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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 3/14/2020

 

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2020

Beard

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

2020

Boyd

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

2020

Brinlee

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

2020

Clevenger

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

2020

Gantz

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

2020

Kennedy

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

2020

Ohland

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

2020

Ralson

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

2020

Sarasio

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

2020

Spurlock

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

2019

Allbritton

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

2019

Allen

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

2019

Allen

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

2019

Askew

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

2019

Austin

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

2019

Baldwin

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

2019

Beaty

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

2019

Behner

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

2019

Beneke

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

2019

Bieber

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

2019

Black

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

2019

Bradford

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

2019

Brax

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

2019

Breckel

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

2019

Brown

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

2019

Brune

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

2019

Bruns

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

2019

Button

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

2019

Campbell

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

2019

Campbell

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

2019

Cashman

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

2019

Cissell

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

2019

Clendenon

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

2019

Coggin

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

2019

Cole

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

2019

Conner

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

2019

Conradi

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

2019

Cox

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

2019

Cox

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

2019

Crane

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

2019

Cullison

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

2019

Darby

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

2019

Deal

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

2019

Dester

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

2019

Dingle

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

2019

Dull

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

2019

Dunn

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

2019

Dyer

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

2019

Eacker

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

2019

Edwards

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

2019

Ellifritz

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

2019

Erickson

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

2019

Evans

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

2019

Evans

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

2019

Everett

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

2019

Fechter

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

2019

Ferwerda

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

2019

Fox

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

2019

Gallup

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

2019

Gamble

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

2019

Gardner

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

2019

Gembala

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

2019

Gerbaz

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

2019

Geter

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

2019

Glenn

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

2019

Goins

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

2019

Goode

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

2019

Goode

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

2019

Grandy

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

2019

Haefner

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

2019

Hale

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

2019

Hall

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

2019

Harner

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

2019

Hart

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

2019

Hartwig

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

2019

Hedgpeth

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

2019

Hilpmann

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

2019

Hire

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

2019

Hoang

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

2019

Hollins

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

2019

Howell

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

2019

Hudson

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

2019

Hudson

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

2019

Hughey

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

2019

Hvizdak

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

2019

Johnson

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

2019

Jones

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

2019

Jones

Member and Senior Conservationist Billy Hobbs Jones (88) of Hertford, North Carolina passed away December 27, 2019 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. He was born in Perquimans County, North Carolina on July 28, 1931, the son of the late Thomas Hoyle Jones and Sally Mae Hobbs Jones. Billy served in the US Navy for four years during the Korean Conflict. He then returned to North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from North Carolina State University. Billy was an engineer with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina and Goldsboro, North Carolina for thirty-four years and was a registered professional engineer. He was a member of Hertford Baptist Church. He was also a member of the William Clarence Jackson VFW Post #6060, the Hertford Ruritan Club, and the Hertford American Legion. He is survived by Valna Alexander Jones, his wife of sixty-two years; daughter, Jennifer Nixon, PhD (Andrew); and grandchildren, Joshua Nixon and Abigail Nixon of Durham, North Carolina.

2019

Kelly

Hugh David “Dave” Kelly (91) of Florence, Alabama passed away November 23, 2019. He was born on June 1, 1928 in Scottsboro, Alabama. Dave was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the occupation of Japan. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, known today as Auburn University. On September 16, 1951, David married Betty Nell Johnson. His distinguished career as a fishery biologist began with the Alabama Department of Conservation and ended as State Biologist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Auburn, Alabama when he retired in 1994. Dave provided technical assistance in the 1980s and early 1990s to fish farmers in the Blackland Prairie resource area of Alabama. During this period, fish farming in Alabama became a multimillion-dollar industry with production of over 20,000 acres of ponds constructed and managed for intensive culture of catfish. Dave was a member of the Madison Church of Christ in Madison, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leigh Ann. He is survived by his wife Betty, his son Mark Kelly (Becky), three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to CASA of Madison County at https://casamadisoncty.org/donate/

2019

Kile

Honorary Member David Oliver "Dave" Kile (92) of Kendallville, Indiana passed away August 1, 2019 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Dave was born June 20, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to Howard and Mary Kile. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture education. Dave was a World War II veteran and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Area. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Barton on June 12, 1949, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He taught high school in Edison and Caledonia, Ohio, for three years. Then Dave worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 30 years, serving as district conservationist in Scioto and Green counties in Ohio. He was area conservationist in 13 counties in northeast Indiana and 16 counties in northeast Ohio. In 1974, he became assistant state conservationist at the state office in Columbus, Ohio. He retired in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Kendallville; daughter, Kathy (Kevin) Buckingham, of West Lafayette, Indiana; daughter-in-law, Janis Kile, of West Palm Beach, Florida; and he was blessed with six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Howard Barton Kile. A memorial service was held in David's honor August 3, 2019 at First Christian Church in Kendallville, with a gathering of family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church or to Community Foundation of Noble County, David O. and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship.

2019

Kile

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

2019

Kleckner

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

2019

Kluth

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

2019

Kohnke

Senior Conservationist and Lifetime and Honorary Member Robert "Bob" Earl Kohnke (93) of Springfield, Virginia peacefully passed away on October 7, 2019. He was born on March 5, 1926, the son of John and Esther Kohnke. Bob received degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Wisconsin. Bob started with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1952 as an agricultural engineer. He became a hydrologist on the Iowa Watershed Work Party in 1955. He later served as a hydrologist in regional offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Upper Darby Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1970 Bob was appointed Assistant Director of the SCS River Basins Division and later promoted to Division Director. He retired from SCS in 1982. He then continued his conservation work with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. He was one of their first Urban Conservation Engineers. In this role, Bob provided his technical expertise with drainage and erosion concerns, the development community with understanding and implementing erosion and sediment controls, and supported the Fairfax County government through plan review, the engineering standards review committee, and the closeout of the PL-566 Pohick Creek Watershed Projects. Bob is preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Donna Kohnke; his second wife Kitty Kohnke; and his brothers Laverne and John Jr. Bob is survived by his three children, Kay, Scott, and David; his daughter-in-law, Betsy; two granddaughters, Katie and Elise and Kay's partner David Seidman; as well as stepson, John Schafe. Services were held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on October 18. The family is requesting donations in memory of Bob be given to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield, VA 22152.

2019

Kraut

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

2019

Laborie

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

2019

Lawyer

Member Courtney Merle Lawyer (84) of Harlan, Iowa passed away May 9, 2019 at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan. Courtney Merle Lawyer was the son of Courtney Hulbert and Leona Christine (Benjegerdes) Lawyer. He was born on September 12, 1934, in Mason City, Iowa. He grew up on a farm located west of Manly, Worth County, Iowa. He attended Iowa State College and graduated with a degree in Agronomy in 1956. Upon graduation, Merle received a commission in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, and served two years at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Fort Ord, California. He transferred to the US Army Reserves, and retired in 1983. Following active duty, Merle began a career as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He worked in LeMars, Anthon, and Harlan, Iowa where he was the district conservationists for several years. He retired in April 1994. Merle married Marcella Katherine (Knapp) on July 30, 1961, in Le Mars, Iowa; this marriage ended in divorce. On January 9, 1981, he married Betty Lou (Trent) Cook. Betty died in 2006 after a long illness. Finally, Merle and Cleopha Krantz Garrison were married on July 11, 2009. Merle was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa. He enjoyed membership in the Harlan and Harlan Golden Key Kiwanis Clubs, and served as president of both clubs. A member of the Eastern Star, Merle was also a 50-year Mason (Parian Masonic Lodge 321 AF&AM), and served as Master in Harlan for a year. He was also a member of the Shelby County Historical Society and had served on its board and as president of the board. Merle enjoyed family genealogy, history, and travel. He is survived by his wife, Cleo Lawyer of Harlan, Iowa; one daughter, Charisse (Marc) Lawrence of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sons, Courtney (Beth) Lawyer of Glendale, Arizona, and Brad (Stacey) Lawyer of Portsmouth, Iowa; six step-sons, Jerry Cook and Jeff Cook, both of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dr. Dan (Anne) Cook of Richmond Heights, Missouri, Tony Cook of Denver, Colorado, Dan (Jayne) Garrison of Harlan, Iowa, and Jeff Garrison of Irwin, Iowa; one step-daughter, Julie (Troy) Petry of Council Bluffs, Iowa; one brother, David (Caryl) Lawyer of Manly, Iowa; and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held on May 14, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa.

2019

Leidner

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

2019

Leuthold

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

2019

Lile

Senior Conservationist Harold Leon Lile (86) of Durham, North Carolina passed away December 13, 2019 at his home. He was born in Jackson, Tennessee, the youngest of five children, of the late Harry and Mary Lile. He met his wife Jeaneen Edwards Lile while attending the University of Tennessee Martin (UT Martin). Harold graduated from UT Martin in 1951 with a degree in Agriculture and completed a master’s degree from North Carolina State University in 1966. He played football and basketball while attending UT Martin and was President of the Senior Class. He served two years in the US Army in Japan. Harold worked 35 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Tennessee and North Carolina, including serving as the North Carolina State Administrative Officer for over 20 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and very active in many congregations in Tennessee and North Carolina. Most recently, he was a member of the Triangle Church of Christ. Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Jeaneen, in 2012. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Lile Clay (Neil) of Durham; Amy Lile Baradell (Don) of Greensboro, North Carolina; sons, Dan Lile (Jodi) of Summerville, South Carolina, Drew Lile of Durham; and nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

2019

Long

Lauren Hubbard "Larry" Long (90) of Holden, Maine passed away October 21, 2019. Larry was born June 8, 1929 in Randolph, Vermont. He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and began a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Vermont. He subsequently settled in Orono, Maine in 1966. He was an Assistant State Conservationist and then later held the position of Maine State Resource Conservationist at the campus of UMaine Orono for 20 years. At the age of 89 Larry was moved to the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor, ME where he received exceptional and loving care. He leaves his wife of 68 years, Lois Adelaide (O'Brien). He is also survived by his children: Lauren Hubbard "Lonny" Long of Fairfield, Maine; Rebecca Ruth Johns (Mitch) of Chico, California; Kathleen Jean Long of Butte, Montana; Alan Robert Long (Amy) of Belleville, Illinois; Daniel Leslie Long (Wanda) of Holden, Maine. He had six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Donations in Larry’s honor may be made to the Maine Veterans' Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401, or to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131, or at www.parkinson.org.

2019

Longren

Cathy A Longren (67) of Manhattan, Kansas passed away June 9, 2019. She was the wife of Jerry D. Longren, retired Biological Science Technician at the Plant Materials Center in Manhattan, Kansas. She was a legal secretary who worked at Kansas State University and was also a pilot.

2019

Lowe

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

2019

Lucas

Marjorie "Marge" Lucas (87) of Athens, Georgia passed away April 14, 2019 with her family by her side. She was a first generation American, born in 1931 to Andrew and Gertie Van Kluyve in an area of northern New Jersey popular with Dutch immigrants. She graduated from Eastern Christian School then attended Calvin College before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. She married a fellow Marine, Eugene “Gene” Lucas, and eventually settled in Athens in 1971. She was a payroll specialist at the USDA Soil Conservation Service before retiring in 1992. Her husband Gene passed away in 2006. Marge is survived by her three children: Lori Lucas (Mark Jordan) of Atlanta, Georgia, Jackie Fowler (Lee) of Columbia, South Carolina and Kenny Lucas of Colbert; and grandchild Andrea Fowler of Greenville, South Carolina.

2019

Madison

Conservation partner Frederick W. Madison Jr. (82) passed away June 3, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Frederick W. and Geraldine (Conover) Madison, Sr. After graduating from Milwaukee Country Day School in 1955, Fred attended Harvard University, transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his Master of Science in soils and PhD. Upon completion of his graduate studies he was hired as a recruiter for the Peace Corps by its founder and first director, Sargent Shriver. He then served as a legislative assistant for Senator Gaylord Nelson. During his tenure in that office he authored the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Next in his career was his appointment by President Lyndon Johnson to the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission. Following his reappointment by President Richard Nixon in 1972, He returned to Wisconsin in 1973 to join the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison with a joint appointment to the Soils Department and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, retiring in 2011. The University of Wisconsin honored him with the Wisconsin Idea Award­­ ­ given to a person who embodies the notion that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Fred was a leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, serving on the federal regional Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) for several terms. In 2001 Fred co-founded the University of Wisconsin-Extension Discovery Farms, an outreach and research project led by Wisconsin’s farmers with a focus on the relationship between agriculture and water quality. Fred’s is survived by his wife, Tracy (Anderson); his son, David of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two daughters, Jessica of Seattle, Washington., and Ashley and her son, Owen, of Portland, Oregon. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17th, 2019 beginning at 11:00 am at Park Hall, at 307 Polk St., Sauk City, Wisconsin. Fred’s family is grateful to the nurses, doctors and all the other health care professionals at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness (https://www.friends-bwca.org/get-involved).

2019

Marcum

Senior Conservationist Robert Harvey Marcum (96) of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2019. He was born in Travelers Rest, Owsley County, Kentucky to Frank and Lennie Mainous Marcum on September 9, 1923. He served in the US Army in WWII in the Aleutian Islands and with the 71st Infantry Division in the European Theater. He was awarded two bronze medals for serving in 40 days of combat. After his military service, he earned a degree in Agriculture at the University of Kentucky in 1949. He taught agriculture to the veterans-on-farm training program for three years. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 31 years, retiring as Area Conservationist in 1980. His son Tom Marcum is retired Kentucky State Resource Conservationist. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elva Gabbard Marcum and granddaughter Susan Edwards. He is survived by his children, Paula Ice, Tom (Judy) Marcum, Doris (Tom) Hardigree; grandchildren, Laura (Mike) Lally, Bryan Marcum, Wesley (Kimberly) Marcum, Tom (Jenny) Hardigree; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Park United Methodist Church, in Lexington, Kentucky.

2019

Martin

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Cecil N. Martin (93) of Watkinsville, Georgia passed away October 16, 2019. Cecil was married to Eugenia "Gene" Mitchell Martin for 71 years. He was the son of the late Jesse Marion Martin and Lottie Berryman Martin. Cecil served in the US Navy during WWII and retired Air Force Reserves with the rank of Major after 25 years. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering and retired in 1987 from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a State Design Engineer. Cecil and Gene purchased “Sweet Acres Farm” in 1963 where their five children grew up and where they raised beef cattle. Survivors in addition to his wife Gene, include children: Donna Davis (Danny) of Bishop, Georgia; Pam Misenhamer (Gene) also of Bishop; Jeff Martin of Athens, Georgia; Rex Martin (Suzette) of Buford, Georgia; Joy Bloom (Donald) of Gainesville, Georgia. He had twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held October 18, 2019 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church Chapel with Pastor Carlos Sibley officiating.

2019

Mathis

Member and Senior Conservationist Marion T. Mathis (85) of Mansfield, Arkansas passed away June 6, 2019, in nearby Waldron, Arkansas. He was born in Yell County Arkansas in 1934. He graduated from Hartford High School in Hartford, Arkansas, where he was voted outstanding senior by the faculty, president of his Future Farmers of America, vice president of his class and an all-state basketball player. Marion attended Arkansas Tech University for two years, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture. He then went to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. After completing his active duty in the reserve, he married his college sweetheart, Treva Martin. He returned to the University of Arkansas and earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture Education. After graduation, Marion spent five years in agriculture chemical sales in Arizona and the southwest. He started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1966 as an economist on the Watershed Planning Party in Little Rock, Arkansas. He soon transferred to the field, serving as a soil conservationist in Danville and Russellville, Arkansas. Later, he served as district conservationist in three Arkansas towns: Clinton from 1974-84, McGhee from 1984-87 and in Clarksville from 1987-90. He then served as area resource conservationist in Hope, Arkansas from 1990 until his retirement in April of 1994. Marion and Treva then moved back to the Mansfield-Hartford area, where they grew up. After a year and a half of retirement, Marion decided he needed to do something to keep him busy. He signed on to the City of Mansfield as economic development coordinator for one year in September of 1995. He served as president of the Mansfield Economic Development Corporation (non-profit) and as executive secretary of the Sebascott Economic Development Council. In that capacity, he wrote a number of grants for the improvement of the area. The one-year contract with the city turned into 18 years, as he retired again in 2013. Marion and Treva enjoyed traveling and visited all 50 states and about 20 foreign countries. Marion and Treva were married for 59 years and had two children. Their son, Stanley Mathis is a retired engineer from Natural Resources Conservation Service. Marion’s survivors include his wife Treva, his son Stanley (Katie), his daughter, Cynthia Mathis, and grandchildren Sara and Joe. Marion and Treva have been members of Gideons International for 32 years and members of First Baptist Church in Mansfield, A funeral service was held June 10, 2019, at Mansfield First Baptist Church with Dr. Tom Harris and the Rev. Phillip Slaughter officiating. Burial was at Coop Prairie Cemetery

2019

McClaskey

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

2019

McElwain

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

2019

McKinney

Lifetime Member Doris McKinney (84) of Champaign, Illinois passed away December 12, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital with her loving husband, David McKinney at her side. Doris was born on May 29, 1935 in Newport News, Virginia to Henry and Margaret Stowers. She met her husband, David, while he was serving in the US Navy and were married on November 12, 1954 at the First Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia. After David was discharged from the Navy, they moved to Champaign, Illinois where David was raised. Doris worked at the USDA-Soil Conservation Service until she retired after 30 years of service. She was a Financial Assistant in the Illinois State Office. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, dancing, listening to country music, watching old movies, and camping in their trailer while traveling around the US. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Morgan Memorial Home on December 17, 2019. Doris was laid to rest at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Champaign County. Memorial donations in memory of Doris may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research (ADR) program. Doris retired as a Financial Assistant in the USDA-Soil Conservation Service State Office in Champaign. She is survived by her husband, David; daughter, Deborah Blaker (Michael); and her son David McKinney III; grandchildren Joshua; Rachel; Jeremy; Jennie; and Brandon, and 5 great-grandsons.

2019

Medley

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

2019

Mengers

Dale Mengers (82) of Temple, Texas passed away November 16, 2019 at a local hospital. He was born on October 21, 1937 in Tynan, Texas the son of Emil and Alma Mengers. Dale worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of Taylor's Valley Baptist Church in Temple. He is survived by his wife Sue Mengers of Temple; children Shelley Carter of Austin, Texas, Blane Walker of Temple, and Kyle Walker of Temple; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

2019

Miller

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

2019

Moffit

David Claire Moffitt (76) passed away December 25, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave was born on March 7, 1943, in Rocky Ford, Colorado, the third child of James and Bessie Moffitt. Dave attended Colorado State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1965. He spent forty-three years studying and managing the impact of agricultural waste management on regional water quality for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. His career took him to jobs in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Silver City, New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah; Santa Rosa, California; Beaverton, Oregon and Fort Worth, Texas. After retirement, he enjoyed continuing to work for another ten years through the Texas A & M AgriLife Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple, Texas. During his time in Salt Lake City, he had the fortune to meet and marry Maryke VanderKraan on December 23, 1972. .Besides his wife Maryke, Dave is survived by his three children, Brian (Natalie) Moffitt of Burleson, Texas, Amy (Chuck) Miller of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Cathleen Moffitt of Delta, Colorado; and six grandchildren. Services are scheduled at Crossroads Christian Church (6450 South State Highway 360) in Grand Prairie, Texas at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 30th.

2019

Moody

Helen Louise (Fox) Moody was born on June 25, 1946 in Washington, D.C. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees (one in Physical Geography and the other in Astro Physics) from the University of Michigan. After that she earned a Doctorate in fluvial geomorphology at John’s Hopkins University. She went to work for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1975 as a hydrologist in College Park, Maryland. She worked for the agency in several locations until she retired in 2016. Most recently she was hired as an Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program employee, so her work continued with NRCS until very shortly before she passed away. She married Edwin Moody on January 24, 1978. She raised Zebra Finches, having as many as 500 of them in an aviary in the back yard. Her father was a falconer, and he passed the love of birds on to her. He even had her raise and train a kestrel. She also loved butterflies. Everything in their yard had to attract butterflies and birds. And she loved dogs, too. Many of her dogs were therapy dogs that visited rest homes, schools, and hospitals. She is survived by her husband Edwin and son, Seamus A. Moody (Megan).

2019

Morrison

Earland (Earl) Morrison (87) of Alfred, Maine passed away March 18, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Earl was born in New Gloucester, Maine on November 27, 1931. Earl served his country in the US Air Force, primarily in Yuma, Arizona, during the Korean War. Upon honorable discharge, he attended the University of Maine, Orono earning a degree in Animal & Dairy Science. It was at Orono, via his fraternity brother Richard Barker, that he met the love of his life Elizabeth (Betty). Earl proposed to Betty on her 27th birthday and they were married on August 1, 1959. After dairy farming with his brother Arnold, Earl was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service and in 1966 Betty and Earl moved to Alfred. Earl served his community in many ways. He was a Deacon of the Alfred Parish Church for many years and member of many other organizations. Earl served as a captain in the Alfred Fire Department and was a Selectman for the town of Alfred for 20 years. Betty passed away in 2014. Earl is survived by his three sons, Paul Morrison (Ellen) of Alfred; Stephen Morrison (Christine) of Lisbon, New Hampshire; and Philip Morrison (Julia) of Tyringham, Massachusetts; and six grandchildren. A Funeral Service was held on March 23, 2018 at Curtis Lake Christian Church, 38 Westview Drive, in Sanford, Maine

2019

Munkittrick

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

2019

Murray

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

2019

Nethery

Ruth Nadine Nethery (82) of Smithfield, Utah passed away November 29, 2019 at Maple Springs Rehab Center, North Logan, Utah. Nadine was born July 15, 1937 in Garland, Utah to Horace Stephen Rose and Ruth Alice Sederholm Rose. She was the wife of ARCSE Life Member and Senior Conservationist Michael Nethery. She and Mike were married on August 11, 1956 in Corvallis, Oregon. She was raised and educated in Garland and attended Bear River High School. Because her father was in the military, she moved with the family and attended high school in Vancouver, Washington and finally in Corvallis, Oregon where she graduated. While attending Oregon State University she met her future husband Mike. She and Mike lived in several locations including Utah (twice), Oregon, Washington, Arkansas, Germany, Indiana, Virginia, North Dakota, and Iowa (twice) following Mike with his military service, graduate study, and employment with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. At each of these locations, she made many life-long friends. She was a life-long, faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in many capacities in branches, wards, districts, and stakes. She served in primary, young women, and relief society organizations and worked in family history and genealogy for many years. After Mike's retirement as State Conservationist in Iowa, they moved to Centerville, Utah. After 8 years, they then moved to Smithfield where they have resided for the past 21 years. She and Mike have enjoyed traveling throughout the US, plus taking 5 cruises and several other tours worldwide. Nadine is survived by her husband Mike; three sisters, Margaret Griffin (Douglas), Carolyn Dillon (Richard), and Lorraine Kirkham (Sheldon); and three daughters, and one son, Elizabeth Alldridge, Ruth Ann Garner (Philip), Ginger Nethery, and Carl Nethery (Zoii). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

2019

Newton

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

2019

Nordstrom

Lifetime Member Gary Richard Nordstrom (77) of Prescott Valley, Arizona passed away July 25, 2019 at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center West in Prescott, Arizona. Gary was born July 20, 1942 in Sharon, North Dakota to Hjordis Juno (Lovik) Nordstrom and Richard Nordstrom, and in 1948 the family moved to Lanesboro, Minnesota. At 17 years of age Gary took a summer job with the Railroad as a Gandy Dancer, laying and maintaining the tracks in order to earn money for college. Gary attended the University of Minnesota graduating with a degree in Forestry in 1964. After graduating he joined and served 6 years in the National Guard while starting his career with the US Forrest Service at the Department of Agriculture. Gary went on to serve the Nation for 37-years ending his career as the Director of Conservation Operations at the Headquarters of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. In 1995 he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and was appointed as the State Conservationist of Minnesota. At the National level Gary served as the Director of Resource Inventory Division directing and coordinating the NRCS forestry program, served as the USDA representative to the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association during the 1993 Mississippi and Missouri River Floods, managed and directed the NRCS Snow survey program for the Western United States and served as the Legislative Assistant to then Senator Mark Andrews of North Dakota. Gary was awarded the Superior Service Award for his work in establishing the Earth Team Volunteer Program in 1989 and received the USDA Certificate of Merit ten times over his career. Gary devoted his life to conservation, as “Cruising” the forest was what he loved most about his career. His career took him to all fifty states, both Eastern and Western Europe and Micronesia. He is survived by his wife Jayne Nordstrom, son David, daughter-in-law Jessica and Grandsons’ Ethan and Bryan of San Antonio, Texas. Gary and Jayne were married August 22, 1981 in Fairfax, VA. This August would be 38 years of a happy and extraordinary life together. Those who knew Gary best knew he was the “Go-to Guy” they could count on. He was always willing to lend a hand or advice. Being surrounded by family and friends is what made him the happiest. If he wasn’t bragging about his grandsons, he was enjoying the “Lights of Las Vegas” or golfing. These also made him happy. The family has designated the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society for memorial contributions.

2019

Ott

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

2019

Packard

Bonnie Eileen Packard (88) of Salina, Kansas passed away December 9, 2019. She was born January 27, 1931 in Beverly, Kansas, the daughter of George and Zola Anderson. She retired in 1993 as a Procurement Clerk in the Kansas State Office in Salina for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. She was devoted to her family and church. She was married to her beloved of 67 years, James E. Packard who so adored her. They met at a bus stop and fell in love, beginning a wonderful life together. In addition to her husband James, she is survived by two sons, Steve Packard (Suzie) of Salina, and Randy Packard (Lydia) of Holyrood, Kansas; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

2019

Painter

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

2019

Parker

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

2019

Parker

William Blake Parker (88) of Wedowee, Alabama passed away August 21, 2019 at his home. He was an Auburn University graduate. Blake began his career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Alabama as a soil scientist, transferred around 1966 to Mississippi as Assistant State Soil Scientist and later moved to Florida to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to concentrate on hydric soil technology. He rapidly became recognized nationally as an expert on hydric soils and wetlands, and during this part of his career with the USFWS, he assisted the Soil Conservation Service National Soils Staff in identifying hydric soil attributes. Survivors include his wife, Mary Herren; one daughter, Anita Kay (Bob) Lees of Stuart, Florida; one son, William E. (Alyson) Parker of Alexandria, Virginia; and three grandchildren.

2019

Pate

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

2019

Patronsky

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

2019

Penner

Harold Lee Penner (94) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away October 31st, 2019. Harold was born on November 27, 1924 in Hillsboro, Kansas; the son of Jacob and Florentine (Janke) Penner. He attended Tabor College and Kansas State University, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and soils. Harold enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. He worked in the Naval Hospital Orthopedics and Allergy Clinics as a Pharmacist Mate. He faithfully served our country until 1946. On August 31, 1948, he was united in marriage to Doris Louise Dody, in Marion, Kansas. Doris preceded him in death in 2016. Doris and Harold moved to Great Falls, Montana, where he began his first job with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. In 1955, the family moved to El Dorado, from where he worked as a soil scientist on the Technical Staff in the Hutchinson Area Office and was headquartered at Wichita, Kansas. He retired in 1980 with 30 years of service. Survivors include his daughters, Joan Bixler of Topeka, Kansas and Jan Umhay of Mesa, Arizona; 5 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

2019

Pennington

Dorothy Lee Green Pennington (83) of Corbin, Kentucky passed away November 13, 2019 at the Bluegrass Hospice in Lexington, Kentucky. Dorothy was born on September 23, 1936 in Buffalo, New York to Flossie Belle McKeehan and William McKinley Green of Corbin. Dorothy worked for the United States Federal Government in various agencies including the Social Security Administration and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where she was a Resource Conservation and Development clerk. She was a member of the Corbin Ossoli Club, Beta Sigma Pi, and the Friday Afternoon Book Club where she enjoyed her many friends and supporting the community she loved so much. Dorothy was an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan and top fan of Tiger Woods and Tom Brady. She loved people and found much joy in her many friends. Dorothy attended First Baptist Church in Williamsburg in her last few years where she found much joy. She is now joyfully reunited with her loving husband Gearl Pennington. She is survived by her son Brandon Gearl Pennington, daughter Deedra Lee Pennington, 5 Grandchildren; and 6 Great Grandchildren. Donations in her name can be made to the Corbin Ossoli Club and Corbin Backpack Program.

2019

Pettit

Dean Loris Pettit (89) of Fairfield, Iowa passed away October 25, 2019. Dean was born on December 11, 1929 in Mt. Sterling, Iowa to Craig and Dorothy Pettit. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and then the US Air Force Reserves. Dean worked as a soil conservationist for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 40 years. He surveyed for Pathfinders RC&D and French-Reneker-Associates after retiring from the government. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Fairfield, and the Lions Club, being voted Lion of the Year in 1974-75. He took up running in 1980, and within a year completed a 50-mile ultra-marathon. He enjoyed spending time outside, gardening, tending trees, and taking walks. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 64 years, Bernita Pettit; his children Marcia (John) Seddon of Cincinnati, Iowa; Glen (Patti Laughlin) Pettit of McPherson, Kansas; Gordon (Becca Roehrich) Pettit of Macomb, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

2019

Phelps

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

2019

Price

Houston Gerald Price, Jr. (83) of Tribune, Kansas passed away on October 11, 2019 in Garden City, Kansas. He was born on September 6, 1936 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Houston Gerald and Juanita Velvet (Roby) Price, Sr. He married Donna Jean Armstrong on April 27, 1958 at Sharon Springs, Kansas. He attended Garden City Community College and then joined his Father on the family farm where they raised crops along with cattle and sheep. While continuing to work on the farm, he worked for 19 years as a soil conservation technician in Greeley County for the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, retiring in 2007. He was a Charter Member of the Tribune Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by Son-In-Law- Brent Kinlund and three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is survived by his Wife Donna Price and four Daughters: Judy Kinlund of Raton, New Mexico; Susan Sisk (Brad) of Holcomb, Kansas; Peggy Munoz (Abby) of Garden City, Kansas; and Stacy Cundiff (Randy) of Garden City, Kansas. He had nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren

2019

Rallison

Robert E. Rallison (94) passed away peacefully at home in Beaverton, Oregon, surrounded by family on December 26, 2019. He was known as Robert, Bob and by some as Gene. He was a decorated WWII combat veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served our country during the Korean Conflict. He had a successful career as a civil engineer, specializing in hydrology for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, including serving as National Hydrologist. He represented the U.S. government on numerous scientific exchanges around the world. Robert felt his greatest success was marrying Loraine Hansen, who passed in October 2003. In retirement he loved spending more time in the garden, tending the apple trees and sharing the bounty of his harvest with anyone who came to his home. He is survived by his seven children, Steve (Sharon) Rallison, Patricia (John) Aanderud-Clifford, LuAnn (John) Falk, Jolene (Manuel) Hemeon-Garcia, Barbara Friedman, Jill (Randy) Ribeira, and Guy (Janette) Rallison; 40 grandchildren; and 73 and counting great-grandchildren. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served in many capacities over the years in his congregation and Stake, and again through his example showed his family what it meant to "Love the Lord and to Love your Neighbor." Remembrances may be made to the Nature Conservancy (www.support.nature.org) or the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org).

2019

Rathburn

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

2019

Rau

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

2019

Raynor

Roy Raynor, Sr. (83) of Garner, North Carolina passed away on May 13, 2019. Roy was married to Clara Raynor who was the Personnel Officer for many years in the USDA Soil Conservation Service North Carolina State Office before retiring in 1993. Before retirement, Roy sold heavy construction equipment. In addition to his wife Clara, Roy is survived by four children, Dr. R. Max Raynor, Jr. (Teresa), April R. Byrd (Dr. Alan Byrd), Dr. Eric Raynor (Susan) and Dee R. Whittington (Neal); ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Jeffrey P. Raynor.

2019

Richardson

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

2019

Rowan

Charles “Lewis” Rowan (79) of Gap Mills, West Virginia passed away August 22, 2019 at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. Charles was a graduate of West Virginia University (WVU), earning his B.A. in Forestry. While attending WVU, Lewis was a member of the Rifle Team. Charles and his teammates of the 1962 Riffle Team made school history by winning the 1962 National Championship. Charles served his country and was a Captain in the U.S. Army. He retired as the State Forester for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in West Virginia. He was a member of the Gap Mills United Methodist Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Pattie Wallace Rowan of Gap Mills; one son, Matthew Rowan (Heather) of Lewisburg, West Virginia; two daughters, Meredith Snider (Allan) of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Melissa Lockwood of Kingwood, West Virginia; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

2019

Sandstrom

Natural Resources Conservation Service employee Jean Lois Sandstrom (64) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away December 26, at MercyOne Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. Jean was a Design Engineer on the State Office Engineering Staff, scheduled to retire at the end of December. She was born to Albert and Irene Sandstrom in Owatonna, Minnesota. Jean attended Drake University and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking in 1977. After college she was employed as an illustrator for National Handcraft in Des Moines. In 1980 she married Darwin Norris, and though they divorced in 1985, they remained friends. She returned to school to study engineering at Iowa State University, where she met Andy Shaffer. Jean received her degree in civil engineering and married Andy in May of 1987. She was employed by Bishop Engineering, and in 1990 she accepted a position with the federal government’s Natural Resources Conservation Service where she worked for 27 years (with a two-year break for parental leave). In March of 1995, Jean and Andy welcomed Neal Park Sandstrom Shaffer into their family upon his arrival from South Korea at the age of six months. Jean was a devoted and loving mother. Beyond her family, Jean touched many people throughout her life, making friends wherever she went. She was an advocate for peace, human rights, social justice and preservation of the environment. For several years she was active in the Korean Cultural Center and was a member of the Des Moines Community Orchestra. She played violin and viola in a variety of settings throughout her life. For more than 20 years she was an active member of the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting (Quaker), where she served in many capacities. Jean is survived by her husband, Andrew Shaffer; and son, Neal Shaffer of Des Moines (fiancée Noëmie Sollier of Sorèze, France). A Quaker memorial service was held January 4, 2020.

2019

Saulisberry

Charles “Chuck” Nash Saulisberry (90) of Carson City, Nevada passed away August 20, 2019 at Carson Tahoe Care Center from Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Evanston, Illinois to Lynn and Helen Nash Saulisberry September 14, 1928. Chuck graduated from the University of Nevada (UNR) with a degree in Range Management. He met Josephine Caprio at UNR. They were married and spent 68 happy years together. Working first for the UNR Experiment Station and joining the Nevada Air National Guard, he entered active duty on March 1, 1951. Stationed at the Nellis Air Force Base Weather Unit, he released weather balloons for the nuclear testing at Indian Springs. After being honorably discharged in 1952, they moved back to Reno where he was employed by the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as a Range Conservationist in Wellington, Nevada, doing snow surveys, farm planning, rangeland resource management, and monitoring. He transferred to Cedarville, California to open an SCS office for NE CA and NW NV. His area of responsibility was so large he received his private pilot’s license and bought a Piper Tri Pacer to be home more with family. He served from 1977 to 1984 as liaison between SCS and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), coordinating and overseeing the soil survey and ecological correlation of vegetation. Retiring from Federal service in 1984, he began a second career as a Certified Range Management Consultant with Resource Concepts, Inc. and other sub-consultants. He owned and operated a private flying service for 45 years and was often called as an expert witness in legal proceedings. He is survived by wife Josephine of 68 years, son Daniel Saulisberry (Neva), daughter Kathryn Smith (Gary), five grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Tracy Ralph and granddaughter Danielle Carpenter.

2019

Senechal

Lifetime member Myron Senechal (75) of Bismarck, North Dakota passed away at the Benedictine Living Center in Garrison, North Dakota on October 28, 2019. Myron was born on January 21, 1944, to Phillip and Evelyn (Cote) Senechal in Bottineau, North Dakota. Myron attended the School of Forestry currently Dakota College at Bottineau and North Dakota State University at Fargo, ND, graduating with a degree in agriculture. Upon graduating in 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. After returning home, he began his long career with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Myron’s career started in Valley City, where he met his wife Cheryl Nelson. Myron's career moved the family to Finley, Forman, and Mandan (all in North Dakota), Casper, Wyoming, and finally to Bismarck in 1984 where they remained and raised their family. He held leadership positions in many organizations including the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Myron gave with a true servant's heart to his family, church, and community in so many ways throughout his life. In retirement, Myron enjoyed discovering French genealogy, volunteering, gardening, carving, and giving away diamond willow walking sticks, and all things family. Mass of Christian burial was held November 4 at Church of St. Anne in Bismarck with Father Wayne Sattler officiating. Burial was held at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cheryl; daughter, Jodi (Tom) Scheeler, Minot, North Dakota; sons, Matt (Lori) Senechal, and Mike (Rui) Senechal, Bismarck; grandchildren, Annie and Emma Scheeler, Caleb and Cohen Senechal, and Max and Spencer Senechal.

2019

Serrien

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

2019

Simmons

Lifetime member Michael Stanley Simmons (85) of Santa Barbara, California passed away on June 13, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Michael was born in Fresno, California and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1958 with a degree in Engineering. Following his education, he maintained a career in USDA-Soil Conservation Service for over 30 years. During this time, Michael was greatly involved in the growth of the Santa Barbara Zoo. Since retiring in 1993, he sustained his passions for the environment, cherished moments with his family, and admired the 49ers. He also had an engineering consulting service until 2017. Michael will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Janice Simmons, of 63 years. Michael is survived by his four children: Michele Galletly and her husband David, Joyce Simmons-Fuss and her husband Greg, Katherine Bacon and her husband David, and Michael Simmons Jr. Michael will be fondly remembered by his seven grandchildren: Bryan, Jason, Robert, Lauren, Daniel, Christy, and Courtney. He will also be forever remembered by is extended family and dear friends. A celebration of life memorial service was to be held June 28, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 3942 La Colina Rd., Santa Barbara, California.

2019

Simonson

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

2019

Sisk

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

2019

Smith

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

2019

Staley

Lifetime Member Larry Staley (87) of Emery, South Dakota passed away October 14, 2019. Larry was attending Pennsylvania State University when he joined the US Navy during his sophomore year and served during the Korean War. When he got out of the service, he finished his degree at Pennsylvania State University. After college he went to work for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a soil scientist. He mapped soils all over eastern Pennsylvania. He then moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana and worked on soil surveys there. He retired from federal service in 1988, but then worked on a contract soil survey on per diem in Cumberland County Illinois. Larry loved soil survey work and all the good people he worked with! Larry is survived by his five children: son Scott Staley (Karen) and daughters Julee Staley, Marlys Staley, Darsee Staley and Lori Staley; and four grandsons and four great-grandchildren.

2019

Steen

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

2019

Stelling

Donnel “Don” Lee Stelling (90) of Deshler, Nebraska passed away on October 22, 2019 in Hebron, Nebraska. Don was born on March 10, 1929 near Deshler to Lawrence John Stelling and Irma Bertha (Ehlers) Stelling. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948, serving in England and Japan during the Korean Conflict as an aerial camera repair technician. He was a member of the Strategic Air Command and was honorably discharged in 1952. On May 3, 1952, Don was united in marriage to Mary Ann Brettmann. Don and Mary were married 66 years at the time of Mary’s passing on July 17, 2018. Don worked on a variety of foreign and domestic aerial mapping projects for nearly 40 years. He was employed nine years with commercial mapping firms, and the remainder of his career was with USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a supervisory cartographer. He worked at the Technical Service Centers located in Lincoln, Nebraska; Hyattsville, Maryland; Portland, Oregon; and Ft. Worth, Texas. Much of his career involved soil map publication for the National Cooperative Soil Survey. He retired in 1989 while living in Ft. Worth, Texas and subsequently returned to Deshler. He then went to work for Kroll Funeral Home. He is survived by his daughters, Donita (David) Johnson of Bowie, Maryland and Denise (Patrick) of Severn, Maryland; 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

2019

Stine

Michael L. Stine (62) of Summersville, West Virginia passed away June 15, 2019 at Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg, West Virginia. He received a degree in agriculture in 1979 from Ohio State University. He then married his wife, Shelley and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for eight years. He returned to Ohio State University and entered the College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his doctorate degree, graduating in 1991. He became a veterinarian with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, mainly working with animal diseases. He worked and lived in several different states. Eventually, he became the area veterinarian in charge for the state of Minnesota. After more than 30 years of government service, he retired to Summersville, West Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Shelley Stine; his mother, Helen Stine of Ashland, West Virginia; and four sisters.

2019

Stovall

Lifetime Member Robert Thomas “Bob” Stovall (85) of Martin, Georgia passed away July 17, 2019 at his home. Born March 5, 1934 in Martin, GA, he was the son of the late Leonard Clarence and Sarah Shirley Stovall. He was a life-long member of Martin Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher for over 35 years, and Director of Brotherhood. He was retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a civil engineer and was a proud graduate of the University of Georgia. Bob was a charter member of the Martin Lions Club and served the Town of Martin as Town Clerk and Water Superintendent for the past 25 years. He was also an avid Georgia Bulldog and Braves fan. He is survived by his wife, Sandra “Sandi” Frankum Stovall; sons, Rob (Rebecca) Stovall of Virginia, Andy (Kirsten) Stovall of North Carolina, and Len (Sonya) Stovall of Martin; and nine grandchildren: Bobby, Baylee, Brenna, Blair, Taylor, MacKenzie, Drew, Hunter, and Logan.

2019

Streif

Larry Streif (99) of Fergus Falls, Minnesota passed away suddenly at home on August 3, 2019. He was a US Army combat veteran of World War II serving first in North Africa and then on the front lines of combat in Italy. He was appointed sergeant when his commander was killed and received the Bronze Star for his heroic service. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1950 from the University of Minnesota. He started his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Austin, Minnesota as a Soil Conservationist and became the District Conservationist in Fergus Falls, retiring in December 1979. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Paulina, who died in 2004. He is survived by his five children: Stephen Streif; Nancy (Craig) Johnson; Elizabeth (Robert) Bryant; David (Michelle) Streif; Mary (Mark) Perry, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

2019

Swanson

Deane W. Swanson (92) of Yates Center, Kansas passed away November 27, 2019 at Yates Center Health and Rehab. He missed his high school graduation ceremony because he joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served until the end of World War II serving on the USS Medusa stationed in the Philippines. Following his service in the Navy he attended Kansas State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy. He was a soil scientist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service headquartered at Yates Center. He mapped soils throughout southeast Kansas. His wife, Dorothy, preceded him in death in 2011. He is survived by his children, Richard Swanson (Cathy) of Olathe, Kansas, Susan Roberts of Bel Aire, Kansas, and Sandra Heffern (Mike) of Yates Center; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

2019

Sweeney

Paul John Sweeney (65) of Saint Paul, Minnesota passed away after a battle with cancer in St. Paul on November 1, 2019. A graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln he retired from USDA-Natural resources Conservation Service and went on to work as a water quality consultant with Ecosystem Services Exchange. While with NRCS he served as a Water Quality Project Manager, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations and State Conservationist. He was a passionate conservationist. Outside of his work, he was also a passionate outdoorsman enjoying fishing, golf, hunting, travel, photography and above all spending time with his family. As an ardent Husker fan, the Sweeney world always paused for football games. Paul is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his children, daughter, Christina Lewis (Shane); son, Phillip Sweeney; stepdaughter, Abigail Grethen (Justin) and 5 grandchildren. Paul asked that donations be made in his memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

2019

Tennant

Robert S. Tennant (92) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away May 14, 2019. Bob worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He retired as District Conservationist for the Hillsborough Field Office and moved to Winston Salem several years ago. Bob was a WWII veteran having served in the Coast Guard. He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Gail Schaile Tennant, who passed away just three months ago. He is survived by his son and daughter and their families. 

2019

Tharpe

Will Leonard Tharpe (87) of Athens, Georgia, passed away June 25, 2019. He was born January 30, 1932 in Cottage Grove, Tennessee, to the late Marie and Booker Tharpe. Will was a graduate of Tennessee State University and a U.S. Army Veteran. Will was employed as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service for more than thirty years, retiring in Athens, Georgia as a member on the State Soil Conservationist Resources Staff. Will was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, West in Athens, Georgia where he served as church treasurer. Survivors include his daughter, Ebony Woodard; four grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

2019

Theurer

Member Fredrick Douay Theurer (82) of Gaithersburg, Maryland passed away peacefully on October 5, 2019 surrounded by his wife and family. Fred was born to Edward Arthur and Helen Theurer on April 9th, 1937 in Washington DC. He grew up in Washington DC. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1959. He went on to earn his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University in 1975, taking just two years to do so. He spent his professional career with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service working in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Maryland. He was considered among the foremost experts in the world in his field of hydraulic engineering; and in the later part of his career, he represented the United States government abroad. As much as Fred was devoted to his work, his wife Marge was, by far and away, the love of his life. The sun rose and set on her through their sixty years of their marriage. He was preceded in death by his beloved second daughter, Theresa, who passed away in 1996. In addition to his wife Marge, Fred is survived by five children and their spouses: Maureen Joseph (Richard), Kenneth Theurer (Laurie), Christine Morse (Tom), Patrick Theurer (Karen), Matthew Theurer (Maria); 17 grandchildren and six6 great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial was held at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, Maryland on October 10. Internment was at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cure PSP: https://www.psp.org/iwanttohelp/

2019

Thober

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

2019

Thompson

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

2019

Unger

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

2019

Van Cleave

Kenneth Charles Van Cleave Jr. (93) of Galesburg, Kansas (formerly of Eureka, Kansas) passed away on September 22, 2019, at the Greenwood County Hospital in Eureka, Kansas. He was born on December 13, 1925, in Galesburg, Kansas, to Kenneth C. Van Cleave, Sr. and Margaret (Robinson) Van Cleave. Kenneth attended Labette County Community College and graduated from Kansas State University. He served in the US Navy as a Communications Specialist in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge, Kenneth worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Marion and Eureka, Kansas, his entire career. He retired in 1983. He was married to Verna Fae Berends for 69 years. Verna preceded him in death in 2018. He was also preceded in death by son Vernon Ray. Survivors include two sons Larry Van Cleave (Nancy) of Lake Waukomis, Missouri and Gary Van Cleave of Pomona, Kansas; daughter Cheryl Sowder (Jeff) of Toronto, Kansas; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

2019

Wadleigh

Jan Wadleigh (82) of Aloha, Oregon passed away July 12, 2019 from brain cancer. She was the wife of ARCSE member Ralph Wadleigh, who retired in 1990 as a USDA Soil Conservation Service hydraulic engineer. She met Ralph while attending the University of New Hampshire. Jan was very active in the Portland area business community. She and Ralph started a Bed and Breakfast in 1988. She was very dedicated to her church, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ. In addition to her husband Ralph, she is survived by her children Debbie, David (Catherine) and two grandchildren.

2019

Wagner

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

2019

Williamson

Don Francis Williamson (84) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on July 24, 2019. Don was born in Missoula, Montana, and was the proud brother of four sisters and four brothers. He attended Montana State University, served in the US Army, had a 30-year career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He was an Assistant State Conservationist when he retired at the end of 1989. Later, he worked for the Lancaster County Weed District. Don is survived by and his wife Joni Williamson, with whom he celebrated his 50th anniversary in April. He is also survived by his son Brock and his daughter-in-law Hollie, and several brothers and sisters.

2019

Wingo

Bobby Glenn “Bob” Wingo formerly of Hennepin, Oklahoma passed away December 5, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. Bob was born October 22, 1932 in Hennepin to the late Broadus L. and Lillian E. (Jones) Wingo. Bob served in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning a Combat Infantry Badge. Following an Honorable Discharge on October 16, 1954, Bob returned home and began a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a land surveyor. Following retirement from the US Government in the mid-1980s, Bob owned and operated the Wingo Grocery Store in Hennepin for many years. He was active with numerous community organizations and the First Baptist Church of Hennepin. Bob was preceded in death by wife Peggy Wingo in 1995. Bob and the former Paula Joan Lee were married on September 30, 2014 in Hennepin. Survivors include his loving wife, Paula; six children, Scott Wingo (Pam) of Elmore City, Oklahoma, Liz Wilburn (Steve) of Ada, Oklahoma, Michael Wingo of Ada, Julie Auld of Konawa, Oklahoma, Shannon Stevenson (Marc) of Grand Prairie, Texas and daughter, Sheree’ Serrano (Frank) of Edmond, Oklahoma; five children gained from his marriage, Colleen Guthery of New Mexico, Susie McCoy of Lindsay, Oklahoma, Linda Blaine of Oklahoma City, Stephen Blaine of Norman and J

2019

York

John “Sonny” Chester York (85) of Mimbres, New Mexico passed away on July 15, 2019 at his residence. John was born on March 5, 1934 to James Chester York and Lillian Kight Harris in Derry, New Mexico. He served in the United States Navy as Gunners Mate 2nd Class and was honorably discharged. John was a New Mexico State University graduate and went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service for 30 years. He also served as Grant County Farm Bureau President. John is survived by his wife, Josephine Franzoy York; children, John Craig (Christine) York, Daun Ann York Broome (Jeffrey), Nolen Patrick York, and Heather Liana York (Ty) Turner; daughter-in-law, Dena Mills; and 10 grandchildren. A Memorial Service took place on August 2, 2019 at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Silver City, New Mexico with Pastor Josh Hunt of Salem Baptist Church officiating.

2019

Zweiacker

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

2018

Abbott

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

2018

Bailey

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

2018

Belcher

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

2018

Benn

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

2018

Bennett

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

2018

Benson

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

2018

Berger

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

2018

Bollman

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

2018

Bowie

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

2018

Bureau

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

2018

Burgett

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

2018

Carr

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

2018

Case

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

2018

Casey

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

2018

Cheek

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

2018

Cleave

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

2018

Coleman

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

2018

Cranford

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

2018

Culberson

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

2018

Cuthbertson

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

2018

Daniels

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

2018

Davis

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

2018

Dawson

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

2018

Dean

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

2018

Densmore

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

2018

Dodge

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

2018

Doerr

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

2018

Dollar

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

2018

Dvorak

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

2018

Eddy

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

2018

Ellis

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

2018

Espey

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

2018

Estlack

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

2018

Farris

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

2018

Finkelson

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

2018

Fitzgerald

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

2018

Fobair

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

2018

Foster

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

2018

Garner

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

2018

Garst

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

2018

Geiger

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

2018

Gelnar

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

2018

Gerald

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

2018

Gerdes

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

2018

Gladston

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

2018

Gregory

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

2018

Guthrie

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

2018

Haas

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

2018

Hagen

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

2018

Hager

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

2018

Hardy-Brown

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

2018

Hartman

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

2018

Hayhurst

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

2018

Heilman

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

2018

Held

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

2018

Helms

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

2018

Hicks

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

2018

Huff

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

2018

Hunter

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

2018

Hunter

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

2018

Jackson

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

2018

Jackson

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

2018

Jacobs

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

2018

Jaunzemis

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

2018

Jefferson

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

2018

Johnson

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

2018

Jones

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

2018

Kauffman

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

2018

Keller

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

2018

Kilian

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

2018

Kinsey

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

2018

Kipper

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

2018

Koerner

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

2018

Komarek

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

2018

Konopka

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

2018

Kover

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

2018

Land

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

2018

Lantz

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

2018

Larson

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

2018

Laurie

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

2018

Lee

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

2018

Lerch

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

2018

Maresch

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

2018

McClain

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

2018

McLoda

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

2018

Moss

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

2018

Moyers

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

2018

Mullen

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

2018

Nace

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

2018

Nance

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

2018

Nelson

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

2018

Nutt

Ellen Gee Tankersley Nutt, (94) 1924 – 2018, After a long and full life, Ellen Nutt went to the arms of Jesus on December 5, 2018 surrounded by her family.  Ellen was born on January 9, 1924 in Baird, Texas. The only child of G.H. (Buddy) and Lucille Tankersley, she graduated from Baird High School in 1941 and attended Tarleton Junior College and McMurray College. She married Guy Nutt in 1952 and together they raised their children: Ann and Bill. Due to Guy's role with Soil Conservation Service, they enjoyed living in six states and Bangalore, India. Loving Idaho, they retired in Meridian in 1982. Her life was rich with meaningful and lasting friendships.
Ellen had a deep love for her family at Discovery Church where she was affectionately called "Mimi" by her grandchildren and many others that knew her. She loved the fellowship at Bible studies and retreats, enjoyed playing golf until her late 80s and bridge until this fall. She was an avid fan of Texas A&M football, the Dallas Cowboys, and the San Antonio Spurs, a true Texan throughout her life.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Guy, and son-in-law Eddie Kleibrink. She is survived by her children: Ann and Montie Ralstin of Meridian, and Bill and Jan Nutt of Austin, TX. Mimi cherished her grandchildren: Beth Christensen, Monica and Matt Hyde of Boise, Elizabeth and Eric Maberry of Houston, Tim and Cindy Nutt, Luke Nutt, and Elise Nutt of Austin, eleven great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews in Texas.
Her life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Discovery Church located in Boise at 1177 N. Roosevelt St.
Our family is thankful for the staff at Lighthouse Hospice and all those who impacted Ellen's life with love and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Memorial Fund at Discovery Church.

2018

Oertel

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

2018

Pedersen

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

2018

Perales

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

2018

Perez

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

2018

Petefish

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

2018

Pilgrim

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

2018

Pollock

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

2018

Potter

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

2018

Price

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

2018

Price

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

2018

Prissel

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

2018

Rector

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

2018

Reeves

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

2018

Rich

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

2018

Richard

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

2018

Rightmeier

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

2018

Ross

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

2018

Roth

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

2018

Sallee

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

2018

Sallee

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

2018

Sauerwein

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

2018

Saunders

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

2018

Seeley

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

2018

Shubert

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

2018

Shubert

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

2018

Skiles

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

2018

Smoak

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

2018

Sorrell

Ruby Rosette Sorrell (94) of Lansing, Michigan passed away August 16, 2018. She was born April 18, 1924, in Lansing, to John and Clara Hyboone. Ruby worked 22 years with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. She is survived by her children, Jerry Wise (Bonnie), Sherry Sorrell (Chuck), and Laura Sorrell; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ralph, in 2014, and her daughter, Suzanne Landon (Duane).

2018

Spaeth

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

2018

Stewart

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

2018

Thompson

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

2018

Treat

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

2018

Van Cleave

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

2018

Ward

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

2018

Welker

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

2018

Westerman

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

2018

White

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

2018

Wiedenmeyer

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

2018

Williams

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

2018

Wilson

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

2018

Wisner

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

2018

Yager

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

2018

Yates

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

2017

Ackerson

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

2017

Ackerson

Honorary Life Member Ken Ackerson (98) passed aw