Through May 1, 2015

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This May, extension retiree and artist William Helvey, Columbia, was featured in the exhibition, “Missouri River Art and Photography” at the Elizabeth Rozier Gallery, Jefferson City Landing State Historic Site.


Marie Steinwachs, director, Environmental Assistance Center.

Julianne Royse, FNEP regional coordinator.

Nancy Mense, 4-H youth development specialist and co-county program director, Clay County and Urban Region.

Scott Killpack, agronomy/natural resources specialist and county program director, St. Charles County.


Oscar Uel Blank, 93, of Columbia died on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at Columbia United Church of Christ. Blank was born on April 26, 1921, in Prairie Home and graduated from Prairie Home High School. He graduated from MU in 1941, and served as a naval lieutenant during World War II. He completed a master’s in agricultural economics at University of Minnesota and a PhD at Michigan State University. He served with the agricultural extension service in Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota. His complete obituary is at

Norma Lee Wilkening, 89, of Columbia passed away on Dec. 24, 2014, at Lenoir Woods. Norma and her husband Walt Wilkening established the Missouri 4-H Foundation’s first National 4-H Congress endowment fund. They helped organize the Columbia Fairview 4-H Club. Walt was a county extension agent for 17 years and spent an additional 23 years with MU. Cards may be sent to Walt Wilkening at 13 Springer D, Columbia, MO 65201. Her obituary can be found online at

Nina Arnhart, spouse of Extension Retiree A.J. Arnhart, passed away Dec. 29, 2014. The Arnharts had moved from Jackson, Mo., to Simpsonville, S.C., to be closer to family. They were married 73 years. Her obituary is at

Vilas E. Young, who advised farmers in northwestern Missouri during his 25-year career with MU Extension, died Feb. 8 at the age of 92. Before joining MU Extension in 1957, Young served in the Marine Corps during World War II and served with the National Guard in Germany during the Korean War. More information about Young is available in an online obituary at and in a 2010 profile at marking his induction into the Nodaway County Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Nelson G. Trickey, retired 4-H youth specialist, passed away Feb. 15 at the age of 90. Trickey was active after retirement as a volunteer fundraiser for the Missouri 4-H Foundation and served almost 20 years on the foundation’s board of trustees. He was inducted into both the state and national 4-H Hall of Fame. Memorials may be given to the Missouri 4-H Foundation Nelson Trickey 4-H Bridge Builder Fund, 1110 S. College Ave., Columbia, MO 65211. The 4-H Foundation newsletter has a memorial article about him at

William Domermuth, retired extension livestock specialist, died March 22 at the age of 88. After a 25-year career with MU Extension, he retired to Florida with his wife, Delores. His obituary is at

H. “Burch” Harrington died April 7 at the age of 99. Harrington advised farmers in Scotland and Putnam counties in a 23-year career with MU Extension. His obituary can be found at