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We sadly miss the following members of the SCS/NRCS family who have passed away.

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Last updated 7/6/2021




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Cleveland Lipe Barrier, Jr. (81), of Salisbury, North Carolina, passed away in peace on May 12, 2021 at the Novant Health Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House after a long illness. Lipe was born on July 3, 1939 in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, the firstborn child of C. Lipe Barrier, Sr. and Evelyn Blackwelder Barrier. Lipe received a degree from North Carolina State University in 1961. He began a career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in September 1961 in Yadkinville, North Carolina, transferring to Tarboro, North Carolina in 1963, to Monroe, North Carolina as District Conservationist in 1966 to 1976 and then to Salisbury District Conservationist. Lipe retired as a Federal employee in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1994. He did contract work for SCS in after his retirement. He was an active member of Milford Hills United Methodist Church. He is survived by his cherished wife, Renda Treece Barrier and his caring son, David M. Barrier (April) of Salisbury; and two grandchildren, Taylor McKenzie Bell (Frankie) and Mason Cole Barrier.



Theodore Patrick Betoney Jr. (71) of Morgantown, West Virginia, passed away October 30, 2017 at his home. He was born March 2, 1946 in Morgantown to Theodore Patrick Betoney Sr. and Lelia Doris Mayfield Betoney. Theodore graduated West Virginia University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Theodore worked for over 34 years in federal service as a civil and mining engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. He also attended West Virginia Tech for mining engineering classes and worked for many years at several coal companies, with his most recent employment at Murray Energy. He was also a land surveyor and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Theodore loved the outdoors and hunting and was a longtime member of the Pioneer Sportsman’s Club. He also built and raced late-model stock cars, racing at the Morgantown Speedway and other local racetracks. Theodore is survived by his wife Rita Moore Betoney, one son Patrick Betoney (Stacey) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two daughters, Nicole Betoney of Morgantown, and Cathy McMaster (Michael) of Hagans, West Virginia; and two grandchildren Brady and Tyler.



Doris A. (Partridge) Bridge (93) of Bangor, Maine, passed away peacefully after a short illness on May 8, 2021, at Ross Manor in Bangor. She was the daughter of Louis and Edna Partridge of Corinna, Maine. Doris’ ex-husband, Galen Bridge of Tucson, Arizona, worked in many western states and Washington, DC, for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, giving Doris the opportunity to meet and socialize with many Soil Conservation Service employees. She herself often worked as a nanny for several doctors and their families. Doris is survived by a daughter, Patricia Hughes of Stuart, Florida; and a special nephew, Gordon Simmons of Greenville Junction, Maine, who she and Galen raised as a son.



Eugene A. "Gene" Burns (81) of Salina, Kansas, passed away May 6, 2021. He was born July 30, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, to J. Robert "Bob" and Evelyn (Buckley) Burns. Gene served two years in the US Army and four years in the Army Reserves. He married Janice Hartman on October 9, 1966. His career spanned 35 years for the USDA Soil Conservation Service where he served as an Administrative Services Officer. Gene coached youth sports in Salina during the 1970s and '80sAdditionally, he served as President of the Kansas Parents Association of Hearing-Impaired Children. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Jan), of the home; sons, John (Linda Oldham) Burns, of Topeka, Kansas, and Curtis Burns, of Salina; grandsons Hunter Burns and Tyler J. Burns.



Phillip Joseph Burns (88) of Portland, Maine, passed away on April 20, 2021. Phil was born in Binghamton in upstate New York, the son of John and Merian Burns. Phil graduated from Hamilton College and then, two weeks later, found himself taking basic infantry training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. After receiving his honorable discharge from the US Army, Phil took the Korean War G.I. Bill and entered the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University. He then worked as an Agricultural Economist for 30 years for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service working in Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. While in Europe observing Denmark's successful exporting of foods, Phil met a lovely nurse from Australia, Jean McMahon, who was working and traveling in Europe. They became acquainted and wound up being married for 55 years while living in Ontario, Canada; Oregon, Maine, and North Carolina. In retirement, Phil was active with Reading for the Blind in North Carolina and reading with elementary students both in North Carolina and in Maine. Jean predeceased Phil; Phil is survived by his daughter, Linda (Bruce) Stone, of Portland, Maine; and by sons, Terry of Windham, Maine, David (Rebecca) of Naperville, Illinois, and Kevin (Melissa) of Saco, Maine; and four grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation:



Sandra Joyce Compton (84) of Hill City, Kansas, passed away May22, 2021, at the Graham County Hospital in Hill City. She was born July9, 1936, in Goodland, Kansas, to Vernon and Bessie Ratcliffe. She married to retired Soil Conservation Technician Harold Compton on May29, 1954, in Goodland, Kansas. Harold retired in 1987. Sandra’s survivors include her husband, Harold Compton of Hill City; a son, Lee Compton (Deloris) of Mesa, Arizona; a daughter, Robin King (Howard) of Chandler, Arizona; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.



NRCS Employee Mark A. Forrand (63) of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away at home Tuesday, June 1, 2021. He was born March 1, 1958, in Madison, to George and Thelma Forrand. He obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, followed by a 30-year career at the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service where he worked as a cartographic technician. Mark was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, fishing, and duck and grouse hunting. He always had a boat of some sort and knew the best fishing and duck hunting spots on the Madison chain of lakes and sloughs of the Mississippi River around Stoddard, Wisconsin. He was an excellent cook, enjoyed good food and could make wild duck melt in your mouth. Mark loved to ride motorcycles and owned everything from motocross dirt bikes and enduros to Harley-Davidson Sportsters. Mark was a kind and caring brother, and his sweet soul will live on through everyone that knew him. He is survived by his brother, Randy (Bridget) Forrand; and sister, Kristine (David) Pittz. He was preceded in death by his special friend, Penny Adams.



Clarence “Cal” Graham (100) of Redmond, Oregon passed away July 29, 2020, just a few months after his 100th birthday. Cal was a strong, quiet hero veteran of World War II. During the war, Cal was captured on Corregidor (Island) and survived a death march, followed by 3 1/2 years in brutal Japanese slave labor camps and transfers in "death ships." He escaped from the last camp just after the bombing of Hiroshima and witnessed the bombing of Nagasaki. Despite several near-death experiences, Cal never lost his faith in God or mankind. After the war, he married his true love, Doris Lueders, and enjoyed a long and happy marriage until her death in 2016. Cal retired after a long career with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He also rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Oregon National Guard. Later in life, he authored a highly acclaimed book, "Under the Samurai Sword," documenting his experiences during WWII. The native of eastern, rural Nebraska has been featured in Tom Brokaw's book and documentaries about the Greatest Generation. He was interviewed by Brokaw for NBC News six years ago. Cal is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.



Gustav (Gus) R. Hitz Jr. (86) of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away April 13, 2021. He was born in Dennison, Iowa on July 8, 1934 to Gustav R. Hitz, Sr. and Edna Hitz. Gus was the husband of retired USDA-Soil Conservation Service employee Margaret A. Hitz (Struebing). Gus retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1996 after 42 years of service. Gus is survived by his loving wife of 59 years; Margaret A. Hitz (Struebing); children, Gus (Tina) Hitz, Laura (Brian) Runge, Richard Hitz, Trisha (Lloyd) LaFountain, and Guy Hitz; grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Anna, Margaret Kathryn, Evan, Liam, Derek, Eleanor, Steffanie, Rebekah, Trevor, and Barrett. Gus wished to have no funeral. A celebration of life was held on April 25, 2021.



James “Jim” Leslie Karnosh (85) of Salem, Oregon, passed away June 17, 2021, from Parkinson's disease. Jim was born June 11, 1936, and grew up in Scio, Oregon. He worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Idaho and Oregon as a contract specialist for 37 years. He was an avid hiker, and enjoyed wood working and camping. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Linda. He is survived by his children, Kristi Runa, Michael Karnosh, and Stephanie Karnosh; his grandchildren, Aaron Albrecht, Richard Karnosh, and William Jackman; and his sister, Janet Jenkins. A memorial service was scheduled June 30, 2021, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem.



Louise A. Lagassey (78) of Bangor, Maine, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 23, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer. Louise was born in Fort Kent, Maine, on July 7, 1942. In 1962, she married Robert "Bob" Lagassey, the love of her life for nearly 60 years. For many years Louise, and successfully operated her flower business, Flowers by Louise. Bob survives and is retired from the USDA-Soil Conservation Service.



Blanche Evelyn McPherson Schultz Malone (100) of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away June 2, 2021. Blanche was born October 12, 1920, to Edith Minton Spann and John Milton McPherson in Triune, Tennessee. She played AAU professional basketball during World War II for the Vultee Bomberettes, winning the national championship in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was also a champion bowler, winning many City Championships. She married Major League Baseball player Bob Schultz on April 7, 1950. Bob played 11 seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. They later divorced. Blanche worked in the transportation department for Seward Air Base where she met and married James O. Malone, Jr. She then worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service and in 1986 retired after 29 years of civil service. She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by daughter, Debbie Schultz (Charles) Chadwick, son, Duffy (Trish) Schultz, grandsons, Joshua (Sara) Schultz, Michael (Melanie) Schultz, Kristofer (Carrie) Chadwick, Zachary (Justine) Schultz, Erich (Emily) Chadwick, Phillipe (Nick Maynard) Chadwick, and Timothy Charles Chadwick, and 9 great-grandchildren.



ARCSE Member Paul LaVerne Malone (82) of Boise, Idaho passed away June 5, 2021. Paul was born November 16, 1938, in rural Lancaster County Nebraska near Lincoln, Nebraska, the ninth child of Fredrick and Ruby (Holley) Malone. In 1956 he enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard. Paul had active duty for training from November 1956 to August 1957 and employed as a Radar Technician with Nebraska National Guard at Lincoln Air Force Base until November 1959. He was employed at Martin Company in Denver, Colorado from November 1959 until January 1962 when he entered Colorado State University, completing a degree in Soil Conservation in March 1965 after 3.5 years, graduating in the top 5% of the class with High Distinction. He was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Burlington, Colorado {1965-1967); Rifle, Colorado (1967- 1970); Rocky Ford, Colorado (1970-1975); Bellingham, Washington (1975-1978); Shelby, Montana (1978-1979); Rio Rancho, New Mexico {1979-1983); Pocatello, Idaho (1983-1987) and Boise, Idaho (1987-1994) retiring as State Resource Conservationist in 1994. He married Shirley Davis in Denver 1960; they were later divorced. They had 2 daughters (Melissa and Jennifer). Paul then married Kip Coffelt in Bellingham, Washington in 1975. Since his retirement Paul worked for the Peregrine Fund in Boise leading tours of the visitor center assisting with captive birds of prey and maintenance of facilities. He loved to play the guitar and played in bands with the Idaho Old Time Fiddlers for several years and the Eagle Bluegrass Gospel Band (EBGB's) at the Eagle United Methodist Church where he was a member since 1994 and volunteered with the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts (2004-2021). He loved music especially old-time country bluegrass and gospel as well as fishing, woodworking and was an avid reader. He was preceded in death by grandson Tyler Matus. He is survived by his wife Kip, 2 children, Melissa Malone (Barry Henderson), Jennifer (Dave) Schiff, 2 stepchildren: Ed (Carolyn) Coffelt, Stacey (Dave) Matus, 5 grandchildren Santana Matus (Corey Richards), Shaelyn Coffelt, Andy Schiff, Gracie Schiff, Finnegan Henderson and 2 great-grandchildren (Brayden and Jaxson Richards), and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Peregrine Fund of Boise or Eagle Methodist Church.



Senior Conservationist Lawrence Evander Matheson (97) of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away May 1, 2021. He was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina on September 13, 1923, to the late William Norman Matheson and Nezzie Boswell Matheson. Lawrence honorably served his country in the US Army, 32nd Infantry Division during World War II. He retired as a Conservation Technician from the Department of Agriculture and was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He served as Soil Conservation Technician in the Raleigh Field Office for many years. He had the distinction of having attended more of the annual SCS/NRCS retiree picnics than any other retiree. He is survived by his daughters: Margaret M. White (Mike), Janice M. Lilienthal (John); grandchildren: Angie W. Dutton (Bobby), Brian White (Tina); great-grandchildren: Christa, Caroline, and Sam Dutton. Lawrence was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Brown Matheson, and daughter, Lois Elaine Matheson.



Senior Conservationist Frederick “Fred” Thurston Mott (92) of Dover, Delaware passed away May 21, 2021. Fred was born on September 28, 1928 in Seneca Falls, New York to the Helen Greenman Mott and Herbert L. Mott. Fred received his Associate Degree in Agronomy and Soil Conservation from Alfred University and then went on to earn his Batchelor of Science from the University of Georgia. After graduating, Fred became a student trainee for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (SCS) beginning in 1949. In 1952, Fred married Genevieve Whitney and was given a permanent position with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. Two years later, Fred joined the U.S. Army where he was a part of the Special Category Army Personnel with Air Forces (SCARWAF) troops. After serving, Fred and Genevieve came back to Dover and he returned to work for SCS. Fred retired from the SCS in 1987. Following his retirement, Fred began serving as Administrator of Conservation District Operations for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. He was then employed with his daughter and son-in-law Sue and Bob Bartley as the Safety Manager for their electrical contracting business – B&D Electric for 13 years. Some of Fred's other accolades include chairman of the Optimist Club of Dover, past president of the Soil Conservation Society of America (Pocomoke Chapter), and past Kent Conservation District Supervisor for 10- 3year terms. He retired from this position in 2020. Fred was honored in 2020 with the Kent Conservation District Office building named in his honor, the Frederick T. Mott Conservation Center. Fred was also a devoted husband and family man. He enjoyed fishing, wood carving decoys, backpacking, swimming (until the age of 85) and even writing poetry. Fred was heavily involved in his community. He was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Dover for over 69 years. Fred was also a volunteer for many years at Bayhealth Hospital – Kent Campus of which he was rewarded the Jefferson Award by the Governor. Fred is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Genevieve; daughters, Susan (Bob) Bartley of Lewes, Delaware, Becki (Mark) Mott-Lynn also of Lewes, Carrie (Dean) Geyer of Milford, Delaware; grandchildren, Michele Bartley, Whitney Mott-Lynn Murray, Hannah, Tillie, Bonard and Camille Geyer. For those interested, the family suggests donating to the Delaware Envirothon c/o Frederick T. Mott Conservation Center, 1679 S. Dupont Hwy., Dover, Delaware 19901.



Senior Conservationist and ARCSE Life Member Richard L. Phillips (96) of Maplewood, Minnesota (previously of Gibsonville, North Carolina) passed away earlier this year at The Homestead at Maplewood Assisted Living Community. An obituary was not published. According to the ARCSE database, he worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, serving as a State Engineer, and a soil conservationist, retiring in 1982.



Elmer John “E.J.” Richmeier (88) of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away April 24, 2021, at his home. Elmer was born April 12, 1933, in Salina, Kansas, to Fred and Philomena (Rome) Richmeier. He was a graduate of Joseph Military Academy, in Hays, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He married Mary Jean Aich on April 15, 1952, in Hays. He was a district conservationist employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a storyteller and had an amazing sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife; a son, Glenn Richmeier (Jennifer) of Brooksville, Florida; two daughters, Lisa (Brad) Bascue, of Manhattan, Kansas, and Brenda (Danny) Spain of Aurora, Missouri; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Fred Joseph and Gary; and a daughter, Janice.



Ray Gene Sawyers (71) of Manhattan, Kansas, passed away June 27, 2020, at Good Shepherd Homecare & Hospice in Manhattan, surrounded by his family. He was born March 7, 1949, in Duncan, Oklahoma, the son of Raymond L. and Thelma Jean (Best) Sawyers. On November 24, 1967, in Dalhart, TX, he was married to Peggy Elliott. Ray earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1979 in Agriculture. He served in the United States Navy for 6 years on nuclear submarines. He later worked as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. He worked as the District Conservationist in Kearney, Clay and Riley Counties from 1980 until his retirement in 1994. Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing cards and games with friends and family. He was also an avid reader. He loved spending time with his family, he had a quick wit and uncanny recollection of all thing’s history. He was a wealth of knowledge and a storyteller extraordinaire, everyone who knew him enjoyed listening to the many stories he shared. Ray is survived by his wife, Peggy, his three children: Dr. Eric Sawyers (Leslie) of Casper, Wyoming, Jason Sawyers (Tara) of Topeka, Kansas, and Dené (Zachary) Mosier of Manhattan; and four granddaughters: Ashley and Ellie Sawyers, and Grace and Gabrielle Mosier.



Kenneth “Ken” Francis Scheffe (64) of Corrales, New Mexico, passed away February 22, 2021, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kenneth was born on November 6, 1956, in Wichita Falls, Texas to Earl James Scheffe and Evelyn Olivia Koetter. He attended college at Texas Tech University and graduated in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science. In 1982, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Soil Science from Texas Tech University. He married Linda Oyer on July 5, 1997 in Bernalillo, New Mexico and they were married for 23 beautiful years. For 40 years, Kenneth worked for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (New Mexico State Soil Scientist and other positions) from 1978 to 2014. He served as the National Soil Classification Specialist (Soil Taxonomy) at the National Soil Survey Center from 2014-2018. He was also a co-author of National Soil Survey Manual published in 2017. He was a Co-owner of Sustainable Soil Systems LLC from 2019 to 2021, and from 2019 to 2021 was a contract Soil Scientist working in soil health with New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts. He was an EMT and volunteer firefighter & Chief in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. He was an active and dedicated member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and St. John the Apostle Parish in Lincoln, NE. Among Kenneth’s survivors is his wife, Linda Oyer Scheffe of Corrales, New Mexico; son, Shawn Oyer (Kristin) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter, Xela Oyer (Kamil Javon) of Las Vegas, Nevada; granddaughter, Cora Grace Oyer; and grandson, Paul Russell Oyer.



Senior Conservationist Frank J. Schledorn (98) of Bozeman, Montana, passed away March 23, 2021. Frank was born on a farm in near Edmore, North Dakota, to Franz (Frank) Nicholas Schledorn and Marie Clara Vander Heiden Schledorn on September 19, 1922. Several years ago, after his wife of 64 years Doris Mollerud Schledorn passed away, Frank recorded a video reflecting on his life. He things he believed in were family, church, and good citizenship. “If we look to our elders as forests, their wisdom teaches us that patience is the work we can till into the soil”. Frank said, ”Overall, as I look back, I think maybe the thing I've learned is to be patient with life. You need to think things through, not just react to them, and think about what might happen five years from now, ten years from now.” Frank worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as an Engineer. Frank is survived by his son Rick Schledorn (Betty); daughters, Patti Marshall, Lynn Speakman (Fred), Laurie Lint; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Mollerud Schledorn, loving companion Brigitte Zobel Yearman. Memorial services were held June 19, 2021 in Bozeman, Montana at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.



ARCSE Member Swayne Scott (87) of Reston, Virginia, passed away in February of 2021. Swayne served as the National Irrigation Engineer for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1988. The family chose not to publish an obituary. He is survived by his wife Frankie Scott and children.



Senior Conservationist Sterling "Sam" Paul Shreve (89) of Ames, Iowa passed away at the Israel Hospice House in Ames, Iowa, on June 9, 2021, with his loving family near his side. Sam was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Neal C. and Esther (Christiansen) Shreve on February 26, 1932. Sam was united in marriage to Ruth Ilene Lauritsen on February 13, 1957. Sam and Ruth had two children, Kelly Brodie and Karen Thiel. Sam had a son, Paul Shreve, from a previous marriage. In 1956 Sam started working for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Sioux City where he was a surveyor. He transferred to Ames in 1971 as a soil map cartographer. He retired in 1988. Sam enjoyed spending time with his family and playing cards with his many friends. He was known for his quick wit and making people laugh. He was a longtime member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Ames. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, and his daughters, Kelly Brodie and Karen (Denny) Thiel; four grandchildren, Michael Ryan Brodie (Katy Beerhohm-Young), Emily (Nic Carnes) Brodie, Amber (Tim) Jacklin, Justin (Ashley) Redding; and ten great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Mary Greeley Hospice Services for their care and comfort. Private graveside services were held at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery in Adel, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Israel Family Hospice House in Ames.



Darrell Lee Wells (82) of Clinton, Oklahoma passed away May 5, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Darrell was born March 26, 1939 to W.C. Wells and Charlene (Swearingen) Wells in Visalia, California. He was raised in the Stafford community west of Clinton and graduated from Stafford High School in 1957. That same year he began his working career at the age of 18 for the United States Soil Conservation as a soil mechanics technician. He did a lot of compaction testing on dams to ensure they were safe. He worked in Okmulgee, Davis, and Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, retiring after 37 years later in 1994. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in his garden. He is survived by daughter, Cindy Hicks (Frank) of Watauga, Texas; son, Darren Wells of Ft. Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Angie Hicks, Lee Hicks, and Dylan Hicks; four great-grandchildren.



Kathryn (Kay) Louise Westerman (95) of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away May 17, 2021. Kay was born in Atkinson, Nebraska December 6, 1925, to Archie and Lucile J. Millington. She attended the University of Omaha. On June 14, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lyle Westerman who was a Soil Conservation Technician for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service. Kay worked for the War Department and Finance Department during and after World War II. Kathryn worked for LL Coryell in Lincoln and the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in Pawnee City, Nebraska and Lincoln for 34 years. After retirement, she served as secretary for the SCS Retirees Breakfast Club for several years. She was also secretary for the VFW Women's Auxiliary Post 4626 until its disbandment. Surviving Kay are her children, Susan (Ken) Mayberry of York, Nebraska, David Westerman (Terri Tobias) of Cooper Landing, Alaska, Joan Kennedy of Cypress, Texas, and James Westerman of Rapid City, South Dakota. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held May 22, 2021, at Southern Heights Presbyterian Church in Lincoln.



Lonnie Kent White (75) of Keeling, Virginia passed away May 14, 2021, at a memory care facility in Forest, Virginia after a decline in his health for the last six years. Lonnie was born on September 12, 1945, a son of the late Johnnie Kent White and Gladys Dunn White. He had been a resident of Keeling, Virginia for the past 37 years. He retired from the USDA NRCS as an engineer after 36 years of service. Lonnie was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard for 26 years. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 325 and the Keeling Volunteer Fire Department. He was married to Carolyn Shively White, who survives, for 53 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Kent L. White (Michelle) of Lynchburg, Virginia; and two grandchildren, Aiden L. White, and Dylan J. White.



John P. Wulforst (91) of Hornell, New York, passed away May 24, 2021, peacefully and surrounded by family at his home. John was born in Hicksville, New York (Long Island) on October 9, 1929 to John F. and Magdalena (Hoeffner) Wulforst. John attended Lemoyne College before transferring to Cornell University. Prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell in 1958, John served three years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. John joined the USDA-Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist where he worked until 1987. He then joined the staff of the Allegany County Soil Water District as an environmental specialist until 1999. John was recognized by the USDA for surveying more than 1 million acres during his career. John worked in over half of the counties in New York, which included a special facilities project at Lake Placid in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics. In addition to New York, John was detailed to soil survey projects in Texas, North Carolina, Alabama, Vermont, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Mississippi. In his own words, "This was my life, and I couldn't have picked a better job." John is survived by his wife of 62 years Jo Ann (Ray); four children, Michael (Charlene) Wulforst of East Islip, New York, Michelle (James Wancha, Jr.) of Olympia, Washington, Matthew Wulforst of Hornell, and Andrew (Amy Amphlett) of Rochester, New York; and, and seven grandchildren Brenndan, Anna, Patrick, Eva, Ashley, Noah, and Ella. John was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan A. Wancha.



ARCSE Life Member Henry “Hank” Schainck Wyman (80) of Davis, California, passed away at home on May 1, 2021, surrounded by family. Hank Wyman was born in 1941 in The Dalles, Oregon and grew up in Corvallis and Eugene, Oregon. He met his high school sweetheart, Christie Bransford, in 1958 at a Boy Scout-Girl Scout party when they were 15 and 16. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 1958; graduated from Eugene High School in 1959; joined the Air Force, and was sent to Korea, then Japan. He served as editor of several air base newspapers while in the Air Force. Hank and Christie were married in Japan and their first child was born there. They returned to Eugene, where he raced through the University of Oregon School of Journalism in three years, using the GI Bill to help pay for his education. He worked as a reporter for the Eugene Register Guard while in college. Their second child was born in Eugene. After graduation, he was hired by the USDA-Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service) as a public information specialist in Portland, Oregon. Their third child was born in Portland. In 1968, he was reassigned to Hawaii, where they lived for seven years. He also served in Washington, D.C., and in California, stationed in Davis. In 1977, he became California state information officer, and in 2003, he retired as California’s deputy state conservationist after 40 years of service. After he retired, he joined the Friends of the Davis Public Library (FOL). He served in various roles in the group, including president and first manager of Logos Book Store after it was acquired by the FOL. He was a very active FOL volunteer through February this year, when he fell ill with COVID-19. After recovering from COVID, his health began to deteriorate rapidly, and he was diagnosed with advanced cancer. Hank loved to travel. His last big trip in 2019 was to France and Spain. Over the years, he traveled to many Pacific Islands, Indonesia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, France, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, England, Sweden, Finland, every state in the United States, and more. He was intelligent, compassionate, kind, generous, funny, and loyal — a remarkable human being in all ways. He will be remembered for being able to see the “big picture” for everyone who worked with or for him. He helped people recognize their potential and achieve their dreams. He is survived by his wife, children Bryan, Michael, and Catherine; seven grandchildren: Hanah, William, Elise, Ivy, Juliet, Kyle and Monica; and daughters-in-law Michelle and Loran