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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 09/01/2018


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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.



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



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.



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.



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



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



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.



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,



Honorary member and Senior Conservationist Jennings Garlinghouse (100) of Orleans, California passed away on December 26, 2013. Jennings retired from the Soil Conservation Service as a public information officer in 1973, having worked as a soil conservationist earlier in his career.  He had a degree in agronomy.



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.



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.



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.



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



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:



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



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.



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.



Luther H. Robinson (84) a resident of Oswego, New York passed away on December 28, 2017 at the Morningstar Care Center. Born in Dansville, he received a degree in agronomy from Cornell University and his master’s in soil science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He was employed with the USDA in Maryland for five years, then he moved back to New York to work for Birdseye in Albion and Fulton, and later worked for the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service), doing soil mapping in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. After moving to Norwood (near Watertown), he became acquainted with the local Amish community there and scouted out farmland for them in Wayne and Seneca counties. He maintained a lifelong interest in Native American culture, and was a longtime volunteer at Sterling Nature Center, where he planted several of his beloved blight-resistant American Chestnut trees. He and Patty also volunteered at Acadia National Park in Maine for many summers, working on trail maintenance and enjoying the nearby Atlantic shore. Surviving are his two sons, Mark (Helen Hudson) Robinson of Pensacola and Eric (Norma Reynolds) Robinson of San Diego, California, and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Holly Grazioplene and his wife Patricia O'Neil.



Norman Dell Wheeler (89) of McMinnville, Oregon passed away on December 15, 2014. Norman was married to Louise. When he retired in 1982, he was the area engineer at the Hillsboro Area Office of the Soil Conservation Service.



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.



Charles Frederick "Chuck" Youberg (92) of Albuquerque, New Mexico peacefully entered into eternal rest on October 24, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Juliet Youberg; three children, Fred, Allan, and Carol; two stepchildren, Susan and Dawn; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother David; and sister Margaret. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bette Youberg, and great-grandson, Gavin Price. He was born in Denver and grew up in Kremmling, CO. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army at the beginning of WWII. He served 4 years in Italy and France and was awarded two purple hearts. He then served three additional years in the Reserves as a photo interpreter during the Korean Conflict. He completed his education at Colorado State University and received his degree as a soil scientist/agronomist. For 33 years, he was employed by the USDA and worked in Goodland, KS, Washington D.C., and Albuquerque, NM. He retired in 1978 as the Assistant State Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, UDSA. In the 1960s, Chuck was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America. He also enjoyed remodeling Volkswagens and a 1929 Model A Ford. After his retirement, Chuck and Juliet traveled extensively and were active members at St. Stephens United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, consider contributions to Chuck's favorite charity--Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Joy Junction, or The Storehouse.


Mountain reflected in pond

Reflection Pond, Denali National Park, Alaska.