Otterbein Alumni Obituaries
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Patrick Fitzgerald ’60 died April 17, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Berlin crisis. He was the president of R.A. Harrell Distributors, Tampa, FL, from 1971-1990. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally Jane Harrell Fitzgerald ’58, two children and two grandchildren.
Eugene Purdy ’57 died June 17, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He spent 37 years as a pastor serving different churches including Findlay, Salem, Springboro and North Bend Evangelical United Brethren churches; as well as Minerva Park, Circleville and Whitehall United Methodist churches. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eloise Tong Purdy ’54; four sons; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donald Schraitle ’56 died April 22, 2015. He was employed by Republic Steel and J&L Steel for 30 years. After retiring, he started DAS Accounting, providing services to small businesses for more than 27 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Janet Newman Schraitle ’56. He is survived by three children and eight grandchildren.
Joan Young Hicks ’51 died May 26, 2014. She was a teacher for 33 years in the Fairborn City Schools, Fairborn, OH. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Jean Young ’51. She is survived by three children, including son, Brian Hicks ’01; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Lillard Law ’51 died Aug. 18, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a superintendent in Alliance, Hamilton Township and Westfield Schools in Ohio early in his career. He was appointed as an administrative law judge to settle school system disputes and sat on the bench in Atlantic City and Trenton, NJ. At the age of 55, he went to law school and received his juris doctor. He remained on the bench until his retirement in…
Ned Forman ’54 died June 25, 2015. He was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Air Reserves and a retired school administrator, serving in various Ohio school districts. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Klenk Forman ’56; five children, including Tom Forman’78 and Nancy Forman Beers ’79; 17 grandchildren, including Kevin Beers ’05, Karen Beers Horvath ’07 and Gregory Beers ’10; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Susan Klenk Creamer ’66 and brother-in-law, Dale Creamer ’66.
Joan Eckard Vargo ’50 died June 2, 2015. She was a middle and high school English teacher, retiring from Norton School, OH, after 25 years of service. She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Simmons ’47, and second husband, George Bartels. She is survived by her husband, George Vargo; four children, including Pamela Simmons ’75 and Brenda Simmons Casciani ’77; and nine grandchildren.
Constance Bailey Brandenburg ’51 died July 3, 2015. She was an employee of the Franklin (OH) City Schools for 21 years, retiring in 1991. She was a Jennings Scholar in the 1983-84 school year and named Teacher of the Year in 1986. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charles. She is survived by four children, including Marilyn Brandenburg Winn ’73; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Frank MarLett ’50 died Aug. 26, 2015. He was a United Methodist pastor for 43 years, serving churches in Columbus, Cleveland, Mentor, Akron, Galion and Wooster. He was district superintendent in Mount Vernon, retiring in 1992; then served part-time at West Lebanon UMC for four years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Waugh MarLett; three children; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Donald Cooper ’49 died March 22, 2015. He was employed by Titanium Metal Corporation for more than 50 years, retiring as technical director. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Theodore Nichols ’27. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Berneta Nichols Cooper ’49; two children; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and brother-in-law, Theodore Nichols II ’62.
Frances Queen Touby ’48 died May 22, 2015. She volunteered for many groups including 20 years in the Girl Scouts, docent at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu and at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio during her life as an Air Force wife. In 1985, she became a reading specialist at Winston School and volunteered with a remedial reading program in San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Touby ’51. She is survived by two…