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In Memoriam Robert D. “Bob” Young, Jr. (1959~2020) Robert D. “Bob” Young, Jr. of Hidden Valley Lake Ranchos in California, passed away on March 12, 2020. Born in Oakland in 1959, Bob lived there until 1972, when his family moved briefly to Spain. In 1974, the family returned to Walnut Creek, California. Bob finished high school, then attended Diablo Valley Junior College, transferring to Sacramento State where he received a bachelor’s degree in geology. Upon graduation, Bob pursued a career in the geothermal industry with Freeport-McMoRan drilling company as a mud logger. He later employed at Calpine Corp., working in steam field and power plant operations, and as a wireline supervisor. In 2009, he took a position with Northern California Power Agency as the steam field facility manager, overseeing all facility departments, including 72 geothermal wells and two power plants. He was a very hard worker. An all-around outdoorsman, he also loved playing and watching sports of every kind. Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Heidi; children Nicole, Robbie, and Wyatt; and sisters Laurie and Monique. George Wayne Lutes (1931~2020) The Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals shared the sad news that George Wayne Lutes passed away on May 18, 2020. After high school, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served during the Korean War. He owned and operated Lutes Well Drilling until he retired in 1996. A member of the First United Methodist Church, he served as fire chief for many years, and was on the Malden Bank Board. He enjoyed fishing - any time, any place. George is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vivienne; sons Geoff (Sharon) and Greg (Machi); daughter Anne (Brett); and grandchildren Savannah, Brock, Cheyanne, Bryce, and Sierrah. Robert Elwood “Bob” Hadfield (1930~2020) Schramm, Inc. is mourning the loss of Robert Elwood “Bob” Hadfield on April 20, 2020. Bob (also called “Slim”) began working with Schramm in 1950, running a lathe in the machine shop. He welded the first Rotadrill the company ever made, then went on to lead a team of 18. He had retired after 42 years. He will be missed by colleagues who said he was a down-to-earth man with a contagious laugh and a big heart. Bob was married to Helen for 64 years, and they had three sons. Two of his sons also worked for Schramm, and son John still follows in his father’s footsteps as Schramm’s foreman and operations manager. Grandson Tom is now the third generation, keeping the Hadfield-Schramm legacy alive. Lee A. Hopkins (1957~2020) The New Jersey Ground Water Association reported the passing of Lee Hopkins of New Egypt, New Jersey, on March 28, 2020. Born in Trenton, he was a res- ident of Cream Ridge and New Egypt. Lee proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was retired, after being self-employed in the water treatment and pump business. He enjoyed restoring cars, riding his Harley, and hunting - but his most pleas- urable times were spent with his children and grandchildren. Lee is survived by his daughters Crystal (Bill) and Nicole (David); son Lee “Petie” (Kerri); and grandchildren Mason, Cash, Maddie, Teagan, Kenzie, Weston, and Zoey. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanette. The management and staff of WWDR extend their sympathies to these gentle- men’s family and friends. Lest we forget... 24 JULY 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ®