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Neal Williams, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Neal Williams, born January 11,1940 passed away peacefully on May 29, 2024 at Aultman Hospital. He graduated from Marion HS in 1958 and then Muskingum College with a BA in Music. Neal devoted his life to music and music education. He taught music at John Glenn HS after graduation and then as Band director at Timken HS from 1965-1975. He continued to teach private music lessons for many years. Neal formed a jazz group formally called the Knights of Rhythm and later the Neal Williams Quintet that played many venues in Canton and surrounding areas. He also worked as an interior/exterior painter for his self-owned company befittingly called Harmony Painting for many years. Neal is survived by his two daughters Andrea and Anita Williams and his long time girlfriend Charlotte Jacoby.

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James Robert Stuart, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

James Robert Stuart, born February 1944, passed away on June 3, 2024. He is predeceased by his parents George Willis Stuart and Dorothy Frazier Stuart.

Jim grew up in Granville, OH, was a graduate of Granville High School and attended Muskingum College. He married Karen Gruen of Elyria, OH in 1971, and they later purchased and operated The Roaring Branch Camps in Sunderland, VT. He retired and moved to Mount Dora, FL in 2013.

Jim is survived by his older and younger sisters Sandy and Susie, along with three nieces and two nephews.

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Michael C. Yeagle, Class of 1983
Class Year:
1983

Michael Connell Yeagle, 63, of Fort Mitchell, KY, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Mike was a retired teacher and coach at Beechwood High School. He was a graduate of Beechwood High School, Muskingum University with a Bachelor's degree and St. Xavier University with a Master's degree. Mike is a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame and the Beechwood Hall of Fame. Mike was an accomplished football coach with Beechwood High School, winning a total of 8 state titles. He was the first coach in Kentucky to win 4 consecutive state titles. Mike had an overall 87% winning record, (183-27) as coach from 1991-2005 at Beechwood High School. He was preceded in death by his father: Joe and niece: Ginger. Mike is survived by his mother: Peggy; siblings: Jayne and Barry (Debbie); nieces and nephews: Heather, Joey (Sean), Katie (Jeb), John Michael (Britney); numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and best friend: Bowles. 

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Emma Naomi Parks Lowe Hupp, Class of 1941
Class Year:
1941

Emma "Naomi" Lowe Hupp, age 104 passed away, Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in Liza's Place, Wheeling, WV. She was born in Moundsville, WV on October 11, 1919, the descendant of early pioneer families; the daughter of the late Archie L. and Olive Bonar Parks. Naomi was a graduate of Moundsville High School and Muskingum College (now University); and did graduate work at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati. She was a life member of ORTA, having taught music at Lewisville, OH, and Carrollton, OH; and taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade at Norwood, OH. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Wheeling; and Wheeling Chapter D.A.R; a charter member of the Marshall County Historical Society and First Families of Belmont County, OH; and was a 50 year member of Chapter #86 Eastern Star. Among her achievements, Naomi was personally responsible for the creation of the local history-genealogy room at the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and was presented with the History Hero Award and Distinguished WV Award. Naomi was co-editor of the Centennial Book, History of Moundsville High School in 1977. With her late husband, Dale Lowe, she compiled and published in 1984 the book, "Schools, Churches, Cemeteries, Marshall County, WV". In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, V. Dale Lowe in 1991; and her second husband, Henry M Hupp in 2018. Survivors include her son, Dr. John Lowe and his wife, Dr. Mikal Crawford; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two step-daughters, Elizabeth Hupp (Rev. Peter) Jessen and Heidi Hupp (Bradley) Wilson; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a nephew, John Miller. 

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Thomas E. McFate, Class of 1963
Class Year:
1963

Thomas E. McFate, 82, of Iroquois Dr., Conneaut Lake, passed away Tuesday evening May 28, 2024 in Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community. He was born in Meadville on December 18, 1941, a son of David T. and H. Marie (Browne) McFate. Tom was a 1959 graduate of Cochranton High School, a 1963 graduate of Muskingum College where he received his bachelor's degree in economics, and a Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. On June 25, 1966, Tom married the former Cheri Hoovler, she survives. He was employed in sales for the George T. Bisel Law Publishing Co. from 1970 until 1996 and then worked as a manufacturer sales representative, selling tractor trailer parts from 1997 until 2008. He was a life member of Lake Myrtle Masonic Lodge #316, Sandy Lake, New Castle AASR, former member of Syria Shrine Temple, Pittsburgh, Life member and past commander four times in the U.S. Power Squadron in South Hills, Pittsburgh and Akron, OH, former member of Allegheny College Community Chorus, a member of First Presbyterian Church where he sang in the Choir, a current member of Iroquois Club, Conneaut Lake, USCCA, NRA, former member of PA FOAC, and a friend of Bill W. since 1988. Tom has had five black male cocker spaniels. In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by a sister, Carol Jensen and her husband Robert and a brother, William F. McFate of Falls Church, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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John O. Hutchman, Class of 1961
Class Year:
1961

John Ogilvie Hutchman, 84 years old, entered into eternal peace Sunday May 12th, 2024. John was a resident of East Liverpool, Ohio before retiring to The Villages, Florida in 2001. Born August 16th, 1939 in East Liverpool, Ohio, the son of the late Paul Eugene Hutchman and Mary Helen Ogilvie Hutchman. He was the second youngest of nine siblings. John graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He married his beloved highschool sweetheart C. Sue Davidson Hutchman on July 1st 1961, who resides in The Villages Florida. While residing in Lakewood, Ohio John was an account manager for American Greetings Corp. for many years before retirement. John was an avid sports fan of the Cleveland Browns (NFL), Indians (MLB), and Cavaliers (NBA). He shared this love of sports with his sons and grandson. John was a Christian and spent much of his time as a choir member in the New Covenant United Methodist Church in The Villages, FL. When he wasn't at church he loved to fish, golf, bowl, and play billiards with friends in the community. His quick wit and dry humor were guaranteed to make those around him laugh, especially Sue. In addition to his wife, John is survived by a daughter, Laura Cunningham (Patrick) of Queensbury, NY, and two sons, Dane Hutchman (Kristen) of Medina, OH, and Douglas Hutchman of Asheville, NC. He is also survived by brother William Hutchman of East Liverpool, OH, and sister Gracie Scott of Jamestown, NY, as well as eight grandchildren - Elle, Seth, Colin, Olivia, Callie, Mara, McLean, and Chloe, whom he loved dearly.

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John G. Barron, Jr., Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

John George Barron, Jr., 91, of Cumberland, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at Sterling Care Frostburg Village. Born April 26, 1932, in Pittsburgh (Swissvale), Pa., he was the son of the late Anna (Kalina) and John George Barron, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his dedicated wife, Carolyn Patricia (Warren) Barron; brother-In-law, Bernard R. Warren; sister-in-law, Janet (Jeffreys) Warren; and son-in-law, Stephen Songy. John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. He earned a post-graduate degree in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. John was drafted, served in the United States Army and Army Reserves from 1955-1962, and was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Fort Jackson, S.C. John and Carolyn were married in June 1959, and pursued teaching careers in Pittsburgh, and Peters Township, Pa., before John became employed with ABLE/Hercules Inc., and they relocated to Cumberland, Md. John enjoyed hiking in the woods, playing tennis and golf; building small scale models and trains, reading, and most passionately, he loved his dogs. After retirement, John was busier than ever writing articles for the Cumberland Times, volunteering at the Allegeny County Animal Shelter, Mended Hearts Society; Delivering Meals on Wheels; and traveling. John is survived by two daughters, Patricia Keith and Judith Barron Songy living in Chattanooga, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Heather, Brianna, and Caitlin; and four great-grandchildren, James, Scarlett, Lyla, and Raven In accordance with his wishes, John will be cremated and, along with Carolyn, be laid to rest at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn. 

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Dennis Deal, Class of 1971
Class Year:
1971

Dennis Deal, 75, formerly of Kent, passed away in New York City on May 18, 2024. He was born on November 8, 1949, in Kansas City to Katherine and Paul Deal. After living in several cities, the family moved to Kent in the early 1960’s. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he was an outstanding student; senior class president, participated in many theatre productions and the marching band, and won the American Legion Outstanding Student award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Kent School Hall of Fame. Dennis wrote and recorded an ode to the city entitled “Kent Is…” for a civic celebration.

He attended Muskingum University and after graduating from Kent State University with an MFA in Music and Theater in 1972, he moved to New York City where he lived the rest of his life. He was a multi-talented artist—singer, dancer, arranger, writer, and director in many media—theatre, concerts, television and movies. For many years he was the bass singer in the a cappella group The Accidentals. He also wrote and directed the musical Nite Club Confidential which appeared Off Broadway, on London’s West End, and in L.A. and Boston. Dennis donated many hours of his time by mentoring other singers, writing a musical for izzit.org, the Free to Choose Network, and too many others to mention.

Dennis is fondly remembered by all those with whom he came in contact, in Ohio, New York, and everywhere, for his talent, quick wit, and his joyous spirit. He will be sorely missed.

Dennis is predeceased by his parents and his brother Douglas. He is survived by a niece, Dianna Deal, and several cousins. The family wishes to thank his devoted friend and caretaker Laura Kenyon, and the staff at Amsterdam House who adored his singing and sense of humor. 

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Beth Templeton Rokisky, Class of 1982
Class Year:
1982

Beth Lynn (Templeton) Rokisky of Clarksburg, WV, and formerly Chartiers Township, Washington County, Pa., passed away Tuesday, May 28, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV, from medical complications stemming from her lifelong struggle with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 63.

Mrs. Rokisky, the daughter of Milton and Newanna Templeton, was diagnosed with diabetes at age 12. A 1978 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School, she then graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio in 1982 with a degree in communications. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Theta sorority.

Soon thereafter, she moved to Clarksburg, where she began her first job in marketing at Lowndes Bank, with most of her career focused on advertising for Clarksburg-area companies. Later, as an avid fan of professional golf, she would land her dream job as marketing director for the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W.V.

Mrs. Rokisky’s greatest passion was spending time with family, friends and her grandchildren, along with her love of watching and attending professional golf tournaments. Rarely if ever would she complain about the challenges she faced, health problems included, and instead displayed an infectious positive attitude and outlook on life.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Rokisky, whom she married on April 5, 1987; one daughter, Amanda Romano, and her husband Dr. Robert P. Romano of Bridgeport; one son, Brian J. Rokisky, and his wife Natasha Rokisky of Salem, WV; four grandchildren: Amelia Romano, Paul Anthony Romano, Luke A. Rokisky and Joel C. Rokisky; two brothers: Milton Webster Templeton Jr. of Navato, CA, and David Templeton of McDonald, PA; two nieces: Abigail Templeton of Vikhog, Sweden, and Georgia Templeton of Bethel Park, PA; mother-in-law, Fair Marie Rokisky and the late Joseph R. Rokisky; and the following brothers- and sisters- in-law: Arlene and Larry Iaquinta, Tim and Marie Rokisky, Danny and Jennifer Rokisky, Amy and Steve Oswald, Kevin and Robin Compton, Scott and Margaret Compton, Charlie and Barb Compton, and Debra and Steve Debs.

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Amanda "Mandy" Ross, Class of 2001
Class Year:
2001

Amanda Lee Ross was born June 16, 1978, in Elkins, West Virginia, to Vidia C. Ross and the late Thomas R. Ross II. She departed this life peacefully on May 19, 2024, following a brief and unexpected illness.

Mandy, as known by most, brightened up any room with her presence, smile and witty personality.

Mandy always held a place in her heart for her first home in Elkins, however once she completed Elkins Junior High School, she attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Mandy obtained her undergraduate degree from Muskingum College in 2000.

She treasured her lifelong connections that were made through the Chi Alpha Nu local chapter. Following graduation, she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she would call home for the next 24 years. Mandy was a Human Resources Specialist and worked for various insurance & tech companies throughout her career.

Being that Mandy had “two” homes that were near and dear to her in the states of West Virginia and Ohio, her two main passions were the Mountaineers and Buckeyes. Not sure if she loved anything more than a fall Saturday watching college football with her friends, especially if Michigan lost!

One thing she did love more than football were her two nieces, Kennedy and Addison. Not having children of her own, her favorite role was to be an Auntie and the best Auntie she was!

Mandy is survived by her wonderful mother, Vidia C Ross of Cornelius, North Carolina.

She is also survived by one sister and brother (in-law), Natalia Ross Schooley and husband, Ryan, of Davidson, North Carolina. Natalia was Mandy’s first best friend and as Natalia’s older sister, always looked out for and protected her. In addition to her immediate family, Mandy is also survived by so many family and friends whose lives she touched in so many ways.

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Charles G. Weaver, Class of 1958
Class Year:
1958

Charles George Weaver, 87, of Austin, Texas (born Midway, Pennsylvania) went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2024. He will be deeply missed by his family and by those whose lives were made better by being associated with him personally, professionally, and through his generosity.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sandra, his sister Pat, his sons David, Bob, and Travis, his daughters Julie, Sarah, and Kate, and their spouses. Charlie was also much loved by his 16 grandkids and great-grandson.

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Beulah Dunfee Case, Class of 1959
Class Year:
1959

Beulah Louise Case, 86, of Copeland Oaks, formerly of Damascus and Frazeysburg, completed her earthly journey at Crandall Medical Center, in
Sebring, Ohio at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

She was born at the family home in Shannon Heights, near Frazeysburg, on June 11, 1937, the first born daughter of the late Emerson and Mary E. (Frazier) Dunfee.

She was a 1955 graduate of Frazeysburg High School and a 1959 graduate of
Muskingum College.

She taught junior high home economics for several years at Tri-Valley Schools.

She was married, on June 14, 1969 at Nashport United Methodist Church, to Ernest L. Case, Jr. and they were married until his death on February 24, 1996.

She is survived by sons, Charles (Christine) of McClure and David (Beth) of Shreve and grandchildren, Lauralie, Emily, Colin, Nathan and Sarah. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Dunfee of Frazeysburg and Marilyn (Pat) Scott of Phoenix, Arizona. Also surviving are her granddogs, Teddy and Willow.

One of her greatest joys was loving on her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, lifelong friends and church family friends. She did so by keeping meticulous record of birthdays and special days, and sending cards, letters and pictures on days of celebration. Testifying to this is her collection of cards and correspondences that she leaves behind.

Louise’s pride and joy was her family, who she dedicated her life to. She found joy in preparing delicious meals, making and mending clothes for the family, and helping with homework and studies during school years. She won Best of Show at the Canfield Fair for her homemade bread, and her cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls were like no other. Her flower bed of tulips and impatiens were an annual show stopper on Floral Drive in Damascus.

She was a 50 year member of Damascus United Methodist Church, and served as a Sunday school teacher for several years. She will always be remembered by her sons for her commitment to nurturing them in the faith by attending Sunday school and worship weekly and sharing in church leadership and service.

She served with the Caring Friends outreach throughout her years of residing at Copeland Oaks.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Duncan; brother, Emerson Roy Dunfee; brother-in-law, Bill Duncan; sister-in-law, Marcie Dunfee and a niece, Tricia White.

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Doris Deshong Lowe, Class of 1977
Class Year:
1977

Doris Marie Lowe passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at the Morrison House in Zanesville, Ohio. She was born in Coshocton June 3, 1930, to the late James and Ruth Deshong. She was a graduate of Roscoe High School and Muskingum College. On Feb. 9, 1951 she married the love of her life Merton Lowe and they enjoyed 53 years building a life and family together. She worked at the Hopewell School in Coshocton before moving into the Ridgewood School system where she finished her career. She always felt it was a privilege and a blessing to be a teacher and especially enjoyed chance meetings with former students who remembered her. After retiring, she tutored for a few years at West Lafayette Elementary and Middle Schools. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed her flowers, spending time with family and friends, watching the Cleveland Cavaliers, and helping out and attending the Roscoe Methodist Church where she was a lifetime member. She was also a member of the Roscoe United Women Of Faith and the Coshocton County Retired Teachers Association. She is survived by her sons, Mark Lowe and Michael (Laura) Lowe; her grandchildren Amber Cichon, Eric (Paula) Lowe, Ryan (Ally), Lowe, and Kayla Lowe; her great grandchildren Adrienne Lowe, Anthony Cichon, Morgan Lowe and baby boy, Nolan Trace Lowe on the way; two special "Irish" cousins, Judy Milligan and Jean Guccini; a close niece Bev McConnell, and special church friend Irene Stubbs. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Merton Lowe; sister Janice Murphy; brother Donald Deshong; and special cousin Barb Seward.

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J. Thomas Hartung, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Thomas was born in Butler, PA where he graduated from high school and went on to graduate from Muskingum University. During the Korean war he was a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps working for the U.S. Senate in Europe. After studies at Harvard Graduate School of Business he joined Merrill Lynch and later opened offices in Clearwater for Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley from which he retired after 29 years. He went on to receive his Masters at Trinity Theological Seminary and did his PhD studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt Divinity School receiving his international degree from University of Liverpool. Thomas was ordained in the Presbyterian church and became a chaplain at Morton Plant Hospital and also served churches in Nashville, Tampa and Clearwater. He was married to Katherine Kennedy for 69 years and has daughters Johanna (Mark) Scheimann of Tampa and Elizabeth (Elvin) Carrero of Austin, TX. There are 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. His memberships included Rotary, Paul Harris Fellowship, Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Mason, Pittsburgh Shrine Temple and was a charter member of the Morton Plant Foundation.

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David L. Mayer, Class of 1969
Class Year:
1969

David Louis Mayer, age 76, of Wilmington, DE passed away in his sleep on May 11, 2024. He was born and raised in Wilmington, DE and is the son of the late Eleanor L. (McCourt) and Clarence W. Mayer. David graduated from Conrad High School in 1965. He attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Muskingum College, New Concord, OH. He proudly served his country in his U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War where he received the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. David worked for the Dupont Company and then later for the State of Delaware in the Social Services Division until his retirement. The family would like to thank the Christiana Hospital and Accent Hospice nurses for their loving care. He will be dearly missed by all his cousins. 

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Carol Morrow Dougherty, Class of 1957
Class Year:
1957

Carol Dougherty (88), Loving wife, mother, and long-time resident of Newark, Ohio passed away on May 11, 2024, at Woodside Memorial Center in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Carol was born January 15, 1936, in Ellwood City, PA to the late William and Leah (Steinbach) Morrow. Carol graduated from Lincoln High School, then attended Muskingum College, graduating in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Speech and English where she was a member of the FAD Social Club. Carol enjoyed a life-long appreciation of the classics, her favorite writer being Charles Dickens. Soon after graduation she married Jack Dougherty of Cambridge, OH, whom she met on a blind date. They lived in Fort Knox, KY; Stowe, OH; Milwaukee, WI and Arlington, VA before establishing a long-time residence in Newark, Ohio. More recently Carol and Jack resided at Wesley Glenn Sr Living Community in Columbus, Ohio where they appreciated friends and the opportunity to live together. Carol taught English in Jefferson County, KY; then at Roosevelt Jr HS for 19 years where she served as the school newspaper advisor for 12 years and was recognized as a Jennings Scholar. Carol was active in community groups with a loving dedication to the Second Presbyterian Church where she cherished friendships with members of her Koinonia small group. She enthusiastically supported interest of her sons she was always there when we needed her and loved frequent river-boating trips with family and friends. Carol was preceded in death by her husband Jack Dougherty, brothers-in-law Bill Dougherty (Laura Lue), George Dougherty and Donald Grieme and her sister-in-law Lola Morrow. Carol is survived by her sisters Shirley Grieme and Leah (Michael) Serwon; her brothers Robert Morrow and Keith (Sandy) Morrow; her two sons William (Kandie) of Wexford, PA and Richard (Valerie) of Findlay, OH; granddaughters Mallory, Erin, Holly and Kerry; and many nieces and nephews

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Beverly Ruhl Devorak, Class of 1957
Class Year:
1957

Beverly Ann (Ruhl) Devorak, Age 88, Born February 18, 1936, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Cherished daughter of the late Charles K. and Genevieve H. Ruhl; Beloved wife of 60 years to William E. Devorak; dear sister of David Ruhl along with her niece and family. Beverly attended Muskingum University and was a church organist throughout her life. Her other careers included being a secretary, an executive assistant and office manager positions.

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Michael Maurer, Class of 1981
Class Year:
1981

Michael Jay Maurer, 67, of Uhrichsville, passed away at his home on Friday, May 3, 2024, after a brief illness. Born October 7, 1957 in Dennison, he was a son of the late William Jay and Emma Evelyn (Singerman) Maurer. Mike was a 1976 graduate of Tri-Valley High School before earning his bachelor's degree from Muskingum University, continuing on to earn a master's degree from Ohio University. He was employed by the City of Uhrichsville as their auditor for a number of years. He is survived by his nephew, Zachary D. Jones; great-nieces and great-nephew, Emily, Katherine, Wren, and Willa Jones; and a number of cousins, including Becky Carpenter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Gretchen Hartford

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Stephen Price, Class of 1964
Class Year:
1964

Dr. Reverend Stephen Marsh Price, 83, of Peterborough, NH, died April 28th from lung cancer, peacefully, at home and just two days after his birthday.

He was surrounded by love and worked up until his last week of life. Despite a ten month terminal diagnosis of small cell lung cancer, he enjoyed every second of the life he loved living.

He will be remembered by everyone who knew him for his incredibly gentle and loving spirit. He took his duties of being a father to all his children very seriously. He loved his entire family fiercely and he will be deeply and profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him. He and his wife Patricia shared an extraordinary love and rich life together for over twenty years.

Stephen was a gifted and sensitive psychotherapist, marriage counselor and a retired Episcopal Priest, and for the past 20 years he has maintained a private practice in Keene and Peterborough.

Psychotherapy was his life’s work and he worked up until the time of his death due to his passion and commitment to the psyche. Steve was also a licensed Pastoral Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. He was a Jungian Analyst and spent the majority of his life studying Jungian thought. Over the course of his life he provided comfort to all those who saw him in a clinical setting and brought peace and growth to many. His clients remember his evenness, compassion and attentiveness as a therapist.

Prior to starting his own practice, he was the executive director of MAPS Counseling Service in Keene and Peterborough, NH. For twenty years he was the founder and executive director of the Counseling and Human Development Center in New York City, a pastoral counseling center with counseling offices in several different New York churches. He was also an Episcopal Priest at St. Bartholomew’s in New York for over twenty years presiding over hundreds of weddings and baptisms. He was particularly proud of the beautiful practice he and Trish independently own in Peterborough and the quality service and care they were able to provide for hundreds of patients.

Stephen was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio, his beloved hometown. He graduated from Muskingum College. He received his M.Div. degree from General Theological Seminary in New York, his S.T.M degree in psychiatry and religion from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and his D. Min. degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA. Throughout high school and college, Stephen worked extensively in radio and television doing everything from announcing to TV cameraman. He worked at WHIZ in Zanesville, OH, and WGAR, WERE, and KYW in Cleveland, and he helped found the Muskingum College radio station WMCO in 1962. In another life he would have worked in radio.

Stephen Price was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Jane Price, two sisters, Virginia Price, and Melissa Price, along with a brother, Timothy Price. He is survived by his in-laws, Cindy Price (Melissa Price) the Enemarks, as well as Nancy Liebenson Davis and Narayan Liebenson (Jonathan Klate). He was married to Patricia Liebenson-Morse, the love of his life.

He was also married to Susan Johnson, the mother of his two children Angela (Bob Miller) of Lake Placid, New York, and Michael Price (Kathleen Gaffney.) of Brooklyn, New York. Steve was very close with both his biological children, Mike and Angela and was incredibly proud of the adults they’ve become and the beautiful families of their own they’ve built. He is the very proud grandfather of Finley Donahue (18) and Cormac Price (1).

He is the adopted father to Alexis Putzel Palmer of Colorado and Justin Putzel of New Hampshire, and beloved stepfather to Jesse Liebenson-Morse, of Palm Beach, Australia, Kelsey Sobel (Elijah Sobel) of Wentworth, New Hampshire and Sophia Liebenson-Morse (Sean Black) of Salt Lake City, Utah.

In his final year of life after a terminal diagnosis, Dr. Price worked incredibly hard to organize his own death utilizing Act 39 in Vermont. Although he was ultimately too weak to travel, he was very passionate about the need for dignified deaths for all.

The family is incredibly grateful to dear and loyal friends Mary Jo Walker, Sandy and Kevin King and the dedicated team from Bayada Hospice.

He loved National Public Radio, swimming, and cherry pie. He remembered countless memories from his boyhood in Ohio fondly and cherished time at home in the garden. He had an affinity for Switzerland and loved anything sweet, especially fudge. Steve had a deep appreciation for all new technology and loved anything sleek, especially his Tesla.

He particularly loved his home and always had a kind word and gentle smile for all those who were in his presence. In his later years he continued to preside over weddings, marrying his son, Mike and his stepdaughter Kelsey along with many family friends. He also loved motorcycles and in his later life enjoyed riding an e-bike all over. Steve had a deep appreciation for all beauty.

He and Trish particularly loved vacations in Kennebunkport and Anguilla. He will be remembered as an exceptional father, a dedicated spiritual counselor and loving husband.

Steve was an optimist through and through and was never overwhelmed by the obstacles of life. He dreamed big and had energy and zest for life that is an inspiration for all of us. Even during his illness he was a meticulous dresser and wore a button down shirt every day of his life.

Steve lived a life of no regrets and was cherished and adored by his family and community. May his memory be for a blessing.

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Christina Collins Robb, Class of 1974
Class Year:
1974

Rev. Christina "Tina" Robb, age 71, quietly passed away at 3:30pm on Friday, April 26, 2024, at the MediLodge Nursing Center of Munising. She had resided at MediLodge with her husband Jim by her side since May of 2023. Tina is now pain free and in the arms of Jesus at peace.

Tina was born in North Plainfield, NJ on September 17, 1952, the first child born to Dorothy T. (Tucher) and Kenneth H. Collins. She was also the first grandchild on both sides of the family. Tina had one brother Paul who preceded her in death in 1994.

Tina attended college at Muskingum University in New Concord, OH and graduated in 1974. She felt the call from God to become a pastor, following her grandfather, the Venerable Henry Van Parsell of New Jersey. She attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY from 1974-1979. She studied theology and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of the United States in Cincinnati along with her husband the Rev. James Robb in August of 1980. Tina and Jim were united in marriage on August 23, 1975, in Louisville, KY. They were not blessed with any children, but they were "parents" to many dogs during their 49½ years of marriage. Tina was currently a member of Munising United Methodist Church.

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John "Jack" Wilkins, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

JOHN "JACK" G. WILKINS Age 84, of Wilkinsburg, on Tuesday April 16, 2024. Jack was the son of Grover and Marion Dwyer Wilkins; brother of James (Cheryl) of Forest Hills, Sandra of Wilkinsburg, and the late William; uncle of Craig (Susan) and children Cohen, Olivia, and Josie from Shaler; Amber of Forest Hills, and Lynette Luster (Doug) and children Michael and Charlotte of Navarre, FL. Jack graduated from Wilkinsburg High School and Muskingum University. He earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He served on the Wilkinsburg School Board and as Mayor of Wilkinsburg.

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Kurt Englehart, Class of 2015
Class Year:
2015

Kurt Joseph Englehart of Reno, Nevada tragically left the world too soon on Saturday, April 6, 2024, in a fatal hit-and-run car accident. Kurt was born on July 7, 1985, to the late Daniel Lee Englehart and to Luann Englehart Sheets in Zanesville, Ohio. He was a loving father to his son Ender Fox Englehart, who was the center of his universe. He is survived by his brother, Matthew Sheets of Zanesville, OH; step-brother, Dustin Sheets of Los Angeles, CA; step-father, Charles Sam Sheets of Zanesville, OH; girlfriend, Siya Phillips of Boston, MA; aunt, Susie Bayse on his father's side, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins on his mother's side; and Ender's mother Shaila Debolt. In addition to Kurt's father, he is preceded in death by maternal grandparents Glenn and Bonnie Rutter, and paternal grandparents Jack and Norma Englehart. Kurt graduated from Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, Ohio and attended Zane State in Zanesville and Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where he earned degrees in political science and public administration. Kurt was a skilled political strategist who dutifully served his country while working for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign and then for the U.S. Senate. He spent most of his career serving U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, both in a campaign and an official capacity! Kurt served as Political Director for Rural Nevada and played a key role in Cortez Masto's 2022 victory. He most recently worked as Senior Advisor in Cortez Masto's official office in Reno, Nevada. His many accomplishments, charisma, and ability to form meaningful relationships was recognized in a recent promotion. Regardless of his position, Kurt was purpose-driven in his dedication to advocate for others and cultivate a democracy that is accessible to everyone. He worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those in rural Nevada and he was especially motivated in his support for Indigenous communities, cattlemen, miners, and underrepresented populations. All those he met can share stories of his kindness, sharp wit, and willingness to drop everything for someone in need. Kurt was respected and admired by colleagues and opponents alike for his integrity, intelligence, and humor. Kurt loved reading, history, philosophy, dystopian worlds, rural America, and playing League of Legends and World of Warcraft, where he forged many important friendships. Most of all, he loved his son Ender. Kurt adored being a father and wanted to be the best father he could be. He took the job seriously and often credited his motivation and drive to his love for his son. Kurt was also a devoted son and brother, a loving partner, and a best friend. If you were fortunate enough to be loved by Kurt, then you know that he loved and championed you at your worst and at your best. His loyalty and devotion will be dearly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 6pm EST at the The American Legion In Zanesville Ohio at 27 S 3rd ST downtown. Please honor Kurt by remembering to vote in your local and national elections, consider being an organ donor and by taking time to learn about the issues and needs of your neighbors.

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Norma McGuire Skellie, Class of 1953
Class Year:
1953

Norma Skellie, 92, left this world Sunday, April 21, 2024, on her own terms with her children by her side. She was able to enjoy the last two years of her life at home with the help of Jean and Jill. Born August 20, 1931, at Mary McClellan Hospital in Cambridge, NY to the (late) David McGuire and Janet McMorris. Norma graduated from Salem Washington Academy and Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio with a degree in physical education. She joined the Air Force, graduating from Officers Candidate School and was commissioned as a lieutenant during the Korean War. Following the Air Force Norma was the director for the Girl Scouts of Greater St. Louis, Missouri. In 1960 she married Warren Skellie and began their partnership in Hi-Brow Dairy Farms in Jackson, NY. Their registered Holstein cattle were sought by farmers and breeders both far and wide for their pedigree. Many a tour bus stopped at the farm with both farmers and non-farmers alike. Some came from as far away as Japan. They came to seek cattle or enjoy the bucolic view of the farm on the brow of the hill. All were always welcomed around the farm table. Norma was best known for her 21 years as a milk test supervisor for the Northeast Dairy Herd Improvement Association and briefly taught physical education at Cambridge Central School. She was a past director for the Tri-County Holstein Club and a 50-year member of the New York Farm Bureau. History and agriculture were her passions. As a member of the Washington County Fair Board, Norma helped make the Farm Museum the gem it is today. She was the Town of Jackson Historian for 40 years and a regent for the General John Williams chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Faith was a big part of her life, and she was an elder of both the East Greenwich United Presbyterian church and the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem. Besides her parents, Norma is predeceased by her husband, Warren, and her sister, Marian Thomas. Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Richard McGuire of Jackson and children, Jay (Kim) Skellie of Jackson, Jill (Tim) Robinson of Salem and Jean Skellie of Jackson. Five grandchildren, Jase (Megan) Skellie, Tyler (Jessica) Skellie, Cassandra (Cameron) Ross, Warren Robinson, and William (Aliesha) Robinson. Seven great grandchildren, Carter and Camden Ross, Ava and Bree Skellie, Owen, Eila, and Eddie Robinson and twin grandsons due on her birthday. Many in-laws, nieces and nephews. 

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Margaret Douglass Hughey, Class of 1942
Class Year:
1942

Margaret D. Hughey, formerly of McDonald, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2024 in her home at Hawthorne Woods Assisted Living, Washington, Pennsylvania.

Born February 10, 1921, a daughter of the late Dr. John A. and Mary Robb Douglass of McDonald. She was a life-long resident of McDonald graduating from high school in 1938. She attended Muskingum College and Business Training School (now Point Park College). She and Dr. James R. Hughey of Burgettstown were married in McDonald on September 4, 1943. Upon his return from the service in 1947, they settled in McDonald where Dr. Hughey practiced medicine for thirty-five years. Dr. Jim was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He passed away on June 22, 2000.

Margaret (Peggy) Hughey was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church, now McDonald Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and served on various committees and projects. She played an active role in community service, helping to organize the Diamond Jubilee in 1964 and was also co-chairman of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. She was one of the founders of Lincoln Avenue Arts as well as the McDonald Trail Station and Meeting House.

She enjoyed doing crafts, knitting and painting bird pictures. Writing was also an important part of her life. She was the first editor of the McDonald High School Chronicle and a copy reader for the McDonald Outlook during the time Dr. Jim was in the military. Since that time, she has enjoyed writing about family history and other topics of interest.

She is survived by her son, James R. (Nicholette) Hughey, Jr. of McDonald; grandchildren, James R. (Joanna) Hughey, III of Carnegie and Shannon L. (Katie) Hughey of Penn Hills. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Campbell, Rachel Hughey Malarkey and Mary Robb Ballantyne and a brother, John A. Douglass, Jr.

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Betty Jane Dougherty, Class of 1964
Class Year:
1964

Betty Jane Dougherty, age 81, of Zanesville, Ohio, peacefully went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2024, at the Oaks of Bethesda in Zanesville after a long and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

Betty was born July 8, 1942, in Joliet, Illinois to the late C.A. “Doc” and Laura (Vanzant) Dougherty. She was a 1960 graduate of Zanesville High School, where she was a member of the marching band and played the flute. Following high school, Betty attended Muskingum University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1964. Following undergrad, she attended Michigan State University, where she earned her Masters of Business Administration in Accounting. She began her career as an accountant in Chicago with Arthur Anderson and then Coopers and Lybrand, before moving to Dallas, Texas, in 1973 to raise her daughter. Betty returned to live in Zanesville in 1992 and worked for her family business, Zane Casket Company, until her disease forced her to retire. In her spare time, Betty loved gardening, shopping, reading, and helping those less fortunate.

She is survived by her daughter Michelle Benoist, son-in-law Jeff, and two grandsons, Josh and Brandon of Flower Mound, Texas; her two brothers, Bill Dougherty of Zanesville, Ohio, and Robert Dougherty of Norwich, Ohio; and several nephews and nieces.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, C.A, “Doc” and Laura (Vanzant) Dougherty and her two sisters-in-law, Mary Dougherty, and Mary Beth Dougherty.

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Sharon Sides Wilson, Class of 1966
Class Year:
1966

Sharon Sides Wilson, 93, passed away Monday, March 18, 2024, at Wesley Glen in Columbus Ohio.  Sharon was born during the Great Depression on February 25, 1931, in Heber City, Utah to the late Albert and Pauline (Wolf) Sides.

Sharon spent her early childhood moving every couple of years because her father worked on many of the massive earth moving projects happening in the United States at the time. Some of the places she briefly called home were Utah, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, South Carolina, and West Virginia.  She moved with her parents to Zanesville, Ohio in 1943.   

Sharon graduated from Zanesville (Lash) High School in 1948 where she met and then later married her high school sweetheart, Bill Wilson.  Together they began what would later become the Lumi-Lite Candle Company in the basement of their rented home on Sunkle Avenue.  They had 5 children before divorcing in 1965.  

As a single mother of 5 young children, Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) in 1966 from Muskingum University (College) in New Concord, Ohio where she was also on the staff of the Alumni Association.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in 1967 from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio before purchasing a home and moving her family to New Concord, Ohio where she felt its small-town atmosphere would be beneficial to raising her children. 

Sharon taught hearing-impaired children in the Zanesville public school system for 25 years, three of which she was honored to have overseen a federally funded research program aimed at developing vocational education materials for the deaf. She retired from teaching in 1992. 

Over her lifetime, Sharon delighted in many different hobbies including hiking, biking, camping, photography, gardening, and a wide variety of arts and crafts.   She was proud of her heirloom roses that adorned “the wall” in front of her Main Street home and would often be found outside on a nice spring or summer day in her sunhat carefully pruning them.  She was also proud of the cross-stich square of the family home she created for the William Rainey Harper Memorial Community Quilt, presented to the village on September 17, 1994. Every time she walked past the cabin and saw the quilt on the bed, she said it gave her a thrill. 

Sharon loved to travel with her significant other, John Wynne, or with her daughter, Jan, on adventures that sometimes included her grandchildren.   Her mother, Pauline, claimed Sharon’s middle name actually should have been “traveling” because she had maintained a more or less mobile lifestyle her entire life starting from before she was born (in her mother’s womb) …to her travels in a mobile play pen in the back of the family car whenever they had to  move…to the many car and plane trips she would take as an adult to see the world. 

One of Sharon’s most memorable trips occurred in the 1960’s when she traveled to India with a group of students organized by Muskingum University (College) Professor Joe Elkins. She said the paradox of visiting a country of such astounding beauty and unfathomable poverty had a profound and lasting effect on her.  She witnessed history in the making when she found herself in London for the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles and was able to take part in many of the public celebrations.   She loved telling people about sleeping on the street overnight with thousands of strangers to get a front row view of the processional to the church---her photo album from the time shows it was a worthwhile undertaking. 

Sharon was a voracious reader and always loved learning and experiencing new things.   She enjoyed taking her children on “mystery trips” for which she would awaken them in the early hours of the morning, instruct them to get dressed and into the car because they were going “somewhere” that was usually only revealed to them when they had nearly arrived.  Sharon was a member of MENSA, she loved to attend theater, music, and dance events and she also loved to entertain---her parties were legendary…and…she loved cats.  She will also be remembered for her positive outlook on life, her ability to laugh at herself, her generosity, enthusiasm, and open-mindedness, and, finally, her unflagging support of her family. 

She is survived by 4 of her 5 children, Mike Wilson of Flagstaff, Arizona, Mickey Wilson-Skarr of Bradenton, Florida, Marty Downey of Poway, California, and Jody Christensen of Terra Ceia, Florida; plus 5 grandchildren, Kelly, Sonya, Matt, Jonathan, and Alex; and 4 great grandchildren, Audrey, Lauren, William, and Jackson; and many other loving relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by her beloved partner of many years, John Wynne of Columbus, on December 26, 2023, and a cherished daughter, Jan Wilson, of Bradenton, Florida, on February 28, 2024. 

Sharon’s ashes are interred along with her daughter’s in the Muskingum University Columbarium. 

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Patricia Granger Luster, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

Patricia Ann Luster passed away on Sunday, April 7th, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at the home of her daughter, Sally Taubken, in New Stanton, Pa. Patty, as she was affectionately known, was born on August 9th, 1928 in Zanesville, Oh to Russell L. Granger and Pauline Lecrone Granger of Zanesville. Patricia was a very active wife, Mother, Grandmother, sister and friend; Patty never met a stranger and she always made everyone around her feel welcomed. She shared her time for the past 36 years between Englewood, Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Throughout her life she maintained an active lifestyle spending her time with her beloved family and friends. She participated in a variety of activities that included being a member of the Eastern Star and The Lemon Bay Woman's Club. She attended the Englewood Methodist church of Englewood, Florida and the Englewood Fellowship Church. Patty attended Muskingum College and taught school as a P.E. teacher. She thrived and lived in Englewood for 36 years where she played golf, shelled, walked the beach, went to the Jetties, did crafts, and spent lots of time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who called her Yaa Yaa. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Luster, and Sally (David) Taubken, along with two grandchildren: Dan (Courtney) Taubken, Sara (Jim) Lazar; five great-grand children; Elizabeth Taubken, Gabriella Taubken, Charlotte Taubken, Michael Lazar, and Katherine Lazar. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Myrna Granger, 4 nieces and nephews, her close friend and "adopted" daughter, Hannah Jordan Partridge and her 4 children. Patty is preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Bert Luster, whom she married on November 26th, 1949, her brother, Paul David Granger, her parents, and her in-laws. 

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Beverly Askew Fenning, Class of 1963
Class Year:
1963

Beverly Kay (Askew) Fenning, aged 82, passed into the loving arms of God on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Beverly was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, to Joshua Herman Askew and Melba (Menear) (Lewis) Askew on October 10, 1941. Her early education was in rural schools in western Pennsylvania, and her advanced education was at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Beverly briefly taught elementary school in Lindhurst, Ohio, then married her rolling dancing partner, Robert Fenning, on June 2, 1974. For many years Beverly was a homemaker and gardener, and served in her local church in many capacities, including singing tenor in the church choir. In Robert's retirement, Beverly and Robert were very active in Habitat for Humanity, working with local Ohio Habitat partnerships, building much needed affordable homes. Beverly also did much appreciated administrative tasks in the Habitat offices. For many years Beverly and Robert also worked on the Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity Annual Blitz Builds, traveling throughout the US. The also traveled from Ohio to help with a build in Orange, MA Following Robert's death in 2014, Beverly relocated to Greenfield, to live with her sister, Karin Clough. During this time Beverly became well-loved locally for her sweet smile and willing spirit. As she had for many years before, she began singing in the choir at Second Congregational Church, which brought her happiness each week. Beverly is survived by her sister Karin, by two nieces, Shauna Lynn of Greenfield, and Jenny Gabrenas and her husband Mark Gabrenas, of Athol, MA, as well as many grand and great-grandnieces and nephews, who live locally and across the US, and beloved second, third, fourth and maybe even fifth cousins, living in VA, NC and beyond.

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Susan Milkey Cronin, Class of 1970
Class Year:
1970

Susan M. Cronin passed away in Naples, Florida on March 30, 2024 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family members at her passing. Susan was a thoughtful and loving sister, spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be greatly missed. She relished every opportunity to have her family around her, and she especially enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Edward (Ted) Milkey; her husband, Michael D. Cronin; children, Sara Kowalczyk and her husband, Mark Kowalczyk, and Douglas Cronin and his wife, Abbey Cronin; and her four grandchildren, Brendan Kowalczyk, Julia Kowalczyk, Gus Cronin, and Will Cronin.
Susan was born in Buffalo, NY on April 6, 1948 to parents Gustave Milkey, MD and Janet Milkey. She was part of the first graduating class from Grand Island High School in Grand Island, NY before attending Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Master's Degree, and pursued teaching. Susan's career pivoted towards teaching writing at Syracuse University where she spent 25 years as an undergraduate writing instructor and consultant to the Maxwell School and the School of Architecture before retiring. Her love of the written word carried over to being an avid reader and belonging to book clubs in Syracuse, NY and Naples, FL.
Susan had a variety of interests including golf, reading, gardening, and playing games (especially Majong), and she was an active member of the communities she lived in. Given her keen interest in community service, Susan joined the Junior League of Syracuse in 1983 as an active and then sustainer member throughout her life. She was most proud of her work as the Parliamentarian of the League. Similarly, Susan's love of plants and flowers was evident by her long-term membership in the Four Seasons Garden Club and the countless hours she spent organizing club events and outings.
Susan also participated in the women's golf leagues at both the Onondaga Golf and Country Club in Syracuse and Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Florida. Susan played golf regularly with several of her friends during the summer. At Onondaga, she organized and managed the Sweeps competitions for the past several years. At both clubs, Susan enjoyed learning how to play Majong and making new friends. Whether in Syracuse or Florida, she always made time to introduce new people to the game she loved.
Despite her many activities, Susan's greatest accomplishments stemmed from her roles as a loving spouse, mother, and grandmother. Susan's greatest joy was hosting family gatherings that she would spend days preparing for, decorating the house and cooking her favorite meals and dishes to ensure that a wonderful time was had by all.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Bryson Martel, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

A month after the 1929 Wall Street Crash, Elizabeth (Betty) Carolyn Bryson Martel was born November 17 in Xenia, Ohio. Despite early hearing problems, she graduated with high marks from Xenia Central High School and went on to attend Muskingum College, New Concord OH.

Her family moved to Dayton, and began attending Grace United Methodist because her mother "liked how they sounded on the radio." At Grace, Betty met a young Air Force engineer from Arkansas and soon married Charles "Chuck" Martel. She worked at Wright-Patterson AFB, even witnessing an atomic bomb test in Nevada. After raising three children she returned to Wright-Patterson to earn a 20-year retirement and the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.

Betty served her community and touched many lives. She was a "professional volunteer"-serving as a reading tutor in the Beavercreek and Dayton Public Schools, a leader and neighborhood chair of the Girl Scouts, President of United Methodist Women at Grace United Methodist, and a member of the Cox Arboretum Wildflower Group. As an alumnus of the one-room Collins School north of Xenia, she shared its history with visiting students. In 1976, she and Charles led their church's efforts to adopt the Vietnamese refugee family of Long & Hoa Pham, so much so that they became "grandma" and "grandpa." Mutual love and respect for each other has continued throughout the years.

In addition to her volunteer work, Betty was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, gardening, family genealogy, cooking, and playing the piano, often accompanied by Charles singing or on the tuba. A lifelong learner, she took additional college courses at Wright State University, and despite growing arthritis she continued piano lessons at Sinclair Community College into her 80s.

At the age of 94, Betty Martel died in the Memory Unit of Bethany Village, Centerville, Ohio, on April 10, 2024. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold W. Bryson and Florence Collins Bryson, brother Robert M. Bryson (Ruth), brother H. Edwin Bryson (Janet), sister Helen Brantley (Virgil) and sister Mary Anne Neff (Leo). Betty was very close to sisters Helen and Mary Anne, and was fortunate to have loving and attentive nieces living nearby, Mrs. Janine (Brian) Montgomery and Mrs. Betsy Crandall.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Charles R Martel, son C. Mark Martel (Kate), Capt. Cook, Hawaii; daughter Laura Carlson (John), Oakland CA; Celia K. Martel, San Antonio TX; grandchildren Andrew Carlson (Noelle), Encinitas, CA and Kylie Carlson, San Francisco CA; sister-in-law Louise Huddleston, Mitchellville, MD and brother-in-law Leo Neff, Dayton.

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Mary Jo Haines Buck, Class of 1945
Class Year:
1945

Mary Jo Buck died peacefully at home in Bedminster, NJ on April 9, 2024. She was born on May 14, 1923. The daughter of Harold and Arleen Haines, she was raised in LeRoy Ohio (now known as Westfield Center). She grew up during the Great Depression, learning an ethic of frugality that she carried throughout her life.
She graduated from Muskingum College, New Concord OH, with a B.S. in Chemistry. At Muskingum, she met her future husband, Thomas Marion Buck. They were married on Nov. 18, 1944, while Tom was serving in the Navy during WWII. After the war, they lived in Pittsburgh, PA for five years before relocating to Plainfield, NJ. They later moved to Basking Ridge, NJ and finally to Bedminster, NJ.
Jo was a long-time active member, deacon and elder of the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield. She was a consistent contributor to a variety of charities and travelled widely in Europe and Asia with her husband. She was an avid reader, an excellent cook, and was attentive to progressive health advice before this became popular. She had a lifelong love of music and practiced the flute every day for years, often playing duets with Tom, who played the clarinet.
Jo created a beautiful, warm and artistic home. She raised 5 children, was a wonderful mother and skilled manager of family finances. For twenty years, she worked for Hartford Steam Boiler, servicing prominent accounts in Marketing Support. After retiring from HSB, she worked for ten years as manager of Grace's Kitchen, a soup kitchen sponsored by Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ. She was welcoming and friendly to a wide variety of customers and coordinated volunteers during cooking days when the kitchen was open to the public. Jo retired one month before her 90th birthday. She spent much of the next decade reading, walking, serving at Valerie's Soup Kitchen at Crescent Avenue Church, writing letters, and watching dogs take their owners for a walk.
Jo was predeceased by her daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth, in 1978, by her husband, Thomas Marion, in 2000, and by her son-in-law, Nick Amster, in 2020. She is survived by children David, Lucinda, Sarah, and Marian; sons-in-law Raj and Tom; grandchildren Bethany, Annika, Rosalie, Claire and Eli; great-grandchildren Atticus and Josephine. Jo donated her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anatomical Association.

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Susan Milkey Cronin, Class of 1970
Class Year:
1970

Susan M. Cronin passed away in Naples, Florida on March 30, 2024 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family members at her passing. Susan was a thoughtful and loving sister, spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be greatly missed. She relished every opportunity to have her family around her, and she especially enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her brother, Edward (Ted) Milkey; her husband, Michael D. Cronin; children, Sara Kowalczyk and her husband, Mark Kowalczyk, and Douglas Cronin and his wife, Abbey Cronin; and her four grandchildren, Brendan Kowalczyk, Julia Kowalczyk, Gus Cronin, and Will Cronin.
Susan was born in Buffalo, NY on April 6, 1948 to parents Gustave Milkey, MD and Janet Milkey. She was part of the first graduating class from Grand Island High School in Grand Island, NY before attending Muskingum College in New Concord, OH. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Master's Degree, and pursued teaching. Susan's career pivoted towards teaching writing at Syracuse University where she spent 25 years as an undergraduate writing instructor and consultant to the Maxwell School and the School of Architecture before retiring. Her love of the written word carried over to being an avid reader and belonging to book clubs in Syracuse, NY and Naples, FL.
Susan had a variety of interests including golf, reading, gardening, and playing games (especially Majong), and she was an active member of the communities she lived in. Given her keen interest in community service, Susan joined the Junior League of Syracuse in 1983 as an active and then sustainer member throughout her life. She was most proud of her work as the Parliamentarian of the League. Similarly, Susan's love of plants and flowers was evident by her long-term membership in the Four Seasons Garden Club and the countless hours she spent organizing club events and outings.
Susan also participated in the women's golf leagues at both the Onondaga Golf and Country Club in Syracuse and Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Florida. Susan played golf regularly with several of her friends during the summer. At Onondaga, she organized and managed the Sweeps competitions for the past several years. At both clubs, Susan enjoyed learning how to play Majong and making new friends. Whether in Syracuse or Florida, she always made time to introduce new people to the game she loved.
Despite her many activities, Susan's greatest accomplishments stemmed from her roles as a loving spouse, mother, and grandmother. Susan's greatest joy was hosting family gatherings that she would spend days preparing for, decorating the house and cooking her favorite meals and dishes to ensure that a wonderful time was had by all.

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Merle Heasley, Class of 1960
Class Year:
1960

Merle Edgar Heasley, age 86 of Englewood, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2024. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Muskingum College. Merle had worked at Gulf Oil and later retired from Century Toro with over 35 years of service. After retirement, he worked for several years in the produce department at Kroger.He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Angie (David) Wright, Cherie (Charlie) Goubeaux, grandchildren: Nathan, Emma and Brady Wright, Morgan (Brandon) Wirrig, Brett (Ashley), Madison and Jake Goubeaux, great grandson: Peyton, sister: Donna Downing, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife: Judith Jean (Schaffer) Heasley, parents: Charles and Margaret (Jordan) Heasley and 15 brother and sisters.

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Hazel Ault Blanchard, Class of 1960
Class Year:
1960

Hazel Louise (Ault) Blanchard, 85 of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday April 1, 2024. Hazel was born October 29, 1938, in Bellaire, Ohio, the daughter of the late Henry Hewetson Jr. and Mary Ida (Long) Ault, and she was named after a beloved aunt, Hazel Knox. Hazel worked as a guidance counselor in Cochranton, PA, Southwestern City Schools near Columbus, OH, and Piqua High School, OH. Later at East Elementary School in Greenville, she began the library and media center as a librarian and helped in the school's office during the lunch hours for more than 20 years. Hazel loved to read aloud to the students who attended East School. Hazel was a graduate of Muskingum College and then received her master's degree from Ohio University. She was a founding member of the F.I.S.H. organization and volunteered and housed the food pantry for numerous years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church where she sang in the chancel church choir. The family is very musically inclined, and Hazel played the piano and encouraged her daughters to play too. She and her husband, Leo or "Buzz" loved spending time with family and attended most of their daughters' and grandchildren's music and sports activities. Hazel is preceded in death by her parents. Hazel is survived by her husband Leo Thomas "Buzz" Blanchard of Greenville whom she married August 20, 1966 at the St. Teresa Catholic Church in Covington, Ohio; she is also survived by her children and spouse, Mary Louise Neels, and Lori Ann Johnson (Tim); her grandchildren, Theodore Neels Jr. "T.J.", Katherine Neels, Trevor Johnson, Kara Johnson (Eli) Couchman, Riley Johnson, and Kylie Johnson; her great grandchildren, Milo and Willow Couchman; and her brother and sister-in-law, Henry Hewetson and Linda (Eaton) Ault. 

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Jack Crowther, Class of 1971
Class Year:
1971

Jack Crowther, 74, passed away in Gainesville, GA on March 8, 2024, after a brief illness. 

Jack received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Muskingum with majors in math and physics. During his Muskie years he was a member of the men's basketball team and the Ulster Club.

Following graduation, Jack returned to his hometown of Elyria, Ohio and lived there until 2015, when he moved to Georgia. He was a businessman and enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially basketball and baseball. He was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren.

Jack is survived by sons Nicholas (Ben Esthus) and Zachary (Megan Hunter); daughter Casey (Timothy) Clauss; grandsons Calvin, Owen, Miles and Colson; wife 1971- 2015 Laurine (Namy) Muskingum Class of 1971.
 

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Rev. Dr. David Birch, Class of 1949
Class Year:
1949

The Rev. Dr. David P. Birch, 98, of Lititz, PA died Thursday, March 21, 2024 at Moravian Manor. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the son of the late Roy E. Birch, Sr. and Emma Morris Birch. David was the husband of Janet Baugh Birch. They celebrated their 70th anniversary on September 3, 2023. He has lived in S. Central Pennsylvania for 48 years. He graduated from high school in Struthers, OH in 1944. He then joined the US Navy from 1944 to 1946 where he served in the Medical Corps. He graduated from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH in He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1952 with a Master of Religion degree. In 1977 he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Seminary. David served as Minister of Education at the Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA, Pastor of the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Bellerose, NY, Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Dodge City, KS, Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, WV and as Mission Consultant on the staff of the synod of the Trinity of the Presbyterian Church USA. He retired in 1986. After retirement he served as Interim Pastor of the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey, PA and as Visitation Pastor for the Paxton Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA. Dr Birch was interested in the needs of people throughout his ministry. While in Kansas he was instrumental in bringing mental health services to Ford County, KS. He was chairperson for Red Cross Disaster Relief for Ford County. In Wheeling he was the Chairperson of the city Human Rights Commission for four years. He was one of the prime movers in an effort for the churches of Wheeling to work together in a Cooperative ministry to the poor. At the death of Martin Luther King he, along with several other Wheeling Pastors, formed the Greater Wheeling Community Development Council to work for better relations among the races. He served as the Chairperson of the Volunteer Advisory Board at Hershey Medical Center. He served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, WV. He was very active in the community life at Moravian Manor where he lived for the past 24 years. He served as President of the Residents Association, the Board of Trustees and numerous other committees. While serving in New York he served as the Clerk of the United Presbyterian Synod of New York. In Kansas he was the Moderator of the Presbytery of the High Plains and in Wheeling he was the Moderator of the Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery. He also served as a member of a number of Presbytery Committees, usually in the area of mission development of youth work. He was popular with young people and directed many summer camps and conferences. Dr. Birch enjoyed traveling, searching for antiques, refinishing furniture, photography, writing, singing and reading. He enjoyed teaching and writing study papers. He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Deborah of Greenfield Park, NY; son, Timothy and grandson Jason of Wheeling WV.

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Britta Nesbitt Blair, Class of 1960
Class Year:
1960

Britta Louise Nesbitt Blair was born on August 13, 1938, the daughter of Harold Emerson Nesbitt and Britta Louise Postelwaite Nesbitt. She attended Indiana High School where she graduated with honors and was the winner of the Lubold Award, an outstanding citizenship award presented by Superintendent Jesse Lubold. She matriculated at Muskingum University, but transferred in her junior year to Mount Holyoke University, where she was a 1960 graduate with a degree in chemistry. Following graduation, Britta married McClellan Gordon Blair and moved to Rochester, NY, where she obtained employment as editor of Eastman Kodak's technical bulletins while her husband pursued a doctoral degree in Physics at the University of Rochester. It was here that their first three children were born: Elizabeth Hall Blair Wallwork (1961), Christina Reinhardt Blair Lubold (1963), and Janet Nesbitt Blair West (1965). A son, James Gordon Blair (1970) was born after the couple's return to Indiana. Britta was, first and foremost, a dedicated mother and an active supporter of her children in all of their activities. She was an avid and successful gardener, taking pride in her horticultural specimens, and was a long-time member of the Indiana Garden Club, serving in many leadership roles within the organization. She developed outstanding skills in flower arrangement and was a regular winner in local and regional flower shows. She passed her expertise to others by becoming a nationally accredited flower show judge. She was also a talented and expert knitter and seamstress. Active in Calvary Presbyterian Church affairs, Britta served as deacon for many years. She also participated in Questers and the IUP Museum Board of Directors. Britta is survived by her children and their spouses and 11 grandchildren: Britta Wallwork Pate and husband Jason, Alexander, and James Wallwork, Anthony, Elizabeth, and Michael Lubold, David West and wife Jenny, Eric West and wife Aja, and Matthew, Isabella and Emma Blair. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, Emmylou, Weston, Zella, Waylan and Elinor Pate and Henry West. She was preceded in death by her husband, McClellan, her brother, James Harold Nesbitt and her sister, Clara Elizabeth (Libby) Griffiths. 

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Richard "Brad" Jeffers, Class of 1953
Class Year:
1953

Richard Bradley “Brad" Jeffers of Wilmington died on April 2 surrounded by God’s angels. Brad was born September 14, 1929. A proud native Delawarean, son of the late Rev. H Clifford Jeffers and Mary White Jeffers. A graduate of Wilmington ‘High School’ in 1947, he was known for his outstanding athletic abilities; particularly in track, holding records and winning 1st at the State Championship in 100-yard low hurdles. At Wilmington High, Brad lettered in 3 sports. Upon graduation he enlisted and served in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Military Police. He began college at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio but was re-called to serve in the Far East Command during his college tenure. Upon return from Korea, he re-entered Muskingum where he enjoyed academics, sports, and the camaraderie of the Stag Fraternity. He also ran as part of the 4-member 880-yard Championship team at Muskingum in 1953.

He married Mary Elaine Honeychurch on December 29, 1951 at Silverbrook United Methodist Church in Wilmington. She was his loving mate for their life together. They had fond stories, particularly of their days at Muskingum in ’51-53.

Finishing college, he went on to teach and coach in Ohio and Delaware; always a mentor to young people. He helped shape future generations at Urbana Local, West Liberty High (Urbana, Ohio), Harrington High (Harrington, DE), DeLaWarr, Dickinson, Brandywine Springs Junior High and McKean High School (Wilmington, Delaware).

While teaching, he pursued his Masters Degree at West Chester University and completed graduate work at the University of Delaware. With his talent for leadership, he entered the ranks of school administration; as an assistant principal at both Dickinson and McKean. He also was honored to be the acting principal at Brandywine Springs prior to its sale to the Hercules company in the late 70’s. He had the honor of being inducted into Wilmington High’s and McKean’s Walls of Fame. Additionally, he was recognized at McKean’s 50th Anniversary. He believed in the importance of involvement in one’s profession and was a member of the Delaware School Administrators’ Association and also more recently the Delaware Retired School Personnel Association.

Not to be one to sit on the sidelines; he could be found managing North Star pool in the summer, coaching little league and semi-pro teams (Artway) in the spring and officiating football in the fall. He was a member of the American Red Cross for 35 years.

Church was an important part of his life, and he was an active member at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church as well as Silverbrook United Methodist Church.

After retirement, Brad made a summer home in Ocean View for a period of time with family around him on every block. With his commitment to young people, he decided that he could also drive a school bus for the Red Clay Consolidated School District and Sutton Bus company during the school year. He also was a lead in for funerals at Gracelawn Cemetery for many years.

In 2004, Mary and Brad decided to be snowbirds, and called Estero, Florida home, where Brad started and arranged for the construction of horseshoe pits and organized the horseshoe league which generated much enthusiasm among his neighbors of Cypress Bend.

Most recently, Brad called Forwood Manor and Harbor Chase home. The family is most appreciative of the support of the Harbor Chase and Compassionate Care staff.

Brad was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his children; Mary Norris (Ed), Jim Jeffers (Patti) his sister, Janie (Phil), and his sister-in-law (Charolette). He was the proud PopPop Brad to 2 grandsons; Bucky (Caitlin) and Randy, and 4 great-grandchildren.

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Benjamin O. Shaver, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

Benjamin Orman Shaver, born on November 8, 1924 in Moxahala, Perry County, Ohio, peacefully passed away at the age of 99 on March 27,2024 in Waterville, Ohio. He was a dedicated educator deeply involved in the education of young people throughout his life.

Benjamin, known as Ben, served in the Army from 1943 to 1946, stationed at the 98th Station Hospital in Chakulia, India, and the 2nd Convalescent Hospital in Calcutta, India.

After his military service, Ben got a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 from Muskingum College and a Master of Education degree from Ohio University in 1954.

He pursued a career in education, serving as a teacher and basketball coach in Adamsville and Republic, Ohio. He later became the Superintendent of Millcreek-West Unity School District, was the first Superintendent of Hillsdale Local Schools, and Ashland County Schools. Ben also worked as a Member Service Representative at Firelands Electric.

Throughout his career, Ben received many awards and honors. He was humbled by each recognition. A few of these awards are:
Muskingum County Coach of the Year-1953
Seneca County Coach of the the Year-1954
President of Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents-1967
President of Ohio County Superintendents Association-1978
Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award-2017

Outside of his professional life, Ben enjoyed traveling with his late wife, Alyce, whom he met at Muskingum College. They were a remarkable team who supported each others careers. Their great past time was exploring every continent except Australia and traveling all oceans, including the Antarctic Ocean. They were members of Jeromesville United Methodist Church and Ashland Presbyterian Church.

Benjamin Shaver is survived by his daughters, Barbara Shaver Christensen(Phil) and Karen Shaver Swinehart(Bob). He has four grandchildren Ben Swinehart(Tally), Allyson Lee (Derek), Sarah Lewis(Josh),and Jennifer Christensen(Swapnil Chaudhari). He has 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alyce Marie Cowan Shaver, his parents Samual Benjamin Shaver and Muriel Amerine, two brothers, Maurice Jay and Philip Ross, and a sister, Leona Hildred Webb.

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David "Crawford" McCoy, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

David Crawford McCoy, age 95, passed away on March 31, 2024.  He was born to the late John C. McCoy and Ella Mae Crawford in Franklin, Pennsylvania on January 11, 1929.  David was preceded in death by his brothers, James Reed, Kenneth Edward, and Lyle Stanley.

After graduation from Emlenton High School, Emlenton, Pennsylvania, he attended Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.  He graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science with Music Supervision. David was a member of the Alban Club and a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity.

At Muskingum College, he met Polly (Mary Pauline Coleman), his lifelong soul mate.  They were married in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on December 27, 1952.

He served in United States Air Force Bands as a bandsman at Selfridge AFB, Michigan. Studied bassoon with Hugh Cooper (Detroit Symphony and University of Michigan).  Transferred to McChord AFB, Tacoma, Washington. Along with the McChord AFB Band, he played in the College of Puget Sound and the Tacoma Civic Orchestra – Principal Bassoon.  Polly and David had their first child – Kristen (Paul Koning), in 1956, at the base hospital.

Upon discharge in 1956, Polly, Kris and David returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he earned a Master’s Degree in Music – Woodwind Performance. He majored in bassoon with Hugh Cooper and played in the U of M Symphony Band – Principal Bassoon – Dr. William D. Revelli, Director of Bands and clarinet in the Marching Band – George Cavender – Asst. Director of Bands.

Teaching career in Michigan:  1958 – 1963 he taught at Blissfield High School. In 1958, the second child Beth (Richard Cooler) was born in Adrian, Michigan. Third child Todd (Alice) was born in 1960 in Adrian. 1963 – 1971 David taught at Jackson High School. David was named Michigan Teacher of the Year – Orchestra in 1970. Fourth child Amy was born in Jackson, Michigan in 1966.  David taught at Olivet College from 1971 – 1978. Fifth child Scott (Kim) was born in Charlotte, Michigan in 1971. From 1979 – 1990 David taught at East Grand Rapids High School, where he retired from teaching.  He was Music Director and Conductor of The Grand Rapids Youth Orchestra for nine years. David judicated Orchestra and Band Festivals and Solo and Ensemble Festivals for 40 years. He was co-founder with Joseph Nelson and arranger of the Westwinds  - (Woodwind Quintet + Piano) for 15 years.

David leaves behind his wife, 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Proud parents of their five children, David and Polly were keenly interested in their families’ journey through life.

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