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.

Robert Jack Smith , professor emeritus of anthropology and former Department of Anthropology chair , January 31, 2016.
Michael "Woody" Woodhams , retired electrician in maintenance services , January 19, 2016.
Robert "Herb" Williams , retired director of the University physical plant , January 16, 2016.
John J. Pruis , former vice president, professor and secretary to the board of trustees , January 15, 2016.
Janice S. Weaver , retired cash operations staff member in Dining Services , December 30, 2015.
John "Bokey" D. Satterfield Jr. , former manager in maintenance services , December 29, 2015.
Marvin "Geno" Milkovich , retired carpet cleaner in custodial support services , December 24, 2015.
Edward W. Randt Jr. , retired journeyman plumber , December 24, 2015.
Steven Cartwright , monographic acquisitions assistant with University Libraries , December 17, 2015.
Jason M. Currie , custodian , November 26, 2015.
Lambert R. VanderKooi , professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering , November 17, 2015.
Frederick Z. Sitkins , professor emeritus of engineering design, manufacturing and management systems , November 7, 2015.
Philo G. "Glen" Bishop , former associate director of media services and manager of technical services , November 7, 2015.
George Vuicich , professor emeritus of geography , November 2, 2015.
James N. Adduci , retired assistant manageer of dining services , November 1, 2015.
Richard L. McAnaw , professor emeritus of political science and founder of what would become the School of Public Affairs and Administration , October 21, 2015.
John D. Sheppard , professor emeritus in accountancy, , October 15, 2015.
Edith M. Yahr , retired staff member in the Graduate College , September 23, 2015.
Herbert W. Kenz , retired associate director of student financial aid and scholarships , September 17, 2015.
Chauncey J. Brinn , vice president emeritus for administrative affairs , September 14, 2015.
Milton Greenberg , former political science professor and department chair , August 27, 2015.
Lester "Frank, Hot Rod" Baird , retired pipefitter in the maintenance services unit of the Department of Facilities Management , August 20, 2015.
Ernest E. Rossi , longtime administrator and retired professor of political science , August 7, 2015.
John Racine , supervisor of computer labs for the Office of Information Technology , July 21, 2015.
Lawrence Ziring , professor emeritus of political science and Arnold E. Schneider professor emeritus of international relations , July 17, 2015.
James "Jim" W. Dempsey , emeritus coordinator of transfer relations and a former acting director of the Office of Admissions , July 12, 2015.
Robert I. Sundick , professor emeritus of anthropology , June 29, 2015.
Joseph Eisenbach , professor emeritus of special education , June 25, 2015.
John M. Barney , retired electrician in the maintenance services unit of the Department of Facilities Management , June 13, 2015.
M. Noreen VanderBeek , retired finance clerk in accounts payable , June 1, 2015.
Dorothy L. (Bladt) Franzen , associate professor emerita of education and professional development , May 19, 2015.
MaryAnn Haws-Johnson , retired coordinator of the Education Library , May 12, 2015.
Larry E. Syndergaard , professor emeritus of English , April 15, 2015.
Shelley S. Grant , retired manager of building support services in the Department of Facilities Management , April 1, 2015.
Judith A. Kirk , retired coordinator of authority control in University Libraries , March 20, 2015.
George William Hobbs , former golf and wrestling coach , March 12, 2015.
Leonard E. Srackangast , retired supervisor in the Department of Facilities Management , March 8, 2015.
Steve Zegree , professor of music, mentor to Gold Company vocal jazz group , March 7, 2015.
Shirley C. Woodworth , associate professor emerita of communication , February 26, 2015.
Carl E Lee , namesake of WMU's Lee Honors College , February 22, 2015.
H. Nicholas Hamner , professor emeritus of history , February 15, 2015.
Marjory Spradling , assistant professor emerita of biological sciences , February 12, 2015.
Richard E. Munsterman , professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing engineering , February 4, 2015.
Elton Mayo , retired painter in Facilities Management-maintenance services , January 26, 2015.
Joel Kendrick , Pilot Plants manager , January 19, 2015.
Ellen Page-Robin , professor emerita of community health services , January 3, 2015.
Judith Peppel , retired office assistant in the Department of Sociology , December 30, 2014.
Russell J. Grandstaff , professor emeritus of theatre , December 20, 2014.
Peggy Arlene Seals , former residence hall employee , December 20, 2014.
Charles F. Woodward , assistant professor emeritus of industrial and manufacturing engineering , December 12, 2014.