Obituaries

Recent obituaries for WMU faculty, staff and retirees are listed on this page, beginning with the most-recent. Search WMU News for available obituaries dating back to 1997 by entering the name of the deceased and the word obituary. To find all available obituaries, enter only the word obituary.

Helen J. Flaspohler , executive director of development , April 18, 2018.
Griselda Daniel , retired assistant to the dean and director of diversity recruitment for the Graduate College , April 1, 2018.
John Bennett , retired shift supervisor in Facilities Management-building custodial and support services , March 27, 2018.
Charles M. Woodliff , professor emeritus of instructional communication and former director of the Division of Academic Services , March 17, 2018.
Shirley A. Ray , assistant director of the office formerly known as Handicapped Student Services , March 16, 2018.
Dennis R. Corbin , senior associate athletic director for medical services , March 7, 2018.
Diann J. Miller , assistant professor emerita in the University Counseling and Testing Center , March 2, 2018.
Geoffrey A. Smith , former dean of the Division of Continuing Education and professor emeritus of continuing education , March 1, 2018.
Sharon K. Johnson , retired custodian , March 1, 2018.
Russell L. Gabier , retired assistant vice president for development and alumni relations and president and CEO of the WMU Foundation , February 18, 2018.
Shirley Bach , professor emerita of philosophy , February 13, 2018.
Doris "Dori" A. Rey , retired office associate in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation , February 11, 2018.
John T. Miller , assistant professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation and a former assistant football coach , February 7, 2018.
Clara A. Van Eck , retired accounting clerk for the former Department of Continuing Education , January 29, 2018.
Laura G. Manis , associate professor emerita in the University Counseling and Testing , January 18, 2018.
Laurel A. Grotzinger , professor emeritus of University Libraries and a former administrator , December 15, 2017.
Carroll Stump , retired custodian , November 23, 2017.
Richard F. Raklovits , associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation , November 21, 2017.
Earl Borr , associate professor emeritus of education and professional development , November 5, 2017.
Betty A. Kocher , retired secretary of the WMU Board of Trustees , November 2, 2017.
June Mochizuki , associate professor emerita of counseling , October 29, 2017.
James E. Riley , professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics , October 28, 2017.
Martin E. Gingerich , professor emeritus of English , October 19, 2017.
George Dales , retired track and field and cross country coach , September 27, 2017.
Dawn M. Nelson , former senior restricted fund accountant in Grants and Contracts , September 21, 2017.
Rita 'Claire' Callan , associate professor emerita of occupational therapy , September 18, 2017.
William H. Cotton , retired director of the Office of Business Development Services , September 12, 2017.
Sinnie Yzenbaard , former independent study coordinator in Extended University Programs , September 12, 2017.
Celia Yonkers , retired clerk in the School of Music , August 29, 2017.
Judyth K. Timmerman , retired office supervisor for the Department of Public Safety , August 14, 2017.
Maria Saldivar , administrative assistant for pre-college programming , August 12, 2017.
Patricia "Patty" Negrevski , budget analyst for the Evaluation Center , August 12, 2017.
George "Stewart" Johnson , retired professor of mechanical engineering , August 6, 2017.
David Chaplin , professor emeritus of sociology , July 27, 2017.
Dina Bangdel , former associate professor of art , July 25, 2017.
Daniel Stufflebeam , founder of the Western Michigan University Evaluation Center , July 23, 2017.
Shirley K. James , retired head cook in Davis Dining Hall , July 18, 2017.
Janet L. Clubb , retired custodian , July 9, 2017.
Meshulam Groper , professor emeritus of mechanical and aeronautical engineering , June 30, 2017.
Barbara A. Barton , associate professor emerita of social work , June 15, 2017.
Shirley Ann Lukens , associate professor emerita of occupational therapy , June 3, 2017.
Herbert "Herb" E. Ellinger , professor emeritus of transportation technology , May 25, 2017.
Kathleen McHugh Drzick , professor emerita of English , May 13, 2017.
Mildred K. "Millie" Hedrick , former WMU librarian , May 1, 2017.
Sandra Lou Roellchen (Elzey) , former part-time occupational therapy instructor , April 26, 2017.
Clara Ouding , former cook in Goldsworth Valley II , April 24, 2017.
Ruth H. Peterson , retired administrative assistant in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering , April 20, 2017.
Annette LaVier , former Media Services utilization coordinator , April 8, 2017.
Joseph Asenbauer , retired equipment operator for landscape services in the Department of Facilities Management , March 20, 2017.
Gertrude E. "Trudy" Rohr , retired clerk II in parking services , March 16, 2017.