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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 07/01/2016

 

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ALL, Sorted by Year, then Surname

Year

In Memoriam, BY YEAR

Almquist

2016

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

Anderson

2016

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

Arbogast

2016

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

Bacon

2016

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

Baker

2016

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

Ball

2016

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

Barefoot

2016

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

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.

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

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

Collins

2016

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

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.

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.

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.

Davis

2016

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

Davis

2016

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

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.

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.

Hahn

2016

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

Hail

2016

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

Hayhurst

2016

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

Heard

2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

Willmeth

2016

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

Wise

2016

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

Work

2016

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

Wynia

2016

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

Alexander

2015

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

Andrews

2015

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

Appleton

2015

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

Ard

2015

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

Arms

2015

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

Baker

2015

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

Barnett

2015

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

Beck

2015

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

Beichley

2015

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

Bell

2015

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

Bertsch

2015

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

Betler

2015

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

Betts

2015

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

Bingham

2015

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

Bivens

2015

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

Bogner

2015

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

Borst

2015

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

Brewer

2015

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

Bridges

2015

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

Brock

2015

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

Browing

2015

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

Calhoun

2015

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

Carlson

2015

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

Cartagena

2015

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

Cavanaugh

2015

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

Churchman

2015

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

Clause

2015

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

Cook

2015

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

Corpstein

2015

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

Cosby

2015

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

Cox

2015

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

Crews

2015

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

Crowner

2015

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

Cyr

2015

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

Day

2015

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

Day

2015

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

Dearborn

2015

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

Donaldson

2015

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

Ducommun

2015

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

Dugan

2015

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

Dunn

2015

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

Dupont

2015

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

Edwards

2015

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.

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.

Elmore

2015

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

Esworthy

2015

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

Evans

2015

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

Fagan

2015

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

Fedak

2015

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

Fehr

2015

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

Feltes

2015

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

Feusner

2015

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

Fitterer

2015

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

Foerschler

2015

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

Ford

2015

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


Forquer

2015

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

Frederick

2015

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

Gertsch

2015

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

Gorman

2015

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

Grabast

2015

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

Habiger

2015

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

Hall

2015

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

Ham

2015

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

Hardiman

2015

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

Harjo

2015

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

Helmey

2015

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

Herndon

2015

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

Higgins

2015

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

Hinkle

2015

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

Hodges

2015

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

Holstine

2015

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

Hostad

2015

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

Hotz

2015

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

Hunt

2015

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

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

Irwin

2015

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

Johnson

2015

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

Johnson

2015

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

Jorgensen

2015

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

Jungk

2015

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

Keep

2015

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

Kesecker

2015

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

Kidney

2015

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

King

2015

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

Kirschner

2015

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

Klee

2015

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

Kleppe

2015

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

Koster

2015

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


Kuenning

2015

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

Lady

2015

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

Larsen

2015

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

Latarre

2015

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

Laughlin

2015

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

Lawrence

2015

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

Lee

2015

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

Lieske

2015

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

Loe

2015

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

Loucks

2015

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

Loudon

2015

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

Lowe

2015

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

Maddy

2015

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

Mapes

2015

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

Marietta

2015

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

Martin

2015

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

Mast

2015

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

McArthur

2015

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

McCann

2015

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

McCarty

2015

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

McCaw

2015

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

McGrane

2015

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

McMulkin

2015

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

Miller

2015

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

Miller

2015

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

Mitchell

2015

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

Naylor

2015

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

Nettleton

2015

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

Newcombe

2015

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

Nordean

2015

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

Oler

2015

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

Olson

2015

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

Oshel

2015

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

Otte

2015

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

Owen

2015

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

Patterson

2015

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

Perkins

2015

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

Perryman

2015

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

Piper

2015

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

Pond

2015

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

Pope

2015

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

Pope

2015

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

Porter

2015

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

Post

2015

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

Powles

2015

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

Qualls

2015

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

Quilliam

2015

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

Rauch

2015

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

Richards

2015

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

Roberts

2015

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

Ruhland

2015

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

Rush

2015

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

Schiermeister

2015

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

Schiermester

2015

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

Schmelzer

2015

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

Scott

2015

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

Semin

2015

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

Simmons

2015

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

Simonson

2015

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

Smith

2015

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

Smith

2015

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

Smithhisler

2015

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

Spangler

2015

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

Stoner

2015

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

Stormann

2015

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

Swan

2015

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

Tankersley

2015

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

Thorn

2015

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

Thornburg

2015

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

Townsend

2015

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

Turman

2015

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

Uhrig

2015

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

Vennes

2015

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

Walthall

2015

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

Ward

2015

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

Wells

2015

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

Whaley

2015

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

Whitehurst

2015

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

Wilimek

2015

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

Williams

2015

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

Wilson

2015

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

Zutz

2015

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

Abbott

2014

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

Atwood

2014

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

Austin

2014

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

Baker

2014

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

Barber

2014

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

Barnett

2014

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

Barton

2014

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

Becwar

2014

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

Bennett

2014

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

Boehlert

2014

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

Borchard

2014

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

Boyd

2014

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

Bozeman

2014

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

Branigan

2014

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

Braymen

2014

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

Brewster

2014

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

Brost

2014

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

Brownfield

2014

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

Burns

2014

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

Busch

2014

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

Button

2014

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

Carlton

2014

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

Coffing

2014

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

Combs

2014

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

Cooper

2014

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

Crowe

2014

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

Currier

2014

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

Czartoski

2014

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

Darden

2014

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

Davis

2014

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

Day

2014

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

Dester

2014

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

Dilsaver

2014

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

Donahue

2014

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

Drullinger

2014

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

Dunnigan

2014

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

Durban

2014

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

Duree

2014

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

Dymond

2014

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

Echaide

2014

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

Ensminger

2014

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

Esarey

2014

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

Eschenbach

2014

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

Eswaran

2014

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

Etherington

2014

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

Ferguson

2014

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

Fischer

2014

Robert S. Fischer (93) passed away in Fargo, North Dakota on September 7, 2014. He began his SCS career in 1952 as a Project Engineer and worked on projects in the Grand Forks area, Larimore area, and the Fargo area before retiring in 1987. He is survived by three sons and four daughters: Steve (Sue), Kent, WA; Doug (Kay), Scottsdale, AZ; Diann, Fargo, ND; Keith (Wanda), Fargo, ND; Carol, Maple, Grove, MN; Susan, Fargo, ND; Mary, Eden Prairie, MN; and his special companion Fern Andersen, Ulen, MN. He is survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine; one son, one grandson, four brothers and two sisters.

Fox

2014

Herbert C. Fox, Jr. (78) of Cary, North Carolina passed away on November 18, 2014. He retired in 1993 as hydrologist on the Watershed/River Basin Planning Staff. Herb was a native of Virginia but spent his SCS/NRCS career in North Carolina. He was a design engineer on the State Conservation Engineer’s staff before assuming the hydrologist position. Herb is survived by his ex-wife and friend, Nancy Fox; sons, Bert (Lisa) Fox of Cary, Hugh (Teresa) Fox of Kittrell; daughter, Dawn (David) Satterwhite of Wake Forest; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Frank

2014

Ernest F. Frank (76) of Dover, Ohio, passed away on December 11, 2014 after suffering a stroke while deer hunting with friends. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Alice Ann (Strasser) Frank, originally of West Lafayette; a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Upon graduating from Fresno High School in 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years in Germany. Ernie retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was an outstanding technician to the many cooperators he served and a great trainer. Ernie was a co-founder and developer of Zoar Village Golf Course. He was also the owner of Franks’ Tree Farm. Contributions in honor of Ernie may be made to Community Hospice of New Philadelphia --address is 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia.

George

2014

John C. George (66) of Rome, Pennsylvania passed away December 12, 2014. John was a graduate of Delaware Valley College in 1970, where he received his degree in Agronomy. During his college years, John served as a student trainee with the Soil Conservation Service. His career with SCS/NRCS spanned 41 years, during which he served as a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, RC&D Coordinator and then as Supervisory District Conservationist for Field Team 1 in Northeast PA. In his six years of retirement, John and Donna traveled extensively to foreign countries. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna, two sons, a brother, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.

Gibson

2014

Thomas “Bill” Gibson (83) of Bottineau, North Dakota passed away on November 14, 2014, at a Rugby nursing home. He began work at Cavalier, ND in 1956; then Hillsboro, ND from 1956-’61; Minot from 1961-‘71 and then to Bottineau, ND in 1971 as project inspector for the Boundary Creek Watershed Project and the Carbury Dam. He took early retirement in 1987 with 34 years of service. He is survived by his wife Mickey of 61 years; son Thomas W. Gibson Jr. (Lory) of Bottineau; daughter, Jayne “Janie” Ramsey (David) of Park River, ND; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother.

Gillogly

2014

Wilma Kathryn Gillogly (97) of Ashland, Ohio passed away on January 19, 2014. Her husband, Loyd Gillogly, passed away in 1989 and was the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Ohio. Wilma graduated from Summerfield High School, Class of 1933. She leaves behind her loving daughter, K. Dianne (Tom) Reed of Mansfield; five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH 44805 and Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805.

Gillogly

2014

Wilma Kathryn Gillogly (97) of Ashland, Ohio passed away on January 19, 2014. Her husband, Loyd Gillogly, passed away in 1989 and was the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Ohio. Wilma graduated from Summerfield High School, Class of 1933. She leaves behind her loving daughter, K. Dianne (Tom) Reed of Mansfield; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 501 Cottage Street, Ashland, OH 44805 and Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Dr., Ashland, OH 44805.

Gingrich

2014

Geneva Blanch (Fordemwalt) Gingrich (90) of Palmyra, Pennsylvania passed away at home on May 9, 2014. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Kenneth R. Gingrich, in 1989. She retired from the Soil Conservation Service as an Area Clerk in the Lebanon Office.  Geneva was a faithful member of Palmyra First United Methodist Church. She was also a past president of the Palmyra and Lebanon County Women's Club.  She is survived by three sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to the Palmyra Public Library or AGAPE Family Shelter.  Condolences and memories may be shared at www.rothermelfuneralhome.com

Gish

2014

Donald L. Gish (86) of Yadkinville, NC, passed away on July 15, 2014. Don retired in July 1983 as Engineering Technician in Yadkinville, NC. He was born in Little Falls, MN. Prior to joining SCS, Don worked for the Army Map Service, Corps of Engineers. He was a veteran of the Korean War where he received three Bronze Stars. Most of Don’s career with SCS was an inspector on several watershed projects including Deep Creek and Muddy Creek. His work locations included Yadkinville, Hendersonville, Marion, Columbus, Lumberton and back to Yadkinville. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dorothy Martin Gish and his three daughters, Donna Bowman and Linda Gish of Yadkinville, NC and Janet (Norman) Bartlett of Clemmons, NC. He is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Don was a member of the Yadkinville United Methodist Church and a devoted Christian. He was a member of VFW Post #10346 who provided full military honors at his memorial service.

Glover

2014

Irma Glover (86) of Wichita, Kansas passed away on June 9, 2014.  She was the wife of Robert Glover who retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981 as a resource conservationist in Dodge City Area Office.   He preceded her in death in January 2013.  She is survived by two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Gragg

2014

Archie B. Gragg Jr. (84) of Bowling Green, KY passed away on July 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Bessie L. Morgan Gragg; a daughter, Kimberly Botner (Dr. Bryan Botner) of Bowling Green; and four grandchildren. Archie was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church and retired as a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service in 1991. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Archie was retired past president of Federal Employees Organization and High School Band Boosters and was a former director of Chamber of Commerce. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Eastwood Baptist Church, 500 Eastwood Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42103.

Gray

2014

Roy “Mack” Gray (78) of Belton, Texas passed away February 2, 2014 at a Temple nursing home. He worked for the Department of Agriculture for 33 years and retired as Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture in 2006. Over the years Mack resided in Washington D.C., Maryland, and then Belton. He was a Sergeant in the National Guard and had a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in Agriculture Economics from Texas A&M.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Belton, a Mason and member of the Belton Masonic Lodge.  Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia Ann Gray of Belton; two sons, Keith (Barbara) Gray of Katy, Texas and Mitch (Michelle) Gray of Cary, North Carolina; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the scholarship fund at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M, 556 John Kimbrough Blvd. Suite 200, TAMU 2140, College Station, TX 77843-2140.

Haas

2014

Lavona Belle Haas (82) of Sterling, VA passed away quietly at home on August 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband, ARCSE member Joe Haas of Sterling, VA. Joe retired from the Soil Conservation Service as the Deputy Chief for Programs in Washington, D.C. Also surviving are her daughter Cindy Siler of Lovettsville, VA; granddaughter Jessie Siler of Lexington, VA; and grandson Tim Siler of Lovettsville, VA. Memorial contributions may be given to Capital Caring, 2900 Telestar Ct., Falls Church, VA 22042 or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.

Haderlie

2014

Member Van K Haderlie (86) passed away on October 15, 2014 in Logan, Utah, surrounded by family. His heart finally gave out. He was born in Auburn, Lincoln, WY, in the beautiful Star Valley he loved. He graduated from Utah State Agricultural College (Logan, Utah) with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy; and from the University of Montana (Missoula, MT) with a Master of Resource Administration. Van served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (North Central States Mission) and in the Infantry and Army Medical Corps in World War II. A long career in the USDA Soil Conservation Service had him and his family moving to many locations around Montana, with a couple of years in Nevada and Texas. He served as a State Conservationist, retiring in Bozeman in 1984 after a two-year assignment in Indonesia. In 2013, Van and Bernice returned to the place their family journey began, Logan, UT. He served in several leadership positions in the LDS church. He had three daughters: Brenda Lynn (Doyle Milton Wright), Orem, UT; Jo Nell (John Stanley Bird), Stockton, MO; and Sheri, Logan, UT; then five sons, Dennis K (Margaret [Peggy] Lee Blackwood), Belgrade, MT; Merrill K (Mae Louise Pledge), Logan, UT; Brad K (Heidi Ann Walls, deceased), Bozeman, MT; Kevan K (Bertha Maria Dominguez-Vazquez), South Salt Lake, UT; and Bryan K (Wendy Suzanne Green), Stafford, VA. There are currently 45 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Harrison

2014

Glenn Walker “Shot” Harrison (87) of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully early August 19, 2014, at Island Home Park Health and Rehab.  He graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1951, where he majored in agronomy. This led to a career of over 30 years as soil conservationist and supervisor for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Knox, Bledsoe, Cannon, Smith, and Sumner counties.  He is survived by longtime companion, Barbara, a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

Harrison

2014

Glenn Walker “Shot” Harrison (87) of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully early August 19, 2014, at Island Home Park Health and Rehab. He graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1951, where he majored in agronomy. This led to a career of over 30 years as soil conservationist and supervisor for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Knox, Bledsoe, Cannon, Smith, and Sumner counties. He is survived by longtime companion, Barbara, a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy.

Haszel

2014

Orville Haszel (94) of Waupaca, WI passed away on August 21, 2014 at Park Vista Senior Center in Waupaca. Orville married Elsie Vergauwen on May 28, 1977, who died on January 31, 1988. He attended the one room Krok School in West Kewaunee and graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1937 and from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1950. Orville accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture which he held until retirement in 1985. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from October 1942 to November 1945 as a radar operator and saw combat in the South Pacific. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Parish and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Orville was a very devoted husband to his wife Elsie, and a loving and caring father to her four children. He will be greatly missed by his 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Orville is survived by one brother, George of Oshkosh, WI and one sister, Ellen Grutz of Beaver Dam, WI. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in memory of Orville for the new chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451.

Haug

2014

Betty Haug (82) of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on April 19, 2014.  She is survived by her husband, Gilbert, who retired in 1993 as a soil conservation technician in the Cottonwood Falls Field Office.  They had just celebrated 60 years of marriage in January.  She is also survived by two sons, a daughter, five grandsons, a granddaughter, and a great-granddaughter.

Heilman

2014

Lola Heilman (82) of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on March 16, 2014. Lola was the wife of Rodney Heilman, retired SCS resource conservationist. She was a native of Henry County, KY and a member of Westport Road Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Rodney Heilman; daughter, Anne Veno (Tim); a granddaughter, and a great grandson. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society or charity of your choice.

Heise

2014

Theresa H. Heise (85) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away on August 16, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 65 years Harold D. Heise who retired in 1987 as the District Conservationist at the El Dorado Field Office. Survivors include: husband, Harold; son, Rick (Jane) Heise; and five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Hendershot

2014

Connie Sue (Criswell) Hendershot (60) of Circleville, Ohio passed away on January 11, 2014 from an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. She is survived by her parents, Paul and Delores (Brown) Criswell of Caledonia, Ohio; her husband of 36 years, Robert Lee Hendershot; and two daughters, a son, and a granddaughter. Connie graduated from The Ohio State University in 1976 with a major in education. Memorial contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to the Memorial Bible Program; The Gideons International, P O Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. https://www.gideons.org/HowYouCanHelp/generaldonations.aspx

Herron

2014

Cecil Joseph Herron (89) passed away on December 16, 2014 at Manor of the Plains in Dodge City, Kansas. He graduated from Spearville High School in 1943. Cecil was a farmer and retired 1988 from the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician with 22 years of service at the Dodge City Field Office. He was also a referee for Kansas schools for 25 years, officiating over 1500 football and basketball games. He was a lifetime member of the Spearville Federated Church and also served on the board through the years. Cecil served on the Spearville USD 381 Board of Education for 18 years. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hazel of Spearville, six children, 16 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Federated Church, Spearville or Manor of the Plains in care of Swaim Funeral Home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.

Hicks

2014

Life Member Robert Nolen Eugene Hicks (78) of Lansing, Michigan, passed away on June 12, 2014.  He grew up on a family farm in Tennessee, and his life-long passions were the conservation of wildlife and its natural resources. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Tennessee State University.  He served in the U.S. Army for three years in research and development all over the world, including the Greenland Ice Cap and at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Bob retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a District Conservationist in 2008 after 47 years of service.  Bob was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where he faithfully served in different stewardship roles. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Neighborhood Watch program, Farm Bureau, and Rotary International.  Bob was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Thelma L. Hicks, of 51 years of marriage.  He is survived by his children, Derrick N. Hicks and Belinda N. (David) Kammeraad (Hicks); and two grandchildren.  Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School. Condolences may be left for the family at www.EstesLeadley.com.

Hicks

2014

Life Member Robert Nolen Eugene Hicks (78) of Lansing, Michigan, passed away on June 12, 2014. He grew up on a family farm in Tennessee, and his life-long passions were the conservation of wildlife and its natural resources. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Tennessee State University. He served in the U.S. Army for three years in research and development all over the world, including the Greenland Ice Cap, and at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Bob retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Resource Conservationist in 2008 after 47 years of service. Bob was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church where he faithfully served in different stewardship roles. He was involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Neighborhood Watch program, Farm Bureau and Rotary International. Bob was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Thelma L. Hicks, of 51 years of marriage. He is survived by his children, Derrick N. Hicks and Belinda N. (David) Kammeraad (Hicks); and two grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church and School. Condolences may be left for the family at www.EstesLeadley.com

Higginbotham

2014

Richard Lee Higginbotham (69) of Hull, GA passed away on August 7, 2014. A native of St. Petersburg, FL, he was the owner and operator of Piedmont Azalea Nursery for 35 years and retired from the USDA NRCS after 31 years of service. He served his country in the US Navy. As a hobby he collected old cars, antiques, especially toys. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Arnold Higginbotham, son and daughter in law, Ricky and Tammy Higginbotham of Colbert and a grandson. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, c/o Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6012, Albert Lea MN 56007 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 238, Hull, GA 30646.

Hoffman

2014

Thelma Irene Hoffman (93) formerly of Effingham, Kansas passed away on November 26, 2014. She was the spouse of Mac L. Hoffman who preceded her in death in 2009, having been married for 63 years. Mac was a Soil Conservation Technician in the Effingham Field Office. Thelma received her Normal Teachers training from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. She was an elementary school teacher for many years in rural Atchison County and Jefferson County grade schools. She had also served as principal for the Effingham Grade School. The Hoffman’s raised their family on a dairy farm near Effingham. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Holmes

2014

Betty A. Holmes (89), former resident of St. Francis Village, Crowley, Texas, passed away on December 3, 2014. Her husband Daniel served as the work unit conservationist in the Abilene and Anthony Field Offices in Kansas and retired as an Assistant Chief of the Soil Conservation Service in 1980. In addition to her husband of 68 years, Dan, she is survived by three sons: Richard (Bronia) Holmes of Columbia, SC, Steven (Fabienne) Holmes of Berkeley CA, Joseph (Deborah) Holmes of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Horgan

2014

Purdy Horgan (94) of Cavalier, North Dakota and formerly of Neche, ND passed away on September 1, 2014 at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Purdy worked as a WAE in the Cavalier office for many years. He is survived by sons: James, Thayer, MO; and Tim, Cavalier, ND; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Mae in 1999; a son, and a brother.

Hraban

2014

Rudolph Raymond Hraban (89) of Billings, Montana formerly of Gering, NE passed away on June 24, 2014. He served in the Navy aboard the most decorated ship of World War II, the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal–eleven stars, Philippine Liberation Medal–two stars and a Commendation by the Commanding Officer. Rudy was proud of his service to his country. He graduated with a degree in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska. He was employed by the USDA, Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, retiring in 1987 as an Area Conservationist. Rudy married Maxine Tharnish on June 16, 1952 in Lincoln, NE and just recently celebrated their 62nd anniversary. Together they raised seven children who survived along with 22 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Rudy was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church where he served in a variety of ways including the church council for over 20 years. Memorials can be made in Rudy’s name to Christ the King Catholic Church.

Hraban

2014

Maxine F. Hraban (84) of Billings, MT formerly of Gering, NE, passed away on November 2, 2014. She was the wife of Rudolph Raymond Hraban (memoriam follows). Memorials can be made in Maxine’s name to Christ the King Catholic Church and the Ronald McDonald House in Denver, CO. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.geringchapel.com.

Ice

2014

Life Member Mervin Ray Ice (78) of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, passed away on February 13, 2014. He earned an Associate in Science degree from Vincennes University and then graduated from Purdue University in 1958 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation, Mervin took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Soil and Conservation Service (SCS), which he held for a 37-year career. He progressed from an Area Engineer and Project Engineer to Indiana’s State Construction Engineer and eventually to Indiana’s SCS Assistant State Engineer. In 1974, he was hired as the State Conservation Engineer for SCS in Pennsylvania. He retired in 1994 as National Construction Engineer for SCS in Washington, DC. Mervin stayed busy after retirement by helping Carla’s business, the Blossom Shop Florist. He was involved with the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS) since the early 1980s. For the past 40 years, Mervin was an active member of the West Shore Baptist Church in Camp Hill where he taught Sunday School. He held many professional affiliations, including a 32nd degree Mason. He remained a registered civil engineer in Indiana and Pennsylvania until his death. Mervin was passionate about learning and took every opportunity to discover new information. He was an avid supporter of ARCSE, having made the largest amount of monetary contributions on record, nearly $500. Mervin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carla (Lockhart) Ice; his son Douglas Ice; his daughter, Karyn Leftwich; and his ten grandchildren: and a great-grandson. He is also survived by two daughters-in-law Beth Ice and Lisa Ice-Jones and two sons-in-law Linwood Leftwich and James Jones. He is preceded in death by his son, Mervin R. Ice, Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to NYCHAPS, 35 Greenbrier Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019 or West Shore Baptist Church, 2025 Market St., Camp Hill, PA 17011.

James

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist George James (86) passed away on November 18, 2014, in his home near Boise. George was born in Greeley, CO. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. He worked for SCS 30 years, retiring in 1984 as a Plant Materials Specialist, and spent two years with the State Dept. in Tunisia and two years in Botswana. He retired in Boise and enjoyed playing golf and traveling the world with his wife Alyce who preceded him in death. George donated blood for over 50 years and was recognized by the State of Idaho with "George James Day" on November 18, 2010, with over 56 gallons donated. He is survived by sons Tom and Donald, his sister, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Jeffery

2014

Justin A. Jeffery (77) of Benson, Minnesota passed away on January 6, 2014 at a family member’s home in Wisconsin. “Just Jeff,” as he was known, was an engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring in 2001.

Jessup

2014

Senior Conservationist Robert G. Jessup (88) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on February 8, 2014. Bob was born in Mocksville, NC but moved with his family to Eau Gallie, Florida where he grew up on the Indian River.  He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was in the Naval Officer's Training V-12 program at Georgia Tech from 1943-1945. He then served as an Engineer Officer on a small Aircraft Carrier (USS Casablanca) in the Asiatic Theater from October 1945 until June 1946. He continued in the Navy reserves until 1959. After WWII, Bob returned to Georgia Tech and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following graduation, he began work with the Soil Conservation Service in Orlando and later Gainesville, Florida. Bob moved to Raleigh, NC in 1968 as State Conservation Engineer until his retirement in1986. After retiring from SCS, he served as a consultant for the Agricultural Extension Service at NC State University, where he helped develop the North Carolina Erosion and Sediment Control Planning and Design Manual. He had a lifelong love of fishing both in Florida and North Carolina and enjoyed many trips to the NC coast at Salter Path starting in 1970. Bob is survived by his son, Steven G. Jessup of Raleigh; daughter, Janet J. Rakes of Raleigh; and two granddaughters. He was predeceased in 2005 by his wife of 52 years, Sarah Calhoun Jessup.

Kehne

2014

Senior Conservationist Lewis (Lew) F. Kehne (96) of Spokane, Washington passed away on March 26, 2014. Lew grew up in Winnetoon, Nebraska, attending a small one-room country school and graduating as one of eight seniors from Winnetoon Public High School during an era of Nebraska drought and severe economic depression. He was a veteran of WWII with most of his time spent in the European theatre. He attended Biarritz American University in Biarritz, France for a quarter while waiting to be transported home. Lew graduated from the University of Nebraska under the G. I. Bill. In 1950 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering he was employed by the Soil Conservation Service for the next 25 years. He retired in 1975 as Assistant State Conservationist for Watersheds in Spokane, Washington. During his career he also worked in various locations in Nebraska and in Hawaii. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna. Lew and Edna had 3 children, Jon (Peggy) of Colfax, WA, Mary (David) Menard of Spokane, and Jay (Rita) of Omak, WA. They had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Keller

2014

Jesse Keller (84) of Ridgeway, Illinois passed away on June 14, 2014.  Jesse began his SCS career in Kankakee and retired in 1985 as a Soil Conservation Technician at the Harrisburg Field Office.  He is survived by daughter, Julie, and sons Brad and Mike and three grandchildren.  Jesse's wife, Joann, passed away in 2005.  He served four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1948 to 1952, spending fourteen months in Korea participating at Inchon, Chosin Reservoir, and most of 1951 campaigns.  Jesse earned a silver star on the Korean Campaign ribbon and a bronze star on the Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.

Kennedy

2014

Alvin Merle Kennedy (89) of Pratt, Kansas passed away on June 9, 2014 at Hilltop Manor in Cunningham, KS.   He served in the Navy during WWII.  Alvin retired as a civil engineering technician with the Soil Conservation Service from the Hutchinson Area Office in 1993 after 33 years of service.   He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pratt He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois Irene Deckert Kennedy.  Other survivors include a son,  four daughters, 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-granddaughters. Condolences can be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com.

Kizzier

2014

Earl D. Kizzier (79) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, formerly of Moville, passed away on January 7, 2014.  He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. Earl continued his education at Iowa State College, School of Agriculture. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994. Earl was an active member and past president of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville. He was active in numerous civic/governmental organizations, including past president of the Area Education Association and the Downtown Sioux City Kiwanis. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Pat of Spirit Lake, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Knecht

2014

Senior Conservationist John P. Knecht (91) of Hillsboro, North Dakota passed away on December 6, 2014. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in North Dakota offices in Napoleon, Langdon, and Hillsboro retiring in May 1983. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine, daughter Susan Cheatley, son Jim (Deb) all of Hillsboro, son Jeff (Suzette Munnik) of Pasadena, CA, and daughter Janice (Brian) Glaeske of Fargo, ND, two sisters, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, two brothers, a son and daughter-in-law, five brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, a niece and nephew.

Komarek

2014

Linda L. (Hamilton) Komarek, (66) of Salina, Kansas passed away on December 17, 2014. She attended Albany school and graduated from Sabetha High School in 1966. She retired from SCS/NRCS in 2005, after 36 years of service. Linda was a devoted farm wife and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a natural caregiver, always sharing her kindness and love for others. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Francis J. Komarek, of the home and son, James F. (Emily) Komarek of Salina. Memorials are suggested to the Salina Animal Shelter, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Bavaria Cemetery, in care of Ryan Mortuary.

Konieczny

2014

Member Chester H. (Chet) Konieczny (82) of Hadley, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on May 14, 2014.   He was educated in the Hadley school system and graduated from Hopkins Academy.  Chet farmed full time until he began working for the USDA Soil Conversation Service where he retired as a conservation technician in 1993.  He married Barbara Kowal in 1954 and they enjoyed 47 years of marriage until Barbara passed away in 2001.  In 2003, Chet married Peg Nartowicz of South Deerfield and she survives. Chet served his town for many years as a call fireman with the North Hadley Fire Dept., Hook and Ladder Co. #5 and was also a longtime member of the Hadley Men's Club.  He also leaves his children: daughter Debbie and her husband Jacques; son, Steven and his wife Sheila; son, John and wife Robin; three grandchildren, four stepchildren, and eleven step grandchildren. Memorial contributions in Chet's memory may be made to the New England Health Center (Cozy Corner), 61 Old Amherst Rd., Sunderland, MA. 01375.

Koster

2014

Darlene Sue Koster (82) of Elkader, Iowa passed away peacefully on Nov. 27, 2014, with her family by her side. Darlene was the wife of Roger Koster who was a District Conservationist in northern Iowa. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Roger of Elkader, her five children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren

Krug

2014

Kenneth D. Krug (67) formerly of Torrington, Wyoming passed away on March 3, 2014 at his home in Rapid City, SD, and cremation has taken place.  He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas in 1968. Ken went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service soon after college graduation and worked in several SCS offices in Wyoming before transferring to St. Paul, Minnesota. While working in St. Paul, Ken met his wife, Sandi Skarda, and they were married on Sept. 3, 1977. He transferred to the SCS office in Aloha, OR and finally finished his long career with the SCS (renamed NRCS) in Rapid City, SD. During his career as a biologist he had traveled all over the middle and western United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, coordinating water resource projects and being a technical advisor on NEPA environmental requirements for wetlands protection.  Ken was preceded in death by his wife in 2002.

Krug

2014

Kenneth D. Krug (67) formerly of Torrington, Wyoming passed away on March 3, 2014 at his home in Rapid City, SD, and cremation has taken place. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas in 1968. Ken went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service soon after college graduation and worked in several SCS offices in Wyoming before transferring to St. Paul, Minnesota. While working in St. Paul, Ken met his wife Sandi Skarda, and they were married on Sept. 3, 1977. He transferred to the SCS office in Aloha, OR and finally finished his long career with the SCS (renamed NRCS) in Rapid City, SD. During his career as a biologist, he had traveled all over the middle and western United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam, coordinating water resources projects and being a technical advisor on NEPA environmental requirements for wetlands protection. Ken was preceded in death by his wife in 2002.

Lace

2014

John J. "Jack" Lace IV (79) of Chepachet, Rhode Island passed away on September 5, 2014. Besides his wife of 52 years Terry F. (Jarvis) Lace, he is survived by three sons, twelve grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. "Jack" graduated from Burrillville High School in 1953 and attended URI. He served in the US Army from 1957 to 1959 at Fort Bliss, TX as a Guided Missile Propellant Specialist. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service from 1960 to 1990 as a Construction Inspector on many dams in the state of Massachusetts. Upon retirement, Jack was recognized by then Governor Michael Dukakis for his work. He enjoyed coaching and coached in the Burrillville Little and Senior Leagues and also coached in the Burrillville Junior Hockey League.

Lagergren

2014

Senior Conservationist Frederick Lagergren (95) of Phillipsburg, Kansas passed away on February 15, 2014. In May, 1942 Fred enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and served until November, 1945. After his honorable discharge from the service, he attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS and graduated in May, 1949 with a degree in Agronomy. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 35 years, retiring as a District Conservationist in the Lincoln Field Office in 1984.  His wives, Beulah and Josephine, and a granddaughter, Amanda Munoz, preceded him in death. Survivors include his son, Ralph, of Wichita; daughters, Joan Bowman of Phillipsburg and Nancy Greuter of Wharton, NJ; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be given to the Westview Homes "bench fund," the ALS Association, or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Langemeier

2014

Life Member David L. Langemeier (71) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away peacefully at home on March 20, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. David graduated from the University of Nebraska, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural economics and his Ph.D. in economics. David spent his career as an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1997. He was an avid golfer and gardener and enjoyed collecting hostas and daylilies. He gave generously of his time as a volunteer, especially to his church and the Nebraska Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sandra; children, Matt (Linda) Langemeier of Littleton, CO, Beth (Kevin) O'Farrell of Austin, TX; and four grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to American Bible Society or Lutheran Hour Ministries. Condolences, www.bmlfh.com.

Loyd

2014

Billie Joe (B. J) Loyd, Jr. of Oxford, North Carolina passed away on August 26, 2014. B. J. retired in 1990 as Soil Conservation Technician, Oxford Field Office. After retirement, he worked part time for the Granville Soil and Water Conservation District from 1991-2009. In November 2013, he was appointed to the Granville Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. B. J. was a native of Granville County. He is survived by his wife, Henrietta Callis Loyd, daughter, Mary White and son-in-law Brian, and two grandchildren.

Lynch

2014

Lloyd Eldon Lynch (74) of Davis, OK passed away on May 18, 2014 in Norman. He attended school in Jesse through the eighth grade and then attended high school in Stonewall, graduating in 1957. Eldon worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a member of its survey crew and later as an inspector of area flood control lake dams. His career with the USDA began in Ada, then Davis with SCS and then the Ardmore and Sulphur ASCS offices. He retired in 1990. In his younger days, Eldon was an avid bowler, holding a 300 series title in Ft. Smith, AR. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was awarded Top Lot Trapper by the North American Trappers Association. He spent many hours tooling leather, making powder horns and turkey calls. Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Joy; two sons, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lyng

2014

Orlin Lyng (84) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away January 17, 2014. He served in the Army in the Panama Canal Zone and was a member of the American Legion for over 60 years. Orlin worked 31 years for the SCS in Forman, Linton, and Bismarck, ND. He is survived by daughter Pat, Dickinson, ND; son Tom (Angie), Pella, Iowa; daughter Cheri (Bob) Schulz, Bismarck, ND; son Dave (Linda), Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Margaret. Family prefers memorials to: North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, 1825 46th St., Mandan, ND  58554.

Mackey

2014

Senior Conservationist Carl Edward Mackey, 90, of Kingfisher, Oklahoma passed away on February 15, 2014.  He graduated from Kingfisher High School and from Oklahoma State University, formerly known as Oklahoma A&M College.  He served in WW II, stationed in England.  Shot taught vocational agriculture in Hitchcock for three years.  He farmed in Dover for five years and was a telephone lineman. He went to work for the USDA as a soil conservationist trainee in Enid, working in Medford, Hugo, Fort Cobb, Shattuck and Purcell.  Shot retired in 1986 with 30 years of service and moved back to Kingfisher in 1990.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jeanne of the home; five sons, Steve (Shelia)Mackey of Duncan, Stan (Almeda) Mackey of Fort Cobb, Burl (Betty) Mackey and Dr. Bruce (Sharri) Mackey all of Edmond, and Kirk (Angeli) Mackey of Norman; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mackey

2014

Senior Conservationist Carl Edward Mackey (90) of Kingfisher, Oklahoma passed away on February 15, 2014. He graduated from Kingfisher High School and from Oklahoma State University, formerly known as Oklahoma A&M College. He served in WW II, stationed in England. Carl taught vocational agriculture in Hitchcock for three years. He farmed in Dover for five years and was a telephone lineman. He went to work for the USDA as a soil conservationist trainee in Enid, working in Medford, Hugo, Fort Cobb, Shattuck and Purcell. Carl retired in 1986 with 30 years of service and moved back to Kingfisher in 1990. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jeanne of the home; five sons, Steve (Shelia) Mackey of Duncan; Stan (Almeda) Mackey of Fort Cobb; Burl (Betty) Mackey and Dr. Bruce (Sharri) Mackey all of Edmond; and Kirk (Angeli) Mackey of Norman; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Maluski

2014

Richard “Dick” Lee Maluski (74) passed away September 6, 2014 at a Minot, ND hospital. Dick was District Conservationist in Stanley, ND for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; daughter, Kimberly (Pierre) Sarte, Richmond, VA; stepdaughters, Stephanie Rents, Bellevue, WA and Stacy (Jaime) Marrujo, Granville: seven grandchildren; 4 sisters; and a brother. Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, and a stepson.

McNeil

2014

Freddie B. McNeil (65) of Grand Blanc, Michigan passed away on September 7, 2014. He graduated from Tennessee State University majoring in Plant Science.  After completing an internship Miles City, Montana, Freddie was a dedicated worker for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 41 years. He was also an active officer in National Association of Professional Black Employees and was the former chairman of the Michigan Association of Professional Black Employees. Freddie is survived by his wife of 41 years, LaDon; two children, Mia D. McNeil, Lansing, MI; Frederick L. McNeil, Grand Blanc, MI; five brothers, and four sisters.

Mcpherson

2014

Grover “Mack” C. McPherson (83) of Winston Salem, NC, passed away on April 1, 2014. Grover retired as District Conservationist in the Winston Salem Field Office. Prior to this assignment, he served in several locations in North Carolina including Yadkinville, Brevard, and Salisbury. He was reared on a farm in Columbus County and enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating from Officers Candidate School (OCS). In 1953 he enrolled at NC State University and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Agricultural Education. Grover continued to serve in the Army Reserves from which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retiring from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, he was appointed to the N.C. Erosion and Sediment Control Commission. Grover was a Forsyth County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor and also served in 2004 as State President of the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He enjoyed farming with his peach orchard, Christmas tree farm and the family garden. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Frances Poindexter McPherson; daughter Laura Jane McPherson (John Joseph) McCaskey and son John Alexander McCaskey; son David Wayne (Vanessa Wrenn) McPherson and his son Miles David McPherson and stepsons Kyle and Joel Shimonaka.

McRobert

2014

Elden R. McRobert (94) of Hillsboro, Oregon passed away on December 29, 2014. He met his wife to be, Theresa Vandehey while working in a daffodil field in the Gales Creek area. A few months after their first child, (Myrna), died in childbirth, Elden joined the Army and was sent overseas to fight in WWII. Four years later on his return to his loving wife they started their family on a 30 acre farm south of Hillsboro. They grew strawberries, filberts and walnuts. While working on the farm with Theresa at his side, Elden also worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 25 yrs. He always showed compassion and concern for others. His contributions to his church and community and his decades of volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul in Hillsboro are just a few examples. Elden was preceded in death by Theresa, his wife of 74 yrs. He is survived by his daughters: Aletha Harlow, Dorene Simpson, Linda Fairham and son Ray; nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one sister. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillsboro St. Vincent de Paul.

McVay

2014

Reta McVay (86) passed away August 10, 2014 in Fort Myers, FL. She served as secretary for the Ottawa County Conservation District and SCS in Miami, Oklahoma until retirement. She married Earl McVay Aug. 31, 1949. After Earl’s death in 2005, Reta moved to Fort Myers to be with her daughter’s family and enjoy the sun and her citrus trees. She is survived by her daughter, two grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the School Backpack Program at First United Methodist Church of Fairland, 122 West Church Ave., Fairland, OK, 74343. Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Mrs. McVay’s Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.

Meier

2014

Lorenz Meier (88) of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away on December 11, 2014.  Lorenz was proud to say that he was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. On February 20, 1946, he married the love of his life Annabelle Couch. Along with farming, Lorenz began working for Soil Conservation in 1964 where his job was staking terraces and tile lines, helping the farmers to make their farming easier. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1996 after 32 years of faithful service. Preceding Lorenz in death was his wife, Annabelle in 1994. He leaves behind one son, two daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren

Meister

2014

Delbert G. “Del” Meister (87) of Harvey, Michigan passed away on April 2, 2014. He retired in 1981 as an Area Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service. Del began his career as a soil scientist. He is survived by his daughter and four sons, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Del was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, on June 10, 2012.

Messenger

2014

Keith Glenn Messenger (80) passed away on Aug. 15, 2014 at Hays Medical Center in Hays, KS. Keith graduated from Roxbury High School and attended Kansas State University. He served in the U.S. Army. He served in Dighton from 1958 to 1990 except for a couple of years in Ulysses as the District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring in 1990. He was a member of First Christian Church where he was also a deacon and an elder. He was a charter member of the Dighton Lions Club. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Virginia Messenger, Dighton; son Alan Messenger Guymon, Oklahoma; daughters Diane Barrett, Oberlin and Lisa Moomaw, Dighton; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials will be accepted at First Christian Church or Dighton Lions Club in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.

Meyer

2014

Lawrence Edward Meyer (96) of Muscotah, Kansas passed away February 23, 2014 at Maple Heights Nursing Home, Hiawatha. He graduated from Effingham High School in 1936. Lawrence was a U.S Navy veteran serving as a C.B. during World War II. He was a farmer and worked for the Soil Conservation Service for over 22 years, retiring in 1977 as a Construction Inspector at the Overbrook Project Office for the Upper and Lower Wakarusa Watersheds. He was preceded in death by his wife of 74 years, Gloria Mae Handke on November 25, 2013. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Joy (Jeff) Hanson, Muscotah, a son, Richard E. (Janice) Meyer, Overbrook, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-­grandchildren. Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Holton.

Milani

2014

Member Mario John Milani (80) of Stockton, California passed away peacefully on October 9, 2014. He graduated from California Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo. He served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves. His career as a civil engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service began in 1955. He enjoyed a productive 46-year career. During his employment he worked on construction issues in California, Nevada, Washington, Utah, Hawaii, Iowa, and the Pacific Basin, retiring as the State Construction Engineer. Mario received many awards and certificates. Throughout his career he made many lifelong friends. He was active in Little League Baseball and Indian Guides when his children were young. After his retirement he worked as an Earth Team volunteer for the NRCS. He enjoyed NRCS retirement luncheons for many years. He also served as the ARCSE Representative for California. Mario is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia, sons Paul and David, and wife Patty, daughter Janet (Ronald) Montano; four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter. Please make donations to Hospice of San Joaquin or charity of your choice.

Miller

2014

Donald Franklin Miller (89) of Riverside, California passed away on February 24, 2014 following a stroke on Christmas Eve. Don was born in Los Angeles on May 21, 1924, and raised on a Kansas farm and educated in a rural one room school. Don attended Ft. Hays State College for one year before signing with the U.S. Navy and attending Officers School at Northwestern University in Chicago. Don was commissioned as an Ensign and made many trips across the Pacific during World War II. Following his Navy career he graduated from Kansas State University, while playing catcher for the Wildcats, earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering and began working for the SCS. In 1961 Don advanced to area conservationist in Sacramento, California and retired in 1969. He leaves behind Betty, his wife of sixty six years; three sons, a granddaughter, and a grandson.

Mills

2014

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Van Clee Mills (91) of San Angelo, Texas passed away on July 20, 2014. He attended Millrun school through the 7th grade. This was a two room country school. Following graduation from Athens High School in 1941, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy for the duration of the national emergency. Van finished boot training at San Diego on December 5, 1941 two days before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Following graduation from the radio and communication school in Los Angeles in May of 1942, he was assigned to the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. Armed Guard personnel served aboard Merchant Marine ships.  He served in this capacity in the North and South Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea and the South Pacific. Van was honorably discharged from the Navy in November 1945. Following graduation from Texas A & M University in January 1950 with a BS in Range Management and Forestry, he began a long career with the (USDA) Soil Conservation Service. He worked for the SCS at Clarendon, Claude, Potter County, Follett, Pampa, Snyder, Andrews and Colorado City. He retired from the SCS as a District Conservationist on December 4, 1984. He received numerous awards for his dedicated service to the cause of soil and water conservation. Van, with his wife Vera, moved to San Angelo in July 1985. In various towns Van served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher in the Baptist Church. He served as president of the Lions Clubs at Claude and Colorado City. He also served as president of the Colorado City Chamber of Commerce. Van's hobbies included hunting, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, trapping mink, washer pitching and 42. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Ellen Elise.  Survivors are his wife of 60 years Vera Schmidt Mills; daughters Sherry Lynne (Kenneth) Corbin of San Antonio, and Donna Louise (Mike) Gillespie of Crandall; five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He is also survived by four great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to San Angelo A&M Club Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1122, or the charity of your choice.

Mitchell

2014

Maurice O. Mitchell (83) of Turpin, Oklahoma passed away May 28, 2014.   He attended Panhandle A&M in Goodwell, Oklahoma graduating in 1954 with a degree in Agronomy. Upon graduation he began his career with the Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist in both Texas and Beaver Counties.  Maurice was a devout Christian and a member of the First Christian Church in Hooker where he served in many leadership roles. He was a farmer in the Adams-Baker, Oklahoma area.  He was a 50 plus year member of the Masonic Lodge in Guymon, Oklahoma.  Maurice is survived by his wife of 57 years Kathryn Mitchell of the home; three brothers and two sisters and several nieces and nephews.

Morgan

2014

Elaine Morgan (72) of Richmond, Kentucky passed away on April 25, 2014. She was the wife of Taylor Morgan, Jr., a retired SCS engineer. Elaine was preceded in death by a son, Danny Morgan. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years; one daughter, Robin (Mike) Foley of Richmond; one son, John Morgan of Somerset; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Morris

2014

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist William “Buck” Andrew Morris (92) formerly of Benton, Illinois, passed away on March 29, 2014. Buck was a proud WWII US Navy veteran. Upon his return from the war, he taught Agriculture to other returning GI’s. He retired as the Franklin County District Conservationist in 1987 after 32 years of service with SCS. He was an active member of his community, serving on the Benton Booster Club. He was also a life member of the VFW and SIU Alumni Association. In addition to his wife of 65 years, Emma Ernestine “Ernie” Kimmel Morris is survived by: two daughters and a son-in-law, Debra & Bill Fleming of Appleton, WI and Rhoda Gail Morris of Tucson, AZ, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Moss

2014

Clifford Wayne (Toby) Moss (81) passed away October 14, 2014, at his home in Stillwater. He graduated from Ponca City High School in 1951 and graduated from Oklahoma A&M College in 1955 with a bachelor’s of science degree in geology. Toby began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1955 as a core drill geologist in the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program at Clinton, Oklahoma. He later became a planning staff geologist at Chickasha, Oklahoma City and Claremore. In 1974, Toby was appointed environmental specialist for USDA-SCS programs in the USDA state office in Stillwater. He retired from the USDA in 1988 after 33 years of service. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, two stepsons, and eight grandsons and five great-grandsons. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Nance

2014

Robert B. (Bob) Nance (79) of Campbellsville, Kentucky passed away on May 15, 2014.  He was a retired engineering technician with the Soil Conservation Service, serving for approximately thirty-nine years.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice Nance of Campbellsville, KY, a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.  The family requests expressions of sympathy be donations to Hospice of Central Kentucky

Nelson

2014

William Carl Nelson (99) of Verden, Oklahoma passed away on January 30, 2014. Carl grew up in Geary, Oklahoma. He entered the United States Army in 1943 and served during World War II in the European Theatre. He worked as an engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. After retiring in 1974, he moved to the farm north of Dutton where he farmed for many years. Carl was a member of the Verden United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lucille Cox Nelson of Verden; daughters Carolyn (Terry) Teel of Yukon; Janet (Dudley) Bourne of Oro Valley, AZ; sons  Ronnie (Elizabeth) Nelson of Pocasset; Glen (Gail) Nelson of Owasso; sixteen grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. 

Nelson

2014

Donald Byron Nelson (80) of Lebanon, Kentucky passed away on May 29, 2014. Nelson was an employee of the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1995 as a District Conservationist, having served in Campbellville and Lebanon field offices.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church.  Survivors include: his wife, Martha VanSickle Nelson of Lebanon; his son, Johnny (Karen) Nelson of Lebanon; his daughter, Pam (Jimmy) Mattingly of Lebanon; and four grandchildren.

Nelson

2014

Senior Conservationist Russell L. Nelson (92) passed away on September 9, 2014 at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville, MN. He served as District Conservationist in Griggs, Steele, and Walsh Counties, ND, retiring in 1981 as Area Conservationist for Southwest North Dakota in Dickinson, ND. Since retirement he also lived in Fargo and Grand Forks, ND. He is survived by four sons, Everett, Trumansburg, NY; Rodney (Colleen), Andover, MN; Paul, Burnsville, MN; and Kenneth (Cindy), Whitefish, MT; two sisters; four grandsons, three granddaughters and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth, second wife Esther, his parents, one brother and two sisters.


Nelson

2014

John S. Nelson (94) of Greenville, Texas passed away on December 25, 2014. He graduated from Hubbard High School and completed one year at Texas A&I College before being called into service in 1942 with the U.S. Air Force. He served for almost four years in the China, Burma and India theater during World War II. Upon returning to the states he re-enrolled in college and graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1949. John was a member of Calgary Baptist Church in Kingsville where he became a deacon at the age of 25. It was at this church where he met and married his life’s love, Helen Joyce Minter. John was recalled to active military duty for the Korean conflict where he served for a year. His strong desire to serve his country led him to remain in the Air Force Reserve until 1980 at which time he retired with the rank of major. In 1958 John and Joyce and their two young children moved to Greenville where John worked as a soil conservationist for U.S Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1982. Shortly thereafter, he became the Hunt County Veteran’s Service Officer where he served for eight and one-half years. John’s dedication to serving others was reflected in his involvement with church and community organizations where he served in many capacities. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce; his son Randy; his daughter Marsha and her partner Gigi; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Nesser

2014

David Nesser (88) of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away on March 22, 2014, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio after suffering a massive stroke. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty eight years, Waneta (Bowers) Nesser; three children; twelve grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren. Dave was a United States Navy WWII Veteran and a graduate of The Ohio State University. He was a soil conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service for thirty years. He had also worked for the Logan County Health District for several years.

Nichols

2014

Member Joe Dean Nichols (81) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away on October 21, 2014, in Fort Worth. Upon discharge from two years in the Army, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He was awarded a bachelor of science degree in 1955, followed by a master of science degree in 1956. Joe was hired by the USDA Soil Conservation Service and worked as a field soil scientist, a county party leader, state soils correlator in Oklahoma, and state soil scientist in Colorado. A promotion in 1971 brought him to the Fort Worth National Technical Center as assistant principal soils correlator. Joe retired in 1993 as head of the soils staff at the NTC. An accomplished writer, Joe had 35 papers and book chapters in print and was cited for making a major contribution to the chapter in "Soil Taxonomy on Desert Soils." Retirement did not mean idleness for Joe. He was an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University for several years. He also worked part time for Texas A&M University. He participated in the Soil Conservation Society Retirement Group and the Tarrant County Archeology Society. He served on the church council and board of trustees and as president of Methodist Men at Genesis United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. His artistic skills as a woodcarver won him many ribbons for his birds at the State Fair. He was preceded in death his wife, Mary Nichols. Survivors: Daughter, Lynn Ann Nichols of Boston, Mass.; a brother, Bobby Nichols (Melvalene) of Okemah, Okla.; and nephews and nieces.

Nolte

2014

Carleen (Hendrickson) Nolte (89) of Cedar Hill, Texas, formerly of Columbia, Missouri passed away on December 1, 2014. She was the wife Forrest Nolte who retired as the State Agronomist with SCS in Missouri. Survivors include a son, Carl W. (Linda) Nolte of Redmond, Oregon; and a daughter Carolyn E. (Chuck) Skeels of Cedar Hill, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Carleen H. Nolte Memorial Fund at New Life in Christ Luther Church, Duncanville, Texas.

Northern

2014

Lark Joel “L. J.” Northern (89) of Russellville, Kentucky passed away on February 17, 2014. L. J. was a Conservationist for the Logan County Conservation Districts for decades, where he led the construction of 23 watershed lakes in four counties, including Lake Malone and Lake Herndon. He retired in 1980 as an Area Conservationist. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts and was one of the people most responsible for the Wildcat Hollow Boy Scout Camp in Logan County. After retirement, L. J. worked with his son Keith at Northern Nursery for 15 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville, a Mason and was a member of the Russellville Rotary Club. He was a World War II Army Veteran and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Roberta Farris Northern, a son Keith (Karen) Northern of Russellville, KY, a daughter Nelda Marren of St. Charles, MO, and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Russellville.

Nuttle

2014

Charles E. "Chuck" Nuttle (77) of Perry, Oklahoma passed away on December 6, 2014. In April, 1959, he joined the Soil Conservation Service, working primarily in Bristow, Ada, Perry and later Claremore. After providing technical assistance on 550 flood control dams and 11 abandoned mine sites in 42 counties across the state, he retired in 1993. Chuck also served over 40 years in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He rose to the rank of infantry battalion command sergeant major with responsibility for 750 soldiers. He was one of few marksmen in the state to be named to the Governor's 20 in both pistol and rifle shooting. He served as a deacon and elder in the Christian church. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Nila Nuttle of Perry, two daughters, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

O’Rourke

2014

Cecile O’Rourke (91) of Denver, Colorado passed away on December 13, 2014. She was born in Webster, ND and was a long time employee of the Soil Conservation Service. Cecile is survived by her daughter Jane (Dick) Gibson and son Mike (Jody Catoraso) O'Rourke and grandson Jameson O'Rourke. Additional information is in the Colorado news section of this newsletter.

Oliff

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist J.B. (John Benjamin) Olliff (96) of Douglas, Georgia passed away on September 25, 2014. He graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and the University of Georgia. He also studied at North Carolina State University. J.B. retired in 1975 as a District Conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service and then ran an agronomy and forestry consulting business. His next career field was agri-business, serving as Assistant Vice President at Trust Company Bank of Coffee County alongside longtime friend Garland Thompson. This led to his third career in forestry consulting and management. He was a Rotarian for many years serving two counties as president, and being named a Fellow by his club. J.B. was preceded in death by Florence his beloved wife of 65 years, and by his son David who worked with him in forestry concerns. He is survived by his son Benny (Avis) Olliff of Valdosta; daughters, Nancy (Bill) Faircloth of Fort Valley, Betty (John) Boatwright of Willacoochee; daughter-in-law Kay Olliff of Jacksonville, Florida; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Osterson

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Ireene E. Osterson (97) of Fort Dodge, Iowa passed away on January 13, 2014. Ireene is preceded in death by her husband, George Osterson and son, George W. Osterson. After graduating from high school, Ireene attended the Van Sant School of Business in Omaha, NE. She worked as a clerk-typist at the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross and was employed as a secretary for the Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service in Lansing, MI, and then moved to Washington, DC, where Ireene worked for the Plant Science Division for 8 years. She and George retired in 1974.

Parks

2014

Carroll L. Parks (90) of Gallatin, Missouri passed away on November 18, 2014, at Cameron Regional Medical Center. He graduated from Albany High School in 1942 and enlisted in the United States Army. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Europe and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He then went on to attend the University of Missouri, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Agriculture. Carroll worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Albany before relocating to Gallatin in 1956. Carroll retired in 1986, after 35 years of service. Following retirement, he worked part-time for the Daviess County.

Payne

2014

Mary Ruth Payne (98) of Salina, Kansas passed away on November 20, 2014, at Salina Presbyterian Manor. She was the spouse of Jay who preceded her in death in 1989. Jay was the District Conservationist in the Salina Field Office for many years. She graduated from Hartford High School and received a violin scholarship and attended Emporia Teachers College. She transferred to Kansas University her sophomore year. Mary was initiated into Mu Phi Epsilon, honorary music sorority, and graduated from Kansas University School of Fine Arts with a bachelor of music education in 1937.  Survivors include a son, two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.  The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers, to Salina Presbyterian Manor, 2601 E. Crawford St, Salina, 67401.

Pease

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist Douglas Shelley Pease (84) of Tempe, AZ passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on June 15, 2014. Born in Jackson, PA, he grew up on a dairy farm, met and married the love of his life, Sophia Andrychuk at Houghton College and graduated from Penn State in 1951 with a BS degree in Agricultural Education. He voluntarily enlisted in 1952 and served in Battery B, 980th Field Artillery Battalion, 40th Infantry Division in Korea as a Sergeant First Class. After his honorable discharge, Doug entered civil service employment as a soil scientist. For the next 30 years, he advanced his career by obtaining two graduate degrees and moving with his family to New Mexico in 1960 and later to Arizona in 1976. Doug retired in 1986 as the head Soil Scientist of the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Arizona and established his own soil consultation firm. Doug taught geology and physical geography at Grand Canyon University and through the Elderhostel program. He also traveled extensively with Sophia and taught English as a foreign language for several summers in Eger, Hungary and Vilnius, Lithuania. He leaves behind his cherished wife of 62 years, Sophia, children Shelly Woodward (Colleen), David Pease (Lynn) and Stephanie Cox (Mike). In lieu of flowers or gifts, Doug requested donation of Bibles through the Gideons. (https://www.gideons.org/sendtheword/).

Person

2014

Walton A. Person (85) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away on May 2, 2014 at St. Gabriel’s Community Care Center.  He was the husband of Vi Person, who worked in the SCS/NRCS Administrative Section in the Bismarck State office for many years.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Vi; a daughter Susan (Wallace) Hopkins, Seminole, FL; a son Kerry Person, Shakopee, MN; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister, two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.

Phillips

2014

Calvin D. Phillips (81) of Liberty, Missouri passed away on April 30, 2014.  He retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a District Conservationist in 1987.  He is survived by his wife, Doris Phillips, two sons and a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Poindexter

2014

Larry Dean Poindexter (62) of Sallisaw, Oklahoma passed away on March 19, 2014. Larry attended Murray State College and then attended Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture education in 1973 and a master’s degree in agronomy in 1975. Beginning in 1975, Larry went to work for the USDA Grain Inspection in Washington, D.C. as a grain inspector. In 1977, he began his lifelong career with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. This career took him to Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Larry retired in January 2008 as water quality/nutrient management specialist from USDA NRCS after 34 years of service. Larry was an active member of Kiwanis Club and Highland Park United Methodist Church in Stillwater. He leaves his wife of 26 years, Roena.

Porter

2014

Betty L. Porter (84) of Longmont, Colorado passed away on November 25, 2014 during heart value surgery at a hospital in Boulder, Colorado. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Life Member Richard L. Porter who retired as the state conservationist of New Hampshire. Other survivors include daughters Jana Stolz (Robert) of Loveland, CO and Lori Bradford (Bill) of Estes Park, CO; grandson Josh Stolz (Kandace) of Fort Collins, CO; granddaughter Amanda Stolz of Lakewood, CO; brother Gene Downen of Berthoud, CO; two great-grandsons, Aidan and Layton Stolz and four step-grandchildren and their families. An online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.carroll-lewellen.com.

Quisenberry

2014

Ina Jean Quisenberry (89) of Okemos, Michigan passed away on January 15, 2014.  She graduated from Anderson University in Indiana. She worked as a clerk-typist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Surviving are two daughters and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pennway Church of God in memory of Ina Jean.

Ray

2014

Wayne Ray of Kingsley, Pennsylvania passed away on March 15, 2014 after suffering a massive heart attack as he was getting off a cruise ship. Wayne's last position was coordinator of the Endless County RC&D. Condolences may be sent to Phyllis Ray, 5765 Main Street, Kingsley, PA 18826. A memorial service in June 2014 to be announced later.

Ray

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist Merrill Dean Ray (86) of Quincy, Illinois, formerly of Fulton and Columbia, passed away December 25, 2014.  On April 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to Florence Mary Margaret Mulka Ray in Posen, Mich. Florence preceded him in death on March 22, 2007. On July 17, 2007, he married Jewell Ladean Hahn, who survives him at home in Quincy.  Merrill joined the National Guard when he was 18, participated in ROTC in college and served faithfully in the Korean War.  He graduated from Kansas State University in May 1950 and retired as the State Resource Conservationist from a lifetime of service with the Soil Conservation Service in 1984.  He is lovingly remembered by his wife Jewell; and by his 12 children, JoAnn (Patrick) Stone, Mike (Nancy) Ray, Kathy (Carl) Soelle, Sharon (Mark) Patrick, Neal (Suzie) Ray, Janet (Corey) Okonek, Jim (Lisa) Ray, Tom (Rosemary) Ray, Mary (Tony) Arthur, Margaret (Erich) Schneider, Robert (Maria) Ray, and Julie (Bryan) Ebersole; 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  He also is survived by Jewell’s family.  He was preceded in death by three brothers and four grandchildren.  Contributions can be made to the Ava Maria University, Florida, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., Fulton, Mo., 65251.  Condolences can be left for the family at www.maupinfuneral.

Redman

2014

Donna Jean Redman (82) of Van Wert, Iowa passed away on December 24, 2014. She was the wife of ARCSE Member Don Redman, a long time Technician with SCS in southern Iowa. Her childhood was spent on the farm north of Leon with her four siblings. Donna was a member of the Leon Bible Church and active in its activities. She leaves behind, her loving husband of 63 years, Donald, three children, David and Linda Redman of Leon, Deanne and Dan Bowers of Fairfield, Iowa, and Darrell and Teresa Redman of Leon, eight grandchildren and their spouses,  and eighteen great-grandchildren. A memorial fund has been established by the Family.

Reed

2014

Bettie L. Reed (84) of Winchester, VA passed away on June 9, 2014. Bettie is survived by her husband of 35 years, D.J. Reed who retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1986 as a Real Property Officer in Washington, D.C. She is also survived by a son and a daughter from a previous marriage and two grandchildren.

Reinsch

2014

William E. Reinsch (88) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 25, 2014. He worked as an agronomist for the USDA SCS. William was a veteran of the United States Army serving in WWII and the Korean War. Survivors include his children, William (Pamela) Reinsch, Karen (Greg) Dietrich, Stephen (Beth) Reinsch, Cheryl (David) Schneider; ten grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Parkinson's Foundation, or the Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left at www.bmlfh.com.

Reisenauer

2014

Trudy R. (Markham) Reisenauer (69) of Bismarck, North Dakota, passed away on March 31, 2014 after a lengthy battle with respiratory complications. Trudy worked for various agencies of the federal government for a career of 31 years, retiring from SCS in April 1994. She is survived by her sister, Roberta “Bobbi” Campbell, Seattle, WA; and her brother, Wally Markham, Bismarck. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Reisenauer.

Renken

2014

Gene Allen Renken (69) of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away on January 27, 2014.  He graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.   Gene was employed with the US Department of Agriculture, serving in field offices in Iowa, California, and Washington, D.C.  He retired as the chief information technology (IT) architect for USDA in 2007.  He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Barbara Renken of Bella Vista and daughter Sarai Hopfe (Lewis) of Westminster, CO.  Memorials are suggested to Christ The King Lutheran Church or the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com

Rhoton

2014

Cornell Rhoton (93) of Tompkinsville, KY passed away on July 6, 2014, at his home. His wife of 67 years, Alice Marie (Bean) Rhoton, preceded him in death on March 13, 2013. Cornell spent his life working in agriculture. He was retired from being a soil conservation technician for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He also was a farmer. He served as a Sgt. in the Army Air Force. He was a member of Corinth Church of Christ. Cornell is survived by a daughter, Judy and husband Larry Tim Ross, of Tompkinsville; two sons, Terry Rhoton, of Alvaton, Jeffrey, and wife Windy Rhoton, of Hendersonville, Tenn. He is also survived by six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Corinth Church of Christ or to American Heart Association.

Richards

2014

Johnnie L. Richards (91) of Olathe, Kansas passed away on Oct. 4, 2014. He graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1942. He was a Marine in World War II. Johnnie retired in 1988 as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Olathe Field Office. He farmed and was a member of United Methodist Church, the American Legion and VFW. He was preceded in death by a daughter and a grandson. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Christine Richards of Olathe; children, Michael (Tammi) Richards of Belton, Missouri; Dallas (Sharon) Richards of Hays, Kansas; and Rick (Shelly) Richards of Overland Park, Kansas; son-in-law, Reid Buturlia of Independence, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given in his name to the Olathe Medical Center or ALS, Keith Worthington Chapter. Online condolences may be left at www.paulsfh.com.

Ritchie

2014

Phyllis Drake Ritchie (91) of Houlton, Maine passed away on February 28, 2014.  She was the wife of the late George Ritchie, a long time Conservation Technician with the Soil Conservation Service in Aroostook County, Maine.

Schmitt

2014

Bryan “Tiny” Schmitt (67) of Wadena, Iowa, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family after a brief battle with cancer on October 22, 2014. Bryan is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Linda Schmitt of Wadena who retired from SCS; 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and a great grandson. Bryan graduated from Valley of Elgin High School in the Class of 1966. He joined the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1969 in Germany.

Serrien

2014

Celeta M. Serrien (79) Minneapolis, Kansas passed away on April 12, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society -Minneapolis. Survivors include her husband of 59 years Donald, who worked in the Kansas State Office in Salina, Kansas, before transferring to a field office in the early 60’s and retiring in 1985. Other survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and seven step-great­-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. Auxiliary Fair Stand Fund or the American Heart Association.

Shaffer

2014

Morris E. Shaffer (91) of Athens, Georgia passed away on September 15, 2014. He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Louise, and a son, Thomas Michael Shaffer of Athens. Morris was a World War II veteran, serving in the European Theatre. He resumed his college education after the war, graduating from the University of Florida in 1950. In 1952 he began his career with USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Mississippi. In 1965 he transferred to Athens, GA and retired in 1980 as the State Soil Scientist of Georgia for the SCS. Morris was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church for 49 years, serving in numerous capacities. He was an accomplished woodworker, artist and gardener. He crafted many pieces of fine furniture for family and friends, always sharing his talent with others. Morris will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit.

Shanklin

2014

Donald W. Shanklin (77) of Granbury, Texas passed away on, September 30, 2014, while visiting friends in Ruidoso, NM. Don was born Feb. 13, 1937, in Washington, DC. His recreational passions included watching sports, fishing, hunting, church and civic choir. He never met a stranger. He worked 42 years as a civil engineer with the NRCS and developed many friendships throughout his career, retiring as the Construction Engineer on the National Design Center staff at Ft. Worth. Survivors: His loving wife of 54 years, Helen Shanklin; children, Jim and wife, Peggy, Julie and husband, Ron, Joe and wife, Tammy, John and wife, Christine; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the First United Methodist Church in Granbury food pantry, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association

Shaw

2014

Evelyn A. Shaw (74) of Hollywood, FL passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Elizabeth Connally. She graduated from Fisher College in Boston, Mass., and the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. Evelyn is survived by her son, Scott; daughter, Elizabeth; son in law, Chris; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Shaw, who retired from NRCS in 1996 as Director of the Conservation Engineering Division. Those who wish, may make a contribution in Evelyn's memory to the Hospice of Palm Beach County, FL; the Alzheimer's Association; or the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Shepherd

2014

John Watkins Sheperd Jr. (86) passed away July 18, 2014 at his home in Stillwater, OK. He married Anna Hatchell in 1950 at Cordell, OK. They later divorced. John served in the Korean War and then attended Cloud Chief Public Schools, Florida State University and Oklahoma State University. He received an associate’s degree in civil engineering. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a civil engineer tech from 1960 until 1989. John owned Oklahoma Hoops and scouted girls basketball and softball. He was preceded in death wife Jackie Sheperd. He is survived by a daughter, a step-daughter, a step-son, and eight grandchildren.

Shrode

2014

Member Howard Thomas "Tom" Shrode (83) of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Chrisney, passed away on February 27, 2014. Tom was a civil servant for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, during which time the family lived in Indianapolis, Madison, Wis. and Athens, Ga. Tom retired in 1986 as an Assistant State Conservationist. He earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University in 1975. After retiring from government service in 1986, Tom and Bea built a home in Chrisney and spent many wonderful years in retirement. He was active in Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, York Rite and the Knights Templar. Tom loved shopping for antique tractors, rebuilding farm equipment, machining his own tools and parts, and competitive skeet shooting. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by taking flying lessons and receiving his pilot's license in 2011. Tom was preceded in death by loving wife of 60 years, Bea Shrode, in 2009. He is survived by a son, Paul Shrode, of Tyler, Texas; a daughter Karen Shrode of Columbus; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. His intellect, wit, generosity and spirit of adventure will be missed.

Simmons

2014

Member George Thomas “Tom” Simmons (87) of Higginsville, Missouri passed away on December 11, 2014, at Western Missouri Medical Center. His wife Bettie Lou Oliver in Kansas City preceded him in death on April 29, 2008, after 53 years of wedded bliss. Tom was raised on a farm just north of Osceola. He was educated in a one-room school and graduated from Osceola High School, Class of 1944. Tom was a Marine Corps veteran.  After his military duty, he attended and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in agronomy. He then worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist until his retirement in 1987. Tom is survived by his son, Mark (Annette) Simmons of Higginsville; and four grandchildren.

Sites

2014

George Kenneth Sites (86) of Norman, Oklahoma passed away on October 12, 2014. He graduated in 1952 from Stillwater A&M (before it became OSU) with an Agricultural Engineering Degree. From 1952 to 1954, as a Second Lieutenant with the Army Corps of Engineers, he served in Korea as a combat engineer. He worked for and retired in 1985 from the Soil Conservation Service as an Area Engineer. He was preceded by his wife of 64 years, Billie Jean Sites, who died January 8, 2013. He is survived by sons: Harold G. (Randy) Bass of Sunray Texas; and Garry K. (Cassandra) Sites of Stillwater; daughter Georjana K. (Tim) Mauldin of Norman; five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Donations in his honor may be made to: Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma Chapter 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137-4250 or online at www.alz.org

Slawter

2014

Harry D. Slawter (63) of Grafton, Wisconsin passed away on November 16, 2014. Harry received a BS degree in Agronomy from The Ohio State University in 1971. He worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service his entire career. He worked and lived in Ohio, Maine, Illinois, Wisconsin, Utah, and Washington DC.  Among his many accomplishments, he received the prestigious Norman A. Berg Conservation Legacy Award in 2010. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rhea; daughters: Amy (Gene) Kenny and Lisa (Jeremy) Volkening; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to The ALS Association, Wisconsin Chapter, 3333 N. Mayfair Rd, Suite 213, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Smith

2014

Judy Ann (Ernst) Smith (71) of Chelan, Washington passed away on March 15, 2014. She was married to Member Dan Smith who retired from NRCS as a Team Leader in 2000. Judy was a bank branch manager and a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; her sons, Jeffrey Smith of Richmond, B.C. and Scot Smith of Pocatello, Idaho. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Snyder

2014

Member Ronald (Ron) Dean Snyder (70) of Burlington, Iowa passed away on December 6, 2014 at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington. Ron worked 32 years for USDA–Natural Resource Conservation Services. In retirement he was a District Commissioner for the Conservation Service, served as a substitute teacher, and volunteered for the Iowa Organ Donor Network from which he received a liver transplant in 2001. Ron also was a member of many community and service organizations including C.R.I.S.P. and N.A.R.F.E. Survivors include wife of 45 years, Marsha (Stagers) Snyder of Burlington; children, Tammera (Mark) Kappes of Cedar Rapids, Rachelle (Brad) Fideldy of Hutchinson, Kansas, Dustin (Megan) Snyder of Burlington; and seven grandchildren. Memorials will be established for the Iowa Organ Donor Network and First Christian Church in Burlington, Iowa.

Stalings

2014

Polly Ann Stalings (49) of Hoxie, Kansas passed away on January 16, 2014. Survivors: parents, Charles and Carol Sue Stallings, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Polly was a Soil Conservation Technician at the Hoxie Field Office. She had been with NRCS for more than twenty years.

Stanley

2014

William E. Stanley (66) of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on January 10, 2014 from heart failure. He was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Nashua. He graduated from Nashua High School in 1966 and later attended N.I.A.C.C. in Mason City. Bill served in the Naval Reserves, serving in the Midway Islands. He worked with the Highway Commission and later as a field tile sales representative for Sheffield Brick and Tile. He retired in 2008, after 30 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service in Bremer and Fayette County, where he worked as a soil conservation technician. Bill loved being outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandy Stanley of Waverly, a son and a daughter. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the Bremer County Conservation Board in Bill's memory. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.

Stearley

2014

Donald E. Stearley (85) of Kearney, Nebraska passed away on January 1, 2014.   After high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea for two years.  He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and soils in 1957.  He worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Curtis and Lexington.   Survivors include his wife, Mary (O’Brien) Wilson; a son, a daughter, two stepdaughters, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.   He was preceded in death by his first wife Violet Beans in 1973.

Stewart

2014

Helen M. Stewart (92) of Lincoln, NE passed away on July 10, 2014. . She served as a secretary for the Soil Conservation Service in the Midwest NTC for many years. Helen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, Beta Sigma Phi, and Senior Bowling League. She is survived by: Sister: Alice Spomer, Lincoln; two Nieces, Great Nieces and Nephews. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association or First Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be left @ www.bmlfh.com.

Stinnett

2014

Dorothy Mae Stinnett (93) of Fort Scott, Kansas passed away on March 4, 2014, at the Fort Scott Presbyterian Village. She was preceded in death on Nov. 14, 2000 by her husband, Harold Russell Stinnett. Harold was a soil conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Service at the Mound City, Kansas Field Office, retiring in 1973. During WWII Dorothy worked at the Army Ordinance Plant in Parsons, KS, as an inspector and also in Kansas City for Boeing, inspecting the B29 Super Fortress. Dorothy is survived by her daughter-in-law, Sandy Stinnett of Fort Scott; a granddaughter, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Presbyterian Village and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be emailed to expressions@konantz-cheney.com.

Teschke

2014

Member and Senior Conservationist Edgar H. Teschke (84) of Faribault, Minnesota passed away on November 30, 2014 at his home. He graduated from Morristown High School in 1948 and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict in Germany from 1951 to 1953. Edgar worked at the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Certified Civil Engineering Technician from 1953 to 1986. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jane of Faribault; son, Daniel of Minneapolis; daughter, Paula (Bill) Hicks of Eden Prairie; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by son, Craig in 2013.

Thayer

2014

William “Bill” Brooks Thayer (84) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on October 4, 2014. Bill retired in 1985 as Area Engineer in Raleigh, NC. He was born in Columbia, SC, and at an early age the family moved to Spartanburg, SC where Bill attended school. After graduation from Spartanburg High School in 1947, Bill entered Clemson College. He received a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1952 and entered the US Air Force the same year. He served for two years in the Air Force reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant as air police officer. In 1952, Bill was employed as an Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service in Greensboro, NC. He served in various positions during his career with SCS. Bill was a loyal supporter of Clemson. He loved to golf, talk on the short wave radio, ski, hike and build and fly remote control airplanes with his son, David. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Moore Thayer and his son William David Thayer.

Thebarge

2014

Jeffery A. Thebarge (76) of Old Town, Maine and Palmetto, Florida passed away on June 17, 2014 at a Bangor hospital surrounded by family.  He came from a family of 13 children. Jeff graduated from Madison High School in 1956, where he was a catcher on the baseball team and his twin brother Edwin was the pitcher.  Following high school he served with the US Army (1957-1959) and was stationed in Germany, and he served with the Air Guard retiring in 1993 as a Staff Sargent.  He was employed by the Soil Conservation Service as a contract specialist, retiring in 1996.  Jeffery was a talented violinist.  He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years Merlene (Blanchette), two daughters, and three grandchildren.  Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Care of Maine EMHS Foundation, PO Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402-0931.

Tully

2014

Stephen Richard Tully (66), a longtime Stillwater, Oklahoma resident, passed away on September 27, 2014. Steve is a Vietnam veteran who served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1971. Most of his tour was spent on destroyers in the Pacific fleet. After his discharge, he attended OSU and received a BS degree in Zoology. After graduation, Steve began his career with the NRCS, formerly the SCS, as a Soil Conservationist in Chandler, Oklahoma. He was then transferred to Claremore as a Wildlife Biologist, and then promoted to State Biologist in Stillwater. Steve retired from the NRCS in January 2012. He leaves behind his wife Terri, of the home; three children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

Vaudrin

2014

Robert L. Vaudrin (67) passed away on July 24, 2014 near Fordville, ND. He worked for the SCS in Grafton and Grand Forks, ND. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Stephany, Grafton, ND; his sons, Robert Jr, Fordville, ND; Michael (Diana), Minto, ND; Phillip (Anita), Grand Forks, ND; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren with another expected in November; and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, grandson, granddaughter, and a sister.

Vaught

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist William L. Vaught (93) of Rio Rancho, New Mexico passed away peacefully on October 4, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM. He led a full and productive life. Bill retired from the Soil Conservation Service in December 1975 as the Director of the South National Technical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Velasquez

2014

Life Member Charles Velasquez (80) of Marysville, California passed away on September 27, 2014. Chuck served his country honorably in the Army in The Korean War from June 16, 1953 to June 16, 1956. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and enjoyed participating in events to recognize and honor our veterans. He came to work for the Soil Conservation Service in 1959. His career with the agency included work as a Field Office engineer, Area engineer and Assistant State Conservation Engineer at various locations in California, and included being an expert at getting Emergency Watershed Protection work done. Chuck retired in 1994 after 35 years with the agency. He married Sally Broad, the love of his life in 1969. They were happily married for 35 years until her sudden death in 2004. With their marriage Chuck got to experience the joys of being a father as Sally had a son Bill at the age of about 10 from a previous marriage. Later Chuck got to experience the joy of being a grandparent when Bill and his wife brought a little girl, Mackenzie into the world. Chuck and Sally did everything together and enjoyed an amazing array of activities and hobbies. He was a first-degree black belt in Judo in the 70s and 80s. He collected and worked on cuckoo clocks and at one time probably had close to 20. He collected ukuleles and guitars. After Sally’s passing, Chuck decided he would like to see more of the world and traveled alone to visit a number of European Countries, including England, Portugal, Denmark and Spain. Chuck enjoyed being part of many social groups including the Yuba City Moose Lodge and the Widowed Persons Association of California.

Victor

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Mina Victor (95) passed away on January 14, 2014 at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo, North Dakota, under the care of hospice. She worked for the Soil Conservation Service in the ND Area and State offices in Bismarck, ND, for many years. She is survived by her granddaughter Anne Kidder (Kevin), Fargo, ND; grandson Dave Hruby (Pam), MS; two great-granddaughters; a step-grandson; five step-great-grandchildren and four step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Otto; daughter Jane and a step-great-grandson.

Vogel

2014

Thomas Eugene Vogel (83) of Ness City, Kansas passed away in September 14, 2014. Thomas retired in l993 as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Gove Field Office. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of the Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his son, Kelly Vogel (Yi Zhi), Lawton, Oklahoma; two daughters, Shelly Gomez (Wayne), Denver, Colorado; and Christy Vogel, Pearland, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, Ness City.

Vollan

2014

Lorraine Vollan (83) passed away on September 28, 2014 at Sanford Health, Bismarck, ND. Lorraine retired in 1987 after working 24 years as a secretary for federal agencies. She is survived by three children, Teresa Larson, Fargo, ND; Tim (LaDora) Vollan, Fairfield, CA; and Tracey (Michelle) Vollan, Bismarck, ND; two brothers; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene; her parents; one sister and one brother.

Volmert

2014

Leslie F. Volmert (88) passed away on December 27, 2014, peacefully at his ranch in Vienna, Missouri, surrounded by his loving nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. Les was a 1950 graduate and proud alumnus of the University of Missouri Columbia. He spent his career with the Soil Conservation Service in New Madrid and St. Charles, Missouri, retiring in 1982 as a district Conservationist. A WWII veteran, Les proudly served in the US Navy aboard the USS Stickell. He also served in the US Army reserve attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. A devote catholic, he was a member of Visitation Parish in Vienna, Mo. Les was active in many community organizations. A lifelong farmer, he was the proud proprietor of his Century Farm. He raised registered polled Hereford cattle and was a member of the Missouri Polled Hereford Association, serving as a past president. Les was on the board of the MO Cattleman’s Association and was awarded the 1965 Soil Conservation Award by the Conservation Federation of Missouri in cooperation with The National Wildlife Federation and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation. He is survived by his loving sister-in-law Agnes A. Volmert and many beloved nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews. Memorial contributions to the World War II Honor Flight or the Leslie F. Volmert Scholarship Fund, with envelopes available at the Vienna Office of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Homes.

Wallenmeyer

2014

Daniel Wallenmeyer (81) passed away on April 12, 2014, at Hawks Ridge in Hood River, Oregon.  He grew up in Evansville, Indiana, graduating from high school in 1949. After graduation, he joined the Air Force and served four years as a Crew Chief in the armament during the Korean War. He continued his education at Washington State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1959.  Dan was the District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Ritzville, Washington, and in Canyon City and McMinnville in Oregon. He retired after 28 years. Dan is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Patricia; two sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family encourages memorials to The Wounded Warrior Project in Daniel’s name.

Walstrom

2014

Jack W. Walstrom (88) of Salina, Kansas passed away on February 24, 2014, in Lawrence. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Force, and during the Korean War, he served with the U.S. Air Force. Jack was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Salina. For many years, he worked as a biologist for the Soil Conservation Service and retired in 1986 as a plant materials specialist. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Margie Walstrom (in 2009); a son-in-law, David Garcia; and a grandson, Kevin Howell. He is survived by three daughters, Claudia (Rod) Howell of Haysville, Jan (Virgil) Dean of Lawrence, and Heidi Garcia, of Lenexa; four grandsons, and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Christ the King Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Manor Employees Scholarship Fund or the Salina Animal Shelter.

Warren

2014

Myrle (Townsend) Warren (86) of Mandan, North Dakota passed away on February 17, 2014, at the Baptist Health Care Center, Bismarck, ND. She was the wife of the late Duncan Warren, a long-time SCS-er who retired in 1976 as an RC&D coordinator and passed away on March 19, 2010. She is survived by her children, John (Rebecca) Warren, Mandan, ND; Jo Warren, Santa Fe, NM; Jeff Warren, Larkspur, CO; and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband and an infant son. Memorials may be made to Central Dakota Humane Society, 2104 – 37th St., Mandan, ND; Dakota Woodturners, PO Box 243, Bismarck, ND; or Mandan United Methodist Church, 610 – 12th St. NW, Mandan, ND.

Wenberg

2014

Life Member Richard Dean Wenberg (81) of Belton, Texas departed this life peacefully in his home on April 30, 2014 after a battle with lung cancer.   Dick served in the Army from 1954-56 including time stationed in Germany.  He graduated from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 1957 with a degree in agricultural engineering.  He was employed by the U.S.D.A. Soil Conservation Service for 35 years as a professional engineer and worked in several locations across the country, retiring in 1990 as the National Drainage Engineer in Washington, D.C.  Dick loved North Dakota and through his diligent efforts over the past few decades, his parents' homestead farm has remained in the family and continues to be a model for production and sustainability.   He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Fockler Wenberg whom he met while working in Morgantown, WV; son, Brian Wenberg (Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Texas) and his wife, Susan, and two grandsons, Jack and Cade, of Belton, TX; daughter, Susan Wenberg, and her fiancée, David Keller, of northern Virginia; one brother and  two sisters.  He was preceded in death by two sisters.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Passing the Torch Campaign c/o Temple First United Methodist Church, 102 N 2n d St, Temple, TX 76501.

Whelpley

2014

Robert E. Whelpley (88) passed away September 30, 2014. Robert retired in 1986 as the District Conservationist in the McPherson Field Office. He retired in 1986 as the District Conservationist in the McPherson Field Office. He was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1951. Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Louise Randall, on November 24, 2011. Survivors include: three sons, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to MCDS or Alzheimer’s Assn. in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.

Williams

2014

Joyce B. Williams (85) of Richmond, Virginia passed away on February 22, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband, Dudley W. Williams; sons, Ransom (Chris) Domes and Edward (Sue) Domes; daughters, Janice L. Freeman and Abbagail P. Williams; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. When she retired, Joyce was the Personnel Officer in the SCS/NRCS State Office in Richmond, Virginia. She was an exceptional woman, who will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Dr., N. Chesterfield, Va. 23236.

Wilson

2014

Senior Conservationist Donald V. Wilson (91) of Greencastle, Indiana, passed away on March 16, 2014. Don graduated from Trafford High in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy in 1941. He spent 4 years as a Mechanist Airman 2nd class in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1945. Afterwards, he attended Utah State University for 4 years where he received his BS in Agronomy. His first position with the USDA was in Miles City, Montana where he met his wife, Donna. He spent 30+ years with the Soil Conservation Service, retiring an Area Conservationist in 1987. After retiring, Don became an active member in the V.F.W. Local 1550 where he served as Commander in Chief from 1996-98 and as a member of the Honor Guard where he gave back to the servicemen by honoring their deaths. Surviving family members include his wife Donna, children Donna Lee, Duncan, Janice, Scott, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Wilson

2014

Loyd Glen Wilson (82) passed away December 25, 2014 at his home in Jetmore, Kansas. He served as the District Conservationist in the Jetmore Field Office, retiring in 1990. After retirement, he managed the Recycling Center in Jetmore. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Hodgeman County Economic Development and the Jetmore Public Library Board, all of Jetmore. He served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Julene Fern Powers. Other survivors include: four sons, a daughter, twenty-three grandchildren, and twenty-six great grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Jetmore Public Library or the Jetmore Recreation Commission in care of Beckwith Funeral Home, Box 663 Jetmore, KS 67854.

Wingenbach

2014

Arlen “Andy” Wingenbach (44) died August 31, 2014 at Pelican Rapids, MN. Andy began his 24 year career at NRCS in New England, ND, and went on to work in Ashley, McClusky, Minot, Forman, Towner, and Devils Lake. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Assistant State Conservationist for field operations in Devils Lake, ND. He is survived by his parents, six brothers and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and two brothers.

Winkler

2014

Jane Dorine (Meter) Winkler (77) of Bonita Springs, FL, passed away on October 24, 2014 after a long bout with cancer. Jane is survived by her husband, Jerry Winkler, who retired as the District Conservationist for NRCS in Aliance, NE. She received her education from Melbeta High School, graduating in 1956 and was an outstanding athlete. She also attended Center Business College in Denver, CO. She was employed at the Star-Herald as the Society Editor. She owned and operated JW’s Clothing Store in Alliance until retirement. She moved to Florida with her husband, Jerry, in 2001. Jane is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jerry and son Tyler (Lorrain) of Bonita Springs; a granddaughter Mana of Chicago, Ill. A memorial will be established to a cancer fund. Tributes of sympathy may be sent to 13060 Amberley Ct. #811, Bonita Springs, Fla., 34135.

Woodbury

2014

Blaine Brian Woodbury (60) of Morrill, Maine passed away unexpectedly December 26th, 2014. Brian graduated from the University of Maine in 1974 from the Forestry Department. After working for the Maine Forest Service, he was able to combine his love of the outdoors and his love of agriculture in a 23 year career with the USDA as a conservationist, retiring in 2011. While building his career he continued to be a devoted farmer and alongside his father and his wife on the family dairy farm in Morrill. Brian was a member of the Morrill Baptist Church and had a strong, personal faith in God. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cheryl Woodbury; his son; his four brothers, his three cherished grandchildren; and his mother. He was predeceased by a beloved daughter, his father and one brother.

Yeabower

2014

William R. Yeabower (Bill) (77) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away May 2, 2014.  William worked for the Department of Agriculture (SCS-NRCS Cartographic) in Lanham, Maryland and Fort Worth for 38 years.  He was active in his church and loved family gatherings, fishing and hunting.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Yeabower, daughter, Julie Ransom and an extended family including four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Zimmerman

2014

James F. Zimmerman (78) passed away on October 4, 2014, in Lebanon, PA after an extended illness. Jim was the husband of Elizabeth Vass Zimmerman. Liz was the Area Clerk and then Computer Specialist in Lebanon for many years.

Zollinger

2014

Sharon Dale Zollinger (79) of Boise, Idaho passed away January 11, 2014 at home.  She is survived by her husband of 62 years Herman LeRoy Zollinger.  LeRoy retired as the State Conservation Engineer with SCS in Idaho.  Also surviving are four children, Bradley (Susan) of Highland, Utah; Kary (Jean) of Twin Falls, Idaho; Casey (Linda) of Spokane, Washington; and Sharon Eisenbarth (Eric Wilson) of Boise, Idaho.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  To share memories with the family please visit her memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com

Zollinger 

2014

Life Member Herman Leroy Zollinger (79) of Boise, Idaho passed away at his home on May 15, 2014 after a long struggle with bladder cancer just four months after the passing of his dear wife of 62 years, Sharon.  He grew up in Rexburg, Idaho where he played football and basketball in high school.  He met his future wife, Sharon Dale Parker, in grade school. He spent his early married years helping his father farm a 1200 acre dry farm. Leroy enrolled at Rick’s College when he was 23 years old. He later transferred to Utah State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the age of 28.  He regarded his graduation from college as one of his life’s greatest accomplishments. Soon thereafter, he went to work for the Soil Conservation Service in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Later Leroy was transferred to Salmon, Pocatello, and finally to Boise, Idaho when he was promoted to State Conservation Engineer for Idaho.  He retired in 1994. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is survived by his four children, Bradley (Susan) of Highland, Utah, Kary (Jean) of Twin Falls, Idaho, Casey (Linda) of Spokane, Washington, and Sharon of Boise, Idaho. To share memories with the family please visit Leroy’s memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com

Achor

2013

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

Alexander

2013

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

Alley

2013

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

Andreas

2013

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

Andrews

2013

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

Aresndorf

2013

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

Baker

2013

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

Balkan

2013

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

Bayles

2013

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

Bennett

2013

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

Beougher

2013

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

Bereuter

2013

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

Boilesen

2013

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

Boothby

2013

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

Bottrell

2013

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

Bozeman

2013

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

Brasch

2013

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

Bratcher

2013

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

Bryant

2013

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

Bureau

2013

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

Butler

2013

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

Carlz

2013

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

Clark

2013

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

Clarke

2013

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

Cooper

2013

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

Cora

2013

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

Craft

2013

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

Crandall

2013

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

Crowe

2013

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

Currin

2013

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

Davis

2013

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

Davison

2013

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

DeStefano

2013

Madeline DeStefano (73) of Springfield, Virginia passed away on August 7, 2013. Marge worked for the Soil Conservation Service at the Northeast NTC, then later for the Forest Service. She is survived by her son Peter H. DeStefano (Kristie) and her granddaughter Brooklyn. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory to Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania Attn: Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750 Phila., PA 19104.

Diehl

2013

Elinor D. Diehl (95) passed away on March 26, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Capital City Commercial College in Des Moines. Elinor retired in 1982 after 22 years as secretary for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Elinor is survived by her two stepchildren, two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to College Avenue Christian Church.

Doyle

2013

John T. (Jack) Doyle (82) of Pinedale, Wyoming passed away November 9, 2013. In 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Adams. Jack graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1955 with a degree in civil engineering.  During his 35-year career with the Soil Conservation Service, he served as project engineer, area engineer and state design engineer in Farson, Gillette, Sheridan and Casper. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia; three sons, a daughter, eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Pinedale Food Basket program or to the charity of your choice. Condolences can be left at covillfuneralhome.com.

Edwards

2013

Thomas D. Edwards (64) of Delaware passed away on February 28, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He graduated in 1970 from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and went on to serve his country as a member of the United States Army until 1973. Tom served as district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Linda; son, Stephen (Sandy) Edwards of Dublin; daughter, Kristen (Jonathan) Wish of Bellefontaine; and two grandchildren. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the William Street UMC Foundation or to the Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council.

Eisenbrey

2013

Member William W. "Bill" Eisenbrey, Sr. (81) of Milford, Delaware passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving his country proudly during the Korean Conflict. Bill served as a conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Service for 42 years, retiring 1990. That same year, he accepted a job with the Kent County Soil Conservation District and retired from that position in 2000. He was a long time member of the Milford Lions Club, holding the office of 1st Vice President and President. Bill was also a member of numerous other civic and professional organizations. Bill was a member of the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, where he was active with the Methodist Men. He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnifred L. Eisenbrey. He is survived by a son, William W. (Lois) Eisenbrey, Jr. of Middletown; three daughters, Karen L. Robinson of Lancaster, PA, Mary Beth Eisenbrey and Leslie G. Eisenbrey, both of Dover; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Ellicott

2013

Larry David Ellicott (68) of Gilbert, Arizona lost his battle with brain cancer January 18, 2013. Larry worked for SCS/NRCS for 30 years. Served as a Range Conservationist in both St. Maries & Lewiston, Idaho; and as the Area Range Conservationist in Flagstaff, Arizona. Then he moved on to Salt Lake City, Utah where he served as the State Range Conservationist. He retired in January of 2004. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Larry also served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War. Larry and wife Sherry had moved to Arizona where they could be near children and grandchildren. Sherry is currently working as an Administrative Assistant with NRCS in the State Office in Phoenix. He is also survived by two sons, a daughter, and nine grandchildren.

Engle

2013

Melvin E. Engle (74) of Ashland, Pennsylvania passed away on December 31, 2013. He was a Navy veteran, serving on the USS Oglethorpe, USS Little Rock, USS Allen M. Sumner and USS Mullinnix. He retired from NRCS in 2004 after working 20 years as a soil conservation technician. He coached Little League in Easton and was an avid coon hunter, member of the American Kennel Club and was a bench show judge for hounds for 20 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Metz Engle in May 2012. Three daughters, three sons, 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren survive. Website at www.kullfuneral.com.

Ernstes

2013

Thomas L. Ernstes (86) of Xenia, Ohio passed away January 1, 2013 at Liberty Nursing Center of Xenia. He retired in 1993, as a conservationist with SCS after 37 years. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wilma (Ohmer) Ernstes, and four daughters. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH, 45420. Condolences may be made to the family at www.NeeldFuneralHome.com.

Evans

2013

Life Member Max Langford Evans (77) of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on May 22, 2013 after a long fight with multiple myeloma. He earned degrees in agricultural engineering and surveying at Purdue University where he met his wife, Joy (Zeiner) Evans. After ROTC in college he served in the peacetime U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood and Ft. Bliss. He spent most of his career as an engineer with the Soil Conservation Service, retiring as the Assistant State Conservationist in 1995 after 37 years of service. He followed that time by working several years inspecting dams and designing septic systems. His most important work, besides raising his family, was helping establish independent Christian congregations in both Paoli (Paoli Christian Church) and Greencastle (Greencastle Christian Church). He served as an elder with both congregations. He is survived by his loving wife Joy Zeiner Evans of Greencastle, a daughter Michelle Evans of Greencastle, son Scot (Lisa) Evans of Westfield and daughter Krista (Keith) Rowls of Indianapolis. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Greencastle Christian Church. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be shared with the family at www.bittlesandhurt.com.

Fairbanks

2013

Patrick Warren Fairbanks (51) of Parsons, WV passed away on April 10, 2013. He was the son of the late The Reverend Terry Glen Fairbanks, who retired in 1991 as an engineer with the Soil Conservation Service, and Judy Dale Barr Fairbanks, who survives at Parsons. Also surviving are one son and one daughter, four brothers and one sister. Preceding him in death is one brother.

Fischgrabe

2013

Bobbie Jean Fischgrabe (80) of Moody, Texas passed away on March 12, 2013. She had fought COPD with continuous oxygen for almost 14 years. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Otto Dale Fischgrabe, a retired Deputy State Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service. Also surviving are a daughter, Debra (Karl) Long of Alvarado, TX; and sons, Steve (Debbie) of Unionville, MO; Duane (Melodi) of Rogers, AR; Dennis (Diane) of Beulah, MI; and Dru (Brenda) of Hutchinson, MN;  ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. For those desiring, the family has suggested OSYMBA in care of Nelda Schmidt, 14290 Siler Road, Moody, Texas 76557 for memorial contributions.

Fleming

2013

Edward L. Fleming (85) formerly of Salina and Altamont, passed away August 10, 2013 in Caney, Kansas where he had lived the past three years. Edward graduated from Kansas State University in 1954 and served two years as second lieutenant in the Army. He then worked as a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 30 years, retiring in 1987 as the soils correlator on the state staff. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina and the Lions Club. Edward is survived by three daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife 59 years, Norma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, in c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.

Foshee

2013

Jack N. Foshee (82) of Garrison, Texas passed away on August 17, 2013. He was the husband of (now retired) long-time Nacogdoches AO Hdq. clerk Beth Foshee. Jack passed away on their 61st wedding anniversary   He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Beth Foshee of Garrison, two sons, a daughter, three grand­sons, a grand­daughter, and four great-grand­children. Condolences can be shared on line at www.lairdfh.net

Fraley

2013

Rose Zilkanich Fraley (77) of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away unexpectedly Nov. 21, 2013 at her residence. Survivors include her companion of more than 42 years, Herold Berthy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Augustus C. “Gus” Fraley. She was employed by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, retiring after 29 years of service as a budget director. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Morgantown Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 379 Smithtown Rd., Morgantown, WV or the Herold Berthy and Rose Fraley Scholarship fund at West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Ave., Buckhannon, WV 26201. Send condolences online at www.hastingsfuneralhome.com.

Frazier

2013

Helen Penalope Frazier (76) passed away on November 25. She was an accountant on the SCS Financial Management Staff, and retiring in 1995. Helen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Idaho. She is survived by her a daughter, a son, two grandsons, and three granddaughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe.

Frederick

2013

Arnold H. Frederick (83) of Broadalbin, New York passed away January 8, 2013. He was a dairy farmer and later worked for SCS as a soil conservationist from 1968 until 1989 in Fulton and Saratoga counties. From the 1970s until 1991 he was an owner/trainer of horses at Saratoga Harness Track. He served on the Perth Central School Board of Education from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. Arnold was married to Louise Smith Frederick on December 31, 1949. She passed away on December 7, 1998. Survivors include six children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin, 54 W. Main St; Broadalbin, NY 12025.

Frevert

2013

Member Willis Donald Frevert (87) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully on September 8, 2013. Following an honorable discharge from the Navy, he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. Don was employed by the Soil Conservation Service in Audubon and Des Moines, Iowa, retiring in 1988 as that State Construction Engineer. He was an active member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church (Audubon) and Faith Lutheran Church (Clive) where he sang in the choir for many years. Don was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America and Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joyce Frevert; three daughters, Diane Frevert, Karen (Randy) Nelsen and Nancy (David) Solohub; his son, Charles (Regina) Frevert; and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, Iowa, the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America in Des Moines, Iowa or Iowa State University Department of Music.

Furman

2013

Therold R. Furman (87) of Emerickville, Pennsylvania passed away January 8, 2013, at his home. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie Hackett. Therold was a U.S. Army veteran who served during World War II. For 31 years, he worked as a technician for SCS. He is also survived by a daughter, Jeanne C. (Frank) Squire of Albion; a son, Therold Todd Furman of Brookville who works at the Clarion Technical Office; and three grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to DRMC Hospice, 100 Hospital Ave., PO Box 447, DuBois, PA, 15801.

Garrett

2013

Member William Bernard (Bill) Garrett (86) of Daleville, Virginia passed away on June 27, 2013, at his home. Bernard grew up on his parent's tobacco farm near Farmville. He joined the Navy near the end of World War II. His wartime bride was Edna Virginia Adams. They were wed March 6, 1945 and remained so until her death April 2, 1968. During the time they were married, Bernard joined the Soil Conservation Service, a career which he enjoyed for the rest of his working life, retiring in April 1994. Bernard and Edna resided in Nottoway County and had a daughter, Elayne, who currently resides in Botetourt County with her husband, Morris Gill. On December 27, 1968, Bernard married Betty Fain, who was a home economics extension agent in Nottoway County and they had a son, William Bradley Garrett, who resides in Texas. Bernard, Bill to many of his Botetourt friends, was always active in the Methodist church, a Sunday school teacher with a passion for innovative teaching. Bernard also leaves behind a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Glover

2013

Robert K. Glover (88) of Goessel, Kansas passed away January 19, 2013. Robert retired in 1981 from SCS, where he served as a resource conservationist in Dodge City. During his career he also worked as a soil scientist in Lincoln, Beloit, Hays and Greensburg. Robert is survived by his wife of 66 years, Irma Devine Glover; daughters, Pam Zipfel and Bobbi Glover of Wichita, and Virginia Barnert of Artemesia, NM; son, Doug (Tina) of Mission Viejo, CA; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Kansas State University.

Gosline

2013

Lee Ann Gosline (52) of Killdeer, North Dakota passed away January 23, 2013, in Bismarck. She worked as a field technician with NRCS in Killdeer for over 23 years before retiring in 2012. Lee Ann is survived by her husband, Rod; children, Tia (Aaron) Cook of Bismarck; Josh Dolechek of Bellingham, WA; Jessen Dolechek of Dickinson, ND; and Kyle Gosline of Dunn Center.

Griffin

2013

Senior Conservationist and Member Billy C. Griffin (84) passed away on December 21, 2013 at his ranch in Gonzales County. He was a graduate of Southwest Texas Teacher’s College. He was a teacher at Bandera High School. He married Jo Ann Word, September 1954. They pursed careers with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Bandera, San Antonio, Pecos, Temple, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi. In 1986 they retired to their home in Morgan’s Point Resort. Billy was a Mason for more than 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, in 2003. Survivors include two sons Billy C. Griffin, Jr. of Bandera and Dr. Pat Griffin of Academy; one daughter Vicki Griffin Hart of Lucas; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Griswold

2013

Lillian Griswold (93) passed away on May 9, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Victor Griswold in 1997. Victor retired from SCS at Medicine Lodge, Kansas in 1977. Lillian is survived by children: Connie (Steve) McColley. John (Judy) and Rick (Layne) Griswold; and a grandson.

Hadle

2013

Fred Benton Hadle (96) of Manhattan, Kansas passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 5, 2013. Fred was an Assistant Professor in Horticulture at Kansas State University and was Superintendent of the Horticultural Farm at Ashland Bottom from 1951 until his retirement in 1984. He was married to Edith Hadle, who was a Biological Technician at the Plant Materials Center in Manhattan, Kansas, retiring in 1983. Fred is survived by two sons, 12 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

Hail

2013

Carl W. Hail (87) passed away on June 4, 2013 at the Masonic Home of Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church. Carl was a soil scientist with the SCS and retired in 1985 as assistant state soil scientist. He was also an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Catherine C. Hail of Shelbyville; his sons, Carl Hail, Jr. of Louisville and Mark Hail of Yardley, PA; and his daughter, Rebecca Hail Harding of Estero, FL. Expressions of sympathy: Centenary United Methodist Church Music Department or The Wounded Warriors Project.

Harold

2013

Senior Conservationist Orval Albert Harold (96) of Columbia, Missouri, passed away May 31, 2013. In 1940, he married Mildred Chappelt and attended Kansas State University until the onset of World War II interrupted his education. He entered military service in June 1941 and was assigned to the 63rd Infantry Regiment as an Infantry Unit Commander. Orval saw combat in the Pacific Theater, mainly in the jungles of New Guinea. As a reward for their skill and conduct against the enemy, the soldiers of the 63rd Regiment were entitled to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge. Following his military service, he returned to Kansas State University and completed his formal education, earning a degree in Agriculture. In keeping with his love of the land, Orval began a career with the United States Department of Agriculture and worked in various assignments throughout Kansas until he retired in 1977 as the Area Conservationist with SCS in Manhattan, Kansas. After the death of his wife of 56 years, Mildred, he moved to Dodge City, Kansas, and married Fran Foster who passed away in 2001. He then moved to Columbia to be closer to family and met and married Eula Simmons, who also preceded him in death. Orval is survived by a daughter, Nancy Kautz of Columbia; and two grandchildren.

Hays

2013

Robert "Bob" Hays (80) of Pleasant Dale, Nebraska passed away peacefully February 5, 2013. He played baseball, softball, and coached youth baseball in Pleasant Dale. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Bob was an engineer for SCS at the Soil Mechanics Lab in Lincoln, NE. Survivors include a daughter, three sons, and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis.

Herman

2013

Carol Frances Herman (91) of Emporia, Kansas passed away on May 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Herman on December 19, 2010. Charles retired in 1981 as the Soil Conservation Technician at the Alma Field Office. Carol is survived by two daughters, three grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. The family requests no flowers, with memorial contributions instead, to Emporia Friends of the Zoo.

Hicks

2013

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Jesse L. Hicks (90) of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on February 23, 2013. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981 as the State Conservationist in North Carolina. Jesse also served as a State Conservation Engineer. He was an Assistant State Conservationist in Ohio and was a past President of the Soil Conservation Society of America.

Higgins

2013

Member and Senior Conservationist Bradford A. Higgins (84) passed away on October 18, 2013. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1986 as a Soil Resource Specialist. Brad is survived by survived by his wife, Barbara; daughter, Diane (Charles) Nicholson; son, Alan (Anne); and four grandchildren.

Holland

2013

Jeanette Ann Holland (Grover) (76) of Bluffton, South Carolina, formerly of West Chester, Pennsylvania, passed away on November 10, 2013. She was in marketing and sales for radio and television groups in Philadelphia. She is survived by her husband, Arthur B. Holland of the home. Art retired in 1994 as Director of the SCS Northeast Technical Center. Jeanette is survived by a stepson, Arthur B. Holland, Jr. (Diane) of VA and stepdaughters, Ruth Ann Proctor (Lance) of Chambersburg and Amy Lynne Czajkowski (Robert) of Exton and nine grandchildren. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude's Hospital or to SPCC-Humane Society.

Holt

2013

James Harold Holt (82) of Albemarle, North Carolina passed away January 31, 2013. Harold retired in 1992 as Hydraulic Technician for SCS on the River Basin/Watershed Planning Staff in the Raleigh State Office with over 30 years of service, having worked in that position since 1965. He began his career in as Engineering Aid in Troy, NC in 1958. In 1959 he was transferred to Kinston where he worked on several watershed projects until he was promoted to Engineering Technician in 1963 and worked in the Goldsboro Area Office. Harold was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of the Beekeepers Association of Stanly County. He was married to Jean Coats Holt of the home for 63 years. Other survivors include son Sam (Debbie) Holt of Charlotte, NC, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Iris Jean Holt, preceded him in death on December 27, 2011.

Horton

2013

Virginia Horton (89) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on September 17, 2013. Virginia was the widow of Robert Horton, Sr., Assistant State Soil Scientist with the Soil Conservation Service. She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1946, and earned a master’s degree in Home Economics from Syracuse University in 1948. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran, Raleigh, NC for 42 years, where she served on many committees. Virginia was an active member of the Home Economists in Homemaking; The Norwegian Group and Garden Club. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Edgeworth Horton. She is survived by her children, Robert E. (Lynn) Horton, Jr. of Wadesboro, NC; Lewis (Su san) Horton of Earlysville, VA; Helene (Bill) Halsey of Knoxville, TN; Jennifer (Ray) McIntyre of Garner, NC; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Hotz

2013

Phyllis Jane (Bowden) Hotz (84) of Spencer, Massachusetts passed away on September 23, 2013. She leaves her husband of 50 years, Charles F. Hotz, retired soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service; her two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. She is predeceased by her daughter, Rebecca Hotzmiller, in 2001. Jane attended Nasson College, Springvale, Maine earning bachelor's degrees in Home Economics and Chemistry. She was blessed to remain living in her home despite battling Parkinson's Disease for more than a decade. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jane's and Rebecca's memory to Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer, 251 West Central Street, Suite 35, Natick, MA 01760, http://www.ovationsforthecure.org/.

Hough

2013

Life Member Glenn Harold Hough (85) of Olympia, Washington passed away on October 23, 2013. Glenn was a proud professional civil engineer; he retired as an area engineer for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He also worked for the city of Olympia and several local consulting firms throughout his career. Born in Hebron, Indiana, Glenn grew up on a farm, was an active 4H member and deeply involved in church activities. He went to Purdue University, graduating with a Bachelor's of Science degree. He immediately joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War in the Seventh Cavalry and 45th Infantry Regiment Heavy Tank Company. He rapidly moved up in rank and became a Sergeant and Communications Chief. After working in several locations in Illinois and Washington, a transfer in 1974 took Glenn and his family to the Lacey and Olympia, WA area, where he stayed for the remainder of his life. He and wife Jean were strong supporters of the foster care program and supported seventeen or more foster kids over their life. He was a musician, using his vocal abilities in Barbershop Quartets and in Church Choir most recently at the First United Methodist Church of Olympia. He was a drummer at Purdue early in his life and carried his interest and skills to the Olympia New Horizon's Band. Glenn was a strong advocate and leader of the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by son Thomas and his wife Hope, son Dale and partner Jill Sjolin, son Stuart Hough, and daughter Beth Downs (Hodges) and her husband Wayne.  Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, plus nine great grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Jean.

Hughes

2013

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Howard McCune Hughes (95) passed away at on July 10, 2013. He attended Kansas State University earning a degree in Agriculture and was a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity. After graduation he worked for K-State's Extension Office in Manhattan. Howard then served in the US Army as a Calvary Officer during WWII, stationed in England, France and Germany. On July 24, 1942 he married Shirley Glens and they enjoyed 64 years together. Upon returning home he worked for the Jewell County Conservation District while farming near Formoso. In 1948 he became Riley County Conservationist in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1957 he moved to Hays, Kansas where he worked as the Area Conservationist. In 1965 he then moved to Des Moines and he worked as Iowa Assistant State Conservationist before retiring in January of 1977. After retirement he and Shirley wintered in Mesa, Arizona and traveled extensively and enjoyed life. Howard belonged to the American Legion and the Formoso/Mankato Masonic Lodges. Howard is survived by his sons, Stanley (Joan) of Lawrence, KS, Larry (Nancy) of Casa Grande, AZ, and Robert of Gilbert, AZ; three grandchildren, and two great grandsons. Memorial contributions may be directed to New Hope United Methodist Church or Scottish Rite Park.

Hunt

2013

Elizabeth (Betty) Hunt (102) of Raleigh, NC passed away on August 12, 2013. Betty was the widow of Charles Lindsey Hunt, Agronomist with the Soil Conservation Service. She attended Maryville College class of 1934. Betty was active in the community serving on the board of elections, in the PTA as a president, in the DAR as a regent, in the Presbyterian Church on many committees. She is survived by her son Joe Hunt of Durham, and her daughter Helen Coman of Asheville, two grandchildren and one great grandson. 

Ifft

2013

Theodore Ifft "Ted" died on Friday, June 14, 2013 after a short illness. Husband of Beverly Ifft for 55 years; father of Richard (Beth Greenfeld) Ifft and Linda (Thomas) Jordan; grandfather of Sarah R. Ifft and Caitlin M. Jordan; brother of Harold Ifft. Internment private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Benevolent Care Fund of Riderwood Village, 3110 Gracefield Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20904. www.borgwardtfuneralhome.com

Ivins

2013

Darrel D. Ivins (87) of Windsor, Colorado, formerly of Sterling, Illinois passed away January 28, 2013. He graduated from high school in Danvers, and served in the Army Infantry during World War II. He had been scouted by professional baseball in high school but World War II ended that opportunity. Darrel worked as an engineer for SCS for 35 years designing waterways and watersheds in Northern Illinois. He built four of the family homes. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Norma, and sons Doug and Dana, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Private family services will be at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.marksfuneralservice.com.

James

2013

William Charles “W.C.” James, Jr. (75) passed away January 21, 2013, at his home in Statham, Georgia. A native of Sparta, Georgia, W.C. served for 8 years in the United States Army, leaving the Army with the grade of Captain. He worked with SCS in several locations in Georgia and retired with 38 years of Service. Following retirement W.C. moved to Statham where he was a member of Freedom Fellowship Church and enjoyed farming, horses, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gloria Mock James, sons, Terry and Bill, daughters, Susan and Jamie and two grandchildren.

Jefferson

2013

Sherry A. Jefferson (68) of Lincoln, NE passed away peacefully on August 17, 2013 after a brief but valiant fight with anaplastic thyroid cancer. She worked as an insurance rater for Union Insurance Company and Continental Western Insurance Company for more than 30 years. She is survived by her loving husband, David Lee Jefferson, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren. Her memorial service was held on her and David’s 50th wedding anniversary date.

Jolley

2013

Harold Keith Jolley, "Buster" (82) of Byrdtown, Tennessee passed away on December 2, 2011 at his residence. Harold was a retired employee of the Soil Conservation Service as an Agricultural Economist, a member of the Lovelady Christian Church and a Veteran of the Korean War serving in the Army. Survivors include wife Lois Robbins Jolley; daughter, Janet Beth and special son-in-law, Jody Dereck Alley; and two grandsons.

Karnowski

2013

Senior Conservationist Edwin “Ed” Henry Karnowski (89) Washington, NC, passed away on August 2, 2013. Ed retired as District Conservationist in Washington, NC with 35 years of service. He was a soil scientist for most of his career before converting to soil conservationist.  Ed was a native of Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He was a World War II veteran as a member of the United States Marine Corps where he served in the South Pacific. Ed was a former member of the Optimist Club, American Legion #39, VFW Post 6088, Disabled American Veterans #48, and NARFE. Surviving include his wife Doris B. Karnowski of the home; his son Earl David Karnowski and his wife Barbara, of Winterville, NC; two daughters:  Ellen K McMutcheon and her husband John of TN, and Ann K. Kopacz of CA; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; 2 step sons; 1 step daughter; 5 step grandchildren; 11 step great-grandchidren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Inez R. Karnowski.

Keltch

2013

Jo Ann Keltch (68) of Sharon, Oklahoma passed away on May 8, 2013 in the Woodward Regional Hospital. She worked for 15 years as a clerk at the Natural Resource Conservation Service Woodward office before retiring. Jo Ann is survived by her husband Tom Keltch of the home; one son, two daughters, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

King

2013

Edsel Lee King (87) of Wellington passed away on Sept. 17, 2013 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.  Edsel was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Carole Leaming King. He was a faithful member of the First Christian Church in Wellington where he had served as an Elder. Edsel also belonged to the Masonic Lodge where he was a York Rite Mason.  He proudly served during World War II in the United States Navy.  Edsel was proud of his 33 year career with the Soil Conservation Service, retiring as a District Conservationist in the Syracuse Field Office.  Survivors include two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.  Memorials have been established in his loving memory with the Wellington Masonic Lodge No. 150 AF&AM or the First Christian Church. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.

Kirby

2013

Senior Conservationist Robert M. Kirby (91) of Greenville, North Carolina passed away on December 10, 2013. He was a WWII veteran (1941-1946) serving in the Merchant Marines in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Theater where he was a Navigation Officer on the SS Gabriel Duvall with the rank of Lt. Senior Grade. The Merchant Marines primary job was delivering weapons and ammunition and other supplies to allied troops. After the war and nearly five years of service with the Merchant Marines, he enrolled at the University of Maryland, where he met his wife Bonita. After graduating with a degree in Soil Science, Robert began a career with Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist. He retired in 1984 with over 30 years of service after working in Maryland and North Carolina. Robert was a member of Oakmont Baptist Church, Greenville, NC. He is survived by his daughters, Meghan Kirby Hope and husband Ray, of Washington and Heather Kirby Couch and husband, Joseph, of Havelock; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Kuder

2013

Member and Senior Conservationist Homer M. Kuder (93) of St. Joseph, Michigan passed away September 3, 2013. He was predeceased by his first wife, Wanda LaVon Wacker, in 1986 and his second wife, Ruth L. Madsen Wacker in 2010 and a daughter, Janet Howard. He is survived by his son, John (Andrea Kabcinel) Kuder of Ithaca, N.Y.; and daughters, Karel (Rich) Earl of St. Joseph and Gayle (Mike) Massingill of Fithian. Also surviving are a stepson; a stepdaughter; 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1941. Homer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as an officer during World War II. He got to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Homer worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring as the State Resource Conservationist in 1975. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association or donor's choice.

Kurtz

2013

Camille Kurtz (65) of Ozark, Missouri passed away on April 14, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Ian Kurtz, retired Grassland Conservationist at the Ozark Field Office, three children, three grandsons and two granddaughters. Camille is the mother of Jamie Kurtz, Resource Conservationist at West Plains Field Office. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Cemetery, White Church, Missouri or National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton Massachusetts 02458; www.braintumor.org.

Lalka

2013

Lois M. Lalka (84) of Spokane, Washington, passed away on June 20, 2013. Lois retired as Secretary for the Soil Conservation Service state office in Spokane in 1993. Lois was a member of the Retired Federal Women’s Employees and a Life member of the VFW (District President). She is predeceased by her husband, Paul Lalka in 2010, a son and a daughter. She is survived by two daughters, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Online guest book available at www.riplingers.com.

Larsen

2013

Honorary Member James Christian Larsen (93) of Rapid City, South Dakota passed away on July 6, 2013, at his residence. Jim was born in Laramie, WY, and the early years of life were on a ranch with his family. He attended rural school on the ranch then graduated from Laramie High. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Agronomy. Interrupting his college attendance, he served four years in the Army and at the end of these years served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a medic. He participated in many rescues. Jim received a letter of commendation for his outstanding service as a member and the medic of the most difficult mountain climbing expedition ever attempted in Alaska, spanning two months on Mount McKinley. He worked for the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service in Pinedale, WY, Sundance WY, and then as the Resource Conservation and Development Project Coordinator in Rapid City from 1968 until he retired in 1980, spanning 40 years of service. He was a founding member of the Black Hills Regional Food Bank and served years as Chairman. He was the School Board President in Sundance, and active in the Lions Club. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ellen; his children five children: John Larsen, Rock Springs, WY, (Terri, deceased), Patricia Kocher (Charlie), Evanston, WY, Dr. James Larsen (Linda), Bozeman, MT, Dr. Jerry Larsen (Colleen), Casper, WY, and Jeanne Blalock (Clint), Sturgis, SD; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

Larson

2013

Marvin Larson (79) East Lake Okoboji, Iowa passed away January 21, 2013. Marvin retired from the SCS Primghar field office as District Conservationist with 38 years of service. In 1953, Marv was drafted into the Army and served in Germany. He graduated from Iowa State University. Survivors include three daughters, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, and a daughter in 1971.

Lee

2013

Life Member Owen Lee (71) of Woodbridge, Virginia lost his battle with cancer the morning of June 5, 2013. Owen and older sister, Carolyn, loved growing up on their 60-acre dairy farm. Owen graduated from The University of Illinois earning a BS in Ag Engineering in June 1964...never losing a bit of loyalty for his wonderful "ILL-INI". In 1962, before he had graduated, he began his career with USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS), and continued to work for the SCS at Ag for 36 years, retiring as a management information coordinator. After retiring, at age 61, he decided to try his hand at playing softball and found he loved playing even more than coaching. At his peak he played 200 games in one year!   Owen was involved in many organizations. Over the years, he volunteered as a coach for Woodbridge Little League, was church photographer as well as the "CEO" of the softball team at Bethel United Methodist Church (BUMC), was President of the University of Illinois Alumni Club for 2 years, coached basketball for Eastern Prince William Co. Basketball Assoc (EPWBA), and coordinated Northern Virginia Senior Softball (NVSS) Homeland Security Tournaments. He also developed websites for:  North Boone High school classes, EPWBA, ARCSE, BUMC softball, Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), University of Illinois Alumni Club, and the Homeland Security Tournaments. Owen developed the ARCSE website shortly after retiring in 1999 and had been the webmaster since that time. He received the ARSCSE Meritorious Services Citation in 2008 in recognition of his contributions in creating and maintaining the website. He married Kathleen on June 4, 1964, had 3 children (Karen, Nicole, and Danny) each of whom married wonderful spouses, and then were blessed with 5 grandchildren (Kristen, Jordan, Kevin, Tyler and Maddie) and 2 step-grandchildren (Juliana and Evan) all of which will miss Owen very much. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations could be sent in his honor to: St. Jude's, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38148 or Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741. 

LeGeros

2013

Sue Fumie LeGeros (87) of Monmouth, Oregon passed away on June 27, 2013. She was born in Tokyo, Japan. Sue's marriage in Japan brought her to the United States after WWII, where she raised four children, Peter, George, Mary and Mark. While raising her family, Sue got her US citizenship and worked her way through college in Brookings, South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts as an Art major at age 52. Sue went on to be a cartographer and later, a soil technician for the Soil Conservation Service National Soil Survey Laboratory in Lincoln, Nebraska. She retired at age 68. Sue is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Please share your memories and condolences online at www.FarnstromMortuary.com.

Lewis

2013

Duane Lewis (86) of Ephrata, Washington passed away January 27, 2013 in Spokane. Duane attended Washington State University and graduated with a degree in Wildlife Management. After graduating high school Duane was drafted into the US Army Air Corps and served his country from 1944 through 1946. In 1952 he was hired on with SCS as a soil conservationist working in Okanogan, Goldendale and eventually settling in Ephrata, Washington in 1968. Duane retired in 1979 and then worked as a consultant for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources until 1982. Duane had a love for music, singing in college productions, barbershop quartets, and the church choir. He is survived by Raynell, his beloved wife of 62 years, his children, Mark Lewis of Hoquiam, WA and Nancy Lewis of Spokane Valley, WA, and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Ephrata Methodist Church, 117 C. ST. N.W., Ephrata, WA 98823 or to the Ephrata Kiwanis Club, PO Box 451, Ephrata, WA 98823.

Losh

2013

Jeanette Florence (Hippler) Losh (92) of Westerville, Ohio passed away peacefully on September 12, 2013. Jeanette was a dedicated homemaker. She is survived by her husband, Linus Losh who retired as an economist from the Soil Conservation Service in 1980. Also surviving are her children, Clifford (Shakamah) of New York City and Lynnette (Lynn) Eisentrout of Minerva Park, Ohio; and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any contributions be made to the Little Sisters of Charity or the St. Vincent of DePaul Society.

Lovering

2013

Ruth J. Lovering (98) of Grand Rapids, Wisconsin widow of Warren N. Lovering, O.D., passed away January 16, 2013, from complications of influenza. She graduated from the Maine School of Commerce, now Husson College, in 1933. From 1955-1971, she was employed as a secretary at Dow Air Force Base, Bangor, Maine. When the base closed, she worked for SCS in Bangor as the State Conservationist’s secretary, retiring in 1979. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Victoria (David) Henke, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Loverock

2013

Mary Jane Loverock (92) of Syracuse, New York passed away on May 29, 2013 with her family by her side. Mary Jane retired from USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1983 as a secretary to the soil scientists in NY. She is predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Raymond. She is also survived by nine children, 18 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Ludwick

2013

James Chester Ludwick (82) of Chickasha, Oklahoma passed away on June 10, 2013 in Norman. He was a member of the 1947-1948 OHS State Championship football team. James attended Oklahoma A&M for two years before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1952 and served as a Radar Specialist in the Korean War. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1958 with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for over 30 years and retired in 1990 as hydrologist at the Chickasha Watershed Planning Office. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Jimmie Ludwick of the home, two daughters and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma at 2123 N. Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73106.

Madden

2013

Robert (Bob) Joseph Madden (79) of Kennewick, Washington passed away on December 16, 2013. He graduated from Couer d’Alene High School, Idaho in 1953. He was employed briefly with the National Guard, the Bureau of Public Roads and the USDA Forest Service before joining the Soil Conservation Service with a long career as an Engineering Technician. Bob worked in the Columbia Basin area of Washington earning many honorable citations for his engineering skills. He retired from the SCS in 1993. His wives Carla and Eileen preceded him in death. He is survived by a son, John Madden, of Portland, Oregon, and a daughter, Susan Hottel, of Kennewick, Washington; three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Magee

2013

Tom Magee (43) passed away on November 2, 2013. Tom is the son of member Ann Magee of Media, PA. Ann retired in 2004 as a computer specialist with NRCS.

Mantell

2013

Leigh Douglas Mantell (71) of Nashport, Ohio passed away on December 26, 2013. Leigh retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service after having worked as a District Conservationist in Putnam and Perry Counties in Ohio and as a WAE in Licking County. Leigh was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University, Stockbridge School of Agriculture at University of Massachusetts. He served our Country in the U.S. Army. Leigh is survived by his loving wife Linda Cz Mantell; two sons, Stephen (Maura) Mantell of Dresden and Matthew (Angee) Mantell of Medina and one granddaughter.

Marcum

2013

Elva Marcum (87) passed away on August 26, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the wife of Robert H. Marcum, retired KY SCS Area Conservationist (AC), and mother of Thomas (Tom) Marcum, retired KY NRCS State Resource Conservationist. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Park United Methodist Church, 645 East High Street, Lexington, Kentucky  40502. www.milwardfuneral.com

Martin

2013

Member Mary I. Martin (65) passed away on November 17, 2013, in Hillsboro, Oregon.  At the time of her death, Mary was on the IT staff at the NRCS West National Technology Support Center in Portland.

Martin

2013

Charles W. (Charlie) Martin (83) of Stanford, Kentucky passed away on November 27, 2013. He was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. He retired as a district conservationist with the Soil Conservation Service with 34 years of service. He was also a soil and water conservation district conservation board member in Lincoln County (Stanford, KY). Charlie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lou Martin; two sons David Martin (Kimberley) of Mansfield, Ohio and Joe Martin (Tanya) of Lexington, KY; a daughter, Kim Dampier (John) of Nicholasville, KY; and seven grandchildren. He enjoyed beekeeping and once was named Kentucky Beekeeper of the Year.

Matheny

2013

Honorary Member Eden “Buzz” Matheny (96) of Ardmore, Oklahoma passed away on June 24, 2013. Buzz earned a Junior College degree at Cameron Junior College in Lawton, Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Buzz finished flight school in Pensacola, Florida and served in the Aleutian Islands and South Pacific in World War II as a Lieutenant Commander in the U. S. Navy. In 1979 Buzz retired from a career with the Soil Conservation Service. He and his wife, Velma had lived in the Ardmore, Oklahoma area since 1962. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Velma Matheny of the home in Ardmore, Oklahoma; a sister, Bonnie Lawrence, Palm Springs, California; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mathiews

2013

Ronald Mathiews (75) of McAlester, Oklahoma passed away on January 26, 2013. He retired as a soil conservation technician in 1993. His last assignment was in Eufaula, where he lived for 20 years. He also served a 10-year enlistment in the Oklahoma National Guard. He was a bluegrass guitarist and also hosted a bluegrass show on the local radio stations in McAlester and Eufaula. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nena Mathiews, of the home; three daughters, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Mays

2013

Rodney J. Mays (80) of Quentin, Pennsylvania passed away on May 23, 2013 (on his 80th birthday) in his residence. Jim was not recovering well from the second stroke which paralyzed his entire left side. He was the husband of the late Imogene "Jean" Roark Mays. He was a graduate of Millersville State College and retired as an economist for the Department of Agriculture. He served in the U. S. Army as a helicopter mechanic at Ft. Benning, GA from 1953 to 1955 and in the Army Reserve from 1955 to 1963. He was a great supporter of Jubilee Ministries and held his missions trip to Haiti near to his heart. He is survived by two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Jubilee Ministries, 235 S. 12th St., Lebanon, PA 17042.

McCook

2013

Danny McCook (69) passed away suddenly January 25, 2013 while on vacation in south Texas. He was a graduate of Texas Tech, and got his masters from the University of Nebraska. A nationally respected geotechnical engineer, Danny was also a valued mentor to many in his field. He retired from NRCS after 43 years of service and worked as a consultant until the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, Danny would have wanted everyone to spend more time with their families, tithe to their spiritual center, and consider organ donation (as he did). Danny loved old country music; playing gospel hymns on the piano; Harmony Fellowship; and dove hunting with his family. Survivors include his wife, Penny; children, Danna Luter, Clay McCook (Tessa), and Keith McCook (Kristina); step children Christy McGuire (Carson), and John Capes; six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

McGill

2013

Dan McClure McGill (78) of Gainesville, Georgia passed away on August 30, 2013 at his residence. Dan was a graduate of Clemson University earning both B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Agriculture Engineering. He began his career in the field of civil engineering in 1960 with the USDA, Soil Conservation Service in Spartanburg, SC. In 1963, Dan transferred within SCS to Carrollton, GA, later to Canton, GA, and from 1965 to 1967 he was headquartered in Athens, GA, and from 1967 to 1969 he was located in Gainesville, GA. Dan is survived by his wife, Margie S. McGill, sons and daughters in law, Dan (Lee) McGill, Jr. and John (Angie) Timothy McGill, a grandson, and a granddaughter.

Meinders

2013

Hadley Meinders (90) of Norman, Oklahoma passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2013. Hadley's first job was as a soils laboratory technician for the Soil Conservation Service. He later worked as a Soil Scientist in Guymon, then as soil conservationist in Chickasha, Shawnee, and finally Purcell and Norman, where Hadley retired in 1980. Hadley attended Oklahoma A&M College 1941-43 and 1946-49. He graduated with a B.S. and Master's in Agronomy. From January 1943 until December 8, 1945, Hadley served in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet in World War II. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal. He was truly part of America's "Greatest Generation." Hadley was widowed in January 1987. He began volunteering for the American Cancer Society soon thereafter, driving cancer patients to their treatments, and for the Norman hospital, where he was a volunteer until retiring in December 2012. He was recognized as the Cleveland County Red Cross Volunteer of the Year for his years of compassionate work. He is survived by his daughter, Teresa Meinders (Robert) Burkett; and his son, John (Lori) Meinders, and their two children.

Menear

2013

Raymond Calvin Menear (71) of Tunnelton, West Virginia passed away on December 20, 2013. He was retired from (Sheidow Bronze), Matthews International. He is survived by his wife Marlene (Bucklew) Menear; his two children and two grandchildren. Marlene is a retired editor with NRCS who worked in the Soil Survey Section of the State Office. Ray was also the nephew of Walter “Bud” Menear who once served as SCS’s mechanic.

Meyer

2013

Gloria Mae Meyer (92) of Mascoutah, Kansas passed away on November 25, 2013. Gloria is survived by her husband of 74 years, Lawrence E. Meyer who retired as a Construction Inspector from the Overbrook Watershed Project Office in 1977. Additional survivors include one son, one daughter, six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Milbradt

2013

Member Thomas August Milbradt (82) of Lakewood, Colorado passed away February 10, 2013. He spent two years with the Army, including 14 months in Korea. During his time in Korea, he was awarded two Bronze Service Stars and a United Nations Service Medal. In January 1953 Tom enrolled in Agricultural Engineering at what was then North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, North Dakota. Tom graduated with a BS in Agricultural Engineering, and wanting to work with farmers, began working with SCS in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1957. From 1963 to 1971, he was the Area Engineer for a 12 county area in southern Minnesota. In July 1971, Tom accepted the position of Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Colorado. He held this position until retiring in December 1989. Tom married Darlene Meta Meckola, who survives, on September 16, 1955. To this union were born Margery (Brian) Hoag, Gail (Mike) Prinzi, Gary Milbradt, and Laura (Greg) Prinzi, and two grandchildren. Gifts of love can be given to Concordia Lutheran Church - Missions or Landscape Fund, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or Bethlehem Lutheran School - Tuition Assistance Fund.

Miller

2013

Member Marjorie Ann (Marge) Miller (76) of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away at her home January 22, 2013. She retired form SCS in April 1994 with more than 36 years of service. She was secretary to Iowa’s State Conservationists. Marge received the ARCSE Presidential Award for Community Service in 2008 for her many hours of community service. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Don (Dee) Miller, a nephew Curt (Sarah) Miller and their children, Jack and Colin; her niece, Julie Nitchie and her children, Landon, Liam, Grayson and Ruby. Memorial contributions may be made to Sheldahl United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at www.adamssodstrum.com.

Miller

2013

Darhol M. Miller (77) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on November 10, 2013. Darhol is survived his loving wife of 58 years, Beverly, an ARCSE member who retired from the SCS state office personnel staff in 1994. Also surviving are his daughter, Deborah (Philip) Trent; three grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Moore

2013

Joe Damon Moore (78) passed away at his home in Gustine, Texas on September 23, 2013. Joe served thirty-one years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, working in Marshall, Jacksboro, Eastland, Stephenville and Terrell. He retired after working in Temple as State Agronomist.

Moran

2013

Senior Conservationist Kyle Leroy Moran (90) of Westerville, Ohio passed away on May 19, 2013 after a period of declining health. He graduated from Kansas State University class of 1951 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and was a member of Acacia Fraternity. Kyle worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Kansas and Ohio for 25 years, retiring in 1975 as the Assistant State Conservation Engineer and then 10 years with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He was a veteran of World War II, Army Air Corps, and then a member of Kansas National Guard finishing his service with the rank of Warrant Officer. He was a founding member of Westerville Bible Church and a guiding force and tireless worker at Peniel Bible Camp and a life time member of the Masonic Order. He served as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster 15 years. Kyle is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Jane (Beaver); children, Nick (Wanda) of Cincinnati, OH, Ellen Moran (Tom) Clark of Greenville, SC, Gretchen Moran (Steve) Barnes of Westerville, OH, Mike (Pam) Moran of Galena, OH and Tim Moran of Stanfield, NC; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Kyle would appreciate donations to Peniel Bible Camp, 3260 Ohio Route 314, Fredericktown, OH 43019.

Moran

2013

Patricia Moran (83) of Champaign, Illinois passed away on April 21, 2013 at home. Patricia worked for Soil Conservation Service until her retirement. She married Joseph Moran on Nov. 26, 1955. She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include one son, Thomas (Gloria) Moran of Ann Arbor, MI; one daughter, Janet (Bill) Plotner of Champaign; and two grandchildren. She had been a parishioner at St. Matthew Catholic Church since its inception. She was devoted to her weekly Eucharistic Adoration. Memorials may be made to The High School of St. Thomas More (3901 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61822) or to St. Matthew Catholic Church (1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821).

Murray

2013

Senior Conservationist Glen E. Murray (91) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away peacefully on September 19, 2013. He was a graduate of Harvard and retired in 1980 from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a State Conservationist. He was a World War II veteran who served with the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific. Glen was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret B. Murray and a son, Mark Murray. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda M. Courtney (Robert) and his granddaughter, Caitlin M. Courtney. A private memorial service will be held at Walnut Hill Church on a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Lexington Humane Society or Alzheimer’s Research at UK Med Center.

Nelson

2013

Senior Conservationist Edwin L. (Lee) Nelson (96) of the Seattle and Carnation, Washington areas, passed away on December 22, 2013. Lee grew up in Council Grove, Kansas, attending a one-room schoolhouse through high school. In 1944 he married his college sweetheart, Gloria Spiegel. Lee graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He was a Veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army Air Force, predecessor of the U.S. Air Force, as a Navigator and Navigator instructor. He flew on many missions from Guam to Japan and was on the last mission of WWII when they received word of the Japanese surrender. Lee joined the Soil Conservation Service and worked in several areas of the Columbia Basin, and also developed an irrigated farm as part of the Bureau of Reclamation Project. He moved to Spokane in the early 60s, later retiring in 1976 from the state office as an engineer on the Watershed and River Basin Planning team. Lee is survived by his four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Nesbitt

2013

Honorary Life Member and Senior Conservationist Gordon R. Nesbitt (91) of Groton, New York passed away on January 26, 2013. With 30 years of service, Gordon retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1979 as a District Conservationist.  He proudly served the Army Air Corps during World War II servicing B29s as an avionics technician. After his military service, he attended and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in agronomy.  Gordon was a part-time farmer from 1952 until 2012, and loved his farm in Groton. He was an active member of the Lansing Methodist Church for many years. Margaret and Gordon enjoyed spending winters in Roswell, N.M., for many years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Margaret; five children, Melanie Mackey (Walter),Cocoa Beach, Fla., Mary Sloan (Daniel), Gilbertsville, Celeste Ryan (Tecumsah), Cooperstown, David Nesbitt, Tampa, Fla., and Nancy Nesbitt, Anaheim, Calif.; daughters-in-law, Molly and Susan; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sons, Gordon Jr. and Leslie Nesbitt; and one grandson, Eric Nesbitt.

Nestrud

2013

Senior Conservationist Lorne Maynard Nestrud (96) of Papillion, Nebraska passed away on July 21, 2013. He graduated from SDSC at Brookings, SD with a BS in Agronomy and Economics. Lorne became a US Army Captain in WWII from 1942-1945. He was in the Army European Theater of Operations with the 94th Division, 1st Battalion, 376th Infantry Regiment. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronz Star in 1945. Lorne worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist. He worked in Sioux Falls and Mobridge, SD and then Newton, IA. He retired after 36 years of service. Lorne was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie. Surviving family include daughters Penny (Norman) Bower and Barbara (Lynn) Lueder, 6 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Noll

2013

Natalie M. Noll (94) passed away on August 17, 2013. She married John “Jake” Noll on October 26, 1946. Jake was the Pennsylvania State Soil Scientist for SCS for many years and died in 1990. She is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Md. with a Bachelor's degree in history. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.

Osterson

2013

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist George Nels Osterson (98) of Clarion, Iowa and formerly of Fort Dodge, passed away March 11, 2013. George was survived by his wife of 73 years, Ireene. After graduating from Ruthven High School he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He soon was the foreman in the CCC camp. He then worked with the Bureau of Agricultural Engineering from 1937 to 1939. George was a conservation technician for the Soil Conservation Service and took a leave of absence to enlist in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Belvoir where he became a sergeant and trained new recruits. After his honorable discharge George later was assigned to Coshocton, OH. This is where he helped establish a training center to teach new SCS employees. He acted as the assistant training officer at the research station in Coshocton. This training covered employees in 22 states. While in Ohio and as a member of the American Legion, George was commander of Post 65 and a district commander in Ohio. He then was relocated to Upper Darby, PA and later to the SCS office in Washington, DC as the safety officer. In the Washington SCS office George was awarded the "Outstanding Employee" award presented by Mr. Butts, the Secretary of Agriculture. After forty-two years with the federal government, George decided to retire. George was a recognized trainer, having made an invaluable contribution to the career development of thousands of employees.

Overholt

2013

Betty Jane Overholt (90) of Dublin, Ohio passed away January 10, 2013. She was married to her husband of 68 years, David Philip Overholt who passed away in 2011. David retired as Director of Conservation Operations for SCS. Betty graduated from Michigan State University in 1943 and later received her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the Univ. of Illinois. Betty is survived by her children Jon (Brigitte) of Fair Oaks, CA, Kristine (Steve) of Clinton, NY, Melissa (Patrik) of Columbus, OH, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. People are encouraged to support a library of their choice.

Pate

2013

Senior Conservationist Preston "Pres" Parks Pate (88) of LaGrange, North Carolina passed away on August 13, 2013, at his residence. Following service in the US Navy during WWII, Pres began a long and distinguished career as a Soil Conservation Technician with the Soil Conservation Service in Greene County. He was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church, the American Legion Shirley Hill Post 94, and a retired member of the Snow Hill Fire Department. Pres is survived by his wife of 70 years, Geraldine Joyner Pate; a son, Preston (Pat) Pate, Jr. of Morehead City; a daughter, Hilda Pate Barrow of Greenville; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Bethel UMC, c/o Jackie Overby, 126 Point Shore Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534. Online condolences may be made at www.taylor-tyson.com.

Patterson

2013

William “Bill” Patterson (79) passed away, September 15, 2013, at Jane Phillips Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Bill graduated Kansas State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. During his college education, he took voluntary induction into the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Bill worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now named the Natural Resources Conservation Service) for 25 years in Burlington, Dodge City and Salina, Kansas—ending his career as their Nebraska Assistant State Conservationist in Lincoln, Nebraska. He served as President of the Caney School Board, served on the Sedan Watershed Board, and also served on several committees at the Caney Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret "Peg" Alice Howard in 1994. Bill is survived by his wife, Roma, two daughters, and a stepson, and 7 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Caney United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the care of Potts Chapel of Caney, Kansas.

Patterson

2013

Bill Patterson (79) of Caney, Kansas passed away on September 15th, 2013. Bill was the Assistant State Conservationist for Watersheds in Nebraska and later the Midwest NTC Water Resources Specialist. He also served as interim Director of the MNTC and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Payne

2013

James E. Payne (93) of Baxley, Georgia passed away on December 4, 2013. He retired as Area Engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. James was a 1941 graduate of the University of Georgia earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering. He also served during WWII with the Army Air Force. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Baxley and Jackson, GA for 67 years and held several positions including Lt. Governor for the 12th District of Georgia. His wife, Martha H. Payne, precedes him in death. He survived by his daughter, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Pederson

2013

Robert D. Pederson (68) of Wellsville, New York passed away in his home on November 5, 2013 following a courageous battle with cancer for the past 2.5 years. He was a veteran of the Air Force. Bob was in federal service for 36 years and spent 27 years of his career in Allegany County as the District Conservationist. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Susan; son, Steven (Dana) Pederson of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Beth Pederson of Wellsville; and two granddaughters.  Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

Peterson

2013

Dale R. Peterson (57) of Portage, Wisconsin passed away on December 5, 2013. Dale worked as a soil conservation technician for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 32 years. He was a member of CrossPoint Assembly of God, where he served as a deacon. Dale was lead guitarist and vocals for Prairie Smoke Bluegrass Band. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Peterson of Portage; three children and two grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace Hospice, Fitchburg.

Pitts

2013

William Edward Pitts (98) of Cadillac, Michigan passed away on October 8, 2013 at his home. William graduated, with high honors, from Michigan State College (now University) in 1938. After graduation, he joined the Michigan Department of Forestry. William answered his country’s call in 1942, volunteering for the Army Air Corps. He was deployed overseas in 1943, serving as a part of the 13th Air Force in China, Burma, India theatre. He served as communications officer for the 528th fighter squadron, a part of the fabled Flying Tigers. In the course of his wartime service he “flew the hump” from Northern Burma, up over the Himalayan Mountains into Southern China. His decorations included the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with three bronze stars. After his return, William continued his service in the U.S. Air Force reserve, retiring in 1975 as a Lt. Colonel. He joined the Soil Conservation Service in 1948. He moved, with his family, back to Cadillac in 1950. William served as Soil Conservationist for Wexford and Missaukee counties until his retirement in 1975. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 72 years; two sons, William and Eric; daughter in laws, Dana and Mary; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Piwowar

2013

Member Thaddeus "Ted" Piwowar (78) of Allegan, Michigan passed away on August 24, 2013. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1957. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a captain. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus for the past 48 years. Ted worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for more than 38 years, retiring in 1991 as a District Conservationist. During retirement he worked for the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy for 20 years. Surviving are his wife, Dolores; his four children, Regina, John, Matthew, and Teresa; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren

Pohl

2013

Bill Pohl (83) of West Frankfort, Illinois passed away on June 29, 2013. Bill graduated from University of Illinois in 1957. He worked at several locations in Illinois and retired as a District Conservationist at Benton Field Office in 1986 with 35 years of service with SCS. His wife of 55 years, Rita, preceded him in death in 2012. Bill is survived by two daughters, Billie Jo (Mark) Holycross and Anita Greer and one son, Patrick, 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Porter

2013

Dorothy R. Porter (94) of Cavalier, ND, passed away on September 14, 2013, at the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla, ND. She is the wife of former Cavalier DC Joe Porter, who died in 1986. She is survived by daughters, Lynda (Ray) Parnell of Wonder Lake, IL, Marilee (James) Erickson of Cavalier, Laurelie (Steve) Baasch of Page, ND, 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was a son Larry Glenn Porter.

Quam

2013

Sigurd R. Quam (95) of Gretna formerly of Fairbury, Nebraska passed away February 3, 2013 from complications of Influenza A. He retired as a soil conservation technician with SCS. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen. Survivors include his four daughters, seven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. Military Honors by American Legion & VFW of Gretna. Memorials to St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Gretna, St. Michael's Church of Fairbury, or American Red Cross.

Rasely

2013

Robert C. Rasely (64) passed away due to natural causes February 1, 2013. Bob started his geology career, working with the Bureau of Reclamation for two years in South Dakota. His career in SCS/NRCS started in Indianapolis, Indiana. Then he served as the State Geologist in Salt Lake City, Utah for about 24 years. Bob retired in 2005 with 30 years of service to the US Government. Bob was famous for his incredible Geological Field Tours of Utah. His shared knowledge was fascinating. He was also noted for his geological expertise for save & sound design and construction. After retiring in 2005, he and wife Vicki continued to live in Salt Lake City.

Reh

2013

Judith Ann Reh (74) of Salina, Kansas passed away on November 28, 2013.  Judy was the spouse of John Reh who retired from the Salina SO as Assistant State Conservationist (Water Resources) in January 1992. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, John; a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Judy has requested memorials to the Salina Child Care Association in lieu of flowers.

Richards

2013

William Stevenson "Steve" Richards (59) of Circleville, Ohio passed away on July 29, 2013, at his home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve leaves behind a wife, Loribeth Kowalski; his parents, William “Bill” (Former SCS Chief) and Grace Richards; and two brothers. Steve was a graduate of The Ohio State University. Memorial contributions may be made to Berger Hospice, 1170 N. Court Street, Ste. B, Circleville, Ohio 43113; or D.A.S.H. Animal Rescue, 13525 Hoover Rd., Ashville, Ohio 43103.

Riese

2013

Stephen Leslie Riese (59) of The Dalles, Oregon passed away on November 10, 2013 from complications associated with leukemia. He attended Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska and graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Forest Management in 1977. Stephen served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Chad from 1977-1979. He was a soil conservationist for the USDA-NRCS in Salem, Moro, Condon, Tangent, and The Dalles, Oregon. Stephen is survived by his wife of 31 years Karen Riese, two sons and two daughters. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Mark Allen Riese.

Rogers

2013

Hattye "Jo" Rogers (84) of Terrell, Texas passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013. She is survived by her husband of over 63 years, Joe T. Rogers, a retired engineer with the Soil Conservation Service. Also surviving are three sons, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Rogers' honor to the First Baptist Church in Terrell, 403 N. Catherine, Terrell, TX, 75160.

Rogers

2013

George Rogers passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013. His service was Tuesday, July 2nd at 2:00 PM at The First Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Mrs. George (Hattie) Rogers, 220 E. Hwy 190, San Saba, TX 76877-7739 -Phone: (325) 372-3321 and e-mail: grogers1950@gmail.com.

Ross

2013

Marvin E. "Tobe" Ross (83) Ottawa, Kansas passed away on May 1, 2013, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, M. Darlene Ross who retired from SCS as the Office Automation Assistant at the Lake Region RC&D in Ottawa, Kansas. Tobe served in the U.S. Army as a radio technician during the Korean War from April 1951 to April 1953. Survivors also include his daughter, two sons and four grandchildren.  

Ross

2013

James C. Ross (90) of Campbellsville, Kentucky passed away on December 16, 2013. He was a veteran of World War II having served his country honorably in the United States Army and retired at the rank of major. He was a retired soil scientist with Soil Conservation Service. His wife, Fay Roeder preceded him in death in1986. He is survived by one son and one daughter: Richard Ross (Mary Lou Fay) of Douglasville, GA and Donna Ross Carter (Joe) of Frankfort, KY; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Rozsa

2013

Senior Conservationist Gabriel Rozsa (91) of Wintersville, Ohio passed away on August 6, 2013. Gabriel was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where he taught CCD classes for 30 years. He retired in 1986 as a soil conservation technician from the former USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was the father of Jefferson SWCD District Administrator Irene Moore. Gabriel is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene (Laposki) Rozsa and ten children: Irene Moore (Dale) of Hopedale, Patricia Cornelius of Greer, SC, Mary Lou Linville (John) Franklinton, NC, Helen Grimm (Jerry) of Steubenville, OH, Gabriel Rozsa (Ginny) of Wooster, OH and Veszprem, Hungary, Catherine Woods (Ed) of Bloomingdale, James Rozsa (Beth) of Harrisburg, NC, John Rozsa (Liz) of Orchard Park, NY, Kevin Rozsa (Debbie) of Silver Lake, OH, Lisa Poole of Wintersville, OH. Also, James E. Brundage (Hinckley, OH), a very special member of this family, 25 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren. Gabriel was Farmer Brown on the former wstv radio show. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Central High School, Lanman Hall Renovations, 320 West View, Steubenville. Offer condolences, www.mostifuneralhome.com.

Runnels

2013

Denny Runnels of Tulsa, Oklahoma passed away April 1, 2013. He was the only son of Dan & Sharon Runnels. Dan served in various positions with NRCS in Oklahoma, Illinois, Montana, and Texas and retired from Washington, DC as the Deputy Chief for Management. If you would like to send condolences, Dan & Sharon's mailing address is:  16063 Slick Rd., Kellyville, OK  74039.

Sauer

2013

Life Member Elmer Frank Sauer (81) of Palmetto, Florida passed away of an unexpected illness on July 23, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores; sons, G. Michael Bryner (wife Asita) of Weston and Matthew E. Sauer (wife Nicole) of Palmetto and predeceased daughter Cheryl Bryner of Harless, and three grandchildren. Elmer served in the 3rd Infantry Battalion, presidential honor guard, Ft. Myer, VA. He received his bachelor's degree in Soil Science and Agriculture from the University of Maryland in 1957. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in Baltimore, MD. After serving as an Area Conservationist in MD and NJ, he served as an AC in Palmetto until his retirement in 1994 with 39 years of service. Elmer and his wife created their personal scholarship program called PROMISE and contributed more than 15 scholarships to graduates from Palmetto High, encouraging further education in Florida colleges and universities, and also established several four-year scholarships to Take Stock in Children. He was a guardian ad litem for several years in Bradenton and a mentor to children and caregivers going through the court process. Memorials may be made in his name to The Therese Gerda Sauer Scholarship Fund State College of Florida, Take Stock in Children, The Humane Society of Manatee County, Tidewell Hospice, or Meals on Wheels.

Sawyer

2013

Norman L. Sawyer (77) of Topeka, Kansas passed away on July 5, 2013, at Plaza West Care Center. He graduated from KSU with a BS in agriculture in 1958. Norman worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 36 years before retiring in 1994 as a resource conservationist (IPA) for Northeast Kansas headquartered in Topeka with the State Conservation Commission. He then worked for Shawnee County Soil Conservation District for eight years. Norman is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail, three daughters, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To leave a message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com

Schmeichel

2013

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Norman E. Schmeichel (96) of Two Rivers, Wisconsin passed away October 3, 2013. He was eight days shy of age 97. He was currently residing at Northland Lodge in Two Rivers, where he had lived for the past 5 years. Norman graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1939 with a degree in Agriculture and Soil Science. He received a Commission from the Officers Candidate School in 1942. Norman served in the Army Air Corp as a Chemical Warfare Officer in the 4th Air Force where he attained the rank of Captain during World War II. He remained in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #165 of Two Rivers. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Elda in 1999 and daughter Jane in 2003. Norman worked for the US Soil Conservation Service for 41 years, retiring in 1981. He held the office of District Conservationist in Manitowoc County. He was also a lifetime member of the Izaak Walton League and was awarded the Rahr Diamond Award for his activities and promotion of conservation. Norman studied under Professor Aldo Leopold at UW Madison. Norman was a longtime member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Two Rivers, where he served a number of years on the church council including a term as council president. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Robert (Susan) Schmeichel of Neenah; three grandchildren, four great grandsons, four step grandchildren & nine step great grandchildren. Memorials in Norman's name may be made to the donor's choice.

Shreve

2013

Member Dixie Lee Shreve (82) of St. Albans, West Virginia passed away on September 28, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital, Charleston. On August 9, 1953 he married Marion Madeline Balli at Buckwheat Church, near Pickens, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2007. He is survived by two sons, Timothy (Debra) Shreve of Broken Arrow, OK, and Daniel Shreve of Charleston; two daughters, Lois Shreve of St. Albans and Ruth (James) Durr of Anchorage, Alaska; seven grandsons, four granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, and one great-grandson, and a special friend, Dorothy Varner of St. Albans. Dixie graduated WVU in 1953 and was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist of St. Albans. He was a career employee for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, beginning in 1951 as a student trainee. During his 36-year career with the SCS, Dixie headed the field offices at Parkersburg and Keyser, organized the Great Kanawha RC&D area in Ripley. He was district conservationist in Charleston and assistant state resource conservationist in the Morgantown office. While attending WVU he entered the ROTC program and served two years in the Army, obtaining the rank of first lieutenant. During his retirement, Dixie continued his passion for working the land by growing many fruits and vegetables, and in 1995 he was crowned Strawberry King in the West Virginia Strawberry Festival. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Mount Rupert Church, c/o Sandy Ireland, Treasurer, 69 Rogers Lane, Buckhannon, WV 26201. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.polingstclair.com.

Siegenthaler

2013

Frieda N. Siegenthaler (85) of West Liberty, Ohio passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013. On November 24, 1946, she married Vaughn Leland Siegenthaler, retired Soil Scientist with the Soil Conservation Service in west central, Ohio. He preceded her in death on January 23, 1991. Surviving are three sons, two daughters, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1013 E. Lawn Ave., Urbana, OH 43078.

Sites

2013

Billie Jean Sites of Norman, OK passed away on January 8, 2013. She is survived by her husband, George who retired as an engineer with SCS in the late 1980’s. Also surviving are two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Donations in her honor may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter, 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK 74137-4250 or online at www.alz.org. For online condolences, visit primrosefuneralservice.com.

Slagh

2013

Vernon Slagh (69) of Lincoln, North Dakota passed away on June 24, 2013. He worked at SCS/NRCS in Emmons County, Linton, ND, retiring in 2006. He is survived by his wife Alice, Lincoln, ND; one son, Jeff of Atlanta, GA; two step-children; and three step-grandchildren.

Smead

2013

Member Gregory Hobart Smead (67) of Barrington, New Hamphire passed away on October 8, 2013 at his home. Greg graduated from UMass Amherst, with a BS in Civil Engineering. He was a 28 year Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, most recently a Lieutenant Colonel with the 157th USF National Guard at Pease. He worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA) as a Civil Engineer (Watershed Planning) for 35 years. Greg was a member of the New England Water Resources Planning Staff (NEWRPS), retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Barrington American Legion and a member of the NRA. Gregory leaves behind Coleen, his wife of 43 years. Other immediate family survivors include two children and a grandson. In lieu of flowers the family requests you make a donation to the following: Barrington Community Food Pantry, Po Box 617, Barrington, N.H., 03825; or to Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Lung Cancer Research, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, Mass. 02445.

Stringer

2013

Freddie Charles Stringer (66) of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away on May 17, 2013 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Fred graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1970 from the University of Arkansas. He was a Project Engineer and RC& D Coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He retired in 2009 after 43 years of service. Fred leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Lea Stringer of the home; a daughter, a son, and a grandson. Memorials may be made to the Hon Cemetery Fund, c/o Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 358, Waldron, Arkansas 72958.

Stroesenreuther

2013

Member Neil William Stroesenreuther (82) of Baraboo, Wisconsin (formerly of Lansing, Michigan) passed away on October 3, 2013. Neil retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1989 as the State Soil Scientist in Michigan. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 38 years and retired with the rank of CWO4 after serving time in Korea. Neil was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Baraboo as well as St. John's Lutheran Church and Shepherd of the Hills in Lansing. Survivors include his children, Patricia (Martin) Strobel of Baraboo, James (Veronica) Stroesenreuther of Tarzana, CA; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeannette and daughter, Jean.

Tegner

2013

Helen Jean Tegner (92) of Beaverton, Oregon passed away on April 15, 2013. Helen was the wife of Robert Tegner, Public Relations Specialist in Spokane, Washington. Bob passed away in 1993. She is survived by her sons: Doug (wife Nancy), Tom (wife Becky), Ron (wife Lois), and Harold (wife Cindie). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society

Titchner

2013

Member John C. Titchner (71) of Shelburne, Vermont passed away suddenly February 8, 2013. He started his own farming operation at age 13, earned a degree in Agronomy from Cornell University, and joined SCS. He earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and retired in 2001 after 20 years as the State Conservationist for Vermont. John's tenor voice enriched numerous singing groups. John's other lifelong passion was trains - toy ones he could collect, display and run around tracks in the family room. John is survived by his mother, Ruth Huff of Jamestown, NY; his wife, Sandy; two children, daughter, Tracy Titchner and husband, Jim Lawson, of Essex, and son, Christopher Titchner of Raleigh, N.C.; and three granddaughters. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in John's memory may be made to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540; or the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, PO Box 566, Waitsfield, VT 05673.