Robert David Alkire

June 1, 2021

Robert David “Dave” Alkire, age 92, of Milford Center, Ohio died peacefully Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the OSU Rhodes Hall comfort care unit. He retired in 1990 from the Rehabilitation Services Commission in Columbus, where he was a rehabilitation counselor. He was a former superintendent of the Union County Department of Developmental Disabilities and also worked for the Ohio Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. His other affiliations include the Delaware County Department of Human Services, the Franklin County Child Welfare Department as a recreational therapist, Manor Halfway House as a manager, and Buckeye Newspaper Service in Columbus as a writer, columnist, and advertising specialist. He was also associated with the Intercollegiate Association for the study of alcohol abuse on college campuses and edited, in collaboration with Dr. Warner, the magazine International Student. A 1948 graduate of Marysville High School, he received an associate degree in Industrial Management and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both from Franklin University. Dave received a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wright State University, attended The Ohio State University for master’s degree work in Special Education, and undertook special studies in addiction, alcohol, and drugs at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, the University of Chicago, Queens College in Toronto, and for three years at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dave studied under Dr. Glaser at the University of Cincinnati, where he was certified as a Reality Therapist and studied Gestalt Therapy. He was a professional ballroom dance instructor since 1949 and taught for Arthur Murray Studios in Columbus, New Orleans, and Kokomo, Indiana. He served as Dance Director for Jack Sherrick Studios in Columbus and opened their television show on Saturday mornings. After his retirement, he continued dance instruction at his cabin in the woods in Milford Center, a friend’s basement, the Trinity United Church of Christ on Karl Road, and the Ascension Lutheran Church on Morse Road. Dave also served as dance instructor at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital for 14 years. He played in several dance bands throughout the years, including his own band in high school, Phyllis Michel’s band from Milford Center, and the Sons of the West country band, playing guitar, bass, and banjo; he was also proficient on the keyboard. Dave went on the road with the Ted Mack show, performing with his brother Bill, and later, his friend Bobby Durst. He was also involved in Western Square/Round Dancing; he learned to call when he was twelve and was a member of the group Bucks and Does.  He was born February 4, 1929 in Steubenville, Ohio to the late Richard Houston and Helen Louise Day Alkire. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Richard and William Alkire, as well as a special cousin, Valdo Thrush. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Judith Adams Alkire, whom he married March 18, 2006 at OLPH in Grove City; his son, Dave (Jaye Puckett) Alkire of Columbus; his daughter, Suzie Schauf of Tucson, Arizona; his stepsons, Brian (Lisa) Lares Jr., Michael (Nicole) Lares, and John (Tesa Moorman) Lares; his stepdaughter, Julie (Ray Thrash) Lares; his grandchildren, Shelbie (Michael) Stevenson, Nathan Schauf, and Ian Alkire; a forthcoming great-granddaughter, Heighleigh Stevenson; two sisters-in-law, Susan English and Bess (Dudley) Fleming; two brothers-in-law, Chad (Roberta) Adams and Steve (Cheryl) Adams; his cousins the Thrushes; and many nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. Following cremation, a Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date, location to be determined. Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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