two daughters, one son, and four grandchildren. To leave a condolence, visit www.TeetersFuneralChapel.com.

Beck

2012

Honorary Senior Conservationist and member Roy Richard Beck (92) passed away July 2, 2012. Roy was a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and was a 1942 graduate of Penn State University. He served as an officer in the United States Navy during WWII. Roy spent most of his SCS/NRCS career in North Carolina. He served as District Conservationist in the Waynesville Field Office and transferred to Greenville, NC in 1962 where he served as District Conservationist until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and the Moose Lodge. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosalie Tadych Beck; two daughters, Kathy Beck and Tina Provenzale. Roy is survived by his wife of 6 years, Lib Rhodes Beck; son, Tom (Leta) Beck of Winterville, NC; daughters, Nancy Wheeler of Greenville, and Mary Jo (Joseph) Walker of Belle Glade, FL; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Beckwith

2008

Levi Beckwith (88) passed away May 26, 2008. Levi was an Administrative Clerk in the State Office in North Carolina when he retired in 1981. He is survived by his wife, Hattie; daughter, Gwendolyn Talley; son, Gregory; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Becwar

2014

Francis Joseph Becwar (75) of Montello, Wisconsin passed away January 5, 2014. He worked a total of 35 years as a soil conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in September of 1993. Being outdoors was his favorite place to be. Francis leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Janice, two daughters, four grandchildren as well as one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. www.CrawfordFH.com.

Begnoche

2010

Gary M. Begnoche (64) and his wife of 37 years, Ellen R. Begnoche (61), passed away on January 7, 2010 in New Cambria, Kansas. Gary attended Ft. Hays State and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Iwo Jima. He worked for SCS in Manhattan, Winfield, El Dorado, Frankfort, and Dodge City. He retired as Agriculture Engineer in the Salina Office in 2006. Gary was serving as the ARCSE Representative for Kansas. Ellen worked part time and was a housewife and mother who enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Survivors include two daughters: Robyn Begnoche, Salina, KS and Stacey Owen, Concordia, KS and four grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Wesleyan Church in Miltonvale, Kansas. Memorials can be made to Gary and Ellen Begnoche memorial fund to be designated later.

Behn

2010

Senior Conservationist Ernest "Ernie" E. Behn (93) of Boone, Iowa passed away May 13, 2010. Ernie was the District Conservationist at the Boone County F.O. at the time of retirement in 1974. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry at Iowa State University in 1940. Ernie is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marvel A. Behn of Boone; his children, Connie Lee Tadlock (Charles) of Peru, Iowa; Dennis E. Behn (Connie A.) of Elizabeth, Colorado; Jerry Behn (Dennise) of Boone, Iowa; Rebecca Behn Cowan (Mark) of Detroit, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established for the Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com.

Beichley

2015

Aline Flo Beichley (95) of Salina, Kansas passed away on January 29, 2015. She was the spouse of Koath Evan Beichley who retired as a Contract Specialist with the Soil Conservation Service in the Kansas State Office in 1974. Koath passed away in 1985. Aline is survived by a son and two grandsons. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Beieler

2009

Vern E. Beieler passed away March 9, 2009. Vern was the retired soil scientist at the Wenatchee Field Office in Washington.

Beinig

2004

Senior Conservationist Clarence B. Breinig (91) passed away some time before May of 2004. Clarence retired in April 1973 as the State Soil Scientist for Tennessee.

Bell

2016

Benny Bell, Jr. (83) of Clarksville, Tennessee passed away January 6, 2016. He was born in Natchez, MS. He retired from the U.S. Army and the State of Kentucky. He was an active member of Concord Missionary Baptist Church. He was a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Metcalfe County, Kentucky for a brief time. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife D'Ella Bell; sons Malcolm Bell Fort Stevens, Calvin Bell Springfield, IL and Aaron Bell Hazel Crest, IL; three sisters; five brothers; and four grandchildren.

Bell

2015

Senior Conservationist Elbert LeRoy Bell (93) of Sedan, Kansas passed away at the Masonic Home in Wichita, Kansas, on September 8, 2015. Elbert was born on a farm in Washington County, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy, majoring in soils with a minor in economics. He took graduate studies at Cornell University and the United States Department of Agriculture. After graduation he moved to Ottawa, KS, where he had his first job with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) and later holding posts in Osage City, Atwood, and Colby before moving to Sedan in 1962. During this time Elbert served for nine years as a Methodist Youth sponsor. He also provided sermons every 4th Sunday for the Niotaze Methodist Church. He authored four books for the SCS on soil types with one focused on Chautauqua County. In 1971, he was transferred to Fort Scott, KS, where he retired in 1979 as a soil survey party leader. In 1983, he and Eleanor moved back to Sedan, KS where they lived until 2015 as active members of the local community. In his young adulthood, Elbert was assigned to the CANOL project in the southeastern part of Alaska, Yukon, and Northwest Territories of Canada for 15 months. He worked as a carpenter on construction work under extreme working conditions in arctic weather. He also was a heavy diesel equipment operator for 18 months on the island of Shemya, on outer end of the Aleutian chain. Elbert was very proud that he was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Elbert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eleanor; his son, James and wife Wilma Bell of Belknap; daughter, Sandra Bell of Scottsdale, Arizona; and daughter, Deborah and husband Jerry Sturm of Englewood, Colorado. He also leaves six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Bell

2009

Senior Conservationist Arthur L. Bell (86) passed away Jan. 2, 2009. Arthur retired in Dec. 1979 as Conservation Agronomist in Texas. He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, Terry; daughter Sherry Isbell; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Temple Public Library.

Bender

2002

Senior Conservationist William “Bill” Bender (89) passed away at the home of his daughter on November 22, 2002. Bill retired as Assistant Director of Soil Survey Interpretations in June 1972. Bill mapped soils in numerous states. He served as the supervisor of the Coshocton Training Center for 6 years. He also spent 18 months as an advisor to Israel under the auspices of the United Nations. He is survived by his daughter, Dee Quinn.

Bender

1999

Senior Conservationist Edwin J. Bender (92) of Chaska, Minnesota passed away November 6, 1999. He was a soil conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1966. He served in the United States Army Sixth Infantry Division during World War II.

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

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.

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.

Biilips

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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, 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cole

2008

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Cooper

2013

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist John Cooper (93) of Point Pleasant, West Virginia passed away peacefully in his sleep, on September 14, 2013. After home-schooling by his mother, he attended a two-room school in Cox's Mills, and graduated at the age of 16 from Glenville High School. He graduated from WVU in 1940 with a degree in agriculture and began work in Taylor County with the Farm Security Administration, the forerunner of the Farmers Home Administration (FHA). In 1942, John volunteered for duty in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the battleship USS New Jersey, where he served in more than 20 combats in the Pacific Theater, including the Battle of the Philippines. He received nine major battle stars. John took great joy in being on the battleship's radio, and being the first person on the battleship to learn the Japanese had surrendered. Following his honorable discharge in 1945, he resumed employment with the FHA in Beckley, WV. In 1947 he took a job with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (SCS), which assigned him to Spencer, West Virginia, in Roane County. He retired from the SCS in 1979. John was active in many religious and civic organizations throughout much of his life. He had a particular interest in older farmers and did a series of articles in The Point Pleasant Register on Mason County farmers who were octogenarians, in addition to his weekly articles, which totaled around 20 years writing newspaper articles. He was selected by the SCS to train newly-hired SCS agents, and he tutored 12 new professionals during his SCS career. He was also founder in 1995 of “Life, Liberty, and Freedom,” an organization to preserve the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. Later, a second chapter was organized in Ohio and a third in Charleston, WV. At the age of 92 he was inducted into The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame at WVU Jackson's Mill in 2012. John is survived by his children, Rev. John and Dr. Elizabeth Cooper-Martin of Rockville, Maryland; and Mary Jane and Richard Cole of Pinch, West Virginia; and six grandchildren. Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church building fund in Point Pleasant, or the charity of their choice in memory of their father.

Cooper

2011

Nancy Cooper of Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away December 27, 2011. Nancy is survived by her husband Jim who retired from Soil Conservation and Application Division in the National Office of SCS in 1986, after serving in positions in Michigan & West Virginia. Donations can be made to the Morgantown, WV Hospice.

Cooper

2002

Senior Conservationist Joseph T. Cooper (95) passed away December 13, 2002. Joe retired from SCS in May 1969 as a Construction Engineer in Texas. His three sons, William, Robert, and James, their wives, and daughter Martha Jo Turner survive him. The family suggests that memorials go to a charity of your choice.

Coover

2009

Senior Conservationist James Robert Coover (89) passed away August 24, 2009 at Pleasant Manor Health and Rehab. Born York County, Pennsylvania, Jim received his BS in forestry from Penn State University. He served in the Army Air Corps 86th Fighter Bomber Squadron during WWII in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. After the war, he worked for the USDA SCS as a soil scientist in Waxahachie, Lubbock and Temple, Texas. From 1966 to 1970 he served as an irrigation specialist for the United States Agency for International Development in India. He returned to Texas and worked until his retirement for SCS as Principal Soil Correlator for the Southeast US region. During his retirement he was also an agricultural consultant to several countries. Jim enjoyed being retired and developed many hobbies including fishing, bird-watching, collecting arrowheads, reading and traveling. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years in 1995, his son David Coover, and daughter Paula Bennett. He is survived by his daughter Eileen Berger, six grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.Condolences may be made at www.bozemitchellmckibbin.com.

Cope

2004

Ray Cope (88) passed away December 19, 2004. Ray retired as the National Grout Engineer in May 1987. Ray, who was born in Hirschberg, Germany, provided a unique and special skill to SCS. Ray’s wife, Gabriele, died some time back. Memorials may go to the Gabriele Cope Fund at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Copeland

2010

Honorary Senior Conservationist Paul Copeland (94) passed away May 21, 2010 at his home in Pauls Valley, OK. Paul received a B.S. in Agriculture from Oklahoma A&M in 1939 and began a career with the SCS. He served for 42 months as an U.S. Army officer in the infantry forces in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during WWII, seeing action in the New Guinea and the surrounding islands. Paul retired as the district conservationist in Pauls Valley after having served with the SCS in several other locations in Oklahoma. He retired in 1975 with 35 years of service and went to work at his farm raising cattle. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Francis. He is survived by his son, Glen (Sharon) Copeland, a grandson, and two step grandchildren. You may send a condolence to the family at www.woosterfuneralhomes.com.

Coppinger

2008

Sham H. Coppinger (73) of Claremore, Oklahoma passed away December 3, 2008. He retired from SCS.

Cora

2013

Donald L. Cora (79) of Lancaster, Kentucky passed away on September 18, 2013. He was the husband of Life Member Andrea Cora who retired in 1997 as an Administrative Assistant with NRCS. A man of many trades, he left big city life behind and bought a farm in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1972 and put down roots. He was a retired builder and craftsman. He leaves behind his beautiful bride of 60 years, Andrea (Maheras), two children, Reno John (Kathy) Cora of Mt. Sterlling, KY and Barbara Cora (Richard) Mayerick of Vienna, VA, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and countless family and friends. A Life Celebration was held at the family home. Donations to the American Heart Association were preferred instead of flowers.

Corbin

1998

P. B. Corbin passed away January 6, 1998. He retired as District Conservationist at Rustin, LA.

Core

2005

Margaret Core (92) passed away March 2, 2005. Margaret was the wife of Ed Core. Ed died in 2003. He retired as the Head, Engineering and Watershed Planning Unit in Portland, OR. Her daughter and son and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive her.

Core

2003

Edwin J. Core (91) passed away November 9, 2003 in Beaverton, OR. Ed retired as the Head, Engineering and Watershed Planning Unit, Portland, OR. He was a very special leader and an inspiration for young engineers and others that worked with him. His wife, Margaret, a son, a daughter, 5 grand children, and 3 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may go to -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205.

Corley

2006

William H. Corley (82) passed away February 1, 2006. William retired as an Engineering Technician in VT in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two daughters, one son, and their families.

Corpstein

2015

Kenneth Corpstein (74) of New Albany Mississippi passed away on Oct. 7, 2015. He was born in Tipton, Kansas. He graduated with an agriculture engineering degree from Kansas State University and served in the Army Reserves. He worked as a hydraulic engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in Salina, Kansas, and transferred to New Albany in 1979 where he retired after 31 years of service. Ken loved helping people and served in leadership roles at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Union County Good Samaritan Center and Habitat for Humanity. He was honored as a United Way Community Hero in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Corpstein, his four children and six grandchildren.

Corthell

2008

Robert A. Corthell (87) passed away March 8, 2008. Bob retired as a Biologist for SCS in the Portland, OR NTC. He is survived his companion, Lorraine Johnson, children-David, Alisa Geary, and Katie Corthell, and by 5 grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Coos Bay Chapel, Coos Bay, OR.

Cosby

2015

Jasmine M. Cosby (20) of Columbus, Ohio passed away on March 2, 2015. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, Anointed Ministries, and a junior at Ohio University in Athens. She is survived by her loving family, parents, Terry and Brenda Cosby; and brothers, Terrance and Cory Cosby. Terry is the NRCS State Conservationist in Ohio.

Cosby

2001

Earl Cosby passed away March 10, 2001. Earl was State Conservationist in Georgia at the time of his death. Earlier in his career he held that same position in Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Vickie, and their family.

Cott

2007

Clyda Cott (88) passed away January 11, 2007. She had been in bad health for some time. Her husband, Hubbard “Hub” Cott retired from SCS in 1980 after a career that took him to Kansas, N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Iowa, 3 years in India and then back to Kansas. Hub died in 1984. Clyda is survived by 2 sons, Kenneth and Paul, a daughter, Su Piccioni, and seven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Memorials may go to the Stanton Co. Library, PO Box 480, Johnson, KS 67855.

Cott

1984

Hubbard Y. Cott passed away March 15, 1984. He was an Engineer and was located in KS and India.

Counce

2016

Richard Crosby Counce (85) of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri passed away on October 28, 2016 in Laurie Care Center. He was born in Hayes Center, Nebraska. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis, of the home; a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Dick was a graduate of Hayes Center High School. He was drafted into the United States Army where he attained the rank of Corporal in two short years. He was honorably discharged and returned to the family ranch. He operated the cattle ranch and farm until 1977, at which point he became an auctioneer and opened an auction house in Franktown, Colorado. He later worked as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Dodge City, Kansas, where he won numerous awards, retiring in the early 2000s. Dick moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2005. He was a member of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Camdenton. He was also a sixty-one year member of the American Legion, and was a past member of the Elks Lodge. Memorial donations may be made to the STAFF Animal Care Center and left at the church. Online condolences maybe left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.

Counce

2016

Richard Crosby Counce (85) of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri passed away on October 28, 2016 in Laurie Care Center. He was born in Hayes Center, Nebraska. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis, of the home; a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Dick was a graduate of Hayes Center High School. He was drafted into the United States Army where he attained the rank of Corporal in two short years. He was honorably discharged and returned to the family ranch. He operated the cattle ranch and farm until 1977, at which point he became an auctioneer and opened an auction house in Franktown, Colorado. He later worked as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Dodge City, Kansas, where he won numerous awards, retiring in the early 2000s. Dick moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2005. He was a member of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Camdenton. He was also a sixty-one year member of the American Legion, and was a past member of the Elks Lodge. Memorial donations may be made to the STAFF Animal Care Center and left at the church. Online condolences maybe left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.

Courtney

2002

Theresa Celine Courtney passed away August 9, 2002 after an extended illness. Celine started her career with SCS in 1971. She later served as the SCS-Colorado IRM manager. She retired from NRCS in 1994. Her husband, Tom, survives.

Cowan

2016

Dr. C. Michael Cowan (78) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on November 9, 2016. Mike graduated in 1968 with a Ph.D in Zoology/Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending the University, Mike was a starter on the 1957 Nebraska football team. After serving in the Marine Corp Reserves, he set off on a series of adventures that would lead him all over the world. He panned for gold in Idaho, traversed the mountain ranges of Colorado, and worked in the oceanography department at Columbia University-New York. While in residence there, he accompanied an expedition to Central America, was lost for three days in the Bermuda Triangle, and survived a hurricane at sea. He served as professor of biology at Nebraska Wesleyan. Ultimately, Mike retired as an IT professional from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Survivors include: wife, Cherie Cowan of Lincoln; two daughters; two sons; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Memorials to Pius X High School, Science Department. Online condolences can be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Cowan

2000

Thomas E. Cowan (83) passed away on June 28, 2000. Tom was an Engineering Field Specialist in Texas at the time of his retirement January 1974.

Cowles

2004

Janet Cowles passed away April 9, 2004. Her husband, Donald, retired from SCS as a Soil Scientist in July 1975. Don and Janet wintered in AZ and spent their summers in Auburn, WA. Don has sold the AZ residence and will live in the Auburn home.

Cox

2016

John Robert Cox (71) of Gassaway, West Virginia passed away on March 11, 2016, with his family by his side.  John served in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1967. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Forestry in 1972. In 2009, he retired from the federal government after a career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. John was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He loved to travel and was a supporter and leader of 4-H and a 4-H All-Star. John was a member of the Gassaway United Methodist Church. Surviving John is his wife of almost 51 years, Rhonda K. Cox; son, Jeffrey Cox (Shelly) of Kenna; daughter, Melissa (Mike) Duty of Gassaway; son, Eric Cox of Boston, Mass.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Also surviving is his mother and stepfather, Jane and Frank George of Walton. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Livestrong.org. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.roachfuneralhome.com.

Cox

2015

Senior Conservationist Arlie Ray Cox (89) of Cuba, Kansas passed away on March 25, 2015. He was born in Haddam and grew up in that area. He attended the Crescent Country School and Haddam High School, graduating in 1942. After high school, he joined the army Oct. 14, 1944 as part of the U.S. Army Infantry stationed in Luzon Philippines. He served in WWII until Nov. 17, 1946. He married Annemay Kennedy Oct. 10, 1947. The couple made their home on a farm north of Haddam with two children Lonnie and Kayleen. He was a farmer. After a back injury, in 1954 he purchased a pool hall in Haddam, and the family moved to town. He sold the pool hall in 1959, went to work for Boeing Aircraft, and moved his family to Douglass, KS. While working for Boeing, the family lived in several states: Hagerman, NM, Caribou, Maine, and Douglass, KS. He began working for the Soil Conservation Service in August 1961 and moved to Ness City. After a short time in Ness City, KS, he was transferred to Meade, KS where he and his family lived for 37 years. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service Oct. 5, 1985 as a Soil Conservation Technician. His wife died in 1997. He married Dorothy (Rott) Zenger on Nov. 7, 1998 and moved to Cuba. He was a life member of the American Legion. He was instrumental in establishing the Avenue of Flags in the Haddam cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son Lonnie (Pattie), daughter Kayleen and Clell Miller, 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren, two step sons, and a step-daughter. Memorials to the church or Meadowlark Hospice.

Cox

2012

Donald Quinten Cox (61) of Canyon, Texas passed away March 8, 2012. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in range management. After several years working with SCS and University of Texas Lands, he retired in Canyon. Survivors include his wife, Dee of 40 years; two daughters; six grandchildren, and his mother, Leona Terry of Matador.

Cox

2011

Senior Conservationist William Joseph Cox (87) of Salem, Oregon passed away February 20, 2011. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 57 years, Willoma in 2002. In November 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in the South Pacific as a member of the fighter squadron VMF 312, completing his tour in the invasion of Okinawa and being discharged in November, 1945. He acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Missouri with a degree in agriculture in 1949. Upon graduation, he was employed teaching in the Veterans on Farm Agriculture program. After moving to Oregon in 1952 he started his career with SCS as a conservationist, working throughout the State of Oregon, as well as being selected to work in Pakistan for 2 years in the "On Farm Water Management" project. Returning to the United States he was assigned to SCS West National Technical Center in Portland, Oregon, with responsibilities in 13 western states. He retired after 30 years of service. After his retirement he became restless. In 1984 he and Willoma joined the Peace Corps. He was assigned to the Dept. of Land Development and Willoma as a Nutritionist was assigned to the County Extension Department. They spent a total of seven years in Thailand. He is survived by his wife, Tina J. Cox, of Salem; sons, Stephen P. Cox of Kaslo, B.C., Canada; Greg A. Cox of Bend, Oregon; daughter, Patricia A. Jones, of Salem, Oregon; step-daughter, Christina M. Jensen; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Cox

2002

Willoma I. Cox, passed away December 18, 2002 in Salem, Oregon. Willoma was married to William J. Cox for 57 years. He retired from the WNTC in 1982. They served as Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand for six years.

Cox

1996

Gene H. Cox passed away June 23, 1996. He was State Resource Conservationist and was located in HI.

Crabtree

2000

William E. Crabtree (77) passed away on September 18, 2000. Bill retired after 30 years of service as the State Design Engineer in Tennessee. He earlier had worked in Texas.

Craft

2013

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Robert E. "Bob" Craft (87) of Savoy, Illinois passed away on May 20, 2013. Bob graduated from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and began working for the USDA as a soil conservationist. He was in the Navy and was a part of the Korean War and World War II. He was honorably discharged. His career with SCS included a training position in the Champaign County, District Conservationist in Douglas County, and as the Information Specialist in the Illinois SCS State Office. After retiring in 1985, Bob was a Member of the Association of Retired Soil Conservation Service Employees and served as the Illinois Representative to ARSCSE. He was involved in as many civic, professional, and social activities as he could possibly be in. Bob loved to fish and do geocaching. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Betty Kipfer Craft. He is survived by a daughter, Joanna (Lloyd) Ochsenschlager; a son, Jeff Craft; and another daughter, Jennifer (Pat) DelRio; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Craft

2011

Betty B. Craft (81) of Champaign, Illinois passed away December 5, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Bob Craft, a retired public affairs specialist with SCS and one time ARCSE state representative for Illinois. Other survivors include two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Betty attended Illinois Wesleyan University and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Champaign; Carle Hospice, 206A W. Anthony Drive, Champaign, IL 61822; or the donor's choice.

Craft

2010

Senior Conservationist Edward E. Craft (89) passed away August 29, 2010 in Belhaven, NC. Ed retired as a Soil Conservation Technician in Plymouth, NC. He worked his entire 30+ year career in Washington County, retiring in 1975. Mr. Craft was a World War II veteran, enlisting in the U.S. Navy in October, 1939 and served until November 5, 1945. As First Class Boatswain Mate, he served on the Destroyer, USS Lang 399. After Pearl Harbor, he served in South Pacific on 13 campaigns and received a bronze star. Surviving along with Mr. Craft’s wife Joan are two sons: Danny (Brenda) Selby of Belhaven and Timmy (Georgie) Selby of Belhaven.

Craig

1997

Senior Conservationist Johnston C. Craig (90) of Laverne, California passed away August 27, 1997. Johnston was an area conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1964.

Crain

2011

Senior Conservationist Wilbur Crain (91) passed away January 6, 2011. Wilbur retired in 1979 as a design engineer on the SCS Indiana State Office Engineering Design Staff. He attended Purdue University, earning a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering. He worked on the Paoli, Indiana Area Staff before transferring to the State Office. Wilbur's work is etched on the engineering plans for many, many projects in Indiana. Condolences may be directed to his wife Dorothy at 309 S. Green St., Brownsburg, IN 46112-1608.

Crandall

2013

Pat Crandall (61) of Woodbury, Minnesota passed away peacefully on February 6, 2013. She had Ataxia, which her father and sister also had and were deceased already. She retired from NRCS in administrative section of the St. Paul state office. She is survived by husband of 39 years, Gary; daughters Kate Schneider (Mark) & Kristie Eid (Brent); and four grandchildren. Memorials preferred to National Ataxia Foundation. 651-777-2600 www.sandbergfuneralhome.com.

Crane

2005

Duane Crane (78) passed away March 15, 2005. Duane retired as the District Conservationist at Lakeview, OR. His wife, Juanita, a son, a daughter and three grandchildren survive. Juanita’s address is: PO Box 6878, Kingman, AZ 86402.

Cratty

2008

Senior Conservationist Arthur Cratty (84) passed away Dec. 28, 2008. Art began his career in Maine. He served in several states, the National Office and closed his career in Dec. 1980 as the State Conservationist in Michigan. Art’s wife, Jean, passed away in 1997. He is survived by his daughter, Sandy; sons Ron, Bruce, and Steve; and 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Crews

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Logan W. Crews (96) of Temple, Texas passed away on February 20, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He graduated from Texas A&M College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1939. Logan began his work for the Soil Conservation Service in Athens followed by assignments in Mt. Pleasant, Wortham, Hubbard, Corsicana, and finally in the state office in Temple. After 37 years of service, he retired from the SCS as an assistant state conservationist. During his SCS career, he was honored with various awards, including the USDA Superior Service Award from the Secretary of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. After retiring from SCS, he also worked in real estate as an independent appraiser. He worked as the Elm Creek Watershed Authority consultant for more than 20 years. During World War II, Logan was drafted in the U.S. Army in February 1943. As a T4 Sergeant he deployed to England as part of the 5th Engineer Brigade to train for the Invasion of Europe. He participated in the D-Day Invasion, the liberation of France, the Battle of the Bulge, and Rhineland Campaign. He was honorably discharged on November 28, 1945. He was awarded medals including an EAME Campaign Medal with three Bronze stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Croix de Guerre, and the World War II Victory Medal. Logan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Temple for over 50 years where he served as an elder, a trustee, a youth group leader, and an adult Sunday School teacher. He is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Carrie Frances Crews, daughter and son-in-law Laura Nell and Phil Higgins of Huntsville, daughter and son-in-law Kathy Frances and Mark Erskine of Temple, and son and daughter-in-law Steven Logan and Renee Crews of Magnolia. He is survived by seven grandchildren by 17 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Handbell Choir Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 12 West French, Temple, Texas 76501; Bethesda Cemetery Association, PO Box 1991, Lindale, Texas 75771; or to a charity of your choice. 

Criddle

1996

Wayne D. Criddle passed away November 29, 1996. He was in Irrigation Engineering Research located in UT as an Assistant to George D. Clyde.

Crook

2011

William “Bill” Guy Crook, Jr. (86) of Senatobia, Mississippi, formerly of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed away June 20, 2011, at his home. Bill was a 1942 graduate of Parkin High School and worked as a surveyor for SCS. He was preceded in death by his wife, Al Jean Weeks Crook. Bill is survived by one son and two daughters. Family request memorials to Arkansas Wildlife Federation or Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Crosby

2004

Glenn Crosby, Sr. Cons. passed away in 2004.

Cross

2001

Louise Cross passed away May 15, 2001. She served for many years as Area Clerk in Louisiana prior to her retirement on August 2, 1985.

Crowe

2014

Clement Eugene “Clem” Crowe (92) of Princeton, West Virginia passed away on October 21, 2014 at his residence. Clem was employed as an engineering technician by the USDA Soil Conservation Service working in Monroe County for eleven years before transferring to Princeton in 1959. After retiring in 1980, he was employed by the Southern Soil Conservation District and the Mercer County Commission. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton where he formerly served as Chairman of the Administrative Board and President of the United Methodist Men. Clem was a 70-year member and Past Master of Monroe Masonic Lodge #77, AF & AM, and Past President of the Bluegrass Ruritan Club in Monroe County. His wife of 65 years, Cora Pomphrey Crowe; four sisters; and two brothers preceded him in death. Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Judith Crowe Carter of Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.seaverfuneralservice.com.

Crowe

2013

Cora Pomphrey Crowe (91) of The Havens in Princeton passed away January 23, 2013. Cora was a clerk for the Selective Service during World War II and was a secretary for the Monroe County Superintendent of Schools prior to moving to Princeton in 1960 where she quickly became very active in her church and community. Survivors include her husband of sixty three years, Clement Eugene Crowe of Princeton who retired from SCS; one daughter, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740.

Crowell

2004

Wilma Crowell (83) passed away September 4, 2004 in Rye, NH. Wilma served for many years as the Secretary for the State Conservationist. She was secretary for both Ken Grant and Bob Addison.

Crowley

2016

Member Claude Douglas Crowley (89) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away at home on December 16, 2016. In 1944 at age 17, Claude volunteered for the US Navy. He was a plank owner on the destroyer USS Richard B. Anderson. A graduate of Tennessee Tech, he had a career with the Soil Conservation Service in Tennessee and Texas, ranging from district conservationist to information director for 13 southern states. After retiring in 1982, he had a public relations practice, advising clients and providing training in strategic planning. He was an accredited member of IABC (International Association of Business Communicators). He published many magazine articles and two novels, and wrote book reviews for the Star-Telegram. His woodworking hobby yielded several mountain dulcimers and numerous unique clocks for family and friends. When an active member of First Congregational Church, he served as moderator and as a leader in the refugee resettlement program. Survivors: His wife of 62 years, Carolyn Whitaker Crowley; children, Claudia, Charles (Beth), and Clinton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church, 4201 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, 76109 Wildflower Fund or Refugee Fund, or to a charity of your choice.

Crowley

2005

Peggy Crowley (70) passed away April 21, 2005. She was the wife of Richard "Dick" Crowley who was District Conservationist for Mercer County, Pa. for many years.

Crowner

2015

Daniel Jaynes Crowner (65) of Harrisonburg, Virginia passed away on April 4, 2015 at his home. He was born in Columbus, Ohio. Dan graduated from Ohio State University and was a Soil Scientist and IT Support Specialist for the USDA-NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). He also was a graduate and took many classes/seminars with Landmark Education. He is survived by his wife, Judith Nance Ligon of Harrisonburg and brother, David Brent Crowner of Ohio. A sister, Diana Lenzmeier preceded him in death. A time for a Harrisonburg and Ohio Celebration of his life will be announced in the near future.

Culp

2004

Ruth H. Culp (92) passed away December 17, 2004. Ruth was the wife of Mel Culp who died in 1982. Mel was the National Design Engineer for SCS when he retired in the late 1970’s. Ruth was an accomplished pianist who at one time formed a string trio that played in nursing homes for over 25 years. A daughter, Joan Carol Poor, and a son, James Culp, survive her.

Culver

2016

Jackie Sue Culver (80) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away June 11, 2016 after a long courageous battle with Parkinson disease. She was born in Chickasha, OK. She was married to ARCSE member Jim Culver who retired from NRCS in 2001 as a National Leader in Soils. Jackie is a graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Home Economics in 1958. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi, Civil Air Patrol and Payne County Extension Homemakers. She enjoyed working and was quite skilled with all kinds of crafts. She was one of the first owners and operators of a craft store "Hearts and Hands" and an instructor for various craft classes at Southeast Community College. Jackie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jim; daughter Kathy (Mark) Swanson of Palmyra; son Jim (Irem) Culver of Potomac, Md., and son Jon Culver of Lincoln; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorials to the American Parkinson Disease Association, (APDA), Nebraska Chapter, 501 No. 87th, Suite 207, Omaha, NE 68114.

Cummins

2001

Joseph Cummins (86) passed away March 2, 2001. Joe retired as a Soil Specialist in Minnesota. He spent nearly 37 years in SCS, including military time. Most of his career was in Minnesota. His wife, Edna, survives.

Curl

2003

J. Edward Curl of Macomb, IL passed away recently (2003).

Curole

2009

Alvin J. Curole (91) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away July 26, 2009. Alvin started his career as an engineer with SCS. He then retired as the District Conservationist in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

Curran

2007

Raymond P Curran, Jr. (62) passed away December 5, 2007. Ray was Field Engineer in the Hadley, MA NRCS office at the time of his retirement in 2005. Ray also served as an Engineer in the Navy Sea Bees. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 33 years, a son Dr. Raymond P Curran III, daughter Debra Lizon and son Tim Curran.

Currier

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Raymond Currier (98) of the Eastern Star Masonic Home and formerly of rural Ogden, Iowa passed away on February 21, 2017 at the Eastern Star Home. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980 as a District Conservationist. He was born in Chariton, Iowa. Raymond graduated from Indianola High School in Indianola in 1935 and in 1940, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Iowa State College. He met his future wife, Dixie Cooper, at a dance. They were married on September 14, 1941 in Ogden. Raymond farmed south of Ogden in Peoples Township. He was partial to Farmall Tractors. The couple enjoyed dancing, especially square dancing and ballroom dancing, camping, traveling, and for 30 years, spending the winters in southern Alabama. Raymond was a member of Community United Methodist Church, the Ogden Masons, Rhoades Lodge #303 A.F. & A.M., and the ZA-GA-ZIG Shrine. He was very good with his hands and could fix most anything. Raymond enjoyed making pigs out of pecan shells. He is preceded in death by his wife Dixie, in 2014, and son Dr. Robert Currier. Raymond is survived by his daughter, Connie Rudy of rural Ogden; three grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Currier

2014

Dixie Currier, wife of Member and Honorary Senior Conservationist Raymond (Ray) L. Currier, passed away April 19, 2014. They had only recently moved from their home in Ogden, IA to the Eastern Star and Masonic Home in Boone, IA. Ray retired in 1980 as the District Conservationist in Webster City, IA where he had worked most of his career. They had spent winters in Lillian, AL.

Currin

2013

Senior Conservationist S. Taylor Currin (87) of Oxford, NC, passed away on July 22, 2013. Taylor retired in 1986 as Engineer on the State Resource Conservationist Staff in the Raleigh state office with over 30 years of service. He graduated from N.C. State University in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to college, Taylor served in the US Marine Corp in WWII, Pacific Theatre. Taylor began his career as Area Engineer for the Raleigh Area. He then served as Assistant State Engineer for Construction in North Carolina before going to South Carolina as State Conservation Engineer.  He also served as a consulting engineer in Tunisia. He transferred back to North Carolina in 1973 and was on an IPA assignment with the NC Sediment and Erosion Control Commission until 1977. He also served as Civil Engineer on the Water Resources Planning Staff. After he retired from SCS, he worked for the NC Division of Land Resources, Land Quality Section. After retiring from this position, he established Currin Engineering and Surveying. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Anne Pitts Currin. Surviving are daughters, Patricia (Joseph) Gallagher and Cheryl Currin; three grandsons and one great granddaughter.

Curtis

2011

Dorothy Frances Moulton Curtis (86) passed away October 18, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Tom, who retired from SCS in 1986 as an engineer at the West National Technical Center. Also surviving are children, Stan, Louise (Michael) Magarrell and Ann (P.J.) Hunt; and daughter-in-law, Irene. Preceding her in death were son Guy Curtis of Potlatch, ID and daughter-in-law Cody Curtis of Portland.

Curtis

2010

Senior Conservationist, Arthur H. Curtis (94) of Sparks, Georgia passed away March 16, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Alma, and four sons & one daughter. He served in the Signal Corps in WW II. At the time of his retirement from SCS in 1977, he was a technician working for the State Geologist in Syracuse, NY.

Curtis

2006

Senior Conservationist Charles R. Curtis (98) of Great Bend, Kansas passed away in October 2006. He retired as a SCS district conservationist in 1972.

Curtis

2006

C. Warren Curtis (79) passed away March 13, 2006. Warren retired as the State Soil Scientist in AZ in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Frances. Her address is 2625 Southern Ave., C-60, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Curtis

2001

Neville Curtis (77) passed away May 31, 2001. Neville was the Sedimentation Geologist in the WNTC at the time of his retirement in 1984. His wife, Marie, a son and a daughter survive.

Cutshall

2012

Jack R Cutshall (73) of Alexandria, Louisiana passed away April 30, 2012 in Rapides Regional Medical Center. Jack was a graduate of Texas A&M. He retired from SCS in January 1993 as the State Range Specialist. He was a charter member and past president of the Louisiana Cattleman's Association and was elected Cattleman of the Year for the State of Louisiana in 2001.

Cyr

2015

Member and Senior Conservationist Sylvia Cyr (91) of Sparks, Nevada passed away in May 2015. Sylvia retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981 as Chief Information Officer.

Czartoski

2014

Bernie Czartoski (71) of Ney, Ohio passed away on April 20, 2014. Bernie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruthann (Bittaker), four sons and nine wonderful grandchildren. Bernie graduated from The Ohio State University College of Agriculture where he was also a flight instructor at Don Scott Field. After graduation, he started the Vocational Agricultural program at Conotton Valley Schools in Sherrodsville, OH. For 31 years he was employed by the USDA, Soil Conservation Service, serving the Area Conservationist for Northwest Ohio and as the Maumee Valley Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator. Charitable donations may be made in Bernie's memory to the following organizations: Defiance Area Foundation to the grandstand fund or Fairview High School. http://www.defianceareafoundation.org/, 507 Fifth Street Defiance, Ohio 43512; Tel: 419-782-3130. Cards may be sent to Ruthann Czartoski – 04087 Behnfeldt Road, Ney, Ohio 43549

Dalton

2017

Harry Oliver Dalton (88) of Smithfield, Virginia passed away February 10, 2017. Oliver was born in Pittsylvania County, VA, on his mother’s birthday. Oliver is preceded in death by his wife, Marion Dalton, March 4, 2006. He leaves to cherish the memory his daughter, Deborah Stafford and her husband, Billy; son, Mark Oliver Dalton; and grandson, William Oliver Stafford, affectionately called, Sir William. Oliver worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 42 years, followed by 21 years for the Virginia DCR-Division of Soil and Water Conservation. He was an active member of Smithfield Baptist Church, a deacon and past chair of board of deacons. He was past Sunday school superintendent, and served on the building committee to rebuild the church after it burned. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Dr., Smithfield, 23430. Memorial contributions may be made to Casper's Meals on Wheels or St. Patrick's Catholic Church's Blessing Fund.

Dalton

2016

Geraldine "Gerry" Dalton (93) of Fishers, Indiana passed away on October 11, 2016 at Allisonville Meadows in Fishers. She was born in Dunkirk, New York. Geraldine proudly served her country in the United States Navy during World War II at Pearl Harbor. She worked as a secretary for the VA in Syracuse, NY, and then for the Soil Conservation Service. Geraldine was a former member of St. James Catholic Church. Geraldine is survived by her son, Michael (Mary) Dalton; two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Dalton, in 1991. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Condolences: www.randallroberts.com

Dalton

2016

Geraldine "Gerry" Dalton (93) of Fishers, Indiana passed away on October 11, 2016 at Allisonville Meadows in Fishers. She was born in Dunkirk, New York. Geraldine proudly served her country in the United States Navy during World War II at Pearl Harbor. She worked as a secretary for the VA in Syracuse, NY, and then for the Soil Conservation Service. Geraldine was a former member of St. James Catholic Church. Geraldine is survived by her son, Michael (Mary) Dalton; two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Dalton, in 1991. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Condolences: www.randallroberts.com

Dambrosky

2001

Selden Dambrosky (83) passed away Thanksgiving evening, November 22, 2001. His youngest son, Gary, died 5 hours later (both of cancer). Selden retired after 34 years of government service and lived in Denver, CO. He is survived by his wife Marie, and his older son, and daughter.

Daniell

2010

Honorary Senior Conservationist Robert E. Daniell (93) of Dedham, Massachusetts passed away on August 5, 2010. He had also lived in Santa Barbara, CA, and Ojai, CA. A graduate of the University of Nebraska and a veteran of World War II (U. S. Army, field artillery), he served as a Soil Scientist in SCS in Texas for about twenty years before he became the State Soil Scientist for Kentucky. He served in that capacity for a decade until his retirement in 1976. He is survived by his son, Robert E. Daniell, Jr., his daughter-in-law, Cathy Faye Rudolph, and his two grandchildren, Thomas J. Daniell and James M. Rudolph.

Daniels

2003

J. Alton (Dan) Daniels passed away recently (2003). He was a long time AC in Nashville, AR.

Daniels

2003

Albert Daniels (79) of Fuquay Varina, formerly of Wilson, NC, passed away December 27, 2003. Albert served in the US Coast Guard during World War II and farmed for several years before beginning his career with the SCS in 1954. Albert spent his entire career in Wilson County where he retired in 1984 as a Soil Conservation Technician. He is survived by his wife, Glenna.

Danielson

2009

Senior Conservationist George M. Danielson (90) of Lander, Wyoming passed away July 3, 2009. He was an area conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1974 as the Assistant State Conservationist.

Danielson

2000

Arden (Danny) Danielson passed away July 12, 2000. He retired from his Engineering Technician job the planning staff at the Iowa State Office in the middle '70s. He then worked in the same type of position for the Iowa Department of Soil Conservation until he had a second retirement.

Dannehy

2016

Member Mike Dannehy (82) of Woodson, New Hampshire passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH on August 17, 2016 after a brief illness. Mike was born in Rutland, VT, grew up in Fair Haven, VT, and graduated from Fair Haven High School.  He served in the United States Army Reserves.  He received an Associate degree in Business Administration and Forestry from Nichols College, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire.  He worked for over thirty years with the Soil Conservation Service of the USDA where he was District Conservationist for Grafton County for twenty five years.  After retiring in 1994 from the USDA, Mike was self-employed as a natural resource consultant and forester working throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. He had a Christmas tree farm in Newbury Vermont where he spent countless hours tending his trees and swapping stories with customers. He was an avid bird hunter who enjoyed training his dogs. Mike was very civic minded, loved his community, and was involved with various organizations including many leadership roles on commissions, councils and boards.  He was a past president of the New Hampshire-Vermont Soil Conservation Society of America. He leaves behind his wife Connie Dannehy of Woodsville, NH; his son Michael Dannehy and wife Susan Lewis, and his three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodsville Public Library, 14 School Lane, Woodsville, NH 03785; Kinder Memorial Forest, c/o Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, 63 Central Street, Woodsville, NH 03785; or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Dannehy

2016

Member Mike Dannehy (82) of Woodson, New Hampshire passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH on August 17, 2016 after a brief illness. Mike was born in Rutland, VT, grew up in Fair Haven, VT, and graduated from Fair Haven High School.  He served in the United States Army Reserves.  He received an Associate degree in Business Administration and Forestry from Nichols College, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire.  He worked for over thirty years with the Soil Conservation Service of the USDA where he was District Conservationist for Grafton County for twenty five years.  After retiring in 1994 from the USDA, Mike was self-employed as a natural resource consultant and forester working throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. He had a Christmas tree farm in Newbury Vermont where he spent countless hours tending his trees and swapping stories with customers. He was an avid bird hunter who enjoyed training his dogs. Mike was very civic minded, loved his community, and was involved with various organizations including many leadership roles on commissions, councils and boards.  He was a past president of the New Hampshire-Vermont Soil Conservation Society of America. He leaves behind his wife Connie Dannehy of Woodsville, NH; his son Michael Dannehy and wife Susan Lewis, and his three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodsville Public Library, 14 School Lane, Woodsville, NH 03785; Kinder Memorial Forest, c/o Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, 63 Central Street, Woodsville, NH 03785; or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Darden

2014

Ronald Anthony Darden (72) of Cape Girardeau, MO passed on March 25, 2014, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1966 and a master's degree in 1973, both at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Ron retired as an Area Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Survivors include his loving wife, Kathleen Walch Darden. He was preceded in death by two unborn children. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's memory for the loving and nurturing care of Southeast Hospice in his final days would be appreciated. Mail to 10 Doctors' Park, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703. Online condolences may be made at fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Darling

2007

Ruthie Darling (72) passed away August 24, 2007. Ruthie was retired from NRCS at Janesville, WI.

Daven

2009

Honorary Senior Conservationist E. Graham Daven (93) of Issaquah, Washington passed away Sept. 15, 2009. Graham, affectionately known as Bub, attended Weber State College and graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in business. He retired from SCS in 1973, after beginning his career in Idaho in 1942 as an asst. clerk typist, then working in several positions in Washington State and Washington, DC and finally serving for nearly 20 years as Administrative Officer in Portland, Oregon. Bub had an uncanny ability to recall almost every moment in his 93 years of life and spin those stories into very entertaining moments. He is survived by a niece, nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews and their children.

Davenport

2004

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Herbert L. Davenport (92) passed away May 17, 2004. Herb served as an Area Engineer at several locations in Illinois prior to his retirement in July 1976. Owen Lee remembers Herb: "Herb was the Area Engineer in Carbondale, Illinois, and my first supervisor after graduating from the U of I in 1964. He had me help with a soil boring for a watershed structure that he was investigating. We drilled and drilled - put extension after extension on the auger and only stopped when the hole filled with wet material as fast as we pulled it out. We ended at about 25 feet deep. I did an investigation on a farm pond that was going to have a thirty foot fill, and needed State Geologist, Lou Pierard's approval. As Herb, Lou, and I drove to the site, Lou looked at my request and saw 3 soil borings. The one at the bottom of the creek was zero feet deep (solid rock), and the ones on each embankment were 6 inches deep. Lou asked why so shallow, and I replied there was a hard layer at that point. I know Herb was thinking why didn't I go back out there with Owen and get a repectable soil boring. Then Lou said "I'll show you how to get through that hard layer"   An hour later, Lou ended with a 6 inch soil boring too. Herb and I took big sighs of relief. Herb worked very hard, was very detailed and thorough. He was a patient and wonderful supervisor."

Davey

1999

William B. "Bill" Davey (82) passed away January 1, 1999. Bill was the 6th President of ARSCSE. He was Deputy Administrator for programs when he retired. Before that, he was State Conservationist for Arkansas. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery.

Davidson

2016

Granville W. “Dave” Davidson (90) of Topeka, Kansas passed away August 7, 2016. He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of Tahlequah High School. He served in the US Army during WW II. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Conservation and Animal Husbandry. Granville was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Topeka, retiring in 1986. Mr. Davidson was an active member of Keep America Beautiful, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award. He remained professionally active in soil conservation and agronomy education. Granville married Ruth Marie Cann on January 29, 1950. She survives. Other survivors include two children, Dr. Terry (Ann) Davidson, Newton, and Donna Donovan, Topeka; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Alex Donovan and Hadley Davidson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66614.

Davidson

2016

Granville W. “Dave” Davidson (90) of Topeka, Kansas passed away August 7, 2016. He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of Tahlequah High School. He served in the US Army during WW II. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Conservation and Animal Husbandry. Granville was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Topeka, retiring in 1986. Mr. Davidson was an active member of Keep America Beautiful, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award. He remained professionally active in soil conservation and agronomy education. Granville married Ruth Marie Cann on January 29, 1950. She survives. Other survivors include two children, Dr. Terry (Ann) Davidson, Newton, and Donna Donovan, Topeka; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Alex Donovan and Hadley Davidson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66614.

Davis

2016

Ronald Melvin Davis (72) of Prineville, Oregon passed away on April 18, 2016 at his home. Ron was born at Enterprise, Oregon, was raised on a cattle ranch north of Enterprise, and went to a one-room country school, grades 1-8. He attended Eastern Oregon College for one year. He received his draft notification in 1964, so he enlisted in the Navy where he served four years during the Viet Nam War. After his service to his country, he returned to college and earned degrees in Education and Agriculture. He taught school for four years, first in John Day and later in Harrisburg. Ron began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in 1980. He worked in McMinnville, Tillamook, and Prineville where he retired as the District Conservationist in 2005. He and his wife also cared for foster children for several years. Ron loved serving his church and community. In 2006 he, along with many friends from the First Baptist Church and the community of Prineville, helped start the Oasis Soup Kitchen, a service to feed the homeless and hungry. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marlene, his daughters; Susan (Mark) Friesen of Springfield, Virginia, Jennifer (Andrew) Sahnow of Vancouver, Washington; and son-in-law Pepper Woolsey of Prineville. He has seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his precious daughter Steffany (Davis) Woolsey. Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Food Pantry or the Redemption House Ministry (ministries that Ron loved) in Prineville through Whispering Pines Funeral Home. 3168 N.E. 3rd Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754. 541-416-9733, www.whisperingpinesfh.com.

Davis

2016

Betty J. Davis (87) of Minneapolis, Kansas passed away on February 2, 2016 at the Ottawa County Health Center. She was born in Harrison, AR and was the wife of George Davis who retired as the District Conservationist in the Minneapolis Field Office in 1980. He preceded her in death in 1993. Betty was a 1945 graduate of Bergman High School. She was united in marriage with George W. Davis on December 30, 1944 in Harrison. George and Betty moved to Minneapolis in 1956 and became actively involved in the community. Betty was a sales coordinator for EIDorado for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Betty and George were leaders for church youth groups and 4-H. She was preceded in death by a great-grandson Oliver George Schapaugh. Survivors include her three children, ten grandchildren and sixteen great- grandchildren.

Davis

2016

Charles Kenneth Davis (71) passed away on Sept. 5, 2016, after bravely facing the challenge of cancer. Charles, a 42-year resident of Davis, was born in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Albuquerque, Roswell and Santa Fe offices, serving in the New Mexico National Guard during this time. In 1974, Charles moved to the Davis office of SCS as a design engineer. Charles remained in Davis becoming the USDA NRCS (formerly SCS) State Conservation Engineer. He was a registered Professional Engineer and was honored as NRCS Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1998. Charles retired in 2009 after 41 years of service. Charles was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where he was a lector at mass until he became ill. He and Vicki led the parish marriage-preparation program, working with many engaged couples over the years. Charles was a third-degree black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do and was an instructor at Davis Arts Center for many years. He was a car enthusiast and had a special love for Nissan Zs. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vicki; sons Christopher and Michael (Cassandra); and two grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may be made to the St. James Church Memorial Center or the St. James School Annual Fund.

Davis

2016

Charles Kenneth Davis (71) passed away on Sept. 5, 2016, after bravely facing the challenge of cancer. Charles, a 42-year resident of Davis, was born in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Albuquerque, Roswell and Santa Fe offices, serving in the New Mexico National Guard during this time. In 1974, Charles moved to the Davis office of SCS as a design engineer. Charles remained in Davis becoming the USDA NRCS (formerly SCS) State Conservation Engineer. He was a registered Professional Engineer and was honored as NRCS Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1998. Charles retired in 2009 after 41 years of service. Charles was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where he was a lector at mass until he became ill. He and Vicki led the parish marriage-preparation program, working with many engaged couples over the years. Charles was a third-degree black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do and was an instructor at Davis Arts Center for many years. He was a car enthusiast and had a special love for Nissan Zs. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vicki; sons Christopher and Michael (Cassandra); and two grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may be made to the St. James Church Memorial Center or the St. James School Annual Fund.

Davis

2014

Darrel Dale Davis (69) of Sugar Land, Oklahoma passed away on November 30, 2014. He attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics. Dale was employed by the Soil Conservation Service as an Ag. Economist and eventually served in numerous roles with Halliburton from 1982 to 2011. Dale is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Davis, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Davis

2013

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Ronello Melzar "Mel" Davis (86) passed away on June 23, 2013 at his home in Yuma, Arizona. He was born in Ambrose, North Dakota and after graduating from North Dakota State University in 1949, Mel spent three years teaching Vocational Agriculture. Mel spent the next 30 years working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, where he rose through the ranks retiring as Administrator of the SCS. He spent 1 ½ years in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He received a Distinguished Alumni award from NDSU, a Superior Service award from USDA, and a Fellow from the SWCSA. With the help of his family he remodeled a 150 year old schoolhouse in Pennsylvania for his retirement. He was a runner before it was trendy and was a member of a local exercise club. Mel is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Ron Davis of Yuma; daughter, Dawn (Jack) Gregerson of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Interment will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND at the convenience of the family, with a memorial to be held at Gloria de Cristo in Yuma in November. Donations can be made to Gloria de Cristo Lutheran Church Building Fund, Yuma, and/or Hospice of Yuma

Davis

2012

Bobby Joe Davis (76) of Marlow, Oklahoma passed away October 6, 2012. He graduated from Oklahoma State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1960. He worked as an engineer for SCS, retiring after 38 years of service. Bobby repaired small engines and watches and was a skilled woodcutter. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Rush Springs. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Shannon Lee Davis of the home; two daughters, Jean Davis of Midwest City and Deanna (Karl) Dowell of Mustang; and one granddaughter.

Davis

2009

Senior Conservationist George Davis (83) of Diboll, Texas passed away on November 23, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy for 2½ years in the latter part of World War II. George graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1949 with a degree in vocational agriculture education. He spent 30 years with the Soil Conservation Service at locations in Terrell, Van Alstyne, Rockwall, Gainesville, Amarillo and Temple - all in Texas. He retired in 1981 as an assistant state conservationist. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Marie, in 1998; and a son, Jim in 2002. George is survived by a son, Tommy Davis of Amarillo; a daughter-in-law, Donna Davis of Houston.

Davis

2009

Ron Davis (55), NRCS Area Tech Engineer, working out of the Chanute RC&D office, passed away March 22, 2009.

Davis

2006

Mary Davis (76) passed away September 3, 2006. Mary was an administrative aide in the National Office at the time of her retirement in 1984. She also worked in the Department for some time. She is survived by her husband Preston Davis, 2 children from her first marriage, 4 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Davis

2006

Dorothy Davis passed away August 22, 2006 after a long illness. Dorothy was the widow of Senior Conservationist Leonard W. Davis who died on March 4, 2006. Leonard retired as a District Conservationist in June 1978. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Wayne and Ken, and daughters, Connie, Joyce, Donna, and Karen, and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Christ Community Church, 450 W. Jackson St., Cookeville, TN 38601.

Davis

2006

Senior Conservationist Leonard W. Davis (86) passed away March 4, 2006. Leonard retired in June 1978 as a District Conservationist in Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, sons Wayne and Ken, daughters Connie, Joyce, Donna, and Karen, 10 grand children and 10 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Christ Community Church, 450 W. Jackson St. Cookeville, TN 38501.

Davis

2006

Henrietta Davis (Forrester) (90) passed away suddenly January 27, 2006. Retta was the WNTC Director’s Secretary. She retired in 1981.

Davis

2005

Virginia “Ginger” Davis (68) passed away November 19, 2005. Ginger was the wife of Joe Davis who retired as Asst. State Conservationist in Kentucky after having served for many years there as the State Conservation Engineer. She is survived by her husband, sons Joseph and William, daughter Jane McConathy and 2 grandchildren. Memorials may go to UK Lucille P Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40536 or Hospice of Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

Davis

2001

Arnold G. Davis (72) passed away on January 12, 2001. Arnold retired in December 1983 as a dedicated Plant Materials Specialist in the Ft. Worth NTC. He was also a man with deep and abiding faith in God. Arnold’s wife, Suzanne, survives.

Davison

2013

Alice M. Davidson (71), spouse of James A. Davidson, Sr., of Cuba, Kansas passed away December 19, 2013. James retired as a Soil Conservation Technician from the Belleville Field Office.  Survivors include her husband, James Sr., of Cuba; a son, a daughter, three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Day

2017

Betty Day (88) Clinton, Oklahoma passed away on March 7, 2017. She was the widow of Bob G. Day, former engineer with the Soil Conservation Service who passed Oct. 2015. Betty owned and operated a beauty shop in Clinton for more than 20 years, and then spent the next several years helping to care for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty is survived by two sons, Daniel Day and his wife, Betty, of Clinton, and Dr. Patrick Day and wife, Suzanne, of Arapaho; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The family has suggested that those wishing to give memorial contributions do so to the First United Methodist Church.

Day

2015

Edward L. "Eddie" Day (85) of Clinton, Oklahoma passed away on January 12, 2015 at his home after a battle with cancer. Eddie began his SCS career in 1957 as a Watershed Vegetation Specialist in Clinton where he assisted in the vegetation of newly constructed watershed structures on the Washita River in western Oklahoma. He retired in 1987 after serving 15 years as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Weatherford Field Office. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Charles “Chuck” Edward Day. Condolences can be sent to his wife, Lola, and grandson, Dirk , both of the home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arapaho First Baptist Church. Obituary link:  www.lee-funeralhomes/.com/obituaries/Edward-Day/#!/obituary

Day

2015

Senior Conservationist Bobbie Gene Day (87) of Clinton, Oklahoma passed away on October 3, 2015 in the Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton. Bob was raised in the Trail Flats area near Leedey. He soon moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma and attended A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) and was a part of the R.OT.C. Program. He received a degree in Agriculture in 1951. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in Korea. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1953 and returned home. He became a member of the U.S. Army Reserved for the next 8 years. He and Betty made their home in Clinton and he began a career as an Agriculture Engineer for the Soil Conservation for 33½ years, retiring in 1985. He then became employed in his sons Optometry Practice and helped there until 2012. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the Evening Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, of almost 69 years, Betty of the home, two sons, Dan (Betty) Day and Dr. Pat Day and wife, Suzanne, all of Clinton; four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Day

2014

Virginia Day (103) of Portland, Maine passed away on June 8, 2014.  She was the wife of deceased S Von Day who was a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Portland in the 1960’s and then the first RC&D coordinate in Presque Isle.

De Tullio

2007

David DeTullio (58) passed away in Reno, NV on June 2, 2007. His death followed a brief illness. David served as Water Resource Policy Coordinator in the West Regional Office. He had also served as Assistant State Conservationist in Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Terry and son, Mike.

Deacon

2006

Walter B. Deacon (87) passed away March 6, 2006. Walter retired as a Conservation Technician with SCS. He is survived by his wife, Mildred, a son, Stephen, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, OH 43221.

Dean

2008

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Hartzell C. Dean (99) passed away February 4, 2008. He retired in June 1973 as the State Soil Scientist in Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette. He is survived by his son Donald, daughter, Janet Upchurch, 10 grandchildren and 31 great grand children. Hartzell’s twin brother, Harold, also an Honorary Member passed away in 2004.

Dean

2004

Senior Conservationist Harold Lee Dean (95) passed away October 24, 2004 in Sac City, IA. He retired in 1972 as Head, Cartographic Unit, Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, one son, one daughter, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and his twin brother Hartzell Dean.

Dean

2003

Senior Conservationist Marshall P. Dean (99) of Butler, Georgia passed away December 12, 2003. Marshall was a work unit technician with SCS, until 1942.

Dearborn

2015

Arthur G. Dearborn III (77) of Holden, Maine, passed peacefully on June 8, 2015, surrounded by those he loved. Art was born in Bangor, Maine and is survived by his “guardian angel” of 56 years, Frances M. Dearborn of Holden. He is also survived by three children Arthur “Chip” G. Dearborn IV of Holden, Deborah L. Dearborn of Holden and Trevor L. Dearborn of Bangor, two grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a step great-grandson. Art was predeceased by a son, Mark C. Dearborn. Art was a graduate from the Orono ROTC, UMO, and received a BS in agricultural engineering. He entered the Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in 1960 as first lieutenant and was discharged in 1964 as Captain to return to his roots. Art dedicated 35 years of his life to the USDA Soil Conservation Service, at the Orono office, 30 of those years as a Maine State Conservationist Engineer. He retired in 1996. Those who wish to remember Art in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Eastern Maine Dialysis Unit, C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Decker

2011

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist George H. Decker (93) of Fairfax, Virginia passed away on December 7, 2011 at home. He was born December 10, 1917 in Fargo, North Dakota to the late Robert Earle and Hanna Decker. Robert was not present for the birth because he was serving in the Army in France during WWI. George lived in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin in his early years and graduated from high school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota before heading to the western side of the state where he earned a Civil Engineering degree from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1939. While in college, he joined the National Guard and upon graduation, he worked at a CCC camp in Sturgis, South Dakota for 18 months. His Army division mobilized on February 14, 1941 and they moved from Rapid City to Camp Claiborne in Louisiana. George attended Officer Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir in Washington, DC, where he met his future wife in the spring of 1942. After a duty station at Camp Rucker, Alabama, his unit was called to the west coast to prepare for deployment to the Pacific. When Madelyn stepped off the train after a cross country trip to visit for Thanksgiving, he knew he had to keep her so he proposed and they were married in December, 1943 and settled temporarily in Moro Bay, California. George served with the 81st division of the Army in the Pacific Theater and supported troops in the battle at Peleliu, and was serving in the Philippines on V-J Day. At the conclusion of the war, he spent time in Japan before returning home to meet the daughter who was born during his war duty. He and Madelyn went on to have 4 more children as they moved from South Dakota to Massachusetts, New York and Virginia while he worked for SCS. During those years, he enjoyed showing his wife and children the US (and 1 trip to Quebec) – taking frequent camping trips to explore the country. After he retired in 1974, he indulged his passion for photography by working for the Catholic Herald and the Red Cross, photographing and printing photos for publication. Most recently, George was a member of VFW Blue and Gray Post 8469. George was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Madelyn L. Decker. She died in 2001. In 2003, after a 60 year lapse, he renewed a romance with an Army nurse he had met at Camp Rucker and for the next 6 years, he had a long-distance "girlfriend", Helen Martin. When not traveling between Ohio and Virginia, they spent many days with a mid-afternoon "brew time" – a telephone call while George drank a beer and Helen enjoyed a glass of wine. Helen passed away in 2009, just before her 90th birthday. George is survived by his children, Mary (Dan) Dent, Joan (Charlie) Cooper, Bob (Mary Sue) Decker, George (Anne) Decker and Patti (Rick) Pfeiffer. He was also a loving grandpa to 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, George requested that donations be made to the Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, South Dakota or to another charity of the donor's choice.

Decker

2010

Senior Conservationist Ernest W. Decker (97) of Clay Center, Kansas passed away October 17 2010. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1939. He taught school in Vineland, Kansas south of Lawrence. He served in the United States Army in Africa and Europe during WWII. Ernest worked as a soil conservationist for SCS in Great Bend, Lyons, Minneapolis and Lincoln, retiring in 1977. He then worked part time for the ASCS Office for 14 years. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alma Decker of Clay Center, Kansas; a daughter, Marsha (Gail) Habluetzel of Clay Center, Kansas; a son, Gary (Elizabeth) Decker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. MEMORIALS: Evangelical Covenant Church or Presbyterian Manor in care of the Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home, 918 7th St., Clay Center, Kansas 67432.

Decker

1987

Ray Decker passed away March 2, 1987. He was Soils Engineer and was Head, Lincoln Soils Laboratory.