Class NotesFall 2012

Fall 2012 class notes: 1938–1968


Leona Herr ’38 passed away February 28. Survivors include her husband, Charles; sons, Dennis and David; daughter, Sally; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Glendys Lausch ’33, and brother-in-law, Lester Lausch ’36. She lived in Kendallville, Ind.


Amos Atkins ’42 died March 17. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned the Purple Heart after the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughter, Sarah; sons, Steven and Clayton; and 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He lived in Fishers, Ind.

John Birden ’42 passed away November 3, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Sittler Birden ’42. He was a retired research specialist at Monsanto Fund in Miamisburg, Ohio, and lived in Dayton.

Lois Mannix ’46 died March 19. She was a retired teacher at Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne, Ind. Survivors include her sisters, Velma, Martha, and Marjory, and 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thurman. She lived in New Haven.


Joyce Everett Owen ’50 died February 6. Survivors include her son, Mark; granddaughters, Amy and Lindsey; brother, William; sister-in-law, Viola; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of extended family and friends. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jack Owen ’53. She lived in Garland, Tex.

Merrill Christie Jr. ’52, son of the late Lois Christie ’69, died April 25. He was a retired pharmacist after 35 years at Hook’s Drug Stores in Hendricks, Morgan, and Marion counties. Survivors include his wife, Angie; children, Debbi, Kathy, Becky, Terri, and Rob; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin; and a sister, Marjorie. He lived in Avon, Ind.

Thomas Hathaway ’54 died April 22. He taught and coached cross country and track for Perry Township Schools for 46 years and taught track and field at both IUPUI and UIndy. He was a letter winner in cross country and track and field from 1951 to 1954 and helped the Greyhounds to Hoosier College Conference cross country championships in 1952 and 1953. Tom then came back to coach the Greyhounds and was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1992. He also spent more than 30 years coaching mini-marathon and full marathon classes with Ken Long and Associates. Tom championed girls’ and women’s athletics and laid the  foundation for IHSAA-sanctioned girls’ cross country. His girls’ teams at Southport High School once went four years without losing a meet. Tom ran 131 marathons (and many half-marathons and other races). He ran one in each state, becoming a member of the 50 States Marathon Club, which boasts fewer than 3,000 members. Tom was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, the state’s highest honor, in 1986. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Jane Hathaway ’70 ’77; daughters, Deborah, Diana, Denise, Darlene, and Delores; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brothers George, Marion, Orville, and Wayne; sisters Lucille, Nellie, Jessie, and Edna; and brother-in-law Charles Smitley ’56. He was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Russell, Donald, and Richard; sisters, Thelma, Ruby, and Faye; and one great granddaughter. He lived in Indianapolis.


David R. Decatur ’60 died March 12. He was a medical director for both the Marion County Sheriff’s Department & Jail System and, most recently, the Decatur Vein Clinic. Survivors include his son, Trent; daughters, Paige, Brooke, and Debbie; brothers, Robert and Steve; fourteen grandchildren; several nephews; and companion, Marybeth. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Blake. He lived in Carmel, Ind.

Karel Neff ’61 died March 27. She was a retired elementary teacher at Wawasee Community School Corporation in Syracuse, Ind. She is survived by her husband, Richard Neff Sr.; stepson, Richard Neff Jr.; her mother, Rosemary; sister, Kay; brother, Walter; brother-in-law, Michael; and several nieces and nephews. She lived in Napannee, Ind.

John Comstock ’64 died February 27. Survivors include his brother, Mark; his children, Edward, Elizabeth, and Emily Alice Allen ’04; grandchildren, Johnathan, Catherine, and Jackson; and his former wife, Mary Alice Kolkmeier Comstock ’65. He was a cameraman at WLWI and WTTV from 1970 to 1975, occasionally serving as the voice of Cookie on the “Cowboy Bob’s Corral” TV show. He then taught GED classes at the Indiana Department of Correc-tions in Westville. He lived in Michigan City.

Glen Hootman ’68 died April 14. He retired from Boone County REMC after 27 years as manager. Survivors include his wife, Rose Marie; children, Cheri, Jodi, Rick, and Lauri, and their mother, Laura; stepchildren, Dana and Charles; 11 grandchildren; and great-grandchild Liam. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Alice; brothers, Merle and Earl; and grandson Logan. He lived in Plainfield, Ind.

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