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The Versailles Republican

June 25, 2015 • Obituaries

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Dolf Martin Droge

Dolf Martin Droge, 86, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015. Dolf was born in Milan in 1928, the son of John M. and Martha J. Neuhaus Droge who immigrated from northwestern Germany.

In 1946 Dolf graduated from Milan High School and in 1950 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Blue Key Society. Dolf’s Carnegie Endowment graduate fellowship with the Councils on World Affairs at Case Western Reserve University was interrupted by service with the US Air Force at Haneda AFB in Japan during the Korean War. He then joined the US Information Service (USIS) and served in the diplomatic corps in Thailand, Laos, Poland, and Vietnam before transferring to Washington, DC to work at the Voice of America, the ACTION agency, and the Agency for International Development.

For several years Dolf was on loan to the National Security Council’s Vietnam Information Group under Presidents Johnson and Nixon and later to the White House Office Public Liaison during the Reagan administration. Dolf applied history and cross-cultural understanding to foreign policy – with a good dose of humor and original music – on “The Hawk, the Dove, and the Owl” album recorded with Congressman Phil Crane. After retiring from federal service in 1983 Dolf began a second successful career as a public speaker for civic organizations, high schools, and colleges. He was a tireless supporter of military veterans and POW/MIA causes. A prolific songwriter and singer, Dolf entertained and educated innumerable crowds with his many original songs, several of which are in the Vietnam War Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture at the Library of Congress. Dolf’s kindness, intelligence, generous spirit, and joyous approach to life warmed many hearts and endeared him to his family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Dolf’s first marriage to Frances J. Warner with whom he had two children ended in divorce in 1975. In 1997 he married Eileen Langohr and relocated to Bainbridge Island, WA where he was at various times a member of the Men’s Breakfast and the Port Madison Lutheran Church. In 2010 Dolf moved to Liberty Shores Assisted Living in Poulsbo, WA, where he enjoyed welcoming new friends every day. In 2014 his brother Arnie and sister-in-law Janet also moved to Liberty Shores, and Dolf enjoyed frequent visits with them and the extended family. The brothers remained close to the end, Dolf passing away just four days after his brother Arnie.

Dolf was preceded in death by his second wife, Eileen Langohr-Droge, his older brother John (Pat) Droge, and his younger brother Arnold Droge. He is survived by his first wife Frances J. Warner of Gardena, CA; sister-in-law Janet Page Droge of Bainbridge Island; son David F. (Sandra) Droge of Akron, OH; daughter Martha J. Droge of Bainbridge Island; step daughter Marlene LeMire of Bainbridge Island; step-son Marshall (Marsha) Langohr of Seattle, WA; nephews Mark Droge of Galveston, TX, Daniel (Doneva) Droge of Poulsbo, and Pete (Elaine) Droge of Vashon Island, WA; nieces Kathy (Don) Droge Barnhill of League City, TX, and Mary (Rob) Noxon Grehan of Novato, CA; grandchildren Jared Morgan, Megan Nicole, Marshall Jr., Harry, Martin David, Caeli Elizabeth, Brendan Patrick, Rory Brian, and Charlotte Victoria.

A funeral at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC will be scheduled in autumn 2015 (date TBD). Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church 7124 North State Road 101, Milan, IN 47031 or American Legion Post #235, 318 East Indian Trail, Milan, IN 47031. Please sign the online guest book for the family at:

Arnold E. Droge

Arnold E. Droge, 84, of Bainbridge Island, passed away on May 5, 2015. He was born April 4, 1931 in Milan, the son of John and Martha Droge.

Arnie led the Milan High School team to win the county championship and earned a basketball scholarship from Kansas State University. He was on the Wildcats’ roster as a “redshirt” his freshman year as the team played in the 1951 NCAA Championship game. Arnie enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. While stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, he went on a blind date with Janet Page, a student at Stephens College. Shortly after they met, Arnie was shipped off to Germany where he served as a radio man. The two were married in 1957. Arnie enjoyed a fulfilling career working with juvenile delinquents and had a positive impact on countless lives. In 2014 Arnie and Jan moved down the road to Poulsbo. Arnie and Jan shared a love of life, music and travel. They were married just one month shy of 58 years.

Arnie is survived by his wife, Janet Droge; sons Daniel (wife Doneva) and Peter (wife Elaine); two grandchildren, William and Destany; nieces Martha and Kathy; nephews Mark and David. He was preceded in death by his brother John and his mother and father. His brother Dolf passed away four days after Arnie.

Per his request there will be a small family service. Cards and letters can be sent to PO Box 32, Vashon, WA 98070.

Bill E. “Tiny” Corfman

Bill E. “Tiny” Corfman, 79, formerly of Upper Sandusky and more recently of Sycamore, died at Fairhaven Health Care Community on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 12:15 a.m. He was born September 12, 1935 in Upper Sandusky to Kennard and Luella (Myers) Corfman. They both preceded him in death.

Bill married Carol Phillips on April 20, 1958 and they celebrated 57 years of marriage. She survives in Sycamore. He is also survived by two brothers Ronald Corfman, Versailles and James Corfman, Deerfield, OH. Mr. Corfman graduated from Upper Sandusky High School class of 1953. He worked at the former Westinghouse/A.O. Smith in the shipping and receiving department for 25 years. Bill was a former member of the Upper Sandusky Lions Club, Upper Sandusky Moose Lodge #1093, and the McCutchenville Grange. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion, Sycamore. For hobbies Bill enjoyed fishing, cross word puzzles, and attending Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan football games. He was an avid Cincinnati Bengals fan. In his younger years he and his wife liked traveling.

A graveside service will be held Friday, June 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Pleasant Ridge, Sycamore with Pastor Becky King officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in care of Bringman Clark Funeral Home 226 E. Wyandot Ave. Upper Sandusky, OH 43351. Visit to extend a condolence, share a memory or light a candle.

Mary Kathryn Schwanholt Dickerson

Mary Kathryn Schwanholt Dickerson, 60, of Florence, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015, at her home. She was born at Milan on October 16, 1954, the daughter of Walter and Irene Neahousemeyer Schwanholt. She was married to Charles B. Dickerson on November 4, 1995 and he survives. Other survivors include one sister, Carolyn (Danny) Wehmeyer of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; her godparents, Aldean Hooton and Wilma Schwanholt; her godchild, Hana Hoffman, and her godchildren, and niece and nephew Heather Wehmeyer (Brian) Schott and Joseph Wehmeyer; sister-in-law, Agnes (Roy) Durbin of Lexington, Kentucky; nephews David Durbin and John Scott Durbin both of Lexington; and great nieces Avery and Elliott Durbin, Savanah Schott; and great nephew Hayden Schott. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Dickerson was a 1972 graduate of South Ripley High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Indianapolis and her Masters of Arts degree in marketing from the Jeffersonville Indiana campus of Webster University. Mary Kate worked as a district coordinator for the Boone, Kenton and Campbell County, Kentucky Conservation Districts. She was past president of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance and was past president of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education and also had served as their secretary. She received numerous awards from the Kentucky Environmental Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, was twice named the Southeast Region Employee of the Year, and was also named the Kentucky Project Learning Tree Facilitator of the Year. Mary Kate had also received the Kentucky Environmental Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that will now bear her name. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Madison, LWML, and the Altar Guild.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church at 3024 Michigan Road in Madison with Pastors Jeffery Pflug and Mark Darnstaedt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at Dewberry. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Cemetery endowment fund or the Lutheran Hour in care of the funeral home.

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