Remembering our friends
Irene (Patterson) Larabee ’29 died May 21, 2005. Irene moved to Anderson, Ind., with her family at the age of 10. The family attended Park Place Church of God. Irene worked for many years at the Gospel Trumpet Publishing Company, now Warner Press. In 1928, she married Dennis Larabee, a student at Anderson University. For many years, Dennis worked in Anderson as a plastering contractor for building contractor Russell Byrum. In 1954, Dennis and Irene moved to Leesburg, Fla. There with brother-in-law John Lackey, they developed land for the purpose of creating a Church of God retirement center. The Larabees, along with others in the community, helped establish the Haines Creek Church of God in 1957. Irene served in the church as treasurer, pianist, choir member, singing duets with her sister, Elsie, and being active in the Women of the Church of God. Dennis died in 1978. Irene lived the last 10 years of her life with her daughter, Ramona Larabee Good ’49, in Montrose, Colo. In addition to her daughter, Irene is survived by five grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Clarence Alva Peyton BA ’32 died May 20, 2005, in Rolling Hills Rehabilitation Center, Anderson, Ind. He had resided in Anderson since 1915, and operated a flower and garden business at 431 Alexandria Pike for more than seven decades. Clarence and his brother Richard started the nursery and garden business on Alexandria Pike in 1918. Clarence sold flowers and yard ornaments at that location until he retired in 1992, at the age of 89. Clarence graduated from Anderson High School in 1925. During the Depression years, he lived in New York City and stayed, for a time, in the Church of God Missionary Home, attended New York University, and worked as a waiter in a Manhattan restaurant. Clarence returned to Anderson when Dean Russell Olt invited him to come to Anderson College where a liberal arts program was being started. He graduated in 1932 as a member of the first liberal arts class, with a major in English literature and a minor in education. He was on the Dean’s List of top students, was on the tennis team, and edited the school paper. Drs. Maurice Caldwell and David Coolidge conducted the memorial service in Park Place Church of God.
Clora Williams ’39 died June 7, 2005, in Anderson, Ind. She attended South Meridian church of God and was a member of Hartselle Church of God in Hartselle, Ala., before moving to Anderson. She is survived by her sister, Geneva Williams; three nieces; three nephews; and several great-nephews and great-nieces.
DeVon Willis Helbling ’44 died April 2, 2005, in Portland, Ore. He attended Anderson University and completed his undergraduate work at Goshen College in1948. He earned his Master of Arts from Hardin-Simmons University in 1950 and his Doctor of Music Education degree from Indiana University in 1965. Ordained in 1942, he was a minister of the Church of God. He married LeEtta Chesnut in 1947 and served as pastor of the Church of God in Garden City for about two years before entering into higher education. He taught at Kletzing College in University Park, Iowa; Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky.; Anderson University; and Warner Pacific College, in Portland, Ore., where he served as chairman of the music department. He also taught at Portland Bible College and Western Evangelical Seminary. He was the author of a book, The History of Christian Song, and he wrote numerous Gospel songs. His wife preceded him in death after 45 years of marriage. In 1994, he married Irene Ross, who passed away in 2004. His son, Errol Helbling, also preceded him in death, in 2002. He is survived by two sons, Roger Helbling and Dalyn Helbling; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and 20 nieces and nephews.
Bill Farlow ’47 died May 5, 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and his Ph.D. from Wayne State in Detroit. After teaching at Wisconsin University for many years, he became a freelance writer for RV magazines. Daniel Ray ’49 died Aug. 2, 2005, in North Manchester, Ind. He was employed at Delco Remy in Anderson, Ind., for 33 years, retiring in 1980. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathryn (Hissey) Ray ’50; two sons, Mark Ray and Michael Ray; and six grandchildren.
Donald L. Rice BS ’50 died July 3, 2005. At the time of his death, he was living in South Bend, Ind. He married June Hardin ’48 on Dec. 19, 1948. He was a long-time member of South Side Church of God, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, youth director, Boy Scout leader, and on the board of trustees. He was very active in his community. He was a member of Kiwanis International and Gideon’s International. He conducted a jail ministry at the St. Joseph County Jail for 20 years. In 1988, he retired after 31 years as principal in the South Bend Community School Corporation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen E. (Rice) Norman ’77; four grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Rice; and several nieces and nephews.
Esther (Beaty) Wilson BS ’50 died July 3, 2005. She worked with her husband, Roger, in pastoral counseling, teaching, and a writing ministry for all their married life. Prior to that, she was a teacher. The last years of her teaching were in Kenya under missionary appointment from the Community Church of God. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a nephew, a grandnephew, and a grandniece.
The Rev. Glen E. Bevis BS ’53 of Hoover, Ala., died Saturday, July 30, 2005. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He attended the School of Theology. He was the former minister of Bessemer First Church of God and Pinehurst First Church of God and, most recently, a member of Riverchase Community Church. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Thomas; a son, Glen Anthony Bevis; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Joyce (Trick) Rumsey ’53 died July 1, 2005, from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She had struggled with the disease for 20 years. She was a registered nurse and a 26-year member of the Church of God in Lawrenceburg, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest. She is survived by two children and four grandchildren.
Howard Grant Howell ’54 died May 22, 2005. He was living in Lakewood, Colo., at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Karen; a daughter, Caren (Howell) Schermerhorn BA ’78; and a son, Grant Howell ’75.
The Rev. Robert G. Davis ’57 died June 7, 2005. He was living in Fort Wayne, Ind., at the time of his death. He served in the United States Navy from 1958–1962. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1967. He was an ordained minister of the Church of God in Anderson and was active in leadership at Life Bridge Church in Fort Wayne, where he taught the Bridge Builders class. While living in Fort Wayne, he worked for Tower Automotive in Auburn and was employed by the Fort Wayne Community Schools at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Bettiye Jones-Davis; a daughter, Linda Bell; sons Robert Davis Jr., Richard Davis, and Roger Davis; and six grandchildren.
The Rev. Denver J. Shaffer MDiv ’61 died June 11, 2005. He spent three years in the Army Air Force during World War II. He entered Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore., in January 1946 to prepare to be a minister in the Church of God. He pastored churches in Minnesota, Idaho, and Oregon before retiring. He and his wife, Idell, who survives him, moved to Arizona near Wickenburg in 1997.
Dennis W. Smith ’75 died of a brain tumor on Dec. 29, 2004, in Ft. Collins, Colo.
Marjorie (Giering) Betteridge BA ’80 of Anderson, Ind., died July 31, 2005. She lived in the Anderson and Pendleton area all of her life. She was the secretary/administrative assistant at Markleville North Christian Church and formerly worked at the School of Theology. She is survived by her husband, Keith Betteridge; two children, Morganne Betteridge and Nathaniel Betteridge; her mother, Hazel (Redshaw) Giering ’54; and several nieces and nephews.
Carol Ann Smatlak BA ’86 died April 28, 2005, in Punxsutawney, Pa. She received her master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was an elementary computer teacher. She was a member of the Oakland Church of God. She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Betty Smatlak; a brother, James Smatlak BA ’84; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Stephanie L. (Sammons) Smith AS ’88, BSN ’89 died July 14, 2005, in Indianapolis, following an extended battle with melanoma. She was a registered nurse who was employed at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis until she found joy in being a full-time mother. She was an active member of the Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Todd Smith BA ’91; two daughters, Lindsay and Kylie; her parents, Gary and Shiela Sammons; two brothers, Gary Sammons BA ’94 and Jonathan Sammons; her paternal grandmother, Mabel Bosley; mother-in-law, Cheryl Smith; and several aunts and uncles.
The Rev. Dr. Richard Shockey MDiv ’91 died June 7, 2005, at his home, surrounded by his family. In addition to his degree from AU, he received his bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College in Portland, Ore.; Master of Religious Education from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Mich.; and Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University, Chicago. He was State Minister for Indiana Ministries of the Church of God, headquartered in Anderson, Ind. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Judy K. Moss Shockey; children, the Rev. Jaree Shockey Kratzer BA ’94, the Rev. Ryan W. Shockey ’92, and Jennalee K. Shockey; mother, Belva Bartlett Clark; father, Ted Shockey; and grandchildren, Kyrsten M. and Kade W. Shockey.
Valerie Jean Falling ’93 died June 23, 2005, in Butler, Pa. She was a nurse at Butler Memorial Hospital. She also was an instructor in the nursing program at Butler Community College, and she had been a triage nurse at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She was a member of the North Main Street Church of God, where her husband is the pastor of the music program. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Timothy Falling BA ’81, whom she married Dec. 27, 1981; two sons, Joshua Sjon Falling and Jordan Ryan Falling, both at home; her parents, Robert and Carolyn Barnes; a brother, David Barnes BA ’81; and her maternal grandparents, John and Hazel Holder.