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

Our sympathy and prayers are with their families and friends.

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

Last updated 5/13/2019

 

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ALL, Sorted by Year, then Surname

Year

In Memoriam, BY YEAR

Allen

2019

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

Allen

2019

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

Baldwin

2019

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

Behner

2019

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

Brown

2019

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

Brune

2019

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

Bruns

2019

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

Cashman

2019

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

Clendenon

2019

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

Conner

2019

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

Cox

2019

Betty Jarman Cox (80) of Edenton, North Carolina, passed away on February 14, 2019, in Three Rivers Health & Rehabilitation Center, Windsor. Betty was married to retired Area Conservationist G. Samuel Cox for 59 years. She was employed as an Administrative Secretary with the North Carolina Co-Operative Extension Service, where she retired after more than 30 years of service. She had a love for flowers and gardening, especially her roses. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons Graham (Samantha), John (Susan) and Andrew (Lisa); three sisters, two brothers and three granddaughters. Memorial contributions may be made to Edenton Baptist Church, 200 S. Granville Street, Edenton, NC 27932, or to the Jimmy V Foundation, in care of the V Foundation for Cancer Research online at jimmyv.org/donate.

Darby

2019

Honorary Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist Gerald “Gerry” Marlin Darby (93) of Blacksburg, Virginia passed away April 20, 2019. Born February 7, 1926 in Ponta, Texas. Mr. Darby retired from the Soil Conservation Service, (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service), in 1986 as National Agronomist. At the time, his headquarters was in Washington, DC. He was a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Conservation Society of America. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy Hospital Corps and the U.S. Army Field Artillery, during World War II and the Korean War, respectively. After naval service he returned to Texas A & M University and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and received his commission in the U. S Army Reserve. He returned to Texas A & M in the early seventies and received a Master of Agriculture degree. During Mr. Darby's career in the Soil Conservation Service he served in Texas; two years in Nicaragua; short periods in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, and Iran; and several years in Washington, DC. Mr. Darby was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia. Survivors include his wife Jean Cummins Darby, whom he married in 1951; two sons, Dan and Bruce; daughters-in-law, Martha and Vicki; two daughters, Diana Carlson and Betsy (Gail) Stuart; son-in-law, Wayne Weade; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother, Mr. B. R. Darby, Jr. of Jacksonville, TX. Funeral services were conducted April 25, 2019 at the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel, Blacksburg, VA.

Deal

2019

Jack M. Deal (84) passed away February 11, 2019. He was born August 16, 1934 in Marion, Indiana to the late Riley and Hannah Huntington Deal. Jack received a B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University and was a Professional Certified Soil Scientist. He received Certificates of Recognition from the U.S. Senate in 1987, the Hoosier Chapter Endowment Fund, and the Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation for outstanding leadership and devotion toward resource conservation and development. Jack loved nature and the outdoors, gardening, traveling the world with his wife – especially Canada and Alaska. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Tom and Nancy Deal. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Lesley Jo Deal; children, Wendy Forsythe (John), Cindy Wuthrich (Ben), Mindy Coon (Jim), Brad Deal (Amy), and David Deal (Laurie); 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; step-children, Jason Schulz, Brian Schulz (Kelli), and Thomas Schulz (Jacqueline); and 6 step grandchildren.

Eacker

2019

Clark A. Eacker, Sr. (82) of Blue Springs, MO passed away on February 5, 2019. He was born November 15, 1936 in Muskegon, MI. Clark grew up on a farm in Montague MI. Clark began his college career as a music major, playing saxophone in the marching and concert bands at Michigan State. After three years at Michigan State he entered the US Navy and served in the Navy as a guided missile technician on the USS Norton Sound and USS Lynde McCormick. After leaving the Navy, Clark completed a degree in agriculture and conservation at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. He worked in Michigan and Missouri during his a 32-year career with the SCS/NRCS. He retired in 1996 as Area Conservationist in Warrensburg, MO overseeing 17 counties. After retirement from the NRCS, Clark began a second career as a job coach at The Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City in their Warrensburg office. Clark is survived by Ruth, his wife of 58 years, son Clark Eacker Jr. of north Texas, daughter Rhonda Becker (Steve) of Blue Springs, two grandsons and two brothers Dale (Faye) Eacker of Tallahassee, FL and Glen (Nancy) Eacker of Spring Lake, MI. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Don and Eve Eacker of Muskegon, MI.

Edwards

2019

David Edwards (87) of Baker City, Oregon passed away on December 19, 2018, at his home. There will be a private family memorial in the future, or as Dave would say, “when we get a round tuit.” Dave was born at Douglas, Wyoming. He graduated from Centralia High School in Washington and from Washington State College. He worked as a civil engineer for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1986 as the area engineer in Baker City. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Wilma Edwards; his three daughters and three sons, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Dave, the family suggests a charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be made at https://www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com/

Ellifritz

2019

Phyllis Katherine Ellifritz (78) of Keyser, WV, died April 3, 2018 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, MD. She was born on October 8, 1939 at Junction, WV, the daughter of the late John Jasper and Katherine Caroline (Southerly) Stickley. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Hartman and two brothers, Johnnie and Roger Stickley. Phyllis retired from the SCS in Keyser. She was a member of the Duling United Methodist Church, Keyser and Chapter # 9, Women of the Moose, Keyser. Surviving is her husband of 56 years, Harold Kenneth Ellifritz; her daughter, Tamara Kay Valdez (Kevin) of Winchester, VA; two grandchildren, one great grandchild; two brothers; and three sisters. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fechter

2019

Margaret “Beecie” Felice Fechter (75) of Helena, Montana, passed away March 23, 2019. Margaret was the sister of ARCSE member Stefan Fechter. She served in the U.S. Army as a medical records librarian. After discharge, she worked for St. Peter's Hospital in Helena.

Fox

2019

Honorary Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist Roy Linwood Fox (97) of Salem, Oregon lost his battle with old age on March 8, 2019, eleven days before his 98th birthday. He was born in Winner, South Dakota, the third son of Luther Leroy and Lorena (Wilmoth) Fox. As a child, he barely survived a fire that burned down the family home. He was subsequently raised in the back room of the family plumbing business, and he graduated from Winner High School in 1939. Roy was smitten with a local girl, Avis Marlene DeBuhr, who made it clear his romantic overtures were unwelcome unless he earned a college degree. Accordingly, he enrolled in the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, in Rapid City, and worked his way through school with a variety of interesting jobs such as cleaning the restrooms in a filling station in exchange for a room in the basement. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Roy volunteered to enlist in the Navy, hoping his experience in the family business would allow him to enter the service above the lowest rank. He was surprised when the Navy enrolled him in an officer training program and told him to finish his civil engineering degree. He graduated in 1943 and shipped out for Guam after completing Midshipmen's School. Roy served as an engineer and officer in the 49th and 134th Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) and spent most of the war building large aircraft hangers for the bombers flying missions to the Japanese mainland. He was discharged in 1946 and promptly married Avis in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked the following three decades in various engineering and management positions with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Terry, Montana; Rock Springs, Wyoming; and Albany, Salem and Portland, Oregon. He retired in 1977 as the State Conservation Engineer, having designed and overseen the construction of dams and irrigation projects throughout Oregon. He also served as an officer in the US Naval Reserve until 1964, retiring as a Lieutenant. In 2018, Roy was honored to travel to Washington D.C. on a Journey of Heroes (for World War II veterans), sponsored by Wish of a Lifetime and the Vital Life Foundation. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Roy was a dedicated family man, faithfully married to Avis for 57 years. Roy and Avis were blessed with four children: Lana, Pamela, John, and Amy, along with nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Roy was active in many organizations including the Episcopal Church, Toastmasters International, Association of NW Steelheaders, Federation of Fly Fishers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Masons, and Elks. In 1994 Roy and Avis relocated from Portland to South Salem to be closer to family. They spent many happy days together with their children and grandchildren. Following Avis’ death in 2003 at age 80, Roy began volunteering in the computer room at the South Salem Senior Center. In 2017, due to declining health, Roy moved to the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon where he made many new friends among the residents and staff. The family is grateful for the excellent care he received there. Roy was laid to rest with his beloved Avis in a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery on March 15, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to the Association of NW Steelheaders nwsteelheaders.org/donate/.

Gallup

2019

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Darrell Love Gallup (93) of Boise, Idaho passed away on October 6, 2018. Darrell was born in LaBelle, Idaho. He grew up in LaBelle and graduated from Rigby High School. He then attended the University of Idaho before being drafted into the United States Army during World War II. During the War, he served as a surgical technician with the 1883rd Medical Detachment in El Paso, Texas. Following his discharge, he returned to the University of Idaho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1948. At a University dance, he met the love of his life, Gladene Florence Brown. They were blessed with three children, Tamara (Rob) Williams, Darrell (Carolyn), and Michael (Brenda). During their 66 years of marriage, they lived in Idaho, Maryland, Colorado, Thailand, and Indonesia, and traveled extensively throughout the world. Initially, after graduation, Darrell taught agriculture classes at Grace, Idaho High School from 1948 to 1950. He then joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1950 as a soil scientist. He retired from the SCS in 1980 and then worked as a consultant for the United Nations in Indonesia and Egypt. He was a lifetime member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He enjoyed building a cabin in Smith's Ferry, ID, being outdoors, and snowmobiling. He was proud of his "big" king salmon caught while on vacation in Alaska. During recent years he enjoyed participating with Cub Scout day camps. He was designated as an honorary range master. As a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he faithfully served in many capacities. He served 11 years as an ordinance worker in the Boise, Idaho Temple. He was meek and a true "gentle" man. Survivors include his children and spouses, 13 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and one brother. He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents; three sisters, and a brother.

Gembala

2019

Senior Conservationist Henry Gembala (90) of Fair Oaks, California, passed away April 15, 2001. Henry was born August 23, 1910, in Tarnov, Nebraska to Joseph and Veronica (Silver) Gembala. He studied civil engineering at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln from 1928 to 1933 and was a cadet officer in the Army ROTC program. After college, he joined the U.S. Civil Conservation Corps as a civil engineering leader and transferred into the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (SCS), living and working in many South Central Nebraska towns. He held several engineering and management positions with SCS including serving in North Africa during the mid- and late- 1960s, assigned to the U.S. Agency for International Development. He retired from the USDA in 1973 at the Lincoln Nebraska Regional office and moved to Rialto, California. He then consulted for White Engineering Corp. as a civil engineer and performed soil and water engineering studies and did hydrology engineering consulting for the governments of Haiti, Jamaica, Indonesia, Burma, Mauritania, and Afghanistan during 1974 to 1980. He fully retired in 1981 and moved to Fair Oaks in 1994 to be near his family. Survivors at the time of his death included his wife of 66 years, Ruth G. (Brown) Gembala Fair Oaks, California; one son, Roger, also of Fair Oaks; one daughter, Barbara Ann (Mrs. Terry) Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters. He was preceded in death by one son, Eugene R. Gembala in 1993; and two brothers and two sisters.

Geter

2019

Member John A. Geter (90) of Fort Collins, Colorado passed away on February 2, 2019 in Fort Collins. John was born in Mississippi and served in the US Navy at the end of WWII. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and began working for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1952, employed in Oklahoma to work on watershed dams. He spent most of his SCS career as a Conservation Engineer. In 1954 he married Bonnie Foust. His SCS career then took him to Phoenix and Indianapolis. In 1975, he packed his family up for Lashkargah, Afghanistan where he worked as a team leader on a project to reduce salinity on irrigated farm lands. The project lasted four years, until they were evacuated following political turmoil in the area. John then settled his family in the Washington, DC area before taking positions in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Mexico City. After John retired from SCS, he took on international contracting jobs in St. Kitts, Indonesia, and Egypt, working on various conservation projects. John was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Emily Geter, his daughter Deborah Green, and his son John A. Geter, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bonnie Geter; his sons Frank Geter, Leo Geter, and Kenneth Geter; his grandchildren Laura Green, Stephanie Young, James Green, Dana Bauer, Michelle Geter, and Christina Wetherington; and his great grandchildren Milton Young and Seamus Young.

Hale

2019

Alan Randall "Randy" Hale (69) of Troy, Alabama passed away February 1, 2019 at his home following a massive heart attack. Randy was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Auburn University and an active Methodist in his local church. He is survived by his wife Gail and son Matthew, his mother Seydell and brother Steve. Randy retired from the USDA-NRCS after an outstanding career serving as District Conservationist in Pike County and before that in Walker County. He helped implement a land conversion program on highly erodible land in Pike County a couple of years before passage of the 1987 Farm Bill. Lessons learned in the Pike County program helped the Alabama staff with successfully implementing the Conservation Reserve Program.

Harner

2019

Nancy Jean Harner (90) formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away March 23, 2019, in North Platte, Nebraska. Nancy was the wife of Senior Conservationist Rodney “Rod” F. Harner. Nancy was born October 30, 1928 in Great Bend, Kansas. She obtained her Bachelor in Education degree from Washburn University in 1950. Following graduation, she taught in Topeka and in Garden City, Kansas where she met Rod. They were married in Topeka, Kansas June 12, 1954. Nancy and Rod returned to Garden City as Rod began his career in the Soil Conservation Service, and Nancy resumed teaching. Nancy was a caregiver her entire life, beginning with her baby and younger sister when their father passed away. Nancy then raised her children in Kansas, Michigan, and Nebraska as Rod’s career advanced over the years. Her caregiving continued with her seven grandchildren. Nancy transmitted her love of music, reading, cooking, games, crafts, and family to all she touched. Nancy is survived by her spouse, Rod; children, Kent, of Omaha, Nebraska, Brian, of Arlington, Virginia, and Ann (Steve) Wade of North Platte, Nebraska; grandchildren, Jay (Jerri) Harner, Ryan (Beth) Harner, Andrew (Meaghan) Wade, Nathan (Jamie) Wade, Sarah (Sam) Sweley, Isabel Harner and Genevieve Harner; great grandchildren, Malayka, Kyler, Bode, Austin, Alex, Chloie, Jacob, and Kolton. She is also survived her beloved sisters, Carolyn Huffman and Kathy Maag, both of Topeka, Kansas. A celebration of Nancy’s life was held March 27, 2019, 10am at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Hart

2019

Gerald Norman Hart (85) passed on March 28, 2019, at Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky following a brief illness. Gerald served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a member of Greenland Baptist Church. He retired from the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1994 after service in various capacities in eastern and central Kentucky including area conservationist. Following retirement Gerald became a full-time farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Eaton Hart; son, Gerald Allen Hart; and son-in-law, Martin J. Cunningham III. Gerald is survived by his daughter, Sheree Hart Cunningham; two grandchildren and one great grandchild. The family requests memorial donations to The Gerald Hart Scholarship Fund/Whitley County Farm Bureau, PO Box 209, Williamsburg, KY 40769 or a charity of your choice.

Hilpmann

2019

Doris Ann Hilpmann (87) of Gering, Nebraska passed away on March 07, 2018 at the Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff with her family at her side. Doris was born in Cody, Wyoming. She received her early education in Cody, including her high school diploma. She continued onto college in Powell, WY and received her degree in teaching. Doris worked as a Legal Secretary for George Sawyer in Torrington, WY for 17 years and at the Farmer’s Home Administration in Torrington, WY for several years. She was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Torrington, WY. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Heinz G. Hilpmann of Gering, daughter Jennifer Ann Hilpmann of Gering, a sister and many nieces and nephews. Hienz Hilpmann was District Conservationist in Lingle for the Lingle/Fort Laramie Conservation District in the 1970’s and retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980.

Hudson

2019

Jeanette Hudson (92) of Corbin, Kentucky passed away Jan. 25, 2018, at Baptist Health Corbin. During World War II Jeanette worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later for the Selective Service. Jeanette retired as a Resource Conservation and Development Program Clerk in 1994. She continued as an Administrative Secretary for Whitley County Conservation District. She was a member of Parkway Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hudson, Sr., and by several siblings. She leaves behind her daughter, Hazelle Ann Smith (Ron); her son Kenny Hudson (Beverly); six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; two sisters; and three brothers.

Hvizdak

2019

David J. Hvizdak (66) of Chippewa Falls,Wisconsin passed away February 25th, 2019 after living with colon cancer for three years. And live he did. Dave enjoyed many adventures with his wife and children despite the brutal cancer treatments. Dave’s career as a soil scientist with the SCS/NRCS began in 1978 in New York. He was then stationed in Wisconsin for 28 years, 21 of them in Spooner. In 2008, he was promoted to State Soil Scientist, and Regional Soil Survey Leader position at Amherst, Massachusetts. He retired to Chippewa Falls in 2012. Dave was passionate about the environment and continued to do volunteering and contract work for his former employer until his death. Dave is survived by Jane, his wife of 40 years; daughter, Erin of Idaho; sons, Mark (Mary) of Minneapolis, and Michael of Chippewa Falls. He is also survived by his mother, Carol Hvizdak; brothers, Ron (Barb) of Montana, Tom (Don) of Edgar, Bob (Anne) of Hawaii; and sister, Cathy (Mark) Nevala of Oregon. Dave was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Hvizdak in 2004. A memorial service will be held at 11am, Saturday, March 2nd at the English Lutheran Church of Bateman, town of Lafayette, Chippewa Falls with the Rev. Rick Biedermann officiating. Visitation with family will be held one hour prior to the service Saturday morning at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite environmental organization.

Johnson

2019

Honorary Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist Ralph C. Johnson (98) of Sparta, Kentucky passed away on February 24, 2019. He was born in Akron Ohio on July 13, 1920 the son of the late Ray and Katie Johnson. Ralph spent three years and three months overseas during World War II. He attended college on the G.I. Bill, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky University in 1948. Ralph was employed by the US Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service in 1948 and retired as district conservationist in 1977. Ralph enjoyed flying his small plane that he called “Blue Goose.” He loved to travel and see historical places in the USA, Mexico and Canada. His travels took him to all 50 states and some of the Caribbean islands. Ralph married Mildred Hendren on December 10, 1971. After he retired, their home was on the Hendren Farm in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Ralph was preceded in death by two brothers Garland and Vanley Johnson; and three sisters Loretta Taylor, Mary Lee Gooden and Edith Mae Henderson. Ralph is survived by his wife Mildred; four brothers, Ray Jr, Jesse, Alan and Kenny; and one sister Vonda Tabb. Ralph was a member of the Oakland Baptist Church, and the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Oakland Baptist Church, 410 Church Street, Oakland, KY 42159.

Jones

2019

Alvin (Butch) Jones (69) of Meeker, Colorado passed away on November 18, 2018 among family and friends. A graduate of Colorado State University in range ecology, he spent his entire SCS/NRCS career in western Colorado, including many years as district conservationist at Meeker. An active member of the community, he was “well-known and respected by ranchers, farmers, water providers, and land owners for his expertise and the assistance he provided them.” He continued to be active as a guide and teacher in several outdoor organizations and activities after retirement in 2006. He is survived by his wife Linda of 49 years, sons Vaughn and Don and their families.

Kile

2019

Raymond Newton Kile (70) of Petersburg, WV, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, in Rig, WV. He was born in Cumberland, MD. On June 23, 1973, Raymond married Nancy (Kisamore) Kile, who survives in Petersburg. He was a former Engineering Assistant with the SCS and had also worked at Pilgrim’s Pride. Raymond was a Veteran of the US Navy, where he had served for 21 years and completed three tours in Vietnam on aircraft carriers. In addition to his wife, Raymond is survived by sons, Matt B. Kile of Charleston, WV, Eric Kile (Amber) of Pikeville, KY; 5 grandchildren; brother, Andrew L. Kile (Brenda); and several nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly.

Kleckner

2019

Member Lowell Henry Kleckner (86) of Dennison, Iowa, passed away March 20, 2019 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was an engineer in the Denison Engineering Office for most of his Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation service career. He was the son of Henry Clarence Kleckner and Opal Merle (Torney) Kleckner, born February 9, 1933, near Riceville in Northeast Iowa. Lowell attended a rural one-room school (Jamestown No. 8) through the 8th grade and then graduated from Riceville High School in 1951. After being drafted, he served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He attended Iowa State University from 1956 to 1960 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1960. His position as a civil engineer with the Soil Conservation Service brought him to Denison in 1961. His work involved designing many dams and ponds in Crawford, Harrison, and Shelby counties. He was also involved in the design of the dams at Yellowsmoke and Nelson Parks. On December 28, 1968, Lowell was united in marriage with Sharen Claussen at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, and they were blessed with four children: Kelly, Shawn, Heidi and Lance. After Lowell retired from the Soil Conservation Service in December of 1988, they became involved in farming and had a beef cow-calf operation and a dairy goat enterprise near Dennison. Lowell was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Denison where he served as treasurer for more than thirty years. He was also a member of the American Legion and the local genealogy society. Lowell enjoyed the peacefulness of rural living and playing his guitar. He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Diego Ceballos-Kleckner; and one brother, Richard Kleckner. Survivors include his wife of fifty years, Sharen Kleckner of Denison, Iowa; two daughters, Kelly Kleckner of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Heidi Standridge (Daniel); two sons, Shawn Kleckner (Phenister) of Boone, Iowa, and Lance Kleckner (Sandy) of Denison, Iowa; eleven grandchildren; two brothers, Gordon Kleckner (LaRae) and Wilbur Kleckner (Laura) all of Riceville, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

Kluth

2019

Robert Kluth (79) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on April 5, 2019 at his home. Bob was born on May 13, 1939 in LaGrange, Illinois to Raymond and Libuse (Stulik) Kluth. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1961 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. In 1967 Bob married Charlotte Jane Wilbur. They had two daughters, Karen and Kim. He worked for 34 years as a hydrologist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Bob enjoyed gardening, playing golf, and rooting for his Cubbies! Bob was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Karen. Survivors include his wife Charlotte Jane; daughter Kim Harris (Mike) of Bellevue, Nebraska; son-in-law Steve Gaul of LeRoy, Illinois; and five grandchildren.

Kraut

2019

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Harold John "Boge" Kraut (105) of Batchtown, Illinois passed away on January 14, 2019 at his home with family by his side. He was born in Gilead, Illinois. Boge married Helen B. Staats on Jan. 10, 1938 at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Hardin, Illinois. Boge worked as a soil conservation tech for the Soil Conservation Service in Calhoun County Soil and Water District, retiring in 1975. He was instrumental in the creation and initiation of the soil and water conservation program in Calhoun County. He was responsible for the re-introduction of the wild turkey program in Calhoun County. Boge also farmed much of his life. He had an apple orchard, Christmas tree farm, horses, mules, donkeys, hogs, sheep and beef and dairy cattle. Boge was an avid traveler, wildlife viewer, conservationist, rock hound, and gardener and was well known for his ice skating abilities. He last laced up his skates at age 80 and skated with his great-grandchildren. He loved to four-wheel ride with his neighbors and friends and did so until he was 104 years old. He traveled to all 50 states, including Hawaii and driving twice to Alaska — the second time at the age of 80. He also traveled to Mexico and Canada. After World War II in 1946, he took charge of the Carrico Plummer Cemetery and loved spending time with family every Memorial Day, decorating every grave on the cemetery. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, the oldest living Veteran in Calhoun and a member of the American Legion Post 632 in Batchtown for 72 years, a trustee of St. Barbara's Catholic Church for many years, member of Calhoun County Soil and Water District Board, and served as a board member of the Calhoun Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He received the Illinois State Farmer's award in 1954 at the Illinois State Fair. His life story is memorialized at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois. He is survived by daughters, Linda Butler, Sue Sweetman, June Bizaillion and Debbie (Ben) Heimann and sons Jim (Diane) Kraut, Mike (Anita) Kraut and John Kraut; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen "Staats" Kraut; three siblings, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Calhoun Ambulance or Family Choice. Online condolences and guest book can be found at www.gresskallalschaaf.com.

Laborie

2019

Robert "Bob" Ellsworth Laborie (87) of Elyria, Ohio, passed away on March 13, 2019 at Life Care Center of Elyria under the care of Crossroads Hospice. Bob was born in Ashland, Ohio on April 8, 1931. He was employed for 45 years as a Conservation Engineering Technician for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served as a multi-county technician in Medina, Ohio for about 15 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and he enjoyed gardening, all Cleveland sports, and he coached at Little League West. Everyone Bob met became his friend. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary Ann (nee Zgoda) Laborie; children, Michele (John) Hunt, Jayne (Steve) Poff and Greg (Sheree) Laborie; a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter, and a brother. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, 5510 Baumhart Rd., Lorain, OH 44053.

Leidner

2019

Mary Currier Brown Leidner (62) passed away September 8, 2015, at her home near Tifton, Georgia. Her three children and husband were with her when she passed from this life to the next. Mary was born on Sept. 19, 1952 in Concord, New Hampshire, but grew up in the Chicago, Illinois area. Mary attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in plant and soil science. She spent her professional career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (SCS), later named the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). She worked as the agency’s first female agronomist and spent most of her career as the district conservationist for Tift and surrounding counties in Georgia. She was an expert on the identification of wetlands and served on numerous national committees for SCS and NRCS. She is survived by her husband and children.

Leuthold

2019

Erma Jean Leuthold (80) of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away February 21, 2019 at her home. Erma was born on January 21, 1939 in Manhattan, Kansas to Donald and Marjorie (Visser) Hartner of Riley, Kansas. She attended Washburn University. On July 31, 1960 she married Larry D. Leuthold in Riley, Kansas. She worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resource Conservation Science, Plant Materials Center, for almost 40 years, retiring at the age of 73. Survivors include her two children: a son Mark Steven Leuthold (Ginger), of Manhattan, Kansas; and a daughter, Lisa Rae Casey (Michael), of Springfield, Missouri; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lowe

2019

Member Douglas Richard "Doug" Lowe (89) passed away on February 13, 2019 at McLean, Texas. He was a US Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. Doug started his Soil Conservation Service career as a soil scientist at Muleshoe, Texas and then converted to a soil conservationist. He became the District Conservationist in Jayton, Texas and then the Agronomist in Big Spring, Texas. He later transferred to Columbia, Missouri as the state agronomist and later became state resource conservationist. His last duty station was at the South Technical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. He retired in 1985 to Clarendon, Texas where he was the Veteran's Service Officer for Donley county and served several years on the Board of Regents for Clarendon College. Doug was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clarendon, VFW, American Legion, and Clarendon Masonic Lodge. He was buried at Hedley, Texas where both he and Martha Jo Spalding, his wife of 53 years, grew up. Martha passed away in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Wayne Lowe and a great grandson, Jett Dyer Lowe. Survivors include two sons, David Lowe of Decatur, Texas, and Charles Lowe of Plano, Texas; a sister, Jane Tice of Nacogdoches, Texas; his grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, and Cody Lowe; and three great grandchildren Chasady, Cayden, and Jamison Lowe.

McClaskey

2019

Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist Guy Dale McClaskey (90) of Salina, Kansas passed away on April 3, 2019. Dale attended Kansas State University, graduating in 1949. He married Lois Jean Covey on September 3, 1950 in Wichita, Kansas. His career, after serving two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. He worked at several locations in Kansas (Wellington, Marysville, Topeka, Hays, Salina) and in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the Great Plains Conservation Program. He also spent three years with the inspector general office of the USDA. Dale returned to Salina where he retired in 1987. Dale loved the outdoors and felt honored to have a hand in conserving God's creation of our natural resources. He liked to hunt and fish. His family life was also outdoors, enjoying family camping in his numerous RVs. Dale held life memberships in several organizations: National Rifle Association, American Legion, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, and the National Association of Family Campers and RVs. Dale was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Ruth (Cunningham) McClaskey, of Girard, Kansas; his wife of 55 years, Lois, who passed away in 2006; and brothers, George and Jack. He leaves to mourn his passing: three children, Vicki Kolarik (David), of Bellvue, Neb., Linda McClaskey, of Salina, Kansas, and Gerald McClaskey, of Lawrence, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, Nathan, Jared, Ryan, Erin, Megan, Christopher, Amanda, Kathleen, Tyler, Danielle, Sean, Connor and Kerry; and l3 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is Joyce Rich, his companion of 12 years. A celebration of Dale's life was held April 9, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth, Salina. Memorials are suggested to Salina Rescue Mission, in care of Ryan Mortuary http://www.ryanmortuary.com.

McElwain

2019

Clara V. McElwain (81) of Indianapolis transitioned from labor to reward on February 14, 2019. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend. Clara lived a full life and the memory of her life, loves and laughter and her sudden departure will be missed by all those whose lives she touched. Clara was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. She worked for 36 years for the SCS/NRCS in the Indiana State Office. She retired in 1994.

Medley

2019

William R. (Bill) Medley (95) of Algood, Tennessee passed away on November 1, 2018 at his home. He was born in Buffalo Valley, TN. Bill served in War World II as a radio operator on a B-29 aircraft. He was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. Bill was a retired soil conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service who earned his degree from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TTU) on the GI Bill. He served from Dyersburg to Gainesboro, TN. He was an avid gardener and planted an abundance of his favorite plants. Needless to say, he had plenty of fresh vegetables to share with everyone! It wasn't uncommon for him and his wife, Gertha, to "Can" 300 quarts of green beans a season! He worked with 4-H and other youth groups teaching them about the land. Bill and son, Gene, also raised and showed Shorthorn Cattle and traveled the state to compete. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed many trips within the United States to attend as many shows, plays, and music events as possible. He was a member of the Algood Methodist Church, where he served on many committees. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gertha Breeding Roberson Medley; daughter-in-law, Maura Little Medley of Livingston; two grandchildren, a sister, and three precious great-granddaughters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Bonnie Herndon Medley of Madison, TN; his only child, Eugene (Gene) Medley of Livingston, TN; and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Algood United Methodist Church, 135 W Main St, Cookeville, TN 38506 or the charity of your choice.

Miller

2019

Gerald Thomas Miller (60) of Box Elder, South Dakota passed away February 23, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Gerald was born May 19, 1957, in Spearfish, South Dakota to Ralph and Elsie (Wilson) Miller, the seventh of 10 children. He grew up in Buffalo, South Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota in 1978, with an associate degree in civil engineering. Gerald dedicated more than 40 years to the work of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, starting in the Buffalo, South Dakota field office right out of high school as a soil conservation aide, moving on to offices in Sturgis, Belle Fourche, and finally the Rapid City Field Support Office, where he was a civil engineering technician. While working in Belle Fourche, he met the love of his life, Cheryl Emery, and the couple married June 25, 1988, in Belle Fourche. He and Cheryl opened their home to several foster children before adopting three children of their own, Kayla, Tyann, and Justin. Survivors include his wife, adopted children; four grandchildren; six brothers; and two sisters.

Munkittrick

2019

Mary Reine Munkittrick (91) of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania passed away March 6, 2019 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. Mary was married to Graham (Munk) Telfair Munkttrick, former USDA Natural Resources Conservation Assistant Chief (Northeastern States) and former Pennsylvania State Conservationist. She was born in Chicago, IL. She received nursing training through the U.S. Navy at St. Barnabas School of Nursing and worked at numerous hospitals throughout the country. Surviving is her loving husband of 68 years, Graham; her sons, Richard Graham Munkittrick, Dr. Thomas Wright Munkittrick (Ruth) and Kevin William Munkittrick (Tina); her daughter, Elizabeth MaReine Terrel (Richard); ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Murray

2019

Boyd Ashby Murray (85) of Mapleton, Utah passed away January 1, 2003. He graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, where he met his eternal companion, Ardis H. Webb of Hinckley, Utah. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple October 3, 1940. His career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service took him many places including Salinas, California; Kanab and Delta, Utah; Mesa, Arizona; San Luis Obispo, California; Portland, Oregon; Springfield, Virginia; and Ankara, Turkey. He retired as Chief of Employee Development and Safety in Washington, D.C. and returned to Sandy, Utah. Boyd served devotedly in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many callings from Deacon to Patriarch. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Ardis and their children Norman Boyd Murray of Bountiful, Utah, Jane Ardis Jefferies of Draper, Utah; Kathryn Lobo of Portland, Oregon; Evan Leslie Murray of Casper, Wyoming; Margaret Ann Sharp of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Elaine Sanders Cochran of Orem, Utah; Robert James Murray of Portland, Oregon; and Golden Eugene Murray of Mapleton, Utah; and 41 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Newton

2019

John Hagan "Jack" Newton (95), widower of Mary Wood Vaughn Newton, passed away March 18, 2019, at the Charleston Health Care Center in Danville, Kentucky. He was born in Cincinnati, OH. Jack was a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service and retired as the State Soil Correlator in 1980. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Survivors include: two daughters, Betsy (Bruce) Newton Gillespie of Danville, Kentucky and Mary Anne (Curry) Newton Woods of Bel Air, Maryland; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Nutt

2018

Ellen Gee “‘Mimi” Nutt (94) passed away December 5, 2018 in Meridian, Idaho. Ellen was married to the late Gary Nutt for 36 years. Gary served as state conservationist in both Idaho and Oregon and passed away in 1988. She is survived by her children Ann (Montie), Bill (Jan); eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Ott

2019

Kim Leo Ott (62) of Troy, Ohio, passed away April 21, 2019. Kim was the husband of Jenelle Ott, Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist in the Wapakoneta, Ohio Service Center. He was a former instructor at Hobart School of Welding and a former robotic engineering tech at Motoman. Kim is survived by his wife Jenelle Ott; mother Irene Ott of North Manchester, Indiana; children Adam, Ethan, and Lindsey; brothers Keith Ott (Donna) of Wolf Lake, Indiana and Jim Ott of Churubusco, IN; sister Elaine Franklin (Mike) of Brentwood, Tennessee; and sister-in-law Anne Ott of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his father Ronald Ott and brother John Ott. Kim was a member of Troy Church of the Brethren. A memorial service will be held 11am Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Troy Church of the Brethren with Pastor Jon Keller officiating. Visitation will be from 10am-11am at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County or Troy Church of the Brethren.

Painter

2019

Clark Charles Painter (73) of Opelika, Alabama passed away December 3, 2018 at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. Clark was born September 22, 1945 in Lewiston, Idaho. He grew up near the confluence of Sweetwater Creek and Webb Creek on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho. He loved playing on the creek with his siblings in the humble valley where he grew up. He graduated from Lapwai High School in 1963 and attended Spokane Community College and later graduated from Boise State University. Clark worked his entire career with the Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service, from which he retired as a Regional Budget Director. His career took him from Boise, Idaho to Lincoln, Nebraska, then to Little Rock, Arkansas and on to Gainesville, Florida and finally to the Auburn/Opelika area. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, in 2015; and his daughter, Angie Painter. He is survived by his daughter, Jodi (Ian) Crane; grandchildren: Dawson and Daniel of Lewiston, Idaho; sister, Gayle Painter of Lewiston, Idaho; and his brothers: Lloyd (Pat) of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Ray (Donna) Painter of Walla Walla, Washington.

Parker

2019

Wilson “Bill” J. Parker (85) of Spotsylvania, Virginia, passed away on October 17, 2018. He was born in Charlotte, Michigan in 1933 to Floyd and Helen Parker. In 1955, he joined the Air Force and married Joan. After being discharged in 1957, he started his career in the Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. He served as state conservationist in both New Jersey and Nebraska. He finished his career in Washington DC where he worked on the Resource Planning Branch and was Director of NRCS’s Rural Development program. He received a USDA Superior Service Award for helping develop the Soil and Water Resource Conservation Act of 1977. In July of 1984, he received a Distinguished Service Award/Public Liaison Award for developing USDA programs to improve program delivery in all states. After retirement in 1987, he settled in Spotsylvania, Virginia, where he enjoyed working on his garden, building miniature dollhouses, woodworking, photography, genealogy, and his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Parker; their children, Sue Plachy, Bruce Parker (Alice), Karen Nash, David Parker (Elizabeth), and Debbie Parker; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Association of Cancer Research, or the Arthritis Foundation.

Pate

2019

Hubert Jerome (Jerry) Pate Jr. (72) of China Grove, North Carolina passed away January 30, 2019. Jerry retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Civil Engineering Technician in the Salisbury Area Office.

Patronsky

2019

Honorary Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist Richard J. Patronsky (97) passed away on March 7, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. Rick, as he was known, was born October 21, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up on a farm near Aurora, Ohio. Rick received an engineering degree from The Ohio State University. His college education was interrupted by four years of service in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He was a gunner's mate, seeing action in the Pacific Theater. Rick worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service following his graduation from college until his retirement in 1984. His assignments took him to Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana and Nebraska. He was a registered engineer in the latter two states. Rick married Barbara Anne Buckingham in 1946. Barbara was a school teacher, and when she passed away, he established a fund for the enrichment of teachers in Lincoln, Nebraska, where they were living at the time. Rick was an accomplished fisherman and passed his love of fishing to his family and to many others whom he met over the years. He also enjoyed hiking and bicycling. When he was 62 he cycled solo across the state of Nebraska, mapping out his own route as there were no established trails at the time. He also served as a scoutmaster for 15 years for troops in Ohio and Wisconsin. Rick married Barbara Jean Forester in 1977; they were divorced in 2013. He is preceded in death by his brother, Steve; his father, John; and mother, Suzan Bence. Rick is survived by his three children, Mark, Ross and Neal; nephews, John and Steve; and by two grandchildren, Daniel Patronsky and Ariana Stempel.

Phelps

2019

Richard A. Phelps (89) of Madison, South Dakota passed away December 13, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Wentworth, South Dakota to Donald and Hazel (Anderson) Phelps. After he turned 10 years old, Richard was raised by Otto (Sophie) Aukschun near Rutland, South Dakota. After high school, Richard served in the U.S. Army Co. 1 196th Regimental Team at Camp Carson, CO, and Fort Richardson, AK. He married Janice French on April 3, 1954 in Worthington, Minnesota. He farmed near Rutland before working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Lake County Soil Conservation Service in Madison. Survivors include his wife Janice; two brothers, Darrell Phelps, and Thomas Phelps of Sioux Falls; and two sisters, JoAnn McNeil and Nancy Chase.

Potter

2019

When Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Harry E. Potter (91) of Watertown, New York passed away on December 21, 2018, the world lost a gentle giant. Harry was born in Caribou, Maine. He received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 1954. Before attending college, he served as he would say proudly for two years, ten months and eight days in the Army Air Corps (Now U.S. Air Force). Upon graduation from college, he worked as a soil conservationist in Genesee County (Batavia, NY) where he met his wife, Sharon J. Gassman, who was working in an office across the hall. In 1956 he was transferred to Berlin, NY to work as a project engineer on the Little Hoosick Watershed. In 1958 he was appointed District Conservationist in Rensselaer County (Troy, NY). He came to Jefferson County as District Conservationist in 1967 where he continued working until his retirement in September 1982. Harry is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sharon, who he always referred to as his “first wife!”; a son, Jeffrey and wife, Lynne, of Aurora, IL; a son, Jonathan and partner, Nancy, of Wheatland, WY; a daughter, Ellen and her husband, Edwin of Effingham, NH; eight grandchildren and three great grandsons. He was pre-deceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister. Harry was very active in the Brownville United Methodist Church, holding several offices and being Lay Member to Annual Conference for several years. He belonged to Masonic Lodge #53 in Sidney, ME, but attended Masonic Lodge #53 in Brownville, NY. He was secretary and chairman of the Town of Pamelia Planning Board for many years, chairman of Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District Directors and served on several agricultural boards. Harry kept a small flock of sheep. He enjoyed a large collection of Marilyn Monroe photos. Always a very active person, he tobogganed down the family’s back hill until he was 88. Known as the “Original Harry Potter” after the Harry Potter books came out, he had much fun sharing the same name. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences may be made to dexterfuneralhome.com.

Rathburn

2019

Barbara Ellen (Loflin) Rathbun (85) of Leon, Kansas passed away February 10, 2019. She married Alfred “Al” A. Rathbun on June 17, 1951, in Ellis, Kansas. Her husband Al retired from the Soil Conservation Service on October 31, 1983. They both enjoyed traveling on their motorcycles across the U.S. and made several trips to Mexico with a group of other motorcyclists. Survivors include her husband and two sons, Doug (Diana), and Dave (Mary) all of Winfield, Kansas; and four grandchildren.

Rau

2019

Nancy Jo Rau (74) of Liberty Lake, Washington lost her battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer and passed away on December 23, 2018 with her husband Tom, daughter Crystal and son Tracy at her bedside. Nancy was born in Whitehall, Montana and attended school in Twin Bridges graduating in June, 1962. While attending business school in Great Falls, Montana, she met her soulmate and partner for life Tom and they were married in Lauren, Montana, on April 20, 1963. She started her federal service career 1964 with Federal Highways in Vancouver and worked almost 35 years, retiring in 2006 in Spokane with administrative staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Richardson

2019

Gwen Richardson (85) passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019 at her home in WinterGreen in Hudson, WI. Gwen was married on September 24, 1955 in Eau Galle, Wisconsin to Robert “Bob” (or Bobby as his colleagues knew him) Richardson. Bob was a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service and served in several roles including project leader and soil correlator. In the early years of their marriage, Gwen and Bob moved from Wisconsin to Montana in July of 1960, living in Plentywood, Chinook, Bozeman, and eventually settling in Belgrade, where they raised their four children. Gwen will be remembered with love by her husband Bob; children Elaine (Bill) McClure, Brent (Jill) Richardson, Camille (Peter) Vogt and Shauna Richardson; and ten grandchildren.

Serrien

2019

Donald J. Serrien (90) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away April 20, 2019. He was born April 24, 1928 in Lincoln County in Western Minnesota to Louis and Minnie (Panzer) Serrien. Donald was a United States Army veteran. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservation technician for many years. He retired as a construction inspector in 1985. He and Celeta Matson were united in marriage on October 3, 1954. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Celeta, on April 12, 2014; and his sister, Delouise Harbaugh. Survivors include his sons, Kyle and Karl (Paula) Serrien; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held April 23 at Wilson Family Funeral Home, Minneapolis followed by burial in Highland Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorials may be made to the Bennington Community Library or the V.F.W. Auxiliary #3201 Fair Stand.

Simonsen

2019

Clarence Simonsen (85) passed away on April 24, 2017 in Minneota, Minnesota. Clarence was Area Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in Marshall, MN. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, with a BS in agricultural engineering. Clarence retired in 1986 and thereafter did consulting work and surveying in the ag engineering field and provided technical assistance to local farmers, contractors and landowners. Survivors include his wife Evangeline, stepdaughter Carol Turner and stepson Michael Hoffmeister.


Sisk

2019

Fred C. Sisk (95) of Indianapolis passed away February 9, 2019. Born January 21, 1924 in Cynthiana, Indiana, he was the son of Carl and Etna (Smith) Sisk. Fred was an U.S. Army veteran and attended the Bethel United Methodist Church. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Pike Township Lions Club. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Dison Sisk; son, Doug Sisk (Wendy); four grandchildren; stepchildren William R. Dison (Jeanne), Ronald L. Dison (Linda), and Nancy Dison; and three step grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, brother, two sisters and his stepson, Dr. Dwight L. Dison.

Smith

2019

P. Craig Smith (78) passed away peacefully in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 24, 2019. Craig was born on August 22, 1940 to Clifford P. and Leora A. (Minnis) Smith in Stafford, Kansas. He worked as a Civil Engineer, P. E. Emeritus and as a State Design Engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Professional Engineers of Nebraska and the Lincoln Engineers Club. His greatest passion was his family. Craig is survived by his children, Lori (Renee) Rocheleau of Maryland, Craig A. (Jennifer) Smith of Pennsylvania; sister, Linda Reed; brother, Conrad (Carol) Smith; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine E. (Ochs) Smith. His family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the caring, dedicated professionals at the Woodlands at Hillcrest and CHI Hospice.

Steen

2019

Bert Steen (67) of Bainbridge, Georgia passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Steen was born September 1, 1947 in Moseley Hall, FL, the son of Morris Grissom Steen and Sarah Helen Hendry Steen. He was a graduate of Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. Bert was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired as the District Conservationist with Natural Resources Conservation Service. Bert loved life and the outdoors and didn't take problems too seriously. He was a real steward of the land. Survivors include his wife, Susan Barnett Steen; sons, Crosby and Jesse both of Bainbridge; two brothers and a sister. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ragan and a sister.

Taylor

2019

Troy Lee Taylor (65) passed away on October 28, 2018 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a graduate of Tennessee State University and a retired employee of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a member and an usher at World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Phyllis Taylor; four daughters; five grandchildren; and four sisters.

Thober

2019

Don Gilbert Thober (68) of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on March 2, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Don was born on July 8, 1950 in Beatrice, Nebraska, the third of seven children of Kenneth and Ruth Thober. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in animal science and agricultural economics in 1972. While in college, he met Ann Hagan. They married on July 28, 1973 in Eddyville, Nebraska. He joined and served in the Army Reserves following graduation. Don briefly worked for a medical supply company in Lincoln before beginning his career in 1974 for the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, where he worked until his retirement in 2007. He retired as Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in the state office in Lincoln, Nebraska. Don is survived by his wife, Ann, of Lincoln; daughter Jody Hanson (Craig), of Chaska, Minnesota; daughter Sarah Bjornson (Erik), of Jordan, Minnesota; son Ben Thober (Carrie), of Omaha, Nebraska; ten grandchildren; and three sisters and a brother. Memorial contributions may be directed towards St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68520; or to the Heartland Cancer Foundation, www.heartlandcancerfoundation.org.

Thompson

2019

Lifetime Member Harold Lee Thompson (70) passed away on April 20, 2019 at his home in Danville, Indiana. He was born on April 8, 1949 to James Leslie and Imogene Isabelle (Rutan) Thompson in Libertyville, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University in 1971, and subsequently earned 30 hours of graduate credit in agricultural education, also from Purdue. Harold worked for USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) for over 40 years. He began his career as a student trainee, and he spent the first 18 years providing technical service to farmers mostly in southwest Indiana. For 19 years, until his retirement in 2008, Harold served on the Indiana NRCS management team as an area conservationist and assistant state conservationist. He was a dedicated public servant who had a passion for Indiana agriculture, and he spent a lifetime helping farmers make their land more productive, sustainable and profitable. After he retired, Harold continued to work as an agricultural liaison with several Soil and Water Conservation Districts and watershed groups. In his community, he was a member of the Hazelwood Christian Church, an Earth Team Volunteer for over 25 years, a 30-year volunteer certified Emergency Medical Technician, a 25-year 4-H Leader, and a long-time member of the Paoli Optimist Club. He served on the Wayne Township (Marion County) 4-H Advisory Board for 12 years (president for 3 terms) and as a director of the Marion County Fair Board for two terms He was a member of Paoli’s Masonic Lodge 119 and a 51-year member of the Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society where he served as a director for 12 years (president 1998, 2018). Among Harold’s many awards are Purdue’s Agricultural Alumni Certificate of Distinction; the Governor’s Distinguished Hoosier Award; the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Distinguished Fellow Award; Wayne Township Community Service Award; and Marion County Soil and Water District’s Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award. Harold loved to fish, hunt, and read, but most of all he loved helping others and spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. On October 18, 1997, Harold married Rebecca (Becky) Hill Fletcher, and they have two children, Craig (Angie) Kinzer and Chantel (Joshua) Muntain. In addition to his wife Becky and their children, Harold is survived by five grandchildren, Caleb, Madison, Zachary, Tirzah and Naomi; his sister, Linda (Robert) Daming of Greenwood, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard and sister Charlotte. A Celebration of Life was held April 26 at Hazelwood Christian Church in Hazelwood, Indiana, followed by burial in Roachdale Cemetery in Roachdale, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Harold to the Indiana 4-H Foundation https://www.in4h.org/donation-form/ or the Hoosier Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Education Endowment, PO Box 77, Kingman, IN 47952 http://www.hoosierchapterswcs.org/.

Unger

2019

Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist David Unger (86) passed away on January 17, 2019 in Castine, Maine. He was born in Romulus, Michigan and as a young man worked at the John Deere dealership that his father owned. He received an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources at Antioch College, a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He retired in 1998 as Associate Chief and Acting Chief of the USDA Forest Service. Before joining the Forest Service, he was the Associate Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. He was married to Renee Satz from 1958 to 1983 and Carolyn Jensen from 1984 until she preceded him in death in 2009. After retirement David and his wife Carolyn moved to Castine, Maine. David was elected a Castine Town Selectman and served for 12 years until 2017. He became known locally as the “Music Man” for his support of local musical events and his musical talents on the trumpet, cornet and Flugelhorn. He is survived by two sons, David, of Brooklyn, New York, and Christopher, of Hermon, Maine.

Wagner

2019

NRCS Soil Conservation Technician Robert “Bob” J. Wagner (67) of Montrose, PA, passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2019 at the Regional Hospital in Scranton, PA. He was born in Geneva, PA. He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Teri J. (Frisbie) Wagner. Bob was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a graduate of Lock Haven University. He worked for over 40 years as a soil conservation technician. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Bridgewater Church on Rt. 167 in Montrose, PA.

Zweiacker

2019

Loran L. Zweiacker (71) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on January 21, 2019, surrounded by family at his home. Loran was born in Walters, Oklahoma. After attending the University of Cameron for two years, he graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1969 with a bachelor’s in agricultural education. He went on to receive his master’s in the same field from OSU in 1971. Loran married Suzanne Logsdon Zweiacker on August 12, 1973. Loran worked for the SCS/NRCS for 37 years including 33 years as the district conservationist for Pawnee county and surrounding areas. He retired in 2009. He is survived by his wife Suzanne and their children Jeremy (Jessica), Jennifer (CJ) and Jillianne (Tanner), seven grandchildren, sisters Trudie Kinder, Martha Ann Ely (Don), and Treva James (Vic), and his brother Paul. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Anna Zweiacker.

Abbott

2018

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

Bailey

2018

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

Belcher

2018

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

Benn

2018

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

Berger

2018

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

Bennett

2018

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

Benson

2018

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

Bollman

2018

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

Bowie

2018

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

Bureau

2018

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

Burgett

2018

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

Carr

2018

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

Case

2018

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

Casey

2018

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

Cheek

2018

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

Van Cleave

2018

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

Coleman

2018

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

Cranford

2018

Georgia Lee Cranford (82) of Charlotte Hall, Maryland passed away on March 2, 2018 at her residence. She was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease several months ago. Georgia was born in Gallinger Hospital in Washington, DC. She and her loving husband, Charles Cranford lived a beautiful happy life until he passed away in 1994. At the age of 21, Georgia began her career with the USDA, retiring in 1986 as a Secretary with the Soil Conservation Service in Washington, DC after 29 years with the Federal Government. In addition to her parents and husband, Georgia was predeceased by two brothers. Georgia is survived by her daughter Terry L. and son-in-law Gary W. Kitts, and two sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews. Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of St. Mary’s.

Culberson

2018

Bobby Scott Culberson (53) passed away on August 3, 2018 at the Merit Health Hospital in Brandon, Mississippi. Scott was born and grew up in Jackson, MS. He graduated from Jackson Prep and Mississippi State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. Scott began his career with NRCS as a student trainee in the Canton Project Engineer Office. After graduation from college, he worked in the Mississippi State Office Design Section and became the Head of the State Design Section. In May of 2012, Scott was appointed State Conservation Engineer. Scott was an avid hunter who enjoyed spending time at his deer camp. He is survived by his wife, Denna Clark Culberson; mother, Beverly Culberson Varner and two children, Ashlan Nicole Culberson and Christan Erin Culberson. Scott is preceded in death by his father, Bobby J. Culberson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any conservation efforts for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Cuthbertson

2018

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Ida Cuthbertson (89) of Springfield, Virginia (formerly of Sarasota, Florida) passed away on September 1, 2018. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Ida graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1961 and from Virginia Tech with a Master in Urban Affairs in 1974. She served as a community planner for the Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1993 after serving for 12 years as its Public Participation Coordinator. Earlier in her career she was a statistician with the Ohio Department of Health and also worked for SW Michigan Hospital Council and the Research Analysis Corp. Ida served as the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees Vice President for the South from 2006 to 2012. Her hobbies were fitness, choral singing, and traveling (seven continents and 50 states), her most memorable trip being a visit to her father’s birthplace, Reinhart (Osinovka), Russia, just east of the Volga River in Samara Province. She is survived by her daughter Becky, son James, other family members, and friends.

Daniels

2018

Eugene Andrew Daniels (94) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on January 22, 2018. He was born in Sterling, NE. Gene served in the Navy during WWII. He married his wife Phyllis in November of 1946. She preceded him in death. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in Horticulture and Vocational education. He taught high school, was a leader in FFA (Future Farmers of America), sold life insurance, and retired after 25 years with the Soil Conservation Service. He was a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade in Omaha in 1964 and was a deacon at First Baptist Church (Lincoln). He also started a church in Rushville. He is survived two children, Constance (Douglas) Otoupalile of Lincoln and Scott (Constance) Daniels of Richmond, VA; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two sisters. Memorials to the Billy Graham Ministries.

Davis

2018

"Dottie" Davis (95), formerly of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully at Luther Crest Diakon Senior Living Center on October 26th in Allentown, PA. She was born in Superior, Wisconsin. She married Howie Davis in 1945, taught school and raised their two daughters. Howie died in 1985.  She was married to Wesley Hofstad (the best man at her first marriage) from 2003 until his death in 2015. Wesley retired from SCS in 1982 as an  Economist at the NENTC.  He and Dottie were regular attendees to the retiree luncheons.  Dottie enjoyed his children and their families: David, Joy, Alan and Mark. Dottie is survived by her two daughters: Jane (married to Ted Zimmerman living in Allentown) and Mary Lou (married to Bob Rosen living in Savannah, Georgia), four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Luther Crest Care Fund, 800 Hausman Rd., Allentown PA 18104 or St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 417 N. 7th St, Allentown PA 18102.

Dawson

2018

Albert Ray Dawson (78) of the Claymour Community, passed away on December 27, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN of natural causes. Albert was born in Todd County, KY. He was a farmer and retired in 2004 from Natural Resources Conservation Service as an Engineering Technician. He was ordained as a Deacon and was a member of Green Ridge Baptist Church. Albert was survived by his wife of 58 Years, Bettie Boley Dawson; his son, Rev. Gary (Debi) Dawson of Trenton, KY; a brother, a sister, two grandchildren, and a great grandson. The family asks that donations be given to the Sunrise Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1429, Mt. Washington, KY 40047.

Dean

2018

L. Robert "Bob" Dean (73) of Rio, Illinois passed away on October 28, 2018, at home. He was born in Port Huron, Michigan. Bob married Faith M. Kenyon on July 2, 1988, in Halfmoon Township, New York. She preceded him in death on July 21, 2018 after 30 years of marriage. He is survived by children, Justin (Brittany) Dean of Dahinda, Zack (Melanie) Dean of Latham, New York, Dr. Victoria "Vicki" Callagan of Troy, New York, Amy (Dan) Mahoney of Voorheesville, New York, and Josh (Lis) Cinelli of Fort Worth, Texas; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother and a sister. Bob worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for many years. After moving from California to Rio in 1996, he was assistant state conservationist at Galesburg until his retiring in 2012. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. Bob was a member of the Rio Masonic Lodge 685 and Oneida American Legion Post 727. Bob was of Christian faith. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Two Campaign Stars, and the Purple Heart. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

Densmore

2018

Mabel Elizabeth "Betty" Densmore (102) a long time resident of Madison, Wisconsin passed away on November 23, 2018. Betty was born in West Salem, WI. Following graduation from West Salem High School in 1934, Betty attended Miss Woods Kindergarten and Primary Teacher Training School in Minneapolis, MN. Subsequently, Betty taught kindergarten from 1936-1941 in Viola and Viroqua, WI. Betty met Jack Densmore at a community dance in 1940 and they were married in 1941 in Bangor, WI.  Jack was the first State Resource Conservationist in Wisconsin with the Soil conservation Service and former Regional Forester in the Lincoln, Nebraska technical center. They enjoyed 71 years of marriage and had three children and one granddaughter. Betty was preceded in death by husband Jack in 2012, her parents, and brother. Betty is survived by her two daughters, a son, granddaughter, a sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Oakwood Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Dodge

2018

Audrey M. Dodge (82) of Southampton, Massachusetts passed away on April 1, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. She was born in Gardner. She graduated from Northampton High School in 1953 and from the former Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. She married the late Chester H Dodge Jr. in 1956. Chester retired as the Soil Conservation Service State Design Engineer in 1988. They had made their home in Southampton since 1963. Audrey is survived by children Audrey Dodge Gaudette, Scott Dodge, and Stephen Dodge and her grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HUG-A-BEARS.

Doerr

2018

Bill “Larry” Doerr (60) of Fairmont, West Virginia passed away on December 11, 2018 with his wife at his side. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Montana University. He was a retired Contracting Specialist with USDA/NCRS.  Bill is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Diana (Dunlap) Doerr; daughters, Jessica (Jeff) Powers of Valley Grove, and Paula Dunlap, of Fairmont, two sisters, and four grandchildren as well as several loving nieces and nephews.

Dollar

2018

Mason Dollar (73) of Auburn, Alabama passed away on February 5, 2016 at UAB Medical Center as a result of cancer. He retired as the Water Resources Staff Leader on the Alabama state office staff. Mason retired with approximately 35 years of Federal service and later had a very successful career as a real estate salesman, specializing in forest and recreation/wildlife land. Mason was an attorney and member of the Alabama bar.

Dvorak

2018

Verne Irvin Dvorak (93) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on December 16, 2018 after recurrent battles with pneumonia. Verne was born at home near Barneston, Nebraska.  Verne graduated from Barneston High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy on USS LST 952 (an invasion hospital evacuation ship), seeing action in the battle of Okinawa. After farming with his father for the next few years, Verne enrolled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  In 1954, he met the love of his life, Helen, at a Sunday evening Methodist church supper in Scottsbluff, while assisting with research at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center.  They were married at Centenary UMC in Beatrice on Feb. 5, 1956.  He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from UNL. Verne first worked as a hydrologist and later as a computer programmer for the Soil Conservation Service between 1950 and 1991. After retirement, he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, helping his children with home renovation projects, and spending time with his grandchildren, avidly following their activities.  Verne was preceded in death by:  wife, Helen; parents, and a brother.  He is survived by:  his sister, Audre (Dvorak) Ferrier (Ankeny, IA); children, Carla (Ed) Lash (Gallup, NM), Dennis (Leah) Dvorak (Manhattan, IL), and Bruce (Karrie) Dvorak (Lincoln); seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ UMC Bus Fund or Tabitha Meals on Wheels.

Eddy

2018

Charles Eddy (72) a resident of Chillicothe, Missouri, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family members on July 9, 2018 at his residence. Charles was born in Sikeston, Missouri. Charles served in the United States Army from 1968 until 1972 during the Vietnam War. He attended the University of Missouri, graduating in 1973, with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Charles worked for the USDA as a soil conservationist for 35 years, retiring as an area conservationist in December of 2000. He then co-owned and operated Gaslight Real Estate from 2001 until his retirement in 2013. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Chillicothe, Missouri, where he had served as an elder since 2002. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Joyce of the home; two sons, Joe David (Kelly) Eddy of Rocheport, Missouri, and John Daniel (Teresa) Eddy of Henryetta, Oklahoma; two daughters, Lynnette Marie (Michael) Berry of Kansas City, Missouri, and Leah Michelle (Jason) Robitaille of Russellville, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two brothers, and a mother-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Elijah Hunter Saldivar. Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Christ and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at www.lindleyfuneralhomes.com.

Ellis

2018

Billy Wayne Ellis (76), Seminole resident, went to Heaven, his eternal home, on July 28, 2018 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with his loving wife Ruby by his side. Bill was born in Prague, Oklahoma. Bill graduated with the class of 1960 from Strother High School. In addition to several other jobs, he was a technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties and on the watershed staff in Pontotoc County, retiring in December of 2002. Bill was a member of the Praise Assembly of God in Little, Oklahoma and served as deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher. He had a love for classic cars and owned several throughout his lifetime. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Ruby Ellis of Seminole, Oklahoma; a son, a daughter, five siblings, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. A link to his obituary and online condolences http://www.swearingenfuneral.com/funeral-schedule/m.obituary/17/view/4863

Espey

2018

Royce W. Espey, Sr. (81) of Halifax County, North Carolina passed away on June 20, 2018. Royce retired as Planning Engineer on the River Basin/Watershed Planning staff of the Soil Conservation Service in Raleigh where he worked for more than 20 years. Royce graduated from the University of Tennessee earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. Following college, he served his country with the U. S. Army from 1959 to 1962. Royce is survived by his three sons, Royce W. Espey, Jr. and his wife Terri of Fuquay Varina, Gary G. Espey of Wake Forest and James L. Espey and his wife Debbie of Lexington Park, MD: two sisters, Sue Tinkle, and Geraldine Binkley and her husband Billy all of Dyer County, TN; sister-in-law, Althea Espey of Baton Rouge, LA; three granddaughters, a grandson and great-granddaughter. Online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.letchworthsykesfs.com. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Royce.

Estlack

2018

Eli Thomas Estlack (90) of Morgantown, Virginia passed away March 15, 2018, at Monongalia General Hospital. Thomas was born in Tyler County, West Virginia. He was educated in the Tyler County school system, Salem College and West Virginia University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. His first job was with Wetzel County School System as an instructor of veterans, 1949-50. He then went on to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Nicholas and Kanawha Counties 1951-67. He finished his career in Morgantown at the Soil Conservation Service State Office as the State Administrative Officer 1970-1977. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Crystalee Trough Estlack; his son, Mark Estlack (Stephanie) and daughter Chris Estlack Riggs (Donald). He I also survived by two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, and multiple nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to American Heart Association, 162 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.furbeefuneralhome.com.

Farris

2018

Larry Dale Farris (66) of Okemah, Oklahoma passed away on November 25, 2018. He was born in Okemah. Larry received a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University. He retired from the USDA NRCS (formerly the Soil Conservation Service) after more than 20 years of employment. He enjoyed his work and also liked gardening, hunting, fishing and reading. Larry attended the Skyview Baptist Church of Okemah. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Robin Farris of the home in Okemah; one son, David (Melissa) Farris of Okemah; one daughter, Michelle Oxley of Okemah; four brothers, one sister, and five grandchildren.

Finkelson

2018

Ordean Finkelson (92) of Roseville, Minnesota passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 16, 2018. Ordean is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, daughters Barbara (Mike), Kristi (Mike), Carol (Mark) and Diane (Greg), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Ordean graduated from Fergus Falls High School and served in the Army during WWII, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He graduated from NDSU and had a successful career as a geologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1986. Ordean loved to ski, fish, boat, garden and play golf and bridge. Memorials are preferred to New Life Presbyterian Church in Roseville, The Presbyterian Foundation, or NDSU.

Fitzgerald

2018

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Warren Fitzgerald (95) of Sun City, Arizona passed away on September 3, 2018. He was born in Manitowoc, WI. He was raised on a farm in Manitowoc County in the community of Osman. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 with a Degree in Agriculture. He worked with the Soil Conservation Service for 33 years, retiring as State Conservationist for Illinois in 1982. He previously worked for SCS in Michigan and New Jersey before going to Illinois. Warren served in the 11th Armored Division under General Patton in WW II, was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart. He and his wife, Rita, moved to Sun City in 1988. They were avid golfers for many years, and Warren golfed in the Willowbrook Men’s League. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rita; two sons, Mark (Sharon), Urbana, IL and Scott, Overland Park, KS; and a daughter, Ann, Glendale, AZ. He is also survived by six grandchildren. Interment was at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society www.st.vincentdepaul.net or to Hospice of the Valley www.hov.org

Fobair

2018

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist I. W. “Bill” Fobair (92) of Cottonwood, Arizona, passed away on February 16, 2018. He was born on the Niobrara Ranch, homesteaded by his grandfather in 1890, seven miles southwest of Butte. By the time Bill reached the eighth grade, he was determined to become a soil and water conservationist, based on the severe rill and gully erosion he witnessed in rural Boyd County. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1943-1947) and served again during the Korean War (1951-1953). In between that service he received his BS in Agriculture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was a charter member of one of the first College Student Chapters of the Soil Conservation Society of America. He married Joyce A. Pellew in 1949, a knowledgeable young lady from New Zealand. In September 1953, they made an extended trip to New Zealand before starting his career in the Soil Conservation Service. Bill pursued post-graduate studies at the Canterbury Agricultural College, in Lincoln, South Island, New Zealand. Bill took out a patent pending for a folding, rolling shopping basket, had 1,000 made, and sold them after graduation in 1954 on a six-week tour of New Zealand. The proceeds paid for their expenses in New Zealand and trip back to the States in 1955. Bill started his career with SCS at North Platte, Nebraska in May 1955. Bill later served as Area Conservationist in Flint, Michigan, Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator in the Panhandle of Nebraska, and as Seed Production Specialist for the small livestock industry, Tunis, Tunisia. Bill retired in 1981 with 33 years of service. From 1982 to 1986 he was under contract with Utah State University and Louis Berger International to implement a soil and water conservation program for the Central Rangelands Development project in Somalia. Bill and Joyce traveled to 39 foreign countries, all states in the U.S. except North Dakota, and several provinces in Canada, Alaska and Mexico. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary July 5, 2016. Their oldest son Roger, mechanical engineer, works for John Deere at corporate headquarters, Moline, Illinois; and their youngest son, Ralph is Technical Education Director, Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood. Bill and Joyce have three grandchildren.

Foster

2018

Charles Calvin Foster (97) formerly of Washington, Kansas, passed away on May 13, 2018 at Mustang Creek Estates, Sachse, Texas. He was born in Trenton, Missouri. He grew up in Effingham, Kansas, went to Parsons Junior College, and graduated from Kansas State University. Charles worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a District in Osborne, Oskaloosa, and Washington, all in Kansas, retiring in 1983. Charles was preceded in death by: his wife, Evelyn; and one grandson. He is survived by five children; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond Foster, of Horton, Kansas. Memorials may be made to the First United Church, of Washington, in honor of Charles Foster.

Garner

2018

Howard Garner (83) of Newport, North Carolina, passed away on November 23, 2018. He was born to Fernie and Mildred Garner at their home next to the Hill Hardware Store. He lived at his current home on Nine Foot Road since 1963. Howard had a long career as a Soil Conservation Technician serving Carteret, Craven, Pamlico and Onslow Counties. Some of the achievements during his life he was most proud of are: President of Newport Woodmen of the World, Charter President of Newport Jaycees, Governor of Newport Moose Lodge, Vice President of NC Jaycees, Board of Directors of US Jaycees, Honorary Jr Chamber International, Pilgrim Degree with Moose and served as Administrator of Newport Moose Lodge for 18 years during which time the lodge was named #1 out of 2200 lodges by Moose International. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peggy Garner; daughter, Beth Tufts and her husband; son, Ward Garner; five grandchildren, and a special great granddaughter, and a sister, Brenda Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.

Garst

2018

The conservation community in Virginia is saddened by the recent loss of current employee Fred Garst (62) of Bridgewater, Virginia on August 16, 2018 of an apparent heart attack.  Fred was a trained geologist, but came to work with SCS as a technician, took college classes and became certified as a soil scientist, and then worked for many years as the state’s GIS specialist.  Fred was well known for his smile and friendly manner with all NRCS employees, SWCD staff and Directors and many agency partners. In addition, Fred served as an adjunct professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg and positively impacted the lives of countless students through real world examples and training on GIS in the NRCS office.  He will be greatly missed. Fred is survived by his mother, Freda Cowger Garst; his devoted wife of 38 years, Sue Burkholder Garst; two sons, Matthew Marshall (Lora) Garst and Capt. Daniel Lloyd Garst; and girlfriend, Dr. Erika Shelburneand; two granddaughters, and a brother and two sisters. Fred was known as an outstanding athlete. As a standout in H.S. football, Fred went on to play at James Madison University on their first undefeated football team. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Geiger

2018

Honorary Life Member Alfonso (Al, Fonce) F. Geiger (93) of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away peacefully on September 15, 2018, at his home in the Riderwood community. He was born on his family’s farm in Saranac, Michigan, the fifth child of eight to German immigrants August and Emma Geiger. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Geological Engineering. His job as a geologist for the Department of Agriculture first brought the young Geiger family to Greenbelt in 1957, where he lived for 49 years. He retired as the National Geologist for the Soil Conservation Service in 1980. He was a professor of geology at George Washington University until his retirement. He was a gifted gardener, carpenter, boat builder and game player who enjoyed making a competition out of any activity. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Agnes, and son Paul Allen. He is survived by his second wife Ellie Friend, his sisters Arlene and Shirley, his children Maureen, Patricia, Kathleen, Thomas and Ellen, their spouses Kate, Ted, Mark and Patty as well as his 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Gelnar

2018

Edward Robert Gelnar (82) of Mangum, Oklahoma passed away on November 22, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born in Brinkman, Oklahoma. He graduated from Mangum High School in 1956. He served his country in the Air Force. He spent his life as a rancher and retired from the Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mangum. He enjoyed camping, working with his cattle and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Edward is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, a sister, and a great grandson. He is survived by his wife Darlene of the home; a son, Junior (Susan) Gelnar of Mangum; a daughter, Stephanie (Calvin) Yocham of Mangum; seven grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Gerald

2018

Life Member Talbert R. Gerald (82) of Athens, Georgia passed away on March 6, 2018 after a brief illness surrounded by his precious family. He was born in Loris, South Carolina. Talbert graduated from Loris High School in 1953 and was elected President of his senior class. He went onto Clemson University where he earned a BS degree in Agronomy and Soils and graduated on June 2, 1957. On the same date, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army, Artillery Branch. He had a ten-year military career, active duty and reserve. Talbert attained the rank of Captain and was the commander of an Artillery Battery. He received an honorable discharge. Talbert’s first job out of Clemson was Assistant County Agent of Florence County, South Carolina. After two years he accepted a position of Soil Scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. He went on to have a 44-year career in Soil Science. He served in several locations in South Carolina as a field Soil Scientist and Soil Survey Party Leader. A promotion in 1976 carried him to Fort Worth, Texas, to the South National Technical Center as Assistant Principal Soil Correlator. In 1981 Talbert moved to Athens, Georgia as State Soil Scientist, a position he retired from in 1996. He then established a Soils Consulting business for eight years, retiring for a second time in 2004. He was a member of the American Legion, the Fraternity of Alpha Zeta, and Green Acres Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. Talbert and his wife Beth served as youth leaders, and he served on many committees at the church. While working in Florence, SC he met “the love of his life,” Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Tarte. God blessed them with 57 years together and a great family. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and sons in law: Marianne Elizabeth and Matt Boggs of Colbert, GA, Dena Elizabeth and Mark Hodge of Canton, GA, and Susan Elizabeth and Kendall Cook of Monroe, GA; five granddaughters, one grandson, three great granddaughters, and one brother. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made of Green Acres Baptist Church flower fund 2085 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605 or to the American Cancer Society in his memory.

Gerdes

2018

Robert “Bob” N. Gerdes (90) of Salina, Kansas passed away August 21, 2018. He was born in Amorita, Okla., and graduated from Amorita High School. Bob joined the United States Navy as did so many young men in those years. He had 11 brothers and sisters. All but his sister, Mary, have preceded him. Bob and Dorothy were Charter Members of Christ the King Lutheran Church and were very active there. Bob married Dorothy Maltbie of Amorita, May 28, 1947. They have been married 71 years. They have three children, four grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Dorothy J. Gerdes served as a Personnel Management Specialist in the SCS Kansas State Office. Memorials are suggested to: Christ the King Lutheran Church, Sunflower Lions, or the Municipal Golf Course, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina. For more information or to leave condolences: www.ryanmortuary.com.

Gregory

2018

Gerald Lee Gregory (80) of Baker City, Oregon, passed away from a heart attack on  November 7, 2018.  Gerald was elk hunting with his son-in-law, when he experienced some chest discomfort.  After a triple bypass surgery at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, Gerald had two more heart attacks, the second one was fatal.  Gerald grew up in Sweet Home. Gerald was an Army Veteran, a woodworker, a gardener, a hunter, an artist, and a cowboy action shooter.  Before retiring, Gerald worked as a Civil Engineering Technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Dorothy; son Brian; daughter Becky and son-in- law Bill Manix; and two brothers . Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com.

Guthrie

2018

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist James Elwood Guthrie (94) of Blanch, North Carolina, passed away on March 20, 2018. Elwood retired in 1986 as Soil Conservation Technician in the Soil Conservation Service Yanceyville Field Office with over 26 years of service. He was a life-time resident of Caswell County. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Yanceyville, NC, where he served as past Deacon and former choir member. Elwood was a founding member of the Central Caswell Ruritan Club. Elwood is survived by three sons, Kenneth Guthrie (Connie), Mitchell Guthrie, and James Guthrie; a daughter, Linda Palmer (Marty), all of Blanch, N.C.; two sisters, two grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Emily on March 13, 2013. Online condolences at www.wrenn-yeatts.com.

Haas

2018

Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Joseph W. Haas (87) of Winchester, Virginia passed away on September 8, 2018. He was born in Danville, IL, and was the youngest of six boys. He spent his formative years living and working on various farms in and around Rossville, IL. He met his wife, Lavona (Green) Haas, on the high school bus in 1948 and graduated from Rossville High School in 1949. They married on June 14, 1953 and were married for 61 years until Lavona’s passing in 2014. They had one daughter, Cindy, in 1957. Joe received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1953. Soon thereafter, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years serving our country. He got a job as an Agricultural Engineer with watershed project responsibilities with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Edwardsville, IL in 1955. Various promotions sent him to other Illinois locations, and in 1963 he was offered a fellowship to study Public Administration at Stanford University. While there, he also received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He returned to Illinois in 1964 as the State Engineer for SCS. A few years later he was promoted to Assistant State Conservationist in Harrisburg, PA. Only two years later, he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Watershed Planning at the National Headquarters for SCS in Washington, D.C. where he held many responsible positions on his way up to the number two position of Associate Chief of the agency and retired in 1988. He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Siler, of Round Hill, VA; a granddaughter, a grandson, one brother as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Hagen

2018

Robert Eugene “Bob” Hagen (88) of Sedan, Kansas was born in Chicago and passed away at his home, June 27, 2018. Bob grew up in Chicago, but loved spending his summers at his uncles’ farms in Barton County, KS. Bob attended Kansas Wesleyan for one year and graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College, where he played for the baseball team, and was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. Bob and Jackie married Dec. 27, 1952, in Abilene, KS. Bob served two years in the Air Force, stationed in Europe. Bob worked for the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service for 34 years retiring as the state administrative officer. Early retirement in 1996 allowed him to spend 33 years doing things he loved, including golfing and visiting his various farms. Bob was involved with his church, Sunrise Presbyterian, singing in the choir. He sang in the Bethel College performances of Handel’s Messiah for many years. Bob is survived by his children, Randell (Deborah) Hagen of Houston, Texas, and Nancy (Ted) Knopp of Wichita, Kansas; his five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and a sister. Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Nora Jacqueline “Jackie” (Scott) Hagen; and son, Barton Jay Hagen. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to: The First Tee of Salina, or Sunrise Presbyterian Church, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Hager

2018

Roger F. Hager (76) of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania passed away on April 20, 2018, at the Milton Hershey Medical Center surrounded by his loving family following post-surgical complications. He was born in Waukon, IA. Roger was a 1964 graduate of Iowa State University, later receiving a second degree from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Agronomy and Business. In 1971, Roger moved to Pennsylvania. He was a long-time employee of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring as a contract specialist in 2003. Roger also served on the board of the Dillsburg Area Public Library. Roger was a legendary personality who had a deep appreciation for the people and things he loved and was a phenomenal influence on his children, grandchildren and all who knew him. He was a voracious reader and student of history, with a special passion for World War II events. Roger is survived by his wife, Linda C. (Obyle) Hager; as well as his daughter, Sarah Hager Crone and her husband Leon of Mechanicsburg; a step-daughter, Laura Martino and her husband Peter of Clinton, NY; a step-son, Peter Dohner and his wife Beth Ann D'Agostino of Dillsburg; six grandchildren; and a brother and a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019 or the Lutheran Camping Corp., P.O. Box 459, Arendtsville, PA 17303.

Hall

2018

Gladston “G. H.” Hall (90) of Auburn, Alabama passed away on July 28, 2018. G. H. was a retired hydrologist on the Alabama River Basin Staff. He retired with 33 years of Federal service with SCS. Other work experience included area engineer in Alabama Area 1 and Assistant State Engineer in New York. G. H. was a professional civil engineer and continued work as a pond designer after retirement from SCS. He received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for injuries received in the Korean War. G. H. was an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church and a member of the Gideon’s.

Hardy-Brown

2018

Renessa Cecelia Hardy-Brown (45) of Hope Mills, North Carolina, formerly of Whiteville, passed away on January 26, 2018. Renessa retired as District Conservationist at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Fayetteville Field Office. She had been courageously fighting cancer for six years. Surviving are her daughters, Courtney Brown and Celine Lewis of the home; father and stepmother, Boice and Jocerlyn Hardy of Woodbridge, VA; mother, Brenda Vaughn of Parkton; and two brothers. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or Covenant Love Church. Fayetteville, NC.

Hartman

2018

Ralph Lawrence Hartman (89) of Keyser, West Virginia passed away on October 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born at home in Junction, WV. Besides his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Pearl Mae Hartman (d. January 15, 2014), four brothers, and two sisters. Ralph is survived by three daughters; Linda Mallow of Elkins, Jean Harman and husband Dr. Steven of Eckhart, MD, and Joan Hartman of New Creek, one brother, one sister, seven grandchildren as well as ten great grandchildren. Ralph's career(s) were several; he was in the U.S. Army for 20 years, then worked as a surveyor for 20 years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, and the final 20 years of his working career were spent at the family operated "The Can Do Construction Company" in Keyser. He was a charter member of the Chapter 9 Disabled American Veterans, a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, a longtime member of the Mill Creek Ruritan, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and was instrumental in the establishment of the National Veteran's Cemetery in Grafton, WV. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Ralph's name to: Calvary United Methodist Church, 233 South Mineral St., Keyser, WV 26726

Hayhurst

2018

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Eileen Moore Hayhurst (91) passed away on August 15, 2018, while she was at Sundale Nursing Home for rehabilitation. Eileen Rae Moore was born in Belington, in Barbour County and died just eight days short of her 92nd birthday. Eileen graduated from Morgantown High School in 1943, attended West Virginia University for one year, and then married her high school sweetheart in 1944.  They had two sons before they were divorced in 1951. Eileen subsequently graduated from Morgantown Business College and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service from 1954 to 1983.  She was married to Thomas S. Davis from 1963 until his death in 1973. She married Russell J. Hayhurst on July 6, 1985. They were happily married for nearly 33 years, until he passed away earlier this year, on June 6. Eileen was an active member of the First Baptist Church, in Morgantown, for over 60 years. She loved reading, playing bridge, and watching WVU football and basketball games. Eileen is survived by her two sons, Michael Lynn (Theresa) Toothman, of Ardmore, PA, (wife, Therese) and Timothy Wilson Toothman, of Tucson, AZ, (wife, Jessica L. Andrews); her stepdaughter, Pamula Sue (Hayhurst) Pandolfi, of Culpeper, VA, (husband, Peter); her daughter-in-law, Deborah Hayhurst, of Marianna, FL; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother. Donations may be made in Eileen’s honor to the WVU Foundation for the Eileen and Russell Hayhurst Athletic Scholarship Fund.

Heilman

2018

Rodney Lee Heilman (87) of Versailles, Kentucky passed away on April 16, 2018 at the Episcopal Church Home, Louisville, Kentucky. He is a native of Henry County. He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lola Heilman. He is survived by his daughter, Anne H. Veno (Tim); a granddaughter, and three great grandchildren and two brothers. Rodney attended Western Kentucky University and was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he obtained a degree in agriculture. He worked for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, as a dairy farmer with his brother Philip, and for 32 years was a soil conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Westport Road Baptist Church and was an ordained Deacon and Sunday School teacher for most of his adult life. In addition, he served two years in the United States Army, was a 50-year member of the Campbellsburg Masonic Lodge, and an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Episcopal Church Home or the donor's charity of choice.

Held

2018

Robert J. Held (90) of Pershing, Missouri passed away on April 25, 2018 at Hermann Area District Hospital. Robert was born in Pershing. He graduated from Hermann High School. He then went on to attend college at University of Missouri where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist. Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Zion-St. Peter's United Church of Christ. Robert is survived by a brother, Jim Held & wife Betty, of Hermann; a sister Marilyn Homeister of Tiffon, Ohio; a sister-in-law Bettie Held, of Morrison. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a brother-in-law. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be given to Zion-St. Peter's United Church of Christ. C/O Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home.

Helms

2018

John Douglas Helms (73) of Arlington, Virginia passed away on September 5, 2018, at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. Doug was born in Union County, NC.  He was a 1967 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He continued his education at Florida State University, earning a Master of Arts Degree in 1970 as well as a Doctorate in American history in 1977.  Following his education, Doug moved to the areas of Arlington, VA, and Washington, DC, where he worked at the Smithsonian Institute and at the National Archives. He later became employed with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as Historian. At the time of his retirement, he had worked for more than 30 years with the department. He was the first Historian for NRCS. To see Doug’s full obituary, see a “Bit of History” on page 5 in the ARCSE November/December 2018 newsletter. 

Hicks

2018

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Vernon M. Hicks (89) of Temple, TX passed away March 25, 2018. He was born in Hico, TX, and he was a long time resident of Belton and Temple. Vernon served in the Army Air Corps after WWII as part of the Pacific Occupation Forces. He attended and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Wildlife Biologist degree. He had an exemplary career with USDA Soil Conservation Service. His career took him to Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, naturalist and worked as a consultant to reclaim mining fields in East Texas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. Vernon is survived by his wife of 20 years, Juanita B. Hicks, a daughter, Dottie H. Stephens, and a stepdaughter, Karen Frost. He has ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Vernon is preceded in death by two daughters and a stepdaughter. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Dawson Class at First United Methodist Church in downtown Temple, Texas.

Huff

2018

Senior Conservationist James Wesley Huff (90) of Athens, Georgia passed away April 20, 2018, after living a full and rewarding life. He served with the U.S. Army near the end of WWII and was discharged in 1946. He lived the balance of his life in the Athens area. James was employed by the Loef Company as an equipment operator for many years before going to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. As a core drill operator, he performed soil investigations throughout Georgia, various sites on the East Coast and Puerto Rica. He enjoyed helping others and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a Christian of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary Huff. James is survived by his son, Frank Huff (Andrea), sister Minnie Turner and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Team Members Christmas Fund, Thrive at Athens, LTC.

Hunter

2018

Harold Everett “Hal” Hunter (75) passed away on Feb. 15, 2018 after an acute illness. Harold was born in Livingston Montana. Harold spent his early years growing up in Livingston, working at his parents Union 76 station. As an avid outdoorsman, his love of the outdoors led him to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana School of Forestry. Upon graduation from forestry school in Missoula, Hal spent a couple years in graduate school in Bozeman, focusing on soil science. He worked as a soil scientist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Cut Bank and Missoula, then re-located to Bozeman in 1972 as the State Staff Forester and held this title until his retirement in 1995. Hal is survived by his loving wife Judy of almost 50 years, and three sons all of Bozeman. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Reach Inc. (322 Gallatin Park Drive Bozeman, MT 59715).

Hunter

2018

Judith Wood Hunter (73) of Orrington, Maine passed away peacefully on August 20th, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her best friend and sister, Janet York, and her brother, Dr. Charles Larracey. She lived most of her life in Orrington and was a proud member of the Brewer High School Class of 1962. Judy married the love of her life, Richard Hunter, in 2002. Dick was the long-time computer specialist in the State Office of NRCS in Orono. They had a marriage that all would admire. She leaves behind her three children, Mark Hunter, Todd Hunter, and Jill Hunter, her adoring six grandchildren, and a brother. A fund has been created to honor and continue what she loved doing, helping kittens find forever homes. Judy's Kitties, started by the Pixel fund, will continue her passion for many years to come. Donations can be made online at www.thepixelfund.org or checks can be made to the Pixel Fund and mailed to Karen Wood, 11 Abby's Way, Orrington, ME 04474.

Jackson

2018

Donald Lee Jackson (88) passed from this life on July 12, 2018 at Grace Living Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Don was born in Butler, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma A & M College (now OSU) where he earned a BS in Agriculture in 1951 and his Masters in Agriculture in 1954. Don joined the Air Force in 1951, retiring as a USAF Colonel. On May 10, 1975, Don married Patricia Bolton Talkington Jackson in Stillwater, Oklahoma. After retirement from the Air Force, Don worked as the District Conservationist for Payne County, Oklahoma. He was an active member of the First Christian Church, the Lion’s Club, and American Legion. Don is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patricia, one son, two daughters, two step-sons, and one step-daughter, 14 grandchildren and one sister.  Condolences may be emailed to the family, and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Jackson

2018

Roberta “Birdie” L. Jackson (65) of Fairmont, West Virginia passed away on April 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Buffalo, New York. She leaves behind her loving husband of 33 years, Leonard Jackson of Fairmont and daughter, Lauren Jackson of Morgantown. Leonard was a mail clerk in the NRCS Morgantown state office.

Jacobs

2018

Eullas Herbert Jacobs (92) of Russell Springs, Kentucky, passed away at home on January 16, 2018. He was born in Detroit. At the age of 3, the family returned to Lincoln County, KY where he grew up on the family farm. He attended a one room school house and later the Lincoln County High School where he was drafted into the US Military in 1943, prior to his beginning his senior year. He joined the US Navy, serving with the submarine service in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Atule (403) on four combat patrols until the war ended. He was honorably discharged on April, 9, 1946 and returned home to Lincoln County. There he completed his high school education, graduating in 1947. He then attended the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1952 with a Degree in Agriculture. He joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1958 working as a soil scientist in Western Kentucky until his retirement in 1985. There were three generations of Jacobs Soil Scientist if correctly recalled--Eullas, Steve and one of Steve's sons. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Louise Blanton Jacobs of Russell Springs, KY; three sons, Michael Neal Jacobs of Manitou, KY; Steve Edward Jacobs (Melanie) of MaysLick, KY; Barry Eullas Jacobs (Sue) of Versailles, KY; one daughter, Susan Renee Jacobs of Russell Springs, KY; a brother, a sister, a six grandchildren, and one great grandchild

Jaunzemis

2018

Valda Jaunzemis (73) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 9, 2018.  Born April 8, 1945 in Ravensburg, Germany, she came to the United States in 1950, with her mother and brother Janis. She graduated from Lincoln High School and took a job with the Mills Insurance Agency. For many years she was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Cartographer at the Midwest Regional Cartographic Unit in Lincoln and later as an administrative assistance at the National Soil Survey Center, Lincoln. Valda was a member of the United Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lincoln and life member of Daugavas Vangis Inc.

Jefferson

2018

David Lee Jefferson (75) of Lincoln, Nebraska was born in Columbia, Missouri and passed away on July 24, 2018. He received a music scholarship to Langston University but returned home after one year. In January 1960, he began his career as a Civil Engineering Aide with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Columbia, MO. In March 1968, he transferred to the National Technical Center of the SCS in Lincoln, NE. While employed there, he began and graduated from The University of Nebraska with a degree in civil engineering in December 1982. During his 37-year career, he received numerous awards and commendations for his work as an Area Engineer, Design Engineer and State Environmental Engineer. He was a Master Mason. While in Lincoln, David held numerous leadership positions at his churches, Newman United Methodist and New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a member of the board of directors for several years for YMCA and Cedar’s Home for Children. He also played trumpet with the Lincoln Community Concert Band. On August 24, 1963, he married Sherry Jefferson (who preceded him in death). They are survived by two children and his four grandchildren:

Johnson

2018

Esther L. Johnson (68) of Decatur, Illinois departed this life on October 20, 2018 at Decatur Memorial Hospital. Esther was born in Fayette County, Tennessee. She united in holy matrimony to James B. Johnson, Jr. in 1971. James was a retired Soil Scientist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Esther received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Millikin University, Decatur. She also completed a post master’s program Family Nurse Practitioner at Mennonite College of Nursing Bloomington, 1997. She retired in 2012. Esther leaves to cherish her loving memories: her husband James B. Johnson of 47 years; a son and a daughter; two grandchildren, two sisters, and three brothers. Professional Services Entrusted to Walker Funeral Service. www.walkerfs.com.

Jones

2018

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Martha J. Jones (98) of Kankakee, Illinois passed away January 11, 2018 at her home. She was born in Ashkum. She married Kenneth L. Jones on July 13, 1946 in Ashkum. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2008. Martha retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1977. She was a parishioner of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kankakee, where she sang in the choir. Martha was an avid reader. She enjoyed bowling and watching the Chicago Cubs. Surviving are several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or St. Patrick Catholic Church. 

Kauffman

2018

Donald Glen Kauffman (86) of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on October 22, 2018, at his residence in Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com. Don was born in Parnell, IA (Iowa County. He graduated from Wellman High School in 1950. Don went on to further his education at Iowa State College graduating in 1956. His college experience was interrupted by a two-year period in the U.S. Army, including serving overseas in Korea. Upon graduation Don taught Vocational Agriculture in Dunlap and Grundy Center, IA. While in Dunlap he met his future life mate Wanda Andersen. After leaving teaching, Don joined the Soil Conservation Service in Rocky Ford, CO. He also worked in Holly, CO and Council Bluffs, IA, before being promoted to District Conservationist in Ida County in 1968, where he worked until his retirement in January of 1994. While employed, he started planting Christmas trees on their acreage and upon retirement started Grandpa’s Christmas Tree Farm. Don and Wanda loved meeting and helping families celebrate a traditional Christmas for 14 years. Don loved trees and nature and was active in Trees Forever and was a Master Gardener. He was a charter member of the Ida Grove Ambulance squad for 18 years and an American Legion member. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church. Don is survived by his wife of 62 years Wanda Kauffman of Ida Grove, IA; sons Jeffrey Kauffman of Cambridge, WI and Craig Kauffman of Shawnee, KS; seven treasured grandchildren, three sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Keller

2018

Anna Greta Franzen Keller (86) of Portland, Oregon passed away on July 30, 2018. She was born in Spirit Lake, Idaho. After graduating from high school, she moved to Spokane, Washington and attended beauty school, only to make a career change into the field of accounting. She was then a homemaker from the early 1980s until the time of her death. She met her future husband Milton Herman Keller while tending bar in Portland, Oregon in 1952, and they were married in September of 1953. Milt retired from the Soil Conservation Service as an engineering technician at the WNTC. They welcomed four children, Michael (Linda), Mark (Sally), Matthew (Patty) and Michelle. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton and is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made In Memory of Anna Greta Keller to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, http://www.lls.org/

Kilian

2018

Senior Conservationist Leonard John Kilian (91) of Ridgeway, North Carolina passed away on January 6, 2018. Leonard retired as Soil Conservation Technician in Warren County. He was a lifelong resident of Warren County. He was a US Air Force Veteran, a farmer, and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he held many offices. After retirement, he served on the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District Board until his death. He was a member of the local Farm Bureau for forty years and was also a member of the Cattleman’s Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Roberson Kilian. He is survived by his son, John Farrar Kilian, seven nieces and five nephews.

Kinsey

2018

Senior Conservationist Franklin C. Kinsey (92) of rural Troy, Kansas formerly of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away January 6, 2018. He attended rural school Climax No. 9, south of Troy, and graduated from Troy High School in 1943. He attended Kemper Military School one year before serving two years in the U.S. Navy, WWII. He also attended Iowa State University for one year before graduating from Kansas State University, in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. After graduation, he went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, as an Area Engineer. He retired from the area office in Manhattan, Kansas in 1986. Franklin married Barbara Jean Daub, of Highland, Kansas, May 31, 1951. She preceded him in death on November 13, 2004. He was a member of the Troy American Legion Post No. 55, Troy Masonic Lodge # 55, Troy Chapter No. 16, Atchison Commandery No. 2, Salina ISIS Shrine, and ISIS Shrine Legion of Honor. Survivors include: a son, Hugh C. Kinsey, three granddaughters, four great-grandchildren, and a sister. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Janice Kinsey Memorial Scholarship Fund. www.harmanrohde.com.

Kipper

2018

William “Bill” Kipper (96) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away January 31, 2018. Bill is survived by his daughter Kathy Kipper. Bill retired from the Soil Conservation Service in Colorado.

Komarek

2018

Francis J. Komarek (79) of Salina, Kansas passed away February 10, 2018. He was born in Salina. He earned his bachelors of science degree from Kansas State University in 1961. Francis retired from SCS-NRCS as a civil engineer in 1992. Francis was a member of NARFE, served on the Saline County Soil and Water Conservation Board, and was a member of St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church. He enjoyed farming with his family on their farm west of Salina. Francis married Linda Hamilton who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, James F. Komarek (Emily) of Salina, a brother and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice of Salina, or Bavaria Cemetery, in care of the mortuary.

Koerner

2018

Senior Conservationist Robert Owen Charles Koerner (“Rock”) (91) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on October 26, 2018.  He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  Robert spent his career as a biologist with the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1988.  His greatest joys in life were spending time with family, his faith community, photography and time outdoors.  Robert was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann and eight siblings.  Robert is survived by his seven children, Paul (Jan), Dan (Janet), Colette (Bill Bohl), Roberta (Ty Westover), Patty (Dan Drozda), Kathy (Dan Steinmeyer), Tom (Shelley), 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials to the family for later designation.

Konopka

2018

Paul Edward Konopka (62) of Mechanicsville, New York, formerly of North Adams, passed away on September 20, 2018, at the Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation in Ballston Spa, NY. He was born in North Adams and attended schools in North Adams and graduated from Drury High School. He then attended Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield and received his Bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire. Paul worked as a soil scientist for the United States Government in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York. Besides his parents Edward and Dorothy (Kluza) Konopka of North Adams, he is survived by two brothers, William Konopka of Nashua, NH and John Konopka of Stamford, VT; one sister, Mary Ellen Deming of Ashley Falls, MA; two nephews, and a niece. To leave a message of condolences, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com.

Kover

2018

Member Richard "Dick" William Kover (82) a resident of the Forest Grove, Oregon passed away on November 13, 2018 at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro. Dick was born in Inglewood, CA. Dick attended Cal Poly and received a Bachelor's Degree in Soil Science in 1958. He met his future wife, Delphine Kitch, while on summer break from college, Delphine and her family moved next door and they soon began dating.  After living in several location in CA, Dick and family  moved to Oregon settling in Beaverton in 1977. Upon his retirement in 1993 Dick and his wife moved to Forest Grove.  Dick had worked all his life for USDA Soil Conservation Service. Having been a Soil Scientist he used his skills in California and Oregon. In his later years Dick was an Administrator in charge of fourteen western states and had to travel to each one. He retired in 1987. He enjoyed working puzzles and BBQ's. When he was in high school Dick belonged to the FFA and showed beef cattle. He is preceded in death by his parents and two siblings. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Delphine, a daughter; Pamela "Pam" Kover of Aloha, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Land

2018

Jack Dwain Land (81) of Portland, Oregon passed away on September 23, 2018. He was born in Hastings, Nebraska. Jack attended Parkrose High School in Portland and later graduated. After graduation he enlisted with a buddy in the Air Force. He spent part of his career in Africa, Spain and Texas. He also served two tours in Vietnam. He left the service for a short time and later joined the Air National Guard. Later his daughter, Kathleen and son, Robert followed in his footsteps joining The Air National Guard. He served 23 years in the Military and 30 years in the Federal Service. Jack was a draftsman for the Soil Conservation Service at the West National Technical Center. Jack's passions included fishing, cooking, storytelling and dogs. Jack is survived by his sister; Sylvia Turner, son: Robert Land, daughters: Renee Land and Jackie Dove, Stepdaughters: Terrie, Vickie, Kathy and Sherrie, 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Lantz

2018

Robert “Bob” Eugene Lantz (88) of Brooklyn, Illinois passed away January 24, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. He was born in Brooklyn Township, Schuyler County, Illinois. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Patsy, three children Vicky (Dr. Demir) Saka of Quincy, Dr. Patrick (Dr. Shelley Kreiter) Lantz of Winston-Salem, NC, and Dona Lantz of Columbus, OH, three grandsons, and one great granddaughter. Bob graduated from Augusta High School in 1947. He first farmed and worked as a carpenter. In 1962, he began his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He worked at the offices in Carthage, Pittsfield, Macomb, Carbondale and Champaign retiring in 1987. He received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois in 1967. Bob was a member of the Brooklyn United Methodist Church, served on the Brooklyn Township Board, and was a member of the Camden Masonic Lodge # 648. He was a member of the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Board and the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. He also volunteered as a valet and patient escort at the hospital. He was a former member of the Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Clubs. Donations may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Larson

2018

Donald (Don) Spencer Larson of Rockwood, Idaho passed away on March 1, 2018, at Rockwood Care Center in Spokane. Don was a longtime resident of both Troy and Moscow before moving to Rockwood in 2013. Don was born in Grangeville, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in forestry. After graduation, Don served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. He served in Vietnam and helped return POWs after the conflict was over. Don also earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his service, he was stationed in Alaska, where a mutual friend introduced him to Phebe Brown. They were married in August 1961. After retiring from the Air Force, Don worked for the Soil Conservation Service in St. Maries and Moscow as the Area Forester until he retired in 1993. He was a faithful RC&D Council volunteer for many years. Don was involved with the Gideons and Compassion International. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Moscow and then the Bovill Community Church. Don and Phebe enjoyed RVing and camping throughout their lives. Don is survived by a brother, Richard Larson, his three children, Derick, Kirk and Melinda, and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Phebe. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at shermancampbell.com.

Laurie

2018

Jerry Wendell Laurie (79) of Maysville, Kentucky passed away on June 16, 2018, at Kenton Pointe Care Center in Maysville. He was born in Manchester, Ohio. Jerry was a graduate of Ohio State University, a field man with Carnation Milk Co. for 16 years, and retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after 20 years of service in Bracken, Mason and Robertson counties. He was also a member and trustee at Trinity Lutheran Church in Maysville, member of Aberdeen Lions Club, former City Council member, and former volunteer coach for the Knothole Baseball and Peewee Basketball. Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Bachtel Laurie. He is also survived by his son, Jay (Jeane Kropp) Laurie of Madison, WI. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hospice of Hope. Condolences may be sent to www.mooreandparkerfh.com

Lee

2018

Tillman Earl Lee (91) of Franklin, Tennessee, passed away January 3, 2018. Tillman was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbia and was a retired Area Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in Columbia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann Prince Lee. Survived by: sons, Mark (Sandra) Lee of Franklin, TN, and Eric (Kay) Lee of Nashville, TN and five grandchildren.

Lerch

2018

Norbert Kay Lerch (90) of Hamilton, Ohio peacefully passed away on December 22, 2018 at UC West Chester Hospital in Liberty Township. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio. Norbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the Ohio State University in 1950. He retired from USDA Soil Conservation Service after working for 35 years. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a Member of The Nature Conservancy. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamilton and at one time served as a Deacon. He is survived by two nieces and a nephew. Norbert is preceded in death his wife of 52 years, Luella Lerch, two brothers, and a sister. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hamilton or to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.avancefuneralhome.com.

Maresch

2018

Anna C. "Dolly" Maresch (85) of Fort Washington, Maryland passed away on July 31, 2018; the beloved wife of Maj. Wayne F. Maresch, USAF (Ret.); mother of Wayne M. (Jacquelyn) Maresch, Sharon A. (Michael) Dragoo, Kathleen M. (Ken) Chandler, Stephen A. (Michelle) Maresch, Theresa L. (David) Gwiazda and the late Craig T. (Susan) Maresch. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends. Dolly's husband, Wayne F. retired from the Soil conservation Service as Director of the Administrative Services Division, and her son, Wayne M. retired from NRCS as Deputy Chief of Soil Science and Resource Assessment. Anna was member of the St. Columba Sodality and the Ladies Guild St. Columcille Council. In her spare time she enjoyed travelling, especially to a beach and playing the slot machines. She was also an artist. She could paint and sculpt and also arrange flowers. Donations in memory of Dolly may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church of Piscataway, 13401 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735-4564 or the American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF), 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 480, Columbia, MD 21044

McClain

2018

Isaac Fleet McClain, Jr. (97) of Anderson, South Carolina passed away peacefully on April 24, 2018 after a serious fall. He was born in Anderson County and graduated from Anderson Boys High School in 1939 and attended Clemson University until enlisting in the U.S. Army. As lifelong resident of the Centerville community, he helped organize Centerville Fire Department and the West Anderson Water Company. He was a lifelong farmer and cattleman, a substitute mail carrier for six years, and worked 18 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1983. He was a lifetime member of New Prospect Baptist Church, serving in many capacities. He served in WW II in the 94th Infantry Division in the European Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a member of the Hudgens American Legion Post #14, a Mason, and a member of the SC Forestry Commission. He was twice married, first to the former Alein McCoy, who preceded him in death in 1981. His second wife, Ruth Bruton, died in 2011. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Connie Fowler and husband, Billy. He was also preceded in death by one sister, one brother, and two infant siblings. He is survived by three loving daughters, Laura (Frank) Lipe of Pisgah Forest, NC, Becky Parris of Isle of Palms, SC, and Cynthia (Monte) Simpson of Anderson, eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a step-daughter, Karen Bruton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 2503 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625.

McLoda

2018

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Niles Allan McLoda (88) of Midlothian, Virginia formerly of Amelia, passed away on June 23, 2018. Niles retired in 1988 as the State Soil Scientist for Virginia with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maybelle; and his brothers, Dale and William. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane; his daughters, Gail Weatherford (Irl) and Nancy McLoda (Brooks Smith); two granddaughters, Sarah and Allison Weatherford; and siblings, Neal McLoda, Noreen Collins and Sherill "Cookie" McLoda. Burial was in the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia with military honors. Condolences may be left at www.hillsmanhix.com.

Moss

2018

Allen Russell Moss (79) of Vici, Oklahoma passed away on April 17, 2018. He was born in rural Dewey County, OK and grew up on a farm. While in high school he loved playing baseball and basketball. He was a baseball pitcher for a Nebraska minor league team after high school. He graduated in 1960 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agriculture with range management option in the field of agronomy. Before graduation he was baptized into the General Assembly and Church of the First Born of Vici, OK. He worked with USDA-Soil Conservation Service which took them to 10 locations in Oklahoma during their first 10 years of marriage. While at Tahlequah, he started the Sun Down Hereford Ranch. He raised Hereford cattle all his life, which he thoroughly enjoyed. He resigned as an RC&D Coordinator in August of 1979 after 21 years of service and moved back home to Cestos, OK. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Eula Mae Moss of Vici, OK, four children and eleven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.

Moyers

2018

Douglas Wilson Moyers (96) of McMinnville, Tennessee and Claiborne County, TN native passed away on January 28, 2018 in NHC Healthcare of McMinnville following a brief illness. He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired supervisor with USDA Soil Conservation. After retirement, he and his wife, Nettie, traveled to all 50 states and capitols and four continents. Survivors include two nieces, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-great-nephews. Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com

Mullen

2018

Glen Leon Mullen (93) of Bethany, Oklahoma passed away on September 16, 2018. He was born on a farm in Lincoln County, nine miles north of Chandler, OK. He was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Friends Church and attended Chandler High School. He worked on the family farm with his father until he joined the army in 1943. He served during World War II in the European theater as a light machine gunner. He was discharged in 1945 as Private First Class in the Army of Occupation. He was a Purple Heart recipient. Glen married Eunice Lorene Whiteman on September 5, 1948. Glen attended Oklahoma A&M College and earned a degree in Agronomy in 1950. He was a member of the national and international award-winning crop judging team while in college. Upon graduation he worked as a soil conservationist for the USDA. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981as an area conservationist after working 30 years in Kansas and Oklahoma. Upon retirement he moved back to his family farm in Lincoln County, OK, and built a new home on the exact location of his grandparents’ homestead. He volunteered with Friends Disaster Relief after national and international natural disasters. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eunice, his children Stan (Marsha) Mullen, Carolyn (Jim) Luthye, Scott (Suzanne) Mullen, and Marilyn (Phil) Shipman, grandchildren, and his great grandchildren.

Nace

2018

William Scott Nace (55) and Debra Anne (Hunt) Nace (47) both of Delaware, Ohio passed away unexpectedly February 3, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Somerset County, PA. Scott and Debra met on RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) and were married on April 1, 2000. Scott was born in Lansdale, PA. Scott was currently working for Whiteside Manufacturing. Debra was born in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Agronomy and French. After graduating, she served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, Africa. Having a passion for soil conservation, Debra worked for the USDA NRCS in Iowa, Pennsylvania, Idaho, and more recently Ohio. Debra Nace was the current District Conservationist in Marion and Morrow Counties in Ohio. Just recently, she served a 45 day stint with FEMA in the Puerto Rico Recovery stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. She was a co-leader with the Girl Scouts, member of the Women’s City Club and active in her church. Scott and Debra are survived by their children, 16 year old Bowen and 12 year old Hannah. Scott is also survived by his parents, David and Audrey Nace; two sisters and a brother. Debra is also survived by her parents, Donald and Judith Hunt; a sister and a brother. To share a fond memory of Scott and Debra or to offer a condolence to their families, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. Additionally, a GoFundMe site has been set up to donate money to their children Bowen and Hannah. Here is the link. https://www.gofundme.com/bowen-and-hannah039s-fund

Nance

2018

Member Luke Atkinson Nance, Jr. P.E. of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on May 1, 2018. He was born in Galivant's Ferry, SC. A graduate of Aynor High, he received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Clemson College. Lt. Nance served in the 3rd Armor Division US Army at Fort Knox, KY, and Ayers Kaserne, Kirch Gons, West Germany. He received his master's in Ag Eng. from Clemson University. He was a registered Professional Engineer in both Agricultural and Civil Engineering. Luke was an engineer at Lockwood Greene Engineers in Spartanburg, SC, for two years. He was a Planning Engineer for Natural Resources Conservation Service/USDA, formerly SCS, for over 50 years, the last nine years as a volunteer. Luke received many awards and honors through the years for his excellent work, knowledge, and dedication, including volunteer of the year several times, plus President Obama's Call To Service Award for over 6000 volunteer hours. He was a member of NSPE, ASABE, ARCSE, and SCSPE which awarded him the Young Engineer of the Year award in 1973 and the Engineer of the Year award in 2017. He belonged to Washington Street UMC for over 50 years where he served as a member of the choir for over 30 years. He was President of the Columbia High Band Boosters and the PTO. He survived his many battles spanning 22 years with a cavernous angioma on the brain stem through hard work and persistence with the aid of his devoted wife, as well as many skilled therapists. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Laurely Kyrlach Nance; children, Marcy Reid (Tom), Eva Nance (Kimberly McAlister), Tom Nance (Catherine Stapleton); sister, Sarah Nance Burns (John); sister-in-law, Jann Morton Nance; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Lewis E. Nance. Memorials may be made to the Music Ministries at Washington Street UMC, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201; Angioma Alliance, 161 Jefferson Drive, Palmyra, VA 22963 or SCSPE Educational Foundation for MathCounts, SCSPE, PO Box 11937, Columbia, SC 29211. Condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.

Nelson

2018

Member and Senior Conservationist Robert John Nelson (84) of Burnsville, North Carolina passed away on March 2, 2018. John retired in 1988 as the RC&D Coordinator for the Mountain Valleys RC&D Project after 40 years of service with Soil Conservation Service. He was born in Kernersville, NC. John was a graduate of NC State University and served in the US Army. He served as District Conservationist in several locations in North Carolina. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mary Hensley Nelson; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Joey Lindsay of Morganton; and a brother-in-law, Douglas Hensley of Burnsville. A memorial service was held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.

Nutt

2018

Ellen Gee Tankersley Nutt, (94) 1924 – 2018, After a long and full life, Ellen Nutt went to the arms of Jesus on December 5, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Ellen was born on January 9, 1924 in Baird, Texas. The only child of G.H. (Buddy) and Lucille Tankersley, she graduated from Baird High School in 1941 and attended Tarleton Junior College and McMurray College. She married Guy Nutt in 1952 and together they raised their children: Ann and Bill. Due to Guy's role with Soil Conservation Service, they enjoyed living in six states and Bangalore, India. Loving Idaho, they retired in Meridian in 1982. Her life was rich with meaningful and lasting friendships.

Ellen had a deep love for her family at Discovery Church where she was affectionately called "Mimi" by her grandchildren and many others that knew her. She loved the fellowship at Bible studies and retreats, enjoyed playing golf until her late 80s and bridge until this fall. She was an avid fan of Texas A&M football, the Dallas Cowboys, and the San Antonio Spurs, a true Texan throughout her life.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Guy, and son-in-law Eddie Kleibrink. She is survived by her children: Ann and Montie Ralstin of Meridian, and Bill and Jan Nutt of Austin, TX. Mimi cherished her grandchildren: Beth Christensen, Monica and Matt Hyde of Boise, Elizabeth and Eric Maberry of Houston, Tim and Cindy Nutt, Luke Nutt, and Elise Nutt of Austin, eleven great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews in Texas.

Her life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Discovery Church located in Boise at 1177 N. Roosevelt St.

Our family is thankful for the staff at Lighthouse Hospice and all those who impacted Ellen's life with love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Memorial Fund at Discovery Church.

Oertel

2018

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Robert "Bob" Oertel (100) of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on April 21, 2018. He was a life-long conservationist and worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 40 years, retiring in 1981 as an Assistant State Conservationist. After retirement, he wrote over 800 agricultural, environmental, and personal stories for various publications. An avid volunteer, he was a photographer for 40 Christian Youth Work Camps. He loved gardening, flowers, and fishing and was never idle. Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Mae Oertel; wife, Jane Oertel; son, John Oertel and daughter, Julia Estella Scott. He is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Anne and David Hull, Martinez; daughter and daughter-in-law, Leila Oertel and Robin Heard, Hohenwald, TN; and daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Barry Freeman, Huntsville, AL; loving companion, Issy Weaver, Lawrenceville; brother Leland Oertel, Brighton, IL; three grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairview Presbyterian Church. Please leave online condolences at www.stewartfh.com.

Pedersen

2018

Bob Pedersen (73) passed away June 9, 2018. Bob was SCS/NRCS retired long time Basin Team Leader for the North Coast Basin in Oregon. He is survived by his wife Bernie Pedersen, 8640 Mill Creek Road, Tillamook, OR 97141.

Perales

2018

Anna M. Perales (73) of Columbus, Ohio passed away on June 4, 2018. Anna was born in Duluth, MN. She retired from the USDA with over 40 years of dedicated service. Many of her years were spent loyally working for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). She was a member of the Chisolm Society, Oneida Organization and the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) sponsoring tribal elders. She was passionately active in local, state, and national Native American affairs and culture. Anna was very proud of her Ojibwe and Fond du Lac heritage and avidly researched genealogy. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by children Sheralyn Brown and Michael Perales; and three siblings. Anna is survived by three children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; a sister and a brother. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anna's memory to Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities - Adult Services 2879 Johnstown Road Columbus, OH 43219. Visit www.schoedinger.com

Perez

2018

Adolfo Perez Jr (63) of Alice, Texas passed away March 26, 2018. He was born in Alice. After high school Adolfo joined the United States Army. During his time of service he was stationed overseas and traveled throughout Europe. After his military service he returned home to attend Texas A&I Kingsville where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management. He worked for the USDA-NRCS in various positions for 36 years, including state conservationist in Casper, Wyoming. He was an active member of his community serving in numerous organizations. Professionally he was involved with the National Organization of Professional Hispanic Natural Resources Conservation Service Employee (NOPHNRCSE) serving as president 1997-1998. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors and after retirement returned home to Alice to his beloved ranch, and created a haven for his family to enjoy. Survivors include his Loving Companion Jamie Nichols of Alice, Texas, two sons Adolfo (Abigale) Perez III of San Antonio, Texas, Raul Roberto (Jennifer) Perez of Zapata, Texas, one daughter Sonya (Brandon) Marshall of North Stonington, Connecticut, the mother of his children Belinda Perez of Zapata, Texas and three sisters and eight grandchildren. The family will have a Celebration of Life in June at the Perez Ranch.

Petefish

2018

David Michael Petefish (67) of Plano, Texas passed away on December 8, 2018 of a sudden heart attack. He was born in Dallas, Texas.  David graduated from McKinney High School and continued his education at SMU where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Geology. He was the State Geologist in Texas with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He enjoyed rock collecting, camping and had a love of history. David is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Rose Marie Nagel Petefish of Plano, Texas; son, William Petefish of McKinney, Texas; a sister, two nieces, a nephew, and numerous other loving family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of North Texas or the Abandoned Pet Project.

Pilgrim

2018

Sidney A.L. Pilgrim (84) of Mill Road, New Hampshire passed away on October 20, 2018 at the Dover Center for Health & Rehabilitation. He was born in Berlin, NH. He had been a resident of Durham since 1964. He was the widower of Faith (Martin) Pilgrim, who died in June 1995. Sidney worked 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, as a soil scientist. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Agronomy in 1955. He was also a member of the UNH ski team. His soil scientist career began in Woodsville, NH. He worked in Indiana from 1961 to 1964, returning to Durham as the State Soil Scientist for New Hampshire. He retired from the USDA in 1989. He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Soil Science at the University of New Hampshire in 1979. He loved this second career, teaching Soil Science and Wetland Science until his retirement in 2015. At UNH he taught for the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Continuing Education and the College for Life Long Learning. He also taught at Antioch College in Keene. He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958 and with the New Hampshire Army National Guard in Woodsville. Family members include a son, Paul Pilgrim and a daughter, Kelly Pilgrim of Durham, a sister, three brothers, and several nieces and nephews. To sign our online guestbook, please go to www.purdyfuneralservice.com. Donations may be made in his name to: New Hampshire Food Bank, 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109.

Pollock

2018

Robert (Bob) S. Pollock (92) was born in Ulysses, Nebraska and passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 11, 2018. Bob was a Navy Veteran of WWII and served aboard the USS Bancroft in the South Pacific. He was a member of the America Legion, lifelong member of the VFW, and the Tin Can Sailor Association. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and worked as a Soil Scientist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 35 years. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Doris; three children, Debra Osher (Clark Goken) of Lincoln, Dr. Garry Pollock (Brenda) of Lubbock, TX, and Janis Medler of Thousand Oaks, CA; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by son-in-law Stephen Medler and three sisters. Memorial contributions may be made in care of family, “Thomas J. Peltin Destroyer Museum Grant Program – USS Bancroft (DD598) in memory of Robert Pollock” (www.destroyers.org) or the American Diabetic Association.

Potter

2018

Gayle Ann Potter (71) of Columbia, Missouri passed away on June 15, 2018. Gayle was born in Columbia. She was a graduate of Hickman High School and attended the University of Missouri. She was married on Oct. 16, 1970, in Columbia, to Cordes L. Potter who preceded her in death on March 25, 2016. Cordes was a design engineer with NRCS. She was a chef, seamstress, singer, florist, gardener, writer, fisherman, Gram, mother, sister, Christmas decorating queen, and philosopher. Survivors include two daughters, Robyn Goodman (Brett) of Gainesville, Fla. and Samantha Potter of Columbia; three grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

Price

2018

Alan Barton Price (68) passed away on April 23, 2018 after a ten year struggle with CLL (Leukemia). He graduated in the Class of 1967 at Albany R-III High School, Albany, MO, and on January 20th, 1973, he married Paula Ann Bonham in the First Presbyterian Church, Albany. Paula is the area clerk with the NRCS at Bethany, Missouri. Additional Survivors: son, Andrew B. Price (Cindy) and four granddaughters. Alan’s post high school graduation included two years of Junior College at Wentworth Military Academy in historic Lexington, MO, where he lettered in soccer and completed an Associates of Arts Degree. He then transferred to NW Missouri State University and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Class of 1972. In 1984 Alan completed the educational and on the job training requirements to become an Electrical Lineman at United Electric Cooperative in Savannah, MO. Alan served proudly in the Missouri National Guard Unit A Battery, 129th Field Artillery Company, Albany, MO for nine years. He received an Honorable discharge as Chief of Section #3 Gun.

Price

2018

Hugh Dean Price (82) of Casar, North Carolina passed away on March 18, 2018. Hugh retired in 1991 as the District Conservationist for the Concord Field Office. He was a graduate of Casar High School and he received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University. He served four years in the US Air Force (1959 to 1963), after which he was employed for 27 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Cabarrus County. Hugh retired in 1991 to his farm in Casar, NC where he raised Black Angus beef cattle and hay. He was a devoted member of Mt Zion Baptist Church where he was a deacon and member of the board of directors. Hugh served on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland County Farm Bureau for many years and was a member of Casar Masonic Lodge #579 for over fifty years. Hugh was preceded in death by his a sister and a brother. Hugh Dean is survived by three children, Barbara Price and Rom Still of Winston-Salem; Brian Price (Tammy) of Wake Forest; and Barry Price of Casar; four grandchildren, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to Mt Zion Baptist Church, PO Box 326, Casar, NC 28020. Condolences may be made online at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com

Prissel

2018

Barbara A. Prissel (71) of Ripon, Wisconsin passed away on March 28, 2018, at Copperleaf Village in Ripon. Barbara was born in Plum City, WI. She graduated with honors from Pepin High School in 1964 and Minneapolis Business College in 1966. Upon her graduation from business college, Barbara was employed as a legal secretary and paralegal for several law firms in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She became lead instructor for the Legal Administrative Professional Program on three campuses of Moraine Park Technical College. She was also a church organist/pianist for most of her life, starting when she was 12 years old. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Prissel of 50 years; her two children, her four grandchildren, and her four siblings. Stephen retired as a District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Rector

2018

Life Member J.D. Rector (87) passed away on July 20, 2018 at the Sedan City Hospital in Sedan. J.D. was born in Independence and grew up there. J.D. graduated from Independence Community College before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University.  J.D. was a member of the football team at ICC and Kansas State. On August 30, 1953 he married Cynthia Ann Houck in Independence, Kansas.  J.D. worked several projects as Assistant State Conservationist for many years throughout the country.  He built the first chainsaw for Sears.  J.D. and his family moved extensively throughout Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Florida, returning to Sedan in 1992. J.D. was a member of the Epiphany Episcopal Church and Sedan Lion’s Club. He was a lifetime member of the Soil Conservation Society of America, Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, numerous other conservation and environmental groups, was past board member of Sedan Public Library, Chautauqua County Animal Shelter, and Chautauqua County Economic Development and Sedan Kansas Hometown Prosperity. J.D. is survived by two daughters; Kate Stettler and husband Charley Paul Sr. of Sedan, Kansas and Nancy Saylor of Independence, Kansas; one son, Jay Daryl Rector and wife Sally of Loganville, Georgia; two sisters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and his special companion Jo Wells of Sedan, Kansas. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Elizabeth Rector, his wife Cynthia, and one brother, Robert Rector and his parents. The family has suggested memorials to the Sedan High School Athletic Fund and may be left in care of the Dickens Family Funeral Home, 209 N. Douglas, Sedan, Kansas 67361.

Reeves

2018

Edith Jane (Flurry) Reeves (87) of Bernice, Louisiana passed away on March 5, 2018 at her home. Edith was born in Claiborne Parish. She graduated from Summerfield High School in 1948 and after completing her nursing training in Arkansas, she returned to Louisiana to work. It was at Willis- Knighton Hospital that she met her husband to be, through a mutual friend. Bob was an Air Force sergeant who had planned to make it a career, however, they decided it would be in the best interest of their future family to leave the AF and continue his education. After Bob graduated with his engineering degree in 1958, they moved to several places with his jobs. After nearly 40 years with the Soil Conservation Service, they returned to Louisiana to retire. Edith is survived by her husband of sixty three years, Bobby F. Reeves; son Robert Martin Reeves of Houston; daughter, Rini Michelle (Ronnie) Pennington and two grandchildren. Online condolence messages may be sent to the family www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

Richard

2018

Life Member Gerald Lawrence Richard (86) of Spokane, Washington passed away August 27, 2018 surrounded by his family just as he wanted. Jerry was born in Brush, Colorado. He attended grade school and high school in Brush, Colorado and then attended Colorado State University and Iowa State University with degrees in Agronomy and a minor in Soil Science. He married Phyllis Hansen in 1952 and they were happily married with four children for 65 years. Jerry and Phyllis resided in many states and overseas related to his work, some 17 moves in all. In his professional world, Jerry was proud of working overseas on a USAID project in the Helmand River irrigation project of Afghanistan and then as a team leader of the Resource Conservation and Utilization Project in Nepal. He then went on to become the State Soil Scientist in Boise, Idaho before retiring in 1989 and returning to Spokane with family. Jerry served ARCSE for 10 years as the Vice President for the West and for 23 years as the Washington State Representative. Jerry loved to travel, camp, fish, hunt, read, tinker with and fix anything, golf, play bridge and work with wood; inspiring these things in his family as well. Jerry is a member of the Manito United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He is survived by his two sons, Don (Valerie) Richard, and Dale (Rashel) Richard, his two daughters, Lori (James) Fosmire and Julie (Cole) Young, two brothers, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. 

Rich

2018

Peggy Rich (80) of Protection, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Billy J. Rich who retired from SCS in 2005 as a Soil Conservation Technician. Also surviving are four children, five grandchildren, and two sisters. Peggy received a bachelor's degree in home economics from Kansas State University in 1960. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Pat Rich Children in Need Fund (Protection First Baptist Church) in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.

Rightmeier

2018

Virginia Lee Snyder Rightmeier (87) of Mankato, Kansas was passed away on February 18, 2018. Virginia’s spouse, Lyle, preceded her in death in 2016. He retired in 1980 as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Mankato Field Office. She spent the early years of her childhood in the Effingham, KS area, before moving with her family to the Montrose, KS area. She obtained her teaching certificate from Hays, KS following her high school graduation, teaching for 1 year in Montrose. She was very active in the Mankato area, devoted to her church (Mankato United Methodist) and community participation. She is survived by her children, Paula (Terry) Cherney, Agenda, KS, and Roger Lyle Rightmeier, Mankato, KS, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Ross

2018

Life Member Irvin F. Ross (90) of Pinellas Park, Florida passed away on October 2, 2018. A true gentleman, he is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betty Jo, and his loving family. Irvin retired in 1989 as a Management Analyst for the Soil Conservation Service, having previously served as a State Administrative Officer.

Roth

2018

Life Member William “Bill” Edward Roth (84) of Salina, Kansas passed away November 8, 2018. Bill was born in Holyrood, Kan. He worked as a soil scientist for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for 40 years. Throughout that time he provided service in Dodge City, Kinsley, Larned, and Salina. His work even took him to Parkersburg, W.Va.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Washington D.C. In 2011, Bill received the ARCSE President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Deniece (Kohls) Roth, two daughters, Amy Swann (Larry), of Charleston, W. Va.; Sara Rowe (Merle), of Abilene; a son, Thomas Roth (Terri) of Clay Center; three sisters, a brother, six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Donna Roth. Memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice or Lutheran Hour Ministries, sent in care of Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home, 500 S. Ohio Street, Salina, KS.

Sallee

2018

Betty (Lowery) Sallee (82) of Troy, Kansas passed away on January 8, 2018 at her home. She grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Troy in 1973. Betty was a loving mother and wife. At her death she was a member of the Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, Happy Homemakers of Doniphan County, Kansas and the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Kenneth Sallee who retired as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service, and many other family members (see Kenneth Sallee memoriam above).

Sallee

2018

Kenneth Sallee (85) of Troy, Kansas passed away on January 13, 2018 at his home. Kenneth was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was the fifth child of 13. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist. He mapped soils across the state of Kansas, a job he really loved. After retiring in 1988, he worked at Dillards department store in St. Joe, MO. Kenneth became a Christian as a young man. At the time of his death he was member of the Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO, and loved handing out Bibles as a Gideon. Over the years, he had served the Lord as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, youth worker, and Sunday School Superintendent, and never was afraid to pick up a hammer to build a church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty, two daughters: Sandra and Cindy, son, Kenneth “Scott” Sallee, a granddaughter, Amy Christine Sallee, two brothers and one sister. Survivors include his daughters, Robin Smith (John) Drumright, Oklahoma; and Shelley Anderson of Wathena, Kansas; three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, five sisters and four brothers. Memorials: Gideon’s, Wathena & Troy Fire Departments or EMS.

Sauerwein

2018

Margaret Sauerwein of Tigard, Oregon passed away on May 17, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill Sauerwein in 2007. Bill retired from the Soil Conservation Service as the forester at the WNTC in Portland.

Saunders

2018

Emery Saunders (90) was born in Brooklyn, WV, an old coal miners’ town. He departed this earthly life on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at his residence in Columbus, Ohio. Emery was a U.S. Army Veteran and the Mail and Supply Clerk for the State office of USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was preceded in death by wife Dollie Hill Saunders; and seven siblings. Emery leaves to cherish his memory his children Sandra Saunders (Gregory) Gillins, of Massillon, OH and Abrie E. Saunders Jr.; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many close family members and special friends.

Seeley

2018

Raymond Harold Seeley (93) of Charleston, Illinois passed away on May 13, 2018 while at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Ray was born in Harvey, Illinois. He attended a country school near Lerna, Illinois before enlisting with the United States Army, faithfully serving his country during WWII. Ray married Alice M. (Hayes) Warman on October 14, 1977 at the Charleston Otterbein United Methodist Church and they shared 40 wonderful years of marriage. Ray loved being outdoors and enjoyed activities such as boating, camping, fishing and tending to his vegetable garden. His fondness for traveling was shared by Alice, and their travels to the western states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were memorable.  In addition to his loving and devoted wife, he is survived by three sons, John (Penny) Seeley of Hendersonville, NC, Ron Seeley of Fisher, IL and Jim (Dortha) Seeley of Middletown, IL; two stepsons, Clyde (Trish) Warman of Bullhead City, AZ and Darrell (Debbie) Warman of Charleston; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren,; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Phyllis Christoff of McDonald, OH. Ray was also preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Pedigo and two daughters-in-law. Ray was employed for more than 30 years as a soil conservation technician with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Charleston; a Life Member of the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592; the Charleston Moose Lodge #1388; and a former member of the Charleston Elks Club B.P.O.E. #623. It is requested that donations in his honor be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Coles County or the Charleston VFW Paul McVey Post 1592. Gifts may be left at the visitation or service or mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.

Shubert

2018

Glynn G. Shubert (86) of Watson, Illinois, passed away on March 7, 2018, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham with his loving wife by his side. Glynn retired as an engineering technician in the Effingham Area Office of the Soil Conservation Service. He was born in Lively Grove, Washington County, IL. He was united in marriage to Lois Peterson, and to this union three children were born: Renee L., Richard G., and Jay Kevin. He later married Marjorie C. (Tubbs) Hildebrand on November 21, 1971. Glynn had a passion for hunting turkey and deer and was a strong supporter for the preservation of the hunting sport. Glynn served at the national, state, and local level for the National Wild Turkey Federation Board of Directors. Throughout his life, he received several prestigious awards in the NWTF for his efforts and dedication. He enjoyed singing in choirs his entire life. Along with the NWTF, Glynn was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, the NRA, and an over 50-year member of the Farm Bureau. Glynn is survived by his wife, Marjorie Shubert of Watson; three children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Wabash Longbeards, Ballard Nature Center, Centenary United Methodist Church, and Elkton Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.

Shubert

2018

Glynn G. Shubert (86) of Watson, Illinois, passed away on March 7, 2018, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham with his loving wife by his side. Glynn retired as an engineering technician in the Effingham Area Office of the Soil Conservation Service. He was born in Lively Grove, Washington County, IL. He was united in marriage to Lois Peterson, and to this union three children were born: Renee L., Richard G., and Jay Kevin. He later married Marjorie C. (Tubbs) Hildebrand on November 21, 1971. Glynn had a passion for hunting turkey and deer and was a strong supporter for the preservation of the hunting sport. Glynn served at the national, state, and local level for the National Wild Turkey Federation Board of Directors. Throughout his life, he received several prestigious awards in the NWTF for his efforts and dedication. He enjoyed singing in choirs his entire life. Along with the NWTF, Glynn was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, the NRA, and an over 50-year member of the Farm Bureau. Glynn is survived by his wife, Marjorie Shubert of Watson; three children, two step-children, eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Little Wabash Longbeards, Ballard Nature Center, Centenary United Methodist Church, and Elkton Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be shared at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.

Skiles

2018

Member Mervin "Merv" Samuel Skiles (80) of Pickerington, Ohio passed away on October 24, 2018, at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus. Born in Narvon, PA, Merv was 1956 graduate of Pequea Valley High School and a 1961 graduate of Penn State University. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 37 years, retiring in 1995 as the State Resource Conservationist, and the Licking County Conservation District for 13 years. Merv was a longtime and very active member of Peace United Methodist Church in Pickerington. He is survived by his children, M. Todd (Melanie) Skiles, Scott A. Skiles, and Jan (Dr. William) Stehle; three grandchildren and a brother. Merv was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Skiles, in 2016 after 55 years of marriage.  Donations can be made in Merv's memory to the Pickerington Police Department K-9 Unit, 1311 Refugee Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147 or Peace United Methodist Church. Online condolences at www.spencefuneralhome.com.

Smoak

2018

Thomas Gilbert “Tommy” Smoak III (65) of Barnwell, South Carolina passed away on October 9, 2018 at the Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital. Tommy was born in Bamberg County. He was a retired Soil Conservation Technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service who worked primarily in Barnwell County during his 36 year career but also assisted in Allendale and Bamberg counties. He was a member of the Reedy Branch Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and worked with the youth by cooking for them every Wednesday. Survivors include his loving wife, Debra Pearson Smoak of Barnwell; sons, Derek (Pam) Dyches and Jamie Dyches of Barnwell; a sister, a brother-in-law, and two grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister and a brother. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Reedy Branch Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Spaeth

2018

Jerome H. Spaeth (92) of Fargo, North Dakota passed away on August 22, 2018. He served in the Army where he was trained as a tail gunner on B-29 bombers. He worked for the SCS in Valley City, ND and later Bismarck, ND as the Hydrologist and retired to Fargo, ND. He is survived by his children, Kitty (Tom) Teigen, Becky (Mike) Shaheen, Janice Spaeth, Bonnie (Ken) Bremer, Laurie (Ted) Schepper, Paul (Kelly), Sid, Nancy (Robin) Gentry, Patrick (Laurel), daughter-in-law Cindy Spaeth, 27 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, his son Nicholas, and great-grandson Bentley Horner.

Stewart

2018

Judy C. Stewart (63) of Beckley, West Virginia passed away on October 16, 2009 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. She retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the Area Clerk in the Beckley office. She was born in Jesse. She was a member of the Jordan Christian Fellowship in Sophia. She was preceded in death by one daughter Andrea Lynn Stewart. Survivors in addition to her parents include her husband Bob Stewart, two sons and four precious grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  

Thompson

2018

Bruce Whyatt Thompson, Sr. (77) passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA. Bruce was born in Worcester. As a younger man, Bruce enjoyed track and field. He had worked for many years as a soil scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, retiring as the MLRA-12 Soil Survey Regional Director in Amherst, MA. Bruce was a member of the Amherst Golf Club. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and coaching little league. Predeceased by his first wife Linda (Smith) Thompson, he leaves his partner of 10 years Susan Wright of Sunderland, his sons Bruce (Karla) Thompson, Jr. of MO and Larry (Dawn) Thompson of MO, his daughter Mary-Beth (David) Vise of NM, a brother, a sister, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Conservation Federation of Missouri, 728 W. Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 www.confedmo.org

Treat

2018

Ronald David Treat (74) passed on January 14, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ronald was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. National Guard with the 45th Division. Ronald graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1980. In the mid-late 1990’s, he finished his career of 37 years with NRCS as a State Water Quality Specialist. He loved to fish, hunt, and spend his time outdoors. He was a member of The Stillwater Bass Masters from 1991 to 2018, and past president two times. Ronald was predeceased by his parents, a brother, a sister and a grandson. Ronald is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patsy Spurgeon Treat; two daughters Kay Lynn Ruoff of Broken Arrow, OK and Kristin (Brent) Turner of Boise City, OK; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and three brothers. Donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

Van Cleave

2018

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

Ward

2018

Ronald “Ron” Ward (79) of Cumming, Georgia passed away on January 26, 2018. Ron was a Soil Conservation Service economist in AZ, a watershed staff leader in OH, and Asst. STC in NM. Ron retired in 1995 as a National Watershed Planning Specialist in Washington, DC. Ron initially retired to FL, and then moved to GA some years ago. He was an avid private pilot. Survivors include his loving wife and partner of 55 years, Linda; his sons Ronnie and Ray; six grandchildren and one great grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Welker

2018

Karen L. Welker (75) passed away on March 26, 2018 at Edgewater in West Des Moines. Karen was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Bill who retired as a biologist in the Des Moines State Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Karen was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario-London and Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing. Karen worked as a nurse consultant for Blue Cross, and she also worked as the Director of Nursing at Medicenter. Karen enjoyed the Edgewater singers, going out to eat, traveling, and going for walks. Karen is survived by her twin brother, Kenneth (Marsha) Reid; a niece, and two nephews and many other great nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be directed to West Des Moines Christian Church or the John Stoddard Cancer Center.

Westerman

2018

Lyle F. Westerman (93) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 10, 2018. He was born in DuBois, Nebraska. He retired as a Soil Conservation Technician with the Soil Conservation Service in April, 1984. He as a World War II Army veteran serving in Italy. Lyle was a member of Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, charter member VFW Post 4626, Lincoln, and member of American Legion Post 371, Valparaiso. Survivors: Wife Kathryn (Kay) Westerman, daughter Susan (Ken) Mayberry, York, NE., son David (Terri Tobias) Westerman Cooper Landing, Alaska, daughter Joan Kennedy, Cypress, TX, son Jim Westerman, Rapid City, SD, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister and a brother, nieces and nephews. Memorials in lieu of flowers to Southern Heights Presbyterian Church or Multiple Sclerosis Society. Condolences www.lincolnfh.com

White

2018

Edgar A. White, Jr. (66) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on May 30, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer. Ed retired in 2011 as the State Soil Scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Wiedenmeyer

2018

Member Wesley Jay Wiedenmeyer (64) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away on May 12, 2018 at a Bismarck hospital after complications from renal cancer. He fought bravely for over five years. Wes was raised in Bismarck and graduated from Bismarck Junior College in 1974 and went on to North Dakota State University graduating with a degree in civil engineering in 1976. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandy Vander Linden, on June 26 of that year. During his college years he worked part-time for the U.S. Geological Survey and returned to federal employment with the Soil Conservation Service in 1977. He was transferred to Bismarck in 1978 where he continued to work until his retirement in 2008. Wes held numerous engineering positions and served as the State Conservation Engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service the last 17 years of his career. Before his illness, Wes was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving on numerous committees, boards, and offices on the church council. Wes enjoyed watching sports, especially those involving his children and grandchildren. Annual pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota were also part of his fall ritual for over three decades. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his son, Chad (Crystal) Wiedenmeyer and daughter, Jessica (Kelly) Koble; four grandchildren, a brother and a sister. He is also survived by his step-mother Elsie Wiedenmeyer; a step-brother; and two step-sisters.

Williams

2018

Senior Conservationist Ormand Carvel Williams, Sr. (95) of Weaverville, North Carolina passed away December 7, 2018. He died just five days shy of his 96th birthday. Ormand was a WWII Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient due to shrapnel wounds received near Naples, Italy. He graduated from Berea College where he met his wife of 71 years, Daphne Millen Williams. He taught vocational agriculture from 1946-1955, prior to beginning his career with NRCS from 1955 until his retirement in 1978. Ormand retired as District Conservationist for the Asheville Field Office. After his retirement, he and Daphne traveled several times to the Holy Lands and went on mission trips to Russia and Ecuador. He is survived by his beloved wife Daphne; two daughters, Millaine Milhaupt of Weaverville and Annette Potts and husband Joe of Mills River, North Carolina; a son, Carvel Williams of Weaverville; seven grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Wilson

2018

Russell Wilson (86) of Coalgate, Oklahoma passed away on December 19, 2018. He attended and graduated from Atoka Schools, and then attended Murray State. Russell worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring after 30 years as a Soil Conservation Technician. He was born at Wardville, OK. Russell proudly served his country in the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War. Russell was a member of the Coalgate VFW, Penn & A Church of Christ. He loved to read & watch rodeos. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Mary Judith Wilson of the home, two sons, and two granddaughters. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and two brothers. A link to the funeral home website:  http://www.brownsfuneralserviceatokaok.com/obituary/russell-wilson

Wisner

2018

Carol R. Wisner (76) of Ames, Iowa passed away on June 14, 2018, at Bethany Life in Story City, Iowa. Carol was born in York, NE and graduated from York High School in 1960 and Mounds Midway School of Nursing in St. Paul, MN in 1963. She worked as an RN until her retirement in 1995. Carol is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robin, a daughter, a son and five grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Robin retired as a soil scientist with NRCS. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made out to Bethany Life or Mt. Hermon Christian Camp. Online condolences and photos can be shared at www.adamssoderstrum.com.

Yager

2018

Rita Kyle Yager (76) of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away on February 17, 2018. She was born in Danville, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Elizabeth Yager Walton. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Yager, retired NRCS DC from Charlottesville. Also surviving are son-in-law, John Walton; son, Jimmy Yager; daughter-in-law, Beth Yager; and four grandchildren. Rita attended Longwood College and the University of Virginia. She began her career in elementary education and transitioned to a career in real estate in the Charlottesville area until her retirement in 1999. Rita was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Aldersgate UMC, 1500 Rio Drive E., Charlottesville, VA 22901

Yates

2018

Sanford E. Yates (82) of Nehalem, Oregon passed away August 19, 2018 from complications with Parkinson Disease. Sey, as he was also known, worked as an Engineering Technician for the Soil Conservation Service in the West E&WP Unit Soil Testing Laboratory and also in the WNTC Engineering Staff from the early 1960’s until the late 1980’s. He later retired from the US Forest Service in 1996. Following his retirement, Sanford and his wife Alice moved from Portland to Nehalem. He is survived by wife Alice and sons Dennis and Tom.

Ackerson

2017

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

Adams

2017

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

Addison

2017

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

Aho

2017

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

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.

Andersen

2017

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

Anderson

2017

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

Anderson

2017

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

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.

Billips

2017

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

Bird

2017

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

Bivens

2017

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

Boggs

2017

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

Bohnenblust

2017

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

Boone

2017

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

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.

Bowman

2017

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

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.



Burgess

2017

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

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.

Burton

2017

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

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.

Champeon

2017

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

Choate

2017

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

Cohen

2017

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

Culp

2017

Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Arlie Franklin Culp Jr. (91) of Ramseur, North Carolina passed away on October 18, 2017, at Universal Health Care in Ramseur. Arlie was a native of Stanly County and a graduate of Catawba College. He was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II and served as a crew member on a Navy patrol bomber as an aerial gunner. After the war, he was married to Daisy Mae Farlow of Randleman, his wife of 47 years, until the Lord called her home in 1997. Arlie worked as a teacher at Ramseur High School, served as a public health sanitarian for the Randolph County Health Department, and retired as District Conservationist in Randolph County after 25 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service. After retirement, Arlie was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives where he served for 18 years. He was very active in his community, serving in the Jaycees, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Senior Adults and other boards and committees. Arlie was a member of Jordan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ramseur and was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason at the Marietta Lodge 444 in Ramseur. Arlie was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ellen Culp; his parents, and four sisters. Arlie was a true and loyal friend. Survivors are sister, Mary Culp Spires of Charlotte; numerous nieces and nephews; and faithful friend and companion, Sally Breedlove of Ramseur. Condolences may be made online at www.loflinfuneralservice.com. Memorials may be made to Jordan Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 848, Ramseur, NC 27316.

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.

Dykes

2017

Joey Brent Dykes (63) of Campton, Kentucky passed away on December 13, 2017. He was born in Liberty, Kentucky. He is survived by one daughter, Andrea “Andie” Nicole Dykes Owens (Josh) of Russell Springs, Kentucky. In August 1976, he began working as a Civil Engineering Technician for the USDA-NRCS. His career spanned over 41 years. In 1987, Governor Wallace Wilkinson named him a Kentucky Colonel. He also won numerous awards and accolades during his employment with USDA-NRCS. If he wasn’t working outdoors he could be found on the lake doing his favorite hobby, fishing.

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.

Felkins

2017

Perry Felkins (79) of Okmulgee, Oklahoma passed away on August 10, 2017. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Watershed Inspector in Morris, Oklahoma.

Ferguson

2017

Member Buell Milburn Ferguson (84) of Cape Coral, Florida passed away on June 30, 2017 after several months of declining health. Buell was born in Haywood County, North Carolina and at the age of 16 Buell moved to Brevard, NC where he graduated from Brevard High School in 1950 and received the Carolina Farmer Award in Future Farmers of America. He graduated from The Clemson Agricultural College, a military college with cadet corps, (now Clemson University) in June 1954 with a BS Degree in Agriculture Engineering. After graduation, Buell was stationed at Ft. Belvoir as a 1st and 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army from 1954 until 1956. He joined the Active Army Reserve in 1956 and then served in the North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania Army National Guard where he retired as a Major after 21 years of service. Buell joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1956 as a Civil Engineer in Salisbury, NC. He became engaged and married Dolores Ray Plyler on December 22, 1956. Buell and Dolores moved to North Wilkesboro, NC where their daughter Stephanie Ra Ferguson was born on August 23, 1958. The family moved multiple times due to many promotions within U.S. Soil Conversion Service. Buell held multiple positions in SCS such as Pennsylvania State Engineer and Deputy State Conservationist, Director of the SCS Natural Resource Project Development and Maintenance Mid-West Office, Indiana State Conservationist, Director of Engineering, on multiple international exchange engineering groups, and retired as Assistant Chief of the Soil Conservation Service on Jan 1, 1987 after 32 years of federal government service. He enjoyed camping and being with Dolores and Stephanie throughout the years. After retirement, he and Dolores moved to Deep Creek, MD where Buell established a successful home appraisal business. In February 2002, Buell and Dolores had a mutual consent divorce after 45 years of marriage, and stayed in touch throughout the years. On August 1, 2002, Buell Ferguson married Jacqueline Jenkins Knight and they resided in Cape Coral, FL. Buell is survived by his sister Doris McGaha, his former spouse Dolores Plyler Ferguson, daughter Stephanie Ra Ferguson, and wife Jacqueline Jenkins Knight Ferguson.

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.

Flaxman

2017

Jane Flaxman (98) passed away after a brief illness on December 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elliott, who was a soil mechanics engineer at the Soil Conservation Service WNTC. A native Oregonian, Jane saw many changes in the Portland area during her lifetime. She also lived through dramatic changes in technology. Always a learner, she evolved with the change - Facetiming and Facebooking to stay in touch with friends and family. She was the only attendee at her 75th Scripps College reunion in 2015. Jane had more energy than most people half her age. She was an active golfer until the age of 96 and frequently played bridge twice a week. Jane is survived by her two children, Joan and Bruce (Lorraine), a brother, four grandsons, and six great-grandchildren. Should you wish to honor Jane with a memorial contribution, the following are suggested: Community Warehouse, Tigard Public Library Foundation or Jewish Family and Child Service. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits 

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. 

George

2017

Mary Frances (Layne) George (97) passed away peacefully November 27, 2017 at her home in Bunceton, Missouri. She graduated from Bunceton High School. She was married on February 1, 1942 to Warren George, who preceded her in death November of 2012. Warren retired in 1981 as a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service. During their seventy one years together, Warren and Mary lived in Bunceton, Higginsville, Chillicothe, Neosho and back to Bunceton to enjoy their retirement. Besides raising five children and being a busy homemaker, she found time to run her own business, "Mary's Modem Interior". During retirement, Mary and Warren worked 11 seasons for Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. When not at the park, they traveled all 50 states and numerous countries. Mary was a member of the Garden Club, Lion's Club, and Federated Church of Bunceton, Mo. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her daughter Linda "Kathy" Mitchell. She is survived by two sons and two daughters and their spouses: Larry (Myra) George, Gary (Carla) George; Beverly (Jerry) Greever, and Penny (Pat) Brady, her 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

Gilliland

2017

Marjorie “Marj” Lou Gilliland (90) passed away on October 2, 2017 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka. She was born in rural Atchison County. She graduated from Atchison County Community High School in 1945. On December 8, 1946 she married Maurice “Mose” Glenn Gilliland who retired as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Holton, Kansas Field Office of the Soil Conservation Service. He passed away, March 12, 2009. They spent most of their lives on the family farm north and east of Holton. Marj had worked for Santa Fe Railroad and had been deputy clerk of the District Court of Jackson County. In addition, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Holton. Two children survive: Gayla Schmanke (Robert) of Olathe, KS and Raney Gilliland (Jill) of Topeka, KS. Also surviving are three grandsons and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

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.

Goings

2017

Gregory William Goings (53) of Mt. Airy, North Carolina passed away on September 4, 2017.  Greg retired as Soil Conservation Technician in the Dobson Field Office with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also helped out in adjoining counties. He was born in Surry County. He was a loving husband, father and brother. Among the many who will always cherish his memory are his devoted wife, Michelle Poole Goings; sons, Jared Goings and Jordan Goings; his mother, Roena Goings; and a sister Kim (Michael) Thomas. 

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.

Gooch

2017

Curtis Gooch (53) of Bolivar, Missouri passed away July 21, 2017 at his home. Curtis achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1981. For many years, Curtis' job as a resource conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service meant moving around the state. The family eventually settled in Bolivar. The family planted firm roots in Bolivar, and Curtis took an active role in doing so, coaching sports for his children. Curtis was an incredibly gifted handy-man. After buying the family house 17 years ago, it has been in a perpetual state of renovation. Curtis is survived by his wife of 26 years, Vicky Gooch, his four children and his six grandchildren

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.

Hamilton

2017

Stanley Max Hamilton (76) of Bozeman, Montana passed away suddenly on August 16, 2017 from an ATV accident in the mountains of Gallatin County. He grew up on a farm outside Chinook, Montana, the oldest of six children. A well-rounded education was of paramount importance in the rural Hamilton household, so when young Stan was of age, his parents sent him to live in town with family to attend Chinook High School. He went on to graduate from Montana State University (Bozeman) with a B.S. in civil engineering, and served two years in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey - a fateful decision that eventually led him to Kansas City, Missouri where he met Martha, his wife. The bulk of his career was spent in Bozeman with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Recalling his own parents' values, he chose to raise his five children in Bozeman, not just for the promise of plentiful outdoor activities, but to give each child the opportunity to attend MSU. Stan is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Martha, his children Cheryl (Will) Shelhamer, Steve (Kate) Hamilton, Curt (Molly) Hamilton, Jim Hamilton, and Christina Hamilton; seven grandchildren and five siblings. Memorials may be made in Stan's name to Gallatin County Sheriff's Search and Rescue or a charity of choice. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.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.

Heise

2017

Harold David Heise (95) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away August 21, 2017. He was a retired District Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He was born in Osage County near Burlingame, Kansas. Harold graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 after serving in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Europe. Harold retired in 1987, having spent 38 years with the Soil Conservation Service and 23 of those years in Butler County, where he was instrumental in the design and construction of the many watershed dams in Butler and adjacent counties. He was a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a Major. Harold was a devout Catholic and a member of St. John’s Parish in El Dorado. Harold was united in marriage to Theresa Navinskey on August 6, 1949 and they spent 65 years together until her passing. He was preceded in death by Theresa and son Ronn Heise and his wife Paula. Harold is survived by: son, Rick (Jane) Heise of Augusta, and their two children, Ronn’s three children, five great grandchildren, and one brother. Memorial masses may be directed to St. John’s Catholic Church. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Harold at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com.


Herron

2017

Hazel Lou (Rethorst) Herron (92) of Spearville, Kansas passed away on November 9, 2017. She was born in Hutchinson, KS. She was the spouse of Cecil Herron who retired in 1988 as a Soil Conservation Technician for the SCS Dodge City Field Office. He preceded her in death in 2014. Hazel attended College at Emporia, graduating in 1947 with a Home Economics degree. She then taught for two years in Lyons. After raising their six children, she went back to teaching in the Windthorst and Spearville school districts. Hazel was a member of the Spearville Federated Church. Hazel was also a pianist and organist for many years. Hazel leaves as survivors her six children, 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Cecil and their daughter Nancy Schroeder. Memorials in Hazel’s name are suggested to the Spearville Federated Church in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com. 

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.

Hintz

2017

Ernest A. Hintz (84) of Bethany, Missouri passed away November 24, 2017 at a nursing home. He was born near Clarinda, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army for three years during the Korean War. After serving his country, he attended school at Clarinda Junior College and Iowa State University. He taught Vocational Agriculture at Elk Horn, Iowa for five years, worked for a fertilizer company for another five years and then started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was an SCS District Conservationist, the Iowa State Agronomist and finally Regional Conservationist based in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1993, he retired and started a new life he loved, farming and raising livestock in Harrison County. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Julia; sons, Richard (Darcie) Hintz and Alan (Diane) Hintz; two grandsons; and a sister Laura Loveland, Moravia, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Post #216 and/or Harrison County Hospice in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.

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.

Jagels

2017

Frederick Jagels (73) of Ellsworth, Maine passed away on September 17, 2017 at his home. He was born in Rockland. He graduated from University of Maine studying Agricultural Engineering in 1968. He married Jane Barnes in 1968 and they had three children and five grandchildren. After working as a design engineer for SCS in Maine for about 10 years, Frederick worked 33 years as the State Engineer for Farmers' Home Administration. At the end of his career, he was Chief of the Rural Utilities Division. As one of his civic and professional leadership roles, he served as President of the Maine Society of Professional Engineers. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com

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.

King

2017

ARCSE Life Member Michael Franklin King (74) of Spencer, West Virginia departed this life November 28, 2017, at the Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, after a brief illness. He is survived by two children, Doug (Cristy) King of Greenville, IN, and Kelli King of Huntsville, AL; and two grandchildren, both of Greenville, IN. He is also survived by a sister, Kim (David Cox) King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 54 years, Mary Virginia Freshwater King. A graduate of West Virginia University and honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Mike dedicated 29 years of service to the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring as Director of the Administrative Services Division. Retiring from federal service to fulfill his dream of becoming an ordained minister, Mike served several local churches including Clover Community Church, Meadow Dale Baptist, Gilboa Baptist, and First Baptist Church of Spencer. Finally retiring for good, Mike was honored to be named Pastor Emeritus in 2016, by First Baptist Church. A proud parent, grandparent, and former pilot, Mike loved flying and enjoyed even more that his son and grandson share his love of planes. A small grave-side service will be scheduled at a later date. In honor of Pastor Mike standing by Miss Ginn throughout her battle with MS, memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society, Virginia-West Virginia Chapter, P.O. Box 27326, Richmond, VA 23261-7326. Condolences may be shared at www.taylorfuneralhomeinc.com.

Kopitzke

2017

Member Herman W. Kopitzke, Jr. (86) of Boone, Iowa, passed away on August 18, 2017 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born in Culbertson, Montana and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1949. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War as a Communications Officer. He was stationed in South Korea. After his service time, Herman entered college at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, earning his degree in Agricultural Engineering. He entered the work force employed with the USDA as a Hydrologist with the Watershed Planning Party, designing flood control projects. Herman retired in 1986. While employed, he resided in West Des Moines. Herman loved flower gardening, especially growing hostas and daylilies. Herman was a member of the Russ O’Hara Hosta Society, the Iowa Arboretum for many years, joined the Lions Club in the early 90’s, served as a District Governor 1999-2000, served on the Lions State Constitution Bylaws committee twice as chair and currently was club secretary-treasurer. He became active with the Iowa Lions Kidsight Program, screening over 10,000 preschool children and serving on the steering committee at the University of Iowa for many years and was a trainer and coordinator for his district. Herman also served many years on the Boone County Zoning Board and was currently serving on the Boone County Assessment Review Board. Herman is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Helen of Boone; brother Robert, sister, Shirley Kopitzke, and beloved extended family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Herman may be directed to the Iowa Kidsight Program or the Iowa Arboretum.

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.

Kurth

2017

Russell Gene Kurth (63) of Logan, Iowa passed away on November 7, 2017 as the result of a farm accident. He was born and raised in LeMars, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977 with a degree in animal science. He worked as a SCS trainee in May 1975 in LeMars. From 1977-1979 he worked in Logan as a soil conservationist. He retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the Harrison County District Conservationist after 34 years of service. Russ started farming the family farm in the 1990s. Russ was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, where he served as a trustee. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a 4th Degree Knight, and served as Grand Knight. He was an active member of the Logan Kiwanis. Russ was currently a Harrison County REC board member and had been serving on the Harrison County Board of Supervisors since 2014. Russ was very proud of being from LeMars, the "ICE CREAM CAPITOL OF THE WORLD!" He is survived by his wife of nearly 39 years, Peggy Kurth of Logan, Iowa; three sons, and eight grandchildren.

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.

Landon

2017

Geraldine “Gerry” M. Landon (78) passed away on October 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Ohio. She was born in Clayton, Michigan. On June 7, 1958 she married Gale N. Landon and he preceded her in death on January 22, 2012. Gerry was a member of West Franklin United Methodist Church in Fulton County. Among other jobs, she worked for the Williams County Soil & Water in Bryan and Williams County. She was also active with many civic organizations. She is survived by her father Carmon Kaiser of Camden, Michigan, three children, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and three sisters.

Leerskov

2017

Robert “Bob” Eugene Leerskov (70) of Sulphur Springs, Texas, passed away on November 13, 2017 in Oklahoma. He was born on in Talequah, Oklahoma. Bob graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Civil Engineering Degree and retired as Assistant State Conservationist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Temple, Texas. Bob also served as Area Engineer in Corsicana, Texas, and as an RC&D coordinator. He was a Mason and a Shriner. Bob was also a member of League Street Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; two sons, Kevin Leerskov and Jason (Christi) Leerskov; six grandchildren; a great grandchild; a sister, and numerous other family. Memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, online at www.diabetes.org or P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Lindahl

2017

ARCSE Member Bruce Arthur Lindahl (80) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado passed away on December 4, 2017 following surgery in Denver. Bruce is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Lindahl; his children and their spouses Kevin and Ben, Kirk and Diane, Kris and Jamie; his daughter-in-law Cynthia Lindahl; and five grandchildren all of Colorado. Born in Tilden, Nebraska, Bruce graduated from Colorado State University receiving a degree in Range Management from the Forestry School in 1958 and a commission as 2nd Lt. through the ROTC program. As a Captain in the Colorado National Guard, Bruce served as Battalion Commander in Craig. His employment with the Natural Resource Conservation Service spanned nearly 40 years. A long time Colorado resident, he lived and worked in Moffat, Routt, Arapahoe, Larimer, Weld, Pueblo, and Douglas counties and several locations in Utah. His titles included: range conservationist, district conservationist, area conservationist, budget analyst (Washington, DC), and advisor to EPA. Professionally, Bruce enjoyed being part of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Society for Range Management, Grazing Lands Initiative Committee, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Bruce was involved with the community in Larimer & Routt County by volunteering as a Master Gardener, enjoying the activities of Farmer’s Market; the Yampa/White River Basin Roundtable, Routt County Weed Advisory Council, Routt County Council on Aging, and the Steamboat Springs United Methodist Church. In addition, he loved volunteering at the Humble Ranch Horse Therapy program. In earlier years, Bruce served as a 4-H leader and assistant Boy Scout leader and troop committee chairman.

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.

Lunday

2017

Berneice Schield Lunday (82) passed away August 1, 2017, at her home in Bismarck, North Dakota. She worked for the SCS briefly in the 1970's as a secretary. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, James Lunday; her daughters, Marga (Lonnie) Carlson of Bismarck, Amy (Darrell) Hinger of Fargo, and Bernelda (Randy) Lehmann of Bismarck; three grandchildren; three sisters and brothers-in-law; and many loving nephews and nieces. Berneice was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Noeletta Seibold, two brothers, two sisters, and five brothers-in-law. Berniece always saw the best in others, hoped for the best, and praised God to the end of her life.

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.

Mall

2017

John Francis Mall (86) of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away on November 29, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born in Wichita, KS. John attended Friends University for two years and then transferred to Fort Hayes State College, where he majored in Agronomy. In 1952, he received his draft notice to the U.S. Army. While serving in the U.S. Army, John became a Combat Infantryman serving during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Corporal. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, John returned to Fort Hayes State College, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy. He started working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Slayton, Minnesota. John served in several capacities and locations in Minnesota as a District Conservationist. John retired from the SCS in Shenandoah, Iowa. He was a Boy Scouts of America Troop Master. In 2016, John and Linda were honored to be a part of The Honor Flight for Veterans to Washington D.C. to tour many of the War Memorials. He was a member of the Guiding Light Community Church, Fort Myers, Florida, American Legion Posts in both Slayton and Morris, Minnesota and in Shenandoah Iowa. In 2012, John was very proud to receive his 50 year membership certificate with the American Legion. Preceding him in death, was a son Jeff. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lorraine; daughter LuAnn (Alan) Armstrong; son Jerry (Julie) Mall; daughter Linda (James) Christiansen; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

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.


Meyer

2017

ARCSE Member and Senior Conservationist Kenneth Walter Meyer (90) of Denison, Iowa passed away on November 27, 2017. He was raised on a farm near Buck Grove, IA. After high school, Ken farmed near Buck Grove. After several years, he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Northwest Missouri State University in 1972. He became the district conservationist for Webster County, a position he held until he retired in 1987. He farmed until 2000. Ken and Marge shared a love of gardening, cribbage, dancing and travel. They traveled to polka dances throughout the upper Midwest. Ken is preceded in death by his son, James Meyer; and granddaughter, Kenna Haglan. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Marge; daughter, Kay (Rusty) Martin; five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. The Pauley Jones Pfannebecker Funeral Home, www.pauleyjones.com, Denison, was in charge of arrangements.

Miller

2017

Glen Burrow Miller (70) passed away on July 23, 2017 at his home in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He was born in Lubbock, Texas and was raised on the family farm near Tulia. After high school he received his BS degree in geology from Baylor University and his MS degree in soil science from Texas Tech University. Glen worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas for many years (Bonham, Ft Worth, San Marcos and Waco) before leaving for Oklahoma. Glen joined the Chickasha Watershed Planning Staff in 1989. He came to the State Office as the State Geologist in 1991. Glen retired on April 30, 2009 after 35 years of service. In 1973 he married Carol Diane Currie in Tulia, Although Glen was initially diagnosed as being terminally ill in 2008, the original few months he was given to live turned into several years largely due to the prayerful, loving support of his family and many dear friends. He truly fought a good fight and kept the faith. The last 3 years of his life he was totally bedridden, and yet all who came to visit him at our home were continually amazed at his pleasant attitude, his calm spirit, and his unwavering. Glen is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol, their two daughters: Brittany Miller of Troy, IL and Trevi (Ray) Holland, and two grandsons. He remained quite certain that there is going to be a Whataburger on every corner in Heaven. He went to meet Jesus in his Donald Duck undies. Because of his love of tennis memorial contributions can be made to The Stillwater Tennis Association (PO Box 1524, Stillwater, OK 74076).

Miller

2017

Jean Brakefield Miller (89) of Irvine, Kentucky passed away on June 12, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. A native of Estill County, Jean was the widow of Francis Green Miller who retired from the Soil Conservation Service. Jean was a retired Vice President of the Estill Savings & Loan, who enjoyed travel and working on her yard. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Teresa Ann Miller; six brothers, three sisters; and a great-grandson. Survivors include her son Steven (Shirley) Miller; her daughters Penny (Charlie) West, and Joan (Eric) Minton; and six grandsons. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations to Marcum Wallace Hospital, Estill County Ambulance Service, or the Estill County Public Library.

Miller

2017

Patricia Ann Miller (92), a lifelong Lincoln, Nebraska resident, passed away on August 9, 2017. She was born in York and graduated from Lincoln High School and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She retired as a cartographer from the USDA Soil Conservation Service after 21 years. Pat was a member of the Old Cheney Alliance Church. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lee Guida, Red Wing, Minn.; son, Michael (Sandra) Miller, Lincoln; daughter, Deborah Sue (J.R.) Venza, Suwanee, Ga.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Wesley. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Mitchel

2017

Marilyn Mitchel (90) of Spokane, Washington passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017. Marilyn was the wife of Robert Mitchel, State Soil Scientist with the Soil Conservation Service in Washington and then retired after two years in the Soils Division in DC. She was born Marilyn Mae Getzelman in Hampshire, Illinois. She was the second child and grew up on a farm with six brothers. Farm life was never her choice, so she trained to be a nurse in Madison, WI and practiced nursing for several years. She met Robert on a blind date while in school in Madison and they married on August 25, 1950 in Hampshire. They moved to Riverton, WY, then to The Dalles, OR, Walnut Creek, CA and finally to Spokane, WA in 1963. Marilyn was very creative and was a master at quilting, knitting, crocheting, counted cross, gardening, sewing and painting. If something needed to be fixed around the house, Marilyn was a better choice than Robert! They raised three children Mike, Dan and Jane. She is survived by her children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Please sign Marilyn's guestbook at www.thepaulmortuary.com.

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.

Morgan

2017

Perry Washington "P. W." "Crackerman" Morgan, Jr. (70) of Huddleston, Virginia passed away on September 7, 2017 at Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem from a lengthy illness. He was born in Bedford County. He retired after 35 years as a Soil Conservation Technician with Natural Resource Conservation Service and also retired after 12 years as Senior Conservation Specialist with Blue Ridge Soil & Water Conservation District. He was a lifelong farmer & owner of Morgan Farms. He was President and Chief of Saunders Volunteer Fire Company, was on the Board of Directors of Farm Bureau, and was Associate Director of Peaks of Otter Soil & Water District and was also a U. S. Army Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Overstreet Morgan; his son, Eric T. Morgan of Huddleston; his daughter, Kimberly M. (Josh) Nowocin of Roanoke; his two grandsons, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider Saunders Volunteer Fire Co., P. O. Box 14, Huddleston, VA 24104.

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 (D