Xenia Ohio Tornado 1974



Victims of the Xenia Ohio Tornado

Xenia, Greene Co. Ohio
April 3, 1974

 

The Xenia Tornado of Apr 3 1974 as it comes through the town
Photo taken by Fred Stewart - Courtesy of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

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Ohio

April 3, 1974

Tornado

On Wednesday, April 3, 1974 - at 4:40 p.m. - this small Ohio town suffered incredible devestation from a massive tornado, part of a larger two-day outbreak, commonly called the "Super Outbreak" that killed hundreds in several Midwest and Southern States. Xenia's tornado was the single most deadly of this outbreak.

34 individuals are known to have lost their lives in this disaster.

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Do you have any stories or memories of those on this list? This is a list of all known victims - there may be more not listed. If you have information on this, please send it to me so that I can add your information to the list.

Any stories, memories, or photos of the victims you wish to share are welcome. for all items received, a rose will be placed in that person's memory next to the information.

Memorial to Victims of the Tornado

**This list has been cross-referenced with the Social Security Death Index to supply dates of birth, residences, etc.**

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ADAMS, Richard Ray - age 28 - son of Audrey Adams, Xenia - residence 607 Wilson Dr. - burial in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia

ARMSTRONG, William Kent - age 7 - b. 18 Nov 1966 at West Union, Ohio - residence 1654 Wigwam Trail, Xenia - son of Gloria Chambers who died of her injuries - stepson of Paul Chambers - burial in Tranquility Cemetery, Adams Co.

BEHNKEN, Joyce Darlene & unborn child - age 22 - b. 08 Jul 1951 in Springfield, Ohio - 1528 Commonwealth Dr., Xenia - Expectant mother - wife of Perry Arnold Behnken (married 18 Mar 1972) - daughter of Donald L. Marlin & Florence Rheubert Marlin - Graduated Xenia HS in 1969 - employed by Double J Restaurant - member of Faith Community United Methodist Church - burial in Valley View Memorial Gardens

BLAKELY, Brian Keith - age 7 - 1519 Roxbury Dr., Xenia - burial in Beavertown Cemetery - son of Robert Blakely

CHAMBERS, Gloria E. - b. 19 Jul 1947 in Cincinnnati - age 26 - 1654 Wigwam Trail, Xenia - employed by People's Savings & Loan - wife of Paul Chambers (married 04 Nov 1973) - daughter of Harold West & Ruth Swearingen West of Xenia - burial in Cherry Forks Ohio Cemetery

CRABTREE, Eric Michael - age 4 weeks - 1594 Roxbury Dr. - son of Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Crabtree - burial at Woodland Cemetery

CROSS, Teresa Rene - age 2 - b. 12 Jan 1972 - residence 795 Doral Dr. - daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Cross - burial Valley View Memorial Gardens

DIXIT, Prabhakbhaker- age 14 - 1509 Commonweath Ave - born in India - son of CSU Professor - student at Xenia HS - cremated

EHRET, Michael Johannes - age 16 - b. 05 Mar 1958 at Merzig, the Saar, Germany - son of Ralph D. DeJarnette - 1518 Roxbury Dr. - burial in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton

EHRET, Sabina Dorothea - age 12 - b. 29 Oct 1961 at Stelzenberg, Germany - daughter of Ralph D. DeJarnette - 1518 Roxbury Dr. - d. 07 Apr 1974 at Miami Valley Hospital from tornado injuries - burial in Calvary Cemetery, Dayton

GRAHAM, Billy Lee - age 5 - b. 04 July 1968 - 766 Trumbull St. - brother of David & Sherry Graham - son of David J. & Sandy Brown Graham - burial Valley View Memorial Gardens

GRAHAM, David Wayne - age 8 - b. 28 Nov 1965 - 766 Trumbull St. - brother of Sherry & Billy Graham - son of David J. & Sandy Brown Graham - burial Valley View Memorial Gardens

GRAHAM, Sherry Sue - age 3 - b. 27 Feb 1970 - 766 Trumbull St. - sister of David & Billy Graham - daughter of David J. & Sandy Brown Graham - burial Valley View Memorial Gardens

GROOMS, Ollie (Mrs.) - age 82 - b. 16 Jul 1891 in Adams Co. Ohio - 703 Trumbull St., Xenia - wife of Minor Grooms - retired preacher of Church of Christ in Christian Union - daughter of Philip Hilderbrandt and Jane Wilburn Hilderbrandt - burial in Woodland Cemetery

HALL, Diana Marie - age 22 - b. 01 Jan 1951 at Hurley Virginia - residence 582 Center St., Xenia - waitress at A & W Rootbeer Stand - daughter of Grady Hall & Juanita Salmons Hall - Graduated Xenia HS in 1970 - burial in Woodland Cemetery

HULL, Lura Lee - age 20 - b. 08 Jan 1955 in Xenia - residence 199 Roosevelt St. - killed on U.S. 42 while returning home from Central St. University - was a freshman at CSU - member of Holy Temple Church of God - daughter of Betty Baver of Xenia - adoptive daughter of Lucy Hull - stepdaughter of Donald Gene Dunbar - burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery

HYATT, Clyde H. - b. 01 Dec 1925 - d. 03 Apr 1974 - 1218 Rockwell Dr. - Husband of Dora Marie Hyatt - Died helping children take cover from the storm - Employee of Penn Central Railroad - member of VFW - served in Marines WWII - buried Valley View Memorial Gardens

MCKIBBON, Linda L. - b. 31 Mar 1953 in Ohio - residence 2939 Wyoming Dr. - daughter of James Wright & Jeannette O'Shea Wright - burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Loveland

MILLER, Marilyn L. - age 32 - 1830 Gayhart St. - wife of Virgil E. Miller - burial in Willowview Cemetery

MILLER, Robert (Robbie ) - age 6 - 1830 Gayhart St.., Xenia - son of Virgil E. & Marilyn Miller - burial in Willowview Cemetery

 

Rose for Johnnie MottMOTT, Johnnie (Mrs.) - b. 27 May 1921 - age 52 - wife of William E. Mott - 61 Hawley Ct., Xenia - died at husband's business office, Mott Realty - burial in Valley View Cemetery - Rose placed courtesy of Mrs. Mott's granddaughter Kara Fuerst

PAGETT, Clara Irene - age 62 - b. in Greene Co., Ohio 04 Apr 1911 - 725 N. West St. - member of Eleazer Methodist Church - daughter of J.R. Albert & Rena Maud Watkins Peterson - burial in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia.

PALMER, Ruth Ann - b. 20 Dec 1892 in New Vienna, Ohio - age 82 - 721 Trumbull St., Xenia - husband Grover Palmer died in 1958 - burial in Woodland Cemetery, Xenia

RADEWONUK, Walter A. (Staff Sgt.) - age 24 - d. 06 Apr 1974 while guarding a furniture store in Xenia that caught fire

REGULA, Jerry L. (Sgt.) - age 22 - d. 06 Apr 1974 while guarding a furniture store in Xenia that caught fire

ROBINSON, Oscar T. (Jr.) - b. 13 Sep 1929 - 41 Mason Ave., Wilberforce - clerk at Wilberforce Post Office - veteran of Korean War - husband of Charlotte Robinson - burial in Stevenson Cemetery

ROCKHOLD, Evelyn - b. 27 Dec 1924 - age 49 - 10 Temple Dr., Xenia - d. 04 Apr 1974 of injuries at Springfield Hospital - daughter of Edwin E. Howard & Stella Jenkins Howard - married Harry Rockhold in 1946 - burial in Jamestown Cemetery

ROWLAND, Dorothy E. - age 47 - b. 02 Aug 1928 in England - 438 Amsterdam Dr., Xenia - wife of Dewey A. Rowland - waitress at A & W Rootbeer Stand - burial in Tuggle Cemetery, Corbin, Kentucky

SMITH, Ralph - age 51 - b. 23 Sep 1922 at Osborn Ohio - residence 501 Columbus Ave. - worked in grounds maintenance at Central State Univerity - veteran of WWII - son of Ray & Annie Smith of Middletown - husband of Lucille Smith - burial at Cherry Grove Cemetery

TAYLOR, Ivra - age 34 - residence 1249 Louise Dr. - b. 13 Jun 1940 in Elliott Co., Kentucky - d. 08 Apr 1974 at Wright Patterson AFB Medical Center from tornado injuries - wife of John K. Taylor (married 27 Jun 1959) - daughter of Charles Stafford & Myrtle Jenkins Stafford - burial in Valley View Memorial Gardens

WALLS, Virginia L. - age 32 - 1551 Commonwealth Dr., Xenia - wife of Robert R. Walls - daughter of Edward Luckadoo of Coldwater, Michigan - burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton

WISECUP, Amy E. - age 16 months - 530 Newport Rd., Xenia - daughter of Paul & Sue Wisecup - burial at North Cemetery, Cedarville

WISECUP, Paul Rodney - b. 30 Mar 1949 at Springfield Ohio - 689 Smith Ave. - Xenia - Wisecup family killed at A & W Rootbeer Stand - son of Keith Wisecup & Elizabeth Thomas Wisecup of Cedarville - Employee of Frigidaire of Dayton Ohio - burial at North Cemetery, Cedarville

WISECUP, Sue Ann - b. abt. 1955 - wife of Paul Wisecup - maiden name Sue Ann Halberstadt - burial at North Cemetery, Cedarville

WRIGHT, Linda (Montgomery Co.)