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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.

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Last updated 10/29/2019

 

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Year

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In Memoriam, By Year, then Alphabetically by Last Name

1962

Vallicott

Dayton R. Vallicott passed away March 18, 1962. He was State Engineer in NE.

1969

Hutton

Frank Hutton passed away February 12, 1969 in Bradford, PA. In 1912, Frank graduated from the Pennsylvania State College with a degree in Agriculture. He took the civil service examination for a soil scientist in The Bureau of Soils and Chemistry, and started mapping soils in the north (MO and ND) during the summer and in the south (MS and AR) during the winter. He was automatically retired at age 70 years as a Soil Scientist at Salisbury, MD.

1972

Clyde

George Dewey Clyde passed away in 1972. Born in Mapleton, Utah, he graduated from Utah State Agricultural College with a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Clyde joined the Utah State faculty in 1923 and was dean of engineering at the school from 1935 to 1945. From 1945 to 1953, he worked for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. He was Head SCS Research and was located in Logan, UT. An expert on water, he became director of the Utah Water and Power Board in 1953 and helped to initiate the Flaming Gorge and Glen Canyon dams. He later became Governor of Utah.

1977

Peterson

Ervin O. Peterson passed away May 28, 1977. He was State Agronomist in NE

1979

Haughton

Fred A. Haughton passed away September 29, 1979. He was State Conservationist for HI.

1980

Kellogg

Charles E. Kellogg passed away March 9, 1980. He was Deputy SCS Administrator Soils Division and was located in Washington, DC. Kellogg, Charles Edwin (2 Aug. 1902 - 9 Mar. 1980), soil scientist, was born near Ionia in Ionia County, Michigan, the son of Herbert Francis Kellogg, a farmer, and Eunice Irene Stocken Kellogg. Following graduation from Palo High School, Kellogg enrolled at Michigan State College, where he pursued studies in science and mathematics, and eventually specialized in the new field of soil science. At that time, Americans had begun to view soils as natural bodies, the creations of unique combinations of soil-forming factors. As a student, Kellogg participated in two major events in the utilization of soil data for planning. During the summers from 1923 through 1926, he did research and mapped soils for the land economic survey, an interdisciplinary project of the Michigan Department of Conservation. One objective of the survey was to help solve the problem of the cut-over lands, which had been logged by timber companies. The inefficient use of land vexed failing farmers and taxed the local economy and the state. Very early, Kellogg had learned to view soil properties in the context of their meaning to and interaction with the local society. He earned his bachelor of science degree in 1925 and remained at Michigan State College on a fellowship in soils, April 1926-April 1928, sponsored by the Michigan State Highway Department. Later he made a second contribution to the utilization of soils data. New concrete highways in some portions of Michigan had buckled. Kellogg made a study of the relationship between soil characteristics and the appropriate design for cement-concrete highways. The work led to definite procedures for highway construction in accordance with the soil conditions as assessed by detailed soil surveys. On December 25, 1925, Kellogg married Lucille Jeanette Reasoner; they had two children. From April 1928 until December 1929, Kellogg directed soil surveys and carried out research on soil genesis for the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. In 1930 Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science awarded him a Ph.D. for his dissertation "Preliminary Study of the Profiles of the Principal Soil Types of Wisconsin." The study was in the new field of "pedology." In January 1930 Kellogg took an assistant professorship at the North Dakota Agricultural College, where he also was in charge of the soil survey program and land classification. He advised on the design of the soil survey of McKenzie County, North Dakota, so that it could be used in land classification for rural tax assessment. Once again, Kellogg made innovations in the area of what soil scientists would come to call "interpretations" of soil survey data for utilitarian purposes. His work in North Dakota brought him to the attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, whose soil scientists had responsibility for the soil survey, an activity that had started in 1899. In February 1934, Kellogg accepted a position specializing in land classification in the Bureau of Chemistry and Soils. On 1 July 1934 he became acting chief, Division of Soil Survey, and then chief of the division on 1 July 1935. For nearly thirty-seven years Kellogg directed the work of the soil survey division. He sought to make the published soil survey a more useful document for farmers and other users. Curtis F. Marbut, Kellogg's predecessor, had worked to establish the soil survey as a scientific document, but he generally eschewed including "interpretations." Interpretations assessed the suitability of soils for particular uses such as for crops, forests, grazing, or a host of nonagricultural uses. Kellogg believed that the soil scientists themselves should work with other technical specialties to develop the interpretations of the soil survey. The early years of Kellogg's leadership focused on tools to improve and advance the soil survey. He wrote the first edition of the Soil Survey Manual (1937) to give soil scientists more precise instructions, definitions, and procedures. In 1936 he had issued a USDA publication Development and Significance of the Great Soil Groups of the United States. That publication was used widely in college classes and gave a rather full discussion, in qualitative terms, of the five factors of soil formation. Kellogg wrote extensively in a clear lucid style. His most popular book, The Soils That Support Us (1941), examined the relationship of soil properties to historical developments. Many of his writings concerned public policy in soils and agriculture, but others ranged more widely, such as the Scientific Monthly series "The Scientist and Social Policy in the Democratic State." (1942). After World War II, Kellogg traveled, studied, wrote, and spoke on world soil resources. He made tropical soils something of a specialty. His was one of only a few voices advising caution during the headlong exportation of Western agricultural technology. In Kellogg's opinion, Western agriculturalists should not recommend abandonment of traditional systems such as shifting cultivation, or slash and burn, until the supporting systems for a higher level of technology gradually developed. The merger of the soil survey division into the Soil Conservation Service on 19 November 1952 brought additional resources. Kellogg greatly accelerated the field mapping and publication of soil surveys. To accelerate the mapping and provide a more useful document, he took several initiatives. Intense soil survey institutes at cooperating universities informed soil scientists of the latest developments in soil science. He ordered the development of a new soil classification system. Soil Taxonomy (1975) made greater use of laboratory analysis and quantification in definitions. Quantifiable boundaries and parameters defined the various categories in the system. Greater precision in description enhanced interpretations. Kellogg hoped that the new classification system would aid transfer of both empirical experience and research results internationally. He initiated a soil geomorphology research program that not only achieved its immediate objective of aiding the soil survey but also gained international renown for its contributions to the discipline. Kellogg was also an avid reader and student of literature. James Joyce was his favorite writer; he also liked D. H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust, and the diarist John Evelyn. Kellogg encouraged students and his charges to become general readers so that reading became a habit. Beginning with mimeographed lists for students, he prepared several versions of the Reading for Soil Scientists, Together with a Library. On 31 May 1971 Kellogg retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He died in Hyattsville, Maryland, and was buried in Palo, Michigan. Kellogg achieved one of the most distinguished careers in the history of soil science, a career marked by a dedication to assist land users through knowledge of soils. He attended college during the formative years of the young discipline termed soil science. As a student and young professor he made landmark contributions in "interpretations" of soil surveys. In his later career he advised, domestically and internationally, on soils and sustainable agricultural development. BibliographyCharles Edwin Kellogg's correspondence and other papers are among Record Group 54, Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering and Record Group 114, Records of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Archives, College Park, Md., and the Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Md. Also, consult David Rice Gardner, The National Cooperative Soil Survey of the United States, Historical Notes No. 7 (Washington, D. C.: Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1998); Roy W. Simonson, Historical Highlights of Soil Survey and Soil Classification with Emphasis on the United States, 1899-1970. Technical Paper No. 18 (Wageningen, The Netherlands: International Soil Reference and Information Centre, 1989); and Douglas Helms, Anne B. W. Effland, and Patricia J. Durana, eds., Profiles in the History of the U. S. Soil Survey (2002). An obituary is in the Washington Post, 20 Mar. 1980. Douglas Helms

1981

Williams

Hollis R. Williams passed away September 9, 1981. He was Deputy Administrator Watersheds and was located in Washington, DC.

1982

Bohart

Charles V. Bohart passed away December 20, 1982. He was Recreation Specialist and was located in the EWP Lincoln, NE.

1982

Eikleberry

Robert W. Eikleberry passed away September 7, 1982. He was Soils Correlator and was located in Lincoln, NE and Ft. Smith, AR.

1982

Williams

Donald A. Williams passed away November 12, 1982. He was SCS Administrator and was located in Washington, DC. He was the Founder of ARSCSE.

1984

Cott

Hubbard Y. Cott passed away March 15, 1984. He was an Engineer and was located in KS and India.

1984

Doubt

Paul D. Doubt passed away November 7, 1984. He was Design Engineer in Design Section and was located in Washington, DC. He was a Hydraulics Expert.

1984

Rogers

Joseph B. Rogers passed away November 1, 1984. He worked in Foreign Programs and was located in Washington, DC.

1985

McVicker

Dwight S. McVicker passed away August 19, 1985. He was Head, EWP in Lincoln, NE.

1985

Wilson

Ralph C. Wilson passed away May 20, 1985. He was the Recreation Specialist and was located in Washington, DC.

1986

Blakely

Burdette D. Blakely passed away September 18, 1986. He was Chief Agronomist and was located in Washington, DC.

1987

Decker

Ray Decker passed away March 2, 1987. He was Soils Engineer and was Head, Lincoln Soils Laboratory.

1987

Haws

J. Dexter Haws passed away May 31, 1987. He was a Conservationist in KS and NE.

1987

Jenkins

Harold L. Jenkins passed away December 20, 1987. He was Chief of Information and was located in Washington, DC.

1988

Herndon

Louis W. Herndon passed away May 10, 1988. He was Chief SCS Drainage Engineer and was located in Washington, DC.

1989

Reeder

Edson A. Reeder from Ohio passed away August 4, 1989.

1990

Dykes

Jefferson C. Dykes passed away December 29, 1990. He was Assistant Director of SCS and was located in Washington, DC.

1990

Partain

Lloyd Partain passed away March 10, 1990. He was Assistant to the SCS Administrator and was located in Washington, DC.

1990

Van Dersal

William R. Van Dersal passed away May 16, 1990. He was Deputy Administrator for Management and was located in Washington, DC.

1991

Hecker

Herschel Hecker passed away March 13, 1991. He was Asst. Associate Administrator and was located in Washington, DC.

1992

Schwendiman

John Leo Schwendiman (82) passed away from a heart attack on June 7, 1992 in Pullman, Washington. He retired in 1976 after 41 years with the Soil Conservation Service. He was a nationally-renowned plant materials specialist, helping develop 14 different grass varieties for use in soil and water conservation. From 1929 to 1932, he served in the Swiss-German Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Naomi Garner Sept. 5, 1934. In 1935, he graduated from the University of Idaho College of Agriculture and taught agriculture at Rexburg (Idaho) High School before being appointed junior agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service at Pullman. In 1945, he was appointed manager of the Soil Conservation Nursery and to the Washington State University Experimental Station staff. He was very active in many professional organizations including the Soil and Water Conservation Society and American Society of Range Management and received many awards for his work. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Naomi and four sons, Carl J. Schwendiman of Arlington, Texas, Gary Schwendiman of Lincoln, Nebraska, Robert Dee Schwendiman of Pullman, Washington, Gene Scott Schwendiman of Vancouver, Washington, a daughter, Karen Davis, of Springfield Missouri; his stepmother, Francis Schwendiman of Idaho Falls, Idaho; two brothers, a sister, and 20 grandchildren.

1993

Greene

Ogden W. Greene passed away February 16, 1993. He was Director SCS Personnel Division and was located in Washington, DC.

1993

Ogrosky

Harold O. Ogrosky passed away November 4, 1993. He was Chief Hydrologist and was located in Washington, DC.

1994

Francis

Chester J. Francis passed away August 31, 1994. He was Director SCS Engineering Division and was located in Washington, DC.

1994

Stockland

Clarence Stockland passed away January 10, 1994. He was a Soil Conservationist in NE.

1996

Cox

Gene H. Cox passed away June 23, 1996. He was State Resource Conservationist and was located in HI.

1996

Criddle

Wayne D. Criddle passed away November 29, 1996. He was in Irrigation Engineering Research located in UT as an Assistant to George D. Clyde.

1996

Ellithorpe

Glenn L. Ellithorpe passed away July 4, 1996. He was an Engineer and was located in KS. He was also an Irrigation Well Specialist in India.

1996

Kelly

Senior Conservationist Ludwig L. Kelly (86) of Esponola, New Mexico passed away January 19, 1996. Ludwig was a hydraulic engineer with the Agricultural Research Service, retiring in 1966.

1996

Schmidt

Senior Conservationist Milford E. Schmidt (88) of Findlay, Ohio passed away July 25, 1996. He was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1969.

1997

Craig

Senior Conservationist Johnston C. Craig (90) of Laverne, California passed away August 27, 1997. Johnston was an area conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1964.

1997

Hazen

Senior Conservationist J. Frederick Hazen (86) of Boyds, Maryland passed away August 22, 1997. Frederick was a soil conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1973.

1997

Hickok

Senior Conservationist Robert B. Hickok (87) of Riverside, California passed away July 5, 1997. Robert was hydrologist with SCS, retiring in 1968 as the Resources Inventory Leader.

1997

Hobbs

Frank Hobbs (78) of Bothell, Washington passed away on May 6, 1997, at the Life Care Center in Bothell. He worked for SCS in Cavalier, Cando, and Linton, ND. He was survived by his wife of 55 years, Blanche; three sons: James (Sara) of Woodenville, WA; Jerome (Mary Anne) of Maple Grove, MN; Kelly of Monroe, WA; two daughters: Janelle Woolsey of Seattle, WA, and Kim (Dean) Fahlsing of Gresham, OR; 11 grandchildren; two brothers and one sister-in-law. 

1997

Wallin

Woodrow W. Wallin passed away October 15, 1997. He worked with USDA Statistics and was located in Washington, DC.

1998

Bewly

John P. Bewley (92) passed away November 8, 1998. John retired as a Soil Scientist in Dec. 1970.

1998

Bruce

William A. Bruce passed away November 5, 1998. He retired as a Construction Engineer in Temple, Texas.

1998

Burtschi

Elder Statesman, William T. Burtschi (90) passed away February 9, 1998. He retired as State Engineer of Oklahoma.

1998

Corbin

P. B. Corbin passed away January 6, 1998. He retired as District Conservationist at Rustin, LA.

1998

Halliday

Blaine Halliday passed away December 1, 1998. Blaine retired as State Conservationist of Wyoming. He also served as State Conservationist for Alaska.

1998

Ison

Arthur Isom (66) passed away September 6, 1998. Art served as Area Engineer at Houston, MO, and also on the River Basin Planning Staff in the State Office.

1998

Kelly

Senior Conservationist Ivey C. Kelly (96) of Pickens, South Carolina passed away December 22, 1998. Ivey retired in 1977 as a conservation technician with SCS.

1998

Knull

Jean Knull passed away December 23, 1998 in Harrisburg, PA. She was Secretary to the State Conservationist, serving Benny Martin, Jim Olson, Graham Munkittrick, and Dick Duncan.

1998

Laing

T. J. Laing (82) passed away August 1, 1998. He served as a Soil Conservation Technician at Osceola, IA.

1998

Morris

Gerald A. "Jerry" Morris (78) passed away December 10, 1998. He was a retired District Conservationistat Hamilton, OH.

1998

Nace

Elder Statesman, William W. Nace (91) passed away December 22, 1998. He established the first Soil Conservation Office in Garrett County, MD. He served as District Conservationist of that county until 1972.

1998

Nolte

Forest W. Nolte (73) passed away December 22, 1998. Forest retired as a Resource Conservationist in the Columbia, MO state office after 42 years of service. He spent 26 years in Poplar Bluff, MO as District Conservationist.

1998

OIiver

Elder Statesman, J. Ross Oliver (92) passed away October 15, 1998. He retired as Area Conservationist at Mason City, Iowa.

1998

Pacheco

Adams Pacheco, Sr. (77) passed away December 6, 1998. He worked in materials at Fort Worth, TX.

1998

Parton

Senior Conservationist Louis A. Parton (85) of Bakersfield, California passed away January 15, 1998. Louis retired in 1973 as a district conservationist with SCS. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

1998

Patterson

Senior Conservationist William G. Patterson (91) of Bishophill, South Carolina passed away January 1, 1998. William was a work unit conservationist, forester by discipline, with SCS, retiring in 1965. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

1998

Price

Phillip M. Price (93) passed away December 16, 1998. He was State Engineer in Texas for many years.

1998

Ritchie

George Hanford Ritchie (82) passed away December 4, 1998. He retired as Conservation Technician at Houlton, Maine.

1998

Sayler

Senior Conservationist Edwin Sayler (87) of El Cerrito, California passed away March 31, 1998. Edwin was an engineer with SCS, retiring in 1971 as the Assistant State Conservationist. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

1998

Stanley

Elder Statesman, William R. Stanley (92) passed away December 12, 1998. He began his career in the Soil Erosion Service in Mankato, KS in 1934. Bill retired as Construction Engineer in the West NTC in 1973.

1998

Stephens

Elder Statesman, Miles E. Stephens (94) passed away September 29, 1998. He retired as State Soil Scientist of Alabama.

1998

Stewart

Kenneth V. Stewart passed away July 1998. KV was the State Conservation Engineer in Louisiana for many years prior to his retiement.

1998

Terry

James M. Terry (81) passed away November 29, 1998. Jim worked on the Administrative staff in Wisconsin for 40 years.

1998

Winchester

Elder Statesman, George L. Winchester Sr. (1900-1998) was North Carolina's 20th Century Conservationist. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Sadie.

1999

Bridgewater

Robert Bridgewater passed away December 24, 1999. Robert was a geologist.

1999

Chessmore

Walter Chessmore passed away on August 8, 1999. Walter was head of the training unit at the South NTC for many years.

1999

Davey

William B. "Bill" Davey (82) passed away January 1, 1999. Bill was the 6th President of ARSCSE. He was Deputy Administrator for programs when he retired. Before that, he was State Conservationist for Arkansas. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery.

1999

Dwyer

Mary Frances "Fran" Dwyer (86) passed away December 27, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa. Fran served as Secretary to the State Conservationist in the 50's and 60's. She transferred to Iowa from the old regional office in Milwaukee when offices were set up in states.

1999

Hamilton

Roy E. Hamilton passed away December 31, 1999. Roy, a West Virginia graduate, retired as State Resource Conservationist in Indiana in 1979.

1999

Hermanson

Ingram T. Hermanson passed away June 11, 1999. He was Watershed Planning Specialist in NE.

1999

Jacot

Senior Conservationist Cyril M. Jacot (84) of Caro, Michigan passed away February 13, 1999. He retired in 1975 as a district conservationist with SCS. Cyril served as a Sargent in the United States Army during World War II.

1999

Jarvis

Kendall P. Jarvis passed away December 19, 1999. Ken retired as the State Conservation Engineer in Maryland.

1999

Jones

Herbert I. Jones (84) passed away August 26, 1999 in Englewood, Colorado. Herbert was a soil conservationist and a range management specialist during his career with SCS.

1999

Kennedy

Ed Kennedy passed away during April, 1999 in Milan, Missouri. Ed was the first district conservationist of Sullivan County, Missouri, and spent most of his career there.

1999

Latham

F.H. "Chick" Latham passed away January 18, 1999 in Newport, OR. He retired in 1979.

1999

McEarthron

Senior Conservationist Donald McEathron (84) of Bruce, Wisconsin passed away February 10, 1999. Donald was a soil conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1979. He had five children.

1999

Morkert

Roy L. Morkert (88) formerly Leeds, ND, passed away on July 21, 1999. He was in the CCC’s in 1933 and 1934 at Lost Corner, AR and Hill City, SD. He worked for the SCS in Leeds from 1948 to 1975 when he retired. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gunvor; a daughter, Marlene (Robert) Freudenwald of Caledonia, WI; a son, Sidney (Margaret) of Ludington, MI; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth LeRoy; a sister; and a brother. 

1999

Perritte

Raymond Perritte passed away December 11, 1999. Raymond was the husband of Barbara Perritte who retired from the Nacogdoches Area Office in Texas during 1990.

1999

Pierre

Lloyd M. Pierre passed away January 15, 1999. He worked with the FOCS software package in the West NTC and prior to that was the District Conservationist in Multnomah County, OR.

2000

Allen

V. Jay Allen (85) passed away November 16, 2000. Jay retired as the State Conservation Engineer in Nevada. He was also the first State Engineer in Nevada.

2000

Anderson

Paul Anderson (86) passed away December 16, 2000. He was a District Conservationist in Washington County, Maryland, and had a 41-year career with SCS.

2000

Bennett

Warren D. Bennett (84) passed away August 13, 2000. Warren was an Area Engineer in CA prior to his retirement in April 1973.

2000

Berto

Oren Berto (84) passed away July 31, 2000. Word of his passing came to us from his son, Roy Berto. Oren retired as a Soil Conservation Technician in Michigan.

2000

Boilesen

Betty Boilesen, wife of Axel, passed away on October 26, 2000. Axel retired as Head, Design, in the Lincoln NTC.

2000

Campbell

Floyd W. Campbell (80) passed away November 27, 2000 at his home in Strafford, VT. Floyd was the first SCS’er selected for the Harvard School of Public Administration. Floyd retired in 1973 as an assistant to the Administrator from the National Office. Earlier he had served on a special assignment from Secretary of Agriculture Freeman to review the Forest Service. He was the State Conservationist in Maine 1960-1965. His wife, Kathleen, and their 6 children survive him. Memorials may go to Friends of Morrill Homestead, PO Box 98, Strafford, VT 05072.

2000

Clark

Senior Conservationist Dexter M. Clark (90) of Oneonta, Alabama passed away January 17, 2000. Dexter was a conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1980.

2000

Clegg

Donald A. Clegg passed away February 17, 2000 in Pickerington, Ohio. His last assignment was Watershed and River Basin staff leader in Columbus, Ohio. He served in the US Air Force during World War II.

2000

Collier

Billy W. Collier (74) passed away January 29, 2000 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He began his career with SCS during 1953 in the Administrative Services section of the Oklahoma State Office.

2000

Compton

Lawrence V. Compton (93) passed away February 8, 2000. Lawrence was the National Biologist at the time of his retirement in 1974.

2000

Cowan

Thomas E. Cowan (83) passed away on June 28, 2000. Tom was an Engineering Field Specialist in Texas at the time of his retirement January 1974.

2000

Crabtree

William E. Crabtree (77) passed away on September 18, 2000. Bill retired after 30 years of service as the State Design Engineer in Tennessee. He earlier had worked in Texas.

2000

Danielson

Arden (Danny) Danielson passed away July 12, 2000. He retired from his Engineering Technician job the planning staff at the Iowa State Office in the middle '70s. He then worked in the same type of position for the Iowa Department of Soil Conservation until he had a second retirement.

2000

Dickerson

Charlie Dickerson (89) passed away April 5, 2000. Charlie started his career in the Civilian Conservation Corp as the youngest engineer in Randolph and Charlton Counties, Missouri. He had 40 years of service when he retired in 1970 as area engineer in Warrensburg.

2000

Erwin

Roy Erwin (86) passed away February 14, 2000 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Roy retired during 1974 as an Oklahoma Assistant State Conservationist. He is remembered for his concepts and early guidance of the RC&D program.

2000

Fergerson

Senior Conservationist Walter M. Fergerson (90) of Indio, California passed away February 12, 2000. Walter was a woodland specialist with SCS in Portland, Oregon when he retired in 1968. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

2000

Feusner

LaVern M. Feusner (76) passed away September 2, 2000. Lavern retired in Jan. 1983 as the State Agronomist in Ohio after 30 years of service. He was a WWII veteran from the U.S. Army.

2000

Firor

David Firor passed away on October 18, 2000. David was with NACD and was well known to many SCS’er. Also, his wife, Edna, was first married to Charles Bartlett, former State Conservationist in Georgia. Memorials may go to the John William Firor Scholarship Fund at the Agricultute Alumni Association, Four Towers, The Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. [This scholorship honors David’s father.]

2000

Fisk

Allen I. Fisk (82) passed away February 6, 2000. Allen retired as state conservationist for North Dakota during 1980 after 38 years of service.

2000

Franki

Guido Ernest Franki (93) passed away November 4, 2000. He began his career with SCS in 1935 in Lindale Texas, and retired as Area Soil Scientist, Alice, Texas in 1971. Those that knew Guido will remember his colorful personality. He was a dedicated employee and a loyal Texas Aggie, graduating in 1930. He served 51 months in the Army Air Corp during World War II.

2000

Gertsch

Mary Lou Gertsch, wife of Marion Gertsch, passed away in September 2000. Marion retired as an Engineering Technician in Dec. 1989.

2000

Gibson

Louise Gibson, wife of John “Hoot” Gibson passed away on September 30, 2000. John retired as Assistant State Conservationist in 1974.

2000

Gillespie

Don Gillespie (74) passed away on September 7, 2000. Don had been in a battle with cancer. He retired as Resource Conservationist in Colorado in January 1990.

2000

Grant

The fourth head of the Soil Conservation Service, Kenneth E. Grant (80) passed away July 21, 2000. Ken was born in New Hampshire in March of 1920. After receiving a B.S. in agronomy from the University of New Hampshire and serving for four years with the United States Army Air Corps, he joined SCS in 1946. He advanced rapidly from Soil Scientist to Deputy State Conservationist by 1956. From 1959 to 1964 Grant was State Conservationist for New Hampshire. In 1964, after obtaining a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, he moved to the State Conservationist position in Indiana. It was there in the Lincoln Hills area that he helped initiate the first Resource Conservation and Development project in the nation. In 1967 he was selected to become Associate Administrator. Following the retirement of Donald Williams, Grant served as Administrator from January of 1969 to May of 1975 when he retired. He carried out two assignments as advisor on erosion control in Pakistan and one assignment on soil and water management in India. He served as an advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture on soil and water conservation in Greece. In 1971, the University of New Hampshire awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from USDA, which recognized his contributions in many areas including his response to growing public concern over the environment. Grant was a fellow of the Soil Conservation Society of America.

2000

Green

George L. Green (69) passed away on September 26, 2000. After 30 years with SCS, George retired in 1988 as Assistant State Soil Scientist in Oregon. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.

2000

Hoeft

Frank Hoeft (73) passed away October 24, 2000. Frank retired as the Assistant Head of Cartographic in Lincoln, NE in Feb. 1982. Earlier in his career he served in several engineering positions in Minnesota.

2000

Hollins

Robert Hollins passed away August 31, 2000. He lived and worked in Moville. He had retired in 1972.

2000

Huey

George E. Huey (73) passed away February 7, 2000. He was born in Station, Alabama, graduated from Auburn University, and served during World War II in the South Pacific. He was the State Conservationist in South Carolina before he retired.

2000

Hughes

Ed Hughes passed away August 7, 2000. Ed spent his career in Missouri as a soil scientist.

2000

Hutchings

Theron B. Hutchings, Ph.D., (88) passed away March 6, 2000. When he retired in 1982, after 44 years with SCS, he was serving as Utah State Soil Scientist.

2000

Igert

James A. Igert (62) passed away December 6, 2000. Jim retired as the RC&D Coordinator for the Southwest Missouri RC&D Project. He had also worked with SCS in Michigan.

2000

Johnson

William G. (Bill) Johnson Jr. passed away on October 22, 2000. He retired as Deputy State Conservationist in Arkansas.

2000

Kingery

Clarence Kingery (90) passed away January 11, 2000. Clarence retired as State Range Conservationist in May 1972.

2000

Lee

Jerry Lee passed away July 23, 2000. Jerry was the State Conservationist in TN before his retirement.

2000

Leisher

Dick Leisher (74) passed away May 24, 2000. Dick retired from the River Basin Division at NHQ during February of 1981.

2000

Lesesne

Senior Conservationist Frank F. Lesesne (93) of Greeleyville, South Carolina passed away July 3, 2000. He was the Assistant State Soil Scientist with SCS, retiring in 1965.

2000

Lofton

Statesman K. T. Lofton (87) passed away on December 19, 2000. He retired in October 1968 after a career in SCS as a Soil Scientist. His wife, Frances, survives. Had he lived one week longer he and Frances would have been married 63 years.

2000

Magee

Charles Keith Magee (81) passed away November 23, 2000. Keith worked for several years as a District Conservationist in northwest Missouri before transferring to the Agency of International Development (AID). Most of his tours were in Africa.

2000

McArthur

Don McArthur passed away August 16, 2000. Don retired as State Conservationists in Delaware. He started his career in New York, was Assistant State Conservationists in Michigan and Connecticut. He was State Conservationist in Rhode Island and Delaware. He also served as State Representative for ARSCSE for New York for a number of years.

2000

McElroy

Charles Harvey McElroy (61) passed away May 13, 2000. Charles was born in Asheville, N.C. and is now buried there in Forest Memorial Park. He was a 1957 Lee Edwards High School graduate and a 1962 graduate of North Carolina State University. He retired in 1994 from SCS after 33 years. He was the head of SCS's-South National Technical Center - Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Fort Worth. He was elected Engineer of the Year for SCS in 1974. He was active in ASTM since 1977 and was vice-chairman of Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock, a member of D-18 executive sub-committees for 10 years, and was recognized with D-18's Standard Development Award in 1989, the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1993 and the Technical Editor's Award in 1994. In 1996, he received the ASTM Award of Merit, the highest award granted to a member for distinguished service and outstanding participation. He was also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of State Dam Safety Officials and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

2000

McIntyre

James O. McIntyre passed away February 7, 2000. He retired as the Area Engineer on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

2000

Merrill

Fred Merrill (76) passed away November 5, 2000 at his home. Fred retired from SCS as a Public Affairs Officer in Oct. 1980. His wife, Martha, and children, Amy and Lynn, survive. Memorials may go to Hospice, PO Box 1168, Stuart, FL 34995.

2000

Milford

Donald E. Milford passed away April 4, 2000. He was Design Engineer for EWP in Lincoln, NE.

2000

Miller

Senior Conservationist Harold W. Miller (86) of Yacolt, Washington passed away January 28, 2000. Harold was a forester with SCS, retiring in 1970 as the plant material specialist at the West National Technical Center.

2000

Otte

George E. Otte passed away January 26, 2000 in McMinnville, Oregon. When he retired in 1979 he was Wyoming's State Soil Scientist. He was an avid skier and mountain climber.

2000

Phelan

Lucille Phelan, wife of Jack Phelan, passed away December 27, 2000. Jack Phelan was the SCS Director of Engineering when he retired in 1974. She was interred in Arlington National Cemetary. Memorials may go to the building fund for St. Charles Church or to the Sister's of Charity BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa   52003.

2000

Pope

Gene Pope passed away July 20, 2000. As you recall Gene retired as Director, MWTC. Prior to that he had been Head, Lincoln EWP Unit, Construction Engineer, State Cons. Engr. in Indiana and served a tour in India.

2000

Qualmann

Elena Qualmann passed away December 8, 2000. She had been the Secretary to the Wisconsin State Conservationist.

2000

Ratledge

Statesman William “Bill” Ratledge (86) passed away Tuesday December 19, 2000. At the time of his retirement Bill was the State Conservationist in Delaware. After his retirement from SCS he became the Director, Division of Soil & Water Conservation. He served in this position under three governors. Bill completed his goal of visiting every continent by attending a wedding in Antarctica. In addition to loving to travel Bill was an avid photographer. Bill’s wife, Liz, passed away in 1992. Survivors include his son, Ed, daughter, Betsy, and granddaughters and great grandsons. Memorials may go to the University of Delaware.

2000

Roberts

Senior Conservationist Jesse A. Roberts (88) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away January 6, 2000. Jesse was a soil conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1969.

2000

Rohrer

George R. Rohrer (73) passed away November 15, 2000. George retired in Jan. 1986 as a Soil Conservationist. During his career in SCS he served in 15 counties in Pennsylvania. His wife, Sarah, and 4 children survive. Memorials may go to First Presbyterian Church, 5 Court St., Towanda, PA 18848.

2000

Scholl

Harold Scholl (82) passed away November 25, 2000. Hal retired in August 1980 as the State Resource Conservationist in Maryland. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Kay, and their children survive him. Memorials may go to the SWCS-Harold and Kay Scholl Excellence in Conservation Award.

2000

Smith

Elizabeth "Betty" Smith (81) passed away January 21, 2000 at Indianola, Iowa. She retired from the Contract Section in the state office.

2000

Sudduth

Statesman David Sudduth (86) passed away October 26, 2000 in Greeley, CO. David retired as a District Conservationist in July 1973. His wife, Jean, and their children survive him.

2000

Waterman

Statesman Lucius W. Waterman (95) passed away July 11, 2000. Lucius retired in 1993 as a Soil Scientist in California.

2000

Weaver

Jay B. Weaver (81) passed away October 19, 2000. Jay retired in December 1978 as a Soil Scientist.

2000

Weaver

Mike M. Weaver (88) passed away March 26, 2000. Mike worked for SCS as an Agricultural Engineer, and was an avid collector of drainage tile. He was inducted into the Virgil Overholt Hall of Fame at Ohio State University, and he established the Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum in Geneva, NY.

2000

Wohletz

Senior Conservationist Leonard R. Wohletz (90) of Berkeley, California passed away April 24, 2000. Dale was the State Soil Scientist with SCS, retiring in 1971 as the Assistant State Conservationist.

2000

Wood

William H. Wood III passed away December 24, 2000. Bill retired as a District Conservationist on April 16, 1994 at Shiprock Field Office, NM.

2000

Wright

Ed Wright passed away August 1, 2000. Ed was the District Conservationist in Moultrie County, Illinois when he retired.

2001

Adair

Wister M. Adair passed away June 10, 2001. Wis retired as an Area Engineer in 1982 and was very active with his business and farming.

2001

Anderson

Honorary Member and Statesman Sanford Anderson (92) passed away December 20, 2001. Sanford retired in 1971 after a career in SCS as a Soil Scientist. His last duty station was in Tunisia. He is survived by his wife, Miriam.

2001

Arno

Statesman John Arno (88) passed away August 27, 2001 at his home in Dexter, ME. John was a Soil Scientist with SCS in Maryland, New York, and Maine until his retirement in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Imogene, of 57 years.

2001

Blakely

Delores Blakley passed away May 21, 2001. She was the wife of Earl Blakley of Fort Worth, Texas.

2001

Bordelon

Marie Bordelon (78) passed away October 9, 2001. Marie came to SCS in August 1962 and retired in March 1986. Marie worked her whole career as a secretary in the Louisiana State Office.

2001

Brown

Nan Brown (57) passed away August 14, 2001 after a long battle with cancer. Nan was the wife of Raymond N. Brown, Jr. who retired from the NENTC as Associate Director. Ray, three children and 2 grandchildren survive Nan. Memorial contributions may go to American Cancer Society, 11 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602. Ray can be reached at 90 Sunset Ct. Shelburne, VT 05482

2001

Brownfield

Joyce Brownfield passed away March 10, 2001. Joyce was the wife of Shelby Brownfield who retired in 1983 as State Soil Scientist in Idaho.

2001

Carter

Statesman Meril G. Carter (88) passed away June 26, 2001. Meril retired in January 1976. He had been an Area Conservationist at Uvalde and Austin, Texas.

2001

Cockrell

Freddy Cockrell passed away February 22, 2001. He retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Kentucky in 1996. Earlier he held the positions of District Conservationist, Area Conservationist, and State Resource Conservationist in Kentucky. He also spent time with TVA. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society.

2001

Cohee

Melville H. "Mel" Cohee (91) passed away January 14, 2001. Mel was born April 17, 1909, and was reared on a north central Indiana crop and livestock farm. He was a graduate of Frankfort, IN high school, and received BSA (1931) and MSA (1932) degrees in Agricultural Educa­tion and Economics from Purdue University. He worked on his PHD at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). In 1933, he helped develop the first ever watershed soil erosion and flood control program for the Coon Creek Watershed, Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In 1936 he moved into the Soil Conservation Service, Washington, DC office in its Erosion Control Practices Division. In mid-1938 he traveled and researched past conservation laws, procedures and operations in seven central European countries to gain experiences about their governmental and land owners cooperative conservation endeavors for potential application in the US. After he retired from SCS in Dec. 1965, he did consultant economics work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He was a senior economist consultant with FAO of United Nations. Mel is the author of about 50 technical publications and articles. He was active in professional civic organizations as a charter, lifetime, and fellow award status membership in the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He was a member of Issak Walton League of America. Mel was also a Mason, an honorary Kentucky Colonel, and member of First United Methodist Church, Madison. He is survived by two sons, Roger and Kent. Memorials may go to the Viola G. Cohee Memorial Fund, SWCS, 7515 NE Ankeny Rd., Ankeny, OH 50021.

2001

Cosby

Earl Cosby passed away March 10, 2001. Earl was State Conservationist in Georgia at the time of his death. Earlier in his career he held that same position in Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife, Vickie, and their family.

2001

Cross

Louise Cross passed away May 15, 2001. She served for many years as Area Clerk in Louisiana prior to her retirement on August 2, 1985.

2001

Cummins

Joseph Cummins (86) passed away March 2, 2001. Joe retired as a Soil Specialist in Minnesota. He spent nearly 37 years in SCS, including military time. Most of his career was in Minnesota. His wife, Edna, survives.

2001

Curtis

Neville Curtis (77) passed away May 31, 2001. Neville was the Sedimentation Geologist in the WNTC at the time of his retirement in 1984. His wife, Marie, a son and a daughter survive.

2001

Dambrosky

Selden Dambrosky (83) passed away Thanksgiving evening, November 22, 2001. His youngest son, Gary, died 5 hours later (both of cancer). Selden retired after 34 years of government service and lived in Denver, CO. He is survived by his wife Marie, and his older son, and daughter.

2001

Davis

Arnold G. Davis (72) passed away on January 12, 2001. Arnold retired in December 1983 as a dedicated Plant Materials Specialist in the Ft. Worth NTC. He was also a man with deep and abiding faith in God. Arnold’s wife, Suzanne, survives.

2001

Dwyer

Robert E. Dwyer (75) passed away August 6, 2001. He was the first RC&D Coordinator for Sullivan Trail RC&D.

2001

Earl

Joe (J.B.) Earl (83) passed away August 23, 2001. Joe retired as Louisiana State Conservationist. He worked in several locations in South Carolina before transferring to Louisiana in 1961 as ASTC. He was promoted to St. Con. in 1967 and retired in 1973. His wife, Flora, a daughter, Jane, a son, Jerry, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren survive him.

2001

Evans

Statesman Charles A. Evans (90) passed away November 25, 2001. Charlie had been having serious health problems for the past year or so. He retired as State Conservationist in North Dakota in 1973. He started his career as an engineer.

2001

Fairchild

Warren Fairchild (74) passed away September 29, 2001. Warren began his career as a Soil Scientist and was also instrumental in organizing the Nebraska Resource Conservation Districts. He is interred at Fairbury, NE. His wife , Lois, a daughter, Julianne, a son, Warren, 3 grandchildren, and a sister survive him.

2001

Fontenot

D. L. Fontenot passed away April 27, 2001. “Doc” retired as the State Soil Scientist in Louisiana in 1961.

2001

Foster

Honorable Member and Statesman Albert B. Foster (95) passed away October, 2001. Al was the Head, Education and Publications when he retired from the SCS National Office in June 1970.

2001

Fruit

Jim Fruit passed away March 2, 2001. Jim worked in the Budget Branch in the National Office and in the Mississippi State Office. His wife, Betty, passed away in Oct. 2000.

2001

Geoghegan

Senior Conservationist Muriel B. Geoghegan (91) of Houston, Texas, formerly of Arlington, Virginia passed away June 30, 2001. Muriel was a secretary with SCS.

2001

Godbey

Louis Godbey passed away February 8, 2001 after a lengthy illness. When Lou retired he was an Assistant State Conservationist in Tennessee. Much of his 37 year career was spent as a geologist in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Klena, and sons Steven and Gary.

2001

Goss

Dr. Don Goss, Research Soil Scientist passed away November 30, 2001 in Temple, Texas. Dr. Goss retired from the SCS after 25 years of service and since 1991 has worked with the Blackland Research Center in Temple as a soil scientist in the area of computer modeling of soils information. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University and received his PhD from North Carolina State University. He is survived by his wife, Michele, three sons, one stepson and four grandchildren. Charlie Thompson said "I was the Area Soil Scientist in San Benito, Texas in about 1961 when Don came on board as a student trainee. It was immediately obvious that Don was going to have a brilliant career, and he certainly did."

2001

Griggs

Mary Griggs, wife of Grady Griggs, passed away February 4, 2001. Grady retired from SCS in March 1984. At the time of his retirement he was State Conservation Engineer in Delaware. When he retired they moved back to Tenn.

2001

Grimwood

David Grimwood (81) passed away April 6, 2001. Dave retired as State Conservationist for Virginia in Jan. 1980. Prior to that he held the same position in Vermont.

2001

Guernsey

Francis Guernsey passed away September 21, 2001 in Bellingham, WA. Fran was the widow of Carl Guernsey, retired State Soil Scientist. Carl and Fran had served SCS in Indiana, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. A son Carl Scot of Tujunga, CA, survives. Fran was a teacher of students from seventh grade to college courses.

2001

Heiney

Clayton L. Heiney passed away December 22, 2001. Clayton retired as the State Biologist in Pennsylvania.

2001

Hickman

Darrell Hickman (64) passed away November 7, 2001. Before retiring, he worked 33 years for SCS. He worked on a watershed planning staff and retired as Cartographer, preparing Soil Survey Publications of Oklahoma Counties.

2001

Hilliard

Peg (Margaret) Hilliard passed away July 14, 2001. Peg was the wife of Bob Hilliard who retired as NY State Conservationist in 1980. In addition to Bob, survivors are their 2 sons, James and John, and 4 grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Fairmont Community Church, 4801 W. Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13219.

2001

Howard

Senior Conservationist John K. Howard (88) of Birmingham, Alabama passed away August 20, 2001. John was an agronomist with SCS and retired in 1972 as an area conservationist.

2001

Isaacs

Statesman I. Preston Isaacs (86) passed away May 9, 2001. Ike started his career in Annapolis Maryland as a Soil Conservation Technician. He held several administrative positions in Maryland before becoming State Administrative Officer there. He was also Administrative Officer in New Jersey and moved to Washington, DC where he retired as Chief of the Records And Communications Branch in 1976. Following his retirement, Ike served in a number of positions for the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District in Maryland. I. Preston Issacs had a long and outstanding career with the Service, however he will be best remembered for the SCS employees he guided and nurtured through their career and educational goals. Many of the SCSers who passed through Maryland owe much of their career growth to this gentleman.

2001

Kay

Morgan David Kay passed away December 16, 2001 in Temple, Texas after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were in Ft Worth on December 18. Morgan spent his career with the Soil Conservation Service in Texas, retiring in 1993 as Head of the Texas Design Section. He graduated from Texas A & M University in 1951 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Morgan was highly respected among his peers and was known for his professionalism and his gentle disposition. He is survived by his wife Charlene of Temple, sons Morgan David Jr. of Ft. Worth, Douglas of Granbury, daughter Melinda Reeves of Ft. Worth and seven grandchildren.

2001

Kent

Honorary Member and Statesman Ramon L. Kent (93) passed away December 1, 2001. He retired in Feb. 1972 as the Resource Conservationist at Spokane, WA. He is survived by his wife, Mae, and 2 sons.

2001

Kent

Statesman Kenneth M. Kent (87) passed away November 18, 2001 following a heart attack. Kenny retired in Jan. 1973 as head of the Lincoln EWP Unit. Prior to that he had served as the National Hydrologist.

2001

Klingebiel

Statesman A. A. Klingebiel (90) passed away March 29, 2001. “Kling” retired as Director of Soil Interpretations in March of 1973. He was the second President of ARSCSE and was a very active participant, especially in the early years of the Association. His wife, Edith, and their children-Keith, Kenneth, John and Janice (Griffin), survives him.

2001

Knecht

Joe Knecht passed away September 2001. Joe was a Soil Conservation Technician at Corning, IA who retired in 1973.

2001

Kowitz

Honorary Statesman Arthur W. Kowitz (91) passed away recently. Art retired in July 1970 as the State Conservation Engineer in Wisconsin. He was the first State Conservation Engineer for that state.

2001

Kubalek

Emil E. Kubalek (68) passed away September 26, 2001. Emil retired in Jan. 1987 as a District Conservationist in Illinois. His wife Geraldine survives.

2001

Lane

Gaylon Lane (64) passed away August 23, 2001. Gaylon was the State Soil Scientist in Texas when he retired in December 1994. He spent his career with SCS in Texas and was on the State Staff starting in 1977. His wife, Sarah, 2 daughters, and 5 grandchildren survive him.

2001

Lewis

Honorary Member and Statesman Ralph O. Lewis (96) passed away May 31, 2001 in Peoria, AZ. Ralph retired in March 1972. In the early part of his career he was in charge of a CCC camp in Parsons, AZ. His career took him to Kansas, Lincoln, NE, and the National Office. He also worked for the State Department where he spent several years in assignments to Asia. His wife, Margaret, died in 1994.

2001

Little

Ivan Little (83) passed away September 12, 2001 in Stillwater, OK. Prior to retirement he worked as an Agronomist and Economist with a planning party. His wife, Luceil, and two daughters survive.

2001

Maddon

Jefferson Maddox passed away July 2001. He retired as a Soil Conservationist in Arkansas in December 1964.

2001

Martin

Irving L. Martin (99) passed away March 30, 2001. He retired as a Soil Correlator in October 1965.

2001

McCorkle

Honorary Statesman Jack S. McCorkle (97) passed away on July 21, 2001. Jack was an Assistant State Conservationist at the time of his retirement in April 1965. He was one of the earliest Statesmen identified by Mel Cohee.

2001

McCrossen

Darold C. McCrossen (77) passed away March 4, 2001. Darold retired from SCS in Aug. 1984 as the Assistant State Conservationist in New Mexico. His wife, Sherlee, survives.

2001

Melstrom

Bill Melstrom passed away July 31, 2001. Bill retired from SCS as the Director, Cartography and Remote Sensing in 1983. They moved to Greenwood, SC in the late 1980’s. His wife, Joanne, survives.

2001

Miller

LaVerne Miller, wife of LeForrest Miller, passed away May 4, 2001. She had been battling pancreatic cancer. LeForrest retired in March 1986 as a Soil Scientist. In addition to LeForrest she is survived by a son and a daughter. A funeral for LaVerne will be held on Wednesday, May 9th, in Peoria, IL. The family requests that Memorials go to either the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

2001

Mills

Russell Mills passed away December 1, 2001. Russ retired in 1996 as Special Assistant to the Regional Conservator in Ft. Worth. Prior to that Russ was the State Conservationist in Missouri. He started his career in Ohio in 1957 as a Student Trainee. He fought a strong fight against lung cancer for the past 15 months. Memorials in his name may go to Missouri River Hospice, 3210 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201 or to Special Olympics-Kirksville Area, 107 N 5th St., Moberly, MO 65270.

2001

Paulson

Richard Paulson (62) passed away March 14, 2001. His death followed a long battle with cancer. Richard retired as Assistant State Soil Scientist in April 1994. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy.

2001

Reel

Mary Reel was killed in a car accident on June 25, 2001 near Piper City, IL. Mary was the wife of Jim Reel (Jim retired as Watershed Party Leader in Iowa in April 1994). Mary’s mother, Elosie Ritchie, was also killed in the accident. Several cars and trucks were involved in the accident at a construction site. Jim was airlifted from the site to Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL. He was later transferred to Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, 50309. As of July 11, Jim was still in the hospital but is recovering.

2001

Roberts

Jack Roberts passed away July 8, 2001. Jack was in an auto accident on June 30th and was in critical condition in the hospital until his death. Jack retired as an Engineer Technician in Jackson Co., TN.

2001

Rounds

William T. Rounds passed away February 20, 2001. Bill was an Engineering Draftsman in the New York State Office. He retired in March of 2000 after over 20 years with SCS/NRCS.

2001

Scott

Edgar Neal Scott (70) passed away February 6, 2001 of lung cancer. He was the State Administrative Officer in West Virginia when he retired in Sept. 1985. Memorials may be made to: Friends of Carolina’s Hospice, 1110 13th St., Port Royal, SC 29935. His wife, Verna, survives.

2001

Shockley

Honorary Member and Statesman Dale R. Shockley (95) passed away June 22, 2001 in Peoria, AZ. Dale started his SCS career in January 1935, and resigned as Assistant Head, Program Appraisal and Internal Audit in June 1955. He served in numerous engineering positions in the west. Just prior to transferring to the National Office he served as Irrigation Engineer in the Albuquerque EWP Unit. After leaving SCS, he was with Morrison-Knudsen and International Engineering. He spent several years in Afghanistan. His twin brother, Dell, is also a STATESMAN, that worked as an irrigation engineer in the west. His wife, Wanda, also survives.

2001

Silberberger

Leon Silberberger (91) passed away December 21, 2001. Leon "Sil" retired as the State Conservation Engineer in TN. His wife, Verna, survives.

2001

Simmons

Jessie A. Simmons passed away January 2001. Jessie was the Contract Specialist in Louisiana at the time of his retirement on Jan. 2, 1987.

2001

Simms

Statesman D. Harper Simms (88) passed away July 14, 2001. Harper retired as Director of Information Division in March 1968. In addition to his writings with SCS, he was also a noted writer on the American West. He was a member of the Outdoor Writers of America. His wife of 65 years, Effie, and their 2 daughters survive. Memorials may go to Meals on Wheels, PO Box 92614, Albuquerque, NM 87199.

2001

Steeley

Statesman Eugene N. Steeley (87) passed away February 19, 2001. Gene retired as an Area Conservationist at Effingham, IL in Dec. 1976. He was one of the very early employees of the Soil Conservation Service. As a Soil Scientist he did extensive soil mapping in Illinois. His wife, Eleanor, and 3 children survive. Memorials may go to the Gene Steeley Agricultural Scholarship at the Centennial Bank in Cottage Grove, OR.

2001

Stennett

Statesman Homer E. Stennett (90) passed away August 6, 2001 in Jamestown, NY. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, class of 1934, Mr. Stennett taught vocational agriculture for three years and in 1937, began working for the USDA, Soil Conservation Service as a technician in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He served in the CCC camps for five years. For twenty years, Mr. Stennett was District Conservationist in Cattaraugus County, then held the same position in Chautauqua County. For three years he served as RC&D Coordinator for Seneca Trail RC&D Area, retiring in 1975. After his retirement, Mr. Stennett was active in volunteer work with WCA Hospital for 16 years, serving for three years in the Palliative Care and Hospice program. He was a master gardener and a member of the board of directors of the Chautaqua Adult Day Care Center for 10 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Shagla Stennett, a son, two daughters, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a sister, two stepdaughters, a stepson, five step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Bierkamper Stennett in 1979 and his second wife, Ruth Olson Stennett in 1995.

2001

Stratton

L. Dean Stratton (72) passed away October 8, 2001. Dean had bypass surgery on Oct. 1, but did not recover from complications that developed. Dean served for many years as the ARSCSE State Representative for North Dakota. He retired as Deputy State Conservationist of ND in Jan. 1986. His wife, Nina; son, Wayne; and daughter, Lisa survive. Memorials may be given to the McCabe United Methodist Church, 1030 N 6th St., Bismarck, ND; or to the American Heart Association.

2001

Thatcher

Harold F. Thatcher (94) passed away September 19, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM. He retired as an agronomist. His career with the government started in the CCC camps in Wyoming. After a couple years with the Dept. of Interior in Colorado he joined SCS in 1941. Two daughters, Gordy Maxine and Bobby Jayne survive him. He missed a trip to the Olympics in 1928 because he could not get sponsors to cover his travel costs. One of his most valued possessions was his Olympic certificate signed by Douglas MacArthur.

2001

Tompkins

Edward A. Tompkins (77) passed away December 2001. Ed was the Assistant State Soil Scientist in Michigan at the time of his retirement in Jan. 1984. His wife, Patricia, a daughter, and 3 sons survive him.

2001

Trach

John Trach (75) passed away during the week of August 4, 2001. John was a Soil Scientist. He worked on the World Soil Map Project in the National Office before his retirement.

2001

Vadem

Joseph H. Vaden (82) passed away October 26, 2001. Joe retired in Dec. 1975 after having served in several positions with SCS in Virginia including that of soil scientist, area conservationist and state agronomist. His wife, Helen, survives.

2001

Velarde

Tony S. Velarde passed away during October 2001. Tony attended New Mexico A&M and worked as a geologist in New Mexico with the Corp of Engineers and later with SCS. He retired in 1980.

2001

Venable

Senior Conservationist Boyd C. Venable (95) of Hillsville, Virginia passed away December 17, 2001. Boyd retired in 1970 as an area conservationist with SCS.

2001

Warren

Pauline Warren passed away June 7, 2001. Pauline was the wife of Statesman Robert Warren. Robert retired as a Soil Scientist at Denison, IA in Dec. 1971. Robert and Pauline were married for 59 years.

2001

Wischmeier

Statesman Walter H. Wischmeier (90) passed away February 10, 2001. He retired from ARS in 1976. Walt was with SCS in the early days before the research activities were transferred to ARS. His specialty was erosion research. This work led to the development of the Universal Soil Loss Equation which was published by USDA in 1958. He served as the leader of the ARS National Erosion Center at Purdue University from 1955 until 1975. In 1991 he was inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of numerous awards. He was a member of many professional societies including SWCS and American Society of Agricultural Engineers.He is survived by his wife, Shelly and a son, Dennis. Memorials may go to St. James Lutheran Church, Lafayette, IN.

2001

Zimmerman

Bob Zimmerman passed away November 2001 in Whitting, IA. Bob was a technician in western Iowa.

2002

Akeley

Nora Akeley passed away Monday night May 20, 2002 following complications arising from a heart medication she was given?   Nora is the widow of Richard Akeley and she was living in Bel Air, Maryland at the time of her death. The funeral will be held at her church, Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Joppa, MD on Saturday May 25 at 11 am.

2002

Anderson

David B. Anderson passed away September 1, 2002. He served in SCS for over 35 years. He retired as RC&D Coordinator in Oregon. His wife, Shirley, passed away in 1999. The family asks that remembrances go to the Nature Conservancy of Oregon, 821 SE 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97214.

2002

Ault

Max A. Ault (70) passed away Sunday, January 27, 2002 in Tea, SD. Max's widow, LaVerne said, "Max had a massive heart attack on the 18th while we were out for dinner. It was quite a shock as he had been feeling fine.”   He was in a coma and never came out of it. He was born Aug. 9, 1931 in Holmesville, NE. He earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, and was a State Administrative Officer for SCS for 18 years retiring in 1987. He served in Lincoln, NE; Syracuse, NY; Bismarck, ND; and Huron, SD. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Tea. His hobbies included golf, reading, crossword puzzles, and football - especially CORNHUSKER football).

2002

Bennett

Allyn C. Bennett, Sr. (85) passed away January 5, 2002 in Waco, Texas. Allyn retired in December 1982 from the Texas State Staff as a Field Specialist, Engineering in the area of Conservation Operations. He was a 1939 graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in engineering. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as P-39 pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in the South Pacific. He was preceded in death by his wife, and a son. He is survived by three sons, a daughter and 11 grandchildren.

2002

Bentz

Senior Conservationist Elmer C. Bentz (90) of Newton, Kansas passed away March 11, 2002. He was a work unit conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1977.

2002

Bolline

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Morrie A. Bolline (91) passed away November 16, 2002. Morrie retired on June 30, 1973 as the Regional Director Midwest TSC. Prior to that he had served for many years as State Conservationist in Kansas. His wife, Gwendolyn, his son, Michael, and daughter, Rosemary, and one grandson survive him. Memorials may go to Hospice.

2002

Bone

Thomas R. Bone passed away recently. He retired as an Agricultural Engineer in Texas.

2002

Bower

James E. “Jim” Bower, retired Soil Scientist passed away August 16, 2002. Jim was Area Soil Scientist in Victoria, Texas for a number of years.

2002

Bowers

Senior Conservationist George V. Bowers (94) of Sarasota, Florida passed away September 22, 2002. He worked for SCS.

2002

Brown

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Raymond S. Brown (95) passed away October 6, 2002. Ray retired as Ohio's State Conservationist in April 1970. He started his career as an engineer in the CCC camps in Illinois. Ray has been living in a nursing home in Wisconsin for the past couple of years. Condolences may be sent to Jerry Brown, W3314 Lake Forest Ln, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.

2002

Cape

Charlie B. Cape (89) passed away January 30, 2002. He retired as a Soil Conservationist. Charlie started his career with the CCCs at Bartlett, TX after having worked in Knox City, Memphis, and San Benito, TX.

2002

Cheek

Joan Cheek passed away in August 2002 after a lengthy illness. Joan was the wife of Charles Cheek in Ponca City, OK. Charles had been an engineer in Kansa for many years before moving to Oklahoma. She is survived by Charles and one son, Randy.

2002

Coffield

William H. Coffield passed away August 28, 2002. Bill was an economist and Watershed Planning Staff Leader. He retired in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Fran.

2002

Collier

Mary Parrot Collier passed away recently. She retired as the Financial Officer in the State Office at Temple, Texas.

2002

Cooper

Senior Conservationist Joseph T. Cooper (95) passed away December 13, 2002. Joe retired from SCS in May 1969 as a Construction Engineer in Texas. His three sons, William, Robert, and James, their wives, and daughter Martha Jo Turner survive him. The family suggests that memorials go to a charity of your choice.

2002

Courtney

Theresa Celine Courtney passed away August 9, 2002 after an extended illness. Celine started her career with SCS in 1971. She later served as the SCS-Colorado IRM manager. She retired from NRCS in 1994. Her husband, Tom, survives.

2002

Cox

Willoma I. Cox, passed away December 18, 2002 in Salem, Oregon. Willoma was married to William J. Cox for 57 years. He retired from the WNTC in 1982. They served as Peace Corps volunteers in Thailand for six years.

2002

Derickson

Helen Derickson passed away in August 2002. Helen was the wife of Senior Conservationist Gene Derickson. Gene retired from the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources in March of 1983. His time with SCS was previous to the time with Ohio State government.

2002

Dicken

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Tom D. Dicken (93) passed away August 2, 2002. Tom retired as an Area Conservationist in Kansas in June 1976.

2002

Doneen

Marguerite Doneen (94) passed away March 30, 2002. She was the widow of Byron Doneen.

2002

Douglass

Honorary Statesman Earle Lawrence Douglass (96) passed away June 4, 2002 in McAllen, TX after a long illness. Earle worked for SCS for 32 years in Washington County, NY, and then for NY State Water Resources for another 10 years. He is survived by a son, 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

2002

Elder

William R. (Bob) Elder (94) passed away in Temple, Texas on April 8, 2002. Bob was originally from Winfield, Kansas, and was a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Soil Chemistry. He served on the Soils Staff of the Texas State Office from 1948 until his retirement in 1969. Bob was well known among his peers and has published several technical papers. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Temple and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth on February 17, 2002. He is survived by one son and one daughter.

2002

Fenner

Olen L. Fenner, Cloudcroft, NM passed away August 13, 2002. Olen was 98 years of age. He was a 1930 graduate of Texas A & M University and worked as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in San Angelo and Bridgeport, Texas, retiring in 1965.

2002

Fields

Francis Fields of Lewis, NY passed away January 6, 2002. Francis had been a technician in the Plattsburg, NY office.

2002

Fournier

Statesman Joe Fournier (91) passed away July 19, 2002. Joe retired as the State Administrative Officer in Kansas in 1966. His wife, Nina, passed away in 1999. He is survived by a son, a daughter, 10 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities.

2002

Fox

Senior Conservationist Robert E. Fox (91) passed away February 23, 2002. Bob started his career as a soil scientist in Texas and later served in Alaska, California, Oregon and ended his career in Wisconsin. He retired in December 1974 as Assistant State Soil Scientist. For many years, he was the Editor for the ARSCSE Newsletter. He, and his late wife, Christina, not only edited the Newsletter but also typed it and did the mailing. He was recognized for his special effort by ARSCSE at the last annual meeting he attended. Bob was active up until a brief illness prior to his death. The week before he died he bowled a line with his son. He is survived by his three sons and numerous grand children and great grandchildren.

2002

Fox

Statesman Adrian C. Fox from Leeds, ND, passed away July 11, 2002. Adrian was born January 28, 1905, and he received BS and MS degrees from ND State University in the early 1930's. He was first employed as the Grand Forks County Extension Agent in the sugar beet acreage control program. On May 11, 1935, he joined the SCS as a biologist and forester at Huron, SD. A few months later he transferred to Park River, ND to work on the first soil and water demonstration project in ND. He was in charge of wildlife management. In June of 39, he moved to Mandan, ND and was in charge of wildlife and forestry for the ND CCC camps. He served in the U.S Navy from 1942 to 1945. After the war, he went to Lincoln, NE to work on Soil Conservation and Education Relations. The last 10 years of his career he worked in Washington, DC as head of the educational branch.

2002

Gray

Fenton Gray (86) of Stillwater, OK passed away October l8, 2002. In his early career he worked as a Soil Scientist for SCS. He returned to school to complete his Ph.D. in soil science. He was on the faculty at OSU where he taught soil morphology and cooperated on Oklahoma Soil Surveys until his retirement several years ago.

2002

Heinen

Senior Conservationist Raymond W. Heinen (83) of Silver Spring, Maryland passed away January 18, 2002. He was an information specialist with SCS and became Assistant to the Administrator in 1951. He retired in 1973. He was preceded in death by his wife, June E. Heinen. Surviving are sons Ken and Jim Heinen; and five grandchildren.

2002

Hickey

Walter Hickey passed away December 5, 2002. Walter began his service in California, MO in 1964, and retired as a technician at the Bowling Green field office in 1979. Barabara Hickey, his wife of 52 years, resides in Bowling Green, MO.

2002

Hurd

Honorary Member and Statesman Herschell D. Hurd (96) passed away March 29, 2002 in Yuma, AZ. Herschell retired as the State Conservationist in Montana in 1965. His wife, Pat, died in 1995. A son, a daughter, 2 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren survive him.

2002

Jeter

Senior Conservationist Frank H. Jeter (84) passed away June 10, 2002. Frank was the retired Public Information Officer for NRCS in North Carolina. Before joining NRCS, Frank was a writer for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and worked for ASCS and Federal Extension Service in Washington, DC. Prior to working for government agencies, he was a reporter, editorial writer and editor for papers in Greensboro, NC, Rock Hill, SC and Fayetteville, NC. Frank’s story telling is memorable and his humor was outstanding. Frank served as the ARSCSE State Representative for North Carolina for many years. His wife, Doris, survives.

2002

Justice

Louis Justice, NRCS State Biologist in Georgia passed away Sunday, December 8, 2002 at the Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, GA. Louis was working in Bainbridge, GA on a multi-state Native Plant Workshop when he was hospitalized. Louis will long be remembered for his early efforts in the restoration of the Longleaf Pine - Wiregrass Ecosystem, wildlife conservation efforts, and wetland protection and creation. He will sadly be missed byhis many friends.

2002

Keller

Honorary Senior Conservationist Sylvester H. Keller (94) of Winfield, Kansas passed away in December 2002. He retired as a SCS district engineer in 1972. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

2002

Ketchum

Sarah C. Ketchum (89) passed away January 21, 2002 in Portland, ME. Sally was a long-time District Clerk at Presque Isle, ME. Sally's late husband was a Soil Conservationist at Presque Isle.

2002

King

Roger "Okay" King (75) passed away December 2002. Roger retired as an Engineering Technician in West Virginia. He also worked for some time in Ohio. Roger has been the ARSCSE WV State Representative for the past few years. His wife, Edith, survives.

2002

Klingenber

Honorary Member and Statesman Paul J. Klingenberg (94) passed away February 26, 2002. Paul retired from SCS in April 1950. He started his career with the Soil Erosion Service. His wife, Gladys, survives.

2002

Krug

Sandi Krug passed away November 26, 2002. Sandy was the wife of Ken Krug who retired as Plant Ecologist in South Dakota. A memorial fund will be established to further research MS in Sandi's name. More informationwill be forthcoming.

2002

Lann

Senior Conservationist L.J. Lann (92) passed away during June 2002. L.J. was an engineer on the Watershed Planning Staff in Temple, TX prior to his retirement as the Assistant State Conservationist in 1972. He retired in San Marcos, TX.

2002

Levermann

Tom Levermann passed away in Virginia on April 18, 2002. Tom had 26 years of service with the agency and had been a public affairs specialist on the Conservation Communications Staff in NHQ since 1981. Before coming to DC, he was the state public information officer in Kentucky. Prior to that he was the director of information-education for the Papio Natural Resources District (Omaha NE) and an urban conservationist with the former Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District (Omaha NE).In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

2002

MacLauchlan

Ruth MacLauchlan passed away January 20, 2002. Ruth was the wife of Bob Maclauchlan. She had been fighting a battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Bob retired from the National Office as Head, Plant Materials in Jan. 1985.

2002

McCorkle

Senior Conservationist Will D. McCorkle (94) of Ft. Smith, Arkansas passed away July 13, 2002. He was an area conservationist with SCS.

2002

Means

Cherrie Means passed away following a heart attack. Cherrie was the wife of Harry Means former State Conservation Engineer in Illinois.

2002

Miles

Ruth Miles passed away November 22, 2002 in New Cumberland, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernal “Corky” Miles.

2002

Miller

Honorary Member and Statesman Eskel N. Miller (93) passed away April 25, 2002. He retired from SCS in July 1970 as the Assistant State Soil Scientist in South Carolina. His wife, Syvilla, one son, 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren survive.

2002

Mulvaney

Francis E. Mulvaney (92) passed away May 2002.

2002

Munk

Evelyn Munk (81) passed away July 1, 2002. Evelyn was the wife of Dale Munk. Dale retired in 1973 as Asst. State Conservationist in California. She is survived by Dale, 3 daughters, 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

2002

Ness

Statesman Arnold O. Ness (87) passed away April 24, 2002. Arnold retired as the State Soil Correlator in Oregon in Jan. 1980. His wife, Melva died in 1992. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

2002

Nowotny

Senior Conservationist Arnold Nowotny (89) of Minden, Nevada passed away February 20, 2002. Arnold worked for SCS as a conservation agronomist and work unit conservationist, retiring in 1977.

2002

Oman

Gerald Oman (79) passed away December 30, 2002 following a heart attack at his home. Jerry retired in 1982 as the head of the Design Staff in the Northeast Technical Center. He started his career in Montana. He is survived by his wife, Lois, and their 2 children, Daniel, and Diann. Lois lives in Wawa, PA.

2002

Parlin

Lewis E. Parlin (91) passed away January 20, 2002 in Citrus Springs, FL. Lew was Assistant State Conservationist and State Resource Conservationist in Maine.

2002

Patterson

Senior Conservationist, Quentin W. Patterson (83) passed away December 31, 2002. Quentin was a retired District Conservationist, Hillsborough, North Carolina. He served in U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. After graduating from NC State University, he taught school in Hiddenite, NC for eight years before joining the Soil Conservation Service where he worked for 37 years. He was an expert photographer, and his photos of historic Hillsborough are on display in many locations including the North Carolina State Capitol foyer. His photographs of conservation work have been used in many publications. Quentin was a charter member of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America. He was an active member of the chapter for 52 years and was due to receive the Chapter’s highest award on January 5, 2003, the Superior Service Award. Quentin and his wife Evelyn attended not only almost every chapter annual meeting but also most national meetings during his 52 years of membership. In 1977 he was bestowed the honor of Fellow, the highest award given to members by the international chapter. Quentin and Evelyn served as the lead hosts for the ARSCSE Annual Meeting when SWCS met in North Carolina a number of years ago. Evelyn survives him.

2002

Pavlik

Erwin A. Pavlik (68) of Giddings, Texas passed away December 28, 2002. Erwin worked at Edna, Texas and was District Conservationist at Columbus, Snyder, and retired as the District Conservationist at Giddings. He was a dedicated employee and served in several capacities in the Texas Council of Chapters of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. He is survived by four sons and three grandchildren.

2002

Phillips

Senior Conservationist, Charles G. Phillips (86) passed away during June 2002 from a heart condition. Chuck retired from the National Office in July 1977. He had earlier worked in Illinois and Ohio. His wife, Rita, survives.

2002

Price

Senior Conservationist J. Boyd Price (85) passed away October 7, 2002. Boyd retired as the State Range Conservationist in Dec. 1973.

2002

Ralston

Statesman William J. "Bill" Ralston (87) passed away April 6, 2002. Bill retired from the National Office as Legislative Assistant. After retirement they continued to live in Northern Virginia until a few years ago when they moved to Colorado Springs, CO to be near family. Bill's wife, Marge, survives.

2002

Reed

Richard Reed, Angle Fire, NM passed away July 11, 2002 after a brief illness. Richard retired from the SCS in 1986 and was on the Land Resource Staff of the National Office. Richard was a native of San Angelo, Texas and a 1956 graduate of Texas Tech. He served in several locations as District Conservationist, Area Conservationist, Assistant State Conservationist of North Dakota and finally on the National Office staff. After retirement Richard worked for the New Mexico S&W Bureau Forestry Department. He leaves his wife Carol, two daughters and four grandchildren and many friends. A memorial service was held at the United Methodist Church in Angel Fire, New Mexico on August 3.

2002

Ritter

Lugene Ritter (74) passed away March 17, 2002. Lugene retired in October 1983 as the District Conservationist at Olathe, KS. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Memorials may go to the First Christian Church Building Fund, c/o Nicholson Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544.

2002

Selby

Helena "Lee" Potter Selby passed away September 30, 2002. Lee was the wife of Senior Conservationist John "Jack" N. Selby. Jack retired as RC&D Coordinator in April 1996.

2002

Shockley

Senior Conservationist, Dell Shockley (93) Passed away December 20, 2002 in Sun City, AZ. Dell retired in Feb. 1971 as Irrigation Engineer in the Portland EWP Unit. Dell and his twin brother, Dale, were renowned engineers. Dell's wife and his brother both preceded him in death.

2002

Shugart

Senior Conservationist, M. W. (Bill) Shugart (89) passed away December 14, 2002. Bill began his career as a conservationist with the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) camp in Franklinton, NC. He served as District Conservationist in the Halifax Field Office from 1939 until his retirement in 1969. He was an active cattle farmer after his retirement until two years ago.

2002

Slater

Robert L. Slater (74) passed away November 27, 2002. Bob retired from SCS in 1983 as a Conservation Technician at Martinsville, IL. His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Inez, 2 sons and a daughter. Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society.

2002

Smith

Margaret Smith passed away January 15, 2002 in Waukee, IA. She was the wife of Volney H. Smith, retired Assistant State Engineer in Iowa.

2002

Soderblom

Bertel "Bert" Soderblom (85) passed away December 23, 2002 at Hays, KS. He is survived by his wife Dorothy.

2002

Soucek

Adolph “Ed” Soucek passed away at his home in Seward, NE on July 1, 2002. Ed retired from SCS as a Conservation Technician. Ed was a brother-in-law of Tony Vrana.

2002

Stephens

Mary Simpson Stephens (99) passed away August 24, 2002. Her husband was Miles Stephens, former State Soil Scientist in AL. He died several years ago.

2002

Strelow

Senior Conservationist Harvey V. Strelow (86) of Wausau, Wisconsin passed away June 1, 2002. His wife of 54 years, Doris, preceded him in death in 1998. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in order to go to college, graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he studied with Aldo Leopold. During World War II he was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps working as a navigation instructor in Texas. He worked as a soil scientist for the Soil Conservation Service throughout Wisconsin for 30 years, retiring in 1972. He is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

2002

Stroup

Gordon Stroup (75) passed away on September 26, 2002. Gordon had been battling leukemia. He retired as the Drainage Engineer in the West NTC in Jan. 1986. His wife, Lorraine, and several adult children survive.

2002

Tarrence

Life Member and Senior Conservationist Clell O. Tarrence (92) of Dodgeville, Wisconsin passed away on November 17, 2002. Clell retired as a District Conservationist from the Soil Conservation Service in 1969

2002

Teakell

John Teakell (74) passed away May 31, 2002 at his home in Walters, Oklahoma. Prior to retirement he worked the Perry Field Office. He was buried in the Walters cemetery.

2002

Tinley

Senior Conservationist Elizabeth D. Tinley (87) of Milledgeville, Georgia passed away January 12, 2002. She was an area clerk with SCS, retiring in 1973.

2002

Tokach

David J. Tokach (76) passed away December 14, 2002 due to pancreatic cancer. Dave retired on Jan. 3, 1983 as the State Conservation Engineer in South Dakota. During his career he served in engineering positions in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. His wife, Ruth, 2 sons and 2 daughters survive him.

2002

Turner

Honorary Member Julian J. Turner (98) passed away September 17, 2002. Julian retired as the State Conservation Engineer in Arizona on Feb. 28, 1972. He was living with his son, Gary, at the time of his death.

2002

Van der Voet

Dirk van der Voet (81) passed away June 1, 2002. Dirk retired as Assistant Deputy Chief in April 1976. He had worked in New Hampshire, and Michigan as well as in the National Office. He is survived by his wife, Hilda, and two children.

2002

Vaught

Dorothy Vaught passed away August 22, 2002. She had struggled with breathing problems for a number of years. Dorothy was the wife of Bill Vaught retired as Director of the South NTC in Dec. 1976.

2002

White

S. Rodney White Jr. (62) passed away February 19, 2002. Rodney was Water Management Engineer in the South NTC at the time of his retirement. Most of his career was as spent in Louisiana. His wife, Helen, and 2 daughters and 2 sons survive him.

2002

Witherspoon

Honorary Member Perry G. Witherspoon (96) passed away January 7, 2002. He spent his entire SCS career in the Elgin and La Grande field offices in Oregon. He and Josie (his wife of 14 years) were independent in their Elgin home and enjoyed their large garden and many friends. Josie is the grandmother of Louise Davis who is on the Oregon State Office staff.

2002

Wriston

Senior Conservationist Rev. Richard Jennings Wriston (87) of Scarbo, West Virginia passed away March 5, 2002. He studied forestry at the University of Idaho. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1942 to 1945 building roads, docks, bridges, hospital units and fuel storage sites in New Guinea, Dutch New Guinea and the Philippines. He worked for the Fayette County office of SCS from 1948 to 1974. After retirement, he became an honorary minister with the United Methodist Church and pastored at several churches and charges. He also worked as a water plant operator for the Mossy Public Service District for 11 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ashtoreth Stevens Wriston, and two grandchildren. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

2003

Anderson

Andy Anderson of IL passed away recently (2003).

2003

Bornstein

Joseph Bornstein (82) passed away December 20, 2003. Joe started his career with SCS and ended it in with ARS. He was an Agricultural Engineer and was active in ASAE.

2003

Brehm

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Clarence D. Brehm (96) passed away recently (2003). Clarence retired in April 1968 as State Conservation Engineer in South Dakota. He was the first person named State Engineer in South Dakota. He has spent the last number of years in Mesa, AZ.

2003

Brower

Senior Conservationist Clayton Brower (84) passed away December 31, 2003. Clayton retired in Dec. 1974 as an Engineer in Ohio. His wife, Tempest, survives.

2003

Carper

Thelma Evelyn Carper (75) passed away November 29, 2003. Thelma worked for SCS as a secretary and editor. She retired from the WNTC. Survivors include five sisters and two brothers.

2003

Case

Dexter Case (60) passed away October 12, 2003. Dexter retired from the Engineering Division on 1/2/99 as the National CADD Coordinator. His wife, Jeanne, survives. Her address is: 1202 Kentmorr Rd,   Stevensville, MD 21666

2003

Champion

Boyd Champion of KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Conroy

John Conroy of IL passed away recently (2003).

2003

Converse

Henry Converse of Paducah, KY passed away recently (2003). He was a retired Soil Scientist.

2003

Core

Edwin J. Core (91) passed away November 9, 2003 in Beaverton, OR. Ed retired as the Head, Engineering and Watershed Planning Unit, Portland, OR. He was a very special leader and an inspiration for young engineers and others that worked with him. His wife, Margaret, a son, a daughter, 5 grand children, and 3 great-grandchildren survive him. Memorials may go to -- Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, 1121 S.W. Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97205.

2003

Curl

J. Edward Curl of Macomb, IL passed away recently (2003).

2003

Daniels

Albert Daniels (79) of Fuquay Varina, formerly of Wilson, NC, passed away December 27, 2003. Albert served in the US Coast Guard during World War II and farmed for several years before beginning his career with the SCS in 1954. Albert spent his entire career in Wilson County where he retired in 1984 as a Soil Conservation Technician. He is survived by his wife, Glenna.

2003

Daniels

J. Alton (Dan) Daniels passed away recently (2003). He was a long time AC in Nashville, AR.

2003

Dean

Senior Conservationist Marshall P. Dean (99) of Butler, Georgia passed away December 12, 2003. Marshall was a work unit technician with SCS, until 1942.

2003

Ediger

Ott Ediger (90) passed away December 7, 2003 in Austin, Texas. He retired as District Conservationist at Sinton Texas. Services were at the First United Methodist Church in Sinton on December 13. His career spanned 35 years with the SCS in Texas and he also served in the military in World War II. He was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) with a degree in agronomy. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, a son and a daughter.

2003

Ellington

Emmett Ellington (85) was State Administrative Officer in Little Rock, Arkansas.

2003

Fox

Avis Fox passed away December 5, 2003. Avis was the wife of Roy Fox, retired State Conservation Engineer in Oregon. She is survived by Roy, three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and one great grandson.

2003

Gallacher

Senior Conservationist Lincoln Gallacher (84) passed away October 21, 2003. Linc had been fighting health problems for several months. He retired as Director, Administrative Services in Jan. 1982. Linc was a life member of ARSCSE. He was the Secretary-Treasurer for over 17 years. In 1998, he was the recipient of ARSCSE's Distinguished Service Award. His wife Esther survives him. Neil Bogner reflects "This is one of the saddest reports that I have ever sent.... It is with a heavy heart that I am reporting that Lincoln “Linc” Gallacher passed away this morning (10/21/03). His work involved him in all aspects of SCS. Linc touched the lives of many SCS’ers and all benefited. One activity that he always had special liking for was dealing with those involved in construction and contracting. He spent uncounted hours teaching at training sessions for engineers and inspectors. We all considered him one of the best instructors. Shortly after retiring he became the Secretary-Treasurer for ARSCSE. His support and guidance led to ARSCSE becoming fiscally sound and reached its highest number of members." Tony Vrana remembers "Linc was truly a great guy. Everyone liked Linc and I never ever heard anyone say a bad thing about him. As a devout Mormon, he never drank but it didn't keep him from having a glass of water or something in his hand and participating in the frivolities. I recall of him telling of having had voice training that he might better call square dances and he occasionally used that mellow voice to amazed new, young employees."

2003

Gallivan

Theresa Gallivan of IL passed away recently (2003).

2003

Garrett

John W. Garrett, who once lived in Quaker City, OH, passed away November 26, 2003 in Jacksonville, FL. John is survived by his wife, Coralee, 13890 Intracoastal Sound Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32224-1195.

2003

Giles

Thad E. Giles (82) of Davis, formerly of Raleigh, NC, passed away November 15, 2003. Thad was born in Polk County, NC and was reared in Spartanburg County, SC. His career with the SCS spanned 35 years as Financial Manger in the state office in Raleigh.

2003

Glick

Philip M. Glick (98) passed away December 17, 2003. Mr. Glick was Chief, Land Policy Division, USDA between 1933 and 1942. He was the primary author of the "Standard State Soil Conservation District Law."   He later was the legal advisor of the Federal Water Resources Council. He retired in 1973.

2003

Gordon

Senior Conservationist Lester L. Gordon (96) passed away November 2, 2003. Lester took a medical retirement from the State Office in Temple, TX in 1962. His wife, Leah, one son and two sisters survive him. Leah's address is 219 Nelson St., Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

2003

Gray

Robert L. Gray passed away December 18, 2003. Bob retired as the State Conservation Engineer in Oklahoma. His wife, Jo, survives. Her address is Rt 1 Box 95N, Bluffton, TX 78607.

2003

Hauger

Roy L. Hauger (92) passed away in Rosenberg, TX, on November 11, 2003. Roy was a retired Area Conservationist, having served some 40 years with the SCS in Texas. He began his career in 1935 in Alice, Texas where he met his wife Adele. He was a native of San Antonio and a 1933 graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in civil engineering. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by USDA in 1957. He held many positions in various professional organizations. He is survived by two sons and two daughters and several grandchildren. Services were held on Nov. 14, 2003 at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Rosenberg.

2003

Hooker

John & Mary Hooker both passed away sometime in 2003. John was District Conservationist at Medina, OH at the time of his retirement.

2003

Hughes

Senior Conservationist E. J. Hughes (91) passed away December 16, 2003 in Brownwood, Texas. E.J. came to work for the Soil Erosion Service in 1935, and held numerous positions in Texas, retiring as Area Conservationist at Brownwood in 1971. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1934 with a degree in Agricultural Science. He served under General Patton in World War II and received the Purple Heart and numerous campaign ribbons. Memorial services were held on December 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Brownwood. He is survived by his wife, a brother and a sister.

2003

Isgrig

Senior Conservationist Dan Isgrig (83) of Fredericksburg, Virginia passed away July 16, 2003. He was a soil scientist with SCS in KY, CA, and VA, retiring in 1980 with more than 30 years of service. Dan and his wife donated a significant collection of arrowheads, grindstones, and spear points (over 1500 relics that he had collected) to the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He served his country as a World War II B-26 bomber pilot with the Army Air Corps base in England. On Jan. 14, 1944 his plane was shot down over Germany where he spent the remainder of the war as a POW. After his release, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a major. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Elizabeth, and two sons. He was preceded in death by a son and a daughter.

2003

Jackson

Leland Jackson (75) passed away November 1, 2003. "Lee" spent his career with SCS in Nebraska. He started as a project engineer moved on to State Construction Engineer and ended his career as State Conservation Engineer. He retired in Sept. 1983. He was a veteran of the Korean War, and served 20 years in the Army and Army Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonal.His wife, Betty, survives as does his two daughters. Memorials to the family will be used for scholarships.

2003

Johnson

Senior Conservationist William M. Johnson (87) passed away November 19, 2003. Bill retired in Nov. 1980 as Deputy Chief. He was a soil scientist and served as the Principal Soil Correlator for the Western States prior to going to the National Office. Prior to being named Deputy Chief he was the Director of the Soil Survey Division. Bill was an aerial observer and meteorologist in the Navy in WW II. Survivors include his wife, Carol, two daughters, three grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

2003

LeBlanc

Otho L. LeBlanc passed away in early November 2003. Otho was the District Conservationist in Thibodaux, LA when he retired.

2003

Ledvina

Virginia Ledvina passed away December 4, 2003. Condolences may be sent to Louie at his daughter Nancy’s address: 5302 Wonder Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76133.

2003

Lewis

Larry Lewis, NRCS Grassland Conservationist in the Lebanon, MO Field Office passed away December 12, 2003. Larry had 32 years of service and is survived by his wife Nancy Lewis, Route 3, Box 3450, Camdenton, MO.

2003

Lingo

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Sedley M. Lingo (97) passed away December 3, 2003. Mr. Lingo retired in 1969 as an Assistant State Administrative Officer in South Dakota. Earlier he had worked in the Lincoln, NE Regional Office. His wife, Mildred, passed away in 1981. Surviving are a son, David, 2 grandsons, and 2 great grandsons. David P. Lingo’s, address is 8225 38th Ave. N, New Hope, MN 55427.

2003

Lovan

Willard Lovan of KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Loyal

Charles Loyal from KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

McDaniel

Charles V. McDaniel from KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

McDonald

Herman McDonald of Lexington, KY passed away recently (2003). He was a retired Soil Scientist.

2003

McWhorter

Oliver McWhorter of KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Owen

William J. "Bill" Owen (77) passed away November 4, 2003. Bill was the Lincoln NTC Hydrologist at the time of his retirement. He had 38 years with SCS. Survivors are his wife, Mary Lou, 4 daughters and a son. Mary Lou's address is 1143 Mulder Dr., Lincoln, NE 68510. Memorials may go to the Christ Lutheran Caregiving and Missions Ministry, 4325 Sumner St., Lincoln, NE 68506.

2003

Paschke

John E. "Jack" Paschke (84) a prominent soil classifier in northern Illinois and formerly of Kankakee, IL, passed away November 11, 2003 in Bonita Springs, FL. Mr. Paschke earned a B.S. degree in Soils from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1941. He was a veteran of WWII having served as a navigator with the US Army Air Corp in the South Pacific. After the war, Paschke began a long career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He authored numerous county soil reports for northern Illinois and assisted with soil classifications throughout Illinois and portions of Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. After 31 years of service with the SCS he became an independent soil classifier and worked to develop guidelines and soil ratings for municipal, county, state and federal agencies. He was an active advocate for soil and natural resource conservation in Illinois. Paschke was a founding member and past president of the Illinois Soil Classifiers Association and a long-time member of SSSA. After 20 years as an independent soil classifier, he retired to Bonita Springs, FL in 1995. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marguerite "Peg" Paschke of Bonita Springs, FL; sister Adeline Trudeau of Evansville, IN; three sons, Jack Paschke of Armonk, NY, Paul Paschke of Lakewood, CO, and Mark Paschke of Fort Collins, CO; five daughters, Mary Brand of Scottsdale, AZ, Jeanne Paschke of Frankfort, IL, Lucy Paschke of Estero, FL, Rita Paschke of Bloomington, IN, and Sara Parish of Durango, CO; as well as 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

2003

Payne

Senior Conservationist Allan S. Payne (89) of Lakeport, California passed away August 6, 2003. Allan was an engineer with SCS and retired in 1977 as Chief of the Design Branch.

2003

Queen

Senior Conservationist Herbert "Herb" Queen (90) passed away December 20, 2003. Herb retired in Sept. 1970 as a Soil Conservation Technician in Gove County, Kansas.

2003

Rallison

Loraine Rallison passed away October 18, 2003, after a short illness. She was the wife of Bob Rallison. Bob retired from NHQ in 1984 as the National Hydrologist. They have seven children, 40 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.Bob's address is: 18749 SW Kemmer Rd., Beaverton, OR 97007, Phone- 503/591-1807

2003

Reed

Deloris W. Reed, wife of former Chief Pearlie S. Reed, passed away October 7, 2003. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: Mr. Pearlie S. Reed, 310 Flannery Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20904

2003

Reeder

Leroy Reeder of IL passed away recently (2003).

2003

Rhorer

Frank Rhorer from KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Roy

A.J. Roy passed away December 28, 2003. A.J. was a Soil Scientist in the Jennings LA Field Office. He retired Jan. 3, 1984.

2003

Rush

Ronnie M. Rush (59) passed away November 23, 2003 in Tompkinsville, KY. Ronnie retired in Jan. 2001 as an Area Conservationist in Kentucky. He died as a result of prostrate cancer. He is survived by his wife, Betsy.

2003

Sanders

Elizabeth Sanders of Clinton, MO passed away in early December 2003. Elizabeth was the widow of Charley Sanders, District Conservationist of Johnson County, MO for many years.

2003

Shaffer

Vernia Shaffer’s husband, Butch passed away recently (2003).

2003

Slota

Robert Slota (80) passed away December 1, 2003. Bob retired from SCS in 1976 as a Soil Scientist. Condolences can be sent to his wife, Dorothy, at 608 East First St., Baraboo, WI 53913.

2003

Smith

Arthur Smith from KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Taff

Statesman Homer Taff (86) passed away. Homer retired from SCS in June 1973. At the time of his retirement he was Assistant Director of SNTC. Prior to that he served as State Conservationist in Kentucky.

2003

Tinivell

Elsie Tinivell (79) passed away September 27, 2003. Elsie served as the secretary for the Head, Northeast NTC at the time of her retirement. Elsie's husband, John, passed away several years ago. John retired from the Upper Darby EWP Unit as a Planning Engineer.

2003

Wallace

Edna Wallace of Edwardsville, IL passed away recently (2003). Her husband is Donald L. Wallace.

2003

Williams

George Williams of KY passed away recently (2003).

2003

Young

Senior Conservationist Haden Ewing Young (90) of Mangum, Oklahoma passed away on July 13, 2003. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp at Binger from July 1934 to March 1936. Haden retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1981 as an engineering technician after 33 years in Caddo, Kiowa and Greer counties. He was a member and elder of the Church of Christ. He was a member of the board of directors of Quartz Mountain Christian Camp for many years. Young’s Mountain was dedicated in his honor. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Altus; three sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

2003

Zimmerman

Jerry Zimmerman of Maryville, MO passed away November 8, 2003 of lung cancer. Jerry recently retired as the Area Soil Scientist at Maryville. He is survived by his wife Jody Zimmerman, 1213 West Crestview Drive, Maryville, MO 64468.

2004

Abshure

Thomas L. Abshure (83) passed away July 3, 2004 in Elmore City, OK. “Ab” retired as State Administrative Officer. He is survived by his wife, Melba, four daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

2004

Adair

Joseph Robert Adair, Jr. (94) of Laurens, SC passed away April 19, 2004. He retired from SCS in 1965 with 33 years of service.

2004

Affolter

Paul Affolter of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Allen

David Allen passed away in Lee, NH on September 17, 2004. Less than 22 hours later David’s wife, Natalie, also passed away. David was the State Biologist for New Hampshire and Maine prior to his retirement in 1979.

2004

Anderson

Francis P. Anderson of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Anderson

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist R. D. Anderson (93) passed away May 20, 2004. He retired in July 1975 as Assistant State Conservationist in Colorado.

2004

Anderson

Obert Anderson of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Best

Robert "Bob" Best (79) passed away suddenly May 18, 2004 at Hannibal, MO when he was visiting his son. Bob was the Area Conservationist at Hannibal and Warrensburg, MO and was involved in organizing several Soil and Water Conservation Districts in both areas.

2004

Bingham

Senior Conservationist LeRoy M. Bingham (88) passed away May 5, 2004 in Auburn, ME. Bing served as District Conservationist in the Androscoggin/Sagadahoc Soil Conservation District for several years.

2004

Boger

Senior Conservationist Leroy Boger passed away September 22, 2004. Leroy retired from SCS after having served as a District Conservationist in several districts in Ohio. His wife, Alta, survives.

2004

Boss

Frederick Boss, Muskogee, OK passed away. - reported May 2004

2004

Bosworth

Duane Bosworth (76) passed away February 6, 2004. Duane retired as the Public Information Specialist for the West NTC. Prior to that he was Head, Education and Publication Unit in the National Office. His wife, Sue, 2 sons and grandchildren and great grandchildren survive Duane. The family has suggested that memorials may go to the Parkinson's Center of Oregon at Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239-3098.

2004

Braley

Norris D. Braley (69) passed away Friday, January 30, 2004, following an ongoing struggle with cardiac illness. He was born Oct. 22, 1934, in Mapleton, and received a diploma from the University of Maine, at Orono. He was employed for more than 30 years by the USDA Soil Conservation Service, serving in offices at Presque Isle, Belfast, Houlton, Rockland and Waldoboro. He is survived by his wife Janet, three sons, a daughter, and 16 grandchildren.

2004

Breinig

Senior Conservationist Clarence B. Breinig (91) passed away some time ago. Clarence retired in April 1973 as the State Soil Scientist for Tennessee.

2004

Brooks

Charles A. Brooks passed away July 15, 2004 in Hillsboro, Texas. Charles was a retired Soil Scientist and worked in several locations in Texas. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University in 1949 and he served as a bomber pilot in World War II. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. His wife of 60 years, a daughter and two grandchildren survives him.

2004

Burbank

Donald G. Burbank (81) passed away April 10, 2004. Don retired Sept. 30, 1980 as the State Conservationist for New Hampshire. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, gardening and carpentry. His wife, Dorothy, their 5 children and 12 grandchildren survive. The family suggests that memorials may go to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Rd., Exeter, NH 03837

2004

Carlson

Clarence Carlson passed away October 19, 2004. Clarence retired from SCS in October 1986 after his career as a Conservation Technician in Utah. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean.

2004

Carter

Elmer R. Carter of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Christenson

James Christenson passed away recently (Jan 2004). Jim has been retired for a number of years. Prior to his retirement he was in the New Hampshire State Office in the B&F Section.

2004

Clay

Senior Conservationist James E. Clay (95) of Huntsville, Alabama passed away September 30, 2004. He was a soil conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1975.

2004

Clement

Aaron Clement passed away April 22, 2004. Aaron spent many years as a Soil Scientist working in the west part of Tennessee.

2004

Clemons

Jesse Clemons passed away recently (reported 6/04). Jesse was a Soil Conservation Technician at Cathage, TN.

2004

Clifford

Senior Conservationist John Clifford (83) passed away in late February 2004. John retired as a District Conservationist in Kentucky in June 1977. His wife, Virginia, survives.

2004

Closner

Forrest Closner passed away in late Nov. 2004. Forrest retired out of the Idaho State Office. Earlier he was an Area Conservationist in that state.

2004

Compton

Claude K. Compton (76) passed away suddenly on December 7, 2004 at Nacogdoches, TX. Claude was a graduate of Texas A & M University and had a Masters degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He began his career with the SCS in Nacogdoches and spent 40 years, serving as a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Conservationist and Agronomy Specialist. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the East Texas Wood Workers Club. His wife, Martha Ann, 2 daughters, 2 stepdaughters, and a brother survive.

2004

Cook

Hubert Cook (64) passed away March 6, 2004 of colon cancer. Hubert retired after 37 years of service with most of his career on the river basin planning staff in the Missouri state office as an engineering technician. He is survived by his wife, Lu Cook, 13351 N. Patton Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

2004

Cope

Ray Cope (88) passed away December 19, 2004. Ray retired as the National Grout Engineer in May 1987. Ray, who was born in Hirschberg, Germany, provided a unique and special skill to SCS. Ray’s wife, Gabriele, died some time back. Memorials may go to the Gabriele Cope Fund at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

2004

Cowles

Janet Cowles passed away April 9, 2004. Her husband, Donald, retired from SCS as a Soil Scientist in July 1975. Don and Janet wintered in AZ and spent their summers in Auburn, WA. Don has sold the AZ residence and will live in the Auburn home.

2004

Crosby

Glenn Crosby, Sr. Cons. passed away in 2004.

2004

Crowell

Wilma Crowell (83) passed away September 4, 2004 in Rye, NH. Wilma served for many years as the Secretary for the State Conservationist. She was secretary for both Ken Grant and Bob Addison.

2004

Culp

Ruth H. Culp (92) passed away December 17, 2004. Ruth was the wife of Mel Culp who died in 1982. Mel was the National Design Engineer for SCS when he retired in the late 1970’s. Ruth was an accomplished pianist who at one time formed a string trio that played in nursing homes for over 25 years. A daughter, Joan Carol Poor, and a son, James Culp, survive her.

2004

Davenport

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Herbert L. Davenport (92) passed away May 17, 2004. Herb served as an Area Engineer at several locations in Illinois prior to his retirement in July 1976. Owen Lee remembers Herb: "Herb was the Area Engineer in Carbondale, Illinois, and my first supervisor after graduating from the U of I in 1964. He had me help with a soil boring for a watershed structure that he was investigating. We drilled and drilled - put extension after extension on the auger and only stopped when the hole filled with wet material as fast as we pulled it out. We ended at about 25 feet deep. I did an investigation on a farm pond that was going to have a thirty foot fill, and needed State Geologist, Lou Pierard's approval. As Herb, Lou, and I drove to the site, Lou looked at my request and saw 3 soil borings. The one at the bottom of the creek was zero feet deep (solid rock), and the ones on each embankment were 6 inches deep. Lou asked why so shallow, and I replied there was a hard layer at that point. I know Herb was thinking why didn't I go back out there with Owen and get a repectable soil boring. Then Lou said "I'll show you how to get through that hard layer"   An hour later, Lou ended with a 6 inch soil boring too. Herb and I took big sighs of relief. Herb worked very hard, was very detailed and thorough. He was a patient and wonderful supervisor."

2004

Dean

Senior Conservationist Harold Lee Dean (95) passed away October 24, 2004 in Sac City, IA. He retired in 1972 as Head, Cartographic Unit, Fort Worth. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, one son, one daughter, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and his twin brother Hartzell Dean.

2004

Dempsey

William H Dempsey passed away April 11, 2004. Bill retired as a District Conservationist in Kentucky. His wife had passed away earlier.

2004

Donelson

Keith Donelson (72) of Savoy, IL passed away Wednesday, October 20, 2004. Keith retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Illinois on May 31, 1987. His wife, Barbara, survives. Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802 or OR Safefordville United Methodist Church, RR 5 Lake Kohola Road, Emporia, KS 66801.

2004

Doughty

Senior Conservationist Thomas E. Doughty (93) passed away May 14, 2004 in Sheridan, WY. Tom was the first Soil Conservationist hired by SCS in Wyoming. He was Area Conservationist in Jackson, WY for many years prior to his retirement in July 1964. His wife of 62 years, Maxine, died in 1996. He is survived by 3 sons, a daughter, and numerous grandchildren(including 8 great-great grandchildren).

2004

Dylla

Francis Dylla passed away in November 2004. Francis was the District Conservationist in Stearns County, MN at the time of his retirement.

2004

Fallis

William E. Fallis (91) passed away July 1, 2004. He worked at the Louisville, KY field office at the time of his retirement.

2004

Ferguson

Dale Ferguson passed away recently (reported 6/04). Dale was a District Conservationist at Selmer, TN.

2004

Flach

Klaus Flach (77) passed away July 8, 2004. Klaus retired in Oct. 1988 as Special Assistant to the Chief and prior to that position he was Director, Soil Survey. His wife, Helen, survives him. She is currently the Asst. State Conservationist, Programs in California. She spent a number of years in the National Office as Head, Records and Reports Branch in Admin Services. Dr. Klaus Werner Flach of Davis, CA was born March 24, 1927 in Kolbermoor, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Dr. Werner Flach and Bianca Kolmgren Flach. He received a B.S. in Agriculture at the Technical University of Munich, and then came to the United States in 1950 where he earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at Cornell University. His 30-year career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service began as a research soil scientist and took him to Washington, D.C. where he was Director of the Soil Survey and Associate Deputy Chief for Natural Resource Assessment. During his USDA career, he represented the United States on a variety of international and United Nations environmental summits, and was a leader in improving the technology for classification of soils. After his retirement from SCS in 1988, he became a senior research scholar at Colorado State University and later taught at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and a member of the German Soil Science Society and Sigma Xi. He is survived by his wife, Helen Flach, of Davis; son Andrew Flach of Tucson; daughter Martha Flach of New York City; brother Dr. Andreas Flach of Tubingen, Germany; and stepdaughters Marsha Stephens and Marian Gilbert of Virginia and Marla Gilbert of West Virginia. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Elisabeth Goding Flach.The family suggests that as an alternative to flowers, donations may be made to the Smithsonian Institution Soils Exhibit, care of the Soil Science Society of America Agronomic Science Foundation, 677 S. Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53711, in memory of Klaus Flach. Dr. Flach was a member of the Smithsonian Exhibit design committee and was intent on seeing that an educational exhibit on soils become part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

2004

Fooks

Ken Fooks of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Force

Wayne Force, Perry, OK passed away. - reported May 2004

2004

Fritz

Senior Conservationist Jerome F. Fritz (87) of Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away August 20, 2004. He was a soil conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1979.

2004

Gaskins

Edward A. Gaskins (70) of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 23, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital. He was born August 18, 1934, a son of the late Vance Edward and Edna Virginia Ridgeway Gaskins. Mr. Gaskins was a 1960 graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry. He began his career in West Virginia and retired in 1986 from the US Department of Agriculture as a state wildlife biologist in Missouri. He was a Korean Conflict Army veteran, serving from 1955-1957. He was a member of the American Legion Post 15 of Parkersburg, a member of the National Rifle Association, he enjoyed participating in Civil War reenactments and was a member of the Buckskinning Club in Missouri. Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Mary Katherine Gaskins; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen Virginia and Thomas Pino; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Maxwell and Casey Stoehman. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Mark Gaskins. His grave is in the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, WV. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Camden-Clark Foundation, PO Box 1077, Parkersburg, WV 26102-1077.

2004

Gelbach

Robert Gelbach passed away in Dec. 2004. Robert was the husband of Jean Gelbach. Jean retired in June 1978 as a Purchasing Agent in the State Office in Wisconsin.

2004

German

Honorary Senior Conservationist Mary German (94) passed away February 14, 2004. Mary German was born on October 22, 1909 in Prescott, Washington. She grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and graduated from Washington State University in 1934 with a degree in Office Administration. Mary worked for SCS for many years before retiring in 1974 as a Personnel Management Specialist.

2004

Gibson

Senior Conservationist John Gibson (89) passed away January 4, 2004. John retired as Asst. State Conservationist in Maryland during June 1974. "Hoot" was well known for his hard work and ever-present sense of humor. He started his Federal Career with the CCCs. Memorials may go to SWCS, Dayton Hospice Inc., 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45420. Condolences may also go to his daughter, Nancy Clayton, 428 North Street, Easton, OH 45320. Neil Bogner says "Hoot was a special friend of mine!   At one time he worked in MO and we got acquainted because of mutual friends. He was someone special".

2004

Gilbertson

Senior Conservationist Magnus Gilbertson (88) passed away March 1, 2004. Magnus was a Conservation Technician when he retired in Dec. 1977. His wife, Arlene, survives.

2004

Glover

Frank W. Glover (85) passed away May 10, 2004. Frank retired as State Resource Conservationist, Morgantown, WV. He had received many honors in his career, most notably the USDA's Superior Service Award in 1979, and was inducted into the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Hall of Fame in 1987. His wife, Maxine, survives.

2004

Glover

Maxine Glover passed away October 18, 2004. Maxine was the widow of Frank Glover. The death of Frank Glover was reported in the July issue of the Newsletter. Frank retired as the State Resource Conservationist in West Virginia.

2004

Gordon

Senior Conservationist Martin M. Gordon (91) passed away May 17, 2004. Martin retired as a District Conservationist in Maryland on Jan. 29, 1977. His wife, Thelma, survives.

2004

Gregg

Jeanette Gregg passed away on May 8, 2004. She was the wife of Calvin Gregg who retired in 1987 as the District Conservationist in Coquille, OR.

2004

Growe

Kenneth E. Growe (79) passed away August 19, 2004. Ken retired as Deputy State Conservationist in Maine in Oct, 1981. He served as the Maine ARSCSE Representative for many, many years. He is survived by his wife, Marilynn, sons, Douglas, Charles and Gary, and 4 grandchildren. Memorials may go to Save The Children, PO Box 980, Westport, Conn. 06881. Kenneth was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Canton, NY. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1943 to 1946 as a sergeant, aerial gunner, 880th squadron, 383rd bomb group, stationed in Foggia, Italy. He was a graduate of Ft. Hays State University (Hays, Kansas), Class of 1951. Kenneth held a Bachelor of Science in Botany. He was a member of St. Mary's Parish, Bangor. Kenneth was also a member of the Knights of Columbus; Elks Lodge No. 244, Bangor; Society of Retired Soil Conservationists; Aerial Gunner's Association and was a charter member of the World War II Memorial Foundation. Ken was an avid gardener, reader, traveler and lifelong Yankee fan who took particular delight in the annual demise of the Red Sox.

2004

Hager

Richard L Hager passed away May 15, 2004. Richard retired as Assistant State Conservationist in Kansas on Jan. 2, 2004. He had been diagnosed with two brain tumors in April 2004. His wife, Judy, and 2 sons, John and Thane survive him. Judy’s address is 314 Laura, Salina, KS 67401. Memorials may go to the Christ Cathedral Church, American Cancer Society, or Boy Scouts of America.

2004

Hanapel

Herb Hanapel of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Hanchett

Garnett Hanchett (83) passed away February 22, 2004. Garnett was the wife of Gene Hanchett. Gene retired as a Soil Conservationist in NY in May 1985. Gene served as the ARSCSE State Representative for a number of years.

2004

Hansen

Gordon Hansen (95) passed away during June, 2004. He was the Area Engineer in Richfield, UT when he retired.

2004

Harper

Charlie Harper of Alabama passed away (2004).

2004

Harvey

Senior Conservationist Addie S. Harvey (87) passed away some time before May of 2004. Addie retired in March 1971 as a District Conservationist in Tennessee.

2004

Heising

Harry Heising of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Helzer

Sue Helzer (59) passed away January 29, 2004. Sue was the wife of Norman Helzer. Norman retired in Jan. 1996. Norm served for several years as the ARSCSE State Representative for Nebraska. He and their 2 children survive. Memorials may go to the Nature Conservancy of Nebraska, PEO Home, or 2nd Church of Christ Scientist.

2004

Herrmann

James K. Herrmann (87) passed away Nov. 23, 2004. Kenny worked for SCS as an intermittent employee from 1957 into the 1990’s. His wife, Mary, of 61 years and 2 sons and a daughter, survives him.

2004

Hester

Marlyn (Son) Hester of Alabama passed away (2004).

2004

Hinton

Robert Hinton passed away September 8, 2004 in Jackson, MS. He is survived by family members in Gallatin, TN where he will be buried. Bob was a Soil Scientist in the State Office.

2004

Huffaker

Senior Conservationist Dillard Huffaker (83) passed away December 11, 2004. Dillard retired as the Area Conservationist at Emporia, KS in March 1983. His wife, Doris, survives. She may be reached at 1410 Brookview Dr., Casper, WY 82604.

2004

Hutchinson

Evelyn M. Hutchinson passed away September 13, 2004 in Temple, Texas. Evelyn was a long-time employee of the Soil Conservation Service State Office in Temple. She retired in the late 1970’s. She served as the Secretary to the State Conservationist for many years. Evelyn was a dedicated and highly efficient employee and had many friends in the SCS. She was preceeded in death by her husband, C.E. Hutchinson, also a former SCS employee. She is survived by a son, Larry, a daughter, Linda Gunter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

2004

Ilgen

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Louis W. Ilgen (91) passed away April 4, 2004. Louis retired as a Soil Scientist in Conn. during May 1971. His wife, Emily, and 4 children survive. Memorials may go to the Rockville, CN Lutheran Church.

2004

Innes

Senior Conservationist Charles H. Innes (91) passed away July 17, 2004. Born Sept 1, 1913, Charlie retired as a Soil Scientist in Ohio in June 1972. He had resided in a family care center for a number of years.

2004

Irwin

Senior Conservationist Raymond R. Irwin (91) of Kenney, Illinois, formerly of North Plainfield, New Jersey passed away July 31, 2004. Raymond worked for SCS as a soil scientist and work unit conservationist, retiring in 1968. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

2004

Jacobson

Marion Jacobson (97) passed away at her home on April 1, 2004. Marion was the wife of Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Paul Jacobson. Paul retired from SCS as State Conservation Engineer in Iowa. He then spent a number of years with Harza Engineering. Paul and their 4 children survive. Memorials may go to the Sandpoint United Methodist Church, 711 Main Street, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

2004

Johnson

Jerry Johnson of Alabama passed away (2004).

2004

Jones

Crawford Jones from Jackson, Ohio passed away (reported 7/04).

2004

Kelly

Senior Conservationist Henry Kelly (91) passed away January 2, 2004. Henry retired in May 1977 as the Asst. State Administrative Officer in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Kelly, at 3682 Wellesly Dr, #108, Carrol, OH   43112. Memorials may go to the Salvation Army.

2004

Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy (84) passed away April 24, 2004. Pat was a Soil Conservationist in the St. James, MN office for 30 years.

2004

Kincannon

Senior Conservationist Jim Kincannon (87) passed away February 1, 2004. Jim was the Director of Policy Analysis in the Watershed Division, National Office, at the time of his retirement in Dec. 1977. Jim will always be remembered for his assistance to many in the field as well as those who worked with him in the National Office. Jim’s daughters, Sandra and Katherine and numerous grand and great grand children survive. Memorials may go to the Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd. Alexandria, VA 22310.

2004

King

Edwin E. King (76) passed away August 14, 2004. Ed was the District Conservationist at Harrodsburg, KY for many years.

2004

Kinsey

Barbara Jane Kinsey passed away November 13, 2004. Barbara was the wife of Franklin Kinsey who retired in June 1986 as the Area Engineer at Manhattan Kansas. Frank and their son, Hugh, and 3 granddaughters survive.

2004

Kinzie

Senior Conservationist Richard Cline Kinzie (90) of Marion, Virginia passed away June 27, 2004. He retired in 1977 from SCS as an area conservationist. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Wagoner Kinzie; son, Richard C. Kinzie Jr.; daughter, Barbara Susan Kinzie; and six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

2004

Lane

Ray Lane of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Larner

Senior Conservationist Don C. Larner (95) passed away December 24, 2004. Don was a 1933 graduate of Texas A & M University and worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Texas until his retirement in 1966. He served as District Conservationist and Area Conservationist. After retirement he worked for the Texas Water Development Board in Austin until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the Methodist Church and is survived by three sons, Eric, Mark and Eddie and two grandchildren.

2004

Lee

Martha Lee passed away June 23, 2004. Martha was the wife of Tillman Lee. Tillman retired as an Area Conservationist at Columbia, TN.

2004

Lesley

James R. Lesley (80) passed away (July 2004) in Lower Burrell, PA. Jim retired as Asst. State Conservationist, PA in Dec 1980. Jim is survived by his wife, Betty.

2004

Lindquist

Daniel A. Lindquist (71) passed away January 11, 2004. Dan worked for the SCS as an engineer in Shenandoah and Des Moines, IA and in Ohio. He spent approximately 25 years as an engineer with the IA Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Soil Conservation Division in Des Moines prior to his retirement. Burial was in Funk, NE. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis and several children.

2004

Lister

Norman Lister (68) passed away January 14, 2004. Norman retired in Dec. 1997 as a Hydraulic Engineer in Arkansas. His wife, Estella, survives.

2004

Livingston

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Charles M. Livingston (91) passed away February 4, 2004. Charles retired as a District Conservationist in Wisconsin on June 30, 1974. Charles was very active in his home area and was involved in many organizations and societies. His wife for 64 years, Letha, daughter, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, survives.

2004

Logan

Senior Conservationist Manford A. Logan (89) passed away June 7, 2004. "Manny" retired after 35 years with SCS as a District Conservationist in Illinois. His wife, Drusilla, died in Jan. 1994. A son, daughter and grandchildren survive him. Memorials may go to the Jefferson County Heart Association in care of the Hughey Funeral Home, PO Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.

2004

Lybeck

T. K. Lybeck (86) passed away May 28, 2004 in Devils Lake, ND. He is survived by 3 sons, a daughter, 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

2004

Lytton

Christine Lytton passed away December 25, 2004 in South Jordan, UT. She was the wife of Warren "Jim" Lytton who retired from the National Office in 1988. They had been married for 54 years.

2004

Magill

Mary Jane Magill, wife of Donald Magill, passed away during Nov. 2004 in Mechanicsburg, PA.

2004

Martin

Margaret "Marty" Martin passed away just before Christmas, 2004. She was the wife of Benny Martin. Benny retired as Asst. Chief, Midwest, in June 1982.

2004

Martin

Senior Conservationist Arthur M. Martin (84) passed away March 28, 2004. He retired as the State Administrative Officer in S. Carolina in August 1974. His wife, Frances, survives.

2004

Maxwell

James "Dean" Maxwell (72) passed away October 21, 2004 in Salt Lake City, UT. Dean worked 34 years for the SCS. He is survived by his wife, Orell, seven children, 22 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

2004

McAdams

James B. McAdams passed away recently (reported 6/04). James was a District Conservationist at Brownsville, TN.

2004

McAdams

Y. E. McAdams, Jr. passed away January 22, 2004. Y.E. was a Civil Engineering graduate from Texas A&M University and retired as an Area Engineer from Lubbock, Texas with 30 years of service with the SCS. He served in World War II in the European Theater and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals along with four Campaign Stars. His wife and several nieces and nephews survive him. Graveside services were held at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.

2004

McArthur

Elaine McArthur passed away October 11, 2004. Elaine was the widow of Donald McArthur former State Conservationist in Rhode Island. Don passed away August 16, 2000.

2004

McCracken

Ralph Joseph McCracken (82) passed away Thursday, March 11, 2004, in Greensboro, NC. He was born in Cuba and grew up there and in Fairmount, IN. He was a farmer, rose-gardener, soil scientist, professor, author, administrator, Boy Scout leader, Rotary Club president, religious fellowship teacher, president of the Soil Science Society of America and man of quiet faith. A lover of brass choirs and bluegrass, he was a friend to all children and dogs. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Johnson McCracken, of Greensboro; son Douglas of Lugoff, S.C.; daughter Ellen (Nell) of Greensboro; granddaughters, Cille and Dixie; and nieces and nephews. Friends who wish may send memorials to New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Ro! ad, Greensboro, NC 27410; or to the general scholarship fund of the N.C. State University Foundation, c / o Joan DeBruin, Campus Box 7501, Raleigh, NC 27695.

2004

McCracken

Virginia McCracken passed away Nov. 28, 2004 in Greensboro, NC. Virginia was the wife of Ralph McCracken who retired as Deputy Chief, SCS. Ralph passed away in March of 2004.

2004

McVicker

Edgar McVicker, Burneyville, OK passed away. - reported May 2004

2004

Miles

Donna Miles passed away recently (May 2004). Donna was the wife of Larry Miles. Larry was an engineer in the Kansas State Office at the time of his retirement in January 1997.

2004

Millar

Senior Conservationist John W. Millar (88) of Athens, Ohio passed away January 12, 2004. John was a district conservationist with SCS at Tiffin, OH.

2004

Mills

Gene Mills (74) passed away July 5, 2004. Gene retired in Dec. 1988 as the Deputy State Conservationist in MA. His wife Patricia survives Gene. Her address is PO Box 2065, Amherst, MA 01004. Memorials may be sent to the Building Fund, Dwight Chapel, PO Box 1270, Belchertown, MA 01007.

2004

Minor

Paul E. Minor (78) passed away July 9, 2004 in Columbia, MO. Paul retired as a Soil Scientist in the State Office in 1994 after 29 years with the SCS. His wife, Helen, survives at 3103 Kunlan Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.

2004

Morely

Loren Morley of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Morrow

Alice Morrow passed away on March 7, 2004. Her husband Wilson “Robb” Morrow retired as a Conservation Technician at Vinton, IA in Aug. 1990.

2004

Muse

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Herbert J. Muse passed away May 28, 2004. Herbert retired from SCS in 1975 as a District Conservationist in Ohio.

2004

Naylor

Charles Wilbur Naylor (98) passed away August 5, 2004, at Cloud County Health Center. He was born Sept. 28, 1905, on a farm near Poplar Bluff, MO. He graduated from Kansas State College in 1931 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Signal Corps attached to the Air Force in New Guinea and the Philippines as a Radar Officer. Since July 1, 1934, Charles worked for the Department of Agriculture as a conservationist. He was the Cloud County District Conservationist from 1947 until he retired in 1975. He was a registered professional engineer with the State of Kansas. He was active in the Methodist Church, serving on local and district levels. For six years, he served on the Kansas West Conference Committee on Institutions. Five of these years, he was the Conference Representative on the Asbury Hospital Board of Trustees. In April of 1979, he was elected to the Concordia City Commission and served as mayor. He was with the Boy Scouts of America since 1940. He received the highest award, the Silver Beaver Award in 1992. Wilbur was a member of Rotary International since 1939. For many years, he was secretary of the Concordia Rotary Club. He was an amateur (Ham) radio operator for over 70 years. He was a life member of the Cloud County Genealogical Society, the Cloud County Historical Society, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, AARP, National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a member of the VFW Post #588. His wife, Annamary Naylor of Concordia survives him.Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Concordia with the Rev. Ken Parker officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts of America, or Rotary Polio Plus Foundation.

2004

Nelson

Peggy Lois Nelson (57) passed away August 3, 2004 in Farmington, UT. She was the victim of pancreatic cancer. Peg was the wife of Phillip (Skip) Nelson who recently retired as State Conservationist in Utah.

2004

Neseth

Clarion J. Neseth (63) passed away March 31, 2004 at his home in Perham, MN. Clarion retired as a Soil Scientist after 35 years with SCS. His wife, Rose, 2 sons and several grandchildren and great grandchildren survive him.

2004

Newcombe

Kathryn Elaine Newcombe (67) passed away Thursday, January 22, 2004 at Fair Oaks Hospital. Kathy was the wife of Paul Newcombe who retired as Director of the Finance Division, SCS, in Dec. 1989. Paul and their two sons, Keith and Dean survive. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Kathryn.

2004

Nikolaus

May Nikolaus passed away September 4, 2004. She was the wife of Gordon Nikolaus who retired from the WNTC.

2004

Nylander

Lucille Nylander (90) passed away November 15, 2004. Lucille was the wife of Paul Nylander who retired as the National Construction Engineer in June 1986. Paul and Lucille had celebrated their 61st Wedding Anniversary in March 2004. They had made their annual trip to the west to visit family in the summer. A fall while on the trip left Paul with a broken arm. Paul and Lucille celebrated their common 90th birthday on Oct. 2 with all of their family.

2004

Panter

Gladys Panter, Pryor, OK passed away. - reported May 2004

2004

Parker

Herman W. Parker passed away recently (Jan 2004). Herman was the District Conservationist at Exeter, NH at the time of his retirement a number of years ago.

2004

Peterson

Helen Peterson passed away April 20, 2004. Helen was the wife of Irv Peterson former State Agronomist for Nebraska. Irv passed away quite some time ago.

2004

Peterson

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Bernie D. Peterson (95) passed away October 27, 2004. Bernie served as the first District Conservationist for Pierce County, WI. He started there following the CCC days and served there until his retirement in Oct 1969.

2004

Pierre

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Dr. Joseph J. Pierre (93) passed away April 29, 2004. Joe worked for SCS in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Illinois as a Plant Material Specialist and then as the Resource Conservationist in Illinois. He spent the last 11 years of his career as the Regional Agronomist for the Midwest. He retired in Jan. 1967. Joe received numerous awards and was a charter member of SWCS. His wife, Odile, survives as well as their 8 children, 26 grandchildren, and 32 great grand children.

2004

Polk

D. B. Polk passed away August 22, 2004. D. B. was a retired Resource Conservationist in Texas. He was a veteran of World War II and a graduate of Texas A & M University with a degree in Range Science. He worked in several locations in Texas and served on the State Technical Staff in Temple for a number of years.

2004

Pollard

Lawrence D. Pollard (67) passed away August 25, 2004 in Warrenton, MO. Lawrence was an engineering technician in Perry, Lincoln, Cole, Warren and St Charles counties before retiring in Harrison County in 1984.

2004

Potter

Chester Potter passed away December 26, 2004. Chester retired as the Soil Conservation Technician at the Shelbyville, IL Field Office in 1987. His wife, Bonnie, lives in Shelbyville.

2004

Purdy

Jane Purdy passed away in Austin, Texas in March of 2005. Jane worked as a secretary in the Austin Area Office for many years. She was a well known and respected employee.

2004

Puryear

Senior Conservationist Francis M. (F.M) Puryear (94) of Lillington, NC, passed away January 23, 2004. F. M. worked in Harnett County as Soil conservation Technician for many years. His wife of 46 years, Emily Stephens Puryear and also his second wife, Lizzie Smith Puryear, preceded him in death.

2004

Rader

Raymond D. Rader's passing was recently reported. He was from Baltimore, OH.

2004

Reinhart

Charles Reinhart from Bellfontaine, Ohio passed away (reported 7/04).

2004

Richbourg

Sam Richbourg of Alabama passed away (2004).

2004

Richman

Hugo Richman of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Richmond

Dave Richmond passed away August 16, 2004. Dave retired as the State Soil Scientist in Arizona. Dave’s wife passed away some time ago.

2004

Riepl

Gerald "Jerry" Riepl passed away July 27, 2004. Jerry retired in 1986 as District Conservationist, Cimarron, Kansas. His wife, Helen, and 4 sons survive.

2004

Rosenow

Senior Conservationist Richard V. Rosenow (85) passed away May 31, 2004. Richard spent his entire career in Kansas. He retired as a District Conservationist in Oct. 1980. His wife, Norma and a son and a daughter survive him.

2004

Sanderson

Senior Conservationist George W. Sanderson (94) passed away August 23, 2004 in Cold Springs, MN. Worked in the Red River Valley region of ND for 36 years and retired in 1972 as District Conservationist. He received a 1956 USDA Superior Service Award for sustained and outstanding ability as Work Unit Conservationist 1941-1955 in Larimore, ND. He is survived by one son, two daughters, nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

2004

Scarborough

Retha Scarborough passed away February 18, 2004 after a short hospital stay. She was the wife of Senior Conservationist N. D. Scarborough who retired as an Engineer in Louisiana in June 1975.

2004

Schulz

Dave Schulz passed away January 16, 2004. Dave retired as the District Conservationist at Oconto, WI. Cards and memorials may go to the Schulz family at 1700 Superior Ave., Oconto, WI 54153.

2004

Schwartz

Senior Conservationist Ralph Schwartz (97) passed away February 21, 2004 in Abilene, Texas. Ralph was was a legendary conservationist and soil scientist in Texas. He retired from the SCS in 1965, but continued his “career” until 1992, serving as Executive Director of the Middle Clear Fork Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a graduate of Ohio State University and started his career in the CCC days and served on the historic Dust Bowl Survey. He also served in World War II as an administrative officer in the Army Air Corps. A memorial service was held at the First Central Presbyterian Church in Abilene, and burial was in the Bryan Cemetery in Bryan, Texas. He is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters and a grandson.

2004

Scilley

Senior Conservationist Maynard Scilley passed away May 19, 2004 in Laguna Hills, CA at the age of 84. Maynard was a long time SCS soil scientist and past State Soil Scientist in MN.

2004

Seibolt

Frank Seibolt of Illinois passed away. - reported Aug 2004

2004

Seidel

Patricia Sullivan Seidel (42) passed away February 11, 2004. Patti was the daughter of Gene and Carrie Sullivan. Gene retired as a State Conservationist and was the Deputy State Conservationist in California. Gene and Carrie Sullivan's address is: 1709 Circledale Rd., N. Little Rock, AR   72119.

2004

Selby

Senior Conservationist John "Jack" Selby (85) passed away February 5, 2004. Jack was a RC&D Coordinator at the time of his retirement in April 1994. He had over 50 years of Federal Service. He was with the Corps of Engineers prior to joining SCS. He was a member of ASAE for over 50 years.

2004

Shumate

William Shumate passed away December 16, 2004. Bill was a Soil Scientist in Ohio at the time of his retirement.

2004

Shyrock

Roy Shyrock (79) passed away July 2, 2004. Roy retired as a Conservation Technician in PA. His wife, Mary Lou, survives him.

2004

Sickeler

Gail Sickeler passed away in Novrmber 2004. Gail retired in 1977 as the Area Consevationist at Fergus Falls, MN. Earlier in his career he served as a Soil Scientist and Soil Conservationist.

2004

Sloan

Donald E. Sloan (81) of Clearwater, Florida passed away on March 2, 2004. He formerly lived in Grantsburg, Indiana and was a native of English Indiana. Mr. Sloan was retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in the late 1970’s. Other than a short training period in Corydon, Indiana, Don spent his entire career as the District Conservationist in English (Crawford County), Indiana where he and the local District Supervisors and the local Extension Agent developed a soil conservation and rural development program that was the envy of many. But through it all Don was always in the background teaching, encouraging and giving others the credit. During his thirty-year tenure in the county the gully ravaged hillsides turned green with trees, pastures and contoured row crops set off by farm ponds, grassed waterways and spring developments. The Lincoln Hills Resource Conservation and Development (the first in the nation) was one product of his and other local leaders’ farsightedness. Although he was asked to move to more responsible positions of leadership, he always said his job was to help care for the hills of Crawford County. Another of his unassuming accomplishments was that many conservationists of today passed though his office as trainees and all became members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society through his gentle leadership. At least five or six are very active members of the Hoosier Chapter today. His wife, Aledia, niece Rita Wolfinger and nephew David Sloan survive him. He was a member of the Grantsburg Community Church, the First Christian Church in Clearwater, the Masonic Lodge and was a forestry graduate of Purdue University.

2004

Spray

Mark Spray passed away January 4, 2004. Mark retired as District Conservationist at McConnelsville, OH. Mark was an outstanding photographer.

2004

Stone

George Stone (85) passed away December 6, 2004 in Nacogdoches, Texas. George was a native of Nacogdoches, graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Agriculture and Biology. He worked for the US Customs Service and served as a Principal at Teneha High School. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service with 32 year service. George served in Texas in several positions including District Conservationist, and Area Conservationist. He retired from the SCS as the State Conservationist of California. He received many awards in watershed planning and construction. George is survived by his wife Margaret, two daughters, two granddaughters, one grandson and a sister. Memorials can be made to the Perritte Memorial Methodist Church, 1025 Durst, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

2004

Sweetser

Thomas Curtis Sweetser Jr. (77) passed away April 22, 2004. Tom served as the RC&D Coordinator/ Extension Agent in the Down East Resources Conservation and Development Area in Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine for several years prior to his retirement.

2004

Teasley

Bill Teasley passed away August 8, 2004 only days after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bill retired in 1994 as the lead electronic technician in the Portland Data Collection Office. Before Snow Surveys, he served 28 years in the Air Force.

2004

Thayer

Gerald "Jerry" Thayer (78) passed away on March 5, 2004 in Great Falls, MT. He retired from SCS in Nov. 1987.

2004

Thomas

Lloyd E. Thomas (65) of Pinewild, NC, passed away Friday, October 1, 2004 at First Health Moore Regional Hospital, Pinehurst, NC.He was born in Ebensburg, Cambria County, PA on February 15, 1939 a son of the late Leonard and Maude (Lloyd) Thomas. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1961. Lloyd retired as the Head, Engineering Staff, Northeast NTC in April 1994 after 36 years of service. Prior to that he was the Construction Engineer for the Northeast. He relocated to North Carolina last year.Lloyd is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley Lou Simons Thomas and their children Terri and Christopher. Memorials may go to the charity of your choice.

2004

Thompson

Senior Conservationist Robert W. Thompson (89) of Albion, Michigan passed away October 5, 2004. He was a work unit conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1975.

2004

Throckmorton

Judy Throckmorton (64) passed away March 30. 2004. Judy was the wife of Bill Throckmorton, 7113 Southeast Grindstone Road, Cameron, MO 64429. Bill retired in 1994 as the Soil Conservationist at Maysville, MO.

2004

Tinsley

Warwick (Bill) M. Tinsley (84) of Cape Elizabeth, ME passed away July 24, 2004. Bill retired as the State Conservationist in Maine in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, three children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

2004

Tonsfeldt

Wallis R. Tonsfeldt of Spirit Lake, IA passed away May 21, 2004. Wally retired at Sioux City, IA in 1984 where he had been the Area Conservationist. He is survived by his wife, Deloris.

2004

Treumer

Clarence J. Treumer (82) passed away April 9, 2004. Clarence ("Parse") retired in July 1977 as an Assistant State Conservationist in Virginia. He had been suffering with Parkinson’s for several years. His wife, Theresa, survives him.

2004

Turman

Ralph L. Turman (90) passed away December 28, 2004. Ralph retired in 1972 as an engineer in North Dakota. He started his career in the CCC’s at Mandan, ND. He is survived by his wife, Della, their 4 sons, Frank, Joe, Mike, and Rich, and by 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

2004

Ulrich

Senior Conservationist Rudolph Ulrich (88) of Pleasant Hill, California passed away December 28, 2004. He was a soil scientist with SCS, retiring in 1971.

2004

Vaughn

Charles (Chalky) Vaughn passed away in Florida just after Christmas 2004. He is survived by his wife, Vickie, 10915 Bristol Bay Dr., Bradenton, FL. 34209.

2004

Walker

Gerald (Jerry) Walker passed away February 26, 2004. Jerry retired as a civil engineering technician on the IA State Office Planning Staff in the early 1980's.

2004

Waters

Robert Waters of Alabama passed away (2004).

2004

Watts

William M. Watts passed away Saturday July 3, 2004. "Mack" retired as a Soil Conservation Technician at Mayfield, KY.

2004

Weaver

Ed Weaver (79) passed away January 24, 2004. Ed was the DC at Bloomsburg, Columbia County, PA from 1964 until his retirement.

2004

Wegeleben

Harry Wegeleben (85) passed away on February 19, 2004 in Yakima, WA. After being discharged from military service in 1945, he completed college and started working with the SCS as a Range Conservationist. Harry worked with ranchers in Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Klickitat, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties and in the WA State Office, retiring in 1979. Harry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, and 3 sons.

2004

Wentz

Joel A. Wentz (77) passed away February 10, 2004. Joel retired in June 1984 as the Assistant State Conservationist in Kansas. He served as an engineer in Kansas prior to becoming an Asst. State Cons. Joel served as the Kansas ARSCSE State Representative for a number of years. His wife, Betty, and their 2 daughters survive. The family has suggested that memorials go to Salina Hospice or to the Key Presbyterian Church, Salina, KS.

2004

West

Earl R. West (83) passed away in early March 2004. Earl retired as a District Conservationist in Tennessee on Aug. 3, 1986. Earl’s wife, Carlee, survives.

2004

White

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist James D. White (95) passed away December 25, 2004. James retired as a District Conservationist from SCS in Dec. 1976. He served in several districts in Georgia during his career. A son, Ivan and 2 daughters, Janis McMillan and Kathy White survive him. Memorials may go the First Baptist Church of Winder, PO Box 340, Winder, GA 30680 or to the Winder Lions Club, PO Box 172, Winder GA 30680.

2004

Whitenack

David S. Whitenack (82) passed away July 4, 2004. Dave retired in August 1980 from the National Office of SCS as an Administrative Specialist. He started his career as a Conservation Technician in New Jersey. He joined the National Office in 1955. After his retirement he was a volunteer tutor in Fairfax City Elementary schools and was active in church work. Dave was a regular attendee at the Northern Virginia SCS Retirees Tuesday Breakfast.

2004

Wickline

Elvin V. "Wick" Wickline (82) passed away December 2, 2004. "Wick" retired as an Assistant State Conservationist in Indiana in August 1979. He started his career in West Virginia, spent 2 years in Algeria for US Agency for International Development, and returned to West Virginia where he was an Area Conservationist prior to going to Indiana. His wife, Elizabeth, survives him.

2004

Wing

Senior Conservationist Gordon Wing (95) passed away Nov. 26, 2004 in Eau Claire, WI. Gordon started his career with the SES and ended it as a soil scientist on March 2, 1973. Gordon was a very active person. Included were biking and walking with his wife. They were active in their church and in senior activities. Gordon’s wife, Margaret and three sons survive.

2004

Yager

Thomas U. Yager (86) passed away August 30, 2004 in Mesa, AZ. He retired as an Assistant Soil Correlator in Feb. 1974.

2004

Yates

Clyde Yates passed away in his sleep February 1, 2004. Clyde was still working as a Soil Conservation Technician in the Oak Grove Field Office in Oak Grove, LA. He had just reached retirement eligibility.

2005

Alexander

John D. Alexander passed away August 21, 2005. John retired as Area Conservationist. He resided at Somerset, KY at the time of his death.

2005

Anderson

Stanley M. Anderson (81) passed away October 12, 2005. Stanley retired as a District Conservationist in New York. His wife, Lois, survives.

2005

Aten

Virginia Aten passed away March 21, 2005. Virginia was the wife of Fred Aten. Senior Conservationist Fred retired as Area Conservationist in Ohio in Jan. 1979.

2005

Bennington

Jesse W. "Skip" Bennington (84) passed away May 3, 2005. Skip was a Civil Engineering Technician at Harrisonburg, VA at the time of his retirement. He is a decorated WW II Veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His wife, daughter, and 4 grandsons survive.

2005

Berg

Senior Conservationist Ordean Berg (89) passed away recently (June 2005). He retired in June 1980 as the Area Conservationist in Fargo, ND.

2005

Bigelow

Kenneth L. Bigelow (79) passed away May 8, 2005 in California. Kenneth retired as a District Conservationist in Feb. 1981. His wife, Betty, survives.

2005

Boland

Carolyn Boland passed away April 18, 2005. Carolyn was the wife of Emmet Boland who retired as the Assistant State Engineer in Kentucky. Emmet is also having some very serious health problems.

2005

Boland

Emmett Boland (76) passed away May 7, 2005. Emmett retired as the Assistant State Conservation Engineer in KY. Emmett’s wife, Carolyn passed away just 3 weeks prior to Emmett’s death. Both suffered with cancer. Memorials may go to Hospice of Bluegrass, 3212 Alexandria Dr. Lexington, KY.

2005

Boston

Ronnie Boston (59) recently retired from NRCS passed away suddenly on March 17, 2005. Ronnie was a graduate of East Texas State University and served in several locations in Texas as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist. His wife, Sandra, two daughters and four grandchildren survive. Ronnie will be greatly missed by his family and his peers.

2005

Bowie

Gerald Bowie (65) passed away August 27, 2005. “Jerry” retired from the planning staff in the Virginia State Office. He started his career in his home state of Maine and worked for SCS as an engineer for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Lois, four sons, David, Robert, Richard and James and 12 grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials go to New Hope Hospice, Eddington, ME 04429.

2005

Bowman

Gilbert A. Bowman (76) passed away December 30, 2005. Gib started his soil mapping career with SCS in Nebraska. He transferred to Colorado in 1978 as the State Soil Correlator. His wife, Ethel, 3 children-Paula, Tim and Jon, and 6 grandchildren survive him.

2005

Brasfield

Helen Brasfield passed away October 11, 2005. Helen was the wife of James Brasfield. James retired on Dec. 31, 1986 as a Soil Scientist in the South NTC. Helen is survived by James, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

2005

Broce

William “Bill” Broce (83) passed away April 29, 2005. Bill served in numerous locations in Missouri. Included in his tours were RC&D Coordinator and Area Conservationist. He retired in 1987. His wife, Muriel, survives. She resides at 1308 Walnut St., Bethany, MO 64424.

2005

Brugger

Sam Brugger (79) was born August 4th, 1925 and passed away March 21, 2005 at a Nursing home in Camp Hill, PA. Sam died of Super Nuclear Palsy, a disease similar to Parkinson, which he had for about 10 years. He was good, mentally, but could not speak or eat solid food for over a year. His wife of 59 years, Bernice, went to see and help feed him every day.Sam was the Economist on the Planning Party in PA for many years. Frank Resides recalls "I met Sam in the summer of '62, when he and others came to Wellsboro, PA to work on the Marsh Creek Watershed in Tioga County. I went along with him to collect flood damage schedules for the economic evaluation. We worked together on several PA watershed projects, before I transferred to MD in 1965, but have stayed in touch ever since. We enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips, and had a few beers together from time to time. Sam was a great friend and co-worker, whom we will miss dearly." The family has asked that memorials go to: ASCERA Care Hospice, 4813 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109Bernice lives at: 4721-A Charles Rd.Mechanicsburg, PA 17050Tel. 717 761 7647

2005

Brush

Senior Conservationist John B. Brush (84) passed away October 19, 2005. John was under Hospice care at his home. He died just 3 days after his 84th birthday. He retired in Jan. 1980 as the Chief, Records and Communications, SCS. He served in several locations after starting his career with SCS in Illinois. He served in the US Navy in WW II, and Korea. He retired from the Navy as a Commander. John is survived by his wife, Laura, and children-Anita, Richard, and John and 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. John and Laura have lived in Florida since his retirement. He was buried back home in Illinois on Nov. 12th.

2005

Burgher

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist John Burgher (95) passed away in October 2005. John had a fall at his home and complications followed that lead to his death. John retired as an Engineering Technician in Illinois. He had served as an inspector on several watershed projects. John’s wife, Gladys, passed away several years ago. He is survived by his daughter, Martha.

2005

Bush

Thomas M. Bush, Jr. (87) passed away September 16, 2005. Mr. Bush was an economist on the Watershed Planning Party in Virginia when he retired.

2005

Chapman

David Chapman passed away June 15, 2005. He had been fighting lung cancer and finally lost the battle. David was the son of Wayne and Pat Chapman. Wayne retired in Nov. 1989 as a Soil Conservationist in the National Office. Surviving are his wife, Karen, a daughter, his parents and 2 sisters. Memorials may go to Lung Cancer Support Community, PO Box 1205 Euless, TX 76039 or Massey Cancer Center, The Thomas Palliative Care, PO Box 98037, Richmond, VA 23298-0037.Our beloved son David went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, June 15, and he is at peace. David was an optimist and a fighter and he never gave up. He was in great pain and had fought long and hard with great courage for over two years. We and his sisters and wife were blessed to be at his side in his final moments and to see that old pleasant, peaceful look on his face when he went to heaven.When David was in 9th grade, he did some research on trumpet players in heaven, and he told us then that someday he would be one of them. Heaven has a new trumpet player now. Thank you, everyone, for your prayers, good wishes, and happy memories of our very beloved son David. - Wayne and Pat Chapman

2005

Clark

Marilyn Clark (84) passed away October 15, 2005. Marilyn worked in several locations in Illinois as an Area Clerk. Her last position was at Carbondale, IL.

2005

Clements

Senior Conservationist Alvin (Buck) Clements (87) passed away at his home on December 7, 2005. He retired from SCS in July 1975 as Assistant State Conservationist in OK. His wife, Irene, survives.

2005

Clowdus

Ruby Clowdus (83) passed away August 22, 2005. Two grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, a sister, and a nephew survive her.

2005

Clum

I. Ross Clum (81) passed away November 8, 2005. Ross worked for SCS for 30 years in Allen County, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 2 sons, daughter, 10 grand children and 18 great grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Dorothy Clum, 977 N. Hardin Rd., Ada, OH 45810. Memorials may go to the building fund for St. Paul Methodist Church. Ada, OH.

2005

Core

Margaret Core (92) passed away March 2, 2005. Margaret was the wife of Ed Core. Ed died in 2003. He retired as the Head, Engineering and Watershed Planning Unit in Portland, OR. Her daughter and son and five grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive her.

2005

Crane

Duane Crane (78) passed away March 15, 2005. Duane retired as the District Conservationist at Lakeview, OR. His wife, Juanita, a son, a daughter and three grandchildren survive. Juanita’s address is: PO Box 6878, Kingman, AZ 86402.

2005

Crowley

Peggy Crowley (70) passed away April 21, 2005. She was the wife of Richard "Dick" Crowley who was District Conservationist for Mercer County, Pa. for many years.

2005

Davis

Virginia “Ginger” Davis (68) passed away November 19, 2005. Ginger was the wife of Joe Davis who retired as Asst. State Conservationist in Kentucky after having served for many years there as the State Conservation Engineer. She is survived by her husband, sons Joseph and William, daughter Jane McConathy and 2 grandchildren. Memorials may go to UK Lucille P Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40536 or Hospice of Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504.

2005

Demke

Willis Demke, former State Conservation Engineer passed away recently (June 2005).

2005

Dillon

Senior Conservationist Richard G. Dillon (91) of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away July 5, 2005. He retired in 1963 as a district conservationist with SCS.

2005

Ditson

Robert Ditson (74) passed away December 13, 2005. Bob was born in Oakland, Maine on August 6, 1931. As a boy, Bob spent summers on Lake Mooselookmeguntic, where his mother was a cook at Bald Mountain camps. The Rangeley lakes were a place that he loved, and would return to visit throughout his life.He graduated from Williams High School in Oakland, in 1949. During his youth he earned the distinction of becoming an Eagle Scout. He went on to college at the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in business, agriculture, and engineering.Bob started his career with SCS in the summer of 1956. He worked in various capacities until 1986, serving first in upstate New York, and then in Michigan as the State Resource Conservationist. He finished his Soil Conservation Service career in 1986 as Liaison to the Federal Extension Service in Washington, D.C., the first person to hold that position. After retiring from government service, Mr. Ditson relocated to Kennebunkport, Maine. He is survived by his wife, Joan.

2005

Edens

Marshall Edens passed away January 12, 2005. Marshall retired as Asst. St. Conservationist-Water Resources in Ohio Oct. 1990. He served for many years as the Agr. Economist on the Planning Party. Memorial Gifts may be made to: American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd NW, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.

2005

Eley

Senior Conservationist Gail W. Eley (96) of Portland, Indiana passed away February 20, 2005. Gail was a regional water management engineer with SCS, retiring in 1965.

2005

Ellis

Wesley L. Ellis (92) passed away March 27, 2005. Wes retired as Director of the Cartographic Unit in Portland, OR. His wife, Rowena, died in 1988. Two daughters, a son, and numerous grand and great grandchildren survive him.

2005

Erinakes

Janet Erinakes (65) passed away August 23, 2005. Janet was the wife of Dennis Erinakes. Dennis retired in Oct. 1992 as the National Ground Water Geologist. She is survived by Dennis, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.

2005

Evans

Herbert O. Evans (85) passed away recently (Oct 2005). Herb retired in Dec. 1977 as the Public Information Officer in Arkansas.

2005

Fluke

James C. Fluke (92) passed away January 27, 2005. Jim had a 32-year career with SCS. Daughters, Gail Laurent, and Janet Parsons and 15 grand children and one great grand child survive him. Memorials may go to Taylor House Hospice, Des Moines, IA 50310.

2005

Fonner

Senior Conservationist Robert F. Fonner (84) passed away February 16, 2005. "Frank" retired as the Upper Darby, NTSC Engineering Geologist in Oct. 1977 after 30 years with SCS. He returned home to West Virginia and worked 10 years for the West Virginia Geologic Survey. His wife of 56 years, Betty, son James, daughter Frances, and 8 grand children survives him.

2005

Fredregill

Ruth Fredregill passed away November 2, 2005. Ruth was the wife of Ivan Fredregill who retired from SCS as a District Conservationist in Dec. 1965. Ivan died in July 2003.

2005

Geiger

Mary Geiger passed away December 3, 2005. Mary was the wife of Al Geiger who retired in December 1980 as the National Engineering Geologist. Mary had been under Hospice care. She is survived by Al, children-Maureen, Patricia, Kathleen, Paul, Thomas and Ellen, and 10 grandchildren. Memorials may go to Mary Purcell Geiger Scholarship Fund c/o Greenbelt Community Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770 or Community Hospice, 8200 Professional Place, Suite 104, Landover, MD 20785.

2005

Harms

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Grenfall Harms (95) passed away September 30, 2005. He retired from SCS as a Soil Scientist in Dec. 1965. After retiring he worked for 12 years for the University of Minnesota. He started his career in the CCC camp at Spring Valley, MN.

2005

Hodges

Marcella Hodges (72) passed away at her home after a long illness on November 15, 2005. Marcella’s husband, Tom, retired from NRCS as the Economist at the South NTC. Tom and their 2 children, Marcella and Charles, and 4 grandchildren survive. Memorials may go to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 10th and Lamar, Ft. Worth, TX 76102.

2005

Horton

Senior Conservationist J. G. Horton (90) has passed away (2/2005). He retired in Dec. 1976 after a career as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in Arkansas.

2005

Hypes

Senior Conservationist Wayne M. Hypes (86) of Staunton, Virginia passed away June 9, 2005. He was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring (or otherwise left the agency) in 1960.

2005

Inhoff

Eileen Inhoff (74) passed away July 19, 2005. Eileen retired from the WNTC in December 1994. She also was the State Conservationist’s secretary in New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Jack, and sons Rick and Kim.

2005

Jenkins

A. Earl Jenkins, Jr. (70) passed away November 21, 2005 in Athens, GA. He was an alumnus of Auburn University with a degree in Engineering and worked as an Area Engineer with the Soil Conservation Service. He served in the United States Air Force Reserves and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Margaret Louise Palmer Jenkins of Athens, a son, and a daughter. Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice.

2005

Jennings

Carl Jennings passed away January 15, 2005. Carl retired as Engineering Technician for the watershed program. His wife Nell resides at 7299 Hwy 67 N, Popular Bluff, MO 63901-8095.

2005

Johnson

Senior Conservationist Sven Johnson (88) passed away August 20, 2005. Sven was an Engineering Technician at Clarkfied, MN at the time of his retirement.

2005

Jones

Thomas B. Jones (74) passed away January 16, 2005. Tom retired as the Area Engineer at Medina, OH in October 1990. He had served in that Area for most of his career in SCS and NRCS. After leaving the Agency he started an engineering business and became active in Conservation District and RC&D activities. His wife, Jane, his daughters, Debi, Carolyn, and Connie and his son Tom survive him. There are also numerous grand and great grand children. Memorials may go to Medina Cty Park District, 6364 Deerview Ln, Medina, OH 44256 or Hospice of Medina Cty, 797 N Court St. Medina, OH 44256.

2005

Kennedy

Judy Kennedy passed away recently (Aug 2005). She was the wife of Senior Conservationist Grant Kennedy who retired as the State Soil Correlator for California. Grant is confined to a wheel chair and Judy was his primary care giver. She is survived by Grant and a son and a daughter. Grant’s address is: 1316 La Sierra Dr., Sacramento, CA 95864.

2005

Kidd-Baker

Dorris M. Kidd-Baker joined the Lord July 1, 2005. Dorris was born May 8, 1940 and worked for SCS for over 30 years.

2005

King

Allen H. King (84) retired Conservation Agronomist passed away August 9, 2005. Allen was a native of Hazel, Okalahoma, but graduated from High School in Lubbock, Texas and earned his degree from Texas Tech in 1941. He served in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945. He began his career with the SCS in May of 1945 and worked in Seguin, Yorktown, Floresville, Mission, and Laredo before going to Lubbock as Agronomy Specialist for the western part of Texas. He received the Meritorious Service Award from SCS in 1972 and the Superior Service Award from USDA in 1975. He retired in 1976. He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn and they would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary in September. He is also survived by a daughter, Deborah Bailey and two grandchildren. Allen was a dedicated and outstanding employee and will be missed.

2005

Kollmorgen

Senior Conservationist Herbert Kollmorgen (91) passed away February 21, 2005. Herb retired in 1973 after a 35-year career as a Soil Scientist. His wife, Lou, died in 2004. A son, two daughters, and numerous grand children and great grandchildren survive him.

2005

Kreger

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Keith S. Kreger (92) passed away May 29, 2005. Keith retired in July 1972 as a District Conservationist in Missouri. He was preceded in death by both of his wives. He is survived by nephews and nieces.

2005

Laberee

Life Member Lyle Laberee (78) passed away recently (May 2005). Lyle retired as RC&D coordinator in 1984. He served for years as the ARSCSE representative for SD. Norma, his wife, survives.

2005

Laird

Bill Laird passed away April 16, 2005. Bill retired as a Soil Scientist in Baker City, OR. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Rightmire.

2005

Linford

Avard B. Linford (89) passed away July 12, 2005 in Des Moines, IA. Ave retired as the State Conservationist for Montana. Earlier he had served, among other positions, as Assistant State Conservationist in North Dakota, and Iowa. He is survived by 2 sons, Ronald and Thomas and 12 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association or St. Jude Children’s Research in Memphis, TN.

2005

Mack

Tinsley Mack (80) passed away March 26, 2005. Tinsley retired as the State Geologist in VA.

2005

Mangum

Alton Mangum (79) passed away October 6. 2005. Alton retired as the State Conservationist in Louisiana. Alton had suffered through a long illness. His wife, Agnes, passed away several years ago.

2005

Mann

Robert Wayne Mann (89) passed away March 10, 2005 in Cameron, Texas. Robert was the retired District Conservationist at Cameron. Long before “environmentalism” became a household word Mann was advising farmers and ranchers of Milam County on agricultural practices to enhance crop and grazing land production. One AP reporter referred to him in the 1970’s as “the conscience of Central Texas”. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cameron. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, two sons and a daughter and several grandchildren.

2005

Margo

Ray T. Margo (70) passed away suddenly at his home on January 15, 2005. Ray was a native of Starr County, Texas and a 1956 graduate of Texas A & M University. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service, working as a Range Conservationist, District Conservationist, Area Conservationist in several locations in Texas, and as Assistant State Conservationist and State Conservationist of New Mexico. Ray retired in June 1993. He was truly a gentleman and a strong proponent of resource conservation. His family and friends will miss him. His wife, Minerva, five daughters and several grandchildren survive.

2005

Mayhugh

Richard E. Mayhugh (73) retired Soil Scientist passed away August 23, 2005 in Ft. Worth. Richard was born in Chicago, Ill. and graduated from Kansas State University in 1954 and earned a Masters Degree from Oklahoma State University in the mid-1980s. He served in numerous locations including positions in Colorado and Oklahoma as a Soil Scientist and served as a Correlator in Kansas in 1980. He was headquarterd in Ft. Worth in 1984 and retired in 1992. He served on the Lincoln Nebraska staff from 1987 until his retirement. He was recognized for his interest in Soil Taxonomy and after retirement received a NRCS award for his volunteer work. He is survived by his wife, Violet “Fern” and children, Everett Mayhugh, Ruth Raichle, David, Michael, and Tim Mayhugh. He also has 11 grandchildren and two greatgrand children.

2005

McDowell

Senior Conservationist Albert J. McDowell (86) passed away January 18, 2005. "Mac" retired as the District Conservationist for the Napa California Conservation District. He was active up until his death managing his ranch and vineyard. His wife, Olive, survives.

2005

McManus

Lois McManus (83) passed away November 17, 2005 after suffering with Alzheimer’s. Lois was the wife of Senior Conservationist Ken McManus who retired as State Conservationist for Missouri in Sept. 1981. Ken and Lois were married 63 years. Ken and their daughter, Debra Paros, and their son, Greg survive.

2005

Michels

Benno Michels passed away in January 2005. Benno was serving as Budget Analyst in the MN State Office at the time of his retirement in 1976. His wife, Helen, a daughter, 4 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren survive.

2005

Miller

Luella Miller (66) passed away June 18, 2005. Luella was the wife of Clayton Miller who was in the Watershed Operations Division in Washington, DC when he retired. She is survived by Clayton, 3 daughters and one grand child.

2005

Moffitt

Ivan D. Moffitt (84) passed away June 12, 2005. Ivan retired in 1980 as the Financial Manager in the OR State Office. He was struck with polio at age 32 but went on to earn a college degree and have a successful career. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, two daughters, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

2005

Moore

A. Duane Moore passed away September 11, 2005. Duane retired as a Soil Conservation Technician at the Field Office in Holton, Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Betty, three daughters, a son, and six grandchildren.

2005

Moore

Senior Conservationist Addison C. Moore (89) of Chatham, Virginia passed away October 9, 2005. Addison was a soil conservation technician with SCS, retiring in 1983.

2005

Mullins

Senior Conservationist Thomas E. Mullins (84) of Wray, Colorado passed away July 28, 2005. He retired in 1978 from SCS as the State Range Conservationist. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

2005

Mullis

Everett Thaxton “Red” Mullis (83) passed away June 24. 2005. Mr. Mullis retired as District Conservationist at Statesboro, GA after 32 years with SCS. Condolences may be sent to Mrs Marguerite Mullis, 501 Pitt-Moore Road, Statesboro, GA.

2005

Nash

Rayburn P. Nash (91) passed away November 17, 2005 in Colorado Springs, CO. Rayburn was a native of East Texas, receiving his degree from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce in 1937 with degrees in Math and Agriculture. He began his SCS career as a Conservation Aid in Greenville, TX. He served as Work Unit Conservationist at Lancaster and Weatherford before moving to Mt. Pleasant as Area Conservationist. He was transferred to Fredericksburg as Area Conservationist and retired in 1978 after 33 years of service. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law of Colorado Springs, CO. Rayburn will be remembered for his leadership qualities and his gentle ways.

2005

Nelson

Senior Conservationist Morlan Nelson (88) has passed away (1/2005). "Morley" was an early snow survey hydrologist. After retirement, he became a preeminent raptor expert. He was instrumental in the establishment of the International Birds of Prey organization and the Peregrine Fund. He often flew his own eagles and falcons. He worked with Disney in making several movies and documentaries involving raptors.

2005

Newhall

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Franklin Newhall (91) passed away March 4, 2005. Franklin was a Climatologist at the time of his retirement in Feb. 1980. His career with SCS was primarily as a Soil Scientist.

2005

Norton

Dan H. Norton (92) passed away January 22, 2005. Dan was an Engineer and spent his 39-year career at Rome, GA. His career started as an Engineer with the CCC’s. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel. Survivors include a daughter, Myra Martin, a son, Dan, and grand and great-grandchildren. Memorials may go to the First Presbyterian Church, Preparing a New Generation Fund, 101 E 3rd Ave., Rome, GA 30161.

2005

Patterson

Larry Patterson passed away November 20, 2005. Larry retired as a Soil Conservation Technician at the Phillipsburg Kansas Field Office. Larry’s wife, Vickie, and their family survive.

2005

Patton

Senior Conservationist Boyd J. Patton (93) of Buckhannon, West Virginia, formerly of Baton Rouge, Louisiana passed away November 11, 2005. Boyd retired in 1970 as a State Soil Scientist with SCS.

2005

Paul

Senior Conservationist George Paul (86) passed away October 30, 2005 at Bismarck, ND. George retired in Jan. 1976 as a Conservation Technician. He worked for SCS in Linton, ND for more than 30 years. He is survived by wife Frances, two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

2005

Perry

Buford Perry (81) passed away August 6, 2005. He retired in 1985 after working primarily in Louisiana and Texas. He is survived by his wife Ouida, 3 sons, 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and a sister.

2005

Pickard

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Myra S Pickard (93) passed away October 12, 2005. Myra retired from SCS as a Personnel Assistant in June 1973.

2005

Poe

Senior Conservationist Buford Poe (92) passed away recently (Oct 2005) in Ft. Smith, AR. Buford retired in April 1974 as an Area Conservationist in Arkansas.

2005

Prior

Henry Prior passed away in February 2005. Henry was a District Conservationist in several locations in TN.

2005

Reinke

Senior Conservationist Richard E. Reinke (97) of Bradenton, Florida passed away March 7, 2005. Richard was an engineer with SCS, retiring in 1967. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and after retiring from SCS, served with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

2005

Riegel

William Riegel (79) passed away Octber 2, 2005. Bill retired from the SCS New York design office. He is survived by his wife Laura, a daughter and a granddaughter.

2005

Robbins

Ken Robbins (75) passed away June 11, 2005. Ken was a District Conservationist in MN. He passed away at Trenton, MO.

2005

Rogers

Alton B. Rogers (90) passed away November 21, 2005. “A. B.” retired as Assistant State Conservationist in KY in June 1973. He was raised on a farm in TN, earned a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Served as a forward observer for the U. S. Army in Germany in World War II. Received a Bronze Star. Returned home and worked his entire career (35) years with SCS. He began his career planting kudzu throughout the South to stop soil erosion. Rising through the ranks, he became the director of the watershed protection and flood prevention program in Kentucky.He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, daughter Linda Holmes, sons Robert and Ronald, and three grandchildren.

2005

Roscoe

Dennis Roscoe passed away recently (June 2005). Dennis was the District Conservationist in Towner, ND at the time of his retirement.

2005

Sanders

Senior Conservationist Frank W. Sanders (88) passed away January 7, 2005. Frank retired as the Assistant State Soil Scientist, IN, in March 1979. His wife, Irene, and four sons and a daughter survive him.

2005

Sands

Lawrence L. Sands (85) passed away March 13, 2005. Lawrence was with SCS at Canandaigua, NY for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Gladys.

2005

Schmertzler

Henry Schmertzler (81) passed away August 3, 2005. Henry started his career as an Engineer in SCS in Delaware. Early on he transferred to New York State. He retired there in 1983 as an Area Engineer. Henry’s brother, Emory, retired from SCS as the State Conservation Engineer in Delaware. Henry was a veteran of WW II who witnessed the collapse of the bridge at Remagen, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and later was stationed at Dachau. Henry is survived by his wife, Carol, a son, Robert, a daughter, Wendy, 3 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.

2005

Schmiedlin

Gary A Schmiedlin (54) passed away July 17, 2005. Gary spent over 30 years as a Soil Conservationist in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, a son, a daughter and 2 step children.

2005

Schumacher

Senior Conservationist Charles (Chuck) Matthew Schumacher (91) of Huron, South Dakota passed away October 25, 2005. When his mother died shortly after his birth and his father went to war, Charles was raised by 3 maiden aunts until he graduated from Orleans High School in 1932. Inspired and perplexed by the prairie dust storms of his Depression-Era childhood, he chose to study forestry and, upon graduation from Iowa State University in 1939, he joined the USDA Soil Conservation Service. In 1942, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve where he honorably served during World War II in the South Pacific Theater, surviving Okinawa and returning home in 1945, later retiring with the rank of Major. In 1964, he settled in Huron where Charles retired in 1979 as the State Range Conservationist, leaving SCS after 40 years of service and having worked in OK, TX, and NE. Chuck (as his colleagues knew him) helped hundreds of ranchers throughout the Great Plains to improve their rangeland resources. He created original range site descriptions which are still in use today by government agencies, universities, and ranchers. And as an advocate of all things indigenous, he was an expert in native grasses, writing many range publications, technical guides, and training materials. In 1991, the Society of Range Management presented him with their national Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was an avid reader and a Cornhusker fan. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosemary of Huron; and one son, Frank Schumacher of Huron. He was preceded by one infant son, Charles James Schumacher in 1941.

2005

Sease

Senior Conservationist Elisha Cornelius Sease (93) of Newberry, South Carolina passed away November 11, 2005. He was a soil scientist with SCS, retiring in 1971. He also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. Elisha served in the Officers Reserve Corps in the 1930’s, and during World War II, he was a Captain in the 35th Infantry Regiment (July 1944 to December 1945).

2005

Shady

Senior Conservationist Thesa Shady (91) passed away May 29, 2005. She retired in 1976 from the Financial Management Section of the State Office. She was World War II veteran having served in the WAVES. She is survived by two daughters, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

2005

Shaw

Gene Shaw (89) passed away December 24, 2005 in Olympia, Washington. Gene was the State Agronomist in Spokane in the middle 1970’s. Gene had worked in the southern part of India at the same time that Robbie Roberts, Guy Nutt, Murray Cox, and Gene Pope were on assignment in India. Gene is survived by his wife, Laverne.

2005

Smith

Robert L. Smith (79) passed away October 10, 2005. Bob retired after 39 years as an Area Conservationist in Illinois during Jan. 1986. He had served in several other positions in Illinois as an Area Engineer. Bob was the ARSCSE Representative for Illinois on two different occasions and did an outstanding job. He was the Midwest Vice President for ARSCSE for several terms. Bob was awarded the ARSCSE Meritorious Services Citation in 2004. The Fighting Illini and the Chicago Cubs always had his avid, if critical interest. His wife, Marylin, survives. They have 2 sons-Joe and Richard, a daughter-Patty, and four grandchildren. Memorials may go to First Presbyterian Church, 602 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801.

2005

Sockman

Honorary Member and senior conservationist Hobart S. Sockman (94) passed away December 17, 2005. Hobart retired from the Conservation Planning Division in the National Office in Jan. 1977. They retired back to Ohio for many years and just recently moved to Greenwood, SC. He is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Helen. Memorials may go to the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050.

2005

Speaker

Leonard Speaker (84) passed away July 3, 2005. Leonard retired at the Leavenworth, KS Field Office after 31 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and a son and a daughter.

2005

Stasek

Senior Conservationist Jacob A. Stasek (89) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin passed away November 28, 2005. Jacob graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering from Marquette University. He was the state design engineer with SCS when he retired in 1972.

2005

Stevermer

Howard Stevermer passed away January 16, 2005. Howard started his career in Minn. and ended it from a Resource Conservation position in the National Office. He is survived by his wife, Jane. Jane’s address is 401 Kensington Rd., Taylors, SC 29687.

2005

Still

Garland Still (75) passed away October 2, 2005. Garland retired as a District Conservationist. He is survived by his wife, Betty, a son, Garland, a daughter, Grace, and 3 grandchildren.

2005

Stoner

Mary Martha Stoner (82) passed away March 8, 2005. Mary Martha was the wife of William "Bill" Stoner former Conservation Technician in Juniata County, Pa. Bill resides in Mifflintown, Pa. In addition to Bill, she is survived by 5 children, 14 granchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

2005

Stout

Senior Conservationist Howard Stout (92) passed away recently (June 2005). He retired as a Soil Scientist in ND in June 1968.

2005

Sumsion

R. Scott Sumsion (61) passed away January 16, 2005. Scott was the Nebraska State Geologist for NRCS at the time of his death. He was active in his church and in his community. His wife, Barbara Lee, and sons, Nathan and John, and daughter Stacy and grandchildren survive him. Memorials may go to the Humanitarian Aid, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

2005

Swanson

Dwight W. Swanson (83) passed away May 26, 2005. Dwight retired as a Soil Scientist from the National Office of SCS in Dec. 1979. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, 3 daughters, a son, a step-daughter and 5 grandchildren. Memorials may go to either American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

2005

Sykes

Senior Conservationist Russell J. Sykes (86) of Bend, Oregon passed away November 4, 2005. He was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1980.

2005

Taff

Senior Conservationist Homer A. Taff passed away May 17, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas. Homer was a native of Dustin, Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma A & M in 1940. He earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1962. He served in several locations in Texas as a soil conservationist and soil scientist and was State Conservationist of Kentucky from 1962 to 1969. He also served as the Assistant Regional Director of the Fort Worth Regional Technical Service Center from 1969 to 1973. He received the USDA Superior Service Award in May of 1957. He is survived by daughter, Kathy Torres, 4 grandsons, and several nieces and nephews. Homer was a dedicated conservationist and was highly respected by all who worked with him.

2005

Tharpe

Lucy Tharpe (80) passed away March 20, 2005. Lucy was the wife of Will L. Tharpe who retired in Dec. 1990 as a member of the State Resource Conservationist staff in Georgia. Her husband, 4 grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren survive Lucy. Will’s continues to reside at 230 Auburn Pkwy, Athens, GA 30606.

2005

Theobold

Agnes Theobold (89) passed away March 9, 2005. Agnes retired as Accounting Technician from the State Office in Ohio. Memorials can be made to Alzheimers Association, 3380 Tremont Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221 or to the Indianola Church of Christ, 2141 Indianola Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43201.

2005

Thigpin

Honorary Senior Conservationist Robert L. Thigpin (97) of Corsicana, Texas passed away October 23, 2005. Robert was an engineer with SCS, retiring in 1965.

2005

Thomas

Mary Claire Thomas, wife of Carl Thomas, retired Chief Biologist on the National Staff passed away December 19, 2005 at the age of 74. Carl can be reached at 31421 Wild Oak Hill, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas 78015.

2005

Tippie

John “Dub” Tippie (76) passed away April 25, 2005. “Dub” spent 36 years in SCS. He served in Ohio, Texas, Connecticut, and closed out his career as the State Conservationist in Kansas. He also spent 2 years in Indonesia teaching conservation. He is survived by his wife, De, 2 sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Memorials may go to the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

2005

Tripp

Senior Conservationist Lawrence E. Tripp (88) passed away recently (Apr 2005). Lawrence retired as a District Conservationist in July 1975.

2005

Turell

Senior Conservationist Harold Turell (86) passed away December 9, 2005. Harold retired as a Technician in Northwest Missouri in July 1982. Harold was noted for his surveying and map-making capabilities. He worked out of the Bethany, MO Area Office and had worked in that part of the state since 1948.

2005

Turner

Robert Turner (81) passed away March 11, 2005 in Terrell, Texas. Robert was a soil conservation technician for over 25 years, working at Maybank, Hillsboro, Kaufman, Terrell, and Greenville, Texas. Robert was a dedicated employee and enjoyed his retirement and was very active in the Texas SCS/NRCS Reunion each year. He was also active in the Boy Scout program and a Steward in the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Billie and two daughters.

2005

Villafane

Senior Conservationist Juan Villafane (86) passed away April 9, 2005. Juan retired in August 1979 as Administrative Officer. He was born September 3, 1918, and is now buried in the U.S. National Cemetary in Puerto Rico. His wife, Hilda, survives.

2005

Wagley

Senior Conservationist Leonard Wagley (95) passed away February 14, 2005. Leonard was a Soil Conservation Technician at Metropolis, IL when he retired in Dec. 1972. His two sons, Lawrence and Phillip and several grandchildren survive him.

2005

Walden

Gayle Walden, wife of Travis Walden, formerly an SCS engineer, passed away in Aug 2005 after a bike accident.

2005

Waller

Jerry J. Waller, retired Conservation Agronomist, passed away December 12, 2005 at the age of 73 years. Jerry was a native of Paris, Texas. He received his BS degree from East Texas State University, and his MS degree from Texas A & M University. He also earned a MS from Montana State University. Jerry worked in several locations in Texas including the State Office, and worked in Montana for a period of time. He retired in 1987 with 34 years of service with the SCS. Jerry is survived by his wife, Sue, three sons and one daughter and 11 grandchildren.

2005

Winkler

Senior Conservationist Lawrence Winkler (85) passed away in April, 2005. Lawrence retired in Jan. 1985 as a Conservation Technician in Ohio. His wife, Arlene, survives.

2005

Wood

Ann Wood (76) passed away January 21, 2005. For many years prior to her retirement, Ann was the Secretary for the Engineering Team in Richmond, VA.

2005

Wortman

Wilfred "Bill" Wortman (76) passed away January 12, 2005. Bill retired in Jan. 1984 as the State Construction Engineer in Nebraska. After retiring Bill worked for a consulting firm for 16 years. Bill was a pilot and flew 2 planes that he restored. His wife, Libbie, sons, Mark and David, and daughters, Ann, Michaela, and Betty survive. Memorials may go to Cathedral of the Risen Christ, 3600 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68506-6127.

2005

Young

John W. Young (80) passed away December 29, 2005. “Big John” retired in 1983 as a Resource Conservationist in New York. He is survived by his wife Alberta, sons Ronald and John, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the SGA Junior Golf Assn., c/o Moses Clark, 709 Hazelwood Ave., Syracuse, NY 13224.

2005

Zecher

Richard P. Zecher (79) passed away November 20, 2005. Richard retired in 1988 after 35 years with SCS as a Soil Conservation Technician at Watertown, NY. He is survived by his wife, Emma, sons, Richard, Calvin, Robert, Michael, and John, and 9 grandchildren. Memorials may go to the United Community Church of Christ, Carthage, NY or Hospice of Jefferson County, NY.

2005

Zimmerman

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Carl H. Zimmerman (95) passed away January 12, 2005. Carl retired as District Conservationist at Corning, IA in Jan. 1971. He was an active participant in his community and continued those activities after retiring. His wife, Lorraine, daughter, Jean and son, Chuck, survive as well as grand and great grand children. Memorials may go to the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

2006

Ahlstrom

Ron Ahlstrom passed away October 19, 2006. Ron was the Budget Analyst in the State Office in Kansas at the time of his retirement in Jan. 1994.

2006

Anderson

Helmer “Andy” Anderson (99) passed away June 22, 2006. Andy began his career with the Forest Service as a supervisor in a CCC camp. He started with SCS in 1950 as a Soil Conservationist in Chippewa County, WI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and daughter, Jeanne Tyner. He is survived by his son Bruce and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

2006

Andresen

Senior Conservationist Andrew J. Andresen (98) passed away March 19, 2006. Andrew retired in Sept. 1975 as an Area Conservationist in California. His wife of 63 years, Bonnalyn, passed away some time ago.

2006

Asp

Noel R. Asp (77) passed away June 23, 2006 at Fargo, ND. He worked at Milaca, MN; Fargo, ND and Finley, ND retiring in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Norma Asp, Mayville, ND; a son and 3 grandchildren.

2006

Autry

William (Bill) E. Autry Jr. (77) passed away November 25, 2006 in Ephrata, Washington. Bill had worked as an engineer in Washington and Texas and retired at Paris, Texas in 1985, then moved back to Ephrata for retirement. His wife, Juanita, son Bill, and daughters Vicki and Diane survive him.

2006

Berg

Gary Berg (66) pased away March 30, 2006. Gary retired in April of 1994 as a Soil Conservation Technician in MN.

2006

Berry

Senior Conservationist Vernon C. Berry (85) of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away October 30, 2006. He was a district conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1984.

2006

Blevins

Joe Blevins (70) retired District Conservationist passed away in Lubbock, Texas on October 27, 2006. He was a native of Vernon, Texas, graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and received his degree from Texas A & I University in 1957. He retired in 1999. He is survived by his wife Shirley, a brother and a step son and daughter and five grandchildren.

2006

Brasfield

Helen Brasfield passed away April 23, 2006. Helen was the wife of James Brasfield who retired as Soil Correlator in TN in Dec. 1986.

2006

Brown

Alanson W. “Lance” Brown passed away October 17, 2006 after a long illness. Lance was a native of Pearsall, Texas. He was a graduate of Texas A & I University at Kingsville. He began working for the SCS in 1952 and worked in Belton, Taylor and finally served as Area Conservationist at Austin. He retired in 1980 and continued a career as a farmer and rancher. After retirement he served as a Director of the Taylor-Austin Soil and Water Conservation District. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Jane and four sons and seven grandchildren.

2006

Brown

George Brown (92) passed away April 1, 2006. George was the District Conservationist in Allegany County, NY at the time of his retirement in 1974.

2006

Brown

Harold T. Brown (82) passed away June 29, 2006. Harold retired as an Assistant State Conservationist. His early career service was as an Engineer. He is survived by his wife, Charlene.

2006

Burns

Senior Conservationist Kenneth C. Burns (91) passed away February 20, 2006. Ken retired in June 1973 as a District Conservationist in Indiana. His wife, Joan, survives.

2006

Carlson

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Mel Carlson (92) passed away January 8, 2006. Mel retired in June 1974 as the State Forester for Idaho. He started his career in the CCC’s at a camp near Salmon, ID. He is survived by his wife, Zilda, daughter Janice Walters and 2 stepdaughters. Memorials may go to the Idaho Conservation League, 710 N 6th St., Boise, ID 8370.

2006

Carter

John B. (J.B.) Carter passed away May 14, 2006. Mr. Carter was 83 and living in Orange, Virginia, at the time of his death. Mr. Carter retired as a Soil Scientist in Virginia.

2006

Casteel

Billy Casteel (79) passed away in March 2006. Billy retired in Nov. 1990 as a District Conservationist in Texas.

2006

Cheetham

Robert N. Cheetham (85) pased away August 11, 2006. Bob was the State Geologist in Wisconsin at the time of his retirement from SCS. He is survived by his wife Evonna Marie.

2006

Claasen

Marla Lee Claassen (53) passed away May 30, 2006. Marla was a Contract Specialist with SCS/NRCS. She worked in Idaho, New Mexico, National Office, Kentucky and back to Idaho. She started her career as the Secretary for the Idaho Engineering Office. She fought a long battle with cancer. She was a friend, a dedicated person and a joy to be around. She is survived by her 2 brothers and a sister. The family suggests that memorials go to the Mountain States Tumor Institute, 100 E. Idaho, Boise, Idaho 83712.

2006

Collison

Senior Conservationist Frederic Earl Collison (85) of Carmel, California passed away October 27, 2006. He was an area conservationist with SCS, retiring in 1976.

2006

Cook

Ed P. Cook (68) passed away May 30, 2006. Ed started his engineering career with SCS in Illinois. He served as a Planning Engineer for a number of years prior to accepting a position in the National Office in the River Basin Division. He later transferred to the Nevada State Office. His wife, Mary J., survives. Also surviving are children and grand children. The family asked suggests that memorials may go to Habitat for Humanity. Cards may go to the family at 2119 Leisure World, Mesa, AZ 85206.

2006

Cook

Honorary Senior Conservationist Merwin B. Cook (92) of Vero Beach, FL passed away January 22, 2006. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a planning engineer with SCS and began his career with SCS in Kansas.

2006

Corley

William H. Corley (82) passed away February 1, 2006. William retired as an Engineering Technician in VT in 1984. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, two daughters, one son, and their families.

2006

Curtis

C. Warren Curtis (79) passed away March 13, 2006. Warren retired as the State Soil Scientist in AZ in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Frances. Her address is 2625 Southern Ave., C-60, Tempe, AZ 85282.

2006

Curtis

Senior Conservationist Charles R. Curtis (98) of Great Bend, Kansas passed away in October 2006. He retired as a SCS district conservationist in 1972.

2006

Davis

Dorothy Davis passed away August 22, 2006 after a long illness. Dorothy was the widow of Senior Conservationist Leonard W. Davis who died on March 4, 2006. Leonard retired as a District Conservationist in June 1978. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Wayne and Ken, and daughters, Connie, Joyce, Donna, and Karen, and 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Christ Community Church, 450 W. Jackson St., Cookeville, TN 38601.

2006

Davis

Henrietta Davis (Forrester) (90) passed away suddenly January 27, 2006. Retta was the WNTC Director’s Secretary. She retired in 1981.

2006

Davis

Mary Davis (76) passed away September 3, 2006. Mary was an administrative aide in the National Office at the time of her retirement in 1984. She also worked in the Department for some time. She is survived by her husband Preston Davis, 2 children from her first marriage, 4 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

2006

Davis

Senior Conservationist Leonard W. Davis (86) passed away March 4, 2006. Leonard retired in June 1978 as a District Conservationist in Tennessee. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, sons Wayne and Ken, daughters Connie, Joyce, Donna, and Karen, 10 grand children and 10 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to the Christ Community Church, 450 W. Jackson St. Cookeville, TN 38501.

2006

Deacon

Walter B. Deacon (87) passed away March 6, 2006. Walter retired as a Conservation Technician with SCS. He is survived by his wife, Mildred, a son, Stephen, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Memorials may go to Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Rd., Columbus, OH 43221.

2006

DeMent

James A. “Jim” DeMent, PhD., passed away October 8, 2006 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Jim was 85 years of age and a retired Soil Scientist. He was a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University. He received his MS and PhD from Cornell University in agronomy and soils. Jim worked as a field soil scientist in Louisiana and after completing his PhD he worked in the National Soil Survey Laboratory in Lincoln. He spent several years on the staff of the Principal Soil Correlator’s office in Ft. Worth. Jim was a true scientist and the author of numerous scientific articles. After his retirement from the SCS, he spent several years in the consulting business, primarily in the area of surface mine reclamation. He was married for 63 years to Ruby Weaver DeMent and she preceeded him in death. He is survived by two sons, James A DeMent, Jr. of Houston and David DeMent of Gonzalez, and five grandchildren.

2006

Dersal

Eva P. Van Dersal (91) passed away July 5, 2006. Eva was the wife of Dr. William R. Van Dersal. William retired from SCS as Assistant Administrator for Management. He passed away in 1990. Eva, or as she was better known, Dr. Eva Gaines Van Dersal spent over 4 decades as a nurse, teacher, counselor and college professor.

2006

Dillon

Claude Dillon (89) passed away March 28, 2006. Claude retired as State Range Conservationist in Washington. He is survived by his wife Zena, two sons, Bill and Tom and two daughters, Claudia and Karen.

2006

Divine

Senior Conservationist Hugh A. Divine (84) passed away November 22, 2006. Hugh retired in 1987 as a Conservation Technician in New York. He is survived by 2 sons, 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

2006

Dodd

Donald L. Dodd (66) passed away September 22, 2006. Donald retired in April 1994 after a career with SCS in West Virginia. He was a Project Engineer, State Construction Engineer, and Contracting Officer at various times during his time with SCS. He graduated from West Virignia University, and served in the U. S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. Don was the "go to" guy when there were serious problems on watershed and other projects. He was a very special person and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Elaine, 2 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

2006

Douglas

Senior Conservationist Donald S. Douglas (95) of Portland, Oregon passed away May 19, 2006. Donald was a plant materials specialist with SCS, retiring in 1973.

2006

Duesterhaus

Judie Duesterhaus (64) passed away at her home on June 7, 2006. Judie was the wife of ARCSE President Rich Duesterhaus. Rich retired from NRCS in Jan. 1997 as Deputy Chief. Judie is survived by Rich, 2 daughters-Kathy and Lynn, 6 sons-Steve, Mike, Dan, Alan, Tom and Greg, and 14 grandchildren. Memorials may go to So Others Might Eat, 71 O St. NW, Washington, DC 2001 or to Capitol Hospice, Development Office, 6565 Arlington Blvd., #501, Falls Church, VA 22042.

2006

Dunaway

Senior Conservationist Sam G. Dunaway (87) passed away September 18, 2006. Sam retired from SCS in Oct. 1987 after 36 years. He served as District Conservationist and as RC&D Coordinator. Sam is survived by his wife, Ruth, three children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

2006

Eby

Carl F. Eby, retired (1986) New Jersey State Soils Scientist passed away January 4, 2006 of a heart attack.

2006

Emsminger

George Ensminger (72) pased away August 17, 2006. George retired as an Area Engineer in OK.

2006

Enderlin

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Hal Enderlin (95) passed away February 20, 2006. Hal retired in May 1972 as Assistant Director, Engineering Division, in the National Office of SCS. Prior to coming to Washington he had served as the State Conservation Engineer in California. After retirement they moved to Central Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, sons, Jay and William, 2 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren.

2006

Fairbanks

Terry G. Fairbanks (69) passed away January 16, 2006 following a sudden heart attack. Terry spent his entire SCS career as an Engineer in West Virginia. He was also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church. While attending the University of West Virginia he was captain of the football team. He retired in Jan. 1991. His wife, Judy, 5 sons, a daughter, 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter survive.