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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, President: Christina Blythe Casto
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Deceased Alumni
This is where we honor and remember our beloved Alumni that are deceased. May they rest in peace.


George Vernon Slonaker, 90, passed away on October 20, 2021, in Springfield, OH. A native of Pataskala, Vernon was born on Nov. 23, 1930, to the late George Harrison and Leola Warton Slonaker. He was a proud member of the 1949 class of Summit Station High School.

Vernon owned and operated the family farm and property for nearly 70 years, including Slonaker Boat Storage on Mink Rd. A master plumber, he also taught at the Alum Creek Technical School for many years.

He was a founding member of the Reynoldsburg Seventh Day Adventist Church and was also a member of Humboldt Lodge #476 F&AM, where he was a Past Master. Vernon was the chairman of the Lima Township Zoning Board of Appeals and was instrumental in its merger with the city of Pataskala in 1996. Vernon was also a candidate for mayor of Pataskala in 1997. Vernon enjoyed studying family history, military history, religion, and spending time in his Florida home in Inverness with his wife, Darlene.

Vernon was preceded in death by his four brothers Francis (Olivia), Emmett (Grace), Bill (Ruby) and Bob; and son-in-law Tom Harsh. Vernon is survived by the love of his life, Darlene Eloise Sells, with whom he shared 72 years of married life; his three children, Diane Harsh, Joann (Richard) Ashworth, Richard (Laura) Slonaker; grandsons, Shawn (Jen) Harsh their children, Addison and Jude; Ryan (Staci) and their children Parker and Paige; Philip (Annette) Slonaker and their son Eli; Nathan (Cecilia) Slonaker and their children, Casto, Tori and Ellie, Ben (Fernanda) Slonaker, Andrew (Ronnell) Ashworth and their children Christian and Haley; granddaughter Lindsay (David) Holmes and their children Wesley, Solomon, Avonlea and Aurora; nephews, Howard (Sandra) Slonaker, Robert Slonaker, Roger (Sandra) Slonaker, Nick (Bev) Slonaker.

Visitation with the family will be from 3pm-6pm on Sunday, Oct. 24, at EVANS FUNERAL HOME 4171 E. Livingston Ave. where funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

Interment will be at Forrest Lawn Cemetery.


Michael R. Martin, 66, of Pataskala, Ohio passed away Monday, July 5, 2021. He was born March 3, 1955 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Raymond and Jo Ann Martin. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Connie Martin; daughter Lyndsi (Blake) Lee; granddaughter Kenzie Lee; siblings William Martin, Don Martin, Debra Jo Martin, and David Martin; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones. He started working for Martin Trucking, and following this he drove dump truck and was an accountant for Redskin Transportation. Michael enjoyed going golfing, racing, and most importantly being a pawpaw to Kenzie. Family and friends may call from 5-8pm Monday, July 12, 2021 at Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home 289 S. Main St, Pataskala, Ohio 43062. A funeral service will be held at 10am Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at the funeral home, with a committal service to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Michael’s name to Charity Newsies, 4300 Indianola Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43214, https://charitynewsies.org/, or to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd SE, Newark, Ohio 43055, https://www.hospiceofcentralohio.org/donate/donate-now/.


John H. Stemen, age 81, passed away on June 21, 2021. He was born in Pataskala, Ohio on January 2, 1940 to the late Samuel and Ruth (Hoffman) Stemen.

Retired from Matlack Trucking in Pataskala, Ohio. Volunteered with the Pataskala Fire Department (West Licking Fire District) for 50+ years and later was a member of the West Licking Firefighter's Association. John played a major role in the Pataskala Street Fair. He also enjoyed the outdoor life.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Thrash) Stemen.

He is survived by his children, Bret (Jinny) Stemen, Joe (Lisa) Stemen, and Michele (Ken) Martz; 7 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, David (Joyce) Stemen; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the NEWCOMER NORTHEAST CHAPEL 3047 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43231. Graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:00am at the Pataskala Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Licking Firefighter's Association, P.O. Box 1120, Pataskala, Ohio 43062.




Barbara Jean Triplett, 78 of Johnstown, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. She was born on November 5, 9142 in Columbus, OH, a daughter to the late Edward and Opal (Cheney) Blair. Barbara is survived by her children, Mike (Cortney) and Tim (Myra); grandchildren, Kirsten (Colton) Rosshirt, Alyssa (Chuck Aitken), Adalynn, Timothy Jr., Noah (Korynn), Reagan, Lydia, Sarah, Caleb and Micah; great-grandchildren, Audrey, Hadley and Kameron: loving companion, Tom Hendren and Cousin John Cheney. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her brother, Gene Blair. She worked for 33 years as a teacher and principal at Licking Heights Schools, and worked for Southwest Licking Schools (Watkins) as the curriculum director and summer school administrator for 13 years. Barbara was a devoted member to the Summit Station United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Lions Club, City Council for 14 years, and was involved in countless groups and committees within the community. She devoted her life to serving her community. Barbara enjoyed traveling, spending time in Florida, reading, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes and attending her grandkids sporting events.


Melody J. Dempster, 82, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio passed away on Wednesday June 16, 2021. She was born October 6, 1938 in Glouster, Ohio to the late Elsie and Edney “Gene” Galloway. Melody is survived by her loving children Doug (Maureen) Dempster and Tracy (Kevin) Ruschill; grandchildren Allyssa (Corey) Dempster, Joseph Forrester, Zachary (Danielle) Ruschill, and Mackenzie Ruschill; great-grandchild Daniel Hamilton; siblings Beverly (Leonard) DeNune and Libby (Gary) Douglas; boyfriend Karl “Fred” Collins; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones. Melody retired from Mount Carmel East Hospital after working there for 31 years, and she also retired from the DressBarn after 20 years. Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with the cremation arrangements.



Cheryl Faye Pace, age 60 of Blacklick, Ohio went home to be with the Lord on Sunday August 29, 2021 at 6:13am at Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina.
She was born on June 21, 1961 in Columbus, OH, daughter to the late Paul and Juanita (Harvey) Jones. Cheryl was a graduate of Licking Heights High School. She was an active member at New Horizon Community Church. Cheryl enjoyed being apart of the worship team, Vacation Bible School, and every church event she could attend. Cheryl worked at Dynalab where she was very successful and had recently been offered a promotion which she was eager to be a part of the new venture. She was also an active member of Mary Kay. Cheryl was married to Wayne Pace for thirty-six years. She loved to travel to her favorite states of Alaska, Florida, and Tennessee. She was proud to be a wife, mother, auntie, and most of all a Grandma. She loved to dance, sing, cook, make homemade pizza with her Amish pizza oven, make homemade ice cream, working in her garden, play games (Volleyball, Spades, and Nertz), she also enjoyed events with the house wives of Gahanna (HOGs) and share the love of Jesus to all who would listen. Most of all she loved people, loved to host family gatherings and is found in the kitchen cooking delicious meals for all she loved. Cheryl is survived by her loving husband and children, Wayne Pace, Krista Pace, Devin Pace, Garon Pace ( Brooklyn); Granddaughters Lajla and Kiya Peirano-Pace; Sister Leslie Colvin; Brothers Albert Jones and Warren “Opie” (Terry) Jones and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Anna Marie Jones; niece Lindsey Marie Mercer; and great niece Journey Grace Sammons. Calling hours will be from 10am to 1pm on Saturday September 11, 2021 at New Horizons Community Church, 2100 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd., Blacklick, OH 43004. Funeral Service will follow at 1pm at the church with Pastor Dave Lewis officiating.

Jeannette Lynn Cooper of Granville, Ohio
April 9, 1958 - July 15, 2021
Visitation for Jeannette Lynn Kaeppner Cooper, 63, formerly of Granville, will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in the chapel of The Kirkersville home of HOSKINSON Funeral and Cremation Service.

Jeannette passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 following an extended illness. She was born April 9, 1958 in Columbus, the daughter of the late Ralph Thomas Kaeppner and Joan MacDonald Netzela who survives her.

She was a graduate of Licking Heights H.S., class of 1976.

Jeannette loved animals, especially her dogs. She worked as a vet tech at the Obetz animal hospital and also worked as a phlebotomist for a period of time. She enjoyed snow and water skiing along with kayaking with her siblings.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sisters Lisa (William) Swick, Debbie Collins, and Pat Wilson; nephews Tyler (Kristine) Martin; Dennis Collins, Dylan and Kaitlyn Collins; and her former husband Otis Wayne Cooper.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her step-father Peter Allen Netzela and her brother Todd.


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, Charles "Kelly" Starr
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, Patricia Harr Wyrick, George Vernon Slonaker
1950 Mable Wolcott Cheadle, James Mount, Eileen Krumm Kirpatrick, Clarence Ray Laughlin, James Earl Fries, Jane Ann Layton Wittman, Donna Carsey Stinger, Gene Fishbaugh
1951 Darlene Baker Butler, Mary Jean Swick Hobbs
1952 Don Bruner, Phoebe Thompson, Donald L. Phillips, Betty Monaghan Barrett, Cora Eleanor Laughlin Morey, Howard Shaffer, Beverly Appleman Whited, James Russell
1953 Dale Wolcott, Bill Knight, Vaughn Ware, Bob Wilt, Marlyn Appleman Burr, William (Bill) Lines, Harold Lines, Esther Dodderer Baker, Norma Shannon Wheeler,Glenn Dunno
1954 Jerry Phillips, Roger Wine, Max Winters, Joe Person, Bill Major, Marjorie Conners Stires, Noel H. Dentner, Gary Mexicott, Ed Flugge, Robert Gieseck, Jane Thompson,Robert Monaghan
1955 Darrell Short, Betty Schuler Hall, Bill Dodderer, Billie Shaw, George Louis Powell Sr, Lillian Marie Gordon, Melody Galloway Dempster, Carl Strait
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, John Stemen
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, Michael Churchman
1962 Donna Foor, Phillip Angevine, Shirley Border Wagy, Shirley Allen Williamson Sparks, Rheta McMillen, Stemen Boyd, Palmer Ball, Glen Richard Thivener
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, William Howard
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, Clara Rader Nevelle
1968 David Lee Maze, Jim E. Freeman Jr., Robin Bush, Ruth Ann Messer Helton, David Walls
1969 Eugene Gollihue, James Sammons, Tony M. Alldredge, Judy Starr Brown, Daniel W. McDonnell, Michael Byers
1970 Robert Stout, Steve Alan Craig, Victoria J. Culp, Anita Crabtree Knecht, David Caldwell, Ricky Allen Klema, Jim Lenhart, Kenneth "Curt" Starr, Sandra Kay Messer Malaby
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, Judd Reese' Pam Conley McFarland, Judd Reese
1973 - Michael Martin
1974 George Burns, Cindy Souder Schumaker, , Patricia Madden, Grover "Chip" Fraley III, John Patrick Hines, Clarence Edwin “Ed” Arnett, Charles Wallace, Bill Lewis
1975 Guy Chambers, Janet L. Husk, James “Jim” Lucas, Bradley Warner, Darlene Weaver, Cherie R.(Lemmon) Perry-Gerding, Vicki Jones Snavely
1976 Kelly Ann Sipe, Sheila Darlene (Rowsey) Edmonds, Jon Wesley Starr, William Edward Sutherland, Jr, Jack William Hastilow, Ralph “Eddie” Edward McQueary, Jeannette Lynn Kaeppner Cooper
1977 Jim Hammond, Nick Hopper, Jenny McQreary, Chuck Hartley, Kyle "Keely" Reese Hartley, Molly Jo Mills Bozeman, Rita Humphries
1978 - Dale Ramsey, Arlene ‘Shoemaker’. Madden, Ruth Ann Noel,Tony Powell, Brad McFarland, Edwin Townsend
1979 -Charlton "Carl" Horton, Brian K. Mexicott, Katherine L. (Burnworth) Kinsey, Gloria Hager Newhart, Robin Lynn Hager Devary, Sandra(Robbins)Crokos, Brian Smeck,
Cheryl Faye Pace
1980 Karen Spurlock, John Aldridge
1981 Troy E. Cook, Toby Centek, Robert 'Bob' Smith, Joseph Powell
1982 Jeffrey Joseph Kirchner, Charles Washington, Chaun Cahall, Tom Cumbo
1983 Boyd Crutcher, Donald Van Horn, Richard Wisener, Tammy Slick Payton
1984 Kim Knight Holstein
1985 Jay Baird, Sharon Winters Grewell, Charles P. Bullock
1986 Timothy Bryan DuBoe, Ronald J. Van Horn, Sonya Gibson Richardt, Kathy Bishop Sheck
1987 Kim Donaldson, Michelle Varney, Todd Robin Netzela
1988 Cheryl Davis, Thomas L. Demolet, William Lee Davis, Jennifer Dye Croghan, Shari Van Horn Cales, Sherry Mackey
1989 Lisa Mackey Fitzgerald
1990 Tina Mackey
1992 Constance Hughes Roeder
1995 Christel Morgan
2003 Cameron "Cammie" Christine Brown
2005 Tawny Anderson
2006 Kristy Donavan, Steve Wilder
2007 Shawn Mark Hall
2009 Emanuel Osei
2014 James Verlin Shaw
2016 Jon Vachio
2019 Anthony Sanidad
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, Bill Speaks
Rosemary Peterson--Secretary
Barbara Triplett -Teacher/Principal
Jane Cashdollar - Teacher