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Sammy R. Banner, DO, ’83, Dothan, Alabama, died April 5, 2022, at age 71. Dr. Banner was born on October 25, 1950 in Kirksville, Missouri and lived there the early years of his life. He was in the ROTC in college and served in the US Army for 9 years, serving as a physician, and was a Major before being honorably discharged. Dr. Banner has practiced medicine in Dothan since 1989 and opened his own practice in 1995, Nathanael Medical Center, where he worked until his recent illness. He was a caring physician who always took the time to listen to his patients. Dr. Banner loved the outdoors and especially loved to go hunting. He attended Harvest Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Banner; his children, Lee, Dan, Jerry, Lori, Monica, and Rachel; his nine grandchildren; his brothers, Ralph Banner, DO, ’65, and James Banner, DO, ’75; and several nieces and nephews.

John E. Beckert, DO, ’69, Kahoka, Missouri, died Feb. 4, 2023, at age 83. Fondly known as “Doc”, John was born on June 29, 1939, in his home in Rutledge. He was one of six children born to the late Noel and Ila (Phillips) Beckert. John started school at the one room schoolhouse in Rutledge. While in elementary school, the family moved to Memphis where he completed his primary education and graduated from Memphis High School in 1957. John then served in the U.S. Army for two years where he trained as a marksman and was stationed at Fort Ord in Monterrey Bay, California. After his time in the service, John returned to Northeast Missouri to attend college at the Northeast Missouri Teacher’s College. This is where he met Nadine Robinson, and upon graduation, they were married on August 15, 1964, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. 

John & Nadine moved to St. Louis, where he taught chemistry at Lindbergh High School for one year before returning to Northeast Missouri to pursue a degree in medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating in 1969, John & Nadine moved again; this time to Port St. Lucie, Florida where John completed a one-year internship in general medicine. Although he was accepted to their general surgery residency, John chose to move back to Northeast Missouri where he was given the opportunity to practice with Dr. Willis in Kahoka. Shortly after joining the practice, Dr. Willis retired and Dr. Beckert never looked back. In 1972, they welcomed their first child; Brigitte, and in 1973, their son Benjamin was born. 

Dr. Beckert held several interests over the years. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed quail & pheasant hunting. He kept horses for 20 years on their farm just north of Kahoka. John also had a love for automobiles. He liked to take his grandchildren to parades to throw out candy from his Buick. He had numerous collectable cars over the years but was especially proud of his 1969 Corvette. His true passion in life, however, was being a physician. His commitment to the residents of the communities never wavered. He would see patients all day in clinic; sometimes as many as 75 patients in a day and then make house calls and attend to the nursing home patients. John would treat patients in his house office at all hours of the day and night. 

John Beckert, doctor, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and uncle will be missed by his family, friends & patients. In addition to his wife of 58 years, Nadine, John is survived by his daughter; Brigitte (Arlen) Egley, DO, ’97, his son; Dr. Benjamin (Amanda) Beckert of Beaumont, Texas, three grandchildren; Calissa and Carson Cormier and John Wallace Beckert, two brothers; Dean (Roberta) Beckert of Memphis and Ed (Sandy) Beckert of Lee’s Summit, two sisters; Betty (Audrey) Glass of Memphis and Helen Hill, both of Memphis and by several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister; Mary Battles, and by two brothers-in-law; Winnie Hill & Keith Battles. 

Karen A. Beer, MS, ’04, Tucson, Arizona, died Jan. 20, 2023, at age 53. Born Aug. 13, 1969, in Kingman, AZ to Paul and Margaret Larmour, raised in Tucson, AZ, attended Rincon High School (1987) and the University of Arizona, receiving a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics followed by an internship at Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, MO). After working as a dietician at Yavapai Regional Hospital in Prescott, AZ, she attended A.T. Stills University of Health Sciences (Mesa, AZ) receiving a P.A. in Endocrinology. This led to a 16-year career at Mayo (Scottsdale) and Oregon Medical (Eugene, OR) where she was a beloved, caring and gifted healer. She loved to travel the world (kickstarted by her travels in Up With People, 1988-89). She enjoyed photography, jewelry-making, soap-making, reading, hiking, dancing, working out, gardening and Spanish. Following a diagnosis of glioblastoma in June of 2022, Karen returned to sunny Tucson where she received exceptional care at the UA Banner Cancer Center. Preceded in death by grandparents, Carl and Marjorie Larmour, Roy and Dorothy Swisher. Survived by parents, Paul and Margaret Larmour; sister, Heather (Tim) Bresnahan (Colorado Springs, CO); brother, Paul Larmour, Jr. (Colorado Springs, CO); nieces: Emma Spencer (Trevor Isner), Gwen Spencer, Amy Larmour; nephew, Owen Larmour, beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and her dog, Charlie.

David M. Beyer, DO, ’68, Fort Worth, Texas, died Aug. 16, 2023, at age 82. Born in Beaumont, Texas, his family moved to Fort Worth when he was young. He loved his hometown and friends. David attended Arlington Heights High School, the University of the South, Texas Wesleyan University and Kirksville University of Osteopathic Medicine. He returned to Fort Worth and joined his father’s private medical practice. David later built Boulevard Clinic on Camp Bowie Blvd, and enjoyed a long and fulfilling medical career. A highlight of his practice was his “work family”, too many to name over the years. Together they answered his patients’ needs with compassion and respect. David believed in Fort Worth and served on various boards, and was a member of many organizations. He was committed to the growth of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine – now a part of UNT. Among others, he served on the boards of American Cancer Society, Carter Blood Center, John Peter Smith Hospital, Gladney Center, and Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital. David was a member of River Crest and a past president of the Steeplechase Club. 

An avid golfer and tennis player, David also enjoyed time and adventures in the country. Many memories on so many great family vacations brought out his infectious laughter and razor-sharp wit. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. R.B. Beyer and Dorothy Bonham Beyer, and his brother, Robert B. Beyer. David will be missed greatly by his family. Survived by wife, Sally Conrad Beyer; daughter, Laura S. Beyer Cook and Troy J. Cook; sons, David Conrad Beyer and Thomas Matthews Beyer; nephew, Louis C. Sheppard; and generations of wonderful cousins from Wisconsin, Iowa, Florida and Texas.

Yale B. Bickel, DO, ’61, Long Beach, California, died Feb. 2, 2023. 

Blanche L. Blackington, AuD, ’10, San Diego, California, died April 7, 2022, at age 66. She was a California native and was raised in Clairemont, attending Kate Douglas Wiggin Elementary School, Hale Junior High School and Madison High School. After graduating in the class of 1973 with honors, she attended college at San Diego State University where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees in Audiology. 

With the support of her dear friend Dr. James Grant, Blanche soon opened the San Diego Hearing Center in Hillcrest, and afterward, opened an additional office in Clairemont. She considered her patients and employees as family. Blanche was a leader in her field. She treated many patients who couldn’t afford hearing aids. She developed hearing aids for dogs. She was involved in many other projects and remained an expert in her field. The State of California often called upon her to be a professional witness for cases involving malpractice and hearing disabilities. Blanche was also a Professor of Audiology at San Diego State University. She mentored her students and helped them to excel. 

In 2010, she attended Arizona School of Health Sciences, earning her Doctorate in Audiology. 

Preceded in death by her parents, Joyce and Ken Blackington, her younger brother Kevin Blackington, and her great-niece Nadia Ruby Silver-Ruiz, she will be missed by her family. She is survived by her companion Charlie Breitenbauch, brother Leland Blackington, Sister and Brother-In-Law Rebekah and Don Kent, Sister and Brother-In-Law Jan and John Coelho, Sister Jennifer Blackington, Sister-In-Law Tina Lambert-Blackington and 12 Nieces and Nephews who adored her. 

Joseph G. Bolin, DO, ’00, Plano, Texas, died June 22, 2023, at age 51. Born on June 20, 1972, in Dallas, Texas, Joseph Gil Bolin was the beloved son of Vickie and Bob Bolin. From an early age, it was evident that Joseph possessed an innate curiosity and a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Driven by his passion for helping others, he dedicated himself to pursuing a career in healthcare. Joseph grew up in the heart of Dallas in the Oak Highlands area. When Joseph was two and a half, he asked his parents for a baby and that baby became his sister Valerie. He promised he would always take care of her. Living up to that promise, Joseph helped with Valerie’s potty training, sports, and driving lessons, to name a few. As children, Joseph and Valerie were very close playing cops and robbers, cabbage patch dolls, goofing off in the family pool, and in their late teen years, lifted weights together. Joseph was a cub scout and football player, and he enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, hunting and four wheeling. 

Joseph was a devoted son where no job was too big or too small to help his parents. He was a jack of all trades who would grill, bake, clean the house from head to toe, mix the chemicals for his parent’s pool, cut down trees, work cattle, and mend fences at the family ranch. Joseph was also a born entertainer re-creating Saturday night live skits and Seinfeld episodes that would make anyone near him burst out in laughter. 

Dr. Bolin’s greatest joy in life was his young family. He married Rachel Souers in 2016, and they were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Olivia. Joseph was a wonderful husband and father willing to do anything to help his family. He made sure his daughters knew how much he loved them and took pride in being a girl dad participating in countless tea parties and was a vital part of their bedtime routine of story time and snuggles, which was something he looked forward to every night. His favorite weekend activities were exploring new parks with his daughters and cheering on Elizabeth and Charlotte as they played soccer. His legacy in life will live on through his daughters and the values he instilled in them of kindness, perseverance, and empathy along with his fun-loving spirit and great sense of humor. 

In addition to his dedication to his family and profession, Joseph continued his love of the outdoors with nature, whether it was boating, fishing, or hunting in full camo during deer and duck hunting seasons. Over the years Joseph also volunteered his time like serving as a medical missionary to the underserved along the Amazon River in Brazil. Dr. Joseph Gil Bolin leaves behind a legacy of love, compassion, and kindness that will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate enough to have known him. His deep love for his family, unwavering dedication to his patients, and genuine care for others will forever be remembered. 

He is survived by his wife, Rachel, his children, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Olivia, his parents, Vickie & Bob Bolin, his sister, Valerie and her husband Brian, his nephew, Wyatt, and a host of extended family members and dear friends.

David L. Bowman, DO, ’77, Butler, Ohio, died March 3, 2023, at age 72. The son of Gerald and Wilma (Pritchard) Bowman, David was born May 26, 1950 in Mansfield. He always excelled in academics and graduated with honors from Clear Fork High School in 1968. Continuing his education, David graduated from Ohio Northern University, Raabe College of Pharmacy with high distinction (Summa Cum Laude) where he was the top ranked graduate of his class. He then enrolled in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. To no surprise, he graduated with honors in 1977 as a Doctor of Osteopathy. 

Dr. Bowman spent the past 38 years of his career in private practice as a family physician/owner in Loudonville. During that time he also worked for affiliate hospitals including Kettering-Mohican Medical Center, Wooster Community Hospital, and MedCenter Hospital in Marion, most as an emergency department physician. 

He was a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Ohio Chapter of ACOFP, Ashland County Medical Society, and Rotary Club International. Dr. Bowman also volunteered his time as team physician, offering free physicals and oversight to Loudonville athletes. He recently retired from his career in medicine in 2020. 

David was a faithful member of Three Crosses: A United Methodist Fellowship where he served in numerous leadership capacities for decades. He enjoyed golfing, especially in the Mohican League at Apple Valley. He even took annual golf trips each September. A craftsman who enjoyed woodworking, David’s focus was on remodeling projects. Together David and Marla enjoyed cruises. Taking over 30 cruises, in fact David just returned from his most recent less than a month ago. 

More than a compassionate physician, he was a compassionate person. So generous, he’d give you the shirt off his back. Talkative and friendly, he could make a friend with anyone. David will be remembered as a man who strove for excellence, and in that pursuit made those around him better. 

He is survived by his wife Marla (Eckard) Bowman of Butler: sons Joseph Bowman of Butler and Jeffrey (Ashley) Bowman of Lucas; grandchildren Jayden, Sarah, McKenna, and Ryker; son-in-law Aaron Rasmus of Butler; nephews Trent Bowman and Dale Bowman Jr.; brothers Dennis (Karen) Bowman of Lexington, and Dale (Vicki) Bowman of Perrysville. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Bowman and nephew John Bowman.

Donald D. Buenger, DO, ’60, St. Charles, Missouri, died June 24, 2023, at age 90. He was born on October 1, 1932 in Fremont Township, rural Tripoli, Iowa to the late Otto Fredrick Conrad and Marie Dorthea Emma (Rosen) Buenger. Donald’s passion for medicine led him to attend the Osteopathic College in Kirksville where he met his beloved wife, Betty Ross. In 1960, he proudly graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathy. Donald began his medical practice in Carson City, Michigan and later relocated to Memphis, Missouri. Alongside Betty, he raised their cherished family of four children: Debby, Dianne, Carol, and David. In 1977, the Buenger family made their home in Troy, Missouri, where they became active members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Donald found great joy in his pursuits of organ music and writing; but his greatest love was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a pillar of love and support as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. 

Donald’s legacy lives on through the lives he touched, the patients he cared for, and the memories he created. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those fortunate enough to have known him. Surviving are his loving children: Debby Logan of O’Fallon, MO, Dianne (David) Bell of Powhatan, VA, Carol (Jay) Sayers of St. Paul, David Buenger of St.Charles; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his brother, Eugene (Margaret) Buenger; other relatives and friends. Dr. Buenger was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Buenger in 2011; and his two siblings: Lorene Klemp and Lester Buenger.

Michael L. Christian, DO, ’86, Moses Lake, Washington, died Nov. 16, 2022, at age 69. He was born in Hollywood, CA on 2/3/1953 to Edwin and Janice Christian. Mike graduated from La Mirada High School, class of 1971 before enrolling at Cal State LA. He graduated in 1975 with a major in Biology. In 1975 he attended California law enforcement academy and went to work as a police officer for the City of Montebello CA, resigning in 1976 after an injury. Mike attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1982-1986, graduating as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. 

In 1975 Mike was married to his rock and the love of his life, Katherine L Richards. They lived several places around the country before putting down roots in Moses Lake in 1991. Mike had a successful family practice in Moses Lake for many years, before retiring from medicine in 2007. Mike enjoyed hobbies including snowboarding, cooking, candle-making, was a voracious reader, never missed a gym day, and was known for what he called his “nature-boy walks” up Yonezawa. 

Mike was predeceased by his father Edwin. He is survived by his mother Janice, wife Katherine, son Daniel Christian and his wife Heidi, daughter Rebekah Doty and her husband Curt, son Michael Christian, grandchildren Dru, Layla, Ashlyn, Oliver, Silas, and Greyson, nephew Sean Christian and his family, and niece Angel Quiambao and her family.

James A. Coder III, DO, ’68, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Jan. 1, 2023, at age 80. Dr. James Aubrey Coder III was born on Wednesday, September 16, 1942 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of James Aubrey Coder, Jr. and Anne Ruth (Gorton) Coder. 

Dr. Jim Coder was a 1960 graduate of LaBelle High School, LaBelle, Missouri. He married Joani Hopkins on December 26, 1961 in LaBelle. He received a Doctorate from Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in 1968. After his internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma, they moved to Broken Arrow and he started his first medical practice in the office behind Petric Drug Store. In November of 1971, Dr. Coder built Broken Arrow Family Clinic and was joined later by his brother, sister, brother-in-law, daughter, and nephew in practice. He also was an investor in Coder Properties with his son, brother, and nephew. Dr. Coder was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Cedar Ridge Country Club. He enjoyed traveling to his cabin in Colorado and to his retirement home in South Texas with family and friends. He was a model HO train collector, who at one time had a large room dedicated to his trains. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Dr. Coder is survived by his wife, Joani Coder; his 3 children, Dr. Rachel Whitehouse, Steve Coder and wife Debbi, Suzie Pittman and husband Hunter; his 9 grandchildren, Cassidi Scheer and husband Taylor, Makenzi Hillenburg and husband Drew, Dailey Whitehouse, Kason Coder and wife Payton, Jake Whitehouse and wife Anna, Sam Pittman, Piper Pittman, Kyler Coder and Crew Coder; his 9 great grandchildren, Charleston, Tripp, Delta and Doc Scheer, Hampton and Blair Hillenburg, Rizzo, Army, and Dovie Coder. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Anne Coder; brother, Art Coder, DO, ’70; and brother-in-law and sister, Dr. Jim and Carole Howard, DO, ’76.

Daniel P. Conte, DO, ’63, Garfield, New Jersey, died Nov. 8, 2022, at age 86. Born in Passaic, he’s been a lifelong resident of Garfield. He was a family physician, along with his brother the late Dr. Kenneth S. Conte, in their practice at KENDAN Medical Center in Garfield. He was a New Jersey State PBA Silver Honorary Membership Card Recipients, a member of the Honor Legion of the Police Departments of the State of New Jersey, an attending Staff member of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, staff emeritus of Hackensack Medical Center. He was a former physician and medical director for the Garfield Board of Education & former Garfield Police and city physician. Among Dr. Dan’s accomplishments and successes was his career in acting. He has been in numerous movies including Death Collector, Family Enforcer, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Witness to the Mob, This Thing of Ours and The Sopranos as Faustino “Doc” Santoro. 

Dr. Dan was a highly compassionate individual and a great Humanitarian. Those traits were exhibited in his untiring and unselfish devotions to his profession, his family and his community. He was recognized on numerous occasions for his leadership in his medical profession. Dr. Dan’s proudest accomplishment was his family. Beloved husband of the late Barbara Rose (nee Tarella), loving father of Dr. Daniel P. Conte, III, his wife Lesli, Stacey Conte, Jamie Kreshpane, her husband Karl, dear brother of the late Dr. Kenneth S. Conte, proud grandfather of Karl Kreshpane, Jr., Nicolette Kreshpane, Cole Kreshpane, & Everly Rose Genea Conte. The family would like to acknowledge with sincere gratitude those who played a devoted role in Dr. Dan’s life: Debbie Lavin, Andrea De Maio, Carol Nelke, Jeri Bellini, Rita Rouzic, Tana Raymond, Alexis Garcia, Sam Cosma, Al Atallah, Sgt. Jeff Stewart, Judge Giuseppe Randazzo & Rob Derrig. 

Ernest J. Davis Jr., DO, ’76, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died Feb. 6, 2023, at age 74. Ernest was born in Harrisburg and was the son of the late Ernest and Margaret Davis. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Holy Name of Jesus Council #14801, Fr. Vincent Capodanno 4th Degree Assembly 3167, Boy Scouts of America, serving on the troop district and national levels, Robert H. Hoke American Legion Post 272 of Linglestown, VFW, PA Naturalist and Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Class of 1966. He graduated from HACC with an associate degree in science, Temple University School of Pharmacy with a BS in Pharmacy, Temple University with a Masters in Environmental Toxicology and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Hospital, Missouri, now AT Still University. He completed his medicine residency at Community General Osteopathic Hospital and his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. He was a veteran of the US Army and retired from the US Navy as a Captain. 

Ernest was retired from Jeffries & Bronstein PC, where he was a physician and also retired from the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Dr. Davis served on the Board of many area hospitals and was a trainer to Internal Medicine residents, a frequent lecturer for continuing medical education and a mentor to many. 

Ernest is survived by his wife of 52 years, Roberta K. Davis; his daughter, Annette (Christopher) Hannon; his sons, Douglas (Melissa) Davis and Nicholas (Lauren) Davis; nine grandchildren; his sister, Madelyn (Ray) Midlam; his brother, William (Phyllis) Davis. 

James E. Davis, DO, ’70, Longbranch, Washington, died May 13, 2023, at age 79. Jim was born in Gratiot County, Michigan, to Duane and Florence (McKnight) Davis. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1962. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he majored in pre-med and English, graduating in 1966. While at UofM he met his future wife Roz Juve and they married in 1968. Jim graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Missouri, in 1970. Upon completing residency at the Portland Osteopathic Hospital in Portland, Oregon, he and Roz moved to the small community of Clatskanie where he opened a family practice with Dr. Bob McDonald, The Clatskanie Clinic, and raised their three children, Wendy, Erik and Luke. In 1987, Jim married Dorothy Murphy and moved to Rainier. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente in Longview, Washington as the first dedicated Urgent Care Clinic physician, until retiring in 2003. Jim enjoyed his retirement in Longbranch, Washington, sailing his sailboat and traveling. He also became involved with The Mustard Seed Project, developing the first assisted living facility on the Key Peninsula. Dorothy passed away in 2015 and in 2016, Jim reconnected with Kathy Crumbaugh, a high school friend, and the two were married in 2021. They enjoyed their time together traveling from Michigan to Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Utah spending time with family and friends. 

Dr. Davis’ philanthropic and civic activities included serving as the President of the Clatskanie School Board, President of the Oregon Osteopathic Association, Medical Director of the Longview CareUnit, and President, then Treasurer of the Mustard Seed Project in Key Center. Jim was also very involved with his local church. His hobbies and interests included hunting, fishing, star gazing, whale watching, sailing, boat building, wood working, cross country skiing, gold panning, hiking the canyons of SE Utah and rooting on his Michigan Wolverines. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Duane and Florence Davis, sister Mary Graham and former wife Dorothy Davis. He is survived by his wife Kathy Davis; brother, John G. Davis; Three children: daughter Wendy (Jonathan) Cooley; son Erik (Vanessa) Davis; son Lucas Davis. Two grandchildren: Jacob and Nathan Davis; stepdaughter Diana Murphy, stepsons Doug Murphy and Darin Murphy and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and cousins.

Ralph O. “Ogden” DeWitt Jr., DO, ’69, Waynesville, Missouri, died June 14, 2022, at age 79. Born on June 30, 1942, to Dr. Ralph and Anna May DeWitt, Ogden grew up playing on the bluff overlooking The Roubidoux Spring, graduated from Waynesville High School in 1960 and from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1969. He joined the U.S. Army in July, 1973, after three years of private practice with his father and one year as Chief of Staff, Pulaski County Memorial Hospital. On April 14, 1979, Ogden was united in marriage with Sheree Lee Cully, a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. They shared over 43 years of marriage and were blessed with a son, Ogden, and a daughter, Ashley. 

Dr. DeWitt gave 27 years to the Army, caring for soldiers and their families. Much of his career was spent at Fort Bragg, NC. He was the Surgeon, 82nd ABN Division and the Surgeon, JFK Special Warfare Center. 10 years later he returned to Fort Bragg as the Surgeon, XVIII ABN Corps and Commander, Womack Army Community Hospital. His career culminated in the promotion to Brigadier General and becoming Commanding General of two medical centers: William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. 

Ogden retired from the Army in May, 2000, but didn’t stop caring for soldiers. He accepted a position at Fort Leonard Wood where he saw soldiers before and after their deployments. He finally retired on his 70th birthday. He loved his John Deere tractor and helping with the hay crop each year. He loved the dogs and cats and even the chickens Sheree kept getting. He loved family dinners and playing Sorry with Ella. But most of all, he loved the Lord, and often asked when Jesus was coming to take us all home to heaven. 

Ogden is survived by his wife, Sheree, son, Ogden of Waynesville, daughter, Ashley and her husband Michael of Virginia Beach, and granddaughter, Ella. Ogden was preceded in death by his parents, Doc and Annie, and his sister, Barbara Ann.

James B. DeYarman, DO, ’73, La Jolla, California, died Dec. 24, 2022, at age 76. James was born in Olds, Iowa, the son of Blaine and Lucille DeYarman. He graduated from WACO High School in 1964. James had four brothers, Thomas, Ronald, Robert, and Gary DeYarman. James attended Northeast Missouri State College and went on to attend and graduate from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then completed his internship in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon completing his internship, he researched which city had the greatest number of golf courses per capita and discovered it was San Diego. James went on to practice primary care medicine in Rancho Bernardo and Escondido, CA until he discovered his true passion in hair restoration. James practiced in the art of hair restoration for over 40 years and is considered to be one of the pioneers in the field. Never one to accept the status quo, he was always continuing to evolve and took pride in being an innovator in the industry. Until the end, he was always continuing to research and demand the best possible care for each patient. James’ ideas and passion in the hair restoration field will be felt for generations to come. 

James DeYarman is survived by his daughters, Lisa (John) Lee, Nicole (Scott) Johnson, and Jenna Kreedman, along with his brothers, Robert (Gerry) DeYarman, Gary (Jane) DeYarman, and grandchildren, Logan Lee, Jillian Lee, Amanda Johnson, Mason Johnson, and Brady Johnson.

Marvin L. Enlow, DO, ’52, O’Fallon, Missouri, died Sept. 21, 2023, at age 96. Marvin was born August 11, 1926, in Russellville, Missouri to Freeman and Irene (Remley) Enloe. He was a graduate of Southwest High School in St. Louis, Missouri and AT Still University/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was united in marriage to Lois Jane (Bassman), on August 18, 1946, in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was an anesthesiologist for many years in Jefferson City. He retired in 1984 and traveled the world with his beloved wife. 

Survivors include: son: Michael L Enloe (Pixie) of San Luis Obispo, California; daughter: Lana (Enloe) Widner of O’Fallon, Missouri; son: Patrick R. Enloe (Amy) of Denton, Texas; grandsons: Lance Widner (Stephanie) of Larchmont, New York; David Enloe (Megan) of San Francisco, California; Max Enloe of Richardson, Texas; granddaughters: Jamie Widner Perrin (Jason) of Mansfield, Texas; Bethany (Enloe) Unerfusser (Zachary) of Houston, Texas; Rachel Enloe of Richardson, Texas; great- grandson: James Christopher Perrin of Mansfield, Texas; great-granddaughters: Zoe and Mila Widner of Larchmont, New York; Zelda Unerfusser of Houston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 67 years, Jane; son: Bruce Alan Enloe; sister: Joyce Enloe; brothers: Bill Enloe and Garold Enloe; and his son-in-law: Jim Widner.

Keith M. Ernst, DO, ’54, Cloverdale, Indiana, died Sept. 24, 2022, at age 94. He was born on November 6, 1927, in Richland County, Illinois to Mabel (Petty) and Henry Ernst. On February 12, 1950, he married Jane Kimmell, and they enjoyed 72 years of marriage. In addition to his widow, survivors include two daughters, Cindy Prather (Kerry) and Katrina Lewis (Todd), as well as four grandchildren, Sarah Johnson (Clinton), Jenna Lanham (Dakota), Katie Gillaspy (Nick) and Robbie Prather and three great-grandchildren, Amelia Johnson, Cameron Johnson and Nash Lanham. 

Dr. Ernst was of Protestant faith, raised in Sumner, Illinois, and graduated from Sumner High School in 1945. He was a member of the varsity basketball team and band. He attended Vincennes University and the University of Illinois before graduating from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1954. Dr. Ernst served in the U.S. Army in Japan from his enlistment in 1946 to his honorable discharge in 1947. He joined the Cloverdale Hurst-Collins America Legion Post 281 in 1957. He was a continuous member and was acknowledged as the post’s longest active member. 

In June of 1955, Dr. Ernst established a medical office in Cloverdale where he practiced family medicine for 48 years. Dr. Ernst provided care for five generations of local families. He was respected by patients and peers alike and was widely commended for his skill as a diagnostician and his kind, compassionate bedside manner. He spent countless hours responding to late-night and weekend calls, which frequently resulted in him making house calls throughout the rural area. He was a loyal supporter of Cloverdale Community Schools and provided medical care for many years to the Cloverdale High School boys basketball teams. He was honored as a #1 Clover and was a founding member of the Cloverdale Community Dollars for Scholars program. 

Dr. Ernst joined the board of directors of Putnam County Hospital in 1977 and served continuously until his death, including as board chairman. The Putnam County Hospital dedicated the facility which now houses the Cloverdale Medical Clinic in his honor. While in practice, Dr. Ernst served as a member of the Dean’s Council at the Indiana University School of Medicine and as medical director of Cloverdale Donna Nursing Home. Beyond his medical practice, Dr. Ernst was heavily involved in community service. Since 1970, he was a director of First National Bank in Cloverdale and served as Chairman of the Board. He was an active member of the Community Bankers Association of Indiana and the Indiana Bankers Association, which recognized his 52 years of membership. He was awarded the 1996 Civic Award by the Cloverdale Lions Club and was a member of the DePauw University Community Advisory Council. He was a generous benefactor of many organizations including the Franklin College Goaltenders, President’s Circle and Scholars Society. In recognition of his selfless career as a physician and his life-long commitment to community service, Dr. Ernst was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Joseph E. Kernan in 2003. 

Ronald A. Esper, DO, ’61, Erie, Pennsylvania, died May 10, 2023, at age 90. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh before joining the US Army, where he served two years in San Antonio, Texas, and attained the rank of first lieutenant. He went on to attain his degree in osteopathic medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, where he also met the love of his life, Kathleen. After residency, he practiced as a general surgeon and urologist for 40 years. He also served as the president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and on the board of trustees of the American Osteopathic Association, eventually becoming its president. 

Ronald had a strong personality and a competitive drive to succeed, enabling him to bring his vision for the future of medicine to life. He founded the Esper Medical Center in Millcreek Township in 1976, which was the first free standing ambulatory surgical care facility in the eastern United States. He also played an active role in establishing the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and remained an avid supporter of the institution throughout his career and retirement. 

He was a firm believer in using higher education as a means to lift oneself out of poverty-a philosophy fostered from personal experience, as he and many of his ten siblings used education to improve their quality of life from their humble beginnings as first-generation Syrian Americans. He motivated the following generations of his family to pursue not only higher education but careers in medicine, inspiring nineteen members to follow in his footsteps and become physicians. 

Ronald had a great sense of responsibility to his entire family and cared deeply for them. His sense of quick-witted humor was always present and appreciated by the people around him. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathleen; his children, Jeffrey (Rebecca), Stephany (William), and Erik (Suzanne); and his seven grandchildren, Andrew, Jacob, Kathryn, Lauren, Samantha, Karina, and Benjamin.

Peter K. Finelli, DO, ’66, Belmar, New Jersey, died Jan. 25, 2023, at age 82. Army veteran, family practitioner of 35 years, beloved family man. Dr. Peter K. Finelli passed away on January 25 at age 82 in Treasure Cay, Bahamas- his winter home for over 40 years. Born in Newark, NJ, Peter attended Barringer High School, Rutgers University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as a Captain in the United States Army, stationed in Texas, during the Vietnam War. Later, he and his wife Barbara returned home to NJ where Peter practiced family medicine in Elmwood Park. He was a beloved and respected family practitioner for over 35 years, caring for multiple generations over the years. He later became a Fellow of the American Society for Addiction Medicine where he additionally cared for patients with substance use disorders. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara; son Peter F. (Jennifer) Finelli, DO, ’99; daughter JoAnna (Theodore Calvin) Wallace, DO, ’99; 5 grandchildren; Mackenzie Gammons, Dylan (Kathleen) Gammons, Peter S. Finelli, Christopher Finelli and Brynn Finelli; great-granddaughter Gianna Gammons; two sisters-in-law and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He and Barbara moved from Wyckoff to Belmar, NJ in 2003 where he was a fixture in the community, always stopping to talk to and greet people on the sidewalk. Dr. Finelli will be most remembered for his kindness, wit and loving respect for family and patients alike. He will be truly missed but never forgotten.

Robert H. Hackney, DO, ’69, North St. Paul, Minnesota, died Aug. 21, 2023, at age 80. Bob was born July 5, 1943, in Akron, Ohio, to Dr. Ernest and Evelyn Hackney. He graduated from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, with a bachelor of science degree in 1965. Throughout his high school and college years, he played football, enjoying great camaraderie and teamwork and fueling a lifelong passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. 

Inspired by his father, Bob pursued a career in medicine, earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) in internal medicine and gastroenterology from Kirksville College of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Mo., in 1969. His years of internship and residency brought him to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1977, Bob and his family relocated to Ladysmith, where Bob practiced medicine at Marshfield Clinic Ladysmith Center and Rusk County Memorial Hospital until his retirement. Bob embraced small town life, eventually moving north of Tony and building a home with his family. 

Bob married Mary Rigby in June 1967 in Ankeny, Iowa. Together, they raised two children, Robert and Kristin, and enjoyed being part of the Flambeau community. Their marriage ended in 1991. 

Bob married Charlene Carter in May 1999 in Breckenridge, Colo. Char worked as a nurse anesthetist in Marshfield while Bob continued to practice medicine in Ladysmith. Together, Bob and Char built their horse farm in Loyal. Char died in August 2006 from injuries sustained in a pedestrian-automobile accident. Since Char’s death, Bob lovingly maintained their property until he relocated to North St. Paul, Minn., in October 2022, to be closer to his son and his family. 

Bob’s life was marked by a strong work ethic, constant curiosity and continuous learning — from pursuing the skills needed to build his family home, to heating his homes exclusively with wood, to raising chickens and horses, to woodworking and gardening. He loved the outdoors and was always accompanied by a loyal dog or two. 

In addition to his wife, Char, Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children, Kristin (Scott Nietz); Robert (Stephanie), and his grandchildren Ellie Hackney, Jack Hackney (Ashley), and Joe Kujawa; brother Terry (Ginny); and special friend Karen Lappe. Survivors also include Char’s children and their families: Rycki Moravec, Kymberly Hanson, and Shawn Carter.

John E. Hall, DO, ’70, The Villages, Florida, died April 27, 2022, at age 81. He was born in Warren, Ohio June 13, 1941 to Clarence Hall, Jr., and Mildred Curtin Hall. He died April 27, 2022. He attended Warren G. Harding H.S. graduating in 1959. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1963 with a BS in Pharmacy, and graduated as an Osteopathic Physician from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1970. He married his wife, Elizabeth Collar in 1963 in Lima Ohio. 

In 1970, John and his family moved to Portland, Maine where he practiced Family Medicine until 1994. He then moved to Greenville, NC for a 7 year career in academic medicine at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. In 2001 he joined the United States Department of State and lived and worked in Nigeria, China, and Egypt where he served as a Regional Medical Officer for the Embassies and Consulates in the regions. Following retirement from the Department of State in 2006 he moved to Fayetteville, NC to return to academic medicine with a Duke University affiliated Family Practice Residency Program. He retired in 2015 to The Villages, Florida. He was honored to have been a physician to many and a friend to even more. His motto that he taught many residents in Family Medicine was “Care for your patients, but, more importantly care about them”. He tried to live up to that motto each and every day of his practice. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Collar. He is also survived by his 3 children: Chiara A. Perry (Douglas) of Bloomington, IN, Amy H. Keenan (James) of Morrisville, NC, and Sean P. Hall (Richelyna) of Watermill, NY. He has five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 grandson.

Frank E. Hoog, DO, ’60, Carmel, Indiana, died Oct. 18. 2020. We take comfort in knowing he is in a better place, free of pain and suffering. He was born March 25, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, the first born of seven children, to parents Frank M. Hoog and Kathryn (Checkett) Hoog.     

His wife of 62 years, Harriet (Hammond) survives him; daughter, Kathy Eschmann, D.O. (Todd); grandchildren, Kyle, Casey, Holly, Jaime Hoog Kunce, great grandsons, Grady and Sully; Amber Hoog Walker (Zack); five siblings George, Rita (McCabe), Robert, Donald, and Kathy (Shaffer). His parents, youngest brother, James and son, Frank, Jr., predeceased him.

Frank was raised in the Catholic Church and proudly practiced his faith throughout his life. He could say Mass in Latin, and even in his 70’s he would fill the spot of the missing altar boy, serving Mass. He attended Catholic Schools and C.B.C. (Christian Brothers Catholic College).

After graduating, he left home at seventeen and moved to Kirksville, Missouri, to continue his education, earning a B.S. degree at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (Truman State University) and D.O. degree, KCOM, Kirksville College of Osteopathy (A.T. Still University) 1960. He completed a pediatric preceptorship. internship and residency in anesthesia at NOH (Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St, Louis) and joined the anesthesia group, practicing anesthesia.

Frank maintained twenty plus medical licenses, including California, Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, in case an opportunity arose. He had many opportunities, but he liked Kirksville for the people and lifestyle of a small town.

When the position opened for Chairman of Anesthesia-practicing anesthesia and teaching at KCOM-he applied, was offered the job and accepted. He immediately moved with his dog into the fraternity housed in the A.T. Still home, reminiscing about frat life of his younger days, until his family arrived.

He was excited to teach and train residents as well as to practice anesthesiology, known as Dr. Hoog or Professor Hoog. Dr. Hoog trained many residents, holding them to high standards. He would do the hard cases, assuming responsibility, feeling that the best care had been given. He took an interest in his patients and spent time talking to them, making sure they got the best care.

Being a faculty member, he had the honor of placing the doctoral hood over his daughter’s head (hooding ceremony at graduation), signifying her success in completing her Doctorate-very proud Father and special moment for him.  

In his late 50’s he took a leave of absence to train in cardio thoracic anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic, the oldest ever to enter the program. He enjoyed the experience and challenge, only wishing he had done it sooner.

He was a member of A.O.A. (American Osteopathic Association), other professional organizations, a board certified anesthesiologist, a member, fellow, and examiner of A.O.C.A. (American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists), Chief of Staff (KOH), recipient of the Golden P award for his teaching and Dean’s List. 

After leaving Kirksville, he was Chairman of Anesthesiology, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; surgery center-St. Louis, Springfield, MO; physician – Leavenworth Federal Prison Leavenworth, KS; Assistant Medical Director-Western MO Correctional Center-Cameron, MO, and Medical Director-Maryville Treatment Center-Maryville, MO.

His farm in Kirksville was his get-away place. To him building fence, tending a herd of cattle, bailing hay and manual labor was tiring, yet relaxing. He liked the outdoors, wildlife, his farm animals, and furry friends. 

He enjoyed photography, reading, raising orchids & prize dahlias, shooting at the range, his tractors and tools. Most of all he enjoyed his Grandkids, their baptisms, confirmations, Grandparents Day at school, sports, recitals, graduation, taking them places and spoiling them. He was very proud of them and their achievements.

He finally retired from medicine, enjoying life in Platte City, MO, his new hobby, wood turning, his dogs and no calls from work.

Carole C. Howard, DO, ’76, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, died June 28, 2022, at age 69. She was born September 20, 1952 to James and Anne (Gorton) Coder of La Belle, Missouri. Carole attended school through the 12th grade in LaBelle. She was joined in marriage to James Lewis Howard, DO, ’76, on December 20, 1970. 

Carole attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College from 1970 to 1972 and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. She and her husband interned at Suncoast Osteopathic Hospital in Florida from 1976-77. Carole then entered practice with her husband James and brothers, Jim Coder, DO, ’68, and Art Coder, DO, ’70, at Broken Arrow Family Clinic in 1977. She was later joined by her niece, Dr. Rachel Whitehouse and nephew, Dr. Brian Coder. 

Carole is survived by three sons whom she deeply loved, David Lewis (Peterli) of Lexington, James Daniel of Broken Arrow and Thomas Aubrey (Alexandra) of Kalamazoo, MI; as well as eight grandchildren: Jade Hoffman(Chase), Dakota Howard, Grant, Morgan, Paige, Grayson, Olivia and Felicity Howard; her brother Dr. James Coder (Joani) and sister-in-law Vendia; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, James Howard, her brother Arthur, her parents James and Anne Coder, and three grandchildren, Thomas Riley, Aubrey Jewel, and Cordelia Rose Howard. During her lifetime, Carole enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, fishing and going on amazing trips with loved ones. She was also a very accomplished pianist.

Ruth Howell Rucci, DO, ’63, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died April 20, 2023. Dr. Howell Rucci is the sister of Stacey F. Howell, DO, ’76 (deceased). 

Bernard S. Hoyt, DO, ’53, Grove City, Pennsylvania, died July 8, 2023, at age 97. He was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Holyoke, Mass., the son of Mildred Elizabeth Metzner and Mason Noble Hoyt and was a longtime resident of Grove City. Bernard (Bernie), who attended Holyoke public schools and his high school years at Monson Academy, graduated in June 1942. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1942, just after his 17th birthday and with his mother’s consent. After boot camp at Parris Island, and now a rifle expert in the 1st Marine Division, he was ordered to the South Pacific theater. There he participated in the Treasury-Bougainville operation of retaking the islands. When combat ceased he chose not to return to the United States to recover from trench foot, but to attend Marine aviation training in a rear area. He returned to the theater serving as a navigator/bombardier on board a B-25 Mitchell, flying out of Stirling Airfield, Treasury Islands. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. Utilizing the GI Bill, Bernie both attended and graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, Class of 1949, and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Mo., Class of 1953. In 1954 he completed his internship at Bashline Memorial Hospital in Grove City, and returned to Kirksville for his residency at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine General Surgery, from 1957 to 1960. While attending Kenyon College and working as head waiter in the dining hall he met his future wife, Jane Elizabeth Grossman. A year after his graduation, in 1950, they were married in Gambier. Together they embarked upon a lifelong journey to provide medical care and philanthropic support to their communities and around the world. 

Bernie established his clinical practice within the Mercer Osteopathic Clinic, in Mercer. He later expanded and developed a second office in Grove City at the Pine Medical Center. His surgical practice was conducted at several area hospitals and he was a founder of the Shenango Valley Medical Center. His primary hospital affiliations were the Bashline Memorial Hospital, Grove City Hospital, then in 1978 the two hospitals merged, becoming United Community Hospital. Dr. Hoyt dedicated much of his spare time advancing his medical and other knowledge via his active participation in various professional societies i.e., the American Osteopathic Board of Surgeons, the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association as well as being selected as an examiner on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. 

Bernie was an active, longtime member of the Church of the Epiphany. He served on the boards of directors for the Mercer County Crippled Children, Grove City Area School District, United Community Hospital, and later, Grove City Medical Center. He was past district chairman for the Boy Scouts in Mercer County and was honored in a special banquet for his service. Both he and Jane were consistent supporters of the Grove City College Music Program and were long time patrons of the Mercer Community Band. The Mercer and Grove City Rotary clubs and Rotary International were foremost of the numerous service organizations he was active in. Often serving in a leadership role, Bernie reached a pinnacle when he became District Governor of Rotary District 7280, a district stretching from Erie to Cranberry Township. For his decades of service and outreach he was recognized and honored in numerous ways; Mercer Rotary in December of 2004 honored him with the Outstanding Service Award and in the following year, 2005, created the Dr. Bernard Hoyt Community Service Award; the Rotary Clubs of Mercer, Grove City and Slippery Rock held a special banquet in his honor on May 6, 2015, for his embodiment of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” At the recent Rotary District 7280 Conference on May 20, 2023, he was honored with the Outstanding Rotarian Award for his 71 years of service in Rotary. 

He enjoyed international travel, often incorporating additional medical training or providing humanitarian medical aid on those trips. One pure pleasure trip was to take one of the last flights on the supersonic airliner, the Concorde. When not serving others, he strove to provide to his family those things he desired in childhood. Bernie lived a remarkable life. He spread his generosity to countless people and organizations. He always lent a helping hand, a listening ear and always an open heart. Bernie was a beloved husband, amazing father to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. And now, Bernie is holding Jane’s hand in Heaven, forever. 

Survivors include daughter Barbara (Clifford) Wise, of Grove City; sons, Dr. David (Tracey) Hoyt, ’84, of Mercer, and Douglas (McCallum) Hoyt Sr., of Russell Township, Ohio; three grandchildren, Melinda (Eric) Pedersen, of Concord N.H., Douglas (Megan) Hoyt Jr., of Columbus, Ohio and Mason Wise, of Washington, D.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Mabel Jane Pedersen, William Callan Pedersen and Celina Marie Hoyt.

Robert L. Jackson Jr., DO, ’73, Clearwater, Florida, died March 3, 2022, at age 75. Bob was born Oct. 2, 1946, in Chillicothe, Missouri, to Robert L. and Lucille Bondurant Jackson. 

Growing up in Missouri, he inherited his love for the outdoors from his father. As a young man he spent many hours canoeing on the Grand River and hunting with his father. He played football, and drums in the band, for Chillicothe High School and graduated in 1965. He continued his education at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), and then Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated as a doctor in 1971. 

Bob met Sharon in 1967 when they were both college students. In 1969, they spent three months in Europe working to cover their travel. They married in 1971 and moved to Florida in 1972. In 1973 he began his rotations at Suncoast Hospital and they began to build a life in the Clearwater area. He continued to travel as opportunities arose. 

Bob was a very active person earlier in life and was a skilled skier and scuba diver. He loved the ocean and shared that joy with his family. There was not a horizon or frontier that he shied from. He often spent time working on his boat and navigating the Florida Keys. As a doctor, he was loved by his patients because he provided them thoughtful and individual care. He was also very ambitious, starting businesses in manufacturing signs, building houses, and awarded a patent for a novel mechanical device. 

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Whitacre Jackson of Clearwater; sister, Carol Champlain; his three sons; John, David and Rob, and six grandchildren (Whit, Hayes, Claire, Honora, Henry, and Harvey). He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Mary.

George W. Jenter, DO, ’72, Sturgis, South Dakota, died Oct. 23, 2022, at age 75. He was born in Viborg, SD on December 10, 1946, to Donald and Marion Jenter. He grew up with his sister Sandra on the farm near Centerville. He played football, was active in 4-H, and enjoyed trapping along the Vermillion River. He graduated from Centerville High School, The University of South Dakota and Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine. He would often say, “I’m just a German farm boy who was lucky enough to go to school.” He grew into a gentle, humble, kind of country doctor. 

He came to Sturgis because, “My Dad told me they only did chores once a day out west and I was doing them twice a day.” He married Denise Clark and together they had a daughter, Julie. He loved his patients, family, hunting, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He served on the Chief’s medical staff in the early 70’s. He enjoyed family practice first at the Massa-Berry Clinic and helped start rural clinics at Faith and Buffalo, SD. He went on to start the Piedmont Medical Center and Sturgis Medical Center. 

He married Ellen Jenter on August 25, 2002, adding Nathan, Marc and Marty Lynn to his family. He was awarded Service Business of the Year by the Sturgis Chamber of Commerce and invited into the Brown High School Hall of Fame for his many years of supporting the Sturgis Scooper Athletics. 

With the help of other sportsmen, he sponsored the Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt at the Horse Creek Farm near Newell. His passion for hunting led to completion of his Grand Slam of Big Horn Sheep. 

He will be remembered entering patient rooms with his broad smile and saying, “What can I do to make your day better?” 

He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Marion, and brother-in-law, Gary Hanson. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Julie (Marty) Plaggemeyer and Marty Jolley (Heidi Valer); sons, Marc (Haley) Jolley and Nathan (Shonda) Jolley; sister, Sandra Hanson; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Elmer Kelso, DO, ’57, Clifton, Texas, died Jan. 9, 2023, at age 99. He was born on July 12, 1932, on a small farm in Northeast Missouri, the fourth son of Leslie Enoch and Olive Arbuckle Kelso. He had a wonderful childhood playing with hand-me-down toys under a large maple tree and romping with his older brothers, who lovingly included him in their games. He started school in a one-room schoolhouse near the family farm in Ethel, Mo., which all his brothers had previously attended. When the school closed due to a lack of pupils, he and the remaining students were transferred to the nearby Ethel school system. He graduated from Ethel High School in 1950 and enrolled in a nearby state teachers’ college also attended by his brothers. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from what is now Truman State University and graduated in 1957 from medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery. Dr. Kelso interned at Muskegon Osteopathic Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan, and later performed a residency in anesthesiology at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital. In 1961, he began his practice in anesthesiology in Grand Prairie, Texas, at Mid-Cities Memorial Hospital (later Dallas/Ft. Worth Medical Center). He started and directed the hospital training program in anesthesiology from 1969 to 1987 and was chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology from 1976 to 1984. He was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine for many years. Following his retirement in 2000, he continued practicing part-time anesthesia at an outpatient surgery clinic in Grand Prairie until retiring from all practice in 2008. Dr. Kelso was past president and a life member of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists and was made a Fellow in 1972. He became a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesia in 1966. Other professional memberships included the American Osteopathic Association and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. He was honored in both organizations with life membership in 2002. Dr. Kelso also taught clinical internships, clerkships, and residencies. After moving to Texas in 1961, Dr. Kelso met the woman who would become his wife, Heide, of Offenbach, Germany. They had two children and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 22, 2022. He loved playing golf and spending time with his family. Dr. Kelso was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers and their wives: Dr. Paul Kelso (Dorothy), John Kelso (Elizabeth), and Dr. George Kelso (Carolyn); brother-in-law, Dr. Donald Plattner; niece, Karen Sue Kelso; and great-nephew, Scott Westin. He is survived by his wife, Heide; children, Anita Edson (Scott) and Paul Kelso (Jennifer); granddaughter, Rachel Christine Kelso; sister in-law, Gertraud (Traudi) Plattner; brother-in-law, Peter Schultheiss (Dagmar); and nieces and nephews: Coleen Kelso; Keith, Kenneth, and Benny Kelso (Vangie); Dr. Mark Kelso (Julie); Drs. Leslie Winemiller (Kirk); Paula Michie (Ken); and Donald Plattner (Danielle). Many great- and great-great nieces and nephews also survive him. 

C. Reynolds Knorr, DO, ’55, Boca Raton, Florida, died Nov. 3, 2022, at age 93. He was born to Charles Henry and Katherine Knorr on May 12, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. He married his college sweetheart and was married for 66 years. He is survived by his wife. They raised two children and has a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, along with three granddaughters, a grandson, and a great grandson. 

He graduated from Westminster College in 1951, as well as Kirksville College of Osteopathy in 1955. After finishing an internship at Normandy Hospital in St. Louis, he started a family practice in North Miami Beach in 1956. He later became Board Certified in Family Practice and served on the board of the American Cancer Society in Miami, as well as acted as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Miami for 21 years. He went on to retire in 1992 after caring for the community for 36 years. Dr. Charles Reynolds Knorr was a member of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton.

William A. Kuchera, DO, ’58, Green Bay, Wisconsin, died June 12, 2023, at age 89. He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on October 25, 1933, to the late Dr. Louis and Irma Kuchera. Bill was a loving, faithful family man, and an accomplished physician and teacher for nearly 40 years. He had an insatiable curiosity, leading him to enjoy and excel in music, athletics, the outdoors, and in many other interests. He approached life with humor, humility, integrity, purpose and dedication. He had an infectious smile and laugh, and had a gift of bringing out the best in others. 

He graduated from Albert Lea High School with many academic, athletic and music honors. His interest in music started in junior high, where he played the trumpet in a small band called the Korn Kobs. He would later play professionally in Iowa, during his free time, with big-bands, Karl Fisher Band and Ken Paulsen’s Orchestra. 

He met his sweetheart, Natalie Zange, a flute player and elementary education major, during his undergraduate studies at Grinnell College in Iowa. They were married on August 14, 1954 in Kirksville, Missouri. 

Bill was a beloved osteopathic family doctor and medical school professor. He graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) in 1958, and had the privilege of initially practicing as a family physician with his father from 1959 to 1963 in Albert Lea. He then relocated to Davenport, IA where he established his own osteopathic family practice, delivering babies and caring for patients from birth to end of life, emphasizing osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). In 1980, he relocated his practice to Kirksville, and also taught full time at KCOM, lecturing and conducting workshops on OMM to students, residents and fellows. He became certified in the specialty of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (NMM), which he practiced with his son, Michael, in Kirksville until his retirement in 1996. He served the American Academy of Osteopathy, was on their board for many years and earned his fellowship (FAAO); he was later bestowed their highest honor, the AT Still Medallion of Honor. Post-retirement, Bill and Natalie moved to De Pere, WI. Bill continued to support his profession by authoring and illustrating osteopathic medical books. 

Bill is survived by: his wife, Natalie Kuchera; their seven children (and spouses), Dr. Michael (Eva) Kuchera, ’80; Dan (Shelly) Kuchera, Joe (Shari) Kuchera, Ann (Al) Lawson, Martha (Marion) Horton, Elizabeth (John) Berley, and Jim (Sarah) Kuchera; 17 grandchildren, Kathy Manning, Jennifer (Cliff) Straub, Tiffany (Brandon) Burnett, David Kuchera, Brenton (Ellen) Kuchera, Hallie (Jake) Vehlewald, Eliott Kuchera, Kevin Kuchera, Michael (Becca) Kuchera, Kyle (Stefanie) Lawson, Kelsey Lawson (Chris Haase), Natalie (Joseph) Woodfin, Sam Horton, Mary Horton, Nathan Berley, Andrew Berley, Ian Kuchera; 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kyler, Ava, Lilli, Elise, Liam, Xia, Harper, Laken and Ethan; and his sister, Marge Phillips of Silverton, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Robert L. Kuchera.

Sigmund E. Landis, DO, ’62, New York, New York, died March 21, 2023. Born Nov. 28, 1935. Beloved husband of the late May Landis (nee Lander). Devoted father of Marc (Judith) Landis and Marla (Jay) Wessland. Dear brother of Tema Freed and Thelma Phyllis Landis. Loving grandfather of Rachel, Sara and Barak. Beloved by his many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Richard B. Markwood, DO, ’79, Maumee, Ohio, died Feb. 19, 2023, at age 69. Richard was born in Toledo, Ohio to Margaret and W. Theodore Markwood on May 29, 1953. After graduating from Bowsher High School, Richard attended college at Wittenberg University and later earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Richard’s career in medicine began at Mount Clemens General Hospital, where he specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Once he completed his residency, Richard moved to West Branch, Michigan and established his first practice, and was later named Chief of Staff at Tolfree Memorial Hospital. He served the West Branch community until 1993, when he returned to Toledo, Ohio. From there, Richard continued to treat patients in his thriving private practice in Perrysburg, Ohio while also maintaining the position of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director at Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital. Richard then rose to the position of Director of Osteopathic Medical Education and Examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Richard delighted in educating new physicians and students, guiding them to become skilled and compassionate doctors. Richard received numerous awards and accolades recognizing him for his role in providing outstanding patient care, as well as exceptional mentoring to the upcoming generations of physicians. 

In 2007, Richard stepped into his final role and was employed by the WellCare Physicians Group of St Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio. He continued to devote himself to enriching the lives of his patients and their families until he was no longer capable of doing so at the end of 2021. His lifework of bringing new joyous additions into families, and caring for women was both a humbling privilege and a fulfilling blessing for him. He was proud that his wife, partners, and staff have continued to carry on this tradition at the practice he started that became Rivercrest OB/GYN. 

To Richard, family was everything and he was very vocal about his love for them. Attending sporting practices, music lessons, traveling, and going on ski vacations with them gave him the utmost joy. His true passion was the water and taking his family sailing on their boat, instilling in them a longing and respect for the water that his own father taught him as a youth. Richard was talented in the kitchen as well. His friends and family frequently requested his special pot roast or brisket. Richard liked to quote movies and challenge people with trivia. Useless trivia was his self-proclaimed specialty. 

Richard was preceded in his death by his parents, Margaret and Ted Markwood; and his brother, Jim Markwood. He is survived by his wife, Shannon Sutherland, D.O.; children, Jenny (Tim) Harris, Sarah Markwood, Laura (Kevin) Vilhauer, Liam Markwood, Mcallister Markwood, and Jacob Lucente; 2 grandchildren; and by his brother, Theodore Markwood; and sister-in-law, Lois Markwood.

Conrad G. Maulfair Jr., DO, ’63, Barto, Pennsylvania, died March 31, 2022.

Anthony T. Mendicino Jr., DO, ’59, San Antonio, Texas, died Jan. 6, 2023, at age 93. He was born to Rose Katherine Reich and Anthony Thomas Mendicino Sr. on July 18, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Mendicino graduated from Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University. While attending St. Mary’s, he was a co-founding member of Tau Delta Sigma fraternity and was elected Student Council president. His fraternity brothers became life-long friends. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Ellington AFB, he was introduced to his future wife. They married after he was honorably discharged. Dr. Mendicino graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri before completing an internship in Carson City, Michigan. He returned to San Antonio with his growing family and started a career as a practicing physician that lasted nearly four decades. He is remembered by patients and staff for being a skilled and caring provider who treated everyone with the utmost respect. 

Dr. Mendicino was thoroughly devoted to his family. He ensured that his children had excellent educational opportunities. He coached his daughters’ CYO softball teams, took his son to early weekday Masses when he was an altar server, and drove the entire family of seven to his wife’s parents’ farm in Michigan annually for vacation. In later years, the cross-country trips were supplanted by more localized treks to Six Flags, AstroWorld, the Battleship Texas, Rockport, and Monterrey, Mexico. One summer vacation was comprised of a series of day trips to local points of interest including the Alamo, the Spanish Governor’s Palace, various missions, and Aquarena Springs. The strength of the family bonds forged by these shared experiences cannot be overstated. He will always be remembered for his kindness and generosity, as well as his wonderful sense of humor. Anthony loved life and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant daughter Lenore Anne. Dr. Mendicino is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joan Mendicino; children Anthony T. Mendicino III (Nancy), Madeleine Matlock (Jeff Brymer), Jeanette Jackson (John Andrew), Marlene Sumner (Keith), Joan Frances Wanek (Timothy); thirteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren. 

Noli Mendoza, DO, ’93, Adrian, Michigan, died Aug. 15, 2023, at age 57. Born in Manila on Dec. 27, 1965, he immigrated with his parents and brother at a young age. He lived in many different states across his 57 years, most notably a two-time Michigan resident, and 18 years spent raising his children in Iowa. Noli wore many hats in his professional careers; a decorated military veteran with four tours across 20 years of service, custodian for the city of Adrian, work in the restaurant industry, medical professional and former VA administrator in Iowa City, and a highschool science teacher. He enjoyed enough in his journey for many lifetimes of adventure. A charismatic and personable man, Noli was an industrious organizer of Riverside’s annual Trekfest. His other hobbies included model-building, screenplay writing, playing guitar and singing, adding to the five languages he spoke, and watching soccer. Family was the most important part of Noli’s life. His pride and joy was his three children–Emily, Jordan, and Nick. His ways of showing love were felt in the small gifts and letters he would send, as well as attending his children’s endeavors in gymnastics, soccer, cross country, show choir, musical theater, and more. He delighted in his role as a brother to Noel Mendoza, as an uncle to Ana and Olivia, and great-uncle to Ana’s daughter, Emma, with her husband Alex.

Richard H. Mercer, DO, ’55, Kirksville, Missouri, died Feb. 6, 2023, at age 93. He was born Sept. 13, 1929 in Grove City, PA to William D. and Marie (Herron) Mercer. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH in 1951, and received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from AT Still University (Kirksville College of Osteopathy, KCOM) on June 4, 1955. On June 5, 1955 he married Bess Rose Appling and they were happily married 67 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Janis and son-inlaw Jim McManus, nieces Marily Sampson, Dr. Melody Mercer, D.O., Nancy Barch and Sally Rockford, along with grand- and great grand-nephews and niece. 

After a few years of working in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Dr. Mercer returned to Kirksville in 1967 to teach and practice clinical pediatrics at KCOM, during which time he earned his Board Certification in Pediatrics. In 1983, he practiced General Medicine until he retired in 1990. He was the Assistant Director of the Maternal and Child Health Program from 1967-1982. Following that, he practiced medicine and taught senior students in the Rural Clinic Program until he retired in 1990. In addition, he was the author of scientific articles published by several osteopathic journals. In 1999 he was recognized by the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts for holding a license to practice medicine in the state for 45 years. In 2007 he started the Richard and Bess Mercer Library Endowment with the Adair County Library and received an Honored Patron Award from A.T. Still University for his numerous donations. In 1995, he established the Aaron Douglas Loan Program to assist practical nursing students in their education. 

Dick was a long-time member of El Kadir Shrine Club and the Kirksville Masonic Lodge 105. He was an avid American Contract Bridge player, and was proud to have attained the rank of Silver Life Master in 2016. Both he and Bess were active members of the Kirksville Country Club. Another important achievement for him was his hole-in-one on the 17th hole at KCC. Dr. Mercer was a lifelong Methodist and was a member of the First United Church of Kirksville since 1967. 

Upon retirement, he and Bess took numerous trips with friends and Janis and Jim to England, The Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Vallarta and others. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a cruise to the Greek Isles and their 65th with a river cruise on the Seine. A highlight of that trip was going up the Eiffel Tower with Jim and seeing the view. He was a regular walker in his neighborhood, the Thompson Center and Walmart, depending on the weather. Dick loved collecting quotes and they reflect his humility, kindness and dedication to public service. Dr. Mercer firmly believed in the purpose of Osteopathy, the importance of nurses, and the value of education.

Roger L. O’Bryan, DO, ’62, Ponte Vedra, Florida, died Dec. 3, 2022, at age 85. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, well-respected physician, and a devout Christian. Roger was born on February 14, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan to William and Amelia (Jbara) O’Bryan. He graduated from All Saints Catholic School in 1955 and then attended University of Detroit Mercy, Central Michigan University, and Kirksville Osteopathic School of Medicine where he was a member of the Atlas Club fraternity. After graduating from medical school in 1962, he began practicing medicine in Deckerville, MI. Roger married his sweetheart and beautiful wife, Marlene Watchko, on January 9, 1965, in Detroit. He went on to run his own family practice, Dexter Clinic, in Detroit for over 20 years where he often held revival meetings in the parking lot with his dear friend, Pastor Leonard Jackson. In 1986, Roger moved his medical practice to Columbus, GA, where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 1999. In his spare time, Roger enjoyed antique cars, weightlifting, studying the bible, doting on his family, dancing, reading, and combing local antique stores for unique treasures. Roger was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Osteopathic Association, Knights of Columbus, and St. John Paul II Parish. Roger is survived by three daughters, Cathleen (Daniel) Murphy, Jacksonville, FL, Colleen (Timothy) Holmes Sr., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Diane (Douglas) Johnston, Port Washington, NY; nine grandchildren, Thomas Murphy, Catherine Murphy, Jessica (Joshua) Szpila, Timothy (Jessica) Holmes Jr., Sarah Holmes, Luke (Maria) Johnston, Matthew Johnston, John P. Johnston, Robert J. Johnston, III; two great-grandchildren, Kaden Szpila and Tristan Szpila; a sister, Carole Lennis, Hartland, MI; along with many nieces, nephews and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his loving parents and six of his seven siblings. 

Ryan J. O’Hara, DMSc, ’21, Asheboro, North Carolina, died Oct. 5, 2023, at age 29. With heavy hearts and an overwhelming sense of loss, we announce the unexpected and sudden passing of Ryan Jacob O’Hara—a remarkable man who gained Heavenly wings days before celebrating his 30th birthday—following a tragic and unexplainable pulmonary embolism at home. Ryan was a beacon of love, compassion, and thoughtfulness. All who knew and loved him are heartbroken at the loss of an incredible son, brother, uncle, fiancé, and friend. He was born on October 8, 1993 to Patrick and Denese O’Hara. Together with his parents and older brother Branson, they called Asheboro, NC home. Throughout his life, Ryan committed wholeheartedly to everything he set his mind to, from school and his career to youth sports teams, volunteering, and service initiatives. His legacy will continue to shine brightly in our hearts, as we remember how Ryan brought immeasurable joy to those around him. 

Ryan lit up every room with laughter, quick wit, encouragement, knowledge, and a competitive spirit. He was everyone’s friend. He was selfless, sentimental, and a bit stubborn. The kind of stubborn that challenged you to dream bigger and work harder because he knew it was possible. Ryan always had everything mapped out, from long-term career and life goals to trips, adventures, holiday plans, and special celebrations. His personality was bold, yet gentle. His smile was contagious. His capacity for love will always be remembered. From an early age, Ryan embraced all opportunities. He played every little league sport, but took a particular interest in football and basketball. Ryan played as offensive lineman for the Southwestern Randolph Cougars and earned the All-Conference award his senior year. In high school, there wasn’t much Ryan didn’t do: he was salutatorian, joined every student club but one, participated in the 9outa10 Initiative, organized a 5k for cancer, and was selected by the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce for the Student Leadership Information for Tomorrow Program. Ryan is a proud Tar Heel and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science and minor in coaching education in 2016. He participated and later counseled in the Summer Bridge Program, served the UNC Football team as a volunteer Athletic Trainer, and mentored other students as a Resident Advisor. Ryan loved the semester he spent abroad in London, and treasured his experience working as an Autism Provision Intern with the Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre. Ryan always empowered those around him and was driven to give back in the community. For many years, Ryan volunteered with the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA, helping manage the Kids Triathalon and coach Special Olympics each season, as well as the annual YMCA JV Basketball Tournament. 

Following graduation from Carolina, Ryan went on to attend Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program where he graduated in 2018. He was passionate about medicine and the PA profession. There, Ryan met so many like-minded friends and colleagues that inspired his future career path. As a student, he volunteered with the Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) Clinic, as well as the State Employees Credit Union House to serve family members of patients at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He was never one to enjoy sitting still or doing the mundane, so Emergency Medicine was his calling. Ryan entered clinical practice as a PA in the Emergency Department at High Point Medical Center upon graduation, and was promoted to the inaugural Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) position only two years later. He also served as a clinical preceptor to students and taught at High Point University as Adjunct and later Assistant Professor. Ryan was a member of the NC Academy of Physician Assistants, where he served as Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee. Ryan was always a high achiever. To enhance his abilities as a PA educator, Ryan pursued a Doctorate of Medical Science (DMSc) with AT-Still University. He always took a curveball and made the best of it. When COVID lockdown then brought the world (outside of healthcare) to a standstill, Ryan decided to pursue another degree: an MBA from UNC-Pembroke. After extensive networking and mentoring about the breadth of opportunities available to PAs, Ryan decided to make the switch to a career in industry as a Medical Science Liaison. Ryan joined Eisai US within their Oncology group in 2022. He loved this position, its mission, and his colleagues. With Eisai, Ryan was the Disease State Lead for Differentiated Thyroid Cancer, built relationships with key opinion leaders and healthcare providers, led and covered national congresses, and presented complex scientific data and other insights to stakeholders. May we always strive to embody Ryan’s spirit, drive, and zest for life. 

Aaron Oberlander, Cincinnati, Ohio, died April 21, 2023, at age 46. Aaron’s life started on October 21, 1976, in New Haven, Connecticut where he was born the oldest child of David and Heather (Knott) Oberlander. After graduation he decided to enroll at University of Cincinnati and to serve in the United States Army. The University of Cincinnati is where he met his future bride Kim Bernard. They married on Feb. 23, 2004 and later that year he was called on to deploy for the US Army. After serving our country he came back to Cincinnati and still had the feeling of serving his community so he joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. He started working at the Hamilton County Jail, where he took on various positions, and worked many details. Over the past few years he was a Sergeant at the Hamilton County Jail. He had a true passion for service to others. 

When not working Aaron loved to be outside doing landscaping jobs or visiting his father-in-inlaw. He was also very handy with remodeling projects at his home. He loved seeing the projects come together and ultimately being enjoyed by his family. Whether it was outside or inside projects he was always so proud of his accomplishments when the job was done. Aaron also loved to eat and one of his favorite places was Carlo & Johnny’s. 

Those left to cherish Aaron’s memory are his loving wife: Kim Oberlander; children: Cameron & Lilly Oberlander and Hannah Reynolds; Siblings: Andrea Oberlander & Alan Oberlander, father-in-law: Don (Irene) Bernard; Sister-in-law: Amy (Brian) Borcherding & Lynn (Randy) Supe; nieces & nephew: Claudia & Ross Borcherding, Emma, Ethan & Max Supe. 

Frank A. Parzynski Jr., DO, ’61, Sandusky, Ohio, died June 17, 2021, at age 84. He was born in Buffalo, NY on September 27, 1936 to the late Frank A. and Stephanie Parzynski. He was a 1957 graduate of the University of New York at Buffalo, formerly the University of Buffalo, and a 1961 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship in Grove City, PA and went into family practice in Mercer, PA from 1962-1965. Later, he completed his Obstetrics/Gynecology residency at Garden City Osteopathic Hospital in Garden City, MI in 1969. He was the founding physician of Sandusky’s very first OB clinic, in the late 60’s. During his career at Firelands, Dr. Parzynski was a member of the Executive Committee, Co-Chairman of the OB Department, Chief of Staff of the former Sandusky Memorial, and Co-Chief of Staff at Firelands. He also served as President of the 5th District Academy of the Ohio Osteopathic Association. He retired from full-time practice in 2002, after 33 years of practicing in the Sandusky area and delivering more than 7,000 babies. 

Dr. Parzynski enjoyed fishing and boating aboard “Natural Berth” and vacationing at their home in Eatonton, GA or anywhere where there is water. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen S. (Ross) Parzynski, whom he married in 1992; children, Jennifer (Anthony) Arcudi, Sue (Charles) Janutol, Amy (Ron) Hammye, Frank Parzynski, Margaret (Bernie) Blanche, Frances (Joshua) Smith, Devin Wingader, G. Patrick Wingader, and Christopher (Stephanie) Wingader; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard (Joyce) Parzynski and Robert (Sandi Jennings) Parzynski; nieces; nephews; brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many other loving relatives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Parzynski; and mother-in-law, Gloria Brackney. 

Kristine L. Perkins, MPH, ’05, North Yarmouth, Maine, died Oct. 28, 2022, at age 71. Kris was born in Boston, MA on July 5, 1951, the daughter of the late Richard B. Lavin and Natalie Downs Lavin. Kris grew up in Dover, MA and attended local schools, graduating from Dover Sherborn Regional High in 1969. She went on to Broome Technical School of Dental Hygiene, graduating in 1971 followed by University of Bridgeport graduating in 1975. She began a career as a dental hygienist. 

While at Bridgeport, Kris met her future husband, Fred Perkins of Rye, NH. They married in 1975 and lived and worked in the southern NH area until his death in 1993. While married to Fred, Kris became a pilot, flying Piper Cub airplanes out of the North Hampton NH Airfield and helping Fred with his business at Seacoast Pools. After her husband’s death, Kris moved to mid coast Maine where she worked as a dental hygienist and began to teach dental hygiene courses at the University of Maine – University College of Bangor Dental Health Programs. In 2005 she received her Master of Public Health from AT Still University. She left daily practice of dental hygiene to work for the State of Maine in the Oral Health Program. Post 2019 Kris took on a new position as Director of Public Health for the State of Maine and served in that role until her retirement in 2014. 

In 1993, Kris met Cathy Bunton and they began a 29-year relationship and were finally able to legally marry in August of 2015 on Peaks Island. Kris enjoyed collecting antiques, visiting any new baby animal at the local farm, summering on Peaks Island with her Bunton family, wintering on Vieques Island, and enjoying a “Dewars and soda in a tall glass with a wedge of lemon.” 

Kris was a volunteer at Victoria Mansion as a docent for several years, served on the State of Maine forensic team, and was always willing to help at her church, the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, a place she loved. 

Kris is survived by her wife Cathy, her dog Nick, her cat Carl of North Yarmouth. Also survived by brothers-in-law Robert C. Bunton and partner Mary Labbe, John S. Bunton and wife Bonnie, William E. Bunton and wife Melissa, John Pantazi, longtime friend Jeanne Chadbourne, as well as several nieces and nephews. Kris was predeceased by her sister Beth Pantazi. 

David L. Pfanenstiel, DO, ’73, Naples, Florida, died Oct. 31, 2022, at age 74. Dr. Pfanenstiel passed away at the Bentley Village Care Center after a battle with cancer. Dave spent his last days with his daughter, Kara Reens, at his side as she comforted and advocated for him, just as he always had for her. Dave and Kara’s bond began at birth when he delivered her while he was the only practicing doctor in Leoti, Kansas. He always said it was the highlight of a distinguished career in medicine that started in 1974 and stretched to his retirement in 1998. Dave took great joy in caring for people in Leoti and then in Naples, Florida, where he moved and opened his private practice in Golden Gate in 1981. Dave was passionate about serving others, and he believed it was a privilege to help people. That generous spirit extended to his personal life, where he always placed family and friends before himself. Dave was a remarkable father and grandfather. He had immense pride, first in Kara, and later in his granddaughters, Paityn and Jordyn. He was delighted to watch all three of them grow into the smart, strong and thoughtful women they are today. He was “Bobo” to the girls, and whether it was treating them to ice cream or taking them on their first cruise, there was a constant gleam in his eyes and a joke waiting to be made. Travel was a lifelong pleasure for Dave, and he enjoyed the ability to show Kara the world on several cruises and overseas adventures. Dave had a love for music and was a talented piano player, who performed at his medical school’s graduation ceremonies and a friend’s wedding. Dave was raised in Grand Junction, Colorado, before moving to Leoti, where he graduated from Wichita County High School in 1966. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College. Dave is survived by his daughter, Kara (Nate) Reens; his grandchildren, Paityn and Jordyn Reens; his sister, Linda (Terry) Eddy, and his brother, Jerry (Dana) Pfanenstiel. He was preceded in death by the love of his life and his partner of 37 years, Stewart Fabrega; his parents, Louis and Lula Mae (Hughes) Pfanenstiel; and his brother, Phillip Pfanenstiel. 

David H. Prigg, DO, ’71, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, died June 9, 2023, at age 78. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Sandra, his children Jason Prigg of Elmhurst. Illinois, Erica Prigg Williams of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Dr. Jennifer Prigg, ’21, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and his grandchildren David Prigg, Kyle Prigg, Kaelyn Cortese, Joseph Cortese, and Allen Williams. He also is survived by his niece Pam Littleton Symanski. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Prigg Littleton. 

David was born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on September 1, 1944. His family moved to Detroit, Michigan when he was 5 years old. He attended grade school and high school in Detroit graduating from Cass Tech High School. One of his greatest enjoyments was playing his Saxophone in the school band and playing gigs at local spots with his band. He continued his education and graduated from Albion College and went on to get his Osteopathic Medical degree at KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri. After his internship and residency he set up his practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Trenton, Michigan. He had a very fulfilling career and delivered over 5000 babies. David retired to Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. He became an active member of the community playing golf and volunteering his time. He served on the Board of Directors for 6 years, attaining the position President of the Board during the last of those years. He continued his volunteer service by joining the Fairfield Glade Residents Services, a 501 C3 organization that helps the residents of the community by developing programs that allowed residents to stay in their home and age gracefully. He remained active in this organization and on the Board for over 10 years. 

Gregory L. Rakestraw, DO, ’84, Clearwater, Florida, died Sept. 15, 2023, at age 65. Greg was born in Evansville, IN, on December 28, 1957, the son of Arch and Rosellen (Griffith) Rakestraw. He grew up in Ellisville, MO, in St. Louis County, where he attended Lafayette High School and played basketball. After graduating high school, Greg received an academic scholarship to Truman State University where he graduated Cum Laude. He then attended medical school at A.T. Still University, where he was awarded the coveted McClymonds Scholarship. At the completion of his training, Greg was recruited by Moberly Regional Medical Center to practice at their new clinic in Shelbina. He went on from there to work in emergency medicine in both Lincoln and then Springfield, IL, at St. John’s Hospital, an extensive 800-bed trauma center. While there, he became the course director of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program for the Central Illinois Region and then also participated in the instruction of Pediatric Advanced Trauma Life Support. Later on in his career, Greg was recruited by Advanced Correctional Healthcare, a large company out of Peoria, IL. He was rapidly promoted to Corporate Medical Director there, where he worked diligently to implement drug and alcohol withdrawal protocols throughout numerous jails. During this time, he won the “Particularly Important Goal” (Most Valuable Employee Award) for the company. Greg was board certified in both Family Practice as well as Addiction Medicine. His patients always appreciated the compassion and wisdom they received under his care. 

Greg was united in marriage on December 31, 2012, to Amy Elizabeth Munson. In addition to his wife Amy, Greg is survived by two children, Caroline (Mike) Bode of Shelbina and Gregory II (Aidah) Rakestraw of Columbia, MO as well as a step-son, Jerald John Whittle III (Jay) of Missoula, MT; three grandchildren, Micara, Carmiah, and Micale Bode; three siblings, Jeff (Stacy) Rakestraw of Lake St. Louis, MO, Joe (Mary) Rakestraw of Westphalia, MO, and Sharon (Tim) Beumer of Augusta, MO; and many nieces and nephews. Greg was preceded in death by his parents. 

Greg loved spending time with his family and close friends and connected with each and every one of them in his own special way. He treasured every moment with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Greg always had a love for his horses and the outdoors and was a cowboy at heart. He also truly enjoyed his many German Shepherd dogs over the years. Shopping, especially at Brooks Brothers, and spending time at the beach were some of his favorite activities. Greg is now in the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His relationship with Him is what allowed him to persevere with peace through the end times of his life.

John J. Rutledge Jr., DO, ’84, Lakeland, Florida, died June 15, 2023, at age 68. John was born May 20, 1955, in Massapequa, New York, and was the son of the late John Joseph Rutledge Sr. and Joan Woglom Rutledge. He attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a degree in biological sciences in 1977. During college, he served as the president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 1984. Following medical school, he completed his residency training in anesthesia and served for three years in the U.S. Navy as an officer in Charleston, SC. John went on to have a long and admirable career as an anesthesiologist and was passionate about providing the best care possible to his patients. 

John was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of sci-fi films and books. He loved traveling, exploring new cities, and spending time with his three daughters and two granddaughters. His kindness, generosity, and selflessness will never be forgotten. 

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Lauren and Philip Hopewell of Nashville, TN; daughter and son-in-law Brooke and John Cook of Lakeland, FL; daughter Jenna Rutledge of Memphis, TN; and granddaughters Ella June Hopewell and Maeve Cook. He is also survived by his siblings Paul and Kathy Rutledge of Breinigsville, PA; Ann and Glenn Kapuscinski of Burtonsville, MD; Ginny and David Mosby of Zionsville, Indiana; and William and Christina Rutledge of Broomall, PA.

Martin W. Schwarze, DO, ’73, Chesterfield, Missouri, died Nov. 18, 2022, at age 76. Born in St. Louis, MO on November 14, 1946. Loving husband of Janet M. Schwarze, with whom he celebrated over 49 years of marriage. Dedicated father of Julie Linihan (Jeff) and Brian Schwarze. Dear grandfather of Mason Linihan and Lilly Linihan. Known as Papa to his grandchildren, he was the son of the late William and Mary Constance Schwarze. Brother of Robert Schwarze (Donna), Mary Constance Schwarze and Daniel Schwarze (Laurie). Uncle to many nieces and nephews. 

Graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory School, Saint Louis University and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He started practicing medicine in 1973, founded Cardiology Diagnostics, LTD in 1978 and concluded his career in 2022 with BJC HealthCare. Throughout his 49-year career, he received four Educator of the Year awards and was a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the American College of Cardiology. He was past president of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Heart Association. In 2003, he received the American Heart Association’s Arthur E. Strauss Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2008, he received the Hugh D. McCulloch Award. He consistently went above and beyond to give the greatest care to his patients. Outside of his professional life, he had many hobbies including gardening, collecting trains, cars, coins and stamps, traveling, visiting the family farm in Carlyle, IL and spending quality time with his family. He will be dearly missed within the St. Louis community. 

Harvey P. Siegel, DO, ’70, Mendham, New Jersey, died Nov. 30, 2022. 

James L. Suthoff, DO, ’85, Springfield, Missouri, died March 25, 2023, at age 68. He was born November 21, 1954, in Jefferson City, to Andrew Henry and Celeste Elizabeth (Strope) Suthoff. He was a 1972 graduate of Helias High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Jim achieved his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his Residency in Anesthesiology at Botsford General Hospital in Michigan. He was united in marriage on September 9, 1983, in St. Thomas to Diane Michelle Scott, who survives at the home. 

Doc Jim practiced as an Anesthesiologist for various hospitals including the last 20 years with the CoxHealth Medical System of Springfield. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus. Doc Jim enjoyed hunting, his Canada fishing trips, woodworking, tending to his beehives, and spending time on his farm. Mostly, Jim enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always quick to give updates on his children and their families and share the pictures he had of his grandchildren. The highlight of his day was the daily photo sent to him of Killian and Aubrey. Jim’s extended family was also very important to Jim. From growing up on the farm along the Osage River, the pool parties in the backyard, hayrides at Thanksgiving, and Cardinal ballgames, Jim always enjoyed time with family. Jim was mischievous and daring and the stories of his youth are often retold as family favorites. 

Survivors include his wife, Diane Suthoff, Springfield; two children, Stephanie (Matt) Brooks, DO, ’14, Kansas City, Mo. and Adam Suthoff (Gregory Lush), Springfield; two grandchildren, Killian Brooks and Aubrey Brooks; his mother-in-law, Shirley Scott, Mountain View, Mo.; six siblings, Sam (Shelly) Suthoff, St. Peters, Mo.; Nancy Wekenborg, Jefferson City; Diane (Jim) Holzer, St. Charles, Mo.; Doug (DeAnne) Suthoff, Independence, Mo.; Jeff Suthoff, Jefferson City; Scott (Tracy) Suthoff, St. Thomas; and a sister-in-law, Lucy Suthoff, St. Thomas. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Steve Suthoff; brother-in-law, Dan Wekenborg; a nephew, David Suthoff; and his father-in-law, Don Scott.

Laura A. Tinning, DO, ’00, Lansing, Michigan, died Jan. 8, 2023, at age 48. Laura was born October 26, 1974 to Frederick C. and Janet E. (Marshall) Tinning in Lansing, Michigan. She was the youngest of three girls, and along with her sisters, grew up at Michigan State University cheering for the Spartans at every opportunity. In 1975, Michigan State was unable to hold its usual Homecoming festivities due to a budget issue and lack of interest, and therefore did not name a queen. Janet Tinning, Laura’s mother, wrote to the local newspaper telling them of her family’s ties to, and love for, the university. In addition, she explained that Laura had been born on Homecoming Day the previous year, and wore a green dress with white lettering for every game day that read “Go MSU, Beat Illinois” (or whichever team they happened to be playing), and suggested that Laura should be named queen. Laura was then photographed for the newspaper and named MSU’s honorary Homecoming Queen the day before her first birthday. 

The family moved to Kirksville, Missouri in 1984 where Laura attended high school. She was a 1992 graduate and Valedictorian of Kirksville Senior High School where she also played Basketball and Tennis. Laura then went on to study pre-med and earned her B.A. in Biology, with honors, from William Jewell College in 1996. While there, she studied abroad and spent her Junior year at Cambridge University in England. She had many adventures there and made wonderful and lasting memories. She was on one of the crew teams at Cambridge and would tell stories of biking to the river before dawn for practice. She also had an incredible experience backpacking in both Great Britain and on the European Continent with her sister Jean and several friends. Laura was also an active and cherished member of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, through which she formed so many dear and treasured friendships. 

Laura always dreamt of being a doctor and graduated with her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in June of 2000 from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. She truly cared for her patients in a unique and profound way and was exceptionally gifted with her hands. She went on to specialize in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative (Neuromusculoskeletal) Medicine. Her greatest love was treating pregnant women and babies, and she helped countless babies with the ability to thrive after performing infant cranial manipulation on them. She had a highly skilled and beautiful gift. 

On August 26, 2011, Laura met her future husband, Wade Reister. They were introduced by a mutual friend, and went on their first date at his parents’ orchard where they rode around on a golf cart picking peaches, and later cooking and sharing a meal together. She married the love of her life on December 29, 2012. They just celebrated their 10th Anniversary. 

Laura was a beautiful woman inside and out. She loved Jesus and was always willing to share her faith. She had a calm demeanor and dealt with adversity with a tremendous amount of grace. She was known for loving bright colors and especially bright pink lipstick. She had perfectly lined and colored lips at all times. She also loved to sparkle. One of her favorite ways was the green sparkly eyeliner that she always wore for Michigan State game days. She truly sparkled in every way. 

Laura is survived by her loving husband of 10 years, Wade Reister; her sisters Marie (Curtis) Ebeling of Memphis, Missouri; Jean (Michael) Virkus of Rochester, Michigan; friends who are like brothers, Gregory (Amy) Bode of Phoenix, Arizona; Michael Crouch of East Lansing, Michigan; nieces and nephews Christina (Todd) Fox, Elizabeth (Aaron) Zetterlund, Rachel and Rebekah Duzan and Matthew Ebeling; Benjamin, Jacob and Marlowe Virkus; Alec, Zachary, Maximus and Mason Bode; step nephews and niece Josh, Emily (Adwaidh) and Andrew Ebeling; great niece Harper Fox; Aunts Virginia Johnson of Petaluma, California and Arlene (Doug) Turner of Brighton, Michigan; as well as many wonderful cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Fred and Janet Tinning.

Henry P. Trahan, AuD, Maurice, Louisiana, died April 8, 2023, at age 69. Henry, a resident of Maurice, was the son of the late Dr. Harold G. Trahan and Bertha Broussard Trahan. Henry is survived by Bonnie Cameron Trahan, his loving wife of 49 years. They enjoyed traveling together, especially to visit family or to just hang out at the beach in Florida. Together they raised their son Zachary in whom they have great pride and who now lives and works in Marana, AZ. He is further survived by his sisters Donna Trahan Putnam and her husband Richard J. Putnam Jr., Catherine Trahan Miller, Lolette Trahan Hebert and her husband Byron R. Hebert all from Abbeville, his brother Dr. Thomas N. Trahan and his wife Susan Ricketts Trahan from Clinton, LA and sister-in-law Marcelle Richard Trahan, widow of brother Dr. Harold (Sonny) G. Trahan Jr., also from Abbeville, LA, and many nieces and nephews. Henry is also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Sonny. 

Henry practiced Audiology in Lafayette, LA for approximately 20 years, having received his Master’s Degree from LSU in Communicative Disorders. His great love of teaching led to receiving his Doctorate in Audiology in 2001 and he began teaching at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ for the next 18 years. In recent years Henry and Bonnie returned to his hometown of Maurice, LA where he greatly enjoyed being back amongst his extended family and friends. 

Henry was an avid sports fan, especially of LSU football. For many years Henry coached local youth basketball including his nephew and niece’s biddy basketball teams where he was affectionately known as “Coach Uncle Henry.” He also loved fishing, golf, astronomy, history and was a lover of science fiction novels and movies. Henry was a supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project and would appreciate any donations to that organization.

Glen F. Warren Jr., DO, ’55, Springfield, Missouri, died Feb. 14, 2023, at age 92. He was born on August 2, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan, to Glen and Iola (Vaughn) Warren. Fred graduated in 1948 from Green City, MO. High School. He attended Northeast Missouri State now Truman State University. In 1955, he graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery which is now A. T. Still University. He interned at Lakeside Hospital, in Kansas City, MO. Fred worked as a General Practitioner from 1956 to 1977 in Lathrop and Cameron, MO. He last worked as the doctor at Sam’s Vision, on East Sunshine in Springfield, MO. He was a practicing physician from 1956 to October 31, 2014. He was a member of the Lions Club, Rotary Club and the Boy Scouts. He loved spending time with his family, reading, fishing, and meeting new people. He also enjoyed flying his airplane in the 60’s and 70’s. 

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Iola Warren, his sister, Shirley Hanman, his daughter, Sheryl Lynn Mathews, his son, Brian Paul Warren, his brother-in-law, Don Kelsey, John Tucker, and Jim Logue; a sister-in-law Eunice Kelsey, and a nephew, Tim Tucker. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn Elaine (Kelsey) Warren; they were married in Kirksville, MO. on June 26, 1955. He is also survived by his son Craig Patrick Warren and his wife, Debbie, grandson, Travis and his fiance Tessa; step-grandchildren: Pfifer Duerkop, Nicole Wood, and James Wood and his wife Andrea; grandson, Chris Mathews and his wife Jade and their daughter, Amelia Lynn; granddaughter, Michelle Mathews and her fiance David Robinson, and daughter Kylia, as well as Larry Mathews, father of Chris and Michelle, his sister: Eleanor Logue, and his brother-in-laws: Bob Kelsey and his wife, Lynne and Richard Kelsey, and Gary Hanman; and sister-in-law: Vicky Kelsey. Also surviving are his nieces and nephews: Jim and Jay Kelsey, Emilie Branstetter, Curtis Kelsey, Nathan Kelsey, Ty Kelsey, Vicki Warren, Sandi Amos, Cindy Shannon, and Ted Hanman, Tony Tucker, Shelly Lake, Tina Jordan, Debbie, Doyle, and David Kelsey; and cousins: Terry Rainbolt, Dennis Warren, Jim Cochran, and June Sayre.

Paul M. Williams, DO, ’64, Brookfield, Missouri, died Jan. 2, 2023, at age 83. Born May 29, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, Paul was the son of Harry and Anna (Valla) Williams. Paul met Nancy (Hutchinson) Williams, DO, ’65, while they were in medical school in Kirksville, Missouri, and were married on May 17, 1970. Paul is survived by his wife Nancy of the home, sons: Scott (Denise) Williams of Independence, MO and Brian Williams of Kearney, NE; his granddaughter, Samantha (Gus) Hendren, and one great-granddaughter, Skyler Hendren. He is also survived by uncles Charles “Chuck” Williams and Clint Williams of Michigan, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He also leaves behind his faithful assistant, caregiver, and dear friend, Pam Gladbach for the last five years. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hal Williams, sister-in-law, Betty Williams; sister, Sylvia McKenzie; brother-in-law, Don McKenzie, as well as numerous aunts and uncles. 

Paul graduated from Roosevelt High School in Detroit, Michigan. He received a Bachelor’s degree at Michigan Tech in Engineering/Physics. He moved to Kirksville, Missouri, and attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in July of 1964 with a Doctor of Osteopathy. In May of 2013 at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences he was awarded the Doctor of Osteopathic Education Degree. 

Dr. Williams practiced Radiology at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital (KOH), Grim Smith Hospital, and Northeast Regional Medical Center, and taught Radiology for over thirty-years at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After leaving Kirksville and moving to Brookfield, Missouri, Paul continued to practice Radiology at Pershing Hospital and Sullivan County Hospital until retiring in 2021. Dr. Williams served on many Hospital Boards and Committees and was a member of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR). 

He was a member of and baptized at First Baptist Church in Kirksville, MO. He later attended United Methodist Church in Brookfield, MO after moving there. Faith was very important to Paul and one of his cherished moments was being baptized in the Jordan River during a trip to the Holy Land in 2007. 

Dr. Williams loved to travel, hunt, fish, enjoyed the family farm and was a huge history buff especially about the Civil War. He loved dogs and leaves behind the family dog “Britches”. Paul touched many lives throughout his career in medicine. He was known for being very kind and generous, and will be sadly missed by many people.

Michael K. Willman, DO, ’65, Ormond Beach, Florida, died Dec. 5, 2022, at age 81. He was born February 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of Michael Joseph and Minnie Ann Willman. After graduating from the Detroit Public Schools, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Detroit – Mercy. Mr. Willman moved to Kirksville, Missouri to attend Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating in the summer of 1965, he married the former Janet Burchett, celebrating over 57 years of marriage. Dr. Willman served his internship at Zeiger Botsford Hospital, and from there went on to practice family medicine in Detroit. He was drafted by the Army during Vietnam, where he served one tour in 1967-68. He was honorably discharged as a Major in 1969. After returning back to Missouri, Dr. Willman served his Radiology residency in Kirksville from 1969 to 1972. He stayed in Kirksville practicing radiology at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital and also teaching radiology at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for over 29 years. He was a member and fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR), where he served as their secretary from 1976 to 1982, and as the president of the AOCR 1984-1985. He served on the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, and held the office of secretary and treasurer from 1985 through 1995. Dr. Willman helped start the AOCR Education Foundation, serving as the inaugural president in 1986. He received the AOCR Distinguished Service Award in 1996. Following retirement in 2001, Dr. Willman and his wife moved to Ormond Beach, where they have enjoyed the sun and visits from family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, playing golf, and hours studying the Bible. During his career, Dr. Willman started the Kirksville Schools’ Sports Medicine program, and was also involved in the local YMCA, Kirksville Country Club and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Willman is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Janet Burchett; three children, Michael (Melissa) Willman, DO, ’92; Paul (Dana) Willman, DO, ’95; and Amy (Brian Cairns) Willman; grandchildren Jeremy (Joann) Willman, Austin, Brayden, Beckham, Taylor, Ally, Tanner Willman and Evie Cairns; three great-grandchildren, Tatum, Rowan and Ashur Willman. He has three living sisters in Michigan, Maryann Masser, Shirley Rochowiak, Carole Holas.

Thomas E. Wood, DO, ’77, Centralia, Illinois, died April 20, 2022, at age 72. He was born December 24, 1949, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Dr. John and Rachel (English) Wood. He married Suzanne Kesinger in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and one child was born of this union. He is survived by a daughter, Hannah Wood Hotze and a grandson, Campbell Hotze, of Centralia, his elder brother John James “Jim” Wood & wife Nancy of Centralia, one niece, Amanda Wood and husband Tyler Merta of Atlanta, Georgia and ex-wife and long-time friend, Suzanne Kesinger Wood, of Centralia. 

Dr. Wood graduated from Centralia High School in 1968. He went on to undergraduate studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and from there onto medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri where he received a medical degree in Orthopedic & Osteopathic medicine. Dr. Wood worked locally in the southern Illinois area, as well as the Oklahoma State Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Woody enjoyed a number of winters in Florida and was an avid golfer. He was well-known to hit over 250 golf balls a day, rain, or shine. He was also forever a fan and was faithfully devoted to the old “Meadow Woods Country Club.” He once shared with his daughter that one of his fondest childhood memories was spending multiple Easter mornings eating a sunrise breakfast with his father, mother and brother at Centralia’s Foundation Park. 

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, an infant brother, both sets of grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Herman S. Yassall, DO, ’63, Brookfield, Ohio, died July 24, 2022, at age 89. Herman was born at home in Sharon on Dec. 2, 1932, to Theodore and Jennie (Circilli) Yassall. He graduated from Sharon High School in 1952. Shortly following graduation, he joined the service to defend our flag and freedom. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 10, 1953, and was assigned to the Medical Detachment Unit of the 235th Field Artillery Battalion. His decorations and citations include the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Korean War Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from his duties on Feb. 2, 1955, with the rank of corporal. Being the son of hard-working Italian immigrant parents facilitated a deep love and respect for this country. 

A member of the “Best Generation” known for their hard work and dedication, he had multiple jobs including being a welder at Sharon Steel. He later attended Youngstown University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a three-year letter winner in football. He graduated from the university in 1959. He continued to pursue his dream of becoming a physician by being accepted to Kirksville Osteopathic Medical School in Kirksville, Mo. It was there that he received his Doctoral Degree.

Dr. Yassall may best be remembered for his private practice in Brookfield, where he serviced the community for almost 40 years. He was so loved by all of his patients for his compassion, honesty and humor. 

Herman was a devout Catholic with unwavering faith. He was a member of the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later, Saint Joseph’s in Sharon. Although he lived an extraordinary and accomplished life, it was the simple things that brought him the most joy. Spending time with family and friends, restoring old cars, playing tennis, concerts in Buhl Park, finding a bargain, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers were the things he loved most. Herman touched so many lives and left a lasting impression on all who knew him. He was full of love, laughter, humor, and joy and so easily shared it with others. He was the last of the best generation and there will never be another like him. 

Survivors include his daughter, Danielle “Bucky” Yassall-Rodriguez and her husband, Daniel, of Katy, Texas; his grandchildren, Tristan and Avery Rodriguez; his siblings, Christine Incerto of Farrell, Anthony Yassall of Brookfield, and Lucy Machuga of Port Orange, Fla.; nieces, Ronda Bonekovic and her daughters, Morgan and Madison; nephew, Jeff Incerto; as well as other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sarah Lee (Valimont) Yassall, whom he married Oct. 29, 1979, and his infant brother, Dominic Yassall.

Harry B. “Burt” Young Jr., DO, ’72, Kirksville, Missouri, died Sept. 30, 2023, at age 78. The son of Harry “Tiny” Burton Young Sr. and Helen L. Campbell, he was born September 2, 1945 in Kirksville, Missouri. Burt graduated Kirksville High School in 1963. While in high school, he played football, where he was middle linebacker his junior year, and was the defensive captain and tricaptain his senior year. In 1968, Dr. Young graduated from Northeast Missouri State University. Originally he started in business administration and banking, later rerouting to pre-med for studies. In 1972 he graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Within the same year, he did his internship at Mt. Clemens General Hospital in Detroit, and two residence positions; one at KCOM for one year where he manned rural clinics, checked on, signed, or audited charts for seniors. His second year was in Ophthalmology at K.O.H, eventually transferring to Columbus, Ohio to finish his last two years of residency in 1977, along with postgraduate courses in intraocular lenses with cataract surgery. 

In July of 1977, Dr. Young moved back to Kirksville and opened his practice, Ophthalmology Consultants and Young Image Optical. Within his practice, he not only provided surgical and medical care for ophthalmological patients, he also dispensed spectacle lenses. Dr. Young was the first in this area to do cataract surgery, perform implant surgery, and laser surgery. While maintaining his practice, he also was an Associate Professor at A.T Still University. 

In 2002, Dr. Young helped start the first class of Missouri Sheriffs Association in Kirksville. Afterwards he became a firearms instructor. He certified officers and deputies on his personal gun range. As a reserve deputy, Burt had a K-9 named Wolfe to accompany him (trained in search/rescue/drug search/personal protection.) 

In 1968 Burt married Kathy Myers and through this union they had three children. Lance, Kristi, and Aaron. In 1990 he married Tammi Chatfield, and through this union they had one son, Garrett. Dr. Young is survived by his children Kristi (Harold) Tsai of Naples, FL; Aaron Young of Kirksville, Garrett Young of Kirksville; one brother, Robert S. “Steve” Young of St. Louis; one grandchild, Kathryn “Kate” Tsai of Naples, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Lance Young (1973.)


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