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Mary Ellen Christopher Lohnes, Springfield, Ohio, passed away Jan. 23, 2005. An honored 75-year member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she taught English, French, Latin and physical education at Bryan High School, Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was an active member of First Lutheran Church and a dedicated volunteer. She loved music, bridge, bowling, walking, yoga and crossword puzzles. Three sons, three grandsons and four great-granddaughters survive. Preceding her in death was her husband, Edwin B. Lohnes ’25.
Charles B. Miller, Largo, Fla., passed away March 29, 2004. A member of Dorm League, he was chief of staff and surgery at Grace Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, before serving for many years as a medical doctor with the U.S. Air Force. He had a passion for all modes of transportation, antique to modern-day. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, a step-son, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, including Raymond A. ’43 and Flora Miller Heine ’43, Ruth Miller Smith ’56, Ward W. Heine ’69, Marcella Miller Woloshan ’71, Wilbert S. Miller ’73, Marian Heine Pye ’73, Laura Pye Szczembara ’97, Amy Pye Kochensparger ’97 and Toby M. Woloshan ’01. Preceding him in death were cousins, Frank R. Miller ’42, Marian Miller Brown ’49 and Lawrence D. Pye ’72.
Ruth Shumaker Miller, Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 12, 2005. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she spent 46 years teaching children in the Englewood, Springfield City and Northeastern Local school districts before retiring in 1980. Following her retirement, she worked with the Clark County Jail Chaplaincy Program and was active with the Covenant Presbyterian Church. She is survived by a daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, including Vanessa Miller Coterel ’96, and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Ersie E. Miller ’29, and two sisters-in-law, Virsie A. Miller ’40 and Nellie Miller ’40.
Pauline Schlegel Rentz, Lima, Ohio, passed away Dec. 3, 2004. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she taught with the Chagrin Falls School System before becoming a homemaker. She was an active member of the West Elm United Church of Christ and volunteered for the American Heart Association for many years. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Margaret Schlegel Cain ’37 and Katherine Schlegel Moran ’44, and several nieces and nephews, including Michael P. ’72 and Margaret Moody Moran ’75. A brother-in-law, Andrew F. Moran ’38, predeceased her.
Katherine Trout Reichel, Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 18, 2005. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. During World War II, she served as associate chair of the women’s civilian committee of the Women’s Army Corps in Clark County, chair of the civil defense motor corps and as captain of the American Red Cross Motor Corps. Throughout the years, she was an active member of her community and Christ Episcopal Church. Survivors include a son, David M. Reichel ’61, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Volney F. 1906 and Marguerite Sawyer Trout 1908, a sister, Jean Trout Dreyer ’32, and an uncle, Edric E. Sawyer 1910.
Well-known political cartoonist Frank M. Spangler Jr. of Montgomery, Ala., died Oct. 14, 2004. He had a long career as an artist and illustrator, beginning with the Max Fleischer Studios in New York, N.Y., animating characters such as Popeye and Betty Boop. Later, he was chief of graphics with Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base and, finally, a cartoonist at the Montgomery Advertiser. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he is survived by his wife, four daughters and five grandchildren. His father, Frank M. Spangler Sr. 1901 predeceased him.
Cleo L. Sherer, Dayton, Ohio, passed away Nov. 23, 2004. A member of the Rum Creek United Methodist Church, she retired in 1983 as a bookkeeper and loan officer for Gem City Savings and Loan. A sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews survive.
Fred L. Snyder, Rockledge, Fla., died Feb. 16, 2005. He was an independent real estate appraiser in Jacksonville, Fla., president of Tanker Marine Repair, Inc., in Tampa, Fla. and retired from Prudential Insurance Co. A lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge, he is survived by his wife, two daughters, three sons, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were a brother, Samuel P. Snyder ’22, and a sister, Mary Snyder Miller ’35.
Betty Stewart Spriggs, Plano, Texas, passed away Sept. 27, 2004. She taught French for many years at North High School and owned Storybook Galleries in Springfield, Ohio, until her retirement to Texas in 1992. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Spriggs Snaufer ’60 and Dail Spriggs Myers ’63, five grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Veda Spriggs Trujillo ’46. Preceding her in death were her husband, Elmo F. Spriggs ’35, a daughter, Tanis M. Spriggs ’66, her father-in-law, Arthur O. Spriggs ’27, and a brother-in-law, Bernardo Trujillo ’46.
Louise Henning Whyte, Kettering, Ohio, died March 20, 2005. She was a 73-year member of First Baptist Church and for many years taught piano privately, accompanied the Dayton Music Club Chorus, and served as an organist for David’s Church. Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Mario L. Peretti of New Kensington, Pa., passed away Sept. 12, 2002. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a master sergeant in the intelligence division of General MacArthur’s headquarters in Manila, the Philippines and Tokyo, Japan. A member of Dorm League and Mount St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, he was an educator with the New Kensington-Arnold School District for 36 years before retiring in 1976. He also coached football at Arnold Junior High School. Survivors include his wife, a sister-in-law, two nephews and a niece.
Thomas S. Dyke, Ashland, Ky., died Aug. 5, 2003. A member of Westwood Christian Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He retired after 38 years as a combustion engineer with Armco Steel Corp. Surviving are his wife, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.
Warren W. Powell, a Lutheran minister for 35 years in Bryan, Vermilion and other parts of Ohio and Indiana, passed away Oct. 10, 2004, in Findlay, Ohio. He retired in 1980. A football and baseball fan, he enjoyed playing and watching golf. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Douglas E. Powell ’68 and Drych D. Powell ’78, a daughter, a step-daughter, six grandchildren, including Jennifer Powell Gifford ’01 and Lauren M. Badenhop ’05, two step-grandchildren, two sisters, including Louella Powell Coffelt ’47, two brothers, Robert T. Powell ’33 and Richard W. Powell ’45, a sister-in-law, Charlotte List Powell Young ’38, and several nieces and nephews, including Marra Powell Wolpert ’63, Richard W. Powell ’68, Jane Powell Moheyer ’70, Daniel M. Powell ’75, William G. ’75 and Martha Powell Sackett ’76, Jacob R. Powell ’99, and Hannah D. Powell ’03. He was preceded in death by his father, Merlin I. Powell 1908, two brothers, Luther V. Powell ’35 and Owen B. Powell ’37, a sister, Isabelle C. Powell ’41, a sister-in-law, Esther Leilich Powell ’34, and a brother-in-law, Stanley G. Coffelt ’48.
Michael P. Moffo, Fairfield, Ohio, passed away Dec. 31, 2004. During World War II, he served as a flight engineer with the U.S. Air Corps in the European Theatre of Operations. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and St. Matthias Church, he retired in 1978 as a sales manager after 30 years with Texaco Inc. He was an avid golfer and a lifetime member of the Hamilton Elks. Surviving are a son, a daughter and five grandchildren, including Elizabeth A. Walters ’03.
Boris S. Traicoff, Wakeman, Ohio, died Sept. 22, 2004. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he taught business education and was an assistant football coach at Midview High School in Grafton, Ohio. He was also the owner of several private businesses and was an avid golfer and bowler. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, two sons, two grandchildren and a brother, Steve Traicoff Jr. ’56. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alexander S. Traicoff ’49.
Jan Ruhe Dietz DiCarlo of East Liverpool, Ohio, died Nov. 6, 2004. During World War II, she served with the U.S. Navy and received a Presidential Citation for breaking secret Japanese codes. A member of St. John Lutheran Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a retired professional educator with a career in the East Liverpool and the Hancock County school systems. During her retirement, she captained her own stern wheel riverboat through the nation’s inland waterways. A daughter, two sons and eight grandchildren survive. A brother, J. William Ruhe ’52 predeceased her.
Vera Janicky Miller of Marinette, Wis., passed away May 31, 2004. She taught communications and language arts in Indiana and at Marinette Middle School. She is survived by her husband, Ivan H. Miller ’48, two daughters, including, Louise Miller Durnell ’79, a son, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Former City Commissioner E. Dean Spragg died Jan. 8, 2005 in Springfield, Ohio. He was employed by Carpenter Lithographing for 45 years and was president from 1977 to 1989. He also served as an officer and member of the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County Board of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities. During World War II, he served in the Signal Corps in Australia. In 1971, he was the recipient of an Alumni Citation for his many years of service to the university. A member of First Lutheran Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he is survived by his wife, Sonya Hillgreen Spragg ’53, two sons, four grandchildren, four brothers, a sister, Ruth Spragg Englefield ’56, a brother-in-law, John T. Beymer ’49, and a niece, Nicole D. Fogarty ’98. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Spragg Beymer ’49.
Mary Miksch Yeazell, Springfield, Ohio, died Oct. 24, 2004. After serving as a nurse with the U.S. Army in Great Britain during World War II, she worked at Mason General Hospital in New York. She then taught with the Dayton City Schools until her retirement in 1985. She is survived by her husband, William O. Yeazell ’49, three daughters, including Penelope Yeazell Blosser ’80, a son, six grandchildren, a brother and several sisters-in-law.
Christian A. Gregg (Gregerson), Parma, Ohio, passed away Sept. 23, 2004. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He recently retired as general manager of Bob Gillingham Ford after many years in the automotive business. He was active with many charities, especially the MBB-Special Olympics. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren and a brother.
Janis Baker Herrera, Dayton, Ohio, died Feb. 4, 2005. A member of the Christian Science Church, she retired in 1989 after 22 years as a teacher with the Dayton Public Schools. She is survived by a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.
Caroline Gaver Maine, Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 1, 2004. A member of North Hampton Church of Christ and Kappa Delta sorority, she retired from teaching at Northwestern Middle School after 27 years. She previously had taught at Linden McKinley High School in Columbus, Ohio, and Roosevelt Middle School. Survivors include two daughters, three sons, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Barbara Gaver Livant ’52 and Judith Gaver Studtman ’60, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll D. ’19 and Mary Hoffman Gaver ’22, a sister, Ruth E. Gaver ’49, and two aunts, Ella F. Gaver ’29 and Emma Gaver ’31.
William L. Nolte, Indianapolis, Ind., died Jan. 14, 2005. During World War II, he served in the medical corps with the U.S. Army in Europe and then served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from Naval Avionics after 31 years as a model maker. A daughter and a sister survive.
James S. Bowman, Exeter, N.H., died June 27, 2004. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served at the Army Chemical Center, Fort Mead, Md., during the Korean Conflict. In 1970, he joined the University of New Hampshire’s Entomology Department, received his full professorship and retired as professor emeritus in 1994. An active member of the Exeter Congregational Church and an avid competitive sailor, he became a marine docent following his retirement. He is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, two grandchildren, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews. His father, Ralph H. Bowman ’24, preceded him in death.
Ned A. Kamp, Shelby, N.C., passed away Nov. 21, 2004. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served with the First Marine Division during World War II in the South Pacific and North China and in the Korean Conflict. He was a business management consultant and principal of his own consulting firm for 30 years. He is survived by two sons, three grandchildren and two brothers, including John P. Camp ’60. His wife, Marilyn Chandler Kamp ’51, preceded him in death.
Harold K. Krichbaum Jr., Indian Lake, Ohio, died Jan. 17, 2005. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served our country proudly as a hospital corpsman in China during World War II. A member of the Amvets Post 39 in Lakeview, Ohio, he is survived by his wife, a daughter, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lois Legge Tustin, Mill Valley, Calif., died July 1, 2003. A member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a teacher in the Mill Valley School District and at San Francisco Day School. She leaves behind her husband, three children and their families, and two brothers.
Robert H. Johnson of Huntington Beach, Calif., a university professor and scenic designer, died Feb. 2, 2005. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he designed sets at the University Theatre in Eugene, Ore., and in Hollywood, Calif., for Bob Hope, Jack Benny and Fred Astaire among others. He also taught at the University of Southern California, was a publisher with Logos Signum Publications and most recently was the executive director of Museum Classics in Laguna Beach, Calif. A brother and a sister, Patricia Johnson Franta ’51, survive.
Patricia Nafz Olender, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away March 28, 2005, in Hollywood, Fla. A dental hygienist, she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, Nativity Catholic Church and numerous community organizations. Surviving are two sons, two daughters, 11 grandchildren and a brother.
Kari Zimmerman Winters, ’52 B.S., ’61 M.Ed., Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 31, 2005. She retired after a career as a school teacher for the Mad River Green Local School District, teaching at Enon Elementary and Hustead Middle Schools. A member of First Lutheran Church, the Woman’s Town Club, and Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John L. III ’55 and Norma Hanley Zimmerman ’58, a nephew, two nieces and numerous cousins, including Richard G. Zimmerman ’56. A cousin, Charles B. Zimmerman Jr. ’56, followed her in death Preceding her in death were her parents, John L. II ’16 and Kari Ness Zimmerman ’20, her grandfather, John L. Zimmerman I 1879, and an aunt, Helen Ness Moores ’20.
Eugene W. Newell, ’56S, a retired pastor of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the E.L.C.A., died Dec. 20, 2004 in Springfield, Ohio. During his active ministry, he served parishes in Ashtabula, Ohio, Pleasant Hills, Pa., and for 27 years at Mount Pleasant, Pa. Following his retirement, he served as part-time interim pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Springfield. A member of Dorm League, he served as an electrician mate with the U.S. Navy during World War II. His wife, two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren survive.
George W. Overhalser Jr., Pahrump, Nev., died Aug. 5, 2002. He served as a weather forecaster with the U.S. Air Force for 10 years on active duty and seven years as a reserve, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He worked as an agricultural meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau in Redding, Calif., before retiring to Nevada. His wife survives.
Richard T. Lawrence, Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 2, 2005. During the Korean Conflict, he served with the U.S. Navy. He worked at GMAC for 19 years and retired as a loan officer from National City Bank after 20 years. Recently, he was a courier for Bill Marine Auto Sales. He was a member of various civic and fraternal organizations. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, a great-grandson, a sister, and several nieces and nephews. His father, Irvin W. Lawrence ’16, predeceased him.
Mildred Bothwell Snapp, Terre Haute, Ohio, died Oct. 28, 2004. She taught with several school districts before retiring from the Urbana School System in 1978. She was a former employee of the Howard Bond Co. and volunteered at Mercy Memorial Hospital until 1996. A member of the Terre Haute United Methodist Church and other civic organizations, she is survived by a son, two grandsons, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Retired educator James A. Waters of Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 15, 2005. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he spent 36 years teaching and coaching with the Mad River Green Local School District. He was a principal at Greenon High School and Hustead Middle School and served as manager of Overbrook Swim Club. Following his retirement, he was a real estate agent with Burton and Minnick. Survivors include his wife, three sons, a daughter, two step-children, 15 grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and an aunt, Jeanne Armstrong Braun ’46.
Verlie Crabtree Miller ’66 M.Ed., Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 29, 2004. A member of the Maiden Lane Church of God, she taught in the Springfield City School System for more than 30 years. Surviving are two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth Campbell Mowell, Springfield, Ohio, died Nov. 18, 2004. A member of Delta Zeta sorority and Woman’s Town Club, she retired from Springfield South High School as a teacher and counselor in 1971 following 43 years of service. Several cousins survive.
Lois Turner Messer of Boynton Beach, Fla., died Nov. 22, 2003. Survivors include her husband, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, her parents and two sisters.
John L. Pendleton passed away Feb. 10, 2005, in Springfield, Ohio. A member of the Presbyterian Church, he retired from Navistar following 36 years of service. He enjoyed coin collecting, fishing and playing golf. Survivors include his wife, two children, three step-children, eight grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, a sister, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Harlan D. Pendleton ’52 and Donald L. Pendleton ’58, preceded him in death.
William C. Krupski, a nationally renowned vascular surgeon formerly on staff at the University Hospital in Denver, Colo., died Nov. 27, 2004. While in Denver, he was a professor of surgery and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. He joined the staff of the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, Calif., in 2002 as assistant sub-chief of vascular surgery and was an associate professor at the University of California-San Francisco. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he is survived by his wife, a son and two step-daughters.
Noel E. Kissling, formerly of Westerville, Ohio, died Jan. 19, 2005, in Fredericktown, Ohio. A member of Nevada Lutheran Church and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he retired in September 2004 as a coordinator for Alliance Data Systems. His hobbies included gardening and raising Morgan horses. His wife, his mother, a son, a daughter and a brother survive.
Alan R. Cannarozzi passed away March 20, 2005, in Springfield, Ohio. A self- employed paint contractor, he is survived by his wife, Anne Peters Cannarozzi ’78, a son, a daughter, three bothers, three sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
Jeanne E. Oxley, Craigsville, W.V., died Dec. 19, 2004. A member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was a supervisor at Columbia Forest Products and was a certified EMT. As an avid golfer she owned Fit to a Tee, a business repairing and manufacturing golf clubs. Her father and a sister survive.
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