Phil “Doc” Knall

Dr. Philip A. Knall III passed peacefully into heaven on August 15, 2023, the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary being Assumed into Heaven. Phil was comforted with love and surrounded by his wife, his 3 children, family, and dear friends. Phil was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 1, 1949 and moved to Phoenix over 40 years ago.

Phil graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry before moving to Arizona to start his own dental practice. As a successful and well-respected dentist in Phoenix for over 20 years, Phil (or Doc as many called him) also made time to do the things he loved: golfing, watching his Buckeyes, sailing his sailboat in San Diego, and flying after obtaining his pilot’s license. Phil lived life to the fullest, but Ohio State Football and golf were his absolute favorites. Phil was the founder of The Ohio State Alumni Club-Phoenix Chapter in 1980. In 1986 he became a vital Active member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, eventually becoming a Life Member.

Our amazing Phil showed great courage, strength, determination and effort as he dealt with his more difficult health challenges. He was a warrior and did it with grace. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Phil’s name to: Muhammed Ali Parkinson’s Center; The Thunderbirds Charities; or Ohio State Phoenix Alumni Chapter. Phil’s Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday Sept. 27, 2023 at his favorite local bar HB Hanratty’s Pub in Phoenix from 4:00–7:00 pm.

[Excerpted with gratitude from: Messinger Mortuaries; see full obituary:]

Psalms as Personal Prayer

It seems as though an old dog can teach new tricks! An eBook of my Psalms as Personal Prayer: An Intimate Translation has recently been published. Translated especially for your devotional prayer life to enhance your relationship with the Creator, I have included over 100 of the most wonderful of those comprising The Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. I have translated these directly from the original Hebrew with no fluff, just down-to-earth phrasing.
Besides being what I consider (OK, bias alert) to be a superior translation, it is published as an eBook for your tablet or smartphone (although it also works well on desktops). It is available on Apple and Kindle. Once you download it, you can pray using it on any of your devices that are connected with your email account that you use to log-in for purchase.

The main reason why an eBook? You have your psalms anywhere you have your smartphone or tablet. Waiting in line? Visiting a relative over holidays? In the hospital? You have the psalms right there handy. Got a minute? Pray a psalm! The main reason why this eBook? I believe it to be a wonderful faith-filled intimate translation!

OK, I hope you decide to try it out; like them? Either way, let me know your thoughts. Here’s the link to our book page that has more information including purchase links.
Any questions, please ask. Stay safe! Stay well! God bless you!

Your classmate and friend,
— Eric Wolf

Michael E. Hill

Michael Edward Hill, 73, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away yesterday morning, May 4. Mike was born on October 2, 1949 in Lancaster, Ohio. He graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1967, and he went on to study and graduate from both Franklin and The Ohio State Universities.
On June 1, 1973 Michael married our classmate Debbie Bush, who survives him; they went on to have 3 children, of whom he is well proud.
Calling hours will be held at Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, this Sunday, May 7, 2–5pm.
For complete obituary click on The Columbus Dispatch ».

Happy Hour 2023!

Hoping many of you are able to join in for our first Happy Hour of 2023! We’ve been waiting for warmer days so we can meet up on a patio for drinks, food and conversation!!

Wednesday May 17th
3 ~ 7 p.m.
Bravo Italian Kitchen (Lennox)
*Large patio as well as inside bar area*

1803 Olentangy River Road
Columbus 43212

Martha Johnson Miller

Martha J. Miller, 73, passed away suddenly on December 7, 2022 in Columbus. Martha grew up in Worthington, where she formed numerous lifelong, treasured friendships. She is survived by her husband Terry Miller, her son Tim Miller and her brother James Johnson. Martha was a superb student, and her thirst for knowledge was perpetual, so she read avidly throughout her life. She was a valedictorian of Bishop Watterson High School and an honors graduate of Ohio Dominican University. Martha became a member of the Ohio Dominican President’s Club and served on multiple university planning bodies. Martha was an indefatigable doer of good deeds. Martha sang in the Immaculate Conception Church funeral choir for decades. Martha essentially functioned as an extra mom to some of Tim’s childhood mates, and she was the mother to a succession of cherished canine and feline adoptees. A memorial service will be held on January 24, 2023, the 74th anniversary of Martha’s birth, at noon at the Chapel of Christ the King in Sansbury Hall on the campus of Ohio Dominican University. Read full obituary »

Wednesday Get-Together!

Now that the excitement from our 55th Anniversary Reunion has subsided, and Phil Mumm is paying a visit, it’s time to get together again. All alumni and family and friends are welcome. As always, it’s an opportunity to share experiences, 1963 and since, with those of us who have fallen out of contact or are in our daily golf foursome, and everywhere in between.

When: Wednesday October 5; 4:00 p.m.
Cost: None, unless you wish to order food or beverage.
Where: Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern
4109 N. High Street, 43214 (keeping it close to home!)
West side of High Street near Glenmont Ave., south of BWHS, north of Whetstone Park & Library.

Phil, having been away for awhile, promises to be there. If you’re in town or close-by, come and enjoy the fun times.

John Fallon, RIP!

John Thomas Fallon, Jr., 74 of Columbus, OH, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 9, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Jack Fallon, brother Michael Fallon, nephew Brian Lange and brother-in-law Robert Overman.

John will be greatly missed by sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy Overman of Columbus, OH, Pat and Clark Lange of Ava Maria, FL, Chris and Mike Hilty, Suzy and John Echenrode and Michelle and Bill McGarity all of Columbus, OH, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as many extended family and friends who he loved dearly.

John attended Immaculate Conception School, Bishop Watterson High School and North High School. He then served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, when he was honorably discharged. He then spent his adult life working in the food and beverage industry working in bars and pubs in Columbus and Buckeye Lake. A loyal Buckeye fan, John loved to collect Buckeye memorabilia. But his real passion was gardening which filled him with much satisfaction in recent years. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Memorial service will be at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel, 9571 High Street, Lewis Center, OH on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM and graveside burial immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John Fallon to Immaculate Conception Church Grotto Restoration Fund, 414 E. N. Broadway St., Columbus, OH 43214; or to The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System (757).

Read complete obituary »

May Happy Hour!

It’s Spring at long last—late May should be perfect weather for an outdoor happy hour—with plenty of indoor space if we do need to escape rain/hail/wind/tornado or anything else that Central Ohio can throw out there!!

Jody Keefe Ryan and Rocky Amicon

Jody Keefe Ryan and Rocky Amicon

Molly Siemer Carty and Kathy Picl Rosati

Molly Siemer Carty and Kathy Picl Rosati


Wednesday, May 25, 2022
4:00 PM til ?
Woodlands Backyard Bar
668 Grandview Avenue, Columbus 43215
(614) 488-2114

A couple dozen attended our April get-together. Hopefully with the weather improving and the ability to be outdoors we will see an even larger crowd this month! We are all getting older, but for certain we’re still young-at-heart! Would love to see as many of you as possible! Please spread the word!!


55th Anniversary RSVP

The final attendance count is needed in less than 4 days (May 9, before 3:00 p.m.) for our 55th Anniversary Class of ’67 Reunion in July. We already have a large number of RSVPs, yet not everyone has checked in, so if you have not already done so, we’d like to hear from you; please RSVP to Tracie. If you’re bringing a spouse/guest, please include their name with your RSVP.

Event Details

Bishop Watterson Class of 1967 Reunion
Saturday July 9, 2022; 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Griggs Boathouse
3033 Thoburn Road, Columbus 43221

The $60 (p/p) fee includes food (cookout catered by PC Events on the Scioto River, a beautiful location!), adult as well as non-alcoholic beverages. And some of the best people around! We anticipate having music of some sort (preferably we can talk Jimmy Lee out of retirement for one more gig!) Come on Jimmy! You can do it! If not, we’ll supply other music.

Payment is made to Tracie McGarity via either Venmo or a check (3800 Lyon Dr, Columbus, OH 43220). If any questions, call me at (614) 395-9777. We will take walk-in guests who pay at the door but greatly prefer prior payment! We look forward to seeing you in two short months, or maybe even at the upcoming May get-together.

— Tracie McGarity

Street Players’ party!

Fifty-eight years after the “Mystics” I’m still playing in a band! After years of playing with bands such as Five Mighty People, I joined the Street Players in 1991.

The band is celebrating its 42-year anniversary on March 26 at Villa Milano Banquet & Event Center (1630 Schrock Road, Columbus, 43229). The celebration includes reserved-seat buffet dinner following which the Street Players take the stage from 8pm to 11pm to put on a great show.

Tickets are $40 p/p or $350 for a table of ten. More details are found on our Facebook page. Would love to see and entertain you there!

— Steve