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Barclay M. Brandmiller, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio, died June 19, 2004 in Indianapolis, Ind. During World War II, he served as a major with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in New Guinea, the Philippine Islands and Japan. Until his retirement in 1988, he practiced pediatrics in Youngstown, Ohio. He received the Boy Scout’s Silver Beaver Award and was an active member of the community and First Presbyterian Church. In 1968, the Wittenberg Alumni Association awarded him an Alumni Citation. He is survived by a daughter, Ann Brandmiller Hyer ’63, a son, Barclay Brandmiller ’68, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Janet Brandmiller Bates ’35. Preceding him in death was a sister-in-law, Elsie Parsons Brandmiller ’26.
Violette Pflaumer Kline, St. Joe, Ind., died Sept. 13, 2003. An active member of her community, she retired as a school teacher from Riverside School and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren, a brother, and a niece, Mary Pflaumer Dillon ’67. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Lawrence A. Pflaumer ’26 and Ernest E. Pflaumer ’30, and a sister-in-law, Irene Wente Pflaumer ’29.
Mae Hartman Cully, Lancaster, Pa., died June 24, 2004. For 10 years she worked as a licensed practical nurse in the nursery at Lancaster General Hospital. An active member of Grace Lutheran Church for 75 years, she knitted hats, mittens and scarves for needy children through the American Red Cross. Surviving are a son, two daughters, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two brothers.
Doris Long Dilworth, formerly of Elyria, Ohio, and Sanford, N.C., died May 24, 2004, in Martinsville, Va. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she was a teacher and high school guidance counselor with the Lorain School District in Ohio before her retirement to North Carolina in 1978. In addition to playing golf and bridge, she enjoyed her service with a number of civic groups and singing in various church choirs throughout the years. Surviving are three children, including Lynn L. Dilworth ’72, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Marie Wurtenberger Gourley, formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died July 9, 2004, in Clearwater, Fla. A homemaker, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Presbyterian Church, the Top of the World Chorus, and various other civic and academic organizations. Two sons, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive. Her husband, Gaylord A. Gourley ’39, predeceased her.
Charles R. Wilke, one of the founders of the department of chemical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, and a pioneer in the field of biochemical engineering, died Oct. 2, 2003 at his home in El Cerrito, Calif. The author of more than 150 scholarly papers, he served as a faculty investigator at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and as a member of several advisory and editorial boards. His work was recognized with the highest awards in his profession. A sister survives.
Betty Steinbarger Cherry, formerly of Bradenton, Fla., died June 16, 2004 in Garland, Texas. She retired after 34 years from the Manatee County School System as a supervisor of exceptional child education. Her various memberships included Chi Omega sorority, Christ Episcopal Church, Osceloa Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution, and many civic and professional organizations. Her daughter and two grandchildren survive.
Muriel Lawson Ott, Copiague, N.Y., died July 10, 2004. A dietitian, she served as a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army at various hospitals in the United States, England, France, and Germany during World War II. In 1984, she retired from Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow, N.Y., where her concentration was in special diets. Surviving are a daughter, M. Jeanne Ott ’73, two sons, four grandchildren, a sister, and a niece, Deborah R. Allen ’75.
Henry R. Malowney, San Diego, Calif., died April 16, 2001. A veteran of the U.S. Army during the World War II era, he was a member of the American Bar Association for 50 years. His wife, a daughter, three sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren survive.
Norma Mitchell Marks Seubel, formerly of Mansfield and Wooster, Ohio, died Dec. 23, 2003, in Naples, Fla. A member of Chi Omega sorority, she enjoyed traveling, golfing and playing bridge. While a resident of Bentley Village, she volunteered at the library and the care center. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Marks Bogner ’68, a son, and five granddaughters. Her first husband, Robert C. Marks ’41, preceded her in death.
Henry D. Cook, Toledo, Ohio, died May 12, 2003. Before his retirement in 1991, he was a board certified specialist in internal medicine, practicing in Toledo and serving as director of the department of medicine at the Toledo Hospital from where he received a 50-year award for his dedicated service. He was a lifetime member of the American College of Physicians, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, the Rotary Club and Hope Lutheran Church. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Pabst Cook ’43, four children, including Gregory D. Cook ’70, Paul S. Cook ’71 and Cathy L. Cook ’75, 12 grandchildren, a brother, a nephew, Howard C. Cook Jr. ’70, and a niece, Susan Cook Thompson ’66. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Cook Maloney ’38, and a brother and sister-in-law, Howard C. Sr. ’39 and Elizabeth Ruch Cook ’41.
Helen Conrad DeHart, Solvang, Calif., died Oct. 12, 2004. An actress, she did radio work, summer stock, played leads in theatres in Hollywood, did many programs for service clubs and appeared in television commercials and on Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She also had a career in property management. Three children and eight grandchildren survive. Her parents, R. Dean ’14 and Abbie Keith Conrad ’11, preceded her in death
Matthew H. Portz, a veteran aerospace executive who provided a public voice for U.S. defense and space exploration efforts during the Cold War, died March 21, 2004, at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Following a career that spanned 40 years, he retired in 1986 as director of public affairs for the Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Calif. A retired U.S. Naval Reserve captain, he was a ship’s officer and naval aviator during World War II and was assigned to the admiral’s staff during the Korean War. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he is survived by his wife, three sons, a stepson, a stepdaughter, seven grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law, Henry G. ’49 and Judith Grube Portz ’50, and numerous cousins, including Phyllis Faris Thomas ’51, Susan Oaklief Mandator ’65, Holly Portz Koiro ’67, Ann Strawn Stafford ’70, James R. ’73 and Barbara Wasson Strawn ’73, Scott G. ’76 and Carol Pfeifer Strawn ’75, Janet Thomas Coringrato ’80, Alison Portz Conrad ’81, and John L. Strawn 2007. Preceding him in death were his parents, Harvey O. ’13 and Hallie Wright Portz ’35, an aunt and uncle, Clarence A. ’13 and Elizabeth Motschman Portz ’18, and cousins, Francis M. ’09 and Helen Greer Portz ’09, Lorin H. Oaklief ’29, Arthur G. ’38 and Betty Hollinger Portz ’40, Lois Portz Strawn ’42, and R. Greer ’49 and Nancy Alexander Portz ’52.
Kenneth A. Snyder, Sunnyvale, Calif., died June 22, 2004. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army’s 461st Amphibian Truck Co. in Europe during World War II, landing in Normandy in June 1944. He taught French at several high schools in Minnesota and Illinois before moving to Gunn High School in Palo Alto, Calif., retiring in 1986. Following his retirement, he served as a part-time library technician with NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Surviving are his wife, five children, and a sister and brother-in-law, Albert E. ’46 and Dorothy Snyder Widner ’44.
Lois Siegel Spielman, formerly of Irwin, Pa., died Jan. 2, 2004, in Columbus, Ohio. A former teacher, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, Pa., and All Saints Lutheran Church, Worthington, Ohio. A daughter and a grandson survive. Her husband, John B. Spielman ’41, predeceased her.
Marjorie A. Toothaker, Akron, Ohio, died Aug. 24, 2004. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Women’s Board at Akron General Medical Center and Trinity Lutheran Church, she was a long-time employee of Ohio Bell. She was also a maker of professional quality knitting and clothing. There are no known survivors. Her mother, Doris Avery Toothaker ’19, predeceased her.
Jane Smith Wortman Yeager, Largo, Fla., died April 8, 2002. A former employee of Rike’s Department Store and Dayton Power and Light, she was a homemaker who lived in New York and Ohio before retiring to Florida in 1973. An active member of High Point United Methodist Church and her community, she is survived by two sons, a daughter and a grandson.
Forest E. Ripley, Marysville, Ohio, died Oct. 4, 2004. He owned and operated Ripley Chevy-Olds from 1959 until his retirement in 1975. A member of the Springfield Masonic Lodge, he loved flying and traveling. Survivors include four sons, six grandchildren, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.
Donald W. Bowman, Peoria, Ill., died July 21, 2004. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. After serving as a manager and vice president with American Standard, Elyria, Ohio, and vice president of the technicare division of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical in Solon, Ohio, he retired in 1993 as the comptroller at Argonaut Great Central Insurance. Following his retirement, he volunteered at the Lakeview Museum and for Habitat for Humanity. He was an active member of Forrest Hill United Methodist Church and his community. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and a niece, Elizabeth Bowman Bishop ’85. A brother, Robert H. Bowman ’56, predeceased him.
Barbara Haid Byerman, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away June 19, 2004, in Palm Harbor, Fla. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she was an active volunteer in her church and community. She is survived by a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Nancy Byerman Faillo ’50. Preceding her in death were her husband, Joseph F. Byerman ’50, and a brother, Harry F. Haid ’50.
George M. Hughes, Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Sept. 6, 2004. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and as a lieutenant junior grade in Korea. An appliance salesman for most of his life with numerous companies, including Philco Ford, Maytag and Rheem Manufacturing, he owned and operated the Book Swap in Richland Hills for the last 27 years. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Olds Hughes ’49, two daughters, two sons, seven grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.
Robert N. Kolesar, Blue Ash, Ohio, died Aug. 17, 2004. A member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a retired vice president and consultant with Kolesar, Kramer, and Myers Agency and was an active member of his community. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.
Blaise E. Kretzschmar ’52 STM, Macomb, Ill., died Sept. 24, 2004. A native of Switzerland, he was an assistant professor of religion at Upsala College, East Orange, N.J., before moving to Macomb, Ill., to serve as a professor of philosophy at Western Illinois University. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Four daughters, a son, a grandchild, two brothers and three sisters survive.
Thomas J. Lindner, Columbus, Ohio, died Oct. 7, 2004. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the Catholic Church, he served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked as an electrical engineer for several major construction companies during his lifetime. He is survived by his wife, Mary Corbin Lindner ’50, a daughter, two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A brother-in-law, Donald J. Fasick ’49, preceded him in death.
Anna Taylor Might, Canfield, Ohio, died Sept. 2, 2004. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a registered medical technologist in Ohio for 50 years. An active member of Zion Lutheran Church, she served on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross of Mahoning Valley, as past president of John W. Davis Elementary School P.T.A., as a troop leader with the Girl Scouts, and was recently installed as president of the Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance. She is survived by her husband, James E. Might ’49, two daughters, including Linda Might Murphy ’79, a son, a brother and a niece, Jodi N. Stooksberry 2005.
Formerly from Jesup, Ga., Walter L. Morgan died April 9, 2004 in Seminole, Fla. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He was a teacher with the Pinellas County Schools and a member of Anona United Methodist Church and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister.
Russell E. Rakestraw, a respected, longtime attorney who practiced law in Findlay, Ohio, before moving to Port Clinton, Ohio, died July 31, 2004. He held many memberships in his community in addition to local, state and national bar associations. He was also the former city law director for Findlay and a former attorney for the Selective Service System in northwest Ohio. During World War II, he served as a combat infantryman in Europe. A member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, he is survived by his wife, a son, Gregory A. Rakestraw ’71, two daughters, Ann Rakestraw Wydman ’73, and Tamara Rakestraw Lee ’90, a son-in-law, Brian D. Lee ’91, five grandchildren, including Adam E. Rakestraw ’97, a great-granddaughter and a sister, Rosemary Rakestraw Pratt ’46.
Robert G. Taylor, formerly of Beloit, Ohio, passed away June 15, 2003 in Bradenton, Fla. A member of Trinity Baptist Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served in the southwest Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the former mayor of Beloit and retired as a supervisor from American Steel Foundries, Alliance, Ohio. Surviving are his wife, four daughters, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother.
Gerald W. Smiley, formerly of Manassas, Va., passed away Sept. 1, 2003, in Woodstock, Va. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He practiced law for several years in Waynesboro, Va., before becoming a claims specialist with State Farm Insurance Co. He retired in 1999 after 39 years with the company. An avid bridge player and musician, he was an active member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and a brother.
Thomas C. Stephenson ’55B.S. Ed., passed away Aug. 19, 2004 in Fairborn, Ohio. A lifelong educator, teacher and coach, he served at several schools in Ohio before retiring in 1986 from the Fairborn School System. He developed many physical education programs, managed Xenia’s Pinecrest Swim Club, and was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and several community organizations. Surviving are his wife, three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Glendale H. Zell, Bellefontaine, Ohio, died July 30, 2003. A member of First Lutheran Church and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was associated with Edward M. McCall Architecture and was active with the Tecumseh Council of Boy Scouts and the Rotary Club. His wife, a son, two daughters, two grandchildren, three brothers and a sister survive.
Gordon P. Glink, Fairborn, Ohio, passed away June 6, 2004. He was an infantry machine gunner in Korea. As a Lutheran pastor, he served three churches during his 34 years of ministry before retiring in 1996 from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He held many memberships in church-related organizations and did extensive studies on the Turin Shroud. In his retirement years, he became an adult education teacher in the area of stained glass making at Fairborn High School and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a grandson and a brother.
Jerry G. Hockman, Springfield, Ohio, died Sept. 8, 2004. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and High Street United Methodist Church, he was an educator at North High School before moving to the Springfield Local Schools where he taught health and physical education, served as cross country and basketball coach, and as athletic director for 19 years until his retirement. He was also the “Voice of the Tigers” at Wittenberg for many years. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a son, two grandsons, a brother, two uncles, an aunt, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard A. Martzolf, Livonia, Mich., passed away March 20, 2001. An ordained Lutheran minister for 26 years, he served as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Detroit and Christ the King Lutheran Church before his retirement in August 2000. He enjoyed computers, traveling, and playing guitar and banjo. Surviving are his wife, his mother, a daughter, two step-sons, two grandchildren and a brother.
John M. Gloxner Jr., Springfield, Ohio, died June 23, 2004. A member of Fellowship Christian Church, he served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. An employee of Wheel Constructors, he formerly acted as controller at Gantner Screw Products Co. Inc. and as an accountant with Cooper Energy Services-Superior. His wife, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, a sister, a sister-in-law and two nephews survive.
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