Deceased Alumni

Click this link for an alphabetic list of deceased alumni.

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Jeff Post

Jeffrey W. Post passed away on Oct. 14, 2019. Here is an article about the mentorship that Jeff learned from past D1 member, J. Ray Stitt (one of the first Ohio State Welding Engineering professors). Jeff passed the information that he learned from his mentor to many people.

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Earl Helder

Earl Helder of Loveland. Beloved husband of Sue Helder. Loving father of Jeff (Dixie) Helder. Dear step father of Brian (Heather) Hassman and Matt (Leslie) Hassman. Proud grandfather of Kemper and Jack. Passed away Sept. 7, 2019 at the age of 80.

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Philip “Phil” Pence

Pence Philip “Phil” Pence, age 68, passed away at home in Dublin on November 17, 2016. He was a 1966 graduate of Dublin High School. Phil also was a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelors and a Master’s degree of Science in Welding Engineering. He cared for his mother and father in their geriatric years as a dedicated care giver. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Molly Smith. Surviving is his sister, Susan Beaudry Pence of Tucson, AZ; brother, James Lee Pence of Dublin, OH; brother, Richard Paul Pence of WV; sister, Melissa Jane Duckworth of Grove City, OH; and brother, David Joseph Pence of Gahanna, OH. There will be no funeral services. RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME at POWELL has assisted the family in their time of need. Online condolences can be made at

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Omer W. Blodgett

OMER W. BLODGETT, age 99. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Sjostrom); loving father of Robert (Linda); grandfather of Laura, Andrew and Mark; brother of the late John (Ida) and Anna Joslyn (Jay); uncle of many. Omer was a design consultant and mechanical engineer for over 60 years at Lincoln Electric Co. Passed away January 11, 2017. Funeral Service Saturday January 14 at 11:00 A.M. in the CHAMBERS FUNERAL HOME of NORTH OLMSTED 29150 LORAIN RD. AT STEARNS RD. where friends may call 9:00 A.M. until time of service. Interment Western Reserve Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Cleveland City Mission 5310 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103.

In Memory Omer W. Blodgett Announcement

Tim Hatten

HATTEN Timothy Edward Hatten, 50, passed away November 4, 2009, Arlington, Texas as a result of complications from a seven year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Engineering. Preceded in death by father Roy, and sister Debra Allard. Survived by mother, Mary Jane; brother, Steven (Susan); sister, Terri (Michael) Barbeau; and brother-in-law, Steve Allard; three nephews and a niece. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to VPB 21, Robert Peyton Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Pamela Elrod, 2629 Thompson Dr, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42104 or OSU Foundation/The Arthur James Cancer Hospital, 660 Ackerman Road, PO Box 183112 Columbus, Ohio 43218, John Byrd Leukemia Fund #310260. Memorial service, Northwest United Methodist Church, 5200

Eldon Brandon

Eldon and Janice Beckelhiemer Brandon, of Mannington, passed away Monday (Feb. 8, 2010) at their residence. Eldon was born Aug. 20, 1938, at Coldwater, Ohio, a son of the late Myron and Fay Heckman Brandon. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., where he was a welding engineer. He held a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University, was a member of American Welding Society, the Future Farmers of America and the Civil Air Patrol, and was active with the Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by three children, Allen and Kathy Brandon of Fort Collins, Colo., Scott and Marlene Brandon of Westminster, Colo., and Melissa Deisher of Thornton, Colo.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, Eldon was preceded in death by a sister, June Bollenbacher. Janice was born Sept. 30, 1939, at Beckley, a daughter of the late Roy and Juanita Stanley Beckelhiemer. She was a retired radiation technician at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico. Janice is survived by her four children, Charles Findley of Houston, Texas, Martin Findley of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Juanita and Douglas Wright and Randall and Jenna Findley, both of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren; and a brother, Roger Beckelhiemer of Albuquerque. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Velma Baughman. Mr. and Mrs. Brandon were married on April 22, 1995, and relocated to the Mannington area to enjoy their retirement years together. They enjoyed their farm, wildlife, the outdoors and getting to know people. They were very active in the Mannington Church of the Nazarene, where together they worshipped, sang in the choir, enjoyed Southern Gospel music, and served as greeters, among other church activities. They also enjoyed square dancing and loved their lives together. Friends may call at Mannington Church of the Nazarene from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, where a joint memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry Dooley officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Brandon will be laid to rest in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover in a private burial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mannington Church of the Nazarene at 31 Nazarene Lane, Mannington, WV 26582.Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dan George

Turtlecreek trustee, businessman Dan George dies at 55 Friday, February 29, 2008

Staff Report

Longtime Lebanon area businessman and Turtlecreek Twp. Trustee Dan George died Thursday at home. The owner of George Manufacturing in Lebanon had been battling cancer for several years. He was 55.

He’ll be greatly missed by the community, according to fellow trustee Jim VanDeGrift. His relationship with George goes back to when George was a student athlete at Lebanon High School, where VanDeGrift served as athletic director and coach and George later helped coach the cross country team.

“Dan was just an inspiration to most people,” VanDeGrift said. “He always had a smile on his face, and of course that laugh of his. He always looked to the bright side of life.

“As a trustee, he was instrumental in leading the township and was a driving force for the new (township administration) building.”

VanDeGrift added, “It’s just a shame that a young inspiring person, and aspiring businessman, was taken from us.”

In a Western Star profile last March of George’s battle with cancer, during which he was undergoing twice-weekly treatments at the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University in Durham, N.C., George said at a local fundraiser – which brought in $7,000 for the center- that he had been thinking a lot about heaven and the afterlife.

“I’m really not afraid of it,” he said then. “It’s just what God chose for me to do, and he’s in control.”

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Gayl; his parents, Robert and Phyllis George of Lebanon; daughters Randi Hammiel and her husband Brian of Lebanon, Erin George of Mason and Jessie George of Lebanon; and sister Becky Gebhart of Lebanon. He was preceded in death by a brother, Randy George.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lebanon United Methodist Church, Lebanon with services immediately following. Memorials are requested to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center c/o Duke University Medical Center, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710. Arrangements were by Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home, Lebanon. Online condolences can be made at

Joe Daumeyer

DAUMEYER Joe, age 45, Fishers, Indiana. Born Columbus. Ohio on April 30, 1962. Died in Crawfordsville on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. He had been owner of Athena Plus in Anderson and Resistance Welding Supply Company of Indianapolis. Member Holy Spirit Parish at Geist-Fishers,Indiana. He was an avid cycler. Memorial Contributions: Ohio State University College of Engineering Scholarship Fund. Survivors: Father, George J. Daumeyer Jr., Mother Joan (Montgomery) Daumeyer, wife Chris (Glacken) Daumeyer, Fishers, son George J. “Jake” Daumeyer, IV, Fishers,daughter Natalie Daumeyer, Fishers, daughter Paige Daumeyer, Fishers,sister Julie (& Mark) Kadnar, Cincinnati, OHsister Theresa (& Bob) Vermillion, Cincinnati, OH, brother Tom (& Evelyn) Daumeyer Las Vegas, NV, brother Jim (& Cindy) Daumeyer, Cincinnati, OH, brother Pete (& Bridget) Daumeyer, Tampa, FL father & mother in-law Robert & Marjorie Glacken, sister-in-law Deb Kolakowski, several nieces & nephews TAZ – his dog. Visitation: Friday, February 22. 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary Service: Saturday, February 23, 2008, Holy Spirit Parish at Geist, 11:00AM Officiating: Father Phil Bowers.