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In Memoriam: 1920-1950

Ralph H. Klapp, Columbus, OH, died Oct. 24, 2002. During World War I, he served with the U.S. Navy. A lifelong member of Covenant Lutheran Church and former principal of St. Paris (OH) high school, he served as dean and professor at Franklin University Law School, Ohio assistant attorney general and chair of the Industrial Commission of Ohio. He is survived by his wife, a son, a grandson, a nephew and his wife, James K. ’50 and Shirley Oswald Putnam ’51, a great-nephew, Charles L. Putnam ’79, and a great-niece, Laurel Putnam Clouse ’75. Preceding him in death was a brother, Paul T. Klapp ’25.

Francis Papania, Cincinnati, OH, died Dec. 7, 1999. She was a sister of Charity who had belonged to the order for 77 years. An accomplished musician and composer, she was responsible for liturgical music training of postulants and novices for more than 25 years. She also taught at the Athenaeum’s Teacher’s College and served as diocesan coordinator of fine arts for the Cincinnati area for a decade. A sister survives.

Mabel Getter Immel, Miamisburg, OH, died April 11, 2002. A member of Salem Lutheran Church, she taught elementary school for seven years at District #10. A daughter survives.

Raymond L. Pfeiffer ’55H, New Canaan, CT, died June 1, 2002. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was a distinguished ophthalmologist in private practice. He also was an associate professor at the Columbus University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Jean Pfeiffer Tate ’64.

Cleo Parker Brownell, Mentor, OH, died Nov. 30, 2002. She was a member of Maryfield Methodist Church. A former high school English, Latin, and French teacher, she taught piano lessons for 44 years. A daughter, a niece and a nephew survive. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Parker Maxwell ’24 and Ruth Parker ’28.

Theodore E. Saxman, Akron, OH, died Oct. 5, 2001. A member of Dorm League, he worked as a chemical engineer for B.F. Goodrich for more than 40 years. Surviving are a son, a daughter and a grandson.

Ross A. Wagner, formerly of Birmingham, MI, died Dec. 1, 2001 in Maryville, IL. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served many years as principal of Seaholm High School and with the Michigan High School Athletic Council. A member of First Presbyterian Church, he is survived by a daughter, a brother and a granddaughter.

Carl M. Wipert, formerly of Springfield, OH, died Oct. 23, 2002 in Naples, FL. A member of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Naples, and Northminister Presbyterian Church, Springfield, he was retired from the Ohio State School System. Survivors include a son, a daughter, three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

Frank F. Wehmann Jr., Franklin, NY, died Jan. 26, 2002. During WWII, he was a technical writer and editor with Republic Aviation, Farmingdale, NY. A longtime teacher, he taught in several schools in New York before retiring in 1971 as chair of the English department at Goshen High School. An active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church, he founded and operated Maple Glen Camp, a summer camp for girls in Middletown, NY. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Fred J. Balling, formerly of Uniontown, PA, died Aug. 19, 1999 in New Smyrna, FL. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Trinity Lutheran Church, New Smyrna, FL, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Uniontown, PA, he was a retired secretary and treasurer of Fairchance (PA) Lumber Company. Survivors include his wife, four sons, including Frederick O. Balling ’74 and Harry A. Balling ’79, two brothers and a nephew, Robert C. Balling Jr. ’74. His brother, Maurice T. Balling Jr. ’29, preceded him in death.

Eleanor Selby Lentz, Lima, OH, died Aug. 2, 2002. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, and many civic organizations. A co-author of Twenty-Two Who Changed the World, she was a former school teacher. Survivors include her husband, Harold H. Lentz ’32, a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. ’63 and Martha Kantonen Lentz ’68, a daughter, Julia Lentz Cohen ’58, a grandson, Thomas J. Lentz ’89, and a granddaughter and husband, Laura Lentz Gage ’90 and Charles Q. Gage ’91. Her father-in-law, John N. Lentz 1892, a brother-in-law, Lawrence H. Lentz ’20, and a sister-in-law, Mildred Lentz Joslin ’27, preceded her in death.

Ruth Tuttle Getz, Springfield, OH, died Oct. 16, 2002. An active member of Sinking Creek Baptist Church and her community, she taught home economics and English at various schools in Clark County. For more than 25 years, she was a volunteer at Springfield Community Hospital. Three daughters, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Getz ’32, her father, Clarence I. Tuttle 1902, a sister, Gene L. Tuttle ’48, and an aunt, Carrie Tuttle 1896.

Helen Giffin Hauck, Cleveland, OH, died Sept. 25, 2002. During World War II, she served in the Women’s Air Corps of the U.S. Air Force, stationed at technical libraries on bases in Georgia and Texas. She was a librarian at various locations around the United States, including at Wittenberg, before becoming head of the science and technology department at the Cleveland Public Library, retiring in 1980 after 20 years of service. Past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She is survived by two nieces, including Karen Grimble Thompson ’72, a nephew and a cousin, Diane Giffin Flaherty ’73. Preceding her in death were her father, Charles F. Hauck 1899, a sister, Elizabeth Hauck Grimble ’42, and an uncle, David V. Giffin ’20.

Herman B. Lockwood, West Liberty, OH, died Oct. 12, 2002. A member of Goshen Friends Church in Zanesfield and Evangelical Friends Church, he served as a teacher and administrator in the public schools for 20 years. He also worked as an agent for Nationwide Insurance and other companies for more than 35 years. Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter, two step-daughters, four grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, seven step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren.

Mary Walker Hessler, Sidney, OH, died Oct. 12, 2002. A member of Chi Omega sorority and Greene Street United Methodist Church, she was active in many civic organizations. She taught for 42 years in the Piqua school system and worked as an agent for Motorist Mutual Insurance for 34 years. She is survived by two cousins, Nancy Brush Killoran ’68 and Patrick P. Killoran ’03.

Marjorie Miller White, formerly of Lewistown, OH, and Brooksville, FL, died Jan. 8, 2002 in Pittsburgh, PA. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority and Lewistown United Methodist Church where she played the organ for many years. She taught with the Bellefontaine City and Washington Local Schools. Survivors include a daughter, four granddaughters, a grandson, three great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law.

Dorothy A. Wolfe, Springfield, OH, died Oct. 27, 2002. She taught for 43 years in the Springfield Public Schools. Survivors include two nieces and a great-nephew. She was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Robert L. ’31 and Christine LeFevre Wolfe ’28.

Frances Hughes Alspach, Newark, OH, died Nov. 1, 2002. An active member of Christ United Methodist Church and her community, she retired from the Newark City School System in 1972 after teaching one year in Ashland County School District and 34 years at Roosevelt Junior High School where she taught Latin and English. She was a volunteer with the Hospice Service and in May 2002, she was inducted into the Ohio Seniors Hall of Fame. Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Fred E. Sabback, Charleston, SC, died Sept. 3, 2002. An accomplished music teacher, he was the founder of 13 music schools in South Carolina and Georgia. In 1955, his orchestra appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and in 1956, performed at Carnegie Hall. He is survived by two sons, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

Robert J. Runyan, Dayton, OH, died June 24, 1999. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Church of the Incarnation in Dayton and St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Bellaire, MI, he had retired as president of Runyan Sales Inc. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and a grandson.

Edward P. Sutorius, Erie, CO, died May 2, 2001. Owner of a display advertising company, he enjoyed magic, photography and theatre. His wife, three sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.

Claribel Jones Sidner, Genoa, OH, died April 3, 2002. A member of Kappa Delta sorority and St. John’s United Church of Christ, she was a teacher in the Genoa School System. Survivors include a son, three daughters, a sister and a sister-in-law, Mary Sidner Hodge ’41. She was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Sidner ’37, a sister and her husband, Elizabeth Jones Merritt ’66 and Roger W. Merritt ’38, and a brother-in-law, Robert B. Sidner ’38.

Wray R. Troutwine, Granbury, TX, died Nov. 4, 2001. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Park Cities Baptist Church, he served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during WWII. He owned Troutwine & Associates. Surviving are two daughters and two grandsons.

Marion Charuhas Ullrich, San Diego, CA, died July 5, 2001. She taught junior high English and social studies for 22 years. Survivors include her daughter, three grandchildren and a sister.

Mary Heltzel Keyes, Easthampton, MA, died Aug. 21, 2002. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she was a civilian manager of personnel and wage administration at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH during World War II. She co-founded Robert A. Keyes Associates, a management consulting firm and operated it for 31 years. A son and daughter survive. She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel P. Heltzel 1894.

Virlen L. Klopfer, Dover, OH, died Aug. 31, 2002. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a superintendent with several school districts in Ohio before retiring in 1973 from the Beavercreek school system. He is survived by his wife, three sons, including Robert V. Klopfer ’67 and his wife, Jane Meese Klopfer ’68, three granddaughters, including Kari Klopfer Bichsel ’90 and Kelly J. Klopfer ’99, four grandsons, including Kyle R. Klopfer ’92 and William H. Klopfer ’99, his wife, Mara Ackerman Klopfer ’98, and two great-grandchildren.

Ruthanna Gotherman Davis, Morven, NC, died March 14, 2002. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and St. John’s Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker and substitute teacher. Surviving are a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a brother and a sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Davis Jr. ’39.

Betty G. Fisher, Springfield, OH, died Oct. 24, 2002. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she taught with the Springfield City Schools for 50 years. She was also a consultant for school systems testing program for the State of Ohio and a director of elementary curriculum. Survivors include a brother and a brother-in-law, George A. Schneider ’43, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Three sisters, Ilo D. Fisher ’35, Mary Fisher Schneider ’40 and Carol M. Fisher ’56 preceded her in death.

Mary Bair Fleming, Mansfield, OH, died July 9, 2001. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Little Washington Congregational Church, she taught elementary school for 30 years in the Madison Local School District before retiring in 1983. She is survived by two daughters, six grandchildren and a brother. A brother and his wife, Richard C. ’41 and Betty Blum Bair ’40, preceded her in death.

Paul E. Keltner, Crestline, OH, died March 15, 2001. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. A football coach for Cambridge High School from 1951-57, he was inducted into the Ohio Football Hall of Fame in 1990. There are no known survivors.

Edward H. Schultz, Canon City, CO, died June 1, 2002. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Air Force in England and France during World War II. He owned Spectrum T.V. and Organ Service, and was a supervisor at TRW where he retired. His wife, a son, a daughter, four grandsons and a great-grandson survive.

Betty Pridgeon Bremer, Otego, NY, died Nov. 10, 2002. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, she taught special education in reading for the Allentown Public Schools. Surviving are two sons, including David H. Bremer ’73, three granddaughters, a sister, Carolyn Pridgeon Congdon ’50, and a brother-in-law, Otto A. Bremer Jr. ’51S. She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Bremer ’43, a father-in-law, Otto A. Bremer ’11, ’14S, ’37H, and a brother-in-law, Frederick W. Bremer ’51.

Carol Winn Wolfe, Seattle, WA, died Oct. 4, 2002. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a homemaker. Her husband, John M. Wolfe ’50, a son and three grandchildren survive her.

J. William Cain, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, died July 6, 2002. After serving with the U.S. Army during World War II, he joined Merck, Sharp & Dohme, retiring as director of manufacturing accounts. Surviving are his wife, two sons, five daughters, 11 grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.

Hall W. Compton, formerly of Dayton, OH, died May 30, 2000 in Niceville, FL. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niceville. He was an executive at NCR in Dayton for 37 years before retiring in 1987. Survivors include his wife, Joan Reinheimer Compton ’46, two sons, three grandsons and a niece, Dorothy Reinheimer Ridenour ’83. A sister, Martha Compton McCoambie ’43, preceded him in death.

Howard M. Hixon, Springfield, OH, died Jan. 5, 2003. A World War II U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, he served in Fairbanks, AK and at Gore Field Air Force Base, Great Falls, MT. He worked for the Kissell Company and served as a vice president with Winter’s National Bank and as president of Mortgage Corporation of Ohio. His wife, two daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren survive.

Carolyn Recher Schiele, Flora, IN, died March 25, 2002. A member of Shiloh Lutheran Church, she had served as organist at Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 30 years. She was employed at Logan Machine. Survivors include her mother, a son, three daughters, a brother, Richard C. Recher ’46, three sisters, Virginia Recher Currens ’46, and her husband, Gerald E. Currens ’48, Naomi Recher Fleming ’56 and Mary Recher Brown ’59, nieces, Debra Recher Pietrangelo ’74 and Barbara Recher Bowen ’76, and two cousins, Robert A. Recher ’49 and John M. Recher Jr. ’51. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul S. Recher ’23, and a brother, Kenneth P. Recher ’48.

Earl R. Crist, Siesta Key, FL, died Oct. 19, 2002. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A veteran of World War II, he retired as a major after 29 years in the U.S. Army. He retired in 1996 from the Health South Rehabilitation Institute. Survivors include his wife, two sons and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl L. Crist ’18, his mother, Mae Gelsenliter Crist Moore ’24, and a brother, Robert L. Crist ’52.

David H. Hundley Jr., Bandon, OR, died March 31, 2002. He was a supervisor of agencies for Underwood Corp. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, two granddaughters and three sisters, including Virginia Hundley Buckley ’52 and Nancy Hundley Boger ’54. He was preceded in death by his father, David H. Hundley Sr. ’21, an uncle, Samuel Hundley ’25, and his grandfather, Adolphus A. Hundley 1891S.

William D. Renner, Hastings, MI, died Aug. 26, 2001. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Hastings First Presbyterian Church, he served with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He owned Renner Ford Inc. for 31 years. His wife, Audrey Hendrian Renner ’50, a son, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and a brother survive him. headline

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