Richard L. Heim, Colorado Springs, CO, died June 7, 2002. He was a member
of Alpha Xi Delta fraternity and First Presbyterian Church. A chaplain,
he served with the U.S. military in many capacities. He was a member
of the Ohio Army National Guard from 1948-1950, the U.S. Air Force
from 1962-1972, serving with the 101st Airborne Division during the
Vietnam War, and as a team leader with the Department of Veteran Affairs
until 1993. He was the recipient of many notable awards and decorations.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter, a son and two stepsons.
Margaret Schloo Mikalauskas, Cape Neddick, ME, died April 23, 2002.
A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she worked at the Dupont-Savannah River
plant, taught math in New Jersey and edited and published math text books.
She served as president of the congregation at the Holy Cross Lutheran
Church and was an active volunteer at York Hospital. Survivors include
a son, a daughter and four grandsons.
William B. Speicher, Wooster, OH, died Oct. 10, 2001. A member of Beta
Theta Pi fraternity and the United Church of Christ, he served two years
with U.S. military intelligence, achieving the rank of corporal. He was
the retired manager of Hal Franks Realty. His wife and a daughter, Jill
Speicher Arnett ’79, survive.
Marion D. Ward, St. Paris, OH, died Sept. 24, 2002. The owner of Ward’s
Greenhouses, Inc., he attained the rank of captain with the U.S. Air
Force and was an active member of St. Paris United Methodist Church and
his community. At the time of his death, he was president of the St.
Paris Pony Wagon Historical Museum, Inc. and a trustee of Main Street-St.
Paris. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, six grandchildren
and a sister, Marilyn Ward Long ’51.
Ida Beihl Shields, Piqua, OH, died Sept. 7, 2002. She retired in 1973
after 34 years of teaching second grade at Washington Township School.
A member of the Greene Street United Methodist Church, she is survived
by two daughters, eight grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two
great-great-grandchildren and a sister.
Richard H. Dunkel, Daytona Beach, FL, died Sept. 18, 2002. A member of
Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Prior
to serving as executive director of the Daytona Beach News-Journal,
he worked on newspapers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Tokyo.
He also operated the Dunkel Index, a nationally syndicated sports team
rating system. Survivors include his wife, two sons, three grandchildren,
a brother, an aunt, Miriam Hadley Becker ’23, and a cousin, Jeanne
Becker Brockman ’52. Preceding him in death were his parents,
Richard C. ’27 and Ruth Hadley Dunkel ’26, and an uncle,
Harold C. Becker ’23.
A. Edmund Blackburn, Oceanside, CA, died Sept. 19, 2002. A member of
Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy.
He retired in 1995 from the Research Institute of America, New York,
NY. During his retirement, he was an administrator with the Senior
Volunteer Patrol Program with the Oceanside (CA) Police Dept. He is
survived by his mother, a brother and a sister.
Patricia Breien Probe, Houston, TX, died June 15, 2002. A member of
Chi Omega sorority, she retired in 1997 as a counselor with the Clear
Creek Independent School District, League City, TX. She was also an exceptional
pianist and piano educator. She is survived by her husband, four sons,
a daughter, 12 grandchildren, her mother and a sister and brother-in-law,
Barbara Breien ’62 and Gary L. Sixt ’61.
Lloyd D. Gilbert, North Lewisburg, OH, died July 26, 2002. He was a member
of the Ohio National Guard, the U.S. Army Reserves, and North Lewisburg
Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a son,
a stepson, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sisters
and many nieces and nephews.
Frank L. Tiffany, Williamsburg, OH, died Aug. 21, 2002. He retired from
the Gold Circle Stores as a regional vice president. A member of Rotary
International, he was a passionate musician. He is survived by his wife,
a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren, two aunts, Helen Waggoaner
Tiffany ’50 and Esther Agle Tiffany ’52, and a cousin, Joann
Tarbutton Minnick ’58. He was predeceased by his father, Philip
E. Tiffany ’28, and uncles, Don N. Tiffany ’21, C. Wayne
Tiffany ’24 and Norman S. Tiffany ’37.
Thom D. Dunlavy, formerly of North Manchester, IN, died May 26, 2002
in Fort Wayne, IN. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and Zion Evangelical
Lutheran Church, he was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a newspaper
executive with several newspapers in Indiana before retiring as publisher
of the Delphos Herald and executive vice president of nine newspapers
owned by Delphos Publications Inc. He also served 10 years as vice
president of the Delphos Industrial Development Corp. Surviving are
his wife, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and a sister.
captain, he invented the Breathalyzer. He served as chair of Indiana University’s
department of police administration and director of the center for studies
of law in action and was currently a professor emeritus there. He received
several notable awards and honors for his contribution to public safety.
Surviving are a sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert F. Borkenstein, Fort Wayne, IN, died Aug. 14, 2002. During World
War II, he invented a device used on bomb bay doors and was honored
by Queen Elizabeth for this accomplishment at a ceremony in 1997. A
retired Indiana State Police
Robert R. Pyle, Springfield, OH, died July 26, 2002. A member of Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity and Lagonda United Methodist Church, he retired
from the Springfield City Schools where he taught government and economics
for 31 years. For many years he served as a commissioner and mayor
of the City of Springfield. He coached amateur baseball teams in Clark
County for 52 years. Two cousins survive.
Donald L. Billman, Columbus, OH, died July 11, 2002. A lifetime member
of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, he taught history
and social studies at Olive Branch and St. Teresa Catholic schools
before pursuing a career in law. He was an assistant attorney general
and chief trial counsel for the prisons of the State of Ohio before
opening a private practice in Columbus, OH. Surviving are a sister,
two nieces and several cousins.
William A. Rower, Myrtle Beach, SC, died Sept. 11, 2002. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran. A longtime member of the Maiden Lane Church of God, he
had retired in 1990 from the Springfield (OH) City School System. Survivors
include his wife, two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren and two sisters.
Priscilla Keuthan Armor, Tallahassee, FL, died May 23, 2002. A member
of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she taught art at Holy Comforter Episcopal
School. Her husband, Paul R. Armor ’66, three children and a
sister-in-law, Joyce Armor Gallagher ’71, survive.
Annie Robinson Edwards, Lorain, OH, died Sept. 12, 2002. She taught
mathematics for a number of years at Keifer Junior and South High Schools
in Springfield, OH. Several brothers survive.
Bruce C. Smeal, Tipp City, OH, died July 31, 2002. A member of Phi Mu
Delta fraternity and Zion Lutheran Church, he was a teacher/coach with
the Bethel Local and Dayton Public School Systems, retiring in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Gross Smeal ’67, two daughters,
including Kristi Smeal Feldmann ’93, a son-in-law, Edward Feldmann ’92,
two grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Nancy Gross Pavlik ’73.
Cheryl Moan Heintschel, Maumee, OH, died June 17, 2002. A member of Gamma
Phi Beta sorority and St. Joan of Arc Church, she worked at Sun Oil
Co., Toledo, OH, for 27 years, most recently as a senior accounts manager.
She is survived by her husband, a daughter, two sons, her mother, Barbara
Reddish Moan ’43, two sisters, including Marilyn Moan Brunn ’71,
an aunt, Ruth Reddish Hicks ’39, and many nieces and nephews.
Kathryn Biedron Christensen, Oxnard, CA, died Oct. 7, 1999. A missionary,
she was a member of the Covenant Players, an international Christian
drama company based in California. She spent nearly 15 years performing
in Europe. Her husband, her parents and a brother survive.
Stephen F. Gaier, Canton, OH, died July 31, 2002. A member of Lambda
Chi Alpha fraternity and First United Methodist Church, he was a pediatrician
practicing with the Wales Avenue Pediatrics Office, Massillon, OH. Survivors
include his parents, three sisters, including Donna J. Gaier ’84
and Debra S. Gaier ’84, two nieces and numerous aunts, uncles,
Rhonda G. Tackett, Springfield, OH, died July 10, 2002. She was a registered
nurse at Community Hospital. Her mother, a sister, three brothers,
six nieces and three nephews survive.
J. Spencer Sullivan, Chicago, IL, died July 29, 2002. A member of the
Episcopalian Church, he was a vice president with the Equis Corp. Surviving
are his mother, a grandmother and an aunt and uncle.
Christopher G. Miller, Columbus, OH, died Oct 2, 2002. A member of Delta
Sigma Phi fraternity, he was employed in the education department at
the Columbus Zoo. He had served as a counselor at the United Methodist
Urban Day Camp and served an internship at Glen Helen Outdoor Education
Center as a naturalist and raptor center assistant. A member of David
Lutheran Church, he is survived by his wife, Erin Tremlin Miller ’01,
his parents, three sisters and two nephews.
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