Wittenberg Magazine P.O. Box 720 Springfield, Ohio 45501-0720
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Eve Myers Hughes, Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 21, 2006. A member of First Lutheran Church and Delta Zeta sorority, she enjoyed gardening, attending class reunions and traveling. She had been a teacher for 40 years with the Washington Court House Schools, Conover Schools, Westerville Schools, Springfield City Schools and Shawnee High School. Survivors include two sons, four grandchildren, two-great-grandchildren and a nephew, Richard L. Myers ’76. Preceding her in death were her husband, Albert A. Hughes ’40, ’60M.Ed., and a brother, Daniel O. Myers ’36.
John A. Hand, Indianapolis, Ind., died Jan. 6, 2003. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He was an electrical engineer with Indiana Michigan Electric Co., until his retirement in 1977. An avid golfer, he designed and manufactured custom golf clubs. Two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive. His first wife, Mary Brehm Hand ’33, preceded him in death.
Paul S. Tobin, Akron, Ohio, died Sept. 6, 2003. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and First United Methodist Church. Before his retirement with 30 years service, he was a tire engineer in the development department of the Firestone Tire Co. An avid sportsman, he was a member of the Summit County Hall of Fame and past president of the Ohio State Officials Association. Surviving are his wife, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.
Kathryn Ryman Thomas, Springfield, Ohio, passed away Jan. 20, 2006. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. A teacher for more than 25 years, she taught at the Elizabeth Township School in Miami County before serving with the Springfield City Schools. Two daughters, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive.
Edward W. Raymond, Canfield, Ohio, died Feb. 17, 2006. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served in the European Theater with the U.S. Army during World War II. He had worked for the U.S. Steel Corp. for nearly 40 years, retiring as the last chief chemist of the Youngstown Works. A lifelong member of John Knox Presbyterian Church, he was also a life member and trainer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a licensed private pilot. Two sons, four grandchildren and a sister survive.
Robert B. Weimer, Fort Worth, Texas, died March 24, 2006. A member of Dorm League, he served with the U.S. Army in Burma during World War II. As a chemist, he was a medical representative with Lederle Laboratories (American Cyanamid Corp.) for 33 years before his retirement in 1980. A member of several civic and professional organizations, he was active with the Broadway Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, a daughter, two grandsons and a brother, Henry E. Weimer ’35.
Patricia Daniels Schmidt of Bay Village, Ohio, died Nov. 11, 2005. A member of St. Raphael Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she was a volunteer at Magnificat High School and with the Seeds of Literacy Program. Surviving are two daughters, including Mary Schmidt Frey ’47, two sons, nine grandchildren, including Daniel B. II ’96 and Courtney Chavers Schmidt ’96, and six great-grandchildren.
William B. Stuart, San Diego, Calif., died Dec. 20, 2005. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he was a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander who served in the Aleutian Campaign and at Port Chicago during World War II and aboard the USS Mt. McKinley during the Korean Conflict. In 1979, he retired as an industrial arts teacher and golf coach from the San Diego Unified District. He leaves his wife, Jane Folkerth Stuart ’39, a son, a daughter, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Audrey Seymour Waite, Painesville, Ohio, passed away Nov. 22, 2005. A member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, she taught for several years at Mentor, Perry and Huntington Elementary Schools. For 78 years, she was an active and faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church and for more than 25 years, volunteered with the Hope Chest. A daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren survive.
Frank E. Shannon, one of the pioneers of professional basketball in the United States, longtime coach of the Ohio Wesleyan University’s men’s basketball team, and press box volunteer for many meets at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, died Dec. 20, 2005. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served as a U.S. Army major with General Douglas MacArthur’s G-2 staff in the South Pacific during World War II. He accumulated more than 800 victories in 39 years of coaching basketball at nearly every level, retiring from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1979. His many honors include being elected to the athletic halls of fame of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, Tecumseh High School, Springfield High School, Wittenberg University and Ohio Wesleyan University. His wife, three sons, four grandchildren and a sister survive.
Muriel Peter Vore of Thousand Oaks, Calif., passed away March 16, 2004. Active in rockhounding and local equestrian groups, she loved music and played the piano for many years. A member of Delta Zeta sorority, she is survived by two daughters and three grandsons. Preceding her in death was her husband, Willis E. Vore ’40.
Virginia Flick Wilkinson, Lighthouse Point, Fla., passed away Jan. 15, 2006. During World War II, she served her country as a nurse with the U.S. Army. She lived in Venezuela for more than 20 years before retiring to Florida. A devoted member of Hope Lutheran Church in Pompano Beach, Fla., she leaves a son, two grandsons and a sister.
Gordon F. Ogram of Floyd, Va., passed away Dec. 24, 2005. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel. A physician and psychiatrist, he retired as Ohio commissioner of Mental Health. A longtime volunteer at Floyd Elementary School, he is survived by his wife, Doris Keim Ogram ’45, a son, three daughters and six grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a sister-in-law, Beverly Keim Small ’50.
James A. Neuman, Richmond, Ind., died Feb. 6, 2006. A member of First English Lutheran Church and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his retirement as owner/operator of Neuman’s Greenhouse, he was a claims manager with World Life Insurance Association. He is survived by a daughter, several grandchildren and a cousin, Barbara Keyser Blackburn ’62. He was preceded in death by an aunt and uncle, Joseph H. 1900 and Margaret Neuman Keyser 1900, and cousins, Paul E. Keyser ’25, Joseph N. Keyser ’29, Philip L. ’33 and Lena Spenny Keyser ’33, and James L. ’35 and Roberta Stetzel Keyser ’38.
Audrey Ball Rainsberger passed away Feb. 8, 2006 in Tampa, Fla. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the American Society of Interior Decorators. Two nephews survive.
John C. Hutson died Nov. 24, 2005 in Findlay, Ohio. He was a member of the U.S. Navy V-12 program. As a “Distinguished Alumnus,” he was granted the status of emeritus director of alumni and parent relations and was recognized for his 25 years in higher education at Findlay College. He also taught geology classes at Lima Correctional Institution. His many associations during his career involved him in many campaigns and philanthropic organizations in his community. Throughout his adult life, he was an active member of the Churches of God General Conference and College First Church of God. He is survived by his wife, a son, three daughters, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three adopted grandchildren and a brother. An aunt, Ruth Jenkins Hutson 1918, preceded him in death.
Russell H. Thackery of Urbana, Ohio, and formerly of Bexley, Ohio, died Dec. 11, 2005. During World War II, he served as a pilot with the U.S. Navy. He was an educator, inventor, holder of 13 patents, a founding father of Columbus Technical Institute, now Columbus State Community College, and CEO of Thackery Co. in Columbus, Ohio. His wife, four sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.
Rudolf H. Willer ’49S, Toledo, Ohio, died Jan. 19, 2006. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he was a Lutheran minister. He retired as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in 1990. Though retired for more than 15 years, he continued to serve as interim pastor at several area churches. He leaves his wife, two sons, Roger A. Willer ’77 and David K. Willer ’79, a daughter, Sherry Willer Kreiger ’86, a daughter-in-law, Carole Prudden Willer ’76, nine grandchildren, including Elise J. Willer ’09, a sister, Mary Willer Liles ’52, a brother-in-law, Edward T. Winkler ’59, and a nephew, James E. Winkler ’75.
Betty West Linton, Riddle, Ore., died April 17, 2005. A homemaker, she was a talented seamstress, pre-school teacher, and Sunday school and catechism instructor. She also enjoyed knitting, building miniature dollhouses and enjoying her friends and bible study classes at Faith Lutheran Church in Roseburg, Ore. Surviving are a daughter, three sons, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Kenneth E. Linton ’45, and a brother, Ralph T. West ’52, preceded her in death.
Vincent B. Duncan, Beavercreek, Ohio, died Dec. 15, 2005. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was awarded numerous medals for his service as a corporal with the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was the founder and owner of Duncan Oil Co. As a 56-year member of the Knights of Pythias, he served as Ohio Grand Chancellor and Deputy Supreme Chancellor. In 2001, he was inducted into the Beavercreek High School Athletic Hall of Fame. His wife, two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren survive.
Former top editor for The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, Richard W. Otte died March 3, 2006 in DeLand, Fla. During his 34-career at the newspaper, he was a sportswriter, metro columnist, executive sports editor, assistant managing editor and executive managing editor. After retiring in 1988, he wrote editorials for a paper in Florida. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he served as a decoder with the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Marjory Baird Otte ’46, three sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His mother-in-law, Frances Endly Baird ’23, predeceased him.
Glenn D. Riley Jr., Canton, Ohio, died June 5, 2004. A member of St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He retired in 1979 after 31 years as a teacher and principal with the Fairborn Board of Education. Following his retirement, he was an instructor at Clark State Community College and a real estate sales representative with Alpine Realty Inc. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Keister Riley ’48, two sons, two grandchildren, a sister, a sister-in-law, Janet Williams Keister ’55, a nephew, Mark S. Keister ’83, and a niece and her husband, Jonathan C. ’87 and Linda Keister Bischoff ’87. Preceding him in death were his father-in-law, George D. Keister 1919, his mother-in-law, Ruth Becker Keister ’23, and a brother-in-law, Daniel L. Keister ’54.
Harold R. Shank ’51S died Dec. 28, 2005, in Dayton, Ohio. A Lutheran minister, he served several churches during his career before retiring in 1978 as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington Court House, Ohio, and moving to Pensacola, Fla. He served as chair of the Committee of American Missions and on the board of trustees of St. Luke Lutheran Home in North Canton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, including Arlene Shank Brown ’66, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Georges Sourp passed away Dec. 20, 2005, in Veneray-les-Laumes, France. He was cited in 1989 by the French government and made a “chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite,” a high honor award given to civilians for meritorious work in social ministry. He was instrumental in developing Interim Ministries International, a program for recruiting interim pastors for vacant parishes in southern Belgium, eastern France and western Switzerland.
Robert S. Edwards, Portage, Mich., died July 2, 2005. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the British Isles as part of the air sea rescue team. After 35 years with the Upjohn Co., he retired in 1986 as a contract administrator in the marketing division in Kalamazoo, Mich. He was a charter member of the Sunnyside United Methodist Church and was a current member of the Portage First United Methodist Church. His wife, two sons, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother and a nephew survive.
Jon Henderson McKaig of Springfield, Ohio, passed away March 26, 2006. A member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. For a number of years, he was a branch manager with Cornerstone Bank and was currently the security officer for Home City Federal Savings Bank. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two brothers and a sister.
Sally A. Hare of Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2006. A teacher for 30 years, including four years in Bedford, Ohio, and 26 years with the Springfield City Schools, she retired in 1987 from Snowhill Elementary School as a special education teacher. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the Junior Service League and was known as the “Cookie Lady” by the Springfield Police Dept. for whom she made thousands of cookies a year. Several cousins and dear friends survive.
Mary Lyman Price, Springfield, Ohio, passed away Dec. 22, 2005. She worked at Olan Mills, Crowell Collier and was one of the first teachers at Town and Country Day School from where she retired after 25 years. A 50-year member of Central Christian Church, she is survived by her husband, two daughters, a son, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two uncles, Floyd A. Lyman ’26 and Allen E. Compton ’26, preceded her in death.
John C. Shenefield died on March 24, 2006, in Prescott, Ariz. During World War II, he served in Japan with the Eighth U.S. Army. As a Lutheran minister, he served congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania before moving to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Wyo. Following his retirement from the ministry in 1976, he opened a retail camera store in Riverton, Wyo., and frequently filled the vacancy at St. James Episcopal Church. In 1988, he brought the video business to Prescott, Ariz., which he operated until December 2001. A current member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, he is survived by his wife, two sons, two grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
Alberta Gump Hoehne, New Bremen, Ohio, died June 17, 2005. She had been a registered record librarian at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio. A member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, she leaves her husband.
Virginia Connell Lersch of Holland, Mich., formerly of Mountville, Pa, died Sept. 21, 2003. A teacher for 20 years, she last taught at Columbia High School for 10 years before retiring in 1999. A member of Chi Omega sorority and the Evergreen Ringers Bell Choir, she participated in the annual walk to benefit multiple sclerosis. Surviving are two sons, two grandchildren and two sisters.
Ruth Philipp Salter died on May 27, 2005, in Sumter, S.C. A member of St. James Lutheran Church and Kappa Delta sorority, she was a former administrative specialist at the University of South Carolina. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, a son, five grandchildren and a brother, Arthur D. Philipp ’67.
Robert F. VanMeter passed away March 30, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he was a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict. He began his career in retail as a manufacturer’s representative with the W.T. Grant Co., New York, N.Y. He continued his career with Gold Circle Stores and Federated Department Stores in Columbus, Ohio, retiring as president of VanMeter & Associates Manufacturers Representatives. For 27 years, he served as secretary of the board of trustees for Advocates for the Challenged. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, three grandchildren and three nephews.
R. Michael Lennox of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away Dec. 19, 2005. He was a positive thinker, a spiritual individual and an inspiration to those who loved him. His mother and several close friends survive.
James R. Strawn of North Canton, Ohio, died Oct. 1, 2005. A member of Christ Presbyterian Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he was active in numerous civic organizations. He was a partner with Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh LPA and a swim coach at the North Canton Y.M.C.A. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Wasson Strawn ’73, three daughters, a brother and sister-in-law, Scott G. ’76 and Carol Pfeifer Strawn ’75, two sisters, including Ann Strawn Stafford ’70, a nephew, John L. Stawn ’07, and cousins, Henry G. ’49 and Judith Grube Portz ’50, Susan Oaklief Mandator ’65, Holly Portz Koiro ’67 and Alison Portz Conrad ’81. Preceding him in death was his mother, Lois Portz Strawn ’42, a grandfather, Clarence A. Portz 1913, aunts and uncles, Harvey O. 1913 and Halley Wright Portz ’35, and R. Greer ’49 and Nancy Alexander Portz ’52, and cousins, Lorin H. Oaklief ’29, Arthur G. ’38 and Betty Hollinger Portz ’40, and Matthew H. Portz ’42.
Wittenberg Magazine P.O. Box 720 Springfield, Ohio 45501-0720
Phone: (937) 327-6141 Fax: (937) 327-6112