Whether on the basketball court, in a recording studio or on a stage, the Miami Valley has been home to a deep well of talent.
Many of those who left their gifted mark are no longer with us.
Here is a look at 5 celebrities we continue to miss:
The Springfield-raised Winters broke into comedy in the late 1950s.
A master at creating colorful characters, Winters said in a 2011 interview that he found inspiration locally for characters like Maude Frickert and Elwood P. Suggins.
“There were a number of characters growing up that were like this,” he said. “People that were from Enon or Urbana. Not so much Springfield. But the minute you went to Bellefontaine …”
Winters was a contemporary of well-known actors and comedians Milton Berle, Sid Caesar and Buster Keaton but also played a role on television’s “Mork and Mindy” in 1981.
Winters died at his home in Montecito, Calif. in 2013 at age 87.
Barry Hobart, known as Dr. Creep to legions of horror fans, was a television celebrity in the 1970s and 80s.
Dr. Creep was the host of the local show, “Shock Theatre,” from 1972-1985 as well as a co-host of “Clubhouse 22,” a local afternoon children’s television program.
Hobart was also well known for a children’s holiday charity called Project Christmas Smiles which he co-founded in the 1970s. The organization, which provided toys for children, is credited with helping more than 93,000 families for over 33 years.
Hobart was 68 when he died in 2011.
Musician Roger Troutman helped put the Dayton Funk soundtrack on the map.
Troutman, who was born in Hamilton, and his brothers, Larry, Roger and Terry, formed the band Zapp. In 1980, their debut single, “More Bounce to the Ounce,” in which Roger created innovative sound using a talk-box, became a hit.
Troutman also had a successful solo career with songs “I Heard It Through the…