Class NotesFall 2013

Fall 2013 Class Notes: 1933–1959


Margaret Sherrill Bruce ’33 passed away on February 11. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. She lived in Corydon, Ind.


Sara Turner Kellermeyer ’36 died March 17. She lived in Pendleton, Ind.

Eva Sheffey Wonnell ’37 died on March 9. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Wonnell ’37. She is survived by her son, Donn; daughter-in-law, Karen; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. She lived in Williamsburg, Va.


Aileene Brazeal Sweetser ’41 died February 7. She was a nurse for the American Red Cross during World War II. She served in four general hospitals and was stationed in Paris. She worked for several non-profit agencies before retiring from Ellis Hospital. Survivors include her children, Elliott and Kate; grandchildren, Charlotte, Eric, Christopher, and Rachel; great-grandson, Felix; and nephew, John. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elliott. She lived in Albany, N.Y.

John Knecht ’42 and Marjorie Knecht ’42 celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 30. The couple live in North Manchester, Ind.

Blake Turner ’42 died February 14. He was a World War II Veteran in the Army Air Corps/Air Force as well as an FBI agent. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Toops Turner ’43; daughters, Tawn, Jan, and Robyn; grandchildren, Timmy Lee and Adam; and great-grandchildren, Jake, Sophia, Ava, and Alex. He lived in Palm Coast, Fla.

Margaret Howard Henderson ’43 passed away January 19. She was a retired teacher for Blackford County Schools in Indiana. She is survived by her sons, Mark and David, and three grandchildren, Erin, Benjamin, and Abigail. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; parents, Charles and Cora Howard; brothers, Glen and Robert; and sisters, Helen and Mary. She lived in Tempe, Ariz.

David Petrie ’44 passed away on February 21. He was a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He is survived by his son, J. David; and daughter-in-law, Susan. He lived in Fresno, Calif.

Philip Reidenbach ’44 died February 1. Survivors include his son, Richard; daughter, Susan Jean Wiseman ’71; son-in-law, Dennis Wiseman ’69; and sister, Esther Jane Fleener ’49. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sara Pearl Ginder ’57, and brother-in-law, Donald Fleener ’49. He lived in Conway, S.C.

David R. Ramsey ’45 passed away on November 14, 2012. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired teacher from Anderson Community Schools. Survivors include his wife, Doris; children, Cynthia, Dwight, Janine, Gregg, Mark, and Michele; sister, Carol; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four nephews; and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelle and Alfred, and his sister, Lora. He lived in Anderson, Ind.

Merrill D. Hoban ’47 passed away March 20. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a flight instructor and B-17 pilot. He joined the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a retired teacher and also a basketball and cross country coach. Survivors include his wife, Lois Elaine Hoban ’47; children, Jane Nickoloff ’73 and James; son-in-law, John H. Nickoloff ’74; grandchildren, Melinda, Megan, Julie, and Pamela; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Jack, Mallory, Bentley, Zayne, Hannah, and Holly. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Charles and Joe. He lived in Kokomo, Ind.

Ralph Owen ’47 died on April 9. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. A member of the 1942 Indiana Central basketball team, which was inducted into the University’s Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Bishop Borgess Hall of Honor, Michigan High School Coach’s Hall of Fame, and the Detroit Catholic League Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife, Paula; children, Marty, Tom, Mary Ellen, Cathe, and Joey; and grand-children, Hannae, Matdisen, Kara, Kevin, Michael, Phillip, Matthew, and Audrey. He lived in Stanwood, Mich.

Joyce Thurn ’47 passed away January 31. She lived in Oxford, Mich.

Dorothy M. Reimold ’48 died April 6. She was a high school English teacher. Survivors include her son, Dennis; daughter, Diane; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; son, Stephen Reimold ’79; and sister, Wilma. She lived in Chapel Hill, N.C.


Osborne Cooper ’50 died on May 19. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his six siblings. He is survived by his sons, Larry, Ronald, and Gary; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Lance Talbert; twelve grandchildren; and twenty-three great grandchildren. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Philip Hughes ’50 died January 14. He was a retired senior quality control engineer at Colgate Palmolive. Survivors include his wife, Wanda; son, Brian; grandson, Anthony; sister, Joan; and several nieces and nephews. He lived in Corydon, Ind.

Howard C. Stein ’50 died April 1. He was a pastor for multiple churches and a teacher. He served as a supervisor in the Billy Graham telephone ministry and leader of a weekly prayer service at the Graham Center. Survivors include wife, Gail; children, Howard, Dwight, and Jean; six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. He lived in Carol Stream, Ill.

Charles Jones Jr. ’51 died March 5. He worked for Phoenix Title and Trust, which later became Transamerica Title, and achieved the rank of chief title officer and vice president of the Arizona Division. He is survived by his wife, Eloise Bilby Jones ’52; children, Tamara, Lori, and Brian; son-in-law, Phil; daughter-in-law, Shannon; and granddaughter, India. He lived in Payson, Ariz.

Charles W. Peckham Sr. ’51 passed away March 28. He had served in the U.S. Army in South Korea. He was the pastor and program director for the Otterbein Retirement Community. He is preceded in death by his wife, Arline; sister, Margaret, and grandson Onute. Survivors include his brother, Samuel; sisters, Caroline and Nellie; children, Deborah, Charles Peckham Jr. ’78, Mark, and Elizabeth; daughter-in-law, Peggy Brodie Peckham ’78; nine grandchildren; and several great-grand-children. He lived in Lebanon, Ohio.
Donald Bulthaup ’52 died February 23. He was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and served as a member of the Strategic Air Command’s Weather Detachment. Survivors include his daughters, Janet and Sharon; grand-children, Nathan and Sarah; great-grand-children, Ian, Ryan, Simon, Aurora, and Luna; brother, Robert; and his sister, Linda Sweetman Bulthaup ’68. He lived in Westerville, Ohio.

Charles A. Russell ’52 passed away March 29. Survivors include his wife, Virginia; and children, Charlene, Ron, Larry, Brian, Brenda, and Scott. He lived in Zephyrhills, Fla.

Joseph Hurrle Sr. ’53 passed away March 18. He was inducted into the Greyhound Athletics Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. He served in the U.S. Army as a specialist second class. Survivors include his wife, Norma; son, Stan; daughter, Diann Jacobson; and three grandchildren, Tachel, Neil, and Kyle. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Lyndell Locke Stevens ’55 died April 5. She was an art teacher from Cedar Falls Community Schools in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was a professional artist and had painted several murals in the Monticello community. Survivors include her husband, Gerald A. Stevens ’55; daughter, Bettina; son, Warren; four grand-zchildren, including Lyndsey Weller Hensler ’06 ’08; and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by three sisters. She lived in Monticello, Ind.

William J. York ’55 passed away June 22. He served in the U.S. Army and taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools and at Martin University. He is survived by his wife, Doris Liechty York ’56; sons, Kevin and Eric; daughters, Lynnette York Dallas and Erin Renee Ringle; brothers, Marvin York ’66 and Lowell; sister, Carol Haughton; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He lived in Indianapolis.

Gail Smith ’57 passed away January 17. He retired in 1986 from Indianapolis Public Schools. He served in the U.S Army during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; children, Marcia and Steven; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grand-children. He lived in Indianapolis.

Richard I. Shearer ’59 died March 20. He was a retired art department chairman in Portage, Ind. Survivors include his daughters, Constance and Carolyn; brothers, Lowell and Lawrence; great aunt, Marge; sister-in-law, Carole; granddaughter, Rachel; nephews, Christopher and Jeremy; nieces, Janet, Mary Ellen, and Amy; great nieces, Nidia, Nora, and Madeline; and great nephew, Ethan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna M. Shearer ’59, and his parents, Henrietta and Herbert. He lived in Homewood, Ill.

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