Alumni Obituaries

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George Lehman


George William Lehman '53 died July 22, 2016. He was a retired naval aviator, Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Bronze star. He was preceded in death by his father, John H. Lehman '27. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sally Steffanni Lehman '56; a daughter and a son.

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W. Dean Kirkland


Dr. W. Dean Kirkland '54 died in March 1, 2016. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, a daughter and a son.

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Ralph Bender


Ralph E. Bender '59 died on March 30, 2016. He served as a medic in the Army Reserve. He was a teacher for over 33 years and public speaking and debate teacher and coach while also directing many plays and musicals. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year and inducted in the Centerville/Washington Township Education Foundation Hall of Fame. He was a member of Pi Beta Sigma. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lynn; three children;…

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Keith Brown


Keith L. Brown '61 died April 19, 2016. He was a member of Zeta Phi. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; five grandchildren; a brother, Larry E. Brown '60.

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Ellen Kemp Kay


Ellen Kemp Kay '62 died May 15, 2016. She was a teacher for 21 years in Dayton area schools. She was a member of Otterbein Women's Club and an accomplished artist in quilting and needlepoint. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Norris Kemp '26; three aunts, Bernice Norris Howard ' 27, Marianne Norris Temple '33, and Virginia Norris Smith '36; three uncles, Louis W. Norris '28, Dr. Fred H. Norris '34, and Robert E. Norris '43. She…

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G. Robin Hance


G. Robin Hance '62 died March 12, 2016. He was founder of the Robin Enterprises Printing Company, Westerville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janet Proctor Hance; three children and nine grandchildren.

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William Thompson


William D. Thompson '64 died March 11, 2016. He was a teacher and coach at Wadsworth High School. He was named All American football player and holds the javelin record for track at Otterbein. He was preceded in death by his parents, an uncle, his father-in-law and a brother-in-law. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judith Morison Thompson '66; three children; seven grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; two brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.

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I. Bruce Turner


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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Carol Mathias Herron


Carol Mathias Herron '73 died April 16, 2016. She taught special education for 35 years. She is survived by her husband, Randy; and a son.

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Patricia Call Riner


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.

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Mollie MacKenzie Rechin


Mollie MacKenzie Rechin '53 died Feb. 2, 2016. She was an elementary teacher in both public and private schools and a member of Sigma Alpha Tau. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bob, two sons and two grandchildren.

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Woodrow Macke


Woodrow Macke died July 14, 2015. He served as Otterbein’s business manager from 1965 to 1968 and as vice president for business affairs from 1968 until his retirement in 1988. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma. He is survived by four children, including Mary Macke Buchanan ’76 and William Macke ’78; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nephews, Chris Kaiser ’77 and Jonathan Amy ’79.

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Penny Snyder


Penny Snyder MSN ’07 died July 17, 2015. She was a professor in the nursing department at Ashland University and former president of the Ohio Organization of Practical Nursing Educators. She is survived by one daughter and three siblings. Friends Kim Sturgeon Boyd died July 14, 2015. She was a retired teacher from Delaware Hayes High School and choral instructor at Otterbein University. She is survived by her husband, Norman Meulenberg, two children and three grandchildren.

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Mary Agriesti Gall


Mary Agriesti Gall ’05 died April 13, 2015. She was a surgical nurse at Grant Medical Center, Columbus. She is survived by her husband, Mark Gall ’06, and two children.

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