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Hiram W. Fobes Is Found Dead In Bed
Well Known Insurance Man Passes Away Suddenly—Funeral Sunday Hiram W. Fobes, 61, well known insurance agent, was found dead in bed at his home in North Pleasant street last Thursday at 1 p.m. The discovery was made by Mr. Fobes’ daughter, Miss Ruth Fobes. A post mortem examination showed death was due to uremic poisoning.
Mr. Fobes had not been in good health for many months. The death of his wife two years ago was a severe blow to him. He had stated that he did not feel well the morning of his death and had remained in bed. While his friends had known that he was not in perfect health, his death was a surprise and shock.
Mr. Fobes had been a resident of Oberlin since early manhood [and was an 1871 graduate of OHS]. For a number of years he represented the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. He enjoyed a wide acquaintance and took a keen interest in football and baseball. He leaves his son Ralph and daughter, Miss Ruth.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, with burial at Westwood.
The Oberlin News,Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, March 10, 1915, p. 1.

Ralph A. Fobes, was Elyria’s No. 1 sports fan
Ralph A. Fobes, 90, of Elyria, died this morning at Elyria Memorial Hospital following an illness of one week.
He was born in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1914] and Oberlin Business College. He moved to Elyria in the 1930s.
He was a mail carrier with the Elyria Postal service until his retirement in 1959.
Mr. Fobes was known as Elyria High School’s number one sports fan. In past years he hardly ever missed a football, basketball or baseball game, and was a former member of the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the National Association of Retired Civil Employees, a 66-year member of the Elyria American Legion Post 12, a member of King Solomon Lodge No. 56 F&AM, the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 165, of Elyria, the First Congregational Church, Elyria, and a life member of the Pioneer Club.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Fern M.; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Harriet) Thompson of Elyria; sons, Bernie R. of Columbia, S.C., Donald P. of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Firor, in 1984.
Friends may call at the Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be Monday in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Rev. Ronald K. Marmaduke, pastor of the First Congregational Church, Elyria, will officiate.
Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the building fund of the First Congregational Church, Elyria.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, March 25, 1985, p. B-2.

Richard J. Folk
Richard J. Folk, Sr., 73, of Bedford passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, following a short illness, at Walton Manor in Walton Hills.  He was born January 9, 1936 in Wellsburg, WV and resided most of his life in Lorain County.
Richard was a 1953 Oberlin High School graduate. He was a U.S. Army veteran from the Korean War.  He was a life member of AMVETS Post #32 in Elyria, past Worthy President of Bedford F.O.E Aerie 2122, and past N. E. Zone Officer for the State of Ohio. Richard was also a life member of V.F.W. Post 1082 in Bedford and Knights of Columbus in Forestville, MD. Besides serving in these capacities, Richard was a professional clown for many years and would perform for and visit with children in hospitals.
Survivors include his son, David Folk of Redmond, Oregon; daughters, Patricia Toner of Alexandria, Virginia; Barbara Folk of Fairfax, Virginia; Lillian Bennett of Seattle, Washington; six grandchildren in the Washington D.C. area; sister, Patricia J. Folk of Grafton; four nieces and nephews in Grafton; 12 nieces and nephews in the Washington D.C. area and D. Palazza of Bedford.
He was preceded in death by sons, Michael Folk and Richard J. Folk Jr.; daughter, Kathryn Folk, and his parents, Sumner G. and Thelma B. (nee Reynolds) Folk.
There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
At the family’s request, donations can be made to Richard J. Folk Fund c/o Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust in lieu of flowers: http://cst.dav.org/donate/DonateNow.aspx
Arrangements are under the direction of The Bauer-Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home of Elyria (440)322-4626.
The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Thelma Bancroft Folk
Thelma Bancroft Folk, 90, former Oberlin and Pittsfield Township resident, died Nov. 17 at the Elyria United Methodist Village after a long illness.
Mrs. Folk graduated from Oberlin High School in 1925. She also graduated from the Oberlin School of Commerce. From 1926-36 she was a secretary in the Building and Grounds Department of Oberlin College and later at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
During the 1950s, she was a secretary at the First Church in Oberlin, where she was a member.
For many years she was a Red Cross volunteer with the Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
She was also a poll worker for the board of elections.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Joan Folk of Grafton; a son, Richard Folk Sr. of Bedford Heights; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sumner George Folk; her father, Charles C. Reynolds; her mother, Cora McRoberts; grandsons Michael Folk and Richard Folk Jr.; a granddaughter, Katheryn Folk; sisters Irene Buell and Claire Reynolds; and a brother, Shirley Reynolds.
A memorial service was held Nov. 20 at Cowling Funeral Home with Chaplain Chuck Behrens and the Rev. Kathryn Davphin of the Elyria United Methodist Village officiating.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Thelma Folk Memorial Fund at any FirstMerit/EST National Bank branch.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 25, 1977, p. 3.

Sudden Death in Pittsburg [A. Purcell Follansbee]
Double Pneumonia Takes Life of Purcell Follansbee
Formerly Student in Oberlin Academy – But of Late Student at Carnegie Tech
Word was received here Sunday morning of the death in Pittsburg of A. Purcell Follansbee, son of Mrs. Julia Follansbee of the Merwin, North Pleasant street, which occurred on Saturday, after only a week’s illness. His death was caused by double pneumonia. The remains were brought to Oberlin on Lake Shore train No. 37 Sunday evening, accompanied by Mrs. J. Alfred Pennington, sister, and Mrs. George Follansbee, sister-in-law of the deceased.
Mr. Follansbee was born in Cleveland, June 20, 1885. He [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1902 and] attended Oberlin academy one year, ’03 to ’04. A year or two ago he was employed in Cleveland, and later had charge of the electrical department of one of the steel plants in Youngstown. This year, however, he was taking a course in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Technical Institute in Pittsburg. His sudden death is a great blow to the whole family, as the young man was very ambitious, and they expected much of him.
Besides his mother, the deceased is survived by a brother, Dr. George Edw. Follansbee of Cleveland, and three sisters: Mrs. J. Alfred Pennington, nee Luella Follansbee, of Scranton, Pa.; Mrs. Virgil Mac Gregor, nee Alma Follansbee, of Crookston, Minn.; and Mrs. W. Maxwell Burke, nee Nellie Follansbee, of Phoenix, Ariz.
The funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Follansbee, mother of the deceased, in the Merwin at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Dr. Henry M. Tenney. Two selections were sung by “That College Quartet,” Messrs. Andrews, MacCollin, Ebbott and Leisher. The numbers were “Still, Still with Thee,” and “Sun of My Soul.” At the grave, in Westwood cemetery, the quartet sang “Remember Me, O Mighty One.”
Six young men, members of Mr. Follansbee’s fraternity, Sigma Tau, at Carnegie Technical institute, acted as pall bearers. Among the floral offerings there was one from this fraternity. Among those in attendance at the funeral was Prof. A. J. Wurtz, professor of electricity at the Pittsburg institution.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, October 6, 1909, p. 1.

Dr. G. E. Follansbee, Famed Surgeon, Dies; Burial Here
Dr. George E. Follansbee, 73, one of Cleveland’s leading surgeons, died Monday at his home in Cleveland after a short illness. Burial services, it is expected, will be held at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin, though village authorities here have as yet received no instructions to that effect.
Dr. Follansbee was a former resident here, the family home being on North Pleasant street. He attended Oberlin High School [class of 1889] and Oberlin College and in 1895 received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, now a part of Western Reserve University.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer paid tribute to Dr. Follansbee in its editorial columns on Wednesday. The editorial read in part as follows:
“George E. Follansbee, to whom death has come at 73, was one of the foremost practicing surgeons in the nation. His passing [is] mourned within the medical profession and without, for such was his personal charm and graciousness that he was loved and admired by all who knew him.
“Dr. Follansbee’s influence extended over the nation through the offices he held in medical organizations. For a dozen years he was a member of the American Medical Association’s house of delegates and the judicial council. He was also president of the Cleveland Academy and an influential participant in state affairs.”
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 4, 1945, p. 8.

Arthur C. Foltz
Art Foltz passed away December 5, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a 26 year resident of Plano. He was born in Oberlin, Ohio on March 29, 1931 and graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1948 and from] Ohio University. He married Evelyn Bring in 1955 and they just recently celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. Mr. Foltz retired as an electrical engineer from Rockwell International in March 1990. He also served as an usher for St. Marks Catholic Church up until the time of his illness. Art Foltz embraced life and enjoyed every minute of it with his family and friends. Mr. Foltz is survived by his wife, Evelyn Foltz, daughter, Linda Spenk, son-in-law John Spenk, and 2 grandsons Todd and Eric Spenk all of Plano. He also has a sister Virginia Sutorus and her husband, and a brother Robert Foltz and his wife all of Ohio. He also has numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Foltz, mother, Helen Foltz, and son, Douglas Foltz. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. A Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, December 9, 2001, from 6-8 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, December 10, 2001 at St. Marks Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. Ted Dickey Funeral Home 18th & Jupiter Plano (972) 424-4511.
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Saturday, December 8, 2001.

Jared Hewes Ford

Passed away January 20, 2005 at his home in Friendship Village. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man.
Jared was born June 14, 1911 in Oberlin, Ohio, was raised on a dairy farm, graduated from [OHS in 1927 and from] Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. He was a chemist from 1941 to 1976 at the Upjohn Company where much of his work was on the purification of antibiotics.
He was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church, singing in the choir for many years. During retirement he visited shut-ins and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. He loved gardening all his life and guided the rose garden at Friendship Village.
He married Katherine Hudson in 1938. She predeceased him in 1993.
He is survived by son Warren of Stillwater, Oklahoma, daughter Martha Tucker of New York City, four grandchildren, Dylan and Jesse Tucker of New York, Sarah Ford of Amherst, MA, and Emily Ford of Stillwater, OK, and one great grandchild.
A memorial service was held in the Kiva at Friendship Village, 1400 N. Drake Rd., at 2:00pm Saturday, February 5. Contributions in his memory may be made to Friends of Friendship Village or the First Congregational Church. Arrangements by Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St. www.langelands.com
Life Story Network http://www.lifestorynet.com/memories/5652/    Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, Mich., Sunday, February 13, 2005, p. B4.

Evelyn June Foster
Mazomanie,Wis. -- Evelyn June Foster, 97, of Mazomanie, Wis., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at the Heartland County Village Nursing Home, Black Earth, Wis.
She was born June 30, 1907, in Oberlin, where she lived most of her life before moving to Wisconsin to live with her daughter. She was a 1925 [1927] graduate of Oberlin High School and a 1928 graduate of the Oberlin School of Commerce.
She was employed as a secretary for American Greeting Card and other companies.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Oberlin and was past worthy matron of Pansey Chapter 34 of Oberlin Eastern Star.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet K. Reeve of Mazomanie; sister, Jeanette E. Greene of Norwalk; and two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Weston Foster; parents, Frank and Lottie Mae (nee Worcester) Rogers; brothers Arthur Henry ''Kenny'' Clark, John Clark and William Clark; and sisters Katherine Mae Ives, Margaret E. Berg and Marion Klein.
Friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. O. French Ball of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, January 03, 2005.

Farra Holmes Foster, 1920 - 2005
Mrs. Farra Holmes (Young) Foster, age 84, of Springfield Gardens, N.Y., died Saturday, January 8, 2005, at St. John`s Queens Hospital in Elmhurst, N.Y. Mrs. Foster was employed as a Homemaker.
Farra always showed a great love and appreciation for music which her parents instilled in her as a young child. [She graduated from OHS in 1938 and] Farra continued her interest in music as an adult by enrolling in the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. While developing her expertise as a cellist and pianist at Oberlin, she had the opportunity to lead and direct a High School Marching Band. Farra graduated from Oberlin with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Music Education.
After graduating from Oberlin, Farra decided to move to New York to further her education and enrolled in New York University`s Graduate Program. While in New York, Farra met her life long partner and friend James Lange Foster, Jr. Farra and James wed in January 1949 and spent 56 wonderful years together. Farra was a loving, caring, and generous wife and mother of three children.
Farra enjoyed many hobbies. Among her favorites were sewing and working in the garden, but she was most passionate about bowling. Today her house is filled with the many trophies and awards she received during her many years of bowling.
As an engaged mother, it was a priority of Farra`s to insure her children were educated, respectful, and well rounded. Farra was an active participant in the PTA and a member of the Congregation of St. John`s Episcopal Church.
Arrangements are being handled by J. FOSTER PHILLIPS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 179-24 LINDEN BLVD., JAMAICA, N.Y., where the family will receive friends from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Friday, January 14, 2005. Funeral service will be at J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home, Inc. at 10:00 AM Friday, January 14, 2005, Rev. Rasheed Baird officiating. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, N.Y.
National Obituary Archive http://www.arrangeonline.com/Obituary/obituary.asp?obituaryid=69627076
 
Librarian Dies [Georgia W. Fowle]

Cleveland, July 27—(AP)—Miss Georgia W. Fowle, a member of the Flora Stone Mather library staff, Western Reserve university, died yesterday while vacationing at South Vernon, Vermont. [She was a member of the OHS class of 1931.]
The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, July 27, 1946, p. 8.

Gladys Mae Fowler
Gladys Mae Fowler, age 91, went to be with the Lord, Friday, September, 30, 2011. She was born to the late Harvey and Cora Merrill in Elyria, OH on December 20, 1919 [and graduated from OHS in 1938].
In addition to her parents, Gladys is preceded in death by her husband Arnise L. Fowler and brother Howard Merrill. She is survived by children, Cheryl (Bill) McKenzie, Barbara (Ian) Pepper, and Bob (Carol) Fowler; sister, Joyce Redden [OHS ‘39]; grandchildren, Debbie Phelps, Deanne Sarah, Diane Murphy, and Chelsea, Allison, Meryl, Callie Fowler.
Gladys loved quilting, sewing, baking, and teaching music to her grandchildren. Her mission was her family and passed on an appreciation for the simple things in life.
A Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2011 at Sunset Cemetery, 6959 W. Broad Street, Galloway, OH 43119.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nationwide Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Dr, P.O. Box 16810, Columbus, OH 43216. National Kidney Foundation Serving Ohio Division Office, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 260, Columbus, OH 43231-8617. The SCHOEDINGER HILLTOP CHAPEL assisted the family with their arrangements. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to share memories or extend condolences.
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, Monday, October 3, 2011, p. 4B.

Arthur M. Fowls
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Westwood Cemetery for Arthur M. Fowls, 75, of Oberlin, who died at his home on June 3 after a long illness.
The Rev. Douglas Long will officiate and military honors will be provided by members of the Elyria American Legion Post 1079.
A lifelong resident, Mr. Fowls graduated from Oberlin High School in 1937. He attended Oberlin College during 1938-39 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
After the war, he graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1950 and completed a master’s degree at Kent State University in 1952.
He taught in the Rochester Local Schools, serving as principal in 1950-51. He was employed as an administrative assistant at Allen Memorial Art Museum for 21 years, retiring in 1987.
Mr. Fowls was a member of First Church and a past master of Oberlin Masonic Lodge 380. He was also active in American Legion Post 102.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred L.; sisters, Esther Schmidt of Indian Hills, Ohio, and Marilyn Schmidt of Durango, Colo.; step-daughters, Bethany Davenport of Petersburg, Va., Betty Sawyer of Charlotte, N.C., Ann Wood of Chehalis, Wash., Barbara Scott of Elyria, and Christine Sawyer of Chehalis, Wash.; a stepson, Bill Sawyer of Grafton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn; and his parents, Arba and Mildred Fowls.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 6, 1995, p. 2.

Lt. Ralph Fowls Is Killed in Action
Bombardier Is Victim of Air Battle
Lt. Ralph Fowls, 23, bombardier in a B-24 bomber with the Eighth Air Force in England, has been killed in action over Germany.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arba Fowls received word from the War Department Tuesday that their son was missing in action on October 18. Yesterday (Wednesday) a second message said that he had been killed.
Lt. Fowls went overseas four months ago. His family believes he had been on about 16 missions. He had taken part in attacks on Kiel, Hamburg and Ludwigshafen. On the mission in which he was killed his plane was the group leader for a flight of 36 planes.
Lt. Fowls graduated from Oberlin High School in 1939 and attended Fenn College, Cleveland, until he entered the service in July 1942. Receiving his pre-flight training at San Antonio, Texas, he took his advanced training at El Reno, Oklahoma, and Big Springs, Texas, and Pueblo, Colorado, and received his second lieutenant’s commission.
He received his promotion to first lieutenant after he was sent to England. He held the Air Medal with several Oak Leaf clusters.
The Fowls have one other son also in service, and two daughters: Cpl. Arthur Fowls, with a service squadron of the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy; Esther Schmidt of Columbia Heights, who is living with her parents while here husband is in service in the Navy; and Dolly, 11.
Lt. Fowl’s wife is teaching in Hillsboro. She is the former Patricia Patterson, a graduate of Oberlin College in 1941.
Picture Captions: The two pictures above, previously published in The News-Tribune, show (top) the moment when Mrs. Patricia Patterson Fowls pinned the coveted silver wings upon her husband when he graduated from bombardier’s school last spring; and (below) is shown Major W. R. Cameron pinning the Air Medal on Lt. Fowls in September, somewhere in England.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 9, 1944, p. 1.
Body of Oberlin Soldier Will Arrive Friday
Oberlin—The body of First Lt. Ralph A. Fowls, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arba Fowls, 284 East College Street, will arrive at Oberlin tomorrow and funeral services will be held Sunday, it was announced today.
It will be the first body of an Oberlin serviceman to be returned from overseas. The body of Lt. Fowls arrived in New York early this month aboard the United States Army Transport Robert F. Burns.
Lt. Fowls was born at Oberlin and lived here all his life. He was a [1939] graduate of Oberlin High School and attended Fenn College in Cleveland before entering the Army Air Forces in July 1942. He was overseas four months, serving as a bombardier-navigator, before he was shot down over Germany on October 18, 1944. He was 23 years old at the time of his death.
Received Citations
His parents were informed that he flew in 15 to 18 missions and flew the lead plane of his squadron and crew. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Clusters.
He was a Master Mason in the Oberlin lodge. Survivors, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Arthur, now a student at Bowling Green State University after four years of military service, and two sisters, Mrs. Gordon Schmidt of Richmond Heights, Euclid, and Marilyn, at home.
The body will be taken to the Fowls home and will remain there until noon Sunday, when it will be taken to the First Church of Oberlin, where it will lie in state until the funeral services at 3 p.m. Sunday. Military funeral services will be held at the grave in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, April 15, 1948, p. 1.

Ruth Ann Weaver Francis
Ruth Ann Weaver Francis, 44, of Oberlin, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born May 18, 1964 in Oberlin [and was a member of the OHS class of 1982].
Ruth was a member of Pittsfield Community Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and taking care of her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her companion, Gary Murphy of Oberlin; father, Harry David Weaver of Telford, Tennessee; mother, Karen (Dale) Langdon Herrick of Oberlin; brother, Timothy H. Weaver; step-sister, Laura Adkins of Oberlin; nephews, Mitchell Weaver of Louisanna, Jeffrey Weaver of Oberlin, Tyler J. Weaver of Maryland; step-nephew, Robert John Adkins of Oberlin; niece, Jessica Weaver of Oberlin; step-nieces, Sarah Adkins of Oberlin, Barbara Ann Adkins of New London; and maternal grandmother, Phyllis Langdon of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by brother, Andrew D. Weaver; step-brother, John E. Herrick; paternal grandmother, Gertrude Weaver; paternal grandfather, Howard Weaver; and maternal grandfather, Howard Langdon.
A memorial service will be held at 6 P.M., Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Pittsfield Community Church. Pastor Kenneth L. Gerhardt will officiate. A private family burial will be held in Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wed., March 18, 2009.

Mrs. Mildred C. Fox
Funeral service was held at Christ Episcopal Church this morning (Thursday) for Mrs. Mildred C. Fox, 70, who died Saturday afternoon in her home at 44 W. Vine.
Born Dec. 17, 1901 in Castile, N. Y., Mrs. Fox came to Oberlin in her youth with here family and graduated from Oberlin High School in June, 1922.
Surviving are her husband, Russell; and brother, Merrill, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery. Rev. Richard H. Baker Jr., rector of Christ Church, conducted the service.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 14, 1971, p. 6.

Ralph Fox
Ralph Fox, 75, of Elyria passed away Wednesday August 31, 2011 at Huntington Woods Healthcare Center in Westlake following a brief illness. He was born September 2, 1935 in Cleveland and was a lifelong Lorain County resident.
Ralph was employed as a Loan Officer at Consolidated Home Mortgage Co. in Medina for many years. He also was the former owner of Foxwood Realty in Elyria. Ralph was a member of Christ Church in Columbia Station, a former member of the Elyria Elk’s Lodge #465, a 1954 Oberlin High School graduate and enjoyed golfing.
Survivors include his companion of 13 years, JoAnne Hagstrom; daughter, Becky Fox of Dublin, Ohio; sons, John (Jennifer) Fox of Oakland Twp., Michigan and Leonard Szabo of Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Nicole and Sydney Fox; grandog, Brooks; sisters, Audrey Weaver [OHS ‘60] of Elyria and Alice Hemphill [OHS ‘65] of Pittsfield; brother, William (Linda) Fox of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Mabel Fox and a brother, Edward Fox.
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 11 A.M. at Christ Church, 23080 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tridia Hospice, 23900 Chagrin Blvd. Beachwood, OH. 44122.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Elyria. 322-4626.
Online condolences to the family can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, September 2, 2011.

Ruth Ann Weaver Francis
Ruth Ann Weaver Francis, 44, of Oberlin, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born May 18, 1964 in Oberlin [and was a member of the OHS class of 1982].
Ruth was a member of Pittsfield Community Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening and taking care of her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her companion, Gary Murphy of Oberlin; father, Harry David Weaver of Telford, Tennessee; mother, Karen (Dale) Langdon Herrick of Oberlin; brother, Timothy H. Weaver; step-sister, Laura Adkins of Oberlin; nephews, Mitchell Weaver of Louisanna, Jeffrey Weaver of Oberlin, Tyler J. Weaver of Maryland; step-nephew, Robert John Adkins of Oberlin; niece, Jessica Weaver of Oberlin; step-nieces, Sarah Adkins of Oberlin, Barbara Ann Adkins of New London; and maternal grandmother, Phyllis Langdon of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by brother, Andrew D. Weaver; step-brother, John E. Herrick; paternal grandmother, Gertrude Weaver; paternal grandfather, Howard Weaver; and maternal grandfather, Howard Langdon.
A memorial service will be held at 6 P.M., Thursday, March 19, 2009 at Pittsfield Community Church. Pastor Kenneth L. Gerhardt will officiate. A private family burial will be held in Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wed., March 18, 2009.

Mrs. Mildred Frank
Mrs. Mildred Frank, 66, of 326 Sixth St., Apt. 108, died in Elyria Memorial Hospital yesterday morning following an illness of four months.
Mrs. Frank, who was born in Milton Center, June 20, 1905, [was a 1923 graduate of OHS, and] lived in the Lorain County area most of her life.
She was a member of St. Mary Church and the Altar and Rosary Society.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Valerie) Deubel, Arvada, Col.; five grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Karl (Agnes) Kaiser, Mrs. Clarence (Loretta) Bemis and Mrs. Robert (Troas) Ruggles, all of Elyria. A brother preceded her in death.
Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wainwright Funeral Home where there will be a rosary service tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Church. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
The casket will remain closed at all times.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 6, 1973, p. 12.

Larry Franklin
Eighteen-year-old Larry Franklin, 363 Washington Cir., died yesterday morning in Metro General Hospital in Cleveland of multiple injuries he sustained Tuesday in a bicycle-car accident.
According to Oberlin police, Franklin was riding his bicycle down Morgan St. about 2:28 p.m. Tuesday. He apparently ran the stop sign at South Professor St. and collided with a vehicle driven by John Whitfield, 897 Kimberly Cir.
Franklin was taken to Lorain Community Hospital by an Allen Hospital ambulance and later transferred to Metro General.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Larry A. Franklin
Graveside services at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria, were held Monday morning for Larry A. Franklin, 18, of Oberlin who died on May 18 at Metro General Hospital, Cleveland, following injuries received when he collided with a van while riding his bicycle on May 17.
He was born in Elyria and lived most of his life in Oberlin, where he attended public schools.
He is survived by brothers, Gary of Illinois and Lee of Oberlin; sister, Betty (Mrs. Fred) Roberts of New London, and a half-sister, Ruby Owens of Elyria. His father, Homer Franklin died in 1966 and his mother, Genevieve, in 1968.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 19 & 26, 1983, p. 2.

Robert Lyle Franklin, 45, dies at home of heart attack
Robert Lyle Franklin, 45, died suddenly early yesterday morning at his home on Rt. 58 north of an apparent heart attack.
With his father, Roy, and brother, John, Mr. Franklin operated the Franklin Milk Cartage.
Born in Oberlin July 1, 1920, Mr. Franklin lived all his life in this area [and was a 1940 graduate of OHS]. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Liederlafel Club of Lorain and was a veteran of World War II.
Besides his father and brother he is survived by his wife, Marie Elizabeth; one daughter, Linda, at home; two sisters, Mrs. Allen (Doris) Murray of Lake Park, Fla., and Mrs. John (Janet) Howard of RD 1 Amherst.
Friends will be received today at the Cowling Funeral Home.
Rev. Lawrence Martin will conduct funeral services there tomorrow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, S. Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 26, 1965, p. 3A.

Byllye Frayer
Byllye [Leona] D. Frayer, (84), [nee Drage,] loving wife of the late Fred R. Frayer Atlanta, GA, Aunt of Tommy Sue Woods (husband, Elmer, children, Monica Susan Clark, Leah Elaine Vallero, Christopher Shawn Woods), step-mother of Evan L. Frayer (wife Liz, son Paul) of Atlanta, GA, Eric R. Frayer (wife Amy, children Lane, Sam) of Cincinnati, OH, Christina M. Belding (husband, Daniel Shuman, children, Jennifer, Rachael) of Alpharetta, GA passed away Saturday November 21, 2009 at Hospice Atlanta. No services will be held. [Byllye was a 1943 graduate of OHS.] A. S. Turner & Sons
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, November 29, 2009.

David M. Frederick
David M. Frederick, 37, of Wellington died Thursday at Wellington Community Hospital. The Lorain County coroner is to rule on cause of death.
He was born in Oberlin and spent most of his life in the Oberlin/Wellington area. He worked for Mainland Sohio, Oberlin, for 11 years and was a 1970 graduate of Oberlin High School.
He was an avid golfer.
Mr. Frederick is survived by his wife, Bonnie (nee Hutchison); daughter, Laura at home; son, David at home; his parents, Donald and Lois Frederick of Oberlin; a brother, Michael of Sullivan; and by a sister, Sandra Dent of Hartville, Ohio.
Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. Graveside services will be held Tuesday at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. The Rev. Darrell Woomer, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Oberlin, will officiate.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 24, 1988, p. B-2.

H. Frederick, 74, Ex-Bell Engineer
Director of Many Projects for Telephone Systems Dies
Special to The New York Times
Mountain Lakes, N.J., Nov. 26—Halsey A. Frederick, retired director of switching apparatus development of Bell Telephone Laboratories and former Mayor of Mountain Lakes, died yesterday of a heart attack at his home, 166 Laurel Hill Road. His age was 74.
Mr. Frederick was graduated from [OHS in 1905 and from] Princeton University magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1910 and received an electrical engineering degree in 1912. He won the Sayre Fellowship in 1911 and the Munn Fellowship in 1912.
He joined the Western Electric Engineering Department (now Bell Laboratories) in 1912 and became head of the telephone instruments development group in 1920. For the next fifteen years Mr. Frederick directed the development of the first handset telephone for large-scale use in the Bell system. Other developments in which he participated were the Western Electric public address system and the high-quality disc record.
Aided War Production
In 1935 he became director of electromechanical apparatus development. He was concerned with the development of several types of machine switching systems, including new designs of relays, switches and contacts.
In World War II many engineers under his direction were assigned to projects for the armed forces. The mechanical designs of a number of devices were produced, including the M9 gun director, computing bomb sights, control apparatus for rockets and the Fastax high-speed motion picture camera.
After the war, as director of switching apparatus development, Mr. Frederick was responsible for designs of new types of relays, a card translator for the national dialing program, apparatus for automatic message accounting and many cost reduction studies on existing machine switching apparatus. He retired in 1949.
Mayor For Twelve Years
Mr. Frederick served as Mayor of Mountain Lakes for twelve years and in 1953 was named Mountain Lakes’ “Citizen of the Year.” He had been president and chairman of the Boonton National Bank and president of the Boonton Hospital Association.
He had also been leading tenor in the Mountain Lakes Glee Club. One of the early planners of Riverside Hospital, opened in Boonton Township in 1955, he was president of its board of trustees from 1948 to 1956.
Mr. Frederick was the principal mover in the construction of the new Halsey A. Frederick Wing of St. John’s School, a private school here, and was instrumental in the construction of a new wing for the Mountain Lakes Community Church.
Survivors include his widow, Celina Bouquet Frederick; two sons, Halsey Frederick Jr. and Ulric Frederick; a daughter, Mrs. Peter Robinson; a brother, Karl; a sister, Mrs. Lillian Bangs, and two grandchildren.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Monday, November 27, 1961, p. 29.

Lois Rae Frederick
Lois Rae Frederick, 85, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Canterbury Villa of Alliance in Alliance, Ohio.
Born Sept. 9, 1924, in Cleveland, she [graduated from OHS in 1942 and] worked as an administrative assistant in the alumni records department at Oberlin College for many years, retiring in 1988.
Mrs. Frederick was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Clarksfield, Ohio. She enjoyed roller dancing, gardening, walking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra R. Dent, of North Canton, Ohio; son Michael Frederick [OHS ‘68] of Cadillac, Mich.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Eleanor (Sternberg) Knox Sr.; husband Donald E. Frederick; son David M. Frederick [OHS ‘70]; a great-granddaughter; brother Earl Knox Jr. [OHS ‘40]; and a sister, Ione Shepard [OHS ‘45].
A graveside service at Westwood Cemetery will be held today, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland area chapter, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, Ohio, 44194, or Hospice of Tuscarawas, Stark and Carroll counties, 3611 Whipple Avenue, N.W., Canton, Ohio, 44718. Online condolences may be made to info@cowlingfuneralhome.us.

Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 29, 2009, p. 2.

Franklin C. Freeman
Dr. Franklin C. Freeman died on June 23, 1953, in Washington, D.C. He was a [graduate of OHS in 1879 and a] member of the [Oberlin College] Class of 1884 and had an A.M. degree, granted in 1888, from the College. He had an M.D. from the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, where he completed his studies in 1889.
Dr. Freeman was born in South Amherst on October 2, 1858. For the first three years he attended Oberlin he walked in every day from the family farm. He was a descendant of Samuel Freeman, who came to Boston in 1630 with Winthrop, and he married Helen Bassett, who attended Oberlin and the Academy 1877-1886, who lived on a neighboring farm and who was a descendant of Miles Standish.
Dr. Freeman, soon after his graduation, lived in Redwood City, California, about three hundred miles south of Mr. Shasta, and he had climbed that peak. After leaving California he lived and worked in Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Washington. He had visited Oberlin frequently in recent years, and attended the 1952 Reunion festivities.
Photograph: Dr. Freeman, ’84, died this summer. He was almost the oldest male graduate of the college.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, October 1953, p. 24.

Rev. Marston S. Freeman
Rev. Marston S. Freeman, D.D., retired pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., died at his home in Chattanooga, September 8, 1937, at the age of 76. Immediately after his graduation from [OHS in 1880 and Oberlin College in 1885], he entered his first pastorate at Newell, Iowa, where he remained for five years. In the succeeding ten years he served in various pastorates in Illinois and then moved back to Ohio, where he spent the next fifteen years.
He went to Chattanooga in 1920 from Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he was moderator of the Congregational Churches of Ohio. He resigned from the pastorate in Chattanooga early in 1927 about a year after receiving the doctor of divinity degree from Piedmont College for outstanding service among the Congregational Churches of the Southeast. He later served as professor of theology and church history at the Atlanta Theological Seminary until forced to retire because of failing health.
At one time he served as president of the American Business Club, and at various times served as secretary, vice-president and president of the Chattanooga Pastors’ Association.
Dr. Freeman is survived by his wife and a daughter. A son, Hubert M. Freeman, ’12, died in 1928. A granddaughter, Ruth, was graduated from Oberlin in 1936.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, December 1937, p. 18.

Ruth Johnston Freeman, 71, dies in Asbury Park, N.J.
Mrs. James A. Freeman (Ruth Johnston), kindergarten teacher in the Asbury Park, N.J., schools for 40 years, died Dec. 4, 1966, in Asbury Park after a long illness. A former Oberlin resident, Mrs. Freeman was born Nov. 17, 1895[, and graduated from OHS in 1912 and from Oberlin College in1915]. After her retirement from teaching in 1960, she was appointed to the Asbury Park library board of trustees. Last year she was elected vice president of the board. Mrs. Freeman was a member of the Second Baptist Church, a former secretary of  the Asbury Park Study Center and a life member of the NAACP. She leaves her husband, to whom she was married in 1938; a sister, Mary E. Johnston, ’13; and a cousin, Theodore Phillips.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, February 1967, p. 37.

Lawton B. French
Lawton B. French of Wakeman died at his home there [on December 31], after an attack of influenza, which he had contracted at Camp Sherman. [He was a 1910 graduate of OHS.]
The Sandusky Star-Journal, Sandusky, Ohio, Friday, January 3, 1919, p. 10.

Jack Veasman Frost
FROST. - Jack Veasman [1944 graduate of OHS]. Dearly loved husband of Joanne, father of Cindy and Jack, father-in-law of David and Helen, grandfather of James, Jesse and Michael (dec). Died peacefully in his sleep Friday, May 5, after a battle with cancer. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Herald Sun, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, March 8 & 9, 2010.

Elizabeth W. Fuller
Elizabeth Weeks Fuller, 88, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died April 14 at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1924]. Mrs. Fuller was secretary to Russell Reynolds, of the National Association of College Stores in Oberlin, until her retirement in 1984.
She is survived by two daughters, Margaret A. Hook of Elyria and Jeanne Harris of North Ridgeville; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Richard Weeks of Elyria and Charles Weeks of Alliance.
A graveside service was held Monday morning in Westwood Cemetery.
The Cowling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 18, 1995, p. 2.

Clarence W. Funk
Clarence W. (Bud) Funk, 84, of Oberlin, died at his home on Aug. 26 after a long illness.
Born in Florence, Ohio, he spent his life in the Birmingham-Oberlin area [and was a 1931 graduate of OHS].
He retired from Tappan, formerly American Standard, in Elyria after 33 years.
Mr. Funk served in the Army Air Corps as a gunner on a B-24 during World War II. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for “acts of extraordinary achievement in aerial flight.” He was a member of CBI, the China-Burma-India Veterans Association.
He enjoyed gardening and was an avid football fan.
He is survived by his wife Eilene; a son, Larry of Oberlin; and a nephew, Russell Webb Paddock of Toledo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry A. and Anna (nee Dellefield) Funk; and a sister, Gladys Paddock.
Friends may call at the Funk home, 257 Elm St., from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Private graveside services will be held in Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 3, 1996, p. 2.

Jessie Spore Funsett
Mrs. Harlow G. Funsett (Jessie E. Spore) (Oberlin College class of 1910) died Jan. 28[, 1972,] at Turtle Creek Convalescent Centre, Noblesville, Ind. She had suffered a light stroke in December. Mrs. Funsett was born at Florence, Ohio, Sept. 21, 1889, and went to Oberlin High School [where she graduated in 1906]. Prior to her marriage in 1917, she taught physical education at Valley City (N.D.) High School, was physical director at the Decatur, Ill., YWCA, and at Knox College, and taught physical education at Central High School in Minneapolis.
The Funsetts had lived in Noblesville for 45 years and after Mr. Funsett’s retirement as an engineer for the Firestone Rubber Co. they enjoyed their four-acre “farm.”
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Funsett leaves daughters Mrs. Elizabeth Cameron of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Mrs. Arline Heck of Indianapolis, sister Mrs. Malcolm F. (Mabel) Jameson, ’23, of Oberlin and two grandchildren. A son, Douglas, died in a skiing accident in 1956.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1972, p. 49.

Service set today for Anita Furline
Anita Furline, a 1972 graduate of Oberlin High School, died Monday night in the intensive care division of Elyria Memorial Hospital of extensive head injuries she had received in an automobile accident Jan. 6. She had been listed in critical condition since her arrival at the hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday) at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Miss Furline, who had celebrated her 19th birthday one day before, was riding in a car driven by a close friend, Roger C. Rutherford, 17, of Wellington when the accident occurred. According to [the] Ohio State patrol report, Rutherford turned onto Rt. 58 from Jones Rd. south of Wellington – into the path of a car driven by Keith Clark, 17, of Knoxville, Tenn.
Clark, southbound on Rt. 58, slammed into the passenger side of Rutherford’s auto.
Miss Furline and Rutherford were en route from her home, where a birthday celebration had just taken place, to his when the accident occurred.
Rutherford is still in Elyria Memorial Hospital suffering from internal injuries. He is listed in fair condition. Clark was treated at Wellington Community Hospital for minor injuries.
Miss Furline was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Furline, 13452 Hale Road.
Her brother, Ray, died in an automobile accident in January 1969, when a car he was driving went out of control and smashed into a utility pole on E. Lorain St., killing him instantly. He was 18.
Miss Furline had been employed as a sales clerk at the Town Shop for almost one year.
Her co-workers described her as “just a wonderful girl who was always a pleasure to be with. She had brought a whole batch of brownies to work for us on here birthday, the day before the accident.”
In addition to her parents, Miss Furline is survived by three sisters, Patricia Gail in North Olmstead, Karen, a student at Ohio University, and Patty, at home; and a grandmother, Mrs. Mary Smith of Athens, Ala.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 18, 1973, p. 6.

Ray Martin Furline, OHS ’68, dies in E. Lorain St. accident
Ray Martin Furline, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Furline, 13452 Hale Rd., was instantly killed Sunday at 1:04 a.m. when his 1964 Plymouth convertible went out of control on the slippery pavement and crashed into a utility pole on the north side of the road in front of 234 E. Lorain. He was going east.
This was Oberlin’s first traffic fatality since April of 1965, police chief Robert K. Ferber said.
Young Furline was thrown to the right side of the seat with the utility pole pinning him inside the car. It was at first feared that help would be needed to get him out and police Cpl. Raymond Wilgor called for a wrecker in addition to a light plant trouble crew, but police and ambulance men succeeded in extricating him before the wrecker arrived.
Driving a car ahead of Furline, who was alone, was David Ransome, 355 W. Lorain. He told police that he saw Ray’s lights go left of center in his rear view mirror and turned around. He saw the car hit the pole…
Funeral services for Ray Martin Furline were held Tuesday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Brookdale Cemetery.
The Furline family came to Oberlin in 1953. Ray was born in Athens, Ala. on March 26, 1950. A June graduate of Oberlin High School, he had since then been employed as a drill press operator at Ridge Tool Co., Elyria.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Furline; four sisters, Gail, a student at Ohio University, and Karen, Anita and Patty, at home; and grandparents, Jesse Furline of Oberlin and Mrs. Mary Smith of Athens, Ala.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 30, 1969, p. 20
 
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