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Obituaries

Obituaries are listed here by the date of death (from most recent).
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  • Ralph Bragg

    Apr 15, 1934 –  Feb 13, 2017

    Ralph Bragg '56 died Feb.13, 2017.  He practiced  law  focused on real estate with the firm of Spengler, Nathanson, Heyman, McCarthy & Durfee in Toledo, OH, for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Emerson Bragg '26; and brother-in-law, Donald Williams '41. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Brentlinger Bragg '56; four children, including James Bragg '83; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and sister-in-law, Caroline Brentlinger Williams '51.
  • Julia Johnson

    Mar 23, 1958 –  Feb 3, 2017

    Julia Johnson '80 died Feb. 3, 2017.  She was employed by Nationwide Insurance as a computer software developer until 1996 when he retired to care for her mother.  She is survived by a brother, John Johnson '85.
  • Curtis W. Tong

    Aug 26, 1934 –  Jan 16, 2017

    Curt Tong '56 died Jan. 16, 2017. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was the head basketball coach at Otterbein from 1963 to 1972.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wavalene "Jinx" Kumler Tong '59; three children; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

  • Marilou Harold Roush

    Dec 5, 2016

    Marilou Harold Roush ’45 passed away on Dec. 5, 2016. She was 92 years old.A native of New York, Marilou met her husband, Edwin L. “Dubbs” Roush ’47, while both were students at Otterbein. Dubbs left Otterbein in 1942 to join the Navy where he served “3 years, 3 months and 3 days.”  After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, the World War II veteran returned to Otterbein to complete his studies and the couple married in March of 1946. Together they built a life that profoundly contributed to the “O” Club, Otterbein, Westerville and central Ohio.

    In 1951, Dubbs founded Roush Hardware. He later added Roush Sporting Goods and Roush Honda to the Roush family of businesses. Dubbs and Marilou made the lead $2 million gift to build Roush Hall, which was dedicated on June 12, 1993. They also were the leading private donors of the new Memorial Stadium, which was dedicated on September 17, 2005.  The Roush family and related businesses are valued members of the Otterbein and local communities.

    As a mother of five children, two of whom graduated from Otterbein, Marilou spent many years serving those closest to her. She participated in many Otterbein functions and was a member of the 1945 Golden Reunion committee.

    Marilou was preceded in death by her husband, Dubbs. She is survived by her children, Wendy Roush ’71, Susan Roush Fagan, Larry Roush ’76, Daniel Roush and Cynthia Roush ’80; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

    A viewing and service will be at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Westerville on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, with viewing at 9:30 a.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m., followed by a private burial

    .In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Otterbein "O" Club, St. Paul Catholic Church or WARM.

    The arrangements are being handled by Moreland Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at morelandfuneralhome.com.
  • Warren Harding Hayes

    Nov 3, 1920 –  Dec 5, 2016

    Warren Hayes '49 died Dec. 5, 2016.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II, the Korean conflict and the Army Reserves.  He retired from the lab at The Nestle Co., Marysville, OH and White Plains, NY, after 35 years service. He was preceded in death by three brothers, including Richard Hayes '57.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hazel Brehm Hayes '47; two children, including Louise Hayes Ruggeri '81; three grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Macel McDermott Hayes '55.
  • Sharon Kauffman Sunday

    Dec 5, 2016

    Sharon Kauffman Sunday '74 died Dec. 5, 2016. She recently retired from St. Ann's Hospital where she was a registered nurse.  She is survived by three sons, two grandchildren and a brother.
  • Betty Wolfe Bailey

    Dec 4, 2016

    Betty Wolfe Bailey '53 died Dec. 4, 2016.  She retired from Otterbein University after 47 years of service.  She was a member of Kappa Phi Omega sorority.  She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clark; four children, including Christine Bailey Green '86; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and relative Lois Snyder '48.
  • Paul Shartle

    Mar 5, 1920 –  Dec 1, 2016

    Paul Shartle '42 died Dec. 1, 2016. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force  serving in the 361st A.A.F. Band at Wright-Patterson Field, Dayton. He taught music in the Kettering City Schools from 1946-1962, then became an elementary school principal until his retirement in 1977.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy.  He is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
  • William E. LeMay

    Jun 5, 1924 –  Nov 30, 2016

    Otterbein University is mourning the passing of William E. “Bill” LeMay on Nov. 30, 2016. He was 92. He was an alumnus, emeritus trustee and beloved friend of Otterbein and many of its alumni.

    He exemplified service, commitment and transformative philanthropic leadership.
    “Bill LeMay has been a treasured member of the Otterbein community for many years,” said President Kathy Krendl. “We are grateful for his thoughtful leadership and generous philanthropy that has guided and shaped Otterbein over decades. His impact on Otterbein will never be forgotten.”

    Born on June 5, 1924, Bill received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Otterbein College in 1948, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1949, and an honorary doctor of science degree from Otterbein in 1973.

    Bill served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-1946 and achieved the rank of lieutenant. He was a B-17 bomber navigator stationed in England, where he flew missions over Germany. After the war, he enrolled at Otterbein at the urging of his wife, Helen Hilt LeMay, who graduated from the university in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry.

    During his career, Bill received more than two dozen patents in application, equipment and formulation of vinyl technology. He established six companies, including co-founding Waytek Corporation, where he was chairman of the board until his retirement. His work was integral to the development of commonly used medical products, including blood storage and disposable latex gloves.

    Bill was an avid supporter of his alma mater and a member of the Otterbein Board of Trustees from 1971 to 2007, serving on many committees and as chairman of the board. In May 2007, the Board granted him emeritus status.

    The LeMays’ generosity spans nearly 60 years and can be traced to every Otterbein campaign that has taken place during their lifetime. That philanthropic leadership culminated with Bill’s service as chair for the Campaign for Otterbein, the first major comprehensive campaign in Otterbein’s history that raised more than $30 million dollars.

    Bill once said, “I feel the guidance and inspiration received from my professors at Otterbein laid the foundation for whatever success I have had. They taught me a very basic philosophy that has been mine these years. Be honest. Search for the truth. And be a self-starter. Do not look for the easy way out. The easiest course may be the least desirable.”

    A consummate alumnus, Bill recently expressed to Becky Smith, executive director for alumni relations, his excitement for the future of Otterbein and specifically the launch of the new STEAM innovation center initiative, The Point at Otterbein University.

    Both Bill and Helen served on the committees for their 50th reunion and the Junebug Jamboree, an annual event at their home, and attended several Cardinal Migrations, donor recognition events and alumni weekends.

    For his services and professional success, Bill received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997 and Distinguished Service to Otterbein Award in 1983.

    Bill and Helen received The Mary B. Thomas Award from Otterbein University’s Alumni Association in 2014. The Mary B. Thomas Award for Commitment to Otterbein was established by President Kathy A. Krendl and the University’s Board of Trustees to help recognize the remarkable commitment of Otterbein investors to and for the University. Recipients of the Mary B. Thomas Award are recognized for their philanthropic leadership, service and commitment to advance Otterbein’s mission.

    The LeMays also have made a difference in their hometown of Waynesville, Ohio. They spearheaded the effort to build Waynesville’s new Bicentennial Park, helped to establish an endowment for the Miami Cemetery and a countywide community fund, and were instrumental in raising funds to establish the Stubbs Memorial Health Center.

    Through Bill’s leadership, the Greater Wayne Township Improvement Corporation was established to help to address the medical needs of the community. He was an active member of the Waynesville Rotary Club, served as president of the trustees for the Oakwood United Methodist Church and served as a trustee of the City Mission of Dayton. He was named Citizen of the Year by the city of Waynesville in 1997.

    He is survived by his wife, Helen, and children, Connie and Bonnie.

    A future memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael-LeMay Scholarship at Otterbein University.

    You can view a video interview with Bill and Helen at http://www.otterbein.edu/stand/who-isgiving/mary-b-thomas-award/lemay.aspx.

  • Judith Edworthy Wray

    Nov 26, 2016

    Judith Edworthy Wray '50 died Nov. 26, 2016.  She had a career in the Denver area as a theatrical professional, educator, and arts administrator. She was a member of Rho Kappa Delta sorority. She was recipient of the Otterbein Special Achievement Award in 1979. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John; one son and three grandchildren.

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