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Kenny was an excellent student and athlete. He was a wrestler in junior high school and lettered in wrestling his sophomore and senior years. He was a member of Boys’ League, National Honor Society, Lettermen’s Club, and Key Club. He was the Vice President of the Student Council and a Growler’s Yell Leader his senior year, as well as Principal Russ Acheson’s son. Kenneth became a psychologist and resides in Alaska. Ken is on Facebook. This is the bio he provided:
Ken went to SOC (now SOU) along with Brad Flanary and Bruce Evers. Graduated 1963, then taught 7, 8, and 9th grade math in Eugene for two years. Left teaching to work with Campus Crusade for Christ for the next 5 years. Left CCC to go to graduate school with major in Clinical Psychology. Along with others, I published two journal articles based upon my dissertation research. Did my two year internship in Michigan where I established a private practice until 1986. From Michigan I moved with family (wife and 4 children) to Billings Montana where I worked at Yellowstone Treatment Center and also private practice. From Montana I moved to Alaska in 1999. Last employment was with the Department of Corrections as a Mental Health Clinician. I retired at age 73. Currently fed up with senseless lock down. I read scientific research and post on FB the truth about Covid, masks and vaccines, for which I have been kicked off FB 3 times–15-30 days at a time. “The Truth will set you free”, but not on FB.
For those of you seeking happiness here is a formula: H=X+1 where H is happiness, X is the number of fly rods you own. If winter will ever end here in Alaska I will go fly fishing. My biggest fear is that with this covid thing I will not be able to see my kids and grand kids again. Son and family in Japan, Daughter and family in Calif. Another daughter in the Cook Islands (where they have no covid, but no tourists either) and a son in Montana.
SUZANNE ALEXANDER (STRAWS) – Suzanne served as Treasurer of the Future Homemakers Association and represented our school at the FHA State Convention. She participated in the International Relations League, was a member of the National Honor Society, Girls’ Athletic Association, and a member of Girls’ League, She competed in the United Nations Speech Contest and the District Music Contest. Suzanne was a Commencement speaker. Suzanne has passed away.
JIM ALLEN Jim was a member of Boys League all through high school. He was in Key Club and a Letterman. He played football, basketball, and ran track. He also was a Growler. He was a National Essay winner both his junior and senior years in high school. Jim became a Manager and resided in Beaverton. He was at the 50th reunion, but has since passed away.
JIM ALM – Jim, Mel Haugen and I were good friends in elementary school. At the 50th reunion, I heard that Jim had been living in Beaverton, Oregon and that he had passed away.
LAVERNE AMMONS (ELMORE)
Laverne was a quiet girl and a good student. She participated in Girls’ League all through high school. She became a housewife and lived in Albany. Laverne has passed away.
Gary was very responsible and respectful, one of those smart, quiet ones. He participated in Boys’ League every year and was in Science Club and Bowling Club his junior and senior years. He also belonged to Key Club and was a Growler. Gary is married and living in Aberdeen, WA.
Patt was in Girls’ League all through high school, along with Pep Club and Booster Club. She served on the Bear Tracks and Pine Murmurs staff. She became a saw operator and resides in Bend.
Steve participated in Boys’ League all through high school and was in the Bowling League his junior and senior years. Steve became a Doctor of Optometry and resided in Los Altos, California. In June, 2021, I was told that Steve passed away a year or so ago.
WARREN ‘TUG’ BAILEY
Tug participated in Boys’ League all through high school. He played football and was a wrestler. This earned him a place as a Letterman. He was also a Growler and a member of Key Club. Tug’s last address was in Redmond and he is available on email. (See the Class List.)
FRANK BEAVER – Frank is married and living in Canyon City, OR.
BILL BENNETT – Bill and Roberta are doing well and living out of their RV. They spend time in Yuma, AZ when it’s cold up north. They are enjoying a game called geocaching where you follow clues and travel to a site where you discover a hidden treasure. Bill is on Facebook and you can ask him more about the game there.
JOAN BENSON (WHEELER)
Joan was very active in high school. She was in Girls’ League, the Girls’ Athletic Association, and Future Homemakers of America. She served as Regional Vice-President of Future Teachers of America. She was on the Bear Tracks staff as Co-Assistant Editor one year and Co-Editor another year. She was a member of Quill and Scroll and Pep Club. She was elected Student Body Treasurer her junior year and Girl of the Month. She was a Kids’ Day Official and a Junior Rotarian. She served on the Assembly Committee and competed in the Music Contest. She was a Water Pageant Princess her senior year. Joan married Bill Wheeler and became an elementary school teacher.
Joan wrote: My life, in a nutshell, has been great. I attended Willamette two years and then graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1963. Russ Acheson hired me for my first year in Medford. I did teach in Bend, at Yew Lane and Kingston. Best part was teaching with Mrs. Bain, my 2nd grade teacher. She was in her retirement year. Bill and I moved to the Seattle area where he worked in computers, I taught two years in Bellevue, then stayed home with our two children for 7 years. Back to school at the University of Washington and then taught in Kirkland for twenty years. We missed Central Oregon so much, so we bought property and made our home in Bend. (There were permanent smiles on our faces). Life has changed after Bill passed away, and after living with my son in Washington, I recently moved to Bend. The local girls from our class meet monthly for lunch.
EDDIE BLACKSHEAR – Eddie participated in wrestling and was a Letterman. I remember Eddie from Band at Kenwood. I wanted to play the tuba and he got it. Eddie has passed away.
BONNIE BROE (CULBERTSON)
Bonnie was in Girls’ League all through high school. She was also in Future Homemakers of America, the National Honor Society, Pep Club, and the Girls’ Athletic Association. Bonnie worked in the Note Dept. of Security Pacific Bank. Bonnie is living in Apple Valley, CA.
SANDRA BROWN (KRIMM)
Sandra was in Girls’ League all through high school, the International Relations League, Future Homemakers of America, the National Honor Society and Pep Club. Sandra and her husband became owners of a ranch and dinner house-lounge in LaGrande. She has passed away.
MAUREEN BURTON (EVANS)
Maureen was in Girls’ League all through high school. She was Treasurer of Pep Club, a member of the International Relations League, Future Homemakers of America, Future Teachers of America and on the Pine Murmurs staff. Maureen resides in Virginia. She became a homemaker and is on Facebook as Maureen Burton Story Evans.
CHRISTINE CARLON (JENSON)
Christine was the darling of our school. She was a tiny little thing with an innocent, bright smile whom everyone loved. We honored her during her short lifetime by voting her Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, and Rally Squad cheerleader all three years of high school. She was voted into Pep Club and served on the Student Council. She participated in Girls’ League, International Relations League, and the Girls’ Athletic Association. She married her high school boyfriend, Dick Jenson, a few years after high school and her life and the life of their unborn child were taken shortly thereafter in a tragic accident.
MYRNA CARPENTER (CLARKE) – Myrna became an Associate Broker at Timberline and Taylor and resided in Bend. She is in the picture from the 20th reunion. She lives in Sumpter, OR.
Chuck was in Boys’ League all through high school, Key Club, National Honor Society, Bowling League, in the Top Ten of the Master Musician competition and Honor Band. He was also a Growler. He is registered on Classmates.com and I have tried to contact him there (to no avail).
Norm became a maintenance mechanic and resides in Beaverton. He married his high school sweetheart, Marsha Ledbetter. They attended the 20th and 50th Class Reunions.
RAY CHAMBERS – Ray owned his own business, Chambers Furniture Supply, in Montgomery, Alabama.
ROBERT CLARK – Robert has passed away.
PAT CONNOLLY – Pat came to the 50th reunion.
Pat was in Boys’ League all through high school as well as Key Club, Senior Class Presiden, Basketball, Baseball and Lettermen’s Club. He was Vice-President of the Choir and a member of the Honor Choir. Pat lives in Woodburn.
MARYLOU COWLES (CROSS)
Marylou participated in Girls’ League all through high school and was a member of Pep Club. Marylou created a court reporting business, Court Reporting Assn., Inc., and lives in Pensacola, FL. She is an active user of Classmates.com. Here is what Marylou told me:
I just bought a house in Pensacola. Finally retired from court reporting which I loved, but just couldn’t take the long hours and I needed to be at home with my husband. He passed away a little over a year ago, so all of a sudden, I’m not way too busy anymore; just the opposite, I’m wondering what to do with my time. I have three children, eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. My oldest son, Aaron, still lives in Oregon, so I get out there once in a while, but he’s the only one left in my family still in Oregon. I have a daughter in Cincinnati. Although I lived in Tennessee for about 45 years, I never got the southern drawl down, so I don’t make a very good Southerner. I miss Oregon and now that there’s just me and my dog here, I have considered moving back to Oregon. I’ll have to say, it’s a lot more expensive out there and I don’t really know about going back to Bend. I have a nearly new house with just myself and the dog — a very spoiled, very big dog that loves everybody.
Update: I bought a home in Pensacola and will be moving there in November, 2021.
RITA CRANFORD (CLARK)
Rita transferred in her senior year from Portland. She immediately began participating in activities and making friends. She was on the Tumbling Team.
Judy was in Girls’ League, International Relations League, and National Honor Society every year and Secretary her senior year. She served as Student Body Secretary and Prom Princess her senior year, as well as attending the Student Council Workshop. Judy became a homemaker and has passed away.
BONNIE CROCKER (FERGUSON)
Bonnie became an accountant for the Salem Public Schools and lives in Keiser. Bonnie was married to Jim Alm for a while.
DIANE DAMEWOOD (STONE)
Diane was in Girls’ League all through high school. She was also in FHA, National Honor Society and GAA. She was on the Bear Tracks staff and participated in Bowling League. Diane became the Baker County Planning Director from 1980 to 1990 during the tumultuous years of adopting its Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Then she became the Senior Planner for Linn County until her retirement in 1999. She moved to Bozeman, Montana to be close to family and to enjoy watching her grandkids grow up. Now she splits her time between MT and AZ as a snowbird and plays as much bridge as possible!
As a response to my question of how we each spent our 80th birthday, Diane sent this: To celebrate my 80th birthday, I bought a new car with all the latest safety features to help offset my advancing age! I tasked my grandson with driving said car from Montana to Arizona to my winter home. On the actual big day, I celebrated dining out with friends and family in our 2021, fully-vaccinated, but only semi-protected bubble, and felt thankful that, even with life’s limitation, I still enjoy living.
DAVID DECARUFEL – was a Forestry Tech for the US Forest Service and lived in Silver Lake. He now lives in Fairbanks, AK.
RAY DELUDE (THERESA)
Ray was in Boys’ League and the Hammer and Nut Club all through high school. He spent 7 years in the Navy out of high school in Mine Warfare. He worked a short time at Tectronics, then had a full career with State of Oregon as a lieutenant with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Then Security Manager at St. Vincent Hospital. Retired. Married to the best woman who has put up with me over 38 plus years. Ray lives in Central Point, but is moving to South Dakota in June 2021 to be near his wife’s family. He says he doesn’t think he has missed a reunion. Ray can be found on Facebook as Ray Teresa Delude.
PAT DEMPSEY (GONZALES) – Pat was last living in Bellview, CO.
JACKIE JO DICK (RAMPTON)
Jackie entered from Redmond her junior year. She was in Girls’ League, Pep Club, FHA, FTA, IRL, National Honor Society, Treasurer of DECA, Senior Class Secretary and a Kids’ Day Official. Jackie is on Facebook as Jackie Jo Rampton.
STEVE DIEHL (or DIEL) – Steve was last living in Auburn, WA.
JOE DOBBELS – Joe is married to Norma Humbert and they came to the 50th reunion.
Joe entered from Madras his senior year. He was a member of Boys League and ran track. He was President of the Choir, a member of All Northwest Choir and Honor Choir. Joe became a Chief Bank Teller and lived in Camarillo, CA. He married Norma Humbert and they have three children. They now live in Sun City, AZ.
DON DUNLAP (JOYCE ROHRBACH)
Donnie was in Boys’ League all through high school. He and his wife became the owner/operators of the A&W in Redmond and Madras and lived in Redmond. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Rohrbach and they have both passed away.
MARGIE DUNLAP (HENDERSON)
Margie was a member of Girls League, Future Homemakers of America, Future Teachers of American, Future Business Leaders of America, the Girls’ Athletic Association and the Tumbling Team. Margie has passed away.
SALLY DUNN (CRONUTT) – Sally was in Girls’ League, FTA, Secretary of Booster Club, National Honor Society and Modern Dance Club. Sally has passed away.
SHARON EAKMAN (GORMAN)
Sharon was in Girls’ League all through high school. She was in FHA, FTA, Pine Murmurs and attended the Oregon Press Conference her senior year.
LESLIE ELLINGSON (MERITT)
Leslie was in Girls’ League, Treasurer of the Girls’ Athletic Association, Secretary and Treasurer of the Booster Club, Parliamentarian and Librarian of FHA, a member of the Usherettes and the Bowling Club. Leslie became a housewife and lived in Bend. She married Dennis Meritt of the Class of ’56 and had two kids. Leslie passed away many years ago.
Bob was in Boys’ League and the Bowling League. Bob became a cartographer for the US Geological Survey and lives in Newark, CA.
Bruce was in Boys’ League all through high school, and was their Rep one year and the President his senior year. He was in Key Club, Lettermen’s Club, Student Council, Pine Murmurs, Wrestling, Football, Elks All-Star Team, a Kids Day Official, Boys State, and a member of the Growlers. Bruce was a textbook representative and a commercial boat owner. He lived in Salem and has passed away.
Nik has passed away since the 60th reunion in 2019. I was told by one of his classmate friends that he was a wonderful person and amazing with cars. He was able to fabricate the metal trim for one car he was restoring. He was always there to help out a friend. Sadly, he was killed in a tragic accident where he was following his friend in a truck. He pulled off to the side of the road and a large truck piled into his vehicle, killing him instantly.
KATHY FAHEY (THOMAS)
Kathy was in Girls’ League all through high school. She was also in IRL, GAA, Quill and Scroll, Thespians, and Bear Tracks all through high school. She was the Ad Manager for Pine Murmurs, attended the All Coast Press Clinic, and performed in the Student Body Play her junior and senior years. Kathy had polio in the early 50’s and was in an iron lung. Luckily, she survived this experience and went on to live her life. She was last living in Pahrump, NV.
SHARON FAULKNER (COLLINS)
Sharon transferred in from Paisley her junior year. She was in Girls’ League, National Honor Society, and IRL, She was our class Valedictorian. She became a housewife and had 8 children. She was last living in Dublin, CA and has passed away.
PAT FEENEY (SMITH)
Pat participated in Girls’ League all through high school. She was a member of FTA, FHA, IRL, Pep Club, Quill and Scroll, and was the Pine Murmurs News Editor her senior year. She attended the Western High School Press Institute her junior year and the All-Coast and Oregon Scholastic Press Conferences her senior year. She was Girl of the Month, Prom Maid of Honor and Water Pageant Princess. Pat lives in Flower Mound, TX.
Pat wrote: All is well here in Flower Mound, TX – which is just north of DFW Airport – equal distance between Dallas and Fort Worth. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be living in Texas the majority of my life. Now you couldn’t move me out of Texas with a ‘moving machine’ – it’ a great place to live! Love the people and life style!
After Bend High: One week after graduating from the U of Oregon, I joined Pan Am as a stewardess flying internationally for 3 years. I was based out of San Francisco for 2 years and out of New York for 1 year – covering Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. I was determined to see as much of the world as fast as I could before joining the cruise industry where I spent 7 years in various sales capacities. I spent 2 years in Chicago as a Sales Rep calling on travel agents in 8 states. Loved Chicago……‘that toddl’n town’! Then back to San Francisco to be a part of the transition from ‘stiff, stodgy steamship travel’ to today’s more relaxed cruising concept…..traveling the US and Canada with marketing promotions. In 1972, I was transferred to Dallas, TX as District Sales Manager for a brand new ’round-the-world’ cruise line called Royal Viking Line……..a move I did not want to make. It turned out to be the best move ever!!! I met my husband Bob, and we were married in 1974.
BEVERLY FIELDS (COCKERILL)
Beverly worked as a Manager in the Camera Department of Bi-Mart and lives in Bend. Beverly Cockerill is on Facebook.
WILLA JEAN FIX (LEE LUELLING)
Jeanie became a housewife and lives in Bend. She married her high school sweetheart, Lee Luelling.
WANDA FLAHERTY (MONTGOMERY) – Wanda lives in Bend.
Brad became a teacher-coach-principal and lives in Crescent City, CA. I found him on Facebook as Brad Flanary.98.
RITA GLENN (GRAY)
I was born in a small community in NW Arkansas which was homesteaded by my Great Great Grandparents from 1820 to 1850. 100 years later, in 1950, when I was 9, we moved to Bend and I started 4th grade at Allen School. I loved every minute of going to school in Bend and often find myself thinking about many of you. Now I enjoy keeping in touch by Facebook. After graduating BHS, I attended COCC for awhile, then moved to Portland across from Portland State where I roomed with Bertie Kirk and Janet Shumway. I married a boy from Portland who was in the Navy. We had 1 son & 1 daughter. I have been a widow for many years. In addition to Arkansas and Oregon, I have lived in California, Washington, Oklahoma, Colorado, Idaho, and Texas. My son permanently moved to Germany after his 2nd year of college and eventually became a university professor in Germany. My daughter became a flight attendant, so between them I had many opportunities to travel in Europe & visit my son who still lives there. I have 4 grandchildren, but no greats. In November 2019, I had an opportunity to buy a small old farmhouse on a few acres which had originally been homesteaded by one of my great great grandparents. It is at the bottom of a “hollar” (yes, that IS what it’s called🤣) at the base of one of the Ozark Mountains. This area is rich in family history and still has the values you and I had growing up in Bend in the 50’s. No fast food places here, just like in Bend back then! In fact, I have to drive 20 miles to get groceries, but I get to watch an abundance of wildlife (turkey, deer, fox, raccoon, possums, hawks, eagles, cardinals, etc) and 1 of the 2 creeks I can see from my front & back porch has decent sized fish. I am on Facebook, although as you will see, my dark brown hair you knew me by turned white long ago and is now PINK, to celebrate my beating 3 types of cancer over a 20 year period. I hope to see YOU at the next reunion. I worked mostly in management in Human Resources, then the last 10 years before I retired in 2000, I worked as customer service at Cascade Natural Gas in Bend.
To my knowledge, Chuck never married and lived in Bend. He has passed away.
SHIRLEY GRANT (MENDAZONA)
Shirley said: I spent the majority of my adult life in the small community of Monmouth/Independence where I was a homemaker raising three children (one daughter, two sons). I was also a teacher and a bookkeeper. My husband was in the Real Estate business and we owned a pizza restaurant. Believe me, I’ve served many a pepperoni pizza! Later in life, we were fortunate to spend winter months in Surprise, AZ. In 2020, we sold our farm and relocated to Powell Butte. I’m sorry to have missed so many reunions, but now that I’m back in Central Oregon, happily, I’ll be able to connect with some of you!
LINDA GRISWOLD (PAVLICH)
Linda was a Head Note Teller and lives in Eureka, CA.
JANET HACKETT (BROWN)
Janet graduated from the U of O and chose a career in social work. She married my college roommate’s brother, Fred Brown.
JUDY HAINES (HATCH)
Judy was a housewife and did a lot of work for our 20th class reunion. She and her sister, Suzanne, both married guys with the last name of Hatch, unrelated. Judy passed away some time after the 20th reunion.
Dick was a Bonneville Power Administration Substation Operator and lives in Centralia, WA.
BARBARA HANSEN (ROBINSON)
Barbara was very active in high school. She was the pianist for the Triple Trio our senior years. She lives in Brentwood, CA.
Gordon was active in wrestling. He became a parole officer and lives in Bend. If you think about it, wrestling might be a good skill to have if you are a parole officer.
Dwayne was a member of Boys League all through high school.
Susan participated in Girls’ League all through high school. She listed no occupation. Susan has passed away.
Judy participated in Girls’ League all through high school.
Mel was the Vice-President/Treasurer of Development Capital Corp. and lived in Hemet, CA and Sun City, AZ. In about 2015, he suffered a major stroke and no longer speaks. He lives in an adult Assisted Living home in Menifee, CA.
HIRAM ‘JOE’ HAUGHTON
Hiram has passed away.
George was one of the most athletic people in our high school, for example, he and Kenneth Acheson were the only sophomores to make the Lettermen’s Club. He played basketball, baseball, football and ran track. He was also considered to be an excellent leader by his classmates as evidenced by being elected president or captain of every organization he joined. He worked at several different jobs after high school. For one, he was a smoke jumper in Idaho and estimates he made 85 jumps. He once told me it took him until age 50 to finish college because he dropped out so many times. George taught school for ten years in Madras before becoming a carpenter and log builder. He built several spec homes along with his own home in Madras and has three kids.
JUDY HELPHREY (EASTMAN) – Judy lived in Bend after high school. She came to the 20th reunion. She has since passed away.
KRIS HEMINGWAY (GRIFFIN)
Kris became a housewife and lives in Portland.
VICKI HILL (MALONE)
Vicki became a housewife and lives in Bend.
SHARON HIRTZEL (JOANIS)
Sharon was a medical/dental assistant and lives in Bend.
LLOYDENE HOLLEN (DEENIE JANSEN) – Deenie went to elementary school with us at Kenwood and moved to Salem in the seventh grade. She became a second and third grade teacher, is retired and resides in Bend and Sun City, Arizona. She and her husband volunteered with their local fire department and got involved with emergency response which led to volunteering with FEMA in 2004 to help with the hurricanes in Florida. Subsequently, they have been involved in 35 various disasters over twelve years. She is involved in line dancing, card embroidery, and bridge. She crochets lap robes for Veterans and hats for newborns. She is currently doing zoom classes in the Baha’i Faith of which she has been a member for 45 years. Deenie and her husband have three children and seven grandchildren. They have recently bought a house in Bend (August, 2021).
PAT HOLLENBECK (MOYER)
Pat was the Salutatorian of our class and Water Pageant Queen. She lives in Bend.
DARLENE HOLMES (CURRIN) – Darlene lives in Bend.
JACK HOLT (HEIDI)
Jack is a car dealer and lives in Bend with his wife, Heidi.
Duane became an accountant and lives in Redmond. He is on Facebook.
BEULAH HOWARD (SMITH)
Beulah participated in Girls’ League all through high school. She lives in Niles, MI.
Carol participated in Girls’ League all through high school.
CLAUDINE HUFSTADER (WALKER)
Claudine participated in Girls’ League all through high school and still lives in Bend. She came to the 50th reunion and looked great!
NORMA HUMBERT (DOBBELS)
Norma was a Chief Bank Teller and lived in Camarillo, CA. She married her high school sweetheart, Joe Dobbles and they have three children. They now live in Sun City, AZ.
Mike was an elementary school principal. At one time, he lived in Upland, CA and now lives in Blackwell, OK.
Dick was very athletic and excelled in baseball. He was a Letterman and a member of the Le Mans Car Club. He married his high school sweetheart, Christine Carlon. He has passed away.
Gary was active in all sports and a Letterman in high school. He became an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad, married Sharon Hirtzel, and has passed away. In my research for this website, on the Bigfoot Encounters web page, I found three reports of Gary’s one encounter with Bigfoot.
1. “A man-animal, according to a Southern Pacific employee named Gary Joanis, picked up a deer he had shot and fled with the corpse into the tall timber.”
2. Another reference to Gary Joanis and Bigfoot is this report:
Date: 1957 – Deschutes County, OR.
Nearest town: Bend.
Location: Wanoga Butte.
Description of event: Joanis & Jim Newall. Joanis shot a deer which acted like it was being chased, which was then stolen by a Bigfoot.
3. In 1957, at Wanoga Butte, Oregon, Gary Joanis shot a deer while out hunting, but before they could get to it, a nine-foot-tall hairy creature walked into the clearing, picked up the deer, and carried it off under its arm. Joanis, annoyed about losing his deer, fired several shots into the creature’s back with his 30.06 rifle, but the creature never stopped walking, though it did emit a ‘strange whistling scream.’
Tom is on Facebook and lives in Washougal, WA. He came to the 20th Class Reunion. His Facebook page says he studied Boiler & Dry Kiln at Oregon State. Tom is a proud Veteran and does a lot of RV camping and travel.
SHERRY JORGENSEN (MCNAMARA)
Sherry was a teachers’ aide and makes and sells soft toys. She made the huge blue and yellow teddy bear she donated to the class. I had the bear for years and planned to bring it back to the reunions. She did a wonderful job on it and I have posted some pictures of it on the Lava Bears page. Sherry lives in Chehalis, WA.
Jim was a Seattle firefighter and comes to most of the reunions.
Gary lives in Bend and I found him on Facebook. He has some gorgeous travel pictures on his Facebook page.
THEOLA KENTNER (LARSEN)
Theola became a secretary for the Bend School District No. 1 and lives in Bend. I found her on Facebook as Theola Larsen.
KATHY KINNEY (EVANS)
Kathy became a housewife and mother and lives in Redmond. I posted her wedding picture on the Groups page. Kathy is on Facebook as Kathy Evans.
BERTIE KIRK (DAVIS)
After raising 3 sons with Bill Alfrey in Medford OR, I was divorced and became a Realtor and co-owned a real estate brokerage firm for many years. When I was fifty, I married Gary Davis, then I sold my company and we lived happily on the Applegate River. After 11 years, we bought a home in Jacksonville and a home in Indian Wells, CA. Sadly, Gary passed away 5 years ago (2016). I now divide my time between both places. Between us, we had six children, 10 grandkids and 2 greats…I am a very lucky person. For fun, I play a lot of bridge and visit with friends and family. Bertie Davis is on Facebook.
MARY KLUM (DILLARDON) – Mary is living in Lakeview.
Mel was a member of Boys League all through high school and many other activities. Mel is living in West Linn, OR.
Pat participated in Girls’ League all through high school.
SANDRA LARSON (JAENICKE)
After graduating from the U of O in 1965, I became a high school French, English and Art teacher in Santa Maria, CA. I taught there for seven years, then married an industrial arts teacher and coach from Lompoc, CA. He had two sons and together, we had a son and a daughter. In Lompoc, I taught French and English as a Second Language at the middle school. After teacher layoffs, I worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Martin Marietta and Lockheed as a technical writer on the Space Shuttle WTR program. Next, I moved to Kitsap Peninsula, WA, and became a technical writer for several military bases (ships, subs, and torpedoes) there.
I am now the guardian of our class list and the go-to person for any updates.
In Washington, my son joined the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. I was encouraged to become a parent volunteer and was able to arrange two-week trainings for the cadets at various naval bases around the state and in California. One such training was for the Special Warfare Boats Unit, where they received training and experience in the use of the small boats used to Special Operations in open ocean, littoral, and riverine environments. Another training was for the Navy Seal Boot Camp and these participating cadets returned from San Diego to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
Another memorable training was two weeks with the Coast Guard at Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington. Cape Disappointment, situated at the mouth of the Columbia River, is the largest Coast Guard search and rescue station on the Northwest Coast, with 50 crewmembers assigned. The juncture of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean not only has a major shipping lane, dense fog, and high waves, but also includes a very dangerous sandbar with churning water coming from opposite directions. Excellent fishing lures many ill-prepared fishermen to this location, resulting in numerous rescues daily. The station’s Area of Responsibility reaches from Ocean Park on the Washington Coast south to Tillamook Head on the Oregon Coast.
Next, I transferred to Sacramento to work for the Army Corps of Engineers for the next 20 years, retiring at age 78. I live in Sacramento, paint portraits, play piano, enjoy my grandchildren, and many other things. I am on Facebook as Sandra Larson Jaenicke and I have a different biography on the Author Bio page of this website.
My cars: My dad was always buying cars. It got to the point where when he left for a trip, Mom would warn him not to bring home another car. Of course, he continued. There was a point where he bought an early 50’s tri-tone grey Cadillac identical to our neighbors. He would park it on the street, right at their property line. It was so embarrassing! He bought a light blue and white Chevy that I learned to drive stick-shift in. I remember driving my mom and her friend and their heads bobbing forward and backward as I learned to use the clutch. The coolest car my dad ever bought was the Lincoln. It was a salmon and white coupe, with white leather interior and automatic transmission.
Jerry worked for the Family Bank of Commerce in Grants Pass. I received word today (5/11/21) that he passed away in 2016.
SUZANNE LE BLANC (KUKAR)
Suzanne became a housewife and lives in Bend. She has three kids and comes to all the reunions. Suzi is on Facebook as Suzi Kukar.
Gordon listed his occupation at the 20th reunion as retired. He lived in Bend and has passed away.
Vern entered from Ohio his senior year. He was in Boys’ League. Vern was last living in Ottawa Lake, MI.
Jeanne participated in Girls’ League all through high school. She lived in Bend and came to most of the reunions. Jeanne has passed away.
NANCY LOOMIS (CONRAD)
Nancy entered from Coos Bay her junior year. She was in Girls’ League, FTA, Pep Club, Thespians, and GAA. Nancy became a secretary and lived in Shreveport, LA. She came to the 50th reunion and has since passed away.
Ernie was in Boys’ League, Key Club, and wrestling. Ernie became a serviceman for Cascade Natural Gas and lives in Bend. He came to the 20th and 60th reunion.
GEORGE LUCAS – George lives in Bend.
Gil was in Boys’ League, Quill and Scroll, Thespians, Pine Murmurs and Art Editor of Pine Murmurs all through high school. He was the Bear Tracks Assistant Art Editor. He attended the All Coast Press Clinic. He was the Band Stage manager. He pereformed in the Student Body Play. He won the Master Musician Award. He was in Pep Bank and Honor Band, and entered the District Music Contest each year. Gil became a senior technical writer and documentation analyst for the US National Bank. He lived in Portland and has passed away.
Lee was in Boys’ League and the Hammer and Nut Club. Lee became an excavation contractor and lives in Bend. He married his high school sweetheart, Willa Jean Fix. They came to the 50th reunion.
Kim was in Boys’ League, National Honor Society, played football and wrestling. He lives in Metolius where he operates a resort.
GAIL MARR (BRANCH)
Gail participated in Girls’ League all through high school and was a member of FHA. She is on Facebook as Gail Branch and lives in Chaparral, New Mexico.
PAULINE MARSH (YLVISAKER)
Pauline lists her occupation as “happy housewife.” She was very active in high school. She was in FHA, GAA, and Pep Club. She was the Reporter for FBLA her junior and senior years and attended the FBLA Conference. She lives in Yakima, WA with her husband, Joel Ylvisaker ’58 and they have two grown sons. They have two successful tire stores in eastern Washington. Pauline and I have kept in touch since high school. One amazing thing she did was keep all the letters I wrote to her from France and one day, returned them to me.
ARLENE MASTRUD (BUECHNER) – Arlene was last living in Salem.
Dean was in Boys’ League, FFA, Honor Choir and the Hammer and Nut Club. Dean was self-employed at the Forest Grove Body Shop and lived in Cornelius, Oregon. Dean came to the 50th reunion, but has since passed away.
DONNA MAYFIELD (JOHNSTON)
Donna was in Girls’ League, Booster Club, GAA, Tumbling Team, and the Usherettes. Donna was an Administrative Assistant/Dispatcher in Gilchrist. Donna has passed away.
Cliff was in Boys’ League, the Growlers, played baseball and was a Letterman. Cliff is the owner of the McDonald Septic Tank Service and lives in Bend.
NADA MELSNESS (LAWRENCE)
Nada entered from Portland her senior year and was in Girls’ League and Office. Nada listed her occupation as “lazy housewife.” She lived in Bend and has passed away.
KATHRYN MILLER (PUTNEY)
Kathy was in Girls’ League, Pep Club, Triple Trio, Honor Choir, All Northwest Choir and won 1st Place in the Local and District Conservation Essay Contest. Kathy was a Reading Aide for the Hillsboro School District.
THERESA MILLER (ROGERSON)
Theresa was in Girls’ League, FHA, Booster Club and Office. Theresa became a beautician and lives in Yucca City, AZ. She married Ron Rogerson of the Class of ’58. Theresa Rogerson is on Facebook.
Denny was an assistant wrestling coach. He was in Boys’ League, played basketball, was a Letterman, and was the Statistician for Baseball. Denny has passed away.
SUZI MOOERS (VAN UITERT)
Suzi was the Historian/Reporter for FHA in her sophomore year and the District Chairman her junior year. She was also in GAA, FTA, and Pep Club. She worked for the bank right out of high school and later, owned the Sunshine Alley Gift Boutique. She married Gary van Uitert and they still live in Bend. They came to the 50th and 60th reunions and brought their gorgeous 50’s black and white Chevy.
LANA MOORE (PARNELL)
Lana was in Girls’ League, FTA, FBLA, GAA, FHA, and Booster Club. Lana passed away in 2020.
I remember Nancy from a summer reading contest the Public Library held in early elementary school. I went in to the library to record my three books read and Nancy had read over fifteen! I also remember Nancy in elementary school having very long braids and I hope we can find a picture! Nancy was very active in high school. She was the Reporter for FHA, Vice President of GAA, a member of IRL, Quill and Scroll, staff member of Bear Tracks, the News Editor of Pine Murmurs in her junior year and the Co-Editor her senior year. She attended the Western High School Press Institute, the All-Coast Press Clinic, and the Oregon Scholastic Press Conference. She was a Kids Day Official, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award her senior year and won First Place in the Knights of Pythias local Speech Contest her junior year. She was Girl of the Month and a member of the Student Council, a Junior Rotarian, and went to Girls’ State. She was a member of the Student Council and attended the Student Council Conference her senior year. She was in National Honor Society all through high school. Nancy became a college professor and lives in Bothell, WA.
Bill entered from Washington his senior year and was selected as the Boys’ League Rep for the Senior Class. He was on the football team and was a Growler. He played in the Football All Stars game in 1959. Bill became a Power Dispatcher for Puget Sound Power and Light and several other utility companies. He has lived in Washington, Montana, and Idaho. He now lives 7 months in Spruce Grove near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and 5 months in Yuma, AZ.
Bill says: It has been a long joyful and sometimes sad struggle to make it to age 80. That being said, I’ll try to give you a quick overview of my 62 years since graduation. After the 1959 Elks All-Star football game, I went to work for Pacific Power and Light Co. This was the start of 54 years in the Electrical Power Industry. I worked for 6 different utilities, in 4 different states. To accomplish that I moved 21 times. Retired twice, once in 1996 and again in 2013. My wife and I really enjoy golf and try to get out at least twice a week.
Bill just sent in photos of his tri-tone ’56 Nash Ambassador Custom, 91,000 miles, that just appraised for and is for sale for $ 14,5oo Canadian. In early 2022, Bill told me he sold the Nash.
Terry was last living in Weiser, ID.
Ron entered from Fossil his senior year. He joined Thespians and performed in the Student Body Play. He was the choir’s Student Leader and he conducted the choir at the commencement ceremony. He was in Honor Choir and the Growlers.
ROBERT MYERS – Robert passed away in the 8th or 9th grade from an accident on the trampoline at the Bend Municipal Pool.
Craig taught me how to ride a bike in first grade. He was a member of Key Club and the Junior Class President. He was also a Kids’ Day Official. He became an optometrist and lived in Bend. He has passed away.
MARLENE NELSON (BARROW) – Marlene lives in Yuba City, CA.
JUDY O’DAY (CUNNINGHAM)
Judy was in Booster Club, Girls’ League, FBLA, Thespians, performed in the Study Body Play and entered into the Poetry Anthology. Judy became an executive/confidential secretary and lives in North Bend.
Kathleen was in the Bowling League, Tumbling Team, Secretary of FHA, GAA, FTA, and President of Usherettes one year. Kathy did not list an occupation. She was a good friend all through our school years and had a hilarious sense of humor. She lives in Bend and comes to all the reunions.
Dorothy was in Girls’ League and Pep Club. Dorothy is living in Bend and helped me a lot with information and pictures for this website.
NADINE OLDAKER (SMITH) – Nadine lives in Bend. She is an artist and mother and helps her daughter in the bakery. She provided several pictures of elementary classes at Kenwood School.
John was in Boys’ League, the Growlers, and was a Drum Major all through high school. After high school, he was self-employed, worked for the Frederick and Nelson Dept. Store, was part owner of several beauty salons and studying nursing. He lives in Tigard. Based on his careers, I would have to say he was a John of All Trades.
RICK OLSON – Rick was active in wrestling in high school and was a Letterman. He has passed away.
THELMA PAINTER (FIX)
Thelma was in Girls’ League, Pep Club, FHA, IRL, GAA and FTA. Thelma became a housewife and lives in Bend.
Keith was in Boys’ League and the Bowling League. Keith lives in Redmond.
JOY PAXTON (GARRISK)
Joy was in Girls’ League, Booster Club, FHA and GAA. She became a store manager and lived in Bend. She came to the 50th reunion and has since passed away.
JUDY PIPES (STEWART)
Judy was in Girls’ League, Pep Club, IRL, FTA, Usherettes, GAA, JV Rally Squad and Varsity Rally Squad. She was the Pine Murmurs Ad Manager. Judy was attending college at the 20th reunion and living in Albuquerque, NM. She in now living in Sisters.
George was in National Honor Society all through high school. He was also in Key Club, on the Bear Tracks Staff, serving as Business Manager his senior year. George was a Computer Application Consultant living in Beaverton. George recently passed away (2020 or 2021). There is a nice write-up for him on the Departed page.
JUDY POOR (HOLMES)
Judy was my best friend in elementary school. In high school, she was in Girls’ League every year, FHA, GAA, Booster Club and the Bowling League. She could whistle louder than any boy I ever heard. Once we were walking by the old high school and a convertible with three older guys drove past. Judy whistled very loudly and they pulled over and Janice S and I ended up with boyfriends out of it. After high school, Judy was a clerk at a 7-11 store and living in Canby. She has two grown daughters.
On December 4, 2o21, I received the sad news that Judy had died of a heart attack. I will be following up with more information on the Deceased page.
JOANN PRENTICE (TURNER)
Joann was in Girls’ League every year. She married Everett Turner. She passed away after a serious fall near her home in Mexico. Her Facebook page is still up and there are some nice pictures of her.
CONNIE RAYMOND (HYNES)
Connie was in FBLA and National Honor Society. After high school, Connie was a Legal Assistant living in Madras.
Glen was in the Hammer and Nut Club and Boys’ League. After high school, he owned a successful welding business. Glen is living in Bend, married with a couple of grown kids. He is on Facebook.
Diane and I were good friends in upper elementary school and I remember she was a very good artist. I hope she did something with her talent in later years.
Dave was in Boys’ League and was a Growler. After high school, Dave was a B&B Foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad.
ZOLA RHODES – Zola married Jim Parker in high school and raised her family in Bend. She passed away the weekend of our 50th reunion.
Tom played baseball and was the basketball team’s manager his junior year. After high school, he went into the Army at the same time as Mel Haugen, his lifelong friend. After the Army, he came back to Eugene and went to the U of O. After college, he married a woman he met there and they had a daughter, Stephanie, who is the best thing that ever happened to him. He lived in Phoenix, Arizona, for about 18 years after he retired. He was a sales manager for industrial chemicals and traveled throughout Oregon. He purchased several rentals while in college, allowing him to retire at the age of 38 and travel extensively. He currently lives in Eugene and is available on email.
BRENDA RIXE (CHAPIN)
Brenda was in Girls’ League every year. She was also in IRL, FHA, Usherettes, and GAA. She won the Betty Crocker Homemaker Award her senior year. Brenda is living in Sunriver.
Bert was in Key Club and was a Growler. He was the football team’s manager all three years of high school. Bert became a bank manager for 1st National Bank and lived in Bandon. Bert has passed away.
DIANE ROBINSON (DILIBERTOS)
Diane was in Girls’ League, Booster Club and Tumbling Team. She did not list an occupation, but said she was living in Chula Vista, CA.
JOYCE ROHRBACH (DONNIE DUNLAP)
Joyce was in National Honor Society, IRL, Quill and Scroll, Pine Murmurs, GAA, Girls State her junior year and participated in the District Music Contest. She was the Vice-President of Pep Club her senior year. After high school, she married Don Dunlap and they owned and operated the A&W restaurants in Redmond and Madras and lived in Redmond. Joyce came to the 50th reunion and has since passed away.
Bill was active in sports in high school and a Letterman. He was also in Key Club, a Growler and played football. Bill has passed away.
Carol was in Girls’ League, FBLA, FHA, and GAA. She was in the Student Body Play. Carol is married and lives in Redmond.
GARY ROSS – Gary was last living in Oregon City.
Ron was a wrestler in junior high and high school and a Letterman. He was a Growler and worked on the Pine Murmurs staff. He played football his junior and senior years and was on the Elks All Star Football Team. He was the Captain of the wrestling team and won the Lions’ Defensive Trophy his senior year. Ron became a certified grader and lives in Eugene.
CAROLE RUPP (NELSON) – Carole has passed away.
KAREN RUUD (DEBUNCE) – Karen was in FTA, FHA, GAA, National Honor Society and Vice President of NHS her senior year. She was in Pep Club her senior year. Karen has passed away.
MICK SCOTT – Mick was last living in Wilsonville, OR. He came to the 50th reunion.
CHARLES SELF – Charles belonged to Boys’ League and Hammer and Nut Club. Charles was last living in Pollack, ID.
JOETTA SELF (RODRIGUES)
Joretta was in Girls’ League and National Honor Society and lives in Bend.
BEVERLY SHOULTS (NORGAARD)
Beverly was the Historian of the Future Teachers of America and attended the FTA Convention her junior year. She was also in IRL and Pep Club. She was the Class Secretary her junior year and the Class Treasurer her senior year. She went to Girls’ State and was on the Bear Tracks staff. She entered the VFW Essay Contest and was a member of the GAA. She was Secretary of the Orchestra her sophomore year and Vice-President her junior year. Beverly became the Director of Nursing Services for the Central Oregon Health Care Center and lives in Bend.
JOE SHULL – Joe became a General Contractor in Bend. The last I heard was that he was living in Madras near George Hawes and he has passed away.
JANET SHUMWAY (KELTNER)
In high school, Janet was in National Honor Society, GAA and IRL all three years. She was Secretary of Pep Club her junior year and a Prom Princess her senior year. After high school, Janet was a Manager in Corporate Records for Hughes Airways and lived in Foster City, CA. Janet and I had the youngest children at the 20th reunion. Janet passed away some time after the 50th reunion.
CONNIE SMITH (MORGAN)
Connie was in the Future Teachers of America and the Booster Club. Connie was a Supervisor/Examiner for the Texas Cosmetology Commission and lives in Austin, TX.
Jim was our Student Body President and lives in Montana. He was a wrestler, a Letterman, and a Growler. He was on the Bear Tracks staff and performed in the Student Body Play. He was the Regional Student Council President his senior year and participated in the Student Council Workshop. He was a Junior Rotarian and was in Honor Band. He came to the 50th reunion. Jim is available on email. Here is his bio.
After High School, I went to work at the Bend Airport learning to fly and to get the required certificates to fly for money. At night I attended Central Oregon Community College. It was during this time I met and married my wonderful friend and wife of sixty years. We then traveled to Southern California where she attended college and I went to an aircraft engineering school. When I was judged prepared, I applied to United Airlines for a position as a pilot. Early in my career, we were blessed with two wonderful daughters. Upon retirement, we moved from Hood River, OR, to Belgrade, MT, to be close to grandchildren. I feel I should offer an apology. You see, during all those years of flying, I was participating in process of turning fossil fuel into smoke and noise.
KAREN SMITH (ESHELBY)
Karen transferred in her junior year from Beaverton. She was in Girls’ League. After high school, Karen was a part-time Veterinary Assistant living in Buxton, Oregon.
PAT SMITH (TUNNELL)
Pat transferred in from Florida her senior year. She married Montie Tunnell and has passed away.
Wassa was the Secretary of the Lettermen’s Club his senior year. He was very involved in wrestling, track, and baseball and was a Kids’ Day Official his senior year. Wassa did not list an occupation and lives in Redmond. He came to the 60th reunion. He is also on Facebook.
JANICE STERNBURGH VOIGT – Janice and I were very good friends from the time she moved to Bend sometime around our seventh grade. I met her at the Kenwood schoolground. She lived a block away from me next door to Mike Jeffers and across from Harmon Playfield. Her parents built a house up on Quincy built by our family friend, Jack Hamby, who also built several of the Water Pageant arches. We also had a house built on Quincy after the Sternburghs had moved into theirs. Our house was about 95% complete when I received a call from her telling me our house was on fire. It was the last house on the street. It was fully engulfed when we got there. The fire hoses could not pump enough water to put it out and it burned to the ground. Funny thing is, my dad sold insurance at the time and had forgotten to insure this house until just a few days before it burned down. It turned out the carpenters had a fire going in the fireplace and they were cutting trim work and had a large pile of sawdust and wood scraps right outside the fireplace.
Janice married Rodney Carlson ’56 right out of high school and they had three kids. Janice was last living in Bonney Lake, WA. She had a career working for the telephone company in Washington State and later worked for a governmental subcontractor. She passed away in 2016 of congestive heart failure and dementia.
TOM TADEVIC – Tom transferred in from Riverside, CA, in junior high. He was a successful business owner in Bend after high school. He has since passed away.
SANDRA THOMPSON (CASE)
Sandra was in Girls’ League, GAA, FTA, IRL, and Pep Club. She was the Treasurer of IRL her junior year and the Vice-President her senior year. Sandra was an insurance clerk living in Portland. She came to the 60th reunion in 2019 and resides in AZ.
MONTIE TUNNELL (PAT SMITH)
Montie was in Boys’ League all through high school and played football his sophomore year. He married Patricia Smith and lives in Bend. Pat has passed away. Montie comes to most of the reunions.
JENNIFER VAN LANDUYT (COX) – Jennifer was a Manager and Style Director of a beauty salon in Eugene. She has passed away.
GARY VAN UITERT
Gary played basketball his junior and senior years in high school and was a Letterman. After high school, Gary was a forklift operator for Brooks-Scanlon living in Bend. He married Suzanne Mooers and they come to all the reunions.
Cynthia was active in GAA, Pep Club, FHA, National Honor Society, Triple Trio and Honor Choir. After high school, she was a beautician and later worked at Toys R Us. She married Vic Howard of the Class of ’58 and they lived in Las Vegas. Vic passed away a few years ago. Cindy Howard is on Facebook.
TOM WADE – Tom lives in Enterprise, OR.
SHARON WALTERS (EMERSON)
Sherry was active in many activities in high school. She was in GAA, IRL, President of the Pep Club her senior year, National Honor Society, JV Rally Squad her sophomore year and Rally Squad her junior year. She worked on the Pine Murmurs staff her senior year. After high school, she worked as a Service Representative for the Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company in Bend. She still lives in Bend.
Jeff was very active in high school. He was the Sophomore Class President, in National Honor Society all three years and President his senior year. He was also in Key Club and Lettermen’s Club. He served on Bear Tracks staff his junior and senior years. He was Assistant Sports Editor his junior year and Sports Editor his senior year. He was on the football team his junior and senior years and Co-Captain his senior year. He was on the Elks All Star Team his senior year. He was a Student Council rep and a Kids’ Day Official. He won the Mathematics Award his junior year. Jeff became a urologist living in Salem.
MARY ANN WARD (KEOWN)
Mary Ann was active in high school. She was in FBLA, Pep Club, Honor Choir, FHA and GAA. After high school, Mary Ann was a Branch Librarian and Postal Clerk. She is on Facebook as Mary Ann Keown and lives in Bend.
Jack was a machine operator at North Pacific Products in Bend. He also did heavy construction, was a restaurant owner/operator, a truck stop Husky Oil manager, a real estate broker and an insurance agent. He lived in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He was last living in Star, ID. I can honestly say he is a Jack of all Trades.
Dave participated in wrestling in high school. He was last living in Forest Grove.
MICHELA WATTS (MAXWELL) – Michela became the Director of the American Association of Shotgunners and lived in Reno.
Dale transferred in from Gaston his junior year. He was in the Bowling League and was a Growler. Dale was last living in Cedarville, CA.
In high school, Steve was a Yell Leader his junior and senior years. After high school, Steve was a Controller for Bohemia, Inc. At one reunion, he told me he had flown on the Concorde. He was last living in Eugene.
Bill became a Customer Engineer for Control Data Corporation. He married Joan Benson and they lived in Bend. They both attended the 50th and 60th reunions and Bill has since passed away.
Sharon went to some elementary grades here, but she left and transferred back in her junior year.
Barbara was in FHA, FBLA, GAA, and Vice-President of the Orchestra her junior year. Barbara lived in Baker and she has passed away.
Bob transferred from Indiana in his junior year. He was in DECA, Secretary of Key Club, Science Club, Growlers, All Northwest Choir and Honor Choir. Bob lives in Los Altos, California.
JIM WOODWARD – Jim transferred from Portland his junior year. He was active in Thespians and performed in the Student Body Play. Jim did Construction and Mining Equipment Marketing and lived in Rawlins, WY. He passed away recently.
Val became the President of his own company, Workman and Puckett Co., Inc., Designers and Manufacturers. He lived in Atlanta and has passed away.
DAVID YARNES – David came to the 50th reunion. I remember that he has a beautiful singing voice. He told me he lived in one house on Harmon Blvd. that became Brenda Rixe’s home and in another one on Harmon that was sold to my family (Larson). David now lives in Portland. Here’s an update from him.
Right after high school, I went into the Army for 3 years, was stationed in Berlin, and then came to Tucson, AZ , where my folks had moved. I went to the U. of AZ, got a BS and MBA, then began a career in Public Accounting in Albuquerque. I also got married at the same time and we’ve been together ever since. Later we were transferred to Santa Fe, then Memphis, TN, then Shreveport, LA, and lastly to NYC. At that point, I changed careers, and we moved back to Tucson, AZ where I became CFO of a local bank. That took me up to retirement in 2006.
In New Mexico, we had 3 children, and all are still single—so no grandkids. The two girls are here in Portland with us, and my son in in Scottsdale, AZ. He’s a very good golfer (and was on the Oregon State golf team), turned professional, but was never quite good enough to make a living on the tour. So, he works at a resort in Scottsdale.
I think I mentioned that my older daughter (Leah) suffered a stroke when she was 48 or so, and is still somewhat disabled due to it. The other daughter (Cathy) is an attorney here in Portland. We all live in one house here, but it works out quite well. Carol (my wife) and I occupy the upper floor, and the girls have the lower floor, along with Cathy’s longtime boyfriend! It works out quite nicely, and there is actually more space on the lower floor. It worked out particularly well considering the pandemic.
We are all also big dog lovers. Cathy has a beautiful bullmastiff that has champion status. We’ve owned some others in the past, and these days we often end up “babysitting” some others that the breeder still has. So, that keeps us busy, and happily so. Currently we have 3 bullmastiffs here at the house!!
Well, I don’t want to bore you to death, but maybe that’s enough for the time being. I did attach a fairly recent picture of my wife (Carol) and I. I’m not really that bald, but I did start shaving my head when I retired. I decided it was much easier than hairspray, shampoo, blow dryers, etc.! All I need now is a washcloth!
PEGGY YOUNG (SHAMBAUGH)
In high school, Peggy was in Girls’ League every year, Future Business Leaders of America, Pep Club, and Future Homemakers of America. Peggy said she was the Secretary / Treasurer of her husband. She lives in Salem and came to the 60th reunion. She is on Facebook as Peggy Shambaugh.
RUSS YOUNG (BARBARA KRATKE)
In high school, Russ was President of the Band and active in Boys’ League. He and his wife, Barbara, came to the 20th, 50th and 60th reunions. Here is Russ’s biography, hot off the press! Excellent work Russ, I know you have a broken wrist! After high school, I attended Oregon State College. Between my sophomore and junior years, I married Barbara Kratke, class of ’60. With a degree in Electrical Engineering in hand, we moved to Sunnyvale, CA, long before it was called Silicon Valley. In 1989, we purchased a piece of property in a canyon near Chico, about 1 1/2 hours north of Sacramento. I then bought a back hoe and we have been busy ever since. We had a large shop built with a living space included. I’ve always wanted to build my own house, so I retired early, at age 51, and we moved into the shop. When the house was finished, I built a hot rod out of parts I already had. I took the hot rod to the 50th reunion and it has been to Speedweek on the Bonneville Salt Flats many times. We have three kids and four grandkids. They come here often. Barbara has two horses, six chickens, and a large garden. We both have the dog. Below is a picture of Barbara’s Shelby. (Google Shelby.)
I’m building my next car, a Street Rod this time. In high school, I bought a 1934 Tudor Sedan, a real find, and complete except for the running gear. The farmer had made a hay wagon out of that. I started it before I bought it. My plan was to build what would have been called a custom in those days. But first, I had to finish my 41 Mercury, the car that I was driving. I still have both cars, neither is finished. I then bought a 1964 Mercury Comet to use as parts for the Tudor. It was running car and we all drove it. I decided I liked the ’34 Cabriolet better and after a long search, I found one. Unfortunately, it is a project and a mess. I never thought I would be able to finish that car. So, I have hired a very talented friend and neighbor as a handyman. He’s doing the things I can’t do, projects that need to be done AND helping me build this car. Below are example pictures of a finished Cabriolet street rod.
Note: In French, “cabriolet” means “convertible.”