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Dorothy I. (Ordean) King, age 83, of Centerville, formerly of Valparaiso, IN, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 at Hospice of Dayton. Dorothy was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood. Preceded in death by her siblings; Sam S. Ordean, Anne Budak, Mary Silion, John Ordean, Helen Ruffin, Dan Ordean, Nick Ordean and Virginia Ordean. Dorothy is survived by her previous husband, John W. King of Munster, IN; her sons, Jack King of Dayton and Will King and his wife Kim of Austin, TX; her previous daughter-in-law, Susanne King; her grandchildren, Brittany and Cecily King residing Indianapolis, IN, and Tanner and Kendall King of Austin, TX; and her relatives, June and Tommy Welsh, Shirley and Dick Welsh, Mary and Eddy Budney, Nick and Linda Budak, Bobby Budak, Linda Tankersley (Welsh), Ginger Brown (Ordean), Kathy Ordean, Gloria Ordean and Candy Ordean. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 4:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Chapel, 33 W. Dixon Ave, Oakwood, OH with The Rev. John Koepke III officiating. Family will receive friends following the service in the cloister at St. Paul’s. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420. Arrangements by Routsong Funeral Home. Condolences and other tributes may be sent to the family at

Obituaries from recent issues...

Sandra L. Folkerth, age 76, formerly of Dayton, died Wednesday August 12, 2009 in Columbus, OH. She was born May 17, 1933 in Louisville, KY. She earned both Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Louisville. She worked as a columnist for the Kettering-Oakwood Times and later the Dayton Daily News. She then was an advertising copywriter for Elder-Beerman stores, from where she retired. She was also a long time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood. She is survived by her brother L. Bruce Long of Santa Barbara, CA.; daughter Dr. Rebecca D. Folkerth (Josh) of Boston, MA, son Hugh B. Folkerth of Columbus, daughter Anne F. Conway (Tom) of Cincinnati, son William H. Folkerth (Megan) of Portland, OR, and daughter Margaret S. Beech (Dan) of Columbus, and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 23, 2009 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood. Visitation was immediately after the service. Memorial gifts may go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Kenneth Wyatt Thiele, a Dayton, Ohio native and lifelong resident, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 15, 2009. He was 92 years old. He is survived by his three daughters, Nancy A. Bippus, Jane W. Higgins (William) and Elizabeth T. Leland (Jeffrey), seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Anne (Webster) Thiele and one grandchild. Following graduation from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Kenneth spent his entire career with the family-owned enterprise, Miami Dickerson Steel Company. The company was sold in 1969 and Mr. Thiele continued to manage the business as President until his retirement in 1976. Ken served for over twenty years as a Director of the Board for Dayton-based Reynolds and Reynolds and as a member of that Board’s Pension Committee. Mr. Thiele maintained a winter residence at John’s Island in Vero Beach, Florida. Extremely active in a number of philanthropic endeavors, Kenneth devoted many, many hours to this facet of his life. His efforts with the Miami Valley Hospital and it’s Foundation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakwood and St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Vero Beach, Florida were very special to him. He was a member of Moraine Country Club, The Miami Valley Hunt and Polo Club, Ye Olde Buz Fuz Club (all in Dayton) and John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. From his youth, Mr. Thiele maintained a passion for the game of golf. He was the Moraine Country Club Champion several times and shot his age at 82. He also played the piano and brightened many parties with his talent. No visitation. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 20, 2009 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, (5520 Far Hills Ave, Dayton Ohio, 45429) at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation (31 Wyoming St., Dayton OH, 45409) or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (33 W. Dixon Ave., Dayton OH, 45419). Condolences and other tributes may be sent to the family at

Nancy Field Spoerri Rudwall, August 4, 1932 - August 6, 2009. Age 77, passed away surrounded by family at Sunrise of Oakwood. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Imogene Elizabeth and James Fuller Spoerri. Nancy was born in Evanston, Illinois. At Evanston Township High School she received the D.A.R. Good Citizenship and Babe Ruth Sportsmanship awards, among many other honors. She attended the University of Colorado where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She married John C. Rudwall in 1951 and moved to Oakwood in 1960. She is the mother of four sons, Thomas Holmes Rudwall of San Francisco, CA, David Fuller Rudwall of Kettering, John Charles Rudwall, Jr., of Chattanooga, TN, and James Field Rudwall of Libertyville, IL. Nancy’s grandchildren are William Holmes (Tom); Paul David, Rachel Ann, Jonathan Fuller (David); Jay and Maggie (Chuck); and Catherine (Jim). She is also survived by her sisters Imogene Page of Tucson, AZ, and Martha Wohlken (Norman) of The Sea Ranch, CA, a niece, nephews and their children, her daughters-in-law Barbie Granzow Acker, Connie, Grayson and Julie and her dear friends who miss and love her. Nancy’s many activities included owning and operating Dayton Indoor Tennis Club, coaching Oakwood High School girls tennis; volunteering eight years at Kettering Hospital; and her books, antiques, bowling, tennis, garden groups and Le Club. Nancy’s family and friends will greatly miss her warmth, humor, loyalty, inspiration, love, wisdom and courage. The family wishes to thank the wonderful people at Sunrise of Oakwood who adored and treated Nancy with infinite care. A memorial service was held on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. Contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made in lieu of flowers to Kettering Medical Center Foundation, 3535 Southern Boulevard, Kettering, Ohio 45429.

Nihat Akture, MD, age 80, long-time resident of Oakwood passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Hospice of Dayton of natural causes, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; step-daughter, Kathryn (Rob) Ryan; sons, Tamer (Deneen) Akture and Alper (Camilla) Akture; daughter, Suzanne (Doug) Burnside; grandchildren, Olivia Akture and Blake Burnside. He was a longtime Dayton physician and was the director of the St. Elizabeth Emergency Room, before going into private practice. A gentle giant, but humble man, who through his journey in life touched many lives and hearts with his caring soul and healing hands. He is at home now and at peace. May memories take sadness from your heart and gently replace it with the warmth of shared moments. Interment was in Istanbul, Turkey, according to Nihat’s wishes. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

Joy Pope Erd Smallwood of Oakwood, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Keith Brandon Erd, and second husband of 3 years, Kenneth Smallwood; sister, Janis Pope Wade; nephew, Dwaine Wade; nieces, Judy Wade Turner and Sherry Wade Low, and step-daughter, Leslie Smallwood. Joy is survived by her step-son, William Smallwood (Brenda); stepdaughters, Deborah Smallwood Wittenhagen (Robert) and Sandra Smallwood Helmkamp (Greg), numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A longtime resident of Oakwood and lifelong resident of Montgomery County, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Alda (Leichty) Pope. Joy was a graduate of Fairmont High School and attended the University of Dayton. She was an active member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Dayton, having served as Second Reader, Sunday School teacher and member of the Board of Trustees. Joy was also a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA. Joy was a former president of Soroptimist International of Dayton and helped organize Mobile Meals in the Dayton area. She served many years on the board of The Oakwood Historical Society as Special Events chairperson. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home. Mr. Richard Baughman officiating. Contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist, 105 Sawmill Rd., Dayton, OH 45409. Condolences may be sent to the family via the Internet on

Robert F. Jefferis, age 85, of Oakwood, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2009 at Sunrise of Oakwood. Born in Greenville, OH, he resided at 136 W. Water St. until he graduated from Greenville HS in 1941 where he was a member of the National Honor Society. Mr. Jefferis enlisted in the Army and fought in WWII as a staff sergeant in Southeast Asia C.B.I. (India). “The one world figure I knew was Lord Louis Mountbatten,” he liked to say. Bob recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial with the Honor Flight program. Many thanks to the people of Honor Flight. He graduated from Miami University with a BS in Business Administration and then graduated from Northwestern Law School with a Juris Doctorate. After 23 years he retired from DP&L’s legal department and spent the next 28 years as a probate attorney for the Dayton community, for a total of 51 years as a practicing lawyer. He also served as president of DP&L’s retiree club for many years, served as the first president of the Oakwood Historical Society in 1974. A lifelong Presbyterian, Mr. Jefferis served as an elder, a deacon, and as a dedicated volunteer for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton. Robert married Betsie in 1952 and was married to her for 44 years. He enjoyed his 5 children, 1 girl and 4 boys, who he made sure had very happy childhoods. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Betsie in 1997, Mr. Jefferis is survived by his sister Betty Pritchard, his brother Jim Jefferis, his daughter Jeanne Jefferis, sons Robert Jr., Steve (Kari), Mark “Mick” and Joseph (Christine) Jefferis and four granddaughters and three grandsons. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 24, 2009 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 125 N. Wilkinson St., Dayton, OH. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 24, 2009 from 4-6:00 PM at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at

Helen B. Kaminski, age 74, of Oakwood, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at Kettering Medical Center. She attended Holy Angels and St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Helen graduated from St. Bonaventure High School, in Columbus, NE. She was a loving and selfless wife, mother, ‘nana’, aunt, sister and friend, Helen was a dearly loved matriarch, our “family maestro.” She was the former owner of the Hulman Building Smoke Shoppe where she enjoyed and befriended countless patrons. She regularly volunteered for St. Vincent DePaul and many other service organizations where she served with her husband, Stanley. Her devotion to faith and family, compassion and civic dedication guided her life and endeavors. Through the years, Helen and Stanley traveled throughout the world and Rome where she attended a Papal Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Ann Dunn of NE. Helen is survived by Stanley, her loving husband of 55 years; four sons including Timmothy of MT, Mark of HI, Douglas (Connie) of Kettering and Robb of FL and two daughters; Jill (Max) Park of NJ and Kara (James) Thomas of Columbus, OH. She has twelve grandchildren: Emily, Elise, Kaelyn, Madeline, Connor, Laynie, Molly, Lilianne, David, Maressa, Trey and Shane. Her brother Jerry, Aunt Paula of NE and many beloved nephews, nieces and cousins also survive her. She was the loving force of our family, and will be greatly missed. Mass was held Saturday, July 11, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 411 E. 2nd St., Dayton, with Father Ed Pratt officiating. Family received friends on Friday, July 10, 2009 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd. at Woodman in Kettering. Mom loved flowers and especially daisies. If desired, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, 1133 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Ste., 300 Dayton, OH 45408. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at






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