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August 2010 Obituaries


Marion Tysse Becker (5/27/10)

Robert M. Bouwma (6/9/10)

Stevens E. Brooks, (6/3/10)

Judith VanLeeuwen '61 Cook (4/22/10)

Katherine Skillern Crockett (6/24/10)

Jean E. Mason Debbink (6/20/10)

Clifford G. Dobben ’52 (5/18/10)

Lawrence R. Hagberg ’74 (5/11/10)

Robert J. Hoffman ’59 (5/17/10)

Rev. William M. Hoffman’53 (6/15/10)

Carl Holkeboer ‘60 (6/19/10)

Warren Kane ’57 (5/20/10)

James Jamie McArthur ’90, (6/27/10)

June Nyhuis (6/30/10)

David Lynn Ousterling ‘60 (9/28/10)

Roberta Poest (6/12/10)

Bradford J. Race Jr. ’67 (7/15/10)

Roy F. Shuey, ’74 (11/20/99)

William M. Tappan ’42 (5/6/10)

John G. Utzinger (4/21/10)

Patrick Vostello ’55 (5/21/10)

 


Marion Tysse Becker of Coxsackie, N.Y., who died on Thursday, May 27, 2010. She was 99.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. John W. Tysse ’29.

Survivors include her children John P. (Patricia Derks ’63) Tysse ’60 and Lucille Tysse’55 (Rev. Dr. Robert’54) Hoeksema and grandchildren Deborah Hoeksema’83, Cheryl Tysse’86 Berrodin and Karen Tysse-Donaldson’84.

 

Robert M. Bouwma ‘72, of Englewood, Fla., died on Wednesday, June 9, 2009. He was 69.

Bob was born on Jan. 2, 1941 in Cadillac to Marshall and Gertrude (Pell) Bouwma. He married Dianne L. Besteman on June 8, 1974, at the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church.

Bob attended Hope College and Central Michigan University. For his first five years out of college, he worked as a chemist for the U.S. Plywood Company. He then taught high school in McBain for more than 15 years and moved to Florida, teaching for three years at Port Charlotte Schools. While he was teaching, he did carpentry work in the summer months, and he retired from teaching to become a full-time home builder. Bob was a member of the Calvary Community Church in Venice, Fla., and previously was a member of the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church. He enjoyed building, working with his hands, his dog Zeke, boating, fishing, going to the hunting camp, traveling, cooking, baking and doing the laundry. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dianne L. Bouwma of Englewood, Fla.; children, Suzanne Morgan and special friend Michael Breadhoff of Grandville, and Robert Bouwma Jr. of Lake Orion; grandchildren, Christopher Morgan and fiancee Erica Hodges of Houghton, Sarah Morgan of Allendale and Allison Bouwma of Lake Orion; mother, Gertrude Bouwma of Englewood, Fla.; brother, Richard (Mary) Bouwma of Venice, Fla.; father-in-law, Elmer Besteman of Rudyard; in-laws, Paul (Bonnie) Besteman and Mike (Dee) Besteman, all of Rudyard; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Altora Bouwma; father, Marshall Bouwma; and mother-in-law, Gertrude Besteman.

 

Stevens E. Brooks, 68, of Chestnut Hill, Pa., executive director of the Philadelphia Center from 1973 to 2007, died of complications from pulmonary embolisms at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Thursday, June 3.

Founded in 1967 by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the center offers college students a semester of what its website calls "experiential education."

"Students earn a full semester of academic credit from Hope College" in Holland, Mich., the website states, "for participating in the program's three central components: 32 hours per week of work at an internship, two courses, and independent city living."

At his 2007 retirement, Mr. Brooks told the Hope College website that in the 1960s the center had attracted students who wanted to be "agents of change" and "affect society in positive ways."
" What was radical then is now mainstream," he said.
Born in Plymouth Meeting, Mr. Brooks graduated from the William Penn Charter School in 1960 and earned a 1966 bachelor's degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

He was a teaching assistant at Penn Charter in the early 1960s and from 1966 through 1968 taught fifth-grade English and science, a school spokeswoman said. Mr. Brooks began working for the Philadelphia Center in 1968, the center's website states, and was its director of education until 1973, when he became executive director. While at the center, he earned a master's degree in higher education in 1979 at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. During the 1970s, Mr. Brooks taught filmmaking in Saturday classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said his wife, Krail. He also was on the adjunct faculty for classes in Germantown affiliated with the Antioch-Putney Graduate School of Education, she said.

Mr. Brooks was a founding member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning; the forerunner of the National Society for Experiential Education, which named him one of its three pioneers of the year in 2005; and the Council of University Institutes for Urban Affairs, now the Urban Affairs Association at the University of Delaware, the Philadelphia Center's website states. He was a consultant to the Learning From Experience Trust in London.
The center reported that Mr. Brooks edited the 1979 book Enriching the Liberal Arts Through Experiential Education.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Reed.

 

Judith VanLeeuwen ’61 Cook of Bradenton, Fla., died on Thursday, April 22, 2010. She was 70.

Born in Holland, Mich., she moved to Bradenton in 1976. A member of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, she taught at Harlee Middle School, Retiring in 1992, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was the church librarian, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

Survived by her husband, Jim of Bradenton; son, James W., of Palmetto; daughters, Jodi (Phil) Drinkard of Bradenton, Jennifer (Duane) Williams of Sanford, NC; and ten grandchildren.Jack O. Boerigter 54.

 

 

Katherine Skillern ’32 Crockett of Caldwell, Idaho, died on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at a Caldwell care center.

Katherine was born June 24, 1910, in Parma, Idaho, to Beulah and William Skillern. She graduated from George Washington High School in Manhattan, N.Y. After graduating from Hope, she returned to Idaho and began teaching school in Bruneau, Idaho. While in Bruneau, she met and married Lorin Crockett. They celebrated 63 years of marriage.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorin; her son-in-law, Jesse Bagley; two sisters, Zella Godfrey and Carolyn Plamondon; and a grandson, granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

Katherine and Lorin lived for many years in the Boise and Nampa area. She had resided in Caldwell, Idaho, for three years at the time of her passing.

She is survived by her daughters, Deanna Bagley of Mead, Wash., and Loraine & David Felty of Caldwell, Idaho; son David and Peggy Crockett of Nampa, Idaho; three brothers, Bill & Flora Skillern of Boise, Charles & Dee Skillern of Virginia, Frank and Sue Skillern of Boise; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great grandchildren.

 

Jean E. Mason ’45 Debbink of Ann Arbor, Mich., died peacefully on June 20, 2010, at home with her family.

Jean was born on Nov. 15, 1923, in Wauwatosa, Wis., the first child of Robert Albaugh and Esther Hagen Mason. She graduated from Wauwatosa High School, attended Marquette University and Hope College, and earned a nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin.

She met her life partner, John Dirk Debbink, at Longfellow Junior High dance class, and they were pals during high school. He finally won her heart on a warm evening in August 1945, when he arrived, in his airforce uniform, at the nurses' dorm for a drop-in visit which lasted into the wee hours as they talked and walked the hills of the Madison campus. They were married on August 21, 1948, and were blessed with an extraordinary union. They filled each other's lives with love and delight.

They had four children: David (Marcia) Debbink of Appleton, Wis., Ellen (Gaard) Arneson of Ann Arbor, Mich., Bob (Jennifer) Debbink of Kenosha, Wis., and Tom (Jonnie) Debbink of Tiffin, Ohio. John's career at GM required frequent moves, and they made homes in Bay City, Mich.; Boston, Mass.; Massena, N.Y.; East Aurora, N.Y.; Rochester, Mich.; Centerville, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Mich.

At each stop, they settled the family, built a house, created gardens, joined a church community, and made wonderful friends. Jean was a lifelong volunteer, and served others in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, PTA's, Red Cross blood drives, Meals on Wheels, Children's Village, and Hospice. She was a member and served as a deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., and enjoyed membership in PEO chapter CH.

Jean is survived by John, her four children, her two loving sisters Marilyn (Wally) Zahn of Wausau, Wis. and Nancy (Chuck) Lehnen of Longboat Key, Fla.; her grandchildren: Kari (Jesse Hardin) Debbink, Kristin (Tom) Clowes, Bryan (Michelle) Debbink, Kristin (Daren) Young and Katie (Jeff) Berg, Laura Arneson and Jon (Rebekah Wineburg) Arneson, Alison, Amber, Chris, Mark, Brandon and Matthew Debbink, John Debbink and Erik Debbink, two great grandsons, Jaxon Hardin and Wesley Debbink, many fond nieces and nephews, and many dear, dear friends.

Jean was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She found pleasure in a life lived with great faith, energy, and optimism. She always enjoyed "improving" things, from clearing brush and picking up litter, to brightening another person's life. Like the daisies she loved, she was sturdy and unflagging, unpretentious, cheerful and simply beautiful.

 

Clifford G. Dobben ’52 of Muskegon, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. He was 80.

He was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Bill Vanderwerp and Andrew Terres, and two nephews.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, JoAnn Vanderwerp ’52 Dobben; his sisters, Barbara Terres of California and Vivian (David) Camp of California; his brother-in-law, George Vanderwerp of Illinois; his sister-in-law, Bette Vanderwerp of Muskegon; and six nieces and two nephews.

 

Lawrence R. Hagberg ’74 of Tucson, Ariz., died on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. He was 58.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an officer. He received his doctorate in linguistics from the University of Ariz., and almost completed the translation of the New Testament into the Mayo language of Mexico and helped in the revision of the Yaqui New Testament.

He enjoyed presenting papers at Uto-Aztecan linguistics conferences and teaching workshops to help new translation teams analyze their languages.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hagberg, and his seven children, Nathan, Elizabeth, Ezra, Esther, Anna, Daniel and Samuel; his parents; and four siblings.

 

Robert J. Hoffman ’59 of Broomfield, Colo., died on Monday, May 17, 2010. He was 72.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold J. (Eleanor) Hoffman ’32.

Survivors include his daughter, Sheri Hoffman and son, John Hoffman.

Rev. William M. Hoffman’53 of Stewartville, Minn., died on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at his home, following a lengthy illness with cancer.

William Melvin Hoffman was born on March 18, 1925, to Martin and Forsena (Walstra) Hoffman in De Motte, Ind. He grew up on the family farm and attended De Motte schools and graduated from De Motte High School in 1943. He married Alberdena Dykhuizen on June 26, 1947, at the First Reformed Church of De Motte. They began their married life living and working on the Hoffman Family Farms, in rural De Motte.

William accepted the Lord's Call to prepare for the Gospel Ministry in 1949. On June 3, 1953, William graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. He entered Western Theological Seminary, and on May 23, 1956, he graduated and became an ordained Minister of the Word in The Reformed Church of America. Bill faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout his life. William and Alberdena lived in seven different states and in 18 different residences while in the ministry. They retired in 1990 and moved to Stewartville to be near family. William then had time for his writing, photography, traveling and reading. They loved to visit as they kept family and friends busy working for the Lord in their ministry. Bill wrote a book entitled "A Boy in Hoosierland," which documented his life growing up in Indiana. He also wrote a second book about his work in the ministry and the later years of his life, entitled "By His Fatherly Hand." Family and friends will miss his weekly letter, his ability to start a conversation with a stranger and leave that person as a friend, and his smile that radiated Christ's love! William was active in the Reformed Church of America. In 1973, he was the Vice President of Particular Synod of Chicago. In 1979-1981, he was the President of Particular Synod of the West. In 1980, he spoke at the dedication of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. During his later years, William was active in the Stewartville Lions Club. He received many awards including the Lions Multiple District 5M Hearing Research Fellow Award, the Helen Keller Sight Award, Lion of the Year 2003-2004, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and was the president of the Stewartville Lions Club in 2005-2006.

William will be lovingly missed by his wife of almost 63 years, Alberdena, and his four living daughters and their families: Karen (H. LeRoy) Kraai of West Des Moines, Iowa, Martha (Paul) Steege of Omaha, Neb., Mary (Herb) Carlson of Fulton, Ill., and Priscilla Joy (Ken) Mann of Stewartville, Minn. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Kristi Sitzman (husband Jason), Joel Kraai (wife Lisa), Elisabeth Rupe (husband Tony), Matthew Carlson (wife Robin), Mark Steege (wife Jen), John Steege (fiancee Aisha Grieme), William Mann (wife Jenny), Joshua Mann, and Rachel Mann; five great-grandchildren: Samuel and Nicholas Kraai, Annalise Steege, Jonas Carlson and Jacob Rupe. He is also survived by four sisters, Lois (Ken) DeVries, Wilma (Dick) Blood, Carolyn Stembel, Rita (Melvin) Toppen, and two brothers, Paul (Barb) Hoffman and Martin (Edna) Hoffman Jr. He was preceded in death by beloved daughter Elisabeth Ruth, his parents, Martin and Sena Hoffman, and brother-in-law, Allen Stembel.

 

Carl Holkeboer ‘60 of Holland, Mich., died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the Hospice House of Holland. He was 75.

Born in Holland June 6, 1935, Carl was the son of Edward and Reka Holkeboer. He was a graduate of Holland High School (1955), earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University, and later received his Master’s from Michigan State University. Carl served in the Navy Reserves. He owned and operated Home Planning for over 30 years in the West Michigan area. An avid wood turner and carver, he was also an accomplished tennis player and golfer. Carl volunteered at Holland Hospital and was a member of Fellowship Reformed Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Reka Holkeboer, and a brother, Ronald Holkeboer.
His family includes: wife of 45 years, Karen Andreasen ‘64 Holkeboer; daughters Kathy Holkeboer of Jenison, Mich., and Julie (Tracy) Hardy of Waterford, Mich., one granddaughter, Ashley Mokma; two step-grandchildren, Justin and Matthew Hardy; a brother, David and Elaine Holkeboer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Warren Kane ’57 of Arlington, VA., died on Thursday, May 20, 2010. He was 75.

He worked as a top budget expert with the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1973 until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Kane, an Arlington resident, served with the Appropriations' commerce, justice, state and judiciary subcommittees. Earlier, he was a Census Bureau and Commerce Department budget analyst. He had also been a Commerce Department Congressional fellow and served briefly as a legislative aide to Sen. Norris H. Cotton (R-N.H.).

Warren William Kane was born in Long Island City, N.Y., and raised in Stuarts Draft, Va., west of Charlottesville. He served in the Army in the mid-1950s and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich.

He was a past governor of the Kiwanis Club and past president of the Arlington chapter. He was a member of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, where he had been on the board of trustees. He was a past treasurer and board member of the Arlington Food Assistance Center, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and treasurer of the Crop Hunger Walk.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Dale Carey Kane of Arlington; two children, Susan Sullivan of Farragut, Tenn., and Eric W. Kane of Dale City; a brother, Gene R. Kane of Stuarts Draft; and four grandchildren.

 

James “Jamie” McArthur ’90, of Holland, Mich., passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010, from injuries sustained in an accident. He was 49.

Jamie was a devoted and loving father, husband, son, brother and friend to many.

He graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1979 and from Hope College with a degree in chemistry. Jamie worked at Magna-Donnelly for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Michelle; sons, Will McArthur and John McArthur; parents, Dr. Peter and Edna McArthur of Grand Haven; aunt, Dorothy Scott of Grand Haven; brothers, Pete and Jennifer McArthur of Los Angelas, Calif., Andy and Vanessa McArthur of Salem, Va.; mother-in-law, Gale Roberts of Silverthorne, Colo.; in-laws, John Roberts of Fairplay, Colo., Kelly Roberts of Linden.

 

June Nyhuis, age 86, of Hamilton, passed away Wed., June 30, 2010, at Hospice House of Hol¬land. June was born Jan. 4, 1924 in Oakland.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clin¬ton; and children, Terry and Anita Nyhuis, Ward and Karen Nyhuis, Jeanne Nyhuis all of Zeeland; grandchildren, Chris and Melissa Nyhuis of Holland, Julie and Shane Burch of Hamilton; five great-grand¬children; brother and sis¬ters, Angie Van Omen of Holland, Lenora Kuiper of Jenison, Dale and Shirley Van Omen of Oakland; sis¬ters- in-law, Rosie Nyhuis of Holland, Marty Nyhuis of Jenison; many nieces and nephews.

 

David Lynn Ousterling ‘60, died in his sleep early Sunday morning Sept. 28, 2008, at home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 69.

The son of Ruth Marie Skindrud Ousterling and Earl Lynn Ousterling, David was born and raised in Wisconsin. He graduated from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. in 1960, earning a bachelor of science in chemical engineering. He held senior executive positions with Hexcel, Inc., M and T Chemicals and Allied Chemicals before forming his own chemical plating business, Pro-Com, of which he was still an active participant.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Diane Caldwell Ousterling, as well as his three daughters (from his first wife, Lois Rubino), Cheryl Lynn (Michael) Talty, Diane Marie (Ralph) Hopkins, and Lisa Rene (Christopher) Crowley. Also surviving him are his step-children, Heather Galloway Hunts, Alexander T. Galloway, Meghan Galloway Richards and Gordon Scott Galloway. David was the beloved grandfather to 11 grandchildren, Morgan Ann Talty (14), Austin David Talty (12), Peter David Hopkins (10), Katherine Claire Hopkins (6), Jackson Alexander Crowley (4),Tess Sonya Crowley (1), Samantha McLean Hunts (14), John Henderson Hunts (11), Caitlin Elizabeth Galloway (7), Lauren McLean Richards (5) and Robert Patrick Richards (6 mos).

A mentor to so many, he touched the lives of his friends and family with his wit and wisdom, his kindness as well as his keen insight and guidance. He and his wife lived at the Indian Wells Country Club but were members of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert. Until recently, they had split their time between California and Pagosa Springs, Colo. They enjoyed designing, building and renovating homes and did several in New Jersey, Colorado and California in their 23 years together. He loved long driving trips across the country, stopping along the way to visit friends, but found his greatest joy being with his 11 grandchildren. His gentle spirit will reside within us as we celebrate this wonderful man we all loved so much.

 

Roberta Poest age 91, of Atlantis, Fla., passed away on June 12, 2010. She was born November 28, 1918, in Alton, Ill.

Bobbi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1940 with a BA in literature and arts. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Bobbi was a former president of the Literary Society in Zeeland, Mich., and president of the Junior League of Holland, Mich. She became involved in hospital work and was the 1971-72 president of the Michigan Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA).

Bobbi also previously served as secretary of the Atlantis Golf Club Women's Association. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was involved in Sunday school and women's groups with the Second Reformed Church in Zeeland, Mich., and was currently a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Survivors include daughter, Patricia King of Myakka City, Fla.; son, Thomas (Andrea) Poest of Holland, Mich.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.W. Gardner Kissack 59 of Chicago, Ill., died on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2010. He was 72.

 

Bradford J. Race Jr. ’67 of New York, N.Y. died on Monday, July 5, 2010.

He was a beloved husband to Nancy Miller and also stepfather to Benjamin Farhi, brother, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

 

Roy F. Shuey, ’74 of Blackwood N.J. died on Friday, November 20, 2009. He was 57.

Beloved husband of Carol (Browne) Shuey. Devoted father of Daniel Richard and father to Cayleigh, Heather, Susannah and Abigail. Grandfather of Andrews. son of Frances Shuey and the late Richard. Son-in-law of Dolores Browne and the late John. Dear brother of Marie Fay (Robert). Brother-in-law of Donald (Lisa) Browne, Deborah (Tom) Eckert, Gerald (Wendy) Browne, Nancy (Craig) Kenkelen, and Judy (Vince) Palliadino. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

William M. Tappan ’42 of Reno, Nev., died on Thursday, May 6, 2010. He was 90. The days before, he was surrounded by all his family and was able to give big smiles to his grandchildren and great-grand child.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Italy at the end of WW II. He enjoyed being a general surgeon in Reno since 1952 and is well remembered by anyone that knew him. He was kind, tolerant, and compassionate. He was active in the local medical societies and St. John's Presbyterian Church. He was recognized as "The Nevada Distinguished Physician of the Year " by the Nevada State Medical Association in 1996. He loved activity; sailing, golf, tennis, rowing, ice skating, hunting, fishing, swimming, and, later in life, daily walks along the Truckee River with his wife, Sally. He was born and raised in Holland, Mich., and graduated from Hope College where he played football, basketball, and tennis. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He met his wife, Sally, of 61 years, at Fort Lewis, Washington. She loved, comforted and cared for him always.

Sally survives him along with his son John, his wife Lydia, their children Jennifer, Hally, and his great granddaughter Zoe; daughter-in-law Maureen and her children Kristie and Kevin. He was preceded in death by his son, W. Ross Tappan M.D.

 

John G. Utzinger died late Wednesday night, April 21, 2010, at his home in Ellensburg, Wash., in the company of family and friends. Leukemia and emphysema were the causes of death. He was 78.

John was born on December 9th, 1931, and he always remembered his 10th birthday being ruined by the bombing of Pearl Harbor two days before. John. was preceded in death by his lovely wife of 45 years, Charlotte Ruth Curlee ‘61 Utzinger, and by his younger brother, Bill Utzinger, and he is survived by his two daughters and their families: Marika Ann (Larry) Fudacz, her son Danian John Fudacz, all of Cle Elum Wash., and Andrea Lee Utzinger (Thomas Logan), and their two daughters Rowan Simone Utzinger, and Willow Leone Logan, all of Ellensburg, Wash.

John had fond memories of growing up in Waukesha Wis. with his father, a speech professor and football coach, and his mother, an English teacher and community theatre organizer. He was only 14 months older than his little brother "Billy," and their young lives were shaped by World War II, in how they lived and how they played. John's family moved to Los Angeles in 1948 when he was a teen, where he went to high school on the cusp of the 1950s, wearing Levis, white t-shirts with cigarettes rolled in the sleeves, brown (not black) leather bomber jackets, and hair bleached by the sun (and plenty of peroxide).

Following high school, John attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., where he earned his Bachelor's degree, and went on to the University of Washington, where he received his MA in philosophy in 1955 and his PhD in 1959, largely due to his mother refusing to let him out of the house until he finished his dissertation. John had his first position as college professor immediately afterward in Holland, Mich., at Hope College, where he fell in love with a student from one of his classes, Charlotte Curlee ’61, and had to wait until she graduated in order to marry her in 1962.
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The young couple moved to Ellensburg in 1963 for John to teach philosophy at then Central Washington State College, after Charlotte immediately fell in love with the "farm-patchwork valley with more cows than people" the moment she glimpsed it coming over the hill from Yakima. John's daughters were born in 1964 and 1966, in the middle of the sixties, when John had students, recently returned from the war in Viet Nam, living in his back pasture in tents, getting married on the patio, and wreaking havoc with John every year at the Tav River Race, which was finally shut down by the County Sheriff.

John, (Dr. Utzinger) taught philosophy and logic for 30 years at now CWU before retiring finally in 1993. Since then, John has been a self-described "flaneur"; the French term for "an aimless man-about-town, a loafer who hangs out at coffee shops," in this case handing out humorous business cards and talking about life in general with anyone who had the time. John has always been active in politics, and has been a regular contributor to "letters to the editor" over the years. John will be sorely missed by those who loved him, and by the many people he made smile with his quirky and engaging manner.

 

 

Patrick Vostello ’55 died Friday, May 21, 2010. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie; and son, John.