Mrs. Gustavus Woodson
Wickliffe (Minnie Mitchell) died in
Mrs. Wickliffe is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Caroline Wickliffe Antoine of Washington, D.C., a son, Gustavus Woodson Wickliffe, of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
William A. Wickline
William [Alvin] Wicklin, formerly of Oberlin, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. He was 80.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1943, and from the Case Institute of Technology in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and with the Air Force during the Korean War.
He retired in 1992 as the president of Kathrein Inc. He had previously served as director of engineering at Allen Group.
Mr. Wickline is survived by his wife, Elva (nee Epaves); sons, William A. Wickline Jr., Gregory G. Wickline, Paul O. Wickline, and Matthew J. Wickline; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Brunner Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Mentor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Rd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, p. 3.
Donald Lee Widdowson, 26, of Sandusky, former Oberlin resident, died Sunday morning at the Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness.
Born in Amherst, he grew up in Oberlin and had lived for the past three years in Sandusky, where he worked as a maitre d’ at the Stone House Restaurant.
He was a 1978 graduate of Oberlin High School.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Widdowson of Oberlin; four brothers, Wayne of Avon Lake, Gene of Elyria, James of Oberlin, and Larry of Oberlin; and a grandmother, Dorothy Carter of Oberlin.
Services were Wednesday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Steven Cain, pastor of the Amherst Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 10, 1985, p. 2.
Oberlin -- Rolland Leroy Widdowson, 87, of Oberlin, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at New Life Hospice, following a brief illness.
He was born July 5, 1915, in Oberlin, and lived in Pittsfield Township all his life.
He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1933] and Oberlin School of Commerce and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Widdowson was employed as a machinist at Elyria Economy Machine and Tool. He also farmed and had owned and operated a Texaco gas station in Elyria.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Sears of Oberlin; brother, Wallace Widdowson of Palmetto, Fla.; and three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Elizabeth Widdowson (nee Heim); and parents Roy and Eliza (nee Garrett) Widdowson.
Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, April 11, 2003.
Charles E. "Ted" Wigton
Marion -- Dr. Charles E. "Ted" Wigton, 371 Brightwood Drive, Marion, died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Marion Manor. He was 75.
A longtime resident of Marion, Dr. Wigton was born Jan.10, 1923, in Peking, China, the son of missionary parents Charles E. and Elizabeth (Lowry) Wigton, who preceded him in death.
On June 12, 1948 he married Mary Alice "Kay" Wigton in Xenia and she died Sept. 28, 1998.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter, Charles E. III "Chuck" (Leigh) Wigton, Worthington, Dr. David L. (Julie) Wigton, Marion, Daniel S. (Valerie) Wigton, Marion; and Melinda A. (Mark) Cathey, St. Petersburg, Russia, where they serve with Church Resource Ministries. Twelve grandchildren also survive: Matthew, Grace, Rachel, and Angela Wigton of Worthington, Michael, Andrew and Christina Wigton of Marion, Stephanie and Eric Wigton, Marion, and Danielle, Micah and Breanne Cathey, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Other survivors include two brothers, George "Lindy" (Eleanor) Wigton of Auburn, Maine, and William (Anita) Wigton of Amherst (Ohio); and many nieces and nephews.
A  graduate of Oberlin High School, Dr.Wigton attended Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He also attended Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, where he received his bachelor of science and doctor of dental science degrees in 1951. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Delta fraternity.
A U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Wigton served three and one-half years during World War II, attaining the rank of corporal with the 289th Medical Section. He then served for two years during the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps at Selfridge Field, Mich., and in Tachikawa, Japan, with the Far Eastern Material Command (FEAMCOM). He attained the rank of captain in 1953.
Dr. Wigton practiced dentistry in Oberlin from 1953 to 1969, when he and his family moved to Marion. While in Oberlin, he served as president of the Oberlin Rotary Club, the Oberlin Kiwanis Club and the Lorain County Dental Society. In addition, he served as chairman of the Oberlin Civil Service Commission.
He practiced general dentistry in Marion from 1969 until September 1997 when he retired. He was past president of the Marion Academy of Dentistry, a member of the Ohio Dental Association and a life member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Wigton was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Marion, where he served as an elder, a deacon and a Stephen's minister.
Dr. Wigton was a longtime member of the Marion Rotary Club in which he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996. He also was a member of Marion Country Club where he enjoyed the game of golf and recorded three holes-in-one.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, is handling arrangements. Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, with the Rev. S.A. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery where military graveside services will be conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Ohio Wesleyan University, Case Western Reserve University or First Presbyterian Church.
Marion Star, Marion, Ohio, Wednesday, October 28, 1998.
William L. Wigton III
Amherst -- William L. Wigton III, 86, of Amherst, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Golden Acres Lorain County Home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 21, 1921, in Peking, China, and moved from China to Lorain County when he was 4 years old. Wigton was employed at the May Company Dept. Store as a salesman for 30 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in England
He graduated from Oberlin High School Graduate in 1938 and attended Oberlin College for one year and Baldwin-Wallace College for three years. He enjoyed football, golf, reading and automobiles.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Anita (nee Valletta); sons Todd Wigton of Amherst and William ''Chip'' Wigton IV of Oberlin; daughters Amy LaCarrubba of California, Cindy Bailey of Sharon Center, and Barbara Kozlowski of Michigan; brother, George L. Wigton of Auburn, Maine; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth nee (Lowry) and Charles Wigton Sr.; and brother, Dr. Charles E. Wigton Jr.
Services at Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home, Lorain, are private. There is no funeral home visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120; or CHP Regional Foundation - New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Born July 12, 1906, in Clayton, British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Ohio with her family in 1916 while her father was employed by the New York Central Railroad. She attended grade school in Cleveland Heights before moving to Oberlin, where she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1922 at the head of her class.
She graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College in 1926 at the age of 19. She also earned a master’s degree in classics, and went on to become a teacher in Aurora, Ohio and at the Washington Female Academy in Washington, Pa.
She met her husband under the Historic Elm tree on Tappan Square while he was a student at Oberlin College.
After raising three sons, she returned to work, becoming the director of the reserve room at the Carnegie Library. She retired in 1968 and moved to the Seattle, Wash. Area.
She collected egg cups, little pictures, and stamps. She enjoyed quilting, working crossword puzzles, and playing bridge and Trivial Pursuit.
Mrs. Wilbur is survived by her son, Frank Wilbur of Oberlin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Pfaffle of Wheaton, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bryson Wilbur, in 1995; and sons William in 2001, and Thomas in 2003.
According to her wishes, a private family service will be held in the mountains of Washington state, where her ashes and her husband’s ashes will be scattered together.
Betty Ann Wilbur
Betty Ann Wilbur (nee Ives), 72, of Wellington, passed away Friday, December 2, 2011, at home, following a short battle with cancer. She was born June 13, 1939 in Oberlin to parents Helen and Wilbur Ives.
Betty graduated from Oberlin High School in 1958, then pursued work in health care. She worked for several years as craftroom assistant director at the Oberlin Community Center. Betty also worked as sexton at First Church in Oberlin, UCC for 17 years before retiring. Recently she and her husband, Frank, spent winters in Davenport, Florida.
Betty was a loving homemaker, raising her two children and also nurturing many nieces and nephews. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years. Frank E. Wilbur [OHS ‘56]; daughter, Jane Adkins Oesterman (James) [OHS ‘82] of Pittsfield Township; son, Frank, Jr. [OHS ‘85] (Kim) of Lorain; sister, Joanne Ward of Oberlin; grandchildren, Matthew, Ryan, and Krista Adkins; and best friends, Bill and Robin Jindra.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Wilbur F. Ives; brothers, Wilbur J., Edward, Robert, Benjamin, and Lester; sisters, Mary Jane Cornwell and Evelyn Kimble; and son-in-law, Timothy Adkins.
A memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 10 A.M., at Sacred Heart Church, 410 W. Lorain Street, Oberlin, where Betty was a lifelong member. Father Robert Cole, Pastor, will officiate.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Disabled Veterans, in memory of her four brothers who all served in the military.
Hempel Funeral of Amherst is honored to serve the family of Betty Ann Wilbur.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, December 04, 2011.
Thomas “Tom” Scott Wilbur of Edmonds, Wash., brother of Franklin Wilbur of Oberlin, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, after a brief illness. He was 69.
Born April 13, 1934, in Elyria, he moved with his family to Oberlin in 1935, and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1953. He attended Washington State University, then served in the U.S. Army and married his high school sweetheart, Sally Staubus in 1956.
They returned to the Northwest where he resumed his studies at WSU. He worked for Burroughs Corp. and Xerox Corp., and was a cherry orchardist until his retirement in 1987.
During his working years, he enjoyed hunting, boating on the Columbia River, and camping with family and friends. After retirement he learned to sail, developed a love for travel, and enjoyed cooking and jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
After his wife’s retirement, the couple traveled to England, Greece, Italy, the Bahamas, Machu Pichu, the Galapagos Islands, the Panama Canal, and throughout the U.S. In April 1996 they began traveling fulltime in a recreational vehicle, enjoying sunrises and sunsets and the camaraderie of friends sitting around evening campfires.
Mr. Wilbur is survived by his wife, Sally; sons Scott Wilbur of East Wenatchee, Wash. and Tom Wilbur of Mead, Wash.; daughter, Ellen Gerber of Bothell, Wash.; granddaughters Laura and Camille Gerber and Jessica and Julia Wilbur; mother, Alice Wilbur of Edmonds, Wash.; brother, Franklin Wilbur of Oberlin; and aunt, Margaret Pfaffle of Wheaton, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father, Bryson Wilbur; and brother, William.
The family will gather for a private celebration to honor the life of this quiet and gentle man.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Hospice and Health Care Foundation, 12910 Totem Lake Blvd., NE Suite 200, Kirkland, Wash. 98034; or to Deaconess & Valley Healthcare Foundation, W. 800 Fifth Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99204; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 28, 2003, p. 11.
B. Wilbur -- Systems analyst, 69
William B. Wilbur of Greenwood Village, a systems analyst, died Saturday at Swedish Memorial Hospital. He was 69.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Mich. On Dec. 6, 1952, he married Jean F. Ritter in Oberlin, Ohio.
Wilbur was employed at Mountain Bell Telephone Co. His interests included model trains and playing pinochle.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Claude G., Centennial, and Bruce E., Aurora; his mother, Alice I., Edmonds, Wash.; two brothers, Thomas S., Pahrump, Nev., and Frank E., Oberlin; and a grandson.
The Denver Post, Denver, Col., Thursday, March 15, 2001, p. C-9.
William B. Wilbur
William B. Wilbur, 69, of Littleton, Colo., former Oberlin resident, died March 10 after a short illness.
Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1949. After his service in the Marine Corps, he and his wife moved to Littleton.
He enjoyed science fiction novels, playing his harmonica, computers and model railroading.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jean (nee Ritter); two sons, Claude of Littleton and Bruce of Aurora, Colo.; his mother, Alice of Edmonds, Wash.; brothers Thomas of Pahrump, Nev., and Frank of Oberlin; an aunt, Margaret Phaffle of Wheaton, Ill., and one grandson.
The funeral service was at the First Presbyterian Church of Littleton.
Memorial gifts may be made to the William B. Wilbur Fund, P.O. Box 2686, Littleton, CO 80161-2686
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
Blanche M. Wilcox, 95, of Elyria, died Friday at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Lorain, after a brief illness.
She was born in Mineral City, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1909,] and lived in Elyria 71 years.
Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Lake Ave. United Church of Christ and the Research Club of Elyria.
Surviving are a son, Wilmer Wilcox of Elyria; a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Alice) Danhauser of Westport, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harland, in 1959; by a daughter, Ruth Bartlett in 1971; a son, Harland Jr. in 1974; and by a granddaughter, Marcia A. Wilcox, in 1974.
A memorial service will be Monday at 4 p.m. at the Lake Ave. U.C.C. with Dr. Henry W. Bruner officiating.
Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
Memorials may be made to the Rejuvenation Fund or Music Committee of the Lake Ave. U.C.C.
The Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, is in charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, February 21, 1987, p. B-2.
Mark F. Wilcox died
A life member of Quill and Scroll, he received a 25-year service award from the National Association of Journalism Instructors. He was a past president of the Southern California Teachers Association, a former member of the library board in
Mr. Wilcox was born
He leaves his wife, the former Alice Baird, who attended the Academy 1904-07. They were married in 1910. He is also survived by a son, John B. His brother, Murray ’20, is deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
George Durand Wilder, 83, a former Philadelphia businessman, died Saturday at Mitsui Memorial Hospital in Tokyo, where he lived.
Born to missionary parents in Tientsin, China, he was educated at the China Inland Mission School in Chefoo[, OHS( class of 1917),] and at Oberlin College. In 1922, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played varsity tennis, soccer and basketball.
He served with the Office of Strategic Services in China during World War II. Afterward, he worked in United Nations Refugee Relief. In Tokyo, he became involved in printing and publishing.
From 1967 to 1975, he was a member of Japan's senior golf team and played in world competition.
Survivors: wife, Midori Ogino Wilder; sons, James and Richard; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Penns., Wednesday, March 28, 1984, p. C16.
Raymond F. Wilgor, 43, son of Mrs. James Mate of Oberlin, was dead on arrival at Wetzel Hospital, New Martinsville, West Virginia, last Thursday morning. His home was Rt. 303 W.
Wilgor was in a wooded area with a hunting party and collapsed with an apparent heart attack while removing a deer which had been shot.
Born in Cleveland Oct. 8, 1936, he [was a 1954 graduate of OHS and] was superintendent of the security guard at Lorain Ford Assembly Plant. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oberlin, the Oberlin American Legion, and the Wellington Eagles Club.
He is also survived by his wife, Edna; a daughter, Vicky, and son, Terry, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Jackson of Wellington and Mrs. James Szeliga of Elyria; and a brother Richard Wilgor of Wellington.
Services were Monday morning in the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, with the Rev. Paul A. Schwan officiating. Burial was in Camden Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 6, 1979, p. 7.
James H. Wilgor
South Amherst—Services for James H. Wilgor, 40, of Rt. 113, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst. [He was a 1946 graduate of OHS.]
The Rev. Francis Sidley, pastor of Nativity Church, will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Friends may call at the funeral home today and tomorrow in the afternoon and evening.
Mr. Wilgor was pronounced dead at Amherst Hospital yesterday morning. He had a heart ailment the past six years, a spokesman said.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, July 27, 1969, p. C-2.
Roger A. Wilgor
Roger Alan Wilgor, 36, of 6998 Root Rd., North Ridgeville, was pronounced dead at Elyria Memorial Hospital this morning. He was taken there after being stricken at home, apparently with a heart attack.
Mr. Wilgor, who was born in Cleveland, April 7, 1933, [graduated from OHS in 1951, and] lived in North Ridgeville two years. He was an industrial engineer for the World Publishing Co., Cleveland, and was attending classes at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Surviving are his wife, Arlene (nee Sachs); two sons, Roger and Bruce, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mate, Oberlin; two brothers, Richard, Wellington, and Raymond, Oberlin; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Jackson, Pittsfield, and Mrs. James Szeliga, Elyria; his grandmother, Mrs. John Duda, Cleveland.
His father and brother, James, preceded him in death.
Friends may call at the Bogner Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Service arrangements will be announced tomorrow.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 3, 1969, p. 18.
[Arthur] Norman Willbond
Word has been received of the death [in early March] of Norman Willbond, 82, of Strongsville, brother of Lillian Clark of Oberlin.
Mr. Willbond was born Feb. 15, 1920, in England, and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1923. He grew up in Oberlin and was a superb athlete while he was a student at Oberlin High School, from which he graduated [in 1939].
Mr. Willbond was a teacher and a coach and was a supporter of the Strongsville Recreation Department.
Mr. Willbond is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Shackleton) of Strongsville; four sons, Roger and his wife Barbara, Gordon and his wife Melanie, Michael and his wife Susan, and Kevin and his wife, Kim; his sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin, and a brother, John Willbond of Brighton Township; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers. Services were conducted last Tuesday at the Jardine Funeral Home of Strongsville, followed by a private interment.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Strongsville Recreation Department, 21211 Drake Road, Strongsville, 44149.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 12, 2002, p. 5.
David Alan Willbond
David Alan Willbond, formerly of Oberlin, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in Ashfork, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was 62.
Mr. Willbond was born on Oct. 4, 1944, in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1962]. He served in the USAF during the Vietnam War. After his service he returned to Oberlin and as a commercial artist he owned Stofan’s Camera Store and a commercial art studio in Elyria during the 1970s.
He later moved to Texas and after many years there he relocated to Arizona and lived the last 15 years in both Yuma and Ashfork, Ariz.
He enjoyed organizing and selling at flea markets, and the Arizona sunrises.
David is survived by one son, Robert Willbond of Norwalk, a grandson, Tony Gilley of Texas, a granddaughter Kayla Willbond of LaGrange and his mother Helen (nee Monroe) Willbond of Oberlin. He is also survived by one sister, Jane (nee Willbond) Hensen of Minnesota, four nieces and nephews and three great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Willbond and one brother, Richard Willbond.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Arizona. Correspondence may be directed to Jane (Willbond) Hensen, 62739 160th Ave., Dodge Center, Minn., 55927.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 17, 2007, p. 2.
George E. Willbond
Services for George E. Willbond, 74, of Oberlin will be at 10 a.m. today in the Cowling Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Bonnell will officiate and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. Mr. Willbond died Saturday in Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Nottingham, England, Mr. Willbond had lived in Oberlin since the age of nine [and was a 1935 graduate of Oberlin High School].
He enjoyed bowling and golf.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Betty”; sons, Thomas of Oberlin and William of Wellington; daughters, Karen Kaiser of Fort Wayne, Ind., Marilyn Clapp of Richmond, Ind., Lorie of Oberlin, and Victoria Davis of Lorain; brothers, Ronald F. and Kenneth D., both of Oberlin, Norman A. of Strongsville, Robert J. of Elyria, and John P. of Wellington; a sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 21, 1989, p. 2.
John [Philip] Willbond, 72, died Sunday, July 1, 2012 at his Brighton Township home surrounded by family.
A 1958 graduate of Oberlin High School, John was a house painter by trade. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades, as well as the Wellington Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Sons of the American Legion. He was a great supporter of the armed forces, and was a Boy Scout troop leader.
John enjoyed camping at Clar-Mar Lakes for many years, fishing, and old movies. He was a member of Brighton United Methodist Church. His parents, George and Lily Willbond, in 1923, emigrated to the United States from Nottingham, England, landing at Ellis Island. George Willbond worked for Oberlin College and was a soccer coach at the college. John also enjoyed painting pictures during his retirement, baking breads, and family gatherings.
He is survived by sons, John Parris Willbond of Germany, Matt (Kathleen) Willbond of Oberlin, Luke (Beth) Willbond of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Kenneth Willbond of Wellington; daughters, Debora (George) Gardner of Wellington and Laura (Paul) Rudolph of Wellington; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 25 years, Judy; parents, George and Lily Willbond; brothers, George E., Jr. [OHS ‘35], Ronald [OHS ‘34], Arthur Norman [OHS ‘39], Robert [OHS ‘44] and Kenneth Willbond [OHS ‘50]; and a sister, Lilian Clark [OHS ‘37].
Friends and family are invited to gather for a graveside service held Thursday, July 5, 2012, beginning at 11 A.M. at Brighton Cemetery, St. Rt. 511, with Rev. Tina Siroki officiating.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, July 04, 2012.
Kenneth D. Willbond, 64, of Oberlin, died March 7 at Hospice of St. Joseph Residential Center in Lorain after a two-month illness.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Willbond lived here all his life.
He was a self-employed painter and also had been a painter for Clark Brothers Inc. before retiring in 1992.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 6941 of Wellington, American Legion Post 102 of Oberlin, American Legion Post 118 of Amherst and the Eagles Club 2051 of Wellington.
He was an Oberlin volunteer firefighter for many years. He was also a founding member of the Oberlin-Wellington Sno Angels Snowmobile Club, and was an active volunteer for the local 4-H Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Survivors include three sons, Rick of Oberlin, James “Kent” of North Ridgeville, and Randy of Rochester; a daughter, Kim Metcalfe of Oberlin; eight grandchildren; a sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; and two brothers, John of Wellington and Norman of Strongsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, in 1995; a daughter, Sharon Willbond, in 1959; his parents, George and Lilly (nee Smith) Willbond; and brothers, Ronald in 1993 and George in 1989 and Robert Willbond.
Services were March 10 in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 11, 1997, p. 2.
Richard M. Willbond
Richard M. Willbond, 60, of Oberlin died Monday at his home following a long battle with cancer.
Born in Elyria, he lived in the Oberlin area all his life [and was a 1958 graduate of OHS].
He had been known by many as Dick.
He had been owner of Dick Willbond & Associates, a painting, decorating and papering business until 1999.
Mr. Willbond also was a self-employed painter in this area for 40 years.
He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation. He also was a joint member of Wakeman and Wellington Fraternal Orders of Eagles.
Mr. Willbond also was a past member of the Kipton Sportmans Club.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, conservationist and loved all aspects of nature.
Survivors include his wife, Dee (nee Deiner) of Oberlin; a son, Brian of Helendale, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Giacopelli of Vermilion; four grandchildren; his mother, Helen (nee Monroe) Willbond of Oberlin; a brother, David of Ashfork, Ariz.; and a sister, Jane Ann Hensen of Dodge Center, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Frederick Willbond.
An informal celebration of his life will be 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wakeman Eagles downstairs hall, U.S. Route 20 and state Route 60, Wakeman.
Memorials may be made to the Wakeman Eagles Aerie 4054 Landscaping Fund, 35 E. Main St., Wakeman 44889 or the American Cancer Society, 43099 N. Ridge Road, Elyria 44035.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, 21 Aug 2000
Robert J. Willbond, 66, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 31 at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was a 1944 graduate of Oberlin High School and was class president and active in sports.
He served in the Navy Seabees in motor maintenance for three years in Okinawa and Saipan.
Mr. Willbond retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a carrier in Elyria in 1986.
He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers 196, the American Legion Post 12, Elyria, and had been an Elyria Little League East manager for many years. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne, whom he married in 1946; a son, Patrick, of Elyria; a daughter, Michele Plas of Grafton; two grandchildren; four brothers, Ronald and Kenneth of Oberlin, Norman of Strongsville, and John of Wellington; and a sister, Lilian Clark of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by a brother, George, in 1989.
Private family services were held Monday at Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Amherst Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Program, W. 20th Street, Lorain; or the First United Methodist Church in Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 5, 1993, p. 2.
Ronald F. Willbond
Ronald F. Willbond, 76, of Oberlin, died Sunday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Nottingham, England, he had been a lifelong Oberlin resident [and was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He was employed in the engineering department of Bendix in Elyria, retiring in 1977 after 35 years.
He was a member of First Church of Oberlin, Masonic Lodge 380 of Oberlin, Royal Arch Masons Chapter 219, and a charter member of the Lorain County Rose Society.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen (nee Monroe); sons, Richard of Oberlin and David of Uma, Ariz.; daughter, Jane Ann Hensen of Dodge City, Minn.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; and brothers, Kenneth of Oberlin, John of Wellington, and Norman of Strongsville.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today, July 27, at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. A Masonic service will be held at 6:45 p.m. today. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, with the Rev. Douglas Long officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 27, 1993, p. 2.
Greenwich — Thomas Edward Willbond, 64, of Oberlin, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at Allen Community Hospital in Oberlin.
Born to George and Elizabeth Willbond on November 25, 1945 in Oberlin, Tom graduated with the Oberlin High School Class of 1965. He also attended Ashland University and Wichita State.
A very patriotic man, Tom served as a Sergeant in the United States Air Force. He was the past commander of the Oberlin American Legion Post 102 and a life member of the Am Vets Post 32 in Elyria.
Tom worked as an excavator for Clark Brothers Inc. for 25 years and T.J. Hume for 16 years. Most recently, Tom was employed by John Berkmeyer Painting and the New Russia Township. His passions were golfing and playing baseball and football. Tom also enjoyed his grandchildren and the time he spent with them.
Survivors include his wife of almost 20 years, Sherianne [OHS ‘71]; sons, Breck Willbond of Dundee, MI, Todd Willbond of Vermilion, Shawn Willbond of Wellington; stepdaughter, Sarah LaPoint [OHS ‘88] of South Amherst and grandchildren, Hunter, Brayden, Lauren and Lexi. Thomas is also survived by a brother, Bill (Sharon) Willbond [OHS ‘63] and sisters, Karen (Clayton) Kaiser [OHS ‘58], Marilyn (Bill) Clapp [OHS ‘70] and Laural Capp.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Vicky Davis [OHS '76].
Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7 at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington. Funeral services will be at the New Russia Township Cemetery Pavilion, 12528 Oberlin Rd, Oberlin on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Chaplin John Dezso officiating. Interment with military rites will follow. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the New Russia Township Hall, 46268 Butternut Ridge Rd., Oberlin following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom can be made to the Firelands Athletic and Booster Club in care of Norton-Eastman Funeral Home.
Please visit www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the Willbond family.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Fri., Sept. 3, 2010.
Arthur Lyman Williams
Arthur Lyman Williams, whose long career on the Conservatory of Music faculty brought him wide recognition as a music educator, died Monday in Allen Hospital. He was 70 years old and had been hospitalized periodically during the last year of Hodgkin’s disease.
Funeral services are to take place today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at First Church; Rev. Frederick Schumacher will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born in Oberlin. His father, Lyman B. Williams, was a contractor, builder and carpenter.
Arthur Williams displayed musical talent early – his brother Paul recalls that he was in a “boys’ band” which traveled to Washington to perform for president Woodrow Wilson. Young Arthur stood and played a cornet solo during the performance.
Mr. Williams attended Oberlin College (where he met his wife Mary, who played trumpet) and in 1925 received a double degree, an AB from the college and a bachelor’s degree in school music from the Conservatory of Music. He joined the conservatory faculty in 1928 as assistant professor of music education and director of bands.
A year later, Mr. Williams organized Ohio’s first school orchestra contest and its first Inter-College band. He served in 1931-32 as president of the Ohio Music Education Association, an organization which was to honor him in 1955 with its distinguished service award.
Mr. Williams received the master’s degree from Western Reserve University in 1943 and served OC as director of bands until 1957. He taught until 1968, when he retired as full professor and was designated professor emeritus.
In Oberlin, Mr. Williams was a member of First Church and a past chairman of its board of deacons, and belonged to the City Club.
Survivors in addition to his wife include a daughter, Mrs. Tek (Carolyn) Kelley, Chicago, Ill.; four brothers, Paul of 138 S. Main, Joel of Hemet, Calif., Vernon of Long Beach, Calif., and Cranston of Columbus; and a sister, Mrs. Fannie Eichenlaub of Greenwich, O.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 22, 1973, p. 8.
Cranston (Cran) Williams, 80, brother of Paul M. Williams of 51 Lincoln, died Aug. 13 in the Masonic Home in Springfield.
He was born in Oberlin on May 30, 1896 and grew up here. He was a veteran of World War I. [A member of the Oberlin High School class of 1917, he graduated in 1920.] After working in the Oberlin area several years, he was a salesman for City Service Oil Co. in Cleveland and Columbus, living in Columbus until he and his wife entered the Masonic Home a year ago.
He was active in Masonic groups and was a past president of the 14th District Masonic Officers Association, a member of the American Legion and past commander of the Karl Wilson Locke Post 102, and a member of the Burgess Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Annie; a son, Dr. Alan C. Williams, Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann Hutchinson, Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Paul, Oberlin, and Joel, Hemet, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mary (Mrs. Arthur) Williams, 143 E. College; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service were held on Tuesday afternoon at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1976, p. 9.
Christopher Paul Williams, 48, former Oberlin resident, died Friday morning in Three Rivers, Mich., of an apparent heart attack.
The son of Kenneth and Lillian Williams, he was born in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1956 and Oberlin College in 1960.
For a number of years he edited the Three Rivers Commercial and also owned and published the Greater Guide Magazine of Kalamazoo and Three Rivers.
He was past district governor of the District 11 B-2 Lions Club and had received numerous awards for his work with the blind and deaf. He was also active in the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce and their Community Players Theater.
His parents are both deceased. He is survived by a brother, Keith of Geneva, Ill.; a nephew, Robert of St. Charles, Ill., his aunt and uncle, Helen and Robert Watson of Chantilly, Va.
Graveside services were Tuesday afternoon at Westwood Cemetery, with Rev. John Elder of First Church officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Hearing and Speech Action Camp for the Deaf.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 11, 1986, p. 5.
Christopher P[aul] Williams died Sept. 5, 1986, in Three Rivers, Mich., of an apparent heart attack. Born June 8, 1938, in Oberlin, Ohio, he was the son of Kenneth F. William ’26 (instructor of English 1929-38) and Lillian (Tompkins ’26) Williams.
He was editor of the Three Rivers Commercial, publisher of a guide to cable television programming Cable TV View, and former president of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. Active in the Three Rivers Community Players Theatre, he performed leading roles in many summer productions. At the time of death he owned the Greater Guide, a restaurant-and-business publication. He leaves a brother Keith ’56 [OHS ‘52].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1987, p. 45.
Williams, jazz pianist, dies
Frank “Count” Williams, who climaxed a distinguished career of more than 30 years as a jazz pianist with earning his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1982 when he was 64, died Sunday at Allen Hospital after a one-month illness. He was the oldest known person ever to earn an undergraduate degree in Oberlin College history.
Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m. at Rust United Methodist Church of which he was a member. Rev. Arthur Zebbs and Rev. Howard Jones will officiate; burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Ripley on July 10, 1917, Mr. Williams had lived in Oberlin since 1920.
His love of music started early. He began taking piano lessons through the children’s department of the conservatory, and continued his studies with a number of teachers, including Leota Apple, mother of Oberlin concert pianist Natalie Hinderas.
Mr. Williams graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936. After service in World War II, he entered the conservatory under the GI Bill in 1946. He completed two years, but financial pressures – he had by then a wife and two children – forced him to give up his music studies and take a job with Harshaw Chemical in Elyria. He stayed there until his retirement in 1979.
Through all those years, however, Mr. Williams continued to play jazz after hours – first with a band of his own which appeared throughout Ohio and in Pennsylvania, and then with the Red Carman Quartet. As soon as he retired from Harshaw he reapplied to Oberlin and passed his piano audition. “It’s something I’d always wanted to do,” he said.
Speaking at the time of his graduation Mr. Williams said, “Although I feel closer to jazz, I appreciate and love the classics. I’ve heard the great jazz pianists, including Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, who I’ve heard several times and who impressed me more than anyone I can think of. And I’ve heard great classical pianists in Oberlin, like Horowitz, Serkin and Rubinstein.”
Surviving Mr. Williams are a son Reginald of Oberlin, daughter Karen Washington of Elyria, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 27, 1985, p. 5
Georgia Reynolds Williams, Was
Georgia Reynolds Williams, 69, died Nov. 9 at University Hospital in Cincinnati after a long illness. [She graduated from OHS in 1945.]
She was a resident of Forest Park, Ohio, and had been a cook at the public school system in Brevard County, Fla.
Mrs. Williams is survived by a daughter, Gail Cummings of Forest Park; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elva M. Gayton [OHS ‘60] of Oberlin.
Preceding her in death were her husband, McKinley Williams, in 1993, who had been born and raised in Huntington Township; brothers Robert M. and Dr. Edward Reynolds [OHS ‘57]; and a sister, Luela Reeves [OHS ‘51].
An Order of the Eastern Star Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Norton Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington, with the Martha Chapter 35 of Oberlin officiating.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Huntington Township Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Keller will officiate.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, November 14, 1996, p. C2.
Hemet – Graveside services for Joel Collins Williams, 87, will be at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow at Riverside National Cemetery, staging area one. He died Monday of congestive heart failure at Sid Patterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas.
McWane Family Funeral Home in Hemet is handling arrangements.
Mr. Williams, who was born in Oberlin, Ohio, lived in Hemet from 1970 until July of this year, when he moved to Texas. He was the owner of a bowling alley for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as an athletic instructor during World War II.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 53 in Hemet.
He is survived by his wife, Katheryn.
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif., October 27, 1993.
Joel C. Williams
Joel C. Williams, 87, of Hemet, Calif., former Oberlin resident, died of congestive heart failure at the Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas, on Sept. 25.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Williams lived here for the first 30 years of his life. He moved to California in 1937 and had lived in Hemet for the past 23 years.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as an athletic instructor. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion Post 53.
He built, promoted, managed and sold duck pin bowling alleys for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Katheryn; and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Oct. 28 with burial in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 23, 1993, p. 2.
Keith Austin Williams
Keith Austin Williams, 76, of Lorain, Ohio, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.
He finally shook himself free of the shackles of Lewy Body Disease that for too long had imprisoned him mentally and physically, whereby his will could not be done.
Upon graduating from [OHS in 1952,] Oberlin College and the University of Chicago Law School in 1960 he was hired at the then First National Bank of Chicago into the trust department where he was shortly thereafter appointed one of the youngest vice presidents in the bank's history.
After moving to Geneva, Ill., in the late sixties, he spent most of his free time rehabbing a turn-of-the century home. An avid do-it-yourselfer he believed that nothing was worth doing if it wasn't done correctly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Lillian, brothers David and Christopher and youngest son Scott.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy [nee Sharp], caring son Rob (Linda and daughter Lori) and a multitude of loving in-laws, nieces and nephews and long-time friends.
His greatest wish for donations to be made in his honor would be for each and everyone to cherish what precious little time they have with those they love and with whom love them.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 18, 2010, p. 5A.
Haskell Williams Dies at 27; Was WAVE Veteran of World War II
Mrs. Miriam Cornwell Williams, 27, of 414 S. Professor St., died Sunday at Crile Hospital after an illness of over three months. Death was attributed to acute rheumatic fever.
Born in Oberlin on March 9, 1924, Mrs. Williams was graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1943] before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where she served during World War II as seaman, first class.
Surviving are her husband, Haskell Williams; one daughter, Joyce, 5, and two stepsons, Gerald and Jack Williams of Flint, Mich.; her mother, Mrs. Edwin Cornwell, Oberlin; one brother, Edwin W., Oberlin; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Bukovac and Mrs. Donald Hartman, both of Oberlin, and Mrs. Ray Meyers of Needles, Calif.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Bromley conducted the services, and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 17, 1952, p. 7.
Monica Hobill Williams
Monica Hobill Williams, daughter of William Hobill of Oberlin, died Saturday, Jan. 27.
She was a former resident of Oberlin and Amherst [and a 1961 graduate of OHS]. Married to Jan Williams of North Ridgeville, she had moved to North Carolina.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 30, 1996, p. 2.
Paul M. Williams
Paul M. Williams, 76, formerly of Oberlin, died yesterday morning in Rose Hill Nursing Home in Baryville, W. Va.
Born in Oberlin, Oct. 14, 1910, he [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932 and] lived here until two years ago when he went to Baryville.
He retired after 24 years at General Motors in Elyria. Williams was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a deacon.
He rarely missed an Oberlin High School sporting event.
Survivors are his wife, Virginia; daughter, Marilyn Kielar of Baryville; four grandchildren; and a brother, Joel Williams of Hemet, Calif.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 30, 1987, p. 2.
Reginald M. Williams, 57, of Lorain, former Oberlin resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland, following a brief illness.
Born in Lorain, he moved to Oberlin, and attended Oberlin High School [class of 1962]. He returned to Lorain eight years ago.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Williams enjoyed music and was an artist in wood works.
Survivors include five daughters, Denise Iverson, Michelle Williams, Karla Williams and Adrian Williams, all of Colorado, and Jennifer Gibson of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons Gerald Capers, of St. Paul and Reginald Williams II of Elyria; several grandchildren in Denver and Minnesota; two great-grandchildren; sisters Karen Washington and Yvette Randleman, both of Elyria, and Mary Owens of North Ridgeville; and a brother, Waynne Randleman of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lareatha M. (nee Randleman) Williams.
Services were at the Chapel of the Carter Funeral Home in Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 16, 2001.
Ruby L. Williams
Ruby L[ucille] Williams [nee Gibbs], 69, Parson Brown Drive, Orlando, died Wednesday, May 26. Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1943 graduate of OHS,] she moved to Central Florida in 1978. She was a Baptist. She was a member of Orange Tree Ladies Golf Association. Survivors: sons, Kenneth P., Kevin S., both of Orlando; sister, Thelma Murphy, Oberlin; brothers, George Gibbs, Lorain, Ohio, Brent Gibbs, Elyria, Ohio. Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, Thursday, May 27, 1993, p. B4.
Shawn K. Williams
Shawn K[irk] Williams, 33, of North Ridgeville died Sunday in Avon Lake.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1986 graduate of OHS], he lived in Sheffield Lake before moving to North Ridgeville a year ago.
He worked for eight years at the Ford Motor Co. Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.
A talented illustrator, he enjoyed art.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer (nee Howard); a daughter, Sarra Williams of Oberlin; a son Kevin Williams of Oberlin; his parents, Paul and Mable (nee Mayle) Williams of Huntington Township; a sister, Cheryl Watkins of Washington state; and brothers Rick Williams of Huntington Township, Frank Bristow of Oberlin, Dan Williams of Tucson, Ariz., and Paul Williams of Strongsville.
Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Amherst Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, state Route 113, Amherst Township and at noon Saturday at the Lorain County Metro Parks’ Day’s Dam pavilion, at East 31st Street and Norfolk Avenue, Lorain.
The Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Mentor, Ohio, is handling arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, March 9, 2000, p. C2.
Timothy Paul Williams, 25 of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died at home on Nov. 22 after 18 months with cancer.
Born in Oberlin he grew up here and attended Oberlin High School.
He worked for Plas Brothers Paving Company. He enjoyed fishing and drawing.
Survivors include his parents, Leonard G. and Helen of Elyria; brothers, Jack W. Bell of Columbia, S.C., Richard L. Williams of Oberlin; and Roger D., David E., Gregory S., and Ben D. Williams, all of Elyria; and nine nieces and nephews.
Services were Monday afternoon in the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Gene Collings, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Elyria, officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 27, 1990, p. 2.
Eunice D. Willis
Eunice Dean Willis, 95, Martinsburg, died Sunday, October 18, 1998 at the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Nursing Home, Boonsboro, MD.
She was the daughter of the late David Dean and Elizabeth Jones Dean.
She was a retired interior designer from New York.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and former church elder.
She was a member of the PEO Society.
She is survived by one son, David H. Willis, Berkeley Springs; three grandsons; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 23, at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert S. Hill, Jr. officiating. Interment will be private.
Contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 220 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Arrangements were by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
Miscellaneous Morgan County, West Virginia Obituaries http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/wv/wv-morgan18.htm
Life Crushed Out Under Trolley Car
“Tug” Wilson, Famous Athlete and Popular Oberlin Boy, Killed Almost Instantly
Early Tuesday Morning in Accident South of Town—Fell from Bonding Car and Was Picked Up Dying—Was Quarterback On Varsity Team in ’05 and Would Have Graduated at Williams College Next Spring.
Allan “Tug” Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Wilson, North Main street, and a famous athlete, was killed early Tuesday morning two and a half miles south of Oberlin.
Wilson was employed for the summer by the Cleveland & Southwestern on their bonding car, used in welding the rails. The car, with Wilson and Charles Ludwig, a Case student from Cleveland, on board, was bound for Wellington when the passenger car due here at 7:30 a.m. from the south pulled into sight. “Tug” reversed his car, running it backward toward a switch in order to let the regular pass.
The trolley jumped the wire and Wilson crawled out to the front of the car to adjust it. In some manner he slipped, fell between the rails and the car passed over his chest, crushing out his life almost instantly.
Ludwig, as Wilson fell, threw on the brakes. It was too late. But as the brakes set, the impact threw the bonding car from the rails into the ditch. Ludwig was unhurt, however.
Eyewitnesses say that as Wilson fell from the car his body turned over and fell so that the car wheels passed over his chest.
Passengers on the regular saw the accident and rushing from the car ran to the aid of Wilson, who was breathing when picked up. He only lived a moment after the accident, dying long before Dr. Bunce, the C. & S.-W.’s surgeon, who was hastily summoned, could reach the spot.
It was found that Ludwig was unhurt, and Wilson’s body was at once placed on the regular car, brought to Oberlin and placed in Booth’s undertaking rooms, where it was viewed at 10:30 a. m. by Coroner Miller, of Lorain, who was at once called by phone by Deputy Burge.
The bonding car was badly wrecked by the accident and Ludwig remained until the wrecking car could be run to the scene of the accident. Hugh Smith, another Oberlin boy, and a chum of Wilson’s, was working with the welding crew, but was not on the car at the time of the accident, having got off the car at Pittsfield, before the ill-fated car pulled back to allow the regular to pass.
When the body was brought to Oberlin There was no one on hand to notify Mr. and Mrs. Wilson of the terrible accident, but Rev. Mr. A. B. Allen volunteered to break to the parents the sad news and at once went to the home.
President Henderson, of the Oberlin Business College, a friend of the family, was notified of the accident and he assumed charge of the funeral arrangements, which, however, have not yet been completed. They will, however, undoubtedly be in charge of Rev. Mr. Warner, pastor of the First M. E. church, of which the Wilson family are members.
Perhaps no Oberlin lad in recent years has been more popular with his friends and companions than “Tug” Wilson. Always cheerful, a hard worker in the class room and on the athletic field, “Tug” was immensely popular. As quarter on the football team in ’05 he played a star game for Oberlin, often being the whole life of the team. He never had a hard word for anybody, and was always ready to do more than his share of whatever work was on hand.
Wilson was about 22 years of age. A year ago he decided to complete his college course at Williams college and would have graduated there next spring. At Williams he made friends as rapidly as he did here and though he could not play football there last fall, had made a reputation as an athlete and had been elected to the most prominent and most sought after society at Williams.
His Neck Broken
Coroner Miller viewed the remains of young Wilson at Booth’s undertaking rooms at 10:30 a. m., but said that he could not decide whether a formal inquest was necessary until he examined Ludwig.
The latter had notified the coroner that he could not appear until later as he had to stay with the car until a superintendent from Cleveland appeared. This superintendent had not reached Oberlin when The News went to press and it was not expected that the inquest would be begun until after dinner.
Coroner Miller in talking with a News man said that he believed that the accident was unavoidable. What information he had at that time showed that Wilson’s hand was caught by the trolley rope and he was jerked from the car.
Dr. Miller found on examining the body that Wilson’s neck had been broken and several ribs crushed. His hands were also burned by the electrical current.
Friends Paid Last Tribute
Funeral Services for Allan Wilson Held in First M. E. Church Thursday
Pastor, Rev. Mr. Warner, Tells of Sterling Qualities of the Deceased—Chums are Pall-bearers
Funeral services for Allan Reed Wilson, who was killed last Tuesday morning, were held at 10 a. m. Thursday in the First M. E. church, of which the deceased was a member.
The white casket, placed at the front of the platform, was heaped high with beautiful floral tributes, while the choir rail was draped with smilax tied with sweet peas.
The service, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Mr. Warner, assisted by Rev. B. E. Edgell, was impressive in its simplicity. After an organ voluntary by Dr. Andrews, a quartet, composed of Miss Jenney, Miss Coss, Mr. Harroun and Mr. Jameson, sang “Still, Still With Thee.” Rev. Mr. Warner then read a number of passages of Scripture, chosen by the family. Mr. Edgell offered prayer and the quartet sang “Cast Thy Burdens.” Mr. Warner then paid a splendid tribute to the worth of the deceased. At the close of the address the quartet sang “Oh Paradise.” The pallbearers were all close friends of “Tug” Wilson, young men who knew him both in the class and on the athletic field. They were: H. A. Simon, Howard Waters, Arthur Bradley and Louis Johnson. The burial was at Westwood.
Mr. Warner’s address follows:
Allan Reed Wilson was born Sept. 9, 1886, at Cross Hill Junction, Yorkshire, England, and met his death by accident July 23, aged nearly 21 years.
He finished his work in the Oberlin high school in 1904 and in the autumn of that year entered the freshman class in Oberlin college. At the beginning of his junior year last fall he entered Williams college, Williamstown, Mass.
On returning home this vacation, he engaged with the Cleveland and Southwestern Electric Railway Co. to work on their bonding car, and it was while thus employed he met with the fatal accident which calls us together now to mourn his loss and pay our last tribute of respect. Allan united with this church on probation under the pastorate of Rev. J. W. H. Brown in January 1897, and was received into full membership, together with his brother, Reuben, June 6, of the same year, at the early age of 11. Thus he committed himself the first thing to the church and the Christian life, seeking first the kingdom of God, according to the Saviour’s desire and command. He was one of our Sunday school and church boys, always willing to do service.
Allan was very much interested in athletics and was well known in athletic circles here and at Williams. He had the physical qualifications it seems to make him a splendid athlete, but he took other things into the game besides mere physical strength: he took good nature and clean playing, both worth vastly more than any power of physical endurance. How many places in the game there are where a player can easily lose his patience or temper, what opportunities there are for bad feeling under defeat, and charges of false playing to the other side to cover up one’s own mortification! If athletics have worth in development of the body, they also certainly afford an opportunity for the exercise of noble, honest principles under great strain and excitement. There the honor lies. Athletics and dishonor are worse than nothing. Athletics and clean, honest playing are worthy of commendation, and these parents and friends rejoice in his honor and good nature.
And this good nature was evident everywhere, not only on the athletic field, but in his college work, and in all his life. It is a great thing, good nature. There are two kinds, however, and we need to discriminate. There is a good nature so called, that is too easily imposed upon, a good nature that yields its rights, and is left with nothing except what people choose to give. We have the underling, the silent, passive, neglected, uncomplaining sufferer. But there is a better sort than that: the sturdy, straightforward kind that takes the bad with the good and makes merry over it, is not angered by honest defeat. There is great virtue in a smile, in a pleasant face, a pleasant disposition, a hearty way. Jesus said: “Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” That must mean the courting of praise, the endeavor to please by doing exactly as others would have us do, being all things to all men in the bad sense of that term, disregarding the claims of righteousness to gain honor from men. But going on in the way we think right, being square, good-natured, and yet firm, wins the praises of men in this day and age of the world—that is, of all truth-loving men. But if such a one should cross the desires of evil-minded men, he would not be well spoken of by them.
To face the world of joy and sorrow, of good and evil, of prosperity and misfortune, of light and shadow, always with a smile is a great virtue, to keep sweet under great provocation, to be good-natured under persecution; “troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; cast down, but not destroyed”; all this is a heavenly grace. In fact it is a great principle that operates not only in our common life to-day, but one that leads out into the darkest trials of life, that leads up even to the life of the Saviour himself, who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; who when he suffered, threatened not; who bore all adversities with resignation. Again, Allan Wilson was a common young man who could win honors in college or work on the streets or at any kind of manual labor. He was not ashamed of work. He could put on the workman’s dress and do his part with no feeling that he was below his station. “Honor and shame from no condition rise; act well thy part, there all the honor lies.” Any honest work was good enough. The way to be brotherly with men is to work with them, or at least not feel that we are above the thing they are engaged in.
We have one more place to look, and that is in the home. The parents’ hopes were wrapped up in their boys; they were trying to give them a good education, so that they might be noble and useful men, planning and sacrificing for their good, taking an intense interest in all their plans and achievements as they should. The boys had entered earnestly into their parents’ plans, became enthusiastic in following them out, talked of them, dreamed of future usefulness and happiness in their final fulfillment. The boys confided in their parents; the parents in turn trusted their boys; all matters were discussed at home, and there was the greatest freedom. There was always a filial regard and tenderness, obedience, and love. If a young man loves his mother and tells her everything, there is great hope for him. The danger is when parents do not have the confidence of their children, when things are done in the dark, and there is not that open, frank dealing with father and mother.
David was heartbroken. His bitter wail was “O Absalom, my son, my son.” He covered his face and cried with a loud voice. Absalom had killed his brother, and had headed a rebellion against his father, and being killed, the father for a time could not be comforted. He had been kind to him, loved him as a father, but his heart was torn with anguish by his son’s misbehavior and death. He was more concerned over his question: Is the young man Absalom safe? after the battle than he was over the result of the conflict itself.
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it its to have a thankless child.” Allan was ideal in the home, so his parents testify.
Now, I have tried to speak of this young man as I have been led to believe he was. My estimate may not be perfect, but whether it is or not, there is one thing I wish to say aside from all reference to him whose body lies before us. I have spoken of his life in the church, college, community, sport, and the home, and have said what it appeared ought to be said, but there is one thing more that ought to appeal to every one of us, and that is that a noble life is not a life that is great in one or two things, but that is great in many things, great in all things. What good can we say of the dead? we ask. And we answer, we’ll say what good we can. And there is generally some good to be said. However, we believe the noble life is made up of many parts, good in this, good in that, good all around. If an athlete, an honest one; if a citizen, a useful one; if a laborer, a faithful one; if a church member, an active one. I spoke the names of two noted men to a friend of mine. He said, “One is a great man, the other is a good man,” but we are looking to-day for men that are both great and good, all around men, square men. Some have one virtue and lack others, are great in some of the world’s accomplishments and are deficient in character. We are trying to build up a type of manhood to-day that amounts to a great deal, of which many good things can be said, and not only one or two composite characters, and not single virtues standing alone among vices. “He’s a great financier.” What of it, if he is? “He’s a great singer, or a great artist in his line.” What of it? We want financiers, musicians and artists and every other kind who are good men, who have what Phillips Brooks said Mr. Lincoln had: the greatness of real goodness, and the goodness of real greatness.
After all it is only one thing that makes a life and not many things. A life must be composite in a sense, yet it is to be a unit, and a thoroughly great and good man can try his hand at anything, and graft different things into his life, but the one thing that controls all other things is his purpose; it unifies all the parts and makes them one. Character tells on everything on which a good man lays his hand, it is the one talisman that produces extraordinary effects everywhere. Character, —the Lord laid down his life that all men might be men of character, building upon a rock which would save them from every vehement wind, rain, and flood.
We are here in great numbers to-day because we have great respect for the one whose life has been so suddenly snatched away. Many knew him, and all thought well of him, and the comforting thought uppermost in the minds of his parents has been that he was a good boy, worthy, his life was well-pleasing to them, he was preparing for a life of usefulness, and they feel that all is well. There is no greater comforting thought than that. He lived his life, without reproach, short, but a life does not consist in its length. The father and mother are here, the brother is across the sea. May God be gracious to him as the news comes to him in that far country, and may he look with tender mercy upon the home which as been saddened.
The gales of death swing open and our loved ones pass through, but swing shut again so quickly that we cannot get even a glimpse of that which is beyond. They are gone, and that is all we know. But there is another opening, the door of hope. As it swings back on its bright hinges, the look cheers our weary spirits. We can see through it the golden sunshine of an endless day; we can see beauty and contentment; we can see the Saviour of men, beckoning even to us to come. Thank God, character is eternal; it cannot be dismantled or torn down, destroyed by fire or flood. Some other things will go down, fame, crowns, titles, wealth, but not character. The pathway of character leads to the door of hope. O, what would we do if it were not for the eternal things; what comfort could we find; what peace, what hope could we have of ever meeting again? O, what would we do if there were no Christ, but there is, and he will be our Christ, our power, and salvation, and he can give us life here and beyond the grave. O, what would we do if Christ did not comfort us in our sorrow? O thou mighty One, thou blessed Christ, help us.
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, O leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me;
All my trust on thee is stayed,
All my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of they wing.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 23 & 30, 1907, pp. 1, 5 & 7.
Barbara W. Wilson
Barbara [Ann] Wade Wilson, 87, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange, surrounded by family.
She was born March 3, 1922 in Oberlin, was a 1940 graduate of Oberlin High School and attended Oberlin College. She was a long-time volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Oberlin Public Library. She was a member of the Nineteenth Century Club and a former member of Christ Episcopal Church of Oberlin where she helped in the children's ministry.
Mrs. Wilson is survived by a son Jeffrey O. Wilson [OHS ‘68] of Santa Monica, Calif; daughters Betsy A. Wilson [OHS ‘70] of Columbus, Ohio and Laura K. Wilson [OHS ‘79] of the United Kingdom. She was a loving grandmother of five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Edward "Al" Wilson [OHS ‘40] in 2009 and parents Mildred (nee Weisman) and Benjamin Wade, who owned and operated the former Wade Hardware Store of Oberlin.
A memorial service honoring her life will be at noon on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Christ Episcopal Church, 162 S. Main St., Oberlin. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 74924 Cleveland, Ohio, 44194-4924.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria, is in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.
Dorothy Strong Wilson
Dorothy Strong Wilson, 81, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 27.
Born in Oberlin on Aug. 16, 1910, the daughter of Jarvis and Grace Strong, she was the third of seven children [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1927]. In 1932 she married Henry Wood Wilson, who taught for many years in the Shaker Heights school system. He died in 1982.
She is survived by five children, Mrs. Garth (Julie) Griffith of Richmond, Va.; Carolyn W. Bontzol of Heidelberg, Germany; James K. Wilson of New York City; Joan M. Wilson of Richmond, Va.; and Mrs. Edward (Kimberly) Hayes of Coshocton; two grandchildren; two brothers, Jarvis Strong Jr. of McLean, Va., and John Strong of Oberlin; and a brother-in-law, Edward Wilson of Oberlin.
The date of a graveside service is pending.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 19, 1991, p. 2.
Edward A. 'Al' Wilson
Edward A[llen] “Al” Wilson, 87, of Oberlin, died June 26, 2009 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain.
He was born July 12, 1921, in Cleveland and had been a longtime resident of Oberlin.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940 and received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving with the 28th Division Artillery in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He had been employed at the Cleveland Press, the Chronicle-Telegram and The Plain Dealer, retiring as an editor in 1986. He was a member of the Oberlin City Club.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara A. (nee Wade); son Jeffrey Wilson of Santa Monica, Calif.; daughters Betsy Wilson of Columbus, Ohio, and Laura Kennedy Wilson of the United Kingdom; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herrick and Julia Wilson.
Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elyria, was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 7, 2009, p. 2.
Oberlin Youth Dies After Long
Illness [George R. Wilson]
Oberlin, O., May 26—George Wilson, 15, son of Mrs. Herrick Wilson of 214 West College street passed away at ten o’clock last evening at his home, after a lingering illness with heart disease.
He was born in Washington, D.C., but has spent the greater part of his life in Oberlin. He was a member of the sophomore class of Oberlin High School [class of 1934].
Besides his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Henry of Ohio University at Athens, and Lee and Allen, at home.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, May 26, 1932, p. 2.
Funeral Rites Held
Funeral services for Geo. Wilson, who passed away Wednesday night at his home on West College street, were held at 2:30 this afternoon at the home in charge of George Sedgeman. Interment will be made at Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, May 28, 1932, p. 2.
Henry W. Wilson
Henry W. Wilson of Cleveland Heights, brother of Edward A. Wilson of Oberlin, died Friday in University Hospitals after a stroke. He was 71. Services were Monday at Heights United Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Wilson was chairman of the social studies department of Woodbury Junior High School in Shaker Heights, where he taught history from 1945 until his retirement in 1966. He was born in Chicago. The family moved to Oberlin during his childhood and lived at 214 West College. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931.] Mr. Wilson received degrees from Ohio University and Ohio State.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Strong; daughters, Julia Griffith of Richmond, Virginia, Carolyn Bontzol of Heidelberg, West Germany, Joan Wilson of Cleveland Heights and Kimberly Hayes of Oxford, Ohio; a son, James, of New York; and a brother, Lee, of Allegan, Michigan, in addition to his brother here.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 30, 1982, p. 2.
Heart Attack Proves Fatal
Herrick E. Wilson Dies on Saturday after Brief Illness
Was Fine Student
Funeral Held Tuesday at the Family Home Under Auspices of the Masonic Lodge
After an illness of only two days, but following a period of failing health, Herrick E. Wilson, former assistant health commissioner of the Lorain county health district, died suddenly of heart disease at his home, 224 West College street, Saturday evening about 5 o’clock.
Mr. Wilson was born in Bradford, Pa., February 5, 1884, and came to Oberlin with his parents to live in 1888 [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1902]. He was employed in Cleveland for several years on the staff of the Smithsonian Institute as a paleontologist and for three years was assistant to Dr. McIntosh, health commissioner for the Lorain county health district. This position Mr. Wilson was obliged to resign last fall because of failing health. In the discharge of his duties he gained a wide acquaintance and earned the respect and high esteem of those with whom his duties brought him into contact. He was a member of Oberlin Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and was a Past High Priest of Oberlin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.
In addition to his wife Mr. Wilson leaves four small sons, Henry, George, Lee and Allen. A sister, Mrs. Alice Wilson Harvey, resides at Mt. Union.
Funeral services were held at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. The ritualistic service of the Masonic Order was performed at the house. Rev. Van der Pyl read the service at the cemetery.
Mr. Wilson received the degree of A.B. from Oberlin College in 1909, the degree of A.M. in 1910, and the degree of Ph.D. from Chicago university in 1913. He was an earnest student, gave conscientious attention to any task he had in hand, was a man of high ideals and fine character and enjoyed the friendship of scores who knew his worth and who mourn his death in the prime of life.
The Oberlin News, Thursday, January 29, 1925, p. 1.
Herrick Lee Wilson
Herrick Lee Wilson, 66, of Allegan, Mich., former Oberlin resident and brother of Edward Allen Wilson of Oberlin, died Oct. 1 in Rochester, Minn.
Born Sept. 19, 1918, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Herrick E. and Julia Wilson. He grew up in Oberlin and attended Oberlin schools [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1937]. A graduate of the College of Wooster, he received masters degrees in art and forestry from the University of Michigan.
He served in the Air Force during World War II and was employed by the department of conservation in the states of West Virginia and Michigan. He later taught at Hopkins High School, Allegan, for a number of years, retiring in 1982.
He is also survived by his wife, Viola, and three children.
Services were in Allegan with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 11, 1984, p. 5.
Mrs. Paul A.
Mrs. Paul A. Wilson, 69, sister of Wilbur N. Peabody, 23 Orchard, died Monday in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., where she had lived for the past five years.
Rev. Frederick Schumacher conducted funeral services yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The former Halloween Peabody was born in Oberlin and attended the public schools here [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1914] and Oberlin Conservatory. She taught music privately in Lorain County before her marriage.
Besides her husband and brother she is survived by one son, Alden P. of Park Ridge, Ill., and two grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1965, p. 7A.
Paul Andrew Wilson
Paul A. Wilson died
Mr. Wilson was born
After receiving the A.B. from Oberlin (1922) he was principal of
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Cleveland Counselor’s Assn., the Northeast Ohio Vocational Guidance Assn. and the Gerontology Society. He contributed a chapter to the book Grass Roots Social Welfare, edited by Alfred de Grazia (NY Press), and wrote a monograph, “Important Aspects in Counseling Older Workers,” and a pamphlet, “Suggestions for Workers Over Fifty.”
He leaves his wife, Elizabeth, a son and two grandchildren. His first wife, Hallowe’en K. Peabody ’19, died in 1965.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Charles W. Winder
Charles W[illiam] Winder, 58, of 1298 W. 114th St., Cleveland, was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital in Cleveland yesterday following a short illness.
The Cuyahoga County coroner is to rule on cause of death.
Born in LaRue, he had lived in Oberlin for several years and was a  graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mr. Winder moved about 26 years ago to Cleveland, where he was employed as a test board operator by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Cleova (nee Horning) to whom he was married 32 years; two sons, William C. of Lakewood and Guy A. of California; a daughter, Mrs. James (Suzanne) Gerhardinger of Elyria; four grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Mary Winder of Mt. Victory; and two brothers, Robert of Pennsylvania and Paul of Chicago.
Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joseph A. Misenick Funeral Home, 12500 Madison Ave., Lakewood.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 11, 1974, p. D-2.
Cleova H. Winder
Elyria -- Cleova H. Winder (nee Horning), 90, of Elyria, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at LakeMed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Painesville, following a long illness. She was born in Cleveland on Jan. 21, 1916, and lived in Elyria since 1987.
Mrs. Winder was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Senior Citizens Club, both in Elyria. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1933 and from the former Oberlin School of Commerce.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne Gerhardinger Kane of Painesville; sons William Winder of Pigeon Point, Calif., and Guy Winder of Glasgow, Mont.; and nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1974; sister, Evelyn Edmunds; brother, Delmar Horning; and parents, Delmar and Kathryn (nee Hoeh) Horning.
There will be no service or funeral home visitation. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, Elyria.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, December 27, 2006.
Robert L. 'Bob' Winder
Mifflin - Robert L[ee] "Bob" Winder, 91, of Mifflin, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital.
Born Aug. 19, 1921, in Marion, Ohio, he was a son of the late William Clark Winder Jr. and Mary Frances (Cain) Winder. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary A. (Lauthers) Winder, whom he married on June 26, 1945, in Oberlin, Ohio. [He was a 1939 graduate of OHS.]
Also surviving are: four children, John H. Winder and wife, Mary Lou, of Silver Spring, Md., Deborah M. Schultz and husband, Peter, of Lewes, Del., Sally J. Winder and husband, John McCrea, of Newville, and Andrew L. Winder and wife, Mindy, of Mifflintown; nine grandchildren, Alexander D. Winder, Helen C. Mendez, Nicholas A. Schultz, Benjamin W. Schultz, Rosemary K. McCrea, Abigail R. McCrea, Samuel B. Winder, Kate E. Gregorio and Rebecca S. Winder; two great-grandchildren, Alejandro and Mireya Mendez; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles W. Winder and Paul E. Winder.
Bob graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and from Oberlin College in 1947, Class of 1943. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1958 and was on active duty in the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1950 to 1952.
He was employed in the U.S. Civil Service where he received the meritorious Civil Service Award.
He was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Field Services Committee and the Juniata County Historical Society, where he helped to computerize historical records and was active with the Winder DNA genealogy project.
At one time, he owned and operated the American House of Music, in East Waterford. He was a ham radio operator, a GED tutor, volunteered at the Carlisle Natural Foods Co-op, was a former Milford Township auditor and collected information concerning Civil War persons for the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Guss Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown. There will be no viewing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who desire make memorial contributions to the Juniata County Historical Society, 498B Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.
Lewistown Sentinel, Lewistown, Penns., Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
Penny Hecock Winn
Winn, Penny Hecock, age 57, of Maitland, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at her home, after a long illness. She was born on December 31, 1947, in Oberlin, Ohio, and moved to Central Florida in 1985. Penny graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966, and after attending the University of Arizona, she graduated with her MA in Industrial Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She served as Director of Organization and Psychology Services for Wilson Learning. She was a volunteer for the National Cancer Society. She is survived by her mother, Lucille Hecock of Sandusky, Ohio; three sisters, Christine (John) Yochem of Huron, Ohio, Sally Henning of Worthington, Ohio, and Holly (William) Eastin of Durham, North Carolina. She was predeceased by her husband William Winn in December of 2002. Burial will be held in Camden Township Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 21, 2005 at 2 PM, at the Collison Family Funeral Home Howell Branch Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, or a local Hospice Organization. Services are entrusted to Collison Family Funeral Homes & Crematory Howell Branch Chapel, 3808 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park. 407-678-4500.
Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, Thursday, October 20, 2005.
Penny Hecock Winn
Penny Hecock Winn of Maitland, Fla., formerly of Oberlin, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at her home, following a long illness. She was 57.
Born Dec. 31, 1947, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in1966. She attended the University of Arizona and earned her master’s degree in industrial psychology from the University of Central Florida.
She served as director of organization and psychology services for Wilson Learning. She also volunteered for the National Cancer Society.
Mrs. Winn is survived by her mother, Lucille Hecock of Sandusky; sisters Christine Yochem of Huron, Sally Henning of Worthington, and Holly Eastin of Durham, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Winn.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 25, 2005, p. 2.
Mary Margaret Winson, 77
North Ridgeville -- Mary Margaret Winson (nee Gerhartinger), 77, of North Ridgeville, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a brief illness.
She was born in Oberlin and had been a North Ridgeville resident since 1950, moving from Oberlin. [She was a 1941 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
Mrs. Winson was employed in the CSR Department of EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria from 1979 to 1989. She had previously been employed by North Ridgeville Public Schools, in the cafeteria at Lear North Elementary.
She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, North Ridgeville. She had been a Brownie Troop Leader many years ago. She enjoyed cake decorating, cooking, baking, making candy, crocheting and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include her sons R. Peter Winson of Homerville, and David and Tom Winson, both of North Ridgeville; daughters Sally Winson and Rita Winson, both of North Olmsted, and Virginia Spisak of Monroe, N.C.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignatius and Gertrude Gerhartinger; and brother, Francis Gerhartinger.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Services at the funeral home Thursday at 9:30 a.m. will be followed at 10 a.m. by Mass in St. Peter Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Restoration Fund, 35777 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville 44039.
The Morning-Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, 2 October 2001
Carol Jordan Winter
Mrs. Elmer B. Winter (Carol E. Jordan) died on
Receiving her master’s degree from Oberlin in 1925, [after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin in 1924,] Mrs. Winter taught mathematics in the high school at
Mrs. Winter is survived by her husband and a six-year old daughter, Eva.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1947, p. 24.
Betty G. Winters, 78, was
Elyria -- Betty G. ''Poppy'' Winters, 78, of Elyria, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Avon.
She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Oberlin, and was a graduate of Oberlin High School [class of 1941].
Mrs. Winters was a member of the Lorain County Republican Committee and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Elyria, and its Altar Guild.
She had been employed as a teller at Lorain County Bank and Elyria Savings and Trust National Bank.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Owen A. Winters; daughters Cathie Sprague of Elyria and Sue Knoll of Sandusky; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Carol Neuman of Oberlin and Sandy Cobra of Florida.
Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 3700 Center Road (SR 83), Avon. The Rev. David Straub will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Berry Funeral Home, Westlake, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, October 23, 2001.
Mrs. Jesse B. Wolfe (Clara A. Husted), retired missionary to
In 1909, following two years of teaching high school in Atlantic Mine,
The Wolfes were missionaries at various places in
In 1940 the Wolfes retired to
Mrs. Wolfe wrote short stories connected with the years they spent in
She leaves her husband; a son, Jesse Jr., of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Sarah Elizabeth Wolff
Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Wolff, 84, of Traverse City, Mich., former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 20 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Born Aug. 28, 1909, in Oberlin, she was the daughter of Jack and Virginia (Ballard) Wirkler. Her father was assistant and associate secretary of Oberlin College from 1913-45, and also directed the OC glee clubs. Mrs. Wolff [graduated from OHS in 1926 and] was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1928, but did not graduate because of her marriage to Ralph E. Wolff Sr. in 1927.
She had lived in Traverse City since 1940 and was a member there of St. Francis Catholic Church and its choir, Altar Society and variety club.
She was a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and was a past president of the Parent Teacher Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1970, and by a son, Richard, in 1953; and a brother, Richard Wirkler.
She is survived by three sons, Ralph E. “Boots” of Traverse City, Robert of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Jerry of Sante Fe, N.M.; three daughters, Joan Forton of Waterford, Mich., Virginia Brunn of Rocklin, Calif., and Sally Steele of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Jack Wirkler of California; 30 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 22 in St. Francis Catholic Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
Memorial gifts may be given to the St. Francis Organ Fund or the Father Fred Foundation.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 1, 1994, p. 2.
Jocelyn Chang Wong
Jocelyn Chang Wong, 75, of Pearl City, a homemaker and teacher, died Jan. 8, 2005, in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu [and was a 1947 graduate of OHS]. She is survived by husband Robert T.W.; children Dorrin, Donald, Douglas and Adrienne; mother Alice Y.S. Chang; brothers and sisters Dr. Lennig and Dr. Hollis Chang, Rowena Shriber [OHS ‘49] and Sherlyn Goo; and eight grandchildren. Private services.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 21, 2005.
Jocelyn Chang Wong, 75, of Honolulu, died Jan. 8, 2005. Born in Honolulu. Homemaker. Survived by husband, Robert; children, Lorrin, Donald, Douglas and Adrienne; mother, Alice Chang; siblings, Lennig Chang, Rowena Shriber, Hollis Chang and Sherlyn Goo; eight grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.
The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 21, 2005.
Death Seizes Wakeman Man [Birney Oscar Wood]
Berney Wood, Prominent Young Man, Dies After Driving to Doctor’s Office
Wakeman was shocked Sunday by the news of the sudden death of Berney Wood, a prominent young man of the village and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wood. His age was 23 and he was a victim of tuberculosis. [He graduated from OHS in 1910.]
For two years he has been a patient sufferer but has been able to be up and about. Sunday afternoon he drove down in his auto to the ice cream parlor. When he got into his car to drive home he was seized with a hemorrhage. He pluckily drove to the office of Dr. Felver and had scarcely more than reached there when he expired. Undertaker Pease at once took charge of the body.
Mr. Wood was an exemplary young man, secretary of Gibson Masonic lodge and widely beloved. The funeral will be held at his father’s home Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., in charge of the Masonic fraternity. Rev. Townsend of the Congregational church will also officiate. The body will be laid to rest in Wakeman cemetery.
Norwalk Reflector-Herald, Monday, May 26, 1916, p. 8.
Carma Elaine Wood
Dolly Wood was born Carma Elaine Lee on January 27, 1920, to Carlton E. and Mary Lee in Lorain, Ohio. The youngest of four and the only girl, she was nicknamed “Dolly” by her three brothers, Ed, Jack and Bob.
As an infant she was stricken with Polio, leaving her right arm withered and deformed. Tragically, during the next 10 years she broke the same arm twice necessitating many surgical procedures over her childhood, some of them highly experimental for the time.
Most people would have been greatly affected by this incredible bad luck. But not Dolly Wood. She learned from her highly active and sports-minded brothers how to be tough and focused on the future rather than dwelling on the sorrows inflicted on her as a child. Never lie, never quit was her credo from childhood.
While still in public school, her family moved from Lorain to Oberlin, Ohio [where she graduated from OHS in 1940]. As a young girl, she was active in several sports including softball, basketball, swimming and track. She would not give up. She even had to train herself to write left-handed even though she had been born right-handed.
But her most notable achievement had nothing to do with her physical deformity. For God had blessed her with a beautiful, clear, soprano voice, one so clean and pure she was immediately noticed by the staff of the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she was taking private voice lessons. She was offered a scholarship to the conservatory while still in high school. Unfortunately, for academic reasons she was never able to take advantage of this wonderful offer.
That, of course, didn’t even slow our indefatigable Dolly. Her singing blessed the halls of several establishments, churches and organizations, including the world famous Sweet Adelines all-female glee club.
Despite her attention to music as a young woman, she let that attention stray just long enough to meet and marry Robert Wood, also a resident of Oberlin, who worked in Lorain, Ohio, at an automobile dealer’s as a bookkeeper. They were married on July 21, 1940.
As Dolly’s bad luck continued to haunt her, Robert was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and was sent overseas to fight in Europe while Dolly stayed home, waiting for the birth of their first child, with whom she had become pregnant shortly before Robert was drafted.
Robert Jr. was born in March of 1943. It was two years before he met his dad. Jack, Bob’s brother, was born in July 1947.
Dolly conveyed her love of music to both her sons over the next decade, having them both trained on piano and cornet. Bob Jr. went on to play with a US Air Force band, both playing the French horn and singing. Jack gave up music shortly after senior high school.
During the years as the boys grew to adulthood in Oberlin, Dolly became active in her community, rising from dry goods store clerk to become the first woman Civil Defense Director in Ohio. She was active in the Order of Eastern Stars rising to a major state position within that organization.
After the boys left the family home, Bob and Dolly decided to move west. They landed in Roswell, NM, in 1968 and, after a few years there, moved on to Albuquerque.
Robert retired in the late 1970s and they decided to “see the world.” Or at least as much of it as they could visit in a 42 foot trailer.
Eventually, they ended up in Tucson, when Bob’s health began to fail. Dolly and Bob amassed a great fortune here: the best friends anyone could ask for. They befriended so many people while traveling and later in various Tucson RV and mobile home parks it would be almost impossible to list them all in one place. But two late arrivals deserve special mention.
Dolly was finally blessed with two great grandchildren, Brian and Eric, both the sons of her favorite (and only) granddaughter, Lisa Wood Pattison and her husband, Jeff. Her favorite (and only) grandson, Michael Wood, a fireman in Elyria, Ohio, and 1st Lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard and his pretty bride, Michelle, are just getting their feet on firm marital ground.
But finally Dolly’s bad luck struck again with a vengeance. She was diagnosed in November of 2001 with breast cancer and leukemia. But true to her now-deceased brothers Bob and Jack and her still living brother Ed, she fought like a tiger. She refused to let it get her down, even at the last when it attacked and destroyed her whole body. Yes, her body was ravaged by this terrible enemy; but never her spirit.
She was transported from her home to Carondolet-St. Mary’s Hospice on Friday evening, December 27, 2002, exactly one month before her 83rd birthday. After she was put to bed and the pain of the move started to wear away she talked with the nurses and her family for a good hour or more. Even laughing on occasion.
She said goodnight to her husband of 62 years, her eldest son, 59, and went to sleep. The following morning she was in a coma which was not to release her to her final peace until a week later.
Carma Elaine Wood; “Dolly” passed from her awful suffering at 8:55 PM, Saturday evening, January 4th, 2003, a fighter and a lady right to the very end.
Takes D. A. Wood
Dudley Allen Wood, Sr., Oberlin florist, who died Tuesday night at Allen Hospital, lived his entire life, spanning 57 years, in Oberlin at 228 E. College St. He had been in ill health for the past four years.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from his late home at 3:30 by the Rev. Joseph F. King, pastor of First Church, where Mr. Wood was a member.
Mr. Wood had been a florist and prominent member of the Oberlin business community for the past 15 years. Before that, he owned and operated the Forest City Builders Supply Co. in Cleveland. During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was at an officer’s candidate school until medically discharged.
He attended the Oberlin schools and was graduated [from Oberlin High School in 1911 and] from Oberlin College in 1915. He sang with the college glee club, led an active college life and was an acknowledged campus leader. For many years, he was in charge of Commencement decorations on the Oberlin College campus.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Catherine, and three sons; Dudley A., Jr., of Oberlin; Thomas of Rochester, N. Y.; and Walter G., who is a student at Bowling Green State University. A brother, James, may come from Texas in time for the funeral services.
Friends may call at the Cowling-Sedgeman funeral home until tomorrow (Friday) morning when the body will be taken to the home for the afternoon services at which the family and friends will attend. Burial will be made in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 1, 1951, p. 1.
Harvey Eugene Wood, 42, of 209 E. Lorain, died Sunday at Veterans Hospital in Cleveland. He had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for two years prior to his death.
Born in Oberlin Aug. 29, 1929, he [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948,] was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and worked as a machinist for the Nordson Co. in Amherst prior to enrolling at the University of Akron five years ago. He had only one quarter to complete prior to receiving his BA from that school when he was forced to withdraw two years ago due to illness.
He was a member of Rust Methodist Church and the American Legion – Willard B. Holmes Post.
Surviving is his mother, Mrs. Joseph (Pansy) Lyons, 106 E. Vine.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Moses Williams officiating. Burial followed in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 8, 1973, p. 3.
On Sat. Nov. 10, 2001, Jeanne (Gray) Wood, wife of Harris O. Wood of Sanatoga, PA, age 81. [She was a 1939 graduate of OHS.] Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Service on Thurs. Nov. 15, 2001, at 1 P.M. at the Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., Pottstown, PA. Burial will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Plymouth Meeting. Friends may call Thurs. at the Church from 12:30 to 1 P.M. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 13, Royersford, PA 19468. Cattermole-Klotzbach F.H.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia, Penns., November 13, 2001.
A. Wood dies at 66
John A. (Jack) Wood, 66, was pronounced dead at Allen Hospital Saturday afternoon following an apparent heart attack at his home, 334 East College.
Born in Oberlin on May 11, 1916, he was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934 and received the AB degree from Oberlin College in 1938.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in Army ordnance. For a number of years, he owned and operated the Ross Lumber Co., later called the Wood Lumber Co., at 335 South Main. After selling that business, he became a supervisor in the Oberlin College buildings and grounds department, serving as manager of college rental housing for the last 11 years. He retired last March.
He was a member of First Church and had been active in the Karl Wilson Locke post 102 of the American Legion, serving as commander, and was a former president of the Oberlin Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; and three sons, John, of North Royalton, and William and Richard at Home.
Graveside services were Tuesday morning at Westwood Cemetery, with the Rev. John Elder officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 26, 1982, p. 2.
John A. “Jack” Wood, ’38, died Aug. 21, 1982, in Oberlin, following an apparent heart attack. A lifelong resident of Oberlin, he retired this past spring after 11 years as manager of college rental housing. He applied for work at the College in 1966 and was picked by Lewis Tower, then business manager, to work in the service building, where he “did everything at first” including filling in for Jerry Stang, now deceased, who was in charge of rental housing at the time.
Over the years, Jack maintained his wry sense of humor despite encounters from an occasional destructive tenant, a host of unmanageable pets and complaints from the neighbors about loud music coming from his rental properties. In the winter of 1977, when he was checking a Woodland Ave. student house for heat, frozen pipes or leakage problems, the female resident was frightened by his presence. Thinking he was an intruder, she slammed the door in his face and ran to a neighbor’s to call the police. Four minutes later, the police arrived to find that Mr. Wood had followed the student to her neighbor’s house and had apologized for not introducing himself properly. “I realized her problem, that she was uneasy being alone and, although most of the students know me, apparently our paths had never crossed before. It’s very flattering to be known as the mad rapist at my age,” he said.
Mr. Wood was born in Oberlin, May 11, 1916, the son of John P. and Jeanette (McCoy ’10) Wood. At the time of his death, he still lived in the same home in which he had been reared. He attended Oberlin High School, [graduating in 1934,] graduated from the College [in 1938] with a political science degree and then held various sales jobs in the area. Before joining the Army Ordnance in 1942, he worked for the Oberlin Savings Bank. The death of his father in 1944 put Mr. Wood in charge of his father’s building supply business in Oberlin. He sold that to Oberlin Elevator and went to work for Lee Ross’s Lumber Co., which he eventually bought in 1958 and sold to the Oberlin Elevator in 1966. While in the lumber business he also built, bought, remodeled and sold several houses in Oberlin.
Mr. Wood was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of First Church.
He leaves his wife, the former Mary J. Webber ’49, and sons John, 23, William, 22 and Richard, 20.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1982, p. 91.
John P. Wood Dies; Funeral Was Monday
Business Houses Close to Mark Passing of Well Known Citizen, Lifelong Resident
John Pardee Wood, 68, head of the Wood Construction Company and prominent Oberlin businessman, died at Allen Hospital Saturday morning. Mr. Wood suffered a coronary thrombosis on Friday night and was taken to the hospital then.
Born at ?9 East Lorain street on April 20, 1876, Mr. Wood spent his entire life in Oberlin, in his boyhood living at the family home now occupied by his brother Dudley A. Wood, at 228 East College street. He attended the Oberlin schools.
Before his marriage in 1915 to Jeanette McCoy he was a salesman for building supplies. After his marriage he formed a partnership with his brother James, who now lives in Texas, under the name of the Wood Construction Company. Mr. Wood was a member of the First Church, Oberlin Lodge No. 380 F. & A. M., Oberlin Chapter, R. A. M., the Chamber of Commerce; and was a director of the Oberlin Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and one son, Tech. Sgt. Jack Wood, home on furlough from Jackson, Mississippi; three brothers, Dr. Walter A. Wood of Philadelphia, James M. Wood of Henderson, Texas, now visiting in Oberlin, and Dudley A. Wood of Oberlin; and one sister, Mrs. M. A. Houghton of Oberlin.
Funeral services were held at the home, 334 East College street, Monday afternoon. Rev. Joseph F. King, pastor of the First Church, officiated and burial was made in Westwood cemetery. Oberlin business houses were closed during the time of the funeral.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 14, 1944, p. 1.
A Teacher of Great Merit; Nobel Woman
Miss Mabel Wood Taught in Elyria Schools Over Twelve Years
Died Last Night
Principal of Lake Avenue School Passed Away at 10:45 Wednesday Night at home of Parents in Carlisle – Principal Here for Several Years – Was Much Loved by Scholars, Parents and All Who Knew Her
This community was grieved today to learn of the death of Miss Mabel C. Wood, teacher in the Elyria schools, which occurred at 10:45 o’clock Wednesday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wood, of Carlisle, Stop 91 on the green line between here and Oberlin.
For many years Miss Wood has been connected with the Elyria schools, and in all that time there has been no more faithful or hard working teacher than she. She took such a vital interest in the training and education of the young lives placed in her charge that she sacrificed more than time and strength – even her health – for their interests.
From all sides words of praise are heard for this instructor who was a true teacher and one of noble character. No eulogy seems too effusive in attempting to depict the womanly virtues which went to make her a lovable teacher. The scores of boys and girls who came under her care and attention really loved her as a companion and friend.
The deceased graduated from Oberlin high school in 1892 . She came to Elyria to teach in the public schools between twelve and fifteen years ago. She taught continuously until last April with the exception of the year preceding the one which closed last June when she was compelled to remain at home and rest on account of her declining health.
Feeling considerably rested, after her year’s vacation, Miss Wood again resumed her work as principal of the Lake avenue building again last September. Her courage and determination, however, were greater than her strength, and she was compelled to again give up her work early last April.
Besides teaching in the Elyria schools for a dozen years or more, the deceased was principal of the Lake avenue building for above half that time, and she taught the eighth grade before but when this grade was transferred to another building last fall, she took charge of the seventh grade.
Miss Wood is survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister, as follows: Harry Wood, of Chicago, Robert, who resides at home, and Mrs. T. C. Metzger of Lorain.
The funeral services will be held at the Wood home next Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will occur in Carlisle cemetery.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 20, 1911, p. 1.
A great many friends paid their last tribute of respect to their friend, Miss Mabel Wood, Sunday, at the home, which was made desolate and lonely by death taking from it a life full of hope and a smile that greeted everybody. While the memory of her will be sweet, still she will be greatly missed.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 27, 1911, p. 8.
Mary Jane Wood
A graveside service at Westwood Cemetery will be held today, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. for Mary Jane Wood (nee Webber), 72, of Oberlin, who died Nov. 12 at her home after a six month illness. The Rev. Tom Keller of Penfield Community Church will officiate.
Born in Canton, Mrs. Wood lived most of her life in the Oberlin Area. She was a 1945 graduate of Oberlin High School and a 1949 graduate of Oberlin College.
She taught for one semester at the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, S.D.
Mrs. Wood was a book buyer and vice president of the National Association of College Stores. She also helped establish Copies, Etc. with the late Russell Reynolds.
Before her death, she worked part-time as a secretary for Alex Rutstein and Associates.
She enjoyed golf, bowling and reading.
Survivors include three sons, Richard of Oberlin, William of Stoughton, Wis., and John of Atwater, Ohio; five grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. George H. Webber of El Paso, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Adams Wood; her parents George H. and Sarah H. (nee Seesholtz) Webber; and a sister, Ruth A. Reno.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 16, 1999, p. 7.
Former teacher, Mrs. Ona Wood dies
Mrs. Ona Wood (nee Porter), 90, of 65 Birch Park Dr., New London, died yesterday in Martha’s Nursing Home, New London, after a long illness.
A former school teacher and practical nurse, Mrs. Wood was born in New London and lived in that area most of her life[, and she was a 1901 graduate of OHS].
She was a member of the Mayflower Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Lorain, and the Fitchville Grange. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church and LeRoy Chapter No. 82 Order of Eastern Star.
A daughter, Mrs. Catherine Stiles, New London, three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren survive.
Friends will be received in the Eastman Funeral Home, New London, tomorrow from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. George Minton officiating. Burial will be in Fitchville Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 15, 1973, p. 14.
Ona Porter Wood, k, died Dec. 14, 1973, at New London, Ohio, where she was born June 2, 1883, and where her great-grandfather had been elected the township’s first constable in 1817. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1901 [and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1904].
Prior to her marriage in 1906 to Meade Wood, she was an elementary teacher at Dunlap, Kan. She and her husband moved in 1917 from New London to Florida where she taught private kindergarten for two years and completed two nursing courses at New Port Richey.
In 1932 Mrs. Wood and her daughter, now Mrs. Catharine Stiles, returned to New London and for 25 years Mrs. Wood did practical nursing. In addition to her daughter she leaves three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1974, p. 44.
Robert R. Wood Sr..
Medina -- Robert R[ossiter] Wood Sr., 92, of Medina, died Friday, July 27, 2007.
Wood retired as a certified public accountant and was an U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his sons Robert R. Wood Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and John ''Jack'' Wood of Albuquerque, N.M.; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carma ''Dolly'' Wood.
A graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, 44805 North Ridge Road, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, VFW Bldg., 406 W. 34th St., Suite 514, Kansas City, MO, 64111.
Arrangements by Waite & Son Funeral Home, Medina.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, August 1, 2007.
Wood, 44, killed in Maryland auto accident
Thomas Henderson Wood, 44, brother of Dudley A. Wood and Walter Wood of Oberlin, was killed instantly Saturday in a three-car crash just east of Frostburg, Md. His home was in Hagerstown, Md.
Three other persons in the accident were critically injured.
Graveside services, with Rev. Roger Robbennolt officiating, were held Monday afternoon at Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Wood, born in Oberlin April 9, 1920, was a  graduate of Oberlin High School and Oberlin College. He served four years with the Army Engineers Corps in World War II. Much of his service was in the South Pacific.
Besides his brothers he is survived by three children, David, Margaret Louise and Kimberly, all of Hampton, N. H.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 9, 1964, p. 3A.
Wood Dies at 73
Dr. Walter Allen Wood, 73, brother of Dudley A. Wood, 228 E. College St., and of Mrs. M. A. Houghton, 257 E. College St., died at 3 a. m. Monday at Allen Hospital, where he had been ill for two weeks. Private funeral services, with the Rev. Joseph F. King officiating, were yesterday (Wednesday) at the Wood home.
Dr. Wood was born Feb. 19, 1874, in Oberlin. He was graduated from [OHS in 1891, from] Oberlin College in 1896 and from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1902. He practiced medicine for 40 years in Philadelphia and for many years was the medical referee for the New York Mutual Life Insurance Co. During World War I, he held the rank of major and headed Base Hospital No. 6 in France.
Dr. Wood, a bachelor, is survived by two brothers, Dudley Wood of Oberlin, with whom he had made his home recently, and James M. Wood of Henderson, Tex., and one sister, Mrs. M. A. Houghton.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 26, 1947, p. 1.
G. Wood, 75, textbook rep
Oberlin -- Walter Gleason Wood, 75, of Oberlin, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland. He was born July 26, 1926, in Oberlin, where he remained a lifelong resident.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1944 and from Bowling Green State University in 1951.
Wood was employed as a textbook representative for CV Mosby Publishing Co. for many years, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of First Church, Oberlin, and had worked in the Oberlin College Botanical Greenhouse. He enjoyed gardening, reading and sketching.
Survivors include his wife, Lee (nee Aspinwall); daughters Melissa Mittler of Oberlin and Elizabeth Connolly of Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his brother, Dudley Wood of Oberlin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine H. (nee Henderson) and Dudley Wood Sr.; and a brother, Thomas H. Wood.
Friends may call Wednesday 3 to 6 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Graveside services Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, Morgan Street, Oberlin, will be followed at 11 a.m. by a memorial service in First Church, Main and Lorain Sts., Oberlin. The Rev. William B. Kitchen, pastor, will officiate.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Mrs. Robert M. Woodbury
Mrs. Ralph J. Reynolds
Two members of one of Oberlin’s oldest families have died recently: Alice Fairchild Reynolds, on Jan. 11, and Mildred Fairchild Woodbury on February 9. They were the daughters of James T. and Emma Dickinson Fairchild; their grandfather was James Harris Fairchild, who came to Oberlin when the town and college were founded, graduated with the class of 1838 and was college president from 1868 to 1889.
Mrs. Reynolds was a [1908 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] member of the Oberlin Class of 1912, and became a college teacher. She was the widow of Ralph J. Reynolds. Mrs. Woodbury, OC class of 1916, had a career as a professor of sociology and related subjects at Bryn Mawr College. Later, she was the chief of women’s work and protection of youth at the International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland. Her husband, Robert M. Woodbury, who died in 1969, for many years was chief statistician at the International Labor Office.
The family home of president Fairchild was on the corner of S. Professor and Elm Sts.; the James T. Fairchild home was on Elm St. Both lots are now the site of Fairchild Hall.
Dorothy Fairchild Graham, class of 1910, is the surviving sister, as is a niece, Mildred Graham Vasan. James A. Reynolds and Mary Reynolds Ebert, children of Alice Reynolds, also survive.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 13, 1975, p. 7.
Robert W. Woodruff
Robert W. Woodruff, 78, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 19 in Sedona, Ariz.
A 1937 graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Woodruff attended Oberlin High School and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. His family lived at 237 W. College St., which served as a boarding house for young faculty during the 1930s.
He was the maternal grandfather of Andrew and Eleanor Ruckman, son and daughter of Andy Ruckman of Oberlin and Kay Bigglestone of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Oberlin.
He is also survived by his wife of 54 years, Mabel (nee Koehler) of Sedona; daughters, Ann Snowden of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cynthia Smith of Elko, Nev.; son, Peter of Woodland, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, John, of Claremont, Calif.; and sister, Florence Hiller of Burbank, Calif.
Burial was in Sedona Memorial Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 5, 1993, p. 2.
George Franklin Woods, 50, of Hyattsville, Md., former Oberlin resident, died July 21 of an apparent heart attack in Washington Adventist Hospital, Tacoma Park, Md.
Born in Pikesville, Ky., he was a 1961 graduate of Oberlin High School and a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam.
He was employed as a custodian in the Oberlin Public Schools until he moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1985. He worked as a truck driver after leaving Lorain County.
Survivors include his wife, Peggie; sons George Jr. of Oberlin and David of Hyattsville; a daughter, Elaine of Hyattsville; a brother, Leonard of Cleveland; sisters, Anna Moore, Velma Henry and Tondia Vilyus, all of Oberlin, Maureen Woods of Schaumberg, Ill., and Paulette Strange of Columbia, S.C.; and his mother, Leona Woods of Oberlin.
His father, George, died in March 1993.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Bishop Oney Fitzpatrick officiating.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 27,1993, p. 2.
Terri Denise Woods
Terri Denise Woods, 53, of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly at home Tuesday, February 8, 2011. She was born September 14, 1957, in Oberlin. [She graduated from OHS in 1977.]
She worked at the Oberlin Early Childhood Center and enjoyed cooking, crossword puzzles, traveling, singing, and spending time with family and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Nikkyia Woods [OHS ‘02], of Elyria; son, Robert Starr of Elyria; grandchildren, Ja’Lyn Anderson, Sahnll Anderson, Xzavion Anderson; goddaughter, Tyesha Woodson; and brothers, Gregory Kimmey, of Lorain and Robert Kimmey, of California.
She was preceded in death by her father, Don Woods; her mother, Eddie Jones Griffin; and sister, Sheila Kimmey.
A Memorial Service will be Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12 Noon, at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Oberlin. Elder Laurence E. Nevels, Sr., will officiate.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, is handling local arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, February 12, 2011.
Ward H. Wooster
Ward H[arvey] Wooster, 92, of Toledo, OH, and formerly of Strongsville, OH, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Promedica Ebeid Hospice, surrounded by his loving family.
Ward was born on February 17, 1920, in Somerville, MA to Harvey A. and Enola (Ward) Wooster. He was a  graduate of Oberlin High School and attended Miami University, Oxford, OH. On August 8, 1942, in Lawrence, Long Island, NY, he married Virginia Hahn.
Ward served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served as a flight radio officer, serving in 17 different countries. Following his military service, Ward was employed as a radio officer for Pan American Airways. Ward owned and operated Mobile Communications of Toledo from 1954 to 1976, where he served as a consultant and representative for Motorola.
He obtained his pilots license and operated his own plane for over fifty years. He was a member of the QB Pilot Club.
In his spare time, he enjoyed playing the guitar and amused people by playing the musical saw. His true passion was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ward is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia; children, Christine (Warren) Monday and Leslie (Jay) Black; grandchildren, Laura (Ted) Black, Michelle (Eric) Smith, Michael (Melissa) Monday, and Stephanie (Drew Ries) Black; along with 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alden Wooster [OHS ‘36], and sister, Enola Hicks [OHS ‘30]. Private family services will be held. Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, OH. Memorials may be directed to Promedica Ebeid Hospice, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania, OH 43560 or Senior Independence Hospice, 5810 Southwyck Boulevard, Toledo, OH 43614 Eggleston Meinert Pavley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. www.egglestonmeinert.com
Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, March 28, 2012.
Elizabeth `Libby' Worcester, 87, of Ashland, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at Linda Vista Care Center. A private service is planned. [She was a 1930 graduate of OHS.]
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 698, Medford, OR 97501.
Mrs. Worcester enjoyed sewing, crafts and playing the organ.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, Ashland; three daughters, Patty Duggan, Ashland, Nancy Rogers, Talent, and Dani Biggs, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.
Mail Tribune, Jackson County, Oregon, Wednesday, May 26, 1999.
Florene Emma Worcester
Florene Emma Worcester, 85, a resident of Kendal at Oberlin, died Friday, June 20, 1997, at Allen Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Ms. Worcester had been a lifelong resident of Oberlin. A  graduate of Oberlin High School, she was the first “A” student at Prospect School and later became a first grade teacher there.
She retired as principal of the school in 1973. Ms. Worcester was a graduate of the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from Colorado State University.
Ms. Worcester was active in the United Methodist Church where she served as a teacher and director of the Bible School and as church school superintendent. She served as chairperson of many church committees and was a past president of United Methodist Women.
Ms. Worcester served as president of Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Chapter D.J. of PEO and Oberlin Ohio Education Association.
Since her retirement in 1973, Ms. Worcester had been curator of Monroe House, Little Red School House and Jewett House; she had lived at Jewett House from 1977 until moving to Kendal in 1993.
She is survived by a sister, Gertrude Ryan of Homesite, California. Ms. Worcester was preceded in death by sisters Ada Cook and Hazel Schekelhoff, and her parents George and Minna (nee Arndt) Worcester.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church at a later date with the Rev. Al Sprague officiating. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery. The Cowling Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 24, 1997, p. 2.
James C. Worcester
Pittsfield -- James C. ''Jim'' Worcester, 90, of Pittsfield Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, following a short illness.
He was born April 7, 1917, in Oberlin.
He served on the Pittsfield Town- ship Zoning Board.
Worcester, a master carpenter, helped build a gymnasium addition at Franklin School in Elyria and then went on to build many custom homes for Clark Brothers Inc. Later in life, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Oberlin and Wellington area. He had previously worked at the Lorain steel mill and also farmed on the family farm. He also sold apples.
He was active in saving the American Legion Ball Field after the closing of the Legion post and was involved in rebuilding the Pittsfield United Church and parsonage after the 1965 tornado. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, league bowling and gardening.
Worcester served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in the Pacific on Kwajalein and Wake Island from 1943 through 1945 during World War II. He was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High school, where he played basketball, and graduated from the former Oberlin School of Commerce in 1935.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lucille (nee Portman); sons James C. Worcester Jr. of Golden, Colo., Charles L. Worcester of Vermilion and David W. Worcester of Pittsfield Township; brother, Phillip ''Buss'' Worcester of Akron; sisters Eleanor Coe of Amherst and Maretta "Peg" Van Ausdale of Florida; and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Calvert and Magdalene Lavilla Worcester.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pittsfield East Cemetery on SR 303. The Rev. Kenneth Gerhardt will officiate and a reception will follow at Pittsfield Community Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To send online condolence, go to www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, Wellington.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, September 06, 2007.
Kenneth E. Worcester, 91, of Ashland, died Monday (June 7, 2004) at Ashland Community Hospital. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.
Worcester was born in Oberlin, Ohio, to Bertha and Edwin Worcester in 1912 [and graduated from OHS in 1930]. He had three older sisters, now deceased.
Ken married Elizabeth (Libby) Alexander in 1933. He managed the family dairy in Oberlin for 18 years.
He was a strong community leader, active in many civic organizations including Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and the school board.
1950, the family moved to a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, after Ken had accepted a sales position with Nelson Stud Welding. Later the family relocated to Fresno and Sacramento, California. In 1972, Ken and Libby purchased a convenience store with cabins in Smith River, California, which they operated for ten years. Ken served as president of the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce while there.
After Ken and Libby retired they built a home in Ashland, Oregon. Ken worked as a custodian and general handyman for the Ashland School District. He was admired and loved by teachers and students alike. In 1980 the school annual was dedicated to him. A World War II buff, Ken attended Heidelberg (Germany) University in 1932, when Hitler was coming into power. Ken shared his pre-WWII experiences and memorabilia with the students in John Treadway's English and History classes at Ashland High School for many years.
Ken's wife of 66 years preceded him in death in 1999. He is mourned by his daughters, Patty Duggan of Ashland, Dani Biggs of Sahuarita, Arizona, and Nancy Rogers of Talent; as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his beloved friend, Molly Gruber, and his many other friends and relatives.
Private family services have been held.
Mail Tribune, Jackson County, Oregon, Tuesday & Wednesday, June 8 & 9, 2004.
Lucille P. Worcester
Lucille [Grace] P. Worcester, 92, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at her residence. She was born October 12, 1919, in Birmingham to the late Arthur J. and Ruth M. (nee Kendeigh) [OHS ‘17] Portman.
Lucille graduated from Oberlin High School in 1937. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Oberlin College. For 23 years Lucille was an art teacher working for Wellington and Elyria Schools, and substituting at Oberlin School.
She was a member of the Pittsfield Community Church, and First Church of Oberlin. Lucille greatly enjoyed needlepoint, and was a member of a needlework club. Her other hobbies included pottery, weaving, knitting, gardening and painting, with both watercolor and acrylic paints.
Survivors include her children, James (Debbi) [OHS ‘61] of Golden, Colorado, Charles (Margaret) [OHS ‘65] of Vermilion and David (Rhonda) [OHS ‘73] of Wellington; four grandchildren, Kevin and Michael Worcester, Leslie Joseph and Natalie Worcester; and one great-grandson, James; Lucille is also survived by a sister, Thelma Stansell [OHS ‘41] of North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James [OHS ‘34]; sister, Melba Kirk [OHS ‘43]; and brother, Arthur J. Portman, Jr.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2 P.M., at Pittsfield Cemetery, with Pastor David T. Hill officiating.
Donations in memory of Lucille can be directed to the Oberlin Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
Arrangements were entrusted to Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, Wellington.
Condolences for the Worcester family may be given at, www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
Mary Elizabeth Worcester
Mary Elizabeth Worcester, 80, lifelong Oberlin resident, died March 7 at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a short illness.
A 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School, she helped her late husband, Otis, run the Worcester Shoe Repair business based in their home.
She enjoyed reading.
She is survived by four daughters, Lois A. West of Vermilion, Joan Goodenow of Amherst, Beth E. Hawley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathy J. Billington of Toledo; two sons, Richard of Amherst and Roger of Elyria; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis L.; a granddaughter, Barbara Billington; and a brother, William Maroney.
Graveside services were March 10 at Westwood Cemetery.
The Cowling Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 14, 1995, p. 3.
Service held at funeral home for Nina E.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home for Mrs. Herman (Nina E.) Worcester, 83, of 271 Elm. She died Sunday night at Allen Hospital after a six months illness.
Born in Akron Dec. 31, 1882, Mrs. Worcester had lived in Oberlin for 22 years [and was a 1902 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Methodist Church.
Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Bradley of Wellington; three sons, Lloyd of Elyria, Max of Racine, Wis., and Kenneth of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rev. Forest Waller conducted the services. Burial was in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 25, 1966, p. 5.
Otis Worcester, Repaired shoes
Otis Worcester, 81, of Oberlin, was dead on arrival Thursday at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1931, and] he was a life-long resident.
He worked in plant operations at Parsons Jersey Dairy for 30 years, retiring in 1976. He also operated the Worcester Shoe Repair in his home for many years until 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E.; sons, Richard of Amherst and Roger of Elyria; daughters, Lois A. “Pam” West of Vermilion, Joan Goodenow of Amherst, Beth E. Hawley of Indianapolis and Kathy J. Billington of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Howard of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Aletha Doane of Sun Valley, Calif.; stepbrother, Wilbur Williams of Wellington; and step-sisters Marcia Williams and Floris Broud, both of Wellington and Helen Dupler of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Clara.
Services are private. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, May 6, 1994, p. C2.
Perry G. Worcester Dies At Home Here
Oberlin—Perry G. Worcester passed away at one o’clock this morning at his home on Morgan street after a long illness.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. R. S. Leister of Toledo; two sons, Nelson of Medina and Mills of California; and three brothers, Erin and J. R. Worcester of Oberlin, Homer of Youngstown, and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Baxter of Oberlin, and Mrs. Lola Hurlburt of Philadelphia.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 o’clock at the Sedgeman Funeral Parlors in charge of the Knights Templars.
He was born on a farm south of Oberlin on May 1, 1863 and was a resident of Oberlin for the past 44 years. He was a building contractor. On February 27, 1889, he married Emily Corning at Mentor, Ohio.
He was a life member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, a life member of the Al Koran Temple of Cleveland, a member of the Elyria Commandery of Knights Templars and a Past Commander of that organization, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Oberlin, and a member of the First Congregational Church.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, March 26, 1938, p. 2.
Perry G. Worcester
One of the best known carpenter contractors in Lorain County is Perry G. Worcester of Oberlin. Mr. Worcester as the basis of his business learned his trade thoroughly and skillfully, and during the past twenty or thirty years has employed his individual services and the organization which he has built up and maintained in the construction of some of the best homes, offices and other buildings in the county.
He comes of a very old American family, which originally came from England and settled in Massachusetts and Vermont, from which states the stock has spread to all parts of the Union. There were a number of the Worcesters who served in the rank and file in the patriot army during the Revolution, and one of them was colonel of a regiment.
It was fully seventy years ago that this branch of the Worcesters became identified with Lorain County. Grandfather Samuel Worcester, a native of Vermont, came to Lorain County in 1845, took up a tract of land and lived on it as a farm until his death. Perry G. Worcester was born in Lorain County on a farm May 1, 1863, a son of James M. and Adeline (Hill) Worcester. The father was born at Fort Ticonderoga, New York, in 1828 and the mother in Vermont in 1831. His father died in August, 1907, and his mother in June, 1895. James M. Worcester was about seventeen years of age when the family came to Oberlin, and he combined farming and work as a carpenter. He owned several farms in the county, and was quite successful, though he started in life with practically nothing. In the '40s and '50s he was an active abolitionist, and helped to keep up the underground railroad. He was a republican in politics, served as a member of the city council at Oberlin, as town trustee for a number of years and also as assessor. He was also a member of the Masonic order, while his wife was a Methodist. They were the parents of thirteen children, eleven of whom are living.
The ninth in order of birth, Perry G. Worcester completed his early education in the Oberlin High School [class of 1880?]. For the first twenty-one years of his life he lived almost entirely on the farm, and then learned the carpenter's trade and gradually developed his trade into a contracting business. It is said that he has contracted and built more of the first class homes in Oberlin than any other man. He has been in the business for twenty-one years, at Oberlin, and for four years he was located at Mentor, Ohio.
On February 27, 1889, Mr. Worcester married Emily Corning, daughter of Nelson and Adelia (Tyler) Corning. Her father was born in Mentor, Ohio, in 1831, and died in 1907, and her mother was born in New York State in 1832 and is still living at the age of eighty-four. Nelson Corning was a farmer by occupation and spent practically all the days of his life at Mentor. Mr. and Mrs. Worcester have four children: Nelson C., a farmer at Oberlin; Mills E., who is in the United States regular army; Emily A., who is still attending school at Oberlin; and Harriet Elizabeth, born September 16, 1900, and died February 5, 1905.
Mr. Worcester has for many years taken much interest in the Masonic order, and is affiliated with the Lodge, Royal Arch Chapter, Knights Templar and Commandery, is a thirty-second degree Mason and belongs to Alkoran Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Cleveland, Ohio. He has served as junior warden of his lodge and is now generalissimo in the Knights Templar. In politics he is a republican.
G. Frederick Wright, A Standard History of Lorain County, Ohio (1916), pp. 664-665. http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Lorain/Lorain1916P650.htm
Mrs. Ella Worner
Mrs. Ella Maud Worner, 92, of 2452 Brazilia Dr., Clearwater, Fla., died yesterday at 7:50 p.m. at Clearwater Hospital.
Mrs. Worner was born in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1901]. She was a member of Spanish American War Veterans Auxiliary of Lorain.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Calancy and Mrs. Gladys Drake, both of Clearwater, and Mrs. Emma Peters of St. Petersburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, with the Rev. Ernest L. Stone, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lorain, officiating.
The Walter A. Frey Funeral Home, Lorain, has charge of local arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, August 8, 1974, p. C-2.
Marjorie V. Worthington
Elyria - Marjorie V. Worthington (nee Humphrey), 97, formerly of LaPorte and Elyria, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas.
She was born Jan. 18, 1906, in South Amherst. She lived in Elyria from 1970 until she moved to Texas in 2001 to live with her daughter, Ada Crawford.
She graduated from Oberlin High School [class of 1924?] and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Mrs. Worthington and her late husband, Floyd "Toad" Worthington, owned and operated a trucking business and the Frostop Drive-In, both in LaPorte.
She was a member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Elyria, where she sang in the choir, and was a member of the Oberlin Historical Society. She enjoyed travel, sewing and playing bridge.
Survivors include her daughter, Ada Crawford, of Azle, Texas; and seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd G. "Toad" Worthington, in 1979; son, Max L. Worthington, in 1998; daughter, Sarah Urban, in 2001; and brothers Cecil and Oliver Humphrey.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 300 Third St., Elyria. The Rev. Frances McNutt, rector, will officiate. Burial will be in LaPorte Cemetery, Carlisle Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 300 Third St., Elyria 44035.
Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, August 13, 2003.
Celia Lounette Wotring
Miss Celia L. Notring [Wotring] died at the home of her father, David [Wotring] on North Main street, Friday evening after an illness of many months. The funereal was held from the home Monday at 1 p.m. Rev. Yoder pastor of the M. E. church conducted the services. [Miss Wotring was an 1883 graduate of OHS. She married Robert Erastus McKisson at LaGrange, Ohio, on Dec. 2, 1891, and they were divorced about Nov. 1900 at which time she legally changed her name back to Wotring, her maiden name. Robert McKisson was mayor of Cleveland for two terms in 1895-98.]
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, December 14, 1910, p. 2.
Miss Celia Wotring died Saturday afternoon from the effects of cancer.
The funeral of Miss Celia Wotring occurred at the residence Monday afternoon.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, December 15, 1910, p. 8.
Edman W. Wright
Edman W[ait] Wright, 87, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Saturday at a nursing home there.
Formerly of Elyria [and a 1915 graduate of OHS], he had resided in West Palm Beach for the past 20 years.
A former member of the United Presbyterian Church, Elyria, he was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, West Palm Beach.
He is survived by a daughter, Ruth W. Wing; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edmund B. Wright, of Wheaton, Ill.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, West Palm Beach.
Arrangements were handled by the Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Chapel, West Palm Beach.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, November 27, 1985, p. B-2.
Miss Etta M. Wright Dies; Funeral Was Monday
Had Been Prominent and Greatly Respected Resident Here for 62 Years
Funeral services were held on Monday for Miss Etta M. Wright, 73, who died at Allen Hospital on Saturday, December 18. Services were conducted by Rev. Joseph F. King at the Sedgeman Parlors and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Miss Wright was born in Bakersfield, Vermont, January 18, 1870, the daughter of G. Frederick and Huldah Maria Day Wright. A graduate of [OHS in 1886 and of] Oberlin College with the class of ’93, Miss Wright had been a resident of Oberlin for 62 years. She was assistant in the Oberlin College library from 1895 to 1899 and from 1921 until 1935.
Interested in Oberlin History
Miss Wright was the author of a number of articles including “How to Use the Library,” published in the Oberlin College Occasional Bulletin No. I, in 1896, “History of the Oberlin Colony and College,” published in the Oberlin College Alumni Magazine in April, 1932, and numerous articles on the history of Oberlin which have appeared in the Oberlin News-Tribune.
Prominent in W.C.T.U. Work
Very active in the W. C. T. U., Miss Wright was secretary of that organization in Oberlin from 1901 to 1909; president from 1909 till 1924; and secretary-treasurer of the Lorain County W. C. T. U. organization from 1920 till 1924. She was a member of the First Church.
Miss Wright’s father, a graduate of Oberlin College in 1859, was a professor in the Oberlin Seminary from 1881 to 1907. For many years the family made their home in Elmwood Place, which was designed and planned by Mrs. Wright.
Miss Wright is survived by one sister, Miss Helen Wright of Cleveland and a niece, Miss Lena Berle of New York City.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, December 22, 1943, p. 1.
H. Emory Wright of Dayton Beach, Fla., died there on Feb. 1. Mr. Wright was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1915 and attended Syracuse University. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two sons, and by his brother, John F. Wright, 1719 Paula Dr., Columbus, also a long-time Oberlin resident.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 6, 1975, p. 10.
Services scheduled today for Helen M.
Services for Helen Marcia Wright, 103, the oldest alumna of Oberlin College, will be held at the Cowling Funeral Home at 10 a.m. today. Rev. John Elder will officiate and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. Miss Wright died Tuesday morning at the Elyria Home.
Born on Dec. 7, 1879, in Andover, Mass., she grew up in Oberlin. Her father, G. Frederick Wright, taught theology at Oberlin College from 1881-1907 and both parents came from pioneer families in this area. After graduating from [Oberlin High School in 1897 and from] Oberlin College in 1902, she taught in public schools in Massachusetts and Ohio and then became a social worker, first with the Associated Charities in Washington, D.C., and later with the Cleveland Humane Society and the Cuyahoga County Child Welfare Board.
On retiring in 1946, she moved back to Oberlin and lived at 132 Elm until going to the Elyria Home in 1968. She was active in the local American Red Cross chapter and was a member of First Church. She enjoyed walking and many Oberlinians remember seeing her on her daily walks. For many years she served as president of her OC class of 1902.
She is survived by five nieces and one nephew.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 5, 1983, p. 2.
Helen M. Wright died May 3, 1983, at the Elyria Methodist Home, her residence since 1968. She was 103 years old, which made her the oldest living graduate known to the College. She was born Dec. 7 1879, in Andover, Mass., and grew up in Oberlin, the daughter of G. Frederick Wright ’59, professor of theology 1881-07. She was featured in the Oberlin Alumni Magazine (Jan-Feb 1980) and was mentioned in the article “Five Alumni have celebrated 100th birthdays” (Winter 1982).
She retired in 1946 after more than 30 years as a social worker in Lorain, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland. She worked for the Washington Associated Charities, the Social Settlement House in Lorain, the Cleveland Humane Society in the children’s division, the Cuyahoga County Child Welfare Board and the Associated Charities of Cleveland.
After graduating from [OHS in 1897 and] Oberlin [College in 1902,] she studied at Boston Normal School and then taught in the public school systems of Boston and Wauseon, Ohio. She then moved to Washington, D.C., to do general office work and editing for her brother, Frederick ’97, editor of the magazine Records of the Past.
She was a former board member of the American Red Cross and a member of the First Church in Oberlin. She was listed as class president until her death.
She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Berle ’89 and Etta M. Wright ’93 [OHS ‘86] and her brother.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1983, p. 74.
Mrs. Nellie K. Wright
Oberlin—Mrs. Nellie Katharine [Parsons] Wright, 87, of 124 Woodland Ave., a resident of Oberlin since 1898 [when she graduated from OHS], died last night in Allen Memorial Hospital after an illness of several weeks. She was born in Vermilion.
Mrs. Wright was graduated from Oberlin Academy and received her BA degree from Oberlin College in 1903. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Phi Beta Kappa, and the 19th Century Club. Her husband, Clarence J. Wright, died in April, 1932.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Fisk, and a son, Robert B., both of Oberlin; a grandson; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Charles Weeks of Oberlin.
The Rev. Fred Schumacher will officiate at the funeral service Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the funeral home after 2 p.m. tomorrow.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 9, 1969, p. 26.
Randolph “Randy” Wright
Word has been received of funeral services in Pennsylvania for Randolph “Randy” Wright, 34. He died after a 63-year old man described as a good neighbor walked to a poolside party Wright was attending, shot four people and killed himself.
Fifteen people, some with small children, were at the party when Joseph Shingle walked down the driveway with a .30 caliber carbine and a .32 pistol and started shooting. Guests ran fro their lives. Edward McCaskey, 34, the host, also died.
A double funeral for Randolph Wright and McCaskey was held in Abingdon. Burial was in Pittsburgh. The tragedy occurred Sept. 7.
There had been no complaints to police about the party being loud. Upper Moreland police said neighbors told them they were awakened by the gunfire, but not by the party. The man who did the shooting was a retired carpenter whose motive is not known.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons, Andy, 5, and Ricky 2; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Wright; four brothers; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Wright of Columbus, also former Oberlin residents.
Randy Wright attended Oberlin elementary school and the junior high school and spent two years at Oberlin High before his parents moved to Cleveland. He was graduated from Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 8, 1981, p. 2.
Richard Holden Wright of Fort Myers, FL died on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. He was born in Westlake, Ohio on October 19, 1924. He graduated from Oberlin, Ohio high school in 1942 and then served in World War II with the 15th Army Headquarters Unit in Europe.
After the war he attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1950. He married Joan Boylan in 1948, and they celebrated their 60th anniversary this past August. He worked for 9 years at NCR in Dayton, Ohio, and then joined IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY working also in Burlington, Vermont and Sindelfingen, Germany and retired to Charlotte, Vermont.
He was a member of the Burlington, VT Country Club and was active in community affairs, serving on the Charlotte School Board, and as Trustee of Public Funds for the Town of Charlotte. He was active in the Charlotte Congregational Church, serving as Auditor of the records.
In 1986, the couple began dividing their time between Estero, FL and Frye Island, Maine. In 2001, they moved to Shell Point Retirement Community.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Jean Wright of Oberlin, Ohio, and sister-in-law, Connie Brennand of Bellevue, Washington and 3 nieces.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 23, at 2:15 at the Shell Point Village Church.
Fort Meyers News-Press, Fort Meyers, Fla., Friday, February 20, 2009.
Robert B. Wright
Robert B. Wright, 75, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died last Friday night at Lorain Community Hospital after an illness of a year and a half.
He was manager of the state store in Amherst for over 20 years, retiring in 1975.
He [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1928,] attended Oberlin College, was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the H.A.M. 858 Post War Club.
He is survived by a son, Robert Jr., of Ocean Springs, Miss.; a sister, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Fisk of Oberlin; and four grandchildren.
Services were Monday afternoon in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. John Elder of First Church officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 12, 1984, p. 2.
Robert B. Wright died April 6, 1984, in Lorain, after a 1 ½ year illness. He was born in Oberlin, Jan. 27, 1909, the son of Nellie K. Parsons Wright ’03 and the grandson of Hattie Brooks Parsons ’82. [He graduated from OHS in 1928 and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1932.] He worked in the Wright grocery store, was assistant to the college electrician in the ‘40s and was manager of the State Store in Amherst for over 20 years, retiring in 1975.
He leaves his wife, the former Ethel Rowe, a son, four grandchildren and sister Mary W. Fisk ’28 of Oberlin.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1984, p. 68.
Esther P. Rogers Wyckoff
Esther P. Rogers Wyckoff, 85, of Oberlin, died Dec. 18 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Township, she lived in Oberlin most of her life and was a 1930 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mrs. Wyckoff worked for 10 years as executive secretary for Oberlin Community Services.
In 1981, she received the Senior Citizens Award for community service in recognition of outstanding achievement in serving the human needs of the Oberlin community.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Wyckoff enjoyed reading, sewing and participating in family activities.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Fridenstine and Monte Dale Rybarczyk, both of Oberlin, and Myrna Reinders of LaGrange; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Forest Rogers of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Dale Wyckoff, in 1978; her parents, William and Hattie (nee Schart) Rogers; and a sister, Elizabeth Hastings.
Services were Dec. 20 at the Cowling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Michael Ausperk officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund, 153 N. Main St., Oberlin; or to the First United Methodist Church, Elm and Professor Sts., Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 23, 1997, p. 2.
Services Held For Clifford Wynn, 44
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home for Clifford Cordin Wynn, 44, who died suddenly last Thursday at 1 a. m. at his home, 123 N. Pleasant St., of a heart attack.
Mr. Wynn, born in Elyria on Oct. 25, 1907, [and a 1925 graduate of OHS,] had lived in this vicinity all his life. He was a drill press operator at the Western Automatic in Elyria.
Surviving Mr. Wynn are one daughter, Cordynette, Oberlin; his mother, Mrs. Mattie Robinson, Oberlin; his father, Charles Wynn, Elyria; and a sister, Mrs. Lovelene House, Cleveland.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 19, 1952, p. 6.
Sidney Wynn Jr., 67, of Oberlin, died July 6 at his home after a two-month illness.
Born in Cleveland, he lived in Oberlin for most of his life. He was a graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mr. Wynn served in the Army during the Korean War.
He worked as a press operator at Smith and Jones in Elyria for 28 years; for the past 11 years, he had worked as a security officer at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wynn attended Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, bowling and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Mary B. (nee Gordon); sons Brian of Elyria, Taylor of Oberlin and Alvin of South Euclid; a stepson, David Moore Sr. of Oberlin; daughters Saundra W. Fenn of Elyria and Linda Hodge of Oberlin; step-daughters Charlene M. Noble and Rita M. Seavers, both of Oberlin, and Shirley M. Davis of Columbus; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Hopewell of Decatur, Ga.; and a stepbrother, Michael Green, of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Sr. and Ruby (nee Cobb); sisters Betty Jean Moore and Ethel Huff and a brother, John Robinson.
Services were July 9 at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred L. Bell of Mount Zion Baptist Church and the Rev. Charles B. Mayle of the Christian Missionary Alliance officiating.
Interment was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 14, 1998, p. 3.