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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.


Emily Starr, 41, of Pataskala, Class of 1997 passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Emily was born on December 18, 1978 to Curt and Penny Starr. She was a preschool teacher for many years, enjoying doing different crafting projects, and she longed to go back to the classroom. Emily also enjoyed the water and spending quality time with family. She is preceded in death by both her parents who she missed dearly. She is survived by son Nicholas Owen (Kayleigh); daughter Noel Justice; significant other Tim Thompson; siblings Kacie (John) Lewter and Melissa Maynard; cat, and third child, Margo; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her family will receive friends on Friday, June 19, from 4-6pm at Cotner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, where her service will follow at 6pm.


Michael "Mike"Gene Byers, 68, of Pataskala, moved on to Glory on April 15, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Columbus, Ohio on April 16, 1951 to Gene and Patti (Cosgray) Byers whom survive him. Mike graduated from Licking Heights in 1969 after attending Hilliard Schools for many years. He was an honest, kind man who loved his family. Mike was an avid golfer, and enjoyed working on vintage cars. He was also an accomplished musician who played in several bands starting at the age of 13. Mike drove coach buses for several years hauling different teams all over the country. He was also a carpenter by trade and could fix anything. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Brenda (Spencer); son, Derek (Amy); grandson, Harrison; daughter, Alissa (Jason) Cook and granddaughter, Emmy. He is also survived by his brother, Robin (Marilyn); sister, Susie (Eric) Burns; brother-in-laws, Russell (Nancy) Spencer, Bob (Noraeen) Spencer; sister-in-law, Connie (Lyn) Fitzer along with many nieces and nephews. Mike is preceded in death by his father-in-law & mother-in-law, DeForest (Bridgette) Spencer. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him, and was loved by those who met him. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, love, generosity, & kindness through this most difficult time. A special thanks to our wonderful church family at Church on the Rock who was there for us through all this. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


Darlene Weaver, 64, formerly of Pataskala and Grove City, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Washington Court House, following an extended illness. She was born June 18, 1955 in Hinton, West Virginia, the daughter of Lovell and Erma Williams.
She was a graduate of Licking Heights H.S. class of 1975, attended Columbus State Community College, and was a former member of the Pataskala Church of Christ, and Alkire Road Church of Christ in Grove City.
Darlene was preceded in death by her husband Ken and her father Lovell.
She is survived by her mother Erma of Washington Court House, her brother Ronald L (Cathy) Williams and many nieces and nephews. She also has many friends who will love and miss her.


Pamela McFarland, 64, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Columbus, OH.

Pamela was born on September 3, 1955, to the late Sylvester Conley and Beatrice (Kelley) Conley.

She married her loving husband, Wayne McFarland, Sr. on October 15, 1975, and enjoyed 44 happy years together.

Pam will be deeply missed by her husband, Wayne McFarland, Sr.; daughter, Barbara (Eric) Stone; sons Wayne (Brenda) McFarland, Jr. and Joseph (Kylie) McFarland; several grandchildren, a host of family, friends, and special daughter, Louisa (Tom) Sparks.

Pam was a loving and devoted wife and mother that would do anything for her husband and kids. She loved seeing the joy in a loved one's eyes when a surprise visit was successfully executed. She enjoyed the simple things in life and loved morning glories, black-eyed susan flowers and tweety bird.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 17, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Columbus Northeast Chapel, 3047 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus.


HEBRON - Cherie R.(Lemmon) Perry-Gerding, 63, of Hebron, passed away on June 19, 2020 at Grant Medical Center in Columbus. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 14, 1957 to Gordon and Evelyn (Meadows) Lemmon.

Cherie had a successful daycare, working out of her home for 20 years. She loved taking care of children, loved her pets, and absolutely loved flowers. She enjoyed sewing and gardening, and the time she spent with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, survivors include her loving husband, Stephen A. Gerding; sons, Bo (Nicole) Perry and Tony Perry; step-daughter and step-sons, Amanda (Louie) Cook, Bret (Katie) Gerding and Craig Gerding; brothers, Ken Lemmon, Vince Lemmon and Steve Lemmon; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Glenn A. Dunno born February 12, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Lewis and Daisy (Melrose) Dunno. Glenn was 85 and passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 under hospice care after a short illness. He graduated from Licking Heights High School, in Summit Station, Ohio in 1953. Glenn was in the entertainment business for over 25 years and retired from Metal Container Corporation. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Karen, brother, John (Bobby) FL, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Services entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTH FUNERAL HOME. Due to the current restrictions there will not be a public visitation or funeral service.

John Aldridge, class of 1980, October 6th, 1960 - March 16th, 2020
John, 59, passed away peacefully on March 16th, 2020 at his home in Pataskala, Ohio of pancreatic cancer.
He chose a career in maintenance at Watkins Memorial School District to utilize his vast knowledge of how things work. John was a Teamster and Mason.
There was never a dull moment growing up on the farm in Summit Station. John could be seen at night with his cousins or friends trekking across the field with a flashlight on their way to the pond to go frog giggin'. And yes, he would bring them home to have frog legs. His sense of adventure didn't stop there. Once John and his cousin Timmy Munn caught a turtle and cooked it, whole, with all of it's pieces and parts and everything inside. Mom still laughs to this day of how it smelled up the house.
Once there was the worlds largest frog, at least is seemed to be at the time, that escaped John's bedroom. It hopped all the way downstairs into Mom and Dads bedroom on the night that Dad and John left for a fishing trip to Canada. It was around midnight when that frog kept trying to hop back up the stairs and scared Mom and Annie. It was Mom that turned on the light and put the big frog outside. It was the one frog that got away!
The fishing trips to Canada were one of John's favorite summer trips. Dad, John and friends would pack up and make an annual trip to catch fish so our family and friends could have a fish fry at our farm in the summer. All of the guys were proud to share their bounty for our legendary summer event. The fish tales were many. Memories of Red frying crispy fish, corn cooked in the husk in the open fire, marshmallows, beer and Bluegrass music makes everyone reminiscent of those days.
John's first bundle of joy came along, Kellie. He was a proud young father that loved his daughter. Then 6 years later his second bundle of joy was a son, John, who was honored with his name. Though life he learned there is no greater love like what you feel when you have children. Then a new love entered his life, grandchildren. They call him "Pop". It is the same endearment that Kellie and John called their Grandfather, Bob. He always had a sweet surprise for the grand-kids and they ate it while playing in the back of his big truck. John was proud of them and his stories of his visits held so much love and amazement. His heart was full.
Much of John's life was like a country song. Stories of love, family and good times with friends. He loved his big red truck, that you needed a step ladder to get in, and he loved his best friend, his dog, She went everywhere with him. There wasn't any kind of equipment or machinery that John didn't have and most of it came of auctions that was his favorite past time.
Being an outdoor guy he enjoyed gardening and having chickens and ducks. Nature was where he felt at most home. He always was there for those who needed him, friends with everyone, and had a smile that let you know he knew something you didn't! John was know as "Big John" the gentle giant. He was all about God and country and spoke his mind. He was the best father he could be and a wonderful grandpa, good friend, brother and son. But it was always the outdoors and the peace and quiet of nature where he felt grounded.
During his battle with cancer he headed outside at 2:30 am in his bare feet. When Kellie and Carolyn caught up with him and asked where he was going he said, "I am going outside to talk to God.". It was in nature that he felt closest to God and now as our family says, John is with Dad, Uncle Ted, Aunt Phyllis, and cousins Roger and Randy and so many others on that big fishing trip in heaven. Godspeed to you John.
John is preceded in death by his father, Bobby Dale Aldridge, Uncle Ted and Aunt Oma Aldridge, Aunt Phyllis Timberlake, cousins Roger Aldridge and Randy Aldridge. He is survived by his daughter Kellie (Chris) Goldsberry and grandchildren MaKayla, Breanna, Erin and Jackson, Son, John Aldridge, Mother, Charlotte Bigony, Sisters, Carolyn (Doug) Rigsby, nephews Justin and Mason, Bonnie ( Glenn) Biggs and nephew Parker. Annie (Dave) Wolfer, other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many, many friends.


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
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
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 (1998), Roger Wine, Max Winters, Joe Person, Bill Major, Marjorie Conners Stires, Noel H. Dentner, Gary Mexicott
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, 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
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
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
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
1974 George Burns, Cindy Souder Schumaker, , Patricia Madden, Grover "Chip" Fraley III, John Patrick Hines, Clarence Edwin “Ed” Arnett
1975 Guy Chambers, Janet L. Husk, James “Jim” Lucas, Bradley Warner, Darlene Weaver, Cherie R.(Lemmon) Perry-Gerding
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,Tony Powell, Brad McFarland, Edwin Townsend
1979 -Charlton "Carl" Horton, Brian K. Mexicott, Katherine L. (Burnworth) Kinsey, Gloria Hager Newhart, Robin Lynn Hager Devary
1980 Karen Spurlock, John Aldridge
1981 Troy E. Cook, Toby Centek
1982 Jeffrey Joseph Kirchner, Charles Washington, Chaun Cahall
1983 Boyd Crutcher, Donald Van Horn, Richard Wisener
1984 Kim Knight Holstein
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, Todd Robin Netzela
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, Emily Starr
1998 Shannon Wilson, Gregory Moore, Linden V. Adkins
1999 Michele Lynn Keaton
2003 Cameron "Cammie" Christine Brown
2006 Kristy Donavan, Steve Wilder
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, Bill Speaks