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All Postings, FRIENDS REMEMBERED by YEAR

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 08/10/2017

 

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ALL, Sorted by Year, then Surname

Year

In Memoriam, BY YEAR

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dermann

2017

Kenneth W. Dermann, Brigadier General, US Army Reserve National Guard (retired) (89) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away February 4, 2017. He was born on the family farm near Talmage. He attended the University of Nebraska where he was a Nebraska football letter winner. He later completed his B.A. degree at Columbia College, Columbia, MO. Ken began a distinguished military career upon enlisting in the US Navy, serving aboard the USS Harrier minesweeper in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He subsequently joined the Nebraska Army National Guard in 1947 as an NCO, received his officer commission in 1951, and during the next 35 years rose to the rank of brigadier general. Ken received numerous military citations and awards and held many notable leadership positions, including that of Commander, 67th Sep. Inf. Bde. (Mech), and Ass't. Adjutant General of Nebraska. He retired from military service on June 30, 1987, and was inducted into the Nebraska National Guard Military Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. In addition to his military career, Ken was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service and worked in the National Soils Laboratory in Lincoln, NE. Ken was a dedicated volunteer at the Bryan Medical Center for more than 20 years and a member of their volunteer board of directors. He also served his church in many ways. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley of Lincoln; sons, William (Sharon) of Omaha; Robert (Donna) of Tacoma, WA; two grandsons and one great-grandson, a granddaughter, and four great-granddaughters. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Bryan LGH East Hospital, 1600 S. 48th St., Lincoln, NE 68506-1299 or Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 8300 East Pointe Road, Lincoln, NE 68506. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Ewing

2017

James W. “Jim” Ewing (93) formerly of State Route 172, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2017 at the Courtyard at Lexington in Salem, Ohio. He was born in Gavers, Ohio. Jim was a farmer and had worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Columbiana County for 28 years until he retired. He was an 80-year member of the New Lebanon United Presbyterian Church; past president of the Lisbon Ruritan; member of the New Lisbon Lodge #65 F&AM; and was a former member of the Lisbon Grange. Jim also loved to play the fiddle and bass guitar and call square dances. His wife, Doris Mae (Haynam) Ewing, whom he married June 12, 1949, preceded him in death August 2, 2013. Jim is survived by his four sons, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Lebanon U.P. Church or the American Cancer Society. Friends may view Jim’s memorial tribute page and send condolences online at www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com.

Fields

2017

Freddie L. Fields (85) of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away on March 28, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Roane County, WV. Freddie worked for the Department of Agriculture as a Soil Conservationist. He enjoyed wood working, was a master craftsman, and also enjoyed working on cars. Freddie was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Alsie Fields; his daughter, Linda Fields of Parkersburg; a son, Paul Fields (Colleen) of Morgantown, WV; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Fujii

2017

Mary Nakata Fujii (84) of Hillsboro, Oregon passed away peacefully February 6, 2017. She will be remembered for her cheerful smile, strong work ethic, and resilience during hard times. Born Sumiko Nakata in Portland, she attended St. Paul Miki, a Catholic school for Japanese-American children. During WWII, her family was held with others of Japanese descent at the North Portland Stock Yard. They were later sent to an internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho. Mary earned an AA at Hastings Business College in 1951. In 1954, she married Tom Fujii, an engineer with the SCS who retired from the training section at the WNTC. She was a water quality specialist for the EPA from 1980 to 1995. A woman of faith, Mary was an active member of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Tom; four children and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. 

Givens

2017

Fred (F.B.) Bell Givens, Jr. (82) of Newport, Virginia passed away on April 13, 2017 at his home. Fred was born in Fredericksburg, VA. Fred received his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech and his M.S. from Penn State in Agriculture Engineering. While his first love was farming, he retired from the Soil Conservation Service after having served as a Watershed Design Engineer, Shoreline Erosion Engineer and a District Conservationist for three counties. Fred was widely known as “Mr. Pumpkin” after having the “Misty Mt. Pumpkin Festival” on his farm. After nine years of this festival, Fred and Rennie sold homemade ice cream at fairs and festivals making it with a “John Deer hit and miss engine.” Fred loved his family, his church and people in general and was so proud of his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Fred Bell Givens, III. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Irene (Rennie) Semones Givens of Newport, son Joseph K. (Leslie) Givens of Newport, one daughter Amy Suzanne Givens (Frederick) Moler of New Castle, and six grandchildren. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.

Glen

2017

Senior Conservationist Deane Glen (90) Des Moines, Iowa passed away on January 13, 2017. Deane retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1987 as a civil engineer on the Watershed Planning Staff. Survivors include his daughters, Sue (Tony) Putz and Rebecca (Edwin) Everett; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna. Memorials may be given in his name to the Free Store, 834 10th St., Des Moines, IA 50309. Online condolences may be made at www.overtonfunerals.com.

Gonzalez

2017

Flavio Rene Gonzalez (86) passed away on January 25, 2017, surrounded by his family at Porter Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado. He was born in Rio Grande City, Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1952, he was commissioned into the Army as 2nd Lt. and began his tour in Korea where he served with the Third Infantry Division as an artillery officer. He was wounded in action at outpost “Harry,” but continued to fight the enemy, refusing to be evacuated until American forces were enroute. His actions inspired his fellow soldiers to continue to fight the North Koreans and earned him the Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart. He is one of only three soldiers recognized at Silver Star Veterans Park in Starr County, TX. Flavio became a civil engineer and worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service until his retirement in 1995. He served as State Conservation Engineer of Colorado for 15 years. Flavio married Edna Oliverez in 1955 and had four children: son David (Angie) of Pocatello, Idaho; daughter Elina (Jeff) Swadling of Indian River, Michigan; son Andres (Michelle) of Eagle Pass, Texas; and daughter Rosina (Dino) Aragon of Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the American Lung Association or to Colorado Public Radio.

Gray

2017

Shirley A. Gray (81) passed away on March 11, 2017, in Abilene, Kansas. She was married to Earl Gray who retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Construction Inspector headquartered in Abilene. He preceded her in death in 2012. Shirley had been employed for 26 years by The Citizens Bank in Abilene, retiring in 1997. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Wolfe-Eyer. Shirley is survived by a son and three step-children. Online condolences may be left at http://dannerfuneralhome.net/.

Grice

2017

Darrell Gene Grice (86) passed away on March 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. He was born in Robstown, Texas. Gene graduated from Texas Tech University in 1951 and joined the Air Force. While stationed in Columbia, South Carolina, he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Ann Stevens, and they were married on July 5, 1953, in Birmingham, Alabama. After his discharge from the Air Force, they moved to Hamlin, Texas, to farm and start a family. Gene started working for the Soil Conservation Service in 1957 in Littlefield, Texas. This job required many moves in Texas, Pennsylvania and finally Massachusetts, where he retired in 1987 as the State Soil Scientist. Gene and Liz spent their retirement years in Lufkin, Texas, where Gene was active in their church, volunteered in local schools and museums, and was a member of multiple Toastmasters groups. He is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Martha and Bryan Steger of Taos, New Mexico and Carol and Jeff Castro of Houston; son and daughter-in-law, James and Joanna Grice of LaGrange, Kentucky; son-in-law, Travis Hardaway of Round Top; and eight grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth, and daughters, Mary Elizabeth Grice and Lea Ann Grice Hardaway. Should you desire, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 (1-800-272-3900), or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd Flood, Bethesda, MD 20814 (1-800-344-4823).

Griffin

2017

Robert "Bob" Keith Griffin (89) passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pocatello, ID. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado. As a member of the Greatest Generation, Bob, as well as most of the young men of his time, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in service of his country. The war was winding down, and he was honorably discharged in August of 1945. Bob took advantage of the GI bill benefit and graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree as well as a master's from the University of Southern California. During those years Bob was a father to three children: Gary, Cheryl, and Elaine. After receiving his master's degree, Bob accepted a position as a range conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Bismarck, ND, where he met and married Merle Winko and became a step-father to her two daughters, Sharon and Sandy. Bob and Merle were transferred to Salina, Kansas to be the Deputy State Conservationist and later promoted to the State Conservationist. Bob continued in that capacity until his untimely medical retirement in 1980. Bob received many honors during his eight years in Kansas. The one most notable was the Conservationist of the Year Governors Award. In 2011, Bob moved to Pocatello, ID, where he married a longtime friend, Jerry Younkin who also was recently widowed. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Merle. He is survived by his wife, Jerry, Pocatello; son, Gary (Chris) Griffin; daughters, Cheri (Mike) Blaskovich and Elaine Griffin; and three step-daughters and two step-sons. Bob was blessed as well with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In Bob's honor, donations can be made in his name to Encompass Hospice of Pocatello, ID. Condolences may be made at www.colonial-funeralhome.com

Haid

2017

Kenneth Anthony Haid, Jr., (58) of Fayetteville, West Virginia passed away on January 16, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Ken was an accomplished musician and an avid skilled motorcyclist and trained Motor Cycle Safety Instructor. Ken was a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He worked as a livestock inspector for the state and was a longtime employee of the USDA NRCS as a Soil Conservationist. Ken worked in many areas around West Virginia, most recently in Fayette, Raleigh and Wyoming counties and previously in Hardy, Kanawha and Pocahontas counties. Ken is survived by his wife Melinda (Dolin Shipman) Haid, two sons, and a granddaughter. Online condolences may be sent to his family by visiting www.highlawnfuneralhomechapel.com.

Harlin

2017

John Harlin (75) of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on March 25, 2017. John was the sixth of eight children and was born in Mazie, OK. Johnny graduated from the historic Manual Training High School with the class of 1960. Johnny was employed with Bower Feed Company until he was drafted into the United States Army where he served three years and a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the armed forces and retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after 41 years of service as a Soil Conservation Technician. He was an avid golfer, bowler and loved going to the casino. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Bertha of 54 years, of the home; one son, Bernard (Krystal) Harlin, Wagoner, OK; and two grandsons. 

Harper

2017

Carolyn Sue Harper (79) of Weatherford, Oklahoma passed away on June 3, 2017. Sue was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1956. Sue attended Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha on an Alumni scholarship. On August 30, 1957, she married Melvin Dean “Dick” Harper. Born to them were Jimmy Dean and Johnny Bryan. In 1964 Sue began her long career in Soil and Water Conservation by going to work at Chickasha USDA watershed planning office. As a young girl growing up on the Little Washita near Ninnekah, Sue and her family were flooded out three times. Years later, a watershed work plan ended up on her desk. It was a plan for the same area in which her family had been flooded. It pleased her greatly to know that flooded area would be corrected. In 1971 Sue was able to transfer and continue her conservation career at Deer Creek Conservation District. Sue retired from Deer Creek in April 2005, but remained as an associate director until 2012. Sue was inducted into the Conservation Hall of Fame in 2012. Sue and family have been long time members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Weatherford. Sue and Melvin were married 46 years until Melvin’s passing in July 2003. Sue was then married to Loy Brown from April 2005- August 2015. Sue is survived by her two sons, Jim and wife Kathy of Forney, Texas; and John and wife Christine of Weatherford; four granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. It is requested that memorials to be made to ALZ.org, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Weatherford or Weatherford Lady Eagles Basketball.

Harrison

2017

Brad Lyle Harrison (58) of Adel, Iowa, passed away on April 10, 2017. Brad was born in Des Moines. Brad graduated in 1981 from Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture. He was a member of the New Hope Evangelical Free Church of Adel. Brad was a district conservationist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service for 36 years. During his career, he promoted soil stewardship with landowners and farmers, developed a children’s educational conservation program, and created the national motto for NRCS, “Helping People Help the Land.” Brad was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Harrison. Brad is survived by his wife of 16 years, Cindy Harrison; mother, Carol Harrison; and children Melissa (Rick) Strain; Matthew (fiancé Carissa) Harrison; Megan (Andrew) Ferin; and Connor Harrison. He is also survived by his five grandchildren. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Brad Harrison Memorial Fund.  Online condolences may be left at mccalleyfuneralhome.com

Hawkins

2017

Douglas E. Hawkins (85) of Washington DC/Virginia passed away May 4, 2017. Growing up in the Mountain Home, Arkansas area, he graduated from high school there in 1950. He attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Agriculture Engineering, and started to work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1954. Doug entered on military leave from SCS and joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He attended Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia, graduated, and received his commission July 1955. After completing flight school in Pensacola, Florida,  Doug was assigned to the Marine Corp Air Facility, New River, North Carolina, serving out his active duty tenure as a helicopter pilot. After his Marine Corp Service he returned to the Soil Conservation Service in Pine Bluff Arkansas and Little Rock State Office in the Watershed Planning capacity. He was selected and moved to Gainesville, Florida as State Engineer. Doug took a two-year assignment with the EPA in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1980 he moved to become the Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources in North Carolina. Doug moved to the National Headquarters, Washington DC as Watershed Specialist in the Watershed Project and Maintenance Division. In November 1987 he was selected as the State Conservationist for the state of Delaware. He returned to the National Headquarters January 1989 as Assistant Director for Engineering Technology. Doug retired December of 1990. Doug is survived by his wife Joan Small Hawkins, daughter Kelly and son-in-law Nathan Carnes, grandchildren Jason and Haley, his brother Dwain Hawkins and sister LaRue Wyatt, nieces and nephews. Doug was buried May 10 near his home in Arkansas with full military honors.

Hicks

2017

Arnie B. Hicks (89) of Linn Grove, Iowa passed away on January 17, 2017 at Hawkeye Care Center in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. He was born in Lohrville, Iowa. Arnie attended school through the fourth grade in Lohrville before moving to Minnesota. The family then moved back to Lake City where he graduated high school in 1946.On February 28, 1947, Arnie joined the United States Air Force. He was a B-29 Mechanic stationed in England during the Berlin Airlift. He proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on February 27, 1950. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove and served many years on the church council. Arnie loved going to dances where he met the love of his life, Donna Joy Sundberg at Cobblestone in Storm Lake. He worked for the Buena Vista and Clay County Soil Conservation Offices for 31 years. He retired from the SCS in 1983. He remained a loyal conservationist and served on the Buena Vista Conservation Board for 25 years. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 60 years, Donna Hicks of Linn Grove, Iowa; his children, Julie (Norman) Vorland of Clear Lake, Iowa; Lorie (Tim) Wittmaack of Linn Grove, Iowa; Dr. Randy (Marsha) Hicks of Dylestown, Pennsylvania; and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Hobbs

2017

Patricia Joanne Hobbs, (79) of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away on June 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; one son, Raymond of Ely, NV; one sister, Diane Ivie of Bremerton, Washington; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Pat worked in the Area Office in Grand Junction, CO.  She had worked in various office positions but with additional training served as computer specialist as well.

Hopkins

2017

Overton Wallace Hopkins (85) of Louisa, Virginia passed away April 1, 2017 at his home. Overton was a lifelong farmer and retired as a technician from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Ruby Perkins Hopkins. Survivors include his son, Larry Hopkins (Betty Jean) of Louisa; daughters Faye Stewart (David) and Vickie Southall (Al) all of Louisa; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Macedonia United Methodist Church Building Fund 1124 Holland Creek Rd., Louisa, VA 23093. Online guest book at woodwardfuneral.com.

Jackson

2017

Joe Norman Jackson (87) passed away on February 21, 2017. “Mr. Joe” was a devout Christian and resided in Opelika, Alabama for the past 43 years. Joe was born on his parents’ farm near Piedmont, Calhoun County, Alabama. He graduated from White Plains High School in June, 1947, and left home the following day to enlist in the U.S. Army. His military career spanned nearly 21 years across the U.S. and around the world, retiring as a Major in 1967. Joe embarked on a second career with the Soil Conservation Service in Auburn, Alabama in September 1967, retiring in 1988, as the Alabama State Administrative Officer. Joe was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Agnes Conaway Jackson. He is survived by his children: Andrea Jackson (David McAlister) of Auburn; David Jackson, Jerry Jackson and Susan Jackson (Don Jackson), all of Opelika; and Joseph Jackson (Lynelle) of Jacksonville, Florida. Other survivors include his five grandchildren and his four great-grandchildren. He was a caretaker at heart, caring for his wife with deep devotion during her many years of continuing sickness, as well as her increased needs following a stroke during the latter years of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 (pdf.org); or to the First Baptist Church Opelika Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 329, Opelika, AL 36803-0329.

Jongewaard

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Russell V. Jongewaard (98) of Little Falls, Minnesota passed away on February 25, 2017 at St. Otto's Care Center in Little Falls. Russell was born in Elk River, MN. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1935. In 1937 he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps on Orcas Island in Washington State. He was united in marriage to Donna Kiebel on Feb. 8th 1941 at Monticello, MN. Russ was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served 44 months with the 4th Seabee Battalion as a surveyor in the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii, Guam, and Okinawa. He was discharged from the Navy in October 1945. Russ graduated from the University Of Minnesota College Of Forestry in 1947 and took graduate studies in foreign agriculture at the U of M and St. Cloud State University. He cruised timber for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, and then spent his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, working in Olmsted, Benton, Stearns, and Morrison counties. In 1952 he was a surveyor with North Atlantic Constructors in Thule, Greenland. In 1958 he moved his family to Brazil and worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Ministry of Agriculture in Minas Gerais state. The Jongewaards moved to Little Falls in the fall of 1960 where he helped start the Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District. He worked as a soils advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Bulgaria in 1973. In 1974 he retired from the USDA and took a position with the Near East Foundation in the Ministry of Agriculture in Swaziland. In 1977 he consulted with the World Bank on erosion control in Ethiopia. Russ worked in real estate in Little Falls with Century 21 for about 10 years. In 1986 he and Donna volunteered with Trans World Radio in Bussom, Holland, and with TWR again in Guam in 1990. Russ's wife Donna died on August 18th, 2001. On September 4th, 2004, he married Kathryn (Katie) Tonder. Together they enjoyed traveling, golf, Twins' games and visiting with family and friends. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, a charter member of Little Falls Kiwanis Club, and a member of Little Falls Alliance Church. His hobbies were golf, photography, birding, traveling, and gardening. Russ is survived by his wife Kathryn, daughter Martha, sons Steven (Candace), Peter K., and Joel (Jennifer), seven grandsons, seven great-grandchildren, Kathryn's children Mike (Jody) Tonder, Dan (Elene) Tonder, and Julie (Bruce) Jarvi, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, sister Jean Thomas, grandson Reuben Jongewaard, and grandson Aaron Tonder. www.shelleyfuneralchapels.com.

Kosse

2017

Elmer E. Kosse (94) Carrington, North Dakota, passed away on April 19, 2017 at Golden Acres Manor surrounded by his family. He farmed with his father, followed by 33 years with the Soil Conservation Service in Foster County, ND. He is survived by his wife Gloria of 71 years; children: Diann Cardenas of Cleburne, TX; Linda (Terry) Gisvold of Washburn, ND; Keith (Dori) of Fargo, ND; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a sister Gladys Koke. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers.

Kudlacek

2017

Robert B. Kudlacek, (96) of Omaha, Nebraska, passed away on April 23, 2017. Bob worked in administration for the Soil Conservation Service in the State Office in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Helmand River Project in Lashkargah, Afghanistan, the Resource Conservation and Utilization Project in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Washington, DC. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Leeana Rezny Kudlacek, daughter Mary deSouza (Dr. Euclid J.); son, John R. Kudlacek; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was born in Swanton. At 19, he left home to serve the Navy during WWII. After being discharged, he spent 40 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a captain. He attended the University of Nebraska, graduating with a degree in business, and spent his career with the Soil Conservation Service.

LaFlamme

2017

Member Kenneth J. LaFlamme (82) of Old Town, Maine peacefully passed away at home on June 17, 2017. He was born in Old Town and a 1953 graduate of Old Town High School and the University of Maine, class of 1957. He was employed as a soil scientist in the state of Maine for the Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, retiring in 1994. He was a communicant of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord and a member of the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his beloved wife, Corda LaFlamme of Old Town; by two sons--Morris "Moe" LaFlamme and wife, Donna, of Bangor and Thomas "Tom" LaFlamme and his wife, Marcia "Annie," of Apopka, FL--and two daughters, Mary St. Peter (Arthur "Butch") of Otis and Carol Lowney (Robert) of Oviedo, FL; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren. Kenneth was a man who cherished his family. Corda was the love of his life since the day he laid eyes on her. They shared 56 years of devoted love and a happy marriage together. They enjoyed many happy times at the family camp at Beech Hill Pond with their children. Ken loved walking on his land, planting trees, eating wild blueberries, and bird watching. For many years he was a member of a bird club at Birds Acre in Ellsworth. Ken had a deep love of music throughout life. He played the trombone in high school and was passionate about his children all learning how to play many musical instruments. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the charity of their choice. A private burial will be held by the family at a later date.

Loerch

2017

J. Cameron Loerch (61) of Ashland, Nebraska passed away on February 19, 2017, at home surrounded by family after a battle with cancer. Cameron was born in Lincoln. Cam retired after 37 years with the NRCS as a soil scientist. He last worked in the National Soils Laboratory. He is survived by his wife, Teri; children, Quinn (Jo) Loerch, Chad (Renae) Hart; and five grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the family for further designation to a favorite charity of Cam's. Online condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Love

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Orville Walter Love (99) of Village of Loch Lloyd, Missouri reached his centennial year (1917-2017) and passed into new life on January 2, 2017 at the age of 99 and 8 months. Devoted husband of the late Virginia M. Love; loving father of Janet Love, St. Charles, MO; Sherry Love (Michael Hunter) Loch Lloyd, MO; and Douglas (Patty) Love Bloomington, IL. Other survivors include three grandchildren and one great grandchild. Orville was born in Neosho Rapids, KS. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s convinced teenage Orville to heed the advice of his mother and high school principal to leave the farm and enroll at Kansas State College (KSU). He graduated with honors in 1941 with a BS in Agriculture. His career was put on hold as he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces just prior to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. During World War II he served in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, attaining the rank of Major. Orville married Virginia M. Lammlein on June 16, 1945. They were married for 62 years. After WWII, Orville began his career ensuring there would not be a repeat of the Dust Bowl. As a young soil and water conservationist, he walked nearly every farm of Johnson County, helping owners implement conservation techniques. Later he was responsible for the eastern third of Kansas. Orville retired in 1980 from the USDA Soil Conservation Service after nearly 39 years of federal employment. At his retirement, he said, “I've always enjoyed the conversation that accompanies conservation, so please keep in touch.” The Love family lived in Mission, Olathe, Emporia, and Topeka, KS. Orville was talented in woodworking and made beautiful projects for his family. He was an avid volunteer and a member of the NARFE, K-State Alumni Association, and American Legion. He was the oldest Kansas SCS/NRCS retiree. He took great care of his health, by swimming, into his early nineties, and he exercised to the end. He was a lifelong Methodist and lived his faith through his name and all the things that "LOVE is" (1 Corinthians 13). In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to KSU Foundation, Orville Love Memorial Fund, www.found.ksu.edu/give/orvillelove or to an educational institution of your choice.

Lucas

2017

Paul E. Lucas (85) of Brownsburg, Indiana passed away March 21, 2017. He was born in North Judson, Indiana. He graduated from Culver H.S. in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Paul graduated from Purdue University in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He spent most of his career with USDA, Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1988, with 30 years of government service. Paul is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy (Dusek); also daughter, Denise (Ken) Kindler; sons, Bryce (Kim) Lucas, Roger (Becky) Lucas, and Perry Lucas; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Project Homeless, Inc. c/o St. Augustine Episcopal Church, 600 N. Washington St., Danville, IN 46122. Online guestbook at www.matthewsmortuary.com. Member James L. Rutherford (82) of McLean, Illinois passed away on February 14, 2017, at his home. He was born in Winchester, Ill. He was united in marriage with Arlene Onalee Rahe, on November 3, 1963. She survives. James is also survived by their children: Greg (Rondy) Rutherford and Shane (Marlene) Rutherford, both of McLean; and three grandchildren. James worked as a Conservation Technician for Soil Conservation Service in McLean County, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He received awards for 1984 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year, 2001 Illinois NRCS Lifetime Achievement, 35 years of service to McLean Co. NRCS (SCS), and 2011 Assoc. of Ill. SWCD's Employee Service Award for 20 years of service. Jim had served as Treasurer for Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department and as a coach for the McLean Little League. He was a member of the McLean Jaycees, Heyworth Masonic Lodge #251 (32nd Degree Mason) and the Greater Peoria Shrine Club. Memorials may be made to McLean County Soil & Water Conservation District Scholarship for Jim Rutherford, Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire & Rescue, or Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Mabry

2017

Olzy “O.M.” Mabry (91) of Great Falls, Montana passed away on January 3, 2017, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls. O.M. was born in Arkansas. He was a WWII Navy veteran who moved to Montana early in his adult life to work for the Soil Conservation Service, a career that spanned over 30 years and took him all over the state of Montana and once to Hawaii. He was a very colorful, wonderful and terrific person to know and also was a very fine Western Artist. In 1953 he married Aline Sweet from Louisiana. They later divorced. From that marriage came their children, David of Helena and Lisa (Don) Charters; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Tracy Mabry. In 1984, he settled in Great Falls where he spent his retirement. He loved hunting with his trained hunting dogs, and he fished in Alaska every July, a trip he made in his van by himself. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Set Free Ministries, PO Box 6122, Great Falls, MT 59405. Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com.

MacKinnon

2017

Richard (Dick) A. MacKinnon (76) of Ulysses, Kansas passed away on May 13, 2017, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. He was born in Leadville, Colorado. Dick was on the Florence High School football team that won the state championship in 1957. He went on to attend Pueblo Community College. In 1963, he moved to Moscow, Kansas, where Dick farmed and raised cattle and sheep. Then in 1971, the family moved to Ulysses. During this time, he became a private pilot and flew the family on vacations. While living in Ulysses, Dick also served as an EMT for 15 years. In 2001, they moved to Dodge City. Dick worked for the Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kay, Dodge City; son, Ross MacKinnon, Olathe; daughter, Shelley Alexander, Ulysses; a sister; two brothers; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Dodge City or the KSU Alumni Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Maine

2017

Member Charles “Charlie” Maine (90) of Queensbury, New York passed away on January 16, 2017. Charlie was born in Hamilton, NY. Upon graduation from Hamilton High School, he was drafted into the Army in 1945. After discharge he attended Morrisville State College and upon graduation he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He later attended Michigan State University. Upon graduation from MSU he was employed as a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Oneida County. He was transferred to Washington County and subsequently Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District. At this time he mapped the soils of Warren County and authored The Soil Survey of Warren County. He retired from SCS in 1983. He was an avid hunter and looked forward to hunting deer in the Catskills with friends and elk in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. Charlie was a member of Christ Church United Methodist where he served as trustee and teller. He served on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the Town of Queensbury for 18 years. Charlie served as a board member for the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District for 30 years and was a Greater Adirondack RC&D Representative for the district and brought to the RC&D The Venison Donation Coalition program, which makes tens of thousands of meals of venison available from hunters for food pantries across the state. Charlie is survived by Beverly, his wife of 63 years, a daughter, Amanda and her husband Christian Mohr, and two sisters as well as several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Charlie may be made to Christ Church United Methodist at 54 Bay Street, Glens Falls, NY, The Venison Donation Coalition, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath, NY 14810. Condolences may be made through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.

Matlick

2017

Harold Lester Matlick (92), a resident of the Blackman Heights Community, Hambleton, WV, passed away on April 27, 2017 at Lavender Fields Assisted Living at Beverly, WV. He was born at Newburg, WV. On September 23, 1944 at Red House, MD, he was married to the former Mary Lee Shriver, who preceded him in death on January 31, 2014. Surviving are one son, Gerold Sheldon Matlick (Lois) of Parsons, WV; one daughter, Diane Ruth Matlick Wilfong Wade (Danny) of Blackman Heights, Hambleton, WV; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are one son, Keith Edmund Matlick, and one daughter, Carla Jean Matlick. He was a graduate of Fellowsville High School with the class of 1942. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving during WWII. He attended Fairmont State and West Virginia University. Harold was owner and operator of dairy farms in the 1950's. He worked for the USDA SCS as a Soil Conservation Technician and retired in 1984 as a Conservationist. He then worked for the WV Soil Conservation District in Philippi and later worked for Sunrise Construction. He was a member of the Parsons Kiwanis, the Osiris Shriners, the Pythagoras Lodge #128 A.F.&A.M. of Parsons, and the First United Methodist Church of Parsons. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Lavender Fields Assisted Living, 150 Water St., Beverly, WV 26253. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.

McAninch

2017

James Barton McAninch (91) of Cedar Falls, Iowa passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School and joined the US Navy in May, 1943. He received an honorable medical discharge, enrolled at Iowa State University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1948. His working career was spent entirely with the US Department of Agriculture, specifically with the US Forest Service in Washington and the Soil Conservation Service in Iowa. He retired in 1980. He was a member of United Church of Christ-Cedar Falls, American Forestry Association, Prairie Rapids Audubon Society, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, and the NARFE. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marlys; one daughter, Melinda (Gene) Grimm of Indianola, IA; three sons, Jay (Janet) of Centreville, VA; David (Kristine) of Green Bay, WI; Kurt (Ruth) of Pleasanton, CA; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Condolences and memorials may be sent to M. Grimm, P.O. Box 718, Indianola, IA.

McAninch

2017

Marlys Jean McAninch (91) of Cedar Falls, Iowa passed away May 30, 2017, at Westview Care Center in Indianola. Marlys was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1943 and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Iowa State University in 1948. Marlys was married to James Barton McAninch who passed away in January of this year. Bart retired as a District Conservationist with SCS. She taught secondary and adult education in the states of Washington and Iowa. She is survived by one daughter and three sons, ten grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, Douglas; and two sisters, Darlene and Marilee and their spouses.

Moffer

2017

Eddie Moffer, Jr. (78) of Grapevine, Texas, passed away April 25, 2017. He was the former Project Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service at the Clinton, Oklahoma watershed office.

Monk

2017

Monica Mae Monk (48) of Polk City, Iowa passed away on May 29, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at the Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines. Monica was born in Atlantic. She was baptized and confirmed in the Exira Lutheran Church. Monica attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. She then worked as an engineer for the Federal Aviation Administration in Kansas City. Monica attended graduate school at the University of Montana and received a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation. She joined the Peace Corps in El Salvador as an agroforester. In 2006, Monica and her family moved to Polk City, Iowa where they have resided and raised their family ever since. In Iowa she was the State Wetland Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Monica was a member of the Polk City United Methodist Church. Those left to cherish her loving memory are her husband Steven; three children Rio, Maya, and Talula Monk; parents Gail and Evelyn Petersen; two sisters and a brother.

Mork

2017

Marland H. Mork (85) of Denison, Iowa passed away on March 19, 2017. He was born at Manning, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Irwin, Iowa, where he attended area schools and graduated from Irwin High School with the class of 1949. In high school, he was one of the best pitchers in the league, being a left-hander. He had to quit baseball, however, when his mother died and he was needed at home. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was currently a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison. Marland was drafted into the Army in May of 1952 and served his country for two years, receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was employed by the Soil Conservation Service as a Civil Engineering Technician for forty-one years. He coached Little League and Senior League baseball for many years, including coaching his sons. His favorite hobby was woodworking, making many beautiful furniture pieces out of light oak for their home and for his sons’ homes. Other hobbies included cruising in his Model A with a car club. Marland was preceded in death by son Steve in 1994; daughter-in-law Tracy in 2010. Survivors include: his wife, Jeanie of 65 years; two sons, Dan (Donita) and Tom (special friend Kara); four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Newman

2017

Member Don Forrest Newman (85) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away on May 26, 2017. He was born in Amarillo, TX and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1949. He then entered Texas A&M University and was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets. Following graduation in 1953, he married the love of his life, Berniece Linack. He served two years active duty in the U.S. Army, stationed in the European Theatre. He then continued his service to our country for an additional 8.5 years in the Army Reserves and received an Honorable Discharge as a Captain. Don worked 40 years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) at Lubbock, Plainview, Hereford, Houston, Temple, Dallas, and Fort Worth, TX. After retirement in 1992, he volunteered for SCS and a couple of other retiree groups. He also spent 20 years with Citizens on Patrol. Don and Berniece have two wonderful children, Mark and Karen. He was so proud that both Mark and Karen graduated from A&M, and each married Aggies. To make him even prouder, Mark and Janet have two children, Laura Sayers and Brian, who also graduated from A&M. Karen and David Pronger have two children, Caroline and Brent. Caroline is a sophomore at A&M, and Brent plays baseball at a jr. college where he is a left-handed pitcher.

Norris

2017

Gerald Duane “Bud” Norris (91) of Hutchinson, Kansas passed away on April 8, 2017. He was born in Coats, Kansas. Bud graduated in 1943 from Coats High School and 1952 from Kansas State University, with a degree in agricultural engineering. For over 33 years he worked as an engineer for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Bud enlisted in the United States Navy on October 16, 1943, and served until July 28, 1944. On July 10, 1944, he married Marie E. “Merm” Cannon in Pratt. She died March 7, 1999. Survivors include: sons, Tom (Monica) Norris of Iola and Steve Norris of Coats; a grandson, three granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Reno County or the Coats Cemetery Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

Petroskey

2017

Wilbur J. Petroskey (90) of Rhinelander, Wisconsin passed away on January 1, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was born in Antigo. He attended schools in Antigo, graduating from the Antigo High School in 1944. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted and served his country as a member of the US Army. Wilbur was stationed in Italy in the infantry at the end of WWII. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Antigo where he purchased the family farm from his Dad and Mom. At that time also, Wilbur went to work for the USDA and the SCS in soil conservation. Wilbur loved his new venture which turned out to be his life’s work. He ended up working for Oneida, Florence, Forest, and Vilas counties for 28-plus years before retiring. Through years of volunteering he was active for the Bells of St. Mary’s Drum and Bugle Corps, as a member of the Oneida County Board for 20 years and as an officer of the Veterans Service Commission for 45 years. He was a longtime member of the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Wilbur also served on the Rhinelander/Oneida Airport Commission for many years. What he was most proud of was being one of the first veterans to be a participant on the “Honor Flights.” He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gloria; his daughter Mona (Charles) Macdonald of Rhinelander; his three grandchildren, and his two great grandchildren. A memorial is being established in Wilbur’s name and can be directed to his family. You may leave your private condolences for the Petroskey family at www.carlsonfh.com.

Rappa

2017

John Joseph Rappa (73) of The Villages, Florida passed away on January 10, 2017, at Lane Purcell Hospice House. John is survived by his wife, Bea Noble Rappa, a son, a daughter, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. John was a graduate of SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology of Cobleskill at Cobleskill, NY. He earned his bachelor's degree in Agriculture and Crop Sciences, specializing in agronomy, from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. He worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Horseheads, NY, and Canandaigua, NY, until his retirement in 1999. He became a resident of The Villages, FL, in 1999. John fought gallantly against cancer for six years. No greater tribute to a father can be made than that of his son, Eric, who says of his father, “He is my true hero.”

Rhinehimer

2017

Dea Jefferson Rhinehimer (70), husband of Linda Reynolds Rhinehimer, passed February 25, 2017. Linda retired from the NRCS as a purchasing agent in Kentucky. Dea was born in Lexington and was a member and Elder of Bethel Christian Church and an avid fisherman. Family survivors are a son, Dea “Jeff” Rhinehimer, Jr.; and two grandchildren. Contributions suggested to the Bethel Christian Church Building Fund. Online guestbook at www.BettsandWestfuneralhome.com.

Right

2017

Joan Groves Right (92) of Mebane, North Carolina passed away on February 7, 2017 at Mebane Ridge Assisted Living. She was born in Plymouth, NC. She was a homemaker and a member of Graham Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Craig Right, an ARCSE member and retired SCS State Conservationist in West Virginia. Other survivors are their daughter Karla (Michael) Silverman of Potomac, MD; son Kirk (Faynelle) Right of Chapel Hill, NC; five grandchildren, three great-granddaughters and one great-great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance/Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered at www.mcclurefuneralservice.net.

Rose

2017

Member Mark Allen Rose (56) of La Plata, Maryland passed away on February 21, 2017 at his residence. Mark was a Soil Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for several years, and more recently the Director of the Financial Assistance Programs Division. He served in the government for 31 years where he obtained the nickname of “The Legend.” Early in his career he was a 4-H advisor for many years. He worked for The Ohio State University Research Farm and was a member of the Ohio Agricultural Leadership and Development Program. He also worked at OSU Farm Science Review in Columbus, Ohio. He worked in Ohio, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Washington, DC for the USDA. Mark was the President of the Clarks Run Homeowners Association and member of the Town of La Plata Planning Commission. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service and was recently inducted into The Hardin County Agricultural Hall of Fame. In addition to his father, Floyd A. Rose, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Darlene Doll Rose; his sons, Evan C. Rose and Mark B. (Jessica) Rose; his daughter, Lesley A.R. (Jon) McKeel; and his two grandchildren. Memorials are asked to Trees of Memory through The Arbor Day Foundation or The Ohio State University Farm Science Review, 590 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Sabata

2017

Larry R. Sabata (65) of Topeka, Kansas passed away in his home on Aril 25, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was cremated, and celebration of life services will be held at a later date this summer in Topeka, KS and in Sterling, IL. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis Cancer Center, Midland Hospice House, or Christ the King Catholic Church, all in Topeka, KS. He was born in David City. Larry obtained his B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1974. Over his 39 years with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) he completed mapping for six different county soil surveys in Iowa and Illinois. He spent five years as a District Soil Conservationist in Wyoming and Minnesota. After that, he worked in Topeka, KS as a Resource Soil Scientist for the Manhattan Area Office until his retirement in November 2016. One of his great passions was gardening and for the last 20 years he grew and propagated cannas. He had about 25 different varieties of cannas, including a number of cultivars he started himself. Larry married Lois Ann Schumacher on Aug. 23, 1986 in Sterling, IL, and they were married for 30 years. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Cassandra M. Sabata of the home.

Smith

2017

Member Peter Francis Smith, Ph.D. (74) of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away February 23, 2017, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He had multiple myeloma. Peter was born in New Brunswick, NJ. He received his BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Economics/Marketing from Rutgers University in 1964 and 1966 respectively, and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1970. A life-long civil servant who first worked for USDA, Peter joined the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, working on National Environmental Policy Act issues before returning to the Department of Agriculture in 1979. He worked with the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act and the National Resources Inventory analyzing long range land and water demands and their economic effect on the environment. He retired in 2005, last serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service, as Director of the Resource Economics and Social Sciences Division of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In addition to his civil service, Peter was a lifelong educator. Peter taught marketing and economics at Southeastern University for 36 years as an Adjunct Professor. He also taught at the Florida Institute of Technology, Alexandria from 1989-1994. Peter was an avid golfer. Peter was also a long time member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria. He was a member of the American Economic Association, the American Marketing Association and Delta Phi Fraternity, Epsilon Chapter. Peter loved to travel and represented the US at numerous international meetings throughout the world. He is survived by Patricia Bayly Smith, his wife of 50 years, his children Justin Smith and Courtney Smith, and four grandchildren. Details on a celebration of Peter’s life will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the T.C. Williams High School Crew Boosters, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Thornbrough

2017

Kenneth LeDon Thornbrough (77) of Mountain View, Oklahoma passed away on February 18, 2017. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in the watershed office in Clinton and as Soil Conservation Technician in Mtn. View. He later left SCS to be a construction contractor. He was born in Rhea, OK and graduated from Clinton High School in 1957. He soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a helicopter pilot and achieved the Rank of Warrant Officer. He married Charlene Miller on November 23, 1958 in Rhea. He enjoyed working on electronic devices and is a U.S. Patent holder. As one of his hobby interests he worked on and remodeled Model T cars. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant twin sons, Mark and Marvin. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, of the home; three daughters, and a son, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two foster great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions go to the Ronald McDonald House, 1301 Northeast 14th Street, OKC, OK 73117.

Ummel

2017

Doris Anita Ummel (87) passed away on April 6, 2017, at the Village at Legacy Pointe in Waukee, Iowa. Doris was born in Phillipsburg, Kansas. She graduated from Stockton (Kansas) High School in 1948 and worked in the Rooks County Clerk’s office in Stockton before moving to Centralia, Illinois, to work for Gulf Oil Company. Doris and Don (a member of ARCSE who retired from the SCS as the State Administrative Officer) lived in Kansas, Nebraska, and Vermont before moving to Des Moines in 1961. They were charter members of New Hope UMC, where Doris volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, the church wedding coordinator, and as a member of the board of trustees. She and Don also were active members of the Merry Mates couples fellowship club. Doris is survived by her husband of 64 years, Don, of Des Moines. Also surviving two daughters, Debbie (Mark) Ediger, of Washington, D.C., and Dawn (John) Goodlove, of Marion, Iowa; a son, Denny (Robyn) of Urbandale, Iowa; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope UMC, 4525 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310; or St. Croix Hospice (attn: Jess Schweninger), 7200 Hudson Blvd., North Suite 230, Oakdale, MN 55128. Please note the contribution is in memory of Doris Ummel.

Verdi

2017

Arthur Lazar Verdi (94) passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was born in Boboshtice, Albania and at the age of six immigrated with his parents to the United States. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving his country during WWII as a Staff Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He met his beloved wife Vasilika in the Albanian Orthodox Church choir, and they later married July 21, 1946. Arthur worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 38 years and was the State Administrative Officer in Massachusetts before retiring in 1980. Arthur loved music, had a beautiful tenor voice, and composed and arranged various music pieces. For many years he was a member of the Worcester Music Festival Chorus, which performed with the Philadelphia and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and served as the choir director for 46 years. His family and friends quickly relied on Arthur and his ability to master anything encompassing fine woodworking, mechanical and electronic repairs. Arthur will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 71 years, Vasilika (Arthur) Verdi; his four children, Dennis Verdi (Victoria) of Holyoke, Philip Verdi of Florence, Elaine Prinzivalli (John) of Hadley, and Matthew Verdi (Roxanne) of Northampton. He also leaves his three sisters, one brother, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Arthur was predeceased by their beloved daughter, Marianne and their infant son. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the following: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA or VNA of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA.

Walker

2017

Ralph Howard Walker (83) of Litchfield, ME, formerly of Turner, ME, passed away peacefully at his home on May 30, 2017, with his wife and daughters at his side. Born in Alfred, ME, he was the third child of eight. A graduate of Kennebunk HS, class of 1954, he was drafted into the Army July 1954 during the Korean War. Ralph served as a soil conservation technician in Lewiston/Auburn Maine for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1985. He wintered the past 15 years in Zephyrhills, FL. He especially loved playing golf. He got his first Hole In One at the Turner Highlands and his second at the Municipal Golf Course in Zephyrhills, FL. He was a competitive archer in his younger years, winning many trophies. He was a member of the Nezinscot Masonic Mason Lodge in Turner, ME. He was a member of Friendship Squares, square-dancing club. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence Hume; three daughters, Theresa (Michael) Sheehan (Biddeford, ME), Rebecca (Norman) Gagnon (Roxbury, ME), and Kathlene (Kenneth) Clarke (Litchfield, ME); nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell St., Lewiston, ME 04240.

Waltner

2017

Alan L. Waltner (71) of Hutchinson, Kansas passed away on May 10, 2017. He was born in Kingman, Kansas. He graduated 1963 from Pretty Prairie High School and from McPherson College in 1967 with a degree in Agriculture. In 1969, Alan, along with his wife Lila, started dairy farming on the home place at Pretty Prairie. He farmed until 1997. He then worked for NRCS until he retired. Throughout his many years he served on many boards: Reno Co. Extenstion, MCC boards, Pretty Prairie school board, as well as the Kingman County Club board. Alan is survived by his two sons and their wives, Brent and Betsy, and Lance and Jennifer; four grandchildren; and his companion, Nancy McConnell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Lila. Memorials may be made with the MCC Relief Sale or McPherson College, both in care of Livingston Funeral Home.

Warren

2017

Jasper "Jack" Jefferson Warren, Jr. (85) of Louisa, Virginia, passed away on March 16, 2017, at the Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Butler Warren, with whom he shared happiness for 48 years. He is also survived by his brother and a sister. He is also survived by two nieces and three nephews and grand nephews. He was born in Amelia. Jack worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS). He joined the U.S. Army in 1950, serving for three years. Jack went back to work with the Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1994. Jack's hobbies and interests included baseball, coaching little leagues in Louisa, quail hunting, judging and showing pedigree English Setters in field trials, and NASCAR racing. Visit woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.

Watson

2017

Member and Senior Conservationist Bruce George Watson (89) of North Fort Myers, Florida passed away March 8, 2017 in Tepa Cay, South Carolina. Bruce was born in Stoughton, Wisconsin. He grew up in Madison where he excelled as a Boy Scout and was a high hurdles state champion in High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Soil Science. He served in the Navy during World War II. Bruce worked for the Soil Conservation Service for many years ending his career April 1982 as the State Soil Scientist in Burlington, Vermont. Following his retirement Bruce and his wife Burnette, who predeceased him in 2013, split their time between a summer home on Lake Champlain in Vermont and a winter residence at Six Lakes Park in North Fort Myers, Florida. Bruce is survived by his children Karen Madsen (Utah), Kay Watson (Spain), David Watson (Tennessee), Kristi Phillips (South Carolina), eleven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. A complete obituary may be viewed at http://minorfh.com/tribute/details/147Bruce-Watson/obituary.html#tribute-start.

Weatherford

2017

John Weatherford (69) of Carmichael, California passed away due to multiple myeloma on January 2, 2017. John was a US Navy veteran. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo. John was a retired Soil Conservationist from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. John assisted NEDC with the ONE course or Boot Camp in Sacramento for a long time. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Weatherford; children, Brian Weatherford and Elizabeth (Weatherford) Hickman, and four grandchildren. Donations may be made to the Center for Land-Based Learning www.landbasedlearning.org or Sharing God's Bounty http://sharinggodsbounty.com/.

Weaver

2017

William C. "Bill" Weaver (78) of Muldrow, Oklahoma passed away on June 21, 2017. He was born in Muldrow. He was a retired soil conservation technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring after 40 years of service. He was also a retired Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard after serving for 32 years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Muldrow. Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Nancy Carolyn Smith Weaver of the home; a son Randall (Jenni) Weaver of Muldrow; a daughter Kari Weaver of Muldrow; 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Westom

2017

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Donald Westom (93) of Portland, Oregon passed away peacefully on May 15, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Minot, North Dakota. After high school graduation Don enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a Corporal in the South Pacific during WWII before being Honorably Discharged. In 1946 He returned home to the love of his life, Lois Marie Walsh. The two were married June 20, 1946 and had five children together. They celebrated 49 years together until Lois’s passing in 1995. The family farmed for 12 years in Minot before moving to Portland, Oregon in 1959. Don worked various jobs before settling with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He worked for 28 years until his retirement in 1987. He was a faithful member of St. Rose of Lima in Portland. He also served at St. Vincent de Paul and loved tending to the roses on the Church grounds. Don enjoyed CYO coaching, woodworking, gardening, spending time and working on his beach house, playing cards, record keeping, photography, making “Walmark” cards for family celebrations, and spending time and visiting with his family and friends. He was also a member of the Elks and American Legion. Don was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; son, James Westom; and grandson, Joseph Westom. He is survived by his second wife, Theresa; sons, Donn (Janice) of Palm Springs, and David (Suzanne) of Vancouver; daughters, Sheila (Clarence) of Camas, and Jerilyn (Charlie), and daughter-in-law, Ellen of Vancouver; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church or St. Vincent de Paul.

Williams

2017

Kelso Lee Williams (93) of Edmund, Oklahoma passed away on January 11, 2017. He was born on the family farm just outside of Rocky, Oklahoma. The day after graduating from high school at Rocky, Kelso enrolled in a welding school in Cordell. Kelso, completed two sessions, then moved to California to work in the Kaiser Shipyards, helping build one Liberty ship a day. He was drafted into the US Army and served his country during WWII as a mechanic and crane operator in numerous countries in the Pacific Theater. Upon returning home to Oklahoma, he earned a degree in soil science in two years and seven months from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, graduating in 1951. Upon graduation from college, Kelso accepted a job in Kansas as a soil conservationist with the US Department of Agriculture. He assisted landowners in southwestern and northwestern Kansas with erosion control and irrigation, retiring in 1978. He also helped survey and build some of the first floodwater control projects (often known as SCS structures) in the United States. In Kansas, Kelso volunteered as a member of the Lions Club of Meade, as a member of the Rotary Club of Hill City, and was active in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, member #21784. He loved to restore vintage tractors to showroom quality, especially the red ones (Farmalls), and then drive them in parades. He was a life-long member of the church of Christ He leaves to cherish the memory Lillian, his wife of seventy years; two daughters, Becky (Cleon) Rogers of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Pam (Glen) Hammonds of Edmond, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to In Search of the Lord's Way, P.O. Box 371, Edmond, Oklahoma.

Yenter

2017

James Milton Yenter (84) of Estes Park, Colorado passed away in his home with his family present on May 4, 2017. He was born in Wray, CO. Jim served in the Army from 1952 until 1955 in Korea. Jim then attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins and graduated in 1961. Jim resided in Alamosa, CO from 1962 to 1990, working for the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist and was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the USDA national cooperative soil survey program for mapping one million acres of soil in Colorado. In Jim’s free time he enjoyed woodcarving, both hand and chainsaw, fixing and restoring antique tractors, gold panning, and gold dredging. Jim was predeceased by a son Daniel. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Audrene Knotwell Yenter, son James Calvin (Jennifer Holder), daughter Katherine Sue Yenter, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A service will be planned this summer. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Jim’s family.

Young

2017

Senior Conservationist Edwin John “Swede” Young (90) of Tellico Village, Tennessee passed away on February 22, 2017. Ed retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1988 as State Forester on the State Resource Conservationist staff, Raleigh, NC. The fifth child born to Swedish immigrants, Ed grew up in Kenosha, WI. He was a WWII veteran having served in the Army Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Michigan in 1951. 1956, “shy Eddie Young” married his beloved Ursula “Uschi” Vogel. His 35-year forestry career took him to Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia and North Carolina. After retirement he kept busy as a registered consulting forester for years, while also managing his own 25 acres. He established a Certified Tree Farm in Youngsville, NC. Swede Young will be deeply missed by his wife, Ursula; children, Karin, Pete and his wife, Teresa, and Mark and his fiancée, Jan; and seven grandchildren.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cagle

2016

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

Cagle

2016

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

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

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.

Collins

2016

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

Collins

2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Denslow

2016

Howard Burnham Denslow (69) of Brooklyn, Connecticut, passed away on August 7, 2016, following a long illness. He was born in Hartford, CT. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Virginia (Pagani) Denslow, his three children, and eight beloved grandchildren. Howard was a thirteenth-generation direct descendant of Henry Denslow, the first settler of Windsor Locks, CT. He was a graduate of Rockville High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He received a degree in Agronomy from the University of CT at Storrs. His professional career was spent with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a District Conservationist in Windham County and later as a Resource Conservationist at the state headquarters office in Tolland. He also served on the board of directors of the Eastern CT Conservation District. Howard was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, where he served as Junior Warden and Vestryman and was a longtime member of the choir. He enjoyed singing with local choral groups, including the Northeast CT Ecumenical Choir and the Plainfield VFW Chorus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 276, Brooklyn, CT 06234, or to the Wolf Den Land Trust, PO Box 404, Brooklyn, CT 06234.

Denslow

2016

Howard Burnham Denslow (69) of Brooklyn, Connecticut, passed away on August 7, 2016, following a long illness. He was born in Hartford, CT. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Virginia (Pagani) Denslow, his three children, and eight beloved grandchildren. Howard was a thirteenth-generation direct descendant of Henry Denslow, the first settler of Windsor Locks, CT. He was a graduate of Rockville High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He received a degree in Agronomy from the University of CT at Storrs. His professional career was spent with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a District Conservationist in Windham County and later as a Resource Conservationist at the state headquarters office in Tolland. He also served on the board of directors of the Eastern CT Conservation District. Howard was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, where he served as Junior Warden and Vestryman and was a longtime member of the choir. He enjoyed singing with local choral groups, including the Northeast CT Ecumenical Choir and the Plainfield VFW Chorus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 276, Brooklyn, CT 06234, or to the Wolf Den Land Trust, PO Box 404, Brooklyn, CT 06234.

Doren

2016

Kenneth W. Van Doren (84) of Chaumont, New York passed away on November 22, 2016 at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown NY. He was the Valedictorian of the 1950 Lyme Central Graduation Class and attended Cornell University before returning home to assist his father with the family farm. He operated his own dairy farm near Chaumont from 1953 until 1959 when he joined GLF, and in 1963 he became manager of the GLF bulk feed facility in Canton. In 1969 he became a Soil Scientist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and worked for SCS until his retirement in 1992. After moving back home to Chaumont. Ken was active for many years in the Lyme Free Library and was devoted to the care of Joanne his beloved wife of 63 years. In addition to being survived by his wife, he is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lyme Free Library in Chaumont.

Doren

2016

Kenneth W. Van Doren (84) of Chaumont, New York passed away on November 22, 2016 at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown NY. He was the Valedictorian of the 1950 Lyme Central Graduation Class and attended Cornell University before returning home to assist his father with the family farm. He operated his own dairy farm near Chaumont from 1953 until 1959 when he joined GLF, and in 1963 he became manager of the GLF bulk feed facility in Canton. In 1969 he became a Soil Scientist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and worked for SCS until his retirement in 1992. After moving back home to Chaumont. Ken was active for many years in the Lyme Free Library and was devoted to the care of Joanne his beloved wife of 63 years. In addition to being survived by his wife, he is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lyme Free Library in Chaumont.

Droge

2016

Harry Carl Droge (89) of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away April 5, 2016. He was born in Seneca, KS. Harry married Norma Spell Meier on June 25, 1950 who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Army Reserves and worked for the U.S. Corp of Engineers before becoming a construction inspector for flood control with the Soil Conservation Service. Harry is survived by his three sons, seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a younger brother.

Dunn

2016

Steve Dunn (61) of Portland, Oregon passed away on February 26, 2016 following his battle with medical issues. He was an Electronic Technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the National Water and Climate Center in Portland.

Elliott

2016

Senior Conservationist Loren Spencer Elliott (92) was born on his parent’s farm in Rice Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. He attended Iowa State College on a Sears and Roebuck scholarship and monthly $20 loans from twin sister, Lois, along with her fine 1941 Christmas gift of a new Underwood Portable Typewriter. Loren entered the US Navy on May 26, 1943 and was honorably discharged February 17, 1946 at Ft Snelling, St. Paul, MN. He served on numerous bases and one year aboard the U.S.S. Makassar Strait CVE-91. Loren returned to Iowa State College and graduated in 1949 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering. He retired December 31, 1982 from the Soil Conservation Service, USDA, having served as assistant area engineer in Ft Dodge, planning engineer in the Little Sioux Watershed at Sioux City; area engineer in Topeka, KS; and Watershed and River Basin Engineer for the State of Iowa located in Des Moines. He lived in the Des Moines area from 1963 until he moved to Mesa, AZ in 1993. Loren returned to Mount Ayr as a resident of Clearview Home and he passed away there on January 22, 2016. He was preceded in death by his middle son Bob and all of his siblings. Survivors include his wife of 68 years Alma of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA; sons Mark (Susan) Elliott of Gallup, New Mexico and Jim Elliott of Houston, TX; daughter-in-law Margaret Elliott of Des Moines, IA; and three grandchildren.

Faragher

2016

Tom Faragher (91) of Roseville, MN passed away on February 13, 2016. Tom worked as a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1984. Tom was married to his wife, Irene, for 62 happy years and is survived by her. He is also survived by two sons, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to Irene at 2821 Galtier St., Roseville, MN 55113

Ferguson

2016

Kenneth Ferguson (88), retired District Conservationist from Poteau, Oklahoma passed away March 2, 2016. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in the mid 1980's. Kenneth was born in Tipton. He was the first president of the Choctaw Nation Historical Society. He was a drill sergeant in the military where he served as a scout for the 245th tank battalion, 45th infantry in Korea. He was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M in 1956. Kenneth retired from the LeFlore County District Soil and Water Conservation office where he worked for 26 years and then went into the Forest Service for another 10 years. At one time he kept 50 bee hives and worked with combined harvested grass and clover seeds. He was preceded in death by his wives, Margie Ann (Hayes) Ferguson and Wanda (Galland) Ferguson. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara (Marshall) Thompson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; son, Stanley (Susan) of Norman; and a stepson.

Fisher

2016

Phyllis Marie Fisher (86) passed away quietly on January 21, 2016 following complications of heart surgery. She was the wife of ARCSE member Charles Fisher, retired State Soil Scientist with SCS. Phyllis was born in Dysart, Iowa. The youngest of three sisters, Phyllis was raised on a typical Iowa farmstead. After high school, she attended Iowa State Teachers College, now University of Northern Iowa, graduating in 1951. She taught home economics and science at a series of small Iowa high schools. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 60 years; sons David (Kristine) of San Jose, CA, Dennis (Peggy) of Decatur, IL; and two granddaughters. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ames.

Folsche

2016

Life member William Richard (Dick) Folsche (78) passed away on June 25, 2016 at his home, Mystic View Ranch, Savoy, TX. Dick was born in Troy, KS. He was educated at Kansas State University earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Engineering and at Syracuse University earning a Master's in Public Administration. He was employed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 43 yrs., retiring as Head of the National Cartographic and Geo Data Spatial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Dick was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann F. Dornbusch. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie H. Folsche of Savoy; daughters, Laura F. Daggs of Fort Worth, TX and Rebecca F. Luttrell of Keller, TX, stepsons, Royce W. Espey, Jr. (Terri) of Fuquay Varina, NC, Gary G. Espey of Wake Forest, NC, and James L. Espey (Debbie) of Lexington Park, MD; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; and brother in-law, Gus Dornbusch (Donna) of Lincoln, NE.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian 322 W Pecan St. Sherman, TX 75090, or a charity of your choice. The online register may be signed at http://www.waldfuneralhome.com.

Foster

2016

Barbara Foster of Davis, California, passed away on July 12, 2016 after a long struggle with COPD. She retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as Budget and Finance Officer in the Davis State Office.

Foster

2016

Barbara Foster of Davis, California, passed away on July 12, 2016 after a long struggle with COPD. She retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as Budget and Finance Officer in the Davis State Office.

Fuchs

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Westal Wayne Fuchs (89) of Fort Worth, Texas and formerly of Temple passed away on November 29, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Mayfield, OK. He graduated from New Liberty High School in 1944. He attended Abilene Christian College for two years, joining the U.S. Navy in 1946. He trained in San Diego and then served aboard Landing Ship Tank RL26 in China. After one year and nine months of service, he returned to ACC and then transferred to Texas Technological College, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in August 1950. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lamesa. He was transferred to Spur in 1951 and then Post. He moved to Temple in 1965, where he served as the assistant state soil scientist of Texas. More moves and promotions followed to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center, Stillwater, OK as state soil scientist; Washington, DC in the Department of Agriculture, Office of Budgets; and back to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center. He retired from the SCS Blackland Research Center in Temple in 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple and later of Gambrell Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Allen Fuchs. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patsy; a son, Paul Fuchs of Keller; a daughter, Deborah Sue Jones of Temple; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gambrell Street Baptist Church or any charity.

Fuchs

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Westal Wayne Fuchs (89) of Fort Worth, Texas and formerly of Temple passed away on November 29, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Mayfield, OK. He graduated from New Liberty High School in 1944. He attended Abilene Christian College for two years, joining the U.S. Navy in 1946. He trained in San Diego and then served aboard Landing Ship Tank RL26 in China. After one year and nine months of service, he returned to ACC and then transferred to Texas Technological College, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in August 1950. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lamesa. He was transferred to Spur in 1951 and then Post. He moved to Temple in 1965, where he served as the assistant state soil scientist of Texas. More moves and promotions followed to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center, Stillwater, OK as state soil scientist; Washington, DC in the Department of Agriculture, Office of Budgets; and back to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center. He retired from the SCS Blackland Research Center in Temple in 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple and later of Gambrell Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Allen Fuchs. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patsy; a son, Paul Fuchs of Keller; a daughter, Deborah Sue Jones of Temple; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gambrell Street Baptist Church or any charity.

Gilkeson

2016

Mildred Adamson Gilkeson (93) of Fort Seybert, West Virginia passed away on August 10, 2016 at Bridgewater Retirement Community in Bridgewater, Virginia. She was born at Fort Seybert. A 1940 graduate of Franklin High School, Mildred had been employed by the WVU Extension Service, War Price and Rationing Board, Potomac Valley Soil Conservation District, and USDA Soil Conservation Service. She was a member of the Wide-Awake 4-H Club, Fairview-Bethel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Fort Seybert Extension Homemakers, the Pendleton County Historical Society, and she served on the Board of Directors of Pendleton Senior and Family Services. On June 26, 1943, she married William O. Gilkeson (Oct. 23, 1919--July 27, 1991), who preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter and two sons including ARCSE member Ron Gilkeson, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Lance Gilkeson. Memorials may be made to Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. 2nd Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Gilkeson

2016

Mildred Adamson Gilkeson (93) of Fort Seybert, West Virginia passed away on August 10, 2016 at Bridgewater Retirement Community in Bridgewater, Virginia. She was born at Fort Seybert. A 1940 graduate of Franklin High School, Mildred had been employed by the WVU Extension Service, War Price and Rationing Board, Potomac Valley Soil Conservation District, and USDA Soil Conservation Service. She was a member of the Wide-Awake 4-H Club, Fairview-Bethel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Fort Seybert Extension Homemakers, the Pendleton County Historical Society, and she served on the Board of Directors of Pendleton Senior and Family Services. On June 26, 1943, she married William O. Gilkeson (Oct. 23, 1919--July 27, 1991), who preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter and two sons including ARCSE member Ron Gilkeson, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Lance Gilkeson. Memorials may be made to Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. 2nd Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Greiner

2016

Loren Greiner (108) passed away on April 2, 2016 at Emmetsburg, Iowa. Loren retired in 1968 after a 32-year career as a soil scientist for the Soil Conservation Service in Nebraska and Iowa. He earned a Master’s degree at Iowa State following his military service during World War II. He was a World War II veteran and at age 36 landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. His unit served in France and Germany and liberated an internment camp. He earned five Bronze Stars for his military service. He was the oldest living World War II veteran in Iowa and one of the oldest WWII veterans in the country. He married Alice Sweet, a chemistry teacher, in 1942, and she predeceased him in 1977. During his long retirement, Loren became an advocate for water and development issues on Iowa lakes. He also led an effort to establish a senior center at Emmetsburg. He is survived by his son, Keith, of Des Moines and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Griffing

2016

Milton Edward Griffing (89), “Scottie” as he was known to family and friends, passed away peacefully at his home in Sequim, Washington, on January 16, 2016. Milton was born in Masonville, Colorado. At Loveland High School, Scottie was twice state champion at wrestling. After graduating from high school in 1943, he worked as a welder in the Portland, OR Naval Shipyard until enlisting in the US Navy in January, 1944. During WWII he served as quartermaster, operating L.C.T’s (Tank Landing Craft) at Palermo, North Africa, and Marseille. In 1946, Scottie served as quartermaster on the USS Midway on its shakedown cruise. Discharged from the Navy in 1946, Scottie attended Colorado A&M (now CSU) at Fort Collins. In 1947, he married Dorothy Druhan, whom he’d met while stationed in New Orleans, and they settled into the house he had built by hand in Loveland. After graduating, the new Griffing family moved to Greenbush, MN, where Scottie taught farming techniques to veterans. In 1953 he purchased a 235-acre dairy farm outside of Greenbush, and then in 1958 moved his family to Fargo, ND to get his master’s degree in Ag Economics. In 1960, the Griffing’s moved to Lincoln, NE where Scottie pursued a Ph.D. in Ag Economics at the University of Nebraska. In 1964, the Griffing family, now with seven children, moved to Bozeman, MT, where Scottie worked as the Economist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 15 years. In 1980, the Griffing’s were transferred to Portland, OR where Scottie became the economist for the western multi-state team. Scottie retired in 1986 and moved to Sequim, WA. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Dorothy. Scottie is survived by his seven children, thirteen grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Grube

2016

Wayne R. Grube (80) of Hershey, Pennsylvania passed away on November 22, 2016. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Forestry. He was born in Bethlehem, PA. Wayne is survived by his wife Maryann, a son Jeremiah, a daughter Jessica, and six grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by an infant brother and a son, Joshua. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1993, having served on the Watershed Staff for many years and worked additional years for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Farmland Preservation. Wayne was a member of Christ Community Church, Camp Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Grace International, Inc. P.O. Box 172508 Hialeah, FL 33017.

Grube

2016

Wayne R. Grube (80) of Hershey, Pennsylvania passed away on November 22, 2016. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Forestry. He was born in Bethlehem, PA. Wayne is survived by his wife Maryann, a son Jeremiah, a daughter Jessica, and six grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by an infant brother and a son, Joshua. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1993, having served on the Watershed Staff for many years and worked additional years for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Farmland Preservation. Wayne was a member of Christ Community Church, Camp Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Grace International, Inc. P.O. Box 172508 Hialeah, FL 33017.

Hahn

2016

Lorraine Hahn (91) of Athens, Georgia passed away on April 19, 2016. She was born on in Reedsville, Wisconsin and worked for many years for the USA Soil Conservation Service. She was a founding and dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens. She is survived by her husband, Jack R. Hahn, her daughter, Jeanne Stanelle (Paul) Eleazer, her son, Steven W. Stanelle, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church Educational Fund. 1924 - 1991

Hail

2016

Catherine Calvert Hail (90) of Shelbyville, Kentucky passed away on February. 20, 2016 in Louisville. She was a native of Lexington. She was a member of Shelbyville First Christian Church and a retired teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Hail Sr. Carl was soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1986. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Hail Harding, Sarasota, FL; sons, Carl W. Hail, Jr., Louisville and Dr. Mark E. Hail (Amy), Yardley, PA.

Hayhurst

2016

Ernest Neil Hayhurst (85) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on April 7, 2016. Ernie retired in 1990 as Assistant State Soil Scientist for North Carolina. He was born in Grantsville, West Virginia. A graduate of Calhoun County High School, he served in the United States Army from 1952-1955 and was stationed in Germany. After completing his service, Ernie returned to West Virginia and attended West Virginia University, earning both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. He worked as a Soil Scientist for the Soil Conservation Service for over 40 years. He began his career in Ohio before transferring to North Carolina in 1976. After his retirement, he worked another ten years as a consultant for Soil & Environmental Consultants, PA in Raleigh. Ernie had been an active member of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Raleigh since 1976, serving for many years as an Eucharistic Minister. Even once Alzheimer's stole most of his memories, he could still recite the mass prayers verbatim, and both praying and listening to hymns always made him smile. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Christina (Pauling) Hayhurst. Ernie is survived by his devoted wife of more than 30 years, Samera Saleeby (Samia) Hayhurst; Ernie had one son, Michael Hayhurst of Youngsville, NC, one daughter, Dianne (Trip) Casson of Wake Forest, NC, and four stepsons; plus ten treasured grandchildren.

Heard

2016

Thomas Allan Heard (79) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on March 20, 2016. Allan was born in Oxford, MS. He went on to attend the University of Mississippi, from which he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1959. He began work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. During 34 years with the SCS, he rose to the position of Assistant State Conservationist, living during those years in Mississippi, Nebraska, Alabama, and Kentucky. He also earned a Master of Resource Administration degree from the University of Montana. Following his retirement from SCS in 1993, Allan was hired by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government as a senior municipal engineer. He retired in 2004. Allan is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Alice Hearn, and by his three children and seven grandchildren. He was a longtime member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir for many years and was also a deacon. For several years he worked weekly at the Elkhorn Association's clothes closet helping to distribute donated clothes to the needy. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Missions Fund, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, or Hospice of the Bluegrass. www.milwardfuneral.com.

Hendricks

2016

Master Sgt. Louis Patrick Hendricks, U.S. Air Force (Retired) (51) succumbed to glioblastoma brain cancer on October 30, 2016. Louis died peacefully in his home in Columbia, Missouri surrounded by his loving family. He had battled cancer for more than a year. Following graduation from Millard High School in 1983, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 20 years. It was in the Air Force that he met his beloved wife, Alicia, whom he married May 22, 1993. After retiring from the military, Louis continued to work for the federal government in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. His jobs included contracting, grants and agreements specialist, and most recently, as the state administrative officer. He was devoted to his faith and dedicated many hours to studying the Bible, sharing his faith and volunteering as a sound engineer at Forum Christian Church. In 2013, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Alicia, their daughter, Ashlyn, and their sons, Louis, Justin and Benjamin. He is also survived by his parents, Fred and Mary Hendricks. Memorials may be made to the Head for the Cure Foundation or to the Hendricks family.

Hendricks

2016

Master Sgt. Louis Patrick Hendricks, U.S. Air Force (Retired) (51) succumbed to glioblastoma brain cancer on October 30, 2016. Louis died peacefully in his home in Columbia, Missouri surrounded by his loving family. He had battled cancer for more than a year. Following graduation from Millard High School in 1983, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 20 years. It was in the Air Force that he met his beloved wife, Alicia, whom he married May 22, 1993. After retiring from the military, Louis continued to work for the federal government in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. His jobs included contracting, grants and agreements specialist, and most recently, as the state administrative officer. He was devoted to his faith and dedicated many hours to studying the Bible, sharing his faith and volunteering as a sound engineer at Forum Christian Church. In 2013, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Alicia, their daughter, Ashlyn, and their sons, Louis, Justin and Benjamin. He is also survived by his parents, Fred and Mary Hendricks. Memorials may be made to the Head for the Cure Foundation or to the Hendricks family.

Hickson

2016

Karl Henry Hickson (58) of Decatur, Texas passed away February 16, 2016, at home. He was born in Hackensack, N.J. Karl served in the US Army and was a printing press operator in the National Cartography and Geospatial Center in Fort Worth for NRCS. Survivors: Wife of 20 years, Marie Hickson of Decatur, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

High

2016

Marylou High (94) of Portland, Oregon passed away on April 29, 2016. She was the widow of Robert High who at his retirement was Oregon’s state geologist with the Soil Conservation Service. Please sign the online guest book at http://www.oregonlive.com/obits

Hill

2016

Alyce Hill (89) was born on October 25, 1927 and passed away on April 1, 2016. Alyce was a resident of Bozeman, Montana.

Hines

2016

Beecher J. Hines (84) passed away on November 14, 2016 at home on his farm. Born in Poplarville, Kentucky, he was a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994 with 39 years of service. He was a 40-year member at Leesburg Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Landrum Hines; two sons, Douglas (Sara) Hines and Daryl (Brooke) Hines; a daughter, Deborah (Jeffery) Brock, and nine grandchildren. His son Doug works for NRCS in the state office. Beecher served in the US Army from September 14, 1954, until June 13, 1956. He graduated from Berea College with a B.A. degree in geology. 

Hines

2016

Beecher J. Hines (84) passed away on November 14, 2016 at home on his farm. Born in Poplarville, Kentucky, he was a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994 with 39 years of service. He was a 40-year member at Leesburg Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Landrum Hines; two sons, Douglas (Sara) Hines and Daryl (Brooke) Hines; a daughter, Deborah (Jeffery) Brock, and nine grandchildren. His son Doug works for NRCS in the state office. Beecher served in the US Army from September 14, 1954, until June 13, 1956. He graduated from Berea College with a B.A. degree in geology. 

Hocker

2016

Jimmie C. Hocker (84) of Ft. Worth, Texas peacefully passed away on May 6, 2016. He was born in Salina, OK and was the husband of Patsy Hocker. He attained his B.A. from TCU and his MBA from Duke University. Jimmie was instrumental in building Humana and later worked at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Upon retirement, he volunteered at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Airport. As a pilot, he enjoyed flying from an early age and shared this love with students and family. Survivors: Wife of 62 years, Patsy; two sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.

Holen

2016

Senior Conservationist Betty J. Holen (92) of Monona, Wisconsin passed away on December 16, 2016, at Agrace Hospice Care, peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Clifton Township, Grant County, WI. Betty graduated from Fennimore High School in 1942 and attended Madison Business College.  She married Theodore Holen on April 24, 1954. Betty worked for the U.S. Government for the Office of Price Administration (OPA), the U.S. Air Force, and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. She worked in the State office as a secretary and administrative assistant, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ted; daughter, Karen (Greg) Kehring; son, Eric (Lori) Holen; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and Agrace Hospice Care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Holen

2016

Senior Conservationist Betty J. Holen (92) of Monona, Wisconsin passed away on December 16, 2016, at Agrace Hospice Care, peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Clifton Township, Grant County, WI. Betty graduated from Fennimore High School in 1942 and attended Madison Business College.  She married Theodore Holen on April 24, 1954. Betty worked for the U.S. Government for the Office of Price Administration (OPA), the U.S. Air Force, and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. She worked in the State office as a secretary and administrative assistant, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ted; daughter, Karen (Greg) Kehring; son, Eric (Lori) Holen; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and Agrace Hospice Care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Holscher

2016

William H. "Bill" Holscher, Jr. (77) a long-time resident of Hillsboro, OR passed away on October 14, 2016 at the Bend Hospice House. William was married to Bette Holscher, the secretary to the NRCS Oregon State Conservationist when she retired. He was born in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1957. Bill worked for Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton for 46 ½ years, until he retired in 2004 as a Senior Electronic Technician. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bette Holscher, of the family home in Hillsboro, Oregon. Also surviving are a daughter and son and their spouses and his six grandchildren. The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, in his memory.

Holscher

2016

William H. "Bill" Holscher, Jr. (77) a long-time resident of Hillsboro, OR passed away on October 14, 2016 at the Bend Hospice House. William was married to Bette Holscher, the secretary to the NRCS Oregon State Conservationist when she retired. He was born in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1957. Bill worked for Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton for 46 ½ years, until he retired in 2004 as a Senior Electronic Technician. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bette Holscher, of the family home in Hillsboro, Oregon. Also surviving are a daughter and son and their spouses and his six grandchildren. The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, in his memory.

Horsch

2016

Dorothy Marie Horsch (84) of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on November 15, 2016. Dorothy was born in Manhattan. She graduated from Marymount College in Salina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and worked as a Medical Technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Horsch, in 1987. Mark worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. They had five children, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a long-time member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Seven Dolors Budget Shop, 730 Colorado Street, Manhattan, KS 66502 or the Parkinson's Program at Meadowlark Hills.

Howe

2016

Robert Warren "Bob" Howe (57) of Morrisville, Missouri passed away September 10, 2016 in Springfield, MO. He was born in Ava, MO. Bob enjoyed being outdoors, whether that meant hunting, fishing, or playing baseball with his children. He spent over 30 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the head of both Polk and Dallas County. He also served in both the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he built friendships that would last his entire life. Of all of his service, Bob was most proud to do work at his home church, the United Methodist Church in Bolivar. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; by three children; Amy (Adam) Carter of Battlefield, MO., Calen Howe of Destin, FL, Michael Howe of Morrisville, Mo., four step-children, and eleven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the United Methodist church of Bolivar, Mo. Friends may leave condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Howe

2016

Robert Warren "Bob" Howe (57) of Morrisville, Missouri passed away September 10, 2016 in Springfield, MO. He was born in Ava, MO. Bob enjoyed being outdoors, whether that meant hunting, fishing, or playing baseball with his children. He spent over 30 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the head of both Polk and Dallas County. He also served in both the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he built friendships that would last his entire life. Of all of his service, Bob was most proud to do work at his home church, the United Methodist Church in Bolivar. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; by three children; Amy (Adam) Carter of Battlefield, MO., Calen Howe of Destin, FL, Michael Howe of Morrisville, Mo., four step-children, and eleven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the United Methodist church of Bolivar, Mo. Friends may leave condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Howell

2016

Member Jon Roger Howell (76) of Lansing, Michigan passed away May 1, 2016 after a brief illness. He was born in Mount Ida, Wisconsin and grew up on a dairy farm. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin at Platteville in 1962. Roger retired from the USDA in 1995, having worked in the Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist, a district conservationist and a public information officer. Family members recall how he needed to stop the car to take photos wherever he saw soil erosion. Roger believed in community service. He was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for over 50 years serving one year as President. He was leader with Boy Scout Troop 111 and both of his sons were Eagle Scouts. He took leadership roles with Jaycees in several communities until he became an “exhausted rooster”. He was a member of First United Methodist Church on Delta River Drive for nearly 40 years, serving on the Board of Trustees. After retiring he volunteered with the National Active and Retired Federal Employees group and with the Michigan Envirothon. Roger was the ARCSE state representative for many years. He and Dixie served as resident lighthouse keepers through the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. Roger and Dixie walked regularly at places like Hunter’s Orchard Park, Hawk Meadows Park and the Riverfront Walk. Roger still enjoyed splitting his own firewood. Surviving are his children, Leslie (Ernest) Delemeester; Kim (Joel) Murray; Christopher “CJ” Howell; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Dixie in 2012 and son Scot. Memorial contributions may be made to Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association or his church, FUMC.

Hughes

2016

Paul A. Hughes, Jr. (69) of Cornville, Maine passed away unexpectedly at the Maine General Hospital in Augusta on November 12, 2016 after a long battle with lymphoma. He was born in Newport. In 1969, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, with a Bachelor of Science in Plant & Soil Sciences. He later received his Master of Science in Vegetable Crops & Plant Physiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army Reserves in Dexter for a number of years, Paul spent over 30 years working for the USDA as a soil scientist and crop agronomist, working in many different areas all over the state of Maine before retiring in 2005 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office in Bangor. He was exceptionally proud of the house he built for his family in Cornville and of the strawberry farm he ran for many years. He was a longtime supporter of 4-H, leading the South Solon Hustlers club for many years when his children were younger. Paul is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Hughes, of Cornville, two children, and two grandchildren.

Hughes

2016

Paul A. Hughes, Jr. (69) of Cornville, Maine passed away unexpectedly at the Maine General Hospital in Augusta on November 12, 2016 after a long battle with lymphoma. He was born in Newport. In 1969, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, with a Bachelor of Science in Plant & Soil Sciences. He later received his Master of Science in Vegetable Crops & Plant Physiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army Reserves in Dexter for a number of years, Paul spent over 30 years working for the USDA as a soil scientist and crop agronomist, working in many different areas all over the state of Maine before retiring in 2005 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office in Bangor. He was exceptionally proud of the house he built for his family in Cornville and of the strawberry farm he ran for many years. He was a longtime supporter of 4-H, leading the South Solon Hustlers club for many years when his children were younger. Paul is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Hughes, of Cornville, two children, and two grandchildren.

Jensen

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Peter N. Jensen (92) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Salina, Kansas and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific. Peter served on the USS McClelland, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay at the time of the peace signing with Japan. He graduated from Colorado A&M (CSU). He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Kansas and Nebraska for 30 years as State Range Conservationist. After retirement Peter and Doris traveled extensively and were active volunteers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Doris; son, Gregory Jensen of Lincoln; daughter Karen (Deryl) Travis, Jr. of Lincoln; two granddaughters, two grandsons, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to Pathways to Compassion Hospice, 1401 Infinity Rd. Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68512

Jensen

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Peter N. Jensen (92) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Salina, Kansas and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific. Peter served on the USS McClelland, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay at the time of the peace signing with Japan. He graduated from Colorado A&M (CSU). He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Kansas and Nebraska for 30 years as State Range Conservationist. After retirement Peter and Doris traveled extensively and were active volunteers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Doris; son, Gregory Jensen of Lincoln; daughter Karen (Deryl) Travis, Jr. of Lincoln; two granddaughters, two grandsons, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to Pathways to Compassion Hospice, 1401 Infinity Rd. Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68512

Jernstedt

2016

Noma Jeane Jernstedt (84) of Hubbard, Oregon passed away on July 16, 2016. She was married for 63 years to Maurice L. Jernstedt. Maury retired from SCS in 1994 after serving as an economist at several locations in Oregon and Washington. For the last 33 years they have resided in Hubbard. She was blessed with four children. She celebrated her birthday with her twin sister July 15, 2016. She also had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Noma was a homemaker and farmer. She served the Lord faithfully in every volunteer capacity in each church she was a part of, with emphasis on youth programs. She also served many years in the Girl Scouts, the 4-H and FFA programs. Outside the church her life reflected the deep and abiding faith she held. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits.

Jernstedt

2016

Noma Jeane Jernstedt (84) of Hubbard, Oregon passed away on July 16, 2016. She was married for 63 years to Maurice L. Jernstedt. Maury retired from SCS in 1994 after serving as an economist at several locations in Oregon and Washington. For the last 33 years they have resided in Hubbard. She was blessed with four children. She celebrated her birthday with her twin sister July 15, 2016. She also had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Noma was a homemaker and farmer. She served the Lord faithfully in every volunteer capacity in each church she was a part of, with emphasis on youth programs. She also served many years in the Girl Scouts, the 4-H and FFA programs. Outside the church her life reflected the deep and abiding faith she held. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits.

Jones

2016

Mavis Maray Jones (88) passed away January 13, 2016 in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his family by his side. He grew up near Granite, Oklahoma. Mavis honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II and received the US Navy World War II Victory Medal. Mavis attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1960. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) for 38 years, retiring in 1986 as the State of Oklahoma’s Watershed Construction Engineer. Mavis worked in construction offices in Cheyenne, Wewoka, and Shawnee. During his career, more than 1,650 of Oklahoma’s 2,107 watershed dams were constructed. During his SCS tenure he was named the Oklahoma Soil Conservation Engineer of the Year in 1985. After retirement, he worked as a private consulting engineer for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission where he focused on the development of wetland habitat in Oklahoma. He was recognized with the Wetlands Pioneer Award in 1994 by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Willene of the home, his sons Gary Jones (Christine Miller) of Stillwater, David (Diana) Jones of Edmond, OK, daughter Lori (Greg) Boyer of Stillwater, and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mavis Jones Engineering Scholarship care of the OSU Foundation, POB 1749, Stillwater OK 74076-1749 or call the OSU Foundation at 405-385-5100. Condolences can be sent to his family: Willene Jones, 2904 North Crescent Drive, Stillwater, OK 74075

Jordan

2016

Member Robert H. Jordan (88) of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on May 11, 2016. Robert retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1986 as a Soil Scientist Staff Leader. He is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild--and one on the way. Bob will be buried in the fall at the AZ Vets cemetery. He served in the Army at the end of WW II--Signal Corps at Vint Hill Farm in Virginia.

Jordan

2016

Member Robert H. Jordan (88) of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on May 11, 2016. Robert retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1986 as a Soil Scientist Staff Leader. He is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild--and one on the way. Bob will be buried in the fall at the AZ Vets cemetery. He served in the Army at the end of WW II--Signal Corps at Vint Hill Farm in Virginia.

Kelly

2016

Shawn D. Kelly (51) of Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, formerly of Pembine, passed away on July 26, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. Shawn fought a long and hard battle with cancer. He was born in Norway, MI. Shawn worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in our cartographic office in Rhinelander and at the State office on the digitizing team. Shawn is survived by two sisters and four brothers.

Kelly

2016

Shawn D. Kelly (51) of Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, formerly of Pembine, passed away on July 26, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. Shawn fought a long and hard battle with cancer. He was born in Norway, MI. Shawn worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in our cartographic office in Rhinelander and at the State office on the digitizing team. Shawn is survived by two sisters and four brothers.

Kerl

2016

Harriet Louise Kerl (88) of Auburn, Nebraska passed away on January 29, 2016. She was the wife of Donald Kerl who worked for SCS in Valley City, ND and numerous places in NE, and retired in Auburn, NE. Harriet graduated in 1949 from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She met Donald Kerl, the love of her life, in a freshman college Botany class. Survivors include two daughters and two sons, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or Auburn Memorial Library.

Kvittem

2016

Life Member Owen John Kvittem (69) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away August 8, 2016. He was born in Faribault, Minn.  He worked as an engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in offices in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. He retired as State Conservation Engineer in Nebraska in 2007. He later retired as an engineer from the Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources. He was a member of Southwood Lutheran Church. He enjoyed helping anyone with any and every project, and more importantly, spending time with his family and friends. Family members include his wife, Debbie; mother, Marcy, Kenyon, MN; sons, Scott (Holly), Detroit Lakes, MN, Dane (Jamie), Lincoln, and Lee (Sandy) Kvittem, San Angelo, TX; and six grandchildren. Memorials to Peoples City Mission, Southwood Lutheran Church or Lincoln Police Department. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Kvittem

2016

Life Member Owen John Kvittem (69) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away August 8, 2016. He was born in Faribault, Minn.  He worked as an engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in offices in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. He retired as State Conservation Engineer in Nebraska in 2007. He later retired as an engineer from the Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources. He was a member of Southwood Lutheran Church. He enjoyed helping anyone with any and every project, and more importantly, spending time with his family and friends. Family members include his wife, Debbie; mother, Marcy, Kenyon, MN; sons, Scott (Holly), Detroit Lakes, MN, Dane (Jamie), Lincoln, and Lee (Sandy) Kvittem, San Angelo, TX; and six grandchildren. Memorials to Peoples City Mission, Southwood Lutheran Church or Lincoln Police Department. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Labahn

2016

Life Member Leslie "Les" Labahn (75) passed away at his home in Pickstown, South Dakota on March 18, 2016. Les was born in Akron, Iowa. He attended South Dakota State University and received a degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 1962. After college, Les went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service until January 1963, when he reported to US Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After Officer Candidate School, Les served aboard the USS Waldo County Landing Ship Tank (LST) 1163. He rose to serve as the Operations Officer of the ship. Les completed his Active Duty obligation in May 1966 and was honorably discharged. He returned to his civilian life in the USDA Soil Conservation Service but remained in the Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Les moved to Pickstown in 1993 and retired from the Soil Conservation Service at the end of 2005 as an RC&D Coordinator at Lake Andes, South Dakota. After retirement, he remained active in the Randall RC&D (Resource Conservation & Development). He traveled around the country for his grandchildren's sporting events, birthdays, school programs, and concerts. He fulfilled a "bucket list" goal by driving to Alaska and touring the wilderness. Left to mourn are his wife of 49 years Connie, his daughter Stephanie Hurd (Jeff) of Rapid City, his son Steven Labahn (Debora) of Sioux Falls, his son Michael Labahn (Melissa) of Brandon, and his nine grandchildren. Les was active in the VFW, and the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Burke VFW in the name of Les Labahn. Friends may sign his online guest register at http://clausenfuneralhome.com.

Labahn

2016

Life Member Leslie "Les" Labahn (75) passed away at his home in Pickstown, South Dakota on March 18, 2016. Les was born in Akron, Iowa. He attended South Dakota State University and received a degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 1962. After college, Les went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service until January 1963, when he reported to US Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After Officer Candidate School, Les served aboard the USS Waldo County Landing Ship Tank (LST) 1163. He rose to serve as the Operations Officer of the ship. Les completed his Active Duty obligation in May 1966 and was honorably discharged. He returned to his civilian life in the USDA Soil Conservation Service but remained in the Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Les moved to Pickstown in 1993 and retired from the Soil Conservation Service at the end of 2005 as an RC&D Coordinator at Lake Andes, South Dakota. After retirement, he remained active in the Randall RC&D (Resource Conservation & Development). He traveled around the country for his grandchildren's sporting events, birthdays, school programs, and concerts. He fulfilled a "bucket list" goal by driving to Alaska and touring the wilderness. Left to mourn are his wife of 49 years Connie, his daughter Stephanie Hurd (Jeff) of Rapid City, his son Steven Labahn (Debora) of Sioux Falls, his son Michael Labahn (Melissa) of Brandon, and his nine grandchildren. Les was active in the VFW, and the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Burke VFW in the name of Les Labahn. Friends may sign his online guest register at http://clausenfuneralhome.com.

Langford

2016

H. C. Langford (78) passed from this life on March 25, 2016 at Stillwater, Oklahoma. H.C. was born in Wellington, Texas. He grew up in Wellington and attended school in nearby Quail, Texas. He graduated from Clarendon Community College in Clarendon, Texas. H.C. and Frankie were married in Perry on April 8, 1982. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Stillwater. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a surveyor for 37 years, retiring in 2000. He worked in the office at Perry as a Technician and then as the CET. After retirement, H.C. farmed and did contract work for Ducks Unlimited. Survivors include his wife, Frankie, of the home; two daughters and a son, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities at 1301 NE 14th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117. Phone number 405-424-6873.Condolences and remembrances may be sent via an online guestbook at www.strodefh.com.

Lare

2016

Boyd Duane Lare (85) of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on April 22, 2016. He was born in Auburn, NE. In 1949 he went to Eastern NM College to study engineering. In 1957 he was hired by the Soil Conservation Service at Hagerman to be a surveyor. Boyd graduated from New Mexico State University with honors in 1961. The family moved to Portland, OR where he worked for the Soil Conservation Service as an engineer in the E&WP Unit. In 1964 the family moved to Albuquerque. He transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers, later working with flood control. He retired in 1982. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jackie; a daughter, two sons, two grandsons, a granddaughter, and three great-granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, nkfcares@kidney.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Boyd at www.FrenchFunerals.com

Lattimore

2016

Thomas William Lattimore, Jr. (90) of Higginsville, Missouri passed away on May 28, 2016. He was born in Sullivan, MO. Tom worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 30 years retiring as the District Conservationist in the Higginsville/Lafayette County Field Office. He also taught Vocational AG in High School for 5 years. He was a WW II Army Air Force veteran, a member of the VFW Post 1000 in Independence and the American Legion Post 223 in Higginsville. He is preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Diane Lattimore. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Maudie of the home; son, Thomas Michael Lattimore (June) of Good Thunder, MN; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to Grace United Methodist Church or the Lafayette County Cancer Coalition. Condolences may be emailed to the family at: Kaiser-Wiegers@ctcis.net.

Layton

2016

Member Robert "Bob" Layton (89) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire passed away on November 16, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Russellville, Ohio. Bob graduated from Russellville High School with the Class of 1945 and was a veteran of World War II, enlisting with the US Navy on the day of his graduation. After serving his country, he attended the University of Miami before transferring to the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Bob was employed as an agricultural engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. He moved to New Hampshire in 1964 and retired from the Watershed Planning Staff in 1978. After his retirement he continued consulting in soil and water conservation. After some continuing education he received his teaching degree and taught general science at Portsmouth Middle School. He finally retired in 1991.Bob was an active member of the North Church serving several years as president of the Church Council. He was also active with the Portsmouth Community Development Committee for 37 years and served on the committee of the Renovation of Market Square Committee. He was a 58-year member of the Lions Club, joining in Ohio and transferring to the Portsmouth Lions Club where he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow and was a past president. He was also a member of Russellville Masonic Lodge #166, Russellville, Ohio. He shared 62 loving years of marriage with his wife Carolyn (Maxson) Layton. In addition to his wife he leaves three children: Nancy Layton and her husband Peter Anania of Portsmouth, Andrew (Judith) Layton of Deering, Daniel (Lorinda) of North Berwick, Maine, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portsmouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 944, Portsmouth, NH, 03802 or to the North Church Memorial Fund, 355 Spinney Rd., Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bob's memorial website, sign his tribute wall.

Layton

2016

Member Robert "Bob" Layton (89) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire passed away on November 16, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Russellville, Ohio. Bob graduated from Russellville High School with the Class of 1945 and was a veteran of World War II, enlisting with the US Navy on the day of his graduation. After serving his country, he attended the University of Miami before transferring to the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Bob was employed as an agricultural engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. He moved to New Hampshire in 1964 and retired from the Watershed Planning Staff in 1978. After his retirement he continued consulting in soil and water conservation. After some continuing education he received his teaching degree and taught general science at Portsmouth Middle School. He finally retired in 1991.Bob was an active member of the North Church serving several years as president of the Church Council. He was also active with the Portsmouth Community Development Committee for 37 years and served on the committee of the Renovation of Market Square Committee. He was a 58-year member of the Lions Club, joining in Ohio and transferring to the Portsmouth Lions Club where he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow and was a past president. He was also a member of Russellville Masonic Lodge #166, Russellville, Ohio. He shared 62 loving years of marriage with his wife Carolyn (Maxson) Layton. In addition to his wife he leaves three children: Nancy Layton and her husband Peter Anania of Portsmouth, Andrew (Judith) Layton of Deering, Daniel (Lorinda) of North Berwick, Maine, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portsmouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 944, Portsmouth, NH, 03802 or to the North Church Memorial Fund, 355 Spinney Rd., Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bob's memorial website, sign his tribute wall.

Leonard

2016

Maurice O. Leonard (95) of Storm Lake, Iowa passed away February 16, 2016 at the Fonda Specialty Care in Fonda, Iowa. Maurice was born in Holstein. After graduation from H.S., he enrolled at the University of Iowa. While attending Iowa, he was called to the US Army to serve his country in 1941. He served in the Coast Artillery and was stationed in Michigan, Montana, California, and Nebraska. Maurice transferred to the US Army Air Force where he was a flight engineer on a B-24 Liberator Bomber on Kodiak Island in Alaska. He was honorably discharged following WWII in 1945. Following his discharge from the service, Maurice worked for General Electric in Omaha. He pursued his passion for the land and was employed by the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Guthrie Center, eventually moving to Storm Lake in 1955. He continued this work, retiring in 1980. His gun collection was envied by many, given the number of vintage guns he owned. He sold his collection and pursued other collections such as Hummel figurines, plates, and Meerschaum pipes. Maurice also enjoyed his coffees with friends at Hy-Vee and Hardees. Even in his 80s, it was not uncommon for him to set off on the 2-mile walk each morning to Hy-Vee. Maurice is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lillian of Storm Lake and daughters, Dr. Cynthia Martinek (Jerold) of Belmond, Iowa and Dr. DiAnne Leonard (Neil Ellison) of Danville, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Martinek.

Long

2016

Senior Conservationist and member Donald R. Long (88) of Springfield, Illinois formerly of Hillsboro, IL, passed away on February 13, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Don was born in White County, IL, He is received his Bachelor’s Degree, in Ag Education, from University of Illinois in 1949. He married Martha White on June 4, 1950 in Salem, IL. She survives in Springfield, IL. He worked as an Ag Teacher at Shawneetown, IL then worked for USDA in Soil Conservation Service in Menard County, Logan County and Montgomery County. Don served as a Navy Coreman in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, IL, where he sang in the choir; Kiwanis Club; Coached Little League baseball; and was very active with many other community activities. Along with his wife, Don is survived by three children, Cindy Long Adams (Joe) of Chandler, AZ & East Hartford, CT; Mike (Glenda) Long of Rochester, IL & Stan (Darcy) Long of Bastrop, TX; six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Hillsboro United Methodist Church Heat & Air Conditioning Fund.

Lowery

2016

Claire Cook Lowery (88) of Athens, Georgia passed away on April 15, 2016. Born in Milan, GA, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Frank Harris Lowery, Sr. who retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Survey Party Leader. Claire graduated from Milan High School, Middle Georgia College and attended Georgia Women's College in Milledgeville. She was a National 4-H Project Winner in Home Beautification in 1944. She taught in the local schools and was a devoted mother to their four children.

Ludwig

2016

William L. Ludwig (89) of Eagle River, Wisconsin passed away March 20th, 2016, on his birthday. Bill was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin. He served in the US Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Upon returning home he began his college career in Stevens Point and later transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1951 with a BS in agriculture. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist and worked in Madison, Wausau, Ashland, Stratford, Neillsville, and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and out of state at Athens, GA and Des Moines, IA. While in Neillsville he played drums with the Howie Sturtz Orchestra for 12 years, appeared often on TV’s Dairyland Jubilee, and recorded four albums. Bill loved the Big Band era music. He obtained his private pilot’s license and became active with the Civil Air Patrol. Bill was always headed to a meeting, as he was forever on a board of directors or a committee most of his life and even into retirement--too many to list. After retiring in 1984, Bill began his second career as a strawberry farmer. He worked tirelessly perfecting the biggest, most delicious strawberry he could. He loved working on his land! And “weather permitting” he was out hoeing, plowing, irrigating, bulldozing, or just walking around assessing things, sunup to sundown. Over the last six months, Bill fought his battle, but in the end succumbed to the insidious Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley and their three daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. You may leave your private condolences for the Ludwig family at www.carlsonfh.com.

Malley

2016

Senior Conservationist John Crohan Malley (90) of South Portland (and formerly of Cape Elizabeth), Maine, passed away on March 4, 2016 after a long illness. John was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, Class of 1960, with a BS in Agriculture. He was a World War II veteran. He joined the US Navy at age 17 and served from 1943 to 1946 as a Medical Corpsman. With his father, he operated Indigo Hill Farms, Inc. in Somersworth from 1946 to 1956, maintaining a herd of Registered Guernsey Cattle. From 1956 to 1984, he worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist in Concord and Exeter, New Hampshire, then transferring to Maine as a District Conservationist in Machias, Presque Isle and Portland. Following his retirement in 1984 from the USDA, he worked as a Resource/Land Use Planner for Sebago Technics, Inc. before starting his own consulting firm with a primary focus on land application of bio solids and septic system design. John was a skilled and avid yachtsman, and he and his wife cruised the coast of Maine extensively in an Albin 25 motor vessel named "Caper." After leaving the boating world, they traveled throughout the USA and Canada in their RV. John maintained a continuing interest in the Cumberland County Maine Soil and water Conservation District, serving 25 years as an Associate Supervisor until his retirement in early 2010. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Irene (Mailhot) Malley; sons James (Anne) of Barre, Massachusetts; Robert (Becky) of Cape Elizabeth; daughters Mary McQueen of Marietta, Georgia; and Nancy (David) Erb of Scarborough; along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. John was predeceased by his daughter Ann Atherton; and granddaughter Irene (Reenie) McQueen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's memory to: Catholic Charities Development Office, PO Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104-6060

Martin

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Benny Martin (91) of Camden, South Carolina passed away on February 13, 2016. He was born in Buhl, Idaho. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served for three years in World War II, assigned to the Naval Amphibian Forces in the Pacific. After the war, Benny attended the University of Idaho and received a BS degree in 1951. Upon graduation he went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He lived and worked in five states. In 1981 he led a USDA technical team to mainland China for a year. His final career years were spent in Washington, DC as Assistant Chief for the Midwest states. He then spent a year in the Philippines as a conservation consultant. He enjoyed travel in the United States as well as in Europe. Benny was a member of the VFW Post 5928 and the American Legion, and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge #48 in Arco, Idaho. Besides his wife of 55 years, Margaret “Marty” Foley Martin, he was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Marie M. Fisher. He is survived by three daughters, Peggy M. McBride (Kevin Leedy), Toni Tuders, and Leeann Martin, five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and his special friend Carol Meckstroth. Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020, or a charity of one’s choice.

Mathis

2016

Stacey Jo (Henslee) Mathis (54) of Atoka, Oklahoma and a former resident of Konawa, Oklahoma passed away on October 10, 2016 at Alliance Health Hospital in Durant, Oklahoma. She was born in Sacramento, California and moved from California at six weeks old to become an "Okie." Stacey graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Education. She started working for the Soil Conservation Service in 1983 as a summer trainee and continued until her death as a District Conservationist in Atoka, Oklahoma. Stacey was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Konawa in 1974. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Greg Mathis and son, Joseph Mathis of their home in Durant, and mother, Maxine Henslee of Konawa. She was preceded in death by her father, Jackie Lamont Henslee, and sister, Tina Jeanette Henslee.

Mathis

2016

Stacey Jo (Henslee) Mathis (54) of Atoka, Oklahoma and a former resident of Konawa, Oklahoma passed away on October 10, 2016 at Alliance Health Hospital in Durant, Oklahoma. She was born in Sacramento, California and moved from California at six weeks old to become an "Okie." Stacey graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Education. She started working for the Soil Conservation Service in 1983 as a summer trainee and continued until her death as a District Conservationist in Atoka, Oklahoma. Stacey was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Konawa in 1974. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Greg Mathis and son, Joseph Mathis of their home in Durant, and mother, Maxine Henslee of Konawa. She was preceded in death by her father, Jackie Lamont Henslee, and sister, Tina Jeanette Henslee.

Mayer

2016

Donald K. Mayer (83) of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin passed away on September 1, 2016 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Don was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He graduated from the University of River Falls in 1963 summa cum laude with a degree in Biology and Conservation and earned a Teaching Degree. Following graduation Don worked for the SCS/NRCS, retiring in 1997 as the District Conservationist in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed substitute teaching at the Unity School until 2004. He was a member of the American Tree Farm Association, the Balsam Lake American Legion and a proud member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, reading, military history, and collecting gun shell casings. Don leaves to celebrate his memory, wife of 48 years, Brenda Mayer, Balsam Lake; daughter, Monica (Shawn) Kelly, Gilbert, AZ; and son, Kurt Mayer, Balsam Lake, WI.

Mayer

2016

Donald K. Mayer (83) of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin passed away on September 1, 2016 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Don was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He graduated from the University of River Falls in 1963 summa cum laude with a degree in Biology and Conservation and earned a Teaching Degree. Following graduation Don worked for the SCS/NRCS, retiring in 1997 as the District Conservationist in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed substitute teaching at the Unity School until 2004. He was a member of the American Tree Farm Association, the Balsam Lake American Legion and a proud member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, reading, military history, and collecting gun shell casings. Don leaves to celebrate his memory, wife of 48 years, Brenda Mayer, Balsam Lake; daughter, Monica (Shawn) Kelly, Gilbert, AZ; and son, Kurt Mayer, Balsam Lake, WI.

McMullen

2016

Member James R. McMullen (78) of Hillsdale, Pennsylvania passed away on September 24, 2016 after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer on July 20th. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Farm Bill Specialist on the Conservation Operations Division staff in Washington, DC. His wife Elaine preceded him in death several years ago.

McMullen

2016

Member James R. McMullen (78) of Hillsdale, Pennsylvania passed away on September 24, 2016 after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer on July 20th. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Farm Bill Specialist on the Conservation Operations Division staff in Washington, DC. His wife Elaine preceded him in death several years ago.

Meierdierks

2016

Larry D. Meierdierks (64) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2016. He was born in Pender. Larry graduated from Pender High School in 1970 and in 1972 joined the US Army where he was stationed in Korea and at Fort Riley, KS, and later served in the Nebraska National Guard as a helicopter repairman for the 24th Medical Company. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzie. Suzie is retired from the NRCS State Office in Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church Comfort Dog Ministry Fund.

Meierdierks

2016

Larry D. Meierdierks (64) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2016. He was born in Pender. Larry graduated from Pender High School in 1970 and in 1972 joined the US Army where he was stationed in Korea and at Fort Riley, KS, and later served in the Nebraska National Guard as a helicopter repairman for the 24th Medical Company. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzie. Suzie is retired from the NRCS State Office in Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church Comfort Dog Ministry Fund.

Merrell

2016

J. Evan Merrell (88) passed away at his home in Boise, ID on August 18, 2016. He was born in Virden, New Mexico. Evan served in the Navy during the closing months of WWII on a cruiser moored in San Francisco Bay and in the Army as a radio operator in the Korean War. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Chicago, IL area. He earned a graduate degree in hydrology from Utah State University. Evan worked during his 25-year career as a hydrologist for the US Soil Conservation Service in Boise, ID. A final assignment for SCS took him to Anchorage, AK. After he retired, Evan and a group of former coworkers in Boise founded a consulting company, Associated Earth Sciences, to continue offering soil and water solutions. He really enjoyed AES. Evan and his wife June served two missions together for the church—first in Florida and then to Hanoi, Vietnam where they helped modernize a library in the National School of Public Health. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June; their children, Kevin Merrell, Reed Merrell, Ann Reed, Dorothy Klomp and Richard Merrell, and a sister-in-law, Pat Merrell. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Loren Reed. Condolences may be expressed at zeyerfuneralchapel.com.

Merrell

2016

J. Evan Merrell (88) passed away at his home in Boise, ID on August 18, 2016. He was born in Virden, New Mexico. Evan served in the Navy during the closing months of WWII on a cruiser moored in San Francisco Bay and in the Army as a radio operator in the Korean War. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Chicago, IL area. He earned a graduate degree in hydrology from Utah State University. Evan worked during his 25-year career as a hydrologist for the US Soil Conservation Service in Boise, ID. A final assignment for SCS took him to Anchorage, AK. After he retired, Evan and a group of former coworkers in Boise founded a consulting company, Associated Earth Sciences, to continue offering soil and water solutions. He really enjoyed AES. Evan and his wife June served two missions together for the church—first in Florida and then to Hanoi, Vietnam where they helped modernize a library in the National School of Public Health. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June; their children, Kevin Merrell, Reed Merrell, Ann Reed, Dorothy Klomp and Richard Merrell, and a sister-in-law, Pat Merrell. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Loren Reed. Condolences may be expressed at zeyerfuneralchapel.com.

Middendorf

2016

Richard H. "Dick" Middendorf (94) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on December 22, 2016, at Gateway Vista Senior Living in Lincoln. Dick was born in Bruning, NE. He graduated from Bruning High School and served in the Army in the final years of World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He lived in Lincoln and then in Lyons, where Dick worked for the Soil Conservation Service, and then as a rural mail carrier with the USPS, serving in that capacity for 30 years until his retirement. He was a member of various local organizations and while in Lyons, Dick served his congregation of St. John Lutheran as Sunday school superintendent and elder and served in positions in other Lutheran churches. Survivors of the immediate family include his four children and spouses: Joy (Rick) Golden, Lyle (Nancy) Middendorf, Larry (Penny) Middendorf, and Mark (Julie) Middendorf; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Della Mae. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Lincoln Lutheran Schools or Concordia University, Nebraska. Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home of Lincoln is in charge of arrangements.

Minzenmayer

2016

Fred Edward Minzenmayer (68) of Franklin, Texas passed away on November 11, 2016. He was born in Winters, Texas, the second of four children. He attended Texas A&M, earning a BS in Soil Science and a Master’s in Agronomy. He was employed for 38 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He retired to Franklin in 2008 to fulfill his lifelong dream of cattle ranching. Fred is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patsy and daughter Tracey.

Moody

2016

Member Wendell Bruce Moody (80) of Eden, Texas passed away on October 13, 2016 in Dallas at the home of his son Steven, and daughter-in-law Cheryl, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, son Steven Moody and his wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Carolyn Zarmbinski and her husband Aaron Zarmbinkski. Wendell was born in Tulia, Texas. A 1954 graduate of Eden High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1957. He returned to Texas Tech in 1961 and earned his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Texas Registered Professional Engineers License in 1967. Wendell's professional career spanned 1956 to 1994. He began as a summer Engineering Trainee in Stanton, Texas in 1956. He advanced through the ranks of Agricultural Engineering Field and Area Offices of the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Big Spring, Texas, and Civil Engineering Soil Mechanics, and Design offices at the South National Technical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. Wendell was Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Temple before he became the State Conservation Engineering in Champaign, Illinois in 1974. Four years later, he was promoted to Head of Engineering at the SCS's Midwest National Technical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska until 1984. He finished his career at the USDA National Headquarters, in Washington, DC, as Deputy Director of Engineering. His professional organization memberships were numerous. He was a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. After 38 years with the SCS, Wendell returned to his hometown of Eden, Texas in 1994, and started the busiest chapter of his life in community service. Since then, he served continuously on and as an officer on many local and regional boards (civic, governmental, and water conservation/planning) including 12 years on the Eden City Council, 20 years as Adult Bible Class teacher and Trustee of Eden Trinity Lutheran Church, and over 20 years on the Civil Engineering Academy, Texas Tech University.

Moody

2016

Member Wendell Bruce Moody (80) of Eden, Texas passed away on October 13, 2016 in Dallas at the home of his son Steven, and daughter-in-law Cheryl, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, son Steven Moody and his wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Carolyn Zarmbinski and her husband Aaron Zarmbinkski. Wendell was born in Tulia, Texas. A 1954 graduate of Eden High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1957. He returned to Texas Tech in 1961 and earned his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Texas Registered Professional Engineers License in 1967. Wendell's professional career spanned 1956 to 1994. He began as a summer Engineering Trainee in Stanton, Texas in 1956. He advanced through the ranks of Agricultural Engineering Field and Area Offices of the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Big Spring, Texas, and Civil Engineering Soil Mechanics, and Design offices at the South National Technical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. Wendell was Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Temple before he became the State Conservation Engineering in Champaign, Illinois in 1974. Four years later, he was promoted to Head of Engineering at the SCS's Midwest National Technical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska until 1984. He finished his career at the USDA National Headquarters, in Washington, DC, as Deputy Director of Engineering. His professional organization memberships were numerous. He was a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. After 38 years with the SCS, Wendell returned to his hometown of Eden, Texas in 1994, and started the busiest chapter of his life in community service. Since then, he served continuously on and as an officer on many local and regional boards (civic, governmental, and water conservation/planning) including 12 years on the Eden City Council, 20 years as Adult Bible Class teacher and Trustee of Eden Trinity Lutheran Church, and over 20 years on the Civil Engineering Academy, Texas Tech University.

Moran

2016

Moran Betty J. Moran (92) of Westerville, Ohio passed away on December 8, 2016. Her husband Kyle was Assistant State Conservation Engineer for SCS. In lieu of flowers, it is Betty's wishes that donations be made to Ohio Bible Mission, Peniel Bible Camp, 3260 OH-314, Fredericktown, OH 43019. Condolences at morelandfuneralhome.com

Moran

2016

Moran Betty J. Moran (92) of Westerville, Ohio passed away on December 8, 2016. Her husband Kyle was Assistant State Conservation Engineer for SCS. In lieu of flowers, it is Betty's wishes that donations be made to Ohio Bible Mission, Peniel Bible Camp, 3260 OH-314, Fredericktown, OH 43019. Condolences at morelandfuneralhome.com

Moser

2016

Lowell Alan Moser (82) of Effingham, Kansas passed away on October 6, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He was born in Horton, KS. Lowell graduated from Highland Junior College in 1955. He received his Bachelor's in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 1961. Lowell proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a Soil Conservation Planner for the USDA in Holton, joining in March of 1969. He later worked as District Conservationist in Atchison County, retiring in 1994 after 28 years of service. For most of his life, he raised Holstein, Hereford, and Angus cattle and showed them at local, district and state fairs. He was a member of Effingham Union Church and Elks Club in Hiawatha. Lowell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane Warren in Hiawatha. Other survivors include a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Atchison Co. 4-H or Kansas Junior Hereford Association c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Moser

2016

Lowell Alan Moser (82) of Effingham, Kansas passed away on October 6, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He was born in Horton, KS. Lowell graduated from Highland Junior College in 1955. He received his Bachelor's in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 1961. Lowell proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a Soil Conservation Planner for the USDA in Holton, joining in March of 1969. He later worked as District Conservationist in Atchison County, retiring in 1994 after 28 years of service. For most of his life, he raised Holstein, Hereford, and Angus cattle and showed them at local, district and state fairs. He was a member of Effingham Union Church and Elks Club in Hiawatha. Lowell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane Warren in Hiawatha. Other survivors include a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Atchison Co. 4-H or Kansas Junior Hereford Association c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Moses

2016

Kathryn Grace Moses (20) of Mooresville, North Carolina passed away on May 30, 2016. Kathryn is survived by her parents, Samuel and Catherine Moses, and brother, Samuel; grandparents, Richard and Carol Gallo, Cindy and James Goad; and many other loving family members. Dick (Richard) Gallo is an ARCSE member and retired as the NRCS State Conservationist in NC in 1997.

We have no words to express the grief we feel for losing our intelligent, kind, and beautiful daughter. The promise her future held was cut short by a wrong decision, a reckless one... that led to a sickness she could not control and which quickly consumed her. But Katie is not defined by addiction. In her twenty years of shining bright with a personality and sense of humor as big as the sky, her last year will not be the one we remember her by.

Katie lived a wonderful life for 19 years. She loved her horses, her dogs, her friends, and especially her family. Everyone who was blessed enough to have known her will attest to her sense of humor--she kept us all laughing and at the same time she was free with her generosity and kindness. She had so many plans for what she wanted to do in life--and they changed often--but the underlying theme was to do something that involved travel. She was never as excited as when she was planning a trip or going someplace new and different--taking in the sights and trying different foods.

We know that she is free from suffering now and that God holds a place for her. "To everything there is a purpose," and although we cannot know what that purpose is right now, we hope that it has something to do with changing the course of another young person's life who is struggling with addiction. You were and always will be our cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. We will never forget who you were and the indelible mark you left on our lives.

Moses

2016

Kathryn Grace Moses (20) of Mooresville, North Carolina passed away on May 30, 2016. Kathryn is survived by her parents, Samuel and Catherine Moses, and brother, Samuel; grandparents, Richard and Carol Gallo, Cindy and James Goad; and many other loving family members. Dick (Richard) Gallo is an ARCSE member and retired as the NRCS State Conservationist in NC in 1997.

We have no words to express the grief we feel for losing our intelligent, kind, and beautiful daughter. The promise her future held was cut short by a wrong decision, a reckless one... that led to a sickness she could not control and which quickly consumed her. But Katie is not defined by addiction. In her twenty years of shining bright with a personality and sense of humor as big as the sky, her last year will not be the one we remember her by.

Katie lived a wonderful life for 19 years. She loved her horses, her dogs, her friends, and especially her family. Everyone who was blessed enough to have known her will attest to her sense of humor--she kept us all laughing and at the same time she was free with her generosity and kindness. She had so many plans for what she wanted to do in life--and they changed often--but the underlying theme was to do something that involved travel. She was never as excited as when she was planning a trip or going someplace new and different--taking in the sights and trying different foods.

We know that she is free from suffering now and that God holds a place for her. "To everything there is a purpose," and although we cannot know what that purpose is right now, we hope that it has something to do with changing the course of another young person's life who is struggling with addiction. You were and always will be our cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. We will never forget who you were and the indelible mark you left on our lives.

Mueller

2016

Nelson Ernest Mueller (70), a resident of Sulphur, Oklahoma passed away October 27, 2016 at Tulsa, OK. He was born in Clinton, OK. Nelson graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Degree in Animal Science. He had lived in several places working for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, moving to Sulphur in 1985. He owned a lawn care business. Nelson enjoyed horse racing. He was a Viet Nam Veteran who served in the US Army. Nelson was a member of the First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Mary Mueller, of Sulphur, OK; a daughter & son-in-law, Jessica & Steve Tilley, of Ada, OK; a son, Brad Mueller, of Sulphur, Ok; and a granddaughter. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com

Mueller

2016

Nelson Ernest Mueller (70), a resident of Sulphur, Oklahoma passed away October 27, 2016 at Tulsa, OK. He was born in Clinton, OK. Nelson graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Degree in Animal Science. He had lived in several places working for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, moving to Sulphur in 1985. He owned a lawn care business. Nelson enjoyed horse racing. He was a Viet Nam Veteran who served in the US Army. Nelson was a member of the First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Mary Mueller, of Sulphur, OK; a daughter & son-in-law, Jessica & Steve Tilley, of Ada, OK; a son, Brad Mueller, of Sulphur, Ok; and a granddaughter. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com

Murphey

2016

George T. Murphey (88) of Greencastle, Indiana passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016. George is survived by his wife of more than 68 years, Elizabeth Stovall and children Michael (Debbie) and David (Cristina), and three grandchildren. A daughter Susan predeceased him in 1992. He was born on a farm near Mayfield, Ky. After graduating from Mayfield High School in 1945, George volunteered in the U.S. Army. He attended the University of West Virginia and the University of Illinois in the Army Specialized Training Program. He received basic training at Fort Knox, KY and received an honorable discharge in October 1946. George went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1948 and graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. After college graduation, George taught vocational agriculture at three different high schools in Kentucky. He went on to work at the Atomic Energy Plant located near Paducah, KY for three years prior to beginning his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1955 in Princeton, IN. The SCS transferred George to Covington, IN, for two years and then finally to Putnam County in 1957, where he would work for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1985. George's retirement from the SCS was just the beginning of a second career and numerous volunteer activities. George went on to be a farm manager for farms in Central Indiana, an agricultural consultant for a number of local banks, and a consultant for conservancy districts throughout Indiana. George was very involved in and giving to his community. He and Elizabeth were active members of the First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. For all of his tireless efforts in the community, George received the Friend of the Farmer award from the Putnam County Farm Bureau in 1996 and the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2005. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Putnam County Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the Putnam County Community Foundation.

Murphey

2016

George T. Murphey (88) of Greencastle, Indiana passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016. George is survived by his wife of more than 68 years, Elizabeth Stovall and children Michael (Debbie) and David (Cristina), and three grandchildren. A daughter Susan predeceased him in 1992. He was born on a farm near Mayfield, Ky. After graduating from Mayfield High School in 1945, George volunteered in the U.S. Army. He attended the University of West Virginia and the University of Illinois in the Army Specialized Training Program. He received basic training at Fort Knox, KY and received an honorable discharge in October 1946. George went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1948 and graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. After college graduation, George taught vocational agriculture at three different high schools in Kentucky. He went on to work at the Atomic Energy Plant located near Paducah, KY for three years prior to beginning his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1955 in Princeton, IN. The SCS transferred George to Covington, IN, for two years and then finally to Putnam County in 1957, where he would work for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1985. George's retirement from the SCS was just the beginning of a second career and numerous volunteer activities. George went on to be a farm manager for farms in Central Indiana, an agricultural consultant for a number of local banks, and a consultant for conservancy districts throughout Indiana. George was very involved in and giving to his community. He and Elizabeth were active members of the First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. For all of his tireless efforts in the community, George received the Friend of the Farmer award from the Putnam County Farm Bureau in 1996 and the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2005. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Putnam County Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the Putnam County Community Foundation.

Neitzel

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationists Kenneth Karl Neitzel (101) of Edina, Wisconsin was called by his Lord on March 2, 2016. He was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was the oldest of seven children. His wife Helen predeceased him in 2008. Ken and Helen devoted their lives to the Salvation Army Church and practiced the Salvation Army motto "Heart to God and Hand to Man." Ken was a veteran of World War II. Following his discharge, he went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was called back by the military to serve in Korea. Upon discharge, he went back to work at the same agency. He worked in Wisconsin, Washington, DC and Champaign, Illinois. He retired in Illinois as the USDA State Administrative Officer for SCS in 1970. Donations can be made in his name to: Salvation Army Noble Worship Center, 10011 Noble Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.

Paden

2016

Harry E. Paden (89) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 1, 2016. He was a retired soil scientist with USDA Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by son, Roger Paden, Lincoln, and daughter, Pat (Dave) Cotton, Omaha; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paden

2016

Harry E. Paden (89) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 1, 2016. He was a retired soil scientist with USDA Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by son, Roger Paden, Lincoln, and daughter, Pat (Dave) Cotton, Omaha; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Page

2016

Member Leland Page (84) passed away on February 15, 2016, at his home in Sandy, Utah. Lee was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. He was proud to be a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from March 1, 1951 to February 2, 1955. He was stationed on the USS Essex CVA 9 during the Korean War. After his military service, he earned a bachelor's degree in Farm and Ranch Management from Colorado State University in 1960. He married Gladys F. Petersen on March 7, 1964. They had two children together, James (Jim) and Leann. Lee and Gladys were married for 42 years upon her death in 2006. Lee had a long career as a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, first in Iowa, then Indiana, and finally to Sandy, Utah, in 1976, where he and his family made their permanent home. He retired in January, 1996. Lee loved the rodeo and traveled the rodeo circuit, bulldogging (steer wrestling) both before and after he graduated from college. He loved all things auto racing, especially sprint cars, camping, dune buggies, the Indiana Hoosiers, good home cooking, old western movies and hunting shows. Lee is survived by his children: son, Jim Page (Stacy) and daughter, Leann McFalls (Michael); as well as five grandsons. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.MemorialUtah.com.

Patterson

2016

Senior Conservationist Benjamin Frederick “Fred” Fred Patterson (93) of Dobson, North Carolina passed away on June 24, 2016. Fred retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1988 as District Conservationist, Dobson Field Office.  He was born in Alexander County, NC. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Virginia Anne Broyhill Patterson, three sisters and two brothers. Fred was a graduate of NC State University where he received a BA Degree in Agriculture. He was a member of Dobson First Baptist Church, the Dobson Lions Club and Army World War II veteran, US Army. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Jan Patterson of Taylors, SC, and Mark and Marla Patterson of Shelby, NC; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law. 

Penner

2016

Doris Louise Penner (88) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away on July 8, 2016. She was the wife of Harold Penner who retired from SCS as a soil scientist in 1980. She was born in Marion, Kansas and graduated from Marion High School in 1945. Doris retired as a secretary for USD 490 (public schools) in El Dorado and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Her loving family includes her husband of 67 years, Harold of the home, two daughters, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions in her name, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or Interim Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Penner

2016

Doris Louise Penner (88) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away on July 8, 2016. She was the wife of Harold Penner who retired from SCS as a soil scientist in 1980. She was born in Marion, Kansas and graduated from Marion High School in 1945. Doris retired as a secretary for USD 490 (public schools) in El Dorado and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Her loving family includes her husband of 67 years, Harold of the home, two daughters, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions in her name, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or Interim Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Perryman

2016

Fred Perryman (89) of Duke, Oklahoma, passed away on July 10, 2016 at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Fred was born northeast of Duke near the home site of his pioneer grandparents. Fred joined the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. After his service he completed his senior year of high school. He received his degree in Agriculture Education. He was vocational agriculture instructor at Butler, Oklahoma for a few years and then began working with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served in this capacity in several areas of Oklahoma: Walters, Okmulgee, Okemah, and Clinton. After 25 years in Clinton, Fred retired in 1991 as the District Conservationist. He was ordained as a deacon at the Hillcrest Baptist Church while he was in school at OSU. Fred leaves behind his wife of 69 years Bonnie of the home; three sons, Philip Perryman and wife Lana of Apache; Fred Arlen Perryman (Lillian) of Edmond; and Dale Perryman (Sezen) of Dallas; his daughter, Freda Beall (Charles) of Bixby; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the Perryman family has requested a memorial to be sent to a fund set up to offset his son Fred Arlen Perryman’s Parkinson’s medical procedure. Please contact Fred Perryman’s Memorial Fund, Farmers and Merchants Bank, PO BOX 190 Duke, Oklahoma 73532, or call (580) 679–3334. To sign the online guest book and share memories with the family please visit www.Lowell-Tims.com.

Perryman

2016

Fred Perryman (89) of Duke, Oklahoma, passed away on July 10, 2016 at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Fred was born northeast of Duke near the home site of his pioneer grandparents. Fred joined the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. After his service he completed his senior year of high school. He received his degree in Agriculture Education. He was vocational agriculture instructor at Butler, Oklahoma for a few years and then began working with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served in this capacity in several areas of Oklahoma: Walters, Okmulgee, Okemah, and Clinton. After 25 years in Clinton, Fred retired in 1991 as the District Conservationist. He was ordained as a deacon at the Hillcrest Baptist Church while he was in school at OSU. Fred leaves behind his wife of 69 years Bonnie of the home; three sons, Philip Perryman and wife Lana of Apache; Fred Arlen Perryman (Lillian) of Edmond; and Dale Perryman (Sezen) of Dallas; his daughter, Freda Beall (Charles) of Bixby; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the Perryman family has requested a memorial to be sent to a fund set up to offset his son Fred Arlen Perryman’s Parkinson’s medical procedure. Please contact Fred Perryman’s Memorial Fund, Farmers and Merchants Bank, PO BOX 190 Duke, Oklahoma 73532, or call (580) 679–3334. To sign the online guest book and share memories with the family please visit www.Lowell-Tims.com.

Petrie

2016

Neal A. Petrie (87) of Oakley, Kansas passed away on November 24, 2016 at the Colby Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Pratt, KS. He was a farmer and a Soil Conservation Service Technician in the Oakley field office, retiring in the mid-1980s. Neal enjoyed hunting and fishing, farming, and was an arborist. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Retha of the home, a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Memorials of the donor’s choice may be sent in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley, KS 67748. Sign online guest book at www.kennedykosterfh.com.

Petrie

2016

Neal A. Petrie (87) of Oakley, Kansas passed away on November 24, 2016 at the Colby Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Pratt, KS. He was a farmer and a Soil Conservation Service Technician in the Oakley field office, retiring in the mid-1980s. Neal enjoyed hunting and fishing, farming, and was an arborist. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Retha of the home, a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Memorials of the donor’s choice may be sent in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley, KS 67748. Sign online guest book at www.kennedykosterfh.com.

Pick

2016

Thomas L. Pick (66) passed suddenly on January 16th, while skiing south of Cooke City, Montana. He was a hunter, fisherman, gardener, chef, woodworker, writer, artist, swing dancer, adventurer, and lover of literature. Tom served his country in the Vietnam era, as an Agricultural Advisor on a Reconstruction Team in Iraq in 2009-11, and with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service over a 35-year with a distinguished career in several western states. Tom is survived by his wife Kathleen Williams, his two sons, Calen and Sander Pick and their mother Jessie Close, his mother Emma Lou Petitgirard, siblings Cindy, Jeff, and Mike. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tom Pick Fund at Gallatin Valley Pheasants Forever, P.O. Box 4220, Bozeman, MT 59772. Share your photos and stories about Tom at www.inmemoryofthomaspick.com.

Porter

2016

Billy Ray Porter (60) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away at his home on March 16, 2016. Bill was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1980 with an Agricultural Economics degree. Bill enjoyed his job and co-workers at the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 36 years. For the past 21 years he served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources. Survivors include his wife of 28 years Pamela Porter, a son, and a granddaughter. The family asks in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Potter

2016

Cordes L. Potter (69) passed peacefully from this life on March 25, 2016, at his home with his wife at his side. Cordes was born in Columbia, Missouri. He attended Hickman and the University of Missouri, graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1969. He was vice president of Sigma Phi Epsilon and later served ten years as Chapter Advisor. He received the Volunteer Excellence Award from the National Chapter in recognition of his service. He enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, where he was assigned to the Engineering Squadron and was a member of Prime BEEF (Base Emergency Engineering Force), a part of RED HORSE. Prime BEEF team members were on call for rapid response to anywhere in the world. Cordes distinguished himself by being awarded Airman of the Year in 1971. This award is given yearly to only one outstanding airman in the entire Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1973 with the rank of Staff Sargent. He then went to work for the US Department of Agriculture, NRCS, where he was a design engineer in the state office. He married the love of his life, Gayle Ann (Coats) Potter, October 16, 1970, at Campus Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, and she survives. They celebrated 45 years of marriage and had two daughters and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to http://www.sigep.org/chapterscholarships. Under “choose a program,” select “Missouri Alpha Cordes Potter Scholarship.”

Putnam

2016

Life Member Billy Marion Putnam (89) of Stillwater, passed away on February 22, 2016. Bill was born in Ada, Oklahoma. He spent his early years in the Ada area before moving to Brownsville, Texas, where he attended high school. Bill joined the US Navy and served on active duty in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was honored with several prestigious service awards during his 20-year Naval career. Following his honorable discharge in 1962, Bill began working as an Administrative Officer for the Soil Conservation Service. In 1966 he married the love of his life, Pauline “Polly” Hinrichs in Albuquerque, NM. The family relocated to Connecticut, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and several other states before Bill’s retirement in the mid-1980s. Upon retirement, the family moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to be closer to Pauline’s family. He could often be found at the Moose or Elks Lodge, or the Stillwater VFW visiting with friends. He is survived by his wife and best friend Polly Putnam of Stillwater, Oklahoma; daughter Claudia (Clint) Lynch of Denton, Texas; a grandson and a great-grandson.

Putnam

2016

Pauline “Polly” Putnam (89) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed on February 27, 2016 in Stillwater. Pauline Josephine Hinrichs Putnam was born in Stillwater, OK. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1944 and attended Oklahoma A&M College from 1944 to 1946. She was employed by the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 1965, she transferred to the Albuquerque, NM office of the Soil Conservation Service where she met her husband, Billy Putnam. She is survived by a step daughter Claudia Lynch.

Reed

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Darald “D.J.” J. Reed (86) of Frederick County, Virginia, passed away on July 5, 2016, in Winchester Medical Center. D.J. was born in Osceola, Iowa. He was a graduate Iowa State University, Class of 1953 earning a Bachelor of Science degree. Mr. Reed was employed at the Department of Agriculture as a Para-Legal and retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Realty Specialist in 1987 with many years of service. He was a member of Eagle’s Club Aerie #824, Moose Lodge #1283, Elks Lodge 867 as well as a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. His wife of 35 years, Bettie Lee Reed preceded him in death on June 9, 2014. Surviving are daughter, Brenda S. Hileman-Howe and her husband, William of Gerrardstown, West Virginia and son, James D. Hileman and his wife, Pamela of Warrenton, Virginia. Memorial contributions in memory of D.J. may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2732 Martinsburg Pike, Stephenson, Virginia 22656-1712 or Eagle’s Club Aerie #824, 700 Baker Lane, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.

Reed

2016

Pearlie Sylvester Reed (67) of Marion, Arkansas passed away on April 8, 2016 in Methodist University Hospital. Pearlie was raised on a farm in the rural town of Heth, AR, where he was the ninth of eighteen children. He worked hard to attend the State University of Pine Bluff where he received his degree in Animal Husbandry, and he later earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from American University in Washington, DC. Pearlie began his remarkable career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1968 as a student intern in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Through a wealth of experiences and job responsibilities, he eventually served and led NRCS as Chief from 1998 to 2002. He served as State Conservationist for several states including Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, and California as well as the US Territories of Puerto Rico and Guam. Pearlie served as Assistant Secretary for Administration of the US Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2012, retiring to return to work as a consultant in his own firm in Marion, Arkansas. Over the course of his career, Pearlie received numerous awards and honors. He is survived by his wife, Lesia Ann Reed and her son, Robert Charles Terrell, Jr.; his daughters, Cheryl Yvette Reed of Raleigh, NC, Teresa Reed of Raleigh, NC; a granddaughter, a grandson, a great-granddaughter and thirteen brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Deloris W. Reed.

Renard

2016

Kenneth George Renard (81) passed on February 8, 2016. Ken earned his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and his Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is survived by his wife if of 64 years, Virginia and two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Ken started working for ARS in 1957 and was a leader in the development of USLE and RUSLE. Ken retired from ARS as Director of the USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center in 1994.

Rexroat

2016

David Bernard Rexroat (75) passed away peacefully on the morning of Feb. 11, 2016, after a long battle against multiple infections, while being attended to by his wife and oldest daughter at home in Natomas, California. David retired as the State Administrative Officer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a Mason with the Woodland Lodge 81, a Shriner with the Ben Ali Shriners. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Anne Rexroat. He is survived by wife, Shirley Kay Rexroat; three daughters, Valerie Rennie, Michelle Huffine and Stacy Dusseau; four stepchildren; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Riggs

2016

William Norman Riggs, 80, of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away on June 6, 2016 in Lenexa, KS. William was born in Wentzville, Mo. and was a graduate the University of Missouri attaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering. For 41 years William worked as an agricultural engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving from 1958 thru 1960 in Germany. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Chillicothe; the Kiwanis Club of Chillicothe and the Masonic Lodge of Bethany, MO. He was a Registered Professional Engineer since 1957 and a member of the Society of Agricultural Engineers since 1958. He was most proud of receiving the FFA State Farmer Degree in 1954 and working since 1983 with the Boy Scouts and receiving the Honorary Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ruby of the home; three children, Russell Paul (Melinda) Riggs of Caruthersville, MO, Rachelle Renae (Jon) Lee-Warner of Norfolk, VA, and Ryan Alan Riggs of Warrensburg, MO; and four grandchildren. Memorials in honor of William Riggs may be made to Butterfield Youth Services in Marshall, MO, or to the United Methodist Church of Chillicothe and left at or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com 

Rightmeier

2016

Lyle S. Rightmeier (92) of Mankato, Kansas, was born on a farm four miles south of Montrose, Kansas. He passed away on February 16, 2016, at the Jewell County Immediate Swing Bed, Mankato, Kansas. Lyle, known as “Ike,” was one of seven children. Ike graduated from Montrose High School. He joined the United States Army in April 17, 1943 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was discharged January 12, 1946, with the rank of Corporal serving in the 124th Horse Cavalry regiment. Ike lived his earlier years in Montrose, moving to Mankato in 1951. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a surveyor and soil conservation technician, serving his entire career in the Mankato Field Office. He retired in 1981. He was a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, Kansas. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Virginia of Mankato; daughter – Paula (Terry) Cherney, of Agenda, Kansas; son – Roger Lyle Rightmeier of Mankato, Kansas; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He enjoyed singing in barbershop quartets and gaining his private pilot license after his retirement. Lyle requested immediate cremation, and service will be held at a later date to honor his life. Online condolences can be left at www.melbymortuary.com.


Rockenbaugh

2016

Thomas G. Rockenbaugh (90) went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2016. Tom was born in Wills Point in 1926. He served his country in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. Tom graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in range and forestry. He began his career in 1951 with the Soil Conservation Service. He served in various roles throughout Texas before becoming SCS assistant state conservationist for Louisiana and deputy state conservationist for Kansas. In 1975, Tom was appointed as state conservationist for Arizona. He moved to Washington as SCS assistant chief for the Southwestern states in 1981. He retired as Associate Chief. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois. Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Del Rockenbaugh; children, Vickie Rockenbaugh and Rob Rockenbaugh (Darlene); stepchildren, C.J. Witten (Alan) and Nancy Cooper (David); six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or to Birchman Baptist Church's Harp Fund, 9100 N Normandale St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116.

Rockenbaugh

2016

Thomas G. Rockenbaugh (90) went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2016. Tom was born in Wills Point in 1926. He served his country in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. Tom graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in range and forestry. He began his career in 1951 with the Soil Conservation Service. He served in various roles throughout Texas before becoming SCS assistant state conservationist for Louisiana and deputy state conservationist for Kansas. In 1975, Tom was appointed as state conservationist for Arizona. He moved to Washington as SCS assistant chief for the Southwestern states in 1981. He retired as Associate Chief. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois. Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Del Rockenbaugh; children, Vickie Rockenbaugh and Rob Rockenbaugh (Darlene); stepchildren, C.J. Witten (Alan) and Nancy Cooper (David); six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or to Birchman Baptist Church's Harp Fund, 9100 N Normandale St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116.

Rule

2016

John Chandler Rule (73) of Sevierville, Tennessee passed away after a long and valiant battle with lymphoma on November 20, 2016. John received his Bachelor of Science degree and worked as a Soil Scientist for the Conservation Service in California. John retired from his soil scientist work in the Sonora Soil Survey Office in 2008 and moved back to his house and orchard in the mountains of Tennessee. It was fitting that the soil survey of Stanislaus County, CA, Northern Part that he authored, was published that same year.

Scates

2016

Earl Edward Scates (74) of Warsaw, Virginia passed away on March 10, 2016. He was retired from the United Stated Department of Agriculture as a Soil Conservationist Technician in the Tappahannock Field Office. He was a member of Menokin Baptist Church. Earl is survived by a brother and a sister, four nephews, and a niece. Memorial contributions may be made to Menokin Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Julie Christopher, 4710 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA 22572.

Schaefer

2016

Member George W. Schaefer (88) of Virginia Beach, VA passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2016. He was born in Winona, MN. George was a former Marine who served in China after WWII, and during the Korean War. He was a Chosin Reservoir survivor. He retired from the USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service after 32 years of service. After he retired, he served as a District Director on the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District Board for over 10 years, serving as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, and on the Resource Conservation and Development Council. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach. George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Oksun Lee Schaefer; and one daughter Linda Schaefer-Seinfeld (Steve), of Tarzana, CA.

Schaefer

2016

Member George W. Schaefer (88) of Virginia Beach, VA passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2016. He was born in Winona, MN. George was a former Marine who served in China after WWII, and during the Korean War. He was a Chosin Reservoir survivor. He retired from the USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service after 32 years of service. After he retired, he served as a District Director on the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District Board for over 10 years, serving as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, and on the Resource Conservation and Development Council. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach. George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Oksun Lee Schaefer; and one daughter Linda Schaefer-Seinfeld (Steve), of Tarzana, CA.

Schober

2016

Ernest Schober (93) of Duluth, Minnesota passed away on May 10, 2016, in Solvay Hospice House. He was born in Orpund, Switzerland. Ernie served the US Marines proudly during active duty during WWII in the Pacific Arena, receiving the Bronze Star of Valor and a Purple Heart Medal. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Forestry and retired from the US Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and VFW. Ernest enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cribbage, flower and vegetable gardening, traveling, and he always enjoyed the company of family. Ernest was preceded in death by wife, Marjorie, daughter, Susan Wisocki, and son, Richard Schober. He is survived by children Thomas (Irma), James (Becky), Daniel (Rosi), and Geoffrey, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Schober

2016

Ernest Schober (93) of Duluth, Minnesota passed away on May 10, 2016, in Solvay Hospice House. He was born in Orpund, Switzerland. Ernie served the US Marines proudly during active duty during WWII in the Pacific Arena, receiving the Bronze Star of Valor and a Purple Heart Medal. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Forestry and retired from the US Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and VFW. Ernest enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cribbage, flower and vegetable gardening, traveling, and he always enjoyed the company of family. Ernest was preceded in death by wife, Marjorie, daughter, Susan Wisocki, and son, Richard Schober. He is survived by children Thomas (Irma), James (Becky), Daniel (Rosi), and Geoffrey, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Schoepp

2016

Arnold V. Schoepp (86) passed away on January 24, 2016 at Sanford off Sunset in Mandan, North Dakota. He was in the U.S. Army, 1951-1953, and served in Japan and Korea. Arnold served in the Montana National Guard and the North Dakota National Guard, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major of the 164 Group Command at Bismarck, ND. He began working for the SCS in Hazen, ND in Feb. 1958 and also worked in Fairview, MT, and the Bismarck field office retiring in December 31, 1988. He is survived by his son Gary (Karen) Schoepp, Sidney, MT; daughter Ava Schoepp, Bismarck, ND; son Kirk (Patty) Schoepp, Williston, ND; daughter Lucia (Jose) Villarreal, Medicine Bow, WY; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Vernice, two brothers, and a grandson.

Schroeder

2016

Gladys N. Schroeder (94) of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on August 15, 2016 at Accura Health Care (Countryside Estates) in Cherokee. Gladys was born in Afton Township, Cherokee County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After high school graduation, she followed the secretarial and clerical trade. Gladys was married to Robert H. Schroeder on May 21, 1943 at the Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi. Following her husband’s discharge from WW II, they returned to Cherokee County. In 1955, she started her employment with the Cherokee County Soil Conservation District, the first district clerk in that office, and retired in 1983. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Schroeder

2016

Gladys N. Schroeder (94) of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on August 15, 2016 at Accura Health Care (Countryside Estates) in Cherokee. Gladys was born in Afton Township, Cherokee County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After high school graduation, she followed the secretarial and clerical trade. Gladys was married to Robert H. Schroeder on May 21, 1943 at the Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi. Following her husband’s discharge from WW II, they returned to Cherokee County. In 1955, she started her employment with the Cherokee County Soil Conservation District, the first district clerk in that office, and retired in 1983. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Schuetz

2016

Sharon Schuetz (75) of Oberlin, Kansas passed away on November. 4, 2016. She was born in Oberlin. Her husband Jerry served as the District Conservationist for SCS in the Oberlin Field Office, retiring in 1989. Survivors include her husband, Jerry, of Oberlin; two daughters and four grandsons. She was preceded in death by two daughters.

Schuetz

2016

Sharon Schuetz (75) of Oberlin, Kansas passed away on November. 4, 2016. She was born in Oberlin. Her husband Jerry served as the District Conservationist for SCS in the Oberlin Field Office, retiring in 1989. Survivors include her husband, Jerry, of Oberlin; two daughters and four grandsons. She was preceded in death by two daughters.

Schulze

2016

Lonnie Lee Schulze (72) of Salina, Kansas passed away on July 12th, 2016 at the Mitchell County Hospital, in Beloit. He was born in Norton, Kansas. Lonnie worked as a soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Salina. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jeanne, of Salina; two daughters and a son, a step daughter, and three step sons, a foster daughter, as well as 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Midwest Transplant Network, 1900 West 47th Place, Suite 400, Westwood, Kansas 66205.

Schulze

2016

Lonnie Lee Schulze (72) of Salina, Kansas passed away on July 12th, 2016 at the Mitchell County Hospital, in Beloit. He was born in Norton, Kansas. Lonnie worked as a soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Salina. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jeanne, of Salina; two daughters and a son, a step daughter, and three step sons, a foster daughter, as well as 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Midwest Transplant Network, 1900 West 47th Place, Suite 400, Westwood, Kansas 66205.

Scott

2016

Arneal Scott (80) of Athens, Georgia passed away on April 7, 2016. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela Scott Haeberer. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Melba Colleen Scott; son, Michael Arneal Scott (Beth); and two granddaughters. Arneal began his career at the Soil Conservation Service in August 1957 in Hereford TX. He then became the Assistant State Conservationist in Athens, GA in November 1975, where he worked until he retired on November 30, 1990. He was a member of Tuckston United Methodist Church and was active in the Gideon Ministry. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Benevolence Fund at Tuckston UMC or the Alzheimer's Association.

Shaffer

2016

Louise Shaffer (86) of Athens, Georgia passed away on June 12, 2016 after being moved to St. Mary's Hospice. She is survived by her son Michael and other family members. Louise was the wife of former Georgia State Soil Scientist, Morris Shaffer who retired from the Soil Conservation Service. He passed in 2014.

Sipes

2016

Bobby L. Sipes (77) of Mound City, Missouri passed away on January 1, 2016. He was born in Bolckow, Missouri. The family moved to Holt County in 1943. He received his high school diploma on July 30, 1959 while serving in the Army. He served three years. The family lived in Bigelow, MO. where Bob worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation. In 1978 he started working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician at Mound City and remained there until his retirement in 2000. He joined the Big Lake Baptist Church in 1968, where he served as Sunday School Director for 35 years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mound City and a member of the Scottish Rite. He was an avid carver of birds of North America, and carved over 600 pieces in his lifetime. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Linda, of the home; daughter, Susan (Terry) Ecker of Elmo, Missouri; son, Robbie (Tracy) Sipes of Big Lake, Missouri; and five grandchildren. Memorials: Big Lake Baptist Church.

Skiles

2016

Betty W. Skiles (77) of Pickerington, Ohio passed away on October 17, 2016. She was born in Gap, PA. Betty worked for Pickerington Local Schools in the library for 33 years. She was a member of Peace United Methodist Church. Betty was also an avid quilter. Survived by her husband of 55 years, Mervin Skiles, an ARCSE member who retired from NRCS in 1995 as the State Resource Conservationist; children, M. Todd (Melanie) Skiles, Scott Skiles, and Jan (William) Stehle; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Pickerington Police Department, Canine Unit, 1311 Refugee Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147 or Peace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be found at www.spencefuneralhome.com.

Skiles

2016

Betty W. Skiles (77) of Pickerington, Ohio passed away on October 17, 2016. She was born in Gap, PA. Betty worked for Pickerington Local Schools in the library for 33 years. She was a member of Peace United Methodist Church. Betty was also an avid quilter. Survived by her husband of 55 years, Mervin Skiles, an ARCSE member who retired from NRCS in 1995 as the State Resource Conservationist; children, M. Todd (Melanie) Skiles, Scott Skiles, and Jan (William) Stehle; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Pickerington Police Department, Canine Unit, 1311 Refugee Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147 or Peace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be found at www.spencefuneralhome.com.

Skinner

2016

David Michael Skinner (“Dave”) (68) passed away on January 28, 2016 at his Moscow, Idaho home. He graduated from Washington State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, specializing in Soils. He joined the Peace Corps and served in Iran from 1970-1972. Dave traveled throughout Europe and North Africa during this time where he climbed Mt. Kenya before returning home in 1973. He was a first class Botanist specializing in Native Plants of the Palouse. Dave spent 30 years working for the NRCS Plant Materials Center in Pullman, WA. He cared deeply about gardening, the Palouse, nature, environmental issues, National Parks, Baseball, square dancing cribbage, and photography. He was a founding member of the Palouse Preservation Foundation and Koppel Farm. He is survived by his wife Jo at their Moscow home; his son Sam (Melissa) of Boise, ID; his daughter Maggie of Twin Falls, ID; his mother Dorothy of Spokane, WA and brother Greg (Monica) also of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his father Don and sister Cathy.

Smith

2016

Howard R. Smith (91) passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Seattle, WA. After briefly attending Seattle University and the University of Washington, Howard joined the US Navy where he served during the closing years of WWII in the Pacific and Far East on an LST (Landing Ship Tank). After the war, he returned to the University of Washington where he met and married Joanne L. Hunt. Graduating with a geology degree, Howard and his wife moved to Montana where he worked for the US Geological Survey and the US Soil Conservation Service. In 1966, the family moved to Boise where he continued his career with the SCS. After retiring in 1980, Howard worked as a consulting geologist. He enjoyed his life gardening, camping and fishing, and as a food and nutrition fancier. Howard is predeceased by his wife Joanne and survived by his children Lytton (Janice Crosetti) of Bothell, WA; Randall of Boise, ID; Janine Smith Citron (Steve) of Kelseyville, CA; and Jeffrey N. (Tori) of Port Orchard, WA as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Smith

2016

Howard R. Smith (91) passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Seattle, WA. After briefly attending Seattle University and the University of Washington, Howard joined the US Navy where he served during the closing years of WWII in the Pacific and Far East on an LST (Landing Ship Tank). After the war, he returned to the University of Washington where he met and married Joanne L. Hunt. Graduating with a geology degree, Howard and his wife moved to Montana where he worked for the US Geological Survey and the US Soil Conservation Service. In 1966, the family moved to Boise where he continued his career with the SCS. After retiring in 1980, Howard worked as a consulting geologist. He enjoyed his life gardening, camping and fishing, and as a food and nutrition fancier. Howard is predeceased by his wife Joanne and survived by his children Lytton (Janice Crosetti) of Bothell, WA; Randall of Boise, ID; Janine Smith Citron (Steve) of Kelseyville, CA; and Jeffrey N. (Tori) of Port Orchard, WA as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Smith

2016

Joyce Cook Smith (87) of Athens, Georgia passed away around June 22, 2016. She was born in Athens. She married her childhood sweetheart Wilton Smith in 1947, a year after graduation, and began her life as a military wife. He served in both the Navy and the Air Force and retired to Athens where they lived with their four sons most of whom attended the University of Georgia. Joyce was a federal employee beginning her career at Robins Air Force Base, GA working as did her husband with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). She also had top secret clearance as part of her role with OSI. She was also employed by the US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service in Financial Management. Joyce retired in 1989 with 32 years of federal service. She is survived by her four sons, ten grandchildren, and fourteen precious great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Prince Avenue Baptist Church.

Smith

2016

Katherine E. "as in Elvis" Smith (73) passed away peacefully in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 4, 2016. Kathy was born in Scott City, Kan. Her career for over 30 years in retail sales included owning her own unique fashion boutique. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, P. Craig Smith, who retired from NRCS; two children and five grandchildren. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Condolences online at Roperandsons.comstory

Smith

2016

Katherine E. "as in Elvis" Smith (73) passed away peacefully in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 4, 2016. Kathy was born in Scott City, Kan. Her career for over 30 years in retail sales included owning her own unique fashion boutique. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, P. Craig Smith, who retired from NRCS; two children and five grandchildren. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Spriggs

2016

Erlene Spriggs (86) of Parsons, Kansas passed away on July 15, 2016. She was born near West Mineral. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from West Mineral High School. On Sept. 2, 1951, she and Donald B. Spriggs were married in Galesburg. Don retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1985 and preceded her in death on April 5, 2005. Erlene was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Parsons. She is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Spriggs

2016

Erlene Spriggs (86) of Parsons, Kansas passed away on July 15, 2016. She was born near West Mineral. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from West Mineral High School. On Sept. 2, 1951, she and Donald B. Spriggs were married in Galesburg. Don retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1985 and preceded her in death on April 5, 2005. Erlene was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Parsons. She is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Stewart

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald Pierce Stewart (91) of Boise, Idaho passed away on August 7, 2016. He was born in Meadow, Utah. He met his future wife, Helen Maxine Logan, in band class at Boise High School. Following high school, Don entered the US Army where he served as a tail gunner on a photography aircraft. He was stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa. He flew over and took some of the first photos of Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. He was proud of his military service but, like a lot of his generation, he did not talk about it. Don graduated in 1950 with a degree in engineering. His first job assignment with the Soil Conservation Service was in St. Anthony, ID. In December 1967, Don took a job with the A.I.D. This took all of the family, except Charles, to Tunisia for two years. He worked on irrigation and flood control projects for the Tunisian government as part of the "Foreign Aid Program." They returned to Boise from Tunisia in 1970. After two years in Portland, he retired as the State Irrigation Engineer in Oregon in 1981. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Maxine of Mountain Home; his sons: Charles (Sherrel) of Alaska; John of California; Mike (Denise) of Bruneau; Doug of Boise; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, ID; University of Idaho Foundation in Moscow, ID; American Legion Post 2 in Boise, ID; or a charity of choice.

Stewart

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald Pierce Stewart (91) of Boise, Idaho passed away on August 7, 2016. He was born in Meadow, Utah. He met his future wife, Helen Maxine Logan, in band class at Boise High School. Following high school, Don entered the US Army where he served as a tail gunner on a photography aircraft. He was stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa. He flew over and took some of the first photos of Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. He was proud of his military service but, like a lot of his generation, he did not talk about it. Don graduated in 1950 with a degree in engineering. His first job assignment with the Soil Conservation Service was in St. Anthony, ID. In December 1967, Don took a job with the A.I.D. This took all of the family, except Charles, to Tunisia for two years. He worked on irrigation and flood control projects for the Tunisian government as part of the "Foreign Aid Program." They returned to Boise from Tunisia in 1970. After two years in Portland, he retired as the State Irrigation Engineer in Oregon in 1981. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Maxine of Mountain Home; his sons: Charles (Sherrel) of Alaska; John of California; Mike (Denise) of Bruneau; Doug of Boise; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, ID; University of Idaho Foundation in Moscow, ID; American Legion Post 2 in Boise, ID; or a charity of choice.

Stockwell

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald M. Stockwell (98) of Groton, Massachusetts formerly of Leverett, MA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He retired in 1984 as a design engineer with the Soil Conservation Service.  Born in Springfield, MA, he grew up in various locations including Amherst NH which he considered his boyhood home. He lost his father William Stockwell to influenza when he was an infant and was raised by his mother Florence Beechler Harris. After attending boarding school at St. Bernard’s School for boys in Gladstone, NJ, he went to the University of New Hampshire where he played freshman football and graduated with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He was a veteran of World War II where he was a Technical Sergeant in General George Patton’s Third Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received five battle stars and a bronze star. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1945.

Stockwell

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald M. Stockwell (98) of Groton, Massachusetts formerly of Leverett, MA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He retired in 1984 as a design engineer with the Soil Conservation Service.  Born in Springfield, MA, he grew up in various locations including Amherst NH which he considered his boyhood home. He lost his father William Stockwell to influenza when he was an infant and was raised by his mother Florence Beechler Harris. After attending boarding school at St. Bernard’s School for boys in Gladstone, NJ, he went to the University of New Hampshire where he played freshman football and graduated with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He was a veteran of World War II where he was a Technical Sergeant in General George Patton’s Third Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received five battle stars and a bronze star. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1945.

Stout

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Maurice "Mike" Stout Jr. (92) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on February 18, 2016. He was born in Winchester, Ohio. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, WWII, Pacific Theatre. Mike was a soil scientist for Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1987 as Director of the Midwest National Technical Center. Survivors: wife of 71 years, Maxine (Young). Sons: Mike (Dianne), Dr. Steve (Peggy), Dr. J. Patrick (Karen) and Jeff (Sandy) Stout; daughter, Jane (Wayne) Munsterman; daughter-in-law, Paula (David) Schuelke; and ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, B.J. Stout. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to Eastridge Presbyterian Church. Condolences can be left at lincolnfh.com.

Strong

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Marion E. Strong (98) of Tempe, Arizona passed away October 20, 2016. He was born near Clarksville, Michigan. Marion loved the P-38 Lightning, which he piloted in WWII; and his alma mater, Purdue University. He had a thirty-year career with the Soil Conservation Service, culminating in his appointment as Assistant Chief for the Midwest Region and Director of the Midwest Technical Service Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. After retiring in 1980 and moving back to Arizona, he served as treasurer for his church, The Church on Mill, until he was in his eighties. Marion was married to Ruth Lucile Skiles for nearly 63 years. She preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters Linda (Peter) Nelson of Mesa, and Marcia (Mark) Middents of Tempe, son James (MaryAnn) of Kent, WA and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Marion's name to Honor Flight Arizona, P.O. Box 12258 Prescott, AZ 86304 or online at www.honorflightaz.org.

Strong

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Marion E. Strong (98) of Tempe, Arizona passed away October 20, 2016. He was born near Clarksville, Michigan. Marion loved the P-38 Lightning, which he piloted in WWII; and his alma mater, Purdue University. He had a thirty-year career with the Soil Conservation Service, culminating in his appointment as Assistant Chief for the Midwest Region and Director of the Midwest Technical Service Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. After retiring in 1980 and moving back to Arizona, he served as treasurer for his church, The Church on Mill, until he was in his eighties. Marion was married to Ruth Lucile Skiles for nearly 63 years. She preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters Linda (Peter) Nelson of Mesa, and Marcia (Mark) Middents of Tempe, son James (MaryAnn) of Kent, WA and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Marion's name to Honor Flight Arizona, P.O. Box 12258 Prescott, AZ 86304 or online at www.honorflightaz.org.

Sturgill

2016

Senior Conservationist Harold C. Sturgill (97) of Viroqua, Wisconsin passed away July 25, 2016 at the Bethel Home where he had been a resident since May 3, 2016. He was born in Ashland, West Virginia and graduated from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, West Virginia in 1935. Harold began working for the Appalachian Power Company until 1937. Later he began working as an inside coal miner at the Consolidated Coal Company in Bartley, West Virginia until he volunteered for the U.S. Army in early 1942. He served in the U.S. Army in the North Africa campaigns with General George Patton’s Third Army serving in southern Italy as a signal corpsman until the war in Europe ended in 1945. In 1950 he married his beloved wife Effie White. He owned the Washington Street Texaco Station in Bluefield, West Virginia, for about 5 years. It was a predecessor to today’s convenience stores, something called “jot ‘em down store.” He had already mined coal for 25 years in West Virginia before his career with the Soil Conservation Service began in 1966 in Viroqua (Vernon County), Wisconsin as a Soil Conservation Technician. After suffering a long illness of diabetes, Effie passed away in 1984. She was dearly missed by Harold. He is survived by his brother Richard (Dawn) Sturgill of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the Bad Axe Lutheran Church Word of Life Radio Show which Harold enjoyed every Sunday, the Bethel Home, Viroqua or the Vernon County Aging Unit Meals on Wheels Program.

Sturgill

2016

Senior Conservationist Harold C. Sturgill (97) of Viroqua, Wisconsin passed away July 25, 2016 at the Bethel Home where he had been a resident since May 3, 2016. He was born in Ashland, West Virginia and graduated from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, West Virginia in 1935. Harold began working for the Appalachian Power Company until 1937. Later he began working as an inside coal miner at the Consolidated Coal Company in Bartley, West Virginia until he volunteered for the U.S. Army in early 1942. He served in the U.S. Army in the North Africa campaigns with General George Patton’s Third Army serving in southern Italy as a signal corpsman until the war in Europe ended in 1945. In 1950 he married his beloved wife Effie White. He owned the Washington Street Texaco Station in Bluefield, West Virginia, for about 5 years. It was a predecessor to today’s convenience stores, something called “jot ‘em down store.” He had already mined coal for 25 years in West Virginia before his career with the Soil Conservation Service began in 1966 in Viroqua (Vernon County), Wisconsin as a Soil Conservation Technician. After suffering a long illness of diabetes, Effie passed away in 1984. She was dearly missed by Harold. He is survived by his brother Richard (Dawn) Sturgill of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the Bad Axe Lutheran Church Word of Life Radio Show which Harold enjoyed every Sunday, the Bethel Home, Viroqua or the Vernon County Aging Unit Meals on Wheels Program.

Sykes

2016

Charles W. Sykes (91) of Humboldt, IL passed away on March 25, 2016 at the Mattoon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Charles was born in Baylis, IL. He married Rachel Cuppy of Humboldt, IL on June 16, 1951 in Arcola, IL. She passed away on October 9, 2010. After graduating from Barry Community High School in 1943, he served in the US Navy until the end of WWII. In 1950 he graduated from the College of Agriculture, University of Illinois, and after teaching vocational agriculture in Wisconsin and Illinois for several years, he served as District Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Henderson, Scott, Brown, Calhoun and Jersey Counties in Illinois. He retired from that position in 1983. He then farmed the home farm in Adams County until 1996 and until his death he attended to various farming and other interests such as beekeeping. He maintained an active membership in the First United Presbyterian Church of White Hall, IL and the White Hall Lodge 80 AF&AM until moving to Decatur, IL in 1989. He later would move to Humboldt, IL and attended the Humboldt United Methodist Church. He is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Humboldt United Methodist Church.



Tatum

2016

James E. Tatum, Sr. (77) of Mitchellville, MD peacefully entered into eternal rest on August 14, 2016. Beloved husband of 54 years to Dr. Verlene H. Tatum, he is survived by his loving wife; his son, James, Jr. (Sherri); and his three grandchildren. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Special Assistant for Management. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James E. Tatum Scholarship at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Office of Development, 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4981, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

Tatum

2016

James E. Tatum, Sr. (77) of Mitchellville, MD peacefully entered into eternal rest on August 14, 2016. Beloved husband of 54 years to Dr. Verlene H. Tatum, he is survived by his loving wife; his son, James, Jr. (Sherri); and his three grandchildren. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Special Assistant for Management. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James E. Tatum Scholarship at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Office of Development, 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4981, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

Thomasson

2016

Frederick J. "Fred" Thomasson (69) passed away on September 8, 2016 at Essential Health in Fargo, North Dakota, from the effects of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He worked for a few years at the SCS office in Leeds, ND. He is survived by his wife Susan of 47 years, his son James (Jessica) Thomasson, his daughter Kathleen (Paul) Gross, his four grandchildren, a sister and brother.

Thomasson

2016

Frederick J. "Fred" Thomasson (69) passed away on September 8, 2016 at Essential Health in Fargo, North Dakota, from the effects of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He worked for a few years at the SCS office in Leeds, ND. He is survived by his wife Susan of 47 years, his son James (Jessica) Thomasson, his daughter Kathleen (Paul) Gross, his four grandchildren, a sister and brother.

Timothy

2016

Brian E. Timothy (67) of Wyoming, New York passed away on December 11, 2016 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw. Brian was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked for many years as a soil conservationist and District Conservationist in Wyoming County for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and also an instructor for Conservation Field Days, and was a passionate advocate for wildlife naturalization. Brian was an avid hunter and was an instructor for Hunter Safety courses. Surviving along with his mother are his wife of forty-eight years, Susan Stothers Timothy; his two sons, and his three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University of Rochester Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 E. River Rd., PO Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14623 (transplant services) or National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

Timothy

2016

Brian E. Timothy (67) of Wyoming, New York passed away on December 11, 2016 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw. Brian was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked for many years as a soil conservationist and District Conservationist in Wyoming County for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and also an instructor for Conservation Field Days, and was a passionate advocate for wildlife naturalization. Brian was an avid hunter and was an instructor for Hunter Safety courses. Surviving along with his mother are his wife of forty-eight years, Susan Stothers Timothy; his two sons, and his three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University of Rochester Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 E. River Rd., PO Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14623 (transplant services) or National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

Tindal

2016

James Forrest Tindal (83) of Springfield, Missouri passed away on January 4, 2016. He was born in Anaconda, MT. Forrest was an area engineer with the Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by a son Bruce Tindall, a daughter Monica Tindall, and a brother Doug Tindall.

Treadway

2016

Dwight Moore Treadway (82) of Jonesborough, Tennessee passed away on November 29, 2016 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Jonesborough. Dwight was an Agricultural Engineer and a University of Tennessee graduate. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career spanning 36 years in the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in Washington, DC as Director of Information for the organization. Upon retirement, he returned to Jonesborough and took great pleasure working around his tree farm. Dwight was preceded in death by son Tim and granddaughter Morgan Burger. Those he leaves behind to cherish his memories are his wife Emma Sue, Jonesborough; daughter Audrey (Steve) Burger, Lebanon; son Keith (Vicky), Johnson City; and five grandchildren.

Treadway

2016

Dwight Moore Treadway (82) of Jonesborough, Tennessee passed away on November 29, 2016 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Jonesborough. Dwight was an Agricultural Engineer and a University of Tennessee graduate. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career spanning 36 years in the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in Washington, DC as Director of Information for the organization. Upon retirement, he returned to Jonesborough and took great pleasure working around his tree farm. Dwight was preceded in death by son Tim and granddaughter Morgan Burger. Those he leaves behind to cherish his memories are his wife Emma Sue, Jonesborough; daughter Audrey (Steve) Burger, Lebanon; son Keith (Vicky), Johnson City; and five grandchildren.

Tucker

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Kermit Nelson Tucker, Sr. (100) of Decatur, Alabama passed away on May 23, 2016. Kermit retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1953 as a Soil Conservationist.

Tucker

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Kermit Nelson Tucker, Sr. (100) of Decatur, Alabama passed away on May 23, 2016. Kermit retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1953 as a Soil Conservationist.

Turner

2016

Stephen L. Turner (99) of New Philadelphia, Ohio passed away on January 16, 2016 after a brief illness. He was born in McKees Rocks, PA. After graduating in 1935 from Stonecreek High School, Stephen left the family farm in Stonecreek to work in the steel mills in Gary, Ind. In 1941, Stephen enlisted in the U.S. Army as a member of the 27th Infantry Division as a Technology Sgt. He was deployed to the Gilbert, Mariana Islands, as well as Saipan, and as a Platoon Sgt. was in charge of 43 personnel which were involved in some of the worst battles of the war. Injured in the battle, Stephen was a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Upon his discharge from the Army, Stephen attended THE Ohio State University, graduating in 1951 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture. One of his fondest memories at OSU was attending the "Snow Bowl" of the 1950s. While in Columbus, Stephen met the love of his life, Wilma Hazel Caldwell who precedes him in passing. Stephen and Wilma were married June 13, 1953. After graduating from OSU, Stephen was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture and became the District Conservationist in Tuscarawas, Holmes and Noble County, a career that would last 30 years. He was a member of the Quaker Club, New Philadelphia Elks and Emmanuel Lutheran Church for many years. He is survived by his son, Gregory (Georgianne) Turner of New Philadelphia and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Stephen is preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stephen's memory to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 E. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

Vandenbos

2016

Ruth Ann Junge Vandenbos (86) of Gresham, Oregon, died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on February 28, 2016. She was the wife of Arlo who retired as a design engineer on the SCS Oregon Staff. He passed away January 1, 2003. She graduated from the Mary Lanning School of Nursing in Hastings, Nebraska, in 1950. She married Sgt. Arlo Ledell Vandenbos, USMC, on February 28, 1954, in York, Nebraska. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by nine of her 11 siblings. She is survived by her five children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Ruth was an RN for over four decades, including 18 years in Gresham at Mt. Hood Medical Center. She served as a volunteer with Mt. Hood Hospice for nine years.

Viele

2016

Duane Eugene Viele (62) of Lebanon, Missouri passed away October 19, 2016. He was born in Lebanon. Duane was a soil scientist for the state of Missouri Department of Natural Resources for 30 some years, mapping multiple counties in Missouri working with SCS/NRCS. He was a member of Community Christian Church in Camdenton. Survivors include his parents, one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. Sign guest book at www.shadelscolonialchapel.

Viele

2016

Duane Eugene Viele (62) of Lebanon, Missouri passed away October 19, 2016. He was born in Lebanon. Duane was a soil scientist for the state of Missouri Department of Natural Resources for 30 some years, mapping multiple counties in Missouri working with SCS/NRCS. He was a member of Community Christian Church in Camdenton. Survivors include his parents, one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. Sign guest book at www.shadelscolonialchapel.

Viner

2016

Paul Viner (61) of Park View, Iowa, passed away on July 11, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Paul was raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, as the second of 12 children. Paul spent his career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service working as a district conservationist in the Iowa counties of Muscatine, Greene, and Scott before retiring in 2012. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Christine; three children, three grandsons and a granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the family to be donated to a wildlife conservation program to be decided at a later date.

Viner

2016

Paul Viner (61) of Park View, Iowa, passed away on July 11, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Paul was raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, as the second of 12 children. Paul spent his career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service working as a district conservationist in the Iowa counties of Muscatine, Greene, and Scott before retiring in 2012. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Christine; three children, three grandsons and a granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the family to be donated to a wildlife conservation program to be decided at a later date.

Walker

2016

Jerry E. Walker (68) of Jay, Oklahoma, passed away on October 16, 2016 after a long illness. He was born in Sunnyside, Washington. Jerry earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Jerry worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 26 years in the offices at Coalgate, Enid, Wagoner, Jay, Guymon and Miami where he retired as the District Conservationist. He served on the Delaware County Conservation Board from April 2003 through December 2009.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gigging, team roping, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Triple Cross Ranch Church. He is preceded in death by his daughter Hayley Hughes. Left here to miss him dearly are his wife of 32 years, Kathy Walker of the home, daughter Ashley Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, son Matt (Whitney) Walker of Jay, Oklahoma, two granddaughters and a grandson. Oklahoma Family and friends can leave online condolences and share precious memories by visiting Jerry’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.

Walker

2016

Jerry E. Walker (68) of Jay, Oklahoma, passed away on October 16, 2016 after a long illness. He was born in Sunnyside, Washington. Jerry earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Jerry worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 26 years in the offices at Coalgate, Enid, Wagoner, Jay, Guymon and Miami where he retired as the District Conservationist. He served on the Delaware County Conservation Board from April 2003 through December 2009.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gigging, team roping, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Triple Cross Ranch Church. He is preceded in death by his daughter Hayley Hughes. Left here to miss him dearly are his wife of 32 years, Kathy Walker of the home, daughter Ashley Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, son Matt (Whitney) Walker of Jay, Oklahoma, two granddaughters and a grandson. Oklahoma Family and friends can leave online condolences and share precious memories by visiting Jerry’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.

Walker

2016

Life Member Ronald "Ron" Dean Walker (82) of Ankeny, Iowa passed away January 29, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. Ron was born in Ida Grove, Iowa. He was married to Janice Kasner on August 31, 1957 and they lived in Moville, Iowa until moving to Ankeny, Iowa in 1969. He worked 43 years as a drill rig operator for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Ron loved watching Iowa State Cyclone football, where he regularly cheered and enjoyed tailgate parties for over 35 years. He was an avid collector of John Deere tractors and other toys. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Janice of Ankeny, Iowa; children Debra (Joel) Twardokus of Princeton, WI; Darcy (Tim) Fitzgerald of Chariton, Iowa; and Rusty Walker of Ankeny, Iowa; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Randy "Walk.

Wallin

2016

Diana Wallin (73) of Rainier, Oregon passed away on December 19, 2016 at Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview. She was the wife of ARCSE member Don Wallin who retired in 1995 as Head Design Section at the WNTC. Diana was born in Clatskanie, OR. She graduated from Rainier High School in 1961. She attended Oregon State University, Portland State University, and worked for Pacific NW Bell for several years. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Rainier Garden Club, and was a Master Gardener. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Don; daughters, Lisa and Kristina; and granddaughter, Lindsay. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Community Home Health and Hospice, or the charity of your choice.

Ware

2016

Samuel “Sam” Joseph Ware II (55) of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on September 23, 2016. He was born in Clarksburg, WV. He was a graduate of West Virginia University School of Engineering. He was employed as a Civil Engineer with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for 33 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Katrina (Morehead) Ware, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and his mother. Sam was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a past board member of the Parkersburg Art Center and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Joan Bisesi Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research (Fund Number: 640545), Wexner Medical Center Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor, Columbus, OH 43202. Please visit www.lamberttatman.com to share online condolences with the family.

Ware

2016

Samuel “Sam” Joseph Ware II (55) of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on September 23, 2016. He was born in Clarksburg, WV. He was a graduate of West Virginia University School of Engineering. He was employed as a Civil Engineer with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for 33 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Katrina (Morehead) Ware, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and his mother. Sam was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a past board member of the Parkersburg Art Center and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Joan Bisesi Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research (Fund Number: 640545), Wexner Medical Center Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor, Columbus, OH 43202. Please visit www.lamberttatman.com to share online condolences with the family.

Warner

2016

John Waydell Warner, Jr. (86) of Marco Island, Florida passed away July 9, 2016. He was born in Bluefield, WV. John graduated in 1948 from Greenbrier Military Academy in Lewisburg, WV. In 1952, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. He served his country in the Army in Korea for two years. After being called to serve again in the National Guard for a year during the Berlin crisis, John earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture from WVU in 1957. He worked for USDA in the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist in WV and NY and retired as State Soils Correlator in NY in 1985. He then went on to work as an independent contractor for another ten years. Upon retiring to Marco Island, FL he served as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for 18 years. John enjoyed many volunteer activities that served his church and community, including Habitat for Humanity where he was known for being the man on the ladder. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosellen; their daughter Janellen Lents of Naples, her husband, and their two sons; their son John Warner of Burke, VA and his wife Betsy, and their two children. Contributions may be made in his memory to Camp Able at St. Marks, 1101 N. Collier Marco Island, FL.

Warner

2016

John Waydell Warner, Jr. (86) of Marco Island, Florida passed away July 9, 2016. He was born in Bluefield, WV. John graduated in 1948 from Greenbrier Military Academy in Lewisburg, WV. In 1952, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. He served his country in the Army in Korea for two years. After being called to serve again in the National Guard for a year during the Berlin crisis, John earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture from WVU in 1957. He worked for USDA in the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist in WV and NY and retired as State Soils Correlator in NY in 1985. He then went on to work as an independent contractor for another ten years. Upon retiring to Marco Island, FL he served as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for 18 years. John enjoyed many volunteer activities that served his church and community, including Habitat for Humanity where he was known for being the man on the ladder. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosellen; their daughter Janellen Lents of Naples, her husband, and their two sons; their son John Warner of Burke, VA and his wife Betsy, and their two children. Contributions may be made in his memory to Camp Able at St. Marks, 1101 N. Collier Marco Island, FL.

Wells

2016

Doris Faye Wells (59) of Stephenville, Texas passed away May 24, 2016. She was the spouse of Chester Wells who retired in 1974 as a district conservationist in the Burlington, Kansas field office and preceded her in death in 2009. Doris was born in Mineral Wells, and she worked in the nursing field for many years.

Wells

2016

Doris Faye Wells (59) of Stephenville, Texas passed away May 24, 2016. She was the spouse of Chester Wells who retired in 1974 as a district conservationist in the Burlington, Kansas field office and preceded her in death in 2009. Doris was born in Mineral Wells, and she worked in the nursing field for many years.

Welsh

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Gerald B. Welsh (86) of Little River, South Carolina passed away. He is survived by his wife Alice. Gerald retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1990 as the National Research Coordinator.

Whitaker

2016

Josephine Stone Whitaker (79) of Crab Orchard, Kentucky formerly of Richmond, passed away October 30, 2016. She was born in Richmond, Kentucky. She was a farming business partner with her husband and had a keen interest in health and natural remedies and enjoyed music, both singing and playing her guitar. She was a longtime member of the Crab Orchard Christian Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Orville J. Whitaker of Crab Orchard; two sons, Doug Whitaker (Julie) of Brooks, KY, and Larry Whitaker (Sharon Toller) of Aberdeen, OH; and one grandson. Orville is a retired NRCS Soil Scientist, and son Larry works for NRCS in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, people are encouraged to make donations to the Crab Orchard Christian Church, P O Box 393, Crab Orchard, KY 40419.

Whitaker

2016

Josephine Stone Whitaker (79) of Crab Orchard, Kentucky formerly of Richmond, passed away October 30, 2016. She was born in Richmond, Kentucky. She was a farming business partner with her husband and had a keen interest in health and natural remedies and enjoyed music, both singing and playing her guitar. She was a longtime member of the Crab Orchard Christian Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Orville J. Whitaker of Crab Orchard; two sons, Doug Whitaker (Julie) of Brooks, KY, and Larry Whitaker (Sharon Toller) of Aberdeen, OH; and one grandson. Orville is a retired NRCS Soil Scientist, and son Larry works for NRCS in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, people are encouraged to make donations to the Crab Orchard Christian Church, P O Box 393, Crab Orchard, KY 40419.

Willmeth

2016

Senior Conservationist Francis V. Willmeth (96) of Jewell, Kansas passed away on June 4, 2016. Francis retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1976 as the District Conservationist in the Smith Center Field Office.

Wise

2016

Senior Conservationist Grady Lee Wise (101) of Reidsville, North Carolina passed away on April 4, 2016. Grady retired in 1973 as District Conservationist in Reidsville, NC. He was born in Coffee County, Alabama and worked his way through Auburn University graduating in 1939 with a BS degree in Agriculture. His first job was with the Farm Security Administration in Marion, Alabama. In 1941 he was drafted into the US Army. While stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, he met and married Frances E. Onyun, March 14, 1942. Following his discharge Grady worked for the Soil Conservation Service his entire career in Rockingham County. Grady was predeceased in death by his wife, eight brothers and three sisters, including Dr. French P. Wise of Greensboro, NC. He is survived by his children, Janet Wise Pugh of Greensboro, Joan Wise Dalrymple (Neill) of Holly Springs and David Keith Wise of Reidsville; his four grandchildren, and his four great grandsons. Grady was civic minded and a faithful member of the American Legion Coleman-Southard Post No. 79 where he served as treasurer for over 40 years. He was a member of the Exchange Club, delivered Meals on Wheels (into his 90’s) was a member of NARFE, an active member of Main St. United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Men. Not enjoying idle time, he purchased a small farm outside of town in 1952 where he spent all his spare time; growing tobacco, organic vegetables for the family, cattle and U-Pick strawberries.

Work

2016

Ralph Work "Mike" (95) passed away January 25, 2016, in Troy, New York. Mike was born in Ithaca, and was one of four children born to the late Professor Paul Work and Grace Nicholas Work. Mike attended Cornell University where he received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 1943, he enlisted and served as an Aviation Cadet Trainee in the Armed Forces and served his country until he was Honorably Discharged in 1946. Mike continued his public service with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist for over 40 years until his retirement in 1987. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Eleanor Smith of Rutland, Vt. They had a son, Aaron William Work, who was born in 1956 and died shortly after birth. Mike was an avid collector of bottles, stamps, railroad memorabilia, coins and fishing stories. He was a lifelong supporter of Trout Unlimited and donated many days improving habitat along the Battenkill and Hoosick Rivers. In addition, he was a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts. Over the years, he and his wife Eleanor assembled one of the finest collections of Saratoga type carbonated water bottles. Mike donated the majority of his collection to the National Bottle Museum, of which he was a founding member. Mike is survived by many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Bottle Museum, 76 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY, 12020. To leave a message for the family, please visit LGFuneralHome.com.

Wynia

2016

Richard “Rich” L. Wynia (64) of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on April 3, 2016. He was born in Platte, South Dakota and served in the United States Navy from 1974–1977. He later earned his PhD in Agronomy from South Dakota State University. Rich devoted 30 years of service to the USDA-NRCS and the Plant Materials Program. He had served as the Manager of the Plant Materials Center in Manhattan, Kansas since 1991. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Shirley of the home, three daughters, and four 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donaldson

2015

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Norman Cesko Donaldson “Norm” (98) passed away on October 29, 2015 in Colville, Washington. He was born in Pomeroy. Norm graduated from Washington State College (now Washington State University) in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. He then entered the U. S. Army Air Corp for three years during WWII and was honorably discharged on October 19, 1945 from the Fort Lewis Base in Washington. In November, 1945 he began work with the Garfield County engineer’s crew, then as field man in the Production Marketing Administration until 1952 in Pomeroy. It was in 1952 that Norm began his career with the Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist. He was the party leader in charge of soil surveys in Spokane, Stevens, Whitman and Pend Oreille counties. He retired in 1982. In 1962 Norm married Dorothy Freeman. They shared their life in marriage until 1977 when Dorothy passed away. Norm has been an active community service volunteer in Colville, offering his assistance. He has been an active member in the United Methodist Church for many years. He is survived by his wife’s sister, Lois Lunden and her husband, George, Newport and their children; and his “adopted” family, Lynn Andrews and his wife, Johanna, Colville and their children. Memorial contributions may be given to the The Hub Senior Center in Colville. Please visit the on-line me­morial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.

Ducommun

2015

Wayne W. Ducommun (87) of Sioux City, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at his residence comforted by family. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.meyerbroschapels.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Wayne received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in Agricultural Engineering in 1949. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was an instructor in Etta Jima, Japan for construction of roads and bridges. In 1952, Wayne started working for Duke’s Radio in Sioux City and remained there until starting his career as a project engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in 1957. His final project, after 30 years of service, was the Bacon Creek Project. Wayne retired as an area engineer for N.W. Iowa designing dams and water sheds. Following his retirement, Wayne worked at the Siouxland Center For Active Generations as a counselor until 2013, assisting others with tax preparation, and offering financial advice for 29 years. He was a member of Sioux City Engineer’s Club, and was a trustee for the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeri of Sioux City, three children, and three granddaughters.

Dugan

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist William Dugan (92) of Forest Grove, Oregon passed away Jan. 17, 2015. He was born in Lander, Wyoming, graduated from Lander High school and earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Montana in Missoula. He retired in 1981 as assistant state conservationist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Portland after a 36 year career. Len met the love of his life of 43 years, LaVonne, in Portland. He is survived by his sons, William "Len" Jr. (Tiffany) and Daniel (Kim); stepchildren, Julia and Paul; and five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and their families. Len will be remembered for his sense of humor and kind heart. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, 9 Lake Bellevue Drive, #203, Bellevue, WA 98005.

Dunn

2015

Sheila Beth Dunn (70) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by two brothers, a niece and her 3 nephews. While at Camp Hill High School, Shelia was a star athlete and a member of her championship basketball team. After graduating high school she attended Lock Haven University. Shelia worked most of her life on watershed projects for the Soil Conservation Service. She was an accomplished and meticulous drafts person. To leave an online condolence to the family please visit us at GeigleFuneralHome.com

Dupont

2015

David P. Dupont (64) of Dansville, New York passed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2015. He was a true outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and shooting with his wife, family and friends. He was a member of numerous organizations supporting these activities. Dave was a graduate of Alfred University and Tech. He retired from the USDA-NRCS as a conservationist based out of Bath. In recent years he had his own conservationist consulting business. He was a US Army veteran serving from 1970 to 1978. He is survived by his dear wife of 36 years, Debra, a daughter, Erin (Kyle) Cloutier of MA, a son, Jon (Heather) Dupont of PA, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to the Dansville Fish and Game Club, 35 Gibson St., PO Box 406.

Edwards

2015

Beverly “Jeanie” Brewster Edwards (69) of Pryor, Oklahoma passed away on April 13, 2015. She was the retired District Secretary for Mayes County Conservation District at Pryor with 30 yrs. of service.

Edwards

2015

Kay L. Edwards (76) of Columbia, Missouri passed away on January 28, 2015. Kay is survived by her husband Jerry Edwards and they just celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on January 23, 2015. Jerry was the hydraulic engineer on the watershed planning staff in Missouri, retiring in 1996. Kay is also survived by a daughter, Pam (Dan) Budd and a son, Paul Edwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elmore

2015

Life Member Joseph L. (Joe) Elmore (82) passed away on November 17, 2015, at his home in Baxter, Tennessee, on the farm where he was born. He began his career with Soil Conservation Service in 1957 as a Soil Conservationist Student Trainee in Gainesboro, TN. He was a Soil Conservationist in Gainesboro, an Administrative Assistant in Albuquerque, NM, and a Classification Specialist in Washington, DC. He worked as State Administrative Officer in Albuquerque, NM, Columbia, MO, and Columbia, SC. He also was Assistant State Administrative Officer in Nashville, TN, and RC&D Coordinator in Chattanooga, TN. He retired in 1986 as a Management Analyst in the Productivity Enhancement Division of SCS in Washington, DC. He was a Korean War veteran. Joe is survived by his wife of 35 years Dianne Elmore and son Lynell (Christie) Elmore, of Baxter, TN, and daughter JoAnn (Michael) of Cookeville, TN. Survivors also include six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Esworthy

2015

Larry David Esworthy (77) of Olney, Illinois passed away on February 1, 2015 at his home. Larry was an Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Olney and a board member of Fox River Apartments. For 30 years, he was District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at Pekin, Shelbyville, Toledo and Olney field offices. Larry was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandra of Olney, a daughter Lori (Peter) Chien of Rome, NY; a son, David (Kristi) Esworthy of Sanford, FL, and five grandchildren, three stepchildren, seven step-grandchildren.

Evans

2015

Steven T. Evans (60) of Albemarle, North Carolina passed away on February 8, 2015. Steve retired in December 2012 as Soil Survey Project Leader, Greensboro MLRA Soil Survey Office with 33 years of service. He passed away at Duke University Medical Center after two months of progressive illness. Steve was a native of Alamance County and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in soil science. He spent his career mapping soils in North Carolina. He worked on the soil surveys for Brunswick, Gaston, Haywood, Jackson, Montgomery, Polk, Richmond Counties and the update of Scotland County. In his last assignment before retiring he was assisting with the update of Alamance County and the initial soil survey of Caswell County. Steve is survived by his wife Linda Phillips Evans of 35 years; a stepson, Tom Fetzer and wife, Donna; and two grandchildren, his mother Clara Kivett Evans, and brother, Tony Evans.

Fagan

2015

William C. (Bill) Fagan (84) passed from this life on November 14, 2015 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He is a 1959 graduate of OSU. Bill was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Navy. While raising his nine children, he was active on the Garber school board and served as mayor of Fairmont. During the years his children were in school, he manned the game clock at every home football game. Bill spent his career as a Project Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in Enid and Perry, OK, and designed and built many of the watershed dams across northern Oklahoma. He retired in 1990 after 37 years of service. In 1991, he and his wife Patsy moved to Big Fork, Arkansas to help his oldest son start a marble and granite fabrication company. He resided in Big Fork since that time. He is preceded in death by two sons, Charles Edward Fagan and John Anthony Fagan. Bill is survived by seven children, Steve Fagan (Brenda) of Poteau, OK; Jim Fagan (Carlene) of Mena, AR; Cathy Lantz of Fairmont, OK; Tim Fagan (Tammy) of Garber, OK; Patty Sanders of Morrison, OK; Mary Malloy (Jerry) of Temecula, CA; and Susie Masters (Joe) of Morrison, OK. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Fedak

2015

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Theodore Fedak, (92) of Niskayuna, New York passed away on August 3, 2015 in the comfort of his home with his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret, at his side. Born and raised in Glen Lyon, Pennsylvania, he was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Theodore served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II. He was honorably discharged on February 8, 1946 and awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. A soil scientist, Theodore was employed for 32 years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1980. During those years he resided in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, East Aurora, Syracuse, Corfu and, most recently, Colonie. He was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Watervliet where he was a member of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society and sang in the church choir. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his dear brother John (Ruth) Fedak of Rockville, MD and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Fehr

2015

James (Jim) Fehr (84) of Winchester, Kentucky passed away Dec. 10, 2015. He served as a soil scientist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1986.

Feltes

2015

Deanna K. Feltes (63) of Salina, Kansas passed away on Sept. 18, 2015, after a six-year battle with cancer. She was born in Salina. Deanna graduated from Washburn University and worked for KPL and Kansas Gas Service, the Internal Revenue Service and USDA/NRCS prior to her retirement. She also served in the U.S. Army Reserves. She worked as a Budget Analyst in the Kansas State Office in Salina. Her husband of 24 years, Allan, survives. Also surviving are a daughter, a son, a stepson, and five grandchildren. A memorial reception and life celebration will be announced at a later date at the Mentor United Methodist Church, Mentor.

Feusner

2015

Mary Margaret Feusner (89) of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away December 5, 2015. She graduated magna cum laude from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. She worked as a teacher throughout her career and retired from Worthington High School. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, LaVern M. Feusner, former SCS State Agronomist in Ohio. Mary is survived by three sons, eight grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com.

Fitterer

2015

Eugene “Gene” Fitterer (77) of New England, ND, passed away on January 4, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson, ND. He worked for SCS for 34 years in Mott, New England, and Dickinson, ND locations. Gene is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose; their three children, Kim (Dennis) Candrian, Beulah, ND; Shawn (Cami Jo) Fitterer, Dickinson, ND; and Tammy (James) Kramer, Dickinson, ND; six grandchildren; four sisters; and four sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Foerschler

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist William (Bill) T. Foerschler (91) of Chapman, Kansas passed away on February 3, 2015. In 1948 Bill started his career with the Soil Conservation Service in Abilene, Kansas, and retired there in 1980 as the District Conservationist. He attended a vo-tech school and later worked at Ft. Riley as a carpenter’s apprentice. He entered the U. S. Army in the fall of 1942, and was discharged in October of 1945. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and was active in St. Michael’s Ecumenical Ministry since 1975, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Chapman American Legion Post #240 since 1945, a Legion Advisor to Kansas Boys State for 26 years, 4-H community leader, and the maintenance man for the Lyons Creek Watershed. Bill and Helen hosted several 4-H exchange students, and one AFS student, Mike Reux from France, and hosted many children from Cross Lines in Kansas City. His wife of 68 years, Helen, preceded him in death on Oct 21, 2011. He is survived by four sons: Bill and wife Maggie of Lakeside, CA, Robert and wife Paula of Livermore, CA, Dennis and Suzie Foerschler of Minneapolis and Kevin and Maria Foerschler of rural Junction City; three daughters—Denise (Henry) Letourneau of Concordia, Kathy (Ray) Hoffman of rural Abilene, Marilyn (Walter) Revell of Topeka; 56 grand and great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent in care of the Londeen Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.

Ford

2015

Betty Joe Jones Ford (83) of Winterville, Georgia, passed away on October 19, 2015. She was the widow of Cosby L. Ford. She was born in Clarke County, Georgia. She retired from the Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1986. Survivors include one daughter, Jackie Adkins, one grandson, a great-grandson, and three great-granddaughters.


Forquer

2015

Ralph W. “Billy” Forquer (89) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away January 21, 2015, at Baptist Health Lexington. Billy retired as a civil engineering technician with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. He served his country in WWII with the U.S. Army. He ministered to many while a member and retired minister of Corinth Christian Church in Richmond. Billy is survived by: his wife, Doris (Pyles) Forquer of Lexington; daughters Kathy Armstrong (Raymond) of Midway, Debbie Busson (Terry) of Richmond and Jennie Willson (Bill) of Versailles; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be given to the Salvation Army.

Frederick

2015

Wayne D. Frederick (84) of rural West Branch, Iowa passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals on July 12, 2015, after an extended illness. After graduating from Iowa State University, he worked as a soil scientist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service for more than 21 years prior to farming full-time near Springdale. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Hand) Frederick and four children. He was very proud of his 20 grandchildren and their many accomplishments. In keeping with Wayne's directives, he has deeded his body to scientific research at the University of Iowa, and no services will be held. A private memorial will take place at a later date.

Gertsch

2015

Life Member Marion L. Gertsch (83) of North Platt, Nebraska passed away December 22, 2015 at his home. He was born in Columbus, NE. Marion graduated from Lincoln North East High School in 1949, entered the military and served with the Navy from January 1951 until his honorable discharge on November 3, 1952. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Parli on August 1, 1953 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Marion served as a Boy Scout leader and a 4-H club leader. He was also a member of the Lincoln County Fair board and various other organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He retired as an Engineering Technician after 31 years of service from the Soil Conservation Service in December, 1989. Marion is survived by four children, David [Donita] Gertsch, Plattsmouth NE; Douglas [Marie] Gertsch, North Platte; Dwight [Sandy] Gertsch, Chandler, AZ; and Dawn [Chuck] Kincaid, North Platte; nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou in 2000. Online condolences may be shared at www.carpentermemorial.com. Memorials are suggested to Public Television.

Gorman

2015

Becky Gorman (60) of Jamestown, Missouri passed away on December 18, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Hutchison, KS. She was married on April 20, 1973, to Bruce Gorman in Jamestown, MO, who survives of the home. She graduated from California High School in 1973. She worked for the Federal Government as an Administrative Assistant for the USDA-NRCS. Becky is survived by one son, Joel Gorman (Alison) of Jamestown and two precious grandsons. Memorials are suggested to the Family of Becky Gorman, c/o the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Service, 100 S. Oak St. California, MO.

Grabast

2015

Ethel M. Grabast (93) of Portland, Oregon, passed away on June 17, 2015. She was born in Norton, Kansas. Ethel attended college at Portland State University. Ethel worked for the Soil Conservation Service in the Portland, Oregon state office. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, David, in 2012. She is survived by a daughter and a son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Habiger

2015

Member James N. Habiger (78) of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away December 24, 2015 in Springfield, Missouri, from kidney and heart failure. He grew up in Republic, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of 57 years; daughter, Jana (Mark) McKinney of McPherson, Kansas; son, Mark (Janet) Habiger of Salado, TX; and two granddaughters and two grandsons. Jim started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service after graduating from Fort Hays Kansas State College 1959. His long career started in Mission, South Dakota, and took him to Scott City, Kansas, Minneapolis, Kansas, Boise, Idaho, and finally as the State Conservationist of Kansas for the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) in Salina, Kansas for 10 years. In 1997 Jim retired and he and Jeanette moved to their dream home on Table Rock Lake near Shell Knob, Missouri.

Hall

2015

Sherwood E. "Woody" Hall (84) of Richmond, Virginia passed away February 28, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hume Hall. He is survived by his sister, Jean Edwards Hepp, and many loving nieces and nephews. He retired from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in 1985 as a Contracting Officer. Woody was an Air Force veteran and long-time member of Southminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Southminster Presbyterian Church.

Ham

2015

Jearl Ham (81) of Cooper, Texas passed away on June 23, 2015 in Sulphur Springs. He graduated from Cooper High School. Jearl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and had retired from the Soil Conservation Service after 40 plus years as a Soil Conservation Technician in Cooper and later worked for the Delta SWCD. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Genell Ham of Cooper, two sons; Marc Ham and wife Mindy of Granite Bay, CA, and Kevin Ham and wife Kay of Winnsboro, and two granddaughters.

Hardiman

2015

Hariett Jeanette Hardiman (82) of Columbia, Missouri passed away on September 25, 2015. She was a member of Second Baptist Church, the Frederick Douglass Coalition and the Class of 1951. Jeanette worked for the Soil Conservation Service in the Carto Unit at the state office. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren.

Harjo

2015

Marcus Lee Harjo (30) of Holdenville, Oklahoma, passed away on January 2, 2015 in a car accident. Marcus was born on February 5, 1984 to Carol Harjo in Ada, Oklahoma. Marcus looked up to his grandfather, Newman Harjo Jr., and treasured their time spent together. He attended Holdenville Public Schools and graduated in 2003 and later attended Seminole State College. He worked for the Hughes County Conservation District as an Engineering Aide. He was active in the Muscogee Creek Nation where he loved to mentor young people. Survivors include his wife Staci of the home and their four children. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com.

Helmey

2015

Marilyn Howe Helmey (78) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on May 20, 2015. Born in Salina, Kansas, she was a homemaker and former nursery school teacher. At the time of her death she was a member of St. Philip Lutheran Church of Raleigh, In Athens, GA, she was a member a member of the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary giving more than 2000 hours of service She is survived by her husband Edgar Lebey Helmey of Raleigh, NC who retired as the Deputy State Conservationist in Athens, Georgia. Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Julie Helmey of Raleigh, NC, Brian and Kim Helmey, and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to St. Philip Lutheran Church of Raleigh, NC, Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Athens, GA, or a charity of your choice.

Herndon

2015

Velma “Jean” (Wynn) Herndon (96) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on November 4, 2015. Jean was born at home in the remote western Oklahoma community of Carpenter. She graduated from Elk City High School in 1936 and from Hills Business College in Oklahoma City before starting her career with the Federal Government (USDA-SCS State Office), where she retired in 1980 after 30 years of service. Jean was married to John “Roy” Herndon for over fifty years, until his passing in 1999. She is survived by son Royce Gene Herndon of Stillwater and daughter Regina Herndon Phillips, one granddaughter, and three great grandchildren. Jean was very talented, enjoying many activities and organizations in Stillwater throughout the years: NARFE as a past president, won ABWA Woman of the Year, had a great time singing with the Silver Bells and was proud to be a charter member of Total Health where she exercised until she was 95 years old. She had a great faith in God, attending the Stillwater Church of Christ for more than 60 years. Condolences may be emailed to the family, and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com

Higgins

2015

Robert Joseph “Bob” Higgins (82) of Salina, Kansas passed away on March 24, 2015. His career had spanned 30 years with the Soil Conservation Service when he retired in December 1989 as a Biologist on the Resource Conservation Staff in the Kansas State Office in Salina, Kansas. He rose in two years to Army sergeant with his innate leadership during the Korean War. Bob was a proud member of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knights of Columbus, Audubon Society, and Jolly Mixers dance group. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Cecilia Hutton in 1988. They raised six children, Amy, Michael, Gabriel, Patrick, Kate and Luke. He had five grandchildren. He enjoyed many years of retirement with his second love, “Lady Pat” Storey. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name may be made to Heifer International, an organization he supported and believed in deeply.

Hinkle

2015

Senior Conservationist Joan Rose Hinkle (93) of Philippi, West Virginia passed away on February 18, 2015, in Mansfield Place, following an extended illness. She was born July 30, 1921, at Washington, D.C. On Sept. 14, 1957, she was married to Franklin Lee "Bulldog" Hinkle, who survives at their home in Philippi. Also surviving are one brother, Neil (Betty) Irvine of Philippi; one sister, Connie Payne of Houston, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Joan was a homemaker and retired in 1984 as an Area Clerk from the USDA's Soil Conservation Service. She was a member of Crim Memorial United Methodist Church where she had long served as organist and pianist. She was a proud member of James Barbour Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Online condolences may be posted at www.stempleforman.com.

Hodges

2015

Senior Conservationist Franklin T. Hodges (85) Dobson, NC, passed away on January 12, 2015. Frank retired as Soil Conservation Technician in Stanly County. He began his career with SCS in 1946 as a part-time technician in Surry County. In 1958 he assumed a full-time position in Davidson County. He was transferred to Rowan County in 1959 and then to Stanly County where he worked and made his home in the town of Richfield for 35 years. He was a member of Richfield Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Director, Church Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Sunday School Teacher and Royal Ambassador Leader. He was active in his community having served as secretary and president of the Richfield Civitan Club, member of the Richfield-Misenheimer Fire Department for 20 years and was a member and Secretary of the Richfield Planning Board. After retirement, Frank and his wife returned to Surry County in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vernelle Wood Hodges; sons, Larry Franklin Hodges and Dennis Nelson Hodges.

Holstine

2015

Member Leland Leroy Holstine (84) passed away at his Meridian, Idaho, home on March 4, 2015. Lee served in the Navy on the USS Estes during the Korean War. After graduating from Montana State University, Lee started work for Soil Conservation Service which took him to Hardin, Ft. Benton and Havre, Montana, and then to Meridian, Idaho, as District Conservationist. After retiring from SCS, he worked for the State Soil Conservation Commission. He was a 32nd degree Master Mason of the Scottish Rite. Leland is survived by his wife, Leah, and children, Chris Holstine (Shannon), Dana Ahlstrom (Scott) and Eric Holstine (Vanessa) and seven grandchildren. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Luther Heights Bible Camp, HC 64, Box 9381, Ketchum, ID 83340.

Hostad

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Wesley Hofstad (97) of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away at home with hospice care after months of complications from a heart attack. Wes remained very active in mind and body until the last weeks of his life. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1982 as an economist at the Northeast National Technical Center, having begun his career with SCS in Minnesota. He was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia, and a daughter, Lee Ann Anderson. He and Virginia had five children. Wes is survived by four children and his second wife of twelve years, Dorothy Davis. They lived at Leisure World.

Hotz

2015

Charles F. Hotz (82) of Spencer, Massachusetts passed away on June 17, 2015. Charlie was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis “Jane” Hotz in 2013 for whom he lovingly cared during her extended illness. Born in Jersey City, NJ, Charlie earned a B.S. in dairy science from Rutgers in 1951. Despite being profoundly hard of hearing and gradually losing his sight, he worked for SCS/NRCS as a Soil Scientist for 37 years before retiring in 1997. In his early years with SCS, Charlie conducted soil surveys throughout the U.S. including West Virginia and Alaska. After some loss of vision, Charlie drafted soil maps for publication. Charlie and his wife hosted children for the Fresh Air Fund for urban children and participants in the 4-H International Exchange Program.

Hunt

2015

Life Member William Paul (Bill) Hunt (71) of Woodbury, Minnesota passed away on February 22, 2015 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was from Boley, Oklahoma and a graduate of Langston University. Bill is preceded in death by mother Illinois Hunt and survived by father Allen Hunt, wife Alvenia, son Anthony (Angela), daughter Darla and 3 grandchildren Marcus, Aaron, and Valerie. During his career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bill served several years as the Deputy State Conservationist in Pennsylvania and retired as the State Conservationist in Minnesota. He is one of the employees featured on the USDA/NRCS 2015 Black History Month poster. Here is the poster link:

http://www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=stelprdb1269505&ext=pdf. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of William Hunt, may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org, or mail to National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 (617) 924-9997. You may send online condolences to the family at http://www.biglowfunerals.com.

Irwin

2015

Harold A Irwin (93) of Hammon, Oklahoma passed away on August 29, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, surrounded by his loving family. He graduated from Hammon High School in 1941. Harold married his best friend and sweetheart, Lizzie Ruth Collins on November 22, 1941. Harold was an active member of Hammon First Baptist Church, where he served as Treasurer, as well as serving on many committees. He was a member of the American Legion, a 32nd degree member of the Masonic Lodge, and charter member and treasurer of the Hammon Lions Club. Harold proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943. After basic training in San Diego, California, he served in the South Pacific for approximately two years, where he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima and occupation of Japan. After returning from active duty, he and Ruth purchased the farm east of Hammon, where they continued to live. He was employed with the Soil Conservation Service for thirty years as an inspector and surveyor. Harold assisted in the US Stream Flood Project on the Upper Washita River near Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He retired from the SCS in 1973, but continued his work surveying for the city, county and friends. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Ruth of 74 years. Other survivors include his daughter, Bama and her husband, Don Blount of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; son, Robert Irwin of Hammon, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, and two great granddaughters. Preceding him in death was one grandson, James W. Wheeler. Memorial Contributions may be made to Make Promises Happen in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, 600 West Country Club Blvd., Elk City, OK 73644.

Johnson

2015

Gary L. Johnson (80) passed away November 21, 2015 in Spokane Valley, Washington. Gary was born in Fargo, North Dakota, attended North Dakota State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Eastern Washington for 36 years, retiring in 1955 from the State Office in Spokane on the River Basin Staff. In retirement Gary served on the Board of the Spokane NARFE Chapter. He is survived by his wife, Elinor, and son, Mitchell, both in Spokane Valley, WA. He was preceded in death by his son, Shannon William Johnson.

Johnson

2015

Paul Richard (Dick) Johnson (86) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Nov. 24, 2015. Dick was born in Denison, Iowa. He graduated from Denison High School, Iowa State, and the University of Illinois in Champaign, earning a PhD in Agronomy. Dick interrupted his studies to serve in the US Air Force during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant from 1951-1953. Dick and Helen met in Champaign and were married on January 26, 1958. Dick had a passion for the land and for helping farmers make the best use of their soil. He joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Lincoln, transferring to Sturgis and then Huron, SD, and back to Lincoln in 1972 where he retired as a Soils Correlator. Dick was preceded in death by his wife Helen. Survivors include his three children and nine grandchildren. Memorials to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Long Term Care or Teammates.

Jorgensen

2015

Member and Senior Conservationist George N. Jorgensen Jr. (88) of Troy, Kansas passed away on April 18, 2015, at a nursing home in Highland, Kan. He graduated from KSU. George served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He farmed, was a stockman and worked for the Soil Conservation Service at Troy, retiring as a District Conservationist in 1984. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, Lions Club, and American Legion Post#55, all of Troy. George had also served on the Doniphan County Library Board, Troy Fire Department, RC&D, NARFE, Courter Richey Cemetery Board and had been involved in other endeavors too numerous to mention. George is survived by his wife of 64 years, Charlene. Additional survivors include sons, Eric (Carol) Jorgensen, of St. Joseph, Mark (Loretta) Jorgensen, of Leavenworth, KS; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Troy Ambulance, Doniphan County Historical Society, Doniphan County Library District or donor’s choice.

Jungk

2015

Mark L. Jungk (54) of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away on November 7, 2015. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Mark graduated from Benedictine College with a piano performance degree, and later obtained a physical therapy degree at MU. He worked at Saint Luke’s Health System. Mark is survived by: his wife of 26 years, Mary Beth; and son, Brian; and his mother, Louise. Mary Beth Jungk is a Resource Conservationist with NRCS in St. Joseph.

Keep

2015

Thomas Alan Keep (68) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away November 20, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. He worked as an engineer for the USDA from 1971 until he retired in 2004 as the Agricultural Engineer for NRCS on the Regional Staff. He graduated from Purdue University. Tom was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Davey; Knights of Columbus; Soil & Water Conservation Society; certified professional engineer; American Society of Agricultural Engineers; and an avid golfer, Lincoln Seniors Golf League. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca of Davey; son, Andrew Keep, a District Conservationist in Imperial, NE; and mother, JoAnne Keep of Ashland, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Keep who worked for SCS as a District Conservationist in Ohio. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Davey or Lincoln Parks & Rec. Foundation Golf Legacy Tribute. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com

Kesecker

2015

H. Arless Kesecker (92) of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia passed away on February 20, 2015, at his home. He was born on his parents' home farm at the mouth of Sleepy Creek on the Potomac River. Arless graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1942, and shortly thereafter enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific Theatre until the end of World War II. He attended West Virginia University and enjoyed a 30-year career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, serving farmers in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. During his career, he served on the Morgan County Planning Commission, the Administrative Council of James Rumsey Vo-Tech School, the Morgan County Fire Board, the Morgan County Environmental Council, and the Mountaineers for Rural Progress. Arless also served as district supervisor for the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District. Upon retirement in 1977, he continued doing earth-moving construction work for several years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nora "Pearl" Nicholson Kesecker and two sons, David Allen and James Andrew Kesecker. He is survived by three daughters, three sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sleepy Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 991, Berkeley Springs, WV.

Kidney

2015

Matthew "Matt" Scott Kidney (35) of Belgrade, Montana passed away on April 1, 2015. He was the son of Kim and Sharon (Beaupre) Kidney who retired from NRCS in 2006. He graduated from Rocklin High School and earned associates degree in both accounting and marketing from Sierra College in Rocklin, California. He moved back to Bozeman with his family in 2002. He had worked in Human Resources for the USDA, NRCS since. Survivors include his wife Jennifer "Jen" and his two sons Hunter and Gavin all of Belgrade; his parents Kim and Sharon of Green Bay, Wisconsin; his brother and sister-in-law Keith and Brietta. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.

King

2015

Mary Virginia “Miss Ginn” King (72) of Spencer, West Virginia passed away on August 12, 2015 after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband of nearly 54 years, Michael; two children, Kelli King of Martinsburg and Doug (Cristy) King of Greenville, Ind.; and two grandchildren. Michael retired from SCS in 1994 as the Director of the Administrative Services Division. Miss Ginn was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of the Meadow Dale Baptist Church and a graduate of the West Virginia Baptist Convention School of Christian Studies. Also, she was an active grief counselor and former pilot. Memorial donations are preferred to the National MS Society, Virginia-West Virginia Chapter, P.O. Box 27326, Richmond, VA 23261-7326. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

Kirschner

2015

Frank Kirschner (98) died peacefully at home overlooking the Gila River, in Cliff, NM on August 30, 2015. If you have ever hiked in the Gila National Forest, Wilderness and beyond, you might have run into Frank and the hiking group he started. He is survived by four sons, Eric, David (Joni), Ted (Carrie), and Lyn (Michele), a Soil Conservationist for NRCS in the Central NTSC. Son Bruce (Anna), daughter Janet and two wives (Virginia and Mary), preceded him in death. Frank also has five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his long-time friend, Sandy. Frank was born in Pittsburgh, PA on an infamous day, April 6, 1917, the day the U.S. entered World War I. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific. After the war he went to college, receiving Soils and Agronomy degrees from Utah State and the University of Florida. Frank worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service in Indiana, Alaska and Saudi Arabia until his retirement in 1983. In memoriam, please donate to hospice or Upper Gila Watershed Association (UGWA).

Klee

2015

Gerhard Klee (84) of Walton, New York a resident since 1959, passed away at home on January 26, 2015. Gary was born immigrant parents and was one of five siblings… a sister Renate of Edmeston, NY and Gottfried, Traute and Rosemarie who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jeanie, son Gary and partner Jean Ann, and two beloved granddaughters. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and was in the Coast Guard for three years as an aviation mechanic. Gary received an Agricultural Degree from Cornell University. He then became a Soil Conservationist that led him to stops in Binghamton, Walton, Glens Falls and Canton, NY. He retired in 1988 and returned to Walton. He also became an avid hiker and member of the Catskill 3500 Club. Any contributions may be made to Delaware Valley Hospital, 1 Titus Place, Walton, New York 13856.

Kleppe

2015

Paul A. Kleppe (84) of rural Hiawatha, Kansas passed away on June 29, 2015, at Hiawatha Community Hospital. Paul graduated from Hiawatha High School in1949. He wed his high school sweetheart, Mary Fraser. They lived their entire lives in Brown and Doniphan counties where Paul farmed and worked thirty-six years as a soil conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 2013. He was proud that both his grandsons followed in his footsteps with careers in the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Paul is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary of the home, a son Bruce Kleppe, a daughter Debra (Jim) Ewing, all of Hiawatha; four grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, which may be sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha 66434.

Koster

2015

Jerome Koster (82) of Breda, Iowa passed away November 6, 2015 at the St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll. Born at Breda, Iowa, Jerome served in the United States Army and upon his honorable discharge returned to Iowa. He attended Iowa State College where he met his future wife Jean. Following their marriage Jerome and Jean lived in California and in 1965 moved back to the Midwest where Jerome was a Soil Scientist and later became District Conservationist, working for the Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1986. They later moved back to the Breda community. Jerome was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish and the Breda American Legion. Survivors include his two children, Jeffery (Denise) Koster of Rochester, MN; and Jennifer Koster of Breda; and three grandchildren. Jerome was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda Jean Koster. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Breda, and online condolences may be left for Jerome’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.


Kuenning

2015

Harold "Joe" Kuenning (85) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on February 16, 2015. He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955. Joe built and inspected dams for Soil Conservation Service which led the family to live in several towns including Plattsmouth, Syracuse, Wahoo, Broken Bow and they have lived in Lincoln since 1984. Joe is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife of 58 years, Delores. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or Tabitha Health Care. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com

Lady

2015

Donald Lady (79) of Morris, Oklahoma passed away on April 15, 2015. Donald retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Construction Inspector Okmulgee Watershed Office. He is survived by his wife Sylvia.

Larsen

2015

Royce L. Larsen (91) of Neillsville, Wisconsin passed away April 21, 2015, nine days before his 92nd birthday. Following H.S graduation, he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs), which sparked his love for the outdoors and the beauty of Wisconsin. His passion was helping to preserve forests, water, and soil. Royce was drafted into the Army during WWII, serving from 1943–1946. For 18 months he was stationed in Hawaii as a radar specialist. He then attended U.W. River Falls, earning a B.S. in agriculture. Royce enlisted in the Army Reserves and served two years during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. Following college and military service, he spent most of his career (28 years) working for the Soil Conservation Service in Neillsville and Stratford. Royce is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Dorothy, along with their three children, Tana (Frank) Schimberg, Brentwood, CA; Rhonda (Rudy) Forjan, Eustis, FL; and Jay (Mary Jo) Larsen, Cottage Grove, MN. He is also survived by six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville.

Latarre

2015

Mary Latarre (in her mid-80s) of Broomall, Pennsylvania passed away on February 12th, 2015. Mary worked as a secretary on the SCS Engineering staff at the Northeast NTC. Beloved wife of Joseph Latarre and loving mother of Joseph Sr. and Robert Latarre.

Laughlin

2015

Senior Conservationist Arthur W. Laughlin (90) of Ashland, Nebraska passed away on February 28, 2015 at Tabitha Heath Care in Lincoln. Art loved his country and following graduation from Ashland High School, he reported for duty to the U.S. Army Air Corp in February 1943 for pilot training where he was awarded his silver pilot wings. He served in WWII, stationed in Nuthamstead, England where he was a co-pilot of B-17’s with the 398th Bomb Group, flying 26 combat missions over Germany. He was honorably discharged on October 3, 1945 from active duty and then served until April 25, 1955 in the Air Force Reserves. Art returned home from the war to work on the family farm until 1960. He worked for 25 years with the Soil Conservation Service as a Civil Engineering Technician at the Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Lincoln. Upon his retirement in 1985, Art continued to work on the family farm and participate in numerous organizations. He has been a member of the Congregational Church in Ashland for over 75 years, serving as a board member and church treasurer. Art also served as Master of the Ashland Grange #386 and Master of the Lodge. He has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 64 years. Art is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Wes and Connie (Reinke) Laughlin of Weeping Water, three granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and a very special friend of over 20 years, Fern Hauschild of Ashland. He is preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Esther (Leikam) Laughlin; sons, Terry and Jim Laughlin.

Lawrence

2015

Donald Lawrence (77) of Jonesville, Louisiana passed away on May 11, 2015. Donald was proud to serve his Country in the United States Army. He was a forester for many years working for Fisher Lumber Company and USDA/NRCS. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Geraldine (McMillin) Lawrence and son, Greg Lawrence of Ruston, Louisiana.

Lee

2015

Bonnie L. (Sullivan) Lee (78) of Tiffin, Ohio passed away on July 19, 2015, at the St. Francis Nursing Home in Tiffin. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 47 years, Josiah Lee of Tiffin; two stepdaughters, Dorothy Barry of Medina, Mary (Mike) Mennell Homerville; four granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren. Bonnie worked with the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, retiring in 1994. She enjoyed traveling, antiques, and cars. She was a 1955 graduate of Bettsville High School. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com

Lieske

2015

Senior Conservationist Robert John Lieske (94) of Ripon, Wisconsin passed away May 26, 2015, at Prairie Place surrounded by family. Robert married Dorothy Schlaack in Pickett, WI, February 20, 1943. He and Dorothy farmed at home on Cork Street until 1958 and then Robert began his employment with the Department of Agriculture as a Soil Conservationist for Outagamie and Fond du Lac Counties. He retired in 1980. Robert was a member of Our Savior’s United Church of Christ and served on the Council. He loved music and sang for the Appleton and Ripon Choirs. He was a member of The Harmony Kings Barber Shop Choir and in 1985 was Barber Shopper of the Year. He is survived by his children, Gary (Cheryl) Lieske of Ripon, WI, John Lieske of Neshkoro, WI, and Jim (Lynnette) Lieske also of Ripon; nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy in 2008, one son and one daughter. A memorial is being established.

Loe

2015

James Loe (84) of Monroe, Louisiana passed away on June 5, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Robbie Barnett Loe, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He attended LSU and graduated from LA Tech University. He was a member of the United States Air Force. He was employed for 33 years by the USDA Soil Conservation Service retiring in 1990.

Loucks

2015

Curtis L. Loucks (94) passed away on November 13, 2015 at his workshop in Rugby, North Dakota. He began his SCS career at Langdon, ND in 1948 and transferred to Rugby, ND in 1957 as the District Conservationist for Pierce County. He retired in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce of Rugby; one son, Brian of Minot; three daughters, LaNeta (Gordon) Pieterick of Rugby, Wendy (Paul Hendrickson) Loucks of Fargo, and Laurie Loucks of Dunseith; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Loudon

2015

Robert "Bob" Loudon (85) of Creston, Iowa passed away on February 1, 2015, at Crest Haven Care Centre, in Creston. Memorials are suggested to Friends of 4-H. Online condolences may be left under the obituary category of www.powersfh.com. Bob obtained his Bachelor Degree from Iowa State University. He served his country as a part of the United States Air Force. He was a long time District Conservationist, RC&D Coordinator, and Grassland Specialist in southern Iowa, retiring in January of 1986. Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Creston, and also worked RAMP (Rural Abandon Mine Program). Survivors include his son Tim (wife Karen) Loudon and grandson Tyler of Creston. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Jo in 2014.

Lowe

2015

Member Robert L. Lowe (84) of Amboy, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 22, 2015, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was born in Pana, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Agriculture in 1953. He was employed as District Conservationist for 41 years, first serving as a trainee in Hancock and Macon Counties, then D.C. for 12 years in Cumberland County, and then assisted Whiteside County while also serving as D.C. in Lee County, prior to his retirement in 1993. Robert was a Veteran of the US Army. He was an active member of Zion United Methodist Church in Mendota, and had been actively involved in DeKalb Dist. United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Leader for 8 years as well as Annual Member to conference for many years. He was also active in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Robert was a Freemason belonging to the Illinois Central Lodge #178, a member of the Amboy American Legion, and the Amboy Lions Club. He leaves to mourn his wife of 63 years, Shirlene; daughter Susan (Stephen) Florschuetz of Sublette; daughter-in-law Barbara (Gary Lohse) Lowe of Blue Grass, IA; 5 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Lowe, and great-granddaughter Rosa Florschuetz. Memorials have been established to Serenity Hospice, Zion United Methodist Church, and Midwest Mission Distribution Center.

Maddy

2015

Wilma Weston Maddy (97) of Des Moines, Virginia passed away on March 1, 2015. Wilma was the wife of the late John Maddy who retired from the Soil Conservation Service as the State Agronomist. She attended Iowa State College where she studied home economics and worked in the botany department. During WWII, Wilma worked in the Office of Army Camp Post Exchanges and later for the Secretary of the City Clerk in Ames when John was overseas. In later years she worked for several churches, insurance and architectural companies. She is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. 

Mapes

2015

Carolyn “Carol” Jane Mapes (74) of Powell, Ohio passed away on March 23, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Member Rex Mapes who retired as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service in 1994. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Donald Rex Mapes; children, Linda (Tim) Ellis of Westerville; Ron Mapes; Columbus, Steve (PollyAnn) Mapes; Columbus, and Valerie (Matt) Scheibeck  of Lewis Center. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren. She attended Western Illinois University, where she met her husband. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or The Harlem Road United Methodist Church. Visit www.schoedinger.com to send online condolences to the family.

Marietta

2015

Senior Conservationist Merle H. Marietta (91) of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on October 29, 2015 at his home. He was born in Canton, Ohio. Merle was a member of the First Christian Church and a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran. He was a graduate from The Ohio State University in 1955 on the GI Bill. He worked at the Knox County Soil and Water Conservation District for a number of years, retiring 1983. Merle was a BMW motorcycle enthusiast and life member of the AMA and Buckeye Trail Association. He was also a member of the Sharon Masonic Lodge #0136 and a former Boy Scout Leader. Merle is survived by his wife of 67 years, Wanda (Roach) Marietta; one daughter, Connie (Richard) Uveges of Middleton, NY; two sons, Rodney Marietta of Hanover, and David (Margo de Camp) Marietta of Gambier; four grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, William H. “Bill” Marietta who passed just a few short hours prior to Merle, and an infant daughter Susan. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon. To share a memory or send a condolence to the family of Merle H. Marietta, please visit the funeral home website www.lasaterfuneralhomes.com.

Martin

2015

William Paul (Bill) Martin (86) passed away on March 28, 2015 in Williamsport, Maryland where he had lived since 2010. Bill was born in Bottineau, ND. He grew up on a farm in Benton County, IN. He was a graduate of Otterbein High School in 1947, and Purdue University School of Agricultural Economics in 1951. While at Purdue, he was in the Military Band and a member of FarmHouse Fraternity. Bill served two years in the army during the Korean War, with service in Korea. He was the District Conservationist in Rush and Tippecanoe Counties in Indiana for over 30 Years. Bill is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Colleen.

Mast

2015

Robert E. (Bob) Mast (79), Frankfort, Indiana passed away on August 24, 2015. Bob worked primarily in water resources activities in Indiana and later as Assistant Director of the Lincoln and Hyattsville Cartographic Units. He retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Indiana leading watershed work and introducing automation into the daily activities of NRCS at the field office level. Bob was a 1959 graduate of Purdue University and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Frankfort Rotary, Masonic Lodge #119, and many other organizations. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America.

McArthur

2015

Linda McArthur (61) passed away February 17, 2015 peacefully at home in Bismarck, ND. She began work in the Bismarck, ND State Office in 1978 as a part-time clerk and later that year to Administrative Secretary. She later became Purchasing Agent and was Supervisory Contracting Agent when she retired in Nov. 2013 with over 25 years of service. She is survived by her husband of almost 41 years, Gary; her children, Joni and Travis; four grandchildren; two sisters, and one brother. She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law.

McCann

2015

Elizabeth (Betty) Ruth McCann (96) of Urbana, Illinois passed away on April 13, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. She graduated from Cambria High School and Brown's Secretarial School in Milwaukee. She met her future husband, Wesley McCann, while they were both employed by the Regional Office of the Soil Conservation Service in Milwaukee. They were married June 2, 1945. Wes retired as the State Administrative Officer of SCS in Champaign. Elizabeth was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Urbana for more than 60 years. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Lynn (Lee) Mears of Bloomington; three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; and her daughter, Phyllis Siems. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Urbana and the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018. Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.

McCarty

2015

Robert Lee McCarty (78) of Jefferson City passed away on August 10, 2015, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He served with the Missouri National Guard for six years. Robert worked as a contract specialist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 32 years, retiring in 1995. He also had worked for the United States Postal Service and the United States Geological Survey. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Jefferson City where he participated in mission projects and mission trips and also served as a Volunteer In Corrections with the prison ministry project. In addition to his wife, Mary Lou of 56 years, he is survived by two sons, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bible Baptist Church Missionary Fund, 4730 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Those wishing to email tributes or condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.

McCaw

2015

Jerry McCaw (68) of Durango, Colorado passed away peacefully at home on August 28th, 2015 of pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lora McCaw; sons, Ed and Allen McCaw and their wives and four grandsons. Jerry was born in Durango and graduated from Colorado State University in 1972 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He moved back to the family farm and worked for the Soil Conservation Service for the next 37 years as a civil engineer, helping many farmers and ranchers implement conservation and irrigation practices. Jerry was active on local boards of directors including the Ignacio School Board, Basin COOP, La Plata Electric Association, Habitat Partnerships, King Consolidated Ditch, and the Southwest Basin Water Round Table.

McGrane

2015

Janet L. McGrane (58) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on March 25, 2015. She was the wife of Pat McGrane who retired as Information Officer for NRCS in NE. Janet was employed with the Department of Homeland Security as an immigration officer. She attended Zion Lutheran church in Harbine. She attended Zion parochial school and graduated from Tri County High School in 1974. Janet is survived by her husband, Pat; parents, Darold and Lillian Schmidt of Harbine; daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Jeff Swenson of Lincoln; three step children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com

McMulkin

2015

Marilyn Kay McMulkin (76) recently of Topeka, Kansas passed away on July 3, 2015. She was a graduate of Edmond High School and Washburn University. She was a member of National Secretary Association and served as a secretary with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994. Marilyn was a member of Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka. Survivors include two sisters, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews. Marilyn was cremated. A memorial ceremony will be held at a later date in Norton, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to your local Meals on Wheels.

Miller

2015

Kenneth Arno Miller (91) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on October 5, 2015. He was born in Jay, Oklahoma. An Oklahoma A&M grad., he joined the A&M faculty for two years before working for 38 years as a Soil Conservation and Flood Control Design Engineer for the USDA in Oklahoma. Kenneth was a devoted family man and faithful Christian actively serving for over 50 years as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Stillwater First Baptist Church. As a young man of 19, he served as a Light Mortar Crewman in the 99th Infantry Division, 395th Regiment of the US Army. The 99th Infantry Division distinguished itself defending the North shoulder of the Ardennes in the Battle of the Bulge. It was the first full infantry division to cross the Rhine River at Remagan. It collapsed the Ruhr pocket and conquered more than 1,000 square miles of territory before reaching the Austrian border on V-day. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Juanita Jo; a son, Mark and partner Wade Burkholder; daughters, Kerry Staley, Nancy Miller and husband Rick Froelich; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Miller

2015

Senior Conservationist Arthur Wallace “Roundy” Miller (96) of Fredonia, Kansas passed away May 29, 2015. He graduated from Dunlap High School in 1936. Arthur enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1941 and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class and as a Second Class Hospital Corpsman. He made the invasions of Guadalcanal, Guam and Vella Lavella. He was honorably discharged in December, 1945. Arthur enrolled at Kansas State College, now KSU, and was then recalled to the Navy, where he served two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saipan in Guantanamo Bay and in the Mediterranean Sea during the Korean War. He was finally discharged in 1952. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agronomy in 1955 from Kansas State College. Arthur was a district conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1974. He was a member of the Lions Club and First Christian Church, and a lifetime member of the VFW. He loved to play softball, and played in three Senior Citizen World Series tournaments in Arizona, Kansas City and Des Moines. He played short stop and was the designated runner. He would substitute out once a runner reached first base. Nicknamed by one umpire as “Twinkletoes,” he once ran in 22 runs in one game. He last played organized softball at age 84. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia, of the home; his three daughters, three grandchildren and three step grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.

Mitchell

2015

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Ronald "Gene" Mitchell (89) of Bourbonnais, Illinois, passed away from natural causes on January 9, 2015 at his home. Basketball, track, band, plus Future Farmers of America and farm work were among his many activities in his earlier years. Gene served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, part of which was on a destroyer in the Atlantic, the USS Meredith DD-890. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. His life work included nearly 37 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in the Columbus, Ohio area, then as an Illinois District Conservationist in the counties of DeKalb and Kankakee. While in DeKalb, Gene obtained a master's degree in business administration at Northern Illinois University. On Oct. 14, 1951, he married Ruby M. Johnson, in Hillsboro. They had three children. Ruby preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 1991. Gene served in many church and community activities including serving as president of Kiwanis Club of Kankakee. Surviving are his wife of 15 years, June; sons, Stephen (Betty) Mitchell, of Normal, and Dr. Thomas (Lisa) Mitchell, of Raleigh, N.C.; daughter, Marilyn (Horacio) Acevedo, of St. Anne; seven grandchildren, two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter, two step sons and several step grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at an undetermined later date at Asbury United Methodist Church in Kankakee. Please sign his online guestbook at schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.

Naylor

2015

Betty Mitchell Naylor (84) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on July 7, 2015. Betty worked in Administrative Services in the SCS state office for many years before transferring to the ASCS state office. She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Eugene Naylor (Gene). She is survived by her four children from her first marriage to Clyde Mitchell: Vicky (Jeff) Davison of Benson, NC, Kathy (Tim) Scholl of Angier, NC, Cindy Mitchell of Raleigh, NC, whose husband Joe Melton preceded Betty in death, Marty (Charlie) Page of Longmont, CO. Both Betty and her husband Gene were long-time members of Highland United Methodist Church. They helped launch the Wednesday Night Suppers program providing delicious meals to encourage friendship and fellowship among the church's members.

Nettleton

2015

Dr. Wiley Dennis Nettleton (83) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Nov. 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. He was a long-time research soil scientist with the USDA National Soil Survey Laboratory. He was united in marriage to Norene Lutz on June 9, 1956. To this union were born four children, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by grandson J. Foster McCracken, and great-grandson Asher Damrow. In lieu of flowers, please place your memorials towards the Prayer Chapel of Southview Baptist Church.

Newcombe

2015

Dean Edward Newcombe (51) of Fairfax, Virginia passed away October 10, 2015. He is survived by his father, brother, longtime companion, family and friends. Dean was preceded in death by his beloved mother Kathryn in 2004. His father, Paul, retired from SCS in 1989 as the Director of the Financial Management Division.

Nordean

2015

Lilian Shirley Nordean (94) formerly of Konawa and Ada, Oklahoma passed away on April 28, 2015. She was born at Summitt, Arkansas. She graduated from Yellville-Summit High School. She also graduated from East Central University in 1975 (after 17 years of night school), where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Sociology. She completed an additional 15 hours towards a Masters in Psychology. Lilian was employed with the Soil Conservation Service for 32 years. Survivors include three sons, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Charles Leslie Nordean, a son, C. Russell Nordean, and a grandson, Ross Alan Nordean. Online condolences sent to crsiwellfh.com.

Oler

2015

James W. “Jim” Oler (75) of rural Yates Center, Kansas, passed away February 13, 2015, at his home. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Parsons High School in 1957. Jim was employed as a soil conservation technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His first job was in Abilene, Kansas, and then in 1967 he and Betty moved their family to Yates Center and Jim continued his work there. He retired from the Department of Agriculture after 30 years of service. When Jim and Betty moved to Yates Center they started a successful cattle operation which they continue to operate. He also served as a 4-H leader when his daughters were growing up and served in the Army National Guard for 14 years. He was a member of the Yates Center United Methodist Church. He leaves Betty, his wife of more than 51 years, of the home; his two daughters and five grandchildren.

Olson

2015

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Robert J. Olson (93) of Spokane, Washington passed away on October 2, 2015. He joins his wife of 62 years, Lillie Mae; son, Mark; granddaughter, Kristy; and brother Don. His father was in charge of the replanting of the Bitter Root range after the “Big Burn” of 1910, and Savanac nursery, Montana, became Bob’s much loved playground. He began his University studies in Lincoln, Nebraska but was called into duty for World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton. He attended Stanford and then graduated from Washington State University. He followed his father’s path into forestry and soil conservation and was the State Forester for the Soil Conservation Service in Spokane, Washington when he retired in 1979. Bob is survived by his children, Susan DeLine (William), Ken Olson (Margo), Catherine Olson (Ron); and daughter-in-law Eleanor Olson. He had eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Oshel

2015

Maxine Wilson Oshel (92) passed away on May 31, 2015, at Prestige Assisted Living in Sierra Vista, Ariz. She was born in the same rock house that her mother was born in near Edgerton, Kan. She attended Baker University at Baldwin City, Kan. and when her soldier sweetheart returned from World War II she transferred to Kansas State College, and married Loren Leslie Oshel and got her degree in mathematics. Loren was hired by the federal government as an agricultural engineer and as the family grew they moved to Arizona, South Dakota, Michigan, and overseas to Indonesia. Loren retired from SCS as the State Conservation Engineer. When her children were grown, she worked for the State Climatologist in Michigan for 15 years. Loren died in 2012 after 66 years of marriage. She is survived by two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren

Otte

2015

Member Karl F. Otte (80) of Springfield, Virginia passed away on April 8, 2015. He was receiving care from Halquist Impatient Care Center after enduring a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Karl was born in Staples, MN. He was a graduate from Coloma Michigan High School in 1953. He furthered his education through Michigan Tech University for an engineering degree and the University of Washington for a Master’s Degree in his governmental related field. After 39 years of service, Karl retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1994 as Assistant Director of the Watershed Division and then worked as a consultant for the state of Delaware. Karl and Mary Jane Otte were married for 56 years. They have 3 daughters: Kimmerly Martiniz, Kathi Laakso, and Karin Otte. He also leaves 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 12-23. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Humane Society of Fairfax County. Karl was a pet lover and felt they touched many lives with their innocence.

Owen

2015

David Ira Owen (69) of Richmond, Missouri, passed away on October 2, 2015 at his home. Dave was born in Kansas City, Mo and is survived by his wife of 45 years Glenda Pobst, two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. Dave was a conservationist for the U.S.D.A. in Scott County, Cape Girardeau County and retiring form NRCS in Ray County, Mo, after 42 years of federal service. He then worked as an ACES participant. Dave was also a farmer and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #7605. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Missouri. He was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was a helicopter pilot. Dave was also a board member of the Missouri Farm Bureau. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Ray County Veterans or to Guardian Angel Catholic School. On line condolences may be left on our website at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.

Patterson

2015

Alice Margaret (Leslie) Patterson (81) of Portland, Oregon passed away on April 22, 2015. Alice was the great granddaughter of Esther Short who homesteaded part of what is now Vancouver. She attended Oregon State University where she met and married the love of her life, Peter V. Patterson who retired in 1992 as an engineering geologist with the Soil Conservation Service. They were happily married partners for 56 years. Alice was an avid skier and hiker. She is survived by her five children; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to OHSU Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Perkins

2015

Lewis Harold Perkins (85) of Hodgenville, Kentucky passed away on October 30, 2015, at the Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. He was a retired LaRue County District Conservationist and school bus driver for LaRue County Schools, a member of the Hodgenville First Baptist Church and a 54 year member of the B. R. Young Lodge #132 F&AM. Lewis also served as a Conservation District Board member. Lewis is survived by his wife of 61 1/2 years, Jean Becker Perkins, three sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Perryman

2015

Thomas Earl Perryman (94) of Altus, Oklahoma passed away February 6, 2015. He attended school in Duke. Tom joined the U.S. Air Force and served his country during World War II. After his service, he completed his education at Oklahoma A&M (OSU). He was a Vocational Agriculture Instructor for a few years and then began working with the US Department of Agriculture in Soil Conservation. He retired from the USDA as an Area Conservationist in Duncan. He and Gerry made their homes in Duke, Stillwater, Eakly, Altus, Clinton, Hammon, Cheyenne, Woodward, Duncan, Enid, and Norman. He was a faithful Christian and was always active in the Baptist Church where they lived. Tom leaves behind his wife of nearly 70 years, Gerry Perryman; daughter, Doris Perryman of Norman; three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren. Online tributes may be made to the family at www.Lowell-Tims.com

Piper

2015

Raymond A. Piper (71) passed away on June 7, 2015 at his home in Mapleton. He graduated from UMO in 1967 with a degree in Economics. He served in the Army, and then retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years. He was a District Conservationist with SCS in the Skowhegon field office. He owned and operated an insurance business, Raymond A. Piper Insurance Co. in Presque Isle. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Paula (Reynolds) Piper of Mapleton, two daughters, and two grandchildren Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com

Pond

2015

Bonnie Jean Pond passed away on June 13, 2015 in a Boise, Idaho nursing home. She was born in Boise in 1935. Bonnie had several secretarial jobs for SCS in the state office and served as Federal Women's Program Coordinator for a number of years. She is survived by her five sons, a daughter, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Pope

2015

Honorary Member Arthur (Wayne) Pope (94) formerly of Waretown, South Dakota passed away Monday July 27, 2015 at Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. Wayne was born in Little River, Kansas. He married the love of his life, Doris (Donna) Bratton on March 11, 1945 in Yuma, Arizona. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year. Wayne graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business Agriculture and was a Soil Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service for 31 years before retiring as an Area Conservationist in 1976. His second career was working for the Northern Border Pipeline as the “Right-A-Way-Man.” He retired for the second time in 2007. Wayne was a WWII veteran in the Air Force. He was also an avid golfer. He lived for golf and played almost daily until he had to stop at the age of 90. He had the honor of getting two hole-in-ones throughout his lifetime. Wayne was a past Grand Master of his Masonic Lodge, Commander of the American Legion, and Exalted Ruler of the Elks. He is survived by his wife Donna, his daughter Mary (Dr. James) Labesky, of Sioux Falls, his son, Jim Pope, Greenville, TX; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Pope

2015

Muriel E. Pope (87) passed away on November 26, 2015 at St. Catherine's Living Center, Wahpeton, North Dakota. She was the wife of the late Eugene Pope, an engineer, who worked for SCS in ND, the National Technical Center in Lincoln, NE and a four-year tour of duty in India. She is survived by her children, Randall (Joan) Pope of Wahpeton, ND; Deborah (David) Starbuck of Kaneohe, HI; Doug (Lynn) Pope of Greenfield, WI; Steve (Janet) Pope of N. Potomac, MD; Gene Pope Jr. (Polly) of Overland Park, KS; Dan Pope of Duluth, MN; two sisters; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, and three brothers.

Porter

2015

Rick Porter (60) of Olathe, KS, suddenly passed away on January 2, 2015. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agronomy in 1975 from the University of Arkansas. Rick worked a variety of job prior to beginning his career with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) or Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), from 1980 until his retirement in July, 2011. He served as Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, and Lake Region Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Coordinator, 1992 until retiring. Rick earned numerous national, state and local awards for his volunteerism and dedication to conservation efforts including: National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees, National Pearlie Reed Award (for his Commitment to Excellence) and a National RC&D Award Rick is survived by three daughters, one stepson, and five grandchildren. The Family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Rick Porter to the: UAPB/ AM&N Alumni Association, 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4813, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

Post

2015

Gerald John Post (85) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on November 19, 2015. He was born in Burkettsville, Ohio. Gerald is a member of Saint Peter's Catholic Church, Army Veteran, member of American Legion Post #3, American Society of Agronomy, and the Soil Science Society of America. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1989 as a Supervisory Soil Scientist. Survivors include wife, Dorothy Post, sons and daughters-in-law Paul (Patricia) Post of Thornton, CO; Michael (Sharon) Post of Hilliard, OH; Thomas (Karen) Post of Lincoln; Larry (Kristie) Post of Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law Theresa (Gary) Gremling of Columbus, OH; and ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceded-in-death a grandson Steven Gremling. Online Condolences can be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Powles

2015

Erskine E. Powles (98) of Sidney, Iowa passed away on June 27, 2015 following a brief illness. He was a graduate of the Thurman, IA High School and on December 18, 1938, he was married to Thelma M. Barnard in Rock Port, MO. He was a member of the Sidney Presbyterian Church, a Charter Member of the Sidney United Faith Church and the Williams-Jobe-Gibson American Legion Post #128 of Sidney, IA for over 60 years. Erskine served in World War II in the Philippines and was a member of the Japanese Occupation Forces. Returning home in 1947, he began his long and distinguished career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in southwest Iowa as a Soil Conservation Technician. He is survived by his son, Dennis D. Powles and wife Beverly of Sidney, IA; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Qualls

2015

Bill “Billy” T. Qualls (86) of Iola, Kansas passed away September 10, 2015. He retired in 1987 as the District Conservationist at the Iola Field Office. His wife of 56 years, Lillian, preceded him in death on August 4, 2006. Bill was born in Peno, Okla. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Oklahoma A&M in Agriculture Education in 1949. Bill served in the United States Navy during World War II with the 121st Naval Seabees Battalion. Upon discharge he continued in The Naval Reserve and later National Guard retiring with a total of 35 years of military service. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a conservationist for 39 years before retiring in 1987. He attended the First Baptist Church of Chanute where his oldest son is pastor. Survivors include two sons and their families, the Rev. Rick Qualls and his wife, Nancy, Chanute and Dr. Randal Qualls and his wife, Cathy, Lebanon, Mo.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. To sign the guestbook online or leave a condolence, go to www.iolafuneral.com.

Quilliam

2015

Member and Senior Conservationist Robert Eugene Quilliam (91) of Okeechobee, Florida passed away on September 2, 2015. He was born in Daviess County, Indiana. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Robert began his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, working in Indiana and Alabama, and was the State Conservationist in West Virginia and Ohio, retiring in 1979. A resident of Lakeport for 25 years, he was an elder at Lakeport Christian Church. He enjoyed farming and fishing. Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine Quilliam of Lakeport; son, Randall (Tanya); daughter, Karen Taylor (Tom); two grandsons, and four great grandchildren, and four step grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lakeport Christian Church, 10947 E. State RD 78, Moore Haven FL 33471. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at www.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com

Rauch

2015

Robert Lee Rauch (90) Blue Eye, Missouri passed away on August 3, 2015, at the Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville, MO. He and his twin sister just celebrated their 90th birthday a few months ago. Then three weeks ago he found out he had lung cancer. He was a veteran of World War II. Following the war he returned to the family farm and later worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist in Northern Missouri until retirement in 1985. He and his wife also operated a channel catfish farm near Higginsville, Mo. He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 47 years, Judy, of the home; sons, Robert William Rauch (Carolyn), of Higginsville; David Rauch (Chris), of Billings; Carl Mustain (Melissa), of Valrico, Florida; Craig Mustain (Nelsa) of Ocala, Florida; and daughter, Dr. Kristin Rauch (Brian Kerns), of Missoula, Montana; fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Please visit www.meadorsfuneralhome.com for a more extensive obituary, and for memorial and condolence information.

Richards

2015

Grace Richards (83) of Circleville, Ohio passed away on December 4, 2015 at Grant Hospital due to a brain aneurysm. Grace is the wife of ARCSE member Bill Richards, former Chief of the Soil Conservation Service. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Grace was a full partner and corporate officer in the Richards’ Family Farm operations. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church where she served on many committees. Grace was a member and past president of the Child Conservation League. While living in Washington D.C., she was active in the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.). Grace is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bill Richards; sons, Bruce S. (Betsy) Richards and Elmon (Connie) Richards of Circleville; daughter-in-law, Loribeth Kowalski, Circleville; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Richards. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Grace Richards Memorial Fund in care of the Presbyterian Church 134 E. Mound St., Circleville, OH 43113.

Roberts

2015

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Francis M. (Rob) Roberts (99) of Spokane, WA passed away on August 26, 2015. He graduated from Washington State College (now WSU) in 1939 with two BS degrees, one in engineering. His first assignments with the Soil Conservation Service were in Buffalo and Afton, Wyoming. Rob entered the Army in an engineering company in 1943 and was part of an advanced unit sent to Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, after the surrender. He resumed his position with the SCS, from which he retired in 1976, in Spokane, after 36 years. His longest position was as area engineer in Ephrata, WA, but he also served as Area Conservationist and retired in the Spokane State Office as an engineer on the Watershed Planning Staff. Rob also served three years on loan to USAID in New Delhi, India in the late 1960s. He was active in ARCSE and was the Washington State Representative for many years. He was preceded in death by Naomi his devoted wife of 69 years in 2009, and a brother in 2012. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, William and Deborah Roberts, Chicago, Illinois and John and Linda Roberts, Austin, Texas; a granddaughter, and a great-grandson; and “adopted” daughter, Marilyn (Jones) McBride, Issaqua, WA.

Ruhland

2015

Jean Ruhland (76) of St. Paul, MN passed away on September 14, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 53 years Victorin, an ARCSE member who retired from SCS as a Resource Conservationist. Also surviving are five children: James (Jayne) of Mitchell, SD; Kenneth (Lori) of West Fargo, ND; Kathy (Steven Geis) of Woodbury, MN; John of Roseville, MN; and Brian of Winona, MN; and six grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son Joseph. www.WulffFuneralHome.com

Rush

2015

Annette Rush (77) of Grove City, Ohio went peacefully home to be with her Lord on December 27, 2015. She was a graduate of Claredon High School. She is survived by Richard W. Rush, her husband for 54 years. An ARCSE member, Richard retired in 1994 as the CAMPS Specialist for SCS in Ohio. They traveled around the world together after retirement. Also survived by her daughter, Laura Rush, of Grove City. She was a faithful and active member of St John's Lutheran Church, serving in the Saturday Night Choir, Prayer Warriors, Sunday School, Bible Study Groups, Women's Circle, and served for more than 20 years as a Grove City LifeCare Alliance Meals On Wheels Volunteer Coordinator. She also was active in Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), Vaughn E Hairston YMCA Urbancrest, and with her husband was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Dept. of Aging. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Organ Fund. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory or extend condolences.

Schiermeister

2015

Ervin Schiermeister (79) passed away on December 10, 2015 at a Bismarck, North Dakota hospital. He worked for 32 years in SCS offices in Linton, Mott, and Bismarck, ND. His wife, Joan, died recently on September 2, 2015. Ervin is survived by his daughters, Gail (Terry) Mees and Sandy (Donny) Gleich; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and seven sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, four brothers, and two brothers-in-law.

Schiermester

2015

Joan Schiermester (76) wife of Bismark, North Dakota passed away on September 2, 2015, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck, ND. They had lived and worked in Linton, Mott, and Bismarck. Joan worked for the federal government for 31 years. She is survived by her husband, Ervin of 57 years. He was a Civil Engineering Technician for SCS in the State Office in Bismarck, ND. Also surviving are two daughters, Gail (Terry) Mees and Sandy (Donny) Gleich; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and a baby boy due in December; 6 brothers and 3 sisters.

Schmelzer

2015

Member and Senior Conservationist George L. Schmelzer (90) lifelong resident of Bremen, Ohio passed away on March 23, 2015 in Lancaster. George was a veteran of the United States Army proudly serving his country in WWII. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a true Buckeye fan. He retired in 1980 after 35 years from the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service as District Conservationist in Perry County, Ohio. George was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Vincent DePaul. He was involved in the local schools and community activities of Bremen, a 4-H leader for 25 years and a 50 year member of the Rushcreek Grange. He, along with his wife, Joan, delivered Meals on Wheels and was instrumental in bringing this service to Bremen. George is survived by five sons, George (Judith) Schmelzer, Lawrence (Jacqueline) Schmelzer, James (Donna) Schmelzer, Donald Schmelzer and Richard (Nancy) Schmelzer; two daughters, Margaret (Jackson) Muchoki and Mary Ann (Steve) Reichley; daughter- in-law, Kathi Schmelzer; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; sons, Harry and Thomas Schmelzer. Online condolences at www.morganfuneralhomeohio.com

Scott

2015

Michael L. Scott (50) of Hobart, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in Hobart, OK. He grew up in Hobart, OK. Michael went to Cameron for two years, moving to Arkansas to get a Master Degree. After receiving his Master's he went to Mississippi State for a Ph.D. Michael moved to Washington DC to work as a Research Animal Scientist. He moved back to Hobart ten years ago to care of his parents. Michael worked for NRCS in Taloga for three years and in Anadarko for the last five years as a Soil Conservationist. Michael was a wonderful photographer. He is survived by his father Leo Scott, of the home, an uncle and several cousins.

Semin

2015

Dean J. Semin (79) of Ulysses, Nebraska passed away May 22, 2015. He graduated from Ulysses High School in 1953 and enlisted into the U.S. Navy Jan. 4, 1954, and honorably discharged on Feb. 7, 1956. Dean then enlisted into the U.S. Army Feb. 8, 1956, where he served in the Special Services, and was honorably discharged Jan. 4, 1962. Sep. 16, 1960 Dean began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1965, as a Soil Conservationist Technician, retiring in 1994. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ulysses. Survivors: wife of 54 years, Marie of Seward, relatives and friends. Memorials: Donor's Choice. Condolences: www.zabkafuneralhome.com

Simmons

2015

J. R. "Dick" Simmons (88) of Fairfield, Iowa, passed away July 28th at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He attended Penn # 10 one-room school through the 6th grade. He graduated from Pleasant Plain High School in 1944. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II, and over 20 years with the Iowa National Guard, attaining the rank of First Sergeant when serving in the Red Bull Division Medical Company. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service office for 32 years as a soil conservation technician in Lee, Scott, and Jefferson Counties. He farmed for 20 years and served as a Jefferson County Supervisor for 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion and was an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. Surviving are his wife of 61 years Lorry; three sons: Tim Simmons of Fairfield; Perry ( Phyllis) Simmons of Ankeny; Tom ( Carolyn ) Simmons of Fairfield; one daughter, Dee ( Ray) Lehn of Fairfield, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dick has donated his body to medical science at the University Hospital in Iowa City.

Simonson

2015

Dennie L. Simonson (86) of Sturgis, South Dakota passed away on January 26, 2015, peacefully at home. Dennie was born in Timberlake, SD. He spent his childhood in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana; graduating from Corvallis, MT, in 1947. He worked as a carpenter, and then joined the United States Navy, in 1951, serving for four years. After the Navy he went to college and graduated from Utah State University. During his college years, Dennie began his career with the Soil Conservation Service that spanned thirty years. He also helped begin the Range program that was integrated into 4-H at Broadus, MT. He helped organize Range and Wildlife camps in South Dakota. Dennie is survived by his wife, Leith; four children, 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established to South Dakota 4-H.

Smith

2015

Member Paul Dee Smith (77) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on Feb. 8, 2015. He was raised on a farm five miles northeast of Lyons. He graduated from high school in 1955 and was honored as co-captain of the football and basketball teams, setting scoring records and being chosen the 1955 Sports King. He spent several summers at horse racing tracks helping race family owned thoroughbreds and maintained a life-long interest in horse racing. He graduated from UNL in 1959 with a BS in Agriculture with a major in Soil Conservation. He spent 35 years with USDA, Soil Conservation Service and lived in eight towns in Nebraska, serving in 11 positions. Paul retired in 1994 as a Resource Conservationist. He received two National Commendations from Soil and Water Conservation Society and five Certificate of Merit Awards from SCS. One of his greatest joys was coaching his kids in various sports and also attending games and matches of all the grandchildren. In retirement, he enjoyed genealogy, photography, and computers. Member: St. Teresa Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus for 50 years, Soil and Water Conservation Society, and past SCS Retirees Club president. Survived by wife of 56 years, Sharon; children, Jody Cotton (Dwayne) of Omaha, Cheryl Bell (Mark), Kevin Smith, Lisa Andersen (Steve), all of Lincoln; 13 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorials: Soil and Water Conservation Foundation, St. Teresa Catholic Church, or Pius X High School.

Smith

2015

Ray Smith (89) of Bozeman, Montana passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on February 26, 2015. Ray was born in Ririe, Idaho. Before graduating from Idaho Falls High School, his innate patriotism led him to lie about his age in order to enlist in the Navy in March of 1943. He was sent to boot camp in Idaho Falls and electrician's school in Minnesota. After boot camp, Ray was assigned to the USS Coolbaugh, a destroyer escort, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. While the fleet was in the South Pacific, he was selected from the squadron to attend Officer's Candidate School. He returned to Helena, MT and attended Carroll College. While in Helena, Ray met and fell in love with Nina Jones. The two hitchhiked to Townsend, Montana, and were married in the preacher's backyard on August 4, 1945. The war ended before he could finish Officer's School and he was honorably discharged in 1946. After being discharged from the Navy, Ray worked for his father on the farm outside of Ririe, Idaho, for two years before moving to Forsyth, Montana, to farm with Nina's family. A few years later, he moved the family to Sidney, Montana, where he joined the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as a technician. In 1959 the family moved to Bozeman, Montana, so Ray could obtain his Engineering Degree from MSU and continue working for the SCS. Throughout the next 27 years in his career with the SCS, he was promoted from Design Engineer to State Design Engineer and eventually to State Conservation Engineer. He retired in June 1986, but continued to do private consulting work for the next 9 years. Ray was preceded in death his first wife, Nina in 1989 and second wife, Dorothy in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, a granddaughter, five step-children, and numerous step-grandchildren.

Smith

2015

Wilton Uzzle Smith (85) of Louisburg, North Carolina passed away on March 15, 2015. Wilton retired as District Conservationist in Louisburg, NC. He was employed by SCS/NRCS for 33 years. Wilton was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He served as a deacon, treasurer and an advisory board chairman of the Louisburg Baptist Church. He also served as president of the Louisburg Lions Club. Surviving are his wife, Mary John Inscoe Smith, a daughter Marilyn S. Huey of Roxboro, NC, a grandson, one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and a brother.

Smithhisler

2015

Member John Wendelin Smithhisler (87) of Manhattan since 2011, passed away on February 27th, 2015 at the Good Shepherd Hospice House. He was a District Conservationist and a Resource and Soil Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Kansas and Illinois until his retirement in 1985. He was united in marriage to Rita Jean Downey on June 7, 1954 and she precedes him in death. He graduated from KSU in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, NARFE and the VFW. John served in the U.S. Air Force as a weather observer during WWII. John is survived by his son John W. (Marsha) Smithhisler, Jr, of Dodge City; son Matthew L. (Patricia) Smithhisler of Manhattan; a daughter, Mary A. (Sean) Salsbury of Bowlingbrook, IL; daughter Judith L. Smithhisler, of Lake Villa, IL; and a son Peter D. (Christina) Smithhisler, of Zionsville, IN; and eleven grandchildren. The family request donations to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, 3801 Vanesta Dr or Manhattan Catholic Schools.

Spangler

2015

Richard Spangler (88) of Indianola, Iowa passed away on November 7, 2015. He was the husband of the late Connie Spangler. Connie worked in the SCS state office in personnel from the early 70s to the early 90s.

Stoner

2015

William "Bill" Stoner (94) of Mifflintown, Pennsylvania passed away on September 26, 2015. Bill was a Soil Conservation Technician in Juniata County, PA for over 30 years. He trained numerous soil conservationists and technicians in the planning, design and application of conservation practices. In retirement, Bill served on the Juniata County Conservation District board for several years. He was also a member and past president of the Juniata County School Board and a member of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown, where he served as Elder, Deacon, and Trustee. Bill was a lifelong farmer and a veteran of World War II. He is survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. His wife of 59 years, Martha (Auker) Stoner preceded him in death on March 8, 2005.

Stormann

2015

Merton Ray "Pudgy" Stormann (78) of Bangor, Maine passed away peacefully at home, February 11, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ray served three years in the Marine Corps, then went to work at the USDA Soil Conservation Service in the accounting department. He was in the Navy and air guards for a short time. Ray enjoyed line dancing, square dancing, roller skating and ice skating, and hunting and fishing with his brothers. He met Nina roller skating at the age of 15 and they were married in 1955, enjoying almost 60 years together. Surviving are his loving wife, Nina (Smart) Stormann of Bangor; two daughters, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter. Gifts in his memory may be sent to CancerCare, C/O EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402-0931.

Swan

2015

Melvin Wayne Swan (84) of Spooner, Wisconsin passed away on April 24, 2015, at home of complications of dementia. He graduated from Spooner High School in 1948 and married Bertha Vallem of Hayward on March 28, 1950. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Bertha retired from the Soil Conservation Service. His surviving family includes wife, Bertha of Spooner; sons Dale of Spooner and DuWayne/Jeana Jarvis of Stratford; a granddaughter; a grandson; and two great-grandsons. Online condolences may be left at www.scalzo-taylor.com

Tankersley

2015

Howard Charles Tankersley (81) of Ft. Collins, Colorado passed away on November 29, 2015. He was born in Gooding, ID. Howard graduated from the U of Idaho with a BS in Ag. Ed. (1956), and from the U. of Oregon with an MS in Public Admin. (1969). After teaching for two years, interrupted by a one-year stint in the Army, he began a long career as a civil servant in the USDA, where he achieved upward mobility through county, state, and national service. Howard was the last Senior Information Resources Management Officer (SIRMO) with SCS/NRCS, precursor to what now is the Chief Information Officer (CIO). He retired in 1992. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Cherrie, daughters Leslie Black (Don), Laurie Seiler, and son David Tankersley (Patti), seven granddaughters, and three great-grandsons. The family requests that donations to the following charities be considered in lieu of flowers: Larimer County Food Bank or Habitat for Humanity, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

Thorn

2015

James Eugene Thorn (81) of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away unexpectedly October 30, 2015. He was born in Brilliant, Ohio, graduated from high school in Point Pleasant, and was a Morgantown resident since 1970. James was an avid runner having completed more than 40,000 miles during his lifetime and was only hit by lightning two times. He served as the Public Affairs Specialist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1992. James is survived by his loving wife, Julia Hathaway Zay Thorn, his three sons, a stepson, and eight grandchildren. Condolences: mcculla.com

Thornburg

2015

Gene Thornburg (72) of Helena, Montana passed away on January 10, 2015 after a courageous battle with ALS. Gene was Watershed Staff Leader in Bozeman, MT when he retired after 30 years with the Soil Conservation Service, having worked in Indiana, Washington, Michigan, Montana and Wyoming. He graduated from Purdue University in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. After Gene’s retirement he and Donna traveled the United States in an RV and spent several winters in Florida. Gene leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Donna, three children, and six grandchildren. See more at: http://retzmemorials.com/obituaries/gene-r-thornburg-age-72-of-helena/#sthash.QRmRSy35.dpuf

Townsend

2015

Life Member Harold B. Townsend (90) of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away May 9, 2015, at Mosaic Life Care. He was born in Bolivar, MO and grew up in Orrick, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in engineering. He worked throughout Northwest Missouri for over 30 years as an engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1980 as the State Construction Engineer. Harold proudly served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of and a very active volunteer at the First Christian Church. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving family include his wife of 62 years, Wava Townsend of the home; two daughters, Debra Howard, St. Joseph and Susan Arrow (Alan), Houston, Texas; son, Mark Townsend (Sue), Wilmington, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The Family has requested Memorials, in lieu of flowers, be made to Camp Quality of NWMO or the American Cancer Society.

Turman

2015

Della M. (Hindman) Turman (96) of Bismarck, ND, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 2, 2015. She was the wife of the late Ralph Turman, who worked for the Soil Conservation Service in various locations in North Dakota including Cavalier, Hillsboro, and Bismarck. She is survived by four sons: Frank (Julie), Joseph (Ranelle), Michael (Lottie), Richard (Sarita); 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Uhrig

2015

Jeannine E. Uhrig (78) of Black River Falls, Wisconsin passed away on June 18, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Her husband Robert survives and retired in 1999 as a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service. There will be a Memorial Service on Tuesday July 7th at 2PM with a visitation at 1PM at the United Methodist Church here in Black River Falls and a dessert type lunch following the service. Jeannine liked Bagpipes so a piper will be there to play several numbers during the service and during the lunch.

Vennes

2015

Paula M. Vennes (76) of Spokane, Washington passed away on March 17, 2015 due to complications from surgery. She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Carl Vennes, who retired as Spokane District Conservationist. Other survivors include her four daughters, and her three stepchildren, her 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two nieces and three grandnephews. An online memorial may be viewed by visiting. www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.

Walthall

2015

Thomas C. "Tom" Walthall (65) of Powhatan, Virginia passed on September 16, 2015, at home after a long battle with cancer. Tom was a Federal employee of NRCS, as an office assistant and retired on July 31, 2015 after 22 years. He loved his country and served in the U.S. Army. Tom became a paralyzed veteran in 1990. A member of The Sitting Ducks and past president of The Sitting Ducks Plus bowling league. Tom was a member of the Mid-Atlantic PVA for 25 years, past National Champion of the American Wheelchair Bowling Association, member of IWAA and the Rimriders Basketball Team. He is survived by his loving and devoted partner, Alicia "Lisa" Rhinehart and her children and by his four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Tom was preceded in death by a daughter, Tommie Walthall.

Ward

2015

Senior Conservationist Anne O’Brien Ward (84) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on January 21, 2015. She was a long time secretary in the “front office” of the Raleigh Soil Conservation Service State Office. She retired October 17, 1992. Anne battled cancer for the last few years. She was born in Henderson, NC. Her parents were living in Washington, DC at the time but her mother came back to Henderson to give birth so that her daughter would be a “true Southern Belle.”  When she was fourteen, Anne’s family moved to Raleigh where she spent the remainder of her life. Anne graduated from Sacred Heart Cathedral Latin School and a business program at Peace College. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church and was a regular volunteer at the North Raleigh Ministries and Meals on Wheels for many years. Anne is survived by her husband Don of 60 years, son Neil, daughter Donna, and three grandchildren.

Wells

2015

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Colonel Robert Dial Wells (95) of Columbia, South Carolina passed away peacefully in his sleep November 2, 2015. He was born in Young County, Texas, one of nine children. Bob graduated from Texas A&M College in 1941 and went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was the SCS State Soil Scientist upon his retirement in 1975. Bob was also a lifelong proud member of the United States Marine Corps. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, he signed up as an aviation cadet in the Navy. In the Navy he trained to be a fighter pilot, later transferring to the Marines where he was affectionately known as “Oily.” His favorite plane to fly was the Corsair and he liked to say it was the best ever plane to fly as long as you weren’t being shot at. Bob was deployed in Operation Downfall in 1945 and continued to patrol the Pacific after the Japanese surrender. He again deployed with Ground Forces to Korea in 1951 to coordinate ground forces with air-based troops and supplies. He counted his service with the Marines as some of his strongest bonds. Semper Fi was his lifelong motto that he lived out each day. He was often heard to declare, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” He was a faithful member of North Trenholm Baptist Church for 48 years. He served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for most of those years. Bob was an avid reader, coming home weekly from the library with 10 or more books on a variety of topics. He was a proud member of Toastmasters for 30 years and was an enthusiastic speaker. He enjoyed excellent health throughout his life, walking three miles a day well into his 90s. He encouraged others to be healthy, too, with his well-known plan for longevity: “genes, beans, miles and smiles.” All who knew Bob loved him and will not soon forget him as one of the kindest and best Americans of the Greatest Generation. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Myrtle; his daughter, Nancy; and his son, Ben. He is survived by his children, Margie Welch, Sally Koon (Wayne), Evelyn Fletcher (John), Ken Wells (Lisa); his 11 grandchildren and his five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Trenholm Baptist Church, 6515 North Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206.

Whaley

2015

CMSGT Leland C. “Lee” Whaley USAF (R) (85) of Baldwin City, Kansas, passed away on November 27, 2015. Lee worked most of his career as a technician for the Soil Conservation Service in Brown, Miami, Douglas and Franklin counties. He also served 37 years between the active and reserve U.S. Air Force, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant, and spent considerable extra duty with the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, earning two Joint Services Commendations. He was born in Brown County. He served two terms on the Baldwin City council and multiple terms on the Douglas County Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Lee is also survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth “Ann” Field, a daughter Karla R. Grosdidier (David) of Eudora Kansas; two sons, Darren Whaley (Paulette) of Avondale, PA, and Mark Whaley of Baldwin City, KS; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions suggested to the Brown County Veterans Honor Guard, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, 124 S 7th St., Hiawatha, KS 66434.

Whitehurst

2015

Bryan Kelly Whitehurst (89) of Williamson, Georgia passed away on December 23, 2015 at his residence. Bryan was born in Adel, Georgia. He is preceded in death wife of 61 years, Carolyn Howard Whitehurst. Bryan served in France and Germany during World War II, and after Germany’s surrender, he returned home to complete his education. He graduated from The University of Georgia in 1948. Bryan was a farmer and the USDA-SCS District Conservationist. At various times he served Pike, Spalding, Lamar, Upson and Monroe Counties. He was the mayor of Williamson and a beloved member and co-founder of The Church of Joy. For many years he served as a devoted Elder and leader. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Lil and John Lassiter of Crawfordville, FL; Kella and Thomas Barnett of Williamson; and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Church of Joy, P.O. Box 41, Williamson, GA 30292 in memory of Mr. Whitehurst.

Wilimek

2015

Member Frank E. Wilimek (81) of Tempe, Arizona passed away January 12, 2015. He was born and raised in Iowa. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Colorado. He served his country in the Army Security Agency with the 6th Infantry Division in Korea. Frank was employed with the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years working in Wyoming, West Virginia, and Arizona. He worked as a Contract Specialist in West Virginia and retired as Assistant State Administrator in Arizona. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth of Tempe AZ; a son David of Tempe, AZ; a son Steven of Chandler, AZ; and one sister. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society – 4550 East Bell Road, Suite 126, Phoenix, Arizona 85032.

Williams

2015

Norris L. Williams (80) passed away on June 11, 2015. Memories of Norris will be kept alive by his wife of 57 years, Sandra Williams; children Kristi Williams, Kevin (Eva) Williams, Kendra (Michael) Paul, Kyle (Kristen) Williams; and six grandchildren. Norris was a graduate of The Ohio State University. He worked as a soil scientist for the state of Ohio for 32 years before starting his own soil consulting service. Norris and his family also owned and operated a Christmas tree farm in Middlefield, Ohio. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a medic while stationed in Germany from 1957-1959. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Legacy House hospice at 9505 SW 110th St, Ocala, FL 34481 or to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Wilson

2015

Clay Wilson (64) of Seneca, Missouri, passed away on July 26, 2015 suddenly at his farm in rural Wyandotte. Clay received his Bachelor’s degree at OSU 1973. He retired in 2000 from the US Department of Agriculture where he worked as an Area Resource Soil Scientist. Clay was a Mason and a member of the Seneca United Methodist Church. He married Marsha Elaine Sparks, January 10, 1972 in Miami, OK and she survives. Additional survivors include two sons, Ethan Wilson and Jami, Wyandotte and Galen Wilson (an NRCS employee in Kansas) and wife Mellisa, Garnett, KS and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Koman Foundation (Breast Cancer) in care of the Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, PO Box 380, Seneca, MO 64865.

Zutz

2015

Vincent Earl Zutz (90) of Winner, South Dakota, passed away on February 17, 2015. He was born in Burke, SD and served in 10th Armored Division, US Army, in Europe during WW II, discharged in July 1945. Earl attended Iowa State College and South Dakota State College under the GI Bill. He served as Work Unit Conservationist, later as District Conservationist, USDA Soil Conservation Service, Burke, SD, until 1965 when he transferred to Gettysburg, SD, as District Conservationist. In 1976 he transferred to District Conservationist position at Winner, SD, where he retired in 1981. He obtained his real estate salesman’s license and remained active for many years. Earl was active in several veterans and community organizations. He was especially proud of the many Great Plains Conservation Program participants assisted. Survivors include two sons, Jerry and Darin, a daughter, Sandra, and their spouses and children.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Dester

2014

Eugene P. “Gene” Dester (84) passed away August 23rd in Enterprise, Kansas. Growing up in Deer Creek, Gene attended local schools, graduated from Deer Creek High School, and attended Bethel College from 1948 to 1951. From 1951 to 1953, he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater stationed in Japan. Gene graduated from Oklahoma State University and taught Vocational Agriculture. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Winfield, Ness City, Larned, and Meade before making their home in Abilene in 1976. He was the District Conservationist in Dickinson County, retiring in 1992. Gene was a member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church and Kiwanis. Survived by: wife of 60 years Daisy I. Sawyers Dester, Enterprise; son Steve (Janice) Dester, Solomon; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be given to the Elsie Brooks Cancer Fund. Condolences: http://dannerfuneralhome.net/.

Dilsaver

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Millard F. "Pete" Dilsaver (98) of Greeley, Colorado passed away on March 1, 2014 at his home at Grace Pointe Assisted Living in Greeley. He was born on a dry land farm three miles northeast of Athol, Kansas. There he attended grade school in a one room school house and graduated high school. Following high school, he enrolled in Kansas State College majoring in Agricultural Engineering. In his junior year, there was a flu epidemic and he was confined to the college hospital. There he met his wife Agatha Hermon who was a nurse. Upon completing college, Pete was employed by the Soil Conservation Service. He was drafted into the Army in September 1943 and received a 10 day leave the following March before being deployed. Their first child Evelyn Marie was born during that leave and both she and Pete were baptized together in the Catholic Church. Pete was part of the 79th Infantry Division that was in a battle to end the war in Europe where he received the Bronze Star for his services. While in Greeley, Pete became a member of the American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus Council 2160 and Elks Lodge #809. He served as Grand Knight in Greeley and in Littleton, CO and also District Deputy and was in the 4th Degree of the K of C's. He is preceded in death by his wife, Aggie and sons Michael and Roy and daughter Judy O'Neill. He is survived by daughter Evelyn (Bill) Burke, son Ben (Linda), daughter-in-law Jonnie Dilsaver, son-in-law Steve (Mari Ann) O'Neill, and eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandson. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634, to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greeley, Colorado or the Purple Stride Pancreatic Cancer Walk, for Team Dilsaver. Please visit www.stoddardsunset.com to sign online guestbook.

Donahue

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Robert L. Donahue (97) of Solvay, New York passed away January 1, 2014 at his home with his two daughters at his side. He retired from the US Soil Conservation Service in Syracuse in 1976 where he was State Administrative Officer. Robert had been a federal employee since 1934, having served in the Civilian Conservation Corp and in the Army in WWII in the Southern and Western Pacific. He was an elder, trustee, and former deacon of South Presbyterian Church, a member of the Syracuse Kiwanis Club, the Syracuse Scottish Rite bodies of Masonry, and the American Legion. He was a volunteer for many years at Community General Hospital and was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and its Board of Directors. He was predeceased by his wife Denise. Robert is survived by his daughters, Barbara Kriesel of Syracuse and Didi (Richard) Acosta of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088.

Drullinger

2014

Florence (Carter) Drullinger (98) of Holt, Michigan passed away on March 18, 2014. She graduated from MSU in 1939 with a degree in music and later worked for the Crop and Soil Science Department. She married her college sweetheart, Richard H. Drullinger. Richard retired in 1975 as the State Resource Conservationist for SCS. Surviving is one daughter, three sons, eleven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com

Dunnigan

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist Lorn P. Dunnigan (87) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on October 16, 2014. Borne in Cavalier County ND, Lorn was a U.S. Navy veteran 1945-1946. He graduated from NDSU in 1951 with a degree in soil science. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1989 as Head of the Soil Mechanics Lab. Lorn is survived by his wife of 63 years, Cecilia and children and spouses: David (Joy) Dunnigan, Clatonia; Diane (Tom) Lamb, Lincoln; Joan Dunnigan and (Bob Cohn), Louisville, KY; Karan Dunnigan and (Gary Connelley), Billings, MT; and Brian (Jody) Dunnigan, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Preceded in death by daughter, Beth Louise Dunnigan; four brothers and one sister.

Durban

2014

Clarence W. Durban (93) of Plain City, Ohio passed away on October 22, 2014. Clarence was a WW II US Navy Veteran (1944-1946) Fireman First Class stationed on the USS Laub and USS Stevenson. He was a Darby High School Graduate and member of the Plain City Presbyterian Church. Clarence traveled nationally and abroad for the conservation of our national resources. He was an active member and past president of the National Association Conservation District (NACD) and Ohio Federation Conservation District (OFCD) for Land and Soil Conservation. He met with President Reagan regarding the Farm Bill in the early 1980s. He was the NACD president who led the effort to purchase the NACD building in DC among other accomplishments. He is survived by his wife, Polly Scheiderer Durban; a daughter, Barbara (Joe Jenkins) Bruning; two step-children; 12 step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Duree

2014

Erma Duree (86) of Chariton, Iowa passed away September 25, 2014. She was the wife of the late Leo Duree who was a retired engineering technician. Surviving are her three daughters, seven grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

Dymond

2014

Senior Conservationist Sterling Atwood Dymond Jr. (93) of Bangor, Maine passed January 7, 2014. A 1938 graduate of Bangor High School, Sterling was a civilian employee of Dow Air Force Base during World War II and later worked for Northeast Airlines as a ground marshal. One job highlight included being a member of the crew that marshalled Air Force One during President Lyndon Johnson's pass-through in 1966 and having the opportunity to shake the President's hand. After receiving his associate's degree from Husson around 1967, he became an engineering technician and joined the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1985. His brother, Willey, also worked for SCS. Sterling continued to work part-time for 12 years at the former Bangor Auditorium. He was baptized at St. John's Episcopal Church and became a member during his teens, holding various lay positions over the years; past Worshipful Master and 35-year 32 degree Brother of North Star Lodge No. 22, Prince Hall Masons Jurisdiction of Massachusetts; and former president of the Bangor Area Chapter of the NAACP.  For his civic contributions, Sterling received one of the 34 Paul Bunyan Citizen's Award from the City of Bangor in 2009. He was predeceased by his wife of 32 years, Dorothy (McIntyre) Dymond.  He is survived by his three children, Nancy and Sterling III of Bangor and Claudia of Brooklyn, NY. Gifts in Sterling's memory may be made to the Youth and Outreach Ministries of St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Office, 234 French St., Bangor, ME 04401; or the College Scholarship Fund of the North Star Lodge No. 22, 156 Cedar St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.

Echaide

2014

Joyce Echaide (63) of Sacramento, California passed away on February 11th, 2014.  She is survived by her domestic partner of 35 years, Danny Maxim. Her loving and giving spirit will certainly be missed, but not forgotten.  Joyce was the former Administrative Assistant/Secretary with the SCS Soils Staff in Davis, CA.  Danny is a retired Civil Engineering Technician in California.

Ensminger

2014

Billy John Ensminger (85) of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. He graduated from Wewoka High School in 1947 where he was a standout football player. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. He worked in the oil field for Mobil and Deep Rock in Oklahoma and Kansas in his earlier years and went to work for the US Soil Conservation Service in 1961, retiring from there in 1993 as a Supervisory Surveyor. He loved hunting, enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with family. Billy is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ellen Ensminger, of the home; two children, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Online condolences can be sent to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com

Esarey

2014

Dwight M. Esarey (84) of Fairfield, Illinois passed away on January 15, 2014. He graduated the University of Illinois with a BS in Agriculture. Dwight was a member of the Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Robinson for over 50 years. For 36 years he was a District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service in Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Wayne Counties. Dwight was awarded the Wayne County Friend of 4-H award and was elected to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame in 2012. He coached girls youth softball for many years in Oblong and Fairfield and was a "#1 Fan" of multiple youth sports. Dwight is survived by two sons, two daughters 12 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. To leave condolences online, visit www.jg-tc.com.

Eschenbach

2014

Mary Eschenbach (64) of White Lake, Wisconsin passed away at her home on June 21, 2014.  Mary started her USDA career as a Computer Assistant in Beaver Dam with the Soil Conservation Service in August 1988.  She transferred to Appleton in October of 1996.  NRCS IT Specialists were transferred to the USDA/OCIO/ITS agency in November 2004.  Mary retired from the USDA/OCIO/ITS office in Appleton, Wisconsin in September 2009.

Eswaran

2014

Hariharan Eswaran (73), Arlington, VA, died Monday, April 14, 2014 in Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Malaysia. Hariharan (Hari) Eswaran was born in Kluang, Johore, Malaysia. Hari graduated from English College, Johore, Malaysia and the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Soil Science from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Washington D.C., in 2010. As National Leader, World Soil Resources, USDA NRCS, Hari led an international effort providing technical assistance in soil survey, soil conservation and soil fertility. During his 30 year career, he worked with scientists in over 100 countries helping to promote better land management in support of sustainable agriculture world-wide. The Soil Science Society of America made him a Fellow in 1993, and in 2012 he was honored by the International Union of Soil Science with the Guy Smith Medal for Soil Classification. He was the son of the late, E. Harihara Iyer and leaves behind his beloved mother Gomathy Mangalam, four sisters, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, and their respective spouses, grand nieces and nephews to mourn his loss.

Etherington

2014

Thomas Paul “Tom” Etherington (92) of Richmond, KY passed away suddenly on July 2, 2014, after arrival at Baptist Health Richmond. Tom was a retired District Conservationist in Richmond, KY with the Soil Conservation Service. After his retirement, he was the caretaker of Million Park of Richmond for many years. Tom was an active member of the St. Mark Roman Catholic Church and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts, the 4-H organization, and was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Association of Retired Federal Employees. Survivors include: his wife, Anna Manning Jones Etherington of Richmond; two sons, Thomas H. Etherington (Kimberely) of Richmond and James L. Etherington (Maria) of Lexington; five daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Etherington and Dottye Etherington Burton, both of Richmond, Carolyn Etherington Hornback (John) of McDonough, Georgia, Patti Etherington and Janet Etherington Short (Bill), both of Richmond. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mark School, Richmond, KY 40475.Condolences may be expressed at www.orpfh.com.

Ferguson

2014

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Donald T. Ferguson (98) of Muncie, Indiana passed away on January 27, 2014. Donald retired in 1984 from the Soil Conservation Service as a District Conservation. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corp.

Fischer

2014

Robert S. Fischer (93) passed away in Fargo, North Dakota on September 7, 2014. He began his SCS career in 1952 as a Project Engineer and worked on projects in the Grand Forks area, Lar