Colonel Edward Allen Van Dyke ’42, USAF, Retired, died July 3, 2019, at 98 years old. While stationed at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas, Ed had a blind date with Marjorie for dinner and an evening of bingo. They were married 7 months later and were married for almost 74 years. Ed graduated from Kalamazoo High School and attended Kalamazoo College for two years before he applied to become an Army Air Corps Flying Cadet. He qualified as an instructor for the Martin B-26 in 1942. So began a 30-year career in the military that took him all over the world. He was on Iwo Jima when the first atomic bomb was dropped, on Okinawa when the second bomb was dropped, and in Manila, Philippines, on VJ Day. During his years in the Air Force, Ed graduated from the Armed Services Command College and had numerous assignments in command of air wings and bases in the U.S. and abroad. He served in Germany during the Berlin airlift and later as senior Strategic Air Command representative to the commander, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris, France. He was cited for his services as the American commander of a Royal Air Force Base at Brize Norton, England, for having the best Anglo-American relations of all U.S. Air Force units in the United Kingdom, and he also commanded a wing of 20 B-47s during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was twice awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct. Ed earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration at Western New England University in Westfield, Massachusetts. Upon retirement from the military, Ed worked in hospital administration for many years and later in consulting in Massachusetts. He was a United Way board member and president. He also received the Thomas F. Clooney and Gladys Allen Brigham awards for community volunteerism. Ed and Marjorie kept up with their traveling while retired, visiting Greece, Malta, Scandinavia, France, Monaco, Vienna, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, to name a few. He had a season ski pass to Jiminy Peak well into his eighties. Ed and Marjorie have four children, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
Charles (Chuck) Kendall ’51 passed away peacefully at his home in Schoolcraft, Michigan, on June 15, 2019. Born in 1928 in Dayton, Ohio, Charles graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1946 before attending Kalamazoo College. He and his brother-in-law opened Whitcomb and Kendall Marathon in 1954; Charles later became the sole proprietor of Kendall Auto Service, from which he retired in 1994. For many years, Charles was an active member of the Vicksburg Rotary Club, where he was a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He also helped to establish the Strive Mentorship program at Vicksburg High School. Charles was an engaged and valued member of his church and local communities and the beloved patriarch of his extensive family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Carol Dawn Kendall. Charles is lovingly remembered by his dear companion Joyce Erwin, his seven children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
John Ducmanis ’60 of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away May 13, 2019, at the age of 80. John was born Janis Andrjes Ducmanis in Riga, Latvia, on December 12, 1938. He is survived by his wife Eileen Wilkinson, two daughters and three granddaughters.
Jean Anne (Guile) Ash ’71 of Port Huron, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019, with her husband, George Ash ’71, by her side. She was born in Lansing, Michigan, on April 6, 1948, the daughter of the late Ralph and Lorraine Guile. Following graduation from Okemos High School, Jean attended K, where she met George. They were married on December 20, 1975, at the Michigan State Chapel. She received her master’s degree in nuclear physics from Michigan State University and began her career at KMS Fusion Inc. working as a laser fusion physicist. She later received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and worked as a marketing consultant for a number of firms. Additionally, she was the personnel training officer and business manager for George’s orthodontic practices in Ypsilanti and Port Huron. Jean was a woman of many abilities and interests, which included being the women’s paddleball champion for MSU. She had a passion for spending time in her yard and spent countless hours planting and maintaining their beautiful flower gardens in Port Huron and in Clearwater, Florida, and she loved spending time at their cabin in Grayling, Michigan.
Kristel Heinz-Ciullo ’76 passed away on October 30, 2018. She was born on April 27, 1954, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Herbert and Joyce Heinz. Kristel spent many years as an educator, having taught as an adjunct professor in several colleges and many years as an associate professor of business administration at Aquinas College. She loved her job and brought her life experiences to bear on her classroom lessons. She was a valued mentor to students and alumni alike and celebrated their success. Kristel founded the Business and Accounting League, which aimed to help students prepare for future careers. Kristel and her husband loved travelling and travelled extensively throughout Europe, as well as China, Greece and Aruba. They have especially fond memories of their time in Italy. Kristel was a lifelong member of North Park Presbyterian Church and actively served as a deacon and elder, as well as on other committees. Kristel is survived by her husband of 21 years, Valentino Ciullo; three stepsons; and two granddaughters.
Helen Lee ’91 died on Friday, March 29, 2019. She was born on March 22, 1969, in Seoul, South Korea, the daughter of Dr. Shoon Hie and Yang Ja Lee and lived in the Three Rivers, Michigan, area for most of her life. Helen graduated from Three Rivers High School and Kalamazoo College. She will be remembered as an intelligent person who cared deeply for her family.