In memoriam – Fall/Winter 2021Posted: September 21, 2021
Al Abbadessa, Macon, Missouri, died April 16, 2021, at age 88. Al was born in West New York, New Jersey, to Bennedetto and Palma Abbadessa on April 3, 1933. He attended Memorial High School in West New York where he earned a football scholarship to attend Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He excelled in football, and after graduating from college, he was invited to train with the Chicago Bears. In 1955, he married Carol Ann Garretson, with whom shared a happy and productive 52-year marriage, and had five children. Before he had the chance to train with the Chicago football team, he was drafted by the military, and the two lived in Germany while he was stationed there. Sadly, Carol passed away in 2007.
Al will always be remembered for his life as a first-rate restaurateur. He started his career at Trevis in Kirksville, Missouri. In 1962, he moved to Macon and purchased the Gaslight Room and Beaumont that became a central stopping point for over 25 years in downtown Macon. In 1983, Al decided to sell the Gaslight and became the general manager at the Potted Steer in The Lake of the Ozarks. There, he met executive chef, Brenda Nanneman, who worked closely with Al and son Michael ever since.
In 1986, Al returned to Macon County to open The Pear Tree Restaurant in Bevier, Missouri. Unfortunately, the highly popular Pear Tree burned down from an electrical fire in 2012 and remained closed. In addition to The Pear Tree, Al opened multiple restaurants with son Michael who has grown into the role of owning and managing the restaurants today. The most notable is AJ’s that opened in 2011 in Macon and was renamed The Pear Tree in 2019. Many of Albert’s restaurants were celebrated in Missouri publications, and he received multiple awards, including being inducted into the Missouri Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Al was an avid and skilled golfer and held the position of president of Macon Country Club for many years. He played an active role in the Macon community and ran unsuccessfully for mayor and the school board. He believed in charitable giving and, although born on the East Coast, embraced the Midwest and called it his home.
Al is survived by children Steve Abbadessa, DO, ’84, and wife, Jana; Vicki Abbadessa; Becky Witt; Andrea Mathewson and husband, John; and Michael Abbadessa. Grandchildren include Drew and Ashton Abbadessa; Clay Witt; John and Connor Mathewson; great-grandson, Jax Abbadessa; and mother, Kayde Maloney Abbadessa. Also, Al is survived by sister, Ruth Cangialosi, and several other nieces and nephews located in New Jersey. Albert was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, and grandson, Wade Abbadessa, as well as his parents, brothers, and sisters.
Max E. Ayer, DO, ’65, Bonham, Texas, died Feb. 24, 2021, at age 83. He was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Lancaster, Missouri, the son of Glen O. Ayer and Lillie May (Patsy) Ayer. Dr. Ayer attended Lancaster High School, graduating in 1955. He then attended the University of Missouri, earning his BA in chemistry, minoring in biology, in 1959. Following his undergraduate studies, he attended ATSU-KCOM, graduating in 1965. Upon completion of his internship at Dallas Osteopathic Hospital in 1965, he began his medical career at Fite-Vinson Clinic in Bonham, Texas, specializing in family medicine and surgery. He also spent two years at M&S Clinic before opening Ayer Osteopathic Clinic in 1974, where he practiced until 1984. After leaving Bonham, he served as a doctor for Carnival Cruise Line and as locum tenens and ER doctor for hospitals across the state of Texas. In 1990, he opened Ayer Medical Center in Athens, Texas, where he practiced until 2013. He then relocated back to Bonham where he retired in 2016. During his career, Dr. Ayer was active in several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, as well as Canadian American Medical Dental Association.
Dr. Ayer loved to travel. He was a multi-engine, IFR-rated private pilot and flew to many destinations in the U.S., including Alaska as well as the Bahamas. He also enjoyed traveling by train. He took numerous Amtrak trips across the country and did the same on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dr. Ayer loved to read books on American history and had a special passion for the Native American culture. During his travels, he visited several Indian reservations and began collecting Indian memorabilia. Dr. Ayer was an animal lover and owned many animals during his lifetime, including cats, dogs, cattle, a pet skunk, and even wallabies. His dearest were his chihuahuas and his last dog, Mattie. Dr. Ayer was a Christ follower. He was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church. One of his most cherished trips was to the Holy Land.
Dr. Ayer is survived by his children, Lee Armstrong and husband, Russell; daughter, Lynne White and husband, Robert; Michelle Fulgham and son, Jeremy Ayer; grandchildren, Ashley Gilboa and husband, Nir; Matthew Armstrong and wife, Jillian; Josh Mims; Amanda White Chittick and husband, Sean; Rachel Armstrong; and Aubrey Mims; great-grandchildren, Adrian and Elijah Gilboa and Hattie, Annie, and Lydia Armstrong; brothers, Dwight Ayer and wife, Ann; Dwayne Ayer and wife, Jan; nephews, Jeffrey and Kirby and nieces, Allison and Libby, as well as his loyal companion, Mattie. Dr. Ayer was preceded in death by his parents, Glen and Patsy Ayer; a sister in infancy, Marilyn Ayer; a niece, Connie Ayer Rodery; and a nephew, Stanley Ayer.
Bernard Berks, DO, ’58, Germantown, Ohio, died June 4, 2021, at age 88. Dr. Berks was raised in Farrell, Pennsylvania, and was inspired toward a career in medicine by his childhood physician. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1958 and proudly completed his residency at Grandview Hospital. Upon graduation, Dr. Berks began his own family practice in Germantown and devoted over 50 years providing old-fashioned care, taking house calls or accepting patients at home as well as his office. Even after retirement, Dr. Berks and his devoted wife and partner of 58 years, Claire, continued to inquire about the lives of each community member they touched – sometimes including multiple generations of families served.
Dr. Berks actively served his community as a member of the Village Council of Germantown and medical advisor to the Germantown Rescue Squad. He was also a member of the Rotary, Masonic Lodge 0257 F&AM, Antioch Temple, and Beth Abraham Synagogue. His lifelong interest in aviation led to his work as an FAA senior aviation medical examiner – it would not be unusual to see a helicopter landing behind his office. Dr. Berks spent weekends collecting medical antiques and flying with his grandson, Joshua. His physical absence will be felt deeply, but his traits – compassion, wit, kindness – remain in the memories developed throughout his practice and personal life.
Dr. Berks was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Rose Berks; daughter, Jennifer Lynn Berks; sister, Marcia Solomon; and lifelong friend, Dr. Mel Crouse. Dr. Berks is survived by his wife, Claire; daughter, Stephanie Berks Gordon (Darrell Lewis); son, Jonathan Berks; brother, Michael (Sherry) Berks; lifelong friend, Betty Crouse; sister-in-law, Barbara Mandle; grandchildren, Joshua (Rachel) Gordon, Martin, Madelyn, and Megan Berks; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins; many friends; and his beloved grand puppies, Buddy and Mozzie.
Arthur S. Billings, DO, ’60, St. Petersburg, Florida, died Jan. 17, 2021, at age 86. Dr. Billings was born May 26, 1934, to Herold and Naomi (Stevens) Billings in Presque Isle where he spent his childhood. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in 1956. He went on to pursue a career in medicine, graduating in 1960 from ATSU-KCOM. Shortly thereafter he married Patricia Trenkle and moved back to his home state of Maine where he interned and completed his residency in radiology. Dr. Billings went on to become a partner of Diagnostic Radiology at Brighton Medical Center, Portland, where he also served as chair of the radiology department for 20 years (1972-92) as well as served on the board of trustees and lectured at the New England College of Medicine in Biddeford.
Dr. Billings gave his life to his patients, but he gave his heart to sailing. This Maine native knew the joy of open water and took every opportunity to be sailing the Maine waters. In 1992, Dr. Billings and Patricia set sail on their beloved Bristol 47.7 they christened “Cynosure” and circumnavigated the world from 1992-2001, an accomplishment Dr. Billings had always dreamed of. Upon their return, they retired to Treasure Island, Florida. In addition to sailing, Dr. Billings was a proud member of Portland Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, CCA, Sail and Power Squadron of St. Petersburg, and the Freemasonry.
In addition to his wife Patricia, Dr. Billings is survived by his three sons, Stephen S. and wife, Jenny, David J. and Panida, Michael A. and wife, Kristin; his sister, Barbara Armstrong and husband, Stephen; and granddaughter, Brittany Hallett.
John E. Bodell, DO, ’71, Eugene, Oregon, died May 19, 2021, at age 78. He was an osteopathic general and cosmetic surgeon at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Beaumont Trenton Hospital. He was a board-certified member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS); Michigan Osteopathic Association, serving as president; and American Osteopathic Association, serving 12 years on the Board of Directors. He served 10 years on the Board of Directors of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Bodell was a clinical professor of surgery/MSU. He earned the title fellow of the ACOS and the Humanitarian Award for 11 years of medical mission work in Haiti and two years in Nicaragua. He earned many awards for teaching students and residents and was regional dean for ATSU-KCOM for 25 years. Dr. Bodell was director of Arbor Hospice for 10 years. He was president of the Trenton Rotary and a member for 30 years, presently of the South Towne Rotary/The Springs Branch in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Bodell was a professed Secular Franciscan at St. Bonaventure Fraternity in Detroit and presently at St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity of Eugene, Oregon. He was a life member of Grosse Ile Yacht Club and past member of Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club; Country Club of Boyne, Harbor Springs, Michigan: Members Club at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. He enjoyed living on Hickory Island—Grosse Ile, Michigan; Barkley Club at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens; and Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, Michigan.
He leaves behind his wife; his daughter, Dawn Bodell, DO, ’95 (Robert Stephenson, DDS); granddaughters, Madison and Sophie; his brother, Tom (Carol) Bodell; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Monica) Parada, MD; and many nieces and nephews.
Bruno F. Borin, DO, ’79, Northville, Michigan, died April 15, 2021, at age 68. He was born Sept. 19, 1952. He was the cherished husband of Jean; devoted son of the late Vinicio (Vince) and Angela; beloved father of Jason, Antonio (Meghan), Andrea (Ryan) Bame, and Zachary (Mariah) Ogger; proud papa of Zeline, Dominic, Maewyn, Luca, Esther, Bennett, Gideon, and Rosalie; and dearest brother of Frank, Mark (Elcee), Ron (Cara), Robert, and John (Anne “Bitsy”). Dr. Borin is also survived by many other loving family and friends.
William E. Borkosky, DO, ’51, Ormond Beach, Florida, died Oct. 14, 2020, at age 93. He was born in Bergholdz, Ohio, to Amelia Booth and Stanley Borkosky, May 13, 1927. His parents; sister, Jeannett; brother, Don; granddaughter, Ashley, and step-grandson, Brandon, preceded him in death. He finished high school early and took classes at Kent State College. When he became 18, he enlisted in the Navy rather than being drafted. On entering, he took the Eddy Test and was selected for the Eddy Electronics Training Program in Sonar and Radar at Great Lakes, Chicago. Only three people were selected from Ohio at the time to take this intensive course. With the war ending, the dropping of the bombs in Japan, they were given the choice of remaining in the program or an early discharge. He chose the early discharge and was reassigned to a Navy transport ship to pick up our soldiers in Nagasaki, Japan, after it was bombed. Dr. Borkosky was happy to be returning home and was anxious to get on with his dream of being a doctor.
When he found out there was one opening at the Des Moines College of Osteopathy in Iowa, he applied and was accepted and on his way. The third year, he transferred to ATSU-KCOM where he would meet his future wife, Martha Bess James. After they had both finished college in Kirksville (she was at Kirksville State Teachers College), Dr. Borkosky graduated with honors in the top of his class. They were married on Thanksgiving Day of 1951. He took his internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was selected for a residency in surgery at the College in Kirksville but chose to leave early because his father developed cancer. He opened an office in Warren, Ohio (Champion Hgts.), which became a large practice and also delivered hundreds of babies. He also made many, many house calls. Later, he moved in with a group of doctors to have better coverage, and during that time, he helped found Warren General Hospital. Finally, he decided it was too cold and rainy in Ohio and wanted nicer Florida weather.
In 1970, he went into practice with former classmates in Holly Hill, Florida, and later, once again, went into his own private practice in Port Orange, Florida. He started with Florida Health Care in 1992 and retired in 2016 after 65 years of being a physician. He worked a short time upon retirement at The Jesus Clinic. He practiced at Daytona Beach Hospital, the former Humana Hospital; and Halifax Hospital. At Humana Hospital, he was the first chief of family practice. He worked very hard with his osteopathic colleagues to obtain practice rights at Halifax Hospital, and they were successful in obtaining hospital staff privileges. Dr. Borkosky was one of the first osteopathic physicians on staff at Halifax Hospital. He was a member of Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, a trustee of the American Osteopathic Association, life member of Ormond Beach Florida Masons, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rites of Youngstown, Ohio, Shriners International — Al Koran Broadview Heights Ohio, Ormond Beach Elks, Ormond Beach Presbyterian Church, and Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach for 46 years.
Five daughters blessed Dr. Borkosky and Marty’s life: Marcie Beth Ostiguy, Marla Bess Basli (Bobby), Margo Betsy Cody, Miki Billie Dowst (Mark), and Mimi Belinda Borkosky Maguire (Bill). Nine grandchildren: Mark, Matthew, and Megan (Miki), Ryan and Amy Ostiguy (Marcie), Maggie and Jamie Cody (Margo), Shawn Shulenburg, (Marla) and Logan Malter (Mimi), and daughter-in-laws Frances and Mandy. Both Megan and Logan are following in their grandfather’s footsteps. Dr. Megan is a practicing veterinarian (UF) in Orlando, and Logan is in his second year of medical school at FSU. Three great grandsons: Eric Bautista, Paxton Ostiguy, and Silas Hulsey. Dr. Borkosky loved being a doctor. He knew at age 7 he wanted to be a doctor, but along the way, he discovered a love for boxing. But thank goodness his mother rescued him from that idea. Other lifetime passions included golfing, first and foremost, and he also loved bowling. He loved the Florida Gators (He always said he was a Gator by tuition because all five girls went to the University of Florida). Most of all he loved his family dearly. His high school yearbook read “He is led by his own thoughts.” Ironically at the end of his life, soft music was playing Frank Sinatra’s “I Did it My Way.” Lovingly written by his wife, Marty.
Richard C. Burns, DO, ’60, Blissfield, Michigan, died Sept. 2, 2020, at age 91. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, May 14, 1929, to Frank and Marion (Dreyer) Burns. Dr. Burns was a 1947 graduate of DeVilbiss High School and attended University of Toledo, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He later transferred to The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences. Since early childhood, he wanted to become a doctor, and he pursued this goal by attending the University of Basel in Switzerland to study medicine. He later transferred to ATSU-KCOM, where he was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi and Psi Sigma Alpha honorary fraternities while earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. In 1962, following his residency at Parkview Osteopathic Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, he started a private practice in Blissfield, Michigan. For 26 years, he took great pride in caring for his patients through his family practice and making frequent in-person house calls to patients who lived in the rural areas of Lenawee County. He also served as the campus and team physician at Adrian College and served as chief of staff at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, Michigan. In 1988, he retired from his family practice in Blissfield and went on to practice behavior health medicine at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He later returned to practice general medicine in the Toledo area prior to his final retirement.
In 1970, Dr. Burns found his life partner, Norma Jean (Creger) Tagsold, and they were married Dec. 14, 1971. During their 48 years together, they enjoyed working together, spending time with close friends and family, and traveling, domestic and abroad with special memories of traveling to Spain and France with Jean’s brother and his wife, Bob and Ellie Creger. They also enjoyed special time with family every December on Captiva Island, Florida. Dr. Burns enjoyed a full and active life with many interests and hobbies. Growing up, his favorite subjects in school were reading and English, which led to his lifelong pursuit of knowledge. For leisure, you would often find him reading a book, a novel, or studying a special interest. He also enjoyed boating, scuba diving, flying, snow skiing, bicycling, travel, and classical music. At a young age, he learned to play the piano and harmonica, and he enjoyed entertaining friends and family during the holidays and special occasions. He was also a long-time member of the Civil War Roundtable in Adrian, North Cape Yacht Club, and the Toledo Power Squadron. Raised in Toledo, he attended St. Mathews Lutheran Church and later became an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Blissfield, where he taught Sunday School. Dr. Burns was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, achieving 32nd degree Scottish Rite, and a long-time member of Blissfield Rotary Club. He also participated in many medical missions to Latin America, and he and his wife were Meals-On-Wheels volunteers for many years.
Dr. Burns is survived by his children, Scott (Mary Lynn) Burns and Heather Burns; stepchildren, Doug (Diane) Tagsold, Linda Cantrell, and Jeff (Laura) Tagsold; nieces, Heidi (John) Mortimer and Laura Bierer; and nephews, Gregory (Harriett) Walker and David (Karin) Walker. He is also survived by two grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Marion Burns; his sister, Barbara (Burns) Walker; and his wife, Jean Burns.
John W. Campbell II, DO, ’56, St. Peters, Missouri, died Dec. 29, 2020, at age 89. He is preceded in death by parents John W. Campbell, DO, ’42, and Eunice L. Campbell and a granddaughter, Jancin Smith. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Geraldine (nee Cole); sons, John (Gerry) Campbell and Kent (Bonnie) Campbell, DO, ’83; daughters, Kathryn Smith, Jill (Jay) Dickens, and Janine (James) Bittner; and sister, Suzanne Kyle; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.
Dr. Campbell attended Davenport (Iowa) High School and went to Purdue University, then completed his undergraduate work at St. Ambrose University. He earned his osteopathic medicine degree at ATSU-KCOM in 1956 and, upon completion of the one-year internship in Dallas, Texas, joined his father in general practice in Davenport. He and his family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1972 to begin a residency in radiology. He continued as a radiologist at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital until retirement, then provided locum tenans coverage for several smaller hospitals in Missouri for a number of years.
Among his passions was amateur wrestling. He wrestled in high school and at Purdue. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling fan and looked forward to the NCAA tournament with a small group of friends every year. He excelled at strategic card games like bridge, pinochle, euchre, and especially loved cribbage. He could decipher any puzzle or riddle faster than anyone else in the room. He was most at peace in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and organized many trips with family and friends so they could enjoy it with him. He also floated many streams and rivers in the Missouri Ozarks.
Bob R. Carnett, DO, ’70, Salem, Missouri, died March 22, 2021, at age 82. Born May 8, 1938, in Kennett, Missouri, Dr. Carnett had recently celebrated his 50th year in practice as a family physician. The majority of that time was spent caring for Dent countians — sharing in the happiness of their births, the sadness of their losses, and the day-to-day struggles and triumphs of the people who came to see him. As happens with any country doctor, many of his patients became good friends.
Fishing was his passion, but he also enjoyed reading, projects around the house, traveling, and family time. He loved bird dogs and lap dogs. He loved to tell jokes, spin yarns, and poke fun at people — including himself at times. He was a snazzy dresser and always wanted his lab coats starched and his shoes polished.
Dr. Carnett was a graduate of ATSU-KCOM in 1970. He did a year of internship in Jefferson City and started practice in Salem in 1971. He was a board-certified family practitioner.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; children, Randy, Sheila Carnett, DO, ’01, Brad, Amy, and Matt; grandchildren, Hailey, Taylor, Baylee, Noah, Alie, Zach, Jake, Josh, and Ben; great-grandchildren, Pierce, Mason, Laylah and Ivy, Blake, Carsyn and Avery and Blayke Nikohl; nephew, Danny; and special friends, Spike and Charlie.
He had a good life and did pretty much everything he wanted to do. Over time, he seemed to grow his capacity to love, accept, and encourage those around him — one of his most important accomplishments. He will be missed as a husband, a Papa, a friend, a colleague, and a doctor. But most of all, he will be missed as a father.
Harvey N. “Norman” Clarkson, DO, ’70, San Antonio, Texas, died May 13, 2021, at age 78. He was born Jan. 29, 1943, in Kirksville, Missouri, the one and only child to William Burl Clarkson and Marvel Melissa (Prather) Clarkson. On Nov. 27, 1969 in Kirksville, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Deborah Lou Craggs, who survives. Dr. Clarkson is also survived by two daughters, Veronica Dawn Kohl (Jerome), their two children, Jackson and Jasmine Kohl, and Vanessa Dee Robinson (Chris), their two children, Landon and Ella Robinson; and their son, Wesley A. Clarkson, DO, ’00 (Amy), and their three children, Jacob, Emily, and Tyler. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He received his education in Kirksville and graduated from high school at Kirksville Senior High School in 1961, went on to graduate from college at Northeast Missouri State University in 1966 with a bachelor of science degree in zoology. He went on to graduate from ATSU-KCOM in 1970 and did a rotating Internship at Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1970-71. He returned to Kirksville, where he did his residency in internal medicine at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital from 1972-73. He completed a postgraduate course, Review of Cardiology, at the University of Florida at the Medicine Post Graduate Division in Miami. He was board certified in internal medicine and maintained certification throughout his career in addition to multiple other professional certifications and medical accomplishments and accolades.
Dr. Clarkson served the Kirksville, Edina, Shelbyville, and Lewistown communities for over 50 years. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Kirksville Rotary Club, El Kadir Shrine Club, and Adair Lodge 3366 A.F. & A.M., and held numerous positions throughout his time serving. He was a staunch supporter of scouting and was very proud of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a big supporter of the high schools and colleges in the Kirksville area and served as team doctor for several throughout his career.
Glen E. Cooper, DO, ’78, MPH, ’04, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, died July 23, 2020, at age 70. He was born in Keytesville, Missouri, on March 29, 1950, to Chester Elwood Cooper and the late Nola Jean (Ashley) Cooper. On June 7, 1970, he married Deanna Kay (Jones) Cooper in Rolla, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 22, 1997. He later married Debra Sue (Jones) Knipp Cooper in Columbia on June 29, 2002. She survives his passing.
Dr. Cooper was a 1968 graduate of North Callaway High School. He furthered his education earning a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry from Northeast Missouri State University in 1973, completing his predoctoral fellowship in the Department of Osteopathic Theory and Methods at ATSU-KCOM in 1977, earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1978, and master of public health from A.T. Still University-School of Health Management (currently A.T. Still University-College of Graduate Health Studies) in 2004. Dr. Cooper cared for patients for many years in Columbia, Auxvasse, West Plains, and Cape Girardeau, as well as Traverse City, Michigan. He held memberships in Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Central Missouri Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, American Academy of Osteopathy, National Osteopathic Foundation, American Osteopathic Association, Central States Occupational Medicine Association, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine, and American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Dr. Cooper was honored to serve as a delegate and member of the Public Health Committee through his affiliation with Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Cooper enjoyed racing cars and sailing when he was younger. More recently, his hobbies included gardening, travel, and biking. He was also a lifelong avid car mechanic.
His memory will be cherished by his wife, Debra; father, Chester Elwood Cooper; sons, Dylan Benjamin Jones Cooper and wife, Sarah Rebecca Cooper, Cameron Heath Jones Cooper and wife, Rebecca McLennan, and Gavin Elwood Jones Cooper and companion Colleen Dwyer; step-children, David Knipp and wife, Aletha Knipp, and Danny Knipp and wife, Suzanne; sister, Deborah Roberts and husband, Willie Roberts; and seven grandchildren, Echo Adelaide McLennan Cooper, Declan Geoffrey McLennan Cooper, Bennett Deanna Susan Cooper, Bridget Curry Kay Cooper, David Chandler Knipp, Madison Nichole Knipp, and Emma Elizabeth Dell Knipp. Dr. Cooper was preceded in death by his mother; brother, Donald Wayne Cooper; and sister, Barbara Jean Lee.
John L. Cowger, DO, ’53, Frisco, Colorado, died Nov. 8, 2020, at age 94. Dr. Cowger was born July 29, 1926, in Hastings Nebraska, the third son of Rolla Henry and Catherine (Combs) Cowger. He served in the U.S. Navy as a scrub nurse on the U.S.S. Rescue. Dr. Cowger was in Tokyo Bay on V-J Day and was involved in freeing Allied Forces from Japanese concentration camps. After the war, he earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree and set up his family practice in Aurora, Colorado.
Dr. Cowger is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter, Mary LaPointe; son, John and Marcia Cowger; son, Thomas and Deborah Cowger; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by son-in-law Dan LaPointe.
Col. Jimmie D. Coy, DO, ’73, Columbia, Missouri, died Dec. 27, 2020, at age 74. Dr. Coy will be remembered as serving in many varied positions: physician, professor, soldier, teacher, mentor, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was born Oct. 31, 1946, in Kirksville to Dean and Arlene Coy. He graduated from Kirksville High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State) in 1968. Dr. Coy earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 1973 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He spent one year in a rotating internship in Oklahoma City before returning to Missouri to complete a four-year radiology residency at the University of Missouri Medical Center in 1978. In 1982, he married the love of his life, Vicki Sigurdson, and they spent their married life in Columbia.
Dr. Coy was an associate professor in radiology at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia. He was also on the staff of the Uniformed Services University of Health Science in Bethesda, Maryland. He retired from the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in 2013, where he spent 15 years as the chief of radiology. He held numerous leadership positions and served on many boards for national and local organizations. He had a great passion for his family genealogy, belonging to numerous lineal societies, including The Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812, and Sons of Unions Veterans of the Civil War. He compiled an extensive Coy family genealogy. Dr. Coy served 25 years in the military, ending his career in the Army Reserve assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dr. Coy authored numerous journal articles about his research developing lightweight X-ray equipment for the military for use in special operations medicine and casualty radiology. He served with numerous special operations units, including the 3rd Group Army Special Forces (Airborne) during the first Gulf War participating in Operation Urban Freedom, the liberation of Kuwait City. Dr. Coy served two terms as president of the Special Operations Medical Association; two terms as the National Surgeon of the Reserve Officers Association; two terms as the State Surgeon of the Missouri Reserve Officers Association; and two terms on the editorial board of the Journal of Military Medicine. He was a member of numerous medical societies and associations. His military awards and badges include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters. He also received the Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Israeli Airborne Badge. He was awarded the prestigious Order of Military Merit from the Army Medical Regiment, and he also received the “A Designation” from the army surgeon general, the very highest acknowledgement for medical achievement by the Army Medical Department.
Dr. Coy and his wife, Vicki, are members of The Crossing church in Columbia. In the past, he was deeply involved with Promise Keepers, which had a significant impact on his life. He participated in a number of local men’s ministry groups including Prime Time, The Business Advantage, Men of Impact, and Men Without Fear, which he led for many years. He and his wife were on the staff of the military ministry of Campus Crusade, CRU. Dr. Coy authored a number of books on leadership, courage, hope, and faith, including “A Gathering of Eagles,” “Valor,” “Prisoners of Hope,” “Matthew A to Z + 2,” “Those Who Serve,” and the “Eagles Daily Planner – Prayer Journal.” In addition, he authored a trilogy for children: “The ABC’s of Matthew,” “The Miracles of Jesus,” and the “Parables of Jesus.” Dr. Coy was a student of history, especially the Bible, Israel, and the military. He loved listening to Christian music and was an avid nature photographer – particularly of eagles and wildlife. He was also a collector of military memorabilia and autographs. He and Vicki enjoyed traveling and frequently visited Branson, Rocky Mt. National Park, and the beaches of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Gulf Shores, Alabama. He was blessed with many opportunities and honors during his life. He would always be quick to acknowledge that he was blessed by God, not because of his abilities but because he was available to be used by God and with the intent of giving God the glory! He had a great love of God, family, and nation. If he could share one thought with you today, it would be that of his favorite quote, from his friend, World War II Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss, “If we miss heaven, we have missed everything.” Dr. Coy would tell you, “Please, don’t miss heaven, because I’m planning on seeing you there.”
He will be deeply missed by those who survive, including his wife, Vicki; his children, Tim Coy, Tricia (Keith) Ragsdell, and Josh Coy; and grandchildren, Jacob, Joe, Sam, and Sophie Ragsdell; sister, Jeanie Auseon; sister-in-law, Jeanne Coy; brother, Gordon and his wife, Lenora. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Arlene Coy; sister, Janet; brother, Eldon; brothers-in-law, John Auseon and John Way; and nephew, Mike Coy. He was loved by many and a hero to many. His memory will be cherished and his legacy will live on.
Darrell R. Cunningham, DO, ’94, Six Lakes, Michigan, died Feb. 19, 2021, at age 68. He was born July 16, 1952, to Lawrence and Charlotte (Slocum) Cunningham in Carson City, Michigan. He attended Carson City High School Michigan for four years. He earned an undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and then studied at ATSU-KCOM for four years. Dr. Cunningham worked as a primary care physician for Sheridan Community Hospital. On June 4, 1988, he married Brenda Gage. Dr. Cunningham was a science, travel, and history buff, especially World War II and the Civil War. He enjoyed politics and a good debate, landscaping, gardening, jogging, hiking, swimming, yearly bike ride with family around Mackinac Island, and serving in his church. He loved to teach and spend time with family. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church where he served as a church bus captain, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served in Junior Church and the Soul Winning ministry. He taught science at two Christian schools. He also served on the Navy Reserves as a corpsman, petty officer first class.
Dr. Cunningham was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Charlotte Cunningham. He is survived by his former wife, Barbara Brooks, and his present wife of 32 years, Brenda Cunningham; his children, Ericka (Mike) Sikkenga, Rebecca (Chase) Andrus, Robert “Isaac” Cunningham, and Ian Cunningham; his grandchildren, Ethan Kipp, Olivia Kipp, Adam Sikkenga, Asher Sikkenga, Malachi Sikkenga, and Jozlynne Mathis; his sisters, Vicki (Steve) Siegrist and Michelle Cunningham; his brothers, Marty Cunningham and Curt (Jennifer) Cunningham, DO, ’86; and his nieces and nephews.
Harry J. DeVore, DO, ’59, St. Johns, Michigan, died Sept. 25, 2020, at age 92. He was born Aug. 1, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Harry L. and Z. Marie (Thompson) DeVore. He graduated from Hoopeston High School in Illinois, Purdue University with a degree in pharmacy, and then ATSU-KCOM. On Feb. 1, 1950, he married W. Jeanne Cline in Hoopeston, Illinois. Dr. DeVore was in medical practice in St. Johns for over 52 years, delivering over 4,000 babies in his career, and he was the first medical director at Hazel Findlay Country Manor and served on its board for 16 years.
Dr. DeVore is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter, Linda DeVore; and son, Stephen DeVore. There are four grandchildren, Karri (Ed) Perry, Todd DeVore, Amanda (Jason) Gaffney, and Michael DeVore; seven great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Sydney, Lynsey, Rachel and Braelin Perry, Cameron and Austin DeVore. There are three great-great-grandchildren, Avery, Jackson, and Amil Perry.
Lawrence N. Edson, DO, ’74, Coon Valley, Wisconsin, died Nov. 2, 2020, at age 81. He was born Aug. 9, 1939, in Independence, Missouri, to Edythe Waggner and Lionel Edson. He was raised in Independence and attended Central Missouri State College. He later went on to earn his master’s in psychology. Dr. Edson was called to become a physician and graduated with honors from ATSU-KCOM.
He is survived by his children, Stephenie (Edson) Graham, Sheila (Edson) Jennings, and Todd Edson; grandchildren, Ben (Kate) Graham, Amanda (Jesse) Vallie, Ryan Jennings, Meridith (Aaron Decker) Graham, Alex Smith, and Katrina Edson; great-granddaughter, Kelsa; and brother, Stephen Edson (Pat), as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lionel and Edyth; his wife, Marilyn; and his brother, Lionel.
On Sept. 17, 1960, he was united in marriage to the love of his life and soul mate, Marilyn Twenter, in Warrensburg, Missouri. The couple raised their children in Kirksville, Missouri, and later moved to Lake Park, Iowa, where Dr. Edson began his practice in family medicine and general surgery. They later moved to Stanley, Wisconsin, where he established his practice with Marshfield Clinic in Thorp, Wisconsin. Dr. Edson retired from medicine in December 2003. He deeply felt God’s calling. He became an Anglican deacon in 1989 and was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2003. He served his Lord throughout his life and recently was accepted into the Holy Roman Catholic Church after leaving the Anglican Church in good standing.
Dr. Edson loved nothing more than to serve his Lord and Savior and be with his family and friends. He was passionate about spending time outdoors whether it be fishing, hunting, or exploring. He had an affinity for growing orchids. He was proud of his Scots/Irish heritage, played the bagpipes, and attended as many events as possible. He adored his many dogs, especially his Gordon Setters. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and patients.
Richard O. Eicher, DO, ’67, Seminole, Florida, died Nov. 3, 2020, at age 80. He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Otto and Mimi Eicher. Dr. Eicher graduated from Sandusky High School and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College. He then received his doctorate in medicine, focusing on osteopathic medicine and surgery from ATSU-KCOM in 1967. Upon his graduation, Dr. Eicher opened up a family practice in Largo, Florida, for 10 years. He completed his residency in pathology at Suncoast Hospital in 1981. He was a pathologist for 22 years at Suncoast Hospital and University Hospital. He was also a Monroe County Medical Examiner for two years. He married the love of his life, Sharman Steegman, in 1976. They were happily married for over 44 years.
When Dr. Eicher wasn’t working, he enjoyed hunting, belonging to the Po Fellas Hunt Club, woodworking, welding, automotives, playing the piano, and reading. Most of all, Dr. Eicher loved to travel. He had a yearly family trip, which included Barbados, Jamaica, Italy, Kiawah Island, and many more. He especially cherished his three-week trip to Australia with his niece, Kristi. He deeply loved his time spent with his family.
Dr. Eicher is survived by his loving wife, Sharman Eicher; his son, David Joseph Eicher; his brother, Dennis M. Eicher, DO, ’78; his sister, Valerie Layman; and in-laws, Patte Stiff (Joe), Steve Steegman (Louise), Sue Steegman (Andy Konja), Sally Steegman, Scott Steegman. He is also survived by three nieces, four nephews, and his beloved Maltipoo companion, Paris. Dr. Eicher is predeceased by his son, Richard Otto Eicher Jr., who passed in 1987. His family would like to say a special thank you to his caregivers, Justyna Wierzbicka, Patte and Joe Stiff, Angela Hood, Scott Steegman, and Renee Marcum for their kindness and support during this difficult time.
Robert E. Evans, DO, ’64, Erie, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 5, 2020, at age 82. He was born in Erie on June 3, 1938, a son of the late Volney and Margaret (Kowalski) Evans. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in pre-med from Gannon University in 1960 and went on to graduate from ATSU-KCOM in 1964. He practiced medicine at Millcreek Community Hospital and had his own osteopathic family practice from 1965-96. He joined the staff at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in 1996 as a clinical assistant professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine. He retired from LECOM at age 80. He enjoyed practicing medicine but found his true passion in educating future medical professionals.
In his earlier years, Dr. Evans was an avid photographer and gardener. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to New York City where he was a “tour guide” to many family members, friends, and colleagues. He was dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle and worked out six to seven days per week at LECOM Fitness Center until age 79. Most recently, he especially looked forward to dinners at The Colony Pub and Grille, where he could spend time with his family and enjoy a good Manhattan. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He had his family and caregivers laughing and smiling until the end.
Along with his parents, Dr. Evans was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Elizabeth, who died in infancy. He is survived by his five children, Robert, Timothy, Eric, Susan Evans, and Kathleen (Bob) Moliterno; his four grandchildren, Matthew, Steven, Joseph, and Sofia Moliterno; a loving sister, Shirley (Evans) Andrikanich; a niece, Doreen (Brad) Davis; and his friend, William Forrest.
Harold A. Ferguson Sr., DO, ’57, Eaton, Ohio, died Jan. 2, 2021, at age 91. He was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Roanoke, Virginia, to the late Bertice and Mildred (East) Ferguson. He graduated in 1947 from Jefferson High School in New Lebanon, Ohio, then received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in Missouri in 1956. He interned at Grandview Hospital in 1957 and opened a private practice as a family physician in Eaton, Ohio, in 1958. Recognizing the expanding medical needs of his community, he co-founded the Preble County Medical Center in 1965 with the vision of better meeting those needs. He continued his practice there until his retirement in 1993, serving his patients and the community with compassion and wisdom. He also served as director of the Preble County Mental Health Board.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Ferguson was also preceded in death by his sisters, Elizabeth Sue Ferguson Pierce and Rebecca Jean Ferguson. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice K. (Cook) Ferguson; son, Allen (Missy) Ferguson Jr., DO, ’86; daughters, Kim Ferguson and Denise Ferguson; grandchildren, Sarah, Andrew, Lauren, Emily, and Natalie Ferguson. He was a wonderful husband, father, and physician; an avid golfer; and a friend to all.
Charles F. Finnell, DO, ’55, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died June 24, 2019, at age 88. He leaves his cherished wife of 65 years, Jo Ann (Wilder). They married in Chenoa, Illinois, on Aug. 22, 1953.
Dr. Finnell was preceded in death by his parents, John Leo and Irene Sophie (Swager) Finnell; brothers, John “Jack” and Fr. Eugene Finnell; sisters, Carol (Jim) Fender and Marilyn (Richard) Welle; son-in-law, William Fred Downs lll. He is survived by brothers Dale (Mary) and Allan (Sarah); sister Gayle (Robert) Juarez; eight children, Daniel (Marian), David (Anita), Kathleen Kimble (Scott), Karen Downs (Fred-deceased), Richard (Edith), Jonathan, Michael (Melissa), and Shawn (Jeana); 13 grandchildren, Jillian, Joel, Matt, Marta, Carrie, Christy, Jacob, Mark, Adam, Daniel, Michael, Ashley, Jessica; 12 great-grandchildren, Ty, Micah, Noah, Kennedy, Sydney, Morgan, Parker, Ayda, Jacob, Rachel, Gabriel, and Isabella.
Dr. Finnell was born on the family farm in Chenoa on March 15, 1931, where he developed a strong work ethic that carried him through his education and professional career as a physician. He graduated from Pontiac Township High School, attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College for pre-med, and graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1955. After he completed his internship, he practiced general medicine in Seattle, Houghton Lake, and Lapeer, Michigan. In 1969, he began a three-year residency in radiology at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Flint, Michigan, and became a board-certified radiologist, specializing in interventional radiology. He became a fellow with the American Osteopathic College of Radiology and practiced radiology in Philadelphia, Tucson, Flint, and Tulsa. He retired at age 70. During his 44-year career, he was a dedicated and respected general practitioner serving local communities, which eventually led to professional honors and accolades. He developed new procedures in the interventional arena and became a board examiner. He restructured and improved resident training programs. His highest honor was to deliver the Annual Trenery Lecture with his beloved father and wife and many colleagues present.
All his life, Dr. Finnell was an avid lover of sports and the outdoors. He loved playing basketball, football, track and field, and golf. He was elected to his high school sports Hall of Fame and made two holes in one! He could fish forever if you let him and has fished in many places. Any lake, ocean, or river would do! He enjoyed hunting and shooting and had many trophies, even a brown bear on wheels kept in Lapeer County Bank and Trust for many years! He loved to travel and finally made it to England, Scotland, and his beloved Ireland.
Lastly, but always first was his faith. He lived his Catholic faith from baptism to death. He attended daily mass frequently, read the Bible, and taught classes. His favorite ministry was Bernie’s Bunch which would go to nursing homes and bring music and songs to the residents. He loved bringing a smile to all people. His love of the Lord sustained him through all his trials and tribulations.
Steven L. Funk, DO, ’80, Kirksville, Missouri, died April 25, 2021.
James C. Green, DO, ’64, Fountain Hills, Arizona, died Oct. 12, 2020. He was loved by his family, friends, and patients. Dr. Green had a presence in the Ionia community for many years, not only as a family physician but also the team doc on the sidelines of all the high school sporting events. He was always willing to care for anyone in need.
Dr. Green is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 63 years and his three children, Dawn Green, Curt Green, and Leslie Bruenn and her husband, Carl. Poppy, as he was known to his grandchildren, has four surviving grandchildren, Ashley Allen and her husband, Gregg; Emily Green; Griffin Green; and Kelsy Kilmer along with his predeceased grandson, Kyle Kilmer.
Eric N. Hagberg, AuD, ’00, Phoenix, Arizona, died July 24, 2020. He was born in 1948 in Buckeye, Arizona, to Nelson and Pauline Hagberg and was raised in rural Frewsburg, New York.
He served in the Air Force at the Air Force Academy in Colorado as a surgical technician. After his discharge from the Air Force, Dr. Hagberg moved to Ohio to attend Kent State University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in audiology. He later earned his doctorate in audiology from ATSU in 2000. Dr. Hagberg established and operated Neuro-Communication Services, a successful private practice in Youngstown, Ohio. He co-authored “Prescription of Hearing Aids,” the first prescription method ever used to program hearing aids. Throughout his career, Dr. Hagberg was a mentor to many young audiologists and audiology students. Dr. Hagberg is highly regarded as a leader in his field and was instrumental in elevating the profession of audiology from a master’s- to a doctorate-level education. Dr. Hagberg was past president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and, at the time of his death, was serving as chair of its Advocacy Committee. As an international advocate for the hearing impaired, Dr. Hagberg traveled to China in 2014 to fit hearing aids on those in need as part of the “So the World May Hear” mission.
Dr. Hagberg enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. He was a member of Safari Club International, working to protect the freedom to hunt and to promote wildlife conservation worldwide. He earned a black belt in Karate and always enjoyed the food at the Canfield Fair in Ohio.
Dr. Hagberg and Jane retired to Arizona in 2016 from Ohio. Since moving to Arizona, he has enjoyed the desert lifestyle. He was an avid competitive shooter and actively involved in the Cactus Combat Match and Clay Busters leagues at The Ben Avery Shooting Facility, where he won numerous awards for sporting clays and action pistol competition.
He is survived by his wife, Jane, of 39 years; daughter, Rachel (Don); brother, Richard; and sister, Mary, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews, professional associates, and friends who will greatly miss him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Nelson and Pauline, and sister, Margaret “Peggy.”
Terrence E. Hawkins, DO, ’68, Kirksville, Missouri, died Sept. 24, 2020, at age 77. Dr. Hawkins was born March 23, 1943, to Marguerite (Cleary) Hawkins and Earl Hawkins in Kirksville, Missouri, and grew up with brothers Tommy and Wayne. He was educated in Kirksville through high school, Truman State University, and ultimately received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1968. Following graduation, he completed an internship and ophthalmology residency in Columbus, Ohio. He then pursued a career as an ophthalmologist at private practices in Kirksville, Columbus, and Toledo, Ohio. Dr. Hawkins participated in various medical societies and appointments but was most proud of his fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, England, from 1987-88. He enjoyed a year in the United Kingdom with his family, learning and exploring the country. He married Janet (Keith) Hawkins and they raised two children, Allison and Ian. Dr. Hawkins lived for his children and loved more than anything spending time with his family. He was a passionate and unique character who valued good meals (especially seafood and dessert), travel, visiting old friends, running errands around town, quick-witted humor, British culture, motorcycles, and listening to live music in the Kirksville community.
Preceded in death by parents, Marguerite and Earl Hawkins, he is survived by his loving family: wife, Janet Hawkins; daughter, Allison Hawkins and husband, Bradley Castellanos; son, Ian Hawkins and wife, Viviana Silva; grandchildren, Clea Castellanos, Pamela Castellanos, and Mariana Hawkins; brothers, Thomas Hawkins and wife, Cheryl; Wayne Hawkins, DO, ’81, and wife, Carleta; and many wonderful in-laws, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Barbara K. Heard, EdD, Kirksville, Missouri, died Aug. 22, 2020, at age 79. She was born on Sunday, Sept. 29, 1940, the daughter of James and Katherine (Lush) Nale in Detroit, Michigan. Barbara’s family settled in Clarksville, Tennessee, and this is where she spent most of her childhood. She graduated from Clarksville High School in 1958 and enrolled that fall at Austin Peay also in Clarksville. At Austin Peay, she performed with the marching band as a member of the Governorates. She moved abroad to Germany for a few years, developed her love of history and a few great friends. When she returned from Germany, she continued her education, graduating from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion with a doctor of education degree in psychology. In 1978, she joined the education faculty at Northeast Missouri State University, which later became Truman State University. She enjoyed her career, devoting 27 years to training students in special education and retired from Truman State University in 2005.
At the Golden Spike in Kirksville she met her travel companion, ostler, and love of her life, John T. Heard Jr. They were united in marriage on Oct. 30, 1981, and enjoyed their days together. She loved to travel, and they enjoyed life and all that it provided.
Barbara had a true love for horses and her dogs and even raised dogs to help support her way through college. She loved to ride her horses and enjoyed trail riding around their home, along with traveling to various places to ride with friends and family. Barbara was kind, compassionate, easy going, and full of adventure, and she touched many lives.
Barbara was preceded in death by her two sisters, Virginia Hill and Marilyn Melton. She is survived by her husband, John T. Heard Jr., ATSU’s former vice president of research, grants, and information systems; one sister, Margaret and Jay Clutter; three special nieces, Jessica Clutter, Kathy Sue Melton, and Lori Hill, along with many other nieces, nephews and friends.
William F. Heatley, DO, ’62, Florence, South Carolina, died Jan. 16, 2021, at age 89. Dr. Heatley was the husband of Norma Mae Heatley for 45 years; father of William Heatley Jr., Robert Heatley, and Brigid (Christopher) Kennedy; stepfather of Terry (Linda) Palmeter and David Palmeter; grandfather of Matthew L., Michelle, Matthew, Laura, Leigh Ann, Carrie, Colleen, and Sinead; and his loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Caroline (Heatley) Kuhlman; first wife, Genevieve Fordham; son, Robert Heatley; sister, Suzanne (Heatley) Duffey; stepson, David Palmeter, and his wife, Norma.
He was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Fannie (Ransom) and Robert Heatley on Aug. 20, 1931. He had many names including Billy, Bill, Uncle Bill, Willy, Dad, and perhaps the one that defined him — Doc. Dr. Heatley was a founding physician of Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital and had a private practice in Waterford for 40 years. Last of a breed of general practitioners who still delivered babies, performed general surgery, and made house calls. When he retired in 2001, he was treating the children of babies he had delivered.
Dr. Heatley led an adventurous life. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and attended the University of Toledo and medical school at ATSU-KCOM. He traveled extensively with his wife, visiting Europe, Israel, Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. He was a licensed private pilot who volunteered to fly donated organs for transplant and was a longtime member of the Flying Physicians Association. He was an avid golfer who qualified as a U.S. Golf Association amateur, played in many tournaments, and was a proud member of Indianwood Country Club for many years. He will be missed by his family, friends, and former patients.
Cynthia L. Hix, Kirksville, Missouri, died Jan. 7, 2021, at age 64. The daughter of the late Ronald and Earlette (Fyfe) Slawski, she was born Nov. 23, 1956, in St. Louis, Missouri. On June 7, 1980, in Fenton, Missouri, Cindy was united in marriage to Elliott Lee Hix Jr., DO, ’80. Cindy is survived by her husband, Dr. Hix; one son and daughter-in-law, Elliott and Emilee Hix III; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Brandon Messer, and Lauren and Daniel Blake; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Cathy Wenzel, Sharon and Dan DeSalme, and Karen and Dan Smith; two grandchildren, Emery and Ella Hix; as well as her third grandchild due soon; and several nieces and nephews.
Cindy was a graduate from Eureka High School with the class of 1975 and attended Meramec Community College in Kirkwood, Missouri. She worked a number of years as a medical transcriptionist and ended her career as a transcription editor.
Cindy was very devoted to her family and felt blessed to be a stay-at-home mom and eventually a babysitter for her grandchildren, Emery and Ella, whom she loved so dearly. She will be remembered for being a master cook, her love of crafting and playing games with her family, the countless hours spent in happy activities with her family and friends, and taking care of all who needed her. The love she gave made these her greatest achievements. She was beloved by all who knew her. Her joyous spirit will live on in many.
Cindy was a member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Kirksville, past president of the Auxiliary to the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons, member of Kirksville High School (KHS) Booster Club, KHS Drama Mama, president of PTA, and member of the Kirksville Arts Association.
James R. Honeywell, DO, ’71, Spokane, Washington, died Aug. 18, 2020, at age 75. He was born Nov. 13, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward and Lucille Honeywell. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM with a degree in osteopathic medicine. In 1972, he moved to California, Missouri, and started Honeywell/Canter Medical practice. He worked for more than 42 years as a doctor serving patients in mid-Missouri.
Dr. Honeywell married Sylvia in 1970, and the couple had two children together. He was a generous and kind man who enjoyed taking care of people for the majority of his life. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandkids, farming, sports, and the company of his wife. His family and friends will always remember him as a kind-hearted man who always tried to help his family, friends, and neighbors.
Dr. Honeywell is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his son, Michael; and his daughter, Allyson. He is also survived by six granddaughters and the spouses of his children. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and mother, Lucille Honeywell.
John R. Howard Jr., DO, ’73, Chesapeake, Virginia, died Jan. 26, 2021, at age 73. He was born March 16, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late John Randolph and Helene Priscilla Woody Howard. He grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, graduating from Klamath Union HIgh School in 1965. After attending the University of Oregon for one year, he transferred to Oregon State University where he graduated in 1969. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was a runner on the track team in high school and college. He then attended ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri, where he received his medical degree in 1973.
Dr. Howard served as a U.S. naval medical officer and interned at the Oakland Naval Hospital in Oakland, California, followed by a year serving as the medical officer for the 3rd Marine Division. He was later assigned to Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia, in 1975. Then, he completed a three-year internal medicine residency at Oakland Naval Hospital and served as chief medical resident during his third year. He was then assigned to a three-year tour as the head of internal medicine at the Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain. It was in Spain where he acquired his private pilot’s license. Subsequently, he was assigned to the National Cancer Institute Naval Oncology Branch after a three-year fellowship in hematology/oncology at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his 20-year U.S. naval career at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, interrupted by a six-month deployment to Fleet Hospital Five during Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia. He received his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1993 with a Navy Commendation Medal and served as head of the Hematology/Oncology department during his time there. Following his naval medical career, he joined Virginia Oncology Associates and then retired in 2018.
In addition to running and flying, Dr. Howard enjoyed racing with his son in go-karts and Legend cars at various tracks, and it was at Langley Speedway, where he received “Most Improved Driver” in 1999. He flew many Angel flights for patients in need and enjoyed regular participation in the bicycling club, the Chucatuck Chain Gang. He enjoyed family time at Lake Gaston, hiking, snow skiing, and tinkering on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna Attolino Howard; his children, Helene Newman (Michael), John Woody Howard (Amy), and Jessica Martens (Steuart); along with six grandchildren, Rachel and Asher Newman, Adalee and Hayden Howard, and James and William Martens. He also leaves behind his siblings, Kent Howard (Joy), Brian Howard (Dawn), and Carol Timon (Spencer); six nieces and nephews; as well as numerous cousins and a host of extended family and friends of whom he dearly loved.
Charles L. Hutto, AuD, ’01, Severna Park, Maryland, died Nov. 21, 2020, at age 75. He was born in Abilene, Texas, July 18, 1945, to Charles Herman Hutto and Lola Elizabeth Hutto (née Van Zandt). Although he cherished his Texan roots, he lived all over the world as a self-described Navy brat. He especially loved his time as a young boy on the island of Kwajalein in the South Pacific. Dr. Hutto attended the University of Arizona where he met his wife, Kate (née Hume). They were married in Tucson, Arizona, on June 3, 1967. He was in the Air Force from 1966-69 serving as a Chinese linguist. He was last stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, which led to his settling in Anne Arundel County.
Dr. Hutto graduated from the University of Maryland with high honors, attended graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, and earned his doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS. After being the consultant audiologist to the Maryland School for the Blind and the Anne Arundel County Health Department, he founded Chesapeake Hearing Centers in 1975, becoming the first audiologist in private practice in the state of Maryland. From humble beginnings, Chesapeake Hearing Centers has grown to seven locations across Maryland, serving as a pillar in the community and improving thousands of lives through better hearing. Dr. Hutto discovered audiology when he and his wife adopted a deaf child, Ernest. The experience taught him the importance of hearing in our lives and of early intervention in hearing loss. One of his proudest moments was being selected to initiate the first in-hospital hearing screening program at Anne Arundel General Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He also mentored countless audiologists nationwide, served as president of the Maryland Academy of Audiology and the Audiological Resource Association, lectured at local and national professional meetings, and taught graduate courses at Loyola College.
Dr. Hutto was a loving and devoted father. When his daughters were in high school, he was an active Severna Park High School Marching Band Booster, composing much-loved videos of their performances. Throughout his life, he was a man with many great passions, from photography, astronomy, and golfing to playing bluegrass music on his guitar, tinkering with computers, avidly following developments in space travel, and reading about Texas history. Although he never fully retired, he and Kate enjoyed many years of the RV lifestyle, traveling extensively in their motorhome.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, David. He is survived by his wife, Kate; his daughters, Mariya Hutto (Pam) and Julie Petruzzi (Paul); his son, Ernest Hutto (Fawn); and his grandchildren, Nathaniel Redd, Samantha Petruzzi, and Erica Petruzzi. He is also survived by his sister, Summer Hutto, and his brother, David Hutto (Pat), among many other much-loved relatives.
James S. Jealous, DO, ’70, Talent, Oregon, died Feb. 16, 2021, at age 77. Dr. Jealous was born in Saco, Maine, on May 12, 1943, son of the late Sargent Jealous, DO, and Annette (Smith) Jealous. He grew up in Portland, Maine, developing a deep love of the outdoors. He often joked that he spent more time out in the woods than anything else. He graduated from Deering High School in 1961 where he took part in cross country, track and lettered in basketball as #12. He was voted Outstanding Tournament Player in 1960 for being the high scorer. He was also selected by his peers as best dancer, class comedian, personality plus, and class president. Pursuing his goal to become a DO, he graduated pre-med from the University of Vermont in 1965, then enrolled at ATSU-KCOM. He graduated in 1970 after completing an anatomy fellowship with the renowned George E. Snyder, PhD. Throughout his education, he was mentored by some of the finest osteopathic minds of the 20th century: Ruby Day, DO, Anne Wales, DO, Rollin Becker, DO, Robert Fulford, DO, and many more. After an internship at the Osteopathic Hospital in Portland, he settled in Fryeburg, Maine, “to be near good trout streams.” In 1970, he entered into general practice with Keith Buzzell, DO, Bud Freeman, DO, and Scott Roby, DO. In addition to seeing patients in the office, he made house calls all over the rural area. Dr. Jealous moved his practice to North Bridgton, Maine, in 1978 for many years and then later went on to open practices in Vermont and New Hampshire. During his many years in practice, Dr. Jealous achieved uncanny results with his mastery of osteopathic skill, which made him famous. Many patients came from all areas across the world to be treated by Dr. Jealous in order to get well. Dr. Jealous understood some patients couldn’t afford his services and graciously accepted items from patients in lieu of money. They would bring items such as fresh eggs from their farms, fresh vegetables from their gardens, or a homemade pie. In time, Dr. Jealous became one of the leading osteopathic physicians in the world. His dedication to osteopathy was unmeasurable both to his patients and continuing education of the profession. He started teaching medical students in his office in 1973 and began teaching at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978. Soon, he also was elected director of the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, where he educated many postgraduate physicians in traditional osteopathy. He co-founded the Anne Wales Study Group, also called A Still Sutherland Study Group (ASSSG) in New England in 1984, which studies the roots of osteopathic principles. Using his study and experience, he decided to create his own program in 1992 and authored a teaching curriculum program, which would later be known as the Biodynamics of Osteopathy. This brought together his many years of learning and experiencing osteopathy with his love of nature. It truly captured his personality and art of practicing osteopathy. It has been a curriculum that has the largest continuing osteopathic postgraduate following in the world. Dr. Jealous was a lecturer and member of numerous osteopathic associations and study groups across the globe. Additionally, Dr. Jealous created an undergraduate program called BioBasics in 1993. This program offers undergraduate educational training on the foundational principles in osteopathy. Dr. Jealous has taught thousands of osteopathic medical students and physicians through the years and his programs continue to this day.
In 2003, he retired from general practice to dedicate all of his time to teaching osteopaths all over the world. He traveled to numerous countries teaching his love of osteopathy to fellow osteopaths and helped establish numerous training programs to mentor young osteopaths. Finally, in 2009, he settled down in southern Oregon with his wife, Anna-Maria, and their son, Samuel, to continue teaching and enjoy the wild rivers of the Pacific Coast. Dr. Jealous had a love for children and founded many pediatric clinics all over the world, including London, Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, Russia, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. It brought him happiness that these children’s clinics and training programs sprouted out of his teaching and helped so many children and their families. These programs are still running leaving an incredible legacy behind. He always spoke beautifully and with such love for his own children, Samuel and Marnee, and his grandchild, Lauren.
As a devoted writer, Dr. Jealous published several books including most recently a children’s book. He wrote poems and reflections and created his own audio lecture series with 67 lectures on various aspects of the Biodynamics of Osteopathy. Dr. Jealous was an avid outdoorsman, and he felt at peace in the wilderness and truly enjoyed nature. His deep passion was fishing, which included tying his own flies and fishing every river in Maine and New Hampshire and numerous in Oregon. He took trips to remote areas, including Alaska and Labrador, to fish and hunt. He had a love of pick-up trucks, french-fries, giving restaurant recommendations, and meeting anyone for breakfast.
He was and always will be beloved around the world by his family, friends, patients, and colleagues. His spiritual life was exceedingly important to him, and he had a deep connection to God. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, teacher, physician, mentor, friend, and confidant. He was extremely generous, giving openly to anyone and did so very humbly. He was a healer and helped countless people over the years. He had a gift like no other, and there will never be anyone like him. He has touched many, many lives around the world.
Dr. Jealous is survived by his wife, Anna-Maria; son, Samuel; daughter, Marnee and her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Lauren (his granddaughter); his brother, Fred Jealous and spouse, Ann; his brother, Bill and spouse, Jonnie; along with nieces and nephews.
Robert L. Kaufman, DO, ’58, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, died July 19, 2020, at age 92. Born Sept. 17, 1927, in Altoona, he was a son of the late David Kaufman, MD, and Dora (Klavan) Kaufman. He was preceded in death by his life partner and wife of 52 years, Marjorie A. Kaufman, in 2008, and two brothers, Brooks and Carl Kaufman. Surviving are his children, Juliette A. Kaufman-Martin, David R. Kaufman, and Kevin J. Kaufman; a brother, Barry Kaufman; and a grandson, Trevor R. Martin.
Dr. Kaufman attended elementary, junior, and senior high school in Altoona and entered and graduated naval preparatory at Admiral Farragut Academy, Pine Beach, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a member of the Naval Aviation Combat Crew during World War II.
When he returned home, he continued his studies at Penn State University, Gettysburg College receiving a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry, pathology assistant for George Heid, MD, at Altoona Hospital, ATSU-KCOM where he attained his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, and Bashline-Rossman Hospital, Grove City, Pennsylvania, (rotating) internship.
Dr. Kaufman established his family medical practice in Lewistown in 1959. He was on staff (board of directors), serving as chief of staff and secretary/treasurer at F.W. Black Hospital through the years. He served on the board of directors at Lewistown Hospital. He was the medical director at FMC Corporation/Avtex Fibers Inc./Lewistown Specialty Yarn Inc. conclusively from 1973-95. He was house physician at the William Penn Nursing Center from 1976-85. He maintained an active family practice in the area beginning in 1959 and continuing through 2001 when he chose to retire.
Apart from his medical and family life, Dr. Kaufman belonged to the following: life member of the American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania Osteopathic General Practice Society, and Pennsylvania Academy of Family Practice, BPOE #663, Loyal order of Moose #143, American Legion Post #90, Civil Air Patrol group #1300; medical officer, aviation medical examiner for Federal Aviation Administration, Air Force Association, secretary/treasurer for Mifflin County Airport Authority, WWII Flyers, and VFW: member at large. A highly regarded aviation enthusiast, Dr. Kaufman was an accomplished, licensed pilot who enjoyed flying his 1946 and 1950 Navion(s) as well as a 1961 Erocoupe. He enjoyed building model planes and flying remote control projects. He was a certified open-water scuba diver and an avid Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
John C. Kemplin, DO, ’51, Bedford, Texas, died Aug. 19, 2020, at age 98. Born in the Wolf Ridge community near Gainesville, Texas, the fourth of six children, Dr. Kemplin attended a one-room schoolhouse, graduated from Gainesville High School, and was attending the University of North Texas when the U.S. entered World War II. He soon found himself a naval officer in combat in the South Pacific. After the war, having completed medical school at ATSU-KCOM, Dr. Kemplin practiced medicine in Amarillo, listening to patients and making house calls in all kinds of weather. Later, supervising the radiology department at Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital, he became a founding professor at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, now the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
In retirement, Dr. Kemplin’s interests included teaching computer classes, World Bible School, Mission Printing; teaching Bible classes at Alta Mesa and Western Hills Churches of Christ; gardening; and investing in rental properties. He and his wife, Billie, befriended and helped many. Both their children treasured their friendship and wise counsel, made vivid by Dr. Kemplin’s homespun philosophy and stories.
Dr. Kempline was preceded in death by his wife. He is survived by his brother, Carl Kemplin; his daughter, Camille Dean and husband, Roger; his son, Steve Kemplin and wife, Sondra; and his stepdaughter, Linda Powell. There are seven grandchildren, David Dean, Robin Burgess, Valerie Kammer, Caryn Emmons, Amalia Kemplin, Molly Stiles, and Melanie Dunn. There are nine great-grandchildren, Liam Dean, Miller Vititow, Adrienne Burgess, Andrew Powell, Benjamin Spencer, Ruby Stiles, Roxy Stiles, Phoebe Dunn, and Henry Dunn.
Christopher R. Kleinsmith, DO, ’80, Ogden, Utah, died Dec. 10, 2020. A generous, opinionated, disciplined, and kind man with a deep intellect, Dr. Kleinsmith was often described as being the smartest man in the room. He was born to Ellen Gardner and Robert Kleinsmith in Kirksville, Missouri. Raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, he and his brothers had many misadventures at the family cottage on Lake Huron. He attended Albion College on music and other scholarships. He graduated with majors in biology and speech communications and theatre. He was proud of having attended National Music Camp (Interlochen Arts Camp), as clarinet first chair.
Dr. Kleinsmith graduated from medical school at ATSU-KCOM in 1980. A doctor of osteopathic medicine, he was board certified in aerospace medicine, occupational medicine, and family medicine. He served our country for 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2007 as a colonel. As a flight surgeon, “Doc” (his callsign) served in Europe, the Gulf War (Saudi Arabia), Korea, California, Oklahoma, and Texas. However, he is best known for his many years at Hill Air Force Base (AFB). He was a “Black Widow” with the 421st Fighter Squadron/388th Fighter Wing, chief of aeromedical services with the 75th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, and flight commander of the Occupational Medicine Flight. Upon retirement from active duty, Dr. Kleinsmith served as the civilian chief of occupational medicine at Hill AFB, retiring in September 2020. He literally touched every mission at Hill AFB. Among his many unique accomplishments, he served as Senator John Glenn’s flight surgeon for his space shuttle mission in 1998.
When not working, Dr. Kleinsmith loved to ski, and Snowbasin was his second home. On powder days, he always wanted to start on the “Diamond” and was known for his medicinal libations on the Needles Gondola. He also loved golf on Saturdays with the guys, tennis, music, hunting birds, and the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions.
Dr. Kleinsmith leaves behind his brothers, Mark and wife, Isabelle, and Dennis (aka Tim); children, Jordan, Alex, Caitlin, and Elisabeth; and his partner, Mary McKinley, with whom he shared many great moments, walks, bike rides, visits to Jekyll Island in Georgia, and plans for the future. Dr. Kleinsmith enjoyed a tight and loyal circle of friends. A man with few regrets, he cherished his time with the staff at Occupational Medicine, especially Lindsay Strickland who kept him pointed in the right direction every day. She and her children were like family to him. His adopted Utah families included Eric and Kathie Roman, their children Greg, Amanda, and Melissa, also Bob and Teri Ekstrom and children, Erin and Tom. Special thanks to Don Hickman, Keith Hanchett, and Eric Roman for their friendship and ski-mentorship for many years.
James H. Koogler, DO, ’58, Roseburg, Oregon, died Feb. 6, 2020.
Victor F. Krynicki Jr., DO, ’55, North Riverside, Illinois, died March 24, 2021, at age 91. He was the devoted husband of Kathryn nee Slomski; loving father of Linda (Donald) Thor, Susan (Paul) Skryd, Denise (Joseph) Zmuda, and Kenneth (Eileen) Krynicki; dearest grandfather of Jennifer (Peter) Pierman, Sarah (Rodney) Bass, Joseph (Merlot) and Jonathan Thor, Stephanie (Tony) Dusek, Kristin (Ryan) Scupin, Brittany and Natalie Skryd, Catherine (Ron) Rowe, and Heather (Jeremy) Jasien and Ryan Krynicki; dear great grandfather of 17; fond brother of Joan (late Blaine) Manker; uncle of Jalaine (Scott) Nickels and James (Linda) Manker; and brother-in-law of Helen Angelo.
Richard M. Levesque, DO, ’72, Portland, Maine, died Jan. 20, 2021, at age 76. He was born May 25, 1944, to Lucien and Alice (Roy) Levesque in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where his father was preparing to deploy to the European theatre of World War II. The eldest of six children, Dr. Levesque grew up in Columbia, Connecticut. He was a mischievous teen who eventually found direction and purpose as a competitive swimmer. He attended Springfield College where he was on the swim team and earned a degree in biology.
After Springfield College, Dr. Levesque earned a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut prior to earning a doctor of osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM. During his career as a surgeon in Portland, he became a governor of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He was an innovative and skilled surgeon admired for his surgical expertise. He pioneered nutrition-focused postoperative treatment specifically for gallbladder surgery. He was gracious with his time and gave thoughtful teaching insights.
Dr. Levesque had a lifelong passion for sailing, which began as a kid in the Sea Scouts on small lakes in Connecticut. On those lakes, he sailed the family Sunfish and crewed on Lightnings in local regattas. During his working years, he raced and cruised on Maine’s Casco Bay, campaigning a series of IOR, IMS, and PHRF boats named Widgeon, Spirit, and Tamarack out of the Portland Yacht Club. A dedicated and fun-loving crew shared wins at Block Island Race Week, PHRF New England’s and the Gulf of Maine DIRIGO Bowl Season Championship. In his later years, after his own competitive sailing ended, Dr. Levesque dedicated himself to teaching and mentoring new and young sailors. He taught sailing at SailMaine where he loved to teach eager adults in J22s and found great joy coaching the Falmouth High School sailing team. He taught the “big picture” and fundamentals of sailboat racing. He was a highly sought-after instructor with a loyal following of adult students who would spend lessons sailing with him to lobster roll shacks on Portland’s waterfront. Several of his Falmouth High School sailors went on to earn All-American honors in college. His greatest on-the-water accomplishment was instilling a lifelong love and passion for sailing and the sea in his sons.
Dr. Levesque is survived by three sons, Michael, Peter, and Chris; five grandchildren; and four siblings, Gene, Janet, Peter, and Suzanne. He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond.
W. Richard Loerke, DO, ’58, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Aug. 12, 2020, at age 87. Dr. Loerke was born on Thursday, Oct. 20, 1932, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Welden and Ruth (Bozell) Loerke. He met Nevin Wright through a mutual friend on a high school choir trip. They dated for three years and were married Aug. 9, 1953, in Ottumwa. They raised three sons and a daughter in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were actively involved in the numerous activities of their children. As empty nesters, they enjoyed traveling with friends, weekends at the lake, volunteering, and spending time with their grandchildren. Sunday marked their 67th wedding anniversary.
He was a 1950 graduate of Ottumwa High School. He received his bachelor of science in chemistry from Northeast Missouri State University and his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM. He completed his internship in Kirksville, Missouri. After his training, Dr. Loerke relocated his family to Tulsa and started a family practice clinic in Northland Shopping Center. Later, he joined a group of doctors at Benien Clinic in downtown Tulsa. He was also on staff at Oklahoma State University (Tulsa Regional) Medical Center and Southcrest Medical Center where he treated patients and delivered over 2,500 babies. He practiced medicine for over 50 years.
Some of Dr. Loerke’s favorite activities included spending time with family, golfing with friends, gardening, and singing in his church’s choir. With his family, he loved to attend as many of his grandchildren’s sporting and school events as possible, traveling to fun destinations, and watching sporting events. He loved golf, and in his retirement, he golfed with his friends every week. He was incredibly committed to his church, Asbury United Methodist, where he served on numerous committees and sang in the church choir for nearly 60 years. While at Asbury, he was a member of the Mariners community. He was also a devoted member of the Southeast Rotary Club. In his retirement, he loved to read to children at Walt Whitman Elementary School.
He is survived by his wife, Nevin; brother, David and wife, Anita; daughter, Nancy and husband, Tom Kragt; sons, Jim, Bob and wife, Susan, Tom and wife, Phyllis; grandchildren, Tim, Matt, Mary and husband, Danny, Bethany, Becka, Rob and wife, Carissa, Rick and wife, Alisha, Randy and wife, Melissa, Sara and husband, Joe, Samuel, Sophie, Kaylee and husband, Travis, Courtney and husband, Ben, Christopher, Hannah, Abby; and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Welden and Ruth, and an infant great-grandchild.
Robert E. Madsen, DO, ’56, Kirksville, Missouri, died Nov. 17, 2020, at age 92. He was born May 1, 1928, in Minneapolis, the son of Norwegian immigrants, Thorvald and Petra Madsen. He attended Wheaton College in Illinois and graduated from the University of Minnesota. In 1956, he graduated from ATSU-KCOM. He interned at Laughlin Hospital in Kirksville and a general surgery residency in Battle Creek, Michigan. From 1960-62, he was awarded a coveted fellowship at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. He was board certified in 1966, later a fellow, in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He was chairman of the Surgery departments in Youngstown, Ohio; Muskegon, Michigan; as well as many years at KOH. He was a long time member of ATSC, serving in the Anatomy and Surgery departments. He had the privilege to mentor medical students over the years in the operating room, the classroom, and cadaveric study. He took great pleasure in treating and knowing his many patients in over 40 years of surgical practice.
In his personal life, he had a certain faculty for idiosyncrasies and seeming contradictions owing to great passions for intellectual pursuits, physical activities — emphasizing to his children the value of routine, preparation, and a singular drive to succeed.
The same man who was inconvenienced with cell phones or an ATM, could visit a remote Swedish countryside for the first time, without benefit of map or GPS, come upon an obscure village sign, and could direct the driver to an unmarked 400-year-old battlefield, describing the conflict in detail.
Students referred to him as Dr. Webster… His precision with vocabulary would hit high points in his unique humor — he was a true raconteur. And yet, he always emphasized that patients want simple kitchen table, shirtsleeve English rather than superior GPA or surgical skills from their doctor. He was a man of discipline and integrity. To him, doing what was right was paramount, in season or out.
A retired general surgeon, longtime faculty member, and mentor to students, Dr. Madsen was a constant figure on the Kirksville, Missouri, campus and was an emeritus professor. Until the time of his death, he continued educating ATSU-KCOM students in the Department of Anatomy.
Dr. Madsen’s 64-year career included numerous awards, research projects, publications, lectures, and memberships. In 2004, he was the recipient of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association Living Tribute Award.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Bobbie, and grandson, Colin Madsen. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Paul Madsen. Also surviving are his daughters, Molly, Julie, Jenny, and sons, Kurt, DO, ’88, and James. He has 11 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. He will be so missed. Humble before God. A giant among men.
Sue Magruder, MA, Kirksville, Missouri, died May 29, 2021, at age 88. Sue was born June 26, 1932, near Bowling Green, Missouri, the daughter of Cecil R. Brimer and Lottie Maude (Stanley) Brimer.
When Sue was 2 years old, she moved with her family to Powell, Wyoming, where they homesteaded in the Big Horn Basin. Her first memory on the homestead is of waking up in bed in the morning and finding snow on her face and eyelashes. In fourth grade, Sue checked a book out of the school library called Lost Worlds. It was a book about ancient civilizations and had a picture of Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple in Egypt. She thought it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen and was determined she would one day go there. In August 1990, she fulfilled that dream. During World War II, the family moved to Renton, Washington, before returning to Hannibal, Missouri, where Sue finished her last two years of high school. She attended Hannibal LaGrange College, receiving her elementary teaching certificate. She then taught school in Antonia, Missouri, for two years before attending Northeast Missouri State Teachers College to finish her teaching degree. While standing in the registration line on June 4, 1954, she met a smiling young man named Jack Magruder. On their first date, Jack told her that he was going to marry her and that he dreamed of someday becoming a science education professor at the college. Ten weeks later, on Aug. 4, 1954, they were married at First Baptist Church in Kirksville. And she did finish her degree, graduating from the college in May 1955.
The next several years were spent moving around the country (Iowa, Colorado, California, Louisiana) while Jack pursued his master’s and doctoral degrees. Sue taught elementary school, and they grew their family. In 1964, the family returned to Kirksville where Jack had been offered a job teaching in the science division at Northeast Missouri State College. Sue eventually completed her master’s degree at Northeast Missouri State University with additional work at University of Missouri-Columbia. Sue dedicated her life to education. She taught for 13 years at Northeast Missouri State University. She served nine years as first lady of Truman State University and four years as first lady of A.T. Still University (and was later named first lady emerita). She was an adult Sunday School teacher for 11 years and a literacy teacher in the Adair County Adult Education Program. As recently as the 2019-20 school year, Sue was a reading tutor through the Oasis program at Kirksville Primary School.
She always loved to travel, read, fish, and do jigsaw puzzles. A place of special meaning to the family was Yellowstone National Park. One of the recent trips in 2015 included 17 members of her family. In 1966, Jack and Sue built their house in the country east of Kirksville where they raised their children along with numerous horses, cattle, hogs, cats, and dogs. There they welcomed generations of students from around the world and countless gatherings of friends and family. She raised her family with superb love and dedication, leaving a legacy of faith, hope, and love.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Lottie; her sister, Aleta Fountain; and brother, Dale Brimer. She is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 67 years, Willis Jackson Magruder, EdD, ATSU president emeritus. She is also survived by her three children, Julie Beth Magruder Lochbaum, Kerry Vaughn Magruder (Candace), and Laura Ellen Magruder Mann (Marvin). Grandchildren include James (Rojina) Lochbaum, Anna (Matthew) Matheney, Rachel (Stephen) Folmar, Hannah Magruder, Zac Burden, Susanna Magruder, Jackson (Brianna) Mann, Jonathan Mann, and a great-grandson, Maverick Mann.
James A. Martin, DO, ’62, Prescott, Arizona, died April 20, 2021, at age 88. He was born Nov. 26, 1932, in Dodge City, Kansas, to George and Catherine Martin, and lived primarily in Ulysses, Kansas, until young adulthood. He joined the Naval Air Force and served four years during the Korean War. Upon his return, he finished college and went on to obtain a doctorate in osteopathic medicine, following in his father’s footsteps. He touched the lives of thousands of people throughout his 55+ year career in family medicine, first in New Mexico, then Colorado, and finally in Mesa and Prescott, Arizona. He received many accolades and was active in various medical and community endeavors.
Dr. Martin had many passions and hobbies over the years, including photography, music, travel, reading, fishing, and art. Those who knew him best will agree that he was always a “fashion plate” who loved beautiful clothes and shoes. And really nice cars!
He is survived by his five daughters and their husbands, Jacquelin Martin and Clive Spray, Denise Martin and Bruce Green, Nanette Peterson and Joseph Peterson, Renee Martin-Gould and Liam Gould, and Pamela Weig and Randy Weig; his brother, Chuck and wife, MaryKay Martin; his loving partner, Sonia Borondy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thomas O. Morgan, DO, ’87, Sheridan, Michigan, died Nov. 3, 2019, at age 62. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, Sept. 6, 1957, and went home with his twin brother, Timothy, to his parents, Dr. Alan and Bonnie Sue Morgan. Dr. Morgan spent his childhood between California and Michigan. He married Cindy Morgan, and they became parents to their loving daughters, Natalie and Rachael Morgan. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM, Kirksville, Missouri, in 1987 and completed his residency in general surgery at Oakland Hospital, Oakland, Michigan. Dr. Morgan maintained surgical practices in Carson City, Marlette, and Big Rapids, Michigan. He retired in 2014 due to health issues. He loved his family, motorcycles, boating, his dogs and cats, and being in the great outdoors.
Dr. Morgan is survived by his daughters, Natalie and Rachael Morgan; brothers and half-brothers, Jeff, Bill, and Patrick; sisters and half-sisters, Judy, Jenny, Kim, Megan, and Kathryn; his beloved granddaughters, Adriana, Lana, and Isabelle; and his stepmother, Sue Morgan. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Tim; his parents, Bonnie Sue Morgan Kaminski and Alan Morgan; and his sister, Leslie.
Ronald F. Morley, DO, ’72, Jefferson City, Missouri, died Oct. 7, 2020, at age 74. He was born March 14, 1946, the son of Fred J. and Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Brown Morley in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Morley graduated from West Hempfield Pennsylvania High School, earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Temple University in Philadelphia, and earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM. Following an internship in Largo, Florida, he completed an anesthesiology residency at Normandy Hospital, St. Louis. He was an anesthesiologist at the three local hospitals and a founding partner of Missouri Anesthesia Associates.
An avid gardener, he completed horticulture classes at the Royal Horticulture Society in England and from this knowledge, designed and planted an English walled garden at his home. He enjoyed the quest of finding antiques. His rare pieces were showcased in the Flow Blue Club Magazine and Conventions. Traveling was a passion, and he enjoyed visiting many countries and continents over the years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
On Sept. 12, 1970, he was united in marriage to Carla Jackson at St. Mary Aldermanbury Church on Westminster College’s campus in Fulton. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In addition to his wife, Carla, he is survived by a son, Geoffrey and his wife, Rebecca Chalmers; brother, David Morley and his wife, Debbie; sister, Joyce Dings; and nephews and a niece.
Raymond A. Murphy, DO, ’62, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, died Aug. 3, 2020, at age 83. Dr. Murphy was born Aug. 27, 1936, in Port Arthur, Texas, the son of Raymond and Lena Zumo Murphy. He was a 1955 graduate of Port Neches Groves High School, where he was an all-state basketball player despite not playing high school basketball until his junior year in high school. His press clippings indicate that former NFL quarterback and Monday Night Football personality Don Meredith was also Texas All-State in basketball that year, to give some perspective on timing.
Dr. Murphy was given an opportunity to continue his education in college via a basketball scholarship to Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and then completed his undergraduate education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. From there he moved to Missouri to attend medical school at ATSU-KCOM, having been inspired to do so by a family doctor growing up. There, he met Ann Maddox, who eventually became Ann Maddox Murphy. After an internship in Dallas, he and Ann returned to Missouri where he initially practiced in Brookfield and also operated a satellite practice in Brunswick, Missouri. Eventually, he joined his father-in-law R.D. “Rex” Maddox, DO, and later also had the privilege of practicing with his brother-in-law R.D. “Don” Maddox II, DO, in Macon, Missouri.
Following the completion of a residency in radiology, the Murphy family moved to Clarksville, Missouri, where Dr. Murphy practiced at Pike County Memorial Hospital, and then he spent the next 30+ years as a radiologist at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Missouri. Up until a month before his passing, Dr. Murphy continued to practice radiology on a locum tenens basis at various facilities. He simply loved people and the practice of medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Murphy’s lifetime passions were the American Quarter Horse and his family. After “grooming” for years while the rest of his family competed, and after undergoing a quadruple bypass in 2002, Dr. Murphy surprised the rest of the family in 2004 when he announced he had decided to compete himself. After purchasing his first horse for himself, Dr. Murphy quickly decided that he wanted to step up and be more competitive and, with the assistance of trainer Jon Barry, was able to purchase a western pleasure gelding named Chocolate For Sure in late 2004. That purchase began several glorious years when “Dr. Ray” and Ann traveled the country competing and spending time with old and new friends at various venues across the U.S. The journey with Chocolate For Sure culminated with world championships at both the National Snaffle Bit Association World and at American Quarter Horse Associaton’s Select World in 2006. Dr. Murphy was especially proud when he and Ann and Chocolate for Sure were inducted into the Missouri Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Dr. Murphy enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family, whether it be at equine or dance competitions, or high school sporting events. He had a unique and special relationship with each of his grandchildren, teaching them many valuable life lessons by setting an example for each of them to follow. Dr. Murphy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann. And he is survived by a loving sister, Mary (Charles) Woodall. He leaves two children, Mike (Linda) Murphy and Molly (Mike) Miller. And he is survived by seven grandchildren, Nicholas Murphy, Zachary Hibbits, Drew Miller, Brock Murphy, Halle Hibbits, Mikayla Miller, and Maddox Murphy.
Robert G. Panzer, DO, ’70, Ocala, Florida, died Sept. 12, 2020, at age 77. He was born May 28, 1943, in Malverne, New York, to Otto Panzer and Gertrude King Panzer. He graduated from ATSU-KCOM with a doctorate in osteopathic medicine and started a practice in Fort McCoy around 1972.
He was known to many as Dr. Bob, and for the last 20 years, has been a founder and part of Ocala Family Medical Center. The dedication, care, and kindness that Dr. Panzer lived his life with is unmatched, as his patients were like family to him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Kim Panzer; sons, Todd Panzer (Lisa), Tyler Lindsey (Lauren), and Jamison Panzer; 10 beautiful grandchildren; and a host of many other friends, family members, colleagues, and patients, all who will miss him dearly.
Will G. Peigelbeck, AuD, ’01, Wakefield, Rhode Island, died Jan. 26, 2020, at age 76. He was the son of the late Erma S. Peigelbeck and Will N. Peigelbeck. He was devoted to his two greatest gifts — his loving wife of 53 years, Alfreda, and his beloved daughter, Magen.
If you didn’t have the chance to meet Dr. Peigelbeck, you really missed out. He was full of life, and his life was full. He grew up in Edison, New Jersey, where he was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Edison High School. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island, where he met his match — Alfreda Lombardo. After proudly serving his country in the U.S. Air Force Security Service, he and Fredz settled down in Rhode Island. Dr. Peigelback became an audiologist, established South County Hearing Services in 1974, and for many years, helped people enjoy a better quality of life.
Dr. Peigelback belonged to many organizations, including the Wickford Yacht Club, Quonset Davisville Navy Yacht Club, and was commodore of the Point Judith Yacht Club. He was a communicant of Christ the King church in Kingston and served in many different ministries. He also enjoyed his membership in the Catholic War Veterans in Savannah. He was always willing to help — whether it was to build something, go somewhere, or just listen. He made friends quickly and always made you feel special.
In addition to his wife and daughter, Dr. Peigelbeck is missed by his sister, Karla Driscoll (Bob); sister-in-law, Tanie Hodgkinson (Hodge); nieces and nephews, Alesia (Will), Kami (Patrick), Michael (Michele), Tricia (Tina), and Rob (Karen); and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Richard W. Richards, DO, ’66, Sammamish, Washington, died Jan. 18, 2020, at age 87. He was born Feb. 7, 1932, in Rawlings, Wyoming, to Lewis and Charity Richards. Dr. Richards was in the U.S. Army, graduated from Eatonville High, and then attended the University of Washington and ATSU-KCOM where he worked as a doctor from 1967-2013. He was also a bat boy for the Seattle Rainiers in 1941 and the University of Washington-SAE president. He enjoyed cars, planes, dogs, knives, and thrift stores.
He is survived by his sons, Robert and Justin, and his daughters, LJ and Cindy. He is also survived by his brother, Bob, and grandchildren, Jamie, Westley, Nolan, Jordan, Amber, Amelia, and Sidney.
Jean Rumney, Minot, North Dakota, died Sept. 8, 2020, at age 95. Jean was born at home in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on Nov. 21, 1924, to Dan and Thalia (Graichen) Ohlinger. She was raised and educated in Ypsilanti. At age 17, she designed the winning insignia, “The Spirit of Ypsilanti,” for the first B-24 airplane from the Ford Willow Run bomber plant to be carried into battle during the second World War. Jean attended Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) where she received her degree in art education with a minor in music in 1947. She was a member of the Sigma Nu Phi sorority, Eastern Star, and the American Legion Auxiliary. After graduation, Jean taught art in the public schools of Ypsilanti and was organist for the First Baptist Church. She later became an office medical assistant to Ira C. Rumney, DO, ’37, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On Dec. 27, 1958, she and Dr. Rumney were married. They remained married until his death on Oct. 4, 1978.
In 1961, Jean and her family moved to Kirksville, Missouri, where her husband took a faculty position at ATSU-KCOM and later served on the board of admissions. Jean and her family were proud and active members of the First Baptist Church in Kirksville. Jean enjoyed art, music, and nurturing house plants. She was well-known for crafting hundreds of incredible faberge style eggs of all sizes, which she created with great care. Jean loved playing and listening to classical music. She shared this passion with her children and grandchildren, many of whom went on to study music at the collegiate level. Jean was also known for her incredible green thumb, observable in every window of her home. In 2009, Jean relocated to Minot, North Dakota, to be near her son, Jon; his wife, the late Lynne Rumney; and her granddaughter, Danica. Jean enjoyed her time living at Somerset Court assisted living. She relished concerts at Minot State University and services at Vincent United Methodist Church.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Thalia Ohlinger; husband, Dr. Ira C. Rumney; niece, Phyllis Harris; sister-in-law, Esther Ohlinger; and daughter-in-law, Lynne Rumney. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Jacqueline) Ohlinger; children, Don (Linda) Rumney, Erna (Stephen) Buckles, and Jon Rumney; grandchildren, Anna Katherine (Dan) Serber, Robert (Conner) Buckles, Stephen Joseph Buckles Jr., and Danica Rumney; and great-grandchildren, Ara Buckles and Oliver Buckles.
Laura E. Smith, DO, ’10, Columbia, Missouri, died June 9, 2021, at age 43. She was born Sept. 1, 1977, in Kirksville, Missouri, a daughter of Douglas, DO, ’78, and Cynthia (Tatum) Smith.
She attended Lamar High School in Meridian, Mississippi, graduating in 1995. Dr. Smith then received a bachelor’s degree in finance and psychology from Auburn University in 2000. She then attended New York University to complete a master’s degree in counseling and guidance in 2002. In 2010, she completed her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from ATSU-KCOM and in 2014 completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Smith worked as a psychiatrist for Burrell Behavioral Health as well as an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Dr. Smith is survived by her parents, Dr. Douglas and Cynthia Smith; brother, Dr. Brian Joseph (Valerie) Smith; daughters, Chloe M. Smith-Williams and Ellen J. Smith-Williams.
Mohammed Tabibi, DO, ’65, Carson City, Nevada, died Dec. 13, 2020.
Richard E. Tapert, DO, ’63, Ferndale, Michigan, died Sept. 17, 2020, at age 85. He was born Aug. 20, 1935. He was a 1953 graduate of St. Paul’s High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He attended the University of Detroit where he obtained his bachelor of science degree and went on to obtain his medical degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1963. Dr. Tapert practiced as an osteopathic physician in Detroit and later in St. Clair Shores for many years, focusing on natural healing, chelation therapy, acupuncture, and immune-boosting treatments. He was a leader in integrative medicine and was considered ahead of his time. He was much beloved by his patients, as many came great distances from other states and even Canada. Although Dr. Tapert was a sought-after healer, his true passion was music. He began his love of music at the early age of 6 playing the violin. He soon moved to the piano and later to the vibraphone. He formed the jazz band Dr. Dick’s good vibes in the 1970s and played with his band all over the metro Detroit area. He was very well-known in the local jazz scene and would play at the Detroit Montreux festival in the early days. He also had a love of art, nature, beauty, and photography. As a hobby, he loved to paint with acrylics in a very colorful style. He also loved to travel and was able to visit many beautiful places like Ecuador, Panama, and Hawaii with his wife, Grace. In his earlier days, he traveled to the Bahamas, Europe, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, and other Caribbean islands with family and friends. He loved to learn about the local culture and photograph the people and the beautiful scenery. He was greatly adored by his family and friends and will be missed dearly by all that came to know him.
Dr. Tapert was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Julius C. Tapert; mother, Margaret E. Tapert; son, Daniel R. Tapert; and older brother, Thomas J. Tapert.
He was the beloved husband of 12 years to Grace A. Tapert; dear father to Traci A. (Curt) Goure; beloved stepfather to Sarah Little, William Little, and John (Stacy) Little; and dear brother to John (Candy) Tapert, William (Pricilla) Tapert, Margaret Tapert, and Julie (Alan) Trombetta. He is lovingly remembered by grandchildren, Daniel M. (Maggie)Tapert, Kyle B. Tapert, Evan C. (Joleen) Elgie, Dana M. (Ian) Elgie, Aaron J. Goure, Jonathan P. Goure, Clark Little, Cashton Little, Jackson Little, Peyton Little, and Morgan Little, and great-grandchildren, Matthew Tapert, Patrick Tapert, and Wesley Elgie. Dr. Tapert is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
John T. Taylor, DO, ’69, Amarillo, Texas, died Nov. 27, 2020, at age 78. He was born Oct. 14, 1942, in Brownwood, Texas, to Henry and Margaret Taylor. He was active in Boy Scouts and earned Eagle Scout Rank. He graduated from Brownwood High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Howard Payne University (HPU). He was very proud of his family heritage at HPU. His grandfather, Dr. Thomas Hendricks Taylor was the longest-serving president at HPU to date. Dr. Thomas H. Taylor took office in 1929 shortly before the Great Depression. He kept Howard Payne open when other rural, private colleges failed by challenging faculty members to work without pay and house students in their homes without compensation. Most faculty members tore up their contracts and agreed to work without pay until the college began operating in the black.
After his time at HPU, Dr. John Taylor went on to medical school at ATSU-KCOM. The lieutenant governor of Texas at the time, Ben Barnes, paid for half of his tuition, as it was very important to him that Texas have more doctors of osteopathic medicine. On May 2, 1964, Dr. John Taylor married the love of his life, Patricia Atkinson, in Danbury, Texas. He began his practice in 1970, and had clinics in Amarillo, Roswell, Albuquerque, and Clovis, New Mexico. He is remembered by his family and friends as a true renaissance man. Among his many passions were medicine, photography, ranching, fishing, and hunting. He loved life and had a thirst for learning and knowledge. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dr. John Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Carmen Sue Taylor. Survivors include his wife, Pat Taylor; a son, Thomas H. Taylor and wife, Pamela; two daughters, Cindy Riesenberg and Terri Taylor; three grandchildren, Dylan Taylor, Molly Riesenberg, and Madison Riesenberg; and three step-grandchildren, Alex Vivens, Grant Vivens, and Chloe Vivens.
Michael K. Thelen, AuD, ’01, Neenah, Wisconsin, died Jan. 15, 2021, at age 72. He was born Sept. 1, 1948, in Menasha and lived in Neenah and the surrounding Fox Cities the majority of his life. Well educated, Dr. Thelen completed his educational journey by receiving his doctorate degree in audiology from ATSU-ASHS. He diligently worked in the audiology field for most of his career and founded his own practice, Audiology & Hearing Services Inc., in March 1984. He recently retired from the field in March 2018. He truly enjoyed his work and found careerlong satisfaction in caring for his patients and aiding them in their ability to improve the quality of their lives through better hearing.
Besides his career, Dr. Thelen consistently demonstrated living life to the fullest. Some of his most notable accomplishments include learning to fly a plane and sail, earning the Civilian Medal of Gallantry, working with the Special Olympics, and swimming across Lake Winnebago. An avid traveler, he was able to see many parts of the world and enjoyed numerous hobbies such as golf, riding his Harleys, and tinkering on his home. In the end, his best and favorite accomplishments were being a husband, dad, and grandfather. In recent years, his grandchildren were his newest passion and the light of his life.
Dr. Thelen is survived by Cheryl, his loving wife of 47 years; his children, Kimberly (Eric) Phillips and Michele (Ryan) Tuomi; and grandchildren, Tate, Trent, Brooke, and Kyla. He is also survived by many family members and friends he cared for deeply. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Thelen, and other family members and close friends.
Aaron Thompson, OMS II, class of 2023, Brookfield, Wisconsin, died Feb. 19, 2021.
Karen A. Tidmore, DO, ’78, Winchester, Tennessee, died March 9, 2021.
Henry G. Trybus, DO, ’56, Middlefield, Ohio, died Jan. 11, 2021, at age 93. Dr. Trybus was the youngest of nine children born to Adam Trybus and Anielia Krzywda, immigrants from Poland. He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in the small coal mining town of Lilly, Pennsylvania. His first memories were of learning his prayers in Polish, taught to him by his mother. His father was a coal miner, and he briefly followed his father and brothers into the backbreaking work in the mines. When he turned 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. World War II was just ending, and Dr. Trybus was stationed as a guard outside the trials at Nuremburg. His service completed, he returned to the U.S. and attended St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, on the GI Bill, becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He attended medical school at ATSU-KCOM. He did not own a car, so he walked and hitchhiked from Pennsylvania to Missouri on numerous occasions. While home on a break from medical school, he met Mona Jean Carles of Altoona, Pennsylvania, on a blind date. Their three-year courtship was one of letter writing while he completed his medical training.
Dr. Trybus and Mona were married on Aug. 24, 1957, and moved to Sperry Lane in Middlefield, Ohio, and he began his primary care practice. He quickly developed a reputation for kindness, competence, and generosity, and his practice flourished. Caring for the Amish population in Geauga County was particularly important to him, and he did house calls, home deliveries, and was available to care for their needs at all hours. His patients were like family, and he even delivered a baby boy who was named in his honor. Dr. Trybus was the father of three children and instilled in them his values of hard work and kindness to our fellow humans. Eventually he became known simply as “Doc,” a simple nod to his true passion. After 50 years of service, he retired from private practice but continued to volunteer his services at a free clinic in Painesville, Ohio.
The first great love of his life was his family, and he fervently supported his children’s academic and athletic efforts, then subsequently his grandchildren’s. In spite of his busy medical practice, he rarely missed a game, concert, or show. He was an ardent supporter of Cardinal Schools, having served as team physician for many years. Later, he found his second great love on the links in golf. He was on a constant quest to find the perfect swing and was happy to share his thoughts on that with others. He spent many wonderful days playing rounds of golf at Grandview Golf Course and enjoyed many evenings of fellowship with his Golf and Feast Group. St. Lucy’s was his lifelong spiritual home.
Dr. Trybus loved anything associated with the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, loved cocktail hour with family and friends, and always knew who the Yankees were playing and the final game score. He is a beloved grandfather to Jason Henry Ronyak (Cara), Jessica Ronyak (Daniel White), Jerrod Ronyak (Alexandra), Matthew Trybus, Katherine Trybus, Kira Tabor, Joseph Trybus, Andrew Trybus, and Annelouise Trybus, and great-grandfather to Charlie Jean Ronyak. His life was a testament to hard work and determination and demonstrates how to reach out of whatever coal mine you might find yourself in, walk wherever you need to walk in order to better yourself, and finally spend the rest of your life in service to others. We love you, thank you, and miss you always, Doc.
Dr. Trybus is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mona; his children, Marcella (Dale), Stephanie, and Jerome (Paula); his grandchildren and great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Capt. Seth V. Vande Kamp, DO, ’17, Katy, Texas, died Nov. 12, 2020, at age 31. He died in a tragic accident while serving as a physician with the U.S. Army on deployment in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
Born Feb. 6, 1989, in Blue Springs and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Dr. Vande Kamp graduated from Blue Ridge Christian School in 2007 and went on to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.
After graduating from Dordt in 2011, he went to ATSU-KCOM, which he graduated from in 2017. He was commissioned into the Army when he started medical school, and he completed his residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning, Georgia, in June 2020. He was a board-certified physician in family medicine, and the assignment to Egypt was his first overseas posting.
Dr. Vande Kamp had an adventurous and generous heart, and he made friends wherever he went. He shared his love for long guns and good whisky with many during travels that took him from Hawaii to the Netherlands, from Alaska to Nicaragua, and beyond. He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Va; sister, Erica (Donald) Roth; brother, Ryan (Michal); five nieces and nephews; grandparents; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues, and friends who will all miss him dearly.
Donald C. Walkenhorst, DO, ’80, Manchester, Missouri, died Oct. 28, 2020, at age 75. He was the loving husband of 55 years to Nancy Walkenhorst (nee Dickman); beloved son of the late Charles and Hazel Walkenhorst; devoted father of Brad (Deanne) Walkenhorst and Brian Walkenhorst; treasured grandfather of Nick Walkenhorst, Brent Walkenhorst, Melody Walkenhorst, and Christopher Walkenhorst; dear brother of Roger (Nancy) Walkenhorst, Doug Walkenhorst, Charlene (Craig) Fisher, Kim (Larry) Novak, and Dean (Jo) Walkenhorst; and cherished uncle of numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Dr. Walkenhorst is preceded in death by his sister, Patricia (Paul) Windisch, and brother, Charles (Eileen) Walkenhorst.
Dr. Walkengrew up in North County St. Louis where he met the love of his life, Nancy, while in junior college. In 1980, he graduated from ATSU-KCOM. It was during his medical school rotations that he found his true calling in caring for nursing home patients. Throughout the years, he built many friendships and was known for his compassion. He practiced medicine for over 40 years before his untimely death. His family was his first love followed closely by his love of boating. Often when he was away from his “land office,” he could be found at his houseboat, “The North Office.” He and his family made many friends at the Lake Center Marina over the years. Dr. Walkenhorst was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dale E. Wheeler, DO, ’86, Ava, Missouri, died Feb. 19, 2021, at age 69. He was born May 14, 1951, in Almont, Michigan, to Irvin and Helen Irene (D’Arcy) Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler was a physician in Farmington, Bonne Terre, and Ava, Missouri, for many years. He was a Christian and a member of the Springfield Grace Church of the Nazarene. He was also a member of the Gideons International.
Dr. Wheeler and Connie Brighton were united in marriage on Oct. 17, 1970, in Waldron, Michigan, and to this union three children were born. Dr. Wheeler liked MOPAR (Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge) cars. He had a large collection of cars. He loved his music and was really good at trivia. He enjoyed old westerns, especially John Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Thomas Wheeler, and a nephew, Grant Thomas Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Connie; three children and their spouses, Patrick and Teresa Wheeler, Heather and Eric Richardson, and Benjamin and Francetta Wheeler; five grandchildren, Nicole Danielle Wheeler, Alexander Grant Wheeler, Nathaniel Patrick Wheeler, Gabriel Paul Wheeler, and Warren Grant Wheeler; one brother, Donald Wheeler and wife, Alma; and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Clifton Whitworth, DDS, St. Louis, Missouri, died Dec. 19, 2020.
Richard C. Wiltse, DO, ’64, Tucson, Arizona, died Dec. 28, 2020, at age 87. He was born Feb. 16, 1933.
Cecelia J. Winkler, Kirksville, Missouri, died July 11, 2021, at age 80. Born Cecelia Janet Walker in the small town of Annada, Missouri, Cecelia was the fourth child of Adeline Cora and Isaac Burton Walker. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Ron Winkler, former ATSU Board of Trustees member. She and Ron have three surviving children, Tim Winkler (daughter, Ashtyn, and son, Matthew), Bill Spencer (wife, Stacy), and Tony Spencer (sons, Jeremy and Aaron). Cecelia has one surviving sister, Melva Lovell, and is preceded in death by her other sister, Catherine Murry, and her brothers, Richard Ward Walker, James Delbert Walker, and Charles Eugene Walker. She has a long list of cherished family members, including her brother-in-law, Tom Winkler (wife, Jill); nephew, Brian Winkler (wife, Denise and daughters, Brynn and Marley Sandker, and son, Kaden); and numerous other nieces and nephews, including Randy Lovell (wife Mary), Rick Lovell (deceased), and Ronnie Lovell.
Cecelia was an active part of the Kirksville community for many decades, volunteering to teach Sunday School, helping her husband launch and run several successful local businesses, and leading the Red Hat ladies group for over 19 years. She did each of these while raising her family and displaying great love to all she encountered. She and her husband enjoyed traveling together and spent much time at the Lake of the Ozarks and their home in Florida. During her final days, Cecelia shared with her family how she hoped she was leaving a legacy of love. Cecelia’s loving heart is and will always remain her legacy. Those who had the honor to know her experienced her great love in abundance, and we are grateful to have known her, loved her, and be loved by her.
Rudolph J. Wolf, DO, ’60, Skiatook, Oklahoma, died Sept. 9, 2020, at age 85. He was the husband to Mavis Wolf for 28 blessed years. Dr. Wolf was born in Kewanee, Illinois, and was the oldest son of Joseph and Lois Wolf. He graduated Kewanee High School, went to the University of Texas for his undergraduate degree, and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, now Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He was board certified in the practice of medicine and established his practice in Skiatook in 1961 and retired in 2015. He was honored to care for those he deeply loved throughout Green Country. He was a distinguished fellow in the College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. His professional memberships included the American Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Tulsa District Osteopathic Society, and American College of General Practitioner in Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. He also served as past president of several medical groups, including the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners, Tulsa Medical Society, and Department of Family Practice at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. Dr. Wolf was a past chief of staff and a founding member of Bailey Regional Medical Center and Collinsville Memorial Hospital. He had also served as chairman for the Skiatook Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club as well as chairman of the pastoral council of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Skiatook. He will be remembered for loving his Lord Jesus Christ above all things and his passion for life. He loved traveling and spending precious time seeing new things and experiencing the joys of family and friends.
He is survived by his spouse, Mavis; his children, Chris and his wife, Mary, Kim and her husband, Ron, and Rudy II and his wife, Ann; his stepchildren, Michael and his wife, Hulya, and Patrick and his wife, Nicole; and his brother, Joseph E. Wolf, DO, ’63, and his wife, Nancy. Dr. Wolf’s grandchildren are Stephen, Natalie, Alan, Jenna, Trey, Daniel, Grace, Brian, Cameron M., Madison, and McKenzie. He also had 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sara.