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     Time has taken its toll on the Class of 1964. Let's take a few moments for remembrance of those Classmates who are no longer with us. Below is the most current list of our Classmates who are no longer with us. please take a moment to remember each and every one.

Jeff Allen
Jack H. Bader

BADER, LCDR Jack H. 72, of Springfield, passed away March 29, 2018 in Springfield Manor. He was born February 10, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Rolla Thurston and Mabel Faye (Roberds) Bader. Mr. Bader was a graduate of Colonel White High School and the University of Dayton receiving his degree in engineering. He was retired from the United States Navy. Survivors include one brother; Michael Bader, Springboro, Ohio niece and nephew; Melisa Loney, Springfield and Michael Bader, Dayton, great niece and nephew; Vaniessa Powell and Eric Powell, Springfield and great great niece and nephew; Grady and Tatum Anderson. He was preceded death by his wife; Dazie Bader, a brother; Donald Bader and his parents. Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday in the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME with Pastor Rick Clos officiating with Military Honors immediately following. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services.
(Published in Dayton Daily News on Apr. 1, 2018)
*See our Military Hall of Fame page located under (Remember/Alumni) for story about Jack.

Phillip Booghier
Janice (Jan) L. Bosworth

BOSWORTH, Janice L. "Jan" Age 71 passed away after a short illness, Sunday, January 21st, 2018. Jan was preceded in death by her parents Blake and Barbara Bosworth as well as her sister Roberta Bosworth Sowder. Jan is survived by her 6 cats (whom she considered her children) Jordan, Riley, Holly, Cassie, Josie and Daisy & her long time friend Pam Rasper Martin (David Woods) of Islamorada, Fl. Jan was a 1964 graduate of Colonel White High School. She had worked at Norstan Communications & was working at the Meijer's by the Dayton Mall as a cashier when she passed. She enjoyed her life with her cats, her flower garden & computer games. A service will be held Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 from 2-3pm at the Chapel at Woodland Cemetery, with internment at Woodland immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your favorite cat rescue organization. Condolences may be expressed online by sending them to pmflkeys@aol.com.
(Published in Dayton Daily News on June 3, 2018).

Carol Brasher Gisel
Richard James Breidenbach

Feb. 13, 1946 – Sept. 6, 2009

Bismarck, North Dakota

Richard was born on February 13, 1946 and passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2009.
Richard was a resident of Bismarck, North Dakota.
He graduated from high school in Dayton and attended Wright State University.
He graduated from Chapman College with a Bachelors Degree in Business.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and proudly served in Vietnam; receiving an honorable discharge.

Richard is survived by Kathleen.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12th at 11 AM
at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. Family and friends will gather at Eastgate Funeral Home on Friday, September 11th from 6 to 8 pm to celebrate his life.

Bob Brier

Bob Brier grew up in Dayton and graduated from Jefferson Elementary where he was a great basketball player. He loved all sports. I remember going to many U of D games with him and watching Carmen Riazzi, or Ray Derringer shoot the ball in from amazing positions.

Onto Colonel White and still better grades-good enough to get him a scholarship to the University of Chicago where he finished not only college but medical school. Next it's out West (where its best) to a internal medicine practice in San Diego. Someone should have explained to him that although Orange County was plenty conservative, it was still part of the Left Coast. This turned out to be a decades long source of humor between us.

Bob married the love of his life Barbara Regan in 1988, and they promptly popped out Sam ( now 14 ) and Tom ( 11). Though Bob couldn't swim well enough to cross a bath tub, Sam is a championship swimmer.

He was nuts about travel and Barb remembers that almost every time a plane flew overhead he wondered where it was headed. He didn't miss out though, as he had traveled plenty in his short life.

We had a lifelong friendship-though a great deal of it was long distance-the miles between San Diego and Portland. I did see him and Sam a time or two when in San Diego for a visit, and though at the time Sam was a very little guy and Bob was still a very tall guy, I recall seeing Bob doing whatever it took to stay at about the same height eye -wise anyhow as his son. The look of affection on Bob's face was something no one could miss.

Bob had the longest friendship of his life with his first cousin Rick Gelman. They were more or less two guys with one thought pattern. They had their own way of communicating, and for the last thirty years or so spoke on the phone enough to keep the AT&T stock in the clouds. You always saw them together. Two real buddies, the kind you're lucky to have one of in your life.

It was Bob's heart that gave out to a virus and he passed away on January 26, l996. While his heart wasn't strong enough to beat the virus, anyone who knew him understood it was large enough and kind enough be as good a friend as there ever was.

I miss all the time our correspondence- with him sending me some goofy article about how awful plaintiff's lawyers were along with the Brier dry commentary. I loved writing him back something designed to send him into malpractice orbit. He was one worthwhile pal.

Respectfully submitted,
Larry Sokol

Vickie Brown

Mike Browne

Connie Bullard

Monica Chaffin Thomas

Age 64 of Dayton, Ohio, died Monday, August 23, 2010.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Imler; daughter, Mimi Longworth; step-daughter, Victoria E. Thomas; 3 sisters, Mary Meyer, Lynne Gulleman, and Barbara Meece;
many nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 28th at 1:00 PM at Baker Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia
Drive, at N. Main Street. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left for the family at
www.bakerhazelsnider.com . (published August 27th, 2010)

Dennis P. “Denny” Cheatham

Dennis P. “Denny” Cheatham, age 75, of Dayton, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Denny was a lifelong resident of Dayton. He graduated from Colonel White High School, class of 1964, and was a Veteran of the United States Army. Denny worked for 46 years at WHIO as a videographer for Channel 7, where we won 3 Emmy’s. He was inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He enjoyed his job, the early morning calls to get to a news story, the people he worked with, the first responders he met, and friends he made at all the places where he was a regular customer. Denny shared special memories about the many trips he took covering stories in the United States and overseas with anyone who would ask. He was probably best known for his wit and his “pleasant” disposition.

Denny was devoted to and cherished his beloved wife of 41 years, Joan, who preceded him in death in 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Doris Cheatham; sister and brother-in-law, Thomasine and Jack Beard; and niece, Kathy Nelson.

He is survived by his brother, William (Karen) Cheatham, nieces, Candice, (Mike) Hadden and Lisa Honrath; nephews, Jack (Margaret) Beard, Kevin Beard, Billy Cheatham and Daniel Nelson; several great- nieces and great-nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services 7 PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Marker and Heller Funeral Home, Huber Heights Chapel, 5844 Old Troy Pike with John Beard officiating. Committal service Wednesday at Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5pm till service time. The family would like to express special thanks to the doctors and nurses who cared for him at Good Sam, Grandview, Miami Valley, and Kettering Hospitals. A special thank you to Dr. Louis Heckman and the staff at Lincoln Park Manor for their loving care and kindness and to his caring neighbors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Dayton in Denny’s memory.

Michael Coleman deceased Sept. 20, 2011

Michael E. ‘Mike' Coleman Sr., 65, died at 8:28 p.m. Sept. 20, 2011, at St. Rita's Medical Center.

He was born June 9, 1946, in Columbus to Harold Eugene and Mary Emogene Lansing Coleman, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 30, 1985 he married Linda J. Sudlow, who survives in Lima.

Mr. Coleman was a member of Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church, Lafayette. He was a member of the Gold Wing Touring Association. He enjoyed going to auctions, number 35 at Sargent's Auction, woodworking and refinishing. He graduated from Colonel White High School, Dayton. He had been an auto body painter and had worked for Superior Coach, Mid-Bus and Pepsi Cola.

Survivors also include three sons, Mike Coleman Jr., Pat E. Bolling Jr. and Shelby Coleman; four daughters, Regina Coleman, Monica (Marc) Dulebohn, Janelle Coleman and Lorette (Alex Tellez) Bolling; and 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The Rev. Troy Underhill will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery, Westminster.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to West Central Ohio Autism Community, 1414 Hill St., Lima, OH 45801.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandson.com.

Clifford Collins deceased 2001
John Deski

Paul E. Dugan

Dugan, Paul E. - News Death Notice DUGAN, Paul E. age 63 of Kettering, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Graveside service 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 Calvary Cemetery, ...
Published in the Dayton Daily News on 12/8/2009


Ann Dwyer Sanday

June 20, 1946 - July 22, 2007 Ann passed away in Elgin, S. Carolina, leaving husband David Sanday, who passed away within the past couple of years.


Jim Frazier

Jim passed away in August of 1992.

Betty Fugate died in middletown Ohio May 20th, 2008

Bob Gehring


GOODE, Thomas J. "Tom" age 64 of Clayton, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Survived by daughter Amanda Goode-Morton of Kettering, son Richard Goode of KY, step-son John Kovacs of OR, 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Services will be private. On line condolences for the family may be sent to www.bakerhazelsnider.com
Marvin Gray

Mary Jo Greene and I were best friends. She was there for me always.She was there when both my boys were born.When I got divorced she had moved to Maine for health reasons.

She and her then husband sent us the money to come for a visit. While there my Mother died. I couldn't have been with a better person.Latter she and her daughter moved to Tahoe. They stopped in Dayton to see us on the way.

We spent three days reminiscing. What laughs we had.I never saw her again, but we stayed in touch by phone.Mary Jo died of bone cancer and I will miss her always.

-Ginny Ridinger (Erickson)

Paul Gustin

A Tribute to Paul Gustin by George Kellar

To try to explain or describe a thirty-year friendship in a few words is impossible. Paul Gustin and I (George Kellar) started running around together our sophomore year and didn't stop running until his untimely death in 1990.

Thirty years of adventures and misadventures through H.S., college and the early years of our ADULT? lives - Halloween, cherry bombs, pumpkins at Anne Barr's and Peggy Miller's houses; (and every house between); honking horns at Parkmoor Drive-in; driving the rent-a cop crazy; the 100+mph drive-by on Paul's Harley while waving to Jack A. during band practice at DeWeese; Nugent's bachelor party when Paul's 'vette caught fire and we left it at C.W. with the fire department and hitched a ride to the party (priorities ); two guys in front and three in the trunk going to the drive-in; the fishin' trip to Michigan when we brought back -0- fish and a 14-day-old deer; Fri/Sat nights on High Street and some long, slow drives back up the road to Otterbein; the weekday, work night phone call, "Gustin, get a mug and get over here," to the unlocked Michelob draft truck, two folding chairs, literally flowing beer and a glorious sunrise; after- work meetings at Casa Lupita- -much more that appropriately will go unrecorded with Paul’s being gone and my pleading the Fifth. We didn't miss out on much!

Most important, sharing the challenges of growing up, trying to figure out who we were and where we fit in the world, weddings, kids, careers--all the while knowing that through it all someone had your back, unqualified and without question. I miss my friend.

Milton Hanks

by Laurie Sylvester

Milton Ray Hanks was born in Montpelier, Idaho on August 3, 1946. He was the 3rd son and 5th child of Delbert and Katie Hanks. He was married to Kathleen Kennedy Hanks for 40 years and they had 7 children.  He served honorably in the United States Air Force and flew helicopters in Vietnam. Milt was a landscape artist. He was also the mayor of Eureka, a small mining town in Juab County, Utah.

Milt?s father was a Boy Scout executive and they moved to Dayton when he took the job of Executive Director of the Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts. Milt attended Longfellow Elementary and Colonel White HS.

 I met Milt in the summer of 1961 when my family moved to Dayton. He and I were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We had some interesting times with our youth group activities. We also attended an early morning religious studies class called Seminary. His sister, Nancy, would drive us in the morning and we would go from our church on Fountain Ave. to Colonel White. Incidentally, Nancy Hanks played the role of Marsinah in the CW production of Kismet.

After high school, I lost contact with him for many years but the advent of Facebook and our alumni group on FB got many of us back in contact. In August of 2009 I was out in Utah for a visit with my sister who lives in Tooele. I mentioned on FB that I was in Utah and Milt replied wondering where?  When I told him he said he lived right down the road and we arranged for him to come up and have dinner with my sister, brother-in-law and me. We had a lovely evening chatting and eating. The next day my brother-in-law and I drove down to Eureka and spent some time at his house. His artwork is beautiful; you can see a large picture on his FB page. That was the last time I saw him and he wasn?t really active on FB so I didn?t hear much until his son posted on his page in May 2014 that Milt was in the hospital in bad shape with a septic infection and would likely lose a foot. He did in fact lose part of a leg but did recover. However, after a lengthy battle with diabetes, he passed away on March 20, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was laid to rest in the Bluffdale Veteran?s Cemetery in a private memorial service.

Click here for more about his life.

Claude Henley

Claude Henley served on the Dayton Fire Department for thirty-one years. He was a District Chief for eleven years. Claude passed away in May of 1998.

According to Asst Chief John Moore, Claude was an easy going and likeable person. He had gone on vacation in May of 1998 and died in his sleep from a heart attack. In the state of Ohio heart and lung disease are related ailments that are very common to firemen.

He left behind a wife. Please remember him in your thoughts. If you wish to post a memory about Claude, please go to our Remember When area. We welcome your memories.

Nancy Jones

Classmate Nancy Evans Jones passed away & her husband posted the following on his Facebook page pertaining to her death.: It is with profound sorrow that I announce the death of Nancy Evans-Jones, my wife of 25 years. Nancy fought a short, but intense and courageous battle against cancer. She died peacefully surrounded by family on October 17, 2015. A memorial service in North Kitsap Washington will be announced at a later date. There will be another memorial service in Ohio in August 2016, the date to be announced later. Nancy was a long-time Unitarian Universalist who was very active in St. John's UU Church in Cincinnati. In the Northwest, she was Board President and Membership Chair at Cedars UU Church on Bainbridge Island, and she was a founding member and Planning Team Chair of North Kitsap Unitarians in Poulsbo. In addition, Nancy was and ardent animal lover and gardener. I will miss her intensely. (Last year Nancy showed up early to our Friday evening mixer with her Sister. She spoke to a few of us who were there setting up & said she couldn't stay; but for those of us who did talk with her, we were glad she at least got to spend a brief moment with us that evening. Jim Rowlands)

Tribute to Nancy Jones by Virginia Lake Burroughs

I was shocked early on Sun., Oct. 18 when I read Nancy Jones' husband's (Frank Mandt) about her death on Facebook. She'd been posting fairly recently!

I remember Nancy's house, her father's "library" (he let me borrow books), and our chats - what a fascinating classmate and friend! Nancy and I kept in touch after high school, and I still have letters she wrote me from Kent State. Then, the letters stopped, we lost touch, and I often thought of her and wondered where she was, what she was doing.

When we began planning for our 50th reunion, Nancy was among the "missing," and I told Sally Montgomery Saunders how much I wanted to find Nancy. She led me to Nancy's sister's obituary, which she recalled seeing - from that, I found where Nancy lived, eventually got in touch with her, and wrote an update on her life for this site. It was SO good to touch base again, catch up on the exciting life she'd lived, know how happy and still involved she was, and I was thrilled that she planned to attend the reunion.

When our reunion arrived, I anxiously awaited her arrival - then discovered she'd arrived too early, but said she'd return. I waited, watched, asked, but she didn't show. I called her a few days later, and found that she'd gone to the Oregon District to meet one of her sisters and their conversation got involved, she couldn't leave - but she invited me to "stop by" the wonderful home/site (with all the wildlife) if/when I ever made it to the Northwest. Someday, I thought...

But that day won't come - no "reunion" for us, no walks or talks on the wonderful home-site she'd described, no meeting the man who'd made her so happy. As I read and re-read Frank's words, this song kept going through my head: "but I always thought that I'd see you, one more time again."

Ray Karns
Carol Karmosay
George Kellar

George Kellar

KELLAR, George R. Age 70 of Springboro, Ohio. Jesus called George home on Monday, May 29, 2017. George died peacefully at Sycamore Hospital. He was born in Dayton on August 1, 1946 and attended Colonel White High School and Otterbein College. George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn; son, Jeff (Regina), daughter, Lisa; grandchildren, Joel and Megan Kellar; brother, Bob (Carla); sister, Marti Kellar; mother-in-law, Jean Minneman; sister-in-law, Carol (Bob) Ewald; brother-in-law, David Minneman; brother-in-law, Dan (Ginger) Minneman, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death his parents, George and Marjorie. George was loved by all who knew him- best known for his energy, honesty, humor and strength. George began his career teaching and coaching at Meadowdale High School. He loved that job and had the opportunity to mentor so many students and develop life-long friendships with them. After teaching he worked at Shopsmith and ended his working career at Pierre Frozen Foods. George continued to live a full life in retirement by being involved in the Montgomery County College Scholarship program as a mentor and through service to his church. Throughout his life he lived to help and serve others. George loved taking vacations with his family and friends; his vacation home at Norris Lake; taking fishing trips with his children and friends in Canada and planning yearly outings with his friends from Otterbein College. He enjoyed doing remodeling projects with is children and attending his grand childrens' school and swimming events. George will be greatly missed by his loving family and by all who had the pleasure to know and work with him. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who have worked with George over the years. He was blessed to have such excellent care. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Living Water Lutheran Church Building Fund, 667 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton, Ohio 45459. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 4th from 4-8:00 p.m. at the Christian Life Center, 3489 Little York Road, Dayton, Ohio, 45414. Service will be held on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:00 at the Christian Life Center with Pastor Mark Daniels officiating. Interment will be at Miami Valley Memorial Gardens on Lytle Five Points in Centerville, Ohio. Arrangements are being handled by Newcomer Funeral Home, North Chapel, www.newcomerdayton.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on June 1, 2017

Jim King (CW Class of '65)

All gave some. . . some gave all.

Jimmy King and I were in Vietnam together. We were also on a baseball team together. We both played the outfield. A high fly ball came in our direction. I let him take it. He did. Right on the top of his head! After that he might have been the only kid in baseball who wore a batting helmet in the outfield. .

Rick Sykes

Robin K. Leen (CW Class of '65)

Robin K. Leen age 68 of Dayton, OH, passed away September 3, 2014.

Visitation was at Baker, Hazel, & Snider Funeral Home and Crematory, 5555 Philadelphia Dr., Dayton, OH 45415 on Sept. 8, 2014 from 11a – 12p.

*Robin attended E.J. Brown Elementary School before coming to Col. White. His name & story can be found on our "Little Colonels" page under the story, "A Tweet of a Find" by Jackie Winkler.

Fred Litsey Nov. of 2015

A "Celebration of Life" for Fred was held on July 15th 2017 at 1:30p at the Dayton Memorial Cemetery.

James Lynch

Harry Malone

He had big brown eyes that reminded me of a sweet old puppy dog. He was kind, gentle and a very gracious man. He was my friend through grade school and high school... With all of the work on reunions I was hoping I might be able to see him sometime. When our class sponsored the October night out, Harry Malone surprised us all by attending. What a nice man he turned out to be. How sad is his passing. Thank goodness for the October Night Out as the classmates who attended were lucky to see him if only for this one more time. How tenuous is life and how it can turn on a dime.

Harry leaves behind a family who I am sure will mourn him for a long time. The world has been robbed of a truly gentle soul.

Magda Wilson Houtz

Dayton Daily News Obit

Ruth Menzies Wentworth

Ruth M. Wentworth, 72, Neosho, entered into rest on September 16, 2019 at her home, following an extended illness. Ruth was born Dec. 8, 1946 in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Walter C. and Barbara (Cowan) Pedersen. Ruth graduated from Colonel High School class of 1964. She was a member of AFS and JCOWA. also, Delta Theta Sigma service club.  She had worked as a department manager for McDonald’s and as a pharmacy clerk. Ruth and her family moved to Neosho in 1973 from Springfield. She was an avid reader, enjoyed bird watching, she enjoyed going with her husband to barbershop harmony music events, listening to Wayne’s piano music and eating Wayne’s cooking. Ruth and R. Wayne Wentworth were married on March 31, 1967 in Bradenton, Florida and he survives. Additional survivors include four children, Bob Wentworth and wife, Cheryl of Carl Junction; Jennifer Cassel and husband Doug of Abrams, Wisconsin, Rebecca Koebbe of Edwardsville, Illinois and Sarah Wentworth of Birmingham, Alabama; nine grandchildren, Kira, Ryan, Douglas, Benjamin, Matthew, Samuel, Rachel, Ellie and Mikayla; three great grandchildren, Ayden, Jude and Maya; two brothers, Andre Pedersen and Bill Pedersen and two half brothers, Rob Menzies and John Jennerich. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Cassel, half sister, Tina and half brother, John Menzies. Memorial services will be held on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 2 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Neosho, Pastor Steve Gilmore will officiate. Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the First Lutheran Church, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Gina Mills Fields

     My special friend Gina Mills Fields died in mid April from complications due to Brain Cancer. I have not seen her for as while because she did not know me anymore. She was a terrific lady. She suffered terribly for five years. Without Regina's pushing and prodding we probably never would have gotten the 41st CW Reunion Committee of the ground. Her help, was immeasurable. Gina was a dear sweet person with the gentleness and kindness you seldom see in people anymore. I miss her so much but I know she is happy and free of pain. Goodbye Gina and thank you for gracing my life with your goodness.

Magda Wilson Houtz

Click here for full obituary page.

Age 64, of Dayton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 11, 2010.

     Regina was preceded in death by her mother, Isabella Hammonds; father, Ophard Mills; step-father, Carl Aren; son, Roger Sweatt; grandson, Zachary Glenn Haenggi; and by her ex-husband & long-time companion, Thomas G. Fields.

     Regina is survived by one son & two lovely daughters, Tony & his wife, Patricia Sweett; LaGina & her husband, Bryan Laswell and Joni & her husband, Rick Haenggi; five grandchildren, KateLyn Laswell, Rebecca & Cade Sweett, Kayla & Ricky Haenggi; five siblings, Ted Mills, Jim & Donna Mills, Donald & Pam Mills, Perry Glenn Mills, Joan & Donald Haddad; sister-in-law, Wanda Mills; her best friend, Linda Ward & her son, Michael; and by her extended family & many good friends.

     Regina was everybody’s “bosom buddy” as the owner of Isabella’s Bra-Tique on North Main Street. Regina was a very generous & caring woman who helped many people during hard times. She would literally give people the shirt off her back, and always opened her home to bless others.

     The family will be receiving friends from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Jerry Siler officiating. Interment will follow at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

     Contributions may be made in memory of Regina to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.


Cheryl Anne (Mink) Williams

Sadly, on March 23rd 2018, Cheryl Anne Williams (Mink) of Englewood, Ohio left us for a better place. Cheryl was a graduate of Colonel White High School Class of 1964. She was loved and cherished by many people including: her husband, John Williams III; her children, John Williams IV of Englewood, Kristen Williams; her grandchildren, Hayden Williams, Brenna Williams, Kayleigh Williams, Juliana Williams; her son-in-law, Todd Williams of Englewood; her siblings, Christine Martinson (James) of Kettering, William Mink (Nancy) of Loveland, Scott Mink, Claudia Mink; her parents, William Mink, Sheila Mink (Greig). She was also cherished by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Max Moran

Merrill Morrissey


Mike Neff

I remember Mike as being a very quiet but a very funny guy. He had the driest sense of humor. Whenever I would see him he always had something funny to brighten my day. We shared classes together and he was always a fun person. Even though Mike was rather quiet and very much a loner, we had a nice relationship. I came to know him at Jefferson when I was so "ga ga' over his older brother.

It has been a while since Mike has left us. I remember the day I heard about his passing. I felt sad that he was gone at such an early age. He was a sweet person. He never had anything bad to say about anyone. I am glad that he passed through my life.

Magda Wilson Houtz

William Denny Parsons

Born: January 8, 1946
Died: January 14, 2010
Vietnam Vet Buried at the Dayton National Cemetery
A good man..

Charles Pemberton

Sharon Price Linak

We regret to let you all know that one of our sweetest classmates went to Heaven June 12, 2010. She will be missed also as a Little Colonel especially when we celebrate our LC Homecoming this October. Her husband was so kind to return the Little Colonel RSVP with a nice note and her obituary, as follows:

“Sharon Price Linak, age 64, of Westerville, Ohio, entered the presence of the Lord early Saturday morning, June 12th. After 5½ years of running the breast cancer race, she finally gained her prize, which is eternity with Jesus. She was full of unconditional love for her husband, children, grandchildren, and friends. She was a spiritual mentor to many, dedicated soccer mom, amazing cook, and always poured her life into people of all ages and circumstances.

She is survived by her beloved best friend of 43 years, Dick; her children Jen (Alex) Crawford, John (Kelly) Linak, Rich (Lindsay) Linak and Allie (Wes) Elifritz; her grandkids Conner, Cooper, Carson, and Chase Crawford, Zoe, Jackson, Addie, Kole, Reid, and Will Linak, her brother Dick (Ann) Price. She loved raising an ordinary family who serves an extraordinary God! The viewing and funeral [will be] held at Grace Fellowship Church of Westerville, 3475 Paris Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081. The viewing times [are] Wednesday, June 16th, from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and Thursday, June 17th, from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. with the funeral [proceeding] at 1 p.m., officiated by Pastor J. Murray Murdoch.

The internment [will take place] at Blendon Central Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to the Sharon Linak Memorial at Grace Fellowship Church of Westerville.” (Arrangements were made by Moreland Funeral Home, Westerville, Ohio)

On a personal note (Jackie), Sharon and I did something together that I will never forget…we were pretty good friends, beginning at E. J. Brown School, and this is almost too embarrassing to admit.

Remember when we used to have playground monitors during the summer months and how they planned games, tournaments, other activities, and then a talent show at the end of the summer? Well, Sharon and I used to go to the playground, and at the end of our 8th grade summer, Bonnie, our playground monitor, talked Sharon and me into “performing” at the talent show.

So we went to work and “choreographed” a jazz dance routine to Cast Your Fate to the Wind. We actually danced it on a make-shift stage in front of all those peers and parents! I still can’t believe we had the nerve to do it, but it is a good memory (however embarrassing to think about today!) of a fun time with Sharon. She is now resting and being rewarded.

Arden Pulver

Pulver, Arden K Jr. age 70, born September 2, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017. Preceded in death by parents Arden K. Pulver Sr. and Joan (Gast) Pulver, brother Kenneth Clayton Pulver and son Brandon John Pulver. Survived by his wife June of 33 years, daughter Melissa Ann Pulver (fiance Carlos Cornejos and granddaughter Nylina) of Orlando, FL, son Arden K Pulver III, daughter-in-law Amy Pulver, 2 grandchildren Reese and Marin Pulver, a sister Sara (Ron) Davis, Aunt Sara (Richard) Dinneen, sister-in-law Pam Pulver and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. He retired from Reichard Buick/GMC after 35 years. A visitation will be held from 12:00pm until 1:00pm, - Baker, Hazel, Snider Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial Services 1:00pm Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at Fairview United Methodist Church 828 W. Fairview Ave. Dayton, OH by Barb Wiechel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the COPD Foundation 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Miami, FL 33134 or the Miami Valley S Gaugers Train Club 227 W. Spring St. Eaton, OH 45320. On-line condolences for the family may be sent to www.bakerhazelsnider.com. Frm. Jim Rowlands, CWHS '64,(Arden was CWHS Class of '64 grad, who came to many of our Oct. Night Out's. Also attended Brown School.)

Sarah Queen


Linda Sue (Rice) Miller

CATAWBA ISLAND: Linda Sue Miller, 66, of Catawba Island, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 5, 2013 following a lengthy illness.

Arrangements entrusted to the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton, OH.

Published in the The News-Messenger on Oct. 7, 2013

View FULL Obituary by clicking here


Jim Rowlands

ROWLANDS, James A. 74 of Springboro, Ohio, passed suddenly on April 28, 2020. Jim was born in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Col. White High School and Wright State University. Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marsha; Son, Jason J. Rowlands (Jhoy); Daughter, Brittainney Leuzinger (John); Grandchildren, Julian Rowlands, Audrey Rowlands, Willow Rowlands, Jane Leuzinger and Evan Leuzinger. Brother John M. Rowlands (Barbara); Sister-in-Law, Barbara J. Rowlands. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Robert O. & Jane T. Rowlands; and Brother Robert O. Rowlands II .Jim loved his Grandchildren so much and enjoyed going to all their sports and dance activities. Family, were the most important people in Jim's life. They made the world a better place. Jim spent most of his teaching career at Incarnation School in Centerville, teaching Jr. High History and Social Studies for 39 years. He loved his job and had the opportunity to mentor so many students and develop life-long friendships with them. Jim coached CYO Gymnastics, Volleyball, Football and Basketball, as well as Wee Elks Football and summers coaching his Son's and Daughter's Baseball and Softball teams. Jim was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, teacher and friend and will be missed by all those he touched in life. May God hold him in the palm of his hand and Angels watch over him. TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL in care of arrangements. The family would appreciate donations in his name to The Dayton Food Bank. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com. Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in Dayton Daily News on May 3, 2020.


Paul Rush deceased 1999

Jerry Sampson

Martin Schlosser deceased 2006

Adele Schuman deceased 1977

Tribute to Adele
By Robert Bluman (CW Class of 1970)

Adele Schuman's parents were close friends with my parents, Stanley and Irene Bluman. Adele was my big sister-buddy as well as my babysitter when I was a little kid.

Adele lived with her parents and brother, Ted, on Everett Drive in one of the "suburban" ranches across from Princeton Park. If you remember, the late 1940s to 1950s brought mass construction to the area around Academy Place and other streets. Although their house was probably 800 sq. ft, I always thought it was the cat’s meow! Adele faced a few challenges in life and her parents worried terribly about what would happen in her later years. I remember when her mom passed away at age 52 (in the mid 1960s), Adele walked from Everett Drive to our home on Lexington Avenue near Catalpa Drive just to personally tell us that her mom had just passed away that morning.

Mrs. Schuman was the glue that held the family together, and some were concerned for Adele’s wellbeing. Her wonderful older brother took Adele under his wing and they both relocated to Wisconsin (I believe). Adele did so well. Just after receiving a job promotion and buying her first home with her own money in 1977, a drunk driver broad-sided her small automobile. She died immediately.

I still have fond memories of the sweet, loving girl she always was. Her father buried Adele at Riverview Cemetery on East Shantz Avenue in Oakwood next to her mother. I miss Adele even today.

Jean Smith

Jim Spires

John Stamatakos

John C. Stamatakos, age 70, passed away December 15, 2016. Born September 20, 1946 in Dayton, OH to the late Constantine and Demetra (nee Caras) Stamatakos. John served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, was a Graduate of The Ohio State Univ. Law School and practiced in Columbus for over 40 years. Preceded in death by brothers Stratin and Louis Stamatakos and sister Joan Stamatakos. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, JoAnne (nee Georgiton) Stamatakos; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Visitation will be held Monday, December 19, from 5-8 p.m. with Trisagion service at 7:30 p.m. at O. R. WOODYARD NORTHWEST, 2990 Bethel Rd. Funeral service will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High Street. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to The Greek Orthodox Cathedral or Kobacker House OhioHealth Hospice.

Susan Stasio



Peggy Stichweh Nunning

Margaret "Peggy"L. Nunning 1946-2013. Margaret "Peggy" L. Nunning, 67, of Pensacola, FL passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Peggy was born on March 13, 1946 in Middletown, OH. She graduated from Colonel White High School in Dayton, OH in 1964 and Purdue University in 1968. After moving to Pensacola, she taught Elementary School. Peggy was an active lady and her many hobbies included sewing, tennis, camping, snow skiing, pottery, bridge, bunco and traveling.

She held various leadership positions in community organizations/clubs and was involved in many activities including LadyBugs Garden Club, Pensacola Woman's Tennis league (captain), the Wildlife Sanctuary, Pensacola Ski Club, the Alpha Phi Delta Mu Alumae of Purdue University, Pensacola Junior Woman's Club and Kaleidoscope/Ballet Pensacola.

She was also a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Chester K. and Lenore A. Weglage Stichweh.She is survived by her husband, Walter J. Nunning of Pensacola, FL; daughters, Katie L. Straw (David T. Straw) of Jacksonville, FL and Sara E. Nunning of Atlanta, GA; a granddaughter, Chloe E. Straw and a grandson, Tristan E. Straw both of Jacksonville, FL; a brother, Larry A. Stichweh of Olympia, WA; cousin, Leah Rising of Panama City, FL; nieces, Mindy S. Stichweh

of Atlanta, GA and Kerry A. Stichweh of New York, NY.Memorial services will be held at 11am Monday, December 30, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church with Rev. Frank Beall officiating.


In Remembrance

I went to E. J .Brown elementary school with Peggy. She was a fun loving young lady who always had a beautiful smile on her face. I remember her very well because she always laughed at my classroom antics and would continually remind me that one of these days I was going to get in big trouble. Peggy also took pity on me - a rather immature lad who struggled in school to put it mildly. On many of occasions she would patiently help me with my homework assignments without making me feel bad about myself. I am sure Peggy was a loving, caring and dedicated teacher whose students were blessed to call her their teacher. How ironic I became a Junior High Teacher for 39 years. Peggy I never forgot your smile and kindness to me.

Thank You -Your friend - Jim Rowlands.



Ron Stonerock

I have known Ron since the second grade. Growing up, he always said he was going to be a millionaire and I had no doubts that he would be.. As an adult he owned a dynamite blasting company and later moved on to a pizza business.

Unfortunately, Ronnie lost his battle with cancer in June 1994. Ron Stonerock was a great guy and friend of whom I have great memories.

John Nugent

Evan Tarsky

Evan Tarsky passed away in early August 2008.
He was a longtime podiatrist who practiced in Santa Cruz.
He made house calls and took care of patients without regard
of their ability to afford his care.
This was reported by Paul Marokus.

Click HERE to read the obit. Also, Here is another site for Evan.

Joe Tarzinski

This is my Eulogy for Joe Tarzinski 7/11/2011

Old Joe. From when we connected in our junior and senior high school years at Colonel White, we were close buds for many years. .

Hanging in our group were Joe, Marty Davis, Chris Murray, Robin Leen, Bob Millhoff, and me. From roaming around at the old Parkmoor on North Main St. to working on and then taking the ‘55 Chevy (burnt orange) to Pence’s Drag Strip up north, we will never forget the good times.

For awhile after we graduated, Joe, Bob (who also passed away a few years ago), and I shared an apartment on Hepburn Ave. In 1965 I had just started working the 2nd shift at GM; Bob and Joe worked days. Bob was the manager for three parking lots in downtown Dayton, and Joe was hired at Dayton Tire & Rubber. I came home at midnight to find a party going on. I was hunting for “a cold one” only to find the fridge missing from the kitchen. When I said “What the @#$%,” they said “look for it!” I followed a cord and found the refrigerator in the bedroom closet! Joe said he put it there so nobody would take his beer. What a pair!

Sadly, we all lost close contact after a few years. Most of us got married, had children, and lived the American scene. The last time I saw Joe was about 10 years ago, only a few months before his death. He had been working for Smedley Chevrolet in Vandalia. (His son also works for a Chevrolet dealer in town.)

So for Marty, Bob, Chris, Rob, and myself, “So long, Old Bud! You are truly missed but we will always have the memories!”

Larry Williamson
Class of 1964


Diane Olivia Tribe, who played in the CW Marching Band and Stage Orchestra during her years at Colonel White High School, passed away January 15, 2010. Her obituary from the Waco Tribe News, is below.

Diane Tribe, a longtime Waco resident, succumbed to her battle with cancer Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. Her partner, Betty Staton, hosted a celebration of her life and love of church and music 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in West. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at www.LakeShoreFuneralHome.com. March 22, 1946 - January 15, 2011 Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com

Karen Ullery Thompson 7/4/1946 - 8/25/2019 On August 25, 2019, Karen Elizabeth Ullery Thompson passed away at Health Park Medical Center, Ft. Myers, Florida. At the time of her death, Karen (73) was surrounded by a loving family. Karen Thompson was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 04, 1946 to Dwight "Bud" Ullery and Kathryn Elaine Heywood Ullery. She attended Dayton Public Schools graduating from Colonel White High School in 1964 and was a member of the Spanish Club and American Field Service. Karen graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 1968. She earned her Master's Degree in Reading at Wright State University in 1977. Karen taught in the Dayton Public Schools for thirty years, twenty-two years at Belle Haven Elementary School. During the course of her active life, Karen skied, played tennis, golf and enjoyed walking. Many of her favorite pastimes include reading, traveling, shopping, and enjoying lunches with her friends. Karen was preceded in death by her parents Bud & Elaine. She took loving care of them during their final illnesses. Karen is survived by her devoted husband of twenty-nine years, Haskel Leo Thompson. Karen and Haskel had an active social life at The Vines in Estero, Florida. They truly enjoy dinners and events with their many special friends. Karen is also survived by two stepdaughters, Belinda Thompson Jackson (Jeffrey) of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Jennifer Thompson Moore (Nathan) of Dayton, Ohio. Karen was very proud of her three grandsons, Ryan and Seth Gibson of Dayton, Ohio and Connor Jones of New Carlisle, Ohio. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be directed in memory of Karen to The seedling Foundation (Stivers School for the Arts), PO Box 1858, Dayton, Ohio 45401. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.

Published in the Dayton Daily News on Sept. 1, 2019. Judith King wrote "Karen was my best friend from Kindergarten thru High School. I knew Karen was in Ft. Meyer and had been trying find her so we could get together and catch up. So sad I didn't try sooner."


Earleen Unger Daffler

DAFLER, Earlene Sue Age 73 of Englewood, was born on February 11, 1946 and passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Earlene was a graduate of Colonel White High School Class of 1964. She was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Englewood since 1972. Earlene worked at Sinclair Community College for over 25 years, with 10 of those years being the Secretary for the University's President at the time, Dr. David Ponitz. Earlene was on the front cover of the DDN twice, the first time being when she was chosen International Secretary of the Year (ISOTY) by Professional Secretaries International (PSI) in Orlando, Florida, in 1994-95, which later changed their name to IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) of which Earlene was a long time and very active member. At the Wings chapter level, Earlene served as President twice - in 1992-93 and again in 2002-03. She served on numerous committees and as co-coordinator of several Ohio Division Annual Meetings and Great Lakes District Conferences. Before being chosen (ISOTY), she was selected as Secretary of the Year by both the Wings Chapter and the Division level. She traveled during that year to different companies and chapters locally and out of state to encourage and support others in their careers as Admins. She was a Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) and the Forever Wings members loved her as she loved them. The second time she was featured on the cover of DDN was for her love and memorabilia of Elvis Presley. She had visited Graceland many times, and she and her girlfriends had great times, mementos, and enjoyment of everything Elvis. In recent years, Earlene and Ken spent time enjoying their summer lake cottage at Hamilton Lake in Hamilton, Indiana. She and Ken also were members of the ATA and would go trapshooting frequently. Earlene welcomed and loved everyone she came across, and family was incredibly important to her. She will be surely missed. She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years: Kenneth R. Dafler, son: Thomas J. Dafler, grandchildren: Evan and Katie Dafler, sisters: Sandra Honious, Trudy (Irvin) Nixon, nieces: Debra Nixon, Beth (Craig) Larner, nephews: Daniel Nixon, Robert (Susan) Honious, Jeff (Angie) Honious, special longtime friends Sharon (Russell) Towner, also many great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents: Earl and Elizabeth (Tice) Unger, brother-in-law: Jerry Honious. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Kindred Funeral Home (400 Union Blvd., Englewood). The family will receive friends on Wednesday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery in West Alexandria. Memorial Contributions may be made to www.raynauds.org or www.scleroderma.org. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kindredfuneralhome.com.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 10, 2019.

William Paul Wells, 72, of Richmond, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on May 7, 1946, to Finley Cornett and Mary (Thompson) Wells, both of whom preceded him in death.  Bill graduated from Colonel White High School in 1964. William was a retired Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Michigan.  William ran Track & Field at Tennessee Tech where he broke many records.  He was the first Track Team Coach at Model Laboratory School, and he loved track events.

At the age of 70, even though he had a Master's Degree, William re-enrolled at EKU studying math so that he could help teach his children.  He was a veteran having served in the US Air Force and a member of Faith Baptist Church of Richmond.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Jean (Rogers) Wells; two sons, James Rogers Wells and Jacob Rogers; daughters, Mary Booker (Vernon), Kristy Jex (Tony) Paula McCain (Victor), Robin Hall (Brian), Ashlee Rogers Wells, Tiffany Wells, Melissa Hopkins (Jim), Kiesh Barrett, Shelby Brandenburg and Morgan Wells; two brothers, Richard and Ed Wells, one sister, Sonja Mapes, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a special life-long friend, Ron House.

Service for William will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the Mausoleum Chapel at Madison County Memorial Gardens, where entombment will follow.  Pastor John Doss will officiate the service.

Visitation will be from 5 - 9 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Caretenders, 5008 Atwood Dr. # 1, Richmond, KY 40475.SERVICES

William "Bill" Wells
By Jackie Winkler

On Facebook I sent Bill birthday wishes; I didn't know he had passed away. My wishes prompted a heartfelt apology from his grandson for not letting me know sooner. Getting to know Bill better before and after our 50th high school reunion communicated what it meant to be humble... Bill was an active "helper," an involved person who sought to help others in a variety of ways.

Ron House said of Bill: "I really miss Bill. We were friends for fifty-eight and one-half years. He was such a true friend."


Following is a tribute written by Bill's grandson.

"He was the best man out there. They just don't make them like him anymore. He had a really rough year last year." (Bill's grandson, Ryan)

"So in June of last year his VAD (ventricular assist device (VAD) is a mechanical pump that is battery operated, the battery lasting about 10 hours before having to be replaced) started to give out. Even though there was a slim chance of his making it through the surgery, he begged his surgeon to do it anyway to give him more time with all of us, and it did; we got 6 more months with him. After the surgery he became septic. The surgery caused his non-alcoholic cirrhosis to worsen. At that time he was diagnosed with dementia that progressed very quickly. On the 18th of December he woke up and could not speak but a few words. He did nothing but holler out. He held his head so tight that he was leaving marks on his head. We then decided as a family that he would no longer want to live this way and made the collective decision to turn his VAD off and place him on hospice. He was gone within minutes of turning it off due to his heart being 100% dependent on it."

(Bill's grandson: "Thank you very much. It means so much. There were both tears shed and laughter shared in writing this tribute.")

"William "Bill" Wells went to be with the Lord and his wife of 46 years on December 19, 2018. Bill was the kindest, most selfless, gentle person to ever grace this earth. He served his country in the Air Force where he spent a year in Vietnam. After returning to the United States he went to Eastern Kentucky University to study special education. During his student teaching he started the track team at Model Laboratory School in Richmond, Kentucky. He loved track and ran it when he went to Tennessee Tech where he broke many records! He was a retired rehabilitation counselor for the state of Michigan. He loved caring for people; he adopted 6 children in total including myself (his grandchild). He was my favorite person because he did not have a hateful, selfish bone in his body. I can remember going to him for anything, and he was one of the most understanding people I've known. Grandpa loved 3 things: westerns, fishing, and Christ. He could sit in his easy chair for hours watching westerns. We once watched every episode of "Gunsmoke" on Netflix together. On the riverside "drowning worms and killing time" (or as most people call it fishing) was his happy place. It was where he went to reflect and marvel at God's creation; which brings me to love number 3, Christ. Bill loved Christ with his whole heart which showed in his unconditional love and care he showed to his family and those close to him. There will never be another like him. To say he was one of a kind would be an understatement."

Penny Wertz

Penny Wertz was my friend from Van Cleve Elementary. While growing up I remember playing at each other's houses and especially enjoyed jumping on Penny's pogo stick. We always seemed to be competing for something, so we had a contest to see who could jump the most consecutive times. I won, but winning caused me to double over in pain in her living room because my stomach muscles ached with the tension I'd put on them. Penny's mother soothed me and called my parents to come get me--it was evident I couldn't walk home! During those grade school years, we also competed for selling the most tickets to Van Cleve's fall festival. We competed for cheerleaders at our elementary school. Thank goodness I gave that up and went in a different direction at CW as a majorette. Of course Penny became a great cheerleader during our high school years.

Also, Mrs. Wertz was my piano teacher so I spent many days struggling at the keyboard in Penny's house. I'm sure Penny found some place to go so she didn’t have to listen to my attempts at being a pianist. I was saddened to hear of her loss but know the memory of a bright, cheerful, vibrant member of the class of '64 remains in us.

Alice Barger Craig

Sherry Williams

Sherry Williams and I became friends in the fifth grade and remained friends, even after high school.  As the years passed, we saw less and less of each other but always felt like we were friends till the end. As you may recall, Sherry was very talented artistically and became an art teacher after she graduated from the University of Cincinnati.  She married Rick Bachelor and moved to St. Mary's Ohio, and had a daughter, Erin. She developed stomach cancer when she was quite young and her daughter was only three. Once again, I stayed in touch with Rick and Erin for several years but have lost touch now. Sherry was my best friend in both grade school at Jefferson Elementary and then at Colonel White. We had so  many great times together and I miss her still today.

-Lynda Hickerson Hoffman

     I received a note from Michelle Andrasik Ratliff . She had visited our site and was shocked by how many people have passed from our class. She asked if we knew when and how.

     I am at a loss to say when all of them died. We hear bits and pieces of information from people in our class and others. There is a saying that the good die young. I remember seeing Vicki Brown's obituary in the paper and she must have had a very hard fight for her life. What illness, I am not sure. I remember her as being such a beautiful person in looks and personality. It is so sad that she is gone.

     Bob Brier grew up with Larry Sokol , myself and others. At our last reunion Bob and I had a very extensive talk. I was just recovering from Cancer and he wanted me to relocate to California so he could be my doctor. Bob wanted to help me get well. He was so concerned with other people. And he too is gone. The good die young.

     Perhaps, if any of you out there have information about one of our deceased classmates, would you be kind enough to let us know so that we can post the information. If you have a memory, that would also be very nice. One of our goals with this site is to have every one of our deceased classmates honored in one way or another. This will keep their memories alive in our hearts and minds. We would appreciate your comments. Without you we will never know.

Pattie Wolfe Sanchez May 27, 1946 - April 27, 2019

Patricia (Patti) Louise Wolf Sanchez, 72 of Oakdale Ca. went to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto, California. She was born May 27, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio, to Jarold D. Wolf and Dorothy J. (Bratton) Wolf. Patti attended Colonel White High School (class of 1964), Sinclair College and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She worked for the City of Dayton and the Department of Defense Data Systems for a total of 35 years before retiring. She then took the Business Office Manager position for Sanchez and Hendrix Distribution Management Group Inc. for 5 years. In 2006, she moved from Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband and mother to their ranch in Oakdale. Patti was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy J. Wolf and father Jarold D. Wolf. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Jim Sanchez, daughter and son-in-law Nicol and Scott Hockett and her granddaughter, Lucy, all of Sterling, Virginia, and her brother and sister in-law Tom and Lucy Wolf of Tipp City, Oh. Her life was always dedicated to helping others. She especially loved working with the Society for disABILITIES and setting up the Annual Sanchez Day on the Farm for children with disabilities and their families each June. Patti loved to sew, make quilts, embroider, and was also an excellent baker. She loved helping her husband around the ranch and was a good tractor operator! Her favorite past time was driving her BMW to Black Oak Casino and Laughlin, NV where she proved to be pretty lucky. She always had a beautiful smile for everyone she met and she loved our Lord Jesus. Patti's beautiful smile, her kind words and love for all will truly be missed. We thank the Society for disABILITIES for all the things they did to help her. A Celebration of Life will be held at Oakdale Memorial Chapel, 830 West F St. in Oakdale CA at 10am on Monday, May 13, 2019. Reception will follow at Las Margaritas Restaurant, 1214 West F St. in Oakdale. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the Society for disABILITIES, 1129 8th St. 101, Modesto CA 9534, www.societyfordisabilitiesd.org.

Paul C. Wotherspoon 1945-2013
WOTHERSPOON, Paul C., of Beavercreek, passed away June 9, 2013 at Miami Valley Hospital. He was born November 6, 1945 in Paterson, NJ.

Survived by wife, Lesia M. Wotherspoon; sons, Adam (Michelle) Wotherspoon, Noah (Jessi Bair) Wotherspoon; daughter, Sascha (David) Bowling; 6 grandchildren; mother of Paul's children, Beatrice Wotherspoon, and sister, Bernice (William) Likens of Moorestown, NJ.

Graduate of Colonel White H.S. Dayton Class '64, Wright State U. '68 & '71, Miami University, '77 (PhD), Paul was an educator.

His career began in Dayton City Schools '69-'73, H.S. Principal Mississinawa Valley H.S. '75-'77, Mason H.S. '77-'79, Asst. Supt. Sugarcreek Twnshp. Schools '79-'81.

Dir. Business Services for Kettering City Schools from '81 to '99, Paul found lasting friendships within the system and community. He was able, with this support, to achieve many bldg. & grounds improvements.

Post KCS retirement, Paul became Adjunct Prof. at WSU, UD, UC & Ohio State. He also was Program Coordinator for WSU in ED. Graduate Studies. He continued with these endeavors most of the last decade.

Paul was an avid golfer, model train enthusiast and lover of history.
A beloved husband & father, he most enjoyed being able to help his family in the pursuit of happiness as part of a productive life.

No services will be held at this time. Kindly, no flowers.

Dennis Zappin Jr.

Obit was in Tues. paper. Dennis J. Zappin Age 70 of Dayton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 24, 2017. He was preeded in death by his Father, Raymond "Pope" Zappin. Denny is survived by his Mother, Hannah "Sugar", 2 daughters, Hilary & Kathryn, grandchildren, ethan, Elijah & Addison, his ex-wife & high school sweetheart, Betty, brother, Richard & Sister, Joanne. Denny lived a life rich in experience & love & he faced death with courage, humor, & grace. He will be profoundly missed by many. Funeral service will be held Thurs., 1:30p at Dayton National Cemetery, 4100 W. 3rd St.. Following the service a gathering will be held at Coco' s Bistro, 250 Warren St. from 3 to 6pm. Glicker Funeral Home handling arrangements. (We tried very hard to find Denny to send a mailer about our 50th & never were able to locate him. One of our committee members ran into him at a grocery locally & did tell him of our 50th; it's a shame that he was right here locally & we couldn't locate him to contact him. Sending prayers, Jim Rowlands, CW Class of '64)


     Here is a list of teachers that have passed away. Thanks to Phll Clark from '70 for the contribution.

Kathleen Armstrong

Family-Placed Obituary

ARMSTRONG, Kathleen L., Age 74 of Kettering, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at the Hospice Care Center. Kathy was born on August 30, 1933 in Dayton to Lesley D. and Catherine L. (Hutzel) Armstrong. She is survived by her sister, Diana Buchanan and her husband, Donald of Galesville, Maryland; her niece, Jennifer Buchanan; and her dear friend, Fran Eden of Kettering. Kathy was a graduate of Stivers High School in 1951 and was President of the Alumni Association, a graduate of Bowling Green State University in 1956 with a B.S., and received her M.E. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1960. She taught in the Dayton School System at Colonel White High School for 31 years. She attended Belmont United Methodist Church, was a member of Belmont O.E.S. and active in Girl Scouts. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2007 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2007 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420, Corner Cupboard Charity, 59 Pierce St., Dayton, Ohio 45410, or Stivers Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 4527, Dayton, Ohio 45401. Condolences may be made to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com
Published in the Dayton Daily News from 11/8/2007 - 11/9/2007.


Tom Bradrick

Tom Bradrick has passed away  July 2, 2009
at age 79... click here for details. There was a memorial service, at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, July 22 at Fairhaven Church, 637 East Whipp Rd. Centerville, OH 45459. Read about Tom's legacy in The Dayton Daily News HERE...

Click here for Virginia Burrough's article about him...


Blanche Braunstein - History & American Field Service Advisor

Click here for Class of 73's Robert Bluman's memories of Blanche Braunstein


Mrs. Carolyn Bright


WALTERS, Carol C. Age 92, of Dayton, passed away March 29, 2013 in Hospitality House nursing home in Massillon Ohio. She was born July 25, 1920 in Washington DC., daughter to the late Harold and Emma (Brumbaugh) Clayton.

Carol graduated from Capital University in Columbus Ohio. She taught music for 30 years at Fairview and Colonel White High school and Northmont Junior High. She faithfully served the Lord as an active member of Mack Memorial Church of the Brethren, where she was the organist/choir director for 45 years. She has an extensive history of volunteer work, career achievements, and involvement in professional activities. These include being director of both the Dayton Music Club Chorus and Downtown Dayton Chiming Seniors hand bell choir, serving as president of the Montgomery County Retired Teachers Association and volunteering at the Veterans Administration. She was passionate about family, teaching and making music, composing, acquiring and sharing knowledge, traveling the world, volunteering, and spending quality time with her two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandma, great grandma, and an overall wonderful person. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Darwin Bright in 1967, second husband, Walter Gillette in 1982, third husband, Brooks Walters in 2007, and her sister Margaret (Peg) Lindeman. She is survived by two sons, Paul Bright of Canton, Dennis Bright of Dayton; two grandchildren, Melanie McGinnis of Canton, Jeremy Bright of Wadsworth, and three great grandchildren, Autumn, Miranda, and Daniel. Her wishes were to be cremated and her ashes will be buried in Dayton. Those wishing to send their condolences or share a fond memory may sign the Reed online guest book at www.reedfuneralhome.com.

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Douglass Holdeman, Colonel White Class of 1964

Mr. DeVelbiss, Mr. Bradrick, and Mrs. Carol Bright. Now all are gone. They were the heart and soul of most of the great musicals presented at Colonel White. May their combined talents be reunited in heaven.

Stan Sullivan, Colonel White Class of 1961
I cherish my memories of many of my high school teachers, but none as fondly as Mrs. Bright. She was a beacon of light and joy for all of us fortunate enough to have known her. Choir was theonly class which I never stopped looking forward to, mainly because of her. Memories of her have and will live with me as long as I have breath and hopefully beyond.
Linda Courtney, Colonel White School of Performing Arts Class of 1966
Best teacher ever! I live for choir. I learned so much from Mrs. Bright and we were all blessed to have this remarkable woman for a teacher. Best memory is of her 80th birthday party reunion. I will never forget that night. Rest in peace Mrs. Bright.

Pam (Scott) Carr, Colonel White Class of 1967
Carol Bright was an outstanding music teacher! She was the perfect mix of strict; but loving. Through her hard work, she gave her students the opportunity to perform in amazing musicals (Camelot,for one) and ensembles; but more than that, she gave us a love of music that we carry with us and can pass on to the ones we love. Well done Carol…Rest in peace.

Ginnie Kramer Overberg, Colonel White Class of 1967
I have had a love of music because of Carol Bright…Girl’s Ensemble, Madrigal and Choir. She will be remembered with such fondness by name of us who were fortunate to have her as a teacher and inspiration at CWHS.

Patty Sorrell Thacker, Colonel White Class of 1969
I was blessed to get to take personal voice lessons from Ms. Bright for two summers. Those days being in her choir, were an opportunity of a life time. It was so good to see her at our 30th Class Reunion. She was an angel sent to Colonel White to instill the love of music in so many of us.

Gail Habecker
Mrs. Gillette (as she was known when I was in Choir and Madrigal,) was an amazing choir director. Under her leadership, Choir, won high awards at several choir festivals while I was at CWHS. I still participate in community choirs and owe my love of choral music to her. I also remember using her choir room as a refuge when the “riots” were going on at school.

Jim Hoops
She was an absolute gift in my life, and what she did for me and countless others will live forever.

Tim Hoover, Indianapolis, Indiana
It would be hard to overestimate Mrs. Bright’s influence on my high school years. From Choir to Madrigal Singers, to Camelot, she gave me a sense of belonging and boosted my self-confidence. This is the power of arts in school, I know; but Carol Bright was it’s exemplary and truly shining ambassador! I always answer the question, “Who was your favorite teacher?” with her name. She gave the gift of herself with he talent and passion for making music and her love of students. Her light shines on……

Thanks for your many years of service and dedication on behalf of the students of Colonel White High School.

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Nick Brooks

Sadly, Mr. Nick Brooks passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at Hospice of Dayton.

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Fannie Chazin - Jan. 1988 (Age 91) - English

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Lenore Clippenger


Beny Rolfe Cole - August 12th, 2011

COLE, Benny Rolfe died in Troy, Ohio on August 12th at the age of 88. Benny was born on July 26, 1923 in Palestine, OH to Carl and Eco Cole. He is preceded by sister, Phyllis Dubbs of New Madison, OH, and nephews Dean and Gale Dubbs. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years - Priscilla Hall Cole, son Jeffrey, sister Joanne Clark, grandsons Benjamin, Joseph, Alexander and James, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He cared deeply for his extended family and took advantage of every opportunity to be a meaningful part of their lives. Benny graduated from Palestine High School in 1941 and was granted a basketball scholarship to Miami University. He served in the Marine Corps ROTC and proudly served his country during WWII as a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps 1st and 4th Divisions and was stationed in China and elsewhere in the Pacific. Benny returned to Miami University to start on the 1946-47 basketball team. It was during this time Benny met the love of his life - Priscilla Hall. They married in June 1947 and remained soul mates for 64 years. Benny was a head basketball coach and teacher for the next 30 years, starting in West Milton, then at Greenville, Vandalia and finally at Colonel White High in Dayton. He was also an assistant football coach, track and field judge and baseball umpire. Whether through teaching or sports, Benny loved working with young people and touched the lives of many in these communities.

Benny was a lifelong golfer and active member of Troy Country Club since 1958. Always a stout competitor, more than anything he cherished his many friends there. Although Benny has passed, he will be remembered as one of the good guys. He was a loving husband, dedicated father, and a man who measured success not in monetary terms but in the number of friends and family in whose lives he made a positive difference. A memorial service will be held at the Troy Country Club on Saturday, August 27th at 11am. A short dedication service will begin promptly at 11am and will be followed by an opportunity to mingle and share memories with family and friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be mailed to:

Hospice of Miami County, Troy, OH 45373

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Martha Cole - June 1997 - Spanish


Christine Daugeneaux - English


Jack DeVilbis - Little Colonel, Col. White Marching Band, & Col. White Orchestra Director


Karl Farnlacher - Aug. 1997

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John Fullerton - Biology


William Groff - Human Relations (Psychology) & Student Council Adivsor

Eric Hausfeld - Nov. 27th, 2006

Margaret Hendrichs - Dec. 1993

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Ben Hess - Math

Mildred Hogue - French


Martha Hoover - Latin


Leone Jerrell - English


David Jones - Science


Mary Ellen Kelly - English


Lorene Kennedy - History


Waldo Matthews - Driver's Ed.

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Dale R. Miller


Jane Philips - Main Office


Janet Rank - Library & Head of Library Club

William Rentz - Sept. 1997 - Science & Math

Marie Short - July 2004 - Math


Robert Taylor - Drafting


Isabelle Treue - May 16th, 2005

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Richard Walters - English/History

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Richard Weidner - January 23, 2010



John Wendell - Math & White Knights Advisor




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