With Deepest Sympathy

The following are obituaries* of CCU alumni and personnel (listed by date of death) who have gone to be with the Lord in the past 12 months. Please pray for these families.

*If you have a photo we could use for anyone listed or if you see a need for an alum to be listed, please contact us at alumni@CCUniversity.edu.


 April 12, 2014
Timothy Bellamy
After college Timothy served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force before entering the business world. His wife Bethany is from CCU’s class of 1985 and his daughter Charissa is a current CCU student. [more]

April 9, 2014
Barbara Mueller
Barbara and her husband Jerry (’58) operated a Hydrangea Farm at their home for a number of years.  [more]

March 25, 2014
Howard Dobbs
(Classes of ’55 & ’58)
Howard served as the General Manager for TCM International.  [more]


March 14, 2014
Larry Ferguson
(Attended in the 50s)
Larry was a retired minister for the Church of Christ and had been a pastor for 50 years.  [more]

Beeson_BMarch 9, 2014
Robert (Bob) Eldon Beeson
(Class of ’69))
Bob served for over 35 years as a respected Christian pastor in California and New Zealand.  [more]

March 8, 2014
Esther Schoner
(Attended in the 50s)
Esther served as a third grade sunday school teacher for 55 years at LifeSpring Christian Church in Cincinnati.  [more]

January 25, 2014
Tom Friskney
(Class of ’51 & ’55)
Tom was also CCU faculty member for over 50 years. Click here for the CCU Tribute. [more]

January 19, 2014
Tillie Odor
(Class of ’45)
Tillie was married to Buford Odor and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1987.  [more]

January 15, 2014
James “Jim” Mack
(Class of ’70)
Jim was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1970, and ministered to several churches before beginning his career as an architectural engineer. [more]

January 3, 2014
Marvin Flowers
(Class of ’94)
Marvin served as a minister of the gospel for 39 years in several congregations in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, and, most recently, in Michigan at Monroe Christian Church.  [more]

January 2, 2014
Roger Rankin
(Class of ’51)
Roger was a World War II veteran before going into the ministry.  [more]

December 22, 2013
James Dempsey
(Class of ’59)
James preached for 52 years in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. [more]

December 17, 2013
Naomi Chambers
(Attended 1959-60)
Naomi was a current member of Elizabethtown Christian Church and her husband Doran is a CCU Alum (’62 & ’68).   [more]

December 14, 2013
Kenneth R. Wellman
(Class of ’70)
Ken was a minister for 40 years, retiring in 2010.  [more]

December 8, 2013
Charlie E. Thomson
(Class of ’98)
Charlie was a member of East 91st Street Christian Church, where he led numerous bible study programs.  [more]

December 6, 2013
Barbara Jean Smith
(Class of ’53)
In addition to graduating from CCU, Barbara was also a past secretary to the president’s office. [more]

November 13, 2013
June Hunter
(Class of ’44)
June and her husband Vic were well-known for their kindness to the people they encountered. [more]

November 4, 2013
Mary Ann Dionyssiou
(Class of ’58)
Mary Ann’s first love was her family. Her second love was volunteering and fundraising for multiple organizations. [more]

October 29, 2013
Ruth Marie Clevenger Smailes (Att’d in 1952-53)
Ruth’s life career was as a nurse. Her nursing influence was so great, two of her children went on to be nurses. [more]

September 26, 2013
Lauren David “Larry” Girdwood 
(Class of ’99)
Larry’s lifelong ministry called him to serve Christian churches in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana.[more]

September 11, 2013
Dr. Calvin L. Phillips
(Classes of ’46 & ’47)
After graduating from CCU, Dr. Phillips went on to get degrees from Butler School of Religion, Milligan College, and Christian Theological Seminary. [more]

September 2, 2013
R. Carl Fish
(Attended, 1970s)
After serving in World War II, Carl served as a missionary in Okinawa, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia. His daughter Monica graduated from CCU in 1976 and his son Phil graduated in 1983. [more]

August 30, 2013
Jeffrey Peterson
(Attended in 1994)
Jeff had a witty sense of humor, a creative spirit and an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. [more]

August 13, 2013
Delores “Mitzi” Gwaltney
(Attended, 1950s)
Mitzi was a dedicated Christian who was active, along with her husband, in various ministries in churches and as a faculty wife at Milligan College. [more]

August 9, 2013
(Ella) LaVern Karns
(Class of ‘48)
LaVern dedicated herself to God’s service, working tirelessly to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. [more]

August 2, 2013
John Snyder (Class of ‘58)
John loved God. His family and his life calling to be a minister brought him great joy. [more]

August 1, 2013
John Wesley Casey (Class of ‘48)
John had a distinguished career in higher education before he retired in 1987. [more]

July 29, 2013
Belinda Hubert (Class of ’73)
Belinda was a member of Community Christian Church in Bethel, OH. [more]

July 19, 2013
Charles L. Gillam (Class of ’53)
Charles taught both Latin and Greek at Manhattan Christian College, where he also served as Dean of Students. [more]

June 13, 2013
Bill Claycomb 
(Attended; Former CCU Advancement Employee)
Bill worked at CCU through the years and has had many family members attend the university. [more]

June 1, 2013
Barbara Sanderson 
(Class of ‘76)
Barb had wonderful people who stepped in to help her cope with the challenges she faced while she battled cancer.  They also took great care of her three dogs that she loved dearly. [more]

May 11, 2013
Helen Larson Warren 
(Class of ‘50)
Helen was a retired principal of Pathway Christian School. [more]

May 10, 2013
Patsy Kidwell
Patsy was a member of Elsmere Church of Christ and Sherman Church of Christ and is survived by her husband of 63 years, R.J. Kidwell. [more]

May 2, 2013
Joe S. Ellis
(Former Dean & Professor)
Joe was a treasured faculty member and beloved friend of CCU for many years. [message from CCU] [more]

April 24, 2013
Reba Cox Jones 
(Attended ’51-54)
Reba was survived by her husband, Robert E. Jones (’57). [more]

April 8, 2013
Jack Harrison Ford
(Class of ’54)
Jack dedicated 60 years of his life to ministry at various places like Blue Ridge Christian Camp, Level Green Christian Church, and Crossroads Christian Church (New Castle). [more]