Class NotesFall 2011

Fall 2011 Classnotes: 1935-1969


Bernadine Kolter Heller ’35 died June 7, 2010. She lived in Indianapolis.


George Hinshaw ’40 passed away February 3. He served in the Army National Guard and U.S. Navy as a chaplain of World War II and later served several pastorates in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter, Ruth; sons, John and David; stepchildren, Paul and Will; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. He lived in Oklahoma City.

Harriet Hancock Piepenbrok ’41 died January 24. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Piepenbrok ’42, and brother, David Hancock ’38 HD ’66. Survivors include her children, James Jr., Mary, Ruth, Wayne, and Donna, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

George Crowe ’43 died January 18. A World War II veteran, he was Indiana’s first Mr. Basketball in 1939 and played baseball and track as well. George played professional basketball for seven years with the Los Angeles Red Devils, the New York Rens, and the Harlem Yankees. He also played Major League Baseball for nine seasons with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves, the Cincinnati Reds, and the St. Louis Cardinals, and competed in the 1958 All-Star Game. George Crowe was inducted into the University of Indianapolis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1986 and was a member of both the Indiana basketball and baseball halls of fame. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Ray ’38 HD ’60, Billy ’62, and Sylvester Crowe. Survivors include his daughters, Adrienne and Palema, and nephew, Brad Crowe Sr. ’77. George lived in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Mildred Hockersmith Miller ’43 died February 23. She taught high school business in Ohio and Concord, Mass. She is survived by her husband, James Miller ’42 HD ’79; daughters, Maryllyn and Rachel; sister, Donna Cunningham ’72; and two granddaughters. She lived in Richland, Wash.

Elizabeth Shierling ’43 passed away February 13. She taught elementary music until retirement. Survivors include her sons, Joe and Tom; daughter, Sara; brothers, Phil and George; two grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Wayne Walter ’43 died August 12, 2010. He lived in Decatur, Ind.

Virginia Dare Carver Brooks ’44 passed away February 21. She was preceded by her husband, Kenneth L. Brooks ’41. Together, they served in United Methodist Church ministry for 44 years. She taught kindergarten for 10 years at the Duke Ellington Elementary School in Chicago. In retirement she established several ministries, distributing bread to shelters, working with social service agencies, and establishing a kitchen ministry at her church. She is survived by her daughters, Karen and Sandy; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Geneva Shewmaker Nonweiler ’44 passed away May 25. Survivors include children Mary, C. Gail Medcalf Tuggle ’70, and Paul; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren: and 10 great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren: and a great-great-step-granddaughter; and siblings Hazel and Aaron. She lived in Boonville, Ind.

Ruth Bond Crawford ’47 passed away March 26. She was a teacher and then retired as a secretary from Methodist Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Crawford ’47 HD ’72. Survivors include her sons, Charles ’76 and Philip ’83; daughter, Sue Robinson ’76 ‘93; Sue’s husband, Gary Robinson ’76 ’93; siblings, Donald and Sue; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in Avon, Ind.

David Catlin ’49 passed away February 13. David was a retired teacher. Survivors include his wife, Juanita; daughter, Linda; sons, James and Cary; and seven grandchildren and twelve great-grand-children. He lived in Decatur, Ill.

Helen Squire ’49 died April 13. Survivors include her children, Gary, Lynmarie, and Tim; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, James Cravens. She lived in Bradenton, Fla.


Lloyd Davis ’50 died February 13. He served as a minister at various congregations in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Survivors include his daughter, Barbara; son, Larry; siblings, Morris, Ferne Hankins, and Doris Keyser ’54; brother-in-law, Warren Keyser ’57; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lived in Shorewood, Ill.

Donald Durant ’50 passed away February 8. He was the owner and operator of Hoosier School Supply Co. until retiring. Survivors include his wife, Edith Durant ’48; daughters, Mary and Janice Durant Hatoway ’76; son, David; and four grandchildren. He lived in Greenfield, Ill.

Eldon Welbaum ’50 passed away January 10. A World War II veteran, he was an electrical engineer until retirement. Survivors include his wife, Mary; sons, Jim, Dan, Bryan, and Roger; sister, Wilma; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He lived in Debary, Fla.

Martha DeHart ’52 passed away on March 30. She was a retail merchandiser apparel professor for K-Mart in Indianapolis. She lived in Noblesville, Ind.

Samuel Stone ’54 passed away February 1. He was a Korean War veteran and a retired clergyman. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Welsh Stone ’52; sons, Daniel and Samuel; daughters, Vicky, Jana Stone Cole ’77, Rebecca, and Lee Ann; brothers, Norvin and Robert; sisters, Bonnie and Janice Phelps ’59; and several grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He lived in Henryville, Ind.

John A. Cheesman ’55 passed away June 14. He served in the church ministry for nearly fifty years. He was a former state lieutenant governor of the Kiwanis. Survivors include his wife, Alberta; sister, Fostine; sons, David, Thomas, and John E. Cheesman ’80; and six grandchildren. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Rosalie Armstrong ’58 died March 20. She was a retired teacher from Columbia City High School. She was very involved in her church and community and was named City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year for United Way of Whitley County. She is survived by her husband, Donald Armstrong ’58; son, D. Scott Armstrong ’82; and grandson, Joshua. She lived in Columbia City, Ind.


Richard Owens Sr. ’62 died January 5. He was a retired principal from the Indianapolis Public Schools system. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; sons, Richard, Rennard, and Ryan; daughter, Karmen; and nine grand-children. He lived in McCordsville, Ind.

Sandy Brown Lawlis ’62 received the 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award and was named the most influential teacher by 2011 Academic All-Star Millicent Cripe. She has taught at North Central High School for 26 years. She lives in Indianapolis.

Donald Robinson ’62 passed away April 24. Survivors include his wife, Mary Robinson ’60, and children, Christopher and Carolyn. He lived in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sam Young ’64 presented the invocation at the Indiana State House of Representatives in Indianapolis on April 4. He serves as interim minister at North Christian Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. He lives in Huntington.

Carl “Bob” Koesters ’65 died June 12, 2010. He was a retired vice president. He lived in Indianapolis.

Karen Hauschild ’66 is a real estate agent for Prudential in Greenwood, Ind. She also lives in Greenwood.

Martha Mobley ’66, died June 23. Survivors include her children, David, Betsy, Susan, Ben, and Ramona, and fifteen grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis

Virginia Myers ‘66 died April 18. She lived in Indianapolis, Ind.

Rubie Crockett ’67 passed away February 17. She was a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system until her retirement. Her university teaching experience also includes Indiana Central College and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Survivors include her brother, Robert; aunt, Mattie; children, Alesa, Elaine, Christy, and Eric; and stepchildren, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

Clayton Ellis ’67 passed away February 16. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and retired as chief of Loss Prevention at Navistar International. He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly, grandchildren, and other family. He lived in Indianapolis.

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