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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.

Please email Ron Marlow at arcse@cox.net to report recent In Memoriam notices.

Last updated 02/01/2017

 

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Surname

Year

In Memoriam, RECENT POSTINGS

Bain

2016

William Ruel Bain Sr. (85) passed away August 10, 2016 in Antlers, Oklahoma. Ruel was born south of Valliant. He attended Valliant schools, graduating with honors in 1949. He graduated from Oklahoma A&M where in 1953 he earned a BS in Animal Husbandry. Ruel served in the US Army and then returned to college in Stillwater and earned his Master's Degree in Agronomy (Soil Science), graduating in 1958. He worked for OSU for several years and continued his educational studies. In 1961 he began working at Blackwell, Oklahoma for the USDA Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist and later moved to Antlers with the SCS. He completed a soil survey of Pushmataha County and assisted in adjoining counties until becoming District Conservationist in 1976. In 1987 he worked out of McAlester as the Area Soil Scientist for Eastern Oklahoma until he retired in 1994. He learned to call bids at an early age and worked auctions for over sixty years. Ruel was a fiddle player and could play most other stringed instruments. He has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Antlers, were he taught Sunday school for several years. He leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife of 63 years, Shirley of the home, two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church kitchen benevolence fund or children's ministry fund.

Baker

2016

John Michael Baker (67) of Cameron, Missouri passed away on October 31, 2016. John was born in Kingston. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Missouri. He worked as a civil engineer for the State of Missouri in the Soil and Water Conservation Department. John was also Soil Conservation Technician for NRCS, retiring a few years ago. John was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving during Vietnam with tours in Thailand and Germany. Survivors: Two sisters, Shirley (Lester) Skouby, Cameron, and Cora Blackwell, Kansas City; and several nieces and nephews and their children. Memorial donations to the Missouri Veteran’s Assistance League, Cameron.

 

Barnett

2016

Helen R. Barnett (89) passed away on October 2, 2016, in Winchester, Kentucky. Helen was the wife of James L. Barnett. She is survived by her husband and one son. Helen worked in the Personnel (HR) section of the Kentucky State Office of the Soil Conservation Service, for 23 years, prior to retirement. She always wore a smile and was always ready to help. Staff in the state office lovingly referred to her as "Momma Helen."

Barnett

2016

Helen R. Barnett (89) passed away on October 2, 2016, in Winchester, Kentucky. Helen was the wife of James L. Barnett. She is survived by her husband and one son. Helen worked in the Personnel (HR) section of the Kentucky State Office of the Soil Conservation Service for 23 years prior to retirement. She always wore a smile and was always ready to help. Staff in the state office lovingly referred to her as "Momma Helen."

 

Benrud

2016

Donald E. Benrud (81) of Moose Lake, Minnesota passed away after he battled three years of cancer on July 22, 2016 in Moose Lake. He was born in Monroe County. He worked for 35 years with the United States Department of Agriculture as a Resource Conservationist until retiring on December 31, 1989. Donald was a very active member of Hope Lutheran Church, Chairman of Lakes State Federal Credit Union for 10 years, past President of Soil Conservation Society of America, and was a member of Moose Lake Kiwanis for 40 years. He enjoyed farming, wildlife, hunting, traveling to Europe and Scandinavia, and spending time at the cabin in western Minnesota with family, and was especially fond of his beloved dog, Arrow. Donald is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Janice Benrud, two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. To sign the guestbook online, go to: www.hhkfuneralhome.com.

Black

2016

Life Member Glen Elwood Black (86) of Belton, Texas passed away on October 24, 2016 in Belton. He was born in Killeen, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University. Glen retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1987 as the Assistant Director of the SNTC. He married LaVerne Smith on January 3, 1953 Harlingen, Texas and they were married for almost 60 years before she passed away in 2012. Glen is survived by his sons Gregory A. (Michelle) Black of Edwardsburg, MI and Michael G. (Jeane) Black of Bristol, TN, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Glen’s memory to the Lakeview Baptist Church Building Fund, 7717 State Hwy 317, Belton, Texas 76513.

Blanton

2016

“Dee” Dillard H. Blanton (83) of New Hampton, Missouri passed away October 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Excelsior Springs. On August 15, 1953 he married Marilyn Goble at the Christian Church in New Hampton, MO. She survives of the home. “Dee” was a 1951 graduate of Albany High School, a member of the New Hampton Christian Church, and served in the United States Navy. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician for several years in the Albany Field Office and then later worked as a farmer. Survivors in addition to his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, include a son, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lord’s Warehouse in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com

Bondurant

2016

Senior Conservationist Dewey T. Bondurant (95) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away at Wesley Acres on December 17, 2016. Dewey was born in Bazine, Kansas. Dewey graduated high school from Ness City, Kansas. He lived in western Kansas, in part of the Dust Bowl, and saw the erosion problems firsthand. He had one year of college at Emporia State Teachers College before going into the military. He was part of the Kansas National Guard until he was mobilized to Emporia, Kansas with the Company B 137th Infantry. He did training in Little Rock, Arkansas followed by communications training. He served in the military from 1939 until September 1945. In January 1942, Dewey was part of the Signal Corp 3103 Battalion stationed in England. His job was misdirecting the Germans to think the Allied landing into France would be at a site other than Normandy. Dewey also did similar work at the Battle of the Bulge. As Dewey said, "I helped make it look like the Army was going to go one way, but instead they were planning to go another way." After World War II, he attended Kansas State University for three years. He graduated from there with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. Dewey described one memorable moment in college: "...watching Kansas State beat Wichita State in football. It was the team's only football victory in my three years of school there!" After graduation, Dewey moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa and worked in the Soil Conservation Service. Dewey married Georgia Famous Slavik in February 1949 and became a step-father to Carole Slavik and Mike Slavik. In December 1949, Robert was born to Georgia and Dewey. The family lived in Council Bluffs, Storm Lake, and Shenandoah before settling in Des Moines in 1961. Georgia and Dewey loved dancing together (square, round, and line dancing). Dewey continued to line dance and ballroom dance well into his 80s. Dewey also was an expert jelly, jam, and preserve maker, winning multiple ribbons at the Iowa State Fair, including the top award for strawberry preserves. Dewey was an agricultural engineer with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1980 after serving many years as the State Conservation Engineer in Iowa. He was a 50+ year member of Grace United Methodist Church. Among survivors are Robert (Monica) of Urbandale; a step-son, Michael Slavik (Sharon) of Springdale, Arkansas; seven step-grandchildren; and many step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia (1997) and his step-daughter, Carole Slavik Carpenter (1999). Memorials may be given to his church.

 

Brittan

2016

Lynn Arthur "Britt" Brittan leaves behind, "The Love of his Life," Meg, his wife of 38 years, his daughter, Dale Durniak (Chris) of Chico, a grandson, a stepson, two step grandsons and a step-daughter. He was a graduate of the University of California and worked as a soil conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, retiring as the District Conservationist in Petaluma, CA. Britt was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Wiens. At his request, a private memorial will take place at a later date. Donations may be made in his name to the Redwood Chordsmen, his Barbershop Chorus, 556 Danby Ct., Petaluma, CA 94954.

Brown

2016

Senior Conservationist William "Bill" Thelton Brown (97) passed away peacefully on Sept. 22, 2016, at his home in Fort Worth. Following Bill's longtime wishes, his body was donated to the UNT Health Science Center. Bill was born on a 40-acre farm in Pondtown, near Hartford, Alabama. After graduating in 1938 from Geneva County High School, he followed his dream and joined the Navy in 1940. During World War II, Bill served aboard the USS Louisville and the subchaser SC1302. While in the Navy, he exchanged letters for three years with a pen pal from Staten Island, NY, named Anne Scotto. After the war ended, he wasted no time getting to New York to meet the letter-writer. Bill said it was love at first sight, and they married eight months later, the day after Christmas, 1946. Bill entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) on the G.I. Bill. Upon graduation, he spent his career with the Soil Conservation Service, first in Mobile County, AL, then in Texas. Bill and Anne settled with their family in Fort Worth in 1967. Bill was a devoted member of Genesis United Methodist Church. He was a dedicated blood donor. Bill is remembered by many as a member of the Employee Development Center in Ft. Worth. He provided training to new employees in the southern states. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 63 years, Anne Scotto Brown. Survivors include his son, William Scott (Nancy) Brown; his daughter, Lois Anne Brown; his four grandchildren, and his two great-granddaughters. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be announced at a later date.

Buie

2016

Susan Fern Buie (74) passed away October 1, 2016 in Somerset, Kentucky. Susan is survived by her husband, John Buie, retired Area Engineer with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. John may be reached at 265 Combs LN, Somerset, KY 42503.

Bush

2016

Edwin Bush (90) of Paris, Missouri, passed away on September 14, 2016 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home.  Edwin was born in Stoutsville, MO. He married Hazel DeOrnellas on August 24, 1949 at Paris, MO and she preceded him in death on December 17, 2001. Edwin joined the Soil Conservation Service as the agency’s first part-time employee in 1965. He became a full time employee as a Soil Conservation Technician in 1967 and retired in 1989. He was a member of the Paris Presbyterian Church, where he served as Elder. Edwin was also a past member of Monroe County Saddle Club and Lions Club. He is survived by two daughters, two sons, eight grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Paris Presbyterian Church and Monroe Manor Nursing Home.

Counce

2016

Richard Crosby Counce (85) of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri passed away on October 28, 2016 in Laurie Care Center. He was born in Hayes Center, Nebraska. Richard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis, of the home; a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Dick was a graduate of Hayes Center High School. He was drafted into the United States Army where he attained the rank of Corporal in two short years. He was honorably discharged and returned to the family ranch. He operated the cattle ranch and farm until 1977, at which point he became an auctioneer and opened an auction house in Franktown, Colorado. He later worked as a Soil Conservation Technician for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Dodge City, Kansas, where he won numerous awards, retiring in the early 2000s. Dick moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 2005. He was a member of New Life Church of the Nazarene in Camdenton. He was also a sixty-one year member of the American Legion, and was a past member of the Elks Lodge. Memorial donations may be made to the STAFF Animal Care Center and left at the church. Online condolences maybe left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.

 

Dalton

2016

Geraldine "Gerry" Dalton (93) of Fishers, Indiana passed away on October 11, 2016 at Allisonville Meadows in Fishers. She was born in Dunkirk, New York. Geraldine proudly served her country in the United States Navy during World War II at Pearl Harbor. She worked as a secretary for the VA in Syracuse, NY, and then for the Soil Conservation Service. Geraldine was a former member of St. James Catholic Church. Geraldine is survived by her son, Michael (Mary) Dalton; two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. Geraldine was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Dalton, in 1991. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Condolences: www.randallroberts.com

Dannehy

2016

Member Mike Dannehy (82) of Woodson, New Hampshire passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH on August 17, 2016 after a brief illness. Mike was born in Rutland, VT, grew up in Fair Haven, VT, and graduated from Fair Haven High School.  He served in the United States Army Reserves.  He received an Associate degree in Business Administration and Forestry from Nichols College, followed by a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire.  He worked for over thirty years with the Soil Conservation Service of the USDA where he was District Conservationist for Grafton County for twenty five years.  After retiring in 1994 from the USDA, Mike was self-employed as a natural resource consultant and forester working throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. He had a Christmas tree farm in Newbury Vermont where he spent countless hours tending his trees and swapping stories with customers. He was an avid bird hunter who enjoyed training his dogs. Mike was very civic minded, loved his community, and was involved with various organizations including many leadership roles on commissions, councils and boards.  He was a past president of the New Hampshire-Vermont Soil Conservation Society of America. He leaves behind his wife Connie Dannehy of Woodsville, NH; his son Michael Dannehy and wife Susan Lewis, and his three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodsville Public Library, 14 School Lane, Woodsville, NH 03785; Kinder Memorial Forest, c/o Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, 63 Central Street, Woodsville, NH 03785; or the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

Davidson

2016

Granville W. “Dave” Davidson (90) of Topeka, Kansas passed away August 7, 2016. He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of Tahlequah High School. He served in the US Army during WW II. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Soil Conservation and Animal Husbandry. Granville was employed by the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Topeka, retiring in 1986. Mr. Davidson was an active member of Keep America Beautiful, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award. He remained professionally active in soil conservation and agronomy education. Granville married Ruth Marie Cann on January 29, 1950. She survives. Other survivors include two children, Dr. Terry (Ann) Davidson, Newton, and Donna Donovan, Topeka; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Alex Donovan and Hadley Davidson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66614.

Davis

2016

Charles Kenneth Davis (71) passed away on Sept. 5, 2016, after bravely facing the challenge of cancer. Charles, a 42-year resident of Davis, was born in Albuquerque, NM. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Albuquerque, Roswell and Santa Fe offices, serving in the New Mexico National Guard during this time. In 1974, Charles moved to the Davis office of SCS as a design engineer. Charles remained in Davis becoming the USDA NRCS (formerly SCS) State Conservation Engineer. He was a registered Professional Engineer and was honored as NRCS Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1998. Charles retired in 2009 after 41 years of service. Charles was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where he was a lector at mass until he became ill. He and Vicki led the parish marriage-preparation program, working with many engaged couples over the years. Charles was a third-degree black belt in the martial art of Tang Soo Do and was an instructor at Davis Arts Center for many years. He was a car enthusiast and had a special love for Nissan Zs. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vicki; sons Christopher and Michael (Cassandra); and two grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may be made to the St. James Church Memorial Center or the St. James School Annual Fund.

Denslow

2016

Howard Burnham Denslow (69) of Brooklyn, Connecticut, passed away on August 7, 2016, following a long illness. He was born in Hartford, CT. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Virginia (Pagani) Denslow, his three children, and eight beloved grandchildren. Howard was a thirteenth-generation direct descendant of Henry Denslow, the first settler of Windsor Locks, CT. He was a graduate of Rockville High School and attended the University of Maine at Orono. He received a degree in Agronomy from the University of CT at Storrs. His professional career was spent with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a District Conservationist in Windham County and later as a Resource Conservationist at the state headquarters office in Tolland. He also served on the board of directors of the Eastern CT Conservation District. Howard was a communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, where he served as Junior Warden and Vestryman and was a longtime member of the choir. He enjoyed singing with local choral groups, including the Northeast CT Ecumenical Choir and the Plainfield VFW Chorus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 276, Brooklyn, CT 06234, or to the Wolf Den Land Trust, PO Box 404, Brooklyn, CT 06234.

Doren

2016

Kenneth W. Van Doren (84) of Chaumont, New York passed away on November 22, 2016 at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown NY. He was the Valedictorian of the 1950 Lyme Central Graduation Class and attended Cornell University before returning home to assist his father with the family farm. He operated his own dairy farm near Chaumont from 1953 until 1959 when he joined GLF, and in 1963 he became manager of the GLF bulk feed facility in Canton. In 1969 he became a Soil Scientist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service and worked for SCS until his retirement in 1992. After moving back home to Chaumont. Ken was active for many years in the Lyme Free Library and was devoted to the care of Joanne his beloved wife of 63 years. In addition to being survived by his wife, he is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Lyme Free Library in Chaumont.

 

Foster

2016

Barbara Foster of Davis, California, passed away on July 12, 2016 after a long struggle with COPD. She retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service as Budget and Finance Officer in the Davis State Office.

Fuchs

2016

Member and Senior Conservationist Westal Wayne Fuchs (89) of Fort Worth, Texas and formerly of Temple passed away on November 29, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Mayfield, OK. He graduated from New Liberty High School in 1944. He attended Abilene Christian College for two years, joining the U.S. Navy in 1946. He trained in San Diego and then served aboard Landing Ship Tank RL26 in China. After one year and nine months of service, he returned to ACC and then transferred to Texas Technological College, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in August 1950. He began his career with the Soil Conservation Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Lamesa. He was transferred to Spur in 1951 and then Post. He moved to Temple in 1965, where he served as the assistant state soil scientist of Texas. More moves and promotions followed to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center, Stillwater, OK as state soil scientist; Washington, DC in the Department of Agriculture, Office of Budgets; and back to the Fort Worth Regional Service Center. He retired from the SCS Blackland Research Center in Temple in 1986. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Temple and later of Gambrell Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Allen Fuchs. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Patsy; a son, Paul Fuchs of Keller; a daughter, Deborah Sue Jones of Temple; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gambrell Street Baptist Church or any charity.

 

Gilkeson

2016

Mildred Adamson Gilkeson (93) of Fort Seybert, West Virginia passed away on August 10, 2016 at Bridgewater Retirement Community in Bridgewater, Virginia. She was born at Fort Seybert. A 1940 graduate of Franklin High School, Mildred had been employed by the WVU Extension Service, War Price and Rationing Board, Potomac Valley Soil Conservation District, and USDA Soil Conservation Service. She was a member of the Wide-Awake 4-H Club, Fairview-Bethel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, Fort Seybert Extension Homemakers, the Pendleton County Historical Society, and she served on the Board of Directors of Pendleton Senior and Family Services. On June 26, 1943, she married William O. Gilkeson (Oct. 23, 1919--July 27, 1991), who preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter and two sons including ARCSE member Ron Gilkeson, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Lance Gilkeson. Memorials may be made to Bridgewater Retirement Community, 302 N. 2nd Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812 or Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Grube

2016

Wayne R. Grube (80) of Hershey, Pennsylvania passed away on November 22, 2016. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Forestry. He was born in Bethlehem, PA. Wayne is survived by his wife Maryann, a son Jeremiah, a daughter Jessica, and six grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by an infant brother and a son, Joshua. He retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1993, having served on the Watershed Staff for many years and worked additional years for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Farmland Preservation. Wayne was a member of Christ Community Church, Camp Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Grace International, Inc. P.O. Box 172508 Hialeah, FL 33017.

 

Harper

2013

Larry Laverne Harper (74) of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away February 10, 2013 at Lenoir Woods Nursing Home in Columbia, MO. He was born in Bloomfield, Iowa. On June 14, 1959 in Bloomfield, Iowa, he was united in marriage to Alberta Oleta Brunk who preceded him in death on May 25, 2010. Larry is survived by two sons and five grandchildren, as well as two great-grandchildren. He was a graduate from Bloomfield High School with the Class of 1955. Larry was employed thirty five years as a soil conservation technician for SCS until retiring in 2001. He enjoyed showing sheep for thirty-five years. He was a member of Kirksville Moose Lodge #1751 and the First Christian Church of Kirksville.

Hendricks

2016

Master Sgt. Louis Patrick Hendricks, U.S. Air Force (Retired) (51) succumbed to glioblastoma brain cancer on October 30, 2016. Louis died peacefully in his home in Columbia, Missouri surrounded by his loving family. He had battled cancer for more than a year. Following graduation from Millard High School in 1983, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served for 20 years. It was in the Air Force that he met his beloved wife, Alicia, whom he married May 22, 1993. After retiring from the military, Louis continued to work for the federal government in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. His jobs included contracting, grants and agreements specialist, and most recently, as the state administrative officer. He was devoted to his faith and dedicated many hours to studying the Bible, sharing his faith and volunteering as a sound engineer at Forum Christian Church. In 2013, he earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. He is survived by his devoted wife of 23 years, Alicia, their daughter, Ashlyn, and their sons, Louis, Justin and Benjamin. He is also survived by his parents, Fred and Mary Hendricks. Memorials may be made to the Head for the Cure Foundation or to the Hendricks family.

 

Hines

2016

Beecher J. Hines (84) passed away on November 14, 2016 at home on his farm. Born in Poplarville, Kentucky, he was a geologist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1994 with 39 years of service. He was a 40-year member at Leesburg Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Landrum Hines; two sons, Douglas (Sara) Hines and Daryl (Brooke) Hines; a daughter, Deborah (Jeffery) Brock, and nine grandchildren. His son Doug works for NRCS in the state office. Beecher served in the US Army from September 14, 1954, until June 13, 1956. He graduated from Berea College with a B.A. degree in geology. 

 

Holen

2016

Senior Conservationist Betty J. Holen (92) of Monona, Wisconsin passed away on December 16, 2016, at Agrace Hospice Care, peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Clifton Township, Grant County, WI. Betty graduated from Fennimore High School in 1942 and attended Madison Business College.  She married Theodore Holen on April 24, 1954. Betty worked for the U.S. Government for the Office of Price Administration (OPA), the U.S. Air Force, and the USDA Soil Conservation Service. She worked in the State office as a secretary and administrative assistant, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary. Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ted; daughter, Karen (Greg) Kehring; son, Eric (Lori) Holen; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and Agrace Hospice Care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

 

Holscher

2016

William H. "Bill" Holscher, Jr. (77) a long-time resident of Hillsboro, OR passed away on October 14, 2016 at the Bend Hospice House. William was married to Bette Holscher, the secretary to the NRCS Oregon State Conservationist when she retired. He was born in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1957. Bill worked for Tektronix, Inc. in Beaverton for 46 ½ years, until he retired in 2004 as a Senior Electronic Technician. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bette Holscher, of the family home in Hillsboro, Oregon. Also surviving are a daughter and son and their spouses and his six grandchildren. The family suggests that remembrances be contributions to Partners in Care Hospice House, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, in his memory.

Howe

2016

Robert Warren "Bob" Howe (57) of Morrisville, Missouri passed away September 10, 2016 in Springfield, MO. He was born in Ava, MO. Bob enjoyed being outdoors, whether that meant hunting, fishing, or playing baseball with his children. He spent over 30 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as the head of both Polk and Dallas County. He also served in both the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, where he built friendships that would last his entire life. Of all of his service, Bob was most proud to do work at his home church, the United Methodist Church in Bolivar. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; by three children; Amy (Adam) Carter of Battlefield, MO., Calen Howe of Destin, FL, Michael Howe of Morrisville, Mo., four step-children, and eleven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob’s name to the United Methodist church of Bolivar, Mo. Friends may leave condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com

Hughes

2016

Paul A. Hughes, Jr. (69) of Cornville, Maine passed away unexpectedly at the Maine General Hospital in Augusta on November 12, 2016 after a long battle with lymphoma. He was born in Newport. In 1969, he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, with a Bachelor of Science in Plant & Soil Sciences. He later received his Master of Science in Vegetable Crops & Plant Physiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army Reserves in Dexter for a number of years, Paul spent over 30 years working for the USDA as a soil scientist and crop agronomist, working in many different areas all over the state of Maine before retiring in 2005 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Office in Bangor. He was exceptionally proud of the house he built for his family in Cornville and of the strawberry farm he ran for many years. He was a longtime supporter of 4-H, leading the South Solon Hustlers club for many years when his children were younger. Paul is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Hughes, of Cornville, two children, and two grandchildren.

 

Jensen

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Peter N. Jensen (92) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Salina, Kansas and served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946 in the South Pacific. Peter served on the USS McClelland, which was anchored in Tokyo Bay at the time of the peace signing with Japan. He graduated from Colorado A&M (CSU). He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Kansas and Nebraska for 30 years as State Range Conservationist. After retirement Peter and Doris traveled extensively and were active volunteers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Doris; son, Gregory Jensen of Lincoln; daughter Karen (Deryl) Travis, Jr. of Lincoln; two granddaughters, two grandsons, and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to Pathways to Compassion Hospice, 1401 Infinity Rd. Suite A, Lincoln, NE 68512

Jernstedt

2016

Noma Jeane Jernstedt (84) of Hubbard, Oregon passed away on July 16, 2016. She was married for 63 years to Maurice L. Jernstedt. Maury retired from SCS in 1994 after serving as an economist at several locations in Oregon and Washington. For the last 33 years they have resided in Hubbard. She was blessed with four children. She celebrated her birthday with her twin sister July 15, 2016. She also had seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Noma was a homemaker and farmer. She served the Lord faithfully in every volunteer capacity in each church she was a part of, with emphasis on youth programs. She also served many years in the Girl Scouts, the 4-H and FFA programs. Outside the church her life reflected the deep and abiding faith she held. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits.

Jordan

2016

Member Robert H. Jordan (88) of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on May 11, 2016. Robert retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1986 as a Soil Scientist Staff Leader. He is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild--and one on the way. Bob will be buried in the fall at the AZ Vets cemetery. He served in the Army at the end of WW II--Signal Corps at Vint Hill Farm in Virginia.

Kelly

2016

Shawn D. Kelly (51) of Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, formerly of Pembine, passed away on July 26, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. Shawn fought a long and hard battle with cancer. He was born in Norway, MI. Shawn worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in our cartographic office in Rhinelander and at the State office on the digitizing team. Shawn is survived by two sisters and four brothers.

Kvittem

2016

Life Member Owen John Kvittem (69) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away August 8, 2016. He was born in Faribault, Minn.  He worked as an engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in offices in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Nebraska. He retired as State Conservation Engineer in Nebraska in 2007. He later retired as an engineer from the Nebraska Dept. of Natural Resources. He was a member of Southwood Lutheran Church. He enjoyed helping anyone with any and every project, and more importantly, spending time with his family and friends. Family members include his wife, Debbie; mother, Marcy, Kenyon, MN; sons, Scott (Holly), Detroit Lakes, MN, Dane (Jamie), Lincoln, and Lee (Sandy) Kvittem, San Angelo, TX; and six grandchildren. Memorials to Peoples City Mission, Southwood Lutheran Church or Lincoln Police Department. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Labahn

2016

Life Member Leslie "Les" Labahn (75) passed away at his home in Pickstown, South Dakota on March 18, 2016. Les was born in Akron, Iowa. He attended South Dakota State University and received a degree in Agronomy from SDSU in 1962. After college, Les went to work for the USDA Soil Conservation Service until January 1963, when he reported to US Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. After Officer Candidate School, Les served aboard the USS Waldo County Landing Ship Tank (LST) 1163. He rose to serve as the Operations Officer of the ship. Les completed his Active Duty obligation in May 1966 and was honorably discharged. He returned to his civilian life in the USDA Soil Conservation Service but remained in the Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Les moved to Pickstown in 1993 and retired from the Soil Conservation Service at the end of 2005 as an RC&D Coordinator at Lake Andes, South Dakota. After retirement, he remained active in the Randall RC&D (Resource Conservation & Development). He traveled around the country for his grandchildren's sporting events, birthdays, school programs, and concerts. He fulfilled a "bucket list" goal by driving to Alaska and touring the wilderness. Left to mourn are his wife of 49 years Connie, his daughter Stephanie Hurd (Jeff) of Rapid City, his son Steven Labahn (Debora) of Sioux Falls, his son Michael Labahn (Melissa) of Brandon, and his nine grandchildren. Les was active in the VFW, and the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Burke VFW in the name of Les Labahn. Friends may sign his online guest register at http://clausenfuneralhome.com.

Layton

2016

Member Robert "Bob" Layton (89) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire passed away on November 16, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Russellville, Ohio. Bob graduated from Russellville High School with the Class of 1945 and was a veteran of World War II, enlisting with the US Navy on the day of his graduation. After serving his country, he attended the University of Miami before transferring to the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering. Bob was employed as an agricultural engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. He moved to New Hampshire in 1964 and retired from the Watershed Planning Staff in 1978. After his retirement he continued consulting in soil and water conservation. After some continuing education he received his teaching degree and taught general science at Portsmouth Middle School. He finally retired in 1991.Bob was an active member of the North Church serving several years as president of the Church Council. He was also active with the Portsmouth Community Development Committee for 37 years and served on the committee of the Renovation of Market Square Committee. He was a 58-year member of the Lions Club, joining in Ohio and transferring to the Portsmouth Lions Club where he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow and was a past president. He was also a member of Russellville Masonic Lodge #166, Russellville, Ohio. He shared 62 loving years of marriage with his wife Carolyn (Maxson) Layton. In addition to his wife he leaves three children: Nancy Layton and her husband Peter Anania of Portsmouth, Andrew (Judith) Layton of Deering, Daniel (Lorinda) of North Berwick, Maine, and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Portsmouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 944, Portsmouth, NH, 03802 or to the North Church Memorial Fund, 355 Spinney Rd., Portsmouth, NH, 03801. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Bob's memorial website, sign his tribute wall.

 

Mathis

2016

Stacey Jo (Henslee) Mathis (54) of Atoka, Oklahoma and a former resident of Konawa, Oklahoma passed away on October 10, 2016 at Alliance Health Hospital in Durant, Oklahoma. She was born in Sacramento, California and moved from California at six weeks old to become an "Okie." Stacey graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1984 with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Education. She started working for the Soil Conservation Service in 1983 as a summer trainee and continued until her death as a District Conservationist in Atoka, Oklahoma. Stacey was baptized at the Assembly of God Church in Konawa in 1974. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Greg Mathis and son, Joseph Mathis of their home in Durant, and mother, Maxine Henslee of Konawa. She was preceded in death by her father, Jackie Lamont Henslee, and sister, Tina Jeanette Henslee.

Mayer

2016

Donald K. Mayer (83) of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin passed away on September 1, 2016 at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. Don was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He served in the United States Army from 1954-1956. He graduated from the University of River Falls in 1963 summa cum laude with a degree in Biology and Conservation and earned a Teaching Degree. Following graduation Don worked for the SCS/NRCS, retiring in 1997 as the District Conservationist in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed substitute teaching at the Unity School until 2004. He was a member of the American Tree Farm Association, the Balsam Lake American Legion and a proud member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, gardening, reading, military history, and collecting gun shell casings. Don leaves to celebrate his memory, wife of 48 years, Brenda Mayer, Balsam Lake; daughter, Monica (Shawn) Kelly, Gilbert, AZ; and son, Kurt Mayer, Balsam Lake, WI.

McMullen

2016

Member James R. McMullen (78) of Hillsdale, Pennsylvania passed away on September 24, 2016 after being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer on July 20th. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Farm Bill Specialist on the Conservation Operations Division staff in Washington, DC. His wife Elaine preceded him in death several years ago.

 

Meierdierks

2016

Larry D. Meierdierks (64) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away peacefully on Aug. 7, 2016. He was born in Pender. Larry graduated from Pender High School in 1970 and in 1972 joined the US Army where he was stationed in Korea and at Fort Riley, KS, and later served in the Nebraska National Guard as a helicopter repairman for the 24th Medical Company. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Suzie. Suzie is retired from the NRCS State Office in Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Christ Lutheran Church Comfort Dog Ministry Fund.

Merrell

2016

J. Evan Merrell (88) passed away at his home in Boise, ID on August 18, 2016. He was born in Virden, New Mexico. Evan served in the Navy during the closing months of WWII on a cruiser moored in San Francisco Bay and in the Army as a radio operator in the Korean War. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Chicago, IL area. He earned a graduate degree in hydrology from Utah State University. Evan worked during his 25-year career as a hydrologist for the US Soil Conservation Service in Boise, ID. A final assignment for SCS took him to Anchorage, AK. After he retired, Evan and a group of former coworkers in Boise founded a consulting company, Associated Earth Sciences, to continue offering soil and water solutions. He really enjoyed AES. Evan and his wife June served two missions together for the church—first in Florida and then to Hanoi, Vietnam where they helped modernize a library in the National School of Public Health. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, June; their children, Kevin Merrell, Reed Merrell, Ann Reed, Dorothy Klomp and Richard Merrell, and a sister-in-law, Pat Merrell. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Loren Reed. Condolences may be expressed at zeyerfuneralchapel.com.

Moody

2016

Member Wendell Bruce Moody (80) of Eden, Texas passed away on October 13, 2016 in Dallas at the home of his son Steven, and daughter-in-law Cheryl, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn, son Steven Moody and his wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Carolyn Zarmbinski and her husband Aaron Zarmbinkski. Wendell was born in Tulia, Texas. A 1954 graduate of Eden High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1957. He returned to Texas Tech in 1961 and earned his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Texas Registered Professional Engineers License in 1967. Wendell's professional career spanned 1956 to 1994. He began as a summer Engineering Trainee in Stanton, Texas in 1956. He advanced through the ranks of Agricultural Engineering Field and Area Offices of the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Big Spring, Texas, and Civil Engineering Soil Mechanics, and Design offices at the South National Technical Center in Ft. Worth, Texas. Wendell was Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Temple before he became the State Conservation Engineering in Champaign, Illinois in 1974. Four years later, he was promoted to Head of Engineering at the SCS's Midwest National Technical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska until 1984. He finished his career at the USDA National Headquarters, in Washington, DC, as Deputy Director of Engineering. His professional organization memberships were numerous. He was a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. After 38 years with the SCS, Wendell returned to his hometown of Eden, Texas in 1994, and started the busiest chapter of his life in community service. Since then, he served continuously on and as an officer on many local and regional boards (civic, governmental, and water conservation/planning) including 12 years on the Eden City Council, 20 years as Adult Bible Class teacher and Trustee of Eden Trinity Lutheran Church, and over 20 years on the Civil Engineering Academy, Texas Tech University.

 

Moran

2016

Moran Betty J. Moran (92) of Westerville, Ohio passed away on December 8, 2016. Her husband Kyle was Assistant State Conservation Engineer for SCS. In lieu of flowers, it is Betty's wishes that donations be made to Ohio Bible Mission, Peniel Bible Camp, 3260 OH-314, Fredericktown, OH 43019. Condolences at morelandfuneralhome.com

 

Moser

2016

Lowell Alan Moser (82) of Effingham, Kansas passed away on October 6, 2016 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He was born in Horton, KS. Lowell graduated from Highland Junior College in 1955. He received his Bachelor's in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 1961. Lowell proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a Soil Conservation Planner for the USDA in Holton, joining in March of 1969. He later worked as District Conservationist in Atchison County, retiring in 1994 after 28 years of service. For most of his life, he raised Holstein, Hereford, and Angus cattle and showed them at local, district and state fairs. He was a member of Effingham Union Church and Elks Club in Hiawatha. Lowell is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane Warren in Hiawatha. Other survivors include a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Atchison Co. 4-H or Kansas Junior Hereford Association c/o Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.

Moses

2016

Kathryn Grace Moses (20) of Mooresville, North Carolina passed away on May 30, 2016. Kathryn is survived by her parents, Samuel and Catherine Moses, and brother, Samuel; grandparents, Richard and Carol Gallo, Cindy and James Goad; and many other loving family members. Dick (Richard) Gallo is an ARCSE member and retired as the NRCS State Conservationist in NC in 1997.

We have no words to express the grief we feel for losing our intelligent, kind, and beautiful daughter. The promise her future held was cut short by a wrong decision, a reckless one... that led to a sickness she could not control and which quickly consumed her. But Katie is not defined by addiction. In her twenty years of shining bright with a personality and sense of humor as big as the sky, her last year will not be the one we remember her by.

Katie lived a wonderful life for 19 years. She loved her horses, her dogs, her friends, and especially her family. Everyone who was blessed enough to have known her will attest to her sense of humor--she kept us all laughing and at the same time she was free with her generosity and kindness. She had so many plans for what she wanted to do in life--and they changed often--but the underlying theme was to do something that involved travel. She was never as excited as when she was planning a trip or going someplace new and different--taking in the sights and trying different foods.

We know that she is free from suffering now and that God holds a place for her. "To everything there is a purpose," and although we cannot know what that purpose is right now, we hope that it has something to do with changing the course of another young person's life who is struggling with addiction. You were and always will be our cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. We will never forget who you were and the indelible mark you left on our lives.

Mueller

2016

Nelson Ernest Mueller (70), a resident of Sulphur, Oklahoma passed away October 27, 2016 at Tulsa, OK. He was born in Clinton, OK. Nelson graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Degree in Animal Science. He had lived in several places working for the Natural Resource Conservation Service, moving to Sulphur in 1985. He owned a lawn care business. Nelson enjoyed horse racing. He was a Viet Nam Veteran who served in the US Army. Nelson was a member of the First Christian Church. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Mary Mueller, of Sulphur, OK; a daughter & son-in-law, Jessica & Steve Tilley, of Ada, OK; a son, Brad Mueller, of Sulphur, Ok; and a granddaughter. Online condolences may be sent to www.dearmanfuneralhome.com

Murphey

2016

George T. Murphey (88) of Greencastle, Indiana passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016. George is survived by his wife of more than 68 years, Elizabeth Stovall and children Michael (Debbie) and David (Cristina), and three grandchildren. A daughter Susan predeceased him in 1992. He was born on a farm near Mayfield, Ky. After graduating from Mayfield High School in 1945, George volunteered in the U.S. Army. He attended the University of West Virginia and the University of Illinois in the Army Specialized Training Program. He received basic training at Fort Knox, KY and received an honorable discharge in October 1946. George went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1948 and graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. After college graduation, George taught vocational agriculture at three different high schools in Kentucky. He went on to work at the Atomic Energy Plant located near Paducah, KY for three years prior to beginning his career with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in 1955 in Princeton, IN. The SCS transferred George to Covington, IN, for two years and then finally to Putnam County in 1957, where he would work for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1985. George's retirement from the SCS was just the beginning of a second career and numerous volunteer activities. George went on to be a farm manager for farms in Central Indiana, an agricultural consultant for a number of local banks, and a consultant for conservancy districts throughout Indiana. George was very involved in and giving to his community. He and Elizabeth were active members of the First Baptist Church for more than 50 years. For all of his tireless efforts in the community, George received the Friend of the Farmer award from the Putnam County Farm Bureau in 1996 and the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2005. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Putnam County Memorial Cancer Research Fund at the Putnam County Community Foundation.

 

Offerman

2014

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Elmer E. Offerman (93) of Coventry, Connecticut passed away on December 3, 2014. He was born in Illinois. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 1984 as a Public Information Officer after many years of dedicated service. He will be remembered as a kind man who loved his family and close friends. He was an avid reader and loved to stay up on current events. He is survived by two daughters-in-law Sylvia and Barbara, two sons-in-law Robert and Konstant, and four grandchildren. Elmer is predeceased by his first wife Margaret of 28 years and his second wife Marie of 19 years, both of whom he loved very much. He was also predeceased by his son Thomas and a granddaughter Robin. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the charity of your choice . For online memorial guestbook please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.

 

Paden

2016

Harry E. Paden (89) of Lincoln, Nebraska passed away on September 1, 2016. He was a retired soil scientist with USDA Soil Conservation Service. He is survived by son, Roger Paden, Lincoln, and daughter, Pat (Dave) Cotton, Omaha; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Penner

2016

Doris Louise Penner (88) of El Dorado, Kansas passed away on July 8, 2016. She was the wife of Harold Penner who retired from SCS as a soil scientist in 1980. She was born in Marion, Kansas and graduated from Marion High School in 1945. Doris retired as a secretary for USD 490 (public schools) in El Dorado and was a member of First United Methodist Church. Her loving family includes her husband of 67 years, Harold of the home, two daughters, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Memorial contributions in her name, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association or Interim Hospice, in care of the funeral home.

Perryman

2016

Fred Perryman (89) of Duke, Oklahoma, passed away on July 10, 2016 at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Fred was born northeast of Duke near the home site of his pioneer grandparents. Fred joined the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. After his service he completed his senior year of high school. He received his degree in Agriculture Education. He was vocational agriculture instructor at Butler, Oklahoma for a few years and then began working with the USDA Soil Conservation Service. He served in this capacity in several areas of Oklahoma: Walters, Okmulgee, Okemah, and Clinton. After 25 years in Clinton, Fred retired in 1991 as the District Conservationist. He was ordained as a deacon at the Hillcrest Baptist Church while he was in school at OSU. Fred leaves behind his wife of 69 years Bonnie of the home; three sons, Philip Perryman and wife Lana of Apache; Fred Arlen Perryman (Lillian) of Edmond; and Dale Perryman (Sezen) of Dallas; his daughter, Freda Beall (Charles) of Bixby; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the Perryman family has requested a memorial to be sent to a fund set up to offset his son Fred Arlen Perryman’s Parkinson’s medical procedure. Please contact Fred Perryman’s Memorial Fund, Farmers and Merchants Bank, PO BOX 190 Duke, Oklahoma 73532, or call (580) 679–3334. To sign the online guest book and share memories with the family please visit www.Lowell-Tims.com.

Petrie

2016

Neal A. Petrie (87) of Oakley, Kansas passed away on November 24, 2016 at the Colby Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Pratt, KS. He was a farmer and a Soil Conservation Service Technician in the Oakley field office, retiring in the mid-1980s. Neal enjoyed hunting and fishing, farming, and was an arborist. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Retha of the home, a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. Memorials of the donor’s choice may be sent in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, P.O. Box 221, Oakley, KS 67748. Sign online guest book at www.kennedykosterfh.com.

 

Rockenbaugh

2016

Thomas G. Rockenbaugh (90) went to be with the Lord on July 10, 2016. Tom was born in Wills Point in 1926. He served his country in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. Tom graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in range and forestry. He began his career in 1951 with the Soil Conservation Service. He served in various roles throughout Texas before becoming SCS assistant state conservationist for Louisiana and deputy state conservationist for Kansas. In 1975, Tom was appointed as state conservationist for Arizona. He moved to Washington as SCS assistant chief for the Southwestern states in 1981. He retired as Associate Chief. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lois. Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Del Rockenbaugh; children, Vickie Rockenbaugh and Rob Rockenbaugh (Darlene); stepchildren, C.J. Witten (Alan) and Nancy Cooper (David); six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or to Birchman Baptist Church's Harp Fund, 9100 N Normandale St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116.

Schaefer

2016

Member George W. Schaefer (88) of Virginia Beach, VA passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2016. He was born in Winona, MN. George was a former Marine who served in China after WWII, and during the Korean War. He was a Chosin Reservoir survivor. He retired from the USDA Natural Resource and Conservation Service after 32 years of service. After he retired, he served as a District Director on the Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District Board for over 10 years, serving as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer, and on the Resource Conservation and Development Council. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach. George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Oksun Lee Schaefer; and one daughter Linda Schaefer-Seinfeld (Steve), of Tarzana, CA.

Schober

2016

Ernest Schober (93) of Duluth, Minnesota passed away on May 10, 2016, in Solvay Hospice House. He was born in Orpund, Switzerland. Ernie served the US Marines proudly during active duty during WWII in the Pacific Arena, receiving the Bronze Star of Valor and a Purple Heart Medal. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Forestry and retired from the US Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and VFW. Ernest enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cribbage, flower and vegetable gardening, traveling, and he always enjoyed the company of family. Ernest was preceded in death by wife, Marjorie, daughter, Susan Wisocki, and son, Richard Schober. He is survived by children Thomas (Irma), James (Becky), Daniel (Rosi), and Geoffrey, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Schroeder

2016

Gladys N. Schroeder (94) of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away on August 15, 2016 at Accura Health Care (Countryside Estates) in Cherokee. Gladys was born in Afton Township, Cherokee County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. After high school graduation, she followed the secretarial and clerical trade. Gladys was married to Robert H. Schroeder on May 21, 1943 at the Air Force Base in Greenville, Mississippi. Following her husband’s discharge from WW II, they returned to Cherokee County. In 1955, she started her employment with the Cherokee County Soil Conservation District, the first district clerk in that office, and retired in 1983. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and great nephews.

Schuetz

2016

Sharon Schuetz (75) of Oberlin, Kansas passed away on November. 4, 2016. She was born in Oberlin. Her husband Jerry served as the District Conservationist for SCS in the Oberlin Field Office, retiring in 1989. Survivors include her husband, Jerry, of Oberlin; two daughters and four grandsons. She was preceded in death by two daughters.

 

Schulze

2016

Lonnie Lee Schulze (72) of Salina, Kansas passed away on July 12th, 2016 at the Mitchell County Hospital, in Beloit. He was born in Norton, Kansas. Lonnie worked as a soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service, retiring in 2001. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Salina. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Jeanne, of Salina; two daughters and a son, a step daughter, and three step sons, a foster daughter, as well as 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Midwest Transplant Network, 1900 West 47th Place, Suite 400, Westwood, Kansas 66205.

Sherwood

2014

Senior Conservationist Max A. Sherwood (87) of Carroll, Iowa, passed away on May 14, 2014 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Perry, Iowa. Born on a farm near Chester, Nebraska, he was baptized in the Christian Church, belonged to 4-H and the Dairy, Beef and Garden Clubs. In February of 1945, Max was drafted into the United States Army and took basic and advanced infantry training in Texas. He served in the 967th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in the Philippines. He also served in the 6th Army Infantry Regiment in Korea. He was honorably discharged in December on 1946. He then joined the United States Naval Reserves at Lincoln Nebraska in 1947 and was honorably discharged in 1952. Max attended the Agricultural College at the University of Nebraska from 1947–1950 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science and Soil Conservation. He also attended the Soil Science Institute at Iowa State University. Max worked as a soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service and Bureau of Reclamation in North Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana before moving to Iowa in 1967. He worked on soil surveys for 31 years, being crew chief for 15 years, retiring in 1984. He also worked 5 years in western Nebraska and as a county Agricultural agent for the Extension Service. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carroll. He was involved in senior fellowship, prayer time, adult Bible class, and attending services with the church at nursing homes. Max was a charter member of the Carroll County Genealogical Society and a member of the Professional Soil Classifiers of Iowa. He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Carroll Recreation Center, the Iowa Chapter of Royal Rover Campers, and the Carroll American Legion. Max is survived by his wife of 65 years, Leona of Carroll; a daughter Nancy (Steven) Wymore of Oskaloosa, Iowa; two sons,  Craig (Jan) Sherwood of Nevada, Iowa, and Brian Sherwood of Canton, Texas; seven grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

 

Skiles

2016

Betty W. Skiles (77) of Pickerington, Ohio passed away on October 17, 2016. She was born in Gap, PA. Betty worked for Pickerington Local Schools in the library for 33 years. She was a member of Peace United Methodist Church. Betty was also an avid quilter. Survived by her husband of 55 years, Mervin Skiles, an ARCSE member who retired from NRCS in 1995 as the State Resource Conservationist; children, M. Todd (Melanie) Skiles, Scott Skiles, and Jan (William) Stehle; and three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the Pickerington Police Department, Canine Unit, 1311 Refugee Rd., Pickerington, OH 43147 or Peace United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be found at www.spencefuneralhome.com.

Smith

2016

Katherine E. "as in Elvis" Smith (73) passed away peacefully in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 4, 2016. Kathy was born in Scott City, Kan. Her career for over 30 years in retail sales included owning her own unique fashion boutique. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, P. Craig Smith, who retired from NRCS; two children and five grandchildren. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Condolences online at Roperandsons.com.

Smith

2016

Howard R. Smith (91) passed away peacefully on July 29, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. He was born in Seattle, WA. After briefly attending Seattle University and the University of Washington, Howard joined the US Navy where he served during the closing years of WWII in the Pacific and Far East on an LST (Landing Ship Tank). After the war, he returned to the University of Washington where he met and married Joanne L. Hunt. Graduating with a geology degree, Howard and his wife moved to Montana where he worked for the US Geological Survey and the US Soil Conservation Service. In 1966, the family moved to Boise where he continued his career with the SCS. After retiring in 1980, Howard worked as a consulting geologist. He enjoyed his life gardening, camping and fishing, and as a food and nutrition fancier. Howard is predeceased by his wife Joanne and survived by his children Lytton (Janice Crosetti) of Bothell, WA; Randall of Boise, ID; Janine Smith Citron (Steve) of Kelseyville, CA; and Jeffrey N. (Tori) of Port Orchard, WA as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Spriggs

2016

Erlene Spriggs (86) of Parsons, Kansas passed away on July 15, 2016. She was born near West Mineral. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from West Mineral High School. On Sept. 2, 1951, she and Donald B. Spriggs were married in Galesburg. Don retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1985 and preceded her in death on April 5, 2005. Erlene was a member of Faith United Methodist Church of Parsons. She is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.

Stewart

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald Pierce Stewart (91) of Boise, Idaho passed away on August 7, 2016. He was born in Meadow, Utah. He met his future wife, Helen Maxine Logan, in band class at Boise High School. Following high school, Don entered the US Army where he served as a tail gunner on a photography aircraft. He was stationed in the Philippines and Okinawa. He flew over and took some of the first photos of Hiroshima after the bomb was dropped. He was proud of his military service but, like a lot of his generation, he did not talk about it. Don graduated in 1950 with a degree in engineering. His first job assignment with the Soil Conservation Service was in St. Anthony, ID. In December 1967, Don took a job with the A.I.D. This took all of the family, except Charles, to Tunisia for two years. He worked on irrigation and flood control projects for the Tunisian government as part of the "Foreign Aid Program." They returned to Boise from Tunisia in 1970. After two years in Portland, he retired as the State Irrigation Engineer in Oregon in 1981. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Maxine of Mountain Home; his sons: Charles (Sherrel) of Alaska; John of California; Mike (Denise) of Bruneau; Doug of Boise; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, ID; University of Idaho Foundation in Moscow, ID; American Legion Post 2 in Boise, ID; or a charity of choice.

Stockwell

2016

Senior Conservationist Donald M. Stockwell (98) of Groton, Massachusetts formerly of Leverett, MA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He retired in 1984 as a design engineer with the Soil Conservation Service.  Born in Springfield, MA, he grew up in various locations including Amherst NH which he considered his boyhood home. He lost his father William Stockwell to influenza when he was an infant and was raised by his mother Florence Beechler Harris. After attending boarding school at St. Bernard’s School for boys in Gladstone, NJ, he went to the University of New Hampshire where he played freshman football and graduated with a B.S. degree in civil engineering. He was a veteran of World War II where he was a Technical Sergeant in General George Patton’s Third Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received five battle stars and a bronze star. He was honorably discharged on November 30, 1945.

 

Strong

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Marion E. Strong (98) of Tempe, Arizona passed away October 20, 2016. He was born near Clarksville, Michigan. Marion loved the P-38 Lightning, which he piloted in WWII; and his alma mater, Purdue University. He had a thirty-year career with the Soil Conservation Service, culminating in his appointment as Assistant Chief for the Midwest Region and Director of the Midwest Technical Service Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. After retiring in 1980 and moving back to Arizona, he served as treasurer for his church, The Church on Mill, until he was in his eighties. Marion was married to Ruth Lucile Skiles for nearly 63 years. She preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters Linda (Peter) Nelson of Mesa, and Marcia (Mark) Middents of Tempe, son James (MaryAnn) of Kent, WA and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Marion's name to Honor Flight Arizona, P.O. Box 12258 Prescott, AZ 86304 or online at www.honorflightaz.org.

 

Sturgill

2016

Senior Conservationist Harold C. Sturgill (97) of Viroqua, Wisconsin passed away July 25, 2016 at the Bethel Home where he had been a resident since May 3, 2016. He was born in Ashland, West Virginia and graduated from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn, West Virginia in 1935. Harold began working for the Appalachian Power Company until 1937. Later he began working as an inside coal miner at the Consolidated Coal Company in Bartley, West Virginia until he volunteered for the U.S. Army in early 1942. He served in the U.S. Army in the North Africa campaigns with General George Patton’s Third Army serving in southern Italy as a signal corpsman until the war in Europe ended in 1945. In 1950 he married his beloved wife Effie White. He owned the Washington Street Texaco Station in Bluefield, West Virginia, for about 5 years. It was a predecessor to today’s convenience stores, something called “jot ‘em down store.” He had already mined coal for 25 years in West Virginia before his career with the Soil Conservation Service began in 1966 in Viroqua (Vernon County), Wisconsin as a Soil Conservation Technician. After suffering a long illness of diabetes, Effie passed away in 1984. She was dearly missed by Harold. He is survived by his brother Richard (Dawn) Sturgill of Rancho Santa Fe, California, and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to the Bad Axe Lutheran Church Word of Life Radio Show which Harold enjoyed every Sunday, the Bethel Home, Viroqua or the Vernon County Aging Unit Meals on Wheels Program.

Tatum

2016

James E. Tatum, Sr. (77) of Mitchellville, MD peacefully entered into eternal rest on August 14, 2016. Beloved husband of 54 years to Dr. Verlene H. Tatum, he is survived by his loving wife; his son, James, Jr. (Sherri); and his three grandchildren. Jim retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1997 as a Special Assistant for Management. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the James E. Tatum Scholarship at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Office of Development, 1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4981, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

Thomasson

2016

Frederick J. "Fred" Thomasson (69) passed away on September 8, 2016 at Essential Health in Fargo, North Dakota, from the effects of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He worked for a few years at the SCS office in Leeds, ND. He is survived by his wife Susan of 47 years, his son James (Jessica) Thomasson, his daughter Kathleen (Paul) Gross, his four grandchildren, a sister and brother.

Timothy

2016

Brian E. Timothy (67) of Wyoming, New York passed away on December 11, 2016 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw. Brian was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked for many years as a soil conservationist and District Conservationist in Wyoming County for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and also an instructor for Conservation Field Days, and was a passionate advocate for wildlife naturalization. Brian was an avid hunter and was an instructor for Hunter Safety courses. Surviving along with his mother are his wife of forty-eight years, Susan Stothers Timothy; his two sons, and his three grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University of Rochester Office of Gift and Donor Records, 300 E. River Rd., PO Box 270032, Rochester, NY 14623 (transplant services) or National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

 

Treadway

2016

Dwight Moore Treadway (82) of Jonesborough, Tennessee passed away on November 29, 2016 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Jonesborough. Dwight was an Agricultural Engineer and a University of Tennessee graduate. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career spanning 36 years in the USDA Soil Conservation Service, retiring in Washington, DC as Director of Information for the organization. Upon retirement, he returned to Jonesborough and took great pleasure working around his tree farm. Dwight was preceded in death by son Tim and granddaughter Morgan Burger. Those he leaves behind to cherish his memories are his wife Emma Sue, Jonesborough; daughter Audrey (Steve) Burger, Lebanon; son Keith (Vicky), Johnson City; and five grandchildren.

 

Tucker

2016

Honorary Member and Senior Conservationist Kermit Nelson Tucker, Sr. (100) of Decatur, Alabama passed away on May 23, 2016. Kermit retired from the Soil Conservation Service in 1953 as a Soil Conservationist.

Viele

2016

Duane Eugene Viele (62) of Lebanon, Missouri passed away October 19, 2016. He was born in Lebanon. Duane was a soil scientist for the state of Missouri Department of Natural Resources for 30 some years, mapping multiple counties in Missouri working with SCS/NRCS. He was a member of Community Christian Church in Camdenton. Survivors include his parents, one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. Sign guest book at www.shadelscolonialchapel.

Viner

2016

Paul Viner (61) of Park View, Iowa, passed away on July 11, 2016, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Paul was raised in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, as the second of 12 children. Paul spent his career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service working as a district conservationist in the Iowa counties of Muscatine, Greene, and Scott before retiring in 2012. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years, Christine; three children, three grandsons and a granddaughter. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the family to be donated to a wildlife conservation program to be decided at a later date.

Walker

2016

Jerry E. Walker (68) of Jay, Oklahoma, passed away on October 16, 2016 after a long illness. He was born in Sunnyside, Washington. Jerry earned his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He proudly served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Jerry worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 26 years in the offices at Coalgate, Enid, Wagoner, Jay, Guymon and Miami where he retired as the District Conservationist. He served on the Delaware County Conservation Board from April 2003 through December 2009.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gigging, team roping, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a member of the Triple Cross Ranch Church. He is preceded in death by his daughter Hayley Hughes. Left here to miss him dearly are his wife of 32 years, Kathy Walker of the home, daughter Ashley Treadwell of Tulsa, Oklahoma, son Matt (Whitney) Walker of Jay, Oklahoma, two granddaughters and a grandson. Oklahoma Family and friends can leave online condolences and share precious memories by visiting Jerry’s Book of Memories at www.honoringmemories.com.

Ware

2016

Samuel “Sam” Joseph Ware II (55) of Parkersburg, West Virginia passed away at his home with his loving family by his side on September 23, 2016. He was born in Clarksburg, WV. He was a graduate of West Virginia University School of Engineering. He was employed as a Civil Engineer with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service for 33 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Katrina (Morehead) Ware, two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren, and his mother. Sam was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a past board member of the Parkersburg Art Center and a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Joan Bisesi Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research (Fund Number: 640545), Wexner Medical Center Office of Development and Alumni Affairs, 660 Ackerman Road, 6th Floor, Columbus, OH 43202. Please visit www.lamberttatman.com to share online condolences with the family.

Warner

2016

John Waydell Warner, Jr. (86) of Marco Island, Florida passed away July 9, 2016. He was born in Bluefield, WV. John graduated in 1948 from Greenbrier Military Academy in Lewisburg, WV. In 1952, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture. He served his country in the Army in Korea for two years. After being called to serve again in the National Guard for a year during the Berlin crisis, John earned a Master's Degree in Agriculture from WVU in 1957. He worked for USDA in the Soil Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist in WV and NY and retired as State Soils Correlator in NY in 1985. He then went on to work as an independent contractor for another ten years. Upon retiring to Marco Island, FL he served as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary for 18 years. John enjoyed many volunteer activities that served his church and community, including Habitat for Humanity where he was known for being the man on the ladder. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rosellen; their daughter Janellen Lents of Naples, her husband, and their two sons; their son John Warner of Burke, VA and his wife Betsy, and their two children. Contributions may be made in his memory to Camp Able at St. Marks, 1101 N. Collier Marco Island, FL.

Wells

2016

Doris Faye Wells (59) of Stephenville, Texas passed away May 24, 2016. She was the spouse of Chester Wells who retired in 1974 as a district conservationist in the Burlington, Kansas field office and preceded her in death in 2009. Doris was born in Mineral Wells, and she worked in the nursing field for many years.

 

Whitaker

2016

Josephine Stone Whitaker (79) of Crab Orchard, Kentucky formerly of Richmond, passed away October 30, 2016. She was born in Richmond, Kentucky. She was a farming business partner with her husband and had a keen interest in health and natural remedies and enjoyed music, both singing and playing her guitar. She was a longtime member of the Crab Orchard Christian Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Orville J. Whitaker of Crab Orchard; two sons, Doug Whitaker (Julie) of Brooks, KY, and Larry Whitaker (Sharon Toller) of Aberdeen, OH; and one grandson. Orville is a retired NRCS Soil Scientist, and son Larry works for NRCS in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, people are encouraged to make donations to the Crab Orchard Christian Church, P O Box 393, Crab Orchard, KY 40419.

 

Mountain reflected in pond

Reflection Pond, Denali National Park, Alaska.