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Licking Heights Alumni Association, Inc.
Preserving the Past for the Promise of a Future
P.O. Box 77
Summit Station, Ohio 43073
Steve Wood, President
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Deceased Alumni
This is where we honor and remember our beloved Alumni that are deceased. May they rest in peace.


Michelle Varney, age 49, of Pataskala, passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2018. Michelle was born March 9, 1969 to Verlin and Joyce (Spaulding) Varney in Columbus, Ohio. She loved her family and had a good sense of humor. Michelle is survived by her children, Erika Hamsher, Andrew Varney, Stacey (Austin Comer) Ooten, Winter and Willow Erlewine; parents, Verlin and Joyce; grandchildren, Aurora Hamsher and one grandchild on the way; sister, Evelyn Varney; nephews, Jeremy Morrow and Cameron Shaw. She is preceded in death by her grandparents and loving nephew, Jamie Shaw. A visitation will be held on FRIDAY, June 22, 2018, from 12Noon - 2PM at the PFEIFER FUNERAL HOME, Reynoldsburg, where her funeral service will immediately follow at 2 PM, with Pastor Phil Duncan officiating. Burial at Jersey Cemetery.



Ruth Ann Angell-Joyce, Class of 1964, transitioned to heaven on Sunday, April 8, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. She was born on December 16, 1946 to Helen and Earl Angell of Jersey OH. Including her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Michael Joyce; and ex-husband, Patrick Mullins. Ruth is survived by her sisters, Carol Click and Brenda Angel (Dexter Samuthram); brother, Bob (Elaine) Angell; children, Michael (Carin Baker) Mullins, Carrie (Matt) Lowis; step-children, Kelsi (Josh) Timm, Kourtney (Adam) Hoffarber and Lucas James Joyce; grandchildren, Morgan (Zack Muldrow) Mullins, Mallory Mullins, John and Camryn Lowis, Logan, Shane and Blake Timm, Holden and Fritz Hoffarber; and great-grandson, Zayn Muldrow. Ruth spent 30 years with PaineWebber and at Allstate Financial, serving her clients' financial needs. She was a member of Jersey Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served as Praise Leader. She had a passion for singing in church and for singing karaoke with musical friends at DeArini's on Henderson Road (formerly Cementos). Life is about love - God's love for His children and our love and service to one another. Always look not for what IS, but for what WILL BE. My prayer is that my family and friends will come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ's wonderful gift of salvation. Special thanks go to the Hays grow group for their kindness and prayers.

Brenda Sue Morrison, Class of 1967, of Blacklick, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease on January 29, 2018. Brenda was born June 14, 1949 to the late Edward and Mary (Jones) Morrison. She graduated from Licking Heights at Summit Station. Brenda worked for Bron-Shoe and Hannah News Service and was a lifelong member of the Summit Station United Methodist Church. Brenda loved God and served Him in many ways. She was able to stay at home with the loving care of her sister Becky. Brenda was loved by many faithful friends. Brenda is survived by her brother, Bruce (Sharon) Morrison; and sister, Becky Morrison; nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.

R. Mitchell "Mitch" Daniels, age 69, of Johnstown, Ohio, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 in Burlington, N.C. Mitch loved his family, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy! He was a 1966 graduate of Licking Heights High School as well as a graduate of Franklin University. Mitch was preceded in death by his parents W. R. "Bob" and Ruth Daniels. Survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Denise; sons and daughter-in-law, Mark and Erin Daniels of Gahanna, Mike Daniels of Gahanna; grandchildren, Macy, Mark (MJ) and Mason; sisters, Marsha Sheriff, Michele "Shelly" (Mike Schneider) Daniels, Malaina Daniels and Marilyn (Scott) Stienecker; aunts, Peggi Higgenbotham and Janet Brake; sister-in-law, Debbie (David) Pariser; nieces, nephews, cousins and his beloved pet dog, "Charlie". Mitch was a Charter Member and Past President of the Gahanna Rotary Club, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Benefactor. He and Denise hosted many Rotary foreign exchange students.

Donald J. Van Horn, Class of 1983,age 53,
passed away Friday, February 23, 2018. Beloved husband of 14 years to Krista (nee Ward); cherished father of Matthew and Brendon (Nautica). Son of Sandy Mosley (Birtchel) and the late Donald, Jr. Loving brother of Shari Cales (Jeff) and the late Ronald; son-in-law to Wayne and Barbara Ward. Loving uncle and friend of many. Proud U.S. Army Veteran, and was active in helping veterans in need. Owner of BTU Comfort Solutions.

Daniel Wayne McDonnell, Class of 1969, left this Earth to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Daniel was born October 20, 1951, to the late Gerald Wayne McDonnell and Frankie Marie (Dunford) Bacorn in Columbus; also, preceded in death by his stepfather, William S. Bacorn. Dan was a 1969 graduate of Licking Heights High School and a member of its Alumni Association. He was a member of Pataskala Grace Brethren Church and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Dan retired in 2007 after 33 years of dedicated service to the State as a machinist for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Perfecting his craft, Dan designed and built numerous and complicated illusions performed over many years by him and his family as Dare to Dream: A Magical Experience around the Central Ohio area. Dan was a DJ, an avid antique train collector, a passionate OSU Football fan, and World’s Best Papaw – confirmed by all who saw the love he exuded and joy he experienced when surrounded by his grandchildren, whenever possible. Dan’s light shines on in the trainsets he gifted to each new grandchild, and the leaf piles he raked for play at the annual October family gathering; his laugh carries on along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and down the backroads where motorcyclists favor the open breeze. Dan’s energy will be ever-present during Buckeye Football games, home and away, though now he watches in anticipation with a better view. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen McDonnell; children, Meghan (Josh) Martin, Matthew (Karina) McDonnell, Mary Beth (Benjamin) Lee, and Rose Molnar; grandchildren, Ayden, Ella, Spencer, Atticus, Grace, Adelyn, Alice, and Annabelle; brothers, Steve, Randall (Kay), Jonathan; sister, Kelli (Gary) McCall; and his beloved dog Beau.


Class of:
1923 Layton Wine
1930 Rosanna Owens Appleman, Olivia Slonaker
1930 Francis Slonaker (2003)
1930 Lee M Layton
1931 Fred (Ted ) Appleman (1994)
1931 Ronald Eyman, Helen Osborn Angell
1932 Richard Baker
1933 Mildred Appleman Gieseck, Fleda Axline Johnston, Charles A. "Charlie" Wright
1934 Emerson McIntosh, Paul Strahm (husband of Anna Mary Brown Strahm-36), Madonna Russell Cowell
1935 Cecil Tipton
1936 Anna Mary Brown Strahm
1937 Lotta Pool Warthen, Clara 'Shortie' Appleman
1938 Claribel Russell Brennan
1938 Edwin Dale Houck
1939 Atha Green Donavan (mother of Jim, John), Emerson Shoaf, Ruth E. Landrum Calvert
1940 Ernestine Knoderer, John Brown, Samuel Dean, Inez Gieseck, John Houck, Jean Landrum, Patricia Price, Harold Turner, Wendell Garee, Betty Moore Runkle, Anna Poff Walter, Ruth Marie Wittman Krumm, Virginia Rae Houck
1941 Fred Walter, Ed Morrison, Mary 'Jones' Morrison, Vivian Shoaf Gleckler
1942 Mary Evelyn Starr Cahill, Dorothy Strait, Ralph Eugene Blair, Mary Eleanor (Morrison) Wineland
1943 Kenneth Kuehner, Betty Swinning Power, George Houck, Robert O.W. Moore
1944 Lucille Henderlick Christy, Marcella (Rhodeback) Cady, William Robert Crone, Leo Fravel
1945 Clytus Hewitt, Gloria Brown Bailey
1946 Harold Irion, Thomas Wine, Marjorie R. Ginbey Reese, Paul "Buck" Bakenhaster, Robert Emerson Smith, Janice Kredell Wilson
1947 Paul Brown, Francis "Doc" Lewis, Gladys Looker Howell Brisker, Mary Alice Shough, Joseph V. Camden, Audrey (Carrick) Miller McBeth, Lou "Ann" (Roby) Cordell
1948 Margaret Wittman Suver, Francis Martin Strait, Billie (Kathleen) Fravel
1949 Wilma Jean Randall Turner, Leo Howell , John Edward Harr, Howard Fravel, Ralph E. Hoffman
1950 Mable Wolcott Cheadle, James Mount, Eileen Krumm Kirpatrick, Clarence Ray Laughlin, James Earl Fries, Jane Ann Layton Wittman, Donna Carsey Stinger
1951 Darlene Baker Butler
1952 Don Bruner, Phoebe Thompson, Donald L. Phillips, Betty Monaghan Barrett, Cora Eleanor Laughlin Morey
1953 Dale Wolcott, Bill Knight, Vaughn Ware, Bob Wilt, Marlyn Appleman Burr, William (Bill) Lines, Harold Lines, Esther Dodderer Baker, Norma Shannon Wheeler
1954 Jerry Phillips (1998), Roger Wine, Max Winters, Joe Person, Bill Major, Marjorie Conners Stires
1955 Darrell Short (1999), Betty Schuler Hall, Bill Dodderer, Billie Shaw, George Louis Powell Sr
1956 Bill Green, Jim Washburn, Marion Grimm Armstrong, Bruce J. Baird, Connie MacIntosh Fravel
1957 John Price, Jim Vickers, Leroy Minor, Bill Hottle, Lyle Sells, Bob Wittman, Ronald L. Gieseck
1958 June Swanser McNerlin, Margaret Arter, Jerry Donavan, Virginia Neal, Barbara Osborn Boehm, Stewart Frederick Stock, M.D, Kelly Snook, Ralph M. "Buck" Haegele, Nancy Marie Stires, Bob Moore, Sandra Sells Bell, George Schuler
1959 Elsie Bauerle, Larry Phalen, Eva Rosemary Laughlin, Dorothy Ann Deaver Phillips, Deanna Duboe Wittman
1960 John Stewart, Shirley Beekman Knight, Joseph Alvin Minor
1961 Billie Sherrylynn Davis, Richard Morgan, William Edward Klema Jr
1962 Donna Foor, Phillip Angevine, Shirley Border Wagy, Shirley Allen Williamson Sparks, Rheta McMillen, Stemen Boyd, Palmer Ball
1963 Johnnie Michael Lewis, Rev. Gary Dale Stires
1964 Robert Dennis Green, Connie Todd, James Kellett, James Robinson, Jiggs Shannon, Michael Swinning, Vella Jean Gregory, Frank Powell, Vella Jean Gregory, Loretta J. Pack, Ruth Ann Angell-Joyce
1965 Dr. Mark William Stock, Betty Notter Smith, Anna Pietrowski, Rose Lewis, Judy Haney, Theron L. Morrison, Charles A. "Butch" Haegele, Dr. Ronald J. Hopkins, Ronnie Moore, Elaine Ball, Keith Schuler
1966 Steve Booker (4/4/92), Neala Carpenter Hopkins, Mitch Daniels, Nancy Souder Sheldon-Klick
1967 Derril Swinning, Debby (McIntosh) Haegele, Jerry Lee Brossman, Kathleen (Grosse) Wycoff, Judy Huff, Roger Conner, Katherine M. Dixon (Friend), LaDonna (Wills) Parker-Clemons, Sharon Garrett Denis, Brenda Morrison
1968 David Lee Maze, Jim E. Freeman Jr., Robin Bush
1969 Eugene Gollihue, James Sammons, Tony M. Alldredge, Judy Starr Brown, Daniel W. McDonnell
1970 Robert Stout, Steve Alan Craig, Victoria J. Culp, Anita Crabtree Knecht, David Caldwell
1971 Jerry Black, Ronald Huff, Sharlene Lowry Rollins, Ed Mackey, Debra Ann (Hartley) Nestor, Sue Freeman Sligh, Steven C. Starr, Sandra Zeune Harris, Trudy 'Jackie' Starr Peters, Bill Ortman, Terry Lee Lines
1972 Calvin Gore, Christy (Rader) Zimmerman, Monty Albert Cummings, Pattie J. Creech Napier, Diana Hobbs Clagg
1973 Judith Prater, Donna Moore Queen, Jeff McKnight, Marilyn Chan Simmons, Eddie Stamper, Terry L. Michels, Susan Park, Vicki D. West, Cathy Mentzer, Barbara Ann Tate
1974 George Burns, Cindy Souder Schumaker, , Patricia Madden, Grover "Chip" Fraley III, John Patrick Hines
1975 Guy Chambers, Janet L. Husk, James “Jim” Lucas, Bradley Warner
1976 Kelly Ann Sipe, Sheila Darlene (Rowsey) Edmonds, Jon Wesley Starr, William Edward Sutherland, Jr, Jack William Hastilow
1977 Jim Hammond, Nick Hopper, Jenny McQreary, Chuck Hartley, Kyle "Keely" Reese Hartley
1978 - Dale Ramsey, Arlene ‘Shoemaker’. Madden, Ruth Ann Noel
1979 -Charlton "Carl" Horton, Brian K. Mexicott, Katherine L. (Burnworth) Kinsey, Gloria Hager Newhart
1980 Karen Spurlock
1981 Troy E. Cook
1982 Jeffrey Joseph Kirchner, Charles Washington, Chaun Cahall
1983 Boyd Crutcher, Donald Van Horn, Richard Wisener
1985 Jay Baird, Sharon Winters Grewell, Charles P. Bullock
1986 Timothy Bryan DuBoe, Ronald J. Van Horn, Sonya Gibson Richardt
1987 Kim Donaldson, Michelle Varney
1988 Cheryl Davis, Thomas L. Demolet, William Lee Davis, Jennifer Dye Croghan
1989 Lisa Mackey Fitzgerald
1990 Tina Mackey
1992 Constance Hughes Roeder
1993 Barbara Burton
1994 Melissa Ann Butsko
1997 Michael Chaun Cassady
1998 Shannon Wilson, Gregory Moore, Linden V. Adkins
1999 Michele Lynn Keaton
2007 Shawn Mark Hall
2009 Emanuel Osei
2014 James Verlin Shaw
2016 Jon Vachio
Bus Driver--Judy Wedertz, Lavonne Hoffman (bus driver, wife of Ralph, mother of Vicki & Terre West and Mark, Jeff and Michael Hoffman)
Marilyn Sikora--Secretary at Licking Heights from 1969 to 1978
Teacher, Dale Eugene "Andy" Anderson