In Memoriam

United Wesleyan College

Marvin Dennis, 71, died on November 15, 2014. Dennis graduated from Eastern Pilgrim College in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Shelley Goodrich Dennis; a daughter, Pamela Jean Hogan; two stepsons, Joshua P. Williams and Nicholas Williams; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Frances Dieter, 86, passed away on October 20, 2014. She was a graduate of Allentown Bible Institute. Frances is survived by her brothers, Rev. Dr. Melvin Dieter and Harold Dieter; brother-inlaw Rev. Charles Rex; cousin Rev. Paul Dieter and his wife, Clara Dieter; and many nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her sister, Eunice Rex. Ethel (Goss) Mayes, 86, passed away on November 30, 2014. She was a graduate of Allentown Bible Institute.

Paul Maloney, 69, died on November 28, 2014. Paul was a graduate of Eastern Pilgrim College. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Maloney; son, Ryan Maloney; and granddaughter, Megan Maloney. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Maloney.

Paul A. Wheeler, 93, passed away on August 11, 2014. Rev. Wheeler attended United Wesleyan College and is a former district superintendent of the Virginia District of The Wesleyan Church. He is survived by his wife, Marie Wheeler; daughter, Karen Gillespie; son, Jack; two sisters; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

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Norma (Thomas) Anderson died on February 17, 2015. Norma worked for Houghton before becoming dean of women and English professor at both Cleveland Bible College and St. Paul Bible College. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed teaching Bible studies and Sunday school in the community and in church. Later in life, she was a speaker at women’s retreats. She is survived by her four children, Suzan, Carol, Judy and Robert, as well as seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and 11 nieces and nephews. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Oliver, and two brothers.

Erwin L. Knowlton, 93, died on February 14, 2015. He served in WWII as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. After graduating from Houghton, he earned a master’s degree from The State University of New York at Fredonia. He spent most of his career teaching social studies and history at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, New York. In addition, he was active in his church and served with the Greater Syracuse Youth for Christ and Gideons International. He is survived by his sons, Kevin Knowlton ’79, and his wife, Lois (Clair ’79) Knowlton and Kenneth Knowlton; a daughter, Marjorie (Knowlton ’81) Palm; nine grandchildren, including Meagan Palm ’16; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. Erwin was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Arlene Knowlton. 1950

Marilyn (Bourne) Phillips Carpenter died January 19, 2015. Marilyn spent most of her career teaching French at Parkersburg High School in West Virginia. During her tenure at Parkersburg, she was the chair of the foreign language department and received the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Award. Under her leadership, Parkersburg High School received the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language Award, and, in 1993, she was given Houghton’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Marilyn is survived by her husband, Jackson Carpenter, sons, Mark and Paul Phillips; a step-sister and two stepbrothers; a sister-in-law and a niece; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by both parents and her first husband, Rev. Dr. Maurice Phillips.


Tarbell B. Lamos, 90, passed away November 6, 2014. Tarbell served in the Army Air Corps before coming to Houghton. After graduation, he received his Master of Education degree from Syracuse University. He was principal of Smith Road Elementary School in the North Syracuse District for more than 15 years before retiring in 1979. He was an active member of Lyncourt Wesleyan Church and served on the Central New York Wesleyan Church’s Board of Administration. He is survived by his sister, Carol Wilson; several nieces and nephews; and his extended church family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte (Carnal ’51) Lamos and several brothers and sisters.


Robert K. Denny passed away on October 7, 2014. He was a dedicated Presbyterian minister for 50 years and “an avid runner,” said his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Bjorkgren ’52) Denny. “He finished the course with dignity.” He is survived by his wife, four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” C. Macy, 84, died unexpectedly on March 27, 2014. Bob began his career in banking and then went on to head up the property management departments of both Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard University. After retirement, Bob and his wife, Priscilla (Gilde ’54) spent 12 years in Ireland. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years; four children, Daniel Macy, Elizabeth Costa, Stephen Macy, and John Macy; three daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; eight grandchildren; a brother, J. Thomas Macy; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna (Potter) Stoneburner died November 6, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Virgil Stoneburner; her children, Stephen Stoneburner, Victoria Peterson, Rebecca Stoneburner and Sharon Redondo; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Paul W. Dekker entered eternity on December 25, 2014. Rev. Dekker spent nearly his entire career in ministry, first as a pastor of a Wesleyan church in Michigan, then as a missionary with his wife, Dona (Gotter ’55) in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where they worked at the hospital in Kamakwie. After the Dekkers’ retirement from Wesleyan World Missions, Paul taught at Satellite Christian Institute in San Diego, California. Later, Paul joined Overseas Crusades, traveling with ministry teams worldwide, but ultimately, God called Paul and Dona to form their own ministry, Dekker Ministries, Inc. Paul is survived by his wife of 58 years and three children.

Sibyl (Brennan) Slagle, 83, died August 31, 2014, at Hospice LaGrange in LaGrange, Georgia. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Thomas F. Slagle; son, Larry Reid Slagle; two grandchildren; a sister in- law; and many nieces and nephews.


Robert “Bob” D. Boyer, 87, passed away on October 17, 2014. Bob served in U.S. Army Air Corps as a photographer and photo lab technician in Japan during WWII. After graduating from Houghton, Bob received a master’s degree from SUNY at Geneseo and spent his teaching career serving Allegany County, New York, first at Belfast Central School and then at Belmont Central School. He also owned and operated Boyer Welding in Belmont, New York. In 2006, Bob was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Belmont Betterment Association for his work in helping restore the Park Circle Fountain. Bob is survived by one daughter, Susan Young; two stepchildren, Gena Benjamin and Anthony Fantauzzo; a sister, Rachel Hager; a brother, Donald Boyer; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; his son, Robert; and a brother, Paul. Rev. Col. (ret.)

Ray Strawser passed away on December 31, 2014. Col. Strawser joined the Army during WWII, serving in the Philippines for two years. After graduating from Houghton, he and his wife Elva Jean “E.J.” (Barr ’49) served a church in Chicago, while Ray studied at Northern Seminary. During the Berlin Crisis, the Army invited him back as a chaplain. In Vietnam, he served soldiers in battle and received a Bronze Star. He later continued his chaplaincy career, earning a doctorate at Wesley Seminary. He and E.J. served in Germany, receiving honorary citizenship in Darmstadt for their many contributions to German-American relations. He retired as a colonel and as a priest in the Anglican Church in America. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, E.J.; his children, Karen Strawser, Kathy (Strawser ’77) Worgul and Rev. Ray Strawser II ’78; and six grandchildren and a great-grandson.


Karl Woodmansee, 79, died on April 3, 2014. Rev. Woodmansee served as a pastor of churches in New Jersey, South Carolina and Michigan. He is survived by three daughters, Karen (Woodmansee ’83) Martin, Gloria (Woodmansee ’86) Good, and Naomi Woodmansee and three grandchildren. His wife, Roberta, preceded him in death in 1999.


Richard “Dick” Freeman, Sr., 82, died on November 13, 2014, after an extended illness. Freeman was a veteran, serving in Korea and on Guam for the Army-Air Force Corps of Engineers. Dick’s educational career spanned many levels of teaching and administration from junior and senior high classrooms to serving as vice principal of a middle school and then principal of a central school. He retired as Professor Emeritus from Slippery Rock University in 1992 where he had taught and supervised student teachers. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marion (Johnson ’55) Freeman; seven children; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; several aunts and uncles; and a niece, Kathy Freeman.

June (Ware) Morente passed away peacefully on October 17, 2014, at the age of 80. June is survived by her son Jacob; two grandchildren; six brothers and sisters; and dozens of dear nieces and nephews. June was predeceased by her son Stephen; four brothers and two sisters.


Edward R. Savolaine, 76, died November 10, 2014. Dr. Savolaine had a long, distinguished career in medicine as a neuroradiologist, starting in the Army, including a deployment to Vietnam in 1969, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. He later worked in private practice and as a professor at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo until his retirement in 2000. Ed is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol


Ernest “Ernie” Valutis, 75, passed away December 13, 2013, after three years of cancer treatments. Dr. Valutis served for 10 years at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and went on to a career as a licensed psychologist for 30 years before he retired. Ernie was honored to be asked by NHL hall of famer Pat LaFontaine to be a contributing author in his book, Companions in Courage: Triumphant Tales of Heroic Athletes. He is survived his wife, Beverly Valutis; two sons, Dr. William Valutis and Eric Valutis; one daughter, Dr. Stephanie Valutis; one sister, Kay Murphy; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.


Leo Angevine, 74, passed away on February 11, 2015, following a lengthy illness. Leo was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the U.S. Air Force as an airman. He was employed by United Airlines as a pilot for 34 years and, after retiring in 2000, went back to school and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2005. He was also a private pilot and farmer. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Adeline (Jones ’64) Angevine; three daughters, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jeanette Anderson and Paula Angevine; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Emily Wineriter, Danna Angevine ’73 and Michele Zapel. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George Angevine and the Rev. Jerry Angevine ’55.

Joyce (Calusine) Shannon Hatten passed away on August 29, 2014. Joyce obtained her master’s degree in education and served as founder and vice principal of Grace Heritage Christian School in New London, Connecticut. Joyce began her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis in 1986 and was bed-ridden for the last 20 years of her life. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Shannon Kelly; grandson, Theo Braden; and two great-grandsons, Jaedyn and Kyran Braden. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Robert Shannon ’63, who died in active duty in 1965; second husband, Navy veteran Walter Hatten; and two siblings.


Ann (Whitmire) Hathorn went to her Lord and Savior on October 16, 2014. She was 73 years old and passed peacefully at home with her daughter, Joy Girard, by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Captain Vincent L. Hathorn.

Lucille (Hinkle) Volk passed away peacefully on December 18, 2014, at her home in Chittenango, New York. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Volk ’63; daughters, Kathy Trojanoski and Cheryl Seale; five grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Hinkle; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Dorothy (Holtz) Barker, 70, died on July 30, 2014. Dorothy was a case worker for the State of Michigan for five years, then a stay-at-home mom and babysitter for many children. She returned to work when her children were in school, teaching pre-school at His Spot for Tots at the First Baptist Church of Coldwater, Michigan, for 23 years. She retired in 2001. She was an active member of the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, where her love for children led her to devote time to children’s ministries. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Gary Barker ’66; her children, Danice Chartrand, Kevin Barker, and Tracy Martinson; six grandchildren; and two sisters.


Kenneth “Ken” Kohler died suddenly on November 17, 2014, at his home in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. Ken will be remembered for his many performances of sacred music on the organ and piano as well as organizing special cantatas. He and his wife of 50 years, Claire Kohler, raised puppies that were being trained to serve people with disabilities. Ken is survived by his wife; three sons, Franz, Vaughn and Lance; three daughters-in-law, Jillian, Jessica and Kasia; a grandson and two granddaughters.


Nancy (Cassaday) Cummings passed away on July 29, 2014. Nancy had a heart for service and joined Volunteers in Service to America after graduating from Houghton. Her work took her to Johnson City, Tennessee, where she worked with civil rights groups, housing rights, community food canneries, and other projects. She is survived by her husband, John Cummings Jr.; sons, John Cummings III and Matthew Cummings; five grandchildren; her mother, Ellen Cassaday; her brother, Bob Cassaday; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Warren Cassaday, as well as father- and motherin- law, John and Ruth Cummings.

Joan (Mullet) Seymour, 66, died on October 4, 2014, after a long illness. Joan spent her nearly 45-year career working at Christian schools. During that time, she earned her certification with the National Institute of Learning Development. Her last 20 years in education were focused on helping children of all ages overcome learning challenges. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Michael Seymour, Sr.; a daughter, Corinne Adams; three sons, Michael Seymour, Jr., Douglas Seymour, Sr., and Brian Seymour; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Kershner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Russell Harris Jr. and Don Harris, as well as her sister, Cheryl Bilbrough.


Ralph D. Bishop, 63, died on November 26, 2014. He is survived by a son, Michael Bishop; a daughter, Kristin Lampe; a granddaughter, Annabelle Lampe; and two brothers, S. William “Bill” Bishop ’71 and Robert “Bob” D. Bishop ’79.


Katrina “Tina” (Hinderer) Fisher passed away peacefully on December 21, 2014, from complications due to cardiac arrest. She is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, Charles A. “Chuck” Fisher; a son, Aaron Fisher; her mother, Betty Hinderer; her brother, David Hinderer; and a niece, Megan Hinderer. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard “Dick” Hinderer.


Patricia L. (Speirs) Morris died on January 4, 2015. Pat was a teacher at Riverside Elementary as well as Columbia County Christian School, both in Pennsylvania. In between, she worked as a stay-at-home mother raising her daughters. She also invested several years volunteering to help pregnant women understand the miracle of life. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gary E. Morris ’76; five daughters, Amy E.M. Fanus, Kristin L. Morris, Suzanne M. Keffer, Katelyn J.M. Williams and Stephanie A. Morris; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Lois (Robinson ’50) Bier; two brothers, H. Jeff Speirs ’75 and William A. Speirs ’85; and a sister, Rebecca Arnold.


Cheryl Burdick, 51, died on December 6, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Cheryl earned her M.S. degree from Alfred University and was most recently employed at Rutgers University with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program. She touched many lives with her talents, compassion and friendship. She is survived by her parents, William and Ellen Burdick; two siblings, Scott Burdick and Barbara Lew; close-to-her-heart niece and nephew, Sarah Kate Burdick and Justin Burdick; many relatives and friends in New Jersey; as well as lifelong friends Sara Wilfred and Nan Eddy.


Matthew Dickerson, 34, passed away in November 2014 in Tonawanda, New York. Matt was a member of the US Army National Guard and was working for Home Depot in Tonawanda. He was an avid runner and participated in numerous marathons. He will be remembered as someone with a good heart. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Karen (Jaekley ’76) Dickerson ’80; a brother, Andrew Dickerson ’04; grandmother, Barbara Jaekley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Earl and Gladys Dickerson, and his grandfather, Robert Jaekley.


Arnold W. Cook ’44, emeritus professor and founder of Houghton’s business department, passed away on May 7, 2015, at Warm Beach Senior Community in Stanwood, Washington. Please see the upcoming Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Houghton for an extended tribute to this beloved professor.

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