Marion F. Oakley, 71
North Olmsted -- Marion F. Oakley (nee Yonkings), 71, of North Olmsted, formerly of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001, at her home, following a brief illness.She was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Lorain, and moved to North Olmsted 30 years ago from Oberlin.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948.
Mrs. Oakley was employed as a bookkeeper for Val-Pak, North Olmsted, from 1987 through 1997.
She enjoyed needlework, especially counted-cross-stitch and crocheting.
Survivors include her daughters Robin Lounsborough Meadows of Elyria and Laura Lounsborough of Oberlin; son, Charles Oakley II of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and sisters Eileen Estes of Amherst and Geraldine Gerber and Jeanette George, both of South Amherst. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Oakley Sr., in 1998; her parents, Denver Yonkings in 1966 and Eva (nee Niskey) Yonkings in 1944; sisters Florence Kantelas, Kathlyn Smith, Betty [Holly] Pollack and Nancy Hoskins; and brothers Denver, Richard and Donald Yonkings.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11 a.m. at Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Ave., Amherst. The Rev. N. James Greenawalt will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Cleveland Clinic, 9555 Rockside Road, Suite 300, Cleveland 44125.
Cremation was provided by Cromoco Services in Elyria.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, October 25, 2001 [and Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 30, 2001]

Ronald K. Oakley
Col. Ronald K. Oakley, USAF (Ret.), 62, of Beavercreek, Ohio, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 8 at his home.
Mr. Oakley was born in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in Oberlin. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1952 and from Oberlin College in 1956.
He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1986 after 30 years of service. Currently, he was a real estate agent with Bill Hill Realty in Beavercreek.
During the Vietnam War, Col. Oakley had served as an RF-4C pilot and as a squadron commander of the 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
He was a command pilot with 5,600 hours of flying time. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Margaret (nee Simmerer); his father, Charles, resident of Golden Acres Nursing Home in Amherst; his mother, Marion Oakley of Oberlin; a daughter, Rhonda Doney; four sons, Charles, Randall, Richard and David Oakley; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn Stern of North Olmsted and Noel Oakley of Oberlin.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 24) at Arlington National Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 23, 1997, p. 2.

Margaret Elizabeth "Beth" Odor
Margaret Elizabeth “Beth” Odor, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange. She was born on March 24, 1923 in Lorain of Hungarian immigrant parents.
Beth was a [1942] graduate of Oberlin High School and the Practical Training School of the Bible, Binghamton, New York, now known as Davis College. She served for 30 years as a Missionary in Niger, West Africa under Evangelical Baptist Missions and another eight years as a secretary in the EBM home office in Kokomo, Indiana. Upon her retirement, Beth resided in Elyria until becoming a resident at Keystone Pointe several months ago. Beth learned to drive a car in Africa, spoke three languages fluently, served as secretary of the African field council and worked on the translation committee. She also worked with orphan girls and visited the African ladies in the bush. For years she was the only white lady for miles around.
She had a great love for the beauties of nature and exclaimed over everything she saw. She loved having visitors and also enjoyed receiving greeting cards, especially those with pictures of kitties. She was loved by all who knew her.
Beth was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of LaGrange where she taught the Ladies Sunday School Class for several years.
She is survived by one brother, Rev. Frank Odor (Marjorie [nee Carpenter, OHS ‘44] of Elyria; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Jean Odor and Lila ODor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Elizabeth (nee Bendeszi) Odor; one sister, Ethel Kannenberg (the late Robert, Sr.); and two brothers, Louis Odor and George ODor.
The family will receive friends Friday, October 14, 2011 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Liston Funeral Home, 36403 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 15, 2011, 11 A.M. at First Baptist Church, corner of Liberty and Church Streets, LaGrange, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the Service. Pastors, Noel Hack, Frank Odor and Walter Spieth will co-officiate. Private burial at River Road Cemetery, LaGrange.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 14, 2011.

Dean Kent Oehling
Dean Kent Oehling, 77, of Sparta, Mo., former Oberlin resident, died suddenly Feb. 19 in Bandera, Texas.
He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, on April 6, 1916, and grew up in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1934.
He attended Oberlin College for a year, where he met his wife, Jeanne Bellamy, a classmate, whom he married on July 7, 1939.
He was a 50-year member of the East Townsend Masonic Lodge, #347, and Halcyon Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, #322, both in Collins, Ohio.
Mr. Oehling had lived for many years in Whittier, Calif., and retired to Sparta, Mo. For the past four years, he and his wife had traveled over much of the United States.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Allan Dean, and daughter-in-law, Jackie, of Sparta; and a number of cousins.
Funeral services were Feb. 25 in Ava, Mo., with burial in the Ava City Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 16, 1993, p. 2.

Robert L. O'Ferrell
Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1938 graduate of OHS,] he had been a long-time Akron resident, where he retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and where he belonged to both the Englebeck Masonic Lodge and the Church of the Master. He was also a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and finally retiring from the service in 1979.
Preceded in death by daughter, Patty, grandson, William Sager, two brothers and two sisters; he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Billie; daughter, Robin; grandchildren, Robert (Chris) Sager and Christine (Christopher) Balusik; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jacqueline, Kaitlyn and William; sister, Betty O'Ferrell; special great-nephew, Lance (Irene) Snyder; and many other loving relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 1 p.m., at the Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St., with Pastor Bruce Batchelor-Glader officiating. Interment East Akron Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. (Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home and Chapel, 330-535-7141.) Please sign the guestbook atwww.ohio.com/obituaries.
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, Monday, April 8, 2002, p. D5.
Robert L. O'Ferrell
Robert L[incoln] O'Ferrell, 83, passed away April 6, 2002. [He was a 1938 graduate of OHS.]
The funeral service will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St., with Pastor Bruce Batchelor-Glader officiating. Interment at East Akron Cemetery.
The family would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to a special son-in-law, Joseph Sager, for all his help and thoughtfulness and for the love he showed to his father-in-law and our family. (Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home and Chapel, 330-535-7141.) Please sign the guestbook atwww.ohio.com/obituaries.
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, Wednesday, April 10, 2002, p. D7.

Johnette Wall Oglesby
Oberlin—Johnette Wall Oglesby of 225 South Pleasant street died at Pleasant View Sanitorium at 3:10 a.m. today. She had been in ill health two and one half years.
Mrs. Oglesby was born in Oberlin September 25, 1920, [was a 1938 graduate of OHS,] and was a member of the Baptist church in Sandusky. Her last employment was with the Boston Port of Embarkation during World War II.
Surviving are her parents Mr. and Mrs. John W. Wall jr., five brothers, William Wall of Elyria, Steven and Jackie Wall of Oberlin and James and Sandy all of Los Angeles, Calif., and three sisters, Marion Wall of Bellevue and Margaret and Barbara Wall at home. Her husband Reeves died last September.
The body is at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home in Oberlin where friends may call and from [where] services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. Burial will be made in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, June 24, 1949, p. 2.

Carleton H. Ohly
Carleton H. Ohly, 75, former Oberlin resident, died May 21 in Marietta, Ga.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son, Carl of Marietta; and three granddaughters, all of Marietta; a brother, Robert W. Ohly of Richmond, Va.; and an aunt, Rebecca N. Kinney of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Fauna Ohly; a sister, Phyllis Laughlin; and a brother, William N. Ohly.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 8, 1993, p. 2.

Richard Wayne Ohly
Deaths – Ohly, Robert W. Sr., 83, of Chesterfield, a retired pharmacist and local business owner, a World War II Army veteran, husband of Jane Dulaney Ohly.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, March 7, 2005, p. B-5.
Robert W. Ohly, Sr., 83, departed this life peacefully Saturday, March 5, 2005. [He was a 1940 graduate of OHS.]
Bob, a noted golfer in the area is survived by his wife, Jane D. Ohly; a daughter, Laura Ohly Douthat; and three sons, Robert W. (Bud) Ohly Jr., Philip W. Ohly and John F. Ohly. Bob is also survived by five grandchildren, Lee and Clay Douthat, Rachel and Robert W. Ohly III and Morgan Ohly.
A Celebration of Bob's life will take place this spring. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his life may contribute to the "Salisbury Junior Golf Program" c/o Mike Hott, Salisbury Country Club, 13620 Salisbury Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia, Monday, March 7, 2005, p. B-4.

William Nicodemus “Bill” Ohly

Ohly, William N., 74, Wednesday; funeral 2 p.m. Saturday. [He was a 1931 graduate of OHS.]
The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, Friday, August 19, 1988, p. 8C.

Muriel Adeline Oliphant
Muriel Adeline Oliphant (nee Davidson) of Oberlin died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at Welcome Nursing Home following a long illness. She was 87.
Born May 15, 1916, in Camden Township, she lived all her life in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934. She also graduated from the Cleveland Beauty Academy and worked as a hair dresser for several years. [She later worked as a piano accompanist at Gremore Dance Studio, as a cook at Eastwood Elementary School, and as a receptionist for Dr. David Evans of Oberlin, retiring in 1979.]
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a 50-year member of Eastern Star Stone City Chapter #325 in Amherst. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge and doing needlework.
Mrs. Oliphant is survived by her son, Robert Oliphant of Westford, Mass.; daughters Ann McComb of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Marsha Luke of Bermuda Dunes, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters Helen Johnson of Oberlin, Lucille Hecock of Sandusky, and Mynne E. Coven of Hot Springs, Ark.; and brother Calvin Davidson of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Volney Oliphant; parents, Robert J. and Maude (nee Geist) Davidson; and brother, Robert Davidson.
Graveside services were Monday, Dec. 8, at Camden Cemetery in Camden Township, the Rev. Dr. O. French Ball, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiating. Cowling Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main Street, Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 9, 2003, p. 2.

Volney Oliphant dies at 69
Volney "Barney" Oliphant, 69, a fixture at the Oberlin Printing Co. and News-Tribune where he was floorman and linotype operator for 38 years, died yesterday morning at his home 32 South St., after a year's illness of cancer.
A Masonic service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home and friends will be received there the same day from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Elder officiating. Burial will be in Camden Cemetery.
Mr. Oliphant, born in Youngstown on Aug. 28, 1913, lived most of his life in Oberlin, [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932]. He started work at the News-Tribune in 1940 after an earlier stint at the Oberlin Times, predecessor of the present Press of the Times. He retired in 1978 after the disastrous fire which destroyed the Artino St. building of the Oberlin Printing Co. He then worked at the Oberlin Bait Canteen Co. part time.
For many years he played drums in various dance bands throughout Lorain County. He was also a golfer and a member of First United Methodist Church, Oberlin Lodge 380, F&AM and Pansy Chapter Eastern Star.
Mr. Oliphant is survived by his wife, Muriel; one son, Robert of Westford, Mass.; two daughters, Marsha Luke of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and Mrs. Paul (Ann) Dixon of Ft. Wayne Ind.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 30, 1983, p. 2
Volney “Barney” Oliphant died June 29, 1983, at his home in Oberlin of cancer.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1913, and spent most of his life in Oberlin, where he was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge No. 380.
He was a printer for the Oberlin Times and later a Linotype operator for the News-Tribune and the Oberlin Printing Co. After retiring in 1978 he worked part-time at the Oberlin Bait Canteen Co.
In the 1930s and ‘40s Mr. Oliphant was a drummer for the Larry Gill and Ad Mueller orchestras (JAZZ AT OBERLIN, March-April 1978). He played in several county bands and was an avid golfer.
He leaves his wife, Muriel, three children and five grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1983, p. 83.

Allen Olmstead
Allen MacConnell Olmstead, a retired Air Force officer, died Dec. 28 at Asistencia Villa in Redlands, of age-related causes. He was 88.
His family and caregivers Cynthia and Rosa were with him when he died.
He was born Feb. 8, 1918, in Providence, R.I., and spent part of his childhood in Ohio with his parents and older brother Jack [John Griffith "Jack" Olmstead Jr, OHS’ 28]. [He graduated from OHS in 1935.]
In the early 1930s his parents began a traveling camp for girls called the Olmstead Travel Camp, which took young women on a tour of college campuses the summer after their graduation from high school. That helped feed his “travel bug.”
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1941 as a private. He applied for the Army Air Corps’ aviation cadet program in March 1941 and was accepted in September.
In April 1942, he applied for an opening in the bombardier training program. He was a navigator and bombardier for a B-24 with the 98th Bomb Group in North Africa during World War II, flying missions from August 1943 to March 1944.
He went into the reserves after Oct. 15, 1945, when he went into the insurance field until he was recalled to active duty in May 1951. In October 1951 he was sent to Japan and on to Korea during the Korean War. He returned home from Korea on Thanksgiving Day in 1952.
After the Korean War, he stayed in the Air Force, and served at the Pentagon in 1967. He retired in January 1968 as a lieutenant colonel at March Air Force Base in Riverside.
His second career was as an assessor and appraiser with Riverside County. He retired in 1981.
He lived in Palm Desert from 1970 until moving to Mission Commons in Redlands in January 2002.
He married Bernice C. Bulles in April 1943. They had three daughters, Carol, Diane and Ellen, and were married for 23 years before she died on Jan. 1, 1967.
In April 1969 he married Faye Ryon, and they enjoyed traveling around the United States until she became ill with cancer and died in 1980.
He married Genevieve “Jo” Williams in 1984. They enjoyed traveling in a recreational vehicle through the United States and took two cruises through the Panama Canal and many trips to Hawaii. His wife Jo died of Alzheimer’s disease in September 2001.
His daughter Carol Olmstead Tims said he was, “a born-again Christian and a strong believer, filled with the Holy Spirit.”
“He was loving and will be missed by all who knew him,” she said.
Survivors include his three daughters, Carol Olmstead Tims of Atlanta, Ga., Diane Olmstead Ryan of Long Beach and Ellen Olmstead Hoppe of Angelus Oaks; three granddaughters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.
Services will be at noon Sunday, Jan. 14, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield, 4442 Doolittle Ave., Los Alamitos, followed by a reception. Cortner Chapel is handling arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Gideon Bible, hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Redlands Daily Facts, Redlands, Calif., Thursday, January 4, 2007, p. A4.

Jack Olmstead Jr. dies of cancer in Spokane
John Griffith (Jack) Olmstead Jr., 52, former Oberlin resident, died last Thursday in Spokane, Wash. Hospital. Death was caused by cancer.
Mr. Olmstead was manager of the Euphrata office of the Washington State Employment Security Department. He [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1928 and] attended Oberlin College in the early 1930’s. His father was secretary of the Oberlin College Alumni Association from 1925 to 1932.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 29, 1962, p. 1C.

Richard Olney
Cincinnati -- Richard [Paul] ''Dick'' Olney, 60, of Cincinnati, died suddenly Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Mercy Hospital, Fairfield.
He was born Oct. 26, 1943, in Holmes County.
Olney graduated from [OHS in 1962 and from] L.I.F.E. Bible College and spent 25 years as an ordained minister.
He enjoyed helping others, especially young clergy, and was a Cleveland Browns fan.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Barb [nee Orewiler]; sons Richard ''Rich,'' Tim, Isaac, Aaron and Jared; daughter, Rachel; his brother, Olin Olney; sisters Janet Gunner and Anne Hawbecker; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Marian (nee Widdowson) Olney.
Friends may call Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Tri-County Assembly of God, 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, where services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Brad Rosenberg, pastor, will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Assembly of God, 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45014.
Arrangements by Avance Funeral Home & Crematory, Fairfield.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, April 28, 2004.

Grace T. Olsen
Grace T. Olsen of La Grange, beloved wife of the late Benjamin J.; fond mother of Marion O. Erion of La Grange and Robert T. of Lake Forest; grandmother of Nancy Sue Olsen; sister of Faith T. Houser of Belmont, Mass. Resting at Rhenberg Funeral Home, 110 N. La Grange road, La Grange. Services Saturday, 2 p.m. Interment Onawa, Ia. Contributions to the First Congregational Church of La Grange Memorial fund will be appreciated. FL 2-0114.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Friday, June 24, 1966.

Grace Tenney Olsen

Mrs. Benjamin J. Olsen (Grace Elizabeth Tenney), 89, died June 23 in Community Memorial Hospital, La Grange, Ill. She was born Dec. 31, 1876, in Steubenville, Ohio, and was a daughter of Rev. Henry M. Tenney, former pastor of Second Congregational Church of Oberlin for 25 years. After graduation [from OHS in 1894 and from Oberlin College in 1899], she taught German at the college for a short time and then taught Latin in high schools in Illinois and Iowa until her marriage.
She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Earl F. Erion (Marion T. Olsen, ’32), a son, Robert T., ’36, Lake Forest, Ill., a sister, Mrs. Ralph H. Houser (Faith W. Tenney, ’09), Belmont, Mass., and a granddaughter.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1966, p. 44.


Brownie Celeste (Pierce) Omohundro

Brownie Pierce Omohundro died April 4, 1980, in Norfolk, Va. For many years she was a social worker with the Norfolk Social Services Bureau. Prior to that she worked in the same field for the YWCA, the Travelers Aid Society and the W.P.A. She also assisted her husband, Henry, in the operation of his Norfolk Mirror Factory and Art Glass Works.
Mrs. Omohundro was born Aug. 15, 1892 [1890], in Winton, N.C. [She graduated from OHS in 1915 and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1919.] She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Registered Social Workers of Virginia. She was also a former vice president of the P.T.A.
She leaves two children, two step-children, four grandchildren and a sister. Her husband died in 1944.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1981, p. 46.

Thelma B. O’Neal
Thelma B. O’Neal, 87, of Oberlin, died April 14 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin on Oct. 25, 1908, she [graduated from OHS in 1927 and] was a resident of the Oberlin area all her life.
Mrs. O’Neal worked at the Oberlin post office for eight years and also worked at General Industries in Elyria during World War II.
She was a member of the Pittsfield United Church of Christ and its Ladies Aid Society.
She enjoyed the Cleveland Indians and was an avid knitter and reader.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Leonard M., daughters Alice Mae Lindsay of Fostoria and Lynn Heberling of Stow; four grand children; and nine great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, H. Earl and Alma Bartlett; and a brother, Earl W. Bartlett.
Services were April 17 in Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Thewlis officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pittsfield United Church of Christ or to the American Diabetes Association, 225 W. Exchange St., Akron 44302.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 23, 1996, p. 2.

Mrs. Carl [Marion Eleanor] Oney
Mrs. Marion E. Oney [nee Corlett], 70, of 124 West St., Wellington, died yesterday in her home after an illness of one year. She was the assistant librarian at the Herrick Memorial Library in Wellington for 19 years, retiring in 1962.
Mrs. Oney was born in Kirkland, March 21, 1907 [and graduated from OHS in 1926]. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Town and Country Club, Southern Lorain County Historical Society and Lake Erie Geological Society.
Surviving are her husband, Carl; three daughters, Mrs. Don (Ruth) Weaver, Williamsport, Pa., Mrs. Larry (Eleanor) Broome, Wellington, and Mrs. Rockland (Sheila) Wiseman, Parkersburg, W.Va.; a son, Carl, Jordan, N.Y.; 19 grandchildren; two brothers, Milton Corlett [OHS ‘28], Elyria, and Tom Corlett, Oberlin.
Friends will be received in the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Congregational United Church of Christ. The Rev. Ron Boldman will officiate and burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Congregation United Church of Christ, Wellington.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sat., Aug. 27, 1977, p. 14.

In Memoriam—Mary Vivian Oney
The Lorain County OGS Chapter has lost another faithful member, tireless volunteer and a very good friend. Mary Vivian (Latteman) Oney of Wellington passed away on Saturday, 14 Aug 1999, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin after a brief illness. She was 71 years young.
Mary Vivian (known as “M.V.”) was born in Elyria, [graduated from OHS in 1946,] and lived in Wellington for many years with her husband, Charles “Chuck” Oney – who also is a longtime active Chapter member, chairman of First Families of Lorain County, and a frequent Researcher contributor.
M.V. had worked at Invacare Corporation in Elyria in the bookkeeping department, and for several years at the IGA store in Oberlin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Wellington, where she belonged to the Ladies Guild and the United Methodist Womens Club. She also was a member (and in many cases, officer) of several local organizations, including: The Lorain County Federation of Women, the Eleanor Roosevelt Club of Wellington, Lorain County Democratic Club, the Southern Lorain County Historical Society (life member), the A.A.R.P. of Lorain and Ashland Counties, the Wellington Genealogical Group, the Wellington Senior Citizens, and their Bus Committee.
Mary Vivian Oney is survived by her husband, Charles; daughters Christiann Smith of Waynesville, Mo., and Charlene Calala of Wakeman, Huron Co.; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and she was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Alida (Watson) Latteman of Elyria.
Visitation and services were held on 17-18 Aug 1999 at the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, and burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 127 Park Place, Wellington, OH 44090.
We’ll miss your dedication, your sense of humor, and your common sense, M.V.
Lorain County Researcher [quarterly publication of the Lorain County Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Chapter], Elyria, Ohio, v. 16, no. 4, p. 49 (Fall 1999)

Ralph Ormsby
Ralph Ormsby died Sept. 29, 1978, in Sun City, Ariz., where he had resided since 1972. He was executive director of Family Service of Philadelphia 1948-72 after starting his professional career in social service in 1930 and holding executive positions in member agencies of the Family Service Assn. of America since 1938.
He was the author of A Man of Vision, a biography of social welfare pioneer Francis H. McLean, and numerous articles published by professional social work journals on such diverse topics as psychoanalytic orientation in casework, psychiatric consultation and administration of family life education service. He was a lecturer in administration at the school of social work at Bryn Mawr, Washington U., Smith College and U. Chicago.
Mr. Ormsby served the FSAA as a member of the board of directors and as chairman of its Middle Atlantic Regional Committee. From 1967 to 1971 he was a member of the Mental Health Services Research Review Committee of the National Institute of Health, the National Assn. of Social Workers and an affiliate member of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Society.
He was born in Brooklyn, Sept. [May?] 16, 1909. He [graduated from OHS in 1926 and from Oberlin College in 1930 and] received the M.S. in social administration at Western Reserve in 1933. He leaves his wife, Genevieve, daughters Mrs. Josephine Wernecke and Ruth M. Ormsby and a grandson.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, September/October 1978, pp. 65-66.

James R. Orr
James R. Orr, 87, formerly of Oberlin [and a 1920 graduate of OHS], died Sunday in Tarzana Medical Center, Tarzana, Calif.
Born in Lorain, he resided in California 40 years prior to moving to Oberlin in 1977. For the last year he made his home with his daughter, Jacqueline Clark, in Hanford, Calif.
Mr. Orr is also survived by another daughter, Mary Louise Peterson of Northridge, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
His wife, Mary, preceded him in death in Feb. 1989.
Mr. Orr retired in 1974 after 32 years as a life insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company.
While in Oberlin he attended First Baptist Church.
Family will receive friends at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, one hour prior to services which have been tentatively set for 11 a.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, July 4, 1989, p. B-2.

Mary Leona Orr
Mary Leona Orr, 86, of Oberlin, died Sunday in Woodland Care Center, Reseda, Calif., following a long illness. She had been visiting her daughter when she became ill.
Born in Oberlin, she lived in California 40 years before returning to Oberlin in 1977 to make her home.
She attended First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, James; daughters, Jacqueline Clark and Mrs. John (Mary Louise) Peterson, both of Northridge, Calif.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received today from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home.
Services are set for Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Paul Buckland will officiate.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 16, 1989, p. 2.

Mrs. E. S. Osborn’s Funeral Is Tomorrow; Dies Suddenly
Led Active Life as Teacher, Business Woman, Club Leader, Mother
Amy Reed Osborn, wife of the late Erwin S. Osborn, died Wednesday morning at her home, 237 Oak St. Death came suddenly as a result of a heart attack.
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Reed, Mrs. Osborn first came to Oberlin at the age of ten. She was a graduate of Oberlin High School [in 1899], and of Oberlin College in the class of 1904. At the time of her marriage in 1906 she and her husband moved to Washington, D. C. and then later to Cleveland. She returned to Oberlin in 1942 and lived with her sister, Miss Nellie I. Reed, at their family home on Oak St. until the time of her death.
Mrs. Osborn took an active interest in church affairs, having been a member of the First Church in Oberlin and formerly of the Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. She served as president of the Cleveland Church Federation and started a vocational guidance program for the Y.M.C.A. of Cleveland. She was a charter member of the League of Women Voters, vice president of A.A.U.W. and secretary-treasurer of the Aelioian Literary Society of Oberlin College. At the time of her death she was a special agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Society and was the Oberlin representative for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram for this district.
Mrs. Osborn is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Paul E. Horst of Columbus and Mrs. Robert S. Shunk of Bay Village; one sister, Miss Nellie I. Reed of Oberlin; two brothers, Arthur F. Reed of Warren, Ralph A. Reed of Brighton, and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in Fairchild Chapel tomorrow afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m., with Dr. W. F. Bohn and Rev. Joseph V. King officiating.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 17, 1946, p. 1.

Kenneth James Osborne
Oberlin -- Kenneth James Osborne, 56, of Oberlin, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at his home, following a sudden illness.
He was born May 26, 1947, in Elyria, and was a 1967 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Osborne worked for 34 years at Ford Motor Co. as an assembler and maintenance person.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and flea markets.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley (nee Slanczka) Osborne; daughter, Melisa Donley of Elyria; sons James and Frank, both of Oberlin; sister, Karen Palm of Oberlin; brothers L. Bryan Osborne of La Porte and Marvin Osborne of Oberlin; and one grandson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Osborne, in 1989, and Marilyn (nee Feeley) Osborne, in 1996.
Friends may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman, where services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Wakeman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, September 03, 2003.
Born 10pm. Was always called 'Pat' One of 6 children (probably the youngest). Mother died when he was a teenager. Siblings: Nellie, Kitty, Gilbert, ?, ? Cremated. Ashes scattered in Round Pond Harbor, Round Pond, Maine. Obituary from Lincoln County News, Jan, 1987.

Natalie P. Osborne
Natalie Powers Osborne, 75, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 in Littleton, Colo., from complications of pneumonia.
Mrs. Osborne was born May 2, 1932 in Oberlin, and lived here most of her life.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1950. Her parents were Rachel F. and William E. Powers Jr. and both were employed by Oberlin College.
Mrs. Osborne began working in the admissions office at Oberlin College part-time in 1947, working full-time starting in 1971. She retired from Oberlin College in 1993 and moved to Colorado in 1999 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Osborne was preceded in death by her parents and three older brothers, Thomas Powers, James Powers and William E. Powers III, all of Lorain County.
Mrs. Osborne is survived by three children Michael R. Osborne of Denver, Colo., Linda L. Heston of Bailey, Colo., and Laura L. Osborne of Denver.
She is also survived by three grandchildren, Derek R. Heston of Bullhead City, Ariz., Jeffrey M. Osborne of Denver, and Rachael F. Heston of Loveland, Colo.
A private gathering will be held this spring at a site in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 26, 2008, p. 2.

Alfred Miles Osmer
Alfred M. 'Pat' Osmer, 70, Damariscotta, died Dec. 24[, 1987,] at Miles Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Oberlin, Ohio, a son of Miles and Eliza Lieb Osmer, and attended Oberlin schools[, graduating from OHS in 1935]. He later attended Oberlin College, Miami University, in Ohio, and attended the Rutgers Graduate School of Banking and had completed courses at the American Institute of Banking. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Alaska, during WWII, later moving to Maine.
In 1946, he began his banking career at the First National Bank of Damariscotta. He was made Assistant Cashier in 1948, Full Cashier in 1951, Vice President in 1953, and in 1972 was made President, a position he held until his retirement in 1981. At the time of his death, he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of that bank.
Osmer was a member of the Board of Miles Memorial Hospital, where he held the position of Treasurer for over 25 years. He was also member and past Treasurer of the Lincoln County Chapter of the American Red Cross, also for over 25 years, and was past Treasurer of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation. He had been active with Damariscotta town affairs serving as First and Third Selectman and was active with the Budget Committee. He had also served on the local school board, and was a member of the local Planning Committee.
Surviving are his wife, the former Doris Mergendahl, of Damariscotta; two daughters, Patricia Osmer of Carmel, NY., and Alice Olsen, of Mt. Vernon; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Greenberg, Nobleboro; two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Hau, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Nellie Busing, of Ft. Meyers Beach, Fl., as well as three grandsons. He was predeceased by a son, Charles H. 'Bud' Osmer, who died Sept. 11, 1986.
Services were held Wednesday, 11a.m. from the Damariscotta Baptist Church, the Rev. Pastor Daryl Lavway officiating. Arrangements are with Strong Funeral Home, Damariscotta. If desired, donations may be made to the C.L.C. Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 373, Damariscotta, Maine.
Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, Maine, January 1988, found at Our Family History web site, http://www.wyman.org/genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I22244&tree=wyman

Gilbert Osmer dies at 53; was paint foreman at college
Gilbert (Gil) Osmer, RD 2, died suddenly at his home Sunday night, apparently of a heart attack. He was 53.
Funeral services, with Rev. Forrest Waller officiating, were held yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Osmer, born in Oberlin Dec. 21, 1913, had spent his entire life [and was a 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He was a foreman in the paint department at Oberlin College.
He is survived by his wife, Alma; one son, Michael, Ft. Dix, N. J.; two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Judith) Yakunovich, Kipton, and Vicky, at home; one brother, Alfred, Damariscotta, Me.; four sisters, Mrs. Charles Smith of Lorain, Mrs. Myra Walls of Maple Heights, Mrs. Catherine Nau of Cleveland and Mrs. Vernon Stevens of Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 23, 1967, p. 9.

Michael VanCamp Osmer
Michael VanCamp Osmer, born on Sept. 28, 1945, in Oberlin, Ohio, passed on July 13, 2010 at Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. [He was a 1963 graduate of OHS.]
Michael is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 23 years, Dorothy Osmer.
Michael also is survived by a son, Gilbert Alfred Osmer, his wife Katrina and two children, Emily and Craig; a daughter, Nicole Lynn (Osmer) Tichota, her husband, Dan and two children, Aiden and Sydney; a daughter, Kristen Myiei Finley and her husband, Don, a son, Matthew Karl Stark and a sister Judy (Osmer) Yakunovich.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Osmer; mother, Alma Osmer and sister Vicki (Osmer) Overstreet.
Michael was a proud volunteer for the United States Army from Feb. 10. 1967 to Feb. 9, 1973. Michael fought for his country and served a tour in the Vietman War. He was a true patriot and American hero.
Michael was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion and VFW Post 4353 where he served as post commander from 1999-2000.
Michael was always willing to serve; he was a giving person, a loving husband, father and friend and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.
A memorial service was held at the VFW Post 4353 on Sunday, July 18, 2010.
Pine Island Eagle, Bokeelia, Florida, August 3, 2010.

Gladis Storm (Berry) (Robinson) O'Toole

Gladis Storm Berry, [OHS ’19, OC ’23, died] January 8, 1991, in Chicago. Born September 10, 1902, in Oberlin, she earned an M.A. degree in education at U. Pittsburgh, a B.E. degree at Chicago Teachers’ College, an M.A. degree in Spanish and French at Loyola U., and an M.L.S. degree at Illinois State U. Ms. Berry taught Latin and French in schools in Delaware, Missouri, North Carolina, and West Virginia before moving to Chicago in the mid 1930s. She was a social worker with the Chicago Relief Administration, a teacher and librarian in the Chicago public schools, and a self-employed lecturer. A member of Oberlin’s JFO Society and an alumni career counselor, she received the Chicago Children’s Reading-Round Award in 1972. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Crawford Robinson; her fourth husband, Edward O’Toole; her only child, Treasure Robinson; and a brother, Edwin Berry [OHS ‘28] ’36. Survivors include a sister.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1991, p. 38.

Richard James Owen Jr., 55; former head librarian at YSU
A memorial service will be at a later date for Richard James Owen Jr., 55, of 305 Elm St. Mr. Owen, who formerly was head librarian at Youngstown State University, died of a stroke Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center.
Mr. Owen was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Pittsburgh, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Owen Sr., and came to Youngstown in 1974. He graduated from [OHS in 1949 and from] Tri-State University, Angola, Ind., in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In 1970, he received a master’s in library science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He had been employed at YSU from 1974 through 1981, when he retired because of ill health.
Earlier, he had been the head librarian at Heidelberg College, Tiffin, and once was science librarian at Oberlin College. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Non-Traditional Students organization at YSU, and was a longtime member of the Flying Club.
He leaves three sons, R. James III, Christopher B., and Gregory, and two daughters, Miss Stephanie H. and Miss Melora K., all of Youngstown; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Baldt of Madiera Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Thomas of Chicago.
The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Maag Library at YSU. Arrangements are being handled by Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, Tuesday, June 30, 1987, p. 26.

Richard James Owen Jr.

Richard James Owen Jr., 55, of Youngstown, former Oberlin resident, died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center in Youngstown.
Owen served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean conflict. He graduated from Tri-State University, Angola, Ind., in 1961 and received a master of science degree in library science from Case Western Reserve University.
He served as science librarian at Oberlin College from June 1970 to August 1971, and was also a college librarian at Heidelberg College. From 1974 until his retirement in 1981 he was head librarian at Youngstown State University.
He is survived by three sons, R.J. Owen III, Christopher B. Owen, and Gregory Owen, and two daughters, Stephanie H. Owen and Melora K. Owen, all of Youngstown; a sister, Mrs. Virg Baldt of Madeira Beach, Fla., and a brother, Thomas Owen of Chicago, Ill.
He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown, the Non-traditional Students’ Organization at Youngstown State University, and of the Flying Club.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorial gifts, if desired, be made to the Magg Library Fund at Youngstown State University.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 2, 1987, p. 2.

Alice Rosa Owens
Alice Rosa Owens (nee Holly), 76, of Wellington died Friday at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after a long illness.
Born in Frostburg, Md., she [was a 1943 graduate of OHS and lived in the Elyria-Oberlin area since 1971].
She was a beautician at various shops for many years.
Mrs. Owens was a longtime member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin.
She enjoyed working with animals, especially chinchillas. She also enjoyed doing things for other people.
Survivors include a son, Anthony W. of Chicago; a daughter, Roana L. Isqueirdo of Cleveland; 12 grand children; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer F.; her parents, James and Rosa (nee Taylor) Holly; and a brother, James “Buddy” Holly.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
The Rev. Kevin Dudley, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, will officiate.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 6, 2001, p. B2.

Elmer Fountain Owens
Elmer Fountain Owens, 74, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died April 22 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Mercer, Pa., he lived in the Oberlin area most of his life [and was a member of the OHS class of 1942].
For 35 years, he worked at LTV Steel in Lorain before retiring in 1986.
During World War II, Mr. Owens served as a teletype operator in the Army in Italy.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin.
Survivors include his wife, Alice R., of Elyria; a son, Anthony of Chicago; a daughter, Roana L. Isqueirdo of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Frederick of Lorain and Robert of Oberlin; and sisters, Catherine Rhinehardt, Margaret Baker and Charlotte Baker, all of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Rosanna (nee Reed) Owens; and a brother, Maurice.
Services were April 25 at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 29, 1997, p. 2.

Maurice Owens dies at 47
Maurice Dayton Owens, 47, of 349 South Pleasant died Monday night in Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus. He had been ill one month.
Born in Oberlin on Oct. 14, 1928, he had been a lifelong resident. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1946.] After Army service he was an Oberlin policeman for several years, and for the last 17 years had been an agent for the State Liquor Control Department. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Central Star Lodge No. 73, and the Cleveland Consistory and Shrine.
Surviving are his wife, Audrey; two daughters, Dianne and Debra, and a son, Maurice, all at home; three brothers, Elmer, 283 South Pleasant, Robert 124 Smith, and Fred, 324 South Pleasant; and three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Rhinehardt, 128 South Park, Margaret (Mrs. Charles) Baker and Charlotte (Mrs. Norman) Baker, both of 50 Thomas.
Services will be today at 1 p.m. in Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Steen officiating and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1976, p. 9.