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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 Paul Benedict at soilwarden@verizon.net to report recent In Memoriam notices.

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Last updated 5/4/2021

 

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In Memoriam, By Year, then Alphabetically by Last Name

2021

Ahern

Maurice “Mike” Eugene Ahern (91), of Salina, Kansas, passed away at his home surrounded by family on February 5, 2021. Mike was born on the family farm in Brookings, South Dakota on January 12, 1930 to Francis and Evangeline (Phillips) Ahern. He graduated from Brookings High School where he lettered in basketball and track, placed first in State in the mile, and was the bantamweight amateur boxing champion of Eastern South Dakota. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from South Dakota State University. Mike took R.O.T.C. training while attending college, then served in the military in Korea and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Following his military service, he taught Agriculture in Doland, SD. He began his career for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1956. Mike married the love of his life, Margery (Levins) in Clear Lake, SD on June 9, 1956. He worked in Yankton, South Dakota; Plankinton, South Dakota; Huron, South Dakota; and eventually Salina, Kansas where he worked until his retirement. After retirement, Mike enjoyed spending his free time on the golf course. Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Margery; five children, Michael (Patty) Ahern, Lawrence, Kansas; James Ahern, Rapid City, South Dakota; Tricia Wilcox, Wichita, Kansas; Terry (Nikki) Ahern, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; and Mary Ann (Ryan) Foxhoven, Topeka, Kansas; and nine grandchildren that he adored.

2021

Atherton

Rosemary Ruth Atherton (71) of Marysville, Ohio passed away unexpectedly February 15, 2021 following a short illness. She was the wife of retired USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservation Engineer Bruce Atherton. Rosemary was born September 16, 1949 to Reverend Lemoyne Thomas (Tom) Collum and Grace Turner Collum. She attended Ohio State University and later completed her degree from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. She worked at several banks and other businesses and was secretary at the Huron Soil and Water Conservation District in Norwalk, Ohio, for 13 years. In addition to her husband Bruce, Rosemary is survived by daughter Gwen Adkins of St. Joseph, Michigan.

2021

Baker

Kenneth Ray Baker (81) of Bazine, Kansas, passed away on March 21, 2021 at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas. He was born on December 15, 1939 in Ava, Missouri the son of Manferd and Nadine (Bell) Baker. He married Louise Schriock on June 4, 1961, in Bazine, Kansas. Kenneth was a conservation technician for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 27 years from 1968 to 1995. He began farming in 1986. He loved farming and especially working with farmers. He was a member of the Bazine City Council, Wet Walnut Watershed Board, and the Bazine Coop Board. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bazine and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scott City. Survivors include his wife, Louise Baker of Bazine; 2 sons, Terry (Carolyn) Baker of Wichita, Kansas and Roger (Connie) Baker of Bazine; 5 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Ann Baker.

2021

Baugh

William M. Baugh (76) of Grandview, Missouri, passed away March 17, 2021 at his home. He was born in Goochland County, Virginia on November 27, 1944 to the union of Mack D. Baugh and Reacie Barrett Baugh. After graduating High School, William joined the United States Air Force. William married Marian Geneva Flowers on June 27, 1965 at Second Baptist Church in Ottumwa Iowa. William was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as a Deacon and member of the church choir. He pursued a career with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 35 years, where he retired at the age of 55. He worked in Iowa field offices in Ottumwa, Burlington, Wapello, and West Union. In his free time, he loved to sing, to work in the yard and to put a smile on people’s faces. William is survived by his wife Marian, son Gerald of Ottumwa, Iowa, daughter Geneva (Bernard) Harris of North Carolina and daughter Shannon of Grandview, Missouri, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

2021

Bohl

Jack Laverne Bohl (87) of Edmond, Oklahoma passed away February 4, 2021 in Bethany, Oklahoma. Jack was born on November 14, 1933 in Chattanooga, Oklahoma to George Frederick and Medreith Myrtle (Angel) Bohl. He earned a scholarship from Oklahoma A&M in baseball and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy in 1956. Jack was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Williams on February 27, 1954 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on May 1, 2012. He served in the United States Army National Guard. Jack worked as a Soil Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Frederick, Oklahoma for 35 years before retiring in 1989 as District Conservationist. He also farmed in Comanche and Tillman Counties for many years. Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and watching sports. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He is survived by his children, Rusty Bohl of Flower Mound, Texas, YeVon Gosa (Mike) of Tipton, Oklahoma, Richie Bohl (Susan) of Edmond, Oklahoma and Sherri Green (Tim) of West Lake; eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife Shirley, he was also preceded in death by a granddaughter.

2021

Bollinger

Charles Eugene “Gene” Bollinger (84) of Tulsa, Oklahoma (formerly of Perry, Oklahoma) passed away from multiple health conditions on January 22, 2021. Gene was born to parents John and Rachel Brown Bollinger on April 23, 1936, in Perkins, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University on August 2, 1958. Gene married high school sweetheart Billie Faye Scott on December 20, 1958. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in offices across Oklahoma for 32 years, retiring as Assistant State Conservation Engineer on November 30, 1990. He started a second career as the Program Engineer for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation division in 1991 until his retirement in 2009. Gene was a good leader and was always confident about his work. He was always gracious and calm under fire. Gene was a mentor to others regarding construction projects and practices as well as dealing with contractors. He was a true professional in every sense of the word. Gene and Billie lived in Perry, Oklahoma, and enjoyed playing golf, traveling with friends, cheering on the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and spending time with their two daughters and two grandchildren. They remained married until Billie passed away unexpectedly from a brain tumor on April 24, 2008. Gene was a member of the First Baptist Church in Perry and was involved in various civic and professional organizations throughout his life. He lived in Perry until March 2019, when he moved to Tulsa to be near his daughters and grandchildren. Gene is survived by daughters Sherrie Bollinger (Ken Wehmeyer) and Susan Bollinger (Perry Terronez), granddaughter Jordan Henry, grandson Cody Key, all of Tulsa.

2021

Bowers

ARCSE Member Donald Ray Bowers (67) of Indiana, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at his home on January 22, 2021. He was the son of John William Bowers and Ruth A. (Trimpey) Bowers, born January 18, 1954 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Don was a 1975 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. He retired from the US. Department of Agricultural-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 2010. He spent over 35 years serving the farming community with conservation practices. Over his career as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in Pennsylvania he served Washington, Lancaster, Crawford, and Indiana Counties. He was also the brother of ARCSE Member William “Bill” Bowers, retired State Conservation Engineer in Pennsylvania. Don attended Calvary Presbyterian Church, Indiana. Donald’s hobbies included fishing, especially fly fishing, fly tying, golfing, wood working, and traveling with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Susan Bowman Bowers. They were married in Lewistown, PA on August 23, 1975. Don is dearly remembered by his two children Heather Bowers-Wivell (Dennis) of Taneytown, Maryland and Ryan Bowers of Archbald, Pennsylvania, and grandson Garrett Lewis Wivell, his brother William Bowers (MaryAnn) of Enola, Pennsylvania and a brother-in-law Brian Bowman (Ramona) of Springfield, VA.

2021

Braymen

Ralph Melvin Braymen (84) of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away March 6, 2021, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, after being life flighted from Shenandoah on March 3. Ralph suffered a devastating brain stem injury as the result of a fall on his tractor. He died as he lived, working outside on his beloved farm. Ralph was born February 3, 1937, in the family home in Morton Township in Page County, Iowa. His parents were the late Bert L. Braymen and Helen Winfrey Braymen. After high school Ralph served in the US Air Force as a Radio Relay Equipment Repairman. On a blind date while serving in the Air Force, Ralph met Judith Carolyn Miller of Glenn Dale, Maryland. They married two years later on January 2, 1960. Ralph and Judy farmed the 160-acre family farm. Ralph also had a 20-year career as a Soil Conservation Technician in southwest Iowa with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service); Surviving Ralph are his wife, Judith; daughter Sybil Sasaki of Fayetteville, North Carolina; son Joel Braymen (Jo Ellen) of El Paso, Texas; daughter Gail Braymen (Don Weber) of Lometa, Texas; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

2021

Cook

Sandra Kay Cook (72) of Lugoff, South Carolina passed away January 9, 2021. Sandra was born in Cumberland, Maryland, the daughter of William Russell Haese and Dorothy Bennett Haese. Mrs. Cook worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and other federal agricultural agencies for over 48 years. She was a member of Lugoff Church of God where she enjoyed going to the senior socials. Mrs. Cook loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and she loved watching her University of South Carolina Gamecocks and Washington Redskins. She also enjoyed camping, especially at the beach, and boating on Lake Wateree. Surviving are her children, Laura Branham (Mike), Susan Challender (Bob), and Kay Cook; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Ben Cook and children, Dona LeGrand, and Van Cook.

2021

Dassel-Stuke

Michael Charles Dassel-Stuke (69) of Seneca, Kansas passed away January 28, 2021, after battling lung cancer, at Advent Health Hospital of Shawnee Mission. Michael was born on November 20, 1951, to Leonard “Bud” and Cecila “Cedar” Marie Lehn Stuke. He attended Highland Community college, achieving his Associate’s Degree, then transferring to Kansas State University in Manhattan. Michael helped on the family farm during his teenage years. After graduating, he purchased a rock truck and went to work for Bennett Trucking in Seneca until 1984. He was a testing supervisor for Landoll for a year, before being employed for 26 years at NRCS (Natural Recourses Conservation Service) as a soil conservation technician, before retiring. Michael and his son, Travis, farmed up until his death. He truly loved farming. Even as his illness progressed, he continued to farm, still driving the combine last fall. Michael married Donna Dassel on July 7, 1985, at Chandler, Indiana. Michael enjoyed farming, music, coyote hunting, and all sports, especially football and NASCAR races. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his mother, Cedar Stuke of Seneca; two sons, Travis (BranDee) Stuke of Seneca and James (Amanda) Stuke of Agency, Missouri; six grandchildren and another on the way.

2021

Doehring

Norman D. Doehring (86) of Salina, Kansas passed away March 6, 2021 at home with his family by his side. Norman was born October 21, 1934 to Paul and Gladys Doehring at Hebron, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and served in the US Army. He married Leora L Ritterling on September 6, 1959 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. He retired in 1994 from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service where he worked as a soil conservationist, district conservationist, area conservationist and Deputy State Conservationist. Norm is survived by his wife Leora, and 2 sons; Kevin (Suzanne) Doehring of Liberty Missouri and Craig Doehring of Flower Mound, Texas, and four grandchildren: BreeAnne (Andy) Doehring, Brenna Doehring, Alex Doehring, and Josh Doehring.

2021

Finch

Honorary ARCSE Member Clarence Uberto Finch (95) of Fresno, California, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, at Nazareth House Fresno on February 9, 2021 surrounded by family. Clarence was born in Hanford, California on August 23, 1925 to Rose and Bert Finch. He joined the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, where he trained as a flight engineer on B-29 Bombers. His military career was cut short when he contracted tuberculosis and was hospitalized. He spent the next five years in and out of hospitals until his disease was finally in remission. Clarence attended Fresno State College, where he met and married his college sweetheart, Joyce Jones on August 16, 1952. He graduated in 1953 with a degree in agronomy. He then took a position with the United States Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service (SCS). He traveled the State of California as an area agronomist assisting farmers with soil erosion and water conservation problems for the next 38 years. After retirement in 1988, he embarked on a second career as an Earth Team volunteer with the SCS, which became the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and consulted on several experimental projects on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley of California. After his second retirement, Joyce and Clarence traveled from Alaska to the eastern seaboard. They also enjoyed time working and relaxing on their mountain timber ranch and spending time with their children. Clarence was a member of the American Legion, The Knights of Columbus, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Clarence will be remembered as a man who lived his faith. His priorities God, family and career remained constant throughout his life. The family would like to thank the Sisters and the entire staff of Fresno Nazareth House for all their help and excellent care provided. Clarence was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Joyce Finch. He is survived by his son Stephen Finch of Cambria, California, and his daughter Susan (Thurley) Heintz of Pinehurst California. A memorial service celebrating Clarence's life will be scheduled when gathering is permitted. Remembrances may be made to the Nazareth House, 2121 N First Street, Fresno, CA 93703.

2021

Foutz

Billy Lee Foutz (91) of Lenoir, North Carolina, passed away February 27, 2021, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson, North Carolina. Billy was born in Rowan County on February 5, 1930 to the late Roy Pressley and Lillian Honeycutt Foutz. Billy graduated from North Carolina State University Class of 1952 where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. In 1952 Billy married Zelma Plaster. Billy was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954 as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. Upon his return from the war, he would go on to have a successful 30-plus year career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He served as the District Conservationist in Lenoir for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, papaw, and great-papaw. Billy was known to have a green thumb. He had a live-cut Christmas tree farm in Rowan County long before tree farms became popular. He kept a huge vegetable garden even into his retirement as well as a beautiful flower garden at his home in Lenoir. Billy also was strong in his faith and a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Lenoir. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 68 years, Zelma Plaster Foutz; his three sons, Richard (Denise), Tim (Karen), and Joe (Susan); four grandchildren, Alexandria Swerbinsky (Michael), James Foutz (Taylor Baxley), Rachel Foutz (Hunter Shore), and Ben Foutz; and two great-grandsons, Henry and Sam Swerbinsky. Graveside Services with Military Honors were held on March 2, 2021 at Concordia Lutheran Church Cemetery in China Grove, North Carolina.

2021

Garrison

Wilmer Lloyd Garrison (85) of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away at his home on January 21, 2021. He was born September 8, 1935 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Wilmer P. and Mary A. (Peters) Garrison. Following high school, Lloyd proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958 when he was honorably discharged. He was a farmer at heart, although he worked as a dam inspector for the USDA-Soil Conservation office in Marlow. Lloyd also was a rental property manager. He loved being on his farm and attending cattle sales. Services with military honors were held January 27 at Whitt Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Stough, Eastside Church of Christ minister, officiating. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Jean Garrison. Lloyd is survived by his children: Donna Sue Foley of Newalla, Oklahoma; Vickie Morgan of Oklahoma City; James Ray Embree of Duncan; 1 grandchild; and 3 great-grandchildren.

2021

George

Life and Honorary ARCSE member Gerald “Jerry” George (93) of Oregon City, Oregon, passed away March 13, 2021. He was born in Canton, Oklahoma, to Clarence and Jessie (Goodman) George He moved to Vale, Oregon in 1936 with his family. Jerry enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1946 and was stationed at Riverside, California and San Antonio, Texas until 1949. After he was honorably discharged from the military, he spent a year doing farm work and was recalled back to the military in 1951. He served in Japan and Korea for two years and was honorably discharged, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After returning from his service in 1954, he met his wife, Bonnie. They got married in 1955 and together they raised four children. Jerry continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in 1957 and began his career as a Civil Engineer with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He and his family lived in numerous cities across the State of Oregon throughout his career. He retired in 1983. Jerry enjoyed traveling and spending time outdoors, fishing, hunting and camping. He also was a member of the VFW, American Legion, The Grange, National Rifle Association and many other organizations. Gerald is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Clarence, Jerry, Roy and Vija; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

2021

Gibson

Gerald "Hoot" Naylor Gibson (87) of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on March 14, 2021. Gerald was born in Iowa. He attended Wesleyan College, Lincoln, Nebraska where he played on the football team and pitched for the baseball team. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) Soil Mechanics Lab in Lincoln, Nebraska while working on his Engineering degree at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Hoot was a Project Engineer for SCS for many years. Part of this time was spent as a project engineer in McCook, Nebraska. In the mid-80s he transferred to the Midwest National Technical Center. Then he transferred to the NRCS State Office as a Design Engineer. After retiring from NRCS, Hoot had a second career working for the State of Nebraska in the Natural Resources Department as an engineer. Hoot was a long-time member of the National Guard. A long-time Mason and Sesotris Shriner where he was a member of the Legion of Honor. He enjoyed woodworking, bridge, cross word puzzles and working on his yard. All the dogs in the neighborhood knew Hoot and Ellen and would stop by for water and treats. Hoot is survived by his wife Ellen, daughter, Leah (Joe), a grandson Tim, and a great-granddaughter he was able to meet and hold before his death. Memorials suggested to the Sesostris Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation

2021

Gillespie

Morris Sullins Gillespie (93) of Auburn, Alabama, passed away on February 21, 2021. Morris was born February 7, 1928, in Parrottsville, Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Following college, Morris served four years in the U.S. Air Force in the Veterinary Corps. After his military service, Morris returned to the University of Tennessee and earned his Master's degree in Agronomy. In 1956, he began a career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as the Work Unit Conservationist (later District Conservationist) in Hamblen County, Tennessee. In 1969, he moved to Auburn, Alabama, as Public Information Officer with the Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service. He retired in 1994. Morris was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. In Auburn, he was an active member of the Auburn United Methodist Church, Osher Lifelong Learners Institute (OLLI) and the Kiwanis Club of Auburn. Morris is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geraldine Flowers Gillespie, and his children: Sharon Gillespie Williams (Bryan) of Olive Branch, Mississippi; Jeffrey Gillespie (Michelle) of Arlington, Virginia; Linda Gillespie of Auburn, Alabama; and Kathy Gillespie Humphrey (Larry) of Opelika, Alabama, and six grandchildren. A family graveside service was held at the Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn, Alabama.

2021

Gillette

Deborah Ann Gillette (70) of Farmington, New York passed away January 31, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19. She was the wife of former Natural Resources Conservation Service Resource Conservationist Douglas Gillette. Deborah was born on November 9, 1950 in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Henry and Lois O'Boyle. Deborah entered Eastside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in April of 2018. Before this she had entered Strong Memorial Hospital for cancer treatment that was successfully remediated. Other health complications prevented Deborah from coming home. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Doug was able to speak by phone with Deborah but not able to visit her in the nursing home for several months. But he was grateful that he could comfort her in the final hours. Surviving is her mother, son Aaron, and husband Douglas.

2021

Gillkeson

Velda Jean Gilkeson (76) of Dayton, Virginia passed away March 5, 2021 at Bridgewater Retirement Community. Velda was the wife of ARCSE member and retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service Area Conservationist Ronald “Ron” Gilkinson. Velda was born July 5, 1944 at Franklin, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Russell Propst and Verna Hammer Propst. On December 23, 1964, she married Ron, and the happy couple lived in Morgantown, West Virginia, where she worked at the West Virginia University Agriculture School while Ron completed college. Over the years, Ron’s job took them many places in West Virginia, including Point Pleasant, Sistersville, Keyser, Princeton and Philippi, and Velda held part-time jobs in those locations. After Ron’s retirement, they moved to the Shenandoah Valley in the fall of 1996, and Velda enjoyed working as a food demonstrator at Costco until failing health. She was incredibly talented at sewing, quilting, and baking, and had a special passion for oil painting, which she continued to enjoy until her death. She attended Victory Fellowship Church at Dayton, Virginia. In addition to her husband, survivors include one son, Darren Gilkeson (Carissa) of Dayton, Virginia; and one grandson Todd M. Gilkeson of Aurora, Colorado. A son, Lance Gilkeson (1977–1993) preceded her in death. A private graveside service and interment was held at Fairview Cemetery at Fort Seybert, WV with Pastor Jared Link officiating. Memorials may be made to Victory Fellowship Church, P. O. Box 326, Dayton, Virginia 22821; Church of the Nazarene, 1871 Boyers Road, Rockingham, Virginia 22801 or a charity of choice.

2021

Googins

Richard “Dick” Googins (95) of Mechanicsville, Virginia, passed away peacefully at Lakewood Retirement Community in Richmond, Virginia on January 18, 2021. Dick was born in Kansas on November 23, 1925. He served in the Navy in WWII. He graduated from University of Maryland specializing in soil science. Upon graduation, Dick lived with his family on a farm in Kansas before joining the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist. He retired as the State Soil Scientist for Virginia. Dick married Mary Ann in 1982 and lived in Hanover, VA as well as multiple cities in Oregon, before returning to Virginia. Dick enjoyed the outdoors, to include pulling weeds, rock hounding, archeology digs, and cross country skiing. Dick is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Ann Gill Googins; children Richard Googins, Christine (Bob) Scott, Dan (Kim) Googins, and Nancy (Bruce) Downs; step children Laura (Richard) Wingold and Bryan (Tracey) Wingold; and grandchildren Rachel Shields, Ruthie Taylor, Christopher Downs, Blaise Wingold, Maya Wingold and Sean Wingold; and five great grandchildren.

2021

Henry

Life ARCSE Member Donald S. Henry (90) of Winchester, Kentucky passed away March 25, 2021. He was born November 14, 1930 in Benham, Kentucky to Lewis C. and Effie (Smith) Henry. He was a US Navy Veteran that circled the globe twice while serving. He began his career as a soil scientist for the USDA- Soil Conservation Service and retired as a plant materials specialist in 1989 while working in the Kentucky State Office. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Whitley, sons Darren M. and David N. Henry; daughter Donna A. Long; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Doris Lee Collins Henry. Services were held March 29, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 32 E. Lexington Ave, Winchester at 1:30pm with Don Burkhead and Tony Stang officiating.

2021

Huneycutt

Robert Carl “Bob” Huneycutt (87) passed away peacefully on his birthday, January 9, 2021 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he had lived since 1972. He was enjoying his new home in Legacy Village, a local retirement community. Bob (also known as “Carl” by his parents and siblings) was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. and Edna V. (Crossley) Huneycutt on January 9, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas. After high school Bob joined the US Air Force and became an Airman Second Class serving as an Aircraft Electrical Systems Instructor during the Korean War. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1958, his entire professional career was devoted to the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Bob retired at age 55 from his position as the SCS State Administrative Officer for Oklahoma in 1988. After retiring, he became an accomplished investment counselor, actively leading and participating in both The Emeriti and Dollars & Sense Investment Clubs. He was a pilot and loved family history, American history, and fishing. He was active in First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. He was preceded in death by his former spouse and loving mother of his sons, Willene Kroutil, and his oldest son Greg Huneycutt. Bob is survived by his devoted friend and cherished companion, Tana Rutan; sons Tim (Sherri) Huneycutt of Perry, Oklahoma, Stan (Christy) Huneycutt of Atlanta, Georgia, and Russell (Leann) Huneycutt of Owasso, Oklahoma; and grandchildren McKenzie, of San Antonio, Texas, Alex (Sierra), of Kansas City, Kansas, and Chloe’ Huneycutt, of Atlanta Georgia.

2021

Hutton

Shirley Jean Hutton (90) of Jackson, Missouri, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on March 29, 2021. She was born April 4, 1930 in Chillicothe, Missouri the daughter of Clyde Glenwood and Margaret Mary Gall Finney. She married Dr. Walter William Hutton May 24, 1952 in Kirksville, Missouri. He passed away July 31, 2003. Shirley was a 1948 graduate of Linneus High School (class of eight people). She then attended Kirksville Teacher’s College for three years. In 1951 she moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and worked for the FBI office. In 1952 she worked at the hospital in Moberly, Missouri while Walter interned; 1953 she and Walter moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada before moving to Keytesville, Missouri in 1955; She and Walter moved to Jackson in 1956 and in 1957 she went to work for Corp of Engineers while the flood wall in Cape was being built; In 1964 she started 25 year career with the USDA- Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1989 as Area Clerk in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Shirley was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. She is survived by her children; Michael (Linda) Finney of New Hope, Minnesota; Susie (Doug) Buttery of Granby, Colorado; Kathy (Breck Tucker) Finney of Hannibal, Missouri; Patrick (Dawn) Finney of Columbia, Missouri; Eric (Martha) Venable, Jessica (Darin) Teague; and Isaac (Brook) Venable all of Jackson; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Walter of 51 years, Shirley was preceded in death by three sons, William Kirt Hutton, Scott Glenwood Hutton, and Evan Lee Hutton.

2021

Johnson

Life Member of ARCSE and retired Chief of the USDA-SCS/NRCS, Paul W. Johnson (79) of Decorah, Iowa, passed away February 15, 2021. The full obituary can be viewed on Fjelstul Funeral Home's website: https://www.fjelstul.com/obituary/paul-johnson. Paul was born in Oakland, California on June 10, 1941 to Wallace Johnson (a minister) and Rachel Oslund (a homemaker) and grew up in Beresford, South Dakota and Oak Lawn, Illinois. Paul left the Illinois Institute of Aviation to join one of the very first Peace Corps groups in 1962 and served in Ghana. By the time he returned to the United States two years later, he had heard the call of the wild and began studying at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, where he would eventually earn his master’s degree in forestry. To support himself, he interviewed to wash dishes for a group of women at the International House dormitory. The dorm director, Pat, who was also just back from the Peace Corps in the Philippines, judged his housekeeping skills adequate enough to marry him in 1965. After a stint in the US Forest Service, Paul and Pat returned to Africa, with both teaching at Ghana’s School of Forestry in Sunyani while Pat birthed their first child, Eric Kweku, in Berekum. After doctoral studies took them to Costa Rica, they returned to the University of Michigan and used its library to divine that the best place in the world to live is The Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. When the right farm became available in Winneshiek County in 1974, friends and family pitched in to help them make the down payment. Paul milked Jerseys, while Pat taught social work, taking a year off to manage Luther College’s study-abroad program in Nottingham in 1981. While they coaxed from the land a variety of flora and fauna—Christmas trees, soybeans, sweet corn, grapes, apples, eggs, lambs, and trees (everywhere!)—when asked what they raised on the farm, Paul’s reply was always “kids!” Paul became involved in politics and served three Iowa House terms where he led bipartisan support for groundbreaking sustainable agriculture and conservation legislation. Landmark achievements of Paul and his colleagues included the 1987 Groundwater Protection Act (including creation of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at ISU); the 1989 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Act; and the 1990 Iowa Energy Act. That work gained national attention, resulting in Paul’s 1988 invitation to join the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture and then to President Bill Clinton appointing him in 1994 to run the 13,000-employee Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Washington, DC. He reinvigorated the agency’s culture, thanked employees continually for serving the nation’s farmers and ranchers, and appointed many women and minorities to positions of leadership. He worked with colleagues to rename the SCS the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and reminded all that the agency’s mission included the entire community: soil, water, air, plants, animals, and humans (SWAPA+H!). During his tenure, NRCS programs became more holistic, including the flagship Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the National Conservation Buffer Initiative. In the landmark publication “Geography of Hope,” Paul called on Americans to understand the nation’s working lands as the foundation of our economic and environmental health. After leaving the NRCS, Paul ran the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for Governor Vilsack in the early 2000s. After an unsuccessful run for the US House of Representatives in 2004, he retired to Decorah to share his experiences and networks by advising and mentoring environmental advocates and policymakers throughout the US, serving on various boards and commissions, giving inspiring speeches, writing book introductions and editorials, visiting his kids in Nicaragua, Sweden, France, China, and Australia, and watching his six granddaughters grow. In his later years he enjoyed weaving music into his essays for progressive Iowa “town hall” web site, Bleeding Heartland. Paul is survived by his wife, their three children—Eric (Brenda Horrigan) in Sydney, Australia, Andy (Emily Young) on the farm outside of Decorah, and Annika in Gothenburg, Sweden; six granddaughters: Alissa (New York) and Kiara (Carleton College); Helen (Vassar College), Leila, and Elsa (Decorah); and Linnea (Luther).

2021

Lipps

David Lee Lipps (93) of Gloucester, Virginia, passed away on February 21, 2021 in Gloucester. David was born January 26, 1928 in Aldie, Virginia, he was the 6th of 9 children born to Elbert Bullitt Lipps and Sue Mae Kirk. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1952. A Korean War Veteran, he served his country as a medic during the conflict. In 1964, David married Elizabeth Ford Johnson in Falls Church, Virginia. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, first in Loudoun County, Virginia for 10 years until he transferred to Gloucester County, Virginia in 1963. He remained in Gloucester for the remainder of his career, retiring in 1993. He was an avid gardener, famous in Gloucester County for planting of hundreds of thousands of daffodils and various other bulbs throughout the county, usually donated by Brent and Becky Heath. He was active in the Ruritan Club, Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, First Presbyterian Church (now Grace Covenant) in Gloucester and many other community activities. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Ford Lipps, of Gloucester and 2 sons, Stephen David Lipps of Washington, DC, and Dr. William Ford Lipps, of Richmond, Virginia.

2021

Meyer

Dorothy Ella Leta Meyer (97) of Plainfield, Indiana, passed away on April 2, 2021. She was born on January 6, 1924 to Henry and Anna (Wiebusch) Siemers in Otoe, Nebraska. After graduating from Otoe High School, she attended the Lincoln School of Commerce. She married Lorenz F. Meyer on April 14, 1943. Dorothy worked in the Accounting Department of the USDA-Soil Conservation Service Nebraska State Office from 1955 to 1989. She took pride in her work, earning many awards and promotions. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church Lincoln and enjoyed square dancing and round dancing with Lorenz. In 1994 she moved to Plainfield, Indiana to be near family. While living there she joined Plainfield United Methodist Church and the Women’s Club. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Lorenz and her son David. She is survived by her daughters: Susan Meyer and Mary Ann Hamilton (Michael); and 3 grandchildren.

2021

Mumford

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employee Payton "Pate" Lee Mumford (32) of Pruitt City, Oklahoma passed away in an automobile accident on January 17, 2021. Another NRCS employee, Soil Conservationist Fred Norman, was injured in the accident. Pate was born March 29, 1988 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Jimmy Lee Mumford and Darla Jayne (Bolles) Mumford. Pate attended Redlands Community College where he was on a judging team and received his Associate’s degree. He then furthered his education at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Range Management. Pate returned to this area and served an internship at the Noble Foundation before becoming employed with the NRCS as a Resource Conservationist. He was currently working in the Sulphur Field Office. Pate always loved being a caretaker of the land and enjoyed farming. He had a passion for restoring old things new, especially old tractors and guns. Pate was a member of the Fox Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, Jim and Darla Mumford of Pruitt City; brother, Dillon Mumford (Carson) of Fox, Oklahoma; and grandmother, Louise Mumford also of Fox.

2021

Myers

Miriam Allen Myers (70) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away March 17, 2021. Miriam was the wife of ARCSE member Richard Myers, retired Assistant State Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. She was the daughter of the late Roland and Edna (Grosse) Allen of Little Rock, Arkansas and born June 13, 1950. Most of her career was spent at Central Baptist Hospital and later she finished her career at Merrick Management. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Lancaster, Kentucky.

2021

Myers

Margaret "Sue" Myers (79) of Chittenango, New York, passed away March 14, 2021 at the Crouse Community Center following many years with Alzheimer's. She was the wife of Bob Meyers, retired Biologist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Sue was born in Fayetteville, New York. In the 1970’s she and Bob had a beautiful family horse farm, raising Appaloosa horses and boarding horses for families around the area. Sue loved raising, prize winning Black Langshans chickens and for also raised bronze turkeys and peacocks too. Sue is survived by husband, Bob, and son, William (Allison). Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse NY 13204 or St. Patrick's Church, Murray Drive, Chittenango, NY 13037.

2021

Newman

Senior Conservationist and ARCSE Member Allen Lee Newman (91) of Temple, Texas, passed away peacefully February 24, 2021 at Scott & White Hospital while holding the hand of his wife of almost 70 years, Maxine. Allen was born February 12, 1930 in Duncan, Oklahoma to John Wesley and Pearl Barber Newman. He went to Cameron College and Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) earning a degree in Agronomy. After graduation, he served two years in the Army, rising to the rank of Master Sargent. He went to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1955, retiring in 1987. He was the assistant State Soil Scientist for 17 years. He married Cleta Maxine Pierce in Claud, Oklahoma on May 27, 1951 and moved to Temple in 1967. They joined Immanuel Baptist Church in 1967 where Allen taught Sunday School for over 50 years and was a deacon almost as long. At home, his garden and flowers were the envy of the neighborhood. He became a champion for the purple martin birds, wrote articles for the Purple Martin magazine, and many people called him for advice on the care of purple martins. Until his health declined, he was an active member of the Bell County Genealogical Society and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans because he treasured the history of his ancestors. His service to his Lord directed his life and the way he treated others. He was especially grateful to God for the blessings of his family. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Maxine; sons, Max Newman (Traci) of Temple and Steven Newman (Terry) of Elgin, Texas; grandsons, Jarrod Newman (Lindsay) of Temple, Derek Newman (Dominque) of Woodway, Texas, Collin Mayo (Carissa) of Temple, Jason Mayo (Cassidy) of Temple, Colton Mayo of Temple, Luis Pesquera (Maeve) of Paso Robles, California, and Alex Pesquera (Sarah) of Los Angeles, California; eight great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters and two more great grandchildren expected within the next few months. Funeral services were held March 3, 2021 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Milne officiating with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

2021

Patterson

David William Patterson (83) of Woodstock, Georgia (formerly of Elk Grove, California) passed away February 28, 2021 surrounded by his family, in his home in Woodstock. Dave was born in Linden, California, on January 22, 1938. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and lived at that time by the beautiful Pacific Coast where he worked for room and board doing farm chores. A highlight of Dave’s youth was the summer of 1957 when he worked the summer in Alaska for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a “stream guard,” to ensure that the fishing boats weren’t picking up salmon in their gill nets. After college, David served 5 years in the Navy as First Lieutenant and Gunnery Officer on a Tank Landing Ship, the USS Stone County LST 1141. While in the Navy he met his future wife in San Diego Sandra Jolissaint. They married in June of 1965 and lived all over California. After the Navy, Dave worked 24 years for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in California. After his years with the SCS he worked for 9 years with California Waterfowl Association, restoring and enhancing of wetlands. When David’s professional career was over, he and Sandy moved to Woodstock, Georgia, where Dave enjoyed new friends and some years volunteering with Don Wells’ beloved project, Mountain Stewards, https://mountainstewards.org/. Dave is survived by his amazing wife Sandy Patterson; daughter Diane Patterson and her partner Sheba Love; son Dan Patterson and his wife Ashley Tone Patterson; granddaughter Chloe Elizabeth Tone Patterson. A service to celebrate Dave’s life was held at the Church of the Transfiguration in Woodstock, Georgia on April 8, 2021 followed by military honors at the Georgia National Cemetery on April 9. Donations in David’s honor can be made to California Waterfowl Association:

http://www.calwaterfowl.org/donate/ways-to-donate/

2021

Paulk

Herschel Leverne Paulk, Sr, (86) of Guyton, Georgia, passed away peacefully from an extended illness at his home with his family surrounding him on March 1, 2021. Herschel was a soil scientist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and retired after thirty-year service. During the 30-year career Herschel completed soil surveys on more than 1 million acres and authored several soil survey publications. After retirement Herschel remained active in the soil profession, his church and service to Effingham County. Herschel was past president of the National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists and member of the Soil Science Society of Georgia. He was an active member of his church, New Providence Baptist of Guyton, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Effingham County Industrial Authority and former chairman of the Effingham Hospital Authority. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Gail McCormick Paulk; Children: Gena (Greg) Tyler of Hoschton, Georgia, Kimberly (Thomas) Healey of Newport, North Carolina, and Herschel "Schel" (Terri) Paulk, Jr, of Guyton, Georgia; 15 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

2021

Philp

Lorna Rae Philp, 50, of Hilger (Winifred), Montana passed away at home surrounded by her husband Tom and loving family and friends on January 28, 2021 after a valiant fight against cancer. Lorna was the Supervisory District Conservationist for the Lewistown Work Unit for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lorna was born June 27, 1970 in Glasgow, Montana, the daughter of John A. and Ella Mae (Heser) Stolen. The family lived on a farm south of Wolf Point, Montana. She began her college program in North Dakota and transferred to Montana State University in Bozeman where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture degree in 1992. In 1989 she was hired as a co-op student with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. In 1995 she joined Malta Field Office staff as a soil conservationist. Lorna met Willy “Tom” Philp in Malta on the dance floor in 1996 and never looked back. They were united in marriage on Sept. 19, 1998 in Malta and were soul mates for life. In 1997 she became district conservationist in the Malta Field Office, in May 2008 she transferred from Malta to Lewistown as the district conservationist and in February 2019, she was promoted to the supervisory district conservationist for the Lewistown Work Unit, including Stanford and Winnett. Lorna lived passionately. She loved to dance and watching her whirling around a room with Tom was breathtaking. She took full advantage of our beautiful Montana setting and brought beauty to her surroundings with her gardening and soil conservation knowledge. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. Lorna had 100% commitment to her many friends and family, on an individual basis and through her involvement in her community. She was a Winifred Ambulance EMT and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She advocated for HPV testing and vaccination to help young people avoid spreading the virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Lorna is survived by her husband Tom (William T.) of Winifred, daughter Kimberly (Chad) McNeil, and two grandsons, whom she greatly adored, Wyatt and Easton of Gillette, Wyoming; along with a large family of sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will miss her infectious smile and positive personality. Lorna and Tom were involved in the foreign exchange program and were parents to six boys who call them Mom and Dad and remain in close contact: Victor Acero (Venezuela), Frederik Nielsen (Sweden), Nate Stordahl (Norway), Sebastian Cevallos (Ecuador), Gabrielle (Bobo) Adorni (Italy), and Jesper Perden (Finland).

2021

Robbins

Sharon Lea Robbins (81) of Scottsburg, Indiana passed away February 1, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. Sharon was the wife of ARCSE Member John M. Robbins, retired Assistant State Soil Scientist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. They were married for 62 years. Sharon attended colleges and received degrees from Indiana State University, Indiana DePauw University and University of Kentucky. She retired from teaching elementary school for 30 years, was co-owner and manager of Leota Christmas Tree Farm, a longtime volunteer with Southern Indiana Hospice having received the Presidential Award for Volunteers, and a longtime volunteer with Scott County Relay for Life. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Leota and Retired Teachers Association. Besides her husband John, other survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Donnell (Mike) Medina of Waldort, Maryland, and Lea Ann (Ed) Callico of Nabb, Indiana; three grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

2021

Roberts

Donald Jordan Roberts (94) of Winfield, Kansas, passed away on April 17, 2021 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Donald was born June 25, 1926 in Winfield, the son of Forrest M. and Ethel (Jordan) Roberts. In September 1944, he entered the United States Army, serving at Ft. Hood, Ft. Ord, and the Philippines. At the end of World War II, he was stationed in Japan. Don married Millye Jones in November of 1950. The couple had three children and Millye preceded him in death. Don was united in marriage to Erma Handlin on August 7, 1976 at Tisdale United Methodist Church. Don enjoyed flying and received his Pilot’s license on August 17, 1947. In 1948, he began working as a Soil Conservation Technician and in 1982, received an award from the US Department of Agriculture for his 36 years of service. Following his retirement, he served on the County Soil Conservation District Board for many years. In 1983, he was a tour host for Rural Route Tours International, traveling with his wife Erma to the farmlands in Western Europe. In 1985, they took a tour group to southern Europe. Don farmed ground east of Winfield most of his life. Survivors include his wife Erma Roberts of Winfield; his children, Becky Roberts of Dallas, Texas; Rex Roberts of Wyoming; Cindy Grimes of Arkansas City, Kansas; Linda Fraass (Ron) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Carol Parker (Lee) of Reston, Virginia; Roy Handlin (Lee) of Lubbock, Texas; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

2021

Rye

Kenneth Rye (88) of Fargo, North Dakota (formerly of Hazen, North Dakota) passed away March 10, 2021 at Bethany Retirement Living-Memory Care in Fargo. Ken was born on November 21, 1932 in Grafton, North Dakota to Gladys (Storey) and F. Kenneth (F.K.) Rye. Ken served in the Navy from 1953 to 1957 and graduated from NDSU in December 1961. Ken worked for USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist from 1963–1979 and was District Conservationist in the Hazen Field Office. He transferred to US Department of Interior as a mine Inspector in Oklahoma from 1979 until his retirement in 1990. He is survived by his wife Esther of 65 years, his three children, Wayne (Geri) of Mahtomedi, Minnesota; Dawn (Leon) of Fargo, North Dakota; and Barb (Jeff) of Stillwater, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

2021

Scholer

Burke Hinman Scholer (86) of San Tan Valley, Arizona (formerly of Burleigh, Idaho) passed away Msrch30, 2021, surrounded by loving family. Burke was born March 6, 1935 in Bothwell, Utah to Rudolph Emil Scholer Jr. & Ruby Hinman Scholer. With dreams of being a veterinarian, Burke attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah for one year, then returned to Burley in 1954 and married Connie Rae Dolph in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 15th of the same year. Burke joined the Armed Forces, serving in the U.S. Army. While in the Army his first two daughters, Linda and Kim were born. He was assigned to Construction Drafting School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia to be trained as a Construction Draftsman and later served in the 18th Engineering Brigade. In 1957 Burke and Connie returned to Burley, Idaho where he soon began his work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS). He worked for the SCS as an Engineering Technician until 1988. Burke and Connie welcomed three more children (Mark, Kayla, and Sandie) into their family. In 1965, they moved from Burley to Springdale, Idaho and he started farming. They were expecting their sixth child; Monette Scholer was stillborn on January 6, 1967. Complication of the stillbirth tragically brought about Connie’s passing on January 14, 1967. Adjusting to this loss was only compounded a few weeks later, when on February 27, 1967 tragedy struck again, claiming Mark’s short 9 ½ year life. His mother moved to Burley to help Burke with his girls. Several months later, Burke met AnnJean Coltrin, and after a short courtship, they married in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple, July 1, 1967. To this union, three more daughters were born (Heidi, Jennifer and Angie) completing their family of seven girls. In 1988, Burke moved to Boise, Idaho after being recruited by the US Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from work with the Federal Government in 1991 and immediately began his next career with the State of Idaho Department of Water Resources. Burke retired from the Department of Water Resources, as a Hydrologist, in 2001. Following his retirement, he (and his wife) served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Farm Management Company. Burke is survived by his wife AnnJean, 7 daughters, 26 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren.

2021

Staggs

John W. “Bill” Staggs (96) of Moberly, Missouri, passed away January 7, 2021 in Moberly. He was born February 1, 1924 in Shelbyville, Missouri to Lee V. and Violet Frances Inman Staggs. He attended Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. Bill entered the United States Army on February 1, 1943 and trained as a medical NCO for the 86th Infantry Black Hawk Division Medical Battalion. In March of 1945, the 86th Infantry began a campaign to take the Ruhr pocket located north of Cologne, Germany. During this operation, Bill was assigned as a driver for the company commander and came in contact with both Generals Eisenhower and Patton. His division was redeployed to the United States, was retrained, and left in August of 1943 for the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of Operation. They were sent to Luzon in the Philippines where the allies were preparing for the invasion of Japan. Bill was recalled into the service in 1950 during the Korean War. Bill married Hettie Nadine Johnson on April 5, 1963. In 2009 Bill attended the Mid-Missouri Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Bill farmed, enjoyed raising cattle, and in 1971 was employed by the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Conservation Technician in Shelby County. He was transferred to Moberly in Randolph County in 1973. Bill enjoyed golfing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends. Bill’s wife Nadine passed away in 2019. Among his survivors are his brother, Jim Staggs, his step daughter-in-law, Susan Johnson, stepdaughter, Donna Jean Purvis, eight step grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.

2021

Vongkamdy

Souksady “Sue” Vongkhamdy (58) of Coventry, Rhode Island passed away several days after suffering a severe stroke on January 1, 2021. Sue was the wife of ARCSE Affiliate Member Phou Vongkhamdy, who is the Rhode Island State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Because of COVID-19 restrictions a private family ceremony was conducted. Cards of condolence may be sent to Phou, Abe and Angela at 31 Lydia Road, Coventry, RI 02816.

2021

Wallace

Barbara Livingstone Wallace (79) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away March 11, 2021, in Grand Rapids after a valiant battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). She was born in Edmore, Michigan and grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science from Michigan State University and attended graduate school for Public Administration at Central Michigan University. Barbara served as the Executive Director of the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce, President of the General Federation of Women's Club Michigan (GFWC), National Co-Chairman GFWC/FBI Crime Prevention and Victim Assistance Program, Member of the Michigan Sesquicentennial Commission and was the Senior Public Relations Administrator for Amway. She then began a 15-year career with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at National Headquarters as a Social Scientist. She returned to Grand Rapids in her final position with the NRCS as National Community Conservation Specialist. Barb leaves behind her daughter Wendy, grandson Cody, brother John Donley, and dear friend Russ Hinkle. Barbara was preceded in death by husband James Wallace, on April 11, 2009.

2021

Wilkes

ARCSE Member Robert Lester Wilkes (91) of Athens, Georgia, passed away after a short illness on March 18, 2021. Bob was the youngest of three sons born to John Wilkes and Beulah Thompson Wilkes in Lyons, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1953. Also in 1953, Bob married Frances Reid of Vidalia, Georgia. After graduation, he went home to work with his father and brother. He soon decided the farm was not his calling and started work with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). During his career Bob soil surveyed almost 1 million acres and ended his career as a soil scientist in the Athens SCS State Office. Bob is remembered by those that knew and worked with him as man with passion for the soil profession, his love for the Georgia Bulldogs, but more as family man, mentor of young men and very good and kind man. His two favorite sites to map soils were the Chickamauga Battlefield and the two weeks he spent mapping Cumberland Island. Bob is predeceased by his wife, Frances Reid Wilkes and daughter Judy Wilkes Mahoney. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Wilkes Reuning (Pete) of Sandy Springs, Georgia, son-in-law John Mahoney of Lyons, Georgia; grandsons John Reuning and Tom Reuning (Amanda) of Atlanta, Georgia, William Olmstead (Katie) of Athens, Georgia, Robert Olmstead of Wilmington, North Carolina, and John Mahoney of Savannah, Georgia; and great grandchildren Will Olmstead and Smith Olmstead of Athens, Georgia.

2021

Williams

Brandee Nicole Williams(42) of Bradenton, Florida passed away on April 26, 2021 at the age of 42. Brandee was born January 11, 1979, in Liberal, Kansas, to Leisa (Keeth) and Jeff Williams. She attended Forgan Public School in Forgan, Oklahoma, class of 1997, and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas class of 2003. Brandee Williams was a NRCS Range Conservationist in Oklahoma and Florida

She was predeceased by, her brothers, Brandon and Bradley; and her grandparents, Faye Lamcke (Smith) and Robert Williams (Bob). She is survived by : her parents, Leisa Williams (Keeth) and Jeff Williams; and her grandparents, Roger Lamcke and Roberta Williams (Bryan).

2020

Akins

Loyd Akins (81) of Lindsay, Oklahoma passed away August 25, 2020, in Lindsay. He was born on May 13, 1939, to Elmer and Zola (Courtney) Akins, in Pocasset, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life Carolyn Akins on December 28, 1956. She proceeded him in death on July 5, 1992. Loyd worked his younger years as a milkman and gas station attendant. He later went to work at the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a dam inspector, where he retired in 1994. Loyd is survived by his five children, Steve Akins, Deborah (Phillip) English, Laura (Bruce) Frye, Elaine (Mitch) Gilreath, and Brenda (R.D.) Patterson, Hall; nine grandchildren Kyle, Kris, Crystal, Quent, Dustin, Heath, Miranda, Trent and Austin; and ten great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Carolyn Akins, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amy.

2020

Allen

Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Malvern “Mook” Walter Allen (93) of Bunker Hill, Illinois passed away at his home on June 5, 2020. He was born on April 7, 1927, in Wood River, Illinois to Ernest L. Allen Sr. and Ellen R. (Reed) Allen. He married Helen Marie (Burns) Allen on September 12, 1953 in Shipman, Illinois. Mook started his career working for McDonald Aircraft before coming to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as an engineer. During his career he served as Area Engineer in the Edwardsville Area Office and then went to work for the Northeast Technical Center as an Environmental Engineer. Mook was a member of the American Legion of Bunker Hill. He was active in Boy Scouts and youth organizations in Bunker Hill, Illinois. He was also active in the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association serving for a while as a Director of that organization. He is survived by his wife, Helen Marie Allen of Bunker Hill; children, Michael (Joan) Allen, Kathleen (Mark) Knetzer, Theresa (David) Bryan, Denise (James) Davis, John (Bonnie) Allen, Joan (Jerry) Flarity, and Richard (Leann) Allen; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. 

2020

Amos

William Henry Amos, Jr. (87) of Horse Cave, Kentucky passed away September 19, 2020 at his home. He was a native of Barren County Kentucky and a member of Horse Cave Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher. William worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and retired as the State Agronomist for Kentucky. He was a gentleman farmer and a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kaye Amos; one son, Chuck Amos; two daughters, Robin Keller (Tim Hix) and Suanne Jacobs (David); three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held September 21, 2020 at Hose Cave Municipal Cemetery.

2020

Argabright

Dorthy Ann (Dirks) Argabright (89) passed away February 20, 2020 at Homestead of Topeka Assisted Living Center in Topeka, Kansas. Dorthy was the spouse of Senior Conservationist Melvin (Scott) Argabright who passed away in 2011. Scott retired as National Technology Center Agronomist in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1992. Dorthy continued to live in Lincoln following Scott’s death until 2014 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Topeka. She and Scott were married on August 24, 1949 at her family home near Martin South Dakota. In addition to being a full-time homemaker and mother of four she also worked as a part-time waitress. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church.

2020

Badger

Laura Elaine (Smith) Badger (76) passed away October 23, 2020 at the Healthcare Resort in Topeka, Kansas. She was the wife of ARCSE Life Member Tom Badger whom she married on June 5, 1965. Tom was the Area Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Manhattan, Kansas before he retired in 2001. Elaine, as she was known to all, was born March 11, 1944 in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Walter and Eleanor (Phelon) Smith. She worked as a Registered Nurse in hospitals across Kansas. Elaine was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tracy Badger. In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by son, Todd Badger of Stuart, Florida and daughter, Tara Phillips of Wichita, Kansas.

2020

Beard

John Charles Beard (94) passed away February 2, 2020, at his home in Paris, Texas. He was born to Hubert Elbert Beard and Elsie Groves Beard November 8, 1925, in Canton, Texas. Being too young to enlist in military service on his own during World War II, he persuaded his mother to sign papers that allowed him to join the navy and serve in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. He attended East Texas State University, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. John held multiple titles as a competitive swimmer and diver. He was an avid naturalist and expressed his love of living creatures as a gifted woodcarver. He was a singer, musician, and showman. He shared his love of music by directing several church choirs. John worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and retired as an Area Conservationist in Southeast Oklahoma. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Billie Cox Beard. Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Beard, two daughters, Susan Holmes and husband Rhett Gideon of South Padre Island, Texas; and Laura Hutchings of Paris, Texas; four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Burial, with military honors, was held at Memories Memorial Park in Canton, Texas.

2020

Blan

Kenneth “Spud” Ray Blan (81) of Antlers, Oklahoma passed away August 6, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kenneth was born in Bakersfield, California on May 9, 1939 to Virgil and Willie “Bill” (Thompson) Blan. Kenneth was raised in the Antlers area and returned to the community he loved upon retirement from a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. During his career, Ken was a District Conservationist in Dewey and Perry, Oklahoma; an Area Conservationist in Hugo, Oklahoma; and the State Resource Conservationist at the State Office in Stillwater. He was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University, as well as earning his law degree at Mississippi College. He was a devoted Christian and an active member of First Baptist Church. He was also active in the community, having served on the boards of Pushmataha County Hospital, the Pushmataha County Conservation District, and Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Kenneth was preceded in death by his stepson Leslie “Pete” Harrison and his beloved first wife Mary Alice “Judy” Blan. He is survived by his beautiful wife Rebecca (Harrison) Blan; his stepchildren Regina (Archie) Wade, Lonnie “Buddy” (Almira) Harrison; 18 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

2020

Borts

Dortha Borts (82) of Sigourney, Iowa passed away November. 16, 2020, at the Sigourney Health Care Center. Dortha was the wife of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service District Conservationist Don Borts. She and Don were married January 19, 1963. In addition to Don, she is survived by their three children and three grandchildren.

2020

Bossuyt

Kathryn May Bossuyt (née Knobloch) (100) of Tucson, Arizona passed away June 19, 2020. Kathryn was the spouse of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service Tucson District Conservationist, Maurice J. Bossuyt, who passed away in 2015. She was a graduate of Catholic University of America and a professional Librarian during her career, serving in many leadership roles including serving on the Governor’s Committee on Libraries and as an officer of several professional organizations.

2020

Boyd

Arthur Leroy Boyd Jr. (70) of Marquette, Kansas passed away February 14, 2020 at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kansas. Arthur retired in September of 2009 as a Soil Conservation Technician for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in the Ellsworth Field Office.

2020

Bradshaw

Lloyd C. Bradshaw (72) of Rexburg, Idaho passed away at Madison Memorial Hospital on November 24, 2020. He was born in Wendell, Idaho on June 27, 1948, to Reuben Clark Bradshaw and Mary Louise Crowther. Lloyd grew up on a dairy farm in Richfield, Idaho, where he learned to work hard milking cows and doing farm chores. He served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to North Argentina and Bolivia. After returning from his mission, Lloyd attended Ricks College where he participated in and enjoyed being on the rodeo team. On June 12, 1970, Lloyd married his high school sweetheart, Krisitie May Arave in the Idaho Falls Temple. He then attended Idaho State University and after graduation started his career with the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service serving many years as the District Conservationist in Rexburg. He worked at that career for thirty-one years and retired at the age of fifty-five. He was then able to fill his time with family, saddle making and cowboying. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in various callings over the years. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife, Krisitie; Sons: Ryan (Jody), Clint (Misha), Kyle (Kristy), Jake (Sabrina); Daughters Kerry (Jeff), and Amanda (Jeremiah); 26 grandchildren; and 2 great-granddaughters.

2020

Brinlee

R. C. Brinlee (88) of Wilburton, Oklahoma passed away on February 7, 2020 in McAlester, Oklahoma. R.C. was born on January 29, 1932 in Konawa, Oklahoma to William Juddy Brinlee and Nora (Davis) Brinlee. He served in the U.S. Army, and received an honorable discharge in 1953. R.C. then attended Eastern A&M where he played baseball. He transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1959. As part of his employment with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), he authored soil survey manuscripts for several counties in Oklahoma. He retired from the NRSC in 1988. Following his retirement, he continued working for the NRCS as a contract soil scientist. R.C. is survived by his children: Robert Brinlee (Valerie) of Clayton, Oklahoma, David Brinlee (Melinda), Judy Brinlee and Linda Callaway (Sean) all of Wilburton, Oklahoma; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held February 11, 2020 at Salt of the Earth Church in Wilburton with Pastor Cindy Shero officiating.

2020

Brister

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Rayford J. Brister (92) of San Saba, Texas (formerly of San Antonio, Texas) passed away August 11, 2019. Rayford was born in Mertzon, Texas on April 27, 1927. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, including service as a range conservationist, soil conservationist, and a District Conservationist. He retired in 1982. Many of Rayford’s colleagues have passed away, making it difficult to learn much about his career, but numerous archived newspaper articles either written by Rayford or about Rayford in the 1960s and 1970s can be found online. He evidently had an active public information program promoting conservation in Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughter Janice Brister. He is survived by wife Helen Brister, and his children, Sherry Brister Smay and Stephen Brister. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of extended family.

2020

Buchta

Senior Conservationist and ARCSE Life Member Hilbert “Glen” Buchta (95) of Broken Bow, Nebraska passed away January 17, 2020, at the Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center in Broken Bow. Glen was born Dec. 31, 1924, to Hilbert and Grace (Deeter) Buchta in Polk County, Nebraska. His college education was interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted into the US Army. After serving his country, Glen returned to the University of Nebraska in 1946, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering in January 1949. Right out of college Glen went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as an engineer. He was married to Opal Steinhausen on May 20, 1949, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The family lived in McCook, Nebraska from 1949 to 1972. Glen’s career took him to Vietnam, Tunisia and Somalia to work on various conservation projects. In 1976 they moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. Glen retired in 1980. Glen and Opal celebrated their 70th anniversary on May 20, 2019. Glen is survived by his wife, Opal, of Broken Bow; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Greg of Grand Island, Karl and Sandra of Chappell, Nebraska and Greg and Susan of Spring, Texas and a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Marty Bredthauer of Broken Bow.

2020

Buckner

Robert Eugene Buckner (83) of Apache, Oklahoma passed away September 3, 2020 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Robert was born January 11, 1937, in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Vernon Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth (Stafford) Bucker. Robert obtained a Bachelors’ Degree in Soil Conservation from Cameron University. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean War and again during the Vietnam War, accumulating 20 years of service. He married Dolly “Loretta” Comanche on October 1, 1972, in Apache. He was employed for 20 years as a Construction Inspector for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Robert is survived by his wife, Loretta; children: Robert (Lori) Buckner of Chickasha, Oklahoma; Larry (Karen) Buckner of Mansfield, Oklahoma; Max (Linda) Buckner of Arkansas; Jack Buckner of Chickasha; James Buckner of Apache; Latisha (Martin) Sullivan of Lawton, Oklahoma; Hilary Buckner of Lawton; foster children: Lucille Olivates and Henry Kaulaity; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Buckner.

2020

Bump

Gary Francis Bump (73) of Lincoln, California passed away peacefully on January 21, 2020. Gary was born July 7, 1946 in Chowchilla, California. He worked on the family ranch, and graduated from the California State University of Fresno, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Gary spent his career working for the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and Natural Resources and Conservation Service in the fields of transportation engineering and then information technology for a combined 42 years of public service. He was a highly intelligent, renaissance man who could fix anything and loved woodworking, playing and watching sports, coaching his daughters playing softball, and being out in nature. He is preceded in death by his wife Judi Bump. He is survived by his daughters Sheri Lasick and Vicki Dean, and grandchildren Robert Lasick, Cheyenne Lasick, Raven Lasick, Shania Dean, Tawnee Dean, Bethann Dean, Anna Dean, and Kylie Dean, and great-grandson Mason.

2020

Carter

Johnnie Lee Carter Sr. (76) of Davis, California passed away July 8, 2020, at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville, California after surviving kidney failure and transplant for 17 years and a more recent battle with dementia. Johnnie was born October 14, 1943 to Fred and Betty May (Goings) Carter in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in June 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army the same month. After his honorable discharge he returned to work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS; formerly Soil Conservation Service) in Nashville. On Oct.14, 1967, Johnnie was united in marriage to Dorothy M. (Fuqua) Carter. While working for NRCS, the family lived in Tennessee, Illinois, New Jersey, Kentucky, and California. After settling in Davis, California in 1975, the family took weekend and holiday trips exploring their new state from top to bottom. He often shared with family and friends his passion for fishing, jewelry making and was an avid golf enthusiast. While working for NRCS as a Civil Rights Administrator, he created many opportunities and encouraged careers for minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities that crossed several local, state and federal agencies. Johnnie is survived by his wife Dorothy Carter, son John Carter, Jr., grandson Johnnie Lee Carter III and many others, including Nancy – his “Angel” kidney donor.

2020

Cheshier

Debra Cheshier (68) of Harrisburg, Missouri, passed away December 23, 2020 at University of Missouri Hospital. Debra was the wife of Rob Cheshier, former State Geologist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service at the Missouri State Office. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Rob Cheshier, 9150 Route E, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

2020

Churchman

Karen Frances Churchman (72) of Salina, Kansas, passed away December 31, 2020. Karen was born in Great Bend, Kansas on August 6, 1948, a daughter of the late Christine Marie (Mauler) and John Raymond Lichter. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in 1967. On October 21, 1967, Karen married Ralph Churchman in Olmitz, Kansas. She was the Secretary to the State Conservationist at the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and retired in 2010 after 41 ½ years of service. Survivors include daughters, Kimberly Mick, (John) of Salina, Kansas, Debie Nickelson, (Troy) of Assaria, Kansas; and 4 grandchildren, Madison, Kennedy, Evan, and Ian. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Churchman.

2020

Clark

Conservation Partner Frank Halsted "Hal" Clark (88) of Elk City, Oklahoma (formerly of Guymon, Oklahoma) passed away November 23, 2020 in Elk City. Hal Clark was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 10, 1932 to Frank T. and Nellie Clark. They moved often with his father’s work responsibilities as a geologist. He attended Texas Tech University and earned a degree in Animal Science and Range Management. He married Patricia Brown in Oklahoma City on February 1, 1953. Hal served on numerous committees and commissions whose goal has been improving economic conditions and quality of life for Oklahoma citizens, including serving on the Cimarron County Conservation District Board for 50 years and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission for 17 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame in 1997. He received the Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Award in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Tim Israel of Elk City; daughter-in-law, Marlene Henson of Guymon; 7 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

2020

Clevenger

Mary Cunningham Clevenger (84) of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away peacefully at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She was the wife of retired USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services engineer and Planning Staff Leader James P. Clevenger. She taught elementary school after raising their children. In addition to her husband of 61 years, James, she is survived by sons Joe (Beth), Jimmy (Ruthie), son-in-law JJ Hynes; 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by daughter Kim Hynes.

2020

Coombes

ARCSE member Raymond Eugene Coombes (72) of Paris, Illinois, passed away July 15, 2020 at Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was born September 25, 1947 in Danville, Illinois, the son of Paul and Mary (Brewer) Coombes. He married Paula Hoffman on July 22, 1972 in Walnut, Illinois, and she survives. Ray was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in Vietnam and later in Germany. He worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation for 42 years, starting as a Soil Conservation Technician in Tuscola, Illinois and retiring in 2008 as District Conservationist in Paris, Illinois. He was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Hume American Legion Post 369, and was a former member of the Edgar County 4-H Association Board. He was also a judge for the Edgar County 4-H Fair for several years. He enjoyed woodworking and following his retirement, he took on the task of mowing lawns for several people. He never missed any of his grandchildren’s events and he was a Fighting Illini Fan. In addition to his wife Paula, Ray is survived by two children, Steve (Jill) Coombes of Paris, Illinois and Mary (Deron) Hearn of Hume, Illinois and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Brad Foy. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Edgar County 4-H Association or the Hume American Legion Post 369.

2020

Copenhaver

Charles Frederick Copenhaver (82) of Abingdon, Virginia passed away on October 3, 2020, at his home. Fred was born December 26, 1937 and raised in Blue Springs, Virginia. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech. He taught as an Agriculture teacher at John Battle High School in Bristol, Virginia for 13 years and then worked for the Natural Resource Conservation Service for 33 years. He served as the district conservationist in the Abingdon and Galax field offices. Fred was a friend and mentor to a lot of current district conservationists and field staff. Fred had a jovial spirit and was good story teller that always brought a smile and laugh to whoever he was around. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, E. Maxine Copenhaver; daughter, Diane (Scott) Rector of Meadowview, Virginia; son Jim (Karen) Copenhaver of Glade Spring, Virginia; and 5 grandchildren.

2020

Craig

Senior Conservationist Clell Dean Craig (97) of Carrollton, Missouri passed away December 2, 2020, at Carroll House in Carrollton. He was born June 19, 1923, in Ridgeway, Missouri, to Harley and Oletha (Landis). Clell grew up on a farm outside of Ridgeway, Missouri. Upon graduation from high school, Clell entered the military, and he served his country honorably in the United States Army during World War II as a mechanic. Clell was united in marriage to Virginia Ila Hamilton in Troy, Kansas, on September 1, 1946. Clell and Virginia shared 61 years of marriage before departing him in death on February 17, 2008.  Clell was employed as a soil conservation technician for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and later worked at Charlie's Texaco Service Station in Carrollton. Clell enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing cards. He especially enjoyed the many fishing trips to Canada and Devils Lake, South Dakota, where their traveling gang had many great times. Clell is survived by a son, Gerald Craig of Carrollton, Missouri and a grandson, Jason Appleberry of Carrollton. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia and a son, Larry Craig. In Clell's memory, and as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pence-Lovell-England Post #1773, Carrollton, Missouri.

2020

Cyre

Thomas D. Cyre (65) passed away December 27, 2020 at Mount Joseph Senior Village, Concordia, Kansas. He was born November 10, 1955 in Newton, Kansas to Bernard and Loretta (Dallen) Cyre. He received his Associate Degree from Cloud County Community College and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology at Ft. Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. On August 20, 1976 he married Sandra Estes at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Clay Center, Kansas. Thomas worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Geologist. He is survived by his wife Sandra Cyre, Concordia, Kansas; son, Vaughan Cyre, Concordia, Kansas; mother, Loretta Cyre, Clay Center, Kansas; and several brothers and sisters. Memorial contributions may be given to Meadowlark Hospice in care of Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, PO Box 606, Concordia, KS.

2020

Davidson

Ruth Marie Davidson (90) of Topeka, Kansas passed away February 20, 2020 at McCrite Health Center. She was the spouse of USDA-Soil Conservation Service conservation agronomist Granville "Dave" Davidson who passed away in 2016. Ruth met Dave while attending Oklahoma State University. They were married January 29, 1949, in Oklahoma City. Dave's work took them throughout Kansas. Ruth was a devoted wife and mother who managed a household while working as an insurance secretary, and then a file clerk in the Topeka Statehouse.

2020

Decker

Denise Marie Decker, Ph.D (71) of Washington, DC passed away November 4, 2020. Denise was born blind on March 9, 1949. She overcame this adversity and dedicated her life to using her blindness as a tool for public service to give back to the many family, friends, co-workers, and mentors who provided support and assistance to her throughout her life. She had a Bachelor of Arts degree from State University of New York, two Masters of Arts degrees and a Ph. D from the University of Wisconsin, and two Fulbright Foundation & American Association of University Women Ph.D. Fellowships. From 1979 to 1989 she worked for the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, Agency for International Development (AID) where she wrote and implemented workshops to teach independent living skills to people with disabilities living in Brasilia, Brazil. Partners then went on to use her workshop in eight other Latin American countries and awarded Dr. Decker the Program Development Award for her hard work and stunning contributions. In 1989 she began work with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service, first working in the Human Resources Division. She then held several other positions at National headquarters including Customer Service Manager, Human Capital Manager, and Senior Policy Analyst. Her last eight years before her retirement in 2018 were as a Senior Legislative Analyst, in the Legislative Affairs Division where she prepared Chief’s congressional testimony; responded to Congressional inquiries; trained congressional liaisons; briefed congressional members and staff. Leslie Deavers, current Chief of Staff for Associate Chief, worked with Denise in Legislative Affairs and remembers her this way: “She was the type of person who would take on any assignment and was always eager to learn new things and pitch in. Before heading home in the evenings, she would often pop in with her dog Wonder to say good evening and chat a little about life. Denise would always have some fascinating stories about world travels, her work in the community, educating children about seeing eye dogs, and other activities that highlighted her life experiences. Words do not adequately express my feelings of loss at her sudden passing. She was a gem; a marvelous woman who gave much to those around her.”

2020

Derickson

Conservation Partner, Senior Conservationist and Honorary Member Eugene "Gene" Derickson (101) of Hamilton, Ohio passed away May 10, 2020 at Berkeley Square Retirement Community in Hamilton. He was born in Riley, Ohio on April 30, 1919, the son of the Wilbur H. and Elsie (Vizedom) Derickson. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in 1941. After graduation he served as Farm Security Supervisor, United States Department of Agriculture at Findlay, Ohio. In 1944 he returned to Butler County to farm until he purchased a dairy farm in 1953 at Baltimore, Ohio. Gene returned to Government Services in 1955 as a Soil and Water Conservationist in Lancaster, Ohio. In 1959 he accepted the position of Associate Executive Secretary of the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission which was associated with The Ohio State University. In 1969 Gene was appointed Assistant Chief of the division of Soil and Water Districts, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He served as President of the Ohio Chapter of the Soil Conservation Society of America. One of the awards that he has especially cherished was the awarding of being named "Fellow" by this international organization. Upon retirement he received "special recognition" by the General Assembly for "Outstanding Achievement" in Soil and Water Conservation. Gene retired in 1983 and moved to Tavares, Florida. Gene married Helen Lyle of Cadis, Ohio on March 22, 1941. They celebrated 61 years of marriage before her passing on August 26, 2002. In January of 2004 he married Freda Stumpf-Kiniyalocts of Hamilton. Gene is survived by his wife Freda; son Dr. James L. Derickson (Cheryl) of Arizona; daughter Karen J. Fetter (Jack) of Grover Hill, Ohio; stepdaughter Linda (Steve) Alexander of Middletown, Ohio. He also leaves 6 grandchildren, one step-granddaughter and 15 great grandchildren.

2020

Doren

Joanne M. Van Doren (85) of Chaumont, New York passed away September 4, 2020 at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, New York after a brief illness. Joanne was the wife of former USDA-Soil Conservation Service Soil Scientist, Ken Van Doren, who passed away in 2016. Joanne is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

2020

Dunnigan

Cecilia S. Dunnigan (91) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away July 30, 2020. Cecilia was the wife of ARCSE Member and Senior Conservationist Lorn Dunnigan who worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Lorn was the head of the Soil Mechanics Lab in Lincoln. He retired in 1989 and passed away in 2014. Cecilia was born January 1, 1929 in Cavalier County, North Dakota to A.G. and Thorlaug (Finnson) Magnusson. She was raised in an Icelandic community and taught school in rural North Dakota until she married Lorn Dunnigan on September 8, 1951. She was an accomplished seamstress and avid gardener. She was also a Food Service Manager for Lincoln Public Schools and a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Cecilia is survived by her Children David (Joy) Dunnigan of Clatonia, Nebraska, Diane (Tom) Lamb of Lincoln, Joan Dunnigan (Bob Cohn) of Louisville, Kentucky, Karan Dunnigan (Gary Connelley) of Billings, Montana, and Brian (Jody) Dunnigan of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

2020

Eckenrode

Joseph Jay “Jake” Eckenrode (75) of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania passed away May 23, 2020 at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Jake began his soil scientist career in 1966 after earning a degree in Soil Science and Agronomy from Pennsylvania State University. He mapped soils in Crawford, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Clinton, and Potter Counties. He also did soil survey details in Florida and Alaska. He was one of the featured soil scientists in the Smithsonian Institute’s 2008 to 2010 Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Exhibit. He mentored many soil scientists who have gone on to successful soil science careers. He retired from NRCS in 2005 and continued working as a consulting soil scientist. Jake wrote many materials that are still being used today – Introduction to Soils of Pennsylvania, the FFA Soils Land Judging manual, Pennsylvania Soil Survey Biographies, and various Agronomy Series on the History of Soil Survey in Pennsylvania, to name a few. He was one of the early contributors to the Pennsylvania Envirothon program and was an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Soil Scientists. He is survived by his wife Sharon M. (Struble) Eckenrode; two sons Jay Glenn Eckenrode (Karen Nagle) and Joseph Andrew Eckenrode (Tara Davidson); two stepsons Jeffery Horner (Robin), Scott Horner (Jennifier); six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

2020

Erinakes

Life Member Dennis Erinakes, (80) of Burleson, Texas passed away July 29, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19. Dennis was born June 6, 1940, in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He was a graduate of Brown University and received his Master’s degree from the University of Maine. Dennis was an engineering geologist and retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as National Groundwater Specialist in 1992. He later was Vice President of one of the largest water boards in Texas, as well as an avid goose hunter and fisherman. He had a deep love for training his hunting dogs and taking in an occasional stray. Dennis was the youngest commercial pilot on the east coast when he earned his credentials in 1956, and he used his status to spot swordfish off the coast for fisherman. He was an Eagle Scout, along with his son and grandson in Davisville, R.I., Troop 1. Dennis was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and always was willing to help anyone who asked. Dennis was on the board of directors of the Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District. He will be loved and missed by his friends and family, including his sons, Michael Erinakes (Angela), David Erinakes (Elaine); and grandchildren, Danielle, Allison, Hunter, Megan and Ethan.

2020

Eyberg

William (Gene) Eugene Eyberg (93) of Atlantic, Iowa passed away November 16, 2020. Gene was born on October 31, 1927, to Roy G. and Frances J. Eyberg in rural Union County, Iowa. Gene attended The Army Specialized Training Program at South Dakota State as an Army Reservist in 1945 and entered into active duty in December of 1945. After discharge from the service in December of 1946, he worked as a clerk for the State Patrol Office in Creston, Iowa. Gene married Kathleen R. Erickson in Creston, Iowa, on December 14, 1947, at which time they farmed in Afton until 1965 and together had ten children. After leaving the farm he owned a gas route for a short time and was then offered a job with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS), which enabled him to follow his passion of working with the land. He served in Creston and later transferred to Indianola, Iowa (1970) and finished in Atlantic (1975). He retired from SCS in 1990. Community and church were important to him and he gave back by being active and serving in or on various clubs, boards and councils. These include 4H (leader), Extension Council, Union County Fair Board, Afton Methodist Church, the Councils of the local Lutheran Church of America in Indianola and Atlantic, Atlantic City Council for two terms and 20 years on the SIRHA Executive Board in Creston. Gene was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Susan Eyberg; grandchildren, Todd Vanderpluym, Jordan Eyberg, Jamie and Ann Eyberg, Josh Gower and Josh Vanderpluym. He is survived by Kathleen, his wife of 73 years; children, Bill (Connie), Kathy (Bob) Bye, Steve, Jim (Kristi), Jeff (Julie), Jane (Mike) Ohnemus, Deb Miller, Patti (Steve) Grant, Jill (Paul) Hans, Judy (Dennis) Kinen; 19 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

2020

Farr

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Jay Edmundson Farr (92), formerly of Petersburg, Illinois passed away February 20, 2019 at the Bell Trace Senior Living Center in Bloomington, Indiana where he and his wife Betty had lived for five years. Jay was born May 3, 1926 in Oak Park, Illinois to Jay, Sr. and Elizabeth Farr. Immediately after graduating from high school, Jay enlisted in the US Army Air Force. He graduated from the University of Illinois and began a lifelong career in conservation, first with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until he retired as a district conservationist in 1972, and then 20 more years with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Jay was a charter member of the Petersburg Tree Committee, active in veterans’ organizations and the United Methodist Church. One of the highlights of his later years was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC to honor World War II veterans. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty, and grandchildren Sara Humbert, Becky Belancin, Jeffrey Bartons, Angie Hudak, Scott Lindroth, Catherine Lindroth and one great-grandchild, Madison Belancin.

2020

Fasig

Joe Allen Fasig (88) of Marion, Illinois passed away on February 29, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Joe was born on March 6, 1931 in Charleston, Illinois the son of Fred A. and Julia H. (Parker) Fasig. Joe honorably served our country in the United States Army Infantry and Signal Corps from 1948 until 1952. Joe spent his career working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service starting as a soil conservationist and retiring as a Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator (Shawnee RC&D). Throughout the years, Joe was a ham radio operator, skilled woodworker, and remarkable hunter. In 1950, he was featured in the Chicago Tribune for the first legal deer kill in Illinois. He traveled to Okeene, OK for twenty-five years and hunted rattlesnakes. He married Nancy A. Woolford on August 28, 1954 in Charleston, Illinois and had a loving marriage for sixty-one years. She preceded him in death on April 13, 2016. Joe is survived by five children: Fred A. Fasig of Charleston, Illinois, Jim M. Fasig (Becky) of Charleston, Illinois, Kathleen M. Mullen (Jeff) of Ballwin, Missouri, Lisa A. Hudgens (Kerry) of Marion, Illinois, Susan L. Mackin of Bellville, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

2020

Fisher

Henry Fisher (84) of Columbus, Ohio passed away November 14, 2020. He received geology degrees from Brooklyn College and Missouri School of Mines. He worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a geologist, retiring in 2004. He was a square dance and contra caller, wood worker, piano player, and rock collector. He enjoyed life. He is survived by wife, Goldie Fisher; daughter, Deborah (Daniel Beck) Fisher; son, Martin (Stephanie) Fisher; granddaughters, Lauren Fisher, Paulina Fisher and Ada Beck; and grandson, Ezra Beck. A private graveside service was held on November 15 at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Henry's memory may be made to Congregation Tifereth Israel at www.tiferethisrael.org.

2020

Flanders

Senior Conservationist James Maxwell Flanders (96) of Lyons, Georgia passed away February 24, 2020, under Hospice care at Green Acres Health and Rehabilitation in Milledgeville, Georgia. He was born April 11, 1923, in Adrian, Georgia to William Arch and Betty May Flanders. He served one year with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah and then joined the United States Navy. He was called to active duty a year later after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was one of four brothers, who served in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Maxwell graduated from the University of Georgia in 1949 with a degree in Natural Science and Agriculture with a major in Agronomy. He worked with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in various locations in Georgia until his retirement as an area conservationist in 1980. He retired in Lyons and enjoyed his farms for forty years. Maxwell was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lyons. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Doris Simmons Flanders in 2013. Maxwell is survived by his daughters; Ellen Rivenbark (Kirk), Susan Wiley (Tom), Jeanie Beverly (Albert); his son, James Maxwell Flanders, Jr.; his grandchildren, Will Rivenbark (Valerie), Eric Rivenbark (Allison), John Wiley, Drew Wiley, Taylor Fields, Caroline Fields; and four great grandchildren.

2020

Florenzen

Joel Makelin Florenzen (83) of Hermiston, Oregon passed away peacefully at his home on December 17, 2020. Joel was born May 8, 1937, in Fort Bragg, California to parents Manuel Florenzen and Josephine “Josie” (Gollnick) Florenzen. He grew up in Fort Bragg, California, working at the lumber mill with his Dad during summers and after high school, saving money for college. Joel enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in May 1957 and was on active duty until May 1962. He was in the Air Force Reserves through 1963 and was honorably discharged. He completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He became a radar operator and was stationed in Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi; the Othello Radar Station in Othello, Washington; and then a radar site in Germany. After the Air Force he attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in 1963 where he met his future wife Trish. They married on Oct. 3, 1964, in Carson City, Nevada. In 1966 Joel graduated on the Dean’s list with an Associate’s Degree in Engineering in Survey Technology and an Associate’s Degree in Engineering in Highway Technology. Joel worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as an Engineering Technician in Ontario, Oregon from 1967 until he retired in 1993. He received numerous Merits of Performance Awards. Joel and Trish moved to Hermiston in 2017 to be closer to their kids in his later years. He had a special nostalgia for the Redwoods and enjoyed visiting his childhood home on the Northern California Coast, but his heart always remained in Vale and the Treasure Valley. He is survived by his spouse, Patricia “Trish” Ann Florenzen; daughters Heidi Florenzen of Hermiston, and Jennifer (Jonathon) Gilbert of Selah, Washington. Donations in his memory can be made to the Vale Oregon Food Pantry in care of City of Vale, 150 Longfellow St. N., Vale, Oregon 97918.

2020

Fosberg

CP Conservation partner Maynard Axel Fosberg (101) of Moscow, Idaho passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 18, 2020 due the effects of coronavirus. Maynard was born July 7, 1919 with twin sister Eva to Axel and Helen Fosberg in Turlock, California. He was another of the “greatest generation” and a pillar of the Moscow and University of Idaho community. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1940 and was stationed at Lemoore Air Force Base in California in charge of a photo lab, then to Denver, Colorado for training for gun cameras in the Army Air Corp. Maynard was then transferred to Lakeland, Florida for reconnaissance training then to Thomasville, Georgia to train on P1 fighters as a gun camera specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1945 from the service as a Technical Sargent. He married Margaret Williams in May 1947. After his service, he enrolled in the University of Wisconsin, Madison earning his Bachelor of Science in Soil Science in 1945 and his Masters’ degree in 1947 in Soil Science. Maynard also achieved his doctorate in Soil Science from Wisconsin in 1963. He and Margaret moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1947. Maynard worked as a Soils Professor with the University of Idaho from 1947 (intending to stay only three years) until his retirement after 42 years in 1989. During his time, he developed the largest soils monolith collection in the United States with 234 total soils monoliths and contributed to the World Soil Monolith collection in Holland. He published more than a hundred research papers on soil projects. Ever active in retirement he took over the annual high school FFA Idaho State Land and Soils Evaluation Contest and ran it for 18 years. His wife of over 68 years, Margaret passed away in March of 2016 and his daughter Stephanie in April of 2020. His son, Mark (Karen) Fosberg of Spokane Valley survives along with his six grandchildren.

2020

Galt

Henry Deloss "Dee" Galt (90) of Las Cruces, New Mexico passed away peacefully on May 19, 2020 in Las Cruces. Dee was born on September 14, 1929 in Forsan, Texas, the only child of Junius and Helen (Marshall) Galt. Dee was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an Airman First Class in the Army Air Corps. He was an alumnus of both Texas A&M University and the University of Arizona, where he obtained a B.S. degree in Range Management, an M.S. in Range Forestry, and a Ph.D. in Range Management, also minoring in Animal Nutrition. He married Margaret Lucille "Lucy" Tucker on July 9, 1960. Together they raised a family while they lived in New Mexico, North Dakota, Tunisia, and Washington due to Dee's work as a Range Conservationist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, where he worked for 30 years. Dee and Lucy moved to Las Cruces when Dee retired in 1990. After retirement, along with Jerry Holechek, Dee formed an independent range consultant service, where they worked on several projects throughout New Mexico and Arizona. Dee was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy in 2014. He is survived by five children: Patrick (Carole) of Saint Paul, Minnesota; Mark of Las Cruces; Keri Galt-Belhon (Patrick) of San Diego, California; Janis Phillips (Mike) of Griffin, Georgia; and Lee of Las Cruces; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

2020

Gann

Calvin Joe "Doc" Gann of Antlers, Oklahoma passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 8, 2020. He was born in Stanford, Texas on May 19, 1942 to WD and Ardney (Burleson) Gann. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry at Abilene Christian College, Abilene Texas in 1965. Calvin began a career with the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Technician in Floydada, Texas in 1965 and worked for the Dunn Ranch in Fort Worth. He had huge a passion for ranching. In 1968 he moved his Texas family to Oklahoma where he would operate a 3000-acre ranch in Daisy, Oklahoma and continued his career with the Soil Conservation Service in Antlers, Oklahoma. Calvin served as a mentor to the technicians in South East Oklahoma before retiring in 2004. Calvin is survived by his wife: Beth Gann; children: Kevin (Debra) Gann of Antlers, Oklahoma, Kam (John) Harden of Soper, Oklahoma, Kay (Monty) Hamman of Nashoba, Oklahoma, and Kaci (Michael) Applegate of Paris, Texas; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

2020

Gantz

Ruth Louise Gantz (94) of Marion, Kansas passed away February 6th, 2020. She was the spouse of Almus “Al” Richard Gantz. Al survives. He retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1982 as the District Conservationist in the Marion Field Office in Kansas.

2020

Gantz

Almus "Al" Richard Gantz (95) of Marion, Kansas passed away March 5, 2020. Al’s life began on January 13, 1925, the son of Albert and Vercy (Mauck) Gantz in Anthony, Kansas. He served his country during WWII in the US Navy from 1943-1946. He married Ruth Louise Peters on August 9, 1947, in Oaklawn, Illinois. Al had a lifetime career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and retired as District Conservationist in Marion in 1982. He enjoyed nature photography, gardening, and antique clocks. He worked on and repaired clocks and was a member of the National Clock Association. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth who passed away a month earlier on February 6, 2020. Survivors include his daughters, Barbara Doyle of Richardson, Texas, Alice Martin (Tom Holtgrew) of Bonner Springs, Kansas; son, Howard Gantz (Donna) of Kingman, Kansas; six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

2020

Gardner

Miriam Bailey Gardner (68) of Cary, North Carolina and Monticello, Kentucky passed away March 6, 2020, at her home in Cary. She was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2007. Her husband, William “Bill” Gardner was her caregiver during her 13-year illness. Miriam was born February 6, 1952, in Rowan County, North Carolina the daughter of the late Marguerite Bain Bailey and William Douglas Bailey. Miriam received her bachelor’s degree in conservation from the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State in 1974 and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1989. She was employed by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 33 years, Miriam was the first woman district conservationist in North Carolina, and one of the first five in the nation. She concluded her career in the North Carolina NRCS state office as a resource conservationist. She became a pilot at age 17 with an interest in aerospace engineering. Miriam attempted to join the Air Force flight program while at North Carolina State but found it was open only to men. Miriam was a talented musician who played the piano, organ, cornet, and French horn. Miriam is survived by her husband of 32 years, Bill; a son, Dylan Vance Gardner of Clayton, North Carolina, a step-son, Chad Gardner of Raleigh, North Carolina; a step-daughter, Lora Gardner (Mike) Rowe of Apex, North Carolina; and two step-grandchildren. 

2020

Gentry

Alan Dale Gentry (63) of Ottawa, Kansas passed away June 14, 2020, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Alan was born March 19, 1957 in Wichita, Kansas and was adopted May 23, 1957 by Kenneth Neil and Alberta Elizabeth Briles-Gentry. He was welcomed home by big brother Mike who was also adopted. On August 31, 1961 they all welcomed baby sister Elisa Ann to the family. Alan was united in marriage to Lori Fritts March 25, 1995 in Ottawa where they were fortunate to share 25 years of marriage. He worked for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for 30 years, retiring on June 30, 2018. He loved his job and working with the farmers. Alan and Lori traveled extensively. They cruised to Alaska twice, took yearly trips to Branson, Orlando, Wyoming, Ohio, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Carolina. Alan’s favorite vacation spot was Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. They had hoped to travel back there, but God had other plans. Alan is survived by his wife Lori and son Benjamin “Ben” of Castle Rock, Colorado. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Kansas City Research Institute c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067 as Alan participated in their liver research program.

2020

Gibson

Harry J. Gibson, Sr. (82) of Cary, North Carolina passed away March 26, 2020. Harry was born on January 20, 1938 to Onan Edward Gibson and Marjorie Jackson Gibson in Gibson, North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University in January 1962 majoring in engineering. After graduation, Harry accepted employment with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served the agency in various capacities for over 42 years, culminating as the State Conservation Engineer in North Carolina. He was proud to be a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Professional Land Surveyor. He is survived by the love of his life, Elaine C. Gibson; his daughter, Martha Anderson (Bryan) of Apex, North Carolina; his son H. J. “Jay” Gibson, Jr. (Jill) of Apex, North Carolina; and five grandsons.

2020

Giese

Gene Giese (87) of Fargo, North Dakota, passed away June 23, 2020 at Sanford Health, Fargo. Gene began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in 1958 as a Soil Conservationist at Selfridge, North Dakota, then worked at Napoleon, North Dakota and Cavalier, North Dakota. In 1970 Gene moved to Fessenden, North Dakota, as a Soil Conservation Technician, where he worked until his retirement in April 1986. He then worked as a manager for the Soil Conservation District in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and Wheaton, Minnesota. Gene is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda Giese (Kramlich); one son Glen (Stephanie), of Fargo, North Dakota; two daughters Audrey (Victor) Nordstrom, and Karla (Darrell) Schlagel, both of Fargo, North Dakota; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

2020

Goerend

Duane T. Goerend (84) of Salina, Kansas passed away November 30, 2020. He was born September 1, 1936 in St. Lucas, Iowa. He served in the United States Air Force. He then worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, including working as District Conservationist in Salina. He was preceded in death by daughter, Pamela Schick and grandson Justin Willingham. Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Goerend, children, Kimberly Willingham, and Linda (David) Rohleder, both of Salina, son-in-law, Bradley Schick, 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

2020

Goodwin

Danny P. Goodwin (70) of Mayflower, Arkansas passed away August 16, 2020. He was born September 19, 1949 to Wilford Goodwin and Betty Jo McDonald in Griffithville, Arkansas. Danny served in the United States Navy during the Viet Nam Conflict. He attended the University of Central Arkansas, earning two Bachelor's degrees, and Memphis State University, where he earned a Master's Degree. Danny spent 30 years as a Groundwater Hydrologist assisting all 50 states and projects in Guam and China. He worked first for the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission (ASWCC), where he actively engaged and supported the East Arkansas Water Conservation Project, a partnership effort among ASWCC, the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, and United States Geological Survey. He moved over to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the late 1980s as a water quality specialist. He was a principle planner on the Buffalo River Tribs PL-566 project to help manage animal manure waste in the Buffalo River watershed. He became a hydrologist at the National Water Management Center in the late 90s, assisting state NRCS specialists to further document and assess the need for water conservation efforts and improve water quality. Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife Becky Goodwin and stepson, John Franklin. Danny was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Alicia Franklin.

2020

Gordon

Doretha Gordon (93) of Durant, Oklahoma passed away April 21, 2020. Doretha was employed at the Foundry and Woolworth in Durant after high school. She went to California one summer and worked in the fields. She worked for the Department of Agriculture from 1963 to 1970. Then from 1971 to 2003 she worked in Bryan County for USDA-Soil Conservation Service (until 1989) and Bryan Conservation District (until 2003) as a Secretary and District Clerk. She enjoyed traveling to different cities for the yearly State Conventions with co-workers who became lifelong friends. She was a big sports fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. She loved gardening and yard work, cooking and sewing. Doretha was active in First Presbyterian Church in Durant serving as a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years and as a deacon for several years. Doretha married Clifford McDaniel Gordon on October 3, 1953. He preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Daniel (Sherri) Gordon, Gregory Gordon, and Scott Gordon all of Durant, and one grandson.

2020

Gray

Frankie Eugene Gray (80) of Abilene, Kansas passed away May 21, 2020 at home surrounded by family. He was born January 7, 1940 near Miltonvale, Kansas, the son of George W. and Georgia A. (Catlin) Gray. On July 4, 1957 he married Sherryl Shroyer in Miltonvale. Most of their married life was spent in Abilene. Frankie was employed by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. Frankie enjoyed spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, traveling, and country music. He was a member of the Abilene First United Methodist Church. Frankie was preceded in death by his son, Leland Gray. Frankie is survived by his wife, Sherryl Gray of Abilene; son, Gerald (Jeanine) Gray of Iola, Kansas; daughter, Sherri (Jim) Hohensee of Abilene; four grandchildren, Kelby Garten, Cassie Gragg, Leland Gray, Layton Gray; and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Dickinson County Hospice.

2020

Griffin

Donald “Donnie” L. Griffin (81) of Shelbyville, Kentucky passed away March 25, 2020 at his Shelby County home. Donnie was born November 24, 1938 in Flemingsburg, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky. A farmer and civil engineer, he served in federal government for 31 years with the Soil Conservation Service and US Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1994. He later worked more than a decade for Ellis Farms. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. He was the husband of long time Shelby County Conservation District Clerk Ann Griffin. In addition to Ann, his wife of 53 years, Donnie is survived by four sons Blakemore of Shelby County; Tod (Ashley) of Owenton, Kentucky; Mark (Dawn) of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; and Brad (Missy) of Pasadena, California; and seven grandchildren. The family held a private burial at Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Donations in memory of Don may be made to the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, 132 Gray Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

2020

Hadles

Edith K. Hadle (98) of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away July 10, 2020. Edith was born in Halstead, Kansas, on December 1, 1921, to Amelia Bahr and William Mierau. She attended Wichita University (now Wichita State University) and Kansas State University. Edith served in the U.S. Army in the Women's Army Corps as a Laboratory Technician during World War II. On October 5, 1946, she married Fred B Hadle, and together they had two sons. She worked as a Biological Technician for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 17 years until retirement in 1983. Edith was a long-time member of the Ashland Community Church where she also served on the Church Board. Edith is survived by her two sons Gary (Kathleen) Hadle of Topeka, Kansas and Stephen (Diana) Hadle, of Manhattan, Kansas; 13 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Fred Hadle, and one grandson.

2020

Haefner

Ernest Otto Haefner (88) of Wheaton, Kansas, passed away December 27, 2020, at Onaga Health and Rehab in Onaga, Kansas. Ernie was born on October 17, 1932, in Blaine, Kansas, the son of Ernest and Ruth Paxton Haefner. Ernie served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then graduated in 1961 from Kansas State University with a degree in Agriculture and Applied Science. Ernie worked for six years for Gulf Oil Spencer Fertilizer. He then worked for thirteen years for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Ernie then began working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and retired as a District Conservationist in 1995. After his retirement, he did crop adjusting part-time for a rain and hail insurance company. In the years between Gulf Oil and Goodyear, Ernie broke, trained, bred, and raced quarter horses. Ernie enjoyed card games, woodworking, and hunting. He was accomplished at sign language for the deaf and was often called upon to do translating. Ernie married Nila Elaine Kufahl on June 2, 1957, in Wheaton. She preceded him in death in 2019. Ernie is survived by his children; Curtis Haefner (Lori), Wheaton, Kari Kufahl (Randy), Wheaton, and Kevin Haefner (Lisa), DeSoto, Kansas; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren.

2020

Handler

Member John F. Handler (69) passed away suddenly at his home in Welch, Minnesota, on February 22, 2020 from a heart attack. John was born March 14, 1950 to Frank and Clara (Cashdollar) Handler of West Homestead, Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. After marrying Priscilla K Jenkins in 1974, the couple moved to New Hampshire, where their two children were born. In 1990 the family moved to Welch, Minnesota, where John lived ever since. He enjoyed a life-long job as a soil scientist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service culminating with multi-state regional responsibilities as a soil data quality specialist on the regional soil survey staff in St. Paul, Minnesota. He retired in 2010. He maintained an active retirement volunteering for the Goodhue County Historical Society and Habitat for Humanity and took part in various model railroading and other clubs. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Priscilla, in May 2019. He is survived by his son Sam, daughter Emily and son-in-law Tamás, and grandson Ben.

2020

Hanson

Theodore Dale “Teddy” Hanson (78) of Lewisburg, West Virginia passed away May 31, 2020 at his home. He was born March 11, 1942 at Clintonville, West Virginia the son of the late Slater Wilson and Winona Maye Kelley Hanson. Teddy was in the National Guard for eight years. He was retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. He was a member of the Lewisburg Baptist Church and the Maxwelton Ruritan Club. He enjoyed gardening and hunting. Teddy loved coaching his grandsons in basketball and baseball. Survivors include his loving devoted wife of fifty-three years, Mary Ruth Keene Hanson; daughter, Darla Beane (Jeff) of Lewisburg; and grandchildren, Isaac, Austin and Lauren Beane. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations of sympathy be made to the Lewisburg Baptist Academy Athletic Fund, 246 Grand Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

2020

Hanson

Arthur H. Hanson (80) of New Port Richey, Florida (formerly of Betavia, New York) passed away October 20, 2020. He was the District Conservationist in Batavia, New York for the USDA- Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994. He enjoyed working outdoors, watching hockey and news, and doing jigsaw puzzles with the grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Donna Hanson, two sons, Mark (Abby) and Michael (Lesa); and two grandchildren, Maria and Alexey.

2020

Hanson

Clyde F. Hanson (88) of Grangeville, Idaho passed away December 22, 2020, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Clyde was born April 21, 1932, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a son of Frans and Sarah (Snead) Hanson. He lived the last 60 years in Grangeville. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He worked as a Conservation Technician for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He was known in the area for his volunteer work with many organizations and groups. He was a volunteer fireman. He spent many years teaching EMS and CPR classes all around the area. Clyde is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marietta; sons Bruce Hanson of Spokane Valley, Washington, and David Hanson of Juneau, Alaska; daughter Joyce Hanson of Windsor, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

2020

Harjo-Moffer

David Brent Harjo-Moffer (77) of Wetumka, Oklahoma passed away February 19, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. David was born September 25, 1942 in Wetumka, Oklahoma to Eddie Moffer and Hazel (Absher) Moffer. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. On September 25, 2007, in Holdenville, Oklahoma, he married Melissa Ann Harjo. David was a construction inspector for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After retiring from NRCS he worked in real estate for the Sac and Fox Nation and Bureau of Indian Affairs. David also enjoyed searching for and collecting arrowheads and fossils. Survivors include his wife, Mellisa Ann Harjo-Moffer of Wetumka; one son, Brent Tulwv Moffer (Dana) of Norman, Oklahoma; three daughters, Debbie Devine of Nashville, Tennessee, Raquel Moffer of Ft. Thompson, South Dakota and Kim Moffer of North Carolina, and several grandchildren. Committal was at the Moffer Family Cemetery near Wetumka, Oklahoma with military honors.

2020

Henry

Johnnie F. Henry (82) of North Little Rock, Arkansas passed on to his Heavenly home on July 9, 2020. He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas on May 6, 1938 to parents John and Frances Henry. Johnnie received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a Civil Engineer and as the State Design Engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, retiring in 1990. He also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of the Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church for 53 years. Johnnie enjoyed sports and worked on the NLR High School chain crew for over 40 years. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Linda Alexander Henry of North Little Rock; son, David (Pam) Henry of Conway, Arkansas; daughter, Diane (Russ) Moore of Maumelle, Arkansas; and grandchildren Jakob Henry, Abbey Moore and Zachary Moore. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church, 1723 Schaer St., North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

2020

Higgin

Danny Higgins (78) of Elkton, Kentucky passed away May 17, 2020 at his home of natural causes. He was born July 1, 1941 in Todd County, Kentucky, the son of the late Ernest E. and Imogene Dunn Higgins. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ. He was retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service where he worked as a civil engineering technician. He was also a retired farmer. He loved his family, cattle trading, gardening, and tractors. Danny is survived by his wife of 58 years Dianne Higgins of Elkton; three daughters Kimberly Sears (David) of Allegre, Kentucky, Cherie Morris (Mitch) and Brandi Higgins (Coty) both of Elkton; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

2020

Hodges

Jacqueline Theresa Hodges (nee McDermott) (82) of Folsom, Pennsylvania passed away May 21, 2020 due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Jacqueline was born on August 3, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was predeceased by her loving husband Charles, and her son Charles, Jr. She graduated from John W. Hallahan High School in 1955 and worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until her retirement in 2005. She worked on the Soils Staff at the Northeast National Technology Center and later as a computer specialist. Jackie also worked for several years at National Headquarters. Her favorite hobbies were spending time with her family, being at the family shore house in North Wildwood, traveling with her friends, and gardening. Survivors include daughter Cathleen, daughter Patricia (Fran), son Bill (Kathleen), and grandchildren Kristina (Michael), Charles (Lindsay), Francis, Jr. (Amanda), Andrew, Sean, Joshua, Patrick, Victoria, and Ryan, as well as three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

2020

Holmes

Senior Conservationist Daniel E. Holmes (96), former resident of Fort Worth, Texas, and of St. Francis Village (SFV), Crowley, Texas, passed away on July 12, 2020, on the birthday of his beloved, already deceased wife Betty Holmes. Dan was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, and spent his early years on the family farm near Lincoln, Kansas. Dan was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. In 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Hundertmark. They enjoyed a long, happy union and were blessed with four sons. Dan earned a B.S. Degree in Agronomy from Kansas State University and a mid-career Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Dan's employment was with the USDA's Soil Conservation Service (SCS), where he devoted his life to providing encouragement and technical assistance for land users to protect the nation's natural resources. He rose through the ranks, serving in positions in Kansas, Iowa, Washington D.C., Missouri, Illinois, Texas, and finally becoming an Assistant Chief of the Soil Conservation Service, the position from which he retired in 1980. He received many awards and commendations for his technical expertise and leadership during his career, capped by the USDA's Superior Service Award while serving as State Conservationist of Illinois. He was a Charter Member of the U.S. Government's Senior Executive Service. He was a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, the North Texas SCS Alumni Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Knights of Columbus, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the St. Bartholomew Prime Time Club of St. Bartholomew, and the American Legion. After his retirement, Dan volunteered his assistance in many activities at St. Bartholomew Church and St. Francis Village. Survivors are his son Richard Holmes (Bronia), of Columbia, South Carolina; son Steven Holmes of Emeryville, California; son Joseph Holmes (Deborah), of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren; and four great granddaughters. In addition to his wife Betty, a son, David, preceded Dan in death at 16 years of age.

2020

Holmgren

George Holmgren (92) of Palo Alto, California passed away peacefully at home on November 22, 2019, surrounded by family after a short illness. Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, he later moved with his family to Berkeley, California where he attended Berkeley High School. Following graduation, he immediately volunteered for the Navy, serving at the close of WWII. Upon returning home, he attended the University of California, Berkeley and went on to earn a PhD in Soil Chemistry at Washington State University. He worked as a researcher with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, Soil Survey Lab in Lincoln, Nebraska for 30 years. Las Vegas was his home in retirement for three decades, and in 2015 he moved to Palo Alto, California to be near his children. He was married for 62 years to his surviving wife Joyce Holmgren. He is also survived by son Eric, daughter Laura (Frank), and five grandchildren.

2020

Hunter

Iona Catherine (Bennett) Hunter (88) of Taloga, Oklahoma passed away June 28, 2020. Iona was the daughter of Gale Ward and Clara Beatrice (Nordquist) Bennett and was born October 8, 1931 at Eagle City, Oklahoma. On April 23, 1954, Iona married Daniel Osborn Hunter. Iona was the secretary for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and the Dewey County Conservation District, a career spanning 46 years. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, making several for friends and each grandchild. She also enjoyed embroidery work, completing a beautiful state bird quilt for her daughter. In 2006, Iona become a member of the Taloga Precinct Election Board. Iona was preceded in death by her husband Daniel in 2003, son-in-law Wallace Donnelly; and grandson Joseph Gerard Vandeven. Her survivors include children Darrel Hunter of Taloga, and Debra Donnelly of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

2020

Hurst

Donald Alan Hurst (64) of Richmond, Kentucky (formerly of Springfield, Kentucky and Stanton, Kentucky) passed away May 9, 2020 at his home. He was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky on June 19, 1955. Donald was a 1977 graduate of the University of Kentucky. He spent his career working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist. He was the district conservationist in Stanton, Kentucky when he retired in 2010. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Goode Hurst; a daughter, Rebecca Petrey (Lynn) of Richmond; a son, Alan Hurst (Katie) of Lexington, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Madelynn, Tate and Millie Petrey and Iris and Ivy Hurst; and his mother, Mary Agnes Hurst.

2020

Husa

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Veikko Lennie Husa (95) of Spokane Valley, Washington passed away November 7, 2020. Lennie was born July 18, 1925 on the family homestead in the Finnish farming community of Belden, North Dakota. Riding on a wooden box between the two front seats of a Model A, he arrived in Washington State at age 10 with his family after the farm blew away during the dust bowl years. He graduated Rochester High School in 1943, just in time to be drafted for World War II. Lennie served as a Private in Intelligence & Reconnaissance in the 345th Infantry Regiment in the 87th Infantry Division in Patton’s Third Army, fighting across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. He experienced numerous major engagements, including the Battle of the Bulge, though never spoke of his hardships with his family until about 50 years later. On the GI Bill, he attended Washington State College (now University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1950. In his first job with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in the Puyallup office, he met the love of his life, Florence Seeley. They were married on March 24, 1951. Active in the community, Lennie was involved in the Boy Scouts, the United Methodist Church, the Spokane Professional Engineers, square dancing with the Crosstrailers club, the Spokane Chapter of the Finlandia Foundation, served on the Board of Directors for the Model Irrigation District, and many other activities. He was Engineer of the Year for the Inland Empire Chapter of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1975. After retiring from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981 as State Design Engineer, he and Florence travelled widely through the U.S. and Europe. He was preceded in death by grandson Jamie Funke. He is survived by his wife Florence, his son Darwin Husa (Jean), of Poulsbo, Washington, daughter Cheryl Sampson (David) of Spokane Valley, Washington, son Craig Husa (Susan) of Fall City, Washington, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

2020

Jackson

Member John Wallace Jackson (88) of Fort Worth, Texas passed away February 16, 2020. John and his twin brother and fellow ARCSE member Calvin Jackson, were born on May 2, 1931, at Maypearl in Ellis County, Texas to Margaret and W. H. Jackson. They grew up on the family's farm near Maypearl. After graduating from Waxahachie High School in 1948, John farmed and attended Texas Christian University before transferring to Texas A&M in 1951. John was a member of the Corp of Cadets and graduated with his brother Calvin from Texas A&M in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering. He received a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduating from A&M and served most of his active duty at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon his discharge from active army duty in 1957, John went to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS), where he worked as a construction engineer. He began his career in Crosbyton, Texas, where he worked for two years before being transferred to Spur, Texas. John moved to the Pampa, Texas SCS office in 1964, where he worked for nine years, and he finished his career in Stephenville, Texas where he worked for fourteen years, before retiring in 1987 after thirty years of service. He moved to Fort Worth in 2002 and was a member of First Baptist Church Benbrook. Survivors include his twin brother and ARCSE member Calvin M. Jackson (Carolyn) of Fort Worth; niece Carol Silver (Ken) of Edmond, Oklahoma; nephew Cal Jackson (Cheryl); and several great nephews.

2020

Jahns

Chester “Chet” Arno Jahns, Jr. (74) of Rockford, Washington passed away on June 20, 2020. Chester was born in Spokane, WA on January 25, 1946. He graduated from Freeman High School and then Washington State University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. After getting his degree, Chester worked for the Soil Conservation Service and later managed Viewpoint Farm in Rockford, WA. Chester was active with the Washington Farm Bureau, Secretary of Spokane County Crop Improvement, he was on the board of directors for Mica Peak Cemetery, the citizen’s advisory committee for the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority, President of the Spokane Swing Dance Club. Chester was a faithful member of Rockford United Methodist Church. Chester loved to travel to many places including Germany and Ukraine to observe their farming practices and he enjoyed participation in the German American Society. He loved hiking, bicycling, and snow skiing, and of course he loved playing a little black jack! Chester is survived by his son Kelly Jahns, daughter Tamara Scarcello, two grandchildren, as well as his brother William Jahns and his sister Bonita Morrow.

2020

Jahns

Chester “Chet” Arno Jahns, Jr. (74) of Rockford, Washington passed away June 20, 2020. Chester was born in Spokane, Washington on January 25, 1946. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Agriculture Engineering. After getting his degree, Chester worked as an engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and later managed Viewpoint Farm in Rockford. Chester was active with the Washington Farm Bureau, Secretary of Spokane County Crop Improvement. He was on the board of directors for Mica Peak Cemetery, the citizen's advisory committee for the Spokane County Air Pollution Control Authority, and President of the Spokane Swing Dance Club. Chester was a faithful member of Rockford United Methodist Church. Chester loved to travel to many places, including Germany and Ukraine to observe their farming practices, and he enjoyed participation in the German American Society. Chester is survived by his son Kelly Jahns, daughter Tamara Scarcello, and two grandchildren.

2020

Jakel

Senior Conservationist and ARCSE Member Dale Ernest Jakel (89) of Adams, Wisconsin passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at his home. He was the 7th of 9 children born to Anna Theresa (Wasmuth) and Charles Jakel. In 1951, Dale enlisted in the Navy Seabees and proudly served in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Cuba, and Guam. He received an honorable discharge in 1955. In 1952, Dale met the love of his life on a blind date. Dale and Rita (Hirt) exchanged eternal vows in 1956 at Holy Rosary Church in Medford, Wisconsin. Dale graduated from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 1959 with a degree in Conservation. After graduation, he worked for the National Park Service. In 1963, Dale obtained his dream job as a Soil Scientist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Before retiring in 1993, he moved his family 15 times due to transfers with his job. Dale is survived by his wife Rita, four children, John Jakel of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Ann (Peggy) Jakel Stormoen of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Karen (Lance) Hover of Friendship, Wisconsin, Laura (Amy) Pascoe of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; granddaughters Mary Parker, Christine Wathke, Dr. Leah Hover-Preiss and Dayle Rhinehart; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Mavis (John’s wife).

2020

Jameson

Carolyn Jameson (79) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020 at home surrounded by four generations of her family. Carolyn was the youngest daughter of Otto and Thelma Daniels of Stuart, Oklahoma. Her father was an original Choctaw enrollee. Carolyn was proud of her Choctaw roots and was a voting member of Choctaw tribe. She married Jimmie Wayne Jameson on May 29, 1970 in McAlester, Oklahoma. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Science in 1971 from Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Carolyn began her career in 1965 as a U.S. Navy civilian employee at the McAlester Naval Ammunition Depot producing bombs, rockets, and gun ammunition in support of the Vietnam War. Later she worked at McCoy Engineering and McAlester Oldsmobile Cadillac as office manager. In 1975 Carolyn opened a Dollar General Store on Main Street and managed the store until 1977 when she returned to civil service with USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Carolyn served as a budget officer and made trips around the country training other budget officers. She retired in 2001. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Jimmie Wayne Jameson; daughters, Vicki Jameson and Trudy Simank of Stillwater, Oklahoma; son, John Jameson (Marina) and daughters Kimberly Young and Pamela Silverthorn of Houston, Texas; step-son, Dennis Jameson (LaDawna) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

2020

Johnson

ARCSE Member Ottie G. Johnson (89) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away July 25, 2020 in Oklahoma City. Ottie was born in Hughes County, Oklahoma on May 22, 1931 to Goldie and Alta (Free) Johnson. He married Virginia Blevins on December 30, 1950 in Ozark, Arkansas. He was a geologist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until his retirement in 1986. For decades, he also wrote a weekly newspaper column. Ottie is survived by his wife Virginia; son Russell Johnson of Greeley, Colorado; daughter Jayne Cross (Kevin) of Newberry, Florida; grandchildren Kenny, Katrina, Alyx, Adam, and Jon; and eight great-grandchildren.

2020

Johnson

Ray Johnson, Jr. (86) of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky passed away December 23, 2020 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky due to the COVID-19 virus. He was born in Sonora, Kentucky on December 2, 1934 the son of Ray and Katherine Skaggs Johnson, Sr. He was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War. He worked in many locations across Kentucky for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1993 as Area Conservationist in Mt. Sterling. He was a member of the Rolling Hills Church of Christ. He loved University of Kentucky basketball and was a member of the Optimist and Lions Clubs. He is survived by his wife, Anita Adkins Johnson of Mt. Sterling; one son, James Kevin Johnson of Mt. Sterling; a daughter, Kimbrley Renee Barnes (Steve) of Mt. Sterling; three grandchildren, Justin Mitchell Johnson, Robert Matthew Johnson, and William Fields Johnson.

2020

Jones

Charles "Bill" William Jones (91) of Amboy, Illinois passed away peacefully March 2, 2020, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center, Franklin Grove, Illinois. He was born, January 2, 1929, in Paw Paw, Illinois, the son of and Clyde and Beatrice (Marlow) Jones. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Ila M. Meyer on March 18, 1950. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2016. In the beginning of his career, Bill worked 23 years as a Soil Conservation Technician with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by one son, Kenneth (Peggy) Jones; two daughters, Linda (Curtis) Harrison, Laurie (Craig) Walter all of Amboy; six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. In addition to his wife Ila, he was preceded in death by son Bernard Jones.

2020

Jones

George J. “Jack” Jones (76) of Luverne, Alabama, passed away June 28, 2020. Jack graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy and Soils. He worked for the USDA-National Resources Conservation Service for 42 years, much of it as a District Conservationist. His love for the beauty of the outdoors manifested itself in the pride he took in taking care of his yard. Jack was a long-time member of the Luverne Rotary Club. He served as the president and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, their highest honor. Jack was devoted to the First Baptist Church of Luverne, where he served in many leadership roles. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda Morris Jones; their son & daughter-in-law, Brandon and Dayna Jones; three grandchildren, Hannah Grant, Chris Jones, and Jaiden Jones; and great-grandson, Logan Grant.

2020

Jorgensen

Charlene Vance Jorgensen (89) of Troy, Kansas, passed away June 10, 2020. Charlene was the widow of ARCSE Member and Senior Conservationist George N. Jorgensen Jr. who passed away in 2015. George retired as the District Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1984. In addition to her husband George, she was preceded in death by her sons Eric and Dennis Jorgensen and her grandchild Jesse Lee Jorgensen. She is survived by her son Mark Jorgensen (Loretta) of Leavenworth, Kansas, her daughter-in-law Carol Jorgensen of Troy; 3 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

2020

Kennedy

Roseanne Kennedy (72) of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away peacefully at home on January 29, 2020 following a long, hard-fought battle with dementia. Roseanne was born May 18, 1947, in Morgantown and was the oldest daughter of Lawrence Dale and Ella Claudine Stone. She graduated from Morgantown High School in 1965 and soon after began working as the secretary to the West Virginia State Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). Roseanne’s smile was the first thing that most visitors to the state office saw. She was consistently acknowledged and honored for her high-level job performance and invaluable devotion to the organization’s mission. After 47 years of service, she retired from the NRCS in May 2012. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Dwight Kennedy. She is also survived by her only daughter, Shelly Cardi and her partner, Greg Golden, and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Amedysis Hospice Care at 5006 Mid Atlantic Drive, Morgantown, West Virginia 26508.

2020

Kenney

District Conservationist Harry Junior Kenney (49) of Newcomerstown, Ohio passed away with his family by his side on November 20, 2020 at Union Hospital, following a battle with coronavirus. He was born November 13, 1971, to Harry Arthur Kenney and Carole Yvonne Lawver. Harry earned a bachelor's degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from The Ohio State University in 1995. "Ham" or "Hammer" as so many knew him, was beloved by those who had the privilege to make his acquaintance. His warm smile and hearty laugh were staples of a vibrant attitude that made him a wonderful husband, father, friend and so much more. Harry spent his time working as a District Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Philadelphia, Ohio, earning his rank after his initial employment in 1999. He found the most happiness working on his family's farm, tending to cows that he called his "girls," keeping things running smoothly, and making hay with his father, brothers-in-law, and nephew. Ham is survived by his wife of 26 years, Tracie, who he took care of through sickness and health, and his two daughters, Madison (Nick) McWilliams of Newcomerstown and Allison (Brandon) Anderson of Port Washington; Ohio. Harry was also expected to be a grandfather soon, something he greatly looked forward to. An active member of King's United Methodist, memorial contributions are asked to be made in his memory to the church at 5651 Kings Ridge Road, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.

2020

Kerrigan

Life Member Ronald Joseph Kerrigan (82) of Greenfield. Indiana passed away January 23, 2020 at Greenfield Healthcare. He was born November 16, 1937 in Muncie, Indiana to Harold J. and Thelma M. (Osborn) (Kerrigan) Busby. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland. Ron continued his education at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis and Ball State University. Ron joined the U.S. Air Force in May 1955 and served his country for over 40 years retiring as Chief Master Sergeant, E-9 as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Deputy Commanding General of the District of Columbia Air National Guard in 1996. He was a true company man and was highly decorated for his dedication to the Air Force. Throughout his career he served in several different capacities including the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U. S. Department of Treasury all in Washington, DC. He was also a member of the Indiana Historical Society, Landmarks of Indiana Preservation and Western Wayne Heritage, Inc. In his spare time, he enjoyed researching and genealogy. He is survived by his wife Betty (Brunner) Kerrigan; his children and several grandchildren. Entombment with Military Rites was provided by the U.S. Air Force and the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard at Crown Hill Cemetery Field of Valor in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2020

King

Senior Conservationist Frances Elizabeth King (99) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away December 30, 2020, one day short of her 100th birthday. She was born around suppertime on a cold evening at her paternal grandparents’ home in Plains, Kansas on December 31, 1920. When Frances was eleven, the King family moved to Alliance, Nebraska. Frances blossomed into a responsible and industrious young woman who took her first job at fifteen ironing shirts for three dollars a week. She attended Alliance High School and excelled in gymnastics, yet she was barred from state-wide competitions due to the discrimination against African American athletes at that time. She graduated from high school in 1939. Seven days before her nineteenth birthday, Frances married her high school sweetheart, bearing her first child, Robert Eugene, followed by Barbara Frances two year later. The family left Alliance and settled in Denver, Colorado where Frances worked and raised her children. Unfortunately, after ten years, her marriage ended in divorce. A five-year second marriage followed. Her third marriage, which also ended in divorce after three years, produced her daughter Annette Louise. Unlucky in love, Frances focused her life on raising her children, developing her skills to advance her career with the Federal Government, and living her Christian faith through stewardship. In 1969, Frances moved to Lincoln to care for her ailing parents. Upon their passing, Frances left her job at the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to relocate to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972 to work for the National Finance Center. She remained in New Orleans for six years, during which time she developed a taste for soft-shelled crab, gumbo, and down-home, southern gospel music. However, with her children married or away at college, Frances longed for the familiarity of Lincoln and old friends, so in 1978 she returned to the Star City where she remained these past forty-two years. Frances enjoyed a happy, busy, and fulfilled life, rich in good friends and family. A member of Mount Zion Baptist Church since she returned to Lincoln, Frances served as Sunday School Superintendent for nine years, treasurer for twenty years, and Trustee. She retired from SCS in 1988. For the past 33 years, Frances made a home with her daughter Annette and grandson, Lathan Murrell. Besides Lathan, Frances was also the beloved grandmother of Christopher Lewis, Donnis (Cox) Hurd, and Ronneka Cox. To her delight, Frances also had four great-grandchildren: Christopher Lewis, Jr., Jonathan Lewis, Jeremy Lewis and Jaxson Hurd.

2020

Knutson

Donna Marie Knutson (89) of Boone, Iowa passed away August 29, 2020 at the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames, Iowa. Donna Knutson was the wife of ARCSE Honorary Member Russell Knutson. Russ was a long time Hydraulic Engineer on the USDA-Soil Conservation Service Iowa State Office staff. Her son, Rick, is a retired Design Engineer who worked on the State Office staff. Donna was born on July 21, 1931 to Mae and Alvin Hummel in Cushing, Iowa. She married Russell on September 9, 1951. A stubborn German, like her father, and nicknamed "Speed", she was challenged to be the mother of three boys, became the grandmother of five, having met the youngest great-grandchildren (2-year old twins) for the first time shortly before her death. She lived with her family in Des Moines for many years, retired, and built a house in Boone County, where she has been a resident for the last 35 years, attending Augustana Lutheran Church. Donna had a creative flair and indulged in painting, and was an object of perpetual motion, enjoying music, square dancing, quilting, gardening, bird watching, traveling, camping, hiking (including summiting the 14,259 foot Long's Peak in Colorado), church, current events and taking care of her family which included preparation of their favorite cultural foods, notably lefse (Norwegian potato flatbread) and Kartoffelpuffer (German potato pancakes). She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Russell, their three children, and their spouses: Richard (Lori) Knutson; Steven (Lorrie) Knutson; Gary (Peggy) Knutson.

2020

Kobs

Erwin Kobs (91), husband of Joan Kobs, died September 13, 2020 at Missouri Slope in Bismarck, ND. He was the father of USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Mail Clerk Connie Kobs. Erv joined the North Dakota Highway Patrol in 1957 and worked as a state trooper and airplane pilot. His wife Joan passed away last year. Joan worked in the State Office in Bismarck. He is survived by daughter Connie Kobs, Bismarck, daughter Karen (Bill) Haas, Bismarck; two granddaughters and their husbands; two great-granddaughters; two sisters; two brothers, two brothers-in-law, 4 sisters-in law and granddog Ancho who always shared a treat or two or more with Grandpa. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; two sisters; five brothers-in-law; sister-in-law and mother-in-law and father-in-law.

2020

Kobs

Joan Kobs (88) of Bismarck, North Dakota, passed away September 1, 2020 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. In 1989, Joan went to work for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Bismarck and her last position before retiring was as secretary for the State Resource Conservationist. She was a crafter, loved puzzles and games, and walking and camping in her two favorite places, Theodore Roosevelt and Glacier National Parks. Her daughter, Connie Kobs, currently works at the Bismarck State Office. She is survived by her husband Erwin Kobs of 61 years; her daughter Karen (Bill) Haas of Bismarck; her daughter Connie Kobs of Bismarck; two granddaughters and their husbands; and two great-grandchildren.

2020

Koenig

Larry K. Koenig (57) of Fayette, Missouri passed away after a motorcycle accident on April 2, 2020. Larry was the son of retired USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service engineer and State Office Design Section Leader Richard Koenig and Marjorie Koenig. On March 30, 2020 Larry was traveling on his motorcycle on Missouri Highway 5 when he went off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, overturned, and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was flown by MU Air Care helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, but died a few days later. In addition to his parents, Larry is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

2020

Kordick

District Conservationist Kevin Wayne Kordick (55) of Boone, Iowa, passed away suddenly on November 28, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. Kevin was the son of Wayne and Barbara Jeanne (Bryan) Kordick, born on December 8, 1964, in Corning, Iowa. He graduated with a degree in Agri-Business in 1987 at Northwest Missouri State University. Kevin spent his working years as a soil & water conservationist. He worked in a variety of places, including Red Oak and Oakland, Iowa, before taking a position with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1992. Kevin started in the Albia office and later held positions in the Humboldt, Jefferson, Boone and Webster City, Iowa offices. On February 22, 1992, Kevin married Julie Maher at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corning, Iowa. Kevin and Julie made their home in Boone where they raised two sons, Matthew Austin and Andrew Ryan. Kevin’s proudest moments were watching his sons play sports. His passion and love of the outdoors and conservation emanated through teaching his sons to hunt, fish and show respect for the land. He also made great contributions to the local 4-H shooting sports club and assisted with youth baseball in Boone. Kevin was very active in the National Wild Turkey Federation, joining in 2006 and serving as treasurer since 2008. Kevin loved the Kansas City Chiefs and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Kevin was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boone. Those left to cherish Kevin’s memory include his wife Julie (Maher); sons, Matthew and Andrew; and his mother, Jeanne Kordick of Corning. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. National Wildlife Turkey Federation, P.O. Box 530, Edgefield, SC 29824.

2020

Kramer

James "Jim" Kramer (76) of Bismarck, North Dakota, passed away October 6, 2020 of multiple myeloma. Jim received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from North Dakota State University (NDSU). He then served in the US Army for two years, nine months and three days, including a year in Vietnam with the 44th Medical Brigade at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital. Upon his discharge, Jim entered graduate school at NDSU earning a Master of Science degree in botany. Jim worked as a soil conservationist and range conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service at Mott, Dickinson, and Mandan, North Dakota and finally in the state office in Bismarck, North Dakota. In 1984 he began employment as a reclamation specialist with BNI Coal, Ltd. in Center, North Dakota, retiring in 2001. After retirement, he was a range management/botanist consultant for five years with Western Plains Consulting of Bismarck. He was a member of the Society for Range Management, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, National Rifle Association, a life member of Disabled American Veterans and charter member of Chapter 150, Vietnam Veterans of America and organized the chapter's Color Guard in 1985. He also volunteered for Heartview Foundation, St Alexis Hospice program, Bismarck VA Clinic, Cub Scouts, a past member of the Dickinson Fire Department and was a published poet. Jim's heroes were all WWII veterans and he loved reading their stories, meeting them, thanking them for their service, and shaking their hand in gratitude for what they did for us and their country. He is survived by his wife Linda Kramer, of Bismarck; his son, Richard (Maren) Kramer, of Fargo, North Dakota; his daughter, Rebecca (Jeremy) Johnson, of Fargo; and six grandchildren.

2020

Kramer

Ivo J. Kramer (82) of Wapakoneta, Ohio passed away November 16, 2020 at Vancrest of St. Marys in St. Marys, Ohio. Ivo was born on May 16, 1938 at home in Wapakoneta, Ohio to John and Emma (Lindhaus) Kramer. On October 25, 1958 he married Camille Frost, who survives at VanCrest of St. Marys. Ivo retired after 52 years of public service with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service. Many know Ivo’s son Tony Kramer who held several national leadership positions with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ivo was a devoted agriculturalist, who was proud to teach evening ag classes at The Ohio State University. Ivo also served his community by being an Auglaize County Commissioner for 12 years. He loved helping people and talking with all the area farmers. When not working or farming, Ivo could usually be found fishing, his favorite pastime. He also loved watching The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns football, and the Cincinnati Reds baseball. Ivo was a dedicated member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, but his true treasure was his family. A loyal husband and loving dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa, Ivo will be greatly missed. Survivors also include four children, Tony (Cathy) Kramer, of Front Royal, Virginia, and Laurie (Randy) Barhorst, Kris (Lynn) Gerstner, and Kelly (Jerry) Krebs, all of Wapakoneta, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Allison (Matthew) Patrick, John Kramer, Sarah (John) Okland, Sherri (Justin) Rogers, Jodi (Chris) Wibley, Dr. Emily (Christopher) Post, David Gerstner, Jon (Dr. Megan Rutledge) Krebs, Justin (Tatum Willoughby) Krebs, and Kaitlin Camille Krebs. A Mass of Christian Burial was held November 20, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, with Father Sean Wilson officiating followed by interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Wapakoneta.

2020

Kugel

Grace “Marie” Kugel (71) of rural Strum, Wisconsin, passed away May 1, 2020 at her home. She was the spouse of retired conservation engineering technician Ron Kugel who worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. They were high school sweethearts and married June 10, 1966 in Tucson, Arizona. Marie is survived by her husband, Ron; two sons, Wayne (Christine) Kugel and Scott Kugel; and four grandchildren.

2020

Kunz

Elaine Kunz (94), wife of Walter Kunz, died September 2, 2020 in New Salem, ND. Walt Kunz worked in the New Salem Field Office as a Soil Conservation Technician. She is survived by a daughter Kerry Horton, Bismarck, ND; two sons Wayne (Dianne) Kunz, Whitewood, SD and Steve Kunz of Fairbanks, AK; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Walt, son Kurt and son-in-law Bill Horton.

2020

Laber

Doris "Dottie" Walter Laber (84) of Wells, Maine passed away peacefully June 25, 2020, at Avita of Wells Memory Care Community. Doris was born on March 4, 1936, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In 1958, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. After getting her degree, Dottie worked full time for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a public information officer, which led to travel and projects around the country. She enjoyed visiting farms and farmers and writing for publications on soil conservation. On June 9, 1963, Dottie married Larry J. Laber. Dottie and Larry lived many places including Chicago, Illinois, Athens, Georgia, Montana, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Orono, Maine. Along the way, Maine became their home base. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Larry, in 2018. Survivors include her sister Lynn Walter Meier (Paul) and many loving nieces and nephews. Donations in memory of Doris Walter Laber may be made to Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Rd, Old Town, Maine 04468 or Sarah's House of Maine, 346 Main Road, Holden Maine 04429.

2020

Lee

Abner Amos Lee (91) of Minot, North Dakota passed away January 7, 2020 in a Minot Hospital. Abner was united in marriage to Lorraine Sanda on February 19, 1952. He served in Korea in the US Army. Abner attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1959. He started with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1959 and worked in various communities throughout North Dakota until retiring as the Area Conservationist in Minot in 1987. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lorraine, of Minot; children Sherry (Jerry) Wheeling, of Minot and Mark Lee, of Plymouth, Minnesota; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

2020

Licsko

ARCSE Member Francis R. Licsko (85) of Fairview, Pennsylvania passed away on August 30, 2020 at Walnut Creek Health Care. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 17, 1934, the son of the late Peter and Mary Felege Licsko. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in June 1957 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. After graduating from PSU, Francis was employed with the USDA- Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in June 1957. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 1, 1957, after graduating from the U.S. Army Finance School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. He then served in the Comptroller's Office at the USA General Depot near Bussac, France, until his discharge on September 9, 1959. Upon his discharge from the military, Francis resumed his employment with the SCS, retiring on January 3, 1987, after a career involving the wise use of our nation's natural resources, including soil, water, woodland, and wildlife. He served in several positions in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Washington, DC. Following his retirement as a Management Analyst, he worked part time for Bob Ferrando Ford World as a parts delivery man for over 25 years. This job was something he genuinely enjoyed doing. He belonged to Holy Cross Catholic Church in Fairview, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, AARP, Natural Resource Defense Council, Sierra Club, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, S.O.N.S. and the 3-CU Trout Association. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Joyce E. Swinarski Licsko of Fairview, Pennsylvania, whom he married on June 23, 1962, in Erie, Pennsylvania; two sons, Mark S. Licsko (Karen) of Crofton, Maryland, and Gary J. Licsko (Tracy) of Milford, Delaware; a daughter, Angela M. Bursler (Dave) of Bear, Delaware; four grandchildren, Kyle J. Moskowitz, Ian P. Shalk, Nicholas R. Licsko, and Grace K. Licsko. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association in Francis’ name: Greater PA. Chapter-Erie Office, 1600 Peninsula Dr., Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505 or to the S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie Fishing Club, PO Box 3605, Erie, PA 16508.

2020

Lobrecht

Morris Neal Lobrecht (75) passed away October 10, 2020. Morris was born December 18, 1944 to Tonner and Annie Mae Lobrecht in Navasota, Texas and grew up in Alice, Texas. Texas A&M was his college of choice, but he moved closer to home and graduated from Texas A&I in Kingsville with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. During the summer breaks, he worked as a student trainee for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Upon receiving his degree, he was hired by SCS and began training to become a design engineer. In 1969 he entered the U.S. Air Force Officer Candidate School and served his country as a missile launch officer. After his tour of duty, he returned to his SCS job in Fort Worth. He worked for SCS, later renamed Natural Resources Conservation Service, until he retired 37 years later. His job sent him to various locations around the US, but in 2000 he returned to Fort Worth as a Design Civil Engineer. A coworker commented that Morris was a mentor, teacher, and leader for many people in the dam safety community and that he would be missed. He called Morris a true civil servant in every sense of the word. Morris was a member of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church, Arlington Sportsman’s Club, NRCS retirees and the Association of Dam Safety Officers. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Lobrecht.

2020

Lohmiller

Robert Lohmiller (84) of Bozeman, Montana passed away August 17, 2020. Robert was the retired Montana State Resource Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. https://www.dokkennelson.com/obituaries/Robert-G--Lohmiller?obId=17962146#/obituaryInfo.

2020

Lough

Robert Bernell Lough (95) of Grafton, West Virginia passed away on June 26, 2020 at his home. He was born in Fairview, West Virginia, August 16, 1924, the son of Thomas Samuel and Ellen Marie Brewer Lough. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ellen Fox Lough on January 26, 2015. Robert was a Veteran of the US Army/Air Force in Iceland from 1943-1946. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1951 with a Degree in Agriculture. He worked at Fairmont Foods for fifteen years and then for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for eighteen years. He finished his federal career as the District Conservationist in Grafton. In addition to his wife, Mary Ellen, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Lough Murray. Robert is survived by one granddaughter, Ashley Lamphere, of Essex Junction, Vermont, and one great granddaughter, Aniyal Lamphere. Graveside services were held at the West Virginia National Cemetery on June 30, 2020

2020

Louviere

ARCSE Member Don Louviere (75) of Weber City, Virginia passed away after a brief illness on July 5, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Don was born June 21, 1945 to Octave and Frances Ducato Louviere in Beaumont, Texas. Don worked for USDA as a Soil Conservationist for 30 years, retiring in 2002. After his federal retirement he was a food sampler at Food City, Weber City for over 15 years where he was known as “The Voice of Food City.” He served as a District Conservationist in both California and Virginia. He is fondly remembered as a colorful character by many of his colleagues. DrDirt was part of his email address and personalized vehicle license plate number. Don is survived by his daughter, Veronica Guidi-Louviere; son, Vincent Guidi-Louviere (Erin); grandchildren, Owen Kenneth Guidi-Louviere and Luca Vincent Guidi-Louviere; and mother of his children, Karen Guidi. Mass of Christian Burial was held July 10, 2020 at Saint Dominic Catholic Church with Father Michael Cummins officiating. Burial was at Holston View Cemetery.

2020

Lovelace

Former NRCS employee, Anthony (Tony) Benjamin Lovelace (50) of Alva, Oklahoma passed away December 13, 2020 at Integris Bass Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma. Tony was born on May 25, 1970, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Sandy and Michael Lovelace. He went to Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he played football as an offensive lineman all four years. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 1992 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Ag Business. Anthony continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he obtained his Masters’ Degree in Animal Science. Tony worked as a Soil Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service for several years in Alva and Clinton, Oklahoma. He then left the agency and became a teacher where taught science and history at Waynoka and Freedom, Oklahoma and taught history in Alva. He also wrote articles for several tractor enthusiast magazines and was an amazing photographer. Tony is survived by his wife, Sherrye Lovelace of Alva, and his daughter and son-in-law, John and Lindsey Carson and their three children, Kadence, Addie, and Eli of Williamsburg, Virginia and his sons Brenden Smith and Trenten Smith of Portales, New Mexico. Additionally, he is survived by his mother, Sandra Lovelace of Mustang, Oklahoma.

2020

Luger

Lawrence "Larry" Luger (84) of Hettinger, North Dakota, passed away at the Hilltop Home of Comfort in Killdeer, North Dakota September 28, 2020. He joined the US Army in December 1954 and served at Fort Riley, Kansas, in Texas as a helicopter mechanic, then Colorado in a mountain climbing rescue unit, and a year in Germany during his enlistment. He attended Dickinson State University and completed his 4-year degree at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. He worked for the USDA-Farmers Home Administration for 3 years, then switched to the USDA-Soil Conservation Service where he worked as the District Conservationist until he retired in 1986. Larry purchased 10 acres of land which he developed into his "Ponderosa" tree farm. He was fondly known as the "tree man". He took great pride in raising his evergreens for transplanting and also for fresh cut Christmas trees. He also loved to garden and wood-working, golfing and playing cards. He is survived by his wife Barb Lugar of 60 years; his children, Jim (Debbie) Luger, Suzanne (Dennis) Dynneson and Bill (Ana) Luger; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and a very special great granddaughter.

2020

McCall

Keith LeRoy McCall (87) of Shenandoah, Iowa passed away July 20, 2020 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Keith was born on August 29, 1932 to Jesse and Leta (Mattes) McCall in Hamburg, Iowa. He entered the US Army on December 10, 1952 and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in November 1954. Keith married Mary Alice Kish on April 16, 1955 at the First Methodist Church in Shenandoah, Iowa. The couple was blessed with 40 years of marriage. Keith was a long time Civil Engineering Technician in the Shenandoah Engineering Office for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1989. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice. Those left to honor his memory include his children, Kathryn (Ron) Barker of Omaha, Nebraska, Richard (Pam) McCall of Omaha, Nebraska; five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter

2020

McCampbell

James "Jim" Boyd McCampbell, (83) of Norman, Oklahoma passed away in his home in the evening of August 19, 2020 surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Erick, Oklahoma on September 9, 1936 to Harry Robert and Ruth Louise McCampbell. Jim attended Cameron University, where he played football. He finished his education at Oklahoma State University where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in 1958. Jim served in the Air National Guard from 1959 - 1965. Jim began his 40-year career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Sayre, Oklahoma in 1960 as a Conservation Technician. Two years later he moved to Walters, Oklahoma where he was promoted to Soil Conservationist. While there, he met his wife of 57 years, Barbara J. (Lee) McCampbell. They were married February 10, 1963. The couple next moved to Hughes County; where they welcomed their daughter, Sheri into the world. The family then moved to Ada, Oklahoma, and finally settled in Norman, where Jim would serve as a District Soil Conservationist, until his retirement in January 2001. In addition to his wife, Barbara J. and his daughter Sheri (John) Vera of Norman; Jim is survived by his grandchildren James and Jennifer Vera of Norman.

2020

McCarthy

Carol Ann (Hall) McCarthy (84) of Columbia, Missouri passed away December 2, 2020. Carol was married to ARCSE Member John Robert McCarthy. John started work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1960, retiring as the State Agronomist in 1996. Carol loved to fish and travel. Each year, she and John took four weeks travelling, two weeks in the Northern states in the summer and two weeks in the Southern states in the winter. Two of her favorite trips were to Hawaii, for their 35th wedding anniversary in 1993, and for their 40th anniversary in 1998. Carol has been a lifelong Catholic, attending Our Lady of Lourdes parish for 44 years.

2020

McClure

Senior Conservationist, Honarary Member and ARCSE Life Member Neal A. McClure (103) passed away April 11, 2020 at Bethany Nursing Home in Fargo, North Dakota. He was born near Grand Rapids, North Dakota, (a small remote North Dakota town between Bismarck and Fargo) November 21, 1916, the eldest child of Charles and Lena (Muske) McClure. Neal was raised on a farm near Bowbells, North Dakota that had been homesteaded by his grandfather, Peter, in 1898. In 1939 he graduated from North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC) now known as North Dakota State University. While in college, he played on the NDAC football team. On June 14, 1941, he married Luella “Lue” Larson of Fargo. During WWII, he was a US Navy non-commissioned officer training new recruits in Idaho and later stationed in San Diego, California. He also spent time overseas during the Korean War as an engineering officer, 3rd Infantry Division in the US Army. He served with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Cavalier, Devils Lake, and Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 1967 he became the Assistant State Conservationist in Bismarck until he retired in 1976. He then worked as Executive Director of Rural Water ND and later, the Burleigh County Water Board. In each city, Neal and Lue formed many lasting, meaningful friendships with many people they truly cherished. They were always involved with the Lutheran Church. Neal was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Luella, who died in 2012. He is survived by two sons, Brian (Dorothy), Ron (Pat), three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Robert “Bob” Bird, who took over from Neal the ARCSE North Dakota State Representative role says about Neil, “He was one of the nicest persons you would ever want to know.”

2020

McElhiney

Life Member Gerald Jerry McElhiney (90) of John Knox Village (JKV) in Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away November 6, 2020. Jerry was born on October 7, 1930, in Bethany, Missouri. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954 and was stationed with the 8th Bomb Squadron during the Korean War. Jerry married Mary Lee Booth on August 19, 1956, in Bethany, Missouri. They lived in Columbia, Missouri, while Jerry attended the University of Missouri. Jerry graduated on June 7, 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He worked as a Civil Engineer for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). During his career, Jerry earned his Professional Engineering license and was named NRCS Engineer of the Year for the state of Missouri. One of his most memorable and favorite projects was being the lead engineer of the 1993 Flood Reclamation of the tie-back levees and drainage ways in counties bordering the Missouri River between Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri. He retired with 43 years of service on January 3, 1997. Jerry and Mary lived in Warrensburg, Missouri, from 1960 to 1998 where he volunteered for Warrensburg United Methodist Church Board and Warrensburg Kiwanis Club. He was also chairman of the Natural Resources Conservation Service Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights Committee for three years and served on the Mid-America Regional Council of Kansas City. Jerry held his private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying. Following retirement, they moved to Tucson, Arizona, and lived there for 14 years. Jerry was president of the board of the Golden Goose thrift store in Catalina, Arizona, and was awarded the Daily Points of Light Volunteer Award created by the administration of President George H. Bush. Jerry and Mary returned home to Missouri in 2012 and moved to John Knox Village. Jerry participated in many JKV activities. In 2014, Jerry had the privilege of taking an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. for Korean war veterans. At the age of 84, Jerry checked an item off his bucket list by completing a tandem sky diving jump. Jerry enjoyed serving the residents of JKV and working in the garden along- side other residents. He rediscovered his love of singing and recorded three CD’s: Favorite Songs, a Christmas Album, and Christian music. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and daughters Julie McElhiney (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) and Michelle (McElhiney) Midboe of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Lauren, Grant, Faith, Lance, Joy, and Charity Rose Midboe.The family requests charitable donations be made in memory of Jerry McElhiney to the John Knox Village Foundation, 400 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64081.

2020

McLean

Daniel Lyle McLean (72) peacefully passed away April 6, 2020, at the Spring Creek Inn Memory Care Community in Bozeman, Montana. Dan had battled Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years. Dan was born April 3, 1948, in Great Falls, Montana. He was the son of Johnnie and Betty McLean. Dan served in the Montana Air National for 6 years during his college studies and received his master’s degree with honors from Montana State University in Soil Science. On June 22, 1968, Dan was married to Jueleen “Juelie” Torske in Conrad, Montana. They shared almost 52 years of marriage together. Dan was employed as a Soil Scientist with the USDA/ NRCS. He mapped soils in several locations in Montana, was on the Montana State Soils Staff and instrumental in getting soil interpretation information current and ready for the Food Security Act (FSA) implementation in the early 1990’s. He retired after 30 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, skiing, fly fishing and antiquing. Dan is survived by his wife Juelie, and sons Luke and Matthew.

2020

McManus

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Kenneth G. McManus (97) of Fort Myers, Florida passed away July 23, 2020. After high school he married his wife of 63 years Lois A. McManus. She preceded him in death in 2005. Soon after marrying Lois, Ken served in the Marine Corps during WW II in the Pacific Theater. He was a Michigan State College graduate and strong Spartan. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service first in Michigan and Iowa where he was an Area Conservationist and Assistant State Conservationist. He then served as Deputy Director of the South National Technology Center in Ft. Worth, Texas before going to Missouri as State Conservationist. After retiring from federal service in 1981, he moved to Sun City, Arizona. There, his son Greg McManus reports, he started “a 30-year career in golf. A new putter became an annual event. My mother, Lois, and dad started a bridge club and played frequently.” He would have been 98 years old on September 8, 2020. In 2015 he moved to Fort Myers, Florida to be near his son. There he lived in American House, a senior facility that strongly supports veterans and where he told old war stories. He was proud of his marine years in WWII. He was always a gentleman, well dressed and a great supervisor and a great golfer. Ken is survived by son Greg, daughter Debra and three grand kids Erica, Alex and Ben.

2020

Melton

Judson L. Melton (85) of Post Falls, Idaho passed away at home November 17, 2020. Jud was born on December 30, 1934 in Cordova, Alabama to Floyd and Grace Melton. During WWII, the family moved to the west coast so Floyd could work in the ship-works and at Hanford, California. They moved to Cheney, Washington after the War. Jud graduated from the State College of Washington (Now Washington State University) in 1958, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. While in college, he joined the Washington Air National Guard and served in the Guard for 20 years, retiring in 1978. He married Jerry Graham in 1958 and went to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). In 1962, while working for the SCS, he had the opportunity to attend flight school and flew in fighter interceptors for the Air National Guard. He and Jerry had three children: Jeff Melton, Jennifer Valdez, and Julie Reathaford. In 1977, Jud married Karen Morrison and added two more daughters, Sherry Morrison and Debbie Edmiston. In 1983, the family moved to Post Falls and began a thirty+-year remodel on an old home. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1994. Jud is survived by his wife, children, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. Jud enjoyed gardening, water-skiing, football, and his grandchildren.

2020

Milan

Husband and wife Jose Milan (48) and Sara Milan (44) of Austin, Texas were killed instantly in a head-on collision with a pickup truck driven by an allegedly drunk driver on November 24, 2020 near Haskell, Texas. The driver of the pickup committed suicide at the crash scene, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release. Sara was the daughter of retired SCS/NRCS State Soil Scientist, Mike Risinger. Jose and Sara’s 9-year-old son Eli was in the back seat and only sustained seat belt burns and associated bruising. He is doing ok. Their other son, Ander, had stayed at Sara’s mother’s house and was not in the car. A GoFundMe site has been established for the benefit of Eli and Ander: https://gf.me/u/zad43a.

2020

Miller

Duane Rolland Miller (99) of Stockton, Kansas passed away March 11, 2020. Duane served in the Army Air Force during WWII, serving from October 1942 thru December 1945. Duane retired in 1979 from the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was a Soil Conservation Technician in the Stockton Field Office with 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his daughter Pam McCormick and his son-in-law DeWayne McCormick. He is survived by his wife Veda Miller (Orr); his children, Kathy Smith (Greg) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Danny Miller (Thui) of Topeka, Kansas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

2020

Miller

Beverly J. Miller (81) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully on November 14, 2020, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. She was born in Leon, Iowa, on November 18, 1938, the middle child and only daughter born to James Lavonne and Edith Smith. Beverly graduated from Lincoln High School where she met Darhol Miller. They were married in 1955. Together they enjoyed camping and spending time with one another. Beverly worked in the Administrative Section of the State Office for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Beverly loved tending to her flowers, caring for her little home, and had a special place in hear heart for her beloved cat, Toby. She was also an Iowa Hawkeye fan. Beverly is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Rick) of Des Moines; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Darhol, who passed away in 2013.

2020

Mitchell

Harvey Oliver Mitchell (77) of Ripley, West Virginia passed away on September 16, 2020 at his home. He was born February 4, 1943 in Moyers, West Virginia, and was the son of the late Cecil Guy Mitchell and Madeline Florence (Sinnett) Mitchell. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 36 years as a civil engineer. He and his family lived in Spencer, Moundsville and Ripley, West Virginia. Harvey worked flood recovery out of Franklin, West Virginia after the 1985 flood. He was methodical, careful, and complete in his work. He got along with everybody and made friends with all the people he worked with. On August 28, 1965, he married Patricia (Dahmer) Mitchell, who survives in Ripley. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Harvey O. Mitchell, Jr. (Joelle) of Madison, Alabama; a daughter, Connie Mitchell-Joe of Ripley; and two grandchildren

2020

Moebius

Minnie Carol Moebius (82) of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away on December 19, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born on November 19, 1938, to Edith Odetta (Robinson) and Clayton Leroy Rains, Sr. in Fairfax, Oklahoma. Minnie Carol was the wife of Gordon Eugene Moebius, who retired in 1994 as a soil scientist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. They were married 61 years. She was a passionate Bible student and teacher. She was active at the Duncan Christian Center and worked as a volunteer to bring the first Christian station to local TV.

2020

Mongomery

Charles Francis “Butch” Montgomery (79) of Auburn, Alabama, passed away August 27, 2020. Charles was a graduate of Auburn University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics. He had a 30-year career as a Soil Scientist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. During this time, he mapped and classified soils on over one million acres in Alabama. In 1978 he started a ‘Choose and Cut’ Christmas tree farm, which the Montgomery family operated for over 30 years. As a 37-year member of Craig Memorial United Methodist Church, Charles served in multiple leadership roles and was always available when called upon. He was an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing and a vast knowledge of Alabama flora and fauna. He is survived by his wife Billie Joyce Hulsey Montgomery; his children, Mary Alene Stump, Charles Christopher Montgomery and Lori Allyson Montgomery; three grandchildren, one great grandchild; and his parents, Charles William and Mary Frances Montgomery.

2020

Mowrey

Senior Conservationist Noel Richard "Dick" Mowrey (89) of Logan, Ohio passed away peacefully February 4, 2013 at home. He had lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 25 years. Dick was born April 20, 1923 in Hocking County Ohio to William and Birdie Mowrey. He served with the U.S. Army in Guadalcanal during World War II. He worked 32 years with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), and designed many of the county’s ponds and spring developments; he assisted farmers in implementing erosion control practices and in managing their forests; he planted thousands of evergreen trees in the area. He also farmed with his brother Everett for more than 50 years. After retiring from SCS, he enjoyed restoring Ford and Allis-Chalmers Tractors with his friend Frank Holcomb; was active with the St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the Hocking Valley Community Hospital Board, the Hocking County Historical Society, the Hocking County Fair Board, and served as Honorary Supervisor on the Soil and Water Conservation Board. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen I. Mowrey; daughter, Melissa Howell; granddaughter, Crystal (Justin) Kerns; and two great-grandchildren Abigail and Olivia Kerns.

2020

Mowrey

Helen I. Mowrey (92) of Logan, Ohio, passed away June 24, 2020 at her granddaughters' residence in Logan, Ohio following an extended illness and hospice care. Helen was preceded in death in 2013 by her husband Senior Conservationist Noel Richard "Dick" Mowrey who worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician. Helen was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Hocking County Historical Society; volunteered at the Hocking Valley Community Hospital; and retired from the Logan Clay after 40 years. Surviving are her daughter Melissa Howell; granddaughter Crystal (Justin) Kerns; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Olivia Kerns. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Monday, June 29, 2020 at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Logan, Ohio with Pastor Scott Smith officiating.

2020

Mozingo

Billy Fred “Bill” Mozingo (82) of Grant City, Missouri passed away at the Mozingo family home on the evening of September 15, 2020. He was born July 10, 1938, in Grant City, Missouri to Estelle Myrtle (Porter) and Fred Bertram Mozingo. Amidst his collegiate studies, he wed Judith Ann Stevenson, with whom he shared 61 years of partnership, on August 30, 1959. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agriculture in 1960. After Bill's graduation, he took a job with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Neosho, Missouri, beginning a long career with the SCS. Bill's career with SCS led him to live in El Dorado Springs, Missouri; Montgomery City, Missouri; Audubon, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Washington, D.C. Bill retired from the SCS in 1994 and returned to his boyhood home in Grant City, where he served as Presiding Commissioner for Worth County from 1999 to 2009. Additionally, Bill worked as a consulting inspector of hog confinement facilities for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Bill is survived by his wife, Judith; son, Jeffrey (Barb) Mozingo; daughter Cheryl (David) Plate; grandchildren: Tyler (Christy) Mozingo, Samantha Plate, Corey Mozingo, Hannah Plate, and Rebecca Plate.

2020

Neel

James "Jim" D. Neel (78) of Lakewood, Colorado passed away October 2, 2020. Jim was the husband of Linda Neel who worked many years with the National Association of Conservation Districts and then later with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service.

2020

Neff

Clinton Edgar Neff (92) of McClusky, North Dakota, passed away on his 65th wedding anniversary, June 18, 2020, at Augusta Place in Bismarck, North Dakota. Clinton lived in McClusky, North Dakota his entire life, except for the years he served in the military from 1944 to 1954. After this service he began working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in McClusky as a soil conservation technician for thirty years until he retired in 1988. He volunteered at his church and on several boards in the community, as well as serving throughout his life on the McClusky fire department, including a period as fire chief. Clinton is survived by his wife Mary of 65 years; and their sons, Michael (Cindy), Bismarck, and their children, David, Daniel (Jenny) and Rachel; Steven (Nancy), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and their children, Blake, Abby (Tyler) VanLiere, Mandy (Joel) Haas and Ryan; and Paul (Luisa), Cleveland, Ohio, and their children, Cory and Olivia.

2020

Nicholson

John Charles Nicholson (71) of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away November 27, 2020. John was born in Washington, D.C. being the youngest son of the late Robert and Mary Nicholson. He was the husband of Betty Nicholson of Lynchburg. He retired as a resource soil scientist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2015. He is survived by his wife and his children, John Nicholson Jr., and Cathleen Key. He is also survived by four grandchildren, John, Lena, John III and Zella, who were the light of his life. John was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

2020

Nolte

Ardith E. Nolte (83) of Upper Arlington, Ohio passed away November 30, 2020 at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. Ardith was the wife ARCSE Life Member and Senior Conservationist Byron H. Nolte, who retired in 1988 as Area Engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservationist Service. Ardith was born September 21, 1937 in Holstein, Missouri, the daughter of Werner and Lillie Knapheide. She graduated from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri in 1958. Later she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a master of arts degree in Health Education from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Ardith was employed as a school nurse in Columbus Public Schools for 27 years. In her retirement she served as a Stephens Minister and a Facilitator for an Alzheimer’s support group. She was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honorary Society. In addition to her husband Byron, Ardith is survived by daughters Ann (Mark) Albers and Jan (Pete) Ruma, Jr., and grandchildren: Christopher and Nicholas Albers, and Nicholas and Monica Ruma.

2020

Ohland

Marguerite E. Ohland (86) of Fort Collins, Colorado passed away January 24, 2020. Marguerite was the spouse of ARCSE life member Paul Ohland, who survives. Paul retired in the mid-1990s as a project manager at the USDA-N Information Technology Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Marguerite, known for her cooking during holidays and over campfires, and Paul could be seen second row center during the theatre season in town.

2020

Palmer

Cecil Dean Palmer (84) of Ellis, Kansas passed away August 7, 2020 in Ellis. He was born May 27, 1936 in rural Osceola, Iowa, to Ralph and Esther (Foland) Palmer. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. Following graduation, he served as a high school science teacher in Russell, Iowa where he met his wife, Marilyn (Ford). He also served six years in the US Army with a combination of Active Duty and reserve time. Shortly after, he began his career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist, where he stayed until retirement in 1994. He worked in Fort Dodge, Iowa and in Norton, Stockton, Hiawatha, and Salina, Kansas. Cecil is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn. Cecil’s surviving family include daughter, Melissa Robb of Ellis, Kansas; son, Dennis Palmer (Adrina), of Little Elm, Texas; and daughter, Deborah Palmer, of Salina, Kansas; six grandchildren Kerry, Kevin, Kelly, Patrick, Gabrielle, and Alexis; and one great-grandson.

2020

Patterson

Michael D Patterson (61) of Norwalk, Ohio passed away April 8, 2020 at Hospice of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 30, 1958, in Columbus. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. Mike worked 32 years for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was the Wetland Team Leader for Ohio’s Area 2 and past Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for the Erie Basin RC&D. He served in ministry to children and their families at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio as the clown, Dr. IC Giggles, as well as in his home church, New London Alliance. In retirement he enjoyed working with the Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 31 years, Victoria (Alexander) Patterson. Other survivors include his daughters Angela (Todd) Hester-Gundrum of Sylvania, Ohio and Michelle (Dan) Tiffany and Casie (Clint) Troxel both of San Diego California; sons Richard Patterson and David Patterson both of Norwalk, his mother Roberta Rideout of Marion Ohio; and four grandchildren.

2020

Persinger

Claude Calvin Persinger (76) of Winchester, Virginia passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on June 23, 2020. Calvin was born May 15, 1944 in Burnsville, West Virginia. He promptly married his sweetheart Judith Eileen Skinner after graduating from high school. They moved to Morgantown where he started his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences at West Virginia University. He graduated in 1967. He then began his career with the federal government working as an economist and procurement officer with the USDA-Soil Conservation Services and Federal Aviation Administration. He retired in 1994 from the General Services Administration in Washington, DC as the director of IRM Service’s Planning and Support Division. After retirement Calvin became President of Net.Works in Chantilly, Virginia. He suffered a devastating stroke in 1999 and was cared for by his wife, family, friends and many wonderful medical professionals and caregivers. Calvin is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years Judith, daughter Lisa Robertson (Kelly), son Shawn, and grandchildren Claudia and Atticus.

2020

Petermann

Viola Ladonna Petermann (77) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away February 1, 2020. Ladonna was married to retired USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service engineer Bill Petermann. She graduated college at Panhandle State University in 1964 and became a teacher at Rosston, Oklahoma. She and Bill were married July 4, 1965. In addition to Bill, Ladonna leaves behind three daughters, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

2020

Pewthers

Phyllis Joy Pewthers (82) of Waurika, Oklahoma passed away June 25, 2020 in her home. Joy was the loving wife of John Pewthers, retired Waurika District Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Joy and John married September 25, 1955. Joy was a homemaker while their 3 daughters were growing up and later worked at a bank and was a bookkeeper. She was avid Earth Team Volunteer with the SCS. She is survived by her husband John and three daughters: Janice Mackiewicz (Jake) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kim Duell (Doug) of Burlington Colorado; and Terri Moore (David Morelos) of Amarillo, Texas.

2020

Philipps

Phyllis Ann Philipps (61) of Conrad, Montana passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on August 5, 2020 after a long battle with breast cancer. Phyllis was born December 28, 1958 in Alhambra, California to Anthony and Josephine Caputo. She attended Humboldt State University where she followed her passion for performing arts, nature, and John Denver. Phyllis was active in the Sierra Club and US Youth Conservation Corps where she explored the mountains and maintained trails. She married her first husband, Andy Faulkner, in California in 1980 and gave birth to her daughter, Lauren, in April of 1981. In 1982 she received a bachelor’s degree in Art. She found her calling in the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and excelled at her job. She began her work in Washington DC and in 1984 she and Lauren moved to Conrad where she became a soil conservationist. She moved to Townsend, Montana in 1987 to continue her work as a soil conservationist until she moved back to Conrad as a District Conservationist. In 1988 she married her second husband, Jerry Philipps, a local producer in the Conrad area. In 1991 she gave birth to their son, Brandon. In 2002 she was selected to be the Assistant State Conservationist for the NRCS and began working out of Great Falls, Montana. In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite her diagnosis, Phyllis did not let anything slow her down. She did multiple stints in Washington DC working closely with top officials in the United States Department of Agriculture. She became a Regional Conservationist, and she oversaw multiple states in the American Northwest. During the latter part of her career she was the State Conservationist for the state of Colorado. After retiring from the NRCS in 2014 she returned home to the farm in Conrad. Phyllis loved to travel and see new and exciting places. Her love for life was contagious to many around her, and she was an inspiration to all. Her amazing work ethic and high energy, despite her illness, gave many people hope and kept her doctors baffled. Phyllis was truly an extraordinary woman who touched many lives. Phyllis is survived in death by her husband, Jerry Philipps of Conrad; children, Lauren (Gareth) Morrissey of Delaware and Brandon (Nicole) Philipps of Conrad; and her four grandchildren, Nora, Saorise, River and Poet.

2020

Pranger

Robert Joseph Pranger (83) of Cornelius, Oregon passed away July 8, 2020. Robert was born in Hillsboro, Oregon to Francis (Frank) and Anna Pranger. Robert graduated with University of Portland Class of 1958. He entered the US Air Force as a Second Lieutenant in October 1958, was promoted to First Lieutenant, and served until 1963. Robert designed and tested parachutes while in the Air Force. He made 101 jumps. He dreamed of being an aeronautical engineer at NASA. Unfortunately, his military career was cut short when he developed type 1 diabetes. Robert married Judy Grubbs in Pendleton, Oregon, and they had seven children. He was faithfully married to Judy for 58 years. Robert worked as a general engineer for Boeing and then as a civil engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, designing bridges and dams all over Oregon for 35 years, until his retirement in 1993. Robert was the owner of Pranger Tree Farm for 40 years. Robert is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, David Pranger of Heppner, Oregon and Charles Pranger of Beaverton, Oregon; daughters, Karen Hoholik of Kihei, Hawaii, Gretchen Powell of Marysville, Washington, Julie Pranger Talty of Hillsboro, Oregon, Susan Smullen of Branchburg, New Jersey and Mary Corcoran of Tigard, Oregon; 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Remembrances may go to Hertel Center, St. Matthew’s Catholic School, and the American Diabetes Association.

2020

Rahe

Life member David Bustamante Rahe (64) of Hillsboro, Illinois (formerly of Valmeyer, Illinois) died suddenly on April 2, 2020, at his family’s home farm in rural Valmeyer. He was struck down while he and his brother Daniel Rahe were spring burning a dead cover crop off a field. Dave was born August 19, 1955, in Red Bud, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois graduating in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. After college Dave went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil scientist and later soil conservationist. He also worked on loan to the St. Louis District, US Army Corps of Engineers and after retirement served as a contract worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; worked for Soil-Right Consulting Services, Inc.; and then founded his own soil testing company, RPM LLC. This job took Dave all over the states of Illinois and Missouri. During his travels Dave photographed every county courthouse in Illinois, completed in 2018. Dave’s survivors include his wife Maribeth, nee Nabers, Rahe; sons Nathan Rahe (Courtney) and Zachary Rahe (Rebecca); granddaughters Eleanor and Rhiannon Rahe; and parents Henry and Elizabeth “Belle” Rahe.

2020

Ralson

Senior Conservationist and member David Cornell Ralston (89) of Fairfax, Virginia passed away January 15, 2020 at his home. David was born May 6, 1930 in Beloit, Wisconsin, and grew up in Roscoe, Illinois. He and his brother Harold Ralston (Racine, Wisconsin) graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, specializing in soil and water conservation and mechanical engineering, respectively. David received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in Civil Engineering. David entered the military service soon afterwards with overseas service in South Korea. His professional career was spent working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 38 years, ending as the chief design engineer for the agency. His service to the federal agency included designing and providing oversight of flood control projects and providing dam safety evaluations for the Great Plains, Mid-Atlantic, and Western regions of the country. He was also involved in developing training programs for engineers within the agency. Outside of his professional career, David was an avid gardener at both his home and at his church, Fairfax Presbyterian Church. He leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Margaret S. Ralston, four children Roger (Lisa), Peter, Barbara (Paul) and Andrew (Shannon), one granddaughter Grace, three brothers (Larry, Harold and Duane and their spouses), one sister (Mary Jane Alexander) and many nieces and nephews. Donations in his name may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org) or to Fairfax Presbyterian Church.

2020

Rasmussen

Senior Conservationist Jack J. Rasmussen (96) of Spokane Washington passed away June 27, 2020 just 12 days after his wife of LaRee C. Rasmussen (94) passed away on June 15, 2020. LaRee was born near Richfield, Utah to Parley and Iona Shelton Christensen. Jack was born in Monticello, Utah, raised in Ephraim to John "Jack" and Bertha Colby Rasmussen. Both were blessed with close-knit, loving families who knew sorrow early, as LaRee's father died when she was seventeen, and Jack's father died when Jack was only thirteen. After high school, Jack helped his older brother Thad run a cafe in Delta, Utah. Everything changed December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Jack went to the recruiter the next day and in January 1942 started four years’ service in the 3rd Division of the Marine Corps. He was in the first group of Marines ever trained at Camp Pendleton. Jack was involved in military action on the islands of Bougainville, Guadalcanal, and the battles of Guam and Iwo Jima, where he was wounded. He finished his tour of duty as a Drill Instructor back at Camp Pendleton. Meanwhile, LaRee finished high school and attended one year at the University of Utah. Her cousins from Ephraim introduced her to the handsome Marine. They courted and finally married on September 1, 1948. As a result of her writing a winning essay, Jack and LaRee were married on a radio show in Hollywood and got gifts and a dream honeymoon. Jack finished his degree in Soil Science at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) and started work in Bellingham, Washington for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1949. He retired in 1982 as State Soil Scientist in Spokane. Daughter Terese and son Thad were born in Bellingham, Washington. Sorrow struck again when their newborn baby was severely brain-damaged by RH blood incompatibility just a few days after birth. Despite many hospitalizations, he lived almost three years. Jack's work took him to Prosser and Toppenish, Washington and finally a big promotion to Spokane. He completed soil surveys of Whatcom County, Benton County, and most of Yakima County. LaRee resumed her college studies while in Prosser, earning an Associate of Arts degree from Columbia Basin College, then finished a Bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education. Continuing on, she received a Master's degree in Education. She worked as a reading specialist for Nine Mile Falls School District and Spokane School District. Jack and LaRee were life-long members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Jack where he held leadership positions. In 2011, due to LaRee's increasing forgetfulness, Jack decided to move down the street to Touchmark Senior Living. They enjoyed many activities and freedom from housework there. This April, Terese was finally able to move her parents to the Tri-Cities. They are survived by daughter Terese (Roger) Pratt, grandchildren Jonathan (Julie) Pratt and Jennifer (Richard) Pruiett of Kennewick, Washington, Rachel (David) Ritchey of San Jose California, Kristen (Carlos) Canalessi of Sandy, Utah; and grandchildren Sarah, Sam, Michael, Amilyn, Cielo, Rey, and Jack.

2020

Reh

Senior Conservationist John W. Reh (84) of Salina, Kansas passed away April 6, 2020. He was born July 2, 1935 in rural Saline County Kansas to Leslie and Vera (Snyder) Reh. John graduated from Kansas State University. He married Judith A. Kirkland on June 1, 1957 in Minneapolis, Kansas. John took great pride in the work he did during his 35 plus years with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). He retired in 1992 as the Assistant State Conservationist (Water Resources). After retiring from SCS he did 15 years of consulting engineering service through his own company, REH and Associates, Inc. His body of work was recognized when he was awarded the NSPE Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers at their annual meeting in Chicago in 1992. John enjoyed playing golf. After retirement he joined the Salina Municipal Senior Men’s Golf Association and continued to play until a broken hip and complications from Parkinson’s Disease forced him to quit. He was preceded in death by his wife Judy in 2013 and by a granddaughter. Survivors include his daughter Elaine (Jay) Edwards of Salina, two sons Jeffrey (Vickie) Reh of Arlington, Virginia, and Kirk (Teresa) Reh of Overland Park, Kansas; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

2020

Reichenbach

Senior Conservationist and ARCSE Member William Herbert “Bill” Reichenbach (90) of North Vernon, Indiana passed away on October 17, 2020 at Majestic Care in North Vernon. Bill was born November 18, 1929, in Middletown, Kentucky, the son of Herman and Lena (Leunberger) Reichenbach. He married Hulda Mae Hans on August 2, 1974 at the First Baptist Church in North Vernon; she preceded him in death on December 13, 2014. Bill was a 1952 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he earned a degree in agriculture. He served in the Army Reserve. Bill worked 37 years for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, including many years as the Area Conservationist for Southeastern Indiana, before retiring in 1989. He was a board member of the Jennings County Players and served on the board of the Park Theatre Civic Centre. Bill was a member of First Baptist Church and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He was also a Kentucky Colonel and was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash. He enjoyed golfing and loved to spend his time at the Park Theatre seeing to its daily operations. Survivors include his children, Peter Hobson “Hob” (Mary Beth) Reichenbach of Chicago, Illinois and Sally Scott DiLaura of Louisville, Kentucky; stepchildren, Michael Marshall, Patty (Bruce Johnson) Yount, and Diana Marshall, all of North Vernon, Indiana; grandchildren, Andrew Reichenbach, Grant Reichenbach and Christian Reichenbach, all of Chicago, Illinois; step-grandchildren, Robb (Martin Gregory Yount) Yount Gregory, of Sacramento, California, Amanda Yount Nott and Jessica Marshall, both of Columbus, Indiana, Annie (B.J.) Bingham, Lucy Goins, and Allison Bowling, all of North Vernon, Indiana, Bernie (Natalie) Marshall of Tampa, Florida, Chris Marshall of New York City, New York, and Trey Goins of Texas; step-great-grandchildren, Tristan Nott, Eli Nott, Lilly Nott, and Jaden Marksberry, all of Columbus, Indiana, Zach Bingham, Ruth Bingham, Bridget Bingham, and Sawyer Patterson, all of North Vernon, Indiana, and Aidden Foist of Scipio, Indiana. In addition to his wife Hulda, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Robert Marshall.

2020

Renfro

Marvin “Bo” Renfro (65) of Paint Lick, Kentucky passed away June 9, 2020 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Bo was born in Danville, Kentucky to the late Dallas and Virginia Palmer Renfro. He received his college education at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Bo retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service after almost 40 years of service. He was the district conservationist for Lincoln County Kentucky when he retired. He was a member of Wallaceton Baptist Church and a member of Gideon’s International, Berea Camp. He is survived by his loving wife Joy Renfro; two children, Kara Taylor (Sam) and Rodney Renfro (Kacie); and three grandchildren, Tahirih Joy Renfro, Tristan Renfro, and Lucille Taylor.

2020

Rhoads

Clifford “Bud” Rhoads (88) of Ardmore, Oklahoma passed away November 2, 2020. Bud was born December 12, 1931 to Mary Ellen (Bryant) and Roy Herman Rhoads in Grandfield, Oklahoma. He grew up in Randlett, Oklahoma. He attended Cameron University before enrolling at Oklahoma A&M. On December 24, 1953 he married the love of his life, Vallene “Val” Perryman in Burkburnett, Texas. In 1956 Bud began working for the USDA-Soil Conservation and remained there until his retirement in 1993. He worked as a Soil Scientist and then District Conservationist in Shattuck, Fairview, Frederick, Hinton, and Chandler and finally Ardmore, Oklahoma. Bud and Val were members of the First Baptist Church of Ardmore. Bud enjoyed watching all sports, especially football, fishing, and watching Fox News. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Vallene Rhoads; daughters Terri (W.R.) Howard and Sherri (Rod) Brown; grandchildren Cary Howard, Creede Howard, Allison Medrano and Abby Dorcene; 6 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

2020

Rice

Senior Conservationist C. Erwin Rice (98) of Marcellus, New York passed away at home May 15, 2020. Erwin was a Navy Veteran of World War II and Korea, where he was a Lieutenant Commander and a pilot instructor. In between he graduated in 1949 from New York State College of Forestry (known today as State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, or SUNY-ESF). He worked 28 years for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1979 as a Soil Survey Project Leader. Erwin was one of two people in New York State to receive The Million Acre Award, for individually mapping over one million acres of soils. He was a member and past Deacon of the Marcellus First Presbyterian Church. His wife Gwenn of 62 years died in 2018. Surviving are his children June (Bruce) Bigler; David (Judi) Rice and James (Claire) Rice; five grandchildren Amanda and Benjamin Bigler, Katie Onderdonk, Jacqueline and Jonathan Rice.

2020

Richardson

James H. Richardson (86) of Columbus, Ohio passed away December 7, 2020. He was born in Versailles, Kentucky, the son of H.K. and Ruth T. Richardson. Jim was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He had a long career with the USDA- Soil Conservation Service (now NRCS). He retired as Assistant State Conservationist for Administration at the Ohio State Office in Columbus. After retirement, he worked for several years as a legal assistant. James was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Betsy Paynter Richardson in 2017. They were the parents of three children and several grandchildren who survive him. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He served as a volunteer at Mt. Carmel East Hospital following his retirement.

2020

Sarasio

Jack Sarasio (89) of Plainfield, Iowa passed away February 2, 2020 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Jack was the husband of ARCSE member Maralee Sarasio. Jack was born on May 9, 1930. He served in the Army in Germany from 1951 to 1953. After his honorable discharge, he worked at Meredith Publishing Co. as a bookbinder for more than 40 years. In addition to his wife of 61 years, Maralee, Jack is survived by two daughters, Kathleen (Marty) Hobson and Carolyn (Chris) Monahan.

2020

Schott

Thomas E. Schott (68) of Willits, California passed away on July 4, 2020 in Willits, California, after living with esophageal cancer for six years. He was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but spent most of his early years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota’s College of Forestry in March 1974. During and after college Tom worked for four different federal agencies: US Postal Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Tom moved to Mendocino County, California in 1974 where he met his wife of 41 years, Shirley Schott. Tom spent many years working for NRCS as an area forester and District Conservationist. In 2004, Tom transferred within NRCS, to Riverside, CA where he was the Emergency Watershed Protection Coordinator of the multimillion-dollar, multi-year Southern California Watershed Restoration Project. Tom retired in 2008 and returned to Mendocino County in 2011, working part-time as a forestry consultant and a forester for the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District until January 2019. He also served on the Board of Willits Community Services, was active in the Willits Community Theater and St. Francis in the Redwoods Episcopal Church. In addition to his wife Shirley, Tom is survived by two sons and a granddaughter.

2020

Schrader

Darwin Schrader (89) of San Antonio, Texas (formerly of Santa Anna, Texas) passed away November 15, 2020 at his residence in San Antonio with his family by his side. Darwin was born in Coleman County, Texas, on November 11, 1931. He served in the U. S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier during the Korean Conflict 1950-1951, and was a graduate of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Darwin’s first wife Ruby Nell Jordan Schrader passed away in 1968. Ruby was the mother of two children, Sheila and Curtis. On April 22, 1969 Darwin married Patricia Ruth Thomas, who is the mother of his daughter Amy, in Sanderson, Texas. They have celebrated 51 years of marriage. Darwin began his career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1954 in Marfa, Texas. He later held duty stations as a range conservationist in Sanderson, Texas, Hondo, Texas, and Big Lake, Texas, before becoming the district conservationist in Sterling City, Texas. He retired on May 15, 1989, after 35 years of service. Survivors include his wife Pat Schrader of San Antonio, Texas; two daughters Sheila (Robert) Abel of Bellville, Texas and Amy (Robert) Liddell of San Antonio, Texas, and one Son Curtis Schrader of Knox City, Texas; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

2020

Sherraden

Kenneth Sherraden, (73) of Chapman, Kansas, passed away December 17, 2020, at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas. Ken was born in Salina, Kansas on August 17, 1947, the son of Eythel Evelyn “Teed” (Freeman) Sherraden and William Eugene “Bill” Sherraden. Ken joined the Navy after high school and served as a radioman in the Vietnam War. Upon completion of military service, he graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Zoology. He was married to Janet Lorraine (Drinen) Sherraden on March 22, 1967. He worked as a Natural and Cultural Resources Specialist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Ken is survived by his wife Janet; four children, Scott (Cindy) Sherraden of Hutchinson, Kansas, Staci (Jeff) Rice of Hutchinson, Stephanie (“Brandon”) Chance of Tennessee, and Shawn (Melissa) Sherraden of Chapman; and 5 grandchildren.

2020

Shuler

Betty Bagwell Shuler (92) of Columbia, South Carolina passed away August 15, 2020. She was born May 9, 1928 in Columbia, South Carolina. Betty was the wife of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service Assistant State Conservationist Norman Ernest Shuler, who passed away in 2005. Betty was a graduate of Winthrop University after which she became a teacher for 34 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Ernest Shuler and son, Norman Fred Shuler. Left to cherish her memory are her two grandsons, Robert Shuler and Jeffery Shuler.


 

2020

Smith

James “Smitty” Smith (89) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away March 24, 2020. He was born in Indian Fields, Kentucky to William S. and Eva Miller Smith. After moving to Lexington in the middle 1950’s he became a faithful member of First African Baptist Church. He became well known as “Smitty” as he worked in his many jobs, i.e. bartending, serving parties, throughout his life with his infectious smile and “gift of gab”. Smitty retired as a supply clerk for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service Lexington state office. He also worked as a Maitre’d at Columbia Steakhouse and Deputy Sheriff at the Fayette County Sheriff Department. Smitty was a legendary figure of Lexington. Television station ABC 37 -WTVQ had a story on Smitty’s passing on March 26, 2020: https://www.wtvq.com/2020/03/26/legendary-lexington-figure-james-smitty-smith-dies/

 Smitty’s survivors include his son, Goria Cunningham, daughter, Joyce Smith, 3 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

2020

Smith

Senior Conservationist Volney Hammers Smith (92) of Harlan, Iowa, and formerly of Waukee, Iowa and West Des Moines, Iowa passed away November 16, 2020, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan after contracting COVID 19. Volney was born on June 11, 1928 in Ames, Iowa, the son of Claude Wallace Smith and Frances Marion Hammers Smith Kemp. His parents divorced at a young age and he grew up on his grandfather’s farm in Malvern, Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1949, from Iowa State College, now Iowa State University. In 1950, Volney enlisted in the US Air Force, where he served until his retirement from the Air Force Reserve in 1973. He attained the rank of Major and was the recipient of the Air Force Commendation medal. Following his tour of active duty, Volney began his extensive career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, where he retired in 1988 as the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Iowa. Volney was united in marriage to Margaret Wilma Young in Des Moines, Iowa on April 3, 1954. They were blessed with three children. Upon retirement, they enjoyed traveling and were able to explore all 50 of the United States. He was actively involved in the Johnston Evangelical Free Church and Grace Baptist Church. His hobbies were: genealogy, gardening, reading, watching Jeopardy!, and traveling, He thrived on maintaining personal relationships with friends and family, always ready to attend special events; especially for his grandchildren. Volney was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 2002. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Kathryn Smith of Des Moines, Paul (Gina) Smith of Harlan, Neal (Cindy) Smith of Harlan; grandchildren: Jason Smith of Chicago, Illinois, Alissa Smith of South Hadley, Massachusetts, Austin Smith of Ankeny, Iowa, and Grant Smith of New London, Connecticut.

2020

Spieth

James Wayne Spieth (85) of Fort Meade, Florida passed away April 3, 2020 in Winter Haven, Florida. James was born November 17, 1934 in Fort Meade, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida and returned to Fort Meade where he became a teacher at Fort Meade High School. Mr. Spieth later assumed a position with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, where his job connected him to many people while working in Florida, Virginia, and Texas. He retired from the Soil Conversation Service as Associate Director of the National Technology Center in Fort Worth, Texas. After retirement he returned to Fort Meade in 1996 where he has resided for the last 24 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Alice Hedden Spieth, of Fort Meade, Florida; sons, Kenneth Spieth, of Lexington, South Carolina, Samuel (Tracey) Spieth of Richmond, Virginia, and George (Barbara) Spieth of Fort Meade, Florida; daughter, Mary (Mark) Robitaille of Plantation, Florida; and grandchildren, Sandy, David, Mary, Rachael, Dylan, Taylor, Michael and Miles.

2020

Spurlock

Dorsey Eugene “Gene” Spurlock (88) of Chelsea, Oklahoma passed away on February 21, 2020. Gene retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Technician and then went to work for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission as an inspector in the Abandoned Mined Lands Program for several years.

2020

Thiele

James H. "Jim" Thiele (83) of Bismarck, North Dakota, completed his journey through life on July 21, 2020. Jim lived all over North Dakota during his career as a Soil Scientist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Jim married the love of his life, Carolyn Freise, on February 8, 1959. He, Carolyn, and their three children lived in Bismarck, Crosby, Bowbells, Rugby, and Bottineau, before he settled down again in Bismarck as his final home. He ended his career with the SCS as the State Soil Scientist for North Dakota in 1995. Jim is survived by his children, David (Kelly) Thiele; Dan (Connie) Thiele; and Sue (Troy) Borud; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, and a great-grandson.

2020

Thompson

James R. "Jim" Thompson (92) of Devils Lake, North Dakota passed away March 4, 2020 at a Devils Lake Hospital. After graduating from High School in 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in General Douglas McArthur's Honor Guard while stationed in Tokyo, Japan. After his discharge, he attended North Dakota State University where he earned an agriculture degree and started a long career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. During that 33-year career he worked in the North Dakota towns of Cooperstown, Cavalier, Mayville, and Grafton. He finished his career as Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator in Devils Lake, North Dakota, retiring in 1984. Jim is survived by his three children, James C. (Peach) Thompson of Houston, Texas; Nancy D, (Dale) Woolhiser of Missoula, Montana; and Paul J. (Amy) Thompson of Devils Lake, North Dakota; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella "Sally"

2020

Townsend

Mark Anthony Townsend (72) of Muskogee, Oklahoma, former resident of Holdenville, passed away January 30, 2020. Mark worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He was an area soil scientist in Claremore, Oklahoma, then switched over to the resource specialist position. He retired in 1994.

2020

Vrana

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Verlon K. “Tony” Vrana (95) of Seward, Nebraska passed away on November 8, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born in Seward on June 25, 1925 to Anton and Florence (Walker) Vrana. The family moved to the Vrana farm north of Garland, Nebraska when Tony was 6 years old. He farmed with his parents until joining the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1948. He was united in marriage to Elaine Flowerday on June 5, 1949 and they lived in Seward where their four children were born. In 1958 he transferred with SCS to Lincoln, where he also attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1962 he was promoted to USDA SCS national headquarters in Washington D.C. and attended George Washington University where he received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. He advanced to the Senior Executive Service as SCS Associate Deputy Chief for Administration. Following over 32 years of federal service, he and Elaine returned to Nebraska where Tony served as Director of the Planning Division for the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission for 9 years. He then served for three years as Executive Vice President of the Soil and Water Conservation Society in Ankeny, Iowa. Following their time in Iowa, Tony and Elaine returned to Seward and enjoyed wonderful retirement years. He was active in environmental, civic, religious, and fraternal organizations. A long-time board member of the Cattle Bank & Trust, he also served several terms on the Seward City Council He was also proud to be a part of the planning committee for the new Seward library. He loved interacting with other people and was well respected for his compassionate and common-sense approach to various issues. He was recognized with numerous awards including the Masonic Grand Master’s Humanitarian Award, wasinducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, and selected for the 2017 Seward County Community Service Award. Tony and Elaine’s travels took them to all 50 states, most of Europe and North America, as well as China. He took great joy in connecting with locals and fellow travelers. Tony is survived by his wife of 71 years, Elaine, and their children: Verlon Vrana of Richmond, Virginia; Tim (Laura) Vrana of Columbus, Indiana; Carolyn (Ben) Hughes of Seward, Nebraska, and Jon (Mary) Vrana of Burke, Virginia; grandchildren: Julie (John) Owens of Seward, Nebraska; Heather Vrana of Gainesville, Florida; Tony Vrana of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Maggie Vrana of Atlanta, Georgia; and Anna Vrana of Burke, Virginia; and Great-grandchildren: Sadie and Jack Owens. Memorials to Seward Memorial Library or The Center for Rural Affairs.

2020

Waggoner

Mark Andrew Waggoner (67) of Lexington, Kentucky passed away August 1, 2020 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. He was born January 14, 1953 in Louisville, Kentucky to the late Harold K. and Hettie B. Hall Waggoner. Mark was a veteran of the US Navy. He received a Masters’ degree in Soil Science from the University of Kentucky; and was retired from the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. He was the State Resource Conservationist for Kentucky when he retired. Following his retirement, Mark enjoyed his “job” of handicapping horse races. Along with his wife of 38 years, Jennifer C. Waggoner, he is survived by his son, Michael Andrew Waggoner. Contributions in honor of Mark are suggested to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, www.pdjf.org.

2020

Wahrmund

Kermit Adolph Wahrmund (85) of Brenham, Texas passed away March 21, 2020 after losing a battle with cancer. He was born in Fredericksburg, Texas on September 10, 1934. Kermit proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He married Barbara Haby Wahrmund on May 5, 1962 at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in San Antonio. Kermit was a proud graduate of Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Husbandry. For 30 years he worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, the majority of his career spent in Washington County as the District Conservationist. He knew every highway and by-way in this county and much of the land is fertile and green because of his devotion to its preservation. Kermit was preceded in death by his firstborn son Larry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, stepdaughter Theresa and three children Gary (Melanie), Sherry (Keith) and Bernadette (Gerald); and 10 grandchildren.

2020

Waldrip

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Byron Thomas Waldrip (103) of Kingston, Tennessee passed away May 31, 2020 at his home. This beloved husband, father, brother, and friend was born in Independence County, AR on August 8, 1916, the only son of Thomas Revery Waldrip and Monnie Smith Waldrip. After attending the University of Arkansas and graduating in 1939, he married the love of his life, Flo Dena Pollard, on Christmas Day, 1940. He served proudly with the U.S. Army during World War II and enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. During his career, he provided loving homes for his family in Columbus, Mississippi; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and North Little Rock, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by wife, Flo Dena Waldrip and son, Byron Thomas Waldrip, Jr. He is survived by daughter, Deanna Karen (Joe) Williams of Bixby, Oklahoma; son, William Gary Waldrip (Sandy) of Kingston, Tennessee; grandchildren: Deanna Lynn Coberly of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Pamela Jean Williams of Frisco, Texas; Bonnie Jean Waldrip of Brunswick, Georgia; Graham Thomas Waldrip of Knoxville, Tennessee; Sarah Morganne Waldrip of Stuttgart, Germany; and great-granddaughter, Cadence Jo Coberly, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Byron was a member of the Kingston Church of Christ. Interment was in Blue Springs Cemetery at Magness, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Kingston Church of Christ.

2020

Webber

Honorary and Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist (Ray) Dale Webber (96) of Logan, Utah passed away October 26, 2020 at his home. Dale was born May 5, 1924, in Logan, Utah, to Albert Webber and Marie Havertz Webber. During his senior year in high school, he took night classes in aircraft mechanics at Utah State University. When he joined the United States Army Air Corp, he was well trained to lead a team of mechanics whose responsibility was to keep the airplanes in top condition. Dale was very diligent and checked each plane after it had been made ready for another mission. Dale served in the Pacific where he was on the islands of Laite in the Philippines, Beiat, and other islands on the way to Japan. When they flew into Japan, there were Japanese planes on the runway. Dale hoped they knew the war was over! Dale studied soil conservation at Utah State University and graduated in 1950. He was hired by the USDA-Soil Conservation Service where his employment took him to several locations in Utah. Eventually, he was asked to work in the United States Secretary of Agriculture's office as a Foreign Affairs Officer to oversee the foreign program. Dale spent time in many countries, especially in Asia. After his retirement, he returned to Logan. He would always correct you if you talked about dirt. It was soil. Dale married Bobbie Lou Painter on November 19, 1949. Bobbie died of cancer. He married Shirley Baugh on March 22, 1980. She died of cancer, also. He eloped with Mattie Ann Robison to Europe where they spent their honeymoon after being married by the ship's Captain. She died of causes incident to age. Dale was active in the Lions Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Boy Scouts. He contributed often to Utah State University and was a member of the Old Main Society. Dale loved to play golf until later in life when he injured his back. He was proud of his hole-in-one at the Bloomington Country Club and the Logan Country Club.

2020

Weber

Mary Louise Wills Weber (88) of Keizer, Oregon passed away February 29, 2020. Mary was the wife of Life Member and Senior Conservationist Edward Weber, who retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1988. Mary was born on March 12, 1931, in Green River, Wyoming to Earl Wills and Zelma Wills. She and Edward wed on December 25, 1949, and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Christmas Day, 2019.During her working years, Mary worked mainly in retail. She started at Western Auto in Hermiston, Oregon. She held several positions with Fred Meyer in Corvallis and Roseburg, Oregon, and retired from the Fred Meyer in Salem, Oregon. Mary also worked for Harry and David in Ashland, Oregon. In addition to her regular job, Mary was an Avon Sales Representative. Mary was active in Campfire/Blue Birds, Hermiston PTA, Teton County Montana Home Demonstration Club, Square Dance Clubs, and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an avid reader, loved knitting and crocheting, and making dresses. Mary is survived by her husband of 70 years, Edward Weber; daughter Edith Cano (Bob) of Vancouver, Washington; son Leslie Weber (Deena) of Meridian, Idaho; grandchildren Shelly Cano Kurtz (Nate), Nathan Cano, Matthew Weber, and Shyla Paradis (John); and 10 greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Myrna Weber.

2020

Wesoloski

Betty Louise (Bushnell) Wesoloski (92) of Hadley, Massachusetts passed away June 19, 2020 at her home with her loving husband, James Wesoloski at her side. James, or Jim as he is better known, is a retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service engineer who retired in 1997. He is the ARCSE state representative for Massachusetts/Rhode Island. James, or Jim as he is better known, is a retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service engineer who retired in 1997. Betty was born on November 13, 1927 in Spokane, Washington the daughter of Crystal (Jackson) Bushnell and Milo Homer Bushnell. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Whitworth College and Deaconess School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington and took advanced courses in Public Health training at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. After graduation, she was employed by the Indian Health Service on the Colville Indian Reservation in eastern Washington where she met Jim. They were married on October 6,1973 at Newman Catholic Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Betty also did Public Health work among the Pima/Maricopa and Apaches in Arizona and she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Veterans Administration hospitals in Spokane, Washington and Prescott, Arizona. Betty worked for the Amherst Board of Health for several years and retired as the Hampshire Regional High School Nurse in 1989. She is survived by her husband, Jim; a half-brother, Bryce Abraham of Walla Walla, Washington, a half-sister Crystal Faye (Abraham) Hudson of Vancouver, Washington; a brother-in-law John Wesoloski of Greenfield, Massachusetts; a step-sister, Leona Mellott of Vancouver, Washington, and many nieces and nephews whose birthdays she seldom forgot.

2020

Williams

Bobbie Vernell Williams (85) of Sayre, Oklahoma passed away January 19, 2020. She was married to ARCSE Life Member Clifford Lee Williams for just a few days short of 67 years. Vernell was a faithful wife and mother, and always supported Clifford’s transfers and the families' moves to different states. She was active in the Sayre Church of Christ. Two of the highlights in her life were serving as a volunteer in the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas and being allowed the privilege of serving as president of the Auxiliary.

2020

Wilson

James E. “Jim” Wilson (81) of New Martinsville, West Virginia passed away September 11, 2020 at his home. He was born August 16, 1939 in Kingwood, West Virginia, the son of the late Clarence J. and Vivian Ernestine Benson Wilson. Jim served four years in the US Navy and was aboard the ship that recovered the first astronaut in space, Alan Sheppard. He was a retired Soil Conservation Service Technician with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and a 21-year employee of Grisell Funeral Homes & Crematory. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Lea Hoffman Wilson. Survivors include his son, James Michael (Lisa) Wilson of McKeesport, Pennsylvania; and his daughter, Jo Beth (Mike) Simmons of New Martinsville, West Virginia; and four grandchildren.

2020

Wilton

ARCSE Member Neil Douglas Wilton (78) of Eagle, Idaho passed away December 24, 2020. Neil was born January 5, 1943 in Lowell, Massachusetts to Eric and Pauline Wilton of Billerica, Massachusetts. After high school he enlisted in the United States Airforce. He graduated from New England College with honors in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and then graduated from the University of New Hampshire with another Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Neil also studied Soil Mechanics at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1965 Neil married Susan Hicks Wolf. Within a few years, they were joined by five children. Neil’s engineering career with the USDA took the family from Concord, New Hampshire, with many layovers ending in Boise, Idaho. He retired in 1995 while an Irrigation Engineer. Sue passed away in 2002. Neil was once again blessed with love and married Janet Kurland of Boise on January 21, 2006 and added two children to his family. Neil enjoyed reading, traveling and being outdoors: Neil is survived by his wife Janet; and children Kristin Scott (Rick) of Meridian, Idaho; Jana Miranda (David) of Phoenix, Arizona; Heidi Mansfield (Ken) of Boise, Idaho; Noel Wilton (Tracy) of Hayden, Idaho; Jennifer Hollis (David) of Oceanside, California, Antoinette Wilton of Post Falls, Idaho, Michael Delaney (Jen) of San Diego, California; and 8 grandchildren. Neil is preceded in death by his first wife Susan and his son Jim Wilton.

2020

Wohl

Shirley Mae Wohl (91) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away June 19, 2020. She was the wife of Senior Conservationist Art Wohl, a former soil conservation technician, in Washburn, North Dakota. Art retired in 1983 and passed away in 2009. Shirley received a teaching certificate from Minot State Teacher’s College. She later went back to Minot State and received her bachelor’s degree in her late 40s. She taught school for many years. Shirley is survived by her children, David, Larry (Jan) and Kari (Mike) Kramer; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

2020

Wright

Eugene F. Wright (87) of Hood River, Oregon passed away on Jan. 19, 2020 with his wife of 64 years by his side, as well as his daughter and granddaughter. He was born in Ione, Washington on August 2, 1932. After high school Gene served with the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean conflict. He married Bonnie Brown in 1955, and they had three children, Michael, Julia and Brian. He discovered in 2017 through DNA testing that he had another daughter born in 1953, Pam Gilbert. Gene retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, after working in Oregon and Washington as an engineering technician. Gene was very active in the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon, which contributed to his enjoyment in retirement. Gene was preceded in death by his son Michael in 2000. He is survived by his wife Bonnie and their children Julia and Brian, his daughter Pam, six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. The Hospice of the Gorge in Hood River and Hood River Nazarene Church were a special blessing to him and Bonnie for the last six months.

2020

Wright

David Lee Wright (64) of Hermitage, Missouri passed away November 30, 2020, at Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Missouri. David was born Nov. 1, 1956, in Waynesville, Missouri, the son of James E. and Lois Allen Wright. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1976-1979. He had retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as District Conservationist for Hickory and St. Clair Counties. Survivors include his wife, Karen Wright; two sons, Brian Wright of Hermitage, and Bradly Wright of Warsaw; Missouri; and five grandchildren. Burial with full military honors was held at Nemo Cemetery, Hermitage, under the direction of Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home, Wheatland, Missouri.

2020

Yankey

Richard Lynn Yankey (72), of Meridian, Idaho (Formerly of Twin Falls, Idaho), passed away peacefully March 10, 2020. Rich was born to Lester and Mildred Yankey on December 16, 1947 in Weiser, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was an active member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. After graduation, Rich joined the National Guard and continued his military service for 6 years. He was proud of the time and energy he spent in support of his country. Rich secured a position with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Within a short period of time, he became the youngest person in Idaho to achieve a district conservationist position. He had many accomplishments along the way and retired in 2003. Rich married Donna Bower in 1969 and was married for 14 years. Together they raised two children, Lyndi and Justin Yankey. During that time, Rich constructed a log cabin in Star Valley Ranch Wyoming. It was an extraordinary effort in which he harvested and hand hewed the logs himself. Rich married Linda (Lynn) Martens in 1990 and together they enjoyed many years of outdoor adventures and traveling the country before Lynn passed away peacefully in 2017. Rich and Lynn were both very active at their church, Peace Lutheran in Filer, Idaho. Rich is survived by daughter Lyndi Yankey of Redondo Beach, California, son Justin (Rhia) Yankey and two grandchildren Maya and Julian of Meridian, Idaho, and two stepsons Jared (Lisa) Martens of Star, Idaho, and Dane Martens of Pasadena, California.

2020

Zinszer

Robert Hans “Zip” Zinszer (81) of, Tyler, Texas (formerly of Pocatello, Idaho), passed away June 5, 2020 surrounded by beloved family members. He was born October 13, 1938 in San Pedro, California, the son of Richard “Dick” H. and Mildred “Mitzy” R. (Hall) Zinszer. Robert attended high school in Rome, Italy while his parents lived in Saudi Arabia. In his youth and early adulthood, he spent time in Hays, Kansas and was fond of living and working on his Hall grandparents’ Sweetwater Ranch. Later he joined the military, enlisting in the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After leaving his service in the U.S. Army, he graduated from Fort Hays State University. He married Margo Matlock on April 16, 1960 in Parkers Settlement, Indiana, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. Prior to moving to Tyler in 2018, Robert and Margo lived in Pocatello, Idaho for 31 years. In 1994 he retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as an Assistant State Conservationist. Other locations he served and lived during his career were the Kansas communities of Smith Center, Greensburg, Osborne, Strong City, and Emporia, as well as Carbondale, Illinois. Robert was an avid gun enthusiast, fisherman, ham-radio operator, and card player with a special fondness for cribbage, poker, and “hand & foot.” He especially enjoyed motorcycling and camping and was a frequent visitor to Yellowstone National Park and its surrounding area. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Randy Zinszer (Cheryl) of Flower Mound, Texas, and Shawn Zinszer and (Kori) of Jacksonville, Florida; a daughter, Kimberly Stapp Gary) of Tyler, Texas; seven grandchildren, Lacey Stapp, Taylor Stapp, Riley Zinszer, Carly Zinszer, Brennan Zinszer, Dallon Zinszer, and Kelsey Zinszer.

2019

Allbritton

Margaret Ann Allbritton (95) of Wildwood, Florida passed away on August 29, 2019 at the Harbor Chase Assisted Living Center in Wildwood. Margaret retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in 1984 after working 35 years as the Area Clerk at the Mayfield, Kentucky Area Office. She was a member of the Hickory Baptist Church for 70 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Allbritton, seven brothers, and three sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy (Ted) Knue of The Villages, Florida; two grandchildren, Marnie and Neill Knue; and three great-grandchildren.

2019

Allen

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

2019

Allen

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

2019

Askew

Senior Conservationist Elton Washington Askew, Jr. (93), formerly of Edenton, North Carolina, passed away July 14, 2019, in Zebulon Rehabilitation Center, Zebulon, North Carolina. Elton was a veteran of World War II. He served in the European Theatre in Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army and was a squad leader of a .30 caliber water-cooled machine-gun outfit in the 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment. A retired civil engineering technician, he worked with the Soil Conservation Service for 30 years and was known for his self-reliance, work ethic, and ingenuity. He was a member of Edenton Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence "L.C." Askew, and by his beloved wife of 47 years, Sandra Freeman Askew. Surviving are his three sons, Elton Jesse Askew (Kathy) of Raleigh, North Carolina, Paul Freeman Askew (Julie) of Smithfield, North Carolina, and David Thomas Askew of Washington, DC; and five grandchildren, Daniel, Emily, Lauren, Katelyn, and Paula Ann Askew. Graveside services were held at Beaver Hill Cemetery in Edenton, North Carolina on July 17, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to the Edenton-Chowan Senior Center, 204 East Church Street, Edenton, North Carolina 27932.

2019

Austin

Honorary Lifetime Member and Senior Conservationist William (Bill) E. Austin Sr. (93) passed away on April 19, 2019 at his home in The Village at Gainesville, Gainesville, Florida. Bill was born on November 2, 1925 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the only child of the late Culpepper and Eddie Smith Austin. He received an AA degree from Lees McRae Junior College, Banner Elk, North Carolina in 1944. Immediately following his graduation from Lees McRae, he entered the U.S. Army and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters. His unit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and was redeployed to the Philippines after the German surrender. After serving with the Japanese occupation forces, he was discharged and returned home in May of 1946, having achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He also served for a year as an activated reservist during the Korean conflict. Returning to North Carolina, he briefly attended University of North Carolina Charlotte and The Citadel before graduating from North Carolina State in 1950 with an engineering degree. His professional career was devoted to agriculture and natural resource conservation. He served with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS/NRCS) in various states including North Carolina, Indiana, Alabama and Florida. His last position with the agency was in Gainesville, Florida, serving as State Conservationist. He returned to Raleigh, North Carolina, following retirement from SCS to head the North Carolina Division of Soil and Water Conservation for two years. He was a member of several professional and civic organizations including Junior Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Soil Conservation Society of America, American Society of Agricultural Engineers and American Geophysical Union, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Protestant and spent his retirement years in Gainesville and Welaka, Florida. His late wife, Anna C. Austin and he are survived by three children, five Grandchildren and seven Great-Grandchildren. They are: Son, Bill Jr. (Peggy) of Palm City, Florida, and their children Molly and Paige; Daughter Terry A. Howard of Gainesville, Florida, and her children Christine (Jason) Shoop, Holly Springs, North Carolina, and their children Hailey and Holly; and Amanda (Kyle) Hogg, High Springs, Florida, their children Cambell, Cailyn and Karlee; and son Randy (Amy) of Dacula, Georgia and their child Aaron (Erika) of Bainbridge, GA, and children Aiden and Emmit. Interment was at the Jacksonville National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. Expressions of remembrance may be sent to the American Red Cross.

2019

Baldwin

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

2019

Beaty

James "Jim" Clarence Beaty (87) of Sayre, Oklahoma passed away August 31, 2019 at his home. Jim was born to Frank and Marie (Powell) Beaty on April 10, 1932 at the family farm near Durham, Oklahoma. He grew up in Roger Mills County and graduated from high school at Crawford, Oklahoma. After graduation he began working for the USDA Soil Conservation Service retiring in 1986 after 36 years of service. He married the love of his life Betty Jo (Barrett) Blanscet in June of 1963. He was an avid quail hunter and outdoorsman and a rancher who had unprecedented love and respect for his land and livestock. He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Betty. He is survived by his son, James Blanscet (partner Judy Branch) of Reydon, Oklahoma; daughter, Carolyn (Blanscet) Potter and husband, Bill, of Shamrock, Texas; two grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

2019

Behner

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

2019

Beneke

Patricia Ann “Pat” Beneke (70) of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, passed away June 27, 2019 at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Missouri. She was recovering from surgery and suffered a major heart attack. Pat was born August 23, 1948 in Willmar, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Robert and Beatrice (Hjelle) Mark. Pat was united in marriage to William M. “Bill” Beneke on June 9, 1967 in Spokane, Washington,. After graduating as class salutatorian with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Lincoln University, Pat worked as a Resource Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. After retiring to the Lake of the Ozarks, she enjoyed living the lake life. She loved spending days outdoors boating on the lake and tending to her flower garden. Pat is survived by her loving husband Bill; her sons Michael Beneke (Christy) of Jefferson City, Missouri and Jeff Beneke (Arla) of Peculiar, Missouri; and three grandchildren.

2019

Bieber

Gene L. Bieber (83) of West Lafayette, Ohio passed away November 11, 2019. Gene was born August 15, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana and was the son of Fred M. and Lena (Boyce) Bieber. He was a graduate of Purdue University, Kansas State University, and Auburn University. On June 21, 1969 he married Shea Dawn Cedarquist. From 1960-1963 he served in the United States Air Force as a meteorologist at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. He was an Agriculture Professor at Mississippi State University from 1967-1972, an Agriculture Professor at SE Missouri State from 1972-1974, Extension Agent at Daviess County, Indiana from 1974-1983 and the Area Agronomist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service from 1984 until he retired in 2002. Gene was an active member of the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, West Lafayette, Ohio, past president of the Kiwanis Club in Washington, Indiana, and singer/guitarist in the Jim Patterson Band. He owned and operated Bieber's Backyard Produce. In addition to his wife Shea, Gene is survived by three children: Cara Bieber (Greg) Noyes of Newark, Ohio; Zane Christopher Bieber of West Lafayette; and Lana Bieber (Opha, Jr.) Lawson of Coshocton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

2019

Black

Talitha Jean Bradshaw Black (83), formerly of Athens, Georgia, passed away October 13, 2019, in Marietta, Georgia. She was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, on July 12, 1936, to James Beasley and Jeannie Brunetti Busha Bradshaw. Jean worked as an Administrative Assistant with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1991 with 35 years of service. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Charles Bowen Black in 1966. Surviving are her two daughters Kathy Henson (Allen) and Karen Thayer (Marc); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

2019

Bradford

Robert "Bob" Jordan Bradford (82) of Louisville, Kentucky passed away unexpectedly on June 6, 2019. He had just returned in May from a long-planned visit to Normandy, France. Ironically, he passed on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Living almost his entire life in Kentucky, his love of the Bluegrass state was at the heart of everything he did, from serving its farmers during his long career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, to staunchly rooting for his beloved UK Wildcats. Bob was born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky to Minnie Reeves Bradford and Hollis Aiken Bradford. He received his degree in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the National Award-Winning Cattle Judging Team. In 1963, he began his Soil Conservation Service career. Bob spent most of his career as the District Conservationist in Shelbyville, KY, and was also a Resource Conservationist with the Cynthiana, Kentucky Area Office. He retired in 1994. After retirement, Bob relocated to Louisville. He is survived by his loving and devoted partner Pamela Capuder, and his children Lt. Col. (Ret) Christopher (Kit) Bradford (Susan), St. Matthews, Kentucky; Robin Bradford Carlton, Fisherville, Kentucky; Holli Bradford Christman (Erik), Greenwood Village, Colorado; and six grandchildren. A celebration of life was held June 12, 2019, at Ratterman Funeral Home, in East Louisville, Kentucky. Contributions can be made in Bob’s memory to the American Diabetes Association or the Crusade for Children.

2019

Brax

Connie Jane Brax (85) of Salina, Kansas passed away July 25, 2019. She graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina, Kansas in 1952. She worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service for 45 years in the word processing department and on the Water Resources Staff of the Kansas State Office. She was particularly proud of her role in deploying one of the first automated word processing applications. She retired in 2000. She is survived by her daughter Lori (Jack) Brax of Hays, Kansas; son Jon (Judy) Brax of Leawood; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Services were held July 30 at First United Methodist Church, Salina. Donations in honor of Connie may be made to the Saline County Humane Society.

2019

Breckel

Margaret "Maggie" Breckel (83) of Malcolm, Nebraska passed away September 17, 2019. Maggie was hired as a Clerk Stenographer by the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1978 working with the Public Affairs Specialist for Nebraska. She was the lead person in coordination and use of photographs and other visual material used in the outreach program for SCS in Nebraska. She retired in the late 1990s as a clerk-stenographer with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Maggie was well known throughout the state, as she worked with many field SCS/NRCS staff in providing photos and other resource material for the agency’s outreach programs. She is remembered by her co-workers as always cheerful and was well-liked by all. She lived on an acreage and was very active in planting trees, gardens and other activities to enhance the environment. Memorials can be directed to Lincoln Lutheran High School Scholarship Fund.

2019

Brown

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

2019

Brune

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

2019

Bruns

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

2019

Bullard

Gary Bullard (77) of Sacramento, California passed away December 26, 2019. Gary was born July 9, 1942 in Weatherford, Texas to George and Millie Bullard. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Gary served nearly three years in the US Army and several years in the Army Reserves and holds Captain’s rank. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service/Natural Resources Conservation Service for over 30 years serving in various positions in two different states and on ten different staffs including leadership positions in resource conservation planning at the farm and ranch level, watershed and river basin planning, water quality projects and environmental planning and has worked in every county in California. In 1976, he received the Wildlife Conservationist of the Year award in Oklahoma presented by the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation and the Governor. After retiring Gary taught school for the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps from September 2001 through September 2002. He then wrote grants for the California Dairy Campaign for ten years. Gary’s survivors include his loving wife of 34-1/2 years, Linda Bullard, his four children Derek, DeDe, Deborah and Kris; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

2019

Button

Senior Conservationist Louis "Curly" Stanley Button Jr. (94) of Richmond, Virginia passed away on September 12, 2019. Curly was born on April 1, 1925, in Jeffersonton, Virginia. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 17 and served through the end of the war. After the war, he attended University of Georgia and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in engineering. In July of 1951, Curly married Helen Louise Connelly of Blacksburg, Virginia. Curly was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service from 1952 through 1989 and served as State Conservation Engineer in Richmond from 1966 to 1989. After a career with USDA, he had a second career with the State of Virginia from 1989 through 1995 as Manager of the Bureau of Dam Safety and Flood Protection, Department of Conservation and Recreation. He was an avid skeet shooter and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and his son, Louis Stanley Button III of Richmond. He is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Button Cournow (Thomas) of Kent Island, Maryland, and sons John Connelly Button (Rosemary) of Madison, North Carolina and Thomas Robert Button (Heather) of Milford, Virginia; and four grandchildren.

2019

Campbell

Richard Lee Campbell (71) of Palmdale, California passed away September 30, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Rich was born September 15, 1948 in Kilmichael, Mississippi. He attended Alcorn A&M University where he earned his degree in Agricultural Education. In 1970 he began his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Bismarck, North Dakota as a Soil Conservationist and met the love of his life and future wife, Nancy. Rich and Nancy were married in Colorado on December 10, 1973 and blessed with 46 beautiful years together. The next year he was promoted to District Conservationist for Yuma County, Colorado. He went on to become the Resource Conservationist of ten counties in Colorado. In 1977 he transferred to The Dalles, Oregon to serve as District Conservationist for Wasco County. In 1983 he was promoted to District Conservationist of Los Angeles County based out of Lancaster, California. In 1992 he was a key founder of the Dustbusters Task Force. He was actively involved in countless other community environmental projects. Richard’s Christian faith was very important to him, and he served in several leadership positions in churches during his life. Richard was preceded in death by his son Michael Matson. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, son Matthew Matson (Sarah), daughters Carrie Campbell, Cammie Szabo (Aaron), eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

2019

Campbell

Toy Noah Campbell, Jr. (87) of Jefferson, North Carolina passed away December 7, 2019 at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Oregon. Toy was born in Catawba County North Carolina on January 4, 1931 to the late Toy Noah and Blanche Plumley Campbell. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Toy was a long time District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Jefferson, North Carolina where he retired. Toy was a Hospice Volunteer for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hallie Marie Thompson Campbell. Toy is survived by a son, Jeffrey Toy Campbell (Penny) of Bend, Oregon; two daughters, Sheri Lynn Campbell (Bill Baer), of Salt Lake City, Utah and Donna Campbell Michaels, of Coco, Florida; and two grandchildren.

2019

Cashman

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

2019

Cissell

Lisa Ann Cissell (56) of Bardstown, Kentucky passed away peacefully August 10, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family and beloved dog, Sherman. Lisa was born in Lebanon, Kentucky on March 8, 1963 to Howard and Sue Ella Cissell. She received a degree in Agriculture from Eastern Kentucky University. She retired just four months ago as a resource conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service with nearly 32 years of service. Despite living with cystic fibrosis and receiving a double lung transplant eight years ago, Lisa lived life to the fullest. She was grateful for her second chance at life and donated many hours as a Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Ambassador Volunteer. She had a special bond with animals, especially horses and dogs. Lisa was preceded in death by her mother, Sue Ella Thomas Cissell, and one sister, Mindy Filiatreau. Survivors include her father, William Howard Cissell (Phyllis) of Holy Cross, Kentucky; four sisters – Shannon Duvall (Jonathan) of Queenstown, Maryland; Renee Kaminski (Mike) and Cara Brahm of Lebanon, Kentucky; Terri Voils of Bardstown, Kentucky; one brother, Michael Cissell of Loretto, Kentucky; her brother-in-law, Chris Filiatreau (Pam) of Bardstown, and many friends from all over the world. A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 15 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 59 New Haven Road, Loretto, Kentucky. Expressions of sympathy can be made as contributions to Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) or to Barktown Rescue in Nelson County, Kentucky.

2019

Clendenon

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

2019

Coggin

Senior Conservationist Norma Sturdivant Coggin (90) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away on October 1, 2019 after an extended illness. She was born November 29, 1928 in Chatham County, North Carolina to Robert and Lena Andrews Sturdivant. Norma attended Crofts Business School in Durham in 1945 and began her career as a medical secretary at Duke Hospital at age 17. Norma met her husband John Rod Coggin, Jr. while in Durham, and they were married December 17, 1954. They were married for 40 years until his death in 1994. Norma worked as a medical secretary for many years and continued her career as a secretary with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1989. Norma was active in United Methodist Women and The Woman's Club of Raleigh. She was preceded in death by her husband John. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Coggin Barker (William); three grandchildren, Will (Megan Bair), John (Anna Knott) and Blair Hunt (Quinn); and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a special friend, Nancy Chance who lovingly cared for Norma over the last 10 years.

2019

Cole

Everett Lee Cole (85) of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on April 29, 2019. Everett was a soil scientist and retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service Oklahoma State Office in 1990 after 35 years of service. Everett was always active in the annual National Land and Range Judging Contest. Everett is the father in law of Gerry Cole who currently works in Financial Management at the State Office. He was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed farming and ranching all his life. He loved being with family and friends. He is survived by his wife Helen.

2019

Conner

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

2019

Conradi

Arlin "Al" J Conradi (85) of Baxter, Tennessee passed away April 16, 2019 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family and friends. Al was born August 9, 1933, in Homestead, Oklahoma to the late Carl and Martha (Winter) Conradi. He started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist in Oklahoma. He later became the District Conservationist in Oklahoma City and then was promoted to Area Conservationist in Cookeville, Tennessee where he worked until his retirement. Al is survived by his wife Pat Conradi, his daughter Sally (Nelson) Minton, son Roger (Angela) Conradi, and four grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service was held April 25, 2019 at the Outreach Center of Trinity Assembly of Algood, Tennessee.

2019

Cox

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

2019

Cox

G. Samuel Cox (82) of Edenton, North Carolina passed away on September 4, 2019. Mr. Cox was born in Onslow County, North Carolina on November 26, 1936, the son of the late Willie Crawford Cox, a farmer, and Sadie Kellum Cox, a schoolteacher. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1958 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Known to many as “Sammy” or “Sam,” he married the former Betty Lou Jarman on October 24, 1959, and they were married for over 59 years until her death earlier this year. Sam worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Soil Conservation Service for 35 years. He served in different roles and locations during his career, with the last 19 years as area conservationist for the northeastern area of North Carolina, based in Edenton. He was a faithful member of Edenton Baptist Church and was also active in community organizations, including the Edenton Jaycees and the Edenton Lions Club. Survivors include three sons and their families: Graham S. Cox II (Samantha) of Newman, Georgia; John C. Cox (Susan) of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and Andrew Cox (Lisa) of Holly Springs, North Carolina; and three granddaughters.

2019

Crane

Richard Louis Crane (80) of Hurontown, Michigan passed away at home on July 12, 2019 of an apparent heart attack. He was born the son of Richard Crane, Sr. and Margaret Sardish on May 5, 1939. Richard grew up on a dairy farm with his grandparents, Louis and Caroline Sardish, in Menominee County. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper. After his military service, Richard worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 44 years. He was honored for his work in Washington, DC with a national Soil Conservation Service Technician of the Year award. Richard was an avid runner for two decades, often running competitively. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kenlyn Crane (Rivard); his children, Michael Crane (Sarah), Dan Crane (Mary), and Becky Crane; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

2019

Cullison

Cecilia “Cec” Anne Cullison (68) July 9, 2019 of Canby, Oregon passed away on July 9, 2019. She attended Portland Community College and Oregon State University before marriage. She married her soulmate, Robert (Bob) Cullison on June 10, 1972. Bob and Cec had just celebrated their 47th anniversary. They had one child, Troy. Cec and Troy accompanied Bob in his Air Force travels. Cec held military, civilian and federal jobs in Germany and Washington D.C. during these assignments. Once Bob retired from the Air Force, they moved back to Canby where Cec continued her federal work service in Portland as the Executive Assistant to the Oregon State Conservationist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. She retired from NRCS in 2012 after 32 years of service. Cec fought the good fight against her pancreatic cancer and took up coloring to take her mind off the chemo and pain during her 10-month battle. Cec is survived by her husband, Bob; son, Troy; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Cathy; and two brothers, Tom and Toby. Please consider donating to Habitat for Humanity to honor Cec’s lifelong penchant to help everyone.

2019

Darby

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

2019

Deal

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

2019

Dester

Daisy lrene Dester (Savuyers) (85) of Abilene, Kansas passed away October 1, 2019. Daisy was preceded in death by her husband Eugene P. Dester in 2014. Eugene was District Conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Abilene for 16 years until he retired in 1992. Daisy and Eugene are survived by their son Steve Dester (Janice) of Solomon, Kansas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

2019

Dingle

Stanley O. Dingle (81) of Verona, Wisconsin passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack on May 31, 2019. Stan graduated in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Civil Engineering and Agricultural Engineering and began a job with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. On June 24, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Marlene Anderson. Instead of waiting for the draft, he joined the 32nd Red Arrow Division National Guard Unit in Eau Claire, only to be called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis that October. He was discharged from active duty in August 1962 and returned to Eau Claire to continue work with the SCS. In 1969, he was honorably discharged from the National Guard after serving an eight-year enlistment. In 1976, Stanley was transferred to the SCS State Office in Madison, as a design engineer. He retired in 1994. Stan is survived by his wife, Marlene; four sons, Richard (Jodi) Dingle, of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Mark (Jody) Dingle of Verona, Steve Dingle of Madison, Wisconsin, and John (Carrie) Dingle also of Madison; and nine grandchildren.

2019

Dull

Harold B. Dull (97) of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin passed away peacefully at home on December 27, 2019. Harold was born July 3, 1922, in Soldiers Grove to Earl Edward Dull and Anna Bell (Bailey) Dull. On Oct. 8, 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a medical technician and later as a clerk/secretary. He was chosen for Army specialized training and attended Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he took general college courses in engineering. In 1945, he was sent overseas to Calcutta, India. He was a member of a convoy unit hauling supplies, ammo and goods across the Ledo Trail, through Burma into Kunming, China. At this time, he and other members of the convoy were caught between Nationalist China and Communist China. They were cut off from other Allied troops for approximately six months. Finally, they were rescued and flown back to India, On April 25, 1946, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort McCoy. Harold was very proud of his military service. Harold was also proud of being a farmer; and when he returned home, he began farming with his father. While farming he also worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Vernon County, Wisconsin as a soil conservation technician for 30 years. Harold is survived by four daughters, Sue (Lee) Knoche of Wetmore, Michigan, Claudia Dull of Readstown, Wisconsin, Kit Hartman of Aurora, Illinois, and Beth (Tom) Eder of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; three sons, Craig Dull, Wade (Colleen) Dull and Peter Dull, all of Soldiers Grove; one daughter-in-law, Elaine (Clay) Dull of Maquoketa, Iowa; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Harold is preceded in death by his wife, Lola, and son, Clay.

2019

Dunn

Sue Ann Dunn (78) of Morgantown, West Virginia passed away June 28, 2019 at WVU Medicine with her family by her side. She was the wife of retired USDA Soil Conservation Service State Engineer Paul Dunn. Prior to her illness, Sue was actively involved in many community organizations and at Harner Chapel United Methodist Church, including United Methodist Women. She was a devoted wife and mother, who was highly involved with her children and all their activities.

2019

Dyer

David Allen Dyer (81) of Brandywine, West Virginia passed away June 8, 2019, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He was a graduate of Potomac State College and West Virginia University. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service for 20 years, then worked for and retired from Grafton Coal Company in 1992. He then moved back to the family farm at Fort Seybert, West Virginia and became a farmer. For a while he was the Area Engineer at Philippi, West Virginia. He also worked as a Project Engineer on several projects.  He was a member of the Fairview-Bethel United Methodist Church. David was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Simmons Dyer. Survivors include daughter Jody (Danny) Fultz, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; son Greg (Toniue) Dyer of Brandywine, West Virginia; four grandsons and one great-grandson.

2019

Eacker

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

2019

Edwards

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

2019

Ellifritz

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

2019

Erickson

Jerald “Jerry” Erickson (83) of Leonardville, Kansas passed away December 6, 2019 at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. He retired in 2001 as a soil conservation technician for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, in the Manhattan Field Office. His wife, Patty Erickson, survives.

2019

Evans

Harry Scales Evans (65) of Eubank, Kentucky passed away suddenly on May 6th, 2019. Harry was a Soil Scientist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for many years. He held positions as field soil scientist and project leader. Harry retired at the end of 2012. After retirement he devoted much of his time to the Pulaski County Humane Society. Harry was also very involved with “Love on A Leash” visiting various Hospitals, Schools, Nursing Homes, and other facilities with his close companion Hatty. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Grace and Adolf Evans. He is survived by his wife Cathy Evans of Eubank, Kentucky and two brothers who live in Maryland,  John (Jennifer) Evans and Joe (Dorothy) Evans. Harry has numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Donations are requested to the Pulaski County Humane Society.

2019

Evans

Sandra “Sandy” Hill Evans (77) of Fairfax County, Virginia passed away on June 7, 2019 after a long battle with pulmonary complications. She grew up in rural Idaho, an area she loved her whole life. Sandy was the wife of Gary Evans who was a USDA Soil Conservation Service resource/range conservationist at National Headquarters and later headed the USDA Climate Change Office with the Agricultural Research Service.

2019

Everett

Joseph “Joe” H. Everett (73) of New Haven, Missouri passed away March 21, 2019 at Mercy Hospital, Creve Coeur, Missouri. Joseph was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 22, 1946 to Vasco Theo and Helen Clara (O'Day) Everett. He was united in marriage with Janice K. Middaugh on May 22, 1962, in Fulton, Missouri. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in a career that included assignments as area resource conservationist in the Washington Area Office and district conservationist in the Hillsboro, Missouri Field Office. Joe retired in 1993 or 1994. After he retired from federal employment, he worked as a truck manager of sales for Chris Auffenberg Ford in Washington. Joseph is survived by his wife, Janice; three daughters, JoAnn Smothers (Eddie) of Bartlett, Tennessee; Jennifer Buwalda (Paul) of Canadian Lakes, Michigan; and Joyce Everett of Linn, Missouri; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Everett; and a son, Joseph Jonathan Everett.

2019

Fechter

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

2019

Ferwerda

Honorary Member John A. Ferwerda (94) of Bangor, Maine passed away May 21, 2019, at a Bangor hospital. He was born May 18, 1925 in Whitensville, Massachusetts, the son of Martin and Annie (Hockstra) Ferwerda. John married his beloved wife, Lola (Youngsma) Ferwerda on September 11, 1947. John was a Navy Veteran of WWII and an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Vermont, Class of 1950. He then attended Cornell University and received his Master's Degree in Soil Science in 1963. He spent his career working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. He retired in 1983 as the Main State Soil Scientist. John was always active in his local church community. He was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors. He raised African violets, love to hike, bike, and walk to the Penobscot River in Veazie. In his later years, he taught his great-grandchildren the love of gardening, bird watching, and rock collecting. In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his five siblings, and a granddaughter, Jessica Mildner. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lola Ferwerda; a son, Martin Ferwerda; daughters, Loralie Mildner, Jean McLeod, and Judy Kelly; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Interment with military honors was held in Fairview Cemetery in Veazie, Maine.

2019

Fox

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

2019

Gallup

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

2019

Gamble

Senior Conservationist Erling Edward Gamble (94) of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away July 21, 2019. Born August 29, 1924, Erling grew up in the Quaker (Society of Friends) faith and lived as a boy within a caring circle of extended family in the farming community of Winona, Ohio. Although he spent most of his adulthood outside of Ohio, these deep roots sustained him throughout his life. During World War II, Erling served in the tradition of Quakers, performing his alternative service notably as a smokejumper stationed at Seeley Lake, Montana. Later, Erling attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and developed an interest in soil science and geomorphology. He received both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Earlham before moving with his wife Mary "Polly" Alden Gamble and daughters to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1959. Subsequently, he earned a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University while employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service Division of Soil Survey Investigations. Erling continued his work at the SCS in Raleigh and then in Lincoln, Nebraska, co-authoring several well-received scientific articles and consulting on soil survey issues across a wide region of the country. No doubt influenced by his parents' service work in Poland after World War I and II, Erling came to regard the service aspect of his professional life as the most meaningful and sought to instill this ideal in his children and grandchildren. Erling was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Polly, in 2016. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Don and Tricia Scales, Ellen R. Gamble, Roy and Ann Huntley, and Cynthia Gamble-Nordskog; his eight grandchildren: Donald Scales, Margo Scales, Ginnie Huntley, Harry Huntley, Johnny Huntley, Thomas Nordskog, Jacob Nordskog, and Amelia Nordskog.

2019

Gardner

John E. Gardner (71) of Lincoln, Kansas passed away on June 5, 2019. John was inspecting a dam in the Salt Creek Watershed when he realized he might be experiencing a heart attack and called for help. Although help arrived, he did not survive the attack. John retired December 31, 2011, as a Civil Engineering Technician on the Hutchinson Area Office Technical Staff and worked in the Lincoln Management Unit in Lincoln, Kansas. After retirement he was employed by the Salt Creek Watershed District. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Dunlap) Gardner, sons Ian Gardner (Lindsay), of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Jake Gardner (Kati), of Lincoln, Kansas; daughter, Cameo Ibsen, of Kansas City, Missouri; and seven grandchildren.

2019

Gembala

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

2019

Gerbaz

Honorary Member Olice (Ted) Theodore Gerbaz (93) of Orangevale, California passed away on Monday May 27, 2019. Olice was born February 10, 1926 in Woody Creek, Colorado to Olice Achilles Gerbaz and Lena Cassie (Albany). He was a veteran of the US Air Force. He married Ila Marie Brooks in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on August 28, 1946 and remained married to her for 73 years. He graduated from the University of Colorado as a Civil Engineer. His career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service started in Colorado where he worked in Fowler, Rocky Ford and Lamar. In 1961 he transferred to Sacramento, California. He retired in 1988 as the California State Soil Conservation Engineer. After retirement, he moved to Orangevale, California where he became an Associate Pastor of the Methodist Church, now Pathway Fellowship. Ted’s survivors include his wife Ila; two daughters Janice Goodyear (Mike), of Orangevale and Pamela James (Robin) of Laurel, Delaware; 5 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

2019

Geter

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

2019

Glenn

Phillip Andrew Glenn (68) of Newalla, Oklahoma passed away July 16, 2019. Phil joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2009 as a Construction Inspector at the Pauls Valley Watershed office. In 2013 he began assisting the Shawnee Field Office with their Technician workload until he retired in 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, LaReina. Phil is survived by his three daughters, Lisa Davidson (Jeff), Julie Haworth (Todd), and Valerie Johnson (Kyle); and 5 grandchildren.

2019

Goins

Dorothy Louise Goins (71) of Zanesville, Ohio went to be with her Lord, August 6, 2019 at Genesis Morrison House, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Dale Goins, retired Natural Resource Conservation Service Area Civil Engineering Technician for Eastern Ohio. She worked for Tri-Valley School District for thirty-five years.

2019

Goode

Rodney "Rod" Keith Goode (70) of Pell City, Alabama passed away October 14, 2019. He was born on July 2, 1949 in Glencoe Alabama. He married his high school sweetheart, Retha Marker Goode, and was married for 49 years. He graduated from Auburn University with bachelor of science degree in 1972 and master of science degree in 1974. He loved his Alma Mata and was an enormous Auburn Football fan. He loved his job with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and retired after 42 years of service. He was District Conservationist for Jefferson and St. Clair Counties in Alabama for many years. Rod was actively involved in many conservation and civic organizations. He won the Jerry L. Johnson award for excellence in public service. Rod was a member of First Baptist Church of Pell City for 44 years. He led a life of service and volunteered to help his church and community in many capacities over the years. Survivors include his wife Retha; daughter Amy (Chris) Bain and two grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Pell City, on Friday, October 18, 2019.

2019

Goode

Rodney "Rod" Keith Goode (70) of Pell City, Alabama passed away October 14, 2019. He was born on July 2, 1949 in Glencoe Alabama. He married his high school sweetheart, Retha Marker Goode, and was married for 49 years. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 and Master of Science degree in 1974. He loved his Alma Mater and was an enormous Auburn football fan. He loved his job with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and retired after 42 years of service at the end of 2016. He was District Conservationist for Jefferson and St. Clair Counties in Alabama for many years. Rod was actively involved in many conservation and civic organizations. He won the Jerry L. Johnson award for excellence in public service. Rod was a member of First Baptist Church of Pell City for 44 years. He led a life of service and volunteered to help his church and community in many capacities over the years. Survivors include his wife Retha, daughter Amy (Chris) Bain, and two grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial service was held at First Baptist Church of Pell City on October 18, 2019.

2019

Grandy

Marvin W. Grandy (93) of New London, Missouri, passed away November 6, 2019, at Clarence Care Center in Clarence, Missouri. Marvin was born March 1, 1926, in Blair, Nebraska to Clarence W. Grandy and Jewell W. Weissen Grandy. Marvin served his country proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-17. He was a graduate from Texas Tech College with a degree in 1949. He married Kathryn "Kathy" Luna on April 13, 1963, in Goodman, Missouri. Marvin worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil conservationist. He was the district conservationist in New London, Missouri when he retired in the 1970s. After he retired, he worked part time for the YMCA and for the United States Post Office in New London. He was also a cattle farmer. He is survived by his wife Kathy; daughters Linda K. Epperson of New London, Missouri, and Patricia O'Boyle (Bill) of Harmony, Florida; and four grandchildren.

2019

Haefner

Nila Elaine Haefner (81) of Wheaton, Kansas passed away November 7, 2019. Nila was the spouse of Ernest Haefner, who survives. Ernest retired in 1995 as the District Conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service Junction City Field Office.

2019

Hale

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

2019

Hall

Marian Jane "Babe" Hall (82) of Sioux City, Iowa passed away unexpectedly May 28, 2019, at a local hospital. Marian was the wife of ARCSE member and Senior Conservationist Richard Hall. Marian and Richard were united in marriage on July 16, 1955. Marian's work career included Fremont County Savings Bank, an Avon representative, Apple Tree Day Care, and a food demonstrator for Sunshine Foods. She was an active member of Holy Cross Parish-St. Michael Catholic Church. She volunteered at the cancer center and the Siouxland Soup Kitchen. She had a special place in her heart for the lonely. In addition to her husband Richard, her survivors include son, Jeff (Mary) Hall of Columbus, Nebraska; daughters, Janet (Jay) Freng of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Theresa (Robert) Schoonover of McLoud, Oklahoma, Mindy (Don) Oberle of Sioux City, Iowa and Jenny (Mike) Jelken of McCook Lake, South Dakota; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

2019

Handler

Priscilla Kate (Jenkins) Handler (69) passed away peacefully at her home in Welch, Minnesota on May 9, 2019 from Alzheimer's disease. Priscilla was married to ARCSE member and retired USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service soil scientist John Handler who passed away 9 months later in February 2020.

2019

Harner

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

2019

Hart

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

2019

Hartwig

Edgar Carl “Easy” Hartwig (94) of Auburn, Nebraska passed away November 12, 2019. He was the son of Carl and Martha (Schenkel) Hartwig, born July 6, 1925 in Firth, Nebraska. After high school, “Easy,” as he was known, worked as a welder at the Martin Bomber Plant from 1942 to 1943. On December 28, 1944, Easy enlisted in the United States Army. While in the Army, Easy served as a Paratrooper during World War II. He was honorably discharged on May 17, 1946. On December 31, 1946 Easy was united in marriage to Ileene Smith. Easy worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Nemaha County as a soil conservation technician from 1962 until he retired in 1991. Easy was involved with several civic and service organizations in Auburn. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ileene. He is survived by his son Chet (Judy) Hartwig of Lincoln; sons-in-law Mark Bresley, David Bals, Mitch Mehuron; daughter-in-law Margy Hartwig; 7 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. According to his wishes, Easy's body was donated to the Nebraska Anatomical Board.

2019

Hays

Peggy Hays (81) of Tecumseh, Oklahoma passed away October 30, 2019 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Peggy was the wife of retired USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service technician, Larry Hays for 63 years. Larry retired over 20 years ago from Shawnee. Peggy worked for the USDA and Oklahoma Well Sample Service for many years. She is survived by her husband Larry, two sons and six grandchildren.

2019

Hedgpeth

David Wayne Hedgpeth (80) of Fairmont, North Carolina passed away October 7, 2019 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He was born November 9, 1938 in Robeson County, North Carolina. David worked as a Soil Conservation Technician for the USDA Soil Conservation Service at the Lumberton Field Office in North Carolina. Friends described him has having a big heart and always a smile on his face. David’s survivors include his wife, Carolyn Holt Hedgpeth of the home; two daughters Denise Whitley (Terry) of White Lake, North Carolina, and Wendy Hedgpeth of Fairmont; and three grandchildren.

2019

Hilpmann

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

2019

Hire

Dean (Keet) Frederick Hire (78) of Athens, Ohio passed away on December 8, 2019. Dean was born February 26, 1941 to Milton and Lucille (Kuns) Hire in Sandusky, Ohio. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years. He attended Ohio State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering in 1969. His first job with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service was in Coshocton, Ohio, and he transferred to Athens in 1972 where he worked until he retired in 1994. He was involved in a multitude of reclamation projects all over southeastern Ohio and became area engineer. He was preceded in death by his former wife, Barbara Ann (Sass) Hire. He is survived by his four children, Tanya Wandling (Dave) of New Marshfield, Ohio; Tammy Hawk (Matthew) of Chauncey, Ohio; Michael Hire (Nicole) of McArthur, Ohio; and Tara (Lord) Kole of Monhegan Island, Maine; and seven grandchildren.

2019

Hoang

Vinh Hoang, former USDA-Soil Conservation Service Nevada state conservation engineer, suffered a stroke in early May 2019 and passed away on July 20, 2019.  He had developed brain cancer and retired in 2018. He is survived by his wife and three children. Nevada ARCSE representative Liz Warner reports that Vinh was a kind and gentle soul and will be dearly missed. An obituary by the family was not published.

2019

Hollins

Rachel Hollins (74) of Bumpass, Virginia passed away September 11, 2019. She was born November 2, 1944, in Middleburg, Virginia. Rachael worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for 40 years. She was a contract specialist when she retired in 2003. Rachel was an avid bowler, loved to dance and loved music. She loved travelling, especially cruising, with 26 cruises completed. Her remains were donated to the Virginia Anatomical Program. Rachael is survived by her husband, George H. Hollins Sr.; children Charles Robinson Jr., Darrell Robinson, and Renee Lickey Davis; and stepchildren Linda Lickey Tribby, Sandy Lickey Welfel, Kenneth Hollins, George Hollins Jr., and Kim Hollins Humphries. She also leaves 19 grandchildren and 15+ great-grandchildren.

2019

Howell

Louis Arnold Howell (85) of Watkinsville, Georgia, husband of Jeanette Rathburn Howell, passed away June 26, 2019. He was born in Iron City, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy. Louis was a graduate of the University of Georgia in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering.  He worked with the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Civil Engineer. Survivors in addition to his wife include two children: Beth Howell Loyd of Bainbridge, Georgia and Bill Howell of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two siblings: Don Howell and Sandra Howell and one granddaughter, Laurie Loyd. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society.

2019

Hudson

Conservation partner Lee Roy Hudson (86) of Hollis, Oklahoma passed away January 6, 2019 at the North Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years Sylvia (Byrd) Hudson. Lee Roy served on the Harmon County Conservation District Board for 30 years, serving as both member and chairman. While on the local board, Lee Roy was elected president of the Oklahoma State Conservation Commission. Mr. Hudson went on to serve as chairman of the South Central Region of the National Association of Conservation Districts.

2019

Hudson

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

2019

Hughey

Lifetime Member William “Bill” Allen Hughey (71) of Shelton, Washington passed away on October 13, 2019. He was born to Aubra and Louise Hughey in Belle Rive, Illinois on January 24, 1948. On October 1, 1966, Bill married his high school sweetheart Kathryn Jean Woodman. In 1967, Bill received his draft notice and then enlisted into the United States Air Force. After honorable discharge, Bill used the GI Bill to attend college. He received an Engineering degree studying at Centralia College and Oregon Institute of Technology. After graduation, Bill worked 32.5 years at 5 locations with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He served as a design/soil mechanics engineer for four years where he assisted the Northeastern Region’s thirteen States with soil foundations and embankment design for small dams. Bill served as agency representative in the selection and oversight of professional services for the design and construction of a large Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam and subsequent water treatment facility in West Virginia. Bill received an International Honor Award from the US Agency for International Development for leading the first technical assistance team to the African nation of Eritrea. Bill ended his career with NRCS with 8 years of service as the National Agricultural Engineer in Washington DC. While working in Washington, DC, Bill maintained relations with several engineering schools. He was affiliated as a member and Committee Chair for: American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), American Society of Agricultural Engineering (ASAE), and International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Bill and Jean have made Shelton, Washington their home for the past 15 years. After retirement, they enjoyed RV camping, international travel, and cruising. In addition to his wife Jean, Bill is survived by sons Codey Hughey (Alicia) of Chicago, Illinois and Tony Hughey (Rita) of Federalsburg, Maryland; and grandchildren Maggie, Kaylyn, and Kevin. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and brother John Hughey.

2019

Hvizdak

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

2019

Johnson