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Barbara Johnstin Steiner, Class of 1954
Class Year:
1954

Barbara J. Steiner, 88, of Ligonier, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 in Excela Health Latrobe Hospital after a brief illness. She was born August 4, 1932 in Latrobe, the daughter of the late Harry G. and Sarah H. (Wheaton) Johnstin Barbara was a member of the Latrobe United Methodist Church, the Latrobe Country Club, Women's Club of Latrobe, Latrobe Art Center, and was an Emeritus Trustee at Muskingum University. Her favorite pastimes included tennis, golf, skiing, gardening, travelling, art, reading, music, and theater. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Louis A. Steiner; three children: Sarah S. "Sally" Shirey, Ann S. Holmes (Henry), and Louis T. "Ted" Steiner (Pam); grandchildren: Joe Steiner, Mike Steiner (Liz), Kelsey Steiner, Sarah Holmes, and Elizabeth Holmes; a great grandson Callen Steiner, a great granddaughter Emersyn Steiner; her brother Harry G. Johnstin, Jr.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Marvin L. Spohn, Class of 1962
Class Year:
1962

Mr. Marvin Spohn, 80 of Calabash, NC passed on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at River Park Senior Living in Little River, SC.

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Cecilie Watkins, Class of 1976
Class Year:
1976

Cecilie Watkins passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at the age of 66. The daughter of the late William Krigbaum Watkins and Fayetta Lilley Watkins. Survivors include her dear husband of 30 years, William Partlow; brother, Bill (Ruth) Watkins; niece, Katy Watkins; nephew, David (Hannah) Watkins; and aunt, Gail Zwick and numerous cousins. Cecilie was born in Wheeling, WV and raised on a dairy farm in Belmont County, Ohio. After graduating from Muskingum College she moved to Cincinnati for a long career in social work at Jobs and Family Services. Cecilie always sought the outdoors whether hiking, bird-watching, or gardening. Her home was always filled with a couple of cats and much music.

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Stanley D. Reed, Class of 2005
Class Year:
2005

Stanley Dean Reed, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, May 8, 2021 at Genesis Morrison House in Zanesville, Ohio surrounded by his family.

Born July 9, 1930 in Adamsville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Cassell and Evelyn (Bowden) Reed and was a 1948 graduate of Adamsville High School.  Dean retired with 39 years of service from Line Material later known as McGraw Edison.   In 2005, at the age of 75, Dean graduated from Muskingum College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/ Accounting.  After he graduated college, he went on to work for an accounting firm in Zanesville and to substitute in many local school districts.  Dean was an active member at New Hope Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and helped with the New Hope Lutheran Cemetery Committee.  Dean was a member and Past Master of Hubbard Lodge # 220, F. & A. M. of Adamsville for over 68 years.  He served as District Deputy Grand Master of the 18th Masonic District and was appointed Grand Tyler of the Grand Lodge of Ohio in 1985.  Dean was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Cambridge.  He was a Salem Township Trustee for 20 years, a 4-H advisor, a baseball coach, a Sunday school teacher and a farmer.  Dean was a family man.  He enjoyed taking his family on vacation and was known for never missing a sporting event.

Surviving are his five children, Steve (Jane) Reed, Sue (Charles) Straker, Bill (Sue) Reed, Bob Reed and Sharon (George) Shegog; eleven grandchildren, Mike (Audria) Reed, Matt (Alli) Reed, Derek Reed, Jeannine (Cole) Little, Terra Sue (Jason) Baughman, Justin (Ellen) Reed, David (Leslie) Reed, Eric (Lauren) Reed, Emily (Evan) Iden, Levi Shegog and Eli (Kim) Shegog; fourteen great grandchildren, Mista, Parker, Julia, Emmy, Easton, Cameron, Reagan, Kendall, Leanne, Dane, Cody, Cheyenne, Avery, Samuel and one on the way; many cousins, nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Carol Lee Littick Rollins and special friend, Martha Shepler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Rose (Littick) Reed, who died May 1, 2005; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Reed; two sisters, father in-law and mother in-law, Ralph & Lura Littick and his longtime friend, The Rev. Richard Wilson.

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Marguerite R. Owens Best, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

Peggy Best 1928-2021. Marguerite Ruth Owens Best, "Peggy," and "Grammy," age 93, passed away peacefully April 16, 2021. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, where she met her husband of 70 years, William Ramsey, "Bill," Best, who preceded her in death in December 2020. She is survived by her children, Betsy Britain and Bill Best (Tracy); her grandchildren Mandy Black, Stephanie Wynn (Jacob), Jenny Britain (Jenn), Ryan Best (Katy), and Sandy McHenry (Brian); and her 11 great-grandchildren. Peggy was adored by all who knew her. Her kind heart radiated from her at all times. She was so full of love and grace for those around her, and these traits characterized her life. She and Bill moved many times during Bill's 30-year career with Goodyear, from Akron, OH, to Kansas City, MO, to Los Angeles, CA, and finally to Scottsboro, AL. Bill commented often how much he appreciated Peggy's unwavering and uncomplaining support for him and their family. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, always opening their home to friends and family with a plate of freshly-baked cookies. She enjoyed volunteering in local hospitals and her children's schools as they grew up, and was an accomplished and talented crewel embroiderer. While living in Los Angeles, she taught preschool. She was naturally dedicated to letter-writing, spending time each morning for most of her life, writing and mailing letters to friends, family, and acquaintances. After Bill retired from Goodyear, they managed condominiums in Marco Island and Naples, FL, before moving to Alabaster, AL in 1995All who were lucky enough to be loved by Peggy, to receive letters written in her recognizable left-handed cursive, to have been fed her cookies or basked in her selfless attention will tell you what a beautiful, generous woman she was. 

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Nancy L. McCall Morris, Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

Nancy Louise Morris of Interlochen, MI, died Tuesday, April 27, 2021, unexpectedly, at her home. Nancy was born on September 11,1928 in Findlay, OH, the daughter of E.W. and Olive McCall. In 1950 she graduated from Muskingum University, with a major in Home Economics, and wedded the man she met 2 years earlier in the college bookstore who, on that occasion, said "you are just the kind of girl I am looking to marry" . her first marriage proposal. She replied "it's a little sudden, I'm going to need some time .Paul looked at his watch and said "How much?" They cherished their 70+ years together, and raised six children for whom she was a loving mother, teacher and moral center. Nancy was awarded Homemaker of the Year in 1964, and was honored with a trip to Chicago, transported via her first plane trip. She excelled in all things homemaking, including cooking, baking and sewing. Family, community, church dinners and Paul's business colleagues and clients all benefited from Nancy's accomplished hostessing skills, highlighted by her cooking and baking expertise. She was active and served in officer positions in the various churches in which Paul and Nancy were Members, she sang in several church choirs and was a founding member of the PEO Chapter EV. She taught Home Economics in her early married years and later served as a teacher for homebound students within the Columbus School District. Nancy was an avid reader. She supported Friends of Interlochen Library in their efforts that lead, in 2019, to the library's new facility. She and Paul also widely traveled - family camping trips from coast to coast; a family visit in Italy, tour guides for Muskingum alumni trip to Scandinavia and Russia, a Scotland rotary trip, as well as retirement venues from Gulf Shores to Copper Harbor. Nancy is remembered for her magical smile, positive outlook, friend to all and never-ending love of family. Nancy is survived by her loving husband and lifetime partner, Paul, her children Jeanne (Mike) Egan of Dayton, OH, Lee (Kathy) Morris of Bellbrook, OH, Susan (Phil) Tarczon of Traverse City, MI, Ruth (Paul) Haye of Perrysburg, OH, Janet Morris of Interlochen, MI, daughter-in-law Tracy Morris of Ghanna, OH, grandchildren Matthew Egan, Jessica (Jonathon) Eubanks, Keith Morris, Rachel (Andrew) Lowen, Paul Morris, Kevin (Jenna) Tarczon, Scott (Sarah) Tarczon, Ben Morris, Jennifer (Ryan) Brueshaber, Mark Haye and Tim (Tara) Haye, and Great-grandchildren Jonah and Piper Eubanks, Issac Haye and Elise Brueshaber and many nieces and nephews. Nancy was predeceased by son Brian (Tracy) Morris, sisters Margaret Ann Ferguson and Dorothy Shadle, and parents E.W. and Olive McCall.

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Susan McCullough Cook, Class of 1967
Class Year:
1967

Susan K. (McCullough) Cook, 75, of Frostburg, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing. Susan was born on July 10, 1945, in Washington, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Price Reed and Blanch Irene (Dawson) McCullough, of Claysville, Pa. She graduated from McGuffey High School, Class of 1963, Muskingum University New Concord Ohio, Class of 1967, and received her Master's Degree as a Guidance Counselor from Frostburg State University. She taught Home Economics at Valley High School and Fort Hill High School. She then was a Guidance Counselor at Fort Hill High School and Cash Valley Elementary School where she retired in 2010. Susan is survived by her husband, Dr. A. Douglas Cook. They were married on June 20, 1992. Also surviving are her son, Judson W. Lowe, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Katherine S. Kennell, of Morgantown, W.Va.; stepdaughter, Laura Cook Diller and husband, Dr. James W. Diller, of Middletown, Conn. Her grandchildren include Alicia D. Curry and husband, Nathan, of LaVale, Jacob A. Kennell and Dawson A. Kennell, Morgantown; and great-grandson, James Wyatt Curry, of LaVale. She is also survived by her brother, Ray A. McCullough and wife, Patricia, of Washington, Pa.; and by nephews, Stephen McCullough and Scott McCullough and wife, Megan, and their son, James. Susan was a member of Frostburg United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for over 40 years. She will be remembered for her beautiful soprano voice. She served on many committees and enjoyed spending time with her church family. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. For many years Susan enjoyed entertaining friends and family at the Cook's place at Deep Creek Lake. She enjoyed traveling to many countries and most of the United States with family and friends. She especially loved Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton Mountains. Trips to Illinois to visit the cousin's farm and lake was another favorite destination. 

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Elverne McCoy Tipton, Class of 1943
Class Year:
1943

Elverne (Sunny) Tipton, 99, died peacefully at home Feb. 18, 2021. She was born Elverne McCoy June 26, 1921, in Hanover, Pa. She graduated from Muskingum College in 1943 and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Lorain, Ohio. She married her husband, Bob, in 1944. After living all over the country, they settled in Monroe in 1960 with their three daughters. Sunny taught fourth grade at Monroe Elementary School for eight years. and Bob worked as an AFDC caseworker for the Maine Department of Social Services. Sunny went on to teach sixth grade at Searsport Elementary School for three years until both she and Bob retired in 1973. In 2003 she and Bob moved from Maine to southern California to be closer to their family and enjoy milder winters. Sunny was a member of the Monroe Community Church until 1970, when she joined St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast. She and Bob sang in the church choir for 10 years. She played piano at the Bradbury Manor Nursing Home and Harbor Hill Care Center for the residents' Sunday services for 25 years. She was well loved by all who knew her for her kind, sweet, gentle nature and her sunny outlook on life. She was always devoted to her family, loyal and generous with friends. She kept in close contact, with extensive written correspondence and visits. She loved books, nature, music, conversation, children and cats. She was a wonderful cook and baker, well known for her blueberry pies and Christmas fudge. She and Bob enjoyed hiking, camping, swimming and driving trips throughout their years. Sunny was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2008. Survivors include her daughters, Judith Shester and husband Alex of Carlsbad, Calif., Connie York of Taos, N.M. and Cynthia Tipton of La Jolla, Calif.; her grandchildren, Geoffrey, Blake, Ashleigh, Eliot, Zachary and Jamison; five great-grandchildren; her brother, Pressley McCoy, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. 

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James S. Reef, Class of 1954
Class Year:
1954

James S. Reef, age 86, a longtime resident of Hudson Ohio passed away Sunday March 21, 2021, peacefully surrounded by family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Born in Chardon, OH, Jim graduated Valedictorian from Chardon High School in 1952. His senior year of High School was spent at Muskingham College, OH where he graduated in 1954 with a major in Mathematics and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. At the age of 19 he was accepted to Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia receiving his Medical degree in 1958. While in medical school, Jim joined the United States Air Force as part of the Junior Senior Program and served from 1956-1963. He did a rotating internship at Tripler Army Hospital and was a Flight Surgeon at Lackland and Vance Air Force Bases. Captain Reef received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1963. He did a Radiology residency at Akron General Hospital and an NIH fellowship in Texas at Parkland and MD Anderson hospitals in Radiation Therapy and Nuclear medicine. Dr. Reef returned to Cleveland after completing his fellowship and practiced locally at Akron General Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and spent 27 years with the Ohio Permenate Medical Group associated with Kaiser Permanate and finally retired in 2006. After retirement, Jim continued practicing medicine intermittently all over the country relieving other physicians. He travelled to Indian Reservations and many locations along the Southern border. Dr. Reef was regarded as an empathetic and compassionate caregiver by his patients and colleagues. Jim had many varied interests, he enjoyed playing golf, chess, poker and had a special interest in horse racing. He loved sports and was a diehard Browns and Cavs fan but especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's activities. He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Edna (nee Cline) Reef and a brother Dr. Thomas Reef. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (nee Murphy) Reef, and his children, Chris (Michelle) Reef of Rocky River, Jennifer (Michael) Strilesky of Kent, Jim (Kelly) Reef of Stow, Scott (Amy) Reef of New Jersey, Meredith (Michael) Fiorucci of New Jersey, Andrew (Michelle) Reef of New Jersey, his grandchildren, Jillian, Maggie and CJ Reef, Taylor, Ivy and Grayson Strilesky, Abby, Mason and Wyatt Reef, Evan, Haley, Brianna and Jenna Reef, Michela, Drew, Emma, Mase Fiorucci and Jordan, Trevor, Colin and Lindsey Reef. 

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Charlotte McCracken Bell, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

Charlotte Rae (McCracken) Bell, 87, of Bucyrus, passed away Sunday (March 28, 2021) at her home of her niece in Elyria. She was born December 1, 1933 in Cambridge, daughter of the late Ray McCracken and Isabelle (Grove) McCracken. Ms. Bell was a retired school teacher. She graduated from Muskingum College and the University of Dayton, earning Master's degrees in Counseling and in English. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Kenton. Ms. Bell was a member of the Elks of Kenton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice Kinnard, Margaret Thompson, and Mary Elizabeth Denny; and a brother, William McCracken. She is survived by her son, Matt (Debbie) Bell of Russell KY; her daughter, Jane (Mike) Daiber of Bucyrus; eight grandchildren, Rachael, Kailah, Nathan, Isaac, Faith, Lyndsay, Tate, and Brady; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.

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William B. Anderson, Class of 1947
Class Year:
1947

William Anderson was born on November 24th, 1926 in Egypt, the eldest son of Presbyterian missionary parents. He spent much of his childhood in Sudan and Egypt. He graduated from Muskingum College in Ohio and attended Pittsburgh Xenia Seminary and later obtained a Master degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He married Lois Crawford in Beaver, PA in 1951 and they moved to Sudan in 1952 under the Presbyterian Church. He served as an educator in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and again in Sudan. He and Lois had four children: Sylvia, Zelda, Philip and Stephen, all born in different African countries and eleven grandchildren. He taught at St Paul's Theological College in Limuru, Kenya for 13 years and also lectured at Makerere University in Uganda. He was instrumental in founding theological schools in Sudan including the Nile Theological College in 1990. He wrote three books on church history in Sudan and East Africa. He and Lois moved to Clinton, South Carolina in 2001 to teach at Presbyterian College. They retired in Presbyterian Homes in Clinton. Lois and Zelda were tragically murdered in a car-jacking incident in Nairobi in January 2007. He was an enthusiastic participant of the annual New Wilmington Missionary Conference. He was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. William passed away peacefully in Clinton on March 22nd, 2021. He is survived by his 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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Susan Noel Mahaffey, Class of 1988
Class Year:
1988

Susan Noel Mahaffey, 55, passed away suddenly on March 25, 2021 from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed in 2003 with the disease of which she fought a long courageous and brave battle. She was born on December 24, 1965 in Columbus, Ohio. She was a resident at the Country View of Sunbury nursing home. Susan is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Cindy and David Gotschall of South Charleston, Ohio; beloved niece Hannah T. M. Gotschall of Westerville, Ohio; aunt and uncle Judy and Jim Anspaugh of Goodyear, Arizona; step aunt and uncle Carol and Steve Miller of Centennial, Colorado and numerous family members and friends. She is predeceased by parents Wayne and Diana Mahaffey, grandparents L. Burdette and Dorothy Jane Jones Miller, step grandfather Perry E. Miller and other family members. Susan graduated in 1984 from Westerville South High School where she was an active member of the award-winning marching band, playing the trumpet and flugelhorn. Also a member of the schools orchestra and the National Honor Society. She was a 1988 graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio with a Bachelors degree in International Business. She was also an FAD Club member there. Susan received a teaching certificate from Otterbein College in Westerville in 1993. She substituttaught for the Westerville school district on occasion. She was a 20-year employee of Roush Hardware in their housewares department. Susan also worked for the Westerville Parks and Recreation department in several capacities. 

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Carl J. Kopp, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

Carl Joseph Kopp, age 89, of London, Ohio, died Friday, March 26, 2021, in Kobacker House at Columbus following a period of declining health. Born in the family home in Tuscarawas on December 23, 1931, Carl was a son of the late John and Alta Van Lehn Kopp. After his graduation from the former Tuscarawas-Warwick High School, Carl obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Muskingum University where he played basketball and focused his studies on Geology. He went on to work for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and spent much of his career working on Geological Engineering projects that pertained to highways, the oil and gas industry and dam safety. He often commented on the fact he had surveyed the grounds around what is now Interstate 70 at Cambridge while that project was in its planning stages and retired in 2001 after many years of service. He was a longtime member of Redeemer Moravian Church at Dublin and enjoyed collecting and restoring antique Allis Chalmers tractors. His other favorite past-times were watching his granddaughter play softball, traveling to Germany for family reunions and vacationing with his wife. Surviving is his daughter, Jill (Andy) McLoughlin of London; a granddaughter, Joy McLoughlin of London; a special cousin, Katherine Shamel of Tuscarawas; three brothers-in-law, Don (Janet) Decker of Tuscarawas, John (Judy) Decker of Phoenix, AZ and James (JoAnne) Decker of Delaware and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Jean M. Kopp, whom he married on December 26, 1964 and preceded him passing on August 17, 2019; their son, Gary Kopp; a brother, John Kopp; a special cousin, Martha Rolli, and a brother-in-law, Allen Decker. 

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Doris J. Dawson, Class of 1976
Class Year:
1976

She was born on December 12, 1937 at Topmost, Kentucky to the late Virnus and Mae Isaacs. She attended Alice Lloyd College, Moorehead University and Muskingum College. She taught school for thirty years in Kentucky and Ohio. She retired in 1995 from teaching. She and her husband went on to start a home interior business in Walnut Creek, OH called "Carriage House" which they enjoyed for 22 years. Doris enjoyed teaching, reading, boating, square dancing, horseback riding, and she loved travelling throughout the world. She was a member of "Gingham & Swing 'Em" square dance club of Coshocton and "Zane and Janes" of Zanesville. She also worked with the 4-H Club and Brownies. Doris was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. Doris is survived by her husband of 61 years, Larry Dawson. They have two daughters, Jodi Dawson and Shellie Dawson of Buckeye Lake. She is also survived by four sisters, Mabel Childers of Lexington, Kentucky, Yvonne (Ralph) Howard of Mousie, Kentucky, Phyllis (Walter) Herald of Louisville, Kentucky, June (Larry) Van Lear of Mt. Sidney, Virginia, and five nieces and one nephew. She is a member of Conesville United Methodist Church and attended Millersport United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law, Carl and Launa Dawson, sister-in-laws Linda Martter and Valda Dawson, brother-in-law Sidney Childers, Jack Dawson, and Ronnie Martter, and nephew Rocky Martter. Doris always had a smile and a kind word. She was amazing, generous, sweet spirited, and a blessing to all that knew her. She will be missed deeply.

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Elaine S. Eckels, Class of 1978
Class Year:
1978

Elaine S. Eckels of Mansfield, passed away Tuesday afternoon, April 6, 2021, at her home at the age of 64. She was born August 24, 1956, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to the late Raymond and Donna (Graffius) Eckels. She was a 1974 graduate of Clear Fork High School, did her undergraduate work at Muskingum University and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Toledo in 1982. She was an avid reader and crocheted the most special baby blankets. Elaine attended Resurrection Parish. Elaine was very proud of her family, loved her grandchildren immensely, and considered all of them her greatest treasures. She is survived by four children, Melissa Lajoie of Clinton, MA, Melanie Lajoie (Clinton Peoples) of Denver, CO, Meagan Lajoie of Colorado Springs, CO, and Melody (Jacob) Bennett of Pueblo West, CO; five grandchildren, Bennett Lajoie of Clinton, MA, Tinley Lajoie of Colorado Springs, CO, Lacy Voss-Bennett, Lincoln Bennett, and Thea Bennett of Pueblo West, CO; a brother, Brad Eckels of Mansfield; three sisters, Linda (Thomas) Pfizenmayer of Lexington, Diane (Steven) Kalliantas of Delaware, OH, and Deb (Greg) Owens of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Eckels.

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Frank E. Hare, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Frank E. Hare, age 90, of Amesville died Friday evening, April 9, 2021 at his home. Born Aug. 15,1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of the late Frank E. Hare, Sr. and Edith Landis Hare. He was a 1948 graduate of Westview High School, a 1952 graduate of Muskingum College, and a 1955 graduate of Pittsburgh-Xenia Seminary. He served pastorates at West Beaver-New Lebanon Parish, Alexander Presbyterian, Amesville-New England Parish, and Doanville Presbyterian Chapel. He was coordinator of the Coalition for Appalachian Ministry (CAM), one of the founders of the Athens County Food Pantry, involved with camping programs at Geneva Hills, and the Camp Committee of Geneva Hills Presbytery of Scioto Valley. Frank has served on the Salvation Army Board, Amesville Fire Department, and was Mayor of Amesville for 20 years. He was a member of the Amesville Grange and conducted mission trips to Niquinohomo, Nicaragua. Frank is survived by his wife of 65 years, Catherine Kisken Hare; three sons and two daughters, Bruce and Melissa Hare and their children, Brian & Brittany Hare, Matthew Hare, Aaron Hare & Tessa Haneline, Riley and Gabrielle Hare; Keith and Priscilla Hare and their children, Sarah & Chris Bowles (Evan & Eli), Emily Hare, Keegan & Alina Hare; Carol Hare and her children, Jenny Hare & Kameron Hare; Nancy and Dan Dobbelaer and their children, Leah & Justin Gregory (Lila, Luke, Audrey & Harper), Rachel Dobbelaer & Adam Seeley, Zachary Dobbelear and Seth Dobbelaer; Mark and Jenny Hare, and their children, Keila Hare and Annika Hare. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Hare of Peekskill, NY; and several nieces and nephews; and the family dog, Penny. Besides his parents he is preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Jean & Stew Ringland; a brother and his wife, David & Flo Hare; and a sister-in-law, Louise Hare.

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David S. Mitchell, Class of 1956
Class Year:
1956

David Slater Mitchell, died on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Providence Point, Scott Twp, where he has lived with his wife for 11 years. He was born on November 5, 1933. Formerly of Mt. Lebanon, David graduated from Mercersburg Academy and the Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. Drafted into the Army, he was trained in a new industry, computer programming. During his career in that field, he became Vice President of Information Technology at the Federal Home Loan Bank in Pittsburgh and the President of spin-off Financial Accounting Services, serving Savings & Loan banks in four states. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Steelers, loved gardening, big jig saw puzzles, and jazz. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lota Echols Mitchell, son Douglas (Shannon) and daughter Julie, grandchildren Colleen and Joe, brother Robert (Janet), niece Holly Heitmann (Noel), and nephew Jeff (Gayle). Another son, David Scott Mitchell, and a brother Jack preceded him in death. 

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John Dixon Bolton Jr., Class of 1950
Class Year:
1950

John Dickson Bolton Jr. of Grove City, Ohio passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Mount Carmel Hospital Grove City. John (Dick) was 93 years old. He graduated from Oliver High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio. While attending Muskingum, he met his wife Barbara. Dick served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He served as a specialist, coordinating and performing entertainment for the troops on the base as well as in bivouac. He worked in advertising in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and in later years as a technical writer for United States Steel. His great avocation was the theater and film. He started out as an usher at Heinz Hall in Pittsburg. Later he acted in and directed the Penn Hills Players, a community theater group in the Pittsburgh area. Through Army connections he told great stories of meeting famous actors and actresses backstage in New York theaters. His participation in local theater continued when he and Barbara moved to the Columbus, Ohio area. Dick was active at Trinity United Methodist Church of Grove City, Ohio, where he was a member of the church choir and faithfully attended the Senior Adult Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Bolton and his sister Marilyn Bolton Murphey.

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Ralph E. Sharrer, Class of 1953
Class Year:
1953

Ralph E. Sharrer, 92, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021, at the Helen Purcell Home. He was born January 4, 1929 in Zanesville to the late Anna Sharrer. He was a graduate of Lash High School and Muskingum College. Ralph was a teacher and coach at Adamsville, Grover Cleveland, Roosevelt, Zanesville and back to Roosevelt, where he retired. He was the assistant basketball coach at Zanesville and coached football and basketball at Grover Cleveland. Ralph was also an avid golfer, bowler and loved playing cards with his family and friends. He and Ruth enjoyed traveling and vacationing upon retirement. Ralph is survived by his loving soulmate Ruth E. Walters Sharrer; a son John (Lynn) Sharrer; seven grandchildren: Amy (Mark) Johnson, Lori Sharrer, Drew (Tashia) Sharrer, Jordan (Brandi) Sharrer, Taylor (Jessica) Sharrer, Meagan (Michael) Mayes and Charlie (Tabbitha) Ansel; nine great grandchildren and daughter in law Cheryl Sharrer. In addition to mother he was preceded in death by a son Dean Sharrer and a daughter Debbie Ansel. 

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Marjorie Barton Kile, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Marjorie "Marge" Barton Kile , age 92, of Kendallville, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Sacred Heart Independent Living in Avilla, Indiana. Marge was born on April 13, 1929 at her parent's home outside Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to the late George and Mattie Lore Barton. Marge graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, attended Muskingum College for one year, and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Marge was united in marriage to David Oliver Kile on June 12, 1949 at her parent's home. She taught school in Caledonia, Portsmouth, and Xenia, Ohio before moving to Kendallville in 1965. There she was the librarian at Kendallville Jr. High School. When Dave was transferred to Columbus, Ohio for several years, Marge was the librarian at Walnut Springs. When she and Dave retired, they moved back to Kendallville. Marge loved God, her family, and her community. Survivors include; Daughter, Kathy and Kevin Buckingham of West Lafayette, Indiana. Daughter-in-law, Janis Kile of Wellington, Florida. 6 Grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dave of 70 years, a son, Howard Barton "Bart" Kile, and a brother, Ralph Barton. 

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Margery A. Thomas Watson, Class of 1954
Class Year:
1954

Margery A. (Thomas) Garrett Watson, 88, of Barnesville, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at Emerald Pointe Nursing & Rehabilition. She was born on November 21, 1932, in Barnesville, Ohio to the late Walter Fisher and Mary Leah (Stubbs) Thomas. Margery was a 1950 graduate of Barnesville High School and a 1954 graduate of Muskingum College. She taught Kindergarten for 19 years at Barnesville School and for 15 years at Elmherst School in Elmherst, Illinois. She also worked for Pederson-Ryberg Funeral Home in Elmherst and for Window Fashions by Beth in St. Clairsville. She was a member of the Barnesville First Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, was a Sunday School Teacher, Deaconess, Elder, and Trustee. She was past Secretary and Treasurer of Board of Deacons, past Presbytery Chairman, past Commissioner of Upper Ohio Valley of Presbytery, and past advisor to the Presbyterian Youth Fellowship. She was also past officer of the OES Barnesville Chapter and Barnesville Garden Club. Margery was a Charter Member of the White Iron Stone China Association, Inc., member of the Bells of the Valley Ladies Barbershop Chorus, and Red Hat Ramblers of Belmont County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister; sister, Mary Lee and Errol Brill; and niece, Kathy and Steve Hannig. Margery is survived by niece, Beth Smith of Barnesville, Tom (Beth) Brill of Barnesville; great-nieces & nephews, Holly Smith Schanks, Amy (Heath) Smith, Beth Ann (Jeremy) Starr, T.J. (Kristi) Hannig, and Mary Beth (Brian) Kwak; great-great nieces & nephews, Joshua, Emily, Hannah, Faith, Grace, Lincoln, Grace, Alden, Jared, Bailee, Camden, and Stella; and great-great-great nieces & nephews, Elowyn and Jenson.

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Andrew J. Meanor, Class of 1970
Class Year:
1970

Wilmington - Andrew "Andy" James Meanor, 73, husband of Lois Helmerson of Wilmington, passed away at his home early in the morning on Monday, December 28, 2020. His passing is due to complications caused by Lewy body dementia.

Andy is survived by wife, sons Chris Meanor, Kris (Michelle) Kery, and Chris Helmerson, daughter Christine (Aaron) Wallace, and 4 grandchildren, all of Wilmington, DE. He is also survived by his older sister Joan (Sam) Holtgraver of Silver Spring, MD, and Vance (Laura) Meanor of Wilmington, NC.

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James Theordore Williams, Class of 1969
Class Year:
1969

James Theodore "Ted" Williams, age 73, died on July 10, 2020. Ted grew up in Indiana County, PA, received his bachelor's degree from Muskingum University in 1970 and his master's degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in 1974. While attending Muskingum University, he met and married his wife, Barbara. He and his family have lived in Pitman since 1971. Ted taught English at Washington Township High School from 1974 until his retirement in 2002. He also taught Public Speaking at Rowan College of South Jersey. He was a devoted family man whose retirement coincided with the birth of his granddaughter in 2002, whom he referred to as "his new best friend." Ted enjoyed family time both in Pitman and at his home in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (nee Bole), children James Theodore, Jr. (Danielle), Laura (Kevin) Monahon and granddaughter, Olivia Monahon.
 

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John "Jack" McWreath Valentour, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

John McWreath Valentour (Jack), 92, passed away July 14, 2020. He was born in McDonald, PA to Mary and Louis Valentour. He was residing at The Palmettos in Bluffton, SC and called to his heavenly home while sleeping.

After Jack graduated from McDonald HS, he served with the military police in Osaka, Japan. From his military service he went on to Muskingum College in Ohio, where he met the love of his life - June Delorise Davis, married Feb 3, 1952 (67yrs). They started their life together in Park Forest, IL where Jack was a Kiwanis member and became president of the local club in 1962.

Jack was employed at Goodyear, then RJR Archer Inc. (Filmco Division) where he retired as vice president of sales. He resided in Lisle, IL, Aurora, OH, then retirement led him to Hilton Head Island, SC where he drove a school bus for the HH public schools. He also volunteered at the visitor center on the island and gave informative beach walks.

His love of nature and outdoors was evident in his daily jogs and beach walks on HHI. He had a wonderful way of storytelling and kept us all laughing.  His granddaughter says he was saucy and fun!! He enjoyed traveling across the USA, British Isles, Italy, Egypt as well as China and Hong Kong.  Jack was a cultured and forever curious lifelong learner. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan. He also made the best chocolate/peanut-butter fudge and pralines.

Jack was a founding member of Lumen Christi United Presbyterian Church in IL and member of HH Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Valentour was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife June (Sept 2019); son John M. Valentour Jr; his brother Louis Valentour of Pittsburgh and Sister Jeanne McDonald of Mt. Lebanon.

His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children -

Jeanne (Larry) Williams, Bluffton, SC - Lance (Debbie) Valentour of Naperville, IL - Elizabeth (John) Wagner of Greenfield, IN - Louis (Phyllis) Valentour of Bolingbrook, IL. Grandchildren (9) Jennifer (Jeff), Laura (Justin), John, Eric, Heather (Mike), Angela (Brian), Jordan, Brian, Erin (Marcia),

13 great grandchildren as well as nieces Diane, Cathy, Sarah and nephew John.

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Richard D. Zaugg, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Richard D. Zaugg, age 91, of Mentor, Ohio formerly of Coshocton, died Saturday March 13, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born on April 21,1929 in Coshocton County to Ralph and Mildred (Crowthers) Zaugg. After graduating from Coshocton High School in 1947, he went on to Muskingum College where he played 4 years of football. He served in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in Japan. Richard was a life time member of the Coshocton Elks Lodge BPOE 376. On January 9, 1954 he married Catherine Jane (Hanley) Zaugg who passed away on March 21, 2015.Richard leaves behind his children: Ellyn (Tom) Meiser of Coshocton, Steve (Beth) Zaugg of Alexandria, Kentucky, and Jeff (Cheri) Zaugg of Mentor. Grandchildren Tony (Amanda) Meiser, Christopher (Jeannette) Meiser, Megan Grosz, Drew (Becky) Zaugg, Erinn (Pete) Grunkemeyer, Joe Zaugg , Jeffrey Zaugg and 11 great-grandchildren.Along with his wife and parents, Richard is preceded in death by his brother Ronald and sister-in-law Dorothy Zaugg.

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Christopher Scott McKee, Class of 2001
Class Year:
2001

Christopher Scott McKee 41, of Zanesville passed away from a sudden illness Thursday March 18, 2021. He was born in Zanesville on September 24, 1979. Chris was a loving father, husband and son. He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending as much time with them as possible. Chris was very proud of his Native American and Scottish heritage. He was as much at home at a pow-wow as he was at a Scottish game. Chris loved music and was a talented musician. He was a drummer on Chief Two Feathers drum, a member of the Blue Knights, Rusty Knights, Rich Simcox Band and gave music lessons to many. He was a graduate of Muskingum Tech and Muskingum College. He was employed by the Auditor of State and was a trained gold and silver smith. Chris was a mountain of a man and possessed a mountain of knowledge. He enjoyed making and restoring pipes and was a member of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors. He was a talented jewelry maker and flint knapper. He enjoyed working with leather and beadwork as well. Chris had many skills including carpentry, tilework and restoring furniture. Along with his many talents he was licensed to perform marriages and enjoyed being able to do this for family and friends. Chris is survived by his wife Sarah Ramsey McKee; one son Alexander Christopher McKee; his father Scott (Jenine) Krofft McKee; his mother Brenda (Dick) Painter Tubaugh; siblings: Mike (Jessica) McKee, Bobby (Halley) McKee, Valerie (Tim) Biggam , Trish (Zack) Noon and Molly (Eric) Puckett; grandmother Patricia (Bob) Painter Dantzer; aunts and uncles: Donald (Diane) McKee, Pam Edwards and Carol Shuey; in-laws: Keith Ramsey, Marilyn Ramsey; brother-in-law Jesse Eli Ramsey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife Angela Rae McKee; grandparents: Donald and Evelyn McKee, Richard Painter, Ethel "Jo" Krofft, Bennie and Sarah Starr, Robert and Thelma McKee; aunt Patricia Fluharty and uncle Bob Edwards.

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Susan K. McCullough Cook, Class of 1967
Class Year:
1967

Susan K. (McCullough) Cook, 75, of Frostburg, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021, at Egle Nursing Home, Lonaconing. Susan was born on July 10, 1945, in Washington, Pa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Price Reed and Blanch Irene (Dawson) McCullough, of Claysville, Pa. She graduated from McGuffey High School, Class of 1963, Muskingum University New Concord Ohio, Class of 1967, and received her Master's Degree as a Guidance Counselor from Frostburg State University. She taught Home Economics at Valley High School and Fort Hill High School. She then was a Guidance Counselor at Fort Hill High School and Cash Valley Elementary School where she retired in 2010. Susan is survived by her husband, Dr. A. Douglas Cook. They were married on June 20, 1992. Also surviving are her son, Judson W. Lowe, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Katherine S. Kennell, of Morgantown, W.Va.; stepdaughter, Laura Cook Diller and husband, Dr. James W. Diller, of Middletown, Conn. Her grandchildren include Alicia D. Curry and husband, Nathan, of LaVale, Jacob A. Kennell and Dawson A. Kennell, Morgantown; and great-grandson, James Wyatt Curry, of LaVale. She is also survived by her brother, Ray A. McCullough and wife, Patricia, of Washington, Pa.; and by nephews, Stephen McCullough and Scott McCullough and wife, Megan, and their son, James. Susan was a member of Frostburg United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for over 40 years. She will be remembered for her beautiful soprano voice. She served on many committees and enjoyed spending time with her church family. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. For many years Susan enjoyed entertaining friends and family at the Cook's place at Deep Creek Lake. She enjoyed traveling to many countries and most of the United States with family and friends. She especially loved Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton Mountains. Trips to Illinois to visit the cousin's farm and lake was another favorite destination.

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Elverne McCoy Tipton, Class of 1943
Class Year:
1943

Elverne (Sunny) Tipton, 99, died peacefully at home Feb. 18, 2021. She was born Elverne McCoy June 26, 1921, in Hanover, Pa. She graduated from Muskingum College in 1943 and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Lorain, Ohio. She married her husband, Bob, in 1944. After living all over the country, they settled in Monroe in 1960 with their three daughters. Sunny taught fourth grade at Monroe Elementary School for eight years. and Bob worked as an AFDC caseworker for the Maine Department of Social Services. Sunny went on to teach sixth grade at Searsport Elementary School for three years until both she and Bob retired in 1973. In 2003 she and Bob moved from Maine to southern California to be closer to their family and enjoy milder winters. Sunny was a member of the Monroe Community Church until 1970, when she joined St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast. She and Bob sang in the church choir for 10 years. She played piano at the Bradbury Manor Nursing Home and Harbor Hill Care Center for the residents' Sunday services for 25 years. She was well loved by all who knew her for her kind, sweet, gentle nature and her sunny outlook on life. She was always devoted to her family, loyal and generous with friends. She kept in close contact, with extensive written correspondence and visits. She loved books, nature, music, conversation, children and cats. She was a wonderful cook and baker, well known for her blueberry pies and Christmas fudge. She and Bob enjoyed hiking, camping, swimming and driving trips throughout their years. Sunny was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2008. Survivors include her daughters, Judith Shester and husband Alex of Carlsbad, Calif., Connie York of Taos, N.M. and Cynthia Tipton of La Jolla, Calif.; her grandchildren, Geoffrey, Blake, Ashleigh, Eliot, Zachary and Jamison; five great-grandchildren; her brother, Pressley McCoy, of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. 

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James S. Reef, Class of 1954
Class Year:
1954

James S. Reef, age 86, a longtime resident of Hudson Ohio passed away Sunday March 21, 2021, peacefully surrounded by family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Born in Chardon, OH, Jim graduated Valedictorian from Chardon High School in 1952. His senior year of High School was spent at Muskingham College, OH where he graduated in 1954 with a major in Mathematics and minors in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology. At the age of 19 he was accepted to Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia receiving his Medical degree in 1958. While in medical school, Jim joined the United States Air Force as part of the Junior Senior Program and served from 1956-1963. He did a rotating internship at Tripler Army Hospital and was a Flight Surgeon at Lackland and Vance Air Force Bases. Captain Reef received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1963. He did a Radiology residency at Akron General Hospital and an NIH fellowship in Texas at Parkland and MD Anderson hospitals in Radiation Therapy and Nuclear medicine. Dr. Reef returned to Cleveland after completing his fellowship and practiced locally at Akron General Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and spent 27 years with the Ohio Permenate Medical Group associated with Kaiser Permanate and finally retired in 2006. After retirement, Jim continued practicing medicine intermittently all over the country relieving other physicians. He travelled to Indian Reservations and many locations along the Southern border. Dr. Reef was regarded as an empathetic and compassionate caregiver by his patients and colleagues. Jim had many varied interests, he enjoyed playing golf, chess, poker and had a special interest in horse racing. He loved sports and was a diehard Browns and Cavs fan but especially enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's activities. He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Edna (nee Cline) Reef and a brother Dr. Thomas Reef. He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia (nee Murphy) Reef, and his children, Chris (Michelle) Reef of Rocky River, Jennifer (Michael) Strilesky of Kent, Jim (Kelly) Reef of Stow, Scott (Amy) Reef of New Jersey, Meredith (Michael) Fiorucci of New Jersey, Andrew (Michelle) Reef of New Jersey, his grandchildren, Jillian, Maggie and CJ Reef, Taylor, Ivy and Grayson Strilesky, Abby, Mason and Wyatt Reef, Evan, Haley, Brianna and Jenna Reef, Michela, Drew, Emma, Mase Fiorucci and Jordan, Trevor, Colin and Lindsey Reef. 

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Harry Hermann Graham, Class of 1954
Class Year:
1954

Harry Hermann Graham, age 88, of Raymore, Missouri, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 26, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Harry was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Harry H. Graham and (drop Bell) Bryson (Findley) Graham on September 20, 1932. After being raised in New Concord, Ohio and graduating high school, Harry furthered his education and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum University, also in New Concord. After college Harry began a long career with Equitable Life Insurance Company and on July 31, 1955 was joined in marriage with his late wife, Iris Noreen Evans Graham. Together Harry and Iris were blessed with four children. In life Harry never met a stranger as he could strike up a conversation with anyone. Above all, Harry was the most loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and provider to his family.

Harry was preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty years, Iris Graham; his parents, Harry and Bryson Graham; and two brothers, Courtney Graham and George Graham.
 

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Mildred Vorhis Wheat, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

Mildred Vorhis Wheat, Muskingum College class of 1952, died October 4, 2020 at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gerald Richard Wheat, four children, Donald Wheat; Douglas Wheat, Muskingum class of 1979; Rebecca Wheat Portier; and Deborah Wheat Lelansky.   She was a proud multi-generation family of graduates of Muskingum College including her son Doug, Class of 1979, and her mother, Rebecca Nesbitt Vorhis, Class of 1924.
 

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Norma Barton Ahlborn, Class of 1955
Class Year:
1955

Norma Barton Ahlborn, 86, of Elizabethtown, PA, passed away on April 23, 2020.

Born on June 4, 1933, in Breezewood, PA, to the late Mason Nile and Mary (Deremer) Barton, Norma was the beloved wife of Hervey D. Ahlborn and mother of Susan M. and Jennifer M. Ahlborn, dear sister of Virgil Barton (Pauline), the late Katherine Pershing (David), and the late Nile Franklin (Carole), and sister-in-law of Janet Roberts (the late James). Norma is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She graduated from Clairton High School and earned her bachelor's degree from Muskingum College in Concord, OH, in 1955. She worked as a teacher in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California. She and Hervey were married on August 6, 1959, in Elrama, PA, and celebrated their 60th anniversary last year.

Norma was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Mount Joy, PA, where she was instrumental in establishing the church library. She was also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, developing from a troop leader into neighborhood chairman and eventually leading the Foxfire Council charged with managing a colonial-era house and grounds developed as an educational site at Camp Furnace Hills in Denver, PA.

Every day, she loved life, language, teaching, doing right, family, and the Lord.

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Miriam Grace Bode, Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Miriam Grace Bode, 91, of Davidson, NC passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Miriam was born in Pittsburgh, PA on June 16, 1929 to the late Fred & Katherine Bode. Mim joined the family that would eventually have 5 children-3 boys & 2 girls. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her siblings Lloyd, Dana, Mary Anna, & Fred. Miriam is survived by a host of beloved nieces & nephews, their families, & a treasure trove of great friends. Miriam received her Bachelor's degree in education from Muskingum College in Ohio & earned her Masters in education from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught English & French at Baldwin High School until her retirement in 1986. Mim loved to travel early on. She took student trips to France many summers & made her way to Egypt, Iran, & Lebanon with her nephews. She especially liked travelling in the states & driving all over to visit friends & relatives where she was always welcomed. Cross country road trips in a VW bug were not unheard of for adventure & family time. Trips with nieces & friends to the Canadian border to see Niagara Falls was a great way to spend a summer. Mim was a baker of cookies & a maker of chocolates. She would make each person's favorites for Christmas presents but would make dozens more for church bake sales or other fundraisers throughout the year. Mim was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of Crafton Heights where she was an ordained elder, Sunday school teacher, & church treasurer. In the early 90s she helped start KingdomCome, Inc. with the goal of establishing an outlet for fair trade goods in Pittsburgh. Miriam was one of the original incorporators, and served as the founding treasurer of that board. After moving to North Carolina, she joined the Davidson College Presbyterian Church. She was an important presence in so many of our lives from being a second mother figure to family & friends to being a surrogate grandmother to many more. She was a great listener, a confidant, a best friend. She was a gift to the world & we will miss her so much.

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David Tyo, Class of 1967
Class Year:
1967

David Tyo, 75, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Select Specialty Hospital in Boardman. David was born on April 19, 1945 in Youngstown, son of the late James W. and Vera (Mount) Tyo.

He was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Army, where he received a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Wilson) Tyo of Salem; one son, Cooper (Sakuntala) Tyo of Bangkok, Thailand; one sister, Karen (David) Rich of Canfield; one brother, Rick (Bua) Tyo of Gilbert, AZ; and two grandchildren, Maddy and Palmer Tyo.

Besides his parents, David was also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Hendricks.

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Elizabeth Miller Bennett, Class of 1952
Class Year:
1952

We are sad to announce that on December 28, 2020, at the age of 90, Elizabeth Bennett (Strongsville, Ohio) passed away. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Elizabeth Bennett to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Elizabeth Bennett.

She was loved and cherished by many people including : her parents, Howard Miller and Sarah Jane Miller; her husband Charles Robert; her daughters, Diane Carlson (Bob) and Julie DeVries (Kevin); and her grandchildren, Dana Thomas (Matt), Ryan Carlson (Hillary), Kaitlyn Sottile (Rob), Caroline DeVries and Joe DeVries.

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Margaret "Midge" Robinson McFarland, Class of 1946
Class Year:
1946

Margaret (Midge) McFarland, 95, passed away on December 1, 2020, at The Willows of Meadow Branch, in Winchester, VA. She resided in Winchester for the past 8 years and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Midge was born on October 14, 1925 in New Philadelphia, Ohio to David James and Mary Stengel Robinson; the youngest of four children, Carolyn, Alfred and James. Her father’s job as a supervisor in the local steel mill took the family to Vandergrift, Pennsylvania as she was entering high school. Midge’s future husband, Charles, delivered the family’s newspaper and upon meeting her, declared he had just met the woman he would marry!

Midge graduated from Muskingum College with a teaching degree in math, science, and chemistry. After marrying in 1946, Chuck and Midge moved to Monroeville, PA and started their family: Jane in 1950 and Chris in 1952. Another daughter, Lisa, arrived in 1966.

Midge was active in Cross Roads Presbyterian Church, preparing youth group meals, hosting women’s circle, and volunteering at the Mothers’ Day Out program. On winter afternoons she could be found in the game room sewing, watching Steelers football and tending the fire. Summers were spent at their home at Deep Creek Lake, MD. Midge loved to quilt and cross stitch, leaving a legacy of beautiful needlework.

In 1984 when Chuck retired, they split their time between Deep Creek and Myrtle Beach, SC. Winters were spent walking the beach, enjoying friends and family who lived nearby. By 1999 they were ready to live at Deep Creek year round and build a four season home. That bigger home allowed them to welcome the growing number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are son, Charles Christopher (Marie) of Atlanta, GA; daughters Jane Eboch (Don) of Winchester, VA, and Lisa Rowse (Brent) of Hubert, NC. Midge leaves 8 grandchildren: Ian, Leslie, Melissa, Joshua, Anna, Michelle, Caleb, and Quang; and 11 great grandchildren: Haley, Aden, Liam, Carter, Emmett, Evan, Arden, Alex, Beckett, Emmaline, and Blakeslee to cherish many fond memories.

When Chuck passed in 2010, they had been married for 64 years. Midge will be delighted to hear again “I Charles, love Margaret”, just in time for Christmas!

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Rev. Dr. Lawrence W. Corbett, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

When people remember Larry, their first comments are about his infectious laugh and wonderful sense of humor. The Rev. Dr. Lawrence W. Corbett, founding pastor and pastor emeritus of Pinnacle Presbyterian church died on December 23, 2020. He started Pinnacle Presbyterian in 1989 with a steering committee of six couples. The first service was October 1, 1989, World Communion Sunday, in the Glen Moor clubhouse. Today it is a 1,400-member congregation on a 20-acre campus.

Corbett was awarded Pastor of the Year by Academy of Parish Clergy. He served as a board member of Spectrum Healthcare, McCormick Theological seminary alumni council, and Westminster Village retirement community. He was founding president of Pinnacle Peak Rotary.

In addition to Pinnacle he formerly served as minister at Central Union Church (Honolulu, HI), Valley Presbyterian (Paradise Valley, AZ), Westminster Presbyterian (Phoenix, AZ), Lakeview Presbyterian (St. Petersburg, FL), and Fairmount Presbyterian (Cleveland Heights, OH.) After retirement he was interim minister at Mission del Sol (Tempe), Community Church of the Rockies (Estes Park, CO), and Church of the Red Rocks (Sedona).

Dr. Corbett leaves his wife, Meredyth Watson Corbett and son Matthew Hall Corbett (Rhonda). A daughter, Courtney Burgess Corbett Zink (Michael) died in 2011. He will be remembered by grandchildren Jenica Corbett (son Dominic), Joseph Corbett (Taylor and daughters Lux and Indy), Winston Corbett, Maria Corbett, and Nathan Corbett. Lifelong memories of Larry will be held by siblings John Duane Corbett (Zhu Ling) and Marcie Corbett Smith (Rich).

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William T. Dentzer, Jr., Class of 1951
Class Year:
1951

Muskingum University Trustee Emeritus William T. (Bill) Dentzer, Jr. ‘51 passed away on January 25, 2021 at the age of 91.

Bill served the University as an active Trustee for 44 years, from 1972 until becoming Trustee Emeritus in 2016. He led the Finance Committee during many of his years of service, guiding Muskingum through the rapidly evolving economic landscape of higher education.

Nationally-recognized for his financial acumen, Bill was the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Depository Trust Company, the world’s largest securities depository, from 1972 until his retirement in 1994. He previously served as New York State Superintendent of Banks, Executive Director of the New York State Council of Economic Advisors, federal Deputy Ambassador to the Organization of American States, and in multiple domestic and international posts with the federal Agency for International Development (AID).

Bill earned his Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science cum laude with minors in Economics and Speech. He served as Student Government President and Class President, and was a member of the Debate and Football teams. He was honored by the University with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree (2012), an alumni Distinguished Service Award (1995), and a President’s Medal (2016).

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Celia Hill Dentzer ’52, who also holds a Muskingum Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and by their children James Hill Dentzer, Susan Dentzer Alston, Ardith Campbell Dentzer, William Thompson Dentzer III, and Emily Parks Dentzer.

Bill and Celia together chose the words which are engraved on the cornerstone of Muskingum’s Walter K. Chess Center: “test everything; hold fast that which is good” (I Thessalonians).

Bill’s leadership, stewardship, and service to Muskingum has shaped the University for generations to come. He will be deeply missed.

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James L. "Zeke" Zechiel, Class of 1965
Class Year:
1965

James L. Zechiel, or 'Zeke' as he was commonly known, died at age 79 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Genesis Hospice-Morrison House, Zanesville. He was born in 1941, in Dover, a son of the late John Nevin and Mary Eleanor (Froelich) Zechiel. Jim graduated from Dover High School, a basketball and football player. He attended The Ohio State University, graduated from Muskingum College and obtained a Master's degree in Education from Xavier University. He was passionate about coaching boys basketball and football at West Muskingum High School, where he taught science, before embarking upon a career in school administration in Morgan Local Schools, and then at the Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center where he retired. Zeke enjoyed the company of his many friends and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards, researching collectibles and investigating his next car purchase. He was the face of any operation, especially Operation Fun. Until his final days, he maintained he would have dominated OSU basketball, if not for the unfortunate timing of the Havlicek and Lucas era. He is survived by his wife, Dayle M. (Van Gieson) Zechiel; a son, James C. Zechiel; a daughter, Kristy Zechiel; a step-son, David Van Gieson; a step-daughter, Lisa (Van Gieson) Belding; and a sister, Mary Christina (Zechiel) Dunstan.

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Reverend William Franklin Sparks, Class of 1957
Class Year:
1957

The Reverend William Franklin "Frank" Sparks died at age 86, at Springfield Regional Medical Center on January 28, 2021, following a brief non-COVID-19-related illness. He was the son of Lillie Mae Snyder and Sherley Lee Sparks of Kentucky. Frank was born in Maysville, Kentucky, in 1935, then moved to Dayton, Ohio, in 1943, with his parents and brother, Jim, where his father was employed at the Dayton Tire and Rubber

Company. Frank graduated from Dayton's Wilbur Wright High School in 1953. He earned a B.A. in Speech and Philosophy from Muskingum College in 1957 and a Master's of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1961. He considered his years at Muskingum College and Pittsburgh Seminary to be some of the most influential of his life, providing him with a firm educational foundation and many friendships that would prove to be lifelong. Reverend Sparks was a pastor at Grace United Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, 1961-1965, East Side United Presbyterian Church in Fremont, Ohio, 1965-1972, and Northminster Presbyterian Church in Springfield 1972-1997. He was made Pastor Emeritus of Northminster Presbyterian Church after his retirement. During his years of service at Northminster, Frank worked in concert with the newly merged congregation to build trust, faith and education, adult and youth programs, a debt-free building and campus, and an endowed congregation. Throughout Frank's 36 years of ministry, he served on and chaired various church committees at the local/community

level, the presbytery, synod, and national levels. His continued education included time in Switzerland, France, and Italy. Four young men who were part of his youth groups became seminary graduates. Frank's interests included current events, gardening, traveling in the USA and abroad, chartering large sailing vessels, woodworking, home improvement projects, writing, and historical reading. He had a beautiful bass voice and sang in various choirs, including Muskingum College's a cappella choir. Frank was predeceased by his parents and brother, James Allen Sparks, of Madison, Wisconsin. He was a devoted husband of 54 years to Carol Cowden Sparks who died in 2013, and to Mary Arnett Sparks, his wife since 2015. Frank and Carol were the loving parents of three children: Brad and his wife, Lynette, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sharon and her former husband, Miguel Calvo, of Madrid, Spain, and Brenda and her husband, Brian Fisher, of Loveland, Ohio. They were the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: Meredith & Evan Sparks, Carolyn & Grant Fisher, and Cristina Calvo Sparks. Frank was known for being a skilled and caring professional, a supportive colleague, a responsible citizen, a thoughtful neighbor, a loyal, honest, kind, respectful friend, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
 

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