In memoriamPosted: January 12, 2023
Allan Altman, DO, ’64, Aventura, Florida, died Dec. 31, 2021, at age 82. Dr. Altman was born Jan. 24, 1939. He is survived by his daughter, Stacy Altman.
Walter C. Anglemeyer, DO, ’58, Nappanee, Indiana, died Oct. 23, 2022, at age 95. Dr. Anglemeyer was born on Sept. 10, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Walter Dawson and Minnie (McClung) Anglemeyer. He was raised in Elwood, Indiana, and served his country in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He then attended Ball State Teacher’s College, graduating in 1950. On Aug. 3, 1952, he married Betty Goble in Knightstown, Indiana. Dr. Anglemeyer then graduated from ATSU-KCOM in 1958. He and Betty then moved to Nappanee where Dr. Anglemeyer began practicing medicine. He served the greater Nappanee area at Anglemeyer Osteopathic Clinic for 48 years, before retiring in 2007. Dr. Anglemeyer received multiple awards and commendations during his tenure as a physician in Nappanee. He was also a member of multiple community service and philanthropic groups in the Nappanee area and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Nappanee for many years before attending Nappanee Missionary Church later in life. Dr. Anglemeyer was known for his eternal optimism and sense of humor; he loved to laugh. He led an amazing life and left an incredible legacy.
Dr. Anglemeyer is survived by his five children: Walter D. (Penny) Anglemeyer, DO, ’79; Susan (Bill) Holmes; Anne (Pepper) Goad; Andrew P. Anglemeyer, DO, ’86; and Matthew Anglemeyer, and multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters: Emmajean Cooper and Eileen Moss.
Roger E. Baker, DO, ’50, Colfax, North Carolina, died Aug. 30, 2022, at age 99. He was in general practice in the Columbus, OH area 1950-1993. He lived there until he retired to Greensboro, NC in 1997. He was Chief of Staff at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus for a term; where he probably delivered close to 1200 babies over his career.
He was preceded in death by his parents Harriet and Ralph Baker, sister, Beverly, brother Bob and daughter, Anita. He is survived by his wife of 72 years of marriage, Nancy Hanks Baker of Colfax and daughters, Beverly of Greensboro, Cynthia of Beaufort, SC and Connie of Boston, MA, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Roger was a veteran of the Korean War. He began his service with the Air Force and later transferred to the Army and was stationed in the Philippines. Upon his discharge he earned his medical degree as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, now AT Still University in Kirksville, Missouri.
He was a longtime member of First Community Church in Columbus, Ohio and served on the Board of Deacons. He loved his growing family, the game of golf and his Ohio State Buckeyes! His dry sense of humor and his compassionate care of his patients, friends and family will be sorely missed. They simply don’t make them like Roger Baker anymore.
Jason Bales, MS, PA-C, ’11, San Francisco, California, died Oct. 22, 2021, at age 42. Jason was born in Connersville, Indiana on October 11, 1979 to Gary Bales and Sue Pea Ferguson. Jason was a 1998 graduate of Connersville High School where he was a state qualifier in wrestling. Jason was a Calvary Scout in the U.S. Army from 1999-2002 serving his country in Kosovo and Germany. Jason graduated from Ball State University in 2007 with a degree in kinesiology. He graduated from A.T. Still University as a physician assistant in 2011. His cardiothoracic residency was at Emory University in Georgia. He was recently a cardiothoracic physician assistant at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. He excelled in endoscopic vein and arterial harvesting.
Jason loved reading, listening to music, and enjoyed great company and great food. His laughter and smile lit up the room and he was a witty, funny individual who will be missed by many.
He is survived by his mother Sue Ferguson, his sister Kennedy Ferguson, his brother Ross Ferguson, his grandmother Sally Bales, his uncles Don Bales (Theresa) and Charles Pea of Connersville as well as uncles Rick Pea of Texas and Curtis Pea of Florida. Jason is survived by aunts Jill Roberts, Tammy Bales and Karen Bales all of Connersville. He is survived by many cousins including a special cousin Stephanie Shaffer (Eric) of Indianapolis. He is preceded in death by his father Gary Bales, his grandfather Billy Bales, his grandparents John and Bertha Pea and uncles Robert Bales and Danny Bales all of Connersville.
Gene P. Barbour, DO, ’59, Orange Beach, Alabama, died June 3, 2022, at age 90. He was a U.S. Army Veteran during the Korean conflict. Dr. Barbour graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He went on to graduate from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine where he later served on the board, and as Board President. Dr. Barbour practiced in Bridgeton, MO, for 40 years. Dr. Barbour was an accomplished tenor soloist and enjoyed performing with Second Baptist and St. Andrew choirs. He sang with Opera Theatre St. Louis and many other venues. He retired to Orange Beach in 2005 where he was a member of St. Andrew by the Sea. He was active in numerous civic organizations and will be remembered for his charity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel and Lela Barbour; sister, Elva Lee Hancock. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Ann Barbour; daughter, Anne (Todd, DO, ’95) Riggs of Jefferson City, MO; sons James (Christine) Barbour of Cincinnati, OH, and Stephen (Jody) Barbour of Morrison, CO; grandchildren, Kevin Barbour of Dallas, TX, Adam Riggs of Nashville, TN, Alison Riggs of Jefferson City, MO, Domanick Comer of Lakewood, CO, and Rudolph Comer of Lakewood, CO; many other loving relatives and friends.
Benjamin R. Beal II, DO, ’62, Frisco, Texas, died June 4, 2022, at age 86. He was born on April 5, 1936, in Healdton, Oklahoma to the late Benjamin Rowland (BR) & Hope Vashti (Michaels) Beall. Bennie was a 1954 graduate of Healdton High School where he played football, the tuba and was a member of the glee club. He attended Abilene Christian College and University of Oklahoma before going on to attend the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, Missouri. Bennie was in the Atlas Fraternity and earned his D.O. degree in 1962. He served his internship in Tulsa before relocating to Mineola, Texas, where he went into practice, and would be serving and caring for the Mineola community for years to come.
Bennie built and opened the Mineola Medical and Surgical Clinic in 1971, which was open for 38 years. He also served as Chief of Staff at Mineola General Hospital and later at CozbyGermany Medical Center in Grand Saline. After leaving Mineola, he served as the Medical Authority for Denton County before formally retiring in 2017. Bennie’s genuine concern for others and incredible bedside manner exuded his servant heart and attitude.
Bennie built a wonderful life with his family. He married the love of his life, Dianne, on June 17, 1983, and together they nurtured, loved and educated their five children. His dedication and love for his family ran deep; he was a proud father and grandfather. Bennie enjoyed camping trips and traveling, around the country and the world, especially in the RV after retirement. He and Dianne enjoyed the New Orleans culture and the art, food, and music the city had to offer.
Bennie was raised in the Church of Christ where he discovered his profound passion for singing. You could always hear his beautiful voice on Sunday morning. Bennie leaves a legacy of love, faith and kindness that will be greatly missed by all.
In addition to his parents, Bennie was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Henry Beall; sister, Rose Sharon Ondracek; and grandson, Jason Brian Beall. He is survived by his bride, Dianne Beall; five children, Brian (Cindy) Beall of Magnolia, TX, Benjamin Beall of Tyler, TX, Starr Rush of Frisco, TX, Trudy (Chet) Wallace of Flower Mound, TX, and Lance Smith of Bedford, TX; grandchildren, Amber (Shane) Piteck, Justin (Harleigh) Julian, Lynda Diaz, Tyler Julian, Nikki (Dustin) Foster, Greer Rush, Mallory Rush, Caley Wallace, Cori Wallace, and Caden Smith; and great-grandchildren, Luke, Beau, Remi, Charlee, Adelaide, Jaxston and Hadleigh.
Katherine L. Bergeron, DPT, ’13, Errol, New Hampshire, died Oct. 8, 2021, at age 47. Dr. Bergeron was born on November 29, 1973 in Nashua NH to Richard and Louise Bergeron. She was a loving daughter, sister, Aunt and friend to many. While her life was cut short in years, she made the impact of someone who lived for centuries. Kate was vibrant, passionate, loving and intense. Even before she could say her own name, she would confidently blurt out “De-de do” to let everyone know that she was in charge. That independence stayed with her until her final day.
Kate attended St. Thomas Aquinas School in Derry, NH where she both excelled in school and detested the catholic school uniforms required. She attended Pinkerton Academy, also in Derry, where she was a student athlete. She loved playing field hockey and enjoyed the competition and challenge as well as the ability to use her hickory stick in some “corrective measures” against opponents that she felt needed a message.
Kate had a love of animals that lasted throughout her life. Growing up she was a passionate dressage rider and worked tirelessly taking care of her horse Moira. She loved the horse community and found peace both with the people she met and with the animals she connected with.
Kate found her true calling and life’s work when she enrolled in the physical therapy program at Quinnipiac College. She loved understanding how the body worked and dove deeply into her coursework. She continued to learn throughout her career becoming a practitioner in a more focused form of PT through the Integrative Manual Therapy group and ultimately receiving her doctorate in physical therapy, DPT, with a focus on pediatric pelvic floor issues. She has literally touched thousands of lives in her work, a true joy that she treasured throughout her entire life.
As a human, Kate fought a heroic battle against cancer. After doctors found a grapefruit sized tumor in the 6th grade, she started her first fight. Her grit, sass, determination to life and wonderful team at Boston Floating hospital carried her through 2 very tough years. She won that battle and enjoyed a cancer free life for over 30 years until breast cancer attacked her as an adult. With the treasured Dr. Weisberg as a medical partner, they were a great team and battled together to the very end.
Kate will be remembered for her spirit. She saw colors more vibrantly than most. She tasted foods more deeply than many. She laughed harder than nearly everyone in the room. She drove the boat faster than needed to do. She drove her car fast just for fun. She hugged heartily to make sure you felt her. She enjoyed each moment she lived and she lived with no regrets.
Kate is survived by her parents, Richard and Louise Bergeron of Errol, NH. Her brother Gary, his wife Laura and her favorite niece and nephew Annie and Henry of Yarmouth, ME, as well as treasured aunts, uncles, cousins and other family in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
John C. Biery, DO, ’74, Lima, Ohio, died Aug. 13, 2022, at age 77. He was born November 10, 1944 in Columbus, OH to Richard J., DO, ’41, and Evelyn Joy (Bowman) Biery who preceded him in death. On June 1, 1968 he married Kathleen (Ford) Biery who survives in Lima.
John was a family and sports medicine physician in Ottawa, OH. He was a member of the Ohio Osteopathic Association, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Medicine, and Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He was Chairman of the Allen County Water District, Putnam County Health Commissioner, Putnam County Coroner, Allen County and Putnam County Jail Physician for 28 years. John was a US Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of VFW Post 1275.
Survivors include: a Son, Dr. John C. (Shari) Biery of Pensacola, FL; a Daughter, Allison K. Johnson of Lima; 5 Grandchildren, Darren (Jade) Johnson, Kyle Biery, Andrew (Alyssa Jordan) Johnson, Kaitlyn Biery, Trey Johnson, 2 Great-grandsons, Ezekiel Johnson and Landry Johnson; 2 Brothers, Daniel L. (Betty) Biery, DO, ’72, of Phelps, NY, James J. (Deb) Biery of Bellefontaine. He was preceded in death by: a Brother, Richard “R.J.” Biery.
Richard M. Bowman Jr., DO, ’66, Largo, Florida, died Oct. 3, 2022, at age 85. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on October 22, 1936. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1966 and practiced medicine until he retired in 1995. He was a Fellow in the American Academy of Osteopathy and Board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. He served on the Teaching Faculty of Suncoast Hospital, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Southwest Nova University.
Richard was a First Degree Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate and loved to play tennis. He enjoyed working in stained glass. His greatest joy was fishing, crabbing and scuba diving with his children and loving his wife of 56 years.
He is survived by his wife Cheyrl Bailey; daughter, Dr. Meredith Moran, and his son, Richard M. Bowman III. Also, his sisters, Sharon Wodehouse and Toni Murphy, two nephews, John Goodwin and Timothy Goodwin, and two great-nieces, Bridget DeWitt and Darby Goodwin.
Jerome M. Carrico, DO, ’65, Beloit, Kansas, died March 13, 2021. Dr. Carrico, son of Elbert C. Carrico, DO, ’29, grew up in Beloit, Kansas, where he attended St. John’s Grade School and St. John’s High School. He enlisted in the Navy, and graduated as a hospital corpsman assigned to Corona Naval Hospital in Corona, California, and later to Camp Pendleton as a Marine Corpsman. While in the Navy, he attended Ocean Side/Carlsbad College in pre-med. After the Navy, he attended Kansas State University to complete his pre medical requirements. He then graduated from A.T. Still Medical School, and from there he interned at the Rocky Mountain Hospital in Denver. Dr. Carrico started his solo family practice in Beloit, where he practiced for 41 years. He became a board-certified family physician by the American College of Osteopathic Physicians. He was a member of the Beloit, Concordia, and Salina medical staffs. He married Janice Drapal, and to this union was born three sons, Kevin, Kurtis, and Kyle. He has five grandchildren, and all are participating members in the Catholic Church. Dr. Carrico started the Mitchell County Health Department in 1977, which included family services and planning. Dr. Carrico was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his medical profession, he was actively involved in his land and the tenants. He loved his grandchildren and sharing their progress. Most of all, he was a devoted Catholic all of his life.
Elizabeth J. Conley, DO, ’79, St. Elizabeth, Missouri, died May 13, 2022, at age 74. She was born in Barry County, on September 2, 1947, daughter of the late Martin and Mary Ann (Belt) Conley. After graduating high school from Joplin, she trained to become an RN. She later attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She practiced Family Medicine in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and Jefferson City. She later moved to St. Elizabeth where she owned the St. Elizabeth Clinic serving the community for numerous years, as well as being an Emergency Room Physician at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City. Dr. Conley then worked for
Correctional Medical Services as Director of Medical Services. In the later part of her career, she practiced Family Medicine at a Capital Region Clinic. She was named Missouri Osteopathic
Doctor of the Year in 2006.
Dr. Conley served in the Army National Guard and was honorably discharged having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as a flight surgeon. She received a Commendation for her service in Honduras. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in St. Elizabeth.
She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy (Carlos) Machicao and Edna Angyal; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; “adoptive family”, Ann and Ivan Wieberg, Ethan and Jessica Wieberg, Kaitlin and Brad Perry, Millie Wieberg, Georgia Wieberg, and Conley Perry; and numerous close friends. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Martina Conley and Mary Ann Noel; an infant brother, William Martin Conley; and close friends, Bob and Mildred Lueckenhoff.
John M. Conroy III, DO, ’58, Belding, Michigan, died March 28, 2022, at age 93. John was born on April 25, 1928, in Highland Park, MI, the son of John Martin and Elizabeth (Hollingsworth) Conroy II. John graduated from high school and later graduated from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, earning his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree. He proudly served his country during World War II in the US Army. He had his own medical practice in Belding for many years and had served as the team doctor for Belding High School. He was member of the Belding VFW and American Legion, proudly serving on the Honor Guard, as well. He was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, and golf.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Helen, and one brother, Robert Conroy.
John is loved and survived by his children, Patrick (Debbie) Conroy, of Fenwick, Michael (Becky) Conroy, of Grand Rapids, ten grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
Jack N. Davis, DO, ’52, Pittsboro, Indiana, died July 16, 2022, at age 97. He was born in Kirksville, Missouri, on November 2, 1924, to Elmer, DO, ’27, and Mabel Davis, and he graduated from Macomb High School in 1942. He attended Western Illinois University and joined the United States Army, proudly serving with Chemical Warfare until he was reassigned to the 10th Mountain Infantry through the end of World War II.
In 1952, he graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and began his practice in Iowa before moving to Carthage, Illinois, in 1953. He was united in marriage to Garnita Jean Morrey on December 26, 1954, and retired from practicing medicine in 1987.
Jack enjoyed riding motorcycles and was President of the Macomb Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed cooking and baking bread—in part for the delicate chemistry involved in the process, but also in delight of eating toast for breakfast. He relentlessly pursued perfecting his recipes and was a philosopher at heart. Other interests included fishing, gardening, and woodworking. He sought to understand the inner workings of all things.
He is survived by his wife, Garnita Jean Davis of Plainfield, IN; children, Thomas Davis, DO, ’86, (wife Cathy) of Pittsboro, IN, and Timothy Davis of Lawrenceville, GA; grandchildren, Dr. Lindsey Davis of Springboro, OH, and Jennifer Davis of Avon, IN. He was preceded in death by parents, his sister Jean Ann Hoag, and his brother-in-law.
Jesse C. Deck, DO, ’72, Davenport, Iowa, died Oct. 19, 2022, at age 78. Jesse was born on August 18, 1944, to Jesse Lee and Gladys (Points) Deck in St. Francisville, MO. Jesse attended schools in Clark County, MO and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO. He then attended A.T. Still University and received a degree in Osteopathic Medicine. He practiced in Davenport working in Emergency Medicine beginning in 1976. Jesse enjoyed antiques, classic cars and was an accomplished pianist.
Jesse is survived by his nieces, Dana Devore of Unionville, MO and Jill Pence of Richmond, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Thomas Adam Deck and Jackie Lee Deck.
Michael A. DePauw, DO, ’78, Fort Myers, Florida, died Sept. 20, 2021.
Frederick C. Doctor Jr., DO, ’50, Cocoa, Florida, died Dec. 13, 2021, at age 100. Fred was born in Thawville, IL, on August 19, 1921. His father was a pastor and moved to Wakefield, NE, where Fred spent his youth. He graduated Wayne State University, with a degree in science and taught for a short time. He enlisted in the Navy, to serve during WWII, from 1942- 1946. He attended Columbia University, NY, for Officer Training school and he served in the Pacific as a Lieutenant.
He obtained his D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) in 1951, from Kirksville, MO. He moved to Ft. Lauderdale, set up a medical practice (Fred and Patricia working and playing together, always) until 1986. As a physician, he had many opportunities in his practice to treat people locally and from across the United States. At his retirement, he moved with his wife to Boca Raton. In 2000, they moved to Cocoa, FL.
Fred was very active in his church, the Lutheran Church (LCMS). He helped start Grace Lutheran Church in Ft. Lauderdale, serving in many different supportive roles. As a member of Faith Lutheran (Merritt Island), he served as an usher and greeter. He also was a delegate to the Florida/Georgia District. Fred was president of the Ft. Lauderdale Coin Club. His hobbies were music (playing the piano by ear, and joyfully entertained many) fishing, golfing, dancing, traveling the world and the United States, as well as meeting other people.
He was preceded in death by his wife, of 67 years, Patricia. Surviving Fred are his children, Frederick Christian (Rose) Doctor, III, Kathryn Em (Brad) Meythaler, Jeannette Lee (Lionel) Bordelon, and John Ford (Jerri) Doctor; His grandchildren Christian, Emily, Benjamin, Bret, Brian, Jean Baptiste, Antoinette, Danielle, Nathanael and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Lawrence W. Doerr, DDS, St. Louis, Missouri, died March 12, 2022, at age 66. Dr. Larry Doerr was a Kirkwood dentist for nearly 40 years. Larry led with positivity, hard work, and by putting others first. He was born in St. Louis in 1955 to Louis John Doerr and Rosemary Kisling Doerr. As the middle child of five, Larry learned early that being nice to everyone had its benefits.
Larry leaves his loving wife, Anne Lueckenhoff Doerr, with whom he just celebrated 40 years of marriage. Larry was incredibly proud of their two daughters, Emily (Andrew) Friedrichs and Bridget (Denis) Openlander. He was excited to meet his first grandchildren born earlier this year, George Alexander Openlander and William John Friedrichs. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Lou and Rosemary, as well as his brother, Dr. Thomas Doerr (Kathy), and brother-inlaw William Lueckenhoff (Trina). He is survived by three siblings, John Doerr (Ann), Susan Mathieu (Allen), and Sally Doyle (Jerry). He also leaves his sisters and brothers-in-law, Claire (Jack) Phillips, Ed (Sandy) Lueckenhoff, Joe Lueckenhoff (Judy Cavalieri), and Tom Lueckenhoff. He was loved by his seven nieces, Marie, Jennifer, Jaime, Mary, Kelly, Esther and Shannon and ten nephews, Joe, Kevin, Eric, Matt, Andy, Mark, Kyle, Greg, Patrick and Max.
Larry graduated from Chaminade College Prep in 1973, Washington University in 1977, and University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1981. After recently retiring from private practice, Larry enjoyed advising students at A.T. Still Missouri School of Dentistry and was an adjunct faculty member at the St. Louis Dental Center.
Larry was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and has an office full of memorabilia to prove it. He also followed Blues hockey, college basketball, and professional football. Always an athlete, Larry competed in marathons and triathlons earlier in life, and settled into a routine of biking on Grants Trail, working out, and swimming anywhere he found water. He still holds a few records in the butterfly for Senior Olympics. Strong faith was fundamental to Larry’s life. He and his wife have been active members of St. Gerard Majella Catholic Parish for nearly 40 years. Larry was often referred to “as that tall usher in back at 11:30 Mass”. Larry was loved by many, but especially by his wife and two daughters. His legacy of love lives on.
Ralph H. Greenwasser, DO, ’58, Stuart, Florida, died Oct. 9, 2022, at age 90. He was born March 24, 1932, in Jersey City, NJ, the only child of August and Elsa Greenwasser, who had emigrated from Germany in the 1920’s. The family moved to Florida in 1936 where he attended the public school system, graduating from Miami Jackson High School. He was a drum major for the band and a member of Burdines’ High School Board in the 1940’s. He received a four year music scholarship to the University of Miami and was drum major for The Band of The Hour. He received a degree of Bachelor of Science.
His medical training was at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri and upon graduation, spent his internship at Grandview Medical Center in Dayton Ohio. His surgical residency was taken in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon his return to Florida he set up his practice in Plantation where he helped establish Doctor’s Hospital. He became affiliated as well with Broward General Hospital and Westside Regional. Governor Robert Martinez appointed him in 1987 to The Department of Professional Regulation for a four year term.
“Dr. G” was the rare doctor who made house calls on a regular basis before retiring to Sewall’s Point in 2000, following 40 years of Medical practice.
He was a wine connoisseur, a cigar collector, and loved hunting with his good friend and neighbor, Pepe Sala, in Minnesota. He played golf “on days off” on courses between Palm Beach and Jacksonville.
He was proud of his affiliation with Masonry and was a Master and 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason for more than 58 years. Summertime meant family vacations to Williamsburg, The White House, Cape Canaveral and Disney World. Ralph and Jane made frequent trips abroad to visit German relatives, an Alaskan cruise, and many visits to the wine country in California.
Ralph’s other passion was following the University of Miami’s football program. He had season tickets for many years and contributed annually to the athletic program, and was a member of The Citizen’s Board.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents and son, Ralph H. “Rick” Greenwasser Jr., DO, ’85. He leaves his devoted wife Jane of 67 years; daughter Valerie Jayne of Stuart; son Jason Matthew (Emily) of Plantation; and numerous friends and colleagues. He is sadly missed by his German shepherd, “Shadow”.
Karl E. Haecker, DO, ’70, Columbus, Ohio, died March 5, 2022, at age 81. Dr Haecker was born February 23, 1941, to Charles and Eleanor Nieman Haecker in Cleveland, Ohio. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally Gilson; by his daughter, Kirsten Haecker Miller (Chad) of Thornville, Ohio; by his stepson, Robyn Kinford (Carolyn) of Delaware, Ohio; also by Sally’s children, Bill Krause (Jill) of Springboro, OH, and Amy Krause McCrea (Scott) of Asheville, NC; plus six grandchildren who loved him: Zachary and Nathan Kinford, Jack and Sarah McCrea, and Cameron and Carter Krause. Karl is a graduate of Chagrin Falls High School, class of 1959, Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Ohio Wesleyan University, class of 1963, Delaware, Ohio; and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, now A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri, class of 1970. Before attending medical school Karl worked for three years as a lab technician at Sunny Acres Tuberculosis Hospital in Cleveland, OH, and attended classes at Fenn College, now Cleveland State, and Case Western University in Cleveland, OH, to take the additional science classes he needed for medical school. After interning at Doctors North Hospital in Columbus, Karl was asked to be one of their first full-time emergency room doctors at the new Doctors West Hospital. Karl served in the ER for six years, then joined a primary care practice in north Columbus until he started his own practice in Hilliard, Ohio; he retired in 2012. Karl enjoyed being the team physician for Hilliard High School for 18 years. At Ohio Wesleyan he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and played varsity football and lacrosse and later he was on the Cleveland Lacrosse Club team. Many friends credit Karl for being an important and critically positive influence in their lives. He was a quiet, gentle man who would go out of his way to assist people in need. Karl was, to quote Mr. Rogers, “one of the helpers.”
Marion J. Hardy, DO, ’66, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, died March 26, 2022. SEE INFO FROM MELODY
William G. Hoehn, DO, ’57, Chesterfield, Missouri, died April 4, 2022, at age 90. Beloved husband of the late Laverne K. Hoehn (nee Korecky). Loving father of William (Maggie) and Robert (Jean) Hoehn. Dear grandfather of Sherry (Steve) Breen, Daniel (Kalina) Hoehn, Emily (Matt) Schultz, Molly and Tess Hoehn. Great-grandfather of Stella, Beckham, Lux and Tucker. Our dear uncle and friend.
Paul Howard, DO, ’59, Tuscumbia, Missouri, died June 22, 2022, at age 91. He was born in Bagnell, on September 4, 1930, son of the late Ernest and Constance (Buster) Howard. On February 14, 1953, Dr. Howard was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Humphreys, who preceded him in death on July 24, 2017. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage.
Following graduating High School in Tuscumbia he attended junior college in Kansas City and later attended Central Missouri State University. He taught at Vernon School in Miller County for a year and a half before he was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the Marines, he attended Kirksville College of Osteopathy to become a doctor. After he completed his residency in surgery in Tucson, AZ., Dr. Howard returned to Tuscumbia where he served the community and surrounding counties for several decades. To many in the area his length of dedicated service represented a lifetime commitment to provide medical care for patients, many who were friends and neighbors, in a rural community….his community.
He received a lifetime membership award from the Missouri Association Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Howard had a private practice in several locations in the Miller County area and was a surgeon at Charles E. Still Hospital (Capital Region Medical Center) in Jefferson City. Delivering babies was the most enjoyable part of being in the medical field to Dr. Howard. It is estimated that he delivered over 2,000 babies in the clinic and another 1,000 babies at Still Hospital.
Dr. Howard loved spending time with his late wife, Marjorie. They enjoyed trips to Arizona, working on their yard, taking frequent car rides around the countryside in his classic car, and attending Tuscumbia Athletic events, especially basketball. Dr. Howard was a member of the Tuscumbia Christian Church. After all his years and experiences, “Life is Good”, was Dr. Howard’s philosophical statement.
He is survived by four daughters, Rebecca (Paul) Young, Connie (Kenny) Wyrick, Stephanie Graves, and Molly Howard; 8 grandchildren, Joshua Wyrick, Brandon Young, TaNea Green, Jessica Roy, Aaron Young, Jacob Wyrick, Katie Bax, and Logan Patterson; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. In addition to his parents and loving wife, Marjorie, he was also preceded in death by two grandsons, James “Jimmy” Ernest Eugene Patterson and Thomas Tyson Graves, son-in-law, Monty Graves, and brother, Don Howard.
Timothy J. Jackson Jr., RN, Mesa, Arizona, died June 6, 2022, at age 44. He was born to the late Timothy J Jackson Sr and Mary Kaye Thompson on October 9, 1977 in Mesa, Arizona. Tim was known for his compassion, willingness to serve others, his genuine kindness, his love of Christ, and his ability to make anyone laugh.
Tim worked as a registered nurse for 12 years and helped change the lives of many patients as well as his co-workers. He had an ability with patients to calm their troubles and truly comfort them in their time of need. He loved to educate those around him because he always wanted to see others succeed. He was frequently recognized within the profession for his excellence in leadership and his compassion.
Tim married Amber Neel and it was obvious that they were soulmates. After three short years of marriage Tim was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain tumor. He was extremely honored to participate in a clinical trial with the Ivy Brain Tumor Center with the hope to advance research for those with glioblastoma. With the knowledge that the clinical trial may not help him, Tim was happy to be able to participate and provide data for Dr. Sanai to find a cure in the future. It was always in Tim’s character to put others first, and this was evident even during the last and most difficult months of his life. It was Tim’s full belief that he lived as long as he did because of Dr. Sanai.
Tim is survived by his wife Amber, stepsons Jude and Maxwell, daughter Charlotte, son Timothy J Jackson III (Timmy), mother Kaye Jackson, siblings Tara Worthington (Ben), Greg Jackson, Kelli Jackson. Tim was the light in this world that everyone needed. Just knowing Tim made you a better person.
Duane J. Kerscher Sr., DO, ’57, Maumee, Ohio, died Oct. 29, 2022, at age 92. On January 8, 1930, he was the first boy to be born in the then-new Toledo Hospital to Cletus and Lucille (Limpach) Kerscher.
Duane was kind, generous, and a well-known and loved physician, practicing at the Maumee Clinic on the Anthony Wayne Trail and Williams Street for nearly four decades with partner physicians Jack Williams, Leighton Webber, and Bert Block. Duane was also a doctor on staff at St. Luke’s Hospital, Flower Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, and Parkview Hospital, serving as Chief of Staff at Parkview Hospital for a time.
Duane graduated from Monclova High School (1948), The Ohio State University (Bachelor’s 1952 and Master’s 1953), and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (1957). He was an Eagle Scout, high school valedictorian, and for four years was a proud member of “The Best Damn Band In The Land”, The Ohio State University Marching Band, making two train trips to Pasadena, California, playing the French Horn and marching in the Rose Bowl Parade and on the Rose Bowl Field on game day. Fraternity memberships included Kappa Kappa, Theta Xi, and The Atlas Club. Duane also served as President of the Maumee Rotary Club (1969-1970), President of the Ohio Osteopathic Association (1982-1983), and in 2004 was recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives as a Home Town Hero of Maumee.
Duane decided to go into medicine, out of a desire to help people, after his sister, Joan, died from cancer at a young age. Affectionately known as “Doc,” Duane had a great “bedside manner” and dedication to his patients, delivering many babies, making house-calls, and riding his snowmobile to St. Luke’s Hospital to see his patients during the “Blizzard of ’78”. Always interested in new ways to treat his patients, in the 1970’s, Duane was one of the first physicians in the Toledo area to be trained in acupuncture and to use it in his practice. For many years, Duane was also doctor to the rock stars, treating touring performers at the Toledo Sports Arena, Savage Hall, and the Stranahan Theater.
Duane had a passion for life. At a young age, he learned about hard work and entrepreneurship with his father, by growing and selling popcorn from one of the very first concession stands at the Lucas County Fair. He was also a three-sport high school athlete and enjoyed illustration and painting. While practicing as a physician, Duane also pursued other business ventures, including opening a “Lum’s” family restaurant on Laskey Road in Toledo, with two partners. Duane, along with his wife “Wini,” also took great pride in their family, raising four children, and passing along Duane’s kindness, unbridled optimism, and entrepreneurial spirit.
Duane always loved the outdoors and being active â€” whether it was playing tennis, racquetball, sailing on Lake Erie, fishing, riding the family’s Quarter Horses, playing Cribbage or Euchre, or traveling to explore new places like the UK, Aruba and the Peruvian Amazon.
Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Winnifred (Spohn); his parents; and his sister, Joan Ruth Kerscher. Duane’s caring and jovial spirit will be deeply missed by his children, Duane J. Jr., DO, ’83 (Susie), David (Cindie), Jeffrey (Micaela) and Lisa (David Williams); grandchildren, Will, Justin (Deborah Sperry), Ben (Kris), Jordan (Kelsey) and Claire (Dalen); step-grandchildren, Kelly, Destiny (Allen), Tina, and Josh (Chelsea); 1 greatgranddaughter; and 6 step-great-grandchildren.
John H. Kilgore, DO, ’72, Lake Station, Michigan, died July 18, 2022, at age 76. He was born March 20, 1946 in Toledo, Ohio to his parents, Paul and Gonola (Butz) Kilgore. He lived in Waterville, Ohio for his childhood years, where he established many lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.
Living in a small town made him realize how close knit community ties gave him a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging. That is where he decided that he would pursue family medicine as an Osteopathic physician. After high school graduation, he attended Kirksville College in Kirksville, Missouri. His experiences there turned the practice of medicine into an art. He graduated with honors, earning his doctorate (D.O.) in 1972. He chose to open his practice in Evart, Michigan in an underserved area, where he thought he could do the most good. He spent the next forty years taking care of families and friends in the Evart/Reed City area. He indeed had found “his calling”, as he prided himself in being a “country Doc”.
John married Linda Wheeler on April 12, 1980 in Buckeye, Arizona, at his parent’s home. Together, they raised their three sons, who gave him a tremendous sense of love and pride, seeing the fine young men they became. He enjoyed the shooting sports and spending time in nature, while hunting, fishing and gardening.
“Doc” is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 years, Linda; three sons, Chris (Johanna) of Southgate, MI, Jason (Pam) of Washington, PA and Justin (Jackie) of Grand Ledge, MI; seven wonderful grandchildren, Jack, Caitlyn, Oliver, Maya, Landon, Larissa and Lane; brother in law, Scott Wheeler of Lake Station, MI, sister, Donna Kilgore of Buckeye, Arizona; niece and nephews, Traci, Brian, Dan, Bill and John and their families; his four fur babies, Frankie, Boots, Kita and Precious, and many dear and loyal friends and patients. Doc was preceded in death by: his parents and his brother, Paul Jr. As per his wishes, no service will be held.
Whitney F. Knapp, DO, ’17, O’Fallon, Missouri, died April 27, 2022, at age 35, due to complications from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Whitney’s husband, mother, and sister were by her side walking her home to Jesus. Whitney was born on June 18, 1986 to parents, Philip and Loretta Cornick of Rolla, MO. She was baptized on January 15, l995 at First Christian Church (now Greentree Christian Church) in Rolla, MO by her favorite minister, Tim Cook. Her love for Jesus and her unwavering faith has sustained her through the years. Whitney was preceded in death by her father, Philip George Cornick; her paternal grandparents, George and Alice Cornick; and her maternal grandfather, Wayne Adey. Whitney is survived by her husband, Paul, and five-year old son, Liam Philip, O’Fallon, MO. She is also survived by her mother, Loretta Cornick, Rolla, MO; her 94-year old grandmother, Freida Adey, Licking, MO; sisters, Tanya (Pennock) Waskiewicz, Chesterfield, MO and Christine Swafford, Elsberry, MO; nieces, Clara and Eloise Lieber, Chesterfield, MO; aunts, uncles, cousins, other extended family members, and numerous beloved friends.
Whitney loved life, family, friends and helping others. She was always looking for a way to help someone, and her chosen profession, as a physician, opened a way for her to help many. Whitney’s love for her young son, Liam, was endless, and she was an amazing mother. She was an incredible dancer, singer and actress, but also one smart young lady who loved learning. Whitney spent 26 years, of her short 35-year life, pursuing her educational goals and aspirations. She graduated from Rolla High School in 2004. Upon receiving an academic scholarship and a dance scholarship from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO, Whitney completed her undergraduate studies there, graduating in 2010 with two degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Both degrees were with Cum Laude honors. She also received the Mary Easton Award, which is given to one graduating female who exemplifies Lindenwood’s ideals of scholarship, fellowship and service to the university. After graduating, Whitney moved to Southern California and worked for two years at the University of California Irvine, after which time she decided to pursue a medical degree. In May of 2012 she married Paul Knapp, a Rolla High School graduate also. After applying and being accepted into several medical programs across the country, she ultimately decided on A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO. In 2016, during Whitney’s fourth year of medical school, she gave birth to her son, Liam Philip. She opted to go on a medical mission trip to Guatemala in the spring of her fourth year of medical school and said it was “amazing”, and planned to go again. In May of 2017, she received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Whitney immediately interviewed for the residency program at several hospitals all over the United States, including the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She matched with several of these but her final decision was based on her son, and keeping him close to family in these early growing years. Therefore, her top pick became Mercy St. Louis, and she began her residency program there in July 2017, being selected as Chief Resident in 2019-20, taking on the extra responsibilities with her usual grace. During her last year of residency, she began noticing symptoms of a neurological disease. As the year went on, she was losing some strength in her arms and shoulders. Tests were being done but no conclusive diagnosis was available. She was able to finish her residency program virtually for the final three months as her weak muscles were making it difficult to do patient exams. Her diagnosis came from Mayo Clinic in July of 2020, and that ended her dream of being a practicing physician.
She was the strongest, bravest and kindest person we have ever known. Her love of sunflowers, gnomes, mushrooms and owls will always remind us of the fun-loving daughter, wife, sister and mother she always was. Although her last two years were spent watching life happen around her, she never lost her faith in God, her generosity to others, her deep love for her family, and the smile everyone who knew her loved so much. A beautiful life ended too soon.
During Whitney’s hospital stay she was informed of an award that she had been nominated for and was chosen as the recipient for 2021. It is the Lindenwood Alumni Merit Award. It recognizes Alumni who have enhanced the prestige of Lindenwood University by virtue of their character, integrity, career, and personal accomplishments. Traditionally the medal has not been given in recognition of a single remarkable achievement, but has been reserved for those alumni who have attained and maintained extremely high stations in their chosen field of endeavor, and their service to society. On learning of Whitney’s passing, The Director of Alumni Relations at Lindenwood University has agreed to accept the award on her behalf at a banquet Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Joseph E. Kupets Jr., DO, ’91, Fruita, Colorado, died Feb. 17, 2022, at age 67. beloved husband of Stephanie Kupets. Joe’s sense of humor and compassion will be greatly missed by all who knew him and those he treated on the western slope of Colorado. Joe was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1954, to parents, Joseph Sr. and Leoda Kupets. At the age of three, the family moved to Cherry Hill, New Jersey where Joe attended school and high school. He graduated with honors from Cherry Hill High School West, Class of ’72. He then attended undergraduate school at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, where he graduated, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1976.
Joe was a very compassionate and giving soul. He spent several years teaching school for Socially Maladjusted and Emotionally Disturbed Children (SED). Joe moved to Colorado where he worked in the medical field until he was ultimately able to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. He attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri where he graduated in 1991. Shortly after his graduation, Joe and Stephanie were married.
After medical school, Joe completed a residency program at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver and received his board certification in Family Medicine and later in Emergency Medicine. From 1996, Joe was dedicated to providing medical care in various hospitals in Colorado until 2011 when he joined the ER team at Colorado Canyons Hospital. Then in 2013 became the Medical Director of the Emergency Department. He was instrumental in obtaining a level for trauma designation for Colorado Canyon Hospital serving the lower valley from Fruita to the Utah border. He is well known to his colleagues and patients as a dedicated, compassionate doctor. For those who knew him, Joe had several interests outside of his physician role. Joe had an obsession with all types of cars but he had a special place in his heart for the early models of the Ford Mustangs. However, hunting and his Denver Broncos were next on his list.
Joe is survived by his wife, Stephanie Kupets, to whom he was married for 30 years, and his son, Zach Green. He is also survived by brother, David Kupets (Tika), of Deerfield, Illinois, and sister, Deborah Kupets Mannon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Sr. and Leoda Kupets, formally of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and his dearly beloved older sister, Kathleen Kupets Gauthier, of Glen Burnie, Maryland. Joe will be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews, Dr. Stacey (Gauthier) Robert, Melissa (Gauthier) Sidebottom, John Gauthier, Jessica Kupets, Nickolas Kupets, Peter Papanikolau, Kaitlyn and Chris Mannon, as well as his great nieces and great nephews, Emma and Chase Robert, Riley, Hunter and Jeff Sidebottom and all of the colleagues, patients and their families who he loved so dearly.
Barbara Lambright, AuD, ’05, Cincinnati, Ohio, died Sept. 9, 2022, at age 69. Dr. Lambright was born Nov. 10, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois. She was loved and cherished by many people, including her parents, Joseph Lafond and Dorothy Lafond; her husband, James Edward Lambright Jr.; her daughters, Jamie Lambright and Rebecca (John Weger); and her grandchildren, Steven, Gabriel, Christian, and Nathaniel. She was also cherished by 22 nephews and nieces.
Les M. Landau, DO, Odessa, Missouri, died June 18, 2022, at age 66. Les was born on February 12, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri to Marcus B. and M. Jeanne Roberts Landau. The oldest of three children, Les grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and graduated from Shawnee Mission South High School (‘74). An adventurous young man, Les developed a love for the outdoors and obtained his scuba certification, passions he would share with his family throughout his lifetime. He competed as a gymnast in high school and college and obtained the rank of Eagle Scout on October 29, 1972, from Troop 276 in Leawood, Kansas.
Les attended the University of Kansas prior to completing his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Health Sciences of Kansas City (now Kansas City University). Les attended medical school on a Navy Physician Scholarship and served as an officer and surgeon at several naval hospitals, including two years in Okinawa Japan, where he also found time to earn his black belt in Sei-Do-Kan Karate. After completing his Navy service, Les’ multifaceted career was anchored by his practice as a general surgeon and trauma surgeon throughout Kansas and Missouri. He also contributed to his field outside of the clinical setting, serving on local and national committees. Les was a proud member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons for which he served as president in 2008. Les was a faculty member of Kansas City University and of A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1993-2002, where he taught medical students and residents. He also traveled to Honduras and Tanzania on multiple medical missions.
As an Eagle Scout, Les was proud of his four sons who also achieved the rank of Eagle. He was a scout leader and took his boys on multiple high adventure trips including Philmont, Double H, scuba diving expeditions, and countless campouts including summers at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation where he was an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. An avid outdoorsman, Les enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends, sons, and grandchildren. Les particularly enjoyed duck hunting. He served on the board for Waterfowl USA and was a long-time supporter of Ducks Unlimited.
Les was a steadfast defender of the Second Amendment and an accomplished marksman. He promoted gun safety and responsible gun ownership as a firearms instructor for the Association of Professional Trainers (APT). Les also served his community through a lifelong involvement in law enforcement, starting with the Overland Park Police Department and later serving as Deputy Sheriff of the Adair and Clark county Sheriff’s Departments, and most recently Captain at the Claycomo Police Department. Another of Les’ passions was aviation; he first learned to fly planes in high school and later became a licensed helicopter pilot and enjoyed flying with family and friends.
Les was a member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, and through his multiple professions, passions, and faith, spent his life sharing God’s love through service to his friends, family and community. Les was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived, missed, and loved by his four sons: Luke Landau and three daughters – Clara, Reagan, and Emmalyn of Overland Park, KS; Mike and Nicole Landau and two daughters – Elizabeth and Lena of Castle Rock, CO; Dr. Andrew and Analia Landau of Honolulu, HI; Kyle and Dr. Barcleigh Landau and three children – Chapman, Harper, and Fletcher of San Angelo, TX; his sisters: Dr. Leanne Kasitz (Rodney) and family of Louisburg, Kansas; Ruth Vano (Judge Jim Vano) and family of Overland Park, Kansas; and Sheila Isom and daughters, Paige and Alix and fiancé, Trey.
Rodney D. Lentz, DO, ’74, Osage Beach, Missouri, died April 28, 2022, at age 76. Rodney was born January 14, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of William and Mary Lou (Wright) Lentz. On June 30, 1967, Rodney was united in marriage to Julie Kostolni in Moberly, Missouri. They shared 54 years together.
Rodney graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1974. He worked as an OBGYN in Kansas City and Jefferson City. He was currently practicing at New Springs Wellness Center doing Bio identical hormone replacement. He had a love for cars, especially corvettes. His greatest joy was his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Rodney is survived by his wife Julie Lentz of the home; son Marc Lentz (Ashley) of Jefferson City, Missouri; daughter Jackie Kutz (James Depew) of Eldon, Missouri; 2 grandchildren Riley Lentz and Kinley Lentz; brother Howard Lentz of St. Louis, Missouri; and sister-in-law Sara Mustonen (Mike) of Herbster, Wisconsin. Rodney was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Lou Lentz.
Edward J. Moticka, PhD, Scottsdale, Arizona, died March 4, 2022, at age 77. Ed is survived by his beloved wife Jane; daughters Juli (Michael), Gabrielle (Karl), Danielle (Spencer) from first wife Betty, sons Anthony and James from Juergen; eight grandchildren Rowan, Beck, Zane, Cora, Tristan, Bethany (deceased), Ulrich, and Vivian; sisters Mary-Ann (Glen deceased), Joan (Michael), and brother John (Judy); many loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and an extensive choir of friends and chosen family.
Ed was born and grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. Ed married Eunice Jane Adrian July 26, 1992. They moved from Dawson, Illinois to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2004.
Ed spent his career educating and mentoring graduate and medical students while pursuing laboratory research on autoimmune diseases. He received his Baccalaureate Degree in biology from Kalamazoo College and earned his PhD in anatomy from University of Illinois – Chicago. His career took him from University of Texas Southwest Medical School to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation as well as other funding sources. Ed retired from SIU School of Medicine as Associate Dean for Research. He moved to Arizona where he served as Director of Research at Scottsdale Healthcare and then retired as a professor and Chair of Basic Science at A.T. Still University Osteopathic Medical School. A deeply respected educator and innovator, he authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers, presentations and publications about novel education methods related to medical education. Ed published A Historical Perspective on Evidence-Based Immunology in 2016. Ed was a valued member of the American Association of Immunology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Arizona State University Emeritus College.
Kevin A. Mullins, DO, ’87, Parrish, Florida, died March 14, 2022, at age 68. Kevin was born on July 21, 1953 in Kansas City, KS.
Kevin graduated from Missouri Southern State College in 1976 and worked as an RN for 8 years. Afterwards, he attended Kirksville Osteopathic Medical School and graduated with a DO degree in 1987. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine in Kirksville, MO in 1991. Followed up by a Fellowship at Penn State University’s Hershey Medical Center in Hematology-Oncology completed in 1993. Dr. Mullins practiced at the Hahne Cancer Center at Dubois Regional Medical Center from 1995 until present. He was well loved for his patience and bedside manner by those in his care. He was revered by his colleagues for his continuing study in his field and his ability to share this knowledge with his co-workers.
Kevin had many dogs that he enjoyed taking on walks through the woods. He loved technology, gadgets and listening to podcasts about the latest inventions. Kevin was an avid reader who loved to learn and use his knowledge to teach others. He was an excellent cook and a skilled baker, using science to bake the most delicious breads from scratch. Bird watching and identifying was a hobby, as he loved nature and all the beauty and wonder it held.
Most of all he loved his family and is loved by them. His generous, compassionate, caring, and loving soul will be missed dearly and will live on in our precious memories. Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Mary, daughter and son-in-law, Barb and Chris, and grandchildren, Miranda and Maverick of Parrish, FL. He is also survived by one sister (Ellen), one brother (Mitch, DO, ’87), one stepbrother (Rob), his stepfather (Jim), and many loving sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother (Verla Selvy Dickerson), his father, (Dale Mullins) and one brother (Brad Mullins).
Frederick H. Northrop, DO, ’60, Claremore, Oklahoma, died June 16, 2022, at age 87. The son of Dr. Harson A. and Tessie (Oftedahl) Northrop was born September 26, 1934 in Owatonna, Minnesota. There he would spend all of his early years. He attended Owatonna schools, graduating as a member of the class of 1952. During his time there he enjoyed playing football, baseball, and golf. Wanting to continue his education, he enrolled at St. Olaf Collage in Northfield. There he would complete his undergrad studies. He then enrolled at KCOM (Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine). He would graduate from there with his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1960. It was also while in Kirksville, while visiting the local diner that he would first lay eyes on Patty Curtis. Eventually the two would begin dating, and would marry on April 3, 1958. In 1959 the newly wed couple would make their way to Tulsa. There Dr. Northrop had taken an internship at the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital. After completing his internship, Dr. Northrop began his career in general practice and weight control in Tulsa, spending most of his practice at Doctors Family Clinic at 8523 E. 11th St., where he worked for over 50 years. In 2005 he was recognized as a life member of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.
In 1967, wanting to move to a more rural setting, Fred and Patty moved to Claremore. There they purchased a 60 acre ranch and began raising their two daughters. In the years to follow the ranch became known as the Sunny Oaks Ranch. There he would raise quarter horses. In fact, his girls became so heavily involved in showing horses that it led him to going all in as well. He served as president of the International Buckskin Horse Association, president and CEO of Will Rogers Jockey and Polo club, and representative of the Color Breed Horse Council.
In his spare time Fred had many hobbies and pastimes. He loved hunting; quail and pheasant were his favorite. There was a love for classic cars. His preference were old Cadillacs and Mustangs. He enjoyed bowling, and had a passion for golf, having a handicap of -8. He also held memberships at Shangri- La, and Cedar Ridge.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Harson and Tessie Northrop, infant daughter, Katherine Elaine Northrop; sister, Nina McGahan, and brothers, Cyrus Northrop and George “Sonny” Northrop. Survivors include his wife Patty; daughters, Tayna Mank and husband Steve, Jan Seago and husband Jerry; grandsons, Justin Seago and wife Kim, and Jeremy Seago and wife Annie; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Kade and Kora Seago; brothers, Richard Northrop and wife Kay, Greg Northrop and Fiance’ Val, and Dexter Northrop and wife Lynn; sister, Jean “Toots” Stewart Northrop and many other extended family.
Michael M. Patterson, PhD, Dublin, Ohio, died Feb. 16, 2022, at age 79. Michael was born to Vivienne Doris Ann (Bridgeman) Patterson and Harvey Milton Patterson. His younger brother Jeff Patterson, DO, ’72, tragically predeceased him in 2014. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife, Janice of 55 years; his sons, Shane Patterson (Lisa), Auburn Hills, MI., and Shad Patterson (Adele), Dublin, OH.; and caring grandchildren, Zach, Maisie, Emma, Grace, and Max, all of whom will miss him dearly. He was an avid camper, international traveler, and was extremely proud of his Scouting career where he earned his Eagle Scout, was a scout master and earned the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service in scouting. Michael was born in March 1942 in Muscatine, Iowa and graduated from Mediapolis High School. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in academics which spanned his graduation from Grinnell College in 1964 to receiving his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology in 1969 and finally earned full professor status in 1981. He served as the Director of Research at 3 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine from 1977 until retiring in 2008 (Ohio University, Athens, OH., University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO. and Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) He had innumerable scientific publications to his name, lectured at hundreds of scientific conventions, trained 10 Ph.D students, was Associate Editor for the JAOA and the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine text book, as well as ambassador and board member for the World Osteopathic Health Organization, just to name a few of the remarkable contributions he made to his beloved Osteopathic community. He earned multiple honors and awards including the AOA’s Gutensohn-Denslow research and education award, the AOA’s Irvin M. Korr award for research, AAO’s Academy Award, and was awarded his honorary DO degree by the College d’Etudes Osteopathiques de Montreal. His tireless dedication and immense contribution to the knowledge and advancement of the Osteopathic philosophy has influenced many generations of physicians and will not soon be forgotten. In addition, he was a faculty member at ATSU-KCOM and known for his research within the osteopathic profession.
Carl B. Pettigrew, DO, ’72, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died May 18, 2022, at age 79. Carl Bryan Pettigrew was born on October 12, 1942 in Prairie Grove, Arkansas to Atha Jean and Carl Pettigrew. He departed this life on May 18, 2022 at his home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 79. He loved being an Oklahoman and served in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Carl Bryan graduated from Stilwell High School, where he served as the president of the Future Farmers of America for the Stilwell chapter. After high school, he attended medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. Dr. Pettigrew established his medical practice in Moore, Oklahoma and then in Oklahoma City and was certified by the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Pettigrew was a member of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine, American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. In addition, he was a member of the Mason’s and a long-time Shriner member of the Royal Order of Jesters #78 in Oklahoma City. He was also a certified Open Water Scuba Diver and loved to travel and scuba dive with his family and friends. He loved to read books, travel and play poker with his buddies from Oklahoma City.
CB loved his weekends in Stilwell on the family farm that is now spanning four generations and most of all being with his grandchildren. He had a dry sense of humor and was always an early adopter of new technology and would remind his children and grandchildren that he was up to date on the newest trends.
Carl Bryan was preceded in death by his parents Atha Jean and Carl Pettigrew; his uncle Robert “Cullen” and Virginia Bean; his aunt Heloise and uncle Tommy Tompkins; his brother Bob Pettigrew; and nephew Steven Ketcher. He is survived by his sister Carolyn and her husband Tyke Toeller of Ft. Smith; John and his wife Retha Pettigrew of Stilwell; his son Bryan Pettigrew and wife Melinda and grandchildren Carter and Callie of Overland Park, Kansas; his son Blake Pettigrew and grandchildren Vivian, Lucy and Landon of Southlake, Texas; his daughter Jennifer Schmitt and her husband Pete and grandchildren Madalynn and Eileen of San Francisco, California; nephew Danny Ketcher and wife Kay of Stilwell; nephew Jerry Ketcher and his wife Ashley of Little Elm, Texas; niece Shandra Maxwell and husband Jeff of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; nephew Jon Pettigrew of Springfield, Missouri; nephews Josh Pettigrew and Lance Pettigrew of Stilwell and numerous other extended family members in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas.
Thomas R. Pickard, DO, ’71, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Feb. 24, 2022, at age 76. Thomas was born June 6, 1945 to Raymond and Loraine Pickard (Pruitt) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thomas was an Osteopathic Doctor, President of their association on many occasions, had his own practice, taught and trained many doctors at OSU Medical Center, served on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners and many other things. He was a long time member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Tulsa Founders Chorus and sang in the Tulsa Tones Quartet. He was a man of God who served him well. He was a great father, papa, uncle, brother and friend. He touched the lives of so many people with his gentle, loving and kind spirit. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife, children, grand-children, great-grandchildren and a host of other family members.
James Pollard III, DO, ’74, Las Vegas, Nevada, died Jan. 30, 2022, at age 72. He was born Jan. 6, 1950, to James and Geraldine Pollard in northwest Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a half brother, Gary Compton. He had no living relatives.
Dr. Pollard attended public school in Kirksville, Missouri, where he made many lifelong friends. He graduated with the class of 1967 and attended Northeast Missouri State College (NMSC), now Truman State University. He left NMSC with the class of 1970 and started his medical training that fall at ATSU-KCOM. He received his bachelor of science in zoology in 1974 from NMSC and his doctor of osteopathic medicine in 1974. In July 1976, he entered the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel in October 2005, having honorably served for 29 years and four months.
During his time in the Air Force, Dr. Pollard traveled over much of the world as a physician, flight surgeon, and anesthesiologist. His tours included two deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as the sole anesthesia provider for hundreds of coalition troops.
Following retirement, he was a staff anesthesiologist at Reynolds Army Medical Hospital in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, from 2005 until 2010. Starting in 2010, he was an institute physician at Cenegenics Medical Institute in Las Vegas.
Dr. Pollard made friends wherever he went. Many were friends he retained from his days in Kirksville and others he made in his travels. Though there is no biological family left to mourn his passing, everyone he touched became his family. He was part of a quartet of close high school friends who stayed in touch over the 50+ years since graduation in 1967. Deanette Holly was considered his sister, and Dennis Bode and Phillip Duncan his brothers. It was just a few years before his passing that all four got together in Las Vegas. None would have thought that would be the last time the four would be together. Rest in peace, old friend.
Frederick W. Rogers, DO, ’58, Bridgeton, Missouri, died June 5, 2022, at age 88. Beloved son of late Walter P. Rogers and late Grace W. Rogers. Beloved husband of late Marylu Rogers. Survived by son Todd A. Rogers and grandchildren Dusty R. Rogers and Emily Y. Rogers. Fred was a dear neighbor and friend to many.
Fredrick was born in New Jersey. He graduated from Temple University, PA and Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery, MO. He worked as an anesthesiologist until retirement. Fredrick enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed researching and collecting stamps and presented annually at stamp exhibits. He belonged to many organizations and societies throughout his lifetime. He will be missed by many.
Kathy Rushlo, MHA, Tempe, Arizona, died April 27, 2022, at age 64. Born Dec. 30, 1957, she was a happy, fun, intelligent and quick-witted woman who was loved by any and everyone who met her. She had a huge heart and tried to help anyone she could. She was not just a mother but a second “mother” to many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Kathy started life in Springfield, Ill., before moving to Coralville with her parents in 1960. She attended Penn and Kirkwood elementary schools as well as North West junior high before graduating from West High in 1976. She went on to get her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health Administration from the University of Iowa. She was most recently the Sponsored Programs Director at A.T. Still University in Phoenix. When she wasn’t crocheting or watching her favorite sports teams she was outside with a cigar and a glass of wine. She loved the beach and would take any chance she could get to sit in the sun. She loved dancing, music and spending time with family and friends. Kathy is survived by her parents, Leslie (Les) and Nancy Cullers; her daughters, Leslie Cady, Jami Burrows (Xzayvier) and Shelby Shaull (Shawn); and her sisters, Cheryl Hoard (John), Cindy Smith (Ron) and Pam Cullers-Benner (Ronnie). She also is survived by her grandchildren, Kiara, Austin, JD, Cayden, Delilah, Kyla, Tyson and Taylor; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Darrell L. Scheetz, DO, ’64, Yuma, Arizona, died June 29, 2022, at age 91. He is survived by his wife Ida of 46 years and children Karen Turner, Carol Holdinski, Craig Scheetz, Tina Olszwski; Robert Lee, Christopher Lee, Lorreine Lee; 23 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Darrell served in the Korean War and reached the title of Major Sergeant. He also obtained his Medical degree in 1964 and was a family Physician. He served as a reserve Deputy Sheriff in Maricopa Count and Yuma County for 13 years. While serving in Yuma County he co-created the very first sexual assault kit. His hobbies were hunting, suba diving and took a course in river rescue.
Tara L. Southwick, AuD, ’15, Roca, Nebraska, died March 24, 2022, at age 44. Tara was born on February 26, 1978 in Nebraska to Jeff & JoAnn (Johnson) Willnerd. She was raised in Beatrice, NE. She graduated in 1996 from Beatrice High School, where she participated in volleyball, basketball, track, travel softball, student council, honor society, and orchestra. Tara received a full Division I volleyball scholarship to Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She was named Newcomer of the Year her first season as a Southwest Bobcat. She was one of the best defensive players in their conference all 4 years. At SWT she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. She went on to get her Master’s in Audiology at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Throughout her Masters she worked at Methodist Hospital in the Houston Medical Center performing newborn hearing screenings. After receiving her Master’s Tara moved to San Diego where she worked for Neurodynamics in San Diego as a Neurophysiological Intraoperative Monitor. Tara received her PhD for Audiology from University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In 2017 Tara went on to start up her own successful monitoring company with a co-worker. Tara enjoyed many adventures. She toured Europe and parts of Asia, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, ran the San Diego Marathon, and went skydiving. In her spare time Tara loved reading novels, listening to music, going to concerts, playing sports, watching thunderstorms, inhaling the ocean air, and enjoying pure laughter.
In 2011 Tara met the love her life John Southwick, their bond and fondness for each other quickly became the union that enabled them to fight cancer together and they were married September 15, 2012. Two beautiful children were born to this marriage Sloane Elizabeth May 6, 2015 and Barrett Thomas June 21, 2016. Her family was her entire world. Both children were her miracles and despite her fight she knew they needed each other and was an incredible encourager and a fun-loving Mom. Tara cherished her children and her nieces and nephews. She had a tremendous heart and love for all those around her and a smile and laugh that was contagious.
Tara was a great collegiate athlete never backing down from a challenge or what life threw her way, especially evident in her courageous fight with cancer. She somehow faced each day with joy, patience, and love for those around her, making every day seem as though her condition wasn’t a reality. She enjoyed each and every day of watching her children grow up and was visionary in planning with her husband about what the future would be. She was the biggest supporter of the ambitions of her husband never wanting to miss an opportunity. Tara loved family time most and was always planning gatherings at their home. She looked forward to every holiday, decorating and throwing parties for family and friends to attend no matter her condition. Even though she lived like she wasn’t dying Tara’s faith in the Lord gave her peace in her heart and her love for Jesus had her looking forward to a new life and body in Heaven.
Tara was survived by her husband, John; children, Sloane (6) & Barrett (5); her parents, Jeff & Jo Ann Willnerd; her sisters, Tabitha Schuster & Amanda Aswad; brother in-laws, Travis Schuster & Pete Aswad; nieces, Taylor Schuster, Sierra Aswad, & Sykora Aswad; nephews, Trey Schuster and Seth Aswad; her grandmother, Donna Johnson; aunts & uncles, Philip and Glenda Willnerd, Charles and Julie Willnerd, Milton and Jeri Willnerd, Janyce and William Applegate, Michael and Lori Johnson, Linda and Randy Michaels, Kelly Johnson, Jack and Donna Johnson; great aunts & uncles, Rodger Johnson, Kristie Peterson, Sandi Paulsen, Mitzi and Dale Anderson, Gordy and Carol Whitcomb, August Delisi; and many loving cousins. Mother and Father-in-law Ron and Bonnie Southwick; Sister and Brother-in-law Edie and RJ Crandall; Brother and Sister in law, Michael and Amy Southwick; nieces and nephews, Olivia, William, Nicholas, and Bennett Crandall and Graham, Sydney, and Paige Southwick. Preceded in death by grandparents, Allen (Bud) F. Johnson and Virgil & Doris Willnerd.
Thomas J. Stees, DO, ’66, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died June 5, 2022, at age 83. He was born on April 8, 1939, in Wichita, Kansas, the second of four children to Dr. Charles and Ione Harris Stees. His formative years were spent at Woodland Elementary and John Marshall Junior High. He graduated from Wichita High School North in 1957. Many years later he could still do the “War Cry,” their famous drum beat song. Tom attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas, where he met and married the love of his life for 61 years, Carolyn Sue Thompson. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1966. For the next four years he and Sue resided in Tulsa where Dr. Stees completed an internship and internal medicine residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and where their two daughters, Rebecca and Laura were born.
Dr. Stees was in private practice as Medical Specialists in St. Louis, Mo. from 1971-1993. There he not only cared for patients, but also helped train students, interns, and residents. In 1993 he and Sue returned to Tulsa where Dr. Stees was Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continued to serve as a teacher and mentor to young doctors. He left his mark on so many physicians. During his practice career he received numerous awards and recognitions. Most important to him would be the Award of Excellence by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association; the first Internist of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Internists; Lifetime Achievement Award by the Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis; and most recently the Staab Legacy Award for Excellence by Oklahoma State University. He always had an academic curiosity. Seeing the needs, he developed programs in nutritional support and vascular evaluation in St. Louis and was the innovator for the Wound Care and Ryan White clinics at OSU. Late in his medical career he had an opportunity to further his entrepreneurial spirit by becoming the first franchisee of the St. Louis Bread/Panera Bread Company in 1993 with his wife Sue, sister and brother-in-law, Gaynell and Jim Magers. Their franchise, Traditional Bakery, Inc. came to Tulsa in 1997. In retirement he got to further pursue his other passions: gardening, reading, investing, and watching the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals. He was a life-long learner and enjoyed being a Master Gardener. “Dr. Tom,” as he was known to the Panera family, was much loved and the employees knew he cared about both their professional and personal development. He also served on various boards in retirement: Big Brothers, Iron Gate, Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa Garden Center, Osteopathic Founders Foundation and as a deacon at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church.
“Dr. Tom” was preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles and sister Karen Hall. He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters Rebecca Stees of Alameda, CA, and Laura (Tommy) Alvidrez of Portland, OR., his sister Gaynell (Jim) Magers of Bend, OR, sisters-in-law Shirley Stees of Wichita, KS., Joan Thompson of Maple Grove, MN. Many nephews and nieces will miss him: Kevin Stees, Danielle Magers, Kerry White, Janan Fairman, Kim Pichler, Brian, Barry, and Bruce Thompson as well as their spouses and children and a myriad of life-long friends and colleagues. Thank you to his wonderful caregivers over the past six years.
Richard George Stefanacci, DO, ’57, Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey, died April 28, 2022, at age 92. Dr. Stefanacci was born in Passaic, NJ and has been a long-time resident of HoHo-Kus. His enthusiasm for life will be remembered long after his passing. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Richard left the East Coast for the heartland of the country to attend the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete a residency in surgery, practicing as a true generalist where he provided all care services from delivering babies to removing gallbladders to home visits. He served not only his patients, but his profession and beyond. Most notably, he served as a board member of his medical school through its development of a second campus in Arizona and expansion into A.T. Still University, and proudly served as a member of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners. Beyond this service, Dr. Stefanacci followed in his own father’s path by building and serving as administrator for Forest Hill Healthcare Center, this occurred at age 70 after he retired from surgery. Through his professional life, Dr. Stefanacci cared for thousands while making each and every patient feel as though they were his sole focus. Dr. Stefanacci was blessed with a large, devoted family. He is survived by his best friend and wife, Carol A. Stefanacci of Ho-Ho-Kus, devoted children: Richard Gabriel Stefanacci, DO, ’89, and his wife, Elizabeth, Mark Stefanacci and his wife, Donna, Christopher Stefanacci and his wife, Renee, Dr. Paul Stefanacci and Gina Buffa and her husband, John. Also surviving are his 12 of 13 grandchildren: Nicholas, Morgan, Christopher, Jordan, Ryan, Jackson, Alyssa, Eli and Laleh Stefanacci and Alexa, Taylor and Blake Buffa, and reuniting with his grandson Richard in heaven. With an unwavering love for his family, friends, and faith, Dr. Stefanacci found the greatest joy in some of life’s simplest pleasures. He could often be found golfing with his friends at White Beeches Country Club, spending time at his vacation home in Treasure Cay, Bahamas, and picking up bagels for every gathering.
Wilbert W. Stoever, DO, ’61, Tulsa, Oklahoma, died Feb. 9, 2022, at age 87. He was born Dec. 23, 1934. Dr. Stoever was a 1961 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathy and
Surgery. Following graduation, he found his way to Tulsa to complete a rotating
internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital before entering general practice at Moots Hospital
in Pryor, Oklahoma. After just two years he returned to OOH to serve a residency in internal
medicine practice in Albuquerque where he developed his lifelong love of southwestern art.
In 1972 Dr. Stoever was accepted in the National Institutes of Health Clinical Fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Missouri. Returning to Tulsa and OOH after completion, he became a member of the original faculty at OCOMS while simultaneously opening his private cardiology practice. He continued to train students, residents, and fellows throughout his decades long career.
His awards and recognitions are too numerous to mention but it was with particular pride that he became a member of the Gillum Society of Master Fellows in 1998. The Osteopathic Founders Foundation was privileged to recognize him with their Outstanding Physician Award in 2015 and the OSU Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine presented him with the Richard C. Staab, DO Legacy Award in that same year.
Fred W. Vossbruch, DO, ’55, Avon Park, Florida, died Sept. 24, 2021.
William A. Wagner, DO, ’53, Grand Rapids, Michigan, died May 19, 2022, at age 96. He was born to parents Ralph and Edith Booth Wagner, on February 28, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio. William graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy (1944) in Lebanon, TN. William bravely served in World War II with the U.S. Navy on the South Pacific theater on the USS Grundy APA from 1944 to 1946. Subsequently, William received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling State University (1949) and then a Doctorate Degree from A.T. Still College of Medicine (1953) in Kirksville, MO. He established his Residency of Internal Medicine the Art Center Hospital in Detroit, Michigan from 1965 to 1957. He served as a Certified Internist at Metropolitan Hospital from as well an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University from 1966 to 1992. William married Roberta Ann Schuetz. She preceded William by passing on January 19, 2000. William is survived by daughter Kathryn DeGraaf, husband Gary and granddaughters Briee Ann DeGraaf and Lauren Wolfe and husband Mitch. Daughter Trudy Brenner, granddaughter Jessica, and grandsons Will and Joseph. Daughter Kim Canepa, husband Peter, granddaughters Nicole and Christina Canepa and grandsons Cameron and Peter Canepa. His brave service in the Navy resulted in his hobby and love of Nautical collecting as well as his love of gardening. Everyone who visited his home could enjoy his collection of Nautical items.
Thomas L. Warren, DO, ’71, Martinsville, Indiana, died Nov. 11, 2020, at age 79. He was born to the late John Milton and Isma Thelma (Farmer) Warren on April 17, 1941, in Ferndale, Michigan. He graduated from Southfield High School in Southfield, Michigan, in 1958. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 1967. While earning his medical degree at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, he concurrently earned an M.A. in Special Education from Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville, Missouri, completing both degrees in 1971.
As a young teen, Tom became the youngest person to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. While attending Wayne State University, he was a nationally ranked wrestler and received the “Pinner of the Year” award four times. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE) at Wayne State University, and Fran (who later became his wife) was the fraternity sweetheart. The two married on June 17, 1966.
Dr. Warren practiced medicine for over 45 years and was board certified in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He was a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. He worked at Richmond Heights General Hospital in Ohio from 1971- 2004 and was in private practice from 1975-2004. After moving to Martinsville, Indiana, he served at Morgan County Hospital until 2007. He then worked as a locum tenens (traveling) physician until his retirement in 2016. In his spare time, Tom enjoyed jet skiing and scuba diving. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and attended as many of their activities, sports, and school activities as he could. He will always be their biggest fan.
He leaves behind his loving family, including his wife, Fran (Stremersch) Warren ; children, Amy Warren, Thomas Warren, and Mark (wife, Heather) Warren; grandchildren, Alissa, Colton, and Lincoln Warren; sister, Joanne LeChevalier; brother, Russell Warren; sister-in-law, JoAnn Warren; brother-in-law, Richard Stremersch; and sister-in-law, Kathy Stremersch. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Isma; mother and father-in-law, Mary and Leo Stremersch; two infant sons; brother, J. Michael Warren; and brother-in-law, Earl Stremersch.
Karen Wolfmeyer, DO, ’65, South Bend, Indiana, died July 20, 2022, at age 82. Born Aug. 10, 1939, she was a proud graduate of Keokuk Senior High School, Northeast Missouri Teachers College, and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Karen is survived by her children, Kirstin Bird Marker and Matthew E. Bird; sister Diana Pascoe; as well as three granddaughters, two nieces, a great-nephew and three great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger E. Bird.
Combine info: Born in LaGrange, Missouri, to Herbert and Hazel Wolfmeyer, Karen grew up in Keokuk, Iowa. She received a biology degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and then received her medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. While completing her family medicine training at the South Bend (Indiana) Osteopathic Hospital, she met and married Roger Bird.
Continuing to practice as Dr. Karen Wolfmeyer, she opened a private practice in the Twin Branch area of Osceola, Indiana, where she practiced until 1991. At that time, Karen and Roger moved to Missouri, where she continued to practice medicine until her retirement. After enjoying several years of retirement on the Lake of the Ozarks, the couple returned to Michiana to be closer to their family. Roger Bird died in 2016 and Karen began to split her time between Michiana and Mesa, Arizona.
Karen is survived by her sister Diane (Lynn) Pascoe of Alexandria, Virginia, and Karen’s children, Matthew (Jennifer) Bird of Naperville, Illinois, and Kirsten (Jason) Marker of South Bend. She leaves behind three granddaughters, two nieces, three great-nieces, and one greatnephew. Roger’s family from an earlier marriage also mourns her loss, along with extended family members, patients, and friends from Michiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Arizona.
Karen will be remembered for her compassionate care of the patients who entrusted their health to her. She delivered hundreds of babies, made house calls, attended patients in the hospital and nursing home, and provided sports medicine care for Penn High School student athletes. Karen was a Master Gardener and enjoyed a wide variety of hobbies, including fishing, genealogy, making and collecting jewelry, and watching football. She enjoyed driving and owning small, fast cars…until she married a man who couldn’t fit into one!
A former high school drum major, Karen was always game for a band concert – especially if a Sousa march or big band era song was expected. Karen’s love of traveling started with a semester of college in Madrid, Spain, and even into her 80s she enjoyed trips all around the U.S. with her children. Her last overseas adventure was a trip with her sister to visit their family’s native homeland of Germanna, Germany.