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Park Alan Studebaker

January 28, 1955 — March 12, 2024

Dayton

Dr. Park Alan Studebaker, age 69 of Dayton, Ohio, passed away on March 12, 2024.

Park was born to Richard and Sue Studebaker in 1955. Their home in Washington Township was not just a residence, but a historical treasure trove filled with antiques and memorabilia. Their unconventional love for novelties extended to their household pets, which included squirrels, raccoons, foxes, and even a skunk.

Park attended The Ohio State University for both his undergraduate studies and optometry school (1973-1982) where he was a brother of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. A dedicated Buckeye, Park remained a fervent supporter and booster of Ohio State football throughout his adult life.

After completing his education, Park dedicated 38 years to the Oakwood Eye Clinic, following in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Richard B. Studebaker.

Park was a social chairman and a man of many talents. He served on the board at Dayton Country Club was an active member of organizations, including the Kettering/Oakwood Exchange Club, the Oakwood Rotary and Westminster Presbyterian Church. His passion for music shone through in his unforgettable piano serenades at family gatherings and dinner parties, and in his competitive barbershop quartet, "The Gatsby Gang."

Fueled by a love for adventure, Park took to the skies as a general aviation pilot, explored the depths of the sea through scuba diving, and sped down mountains as a snow skier. An avid golfer, traveler, gardener, birdwatcher, “canoe freak”, and beekeeper, Park never shied away from new experiences and cherished making memories with those he loved.

Park found his greatest joys in his children – Christina Garcia (Rick), Alex Gonzalez (Jodi), and Caroline Studebaker (Briek Pauwels) – and his grandchildren – Justice, Genevieve, and Jovie Garcia, and Maria and Vivian Gonzalez. He shared his zest for life with them and instilled in them a spirit of curiosity and exploration that will endure for generations.

Survived by his loving wife, Susan, and his brother, Dana (Mary), Park leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, and togetherness. He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard (2013) and Sue (2008).

A memorial service for Park will be held at Dayton Country Club on Saturday, April 6th, 2024, at 4:00 PM, followed by a celebration of life. In tribute to Park's vibrant spirit and style, attendees are encouraged to wear colorful attire as we honor the joy and vibrancy he brought into our lives.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Barry A. Pfaff Lewy Body Dementia Research Fund at The Ohio State University: https://giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/details/315715

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