Chapter Eternal

A. Bernie Keller ’40, age 97, Carmel, Indiana, entered Chapter Eternal on October 29, 2014. He graduated from Shortridge High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Purdue University in 1940. He was a member of Purdue Glee Club, Optimist Club, ISPE, ASHRAE, and ISEF. Bernie was also a leader of AARP, Riviera, and Irvington dance clubs. Bernie is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; three children: Marilyn, Stephen, and Patricia; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


Richard L. Oblinger ’40 entered Chapter Eternal on March 16, 2013. He was a resident of Encinitas, California.


Dr. E. Grey Dimond ’42, age 94, entered Chapter Eternal on November 3, 2013, at his home on Hospital Hill in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a physician, medical educator, and an original door-opener to modern China.


Bill Kiesel ’43


Ernest E. McClellan ’49 passed away April 5, 2013, in his Delafield, Wisconsin, home at the age of 87. Ernie is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois (McDermott); their children: Barbara Burkhart, Andrew (Brenda) McClellan, and Lisa (Tim) Tomann; daughter-in-law, Deborah McClellan; and many grandchildren.


Donald G. Spears ’49 entered Chapter Eternal March 2, 2012, at his home in Fort Wayne. He served in World War II in Italy, France, and Belgium with the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team and was a combat veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; daughter, Juliette; sons, Mark and Eric; and nine grandchildren.


Donald Bloodgood ’50


Gordon K. Van Gundia Jr. ’50 entered Chapter Eternal January 14, 2013. He is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl (Richard) Perkins and Carol (Steve) Neely; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He married Reba Jean Hardy, who predeceased him in 2011.Van had much to be proud of in his lifetime, but his biggest joy was being a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.


Robert M. Book ’52 entered Chapter Eternal December 9, 2012. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1948 and spent 31 years in both the Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves, retiring in 1983 with the rank of colonel. Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne; daughters, Mary and Nancy; sons, William and Bart; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.


Bud Marsee ’52


Donald A. Roach ’52 entered Chapter Eternal March 25, 2013. He and his wife, Nancy, had four children. Don recognized the benefits that he had received from his alma mater, and he gave generously to his school so as to ensure that others would have equal educational opportunities.


Richard A. Sidwell ’52 entered Chapter Eternal on May 21, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Madge Hill; daughter, Jill; son, Rick; grandchildren: Katie, Allan, Keith, and Sandi; and his sister, Virginia Shockley (Norm).


John R. Peterson ’55 entered Chapter Eternal December 27, 2012 in Winter Park, Fla. He married Jean Anderson on June 8, 1955. After Jean’s death in 1990, he married Carol Snelling Jenkins in 1991; she survives him. He leaves Jean’s and his three daughters; Janet, married to Victor Harouny, Emily, married to Dennis Coyne, Wash., and Katherine, married to Tom Gardner; a sister, Mary Jean Peterson; and nine grandchildren.


Dominic J. Picco ’56 age 79, entered Chapter Eternal November 10, 2013. He was a devoted husband of the late Joyce, loving father of Kristi (Marty) Vivian and Gina (Jeff) Rolfs and is survived by five grandchildren.


Joe Kulbacki ’60


John D. Liber ’60 entered Chapter Eternal July 23, 2013. He was a resident of Naples, Fla., at the time of his passing. He and his wife, Nancy have three children.


Tom Bauman ’61


Ron Fell ’64 entered Chapter Eternal at age 72 in Lafayette, Colorado.


"I have enjoyed the resurgence of our chapter as a leader at Purdue and look forward to the opportunities to reunite with alumni and those who share our house at this time."
‐ Don Meck ’71


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