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Obituaries

Obituaries are listed here by the date of death (from most recent).
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  • William E. LeMay

    Jun 5, 1924 –  Nov 30, 2016

     Bill Lemay '48 died Nov. 30, 2016.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp, where he was navigator on a B-17 bomber in Europe during World War II.  He held more than two dozen patents, developed both disposal surgical and exam gloves, as well as plastic IV bags.  He was the founder of several business in Dayton including Ohio Sealer and Chemical Corp., Dayton Flexible Products, Phoenix Glove and Waytek.  He served as an Otterbein trustee 1971-2007. Otterbein awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1973, the Distinguished Service to Otterbein Award in 1983, the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997 and the Mary B. Thomas Award in 2014.  He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Hilt LeMay '47; two daughters, Bonnie Larkins '73 and Connie LeMay Ownby '76.
  • Carl A. Miller

    Nov 18, 2016

    Carl Miller '86 died Nov. 18, 2016.  His career  was counseling  inmates in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections where he spent many years.  He was a member of Zeta Phi fraternity and volunteered many years in their organization.  He is survived by his mother, two siblings and best friend, Pamela Rodgers.
  • Carl Schafer

    Jul 6, 1926 –  Nov 14, 2016

    Carl Schafer '49 died Nov. 14, 2016.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.  He worked in retail in the Dayton, OH, area in Elder-Beerman and Rike's department stores.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mildred Cox Schafer '48; two children; and four grandchildren, including Ben Maurer of the Otterbein Police Dept.
  • Carl W. Hollman

    Nov 11, 2016

    Carl Hollman '49 died Nov. 11, 2016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II as pharmacist mate. His career as a chemist took him Texas, North Carolina and Maryland. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, June Fifer Hollman '49; three children; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
  • Elizabeth Calkins Smith

    Nov 1, 2016

    Elizabeth Calkins Smith '44 died Nov. 4, 2014. She was a member of Rho Kappa Delta.
  • Martin Franklin

    Jul 31, 1941 –  Aug 19, 2016

    Martin Franklin '63 died Aug. 19, 2016.  He was a chemistry teacher in Malone Central School District and in the Miami-Dade, FL,  area.  He was a member of Lambda Gamma Epsilon fraternity.  He was preceded in death by his parents, including mother, Mildred Shaver Franklin '29; and a sister, Brenda Franklin MacCurdy '62.  He is survived by his wife, Deborah; three sons; and eight grandchildren.
  • Palmer Manson

    Jan 11, 1918 –  Aug 19, 2016

    Rev. Palmer W. "Pete" Manson '47 died August 19, 2016. He served at numerous churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. He enjoyed woodworking and was an accomplished builder and watercolor artist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita; three brothers and four sisters. He is survived by two sons, Allen L. Manson '60 and Thomas; daughter-in-law, Priscilla Huprich Manson '60; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

  • Patricia Call Riner

    Dec 7, 1954 –  Aug 14, 2016

    Patricia Call Riner '77 died August 14, 2016. She was a partner at My-T Acres, Inc. and an avid supporter of helping at risk children in the Dominican Republic.  She was a member of Epsilon Kappa Tau sorority. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Daniel, two daughters, one son, two brothers, three sisters, and five grandchildren.

  • John Cockerill

    Aug 12, 2016

    John Nathan Cockerill '07 died Aug. 12, 2016. He was an instructor at The Second City Cleveland and the Cleveland Conservatory. He was a member of Pi Beta Sigma. He is survived by wife, Corey, and two children.
  • I. Bruce Turner

    Jul 4, 1946 –  Aug 9, 2016

    Dr. I. Bruce Turner '67 died August 9, 2016. He was a Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his mother and his father, Lynn Warren Turner, who was a past president of Otterbein, and a sister. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sue; three daughters; a sister and brother-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

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