In memory of
Wendell Bruce Moody
In memory of
Wendell Bruce Moody
Wendell Bruce Moody Eden Wendell Bruce Moody passed away on Thursday, Oct. 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 Carolyn, son Steven Moody and his wife Cheryl, and granddaughter Carolyn Zarmbinski and her husband Aaron Zarmbinkski. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Eden Funeral Home Chapel. Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eden. Wendell was born Feb. 24, 1936 in Tulia, Texas to Alton and Camilla (Hansen) Moody. A 1954 graduate of Eden High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Agricultural Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1957. On June 29, 1957 he married his wife and lifelong companion, Carolyn Loveless. 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture's 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's knowledge of soil mechanics initiated the creation of the first State SCS Soil Mechanics Section which Wendell joined at the State Office in Temple, Texas. Wendell was Assistant State Conservation Engineer in Temple before he was recruited and promoted to the position of 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. Wendell's work experience included planning design, construction, and operations and maintenance of erosion control, drainage, irrigation, and animal water management systems; livestock water facilities; flood control and municipal and industrial water supply dams; and flood control channels with water control and grade stabilization structures. From 1961 to 1972, he specialized in geotechnical engineering related to subsurface investigations and sampling, laboratory testing, and analyses; reports, design, and construction. After 1972, positions he held required increased responsibilities for technical engineering leadership and program management necessary to administer all SCS conservation and water resource programs at the state, regional, and national levels. During his decorated career with the SCS, Wendell traveled to every state in America; except Maine. Overseas he toured civil engineering projects in Guam and American Samoa, and he consulted with foreign government officials in Israel and Argentina. His professional organization memberships were numerous. He held directorships and memberships in local, state, and national organizations and was a charter member in several, including the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Texas Tech Chapter. 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. ? Eden City Council, 1996-2006; and again in 2012. ? Director, Hickory Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, Brady, 2004-2016 ? Voting member, Concho County, Region F Water Planning Group 2002-2015 ? Director and Secretary/Treasurer, Eden Correctional Facilities Corp, 1996-2001 ? Director and Secretary/Treasurer, Spirit of Eden Fund, 2000-2015 ? Director and President, Eden Economic Development Corporation, 1995-1996 ? Member Eden Heritage Preservation Association, 1998-2015 ? Volunteer Technical Advisor, Water Resources Task Force, 1999-2012 ? Member of the Eden Trinity Lutheran Church, Adult Bible Class teacher, and Trustee, 1994-2015 ? Member Civil Engineering Academy, Texas Tech University, 1989-2012; President 2002-2003 ? Former Vice President, Daniel Wood Chapter, Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, San Angelo, Texas, 1996-2001 A brilliant mind; and loving husband, father, and grandfather has joined the angels. ... Show More
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