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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 10/30//2018

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ALL, Sorted by Year, then Surname

Year

In Memoriam, BY YEAR

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (Donita) and Tom (special friend Kara); four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Mullins

2017

Tilmon "Tim" C. Mullins (93) of Arapaho, Oklahoma passed away on July 18, 2017. Tim had over a 30 year career with the Soil Conservation Service, serving as a Core Drill Specialist. He was born in Hammon, OK and attended school in Hammon. He did farm labor before enlisting in the United States Army in 1948 and served until 1950. He married Edythe Marie Downey on March 6, 1954 in Cheyenne, OK. They lived their entire married life in Arapaho. After his retirement he was employed at the Custer County Court House as their custodian. Tim was well known for antique collecting and he enjoyed gardening. Tim is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Edythe, son Ronald Gene Henderson, six sisters, and two brothers. He is survived by three daughters: Ramona Lund, Clinton, OK, Ree Corbin, Weatherford, OK, and Kaye Edwards, Oklahoma City, OK, one son: Eddie Henderson, Arapaho, OK, and one sister. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. DeArman Funeral Home in Wynnewood is in charge of his service. A link to his obituary and online condolences: http://www.dearmanfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Paul-Burton-4/#!/Obituary 

Newman

2017

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

Newman

2017

Wilma Newman passed away on November 1, 2017. She was predeceased in 2010 by her husband of 46 years, James B. Newman who retired in 1994 as the Director of the Ecological Sciences Division for NRCS. Survivors include three children and several grandchildren. You may honor her by supporting her caretakers (where she lived for the last three years) and/or other organizations that carry on this spirit of looking out for those in need. You may write and send checks to: Betty's Place, 13656 Van Doren Road, Manassas, VA 20112. 

Norris

2017

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

Pearson

2017

Member Loren J. Pearson (80) of Hays, Kansas passed away on October 15, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He was born in Junction City. He graduated from Junction City High School in 1955 and on March 23, 1957 he was united in marriage to Darlene Rogers in Abilene, Kansas. They celebrated over 60 years of marriage. He attended Kansas State University and graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1965 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He was a range conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1993. For over twenty years he was owner and operator of Culligan of Hays until his retirement in 2007. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. His hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing, and golfing, and he was famous for his coyote call. Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Darlene, of the home, one son; Mike Pearson of Hays, three daughters; Kathy (Alan) Hoffman of Hoisington, Cory (Rob) Garrett of Dallas, TX, and Jean (Pat) Canaday of Wichita, one brother; Wayne (Cindy) Pearson of Junction City, twelve grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and a granddaughter. Memorials are suggested in Loren’s memory to The Lutheran Hour Ministries or Messiah Lutheran Church in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com

Peier

2017

Dale J. Peier (83) passed away on October 17, 2017, in Wichita. He was born near Pond Creek, OK. He graduated from Pond Creek High School and was recruited to play basketball at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. His first professional position was with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. He was an associate professor and concluded his career by serving as the special assistant to the president of Barton County Community College. Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Peier and wife, Dianne, Wichita; a daughter, Lynn Peier-Able and husband, Tim, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by 15 days by his wife of 63 years, Maxine Peier, who retired from SCS in 1984.

Peier

2017

Maxine (Wilson) Peier (83) passed away on October 2, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas. She was born in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. She earned an Associate degree in business from Oklahoma State University. She was an employee of the United States Department of Agriculture for 26 years, most recently serving as the Area Administrative Assistant for the Soil Conservation Service in Hays, Kansas, until her retirement in 1994. Maxine is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, J. Dale Peier of Wichita, Kansas; daughter, Lynn (Tim Able) Peier-Able of Colorado Springs, Colorado; her son, Jeffrey (Dianne) Peier of Wichita, Kansas; a grandson and a brother. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Peier Family Scholarship Fund established with the Fort Hays State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1060, Hays, Kansas, 67601.

Petroskey

2017

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

Post

2017

Dorothy L. Post (88) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away November 8, 2017 at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. She was preceded in death by a grandson Steven Gremling and her husband, Gerry Post who was employed at the Soil Conservation Service National Technical Center in Lincoln prior to retirement. Survivors include four sons Paul (Patricia) Post of Thornton, CO, Michael (Sharon) Post of Hilliard, OH, Thomas (Karen) Post of Lincoln, NE, Larry (Kristie) Post of Lincoln, NE, a daughter Theresa (Gary) Gremling of Columbus, OH, 10 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Rappa

2017

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

Rhinehimer

2017

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

Richard

2017

Phyllis Darlene (Hansen) Richard (84) of Spokane, Washington, passed away on August 6, 2017 surrounded by her family. Phyllis was proud of her farming and ranching background being born in Brush, Colorado. She attended Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University. Phyllis resided in many states and overseas because of her husband's work, some 17 moves in all. She married Gerald Richard in 1952. Jerry has been the ARCSE state rep for Washington State for 23 years and has just completed his 5th term (10 years) as VP for the West. Phyllis will be remembered by her radiant smile, her generous love and support and her positive can do outlook. She loved to travel with her husband, read, cook, sew, garden, golf, volunteer, hike, camp, create art work, work with stained glass, paint and play the piano. In her professional world she was multi-talented, teaching school in Spokane and Lashkargah, Afghanistan, was a Welcome Wagon lady in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Census Bureau worker, secretary, and was a staff worker at the Tika Box Shop at USAID in Kathmandu, Nepal. Phyllis is a member of the Manito United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband Gerald, her two sons, Don (Valerie) and Dale (Rashel), her two daughters Lori (James) Fosmire and Julie (Cole) Young, two sisters and a brother, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis' remembrance may be made to Manito United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8656, Spokane, WA 99203 or to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

Right

2017

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

Roberts

2017

Joe Frank Roberts (85) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on June 30, 2017. He was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma State University where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Joe served in the US Army (1955-1958) before taking a position in the USDA Soil Conservation Service. After moving to Lexington in 1975 he was Head of the Design Section where he worked until he retired in 1990. He also worked as a consulting engineer for Bell Engineering from 1990 until 2000. Joe was a member of Southland Christian Church. Joe was a lifelong member and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Star Scout as a youth and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Joe served many years as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 473 of Southland Christian Church. He was awarded the Silver Beaver in 2008 for work he did at Camp McKee. Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loretta, his three children, his seven grandchildren, and his eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to Friends of Scouting Donation, Bluegrass Council, BSA, 2134 Nicholasville Rd., Suite 3, Lexington, KY 40503. Hike on.

Robinson

2017

Luther H. Robinson (84) a resident of Oswego, New York passed away on December 28, 2017 at the Morningstar Care Center. Born in Dansville, he received a degree in agronomy from Cornell University and his master’s in soil science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He was employed with the USDA in Maryland for five years, then he moved back to New York to work for Birdseye in Albion and Fulton, and later worked for the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service), doing soil mapping in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. After moving to Norwood (near Watertown), he became acquainted with the local Amish community there and scouted out farmland for them in Wayne and Seneca counties. He maintained a lifelong interest in Native American culture, and was a longtime volunteer at Sterling Nature Center, where he planted several of his beloved blight-resistant American Chestnut trees. He and Patty also volunteered at Acadia National Park in Maine for many summers, working on trail maintenance and enjoying the nearby Atlantic shore. Surviving are his two sons, Mark (Helen Hudson) Robinson of Pensacola and Eric (Norma Reynolds) Robinson of San Diego, California, and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Holly Grazioplene and his wife Patricia O'Neil.

Rose

2017

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

Ross

2017

Darlene Ross (82) of Ottawa, Kansas passed away on October 8, 2017, at Olathe Medical Center. Darlene was born in Ottawa County, Kansas. She lived in Pleasanton, Kansas, moving in the early 1960s to Ottawa. She graduated from Garnett High School with the class of 1953. Her husband of 56 years, Marvin E. Ross, preceded her in death on May 1, 2013. Survivors include her three children, four grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Darlene was employed as an administrative assistant with Lake Region RC&D Ottawa, in the late 1970s, retiring in 1997. She was an active member of the First Christian Church and life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5901 Auxiliary. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Christian Church or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5901 Auxiliary c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Condolences and memories on Darlene’s Tribute Wall at www.dengelmortuary.com.

Sabata

2017

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

Schaller

2017

William F. Schaller (86) of Richland Center, Wisconsin passed away on September 12, 2017 at his home. He was born in Bunker Hill, Illinois where he was raised on a dairy farm. Bill graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955 with a Degree in Agriculture. From 1955-57, he served his country in the US Army as an Instructor in the Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1959 he became the District Conservationist of Clay County, then served for 11 years in Vandalia, Illinois and then in Rockford, Illinois. In 1973 he and his family then moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin continuing his career as an Area Conservationist until his retirement in 1994. Bill and Martha owned and operated The Schaller’s Christmas Tree Farm from 1994 until 2014. Bill was an active member of the Richland Center Lion’s Club, with over 50 years of service in the club in both Illinois and Wisconsin. He was also actively involved in membership at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha and their 5 children: Roger (Martha) Schaller of Morgan Hill, CA, Ron (Sarah) Schaller of Magnolia, TX, Russell (Dianne) Schaller of Gilbert, AZ, Rhett Schaller of Mount Airy, NC, and Rachel (Eric) Koegel of Richland Center, WI; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother George Schaller of Bunker Hill, IL. The family of Bill Schaller suggests memorials be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Lion’s Club, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.

Schwant

2017

Betty Mae Schwant (71) of Seneca, Kansas passed away on July 8, 2017 at her home. She was born in the Onaga Hospital and attended Onaga Grade School and High School, graduating in 1964. Betty attended Crum’s Beauty School, graduating in March of 1965. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Sabetha. Betty married Eldon Schwant on October 9, 1966 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Wheaton. Eldon retired 2005 from the SCS as the District Conservationist in Seneca. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary this past October. He survives, of the home. Betty owned and operated the Hair Affair beauty salon in her home in Seneca. She also worked various jobs around town. Other survivors include a son and two daughters, nine grandchildren, two brothers, and two sisters.

Shaffer

2017

Philip R. Shaffer (75) of Salina, Kansas passed away on July 31, 2017. He was born in Wichita. He married Mary Diana Soderberg on Aug. 20, 1960. Mary Shaffer is a member of ARCSE and was a former Public Affairs Specialist for SCS/NRCS. Philip grew up in Lindsborg and served as judge of Municipal Court, as a workman’s comp hearing judge and small claims court judge in Salina from 1984-2005. Phil was recognized for his generosity, unbiased spirit, and passionate political discussions. Survivors: spouse, Mary; son, Dr. Matthew Shaffer (Rita) of Salina; daughter, Alison Suarez (Leo) of Conroe, Texas; and five grandchildren.

Sheehan

2017

Wilfred J. “Will” Sheehan (92) passed away peacefully on July 4, 2017 at the Holton Home in Brattleboro, Vermont where he had been a resident since 2012. Will was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and was raised and educated in Springfield, Vermont. He served his country during WWII in the United Stated Navy stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater including the Island of Saipan. Following his discharge he returned home and attended the University of Vermont graduating in 1953. In 1955 he took a position with the Soil Conservation Service in Vermont working 10 years in St. Johnsbury, 10 years in Randolph and 10 years in Brattleboro as a Soil Scientist. He retired in 1986. He spent the summer of 1961 in Alaska, one of his more memorable assignments. He was married to Joyce Shepard in 1962 who predeceased him in 2013. Will loved square dancing with his wife and spending time at his hunting camp. He was active with the American Red Cross Blood Bank and the St. Johnsbury Rifle and Pistol Shooting Club. Will is survived by his sister Eileen Sandstorm of Littleton, Co. four stepdaughters, 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A complete obituary may be viewed online at the Brattleboro Reformer-legacy.com>obituaries.

Sloan

2017

Catherine Sloan (92) of Alexandria, Louisiana passed away on August 30, 2017. She retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1985 after 20 years of service. She is survived by two nieces and two nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was a 1942 graduate of St. Francis Xavier Parochial School; a member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish where she was a member of the choir a total of 60 years, served as Librarian of Music, and a 30-year member of the Cathedral Altar Society. She was elected to the International Bowling Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Louisiana Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 1987, both for Meritorious Service. Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Restoration Fund.

Smith

2017

Marjorie J. Smith (98) passed away on July 12, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, Hutchinson Village. She was born in Pittsburg, Kansas. Marjorie graduated from Pittsburg State Teacher’s College in 1941. She taught home economics, math, typing, and girl’s physical education. On June 2, 1946, she married Ivan D. Smith in Pittsburg. He retired from SCS as the District Conservationist in the Burlington Field Office and died August 28, 2007. Survivors include: two daughters, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.

Smith

2017

Mel A. Smith (64) of Portsmouth, Ohio died on September 23, 2017 at Ohio State University Hospital. He was born in Columbus. Mel was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and recently retired from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, having served as a District Conservationist in in Pike/Scioto Counties. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Julia (Fox) Smith, his four daughters; Keesha Nickison (Sean), Allison Paige (Derek), Melanie White (Matt), and Elizabeth Ciriello (Chris), 10 grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren. The family's favorite charities are Notre Dame Catholic Schools and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Smith

2017

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

Sprague

2017

Ronald Gordon Sprague (80) of Champaign, Illinois passed away on September 8, 2017 at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Ronald was born in Rankin. He married Diane E. Goudy on January 17, 1960 in Hoopeston. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Michael (Pia) Sprague of California and Rhonda (Brandon) Kim of Louisiana; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister. Ronald was a graduate of Hoopeston John Greer High School and served the US Army in Security and as a Morse code operator. Ron retired as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Soil Conservation Service in Champaign. (www.morganmemorialhome.com). Memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society.

Staubus

2017

Henry L. Staubus (93) passed away at The Village in Indianola, Iowa on November 15, 2017. He was born in Douds, Iowa. Henry graduated from Mingo High School, served two years in the army, and then graduated from Iowa State College, now Iowa State University. Henry worked as a District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Humboldt County for 20 years and in Warren County for 10 years. He enjoyed membership in the Indianola Garden Club, Lions’ Club, and the United Methodist Church. He married Mary Lou Braley in 1947. They recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary surrounded by family. Henry was a wonderful father to daughter Diane Staubus of Atlanta, GA and to son Tom Staubus (Sheila) of Duluth, MN. He is also survived by four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of your choice. 

Stem

2017

George L. Stem (73) of Littlestown, Pennsylvania passed away on August 21, 2017. George retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as ASTC Programs, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Betty S. Stem; by a daughter, Kelly Rumbaugh (Bill) of Manchester; a son, Dr. Jesse L. Stem (Kristin) of Smith Mountain Lake, VA, two brothers, and a sister-in-law. George is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 3 great grand-children, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers, Truman and Charles E. Stem. George graduated from Westminster High School where he was a star football player. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1966. He played football at Maryland and received the Outstanding Senior Athletic Award and the Unsung Hero Award. He was a charter member of the Carroll County Chargers and was a charter member of the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame. George was a member of Redeemers United Church of Christ in Littlestown, a member of the M Club, and the Terrapin Club. He was an avid golfer and sports fan.

Sullivan

2017

Albert Eugene (Gene) Sullivan (81) of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on September 4, 2017, after months of battling cancer, and with all his family home. He was born in Lonoke, Arkansas, the fifth of nine children. As a young teenager he met and fell in love with the beautiful Carrie Sue Kelly and married her on May 29, 1955. Gene and Carrie had three children, and after 62 years of marriage they had seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren and one on the way. Gene was a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was an active member of Gideons International and was a godly man who was consistently generous, patient, and kind. After earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Gene was employed with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. In 1990, Gene retired after having served as the Deputy State Conservationist in California, and State Conservationist in Nebraska, Mississippi, and Arkansas. During his tenure, he also served on numerous state and regional water resource committees and task forces. Gene was a registered licensed professional engineer and land surveyor. Following his retirement from the USDA, Gene began a second career, founding the engineering consulting business, Sullivan & Associates, P.A. and actively managed various water resource projects, including the White River and Bayou Meto Regional Irrigation Water Districts. He provided consulting services on water issues in Argentina and Bolivia. Gene was active in developing state and national legislation concerning water resources. Gene’s volunteer activities included serving as president of Lakewood Property Owner’s Association Board of Directors and coaching various LPOA football, softball, water polo, and track teams. He taught Sunday school and regularly ministered to the sick and the elderly.

Surmeier

2017

Alvin "Al" G. Surmeier (68) of Ellis, Kansas passed away on November 14, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society in Ellis after battling Parkinson’s for many years. He was born in Colby, Kansas. Al attended Colby Community College. He had worked as a Certified Federal Meat Inspector and a Soil Conservation Technician with SCS in the Mankato, KS field office, retiring in 2006. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mankato, Kansas. Al enjoyed playing the accordion, snow skiing, and bowling, and was an avid sports fan. He is survived by a step-son, two daughters, eleven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Condolences may be left by guest book at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com.          (cont’d)

Thornbrough

2017

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

Thurman

2017

Lane Thurman (82) of Springfield, Missouri passed away on November 24, 2017. He was born in Alexandria, LA. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Lay Thurman, sons Steve, Randy, Kevin, and Robert and their wives Anna, Beth, and Mikel. They also have seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. After graduating from LA Tech University, Lane began his career with USDA Soil Conservation Service. After 35 years of service, taking him from Louisiana to Colorado to Missouri, he retired as an Area Conservationist in 1994. Lane had a very active life and enjoyed traveling the world with Nancy in his plane and RV.

Tober

2017

Dwight A. Tober (66) West Fargo, North Dakota, formerly Bismarck, ND, passed away on November 27, 2017, in his home under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. He worked as a range conservationist at Pierre, SD, then the Plant Materials Center in Bismarck, ND for 20 years (14 years as Manager) then as a plant materials specialist for ND, SD, and MN, retiring from NRCS in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Loa, West Fargo, ND; daughter Erica (Chris) McCray; son Brian (Jenny Roper) Risch; three grandchildren; one brother; two sisters; three sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tussing

2017

Gerald Tussing (76) passed away July 8, 2017 at his Bellefontaine, Ohio home. He was a graduate of Reynoldsburg High School and The Ohio State University College of Agriculture. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as the Top of Ohio RC&D Coordinator, previously serving many counties throughout Ohio. He was a Veteran of the United States Army Reserves. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Colby); daughter, Ellie Link (Edward); son, Chad; five grandchildren, and a sister. Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to Universal Home Health and Hospice, 701 South Main Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.

Ummel

2017

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

Verdi

2017

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

Walker

2017

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

Wallace

2017

Senior Conservationist Charles Stephen (Bub) Wallace (93) of Lincolnton, North Carolina passed away on July 2, 2017. Charles died just hours before his 94th birthday. He began his career working briefly in Cleveland County, N.C. He then worked the remainder of his career in Lincoln and Gaston Counties, NC where he retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician in January of 1984. After his retirement Charles worked part time for the Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District and then after that for the Gaston Soil & Water Conservation District. He also served as a Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor. Charles mentored and trained numerous soil conservationists and district conservationists who came through Lincoln County early in their careers. He was highly respected by his coworkers and clientele alike. He and his wife of 70 years, Mary Helen who died in February of this year, put out the welcoming mat for all these young conservationists by inviting them into their home for meals. Charles served in the US Navy during WWII on LST's. He ferried troops and equipment from ship to shore and returned wounded soldiers to hospital ships. He participated in North African, Sicilian, Italian and French invasions. He once got stranded from his ship and fought alongside Army troops until he could be reunited with his ship mates. Charles is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mary-Charles and Patrick Murphy, and one sister, Nelle Jacobs.

Waltner

2017

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

Warren

2017

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

Watson

2017

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

Weatherford

2017

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

Weaver

2017

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

Weeks

2017

Archie Daniel Weeks (81) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on August 22, 2017 at Baptist Health Lexington. He was born in Gilmer County, GA and attended Berry College and was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where he served as a civil engineer for 30 years. Archie was a former board member of the Friends of the Children at the Kentucky Methodist Home, and a member of Centenary United Methodist Church since 1965. Archie’s loves were faith, family, friends, and golf. He is survived by his wife Wenda Pritchett Weeks and three children, six grandchildren, and one great grandson. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Kentucky Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 749, Versailles, KY 40383 or a charity of one’s choice.

Westom

2017

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

Williams

2017

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

Wilson

2017

Clarence Jennings Wilson Jr. (Sonny) (85) went home to his Lord and Savior on April 5, 2017. He was a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and was at the home of his son in Avon, Ohio, at the time of his passing. He was born in Terra Alta, W.Va. He was a graduate of Kingwood, W.Va. High School. While stationed at Fort Knox, Ky., he completed his U.S. Army enlistment in 1956. Following military service, Clarence earned a Master of Science degree in agronomy from West Virginia University. Subsequently, he was employed by and retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Clarence attended Harrisonburg First Assembly of God Church. Clarence is survived by Annette Benson Wilson, his wife of 58 years. Also surviving are three sons, David Kevin Wilson (Vickie) of Avon, Ohio, John Edward Wilson (Allison) of Harrisonburg, Va., and Joel Jennings Wilson (Paula) of Little River, S.C; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Yenter

2017

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

Young

2017

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

Ziegler

2017

Carol Ziegler (61) Bismarck, North Dakota, formerly of Beach, ND, passed away on April 23, 2017 in a Bismarck Care Center. She worked for SCS/NRCS at numerous locations throughout North Dakota for 29 years, retiring in Feb. 2016. Carol is survived by her four siblings, Diane (Dean) Easton, Dale (Judy) Ziegler, Linda Mees, and Rita (Dana) Wright.

Almquist

2016

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

Anderson

2016

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

Arbogast

2016

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

Benrud

2016

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

Benrud

2016

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

Benson

2016

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

Berndt

2016

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

Beutler

2016

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

Beyer

2016

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

Birchmier

2016

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

Black

2016

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

Black

2016

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

Blanton

2016

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

Blanton

2016

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

Boecking

2016

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

Bondurant

2016

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

Brittan

2016

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

Brittan

2016

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

Brown

2016

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

Brown

2016

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

Buie

2016

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

Buie

2016

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

Burkeen

2016

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

Bush

2016

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

Bush

2016

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

Cagle

2016

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

Cagle

2016

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

Campbell

2016

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

Chastain

2016

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

Collins

2016

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

Collins

2016

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

Cook

2016

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

Counce

2016

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

Counce

2016

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

Cowan

2016

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

Cox

2016

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

Crowley

2016

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

Culver

2016

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

Dalton

2016

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

Dalton

2016

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

Dannehy

2016

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

Dannehy

2016

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

Davidson

2016

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

Davidson

2016

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

Davis

2016

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

Davis

2016

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

Davis

2016

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

Davis

2016

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

Denslow

2016

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

Denslow

2016

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

Doren

2016

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

Doren

2016

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

Droge

2016

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

Dunn

2016

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

Elliott

2016

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

Faragher

2016

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

Ferguson

2016

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

Fisher

2016

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

Folsche

2016

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

Foster

2016

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

Foster

2016

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

Fuchs

2016

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

Fuchs

2016

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

Gilkeson

2016

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

Gilkeson

2016

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

Greiner

2016

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

Griffing

2016

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

Grube

2016

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

Grube

2016

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

Hahn

2016

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

Hail

2016

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

Hamilton

2016

Beatrice (Bea) Hamilton (100) of Harold, Kentucky passed away on July 13, 2016. She retired as the Area Clerk for the Soil Conservation Service in Hazard, Kentucky. She was born in Honaker, now known as Harold, KY. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her three brothers. She is survived by her one sister, Nell Hamilton Jayne of Flat Gap, Kentucky and several nieces and nephews. Beatrice was a member of the Church of Christ. She was an employee for the US Federal Government for three years in Washington D.C. during WWII, where she worked at the department of Commerce and later spent six years in Ashville, North Carolina working at the General Accounting Office.

Hayhurst

2016

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

Heard

2016

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

Hendricks

2016

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

Hendricks

2016

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

Hickson

2016

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

High

2016

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

Hill

2016

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

Hines

2016

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

Hines

2016

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

Hocker

2016

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

Holen

2016

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

Holen

2016

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

Holscher

2016

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

Holscher

2016

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

Horsch

2016

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

Howe

2016

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

Howe

2016

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

Howell

2016

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

Hughes

2016

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

Jensen

2016

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

Jernstedt

2016

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

Jones

2016

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

Jordan

2016

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

Jordan

2016

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

Kelly

2016

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

Kerl

2016

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

Kvittem

2016

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

Kvittem

2016

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

Labahn

2016

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

Labahn

2016

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

Langford

2016

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

Lare

2016

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

Lattimore

2016

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

Layton

2016

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

Leonard

2016

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

Long

2016

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

Lowery

2016

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

Ludwig

2016

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

Malley

2016

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

Martin

2016

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

Mathis

2016

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

Mathis

2016

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

Mayer

2016

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

Mayer

2016

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

McMullen

2016

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

McMullen

2016

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

Meierdierks

2016

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

Meierdierks

2016

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

Merrell

2016

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

Middendorf

2016

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

Minzenmayer

2016

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

Moody

2016

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

Moran

2016

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

Moran

2016

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

Moser

2016

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

Moser

2016

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

Moses

2016

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

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

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

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

Moses

2016

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

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

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

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

Mueller

2016

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

Murphey

2016

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

Murphey

2016

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

Neitzel

2016

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

Paden

2016

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

Paden

2016

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

Page

2016

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

Patterson

2016

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

Penner

2016

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

Perryman

2016

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

Petrie

2016

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

Petrie

2016

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

Pick

2016

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

Porter

2016

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

Potter

2016

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

Putnam

2016

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

Putnam

2016

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

Reed

2016

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

Reed

2016

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

Renard

2016

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

Rexroat

2016

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

Riggs

2016

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

Rightmeier

2016

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


Rockenbaugh

2016

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

Rule

2016

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

Scates

2016

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

Schaefer

2016

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

Schaefer

2016

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

Schober

2016

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

Schoepp

2016

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

Schroeder

2016

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

Schuetz

2016

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

Schuetz

2016

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

Schulze

2016

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

Schulze

2016

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

Scott

2016

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

Shaffer

2016

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

Sipes

2016

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

Skiles

2016

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

Skiles

2016

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

Skinner

2016

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

Smith

2016

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

Smith

2016

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

Smith

2016

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

Smith

2016

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

Speed

2016

Ruby Speed (101) of Pawnee, Oklahoma, formerly a resident of Huntsville, passed away on December 6, 2016 in her home in Pawnee. Ruby retired in 1980 as a fiscal clerk with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. She leaves behind her son, Roger Brashear of Pawnee, grandson Stephen Brashear of Orlando, Florida, and her daughter Debra B. Simpson of Huntsville.

Spriggs

2016

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

Stewart

2016

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

Stockwell

2016

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

Stout

2016

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

Strong

2016

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

Sturgill

2016

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

Sykes

2016

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



Tatum

2016

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

Thomasson

2016

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

Thomasson

2016

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

Timothy

2016

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

Tindal

2016

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

Treadway

2016

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

Tucker

2016

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

Tucker

2016

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

Turner

2016

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

Vandenbos

2016

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

Viele

2016

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

Viner

2016

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

Walker

2016

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

Walker

2016

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

Wallin

2016

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

Ware

2016

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

Warner

2016

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

Wells

2016

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

Wells

2016

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

Welsh

2016

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

Whitaker

2016

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

Willmeth

2016

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

Wise

2016

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

Work

2016

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

Wynia

2016

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

Youberg

2016

Charles Frederick "Chuck" Youberg (92) of Albuquerque, New Mexico peacefully entered into eternal rest on October 24, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Juliet Youberg; three children, Fred, Allan, and Carol; two stepchildren, Susan and Dawn; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother David; and sister Margaret. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bette Youberg, and great-grandson, Gavin Price. He was born in Denver and grew up in Kremmling, CO. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army at the beginning of WWII. He served 4 years in Italy and France and was awarded two purple hearts. He then served three additional years in the Reserves as a photo interpreter during the Korean Conflict. He completed his education at Colorado State University and received his degree as a soil scientist/agronomist. For 33 years, he was employed by the USDA and worked in Goodland, KS, Washington D.C., and Albuquerque, NM. He retired in 1978 as the Assistant State Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, UDSA. In the 1960s, Chuck was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed remodeling Volkswagens and a 1929 Model A Ford. After his retirement, Chuck and Juliet traveled extensively and were active members at St. Stephens United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, consider contributions to Chuck's favorite charity--Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Joy Junction, or The Storehouse.

Alexander

2015

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

Andrews

2015

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

Appleton

2015

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

Ard

2015

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

Arms

2015

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

Bertsch

2015

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

Betler

2015

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

Betts

2015

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

Bingham

2015

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

Bivens

2015

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

Bogner

2015

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

Borst

2015

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

Brewer

2015

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

Bridges

2015

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

Brock

2015

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

Browing

2015

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

Calhoun

2015

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

Carlson

2015

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

Cartagena

2015

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

Cavanaugh

2015

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

Churchman

2015

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

Clause

2015

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

Cook

2015

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

Corpstein

2015

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

Cosby

2015

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

Cox

2015

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

Crews

2015

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

Crowner

2015

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

Cyr

2015

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

Day

2015

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

Day

2015

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

Dearborn

2015

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

Donaldson

2015

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

Ducommun

2015

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

Dugan

2015

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

Dunn

2015

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

Dupont

2015

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

Edwards

2015

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

Edwards

2015

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

Elmore

2015

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

Esworthy

2015

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

Evans

2015

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

Fagan

2015

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

Fedak

2015

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

Fehr

2015

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

Feltes

2015

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

Feusner

2015

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

Fitterer

2015

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

Foerschler

2015

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

Ford

2015

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


Forquer

2015

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

Frederick

2015

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

Gertsch

2015

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

Gorman

2015

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

Grabast

2015

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

Habiger

2015

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

Haenisch

2015

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Charles Haenisch (90) of Floydada, Texas passed away July 24, 2015. He was the first baby born in Rosebud, Texas in 1925. He attended the public schools in Rosebud and was a proud Class of '46 graduate of Texas A&M. He married Emagene Sansom in Goldthwaite, Texas, on November 9, 1946. She preceded him in death in 2012. After a 38-year career with the Soil Conservation Service that took them to Goldthwaite, Eden, Lubbock, Stephenville, Alice, and Harlingen, they retired to the family farm in Rochelle, Texas. In 1998 they moved to Floydada to be closer to family. Charles and Emagene became involved and were a vital part of every community in which they lived. Always active in a variety of areas, Charles was a scout master, an Eagle Scout, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow with the Boy Scouts. He served on the board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas for many years. Charles served the churches where he lived as a Deacon and taught Sunday School until the age of 85. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star. Charles and Emagene both volunteered as readers with elementary school children. Charles is survived by his son Barry Haenisch and wife Linda of Round Rock, Texas, and daughter Jo Lynn Dean and husband, Bill, of Floydada. He was very proud of his four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Floydada Senior Citizens. Online condolences may be made at moore-rose.com.

Hall

2015

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

Ham

2015

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

Hardiman

2015

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

Harjo

2015

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

Helmey

2015

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

Herndon

2015

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

Higgins

2015

Robert Joseph “Bob” Higgins (82) of Salina, Kansas passed away on March 24, 2015. His career had spanned 30 years with the Soil Conservation Service when he retired in December 1989 as a Biologist on the Resource Conservation Staff in the Kansas State Office in Salina, Kansas. He rose in two years to Army sergeant with his innate leadership during the Korean War. Bob was a proud member of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Knights of Columbus, Audubon Society, and Jolly Mixers dance gro