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Pauline Pond Earnhart died Oct. 30, 2006 in Urbana, Ohio. She was a teacher in the Champaign County School System, retiring in 1967. Surviving are a daughter, four sons, 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a sister. Preceding her in death were a sister and brother-in-law, Alan C. ’28 and Lillian Pond Squire ’27, two brothers, Willis V. Pond ’29 and Millard Z. Pond ’30, and a sister-in-law, Loretta Zenk Pond ’31.

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Ruth Richison Miller Allen of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Aug. 22, 2005. A member of Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines and Alpha Xi Delta sorority, she was a retired church business administrator. In 1997, she received the “Mentor of the Year” award for reading to kindergarten and first-grade children at Ben Franklin School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Survivors include a daughter, a son, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a greatgreat- grandchild, a sister and brother-in-law, James R. ’29 and Louise Richison Collins Price ’28, and a nephew and his wife, David R. ’54 and Jane Shy Collins ’73. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy A. Miller ’29, a sister and brother-in-law, George C. ’26 and Pauline Richison Collins ’26, and a brother and sister-inlaw, Rush R. Jr. ’33 and Grace Milner Richison ’31.

Louise Romig Haas, Bellevue, Ohio, died Nov. 20, 2006. Before teaching in the Bellevue School System, she taught with the Carey public schools for several years. She was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and volunteered at the Bellevue Hospital reception desk for 30 years. A daughter and numerous nieces and nephews survive. She was preceded in death by a son, Steven C. Haas ’64, and a brother, Truman D. Romig ’26.

Gretchen Crider Houston, formerly of Mansfield, Ohio, died May 1, 2006, in Washington Township, N.J. Before her retirement, she was a teacher with the Mansfield Board of Education. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Marie Schneider Belles of El Paso, Texas, passed away Dec. 3, 2006. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Kappa Delta sorority. A former social worker, she volunteered for the Council on Aging and at Sun Towers Hospital. She and her family established the Belles Family Scholarship at Wittenberg. Surviving are two sons, A. Gilbert Belles ’62 and Robert M. Belles ’57, a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hahn Belles ’58, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Alfred G. Belles ’31 and a cousin, Velma Mayer Mitchell ’30, predeceased her.

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J. Leroy Fagan, Cincinnati, Ohio, died Dec. 31, 2006. A member of the Lutheran Church, he enjoyed traveling and collecting antique glassware and china. He is survived by three daughters, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Margaret Beattie Hudak, formerly of Lorain, Ohio, died Feb. 23, 2007, in Elyria, Ohio. She began her career in the children’s department of the Lorain Public Library before becoming a library associate with the bookmobile, retiring in 1975. Following her retirement, she served on the Library Board of Trustees for 17 years, including a term as secretary, and volunteered with several library associations. An active member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, she served as president of the Lorain County Church Women, as a citizen representative to the Lorain City School Board of Education and as a member of the mayor’s committee on human relations. She is survived by a daughter, two sons and several grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Joseph J. Hudak ’40.

Margaret Schwyn Moorhead died in Pemberville, Ohio, on Feb. 26, 2007. A member of First Presbyterian Church and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she taught music in Ohio public schools for 16 years in West Alexandria, Findlay and Maumee. She also directed adult and children’s church choirs for 12 years. After retiring, she continued to play piano and organ part-time for several churches. Surviving are two daughters, Ann Moorhead Tubbs ’66 and Joan Moorhead Rehlin ’71, a son-in-law, James M. Rehlin ’70, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A sister, Helen Schwyn Traver ’35, and two sisters-in-law, Katherine Moorhead ’30 and Marie Moorhead ’32, preceded her in death.

Ruth Benner Patton, formerly of Allegan, Mich., died Oct. 28, 2004, in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was an active member of First Congregational Church and many other community service organizations. A teacher for eight years with the Fort Recovery Schools in Ohio, she is survived by a daughter, a son, seven grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren and a brother, Charles H. Benner ’35.

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Fred E. Shelton Jr. of Centerville, Ohio, passed away Jan. 29, 2007. After 34 years with Standard Register, he retired in 1970 as director of administrative services. He served on the government committee of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors for the Better Business Bureau, and taught office management, work simplification and records management at the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, The Ohio State University, Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. He also taught first aid classes for the American Red Cross and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Oakwood. Surviving are a son, Fred E. Shelton III, two daughters, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Formerly of Urbana, Ohio, Myrtle Christensen Hegele Snarr passed away Oct. 18, 2006, in Georgetown, Ind. A former public school music teacher, she was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, serving as the first woman president of the church council and congregation. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Hegele Tooman ’61, three sons, a step-son, a stepdaughter, nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister. Her first husband, Richard H. Hegele ’33, preceded her in death.

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Katherine F. Harshbarger of Centerville, Ohio, passed away Oct. 13, 2006. Her memberships included First Lutheran Church, Chi Omega sorority, the Dayton Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the Y.M.C.A. She was employed for more than 40 years in the office of Miami Jacobs College. An accomplished violinist, she enjoyed playing with a variety of music ensembles. After her retirement, she volunteered in her church office and at the Once Around Shop and the Linden House Gift Shop at Bethany Lutheran Village. A sister survives. Another sister, Norma Harshbarger Crowell ’29, and a cousin Jane Yost White ’42, predeceased her.

Ruth Valbracht Failing Johnson, Austin, Texas, died Feb. 26, 2007. She worked as a clerk for the WPA, played the organ for 40 years at a Lutheran parish in Burbank, Calif., worked as a secretary at Lockheed Aircraft, and taught junior high and high school English and social studies. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and First English Lutheran Church. Surviving are a daughter, Charlotte Failing Gilman ’60, a stepson, a granddaughter, two great-grandsons, a sister-in-law, Lois Winkler Valbracht ’38, two cousins, Beverly Koch Browder ’58 and Barbara Koch Ettinger ’61, a niece, Susan Valbracht Flemr ’67, and a nephew, Louis E. Valbracht ’69. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Loraine A. Failing ’31, her parents, Edward F. ’12 and Edna Ziegler Valbracht ’13, a sister, Margaret L. Valbracht ’40, two brothers, Louis H. Valbracht ’38 and Edward L. Valbracht ’43, and cousins, Walter A. Koch ’40 and Harold E. Koch ’52.

Jack W. Miles, a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, died Nov. 15, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. A family practice physician from 1940-98, he was on staff at Mt. Carmel Medical Center, where he served as president, chair of the department of family practice medical advisory committee and on the bi-laws committee. He also served as president of the Franklin County Academy of Family Practice and the Cancer Society, and on the Columbus Board of Health and the Southwest Board of Mental Health. An active member of numerous other professional, community and fraternal organizations, he was named recipient of the Mt. Carmel Physician of the Year Award in 1999. Two sons, a daughter, two grandsons and a brother survive.

Helen McGinnis Springer, Traverse City, Mich., passed away May 22, 2006. A member of the Grand Traverse Rock and Mineral Club, she was active in the NMC Barbecue and worked as a sales clerk at the Cradle to Teen Shop for many years. She is survived by three sons, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Walter B. Bauer Jr., a lifelong resident of Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 23, 2007. In 1996, after more than 50 years of service, he retired from the William Bayley Co. He spent much of his career designing architectural windows and jail bars. A member of Christ Episcopal Church, he is survived by his wife, three daughters, three step-children, four grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, a sister, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his mother, Marie Myers Bauer 1906, and a sister, Betty Bauer Windle ’26.

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Formerly of Beaver Falls, Pa., Helen Leigh Davidson died Nov. 22, 2006, in Damariscotta, Maine. She taught elementary school in Beaver Falls for 10 years before retiring to Port St. Lucie, Fla., in 1978. An active churchwoman, she was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Beaver Falls, Pa., Holy Faith Episcopal Church, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Other memberships include Gamma Phi Beta sorority, St. Mary’s Rector’s Guild, the Women’s Club, Outlook Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution and several bridge clubs. Surviving are two daughters, including Margaret Davidson Bonesteel ’68, five grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Two sisters, Genevieve Leigh McCandless ’28 and Virginia Leigh Baer ’33, predeceased her.

Norvin G. Smith of Troy, Ohio, passed away Jan. 10, 2007. A member of First United Methodist Church, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and numerous other fraternal and community organizations, he was a physical trainer for pilots and initiated a recreational naval program in Honolulu, Hawaii, during World War II. He was hired by Troy City Schools as a teacher and coach, and continued working there until 1975, when he retired as athletic director. He was also the first recreational director in Troy where he established many new programs. Surviving are his wife, a son, three granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren. A brother, Lawrence W. Smith ’28, preceded him in death.

Ruth Myers Stevenson, Muncie, Ind., died Jan. 25, 2005. She was instructor of nurses and later superintendent of nurses at Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Her memberships included Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Y.W.C.A. She enjoyed playing tennis, golf and traveling. The recipient of a 35-year award for volunteering with the Red Cross, she is survived by her husband, Frank L. Stevenson ’35, a daughter, two sons, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Joe B. Work of Plymouth, Mass., a research scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project, died Sept. 20, 2004. He was a research scientist from 1944-59 at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee and Hanford Lab in Richland, Wash. He later joined the Atomic Energy Commission, which became the Energy Research and Development Administration. He was a manager in Germantown, Md., and retired in 1980. A member of Second Church of Plymouth and Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he is survived by his wife, Margaret Pershing Work ’41, two daughters, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a niece, Patricia Pershing Newman ’63. Preceding him in death were a brother, Robert C. Work ’42, his father-in-law, Benjamin H. Pershing ’12, his mother-in-law, Vera Miller Pershing ’15, and a brotherin- law and sister-in-law, John J. ’39 and Ruth Knollenberg Pershing ’39.

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Helen Ashley Frye, Tipp City, Ohio, died Sept. 30, 2006. During World War II, she worked in hospitals for the Red Cross. She taught elementary education in the Tipp City Schools and tutored homebound children for the Ohio Department of Education. She retired as executive secretary for Dolly Inc. after 30 years. A member of Zion Lutheran Church, she is survived by a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Richard A. Johnson of South Bend, Ind., died Feb. 24, 2007. A member of Clay United Methodist Church and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Ghent, Belgium. He was a sales representative with the Sherwin Williams Paint Co. for 22 years, retiring in 1979. Three sons, two grandchildren, a sister and two nephews survive. A cousin, Frank N. Nevins Jr. ’39, preceded him in death.

Previously from South Pasadena, Fla., Aileen Branning Hackenberg Marlowe passed away July 16, 2006, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Formerly a high school teacher in Wern, Ohio, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the Lutheran Church. She is survived by four daughters, two step-sons, 14 grandchildren, including Jennifer Marlowe Smith ’92, Alison Marlowe Belfrage ’93 and Charles R. Marlowe III ’96, and 11 greatgrandchildren. Her first husband, Charles A. Hackenberg ’34, preceded her in death.

William F. Martin of Burlington, Vt., died July 29, 2004. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he served as an aviator with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his discharge, he joined the Vermont Air National Guard and continued to fly with the 134th Fighter Squadron. He was president and manager of Martin LTD for many years. Active in his community, he was a member of the First Congregational Church, the U.S. Handball Association, the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, the Burlington Fire Commission, Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He is survived by a son, a daughter, seven grandchildren and a greatgrandson.

David L. Reeves died Feb. 12, 2007, in Pittsboro, N.C. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he retired in 1982 as president of the Loose Leaf Services division of Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J. His wife and a step-daughter survive. His first wife, Floy Moll Reeves ’39, preceded him in death.

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Earle R. McKeever Jr. passed away Feb. 22, 2007, in Eugene, Ore. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II where he performed occasionally with the Glenn Miller Army Band. He taught music and served as the band director and music supervisor at Nampa High School in Idaho for 20 years. He later served as superintendent of music education for the Eugene School District in Oregon, retiring to continue to teach privately for many years. In 1985, he received the Distinguished Music Educator Award from the NW Bandmasters Association. He was a charter member of the Eugene Symphonic Band and played with it until 2005. Surviving are two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Virginia Fenton Rice of Marigold, Miss., died on Dec. 14, 2006. A former resident of Satellite Beach, Fla., Springfield, Ohio, and Cleveland, Miss., she was a schoolteacher and an associate of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. An active member of the Presbyterian and Baptist Churches, she is survived by two daughters, a step-son and his wife, K. Richard ’60 and Mary Bogardus Rice ’61, eight grandchildren, 10 greatgrandchildren and a sister.

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Janice Jones Stoddard, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2006. After 22 years as a physical education teacher and volleyball coach, she retired in 1985 from Nordonia High School, Macedonia, Ohio. Her teams won district championships in 1972 and 1975. She was inducted into the Nordonia High School Athletic Department Hall of Honor in 1995. Following retirement, she was a volunteer at the Quirk Senior Center. A member of Chi Omega sorority and numerous professional and community organizations, she is survived by two sons, including Lawrence G. Stoddard ’72, two granddaughters and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne A. Stoddard ’42, and a brother, James R. Jones Jr. ’50.

Ann Case Weinland, a 55-year resident of Clintonville, Ohio, died Feb. 2, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. A member of Kappa Delta sorority, she was employed in broadcasting. She was a devoted member of Karl Road Christian Church and a former member of Fourth Avenue Christian Church. Two sons, five grandchildren, a sister-in-law, a brother-in-law, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews survive.

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Vera Ryan Eibe, Springfield, Ohio, passed away Oct. 23, 2006. She retired from the Springfield City Schools after 44 years as a teacher. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and numerous professional, fraternal and community organizations. Surviving are a daughter, a grandson, a sister-in-law, Betty Eakins Ryan ’40, and two nephews. Her father, Charles S. Ryan ’21, predeceased her.

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L. Gene Bandy ’62 M.Ed., formerly of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Dec. 11, 2006, in Clearwater, Fla. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and served as a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy during World War II. An English teacher with the Springfield City Schools, he was a member of LST Group, Veteran’s Group in Ohio and Union Street Methodist Church. Two daughters survive. He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Fortney Bandy ’60, and his mother, Opal Coe Bandy Bolen ’22.

Ruth Gerber Newlin of Dayton, Ohio, died Dec. 1, 2006. A homemaker, she was a member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church and Chi Omega sorority. She is survived by her husband, John R. Newlin ’42, three daughters, including Joan Newlin Foulke ’79 and Nancy Newlin Fricke ’99, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, including Joseph E. ’65 and Lillian Rogers Newlin ’75, Barbara Gillman Saffian ’70, Susan Gillman Whitmore ’74, Sarah C. Newlin ’96 and David R. Newlin ’98. Another cousin, Vivian Coblentz Gillman ’39, preceded her in death.

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A long-time resident of Springfield, Ohio, William E. Laub Jr. died Dec. 10, 2006. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He received a battlefield commission while serving with the 2nd Armor Division in Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. A podiatrist for more than 40 years, he was past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates, chief of the Springfield Police Reserve and a deputy sheriff with the Clark County Sheriff’s Dept. A son, a daughter, a grandson and a brother survive.

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Dovie Pyles Collin of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Jan. 20, 2007. Her first position was teaching grades 1-8 at a oneroom rural school near Yellow Springs, Ohio. She moved to California in 1939 and taught Spanish-speaking children until she retired in 1966. A member of Emery Chapel United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women at Story Hypes Methodist Church, and the D.A.V., she traveled around the world and loved to sing and listen to music. Her survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Marion Ruesswig Hatten passed away on Dec. 22, 2006, in Tucson, Ariz. During World War II, she served as a typist for the U.S. Air Force cadets at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. A homemaker, she is survived by her husband, five children and a sister-in-law, Mary Horn Reusswig ’47. A brother, James A. Reusswig ’47, predeceased her.

Harry L. McDonald Jr. of Hendersonville, N.C., passed away Dec. 15, 2005. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy Reserves in the Asiatic-Pacific and American Theaters. He retired in 1982 after 35 years as a computer/ programming system analyst with Inland Steel Industries in East Chicago, Ind. A member of St. James Episcopal Church, he was an active volunteer with the St. James Medical Loan Closet. He is survived by his wife, three sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Juanita Richards Miller died Dec. 23, 2006, in Phoenix, Ariz. She taught at Evanston Township High School for a time before moving to Pakistan, Germany, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Brazil and Washington, D.C., where her husband served in the U.S. Foreign Service. She was the curator and director of the Robert E. Lee boyhood home in Alexandria, Va., and volunteered for the Cornell and Morse museums in Winter Park, Fla. A daughter and a son survive.

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Charles W. Middaugh passed away Dec. 21, 2006, in Greenacres, Wash. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a former personnel director and psychologist in the division of criminology at the Illinois State Penitentiary, Joliet, Ill. His wife, four children and three grandchildren survive. His first wife, Esta Rader Middaugh ’49, preceded him in death.

Janet Johnson Wheatcraft, a resident of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, died Oct. 10, 2006. She taught vocal music for grades 1-9 for five years before retiring to become a homemaker. A soloist and choir member for the United Methodist Church, she taught in the Methodist Preschool for several years and at the Crafty Fox, where she exhibited and sold her works at art and craft fairs. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority and served as worthy matron for five terms with the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Formerly of Zanesville, Ohio, Charles W. Furry died March 6, 2003, in New Concord, Ohio. He served as a captain with the U.S. Medical Service Corps during World War II and was a member of the Cornerstone Full Gospel Church in Duncan Falls. A psychiatric social worker, he retired from the Muskingum Comprehensive Mental Health Center. Surviving are his wife, Colleen Swisher Furry ’50, two sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.

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Kay M. Glaesner, Springfield, Ohio, died Dec. 11, 2006. He achieved the rank of colonel during his 10 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, receiving numerous honors for his actions during World War II, including the Legion of Merit Award. For another 23 years, he continued to serve with the U.S. Air Force Reserves, heading the anti-friction bearing department at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He devoted 56 years of his life to the Lutheran ministry, 36 years at St. John’s Lutheran Church where he started the “Drive-In Church Service.” As a champion for quality care for the mentally retarded and mentally ill, he served as president of the Ohio Mental Health Association, the Clark County Mental Health Association and St. Luke Mission. As an advocate for modern nursing homes, including facilities for Alzheimer’s patients, he founded the St. John’s Nursing Center and Oakwood Village. Among his many awards, he received five George Washington Freedom Awards, an Alumni Citation and an honorary Doctor of Science from Wittenberg, and was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he is survived by a sister, two nephews, an aunt and several cousins.

Kohler M. Kreis, Baton Rouge, La., died March 10, 2007. During World War II, he served under Gen. George Patton for four years, including the D-Day invasion at Utah Beach, and received the Bronze Star. Following his discharge, he continued to serve with the Ohio National Guard for several years. He worked as an accountant and business manager for several companies. He was active in the Masons and the Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, three sons, five grandchildren, one step-grandchild and five greatgrandchildren. A brother, John C. Kreis ’54, and an aunt, Dora Kreis ’30, preceded him in death.

Robert W. Lutz of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, died Jan. 31, 2007. A member of Dorm League, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a staff sergeant for four years as a member of the U.S. Air Force Bands during the Korean War. His career spanned 32 years as band director and instrumental music teacher with the Revere School District. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1985. A lifelong active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he was a 40-year officer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary, retiring with the rank of captain. He officiated for the All American Parade Judges and the All American Judges Association. Surviving are two daughters, including Linda Lutz Cash ’81. His wife, Marie Johnson Lutz ’50, predeceased him.

Hugh J. McClaran of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Dec. 7, 2006. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross after flying 89 missions as a reconnaissance pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theatre during World War II. He worked in the furniture business for most of his life and retired from Wren’s Department Store in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Phillips McClaran ’76, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, a brother and three sisters, including Patsy McClaran Mooradian ’57.

Jack R. Sherick died Jan. 5, 2006, in Medway, Ohio. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Wright Patterson Air Force Base where he worked as an art illustrator. A musician, music lover and artist, he was a member of First United Methodist Church and Wilma’s Goodtime Kitchen Band. He is survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren, a greatgrandchild, a brother, Nathan W. Sherick ’49, and a brother-inlaw, Charles S. Dibert ’50.

Deane L. Wallace of Urbana, Ohio, passed away Jan. 30, 2007. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. A former farmer, he retired as assistant superintendent with Miami East Local School District. He was a general manager of the Clark County Fairgrounds, an assistant to the Ohio State fair manager and a partner with Ross Building Co. Surviving are three daughters, four grandchildren, including Kraig W. Neer ’01, four step-grandchildren, a greatgrandson and a sister. His mother, Edna Field Wallace 1907, preceded him in death.

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Formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., Albert L. Fisher passed away Oct. 8, 2006, in Jackson, Mich. A member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he was a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps in China during World War II. He retired as an engineer from Allison Engineering and later served as a consultant. Surviving are his wife, Marion Bolster Fisher ’49, two daughters, including Lee Fisher Baron ’77, a son-in-law, Keith W. Baron ’77, three grandchildren and a sister, Elizabeth Fisher Jenkinson ’49. Preceding him in death was a brother, Everett B. Fisher ’49.

Robert B. Harrison of Columbus, Ohio, died Jan. 14, 2007. During World War II, he served as a medical corpsman with the U.S. Army on the U.S.S. Hope Hospital Ship in the South Pacific. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he retired from the Bureau of Employment Services of the State of Ohio. He is survived by his wife, four children, seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Richard O. Harrison ’52.

William A. Leuby Jr., Granville, Ohio, died Dec. 2, 2006. A member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, he served with the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. His 39-year career at Ohio Power included a succession of management positions in Columbus, Ironton, Canton, Newark and Portsmouth. He retired in 1993 as division manager in Lima, Ohio. An active member of the community, he held civic roles including various leadership positions with numerous organizations. His many honors include being named Kentucky Colonel in 1979, Citizen of the Year Award Southeastern Ohio Regional Council, Church Council and a 1982 Award for National Excellence from President Ronald Reagan for the Scioto Economic Development Corp. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Searl Leuby ’54, a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Ann Ritter Marks of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Nov. 8, 2006. A former receptionist in a medical office and an art instructor, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a local garden club. Survivors include four sons, five grandchildren and a niece, Barbara Marks Bogner ’68. Preceding her in death were her husband, John D. Marks ’52, a sister, Jane Ritter Heinze ’50, and a brother-in-law, Robert C. Marks ’41.

Paul N. Pyle, Springfield, Ohio, died Nov. 26, 2006. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. After 30 years, he retired as a general foreman from International Harvester. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jane Rockel Violet, Springfield, Ohio, passed away on Jan. 20, 2007. For more than 15 years, she was a medical librarian at Community Hospital. A volunteer for St. Vincent DePaul, she was an active member of the community as a board member with Gamma Phi Beta sorority and the Animal Welfare League. Three children and seven grandchildren survive. Preceding her in death were her husband, James B. Violet ’51, her father, Peter C. Rockel ’21, a brother, John D. Rockel ’52, and a brother-in-law, Charles O. Violet ’55.

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Carolyn Burke Ditzel of Kettering, Ohio, passed away Nov. 24, 2006. She taught for two years at Keifer Junior High School in Springfield, Ohio, before moving to J.R. Prass Elementary School where she taught for 29 years. A member of Christ United Methodist Church, Delta Zeta sorority, Kettering Noon Optimist Club and P.E.O. Chapter Z of Kettering, she volunteered at Miami Valley Hospital. Her memory will be cherished by two daughters, a son and three grandchildren.

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Edwin O. McGinnis died Dec. 10, 2006, in Springfield, Ohio. A member of Dorm League, he served as a corporal with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a teacher and basketball coach at Jefferson Elementary School for 20 years. Active in the sports community, he was the sandlot director of the recreation department at Municipal Stadium and was inducted into the Clark County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Following his retirement, he was a dormitory supervisor with Hamilton Stores Inc. in Yellowstone National Park in Montana. He is survived by his wife, three children, seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Mary Harper Rector died Dec. 21, 2006, in Dayton, Ohio. A lifetime resident of London, Ohio, she taught school for 35 years in Madison and Franklin Counties. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Madison County Historical Society and numerous other professional organizations. Four daughters, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a sister survive.

Helen Rush Updike of Troy, Ohio, died Dec. 18, 2006. She was a member of First United Church of Christ, ABWA, Mother’s Club, OEA, NEA, Troy Senior Citizens and Kappa Delta sorority. An educator with the Troy City Schools for more than 41 years, including 35 years at Concord Elementary School, she was an avid euchre player and enjoyed bingo. A son, two grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren, two sisters and two nieces survive. Preceding her in death were an aunt, Lulu Rush Weaver ’17, and a cousin, Helen E. Deaton ’35.

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Kathleen Barger Lopez, Springfield, Ohio, passed away Nov. 3, 2006. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Animal Welfare League and Elderly United, she volunteered at the Petticrew Center and as a tutor in the STARS program at Lincoln Elementary School. She is survived by numerous cousins, including Lewis B. Barger ’52.

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Robert E. Zoeller ’59S died Nov. 5, 2006, in Fremont, Ohio, A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America in 1959 and served several churches in Michigan and Ohio before becoming visitation pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont. He retired in 1995. Surviving are his wife, a son, three daughters, including Diana Zoeller Fallot ’80, 13 grandchildren and a greatgrandson.

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Jacque J. Ward of Golden Valley, Minn., passed away Oct. 31, 2006. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he was a former administrator with the Michigan Supreme Court in Detroit, Mich., and a financial adviser with American Express in Minneapolis, Minn. He was a skilled craftsman, a passionate fisherman and a genealogist. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Thresher Ward ’59, a son, a daughter, Elisabeth Ward Young ’82, six grandchildren, a brother, Donald R. Ward ’51, two sisters, Suzanne Ward Roller ’52 and Jacquelyn Ward Juergens ’56, and a brother-inlaw, U. Timothy Juergens ’55.

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Donn H. Bichsel, The Villages, Fla., died on Oct. 11, 2006. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea as a sergeant in Army Intelligence. After 21 years with Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Ill., he retired in 1996 as vice president of development and public affairs. An active member of the community, he was involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Indian Princesses and as a member and elder at First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are a son, a daughter, a grandson, a sister, a nephew, Steven C. Bichsel ’85, a niece, Dana Bichsel Appel ’83, and a cousin, Douglas C. Zahm ’70.

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Lynn M. Price died July 23, 2006. A member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years. After seven years in marketing with Reddi-Whip in Fort Wayne, Ind., he moved to Monroe, Mich., to begin a 25-year, six-state regional management career with Carnation (Nestle) Co. In 2002, he retired to Brevard, N.C., where he died. Active in Boy Scouts, he was an avid outdoorsman, who volunteered for many years as a pet therapist in a local nursing home. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Stickler Price ’60, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren, a sister and a brother-in-law, G. Kent Stickler ’63.

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Marie Hugelheim Ebersole of Shelby, Ohio, died Nov. 2, 2006. She had been employed with GMAC in New York, Nationwide Insurance, Norfolk Redevelopment Program, and AK Steel. Her most current employer was Effective Marketing Solutions in Mansfield, Ohio. A member of First Lutheran Church, Delta Zeta sorority and the Bridge Club, she enjoyed traveling. Her husband, two daughters, two sons, six grandchildren, a sister and a brother survive.

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Larry L. Hill, Springfield, Ohio, died Nov. 14, 2006. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent of the Greenon School District and served as Mad River Township trustee for 16 years. He was a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity and First United Church of Christ, where he was a deacon and choir member. His civic involvements included tenures as president of the Enon Lions Club, Springfield Optimists Club, Clark County Men’s Republican Club and Phi Delta Kappa. A 32nd degree Mason, he received many honors in his lifetime, most recently being named Enon Citizen of the Year in 2005. His survivors include his wife, Leila Storts Hill ’59, a daughter, a granddaughter, a brother and five sisters.

Edith Leming Kleintop Pratt Skinrood, formerly of Springfield, Ohio, died Jan. 27, 2007, in Pensacola, Fla. She held teaching positions in the Tennessee and Ohio school systems and at Wittenberg. Her art was exhibited in various shows, and she was a published poet. A member of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, she is survived by numerous step-children, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

G. Robert Sollars of Wilmington, Ohio, died Nov. 20, 2006. During the Korean War era, he served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller and administrative office manager. He held numerous positions in education and business before beginning his career in 1986 as a personnel manager with Consolidated Ceramic Products Inc., Blanchester, Ohio. He retired from there in 2001 as vice president. He was also involved in the real estate business in Ocala, Fla. An active member of the community, he served as president of Community Improvement Corp. and the Clinton County/Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving three terms as a member of the Wilmington City Council. He is survived by his wife, two sons, three step-sons, and nine grandchildren. A brother, John C. Milstead ’53, predeceased him.

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Delbert G. Keltto died April 29, 2004, in Rochester, Minn. A Lutheran minister, he served congregations in Salem, S.D., Underwood, Washburn, Coleharbor, Fargo and Crosby, N.D., Mentor, Ohio, and Springfield, Ill. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and a brother.

Linda Ellis Potts of Avon Lake, Ohio, and formerly of Greenville, N.C., died Oct. 4, 2006. From 1964-70, she was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for the Sandusky Schools in Ohio, and the Kalamazoo and St. Clair Shores Schools in Michigan. She organized and managed the Avon Lake Library Shop from 1993 until her retirement in 2003. She was an active member of the Avon Lake High School P.T.A. and was honored in 1996 with the creation of the annual Potts Award. A member of Delta Gamma sorority, she was past president of Avon Lake Women’s Association and Presbyterian Women, a former Girl Scout leader, a deacon at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church and served as president of the Northeast Ohio M.S.A. of Museum Managers. Her husband, two daughters, a son, three grandchildren and a sister survive.

On Dec. 9, 2005, B. Wyatt Taylor passed away in Pittsburgh, Pa. During the Vietnam War era, he served as a commanding officer with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Philippines, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was a member of Bower Hill Community Church, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. A self-employed tax consultant, he is survived by a brother, five nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

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Judith Olesko Lowe died Feb. 10, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of Columbus Sail and Power Squadron and was past cocommander of the Sea Gals Auxiliary. She was employed for 20 years by Checkfree Corp., Dublin, Ohio. Her husband, a daughter and seven grandchildren survive.

Lena Feeser Skillings, Springfield, Ohio, died Feb. 10, 2007. She taught fifth and sixth grades in the Springfield Local School District at Rockway Elementary School for 21 years, retiring in 1979. She was a member of Plattsburg United Church of Christ, Clark County Homemakers, Clark County Retired Teachers Association and Eastern Star. Surviving are two sons, including Leslie E. Skillings Jr. ’63, two granddaughters, a sister, a brother, and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Harry R. Feeser ’61. Preceding her in death were a sister, Clara Feeser Stewart ’66, a brother, Charles R. Feeser ’51, and a cousin, Leonore Feeser Barringer ’15.

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Catherine Forfare Davis, Victorville, Calif., passed away Dec. 14, 2006. She began her teaching career in Springfield, Ohio, before moving to California, where she was a mentor teacher and an adviser for class, newspaper and drama clubs for 40 years, retiring from the Barstow Unified School District. Six children, 11 grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren and a brother survive. Preceding her in death was her husband, George T. Davis ’59.

John H. Keithley ’68S, Dayton, Ohio, died Oct. 27, 2006. During World War II, he served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific and stateside during the Korean War. A pastor, he served Salem Lutheran Church, Miamisburg, Ohio, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Mansfield, Ohio, Eternal Light Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilmington, Ohio, and retired in September 1990 from St. John’s Ingomar Lutheran Church in West Alexandria, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, a son, three daughters, six grandchildren and two sisters.

Edna Rivers Locke, formerly of Bellefontaine, Ohio, passed away Oct. 18, 2006, in Waynesville, Ohio. A member of the Crossview Christian Church and the Warren County Teachers Association, she taught school for 25 years. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing and teaching Sunday school. A daughter, two sons, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister survive.

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Formerly of Findlay, Ohio, David M. Cibulka, passed away Jan. 20, 2007, in North Canton, Ohio. He was retired from Sodexho. He leaves behind two sisters, two nieces, a great-nephew and a greatniece.

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Byron R. Johnson of Huntingdon Township, Pa., died June 22, 2004. For the past seven years, he was a chemist for PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, Pa. A member of the American Chemical Society and various professional scientific organizations, he enjoyed gardening. Surviving are his wife, Anita Kemp Johnson ’69, five brothers, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

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Ben R. Giambrone of Irondequoit, N.Y., died Feb. 9, 2007. He worked in the insurance business before coming to Rochester, N.Y., to serve at Mercer Human Resource Consulting for 25 years. Following his retirement from that company, he became president of Compeer Inc. He was active on the executive committee of the Rochester Press-Radio Club, was chair of the board of the Geva Theater and was vice-chair of the board of the Mary Cariola Children’s Center. A member of the Church of the Transfiguration and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he is survived by his wife, Pamela Bronson Giambrone ’73, two sons, a daughter, his mother, a sister and a sister-in-law, Patricia Bronson Rose ’70.

James D. McKnight of Washington, Vt., died Feb. 2, 2006, in Los Angeles, Calif. As an attorney, he worked in the Washington County state attorney’s office before being elected Orange County state attorney in 1978, a position he held until 2002. A member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, he enjoyed fishing, golf, history, literature, and rock and roll. Surviving are a son, two sisters, two nephews, and a niece.

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James W. Lantz of Lancaster, Ohio, died Dec. 24, 2006. A member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a retired employee of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services and was active with the Fairfield Humane Society. A son, a daughter, his parents, a sister and three nieces survive. An uncle, Clark G. Axline 1901, predeceased him.

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Robert L. Cline, Lyndhurst, Ohio, died Nov. 2, 2006. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was an accountant and a scheduler in production control at Bell Aircraft before changing careers. As a Lutheran minister, he was a pastor of churches in Millersburg and Minerva, Ohio, before becoming spiritual leader at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lyndhurst. Following his retirement after 23 years of service, he headed Lutheran Children’s Aid and Family Services until 2001. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother.

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Laurel Rowe Metty of Clarksville, Ohio, died Dec. 18, 2005. A Girl Scout leader and a tutor and volunteer at Harland Butlerville Elementary School, she was employed at Hamilton County MRDD. Survivors include her husband, a daughter, her mother, a sister, Amy Rowe Tuell ’82, two brothers, three nieces and two nephews.

Patty Lichtenberg Miller, Columbus, Ohio, passed away Oct. 11, 2006. A former cargo handler with Emery Worldwide in Vandalia, Ohio, she was associated with Trinity Lutheran and Bexley Hall Seminaries. She recently worked on the Lutheran Habitat House in Richmond, Ind. Her husband, a sister, several brothers, and several nieces and nephews survive.

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Sondra Glass Iiames of Casstown, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2006. A registered nurse with CIC certification, she was an infection control consultant with the State of Ohio. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and APIC. Survivors include her husband, two sons, two sisters and two brothers.

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