Engle, Charles b. 1907 d. 1974 Auto Race Car Driver. Born in Dayton, Ohio, his involvement in racing first came as a driver in the early 1930s. He finished fourth in the very first feature race ever run at the Dayton Speedway and was soon a regular on the mid-state circuits. As a member of the Offenhauser team, he was a champion and even raced in one Indianapolis 500. He also was among the best car builders and mechanics in the sport. His Engles' race cars were among the fastest in events such as Sprint Car, Dayton 500 and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Gretsinger, William 'Bill Mackey' b. December 15, 1927 d. July 29, 1951 Race Car Driver. He was one of three big-time drivers, each of whom were veterans of the Indianapolis 500, to lose their lives on the same day. At the Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania, Walt Brown was warming up an ill-handling car, the Jack Robbins Special. This car, as the Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special, had been driven to victory in the 1941 Indianapolis 500 by Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose. Brown suffered critical injuries during a slow tumbling accident in the second turn, and died just...[Read More] Cause of death: Racing accident. He was killed on racing's 'Black Sunday' (7/29/51) Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Moorehead, Agnes b. December 6, 1900 d. April 30, 1974 Actress. She was born Agnes Robertson Moorehead in Clinton, Massachusetts, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. She was a graduate of Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio then went on to earn a master's degree in English and public speaking at the university of Wisconsin. She continued her studies in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began appearing on Broadway and radio. With Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles, she was founder and charter member of the famed Mercury...[Read More] (Bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) Cause of death: Uterine cancer Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA Plot: Memorial Abby Mausoleum Garden of peace section.
Paul, LCpl. Joe Calvin b. April 23, 1946 d. August 19, 1965 Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps, Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (Rein), 3d Marine Division (Rein). He was awarded his medal for service near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, on August 18, 1965. His citation reads-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In violent battle, L/Cpl. Paul's platoon sustained 5 casualties as it was temporarily pinned down, by...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Rinehart, Howard M. b. 1885 d. 1949 Aviation Pioneer. Born Howard Max Rinehart, he began his flying career as an instructor of the Wright Brothers Flying School, Dayton, Ohio in 1909. He had been an instructor in Augusta in 1911 and had flown for the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1914. He soon branched into aerial experiments, exhibitions and became one of the first international air racing competitors in the 1920s. In 1927, with Bernard L. Whelan, he formed the Rinehart-Whelan Company, which served planes and built a...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Stapleton, Chuck (Charles) b. 1928 d. 1954 Race Car Driver. Born in Englewood, Ohio, he was a mechanic at Peffley Ford in Dayton, Ohio, when he started racing stock cars in night races at the 3/10-mile Shady Bowl Speedway in 1950. By 1951, with his new built number 60 '51 Ford, he finished second in the 1951 DPCC season points, competed in the modified Crosley Stock Car races held indoors at the Cincinnati Gardens 1/10-mile track and won the track championship in 1952. Heading into the 1953 season, he was one of the top contenders...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA