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In Memory of
Dorothy Jean Fike
June 26, 1945 - December 25, 2020

Dorothy Jean Fike passed away on the morning of December 25, 2020. Dee was born on June 26, 1945 at Langley Field, Virginia. She was the first daughter (of five) born to Oliver Michael and Dorothy Elizabeth (Spanagel) Fike. The family moved back to Cleveland, Ohio at the end of World War II and eventually settled in Euclid, Ohio. Dee graduated from Euclid High School in 1963 and continued her education at Capital University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology as well as a Medical Technology certification from Miami Valley Hospital. She worked as a medical technologist at Euclid General Hospital while earning a Master of Science Degree at Cleveland State University. Dees passion was the education of future health professionals and she taught Clinical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Vermont and Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her career as a Professor at Marshall University, eventually retiring in 2012. Dee was active in professional organizations and volunteered for several charitable groups. She was a life-long Lutheran and enjoyed serving on church committees and attending church socials. She loved music and played the violin with university orchestras. She especially enjoyed reading and staying current with health and medical research. Dee was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Susan Lynne Fike. She will be forever cherished and missed by her sisters Jodi Ellen Odgers, Beth Ann Aitcheson, and Sharon Laine Church, as well as other loved friends and relatives Katherine Funkner; Phil Aitcheson; Mark Odgers; Kaitlyn, Tony, AJ, and Jenna Ashbrook; and Nathan Church. Donations in her memory may be made to the Cleveland Orchestra. A family graveside service will be held on a later date at Lutheran Cemetery in Cleveland.


Debby Scarberry

Jan 2, 2021

Dee was a delightful person to be around and I'm so sorry for your loss. We met at monthly board meetings through ECCHO and she was passionate about helping those less fortunate. I met with her last year when she was considering selling her home and we had a wonderful conversation. She will truly be missed.


Rick Robinson

Jan 12, 2021

I wanted Dee's family to know that am very sorry to learn of her recent passing. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I worked closely with Dee over the past several years regarding her philanthropic support of Marshall University and her planned estate gift. I really enjoyed my visits over lunch with Dee both in Huntington and in Columbus. If needed I can be reached at the above email address or at 304-696-7801, within the Marshall University Foundation. May God Bless.


Cathy Lawson

Feb 3, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Dee's passing. I worked with her here at Marshall and found her always to be so kind - and so dedicated to her teaching! She was wonderful to work with and know. My sympathy.....