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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 6/30/2019

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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 (



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



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



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.



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.



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.