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36 OCTOBER 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® In Memoriam Donald Gene “Don” Wagner (1953~2020) The WWDR Team was saddened to learn of the passing of Donald Gene “Don” Wagner on August 8, 2020. A lifelong resident of Enid, Oklahoma, he started working for SpeedStar in 1974, then later for GEFCO until 2012. He travelled the world servicing GEFCO water well drilling rigs. Don is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon; children David, Brian, and Kimberly; grandchildren Aiden, Ariya, Karissa, Kelsea, Seth, and Shelby; great-grandchildren Aidyn, Kesslor, Traeton, Noah, Serenity, and Braxton; and other extended family. Claudius Leon Conatser (1937~2020) Claudius Leon Conatser of Ashdown, Arkansas, passed away August 12, 2020, in Texarkana, Texas. He served over 19 years in the U.S. Air Force, and owned and operated Conatser Water Well Company. Fishing with his grandsons was Leon’s favorite pastime. Leon is survived by his daughter Carla (Eric); grandsons Matthew (Hunter), Jason, and Kevin; and nu- merous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Elizabeth. Harris Brantley George, Jr. (1944~2020) Harris Brantley George, Jr. of Palatka, Florida, passed away July 28, 2020, after an extended illness. The son of a military family, Harris was raised in Japan and Germany, and likewise served in the Navy Reserves, being trained in underwater demolition. In the 1960s, he served as a police officer, then moved to the sheriff’s department in the 1970s. He was later employed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, where he was a water resource specialist, retiring after 33 years of dedicated service. He was also a licensed well contractor and past president of the Northeast Florida Well Water Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Ground Water Association. Being an outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback riding, farming, and mending fences. Quiet time was spent reading Louis L’Amour Western novels. Harris is survived by his wife of 49 years, Viola; sons H.B. (Lori) and Adam (Kelly); grandchildren Nathan, Wanda, Austin, Hayden, and Faith; four great-grandchildren; five brothers, and other extended family. James Joseph “Jim” Neyens (1964~2020) The Minnesota Water Well Association relayed the sad news James Joseph “Jim” Neyens passed away August 11, 2020. He and longtime companion Mary Aitken were in a motorcycle accident in Wyoming. He spent his life doing what he loved most - riding motorcycles, fishing and hunting with his children, shooting pool with friends, and working the drill rig at his company Neyens Well Drilling in Perham, Minnesota. Jim is survived by his children Blair, Hunter, and Tanner; and his mother Fulda. Alan D. Goold (1932~2020) Alan D. Goold of Valatie, New York, passed away on August 16, 2020, at the age of 88. He served in the U.S. Army in the early 1950s, during which time he married his soulmate of 63 years, Ruth. After returning from the service, he worked in the family well drilling business, retiring as president of W. Gordon Wells & Pumps in 2013. He was a charter member of the Tri-Village Fire Company, member of the Chatham Lions Club, and the Empire State Water Well Drillers Association. In their leisure time, Alan and his family would stay at their camp near Gore Mountain, where they en- joyed skiing. He and Ruth also took many fishing trips (she read books while he fished). Alan is survived by his children Ricky (Marilyn), Debbie (David), Judy (Bernie), Linda (Tom), and Walter (Joan); grandchildren Brandon, Kevin, Brittney, Jason, Adam, Hayley, Jack, Cody, and Kristin; and great-grandchildren Brayden, Garrett, Asher, and Emmerson. Rob Ainsworth British consultant company Soils Limited lost one of their directors, Rob Ainsworth, on August 5, 2020. At 41 years of age, Rob passed away after a short battle with lymphoma. With no experience in the field, Rob was hired in 2003, to lay carpet in the office. He quickly showed his passion, drive, and commitment to excel in whatever task he faced. Voted to the Board in 2012, his energy and vision made the company what it is today. Rob leaves behind his wife Amy, sons Finn and Jacob, and daughter Emily. The management and staff of WWDR extend their sympathies to the family, friends, and former col- leagues of these industry gentlemen. Lest we forget...

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