Robert P. Duttweiler Sr., 80, passed away on April 11,2014 in Alden, New York. Robert graduated from Buffalo Bible Institute (BBI) in 1955. He served in the United States Army and in the Army Reserves. He retired as director of shipping for Buffalo wholesaler Erb Co. Inc., and was very active in his church. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary (Eastman ’57, BBI) Duttweiler; 10 children: Mary Cobb, Robert Jr. ’82 and his wife Grace Ann (Godshall’82), Richard, Russell “Roscoe” ’86, Ronald ’85 and his wife Sylvia (Sprowl ’83), Rodney, Randall ’88 and his wife Jaqueline (Christiana ’88), Roger, Roland “Rollie”’91 and his wife Pam (Bigham ’90), and Melody (Duttweiler ’94) Weaver; 28 grandchildren including Pam (Duttweiler ’08) Guajardo, Jonathon Duttweiler’13, Joshua Duttweiler ’15, Ashlee Duttweiler ’16, Luke Duttweiler ’16, Ronald Duttweiler ’17, and Sarah Duttweiler ’17. He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Duttweiler and a sister, Betty Duttweiler.
Clyde A. Bellville, 86, passed away Sunday June 22, 2014, in Oswego, New York. Clyde attended Eastern Pilgrim College.
Kathleen (Snow) Tyler, 92, died June 3, 2014, in Lyons, New York. Kathleen worked for the Charles Rooke Agency and the Dept. of Social Services, raised her family and helped on the family farm. She sang in her church choir for many years, taught Sunday school and was a past president of the Lyons Council of Churches. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Robert Tyler; daughter Andrea Evangelist; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two great grandsons; and one sister, Louise Twitchell. She was predeceased by her daughter, Judy Tyler ’67; and sister, Miriam (Snow ’47) Priebe.
Robert W. Harper, 89, passed away on October 11, 2013, in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Rev. Harper was a longtime Bible teacher and pastor in his local area. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanette (Fortran ’47) Harper, three sons and their families.
Dean V. Thompson '38 died at age 97 on May 6, 2014, inSeattle, Washington. A lifelong educator who stated once that he was “born to teach,” Thompson began his career as a teacher in the New York public schools. In 1941, he married his college sweetheart and fellow educator, Doris Bain ’38, and by 1947, he was school principal in Heuvelton, New York. He received a Master of Science degree in education from Cornell University, followed by a Doctor of Education degree from New York University.In 1951, Thompson and his family moved to Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, where he served for 26 years as supervising principal of schools for Lago Oil & Transport Co. Ltd., now Exxon Mobil. He retired from Exxon in 1977, and he and Doris moved to Texas where they both taught for several years at the University of Houston-Downtown campus. They relocated to Seattle in 1999.The Thompsons have given generously to Houghton College over their lifetimes, and many contributions were matched by Exxon-Mobil, increasing the donations by threefold. In 1997, Dean and Doris gifted Houghton College with the Dean V. and Doris Bain Thompson Scholarship Fund 1934-38,which provides aid to secondary education students with major concentrations in English, science, history, music or mathematics. Since its inception, 77 education students have benefited from the Thompsons’ generous gift. Dean is survived by his three children and their spouses:Mary Margaret Hansen; John and Patricia Thompson;Kate and Dennis Maher; seven grandchildren and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Doris (Bain ’38) Thompson.
Mary (Dukeshire) Burke, 89, died on June 1, 2014, in Norwich, Norfolk, U.K. Mary was the valedictorian of the class of ’46 and went on to Yale University to earn her first M.A. She then taught at Rutgers New Jersey College for Women before earning another master’s in religious education. She returned to Yale for her Ph.D. where she met and married Dr. Derek Burke. Mary was one of the first professors to teach in the Houghton in London program. In addition to her husband, Mary is survived by a son, Stephen; two daughters: Elizabeth Tregear and Virgina West;10 grandchildren; nephew Peter LaCelle ’84;and nieces Andrea (LaCelle ’79) Redfern and Kristina LaCelle-Peterson ’82. She was preceded in death by her sister, June (Dukeshire ’50) LaCelle, and brother-in-law Paul LaCelle ’51.
Gertrude (Bailey) Ruder, 87, passed away on May 2, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Florida. Gertrude is survived by her husband of 66 years, Arthur Walter Ruder ’47; seven children: Nancy Joy, Ann Marie (Ruder ’72) Roth, Rebecca (Ruder ’76) DeBlaey and husband, Christopher DeBlaey ’75, Rachel Cash, A. Joseph Ruder ’80, Priscilla Bomgardner, Naomi (Ruder ’83) Wenger; 6 siblings; 18 grandchildren, including Elisabeth Wenger ’10, Margaret Wenger ’12 and Emily Wenger ’13; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.
Ellen Thompson, 85, died on September 14, 2014, in Wheaton, Illinois. Ellen held advanced degrees in music from Columbia Teachers College (M.A.) and from the American Conservatory of Music (M.M.). She was professor of piano and theory for 39 years at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, chairing the theory department for 25 years. She was a loving “Aunt Ellen” to many nieces and nephews who will miss her enthusiastic encouragement and faithful prayers. She is survived by a brother, Guilliard D. Thompson.
Robert “Bob” Longacre’43 passed away on April 20, 2014, at the age of 91. Dr. Longacre joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL in 1946, and his work in linguistics spanned more than half a century. He began his translation work with the Trique people in the mountains of Oaxaca in early 1947 and was the first to reduce the Chicahauxtla Trique language to writing. By 1968, he had completed and dedicated the Trique New Testament. Bob’s work with the Trique revealed his unique giftedness for discovering the intricacies and patterns of language, leading to a lengthy career of training and leadership roles within SIL and beyond. Along with his work in the field, Bob was the academic face of SIL throughout the world for many years. He authored or co-authored over 200 articles and books; was professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Arlington where he taught linguistics for over 20 years; was the founder and editor of the Journal of Translation and Textlinguistics; and he served as president of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States.The broad influence of Dr. Longacre’s work reached Western NewYork in 1992 when two of his former students, Dr. Stephen Doty and his wife, Marjorie (Miller ’84), launched Houghton’s linguistics program—an offering that continues to be strong today. “Bob was a great teacher and I enjoyed learning from him,” said Doty. “He passed on his enthusiasm for linguistics to his students. He also helped me publish my first article on linguistics and was a friend who made sure there was never a dull moment with his frequent puns.”He is survived by his four children, 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Gwen, his wife of 63 years.
Stanley P. Clattenburg, 85, died December 5, 2013. Stanley served in The U.S. Army, with distinction, in the Corps of Engineers, the 11th Airborne Division and the Allied Occupation Forces in Japan. Stan majored in music at Houghton; after graduation, he pursued coursework in mechanical engineering technology at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. Stan served as choir director for multiple churches in the greater Philadelphia area until his retirement in 1994. He is survived by four children: Karen McManus, Keith Clattenburg, Linda Miklos and Laurie Eaton; four grandchildren; and one sister, Elisabeth Bailey.He was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Clattenburg. His wife of 65 years, Hazel (Seher ’47) Clattenburg, followed him in death on June 22, 2014.
Capt. Joseph A. Howland, 87, died on April 9, 2014. Capt. Howland enlisted in the Navy after high school and fought in WWII. He graduated from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister of the American Baptist Church. He earned a master’s degree in marriage and family from the University of La Verne, received his commission in the Naval Reserve Chaplain Corps in 1957 and reported to Chaplains School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1964. Chaplain Howland retired after 30 years of service. His awards are numerous and include the World War II Victory Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn (German ’49) Howland; children Norman, Eric and Laura Howland Ingram; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Cleora “Cleo” (Handel) Keeley passed away May 30, 2014, in Fort Myers, Florida. Cleo graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1955 and practiced medicine in Buffalo, New York, and in Cleveland, Ohio, as an obstetrician/gynecologist. She retired in 1985 and was an active member of the Shell Point retirement community and in the Village Church. Cleo had a life-long love of traveling visiting over 100 foreign countries; friends say that her life was a living testimony of her Christian faith. She is survived by her brother, Dr. John Handel; a step-daughter, Darlene Perrett; a step-son, Robert Widlicka ’79; and four grandchildren.
Lindol Hutton ’57 died April 12, 2014, at home after a long period of declining health. He was 90 years old. Lindol grew up on his parents’ dairy farm on Harvey’s Mountain in West Barnet, Vermont, and graduated from Peacham Academy in 1941 as the valedictorian of his class. Because he was needed on the farm, he was exempted from military service in World War II and in 1947 took over management of the farm when his father died suddenly of a heart attack. Over the years, the Hutton farm served as temporary housing for vacationers and those traveling through the area; one such visitor was Ruth Fancher’43, an itinerant Bible teacher from Houghton, New York, who stayed at the farmhouse on alternate weekends. They were married in 1950, and in 1953 they moved back to Ruth’s hometown so Lindol could attend Houghton College. After graduation, Lindol became business manager and a history teacher at Houghton Academy. He earned an MBA at the University at Buffalo and in 1969 began teaching full-time at Houghton College in the business department. In 1975, he began a career in real estate, and he was the owner of Hutton Realty for many years until he gradually retired after he turned 80. Lindol was a man of strong, quiet faith who served as an example of godliness and generosity to his family and community. Survivors include sons, Jeremy Hutton ’77 and his wife Lisa (Heller ’78), Timothy Hutton’79 and his wife Susan (Cooper ’79) Hutton, Roderic Hutton ’81, Willard Hutton ’85; daughters, Nancy Jo (Hutton ’74) Pullenand her husband, David Pullen ’70 and Rebecca Hutton ’85; 26 grandchildren including Jonathan Hutton ’06, Heather (Hutton’07) Elliott, Alastair Hutton ’10; and Andrew Hutton ’18; one great-grandchild; a foster daughter, Kelly Turner-Irland; a sister, Geneva Faris; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruth (Fancher ’43) Hutton; his sister Elsie Hutton Anderson; and a grandchild, Gloria Hutton.
Theodore “Ted” Hazlett, 85, passed away on February 6, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona, surrounded by family. Son of Houghton professor emeritus, the late Ray W. Hazlett, Ted joined the U.S. Navy and also attended the Forestry College at the University of Washington. He taught high school science at Phelps Central School in Phelps, New York and at Waterloo Central School, Waterloo, New York. He retired in 1992 to Prescott, Arizona. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son Dr. Brian Hazlett ’78 and his wife Yvonne (Calkins ’79), and daughter Kathryn (Hazlett’83) Cline; two grandchildren; two brothers, F. Ray Hazlett ’58 and Don P. Hazlett ’54; and a sister, Carol (Hazlett ’58) Venuto. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray W. and E. Francis (McCord’26) Hazlett; sister, M. Jeanne (Hazlett ’45) Blowers; and brother, Richard Hazlett ’52.
David Livingston Hill died February 23, 2013. David graduated with a master’s degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1955 and served for many years as a Wesleyan pastor in the Michigan district. He and his wife, Ellen, served together as missionaries inPuerto Rico, and upon their return to the states, Rev. Hill taught at Houghton Academy, as well as pastoring churches in the New York district. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ellen (Schneider ’54) Hill; two children, Stephen Hill and Lorrie Conteras; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ingeborg (Schneider ’55) Carena.
Helen (Stitson) Cornell passed away on March 21,2014. Helen was actively involved in her family and her church over the years and served in the Gideons with her husband, Henry. She later worked as a successful saleswoman at her local JC Penney. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Henry “Hank” ’52; son Steven ’77 and his wife Lillian (Sprole ’77), daughters Kathleen Palmer and Laura Robinson; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Big Al:The Man, the Snackshop, the Legend
Alan “Big Al” Rehn passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina.
If you attended Houghton College between the years 1982 and 2000, Big Al is most likely stitched into the fabric of your fondest college memories. You remember seeing him at every meal, a wide smile on a cherry-red face, giving you the thumbs-up and saying “Ooookaaaay!” You can picture him now, serving meals in full bumble-bee costume at Halloween, or playing Santa at the Midnight Breakfast, or as Super-Al, wielding a chain saw delicately through his latest ice sculpture.
You can probably still taste the wings you ate while staying up way too late studying in the snack shop (or watching the Bills make it to their fourth Super Bowl in a row). The next day you probably ate Big Al’s cold pizza for breakfast. You remember having to stand in line to get tickets for the Friday night steak and seafood night, or sneaking out of the dining hall with that tall stack of chocolate chip cookies under your jacket (they were that good).
What sticks out to you the most, though, when you think of Big Al, is probably his kindness. Maybe he was your first boss, and he treated you like you mattered—even if you were “only a freshman” rinsing dishes in the dish room. Maybe it was your first time away from home, and Big Al was the welcoming, fatherly presence you needed. Or maybe you can’t forget his humility and his servant heart when you learned by watching him what it means to lead with love—or how it looks when a master serves his followers.
For 18 years as Pioneer’s director of food service, Big Al touched the lives of thousands of Houghton students, faculty and staff. You might have been one of them. And you can never forget him. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet; daughter Karen Rehn; son Jeffery Rehn; and grandson, Christopher Alan Rehn. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack C. Rehn.
Gail (Wooster) Bagley died September 8, 2014, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Gail graduated from the Lankenau Hospital School of X-ray Technology and worked as an X-ray technician before becoming a homemaker. She was a charter member of Hempfield United Methodist Church.An animal lover, Gail raised and showed Ragdoll cats, even training some to be therapy cats who would accompany her on visits to shut-ins. In addition to her husband of 58 years, Dr. George Bagley’54, she is survived by four children: Dr. Daniel Bagley ’80, Deborah Scott, Douglas Bagley and Jonathan Bagley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Donald and Evelyn (Hipps) Bagley ’56; and sister-in-law Grace (Bagley ’61) Snyder.
Brenda (Kleinschmidt) Mulroy died on July 6, 2014, in Georgia. She is survived by her husband, Bill Mulroy; four daughters: Kelly Mulroy, Jill (Mulroy’96) Sommer, Katie Hatzidakis and Megan Harpine; and two brothers.
Sharon “Shari” (Heritage) Angell passed away on August 20, 2014, with her husband and daughters by her side. She was a teacher, cheerleading coach, Bible study leader, choir member, world traveler, sweet friend, devoted wife and loving mom. She will be remembered for her sweet and humble nature, quick wit and contagious laughter. Shari is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Jonathan Angell ’66; daughters Jodi McCarty and Heidi Wilkey; and 9 grandchildren.
Cynthia Penne passed away in Buena Vista,Virginia, on July 2, 2014. Cynthia attended Eastman School of Music where she majored in viola performance. She enjoyed a 40-year career as a classical violinist, violist and strings teacher. In addition to performing in several Virginia orchestras and ensembles, she served as a strings instructor at Washington and Lee University and created Lexington’s Suzuki Strings program for children. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Andrew Johnson Jr.; daughter Emily Shea; stepson Christopher Johnson; mother Florence Penne, sisters Mary Penne Mays and Alice Marks; and brother David Penne ’77. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Penne.
Cindy (Wilt) Colville, 58, died on July 10,2014. Daughter of former Houghton faculty members Lois (Hardy ’46) Wilt and the late Dr.Lloyd Wilt ’46, Cindy moved with her family from Maine to Houghton in 1968. In 1985, she moved to Nashville to become a singer/songwriter but soon found herself working as production manager for Greg Nelson, who was producing records for Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Steve Green and Steven Curtis Chapman. Most recently, Cindy started her own music publishing and songwriting company, CWC Creative Music. Over the last six years, Cindy taught and developed hundreds of early-career songwriters, traveled and led workshops across the country, including the Christian Musician Summit’s Songwriting Boot Camp. For 15 years, Cindy ministered to and loved “her girls” at Tennessee Prison for Women. In addition to her mother, Cindy is survived by her husband, Bruce Colville; brothers, Kendall ’73 and Timothy ’75; loving in-laws; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and the many friends in the Christian music business.
Richard “Dick” Cutting, former chef, died June 10, 2014, in Olean, New York. Dick started his Houghton career as a herdsman on the College Farm in 1967. He moved over to food services where he worked until the early ’80s. Prior to his employment, Dick was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and served his country in the Korean War from 1953-55. He is survived by his children: Karlyn Robinson, Rich Cutting and his wife Deborah ’98, Chandler Cutting, Thomas Cutting ’89 and his wife Peggy (Chatson ’89), and Andrew Cutting; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
John “Jack” Robson, 83, first director of Houghton’s P.A.C.E. (now Adult Education) program, died May 28, 2014, in Gerry, New York. Jack joined the Navy in 1953 and was commissioned in 1954 as a pilot of fixed wing and lighter-than-air craft. Upon completing his active military service, he earned a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo. He began his career in education in 1958 as an English teacher and steadily moved into school administration, earning his doctorate of education in 1971. He was director of secondary curriculum for West Seneca Central Schools and in 1983, Jack was named assistant superintendent at West Seneca, a position he held until he retired in 1991. He served as the full-time director of the P.A.C.E. program from 1991-1995. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Esther Robson; three sons: David, Markand Robert; two daughters: Marcia Cromer and Bethany Robson; a brother, Earl; a sister, Jean Darling; 12 grandchildren;and two great-grandchildren.