Alumni Obituaries

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Douglas Huelf


Douglas Huelf '55 died Sept. 16, 2020. He was born Aug. 17, 1929. He is survived by his wife Nita Horner Huelf '54. He attended Otterbein where he was in the Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx) fraternity.

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Charles Mohr


Charles Mohr '59 died March 4, 2021 at his home in Florida. Chuck was born on April 14, 1935 in Melmore, Ohio to the late Richard and Berniece Mohr. He was a member of the Melmore United Methodist Church, and graduated from Eden Local (Melmore) High School in 1953. While attending Melmore High School, he was a member of the County Championship basketball team. He later graduated from Otterbein College of Westerville, Ohio in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in…

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William Molter


William '53 and Janice Molter, passed away eight days apart at Wapakoneta Manor. William Molter, 91, passed away Dec. 7, 2020, Janice Molter, 80, passed away Dec. 15, 2020.William attended Otterbein where he was in the Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx) fraternity, 'O' Club and football. William is survived by his two children, Michael (Jocelyn) Molter of Perrysburg, and Christine Molter of Myrtle Beach, South Caroline. Janice is survived by her daughter Kimberly (Jeff) Nossaman of Bryan; and a daughter-in-law, Lori…

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William Schrader


William Schrader '57 died Jan. 12, 2018 at Laurelwood Care Center. Born April 8, 1934 in Johnstown, son of the late Walter J. and Gladys A. (Smith) Schrader. He attended Emmauel Baptist Church. He was a founding member of the Kiwanis. He was a member of Cambria lodge 278 Free & Accepted Masons and was also a Shriner. Former member of the Elks. U.S. Airforce Veteran. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved taking trips to Canada to hunt…

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Anne Ivers Lathrop


Anne Ivers Lathrop '99 died March 6, 2021. Anne was born on March 26, 1965 to the late Ralph Ivers and Agnes (Hairston) Ivers, and graduated from Upper Arlington High School. Anne became one of the first students to complete Columbus State's Early Childhood Development program. She later graduated from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Elementary Education. During high school, Anne developed a special love for the island of Martha's Vineyard where she honeymooned and vacationed almost every year…

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Judith Reighard Graffius


Judith Reighard Graffius '62 died March 23, 2021.She was born on May 29, 1940 to the late Clyde and Eleanor (Haring) Reighard in Akron, OH. After graduating from high school, Judy earned a Bachelor's Degree from Otterbein College where she was involved in the choir, Sibyl, Panhellenic Council and the Theta Nu (Greenwich) sorority. She went on to receive a Master's Degree in 1964, and a Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Illinois. Later that year, she was hired…

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Maxine Putterbaugh Alvarez


Maxine Putterbaugh Alvarez '48 died Feb. 15, 2021 at Brookhaven. She attended Otterbein College where she was involved in the Rho Kappa Delta (Arcady) sorority, basketball and volleyball. She was a long time member of Community United Methodist Church in Brookville. She was preceded in death by her husband Armand Alvarez, brother Eugene Putterbaugh '52 and sister Annabelle Putterbaugh Good '47.She is survived by her niece Beverly Putterbaugh Larson '68 and extended family and friends.

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Waldon Reed


Waldon “Walt” Reed ’50 Nov. 18, 2019. He was born on June 28, 1925 in Johnstown, OH to the late Forrest and Carrie (Green) Reed. Walt grew up in Center Village working on the family farm. A graduate of Harlem High School, he served in the US Army stateside during WW II and graduated from Otterbein College. He was involved in the Sigma Delta Phi (Sphinx) fraternity, Leather Helmet Gang, and played football at Otterbein. Walt was Post Master in…

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David Cheek


David Cheek ’63 died March 17, 2021. He was born to Fred ‘33 and Mary Sue ’35 Cheek on Aug. 2, 1941 in Ohio but was raised in Dearborn, Trenton, and St. Clair Shores, MI. Dave attended Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and graduated with a degree in Economics. He was involved in the Pi Beta Sigma (Pi Sig) fraternity, ‘O’ Club and played baseball. Dave met wife Carol Schweitzer ‘64 at Otterbein in her first class as a freshman.…

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George Vawter


George Vawter ’49 died March 16, 2021. He was born in Mansfield, OH on Dec. 27, 1925, to the late George and Mirl (Slick) Vawter. George served in the Army Air Corp in WWII and then earned his Bachelor's degree from Otterbein College. He was a part of the Zeta Phi (Zeta) fraternity at Otterbein. George began teaching at elementary schools around Columbus and then Dayton. During a summer break, he worked as Purchasing Agent for a local home-builder and…

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Maria Platano


Maria Platano ’67 died March 8, 2021. She was born July 14, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Daniel and Sue Platano Sr. Ria proudly attended Otterbein College and graduated with a degree in physical science. She was in the Theta Ne (Greenwich) sorority and played basketball. She was an athlete, Guidance Counselor, artist, golfer and worked for the Painesville City Local Schools.Ria was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. Always smiling, always loving, always positive. She…

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Jean McCloy Needham


Jean McCloy Needham '41 died March 9, 2021 at the age of 101. She was born Dec. 27, 1919 to the late Ona (Milner) and James McCloy of Westerville, Ohio. Jean graduated from Otterbein College with a bachelor degree in elementary education and was in the Theta Nu (Greenwich) sorority. She continued her education earning a master's degree in elementary education from Wright State University, and taught preschool and first grade in Dayton.A longtime active member of Fairview United Methodist…

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David Geehring


David Geehring '48 died March 6, 2021. David was born June 9, 1924 in Delaware, Ohio to the late Earl and Margaret (Adams) Geehring. David honorably served his country in the United States Army during World War II, where he became a wounded warrior. After the Army, he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Otterbein College. He was involved in the Pi Kappa Phi (Country Club) fraternity, Leather Helmet Gang and the “O” Club. David…

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Lynne Stephenson Burley


Lynne Stephenson Burley '87 died Jan. 2, 2021. She was born April 12, 1965 and was from Middletown, OH. She graduated from Otterbein with a degree in computer science and worked as a software engineer. She was involved in the band and Tau Epsilon Mu (Talisman) sorority.

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Jennifer Kelly


Jennifer Lynn Kelly ’68 died Feb. 28, 2021. She was born July 4, 1946 in Altoona, PA to the late Genevieve Kelly and the late J. Dwight Kelly. Jennifer graduated from Weedsport Central High School in 1964 and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Otterbein in 1968. While at Otterbein, she participated in a wide range of activities with a heavy emphasis in music and the arts. She was in the band and Quiz & Quill. She also…

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