Spring 2014 Class Notes: 1938–1981
Marion H. Stuart ’38 passed away January 23. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army. In 1936, he embarked on an entrepreneurial endeavor that would become Stuart’s Household Moving & Storage Company, which is still independently owned and operated under the leadership of Anthony W. Stuart, nephew, and great-niece, Jacqueline Stuart. Survivors include a sister, Jane; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He lived in Indianapolis, Ind.
Ruth Donaldson Schlegel ’39 died November 17, 2013. She is survived by her daughters, Nycha and Nancy; grandchildren, Jim and Allison; and great-grandsons, Christopher and Zachary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Elmer and Hanna; a brother; and a sister. She lived in Muncie, Ind.
Virginia Bryan Armes ’46 died October 6, 2013. She was a retired welfare case worker in Daviess County. She is survived by son, Bryan; daughter, Melodie; grandchildren, Colleen and Branden; and great-grandchildren, Luke, Elijah, Conner, and Collyns. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Carrie; husband, Melvin; and two infant sisters. She lived in Montgomery, Ind.
Pauline Utterback Hutchinson ’49 passed away October 15, 2013. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She lived in Fort Myers, Fla.
Verna M. Banks ’50 died on January 13. She lived in Indianapolis.
William L. Clark ’50 died on February 10. He was a teacher at Speedway High School for 34 years (1954–1987) where he also coached football and baseball. He is survived by his wife, Freida M. Clark ’67; sons, Bill, Larry, and Kevin; and grandchildren, Bill, Stephanie, Joe, and Max. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beryl and Dorothy; and brothers, Ken, Jack, and Beryl. Bill was a WWII Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific. He lived in Speedway, Ind.
Virgil O. Hanson ’50 died on January 16. Virgil served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Merchant Marines in World War II. He attended Indiana Central College, played varsity football, and graduated with a degree in physical education in 1950. Virgil coached varsity football and taught at Reavis High School, and also coached and taught at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill., and Glenbard South High School. He was an insurance agent with Equitable Life Insurance. He is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Hanson ’49; sons, Eric and Greg; daughter, Kim; his beloved grandchildren, Katie and Jack; his sister, Carol; and brother-in-law Dr. John R. Rider ’47. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pamela; sister, Louise H Rider ’51; and siblings, Paul and Robert. He lived in Barrington, Ill.
Wayne S. Shipley ’52 passed away October 30, 2013. He was a clergy at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carlinville, Ill. He is survived by his sisters, Ruby Kinkade and Kathleen Shipley Larson ’48; and nieces, Johanna Kinkade McCoy ’67 and C. Lynn Kinkade ’69. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha. He lived in Carlinville, Ill.
Dr. Dan D. Rhoades ’56 passed away on December 19, 2013 He was an Emeritus Faculty member at Claremont School of Theology where he was an ethicist and served on the faculty from 1968 to 1999. Prior to CST he taught at Candler School of Theology, Colorado State University, and Iliff School of Theology. He wrote many academic articles and was active with several professional organizations including the Society for Christian Social Ethics. Dan is survived by his wife, Peggy, and children, Gary, Stephanie, and Brady. He lived in southern California.
Geraldine C. “Gerrie” McBride ’57 passed away on January 19. She had been employed by the MSD of Perry Township for 24 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, and dean of girls, and served on the Board of Trustees for UIndy. She is survived by her husband, Elwood L. “Woody” McBride ’52; daughters, Kim, Kelly, and Karen; brother, Vernon R. “Verne” Chandler ’51; sister, Jan; nephew, Ronald; niece, Judith; and grandchildren, Joel, Kyle, Cara, Andrew, Brian, Madeline, and Brandt. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Dr. Robert E. McBride ’76 and sister-in-law, Luella K. McBride ’48. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.
Richard Copeland ’58 passed away March 9, 2013. He was a special education teacher before owning and operating Cedarview Adult Foster Care. He is survived by his sons, Randal and Daniel; daughters, Sandra and Elizabeth; brothers, James and Carter; sister, Joan; ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn; and twin brother, Don. He lived in Wilson, Mich.
William Shannon ’60 passed away November 4, 2013. He was a United States Marine and served in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Lura Bennett Shannon ’72; son, Dennis; daughters, Brenda Shannon ’81 and Kathleen Dixon ’82 ’84; brother, Ralph; 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene, and his sister, Nancy. He lived in Indianapolis.
C. Thomas McCormick ’61 was inducted into the Jeffco Athletics Hall of Fame. He lives in Arvada, Colo.
Larry H. Miller Sr. ’62 passed away on January 15. He is survived by his sons, Larry and David; grandsons, Patrick and Matt; brother, Bill; and his second wife, Darlene. Larry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sharon, of 44 years; and his siblings, Bob, John, and Sandy. He lived in Beech Grove, Ind.
Eric Brandgard ’71 died October 23, 2013. He was a retired teacher at Avilla Elementary-Middle School in Avilla, Ind. Survivors include his wife, Patsy; son, Dane; grand-children, Allison, Lief, Lars, and Hanneliese; brother, Robin; and sister, Kirstin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Faye. He lived in Kendallville, Ind.
Kenneth Wertz ’74 is a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He lives in Fremont, Ind.
Patricia Poehler ’77 is the vice president of organizational relations at WFYI Public Broadcasting. She lives in Seymour, Ind.
John S. Bennett, II ’78 passed away November 4, 2013. He is survived by his children John, Carl, Cherie, and Michael, and six grandchildren. He lived in Indianapolis.
Mary H. Miller ’81 passed away February 6. Mary began her career as a teacher and became a teller at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Finance Center in 1958. In 1970 she became a banker, retiring from the Indiana National Bank in 1996. “Pastor Mary” to many, “Ms. Mary” to others, became a local licensed pastor in 1997, serving at Faith United Methodist Church for five years, then at Grace United Methodist Church for seven years before retiring in 2009. She served on various boards including the General Board of Pensions, Metro Ministries, Conference Council on Ministries, and Brightwood Community Center. Survivors include her brother, William; children Everett, Claryce, Sybil, LaTrelle; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, two sisters, and three brothers. She lived in Indianapolis.