Obituaries from recent issues...
, age 82, of Kettering, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, March 3, 2008 at Kettering Medical Center. Shirley grew up in Toledo, OH, the youngest of three daughters of Russell and Laura Clevenger. Shirley was a 1948 graduate of Duke University, where she majored in history. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Progressive Mothers Club, Dayton’s Women’s Club, Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Association, and a volunteer at Cox Arboretum and Kettering Sister City. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Albert B. Huffer, M.D. on September 24, 1984, and 2 older sisters, Florence Brown and Doris Christy. She is survived by 3 sons, Charles B. Huffer (Gwen) of Thousand Oaks, CA; Bruce R. Huffer, M.D. (Shannon) of San Jose, CA; and Brian R. Huffer, Esq. (Dee Dee) of Kettering; 1 daughter, Katherine Cowan, Esq. (Dan) of Lake Oswego, OR; 8 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 12:00 noon at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, with Rev. Kay Davis-Dudding officiating. Friends may call from 11-12:00 noon at the funeral home prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations to Juvenile Diabetes Association, 1293-H Lyons Rd., Dayton, OH 45458, the Dayton Women’s Club, 225 N. Ludlow St. Dayton, OH 45402 or to Cox Arboretum, 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449. Condolences and other remembrances may be visited at www.routsong.com.
, age 85, philanthropist, passed away in his sleep February 23, 2008. Born January 24, 1923 in Biloxi, MS to Lucille Chambers and Alfred Flournoy Goodman. The eldest of three siblings, Alfred “Bob” graduated from high school in Cleveland OH. After attending Miami University in Oxford OH, he volunteered for the Army, attending OCS in Florida and OSS training in Virginia. Bob was part of the Normandy invasion, occupied Versailles before the Germans left Paris, and worked in OSS code section. He was awarded two bronze stars. Bob returned to Miami University, became a founding member of the 1833’s, helped re-establish the original fraternity Alpha Delta Phi in 1948, and co-authored two musicals which funded construction of the Student Union Building. He graduated in 1949 with a B.A. Bob was a buyer for Rike’s Department Store, purchased and operated a local beautician’s school and began to collect art and antiques. He purchased the family cottage at Cowan Lake. Later he purchased the firehouse on Riverside Dr. previously owned by the first female photographer, Jane Reese. In 1965, Bob bought the his torical house at 630 Runnymede, Oakwood as a setting for his growing art collection. He traveled extensively, attended Glyndebourne Opera for decades, was a member of the English Speaking Union and the British National Trust. He went behind the Iron Curtain, rode camels in the Middle East, went on safari in Africa, toured gardens in Japan, cruised the Amazon, and toured throughout Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Caribbean. Bob loved Oakwood, being part of the Oakwood Sister City Program, Oakwood Historical Society and the Oakwood Beautification Program. He assisted in founding the Cox Arboretum. He was a longtime patron of the arts, supporting the Cincinnati May Festival and Summer Opera, the Dayton Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of The Mother Church, Boston, MA and Second Church of Christ, Scientist, in Dayton. He is preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Nell Burton of Phoenix, AZ and brother, Elstun Flournoy Goodman of Houston, TX. He is survived by nieces Elise Lucille Moore, Susan Goodman Street, and nephews, Ernest Alfred Price, Timothy Alfred Goodman, Elstun Flournoy Goodman, Jr., Bentley Wellington Goodman, and friend Gregory Land. A Memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 28 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, officiated by Elise Moore, C.S.B. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cox Arboretum 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, Oh 45449 or First Church of Christ, Scientist, 175 Huntington Ave, Boston MA. 02115. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.routsong.com
, age 75, of Oakwood, passed away on February 27, 2008 at Hospice of Dayton. Ted was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior. He was a Production Engineer at the Dayton Daily News until his retirement. Ted was a Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Air Force and also volunteered at the Air Force Museum. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jill Pace; daughter, Kim and David and their son, David Lee; and brother, Howard (Wavel) Pace; sister-in-law Janice Pace. Ted was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Miami Valley Hospital and Hospice of Dayton. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8 at 10:30 AM at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Oakwood with Rev. Gary Eichhorn officiating. Ted’s family will receive friends on Friday from 5-7:00PM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. If desired contributions may be directed to Hospice of Dayton 324 Wilmington Avenue Dayton, Ohio 45420. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com
, age 89, of Oakwood, passed away Feb. 23. Services held in Baltimore, MD. Bradford, Connelly & Glickler Funeral Home.
, age 52, of Northport, FL passed away Jan. 15, 2008 of respiratory failure due to multiple myeloma. He is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Cindy, and son Zachariah, his parents Joseph Savino and Virginia Welss, his sister Amy (Will) Muetterties and three nieces Jessica (Matt) Haney, Carly (Luke) Gesin and Whitney Muetterties. Chris was born October 14, 1955 in Dayton, OH, grew up in Kettering and was a 1973 graduate of Fairmont West High School. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1978 and taught Physical Education for six years in the Mad River School District in Dayton. A series of events prompted his decision to continue his education at the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary where he completed an M.S. in Practical Ministries in 1991. During that time Chris served as Director of Christian Education and Youth at Mt. Carmel Church of Christ in Cincinnati, OH before moving to Wasilla, Alaska in 1992 and serving at Wasilla Christian Church as Senior Minister until 2006. Chris was a devoted husband and father, an accomplished carpenter and a pilot. He loved Alaska, his Harley and was a loyal Ohio State Buckeye alumnus. Most of all, Chris loved the Lord and devoted his life to serving Him and others with passion, with love, and with a determination to do what was right in all circumstances. His courage and faith will not be forgotten by those who knew and loved him. Memorial services were held 2 Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH. Final resting place in Woodland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested for the Children’s Home in Taiwan: Formosa Christian Mission; c/o Charlotte Lang; 3598 Buffalo Ave.; Broomfield, CO 80020-9016.
, age 83, of Oakwood, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Kettering Medical Center of causes incidents to age. Katie was born on December 2, 1924 in Dayton to Benjamin H. and Ruth (Compton) Rich. She was a life long resident of Dayton and a graduate of Oakwood High School and Miami University. She married Gordon K. Battelle in 1945, later divorced and later married W.D. “Dick” Common in 1964, who preceded her in death. Katie enjoyed an active life style and was an avid golfer, tennis player, skier, bowler and Bridge player. She also loved to sing, dance and play the piano. Katie is survived by her sister, Mary Beth Sutton and niece, Susan Sutton both of Dayton; her daughter, Barbara Battelle Schwartz (Patrick) of Salt Lake City UT; and her seven grandchildren, Robert Schwartz (Amy) and their children, Esther, Marta and Mila of London and Brooke Cutler (Spencer) and their children, Kirsten and Hanna of Durham NC, Benjamin Schwartz of Shanghai, Rebecca Schwartz, Gretchen Schwartz, P.J. Schwartz, and Annaliese Schwartz of Salt Lake City, UT. Friends may call from 5-7:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2008 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45429. Funeral service 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood, Ohio 45419. The Reverend Judith A. Doran officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45409. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio 45405 or the Victoria Theater Association. 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45402. Condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
, age 74, of Washington Twp, OH. Local historian, antique collector, and author passed away Tuesday night, as result of a sudden illness. Mrs. Studebaker was known both locally and nationally as an expert and lecturer on American antiques and decorative arts. She taught classes on antiques at several Museums and Universities in the area. She published her book “Ohio is My Dwelling Place” in 2002, which chronicled Ohio school girl embroideries or “Samplers” 1800-1850. Sue was a founding member of the Prince of Peace Church of the Brethren, and served on the building committee. She was a trustee for the Cincinnati Decorative Arts Society, member of the Ohio Folk Art Society, Past President of the Centerville Historical Society, Past President of the Dayton Women’s Club, Charter member and Past President of the Dayton Antiques Study Club. She was a member of D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). Sue was valedictorian of Fairborn High School, class of 1951. She attended Ohio State University where she was
a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and also Past President of the Dayton Alpha Phi Sorority. Sue traveled extensively around Europe and the United States with her loving family. Survivors include her loving husband of 55 years Dr. Richard B. Studebaker; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Park A. (Susan) and Dana B. (Mary) both of Washington Twp.; grandchildren, Alex, Christina, Caroline and Samantha; brother, Dr. Russel Toops of FL and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 at Prince of Peace Church, 800 E. David Rd., Kettering with Pastor Larry Tyner officiating. Burial in David’s Cemetery. The family will celebrate Sue’s life with a reception at the Dayton Country Club following the services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Centerville Historical Society, 89 W. Franklin St., Centerville, OH 45459. For Sue’s Complete History, Condolences and other remembrances may be sent via the website at www.routsong.com.
, age 85 of Kettering, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2008. She was born May 28, 1922 in Amersfoort, Netherlands, daughter of the late Willem and Maria (van Geelen) Ader. Francine was a child prodigy who entered medical school at age 15 and obtained her M.D. in 1946 at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. On August 20, 1945 she married Dr. Ludolph van der Hoeven. In 1955, Ludolph and Francine moved to the U.S. with their four children. Francine lovingly devoted her life to her family and many charitable organizations. She was president of Ultrachem Biomedical Laboratories. She was a member of the Associate Board of DAI, co-founder of its Oktoberfest and its first chairperson; The Garden Club of Dayton; Board of Wegerzyn Gardens; Board of Dayton Bach Society; Community Board of WSU Department of Music; member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; and a member of Menahem Pressler circle of Adament, VT School of Music. She was recognized as an “Exemplary Citizen” by the city of Dayton. Francine was a well-loved hostess to her friends, music, art, and gardening organizations. She happily opened her home and her gardens filled with beautiful peonies on 255 Park Road in Oakwood. Outside of her many social commitments, she turned the pages of musical scores for her husband’s many chamber music performances. She found great joy in her garden and her kitchen. Francine is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Ludolph; 4 children, Liliane Johnson of Morgantown, WV, Francie (Ronald) Camp of Springboro, OH, Carlijn (Douglas) Koch of Miamisburg, OH, Willem (Hollie) van der Hoeven of Breckenridge, CO; 7 grandchildren, Samantha, David and Julia Johnson, Kari (Kevin) O’Neal, Peter Koch, Willem and Alexandra van der Hoeven; great-grandson, Dylan Johnson. In 1965, she was preceded in death by her son, Bart Pieter van der Hoeven. A Memorial Service was held 2 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Dayton, OH 45419, the Rev. Judith A. Doran officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Francine van der Hoeven Fund at the Dayton Foundation for Centennial Park at Houk Stream, c/o Dayton Foundation, 500 Kettering Tower, Dayton, OH 45423, www.daytonfoundation.org, in Francine’s memory. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerhazelsnider.com
, age 54, of Kettering, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Connie was born on Feb. 24, 1953, in Middletown, Ohio, to Gerald and the late Imogene Malone. Connie is survived by her husband of 35 years, Robert G. Foster; two children, Kristen B. Foster-Robinson of Columbus, Ohio, and Michelle B. Foster of Kettering; her brother Michael D. Malone, and sister-in-law Jana, of Carmel, Indiana; and many other beloved family members. Connie was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She was a 1971 graduate of Fairmont East High School and attended Sinclair Community
College. She was an active member of Greenmont-Oak Park Community Church, sang in the adult choir, and served the church in many other capacities. She was involved in Girl Scouts as a youth and served as a leader as an adult. Connie was most recently employed by the City of Oakwood as their receptionist. Memorial services were held Saturday, Jan. 12 at Greenmont Oak Park Community Church with Rev. Gregory King officiating. Interment at Valley View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Greenmont–Oak Park Community Church, Hospice of Dayton, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements in care of Tobias Funeral Home - Belmont Chapel) Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
, age 64, of Oakwood, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. He was a Public Safety Officer for the City of Oakwood, retiring as Lieutenant in 1999 after 29 years of service and was currently a Realtor from Coldwell Banker. Mr. Luckett graduated from Chaminade High School in 1961, was a Navy veteran , belonged to K of C Council 4022, F.O.P. #107, DABR, NAR, OAR, and was former member of Box 21. He was preceded in death by his father, James C. Luckett . James is survived by wife Kathryn Luckett, mother Anna Luckett, of Dayton, daughter Erin Luckett of Delaware, 2 sons J. Patrick (Courtney) of Centerville and James B. Luckett of Kettering, 1 granddaughter, Samantha Luckett, sisters: Edna (Herman) Gabriel of Centerville, Janice (Michael) Denault of Butler Township, Marilyn (Michael) Shlorman of Butler Township, Helen (Bruce) Oswald of Englewood, and Elaine (Donald) Reinert of Beavercreek, brother Fred (Shirley) Luckett of West Virginia and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Holy Angels Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton. (Westbrock Funeral Home)
, age 50, died suddenly on December 5, 2007 at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. Brad was born on December 27, 1956 in Dayton, OH to Dr. Glen H. and Jean Sickinger. Brad attended Oakwood High School in Oakwood, Ohio and the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. It was during these years that Brad developed his life-long passions for ice hockey and football. After graduating from Oakwood High School in 1975, he attended the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. He graduated from Kent State University in 1980 with a major in business and Russian. After college, Brad spent several years, in the Houston-Galveston area, where he participated in the pioneering expansion of that area’s inland transportation industry. In 1987, Brad settled in Leon County, Fla. Here, he was co-owner of B&B Coe’s Landing, one of the area’s last true fish camps located on Lake Talquin. From the time of the fish camps closure until his untimely death, Brad Served his Lake Talquin friends and neighbors as a rural route contract letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Brad was an avid fisherman/outdoorsman. Growing up, he spent summers with his family on Lake Erie where he learned to love fishing, boats and the outdoors. Brad was a caring, quiet, and kind individual with a great sense of humor who always helped those in need. His many friends will temper their loss by recalling Brad’s industry, sharp wit, and adventurous spirit. Brad was preceded in death by his brother Steven Sickinger; maternal grandparents Margaret and Jack Ballew of Prairie Hill, Mo., and Grace and Clifford Sickinger of Milan, Ohio. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Glen and Jean Sickinger of Dayton, OH; brothers, Bart Sickinger of Orlando, FL and Robert (and wife Tammy) Sickinger of Dayton, OH; sister, Lisa Sickinger of Dayton, OH; nephews Christopher and Matthew Sickinger; and niece Katie Sickinger. Brad also leaves behind his cat “Big Foote”, his dog “OneMoeDog” and special friends, Belynda Shadoan and Cindy Quincey. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Brad’s deep devotion for caring for countless dogs, cats and small injured creatures may be made to the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center for Adoption.Memorial services will be held, Saturday, January 19, 2007 at 5:00 PM at the Routsong Funeral Home, 81 N. Main St., Centerville, with a celebration reception in memory of Brad to follow at the funeral home. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to www.routsong.com.
, age 75, of Centerville, formerly of Oakwood, passed away Friday, January 4, 2008. He was a 1950 graduate of Oakwood High School and attended the University of Dayton. Paul served in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean conflict. He worked as a salesman for ARCO Tool and Die before starting his own business, “Strip-tique” antique restoration, in the Oregon District. Paul served as the first president of the Oregon District Business Association. He spent too much time at Kramer’s with his old cronies, his Old Milwaukee, and his pack of Marlboro’s. Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife, Peggy, in 2006. He is survived by his children; Paul “PK” (Corrine) W. Kronauge III of Redwood City, CA; Patricia (Jerry) Gulker of Hobe Sound, FL; Pamela Marshall of Centerville, OH; Polly (Richard Choate) Kronauge of Jackson, WY; and Penny (John Mott) Kronauge of Centerville, OH; and his 5 grandchildren who called him “Fa”; Katerina and Anika Kronauge; Kelsey and Kirk Marshall; and Anuhealani Gulker. Paul is also survived by his sister, Sue (Bob) Wells; Sister-in-laws, Jinny (John) Berten of Cincinnati, OH and Susie (Terry) Heinz of Charleston, SC and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Holy Angels Church, 218 K. St., Dayton, with Father Joseph Goetz officiating. A celebration of Paul’s life to follow immedi ately after at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering. The family requests everyone wear “Paul” attire (jeans and t-shirts) to both the mass and celebration. Private committal of cremated remains will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Southern Care Hospice, 3077 Kettering Blvd., Ste 100, Moraine, OH 45439 or the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Rd., Dayton, OH 45418. The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to his devoted and loving caregiver Ella Miller and Southern Care Hospice. Condolences and other remembrances can be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.
, a passionate volunteer and dedicated docent at the Dayton Art Institute, an expert seamstress and a member of the Dayton Garden Club, died peacefully in her sleep at Lincoln Park. Born June 8, 1915 in Springfield, IL to the parents of Philemon and Blossom Stout and raised on the family farm of 300 acres until she left for college, June became an ardent owner, rider and lover of horses and the country life in general. Attending Ward Belmont College (now closed) in Nashville, TN and then graduating from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a B.A. degree, as well as a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, she took full advantage of all educational opportunities offered at both places. While at the latter she met and later married her husband, Dr. Frank L. Shively, Jr, who during his appointment on surgical staff at Cleveland Clinic was called to active duty in the Army. While serving in the Pacific Theater for three years as a general surgeon during WWII, June returned to her childhood home in Springfield, IL to raise their two children, Sandy and Jim, to renew her interests in travel, horseback riding and the arts and to faithfully send care packages to her husband while on Guam and in Honolulu, HI. Upon his return to civilian life in Sept. 1947, June moved with her family back to Dayton, OH, the childhood home of her husband, where she lived for the rest of her life. Though active in many local organizations, it was her sister-in-law, Justine Hadeler (who now lives in Towson, MD) who was responsible for June’s interest in becoming a docent at the Dayton Art Institute. There June found out that showing children around and explaining the art they were looking at in terms they could understand was her favorite activity. In pursuit of further education June “lived” in art libraries, traveled at any opportunity to exhibits at other art museums around the state and country, thus becoming very knowledgeable about all aspects of art, as well as the ever-changing exhibits at the DAI. When time permitted, she was fortunate to be able to travel with her husband to many countries abroad where her insatiable curiosity about other cultures and art histories, plus her connections with the DAI, enabled her to gain access to many museum and art exhibits and artifacts not on public display: Egypt, Galapagos Island, China (three times), Africa (five times), Europe and Antarctica where she developed a life long love of penguins. No matter who she met or where she donated her time, June was always appreciated for her humor, intelligence, patience, artistic vision and creativity and kindness to all. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her well, including their Oakwood neighbors of 44 years, Donna and Marvin Shultz. In addition to her husband of 70 years, she is survived by a daughter, Sandy Beiler and husband David of Riverside, PA and a son, Jim and wife Sandy of Birmingham, MI; four grandchildren, Amy Mirran and husband Rudy of Alpharetta, GA, Karen Konvolinka of Boulder, CO, Erin Davis and husband Scott of Oregon City, OR and Doug Shively and wife Michelle of Suwanee, GA; two step-grandchildren, Pam Osborne and husband Rick of Denver, CO and Jeff Parker of Woodbridge, VA; four great-grandchildren, Alex and Claire Mirran, Luke and Cole Shively and five step-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Sam Stout (Jan. 10, 1985) and brother-in-law, Robert Hadeler (July 5, 2004). The Shively Family received friends Saturday, January 12, 2008 at the Woodland Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any contributions in June’s memory may be sent to The Dayton Art Institute, Docent Program, 456 Belmont Park North, Dayton, OH 45409-4700. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E Stroop Rd, Kettering OH 45429. Condolences and or remembrances may be visited at www.routsong.com.
, age 69, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on January 9, 2008. Steele, an Oakwood native, was born April 19, 1938 to the late Harry S. Jr. and Janet S. Price. He lived in Oakwood and Kettering, moving to Bellbrook in 1976 and then to Arizona 10 years ago. He attended Oakwood High School; Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; and Northwood School, Lake Placid, NY. After military service in the United States Army from 1959 to 1961, he attended the University of Cincinnati, earning his Bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1965 and a Master’s degree in business administration in 1967. In Dayton he worked at Price Brothers Company, later forming his own company, Engineered Wire Products. He was a member of the Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Dayton Rotary Club and the Miami Valley Hunt. After moving to Arizona he was a member of the Scottsdale Bible Church and enjoyed participating in the men’s group “Cross Trainers.” He is survived by his wife, Valerie; sister Pamela Houk, of Oakwood; brother Marlay Blackwood, of Versailles, OH; a son and daughter-in-law, Harry Steele Price IV and Kelly; a granddaughter Paula Jane; and other grandchildren Joshua, Jacob and Juliette. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Tobin. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 pm at Fairhaven Church, 637 E. Whipp Rd., Centerville, OH 45459 with Rev. Jim Futrell officiating. Steele’s family will receive friends from 12-1 pm, also at the church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Steele’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society, Southwest Regional Office, 2808 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45206. Condolences and/or remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com in Dayton, OH or www.legacy.com in Scottsdale, AZ.
, age 64, died unexpectedly on Jan. 4, 2008. He attended Oakwood High School and Denison University, and graduated from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He owned an insurance company in Dayton with his father for many years and continued to work in the insurance field until his death. John will best be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, irreverent sense of humor, positive outlook, and love for his father, John E. Olt, who predeceased him; He is survived by his mother, Jane Gray Olt, currently residing at Sunrise of Oakwood; sisters Nancy and Mary; children Glenda, Wayne, and Jeff; and his cousins, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood with the Rev. John F. Koepke III officiating. The family greeted friends in the cloister following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the St. Vincent Hotel www.saintvincentdayton.org or 1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Ste. 400. Dayton, Ohio 45408. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com
of Oakwood, passed away on Dec. 27, 2007. Private services.
(George C. Martin Funeral Home, North Dayton Chapel)
, age 74, of Dayton passed away Friday, January 11, 2008 at Englewood Manor. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Frank Ackerman; children Rodney Elkin,Tonya Mack, Michael Ackerman, Kathleen Bowers; 7 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; brothers Larry and Lloyd Lockhart; many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Louise was involved in many local organizations throughout her life including the American Business Women’s Assoc. (ABWA), Dayton Buckeye Model A Ford Club, and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Greater Dayton. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4104 Needmore Rd. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Dayton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. To send a special online message to the family please visit www.NewcomerFamily.com.
, age 85, formerly of Dayton, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2007 at Quaker Heights Nursing Home in Waynesville. Brooks was a WWII veteran and a lifelong resident of Dayton and a member of one of Dayton’s oldest families. Brooks was a real estate broker in Dayton for many years owning Walters Realty and was later associated with Classics Realty. He finished his career as a development officer with the Kettering Medical Center. Brooks was a musical composer and director throughout his life and founded the American Psalm Choir. After retirement, he was well known as a collector of art and antiques. He was a member of Mack Memorial Church in Dayton, the Sons of the American Revolution, Dayton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, and former member of the Dayton Country Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Walters, his parents Mildred S. and Jefferson Brooks Walters, and one sister Phyllis Walters. He is survived by wife Carol, daughter Dinah Basson of NY, son Jefferson B. and his wife Martha Walters of Waynesville, four grandchildren Jessica and Carl Moell of Oakwood and Luke and Tammy Walters of Blacklick, OH, three great grandchildren Jeffrey and Sofia Moell and Holden Walters, one sister Virginia Fletcher of Sandusky, and step children Paul and Ann Bright of Canton and their children. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2008. STUBBS-CONNER FUNERAL HOME, Waynesville is serving the family. The Walters’ family would like to thank the staff of Quaker Heights for their excellent care and Dr. Benjamin Schuster for prolonging Brooks’ life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.stubbsconner.com.
, MD, age 47, passed away Monday, December 17, 2007 at her home. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church where she was a youth group leader. Kathryn was a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Elementary, Chaminade-Julienne High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and Medical degree from Ohio State University. She served her residency at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH. Dr. Schubert-Moell was an OB/GYN at Life-Stages. She was a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN, a member of the OSMA, MCMA, AMA, ABOB/GYN, Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital and Dept. Chairman of OB/GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was an avid cyclist, seamstress, enjoyed reading, and traveling. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband Jeffrey D. Moell in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Lynn Moell; mother and father, Fred and Angela Schubert; mother and father-in-law, George and Mary Moell; brother, Mark (Mary Lee) Schubert; 2 sisters, Mary Moran of Cincinnati and Jennifer (Rupert) VonFahnestock of KS; sister-in-law, Lauretta (Russ) Moell-Mellon of CO; brothers-in-law, George Moell of CO, Greg Moell, Carl (Jessica) Moell and Dr. Mike(Dr. Ann) Moell; sister-in-law, Lisa, (Tyler) Jones, Monica (Scott) Schneider and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church corner of Forest Ave. and Homewood Ave Dayton, Ohio; with Father Jim Schutte officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to Elizabeth’s New Life Center or Hospice of Dayton. Condolences and other remembrances may be visited at www.routsong.com.
Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, President of J. R. Remick, Inc., MAI, real estate counselor, lecturer, mentor, and civic leader, died Sunday December 9, 2007. John was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved with his family to Dayton as a child. His Business Career began in 1953 with the establishment of the real estate firm of J. R. Remick, Inc. His reputation in the appraisal and counseling fields grew quickly on the local and national level. He became a Member of the Appraisal Institute in 1964. He was Realtor of the Year for the Dayton Area Board of Realtors in 1974. He was president of the Dayton Board of Realtors in 1976 and the Ohio Board of Realtors in 1977. In 1979 he was elected the National President of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. Mr. Remick was active in the Downtown Dayton Association, Buckeye Trail Girl Scouts Council, Dayton Optimist Club and the United Way. He was Co-chairman of the “One World of Christmas” and the “Dayton Holiday Festival” from 1972 through 1975. Among his many achievements, he was asked by the Kettering family in 1972 to oversee the building and management of Kettering Tower. John was the mayor of Springboro from 1988 through 1991. He was a member of the Springboro Lion’s Club and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Springboro Lion’s Club in 1991. He was also a member of the Gulf Gate Rotary Club in Sarasota, Florida. He is survived by his wife Carole, sons Dr. John E. Remick and Don M. Remick of Dayton, his stepson and daughter-in-law Steven and Mary Beth Harnish and his granddaughter Jacqueline Harnish of Rockville, Maryland, his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Marvin Talmage of Pinehurst, North Carolina, his sister-in-law Barbara Jordan of Dayton, his brother-in-law Robert Kaiser of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and many nieces, nephews, and friends. There was a gathering of family and friends Friday, December 14 at the Tobia’s Funeral Home-Far Hills Chapel 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. Private entombment will be at the convenience of the family. The family requests no flowers please. Memorial Contributions may be made to Cox Arboretum or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.
, passed away December 1, 2007. Jerry was born Nov 2nd, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio the son of Dr. Rudolph J. Price and M. Gertrude Price. He graduated from Ohio State University and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Mullen (Moon) and had 5 children. Jerry worked for the Bendix Corporation for 25 years. He started his next journey on a 41’ sailboat. He survived thymic cancer and built his life long dream , a 38’ wooden Trawler style boat. Moon and Jerry wintered on Sanibel and spent summers at his family home on Torch Lake, Michigan. Jerry is survived by his wife of 56 years Moon, children Scott (Peg), Jerri, Jimmy, Sharon Pierson (Pat), Doug (Denise) and 8 grandchildren, his brother Dr. John Price ( Marlene). A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida 33957. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Sanibel Congregational Church. Please indicate for either Kanzius Cancer Research Project or the Quality Life Center for disadvantaged children.
, age 50, died suddenly on December 5, 2007 at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. Brad was born on December 27, 1956 in Dayton, OH to Dr. Glen H. and Jean Sickinger. Brad attended Oakwood High School in Oakwood, Ohio and the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. It was during these years that Brad developed his life-long passions for ice hockey and football. After graduating from Oakwood High School in 1975, he attended the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. He graduated from Kent State University in 1980 with a major in business and Russian. After college, Brad spent several years, in the Houston-Galveston area, where he participated in the pioneering expansion of that area’s inland transportation industry. In 1987, Brad settled in Leon County, Fla. Here, he was co-owner of B&B Coe’s Landing, one of the area’s last true fish camps located on Lake Talquin. From the time of the fish camps closure until his untimely death, Brad Served his Lake Talquin friends and neighbors as a rural route contract letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Brad was an avid fisherman/outdoorsman. Growing up, he spent summers with his family on Lake Erie where he learned to love fishing, boats and the outdoors. Brad was a caring, quiet, and kind individual with a great sense of humor who always helped those in need. His many friends will temper their loss by recalling Brad’s industry, sharp wit, and adventurous spirit. Brad was preceded in death by his brother Steven Sickinger; maternal grandparents Margaret and Jack Ballew of Prairie Hill, Mo., and Grace and Clifford Sickinger of Milan, Ohio. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Glen and Jean Sickinger of Dayton, OH; brothers, Bart Sickinger of Orlando, FL and Robert (and wife Tammy) Sickinger of Dayton, OH; sister, Lisa Sickinger of Dayton, OH; nephews Christopher and Matthew Sickinger; and niece Katie Sickinger. Brad also leaves behind his cat “Big Foote”, his dog “OneMoeDog” and special friends, Belynda Shadoan and Cindy Quincey. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Brad’s deep devotion for caring for countless dogs, cats and small injured creatures may be made to the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center for Adoption. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. EST and memorial services will be held Thursday, December 13 at 2 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, (850-942-2929), 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. There will be a reception after the memorial service.
, age 90, of Kettering, passed away, Monday, November 19, 2007. Vic is preceded in death by his parents William & Betty Greimann, his first wife Marge and 3 brothers. Vic was a graduate of Iowa State University in 1942 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Vic was a veteran of WW II serving in the Army Air Corps. His dedication to the David’s United Church of Christ included service on many of the church boards. He was President of the David’s Cemetery and was instrumental in building the three mausoleums. Vic was named Kettering’s “Man of the Year” in 1978 as a result of his service and dedication to the city of Kettering Planning Commission. Vic was a lifelong builder of custom homes in the Dayton and Kettering areas. Vic is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lois Greimann, 3 daughters and sons-in-law; Vicki (John) Ley of Colorado Springs, CO, Sharon (Jim) Blixt of Reo Verde, AZ and Salli (Kelly) McKenna of Colorado Springs, CO, 1 Son David Victor Greimann of Huntington Beach, CA, 1 step-daughter; Lynette (Lynn)(Kanani) Whaley of Vandalia, OH, 1 brother; Earl (Alice) Greimann of Denver, CO, 3 sisters, special grand daughter; Tricia Byrd of Kettering, OH, grandson Richard Byrd of Vandalia, OH; grandchildren, Lindsey and Jeff Blixt of AZ, Grant and Samantha Solich, Collene, Maren and Branden McKenna and Brian and Michael Ley of CO; and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held November 23, 2007 at the David’s United Church of Christ, 170 W. David Road, Kettering, OH with Rev. Rebecca Erb Stang officiating. Burial followed in David’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Greimann Memorial Fund c/o David’s UCC. For other remembrances and condolences please visit our website at www.routsong.com
, age 80, of Kettering, entered into her eternal home on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton. She was a member of Centerville Grace Brethren Church. Vera was a 1945 graduate of Fairview High School and a 1949 graduate of Miami University. She was a Supervisor of the Performing Arts Division for the City of Dayton Parks and Recreation. Vera was a member of the Republican National Committee and the Dayton Performing Arts. She was preceded in death by her parent Frank M. Pacey Sr., brother Frank Pacey Jr. and sister Ida Mantia and step- father, Calvin Mayne. Vera is survived by mother Vera J. Mayne of Kettering and her brother Norman C. (Terry) Mayne of Centerville; sisters, Angela Pacey of Centerville Charline (Everett) Chambers, Delavan, WI and Mary (Wesley) Hieb of Centerville; 3 nephews; 10 nieces; great nephews and nieces and great-great nieces. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering with Dr. Greg Ryerson and Pastor Steve Makofka co-officiating. Burial in David’s Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to a charity of choice. For more details of Vera T. Pacey’s interesting life, send condolences and or flowers, please visit the website at www.routsong.com.
, age 89, of Dayton passed away Oct. 16, 2007. A memorial service was held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Fairmont Presbyterian Church 3705 Far Hills Ave, Kettering. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the Dayton Audubon Society c/o Richard Balk, 1245 Night Hawk Trail, Dayton, Oh 45458-9342 or the Alzheimers Association, 3797 Summit Glen Dr Ste. 100, Dayton, Oh 45459. Email condolences and remembrances may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.
, Fairmont East’s first principal, age 85, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 13, while dining at his favorite restaurant. A native of Camden, South Carolina, he had lived in Kettering, Ohio, since 1958 and considered the city “his home.” He had survived two heart attacks and open-heart surgery in 1968 and 1983, but finally succumbed to the disease. Son of Charles L. and Della Nolan, he was born on June 6, 1922, and attended Camden High School before graduating from Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and physics. He completed his graduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, and participated in the post-graduate fellowship program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Nolan worked in science research for Monsanto Chemical Company before leaving the industry to follow his passion for working with young people as a teacher at Fairmont High School. Nolan was predeceased by his parents and wife of 63 years, Jane Emery. He is survived by his son, Michael R. Nolan and wife, Bonnie, of Miamisburg; daughter, Beth Nolan Tope and husband, Stephen, of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Ryan Nolan Lomasney and husband, Steven, and great-granddaughter Logan, of Cape Coral, Florida; and Reagen Nolan of Jackson, Mississippi. Nolan was a Master Mason and a veteran of World War II, where he served the army as a captain in the Philippines. He loved sports and played golf and tennis until his health declined. Viewing will be at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. and Rahn Rd. on Monday, November 19, 2007 from 4-6:00 PM, with the funeral service at 6:00 PM. Reverend David W. Tackett officiating. A private burial at David’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
, age 80, passed away November 16, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert Blum and brother, Robert Bush. Survived by children, Deborah (John) Winters, Robert Blum and Jeffrey Blum; grandchildren, Christopher and Eric Winters, Matthew Blum; special sister-in-law, Ann Bush and numerous nieces and nephews. She was excited to learn she was going to be a great grandmother to Christopher’s baby girl due in March 2008. Marjorie had many good friends including her “girls,” golfing buddies, and the Red Hatters. A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at the residence on Monday, November 19th from 5-8:00 PM. In memory of Marjorie, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 320 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 or the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Rd., Dayton, OH 45418. Arrangements in care of Routsong Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at www.routsong.com.
, age 67, of Kettering, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton. Elaine graduated from Sinclair Community College at age 50. She was a loving mother, and endlessly affectionate and generous grandmother, and a loyal friend, and will be dearly missed by all friends and family members in the United States and Ireland. From the beginning of this illness, friends and family members surrounded her with comfort and love. Elaine is survived by her daughters, Dawn Chartier of Costa Mesa, CA and Lee Bleh of Kettering; son, Thomas Castle and his wife Kimberly of Oakwood: grandchildren, Ian Schwieterman of Costa Mesa, CA and Stella Elaine Castle of Oakwood; brother, William Robinson and sister-in-law, Joanne Robinson of Napa, CA. Funeral services were held on Friday November 9, 2007 at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering Chapel, with Chaplain Prudence Hopkins officiating. In Elaine’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 or to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste, 100, Arlington, VA 22203. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family via the Internet at www.routsong.com
, passed away peacefully Friday, November 9, 2007 in her home. Penny’s life was measured not by years but by the love that she gave to her family and friends and the love of God and church. Penny was a floral designer in the Dayton area for the leading florists for over 70 years. Penny was a lifetime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in the Dayton area. Penny is survived by 1 daughter; Mary Jo Good of Dayton, 3 grandchildren; Christopher (Jane) Landes of Dayton. Sandi (Chip) Golden of Columbus, OH and Chip (Karen) Landes of Dayton, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, 1 brother; Ray (Marilyn) Penn of FL. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering, OH with Practitioner Richard Requarth officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton. If desired contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 100 S. Main St., Centerville, OH 45459. For other remembrances and condolences please visit our web site at www.routsong.com.
, age 77, passed away October 29, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL. Her husband of 55 years, Douglas O. Bielenberg, age 78, passed away two days later in the Hospital. Both had endured long illnesses, but were able to be with each other before Jeralyn’s death. They had met at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and he a varsity baseball pitcher and basketball forward and President of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. They lived most of their lives in Plum Groves Estates, a Chicago western suburb, and then for about ten years in Bonita Springs, FL., before returning to a care facility in the Chicago area and their eldest daughter, Debra Orrock and family. Jeralyn, daughter of Milferd A. and Martha Spayd, was born and grew up in the Dayton area and educated in the Dayton and Oakwood public schools. She attended Ogontz Junior College near Philadelphia before entering Northwestern. She was an accomplished artist and craftsperson, and with Douglas a devoted bridge player and puzzle solver. Douglas was born and brought up in Elgin, IL. He served in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the Marine Corp. He commenced his career as an NCR business machines salesman, became a business consultant, served as President of the American Louvers Corporation, and capped his career as founder and President of Intercontinental Coffee Company. He was an avid golfer and sports fan. They are survived by three daughters and four grandchildren: Debra, Mrs. Kurt Orrock, Western Springs, IL, Kurt Orrock and Kelly Orrock, Chicago; Linda, Mrs. John Louden, Los Alamitos, CA and Jenny and Michael Louden; Leigh Bielenberg and husband, Tab Bottoms, Atlanta, GA. Also surviving are Jeralyn’s brother, Robert V. Spayd, wife Patty, and his children: Robert V. Jr. and Lisa Bilinski and their children, all of the Dayton area; and by Douglas’s brother, James, and his wife Marilyn of Peoria, Il, and by many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of both James and Robert, of Elgin, Douglas’s deceased brother. Services were held at Lombard, IL, on Sunday, November 4. Family and friends gathered at the Orrock home after the service. Jeralyn and Douglas’s interment will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH, Spayd Family lot. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
, age 25, of Delaware, OH (formerly Oakwood, OH) tragically passed away Friday, November 2, 2007. He was a devoted father of 2 year old Riley Marie and a loving husband to Tiffany (Fitz). A blessing to his mother, Michelle and Jerry Gordon of Oakwood, OH; and father, Douglas and Jeanette Miller of Fairfield, OH. Justin will be deeply missed by his younger sisters; Carissa Miller of Nashville, TN, Kara Miller of Fairfield, OH, Abby and Emma Gordon of Oakwood, OH. Preceded in death by grandfathers Jack Miller and Bill Hans. He is also survived by grandmothers, Marlene Schutte of the Dayton, OH area and Glenna Miller of Cincinnati, OH. Justin was extremely special to many more extended
family members and friends, especially Tom and Sheri Fitz and their family. Justin was a 2000 graduate of Oakwood High School and a 2004 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in English where he also was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He was an avid fan of all sports with special enthusiasm for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State University, and Duke University. Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Powell United Methodist Church, 825 East Olentangy Street, Powell, OH. Viewing hours will be from 2 - 5 pm with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an educational fund being established for Justin’s daughter, Riley Miller with Fifth Third Bank.
, age 83, a nationally recognized college football author and historian, and native Daytonian, died Monday, October 22 at his home in Oakwood. A 1941 Oakwood High School graduate, Rocky published four books including Ivy Leaguers Invent Football, Gridiron Greats Now Gone, Hilltoppers Wore Red and Blue, and Seventy-Five Years of Blue and Gold Football (a chronology of Oakwood High School football). He also published numerous biographies for the Dictionary of Sports and the American National Biography Series. A nationally recognized college football historian, Rocky amassed a collection of more than 1000 college football programs, with several dating back to the late 1800’s. Recently, he was a featured guest on an ESPN special about the history of football. Rocky’s passion for football dates back to when he was a young boy. His knowledge about football was so immense that for 16 straight years he was the only non football Hall of Famer invited to attend the annual College Football Hall of Fame VIP reception. The Hall of Famers knew him as Rocky Whalen, football historian. Rocky’s passions went beyond football. Upon retiring from Rike’s/ Federated Department Stores after 35 years of service, Rocky traveled to all seven continents and over 50 different countries around the world. Rocky also had a passion for exercise and was arguably one of the first joggers in the Miami Valley. Son James says, “Dad started jogging nightly after seeing a photo of Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of history’s greatest football coaches, jogging in his late 80’s. His running ‘uniform’ consisted of the day’s dress shirt, a pair of slacks and Hush Puppies. It’s no surprise he was stopped several times by police who wanted to know who he was, where he lived and what in the world he was doing.” Rocky was a three-year veteran of World War II serving as a sergeant in the Army Infantry. He is a 1947 University of Dayton graduate. Rocky is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean Whalen; sons, Robert Whalen, Thomas Whalen, James Whalen and daughter Mary Kay Buffington; grandchildren Lesley, Christy, Michael, Thomas, Elizabeth, John, and Anne Whalen and Theodore and Jack Buffington; and brother Charles Whalen. Visitation was held on Thursday, October 25 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road. A mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, October 26, 2007, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Dayton. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery. The family has requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers, to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420. Condolences can be sent to the family via the internet at www.routsong.com.
, Died on October 25, 2007 at the age of 91, Norman was born in Dayton on December, 7, 1915 to Charles and Martha S. Cammerer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Werner and Herbert Cammerer, and sister, Ruth C. Dillencount Simms. Norman is survived by a niece, Marth Dillencount McCarthy of Pittsburgh and nephews, Richard C. Cammerer of Dayton and Robert A. Cammerer of Waynesville; grand-nieces, Kara C. Fleming, Meredith Cammerer, Kate C. Mettler and Karly C. DePew; grand-nephews, John McCarthy, Thomas McCarthy and Richard Cammerer Jr. and long-time friend, Sylvia Demming. Norman graduated from Kiser High School in Dayton and received his member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He received his Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton. He was president of Midwest Tool and Engineering, a Dayton tool and die company co-founded by his father in 1920. Norman was a member of the Dayton Country Club and Spring Run Fishing Club. Services and burial will be private. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at www.routsong.com.
, age 77, of Franklin, IN, formerly of Dayton, Fri., Sept. 21, 2007. A celebration of life service was held Tuesday, Sept. 25, Kresge Chapel at the Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin, IN. Contributions may be made to the Shriner Children’s Hospital. He was a member of the Oakwood Class of 1948.
, age 94, of Centerville, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at Bethany Lutheran Village. Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 1985; two sons, Dale in 1990 and Alan in 2005; and her parents, John and Sara (Bailey) McClure. She is survived by her son, Neal and his wife, Lucia of Brazil; daughter in law, Carol Hamilton of Centerville; three grandchildren, Annette Witrick, Sandra Hamilton, and Andrew Hamilton; and three great grandchildren, Justin, Brian, and Ashley Witrick; sister Edith Kirby of NC. Retired from Oakwood Junior High School after 17 years and a member of Normandy United Methodist Church, College Women’s Club and Kettering Senior Citizens Center. Visitation was held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. with the funeral service following, Rev. Richard L. Rustad officiating. Interment Miami Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may make memorial contributions to A.I.D.S. Foundation Miami Valley, 211 S. Main St., 10th Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
, December 26, 1950- September 27, 2007, died of heart failure in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dennis was born in Dayton, Ohio to Frederick and Delora O’Grady, both now deceased. A 1969 graduate of Oakwood High School, Dennis had resided in Vienna, Austria for some twenty years having been a retired senior officer of The United Nations, headquartered in Vienna. He is survived by his brother Kevin, 53 of Miami, Florida. Dennis was an extremely active explorer and adventurer having hiked around the world three times and worked in various capacities in Botswana, Iran and The Gaza Strip in his career with the Peace Corps, The United Nations and various governments as a contracted agent in finance and conflict resolution. He was an avid mountain climber and trekker, having accomplished some 32 expeditions over the past 27 years, primarily in the Himalayan Mountain range and the associated passages to India, Tibet and China. He was embarking upon his 33rd expedition when he passed away. He was an accomplished athlete and dancer having become proficient and professional as a dancer in Hollywood, California upon retirement from the UN at age 50. He was an expert on world history and the American Civil War. He was a ravenous reader and student. Dennis was one of those unique individuals in the world that lived life to its fullest dream. He never varied from his principals and his ideals, nor from his work to help others in need in extreme conditions. He will be missed by many. Cremated in a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 4th, 2007 by his surviving brother, Kevin, and his climbing partner of 22 years Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa.
, age 88, formerly of Canajoharie, NY, died Wednesday evening, October 10, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center of Dayton, Ohio. Born on May 20, 1919 in Utica, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Bertha (Fuhrer) Comenale. Following WWII, Virginia married Richard Sheridan and together established their home and raised their children in Canajoharie, NY. She cherished the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York, where she spent most of her life. Her husband Richard Sheridan predeceased her in 1988. Her loving family includes her daughter, Maureen Burke of Dayton, OH; her son, Michael (Sherron) Sheridan of Rochester, NY; four granddaughters, Deena (Michael) Rivoli, Elizabeth (Lewis) Vann, Sarah (Mats) Villen, and Lauren (Richard) Yogis; and two great-granddaughters, Erica and Alissa Rivoli. Other family include Mary Anne Robinson, Anne and Aaron Burke, Beatrice Burke, and Margie Pulliam. In 1992, Virginia left New York to move to Dayton, Ohio . She established a weekly “Salon” in her home on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Known for her outstanding culinary talents she provided gourmet dinners and a forum for lively discussions. Family as well as “chosen family members: gathered weekly and included Anne Allen, Sister Marie Karen Sammons and Holly Yancey. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care and endless joy Emily Porter of Dayton, and her daughter Anna, brought into Virginia’s life. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Heartland of Kettering and Hospice of Dayton for their sensitive and compassionate care given to Virginia in her most vulnerable stage of life. A private memorial service will be held on October 21, 2007 in Dayton, OH. If memorial contributions in her honor are desired they may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420; or to the Interlochen Scholarship Fund, c/o Sister Marie Karen Sammons, 1218 Creighton Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420.
, age 79, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2007 from complications of pneumonia at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in Cincinnati. Dick was born on February 12, 1928 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to Charles and Bula Pope. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Alton. He is survived by his three children, Brian Pope of Oregon, Nancy Pope-Barrett of Batavia, and Chris Alexander of Oakwood; three grandchildren, Cody Cheyanne, Frisco Joe, and Jesse Lee Pope; and his sister, Virginia Columbo of Dustin, Florida. He was a graduate of Altoona High School, received a BA from Otterbein College, where he founded Kings Fraternity, and a MA from Ohio State. Dick served many throughout his lifetime. He ministered in Malta U.M. Church in Malta, Ohio from 1955 to 1957, Columbia Heights U.M. Church in Columbus from 1957 to 1963, Shiloh U.M. Church in Cincinnati from 1963 to 1969, Faith Community Church in Xenia from 1969 to 1984, and Christ U.M. Church in Kettering from, 1984 to 1990. Reverend Pope was instrumental in forming the Inter-Faith Council after the tornado that devastated Xenia in 1974. He also planned and organized the building of John Sale Manor in Xenia. Most importantly he served people his entire life! He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world. There was a celebration of life at 303 Wonderly Ave., Oakwood on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glenn Rd. #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449, or Lambda Gamma Epsilon “Kings Fraternity”, 94 West Park St., Westerville, Ohio 43081. Arrangements in care of TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, Dayton, Ohio. Condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
, age 19, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2007 in Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. She was born September 27, 1987 in St. Joseph, MI, the daughter of Mark Andrew Barr and Mary Anne (nee Wagner - OHS class of '78) Barr. Madie was a 2005 graduate of Urbana High School where she participated in the High School band, soccer and track & field. Currently, she was attending Ohio University in Athens; through her education Madie was exposed to the different cultures of Central and South America, which she loved. Madie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Urbana. Madie is survived by her mother, Mary Anne Barr, an Oakwood High School ’77 alumna; her brothers, William and Mason Barr, all of Urbana, her maternal grandmother, Mary R. (Thomas) Creager of Dayton; her paternal grandparents, William and Arlyle Barr of Cincinnati; her aunts and uncles, Molly Wagner of Dayton, Nancy (Stephen) Pike of Durham, N.C., Katharine (Charles) Pape of WI, H.B. “Bo” (Maria) Wagner of Dayton and L. Stewart Barr (Suzie Hurvitz) of State College, PA, as well as several cousins, relatives and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Andy Barr, and her grandfather, HB “Doc” Wagner. A gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 24 in the First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, Ohio, with the Rev. Kevin Horrigan officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made in Madie’s memory to the Pura Vida Fund, established through the Urbana Foundation. Contributions should be made payable to: The Urbana Foundation / Madison A. Barr, P.O. Box 38130, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101.
, age 93, a resident of Neenah, Wisconsin, died on September 18, 2007. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 1914, daughter of the late John McIntire and Eleanor Crume Huffman. Ada attended Harman Avenue School, Oakwood High School, Miss Porter’s Farmington, and Miami Jacobs School of Business. She married Thomas J. Hall of Dayton, OH on October 22, 1937. He preceded her in death in 2000. After raising her children, she worked with Tom in his insurance business for many years. In 1992 they relocated to Neenah. As a true Christian, she was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Dayton and St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Menasha. Ada was an active member of the Dayton Widows’ Home, AFS Chapter volunteer and president, social activist for the hungry and homeless, and as a performing clown in a Christian Ministry. Ada’s passing is mourned by friends in many walks of life and many countries, and by her children: Thomas J. Hall (Cheryl Ramcharan) of Brooklyn, NY, Elisabeth H. Hall (Ashish Khokar) of Bangalore, India, and Ada M. Hall M.D. (John Michael Barnes) of Neenah, as well as by her grandchildren: Wendy, Chris, Alanna, Trevor, Melanie and Annie. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2007 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 226 Washington Ave., Menasha. Inurnment will take place in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ada’s memory be made to, The Salvation Army, Double Portion Community Kitchen of Menasha, or the Widows’ Home of Dayton. The family would like to thank the staff of Alterra Sterling House of Neenah for their loving care of Ada in her last months, before joining her beloved and departed husband, parents, brothers and sisters.
, age 46, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at Kettering Hospital. He was a graduate of St. Albert the Great School; Alter High School and attended Marquette University and the University of Seville, Spain. Steven was preceded in death by his brother, John C. Solarek. He is survived by his mother, Sarah McBride Solarek, his father, James C. Solarek; his brother James C. Solarek, Jr. and wife, Cynthia; his brother, Jeffrey F. Solarek and wife Karen; nephews, Thomas, Timothy, Andrew, James III and wife, Aisling and Conor Solarek, Ruth and Trent Campbell, uncle, Frederick M. Bayley, Jr. and wife, Betsy; Ellen and John Campbell; Michael and his wife, Wendy and Brett Bayley; Philip Currigan Bayley and Ted and Choyce McBride and family and the Walker, Keyes and Mayhew families. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Kettering, with Father Thomas Meyer, Father James Manning and Father Joseph Goetz officiating. There was a burial at Calvary Cemetery immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 13218-0239; American Lung Association, W. Central Branch, 7560 McEwen Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45429. The family expresses their gratitude for all the kindness shown at this time. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.routsong.com
, age 22, of Kettering, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2007. Chase received his bachelors’ degree in Marketing and Business from Ohio University in June, 2007. He was a graduate of Fairmont High School where he was captain of his tennis and swim teams, and received the “Coach’s Award”. Chase worked as a life guard at Moraine and NCR country clubs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and his dog Miss Molly, and will be deeply missed by all. Chase is survived by his parents, Rip and Denise Hale and his brother, Jonathan, of Kettering; Grandparents, Peter and Marie Katevatis of Philadelphia, PA and Richard P. II and Jacqueline Hale of Monroe, OH; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service was held on Friday at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, with Dr. Robert Wade officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kettering Education Foundation, Chase Hale Scholarship Fund, 3750 Far Hills Avenue Kettering , Ohio 45429. Condolences and remembrances may be submitted to the family at www.routsong.com
, age 89, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. She was born Aug. 12, 1918 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Earl and Helen Shock. She was a graduate of Fairmont High School and Denison University. Mrs. Beardsley was a champion golfer and avid bridge player. She was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, the Denison University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Dayton Golf Hall of Fame and the Fairmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She served for 25 years as a member of the USGA Jr. Girls’ and Senior Women’s Golf committees. She also served as a volunteer for the Campfire Girls and the Red Cross. She was a life-long member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Charles “Craig” and his wife Veronica Beardsley; daughter and son-in-law Phyllis and her husband Michael Kwedar; brother Donald Shock; grandchildren Lauren and Greg Kwedar; nieces Amy Shock, Betty Beardsley Freer and Judy Beardsley Updegrove; nephew Bob Beardsley. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E Stroop Rd. with Rev. George Updegrove officiating If desired, contributions may be directed to Hospice of Dayton 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45420. Email condolences may be sent to www.routsong.com
, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Bethany Lutheran Village. Survived by her two daughters, Barbara A. Renfroe and Nancy (Jim) Heathman, 2 grandchildren, Lisa and Jimmy Heathman, brother, William “Bud” Welch and 4 great grandchildren. Dorothy was a 1939 graduate of Oakwood High School, graduate of LaSalle College and a member of the Sub-Debs of Oakwood. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Bethany Woodview unit and Hospice of Dayton. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood. Private burial in Springfield, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the charity of your choice, To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerFamily.com
, age 78, of Oakwood, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton following a brief illness. Chuck was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nina, in 2005, to whom he was married for 57 years. Chuck is survived by his daughters, Christine (Tim) Taylor and Jennifer (Ken) Samoly, both of Chagrin Falls, OH; son, James (Peggy) Woods of Fairfield, OH; 7 grandsons; 1 granddaughter and 2 great-granddaughters. Chuck graduated from Springfield High School and received an associate’s degree from Wittenberg College. He worked at, and eventually became owner and CEO of the Anchor Rubber Company for 55 years. Chuck and Nina were active supporters and board members of the arts and nature in the Dayton area including the Dayton Opera, Dayton Art Institute, the Schuster Center, Aullwood Center, and Smith Gardens. Chuck was also on the board of directors of Sinclair Community College, and was the founding director of the Miami Valley Crimestoppers. Chuck was a long time member of the Masonic Temple of Dayton and the Shriners. Chuck and Nina enjoyed traveling to many places around the world, including trips with the Oakwood Sister City organization and the Shriners. Most recently Chuck tutored at Oakview Elementary School through the Miami Valley Literacy Council. He would often say that the time he spent with his assigned students was the highlight of his week. Chuck will be remembered for his smile and humor, his generosity of money and time, and his devotion to his wife, and family. He will be greatly missed. Visitation was held August 25, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, with Masonic services followed by funeral services. Contributions may be made to the Miami Valley Literacy Council, 18 W. First St., Dayton, OH 45402 or the Woodland Mausoleum Beautification Fund, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, OH 45409. Condolences may be visited thru the website at www.routsong.com.
, age 80, died Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Born in Oakwood, OH, she was a homemaker since 1980, previously worked 10 years at Ball Drug. She was a member of First Assembly of God. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Jack E. Schweigel of Fort Wayne; sons, Daniel E. Schweigel of Columbus, MT, Kevin D. Schweigel, Kent E. Schweigel both of Fort Wayne; daughter, Karen A. Brandon of Wayne, MI; 14 grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters, Leota Bemiss of Zephry Hills, FL, Helen Johnson of Melrose, OH, Ruby Buckmaster of Ashley, IN, Joan Bowman of Fort Wayne, Jeanette Dimock of Defiance, OH, Nancy Noffsinger of Paulding, OH. She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 2 sisters. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God, 3301 E. Coliseum Blvd. with calling 1 hour prior. Pastor Ronald Hawkins officiating. Calling 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials to First Assembly of God.
, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 25 at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering Chapel. 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Visitation with friends and family to be held from 2 to 4 p.m.
, age 36, of Washington Twp. passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 14, 2007. He was born May 16, 1971 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. James A. & Carolyn E. Sims. Jay graduated from Oakwood High School, and spent a summer in LeVesinet, France. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. where he tested out of French in a school ranked 45th in the nation. He later went on to graduate from the University of Dayton with degrees in Chemistry and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Technology. Jay was employed with the Onyx Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio. Survivors include his parents of Oakwood; brother Brent Andrew and wife (Nicole Longo ) Sims of New York; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood, Oh. with Rev. John S. Koepke III officiating. Interment is in Dayton Memorial Park. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of donor’s choice. Arrangements in care of Routsong Funeral Home. E-Mail condolences may be sent to www.routsong.com.
, passed away on August 6, 2007, at Kettering Medical Center. Jean was born on June 26, 1921 in Kenosha, WI. As a teenager, Jean moved with her parents to Oakwood, OH, where she lived until 2006. Jean’s father was a long-time executive at The Standard Register Company. Jean was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Frederick William and Helen Krautsch Stein, her aunt and uncle, Gertrude and Albert Loeffler of Kenosha, and her good friends, Joseph and Merle Pierce and Fred and Vela Shelton of Oakwood. Jean is survived by her good friends, Richard and Susan Lipowicz of Oakwood, Sandy Gordon of Dayton, Gladys Siewert of Kensohsa, and her sister, Sue Ann Hutchinson of Tewksbury, MA. Visitation will be held at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 4 p.m. Jean’s remains will be interred at Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha next to her parents. Jean’s friends would like to thank Dr. Felipe Rubio, Michael Wright, R.N. and the staff of the Critical Care Unit at Kettering Medical Center for their kind and loving care. Condolences and remembrances may be visited via the website at www.routsong.
, of Longmont, Colorado, died Monday, August 6, 2007 at the HospiceCare Center in Louisville, Colorado. She was 92 years old. Jane was born to Harold Morrison Eby and Gaynelle (Steel) Eby on May 8, 1915 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. On June 22, 1937, she married James R. Kohr in Dayton, Ohio. Following James’ career with Lowe Brothers Paint Company and Sherwin-Williams, the couple retired to Grand Junction, Colorado to be closer to family. Following Mr. Kohr’s death in 1990, Jane moved to Longmont in 1991. Mrs. Kohr is survived by her daughter, Gaynelle Pietrangelo and her husband, David, of Firestone, Colorado; three grandchildren, Steven Pietrangelo of Denver, Colorado, James Pietrangelo of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Jane Pietrangelo of Mead, Colorado; and three great grandchildren, Soren, Vincens, and Connor Pietrangelo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, James Phillip Kohr, and by her beloved cat, Bianca. A celebration of Jane’s life and open house will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the home of Gaynelle and David Pietrangelo, 11276 Coal Ridge St., Firestone. A time of remembrance will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by an open house ending at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026 or the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences with the family at www.howemortuary.com.
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