Through Jan. 20, 2015

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Beth Burke has moved to Ft. Collins, Co., and is enjoying being near her sister.


Nancy Elkins Mense, 4-H youth development specialist, Clay County, Urban West Region.

Bud Reber, transition leader and project administrator for leadership development. Reber previously served as East Central regional director (1998-2013) and livestock specialist (1982-1998). He served on the training team that recently reactivated the Missouri Extension Leadership Development (MELD) program.


John D. Hubbard, 93, retired agronomy specialist, died Nov. 19, in Stockton, Mo. During his 40-year career with MU Extension, Hubbard served in a number of counties in southwestern Missouri before his retirement in 1987. Cards may be sent his wife, Vera Hubbard, 1207 S. Scenic Dr., Stockton, MO 65785. See his obituary at

photo: Retiree Ron and Phyllis Alexander, newlyweds, pose in front of the Statue of Liberty.

The marriage of retired agronomist Ron Alexander and Phyllis was announced in the Winter 2014 newsletter. They’re still adventuring together — this past November they toured New York City and surrounding landmarks. Photo by Cynthia Crawford.


Carl N. Scheneman, 91, former director of MU Extension, died Nov. 20, at the University Medical Center in Columbia, Mo. During his 32 years with the University of Missouri, Scheneman served as a county extension agent, farm management specialist, agricultural engineer, director of administrative management and vice president of MU Extension. Upon his retirement, he established the Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award, which is given annually to a faculty member for planning, conducting and evaluating an extension educational activity conducted during the year. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Carl Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Missouri Extension Development, 109 Whitten Hall, Columbia, MO 65211, or a charity of the donor’s choice. His complete obituary is available at

Daryl Jerome Hobbs, 80, passed away Dec. 16. The founding director of MU Extension’s Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, Hobbs was a distinguished, respected sociologist who worked to empower rural communities throughout the world. Private family services were held immediately and will be followed by a public celebration of his life at a later date. That date had not been set as of Jan. 20 and will be announced on his obituary page. For more about his life and legacy, go to