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Hanker Remembered for Service
Following a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy, Hacker joined the Wittenberg Board of Directors, serving from 1988 to 2000. Read More ...
Harold H. Lentz ’35S, ’52H, longtime Carthage College president who presided over its move from Illinois to Kenosha, Wisc., in the late 1950s, died March 11, 2004. The author of many publications in his field and A History of Wittenberg College, he was a lecturer and a Lutheran minister who served for many years as a pastor in Ohio before becoming Carthage president in 1952. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he was the recipient of Wittenberg’s prestigious Class of 1914 Award. He is survived by a daughter, Julia Lentz Cohen ’58, a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. ’63 and Martha Kantonen Lentz ’68, five grandchildren, including Thomas J. Lentz ’89, and Charles Q. ’91 and Laura Lentz Gage ’90, and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, M. Eleanor Selby Lentz ’32, his father, John M. Lentz 1892, a brother, Lawrence H. Lentz ’20, and a sister, Mildred Lentz Joslin ’27.
Marna Reed Krueger, New Carlisle, Ohio, died March 18, 2004. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Lutheran Church. Survivors include a son, John G. Krueger ’65, two daughters, Marcia Krueger Pitts ’59 and Carolyn Krueger Schul ’63, a son-in-law, Lawrence E. Schul ’62, 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ralph M. Krueger ’32, ’36S, a brother-in-law, Fritz K. Krueger ’31, and sisters-in-law, Margaret Lehmann Krueger ’31 and Mary C. Krueger ’36.
Dale F. Leipper of Reno, Nev., died Feb. 29, 2004. A former teacher with the San Diego City Schools in California, he served as a meteorology officer with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He attained the rank of captain. The founding head of the oceanography and meteorology department at Texas A&M University, he chaired the oceanography department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. until his retirement in 1990. He was the author of more than 90 publications, served as a member of many professional organizations, and received numerous awards, the latest in 2002 from the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command for outstanding achievements and lifetime contributions. His wife, a son, three daughters and three grandchildren survive him.
William Kunkel Wiley, Ashland, Ohio, died Nov. 27, 2001. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was knowledgeable about Ashland history and had a keen interest in collecting local memorabilia. His interests also included good porcelain, Wedgewood and art glass. He collected and dealt in antiques since 1939, except for the years he served with the military during World War II. Several cousins survive.
Roberta Stetzel Keyser, Toledo, Ohio, died Aug. 25, 2003. She spent most of her life as a leader in Christian education. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Keyser Blackburn ’62, four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, James L. Keyser ’35, ’38S, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph H. 1900 and Margaret Neuman Keyser 1900, three brothers-in-law, Paul E. Keyser ’25, ’28S, Joseph N. Keyser ’29 and Philip L. Keyser ’33, and a sister-in-law, Lena Spenny Keyser ’33.
John L. Vlahos ’59H, Westport, Conn., died April 8, 2004. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Naval Reserve in the South Pacific, where he commanded a unit responsible for all fleet codes. An award-winning screenwriter of live television plays during the “Golden Age” of television, he was an active member of the Unitarian Church and his community. He received an honorary degree from Wittenberg for his life’s work. Survivors include his wife, a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, a sister, Maxine Vlahos Stamas ’48, a brother, Lester L. Vlahos ’45, and several nieces and nephews.
Lawrence B. Palmer-Ball Jr., Louisville, Ky., died Dec. 23, 2003. A member of Dorm League, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who re-enlisted in the Recovery Squadron of the Air National Guard Reserve and later transferred to the 100th Division stationed at Bowman Field. A retired plant supervisor at Palmer Products Corp., he was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church and his community. He is survived by a brother, 14 nephews and 10 nieces. Preceding him in death were three brothers, Nicholas B. Palmer-Ball ’41, Marion H. Palmer-Ball ’42 and Benedict V. Palmer-Ball ’46, and two sisters, Virginia Palmer-Ball Bennett ’42 and Gertrude Palmer-Ball Booker ’42.
Henry J. Hart Jr., formerly of Elyria, Ohio, died April 13, 2001 in West Hartford, Conn. A member of St. Jude’s Church and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Owner and operator of the Hart Construction Co. for 40 years, he was an active member of his community and an avid golfer and sports fan. He is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren, including Douglas H. MacGilpin ’00 and Meghan R. Mihelcic ’03.
Ralph W. Meyer, Tucson, Ariz., died March 2, 2004. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he retired as a colonel with the U.S. Air Force. His service included four years during World War II during which time he served in the American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the Philippine Liberation. He was the owner of a general insurance agency in Los Angeles, Calif., before his retirement in 1976. His wife, two step-children, a granddaughter, a brother and a sister survive.
Ruth DeVore Rea, Rancho Bernardo, Calif., died Feb. 24, 2004. She had retired from her position with American Airlines and served as a secretary for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, she is survived by a son and three grandchildren. Her husband, Gilbert W. Rea ’42, predeceased her.
Elizabeth Garritty Buschmann, El Paso, Texas, died Dec. 25, 2002. She was an office para-professional with the Unified School District of Antigo in Wisconsin for many years before retiring to El Paso, Texas, where she played baritone horn in the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. She was actively involved in her church and children’s projects throughout her life. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a brother, John E. Garritty ’46. Preceding her in death was a sister, Catherine Garritty Post ’50.
Warren G. Willsey, Hartford, Conn., died Feb. 19, 2004. A member of Trinity Episcopal Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Force in Europe during World War II. He was the former chair of the board of Arthur A. Waston & Co. and the recipient of numerous awards for his lifelong service and commitment to his hometown of Wethersfield, Conn. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, two sons, several grandchildren and a brother.
Dorothy Sherrer Durnwald, formerly of Mayfield Village, Ohio, died Dec. 9, 2003, in Willoughby, Ohio. A member of Delta Zeta sorority and St. Noel Catholic Church, she was an inventory coordinator with Motorola and an avid collector of antique books and china. Survivors include her husband, a son, three daughters, six grandchildren, a sister, two brothers, including John T. Sherrer ’49, and a sister-in-law, Myrna Sorgen Sherrer ’59.
Walter S. Hogue, administrator emeritus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, died April 13, 2004 in West Chester, Ohio. He was director of the laboratories in the chemistry department and an assistant instructor until his retirement in 1990. He held a number of patents and was the author of several books in his field. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Donna Bowman Hogue ’50, a daughter, two sons, and a brother-in-law, Robert E. Bowman ’50.
Stephen M. Yannucci, Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 24, 2004. He was the founder and co-owner of Yannucci’s Restaurant, which he operated successfully for 38 years, retiring in 1984. An active member of St. Teresa and St. Mary Catholic Churches, he served as executive finance chair of the Clark County Republicans, past president of Sertoma Club and SAMIS Club, on the Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals and the Chamber of Commerce. Surviving are two daughters, two sons, 12 grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Allelia “Lee” Rust Hunyadi, Richmond, Ind., died Feb. 24, 2004. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she retired after 22 years from her position as a clerk with the Wayne Township Trustees. An active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and her community, she enjoyed traveling to Europe and the Caribbean area. She leaves her husband, Frank A. Hunyadi ’51, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren, three sisters, including Opal Rust Stackhouse ’55, and a brother-in-law, Willard E. Stackhouse ’55. Preceding her in death were her grandfather, Marion R. Mohler 1891, her mother, Sarah Mohler Rust ’25, and cousins, Christie A. Dutton ’24 and Florence C. Dutton ’25.
June Becker Preve, Williamsville, N.Y., died Feb. 24, 2003. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she was active in Ascension Lutheran Church and was former president of the Buffalo Alumnae Panhellenic Association. A teacher at Williamsville’s Academy Street Elementary School in San Bruno, Calif. for several years, she served as an elementary substitute teacher in Clarence, N.Y. until her retirement in 1970. Surviving are her husband, a son, four daughters, including Barbara Preve Mitchell ’74 and a son-in-law, Michael J. Mitchell ’74.
Everett E. Clements, Springfield, Ohio, died May 20, 2004. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Howard F. Clark in the South Pacific. He taught at Tecumseh High School, Lagonda Elementary School, McKinley School, Franklin Junior High School, and was the founding teacher for the school at the Oesterlen Services for Youth before retiring from the Clark County Joint Vocational School where he taught office education. An active member of Fifth Lutheran Church and the community, he is survived by his wife, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.
Mabel Tucker White, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 13, 2004 in Ames, Iowa. She taught in the rural schools of Des Moines County and the Sperry Consolidated School before coming to Snowhill Elementary School in Springfield, retiring in 1973. During her retirement she enjoyed crocheting and teaching the craft to others. A member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and the National Retired Teachers’ Association, she is survived by two daughters, including Nancy White Lewis ’55, a son-in-law, Edwin C. Lewis ’55, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Robert A. Heydenreich, State College, Penn., died March 7, 2004. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a Lutheran minister who served as pastor at Pine Hall Lutheran Church. He was actively involved in his community and was a frequent speaker at local events. His wife, Susan Minnich Heydenreich ’63, three daughters, including Jennifer Heydenreich Gerhart ’93, three grandchildren, two sisters and a brother survive.
Fred E. Kelly ’64M.Ed., Wilmerding, Penn., died June 30, 2003. A Lutheran minister, he served as pastor of Christ and Alpha Lutheran Churches while spending 25 years as an equal opportunity specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He retired in 1991. Surviving are his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.
Nancy Gross Pavlik, a former teacher in Piqua, Ohio, died April 2, 2004 in Troy, Ohio. An avid bird watcher and traveler, she was a member of the Krazy Kwilters Klub and Brukner Nature Center. Survivors include her husband, her mother, a sister, Karen Gross Smeal ’67, a niece, Kristi Smeal Feldman ’93, and her husband, Edward R. Feldman ’92. Preceding her in death was a brother-in-law, Bruce C. Smeal ’67.
Judith Wezerek Thoresen, Oak Park, Ill., died Dec. 3, 2002. The former office manager of a law firm, she was a homemaker. Her husband, her mother, two brothers, including Steven G. Wezerek ’75, and several nieces and nephews survive.
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