The *WeCaTon* - West Carrollton (Ohio) H.S. Alumni News (unofficial)
Monday, November 03, 2014
2014 WCHS Alumni Gathering Wrapup
01 NOVEMBER 2014
Bonnie's Latest, Post WCHS 2014 Alumni Gathering:
Cordial greetings to all. I had no intention of beginning another
bulletin, prior to our weekend, and this one sure won't be sent until after
it's concluded. However, I've had so many responses to the last one, and the
e-mails are piling up so quickly, I thought I'd better get them cleared, as
I await the next onslaught. As always, we have good news and bad news. Also
as always, we begin with forwarders, who include 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER;
1957's ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, DARELL L. TOBIAS; 1958's LANDO F. STEELE, RONALD
D. "TOM" FEE, BILL R. HOWARD, LORNA D. TROUTMAN; 1959's GARY E. BARNES; 1960
s WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER, C. SUE MCCLOUD, DOLORES K "DEDE" FAHRNEY, CHAS V.
CARTER, THOS. L. WOLF, JR., EULA FAYE BAILEY, WM. O. WALK
ER, RICHARD S. HOLT; 1961's GARY R. FRANK, PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, SALLY L.
GILLETTE; and 1970's THOS. A. DORSEY, INDY JO GRISSOM;
Let's also update the e-mail-lost list. The good news is, we have returned
1963's DAVID R. FRALEY to the fold, thanks to efforts by 1961's SALLY L.
GILLETTE and 1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN.
Thanks, girls, and I've already heard from David and he's glad to be back
among us. But we have now lost 1967's ROBT. E. HALLER and his 1965 spouse,
MARY JO CONDON. Any clues? Also staying among the lost are 1955's BARBARA J.
THOMAS and her 1953 spouse, ELMER D. MARRIOTT. We've also lost 1960's
BEVERLY J. HAAS, which could be a very bad sign, as she was catastrophi
-cally ill, just about 2 years ago. Does anyone know anything? Let's all
work together to see if we can solve these. I also will take this
opportunity to thank 1960's IDA JANE TREON for updating me on her new e-mail
I'll be able to continue successfully sending her the bulletins. Thanks, Ida
We're suddenly getting rejects on 1954's VICTOR C. NOEL again, as well as
one of his classmates, PATRICE G. GAUGH. Do any of you have any clues?
Freda? Prez JERRY R. GRAHAM? If you've got any info on any of these, please
let me know. Otherwise, I have to do deletions and you all know how much I
hate doing that.
My very first response to the last bulletin came from my classmate, WM. E.
BUDDY" STOVER. He thanked me for my efforts and asked me if I knew the
whereabouts of three of our classmates. They are RONALD G. PINYON, RICHARD L
"DICKIE" PHILLIPS, and ROBT. E. "BOBBY" LAMB. Now, over the years, I'd heard
Ron and Bobby had died. But nothing was substantiated, so I never believed
that. At one time, Dick was on my readers list, but I've lost him. I'm sure
he lives in Brookville, and even near to 1962's RICHARD C. CALL. It's
certainly possible Rich may know where he now lives, Buddy, or how to reach
him. Rich's e-mail is ( email@example.com ) It's his wife who answers the
e-mail and her name is Lola Jean. She uses simply Jean. So perhaps that will
work to get Dick. If you succeed, get his current e-mail for me, so I can
get him back in the loop.
So now we get to Ron Pinyon. I did some digging for you. I think Ron lives
in Milton, Florida. There's no phone listed for him, but so many people have
ended landlines, that's not surprising, and cell phone numbers will never,
ever be listed. I suspect his address may be 3466 Barkwood Drive, Milton, Fl
32571. Now, if that's not him, Buddy, or if he no longer lives there, I've
been able to determine he has two sons, who are Jeffrey S. Pinyon and
William G. Pinyon. I believe William lives at 7340 Stepp Lane in Pace,
Florida 32571. Again, no phone listed. I further believe his other son,
Jeffrey, is living at 11 Point View Place, Cocoa, Florida 32926. No, no
phone listed. But I'm pretty confident of these being his sons, and at these
addresses. I actually found an e-mail for Ron, tried it, but got immediate
reject. There is also a Nina Mae Pinyon living in Pensacola, Florida, who is
connected to both Jeff and Bill, as well as Ron. So this is most assuredly
his former wife. I've got a hunch, if you drop a note to either of his two
boys' residential addresses, you're going to get a hit on Ron. I'm glad to
know all indications are that he's still alive.
So now, we move to your query about ROBT. E. LAMB. I was given to understand
much earlier in the year or later last year, Bob might live in the
Cincinnati area. This information, I believe, came come 1970's VICKIE JO
GILBERT. In any case, I did a bit more digging. I did find a Robt. E. Lamb
in the right age group. He's at 923 Whispering Pine Way, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
There were two phone numbers listed. One was disconnected. The other one is
513 228-1904. I called it, left a message, and explained for whom I was
searching. If this was the right one, I hope to get a return call. Again, I
m so encouraged to know he's probably not dead, either. So let's hope we get
somewhere with locating all 3 of them.
My special thanks to both 1955's JOHN E. CROY, 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY, and
1959's MICHAEL L. SWANK, K. JUNE CRUTCHFIELD, and 1960's EDGAR L. "EDDIE"
KELLY for inviting me to join them on one of the social media sites. But as
everyone now very well knows, I'm not nearly advanced enough for those
social media sites. I don't know if I ever will be, but I'm always easy to
reach on my regular, old, boring e-mail. While I'm at it, I'll advise
everyone I made an error in the last bulletin, re John's e-mail. The correct
one is deaconcroy at gmail.com So please correct your records and my
apologies to you, John. (Footnote: As you're all now well aware, the
Facebook went way over the top for me, and I just can't do the social media
thing. Enough said and end of story. It's just not for me, but thank you,
one and all.)
All those lovely, little thank-yous arrived from several of you, who
included 1954's Class Prez JERRY R. GRAHAM; 1959's SHIRLEY R. PARKS, NEIL H.
SIZER; 1960's RONNIE R. WHEELER; 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, JACK L. GODBY;
1963's NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN, 1970's INDY JO SUMNER---how I do love writing
that name!!---, and I thank each and every single one of you for your
appreciation. As I keep writing, I've gotten a lot more out of this, over
the now-14 years I've done it, than have all of you put together.
On September 25, the horrible news came to me, regarding the previous day's
death of one of 1959's most well-liked members, HORACE J. CARROLL, JR.
Junior, as we'd called him all through school, was also one of my fellow
Miami Shores Kids, as is his widow, 1961's NANCY L. HOHNHORST. The news of
his passing came to me, over and over, for the next 2-3 days. Everyone was
very upset by it. He was highly regarded by his classmates and all who knew
him. What a wonderful tribute to his legacy. During his and Nancy's life in
California, he'd always used his middle name of Jay. He and Nancy had been
married 50-plus years. Deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences are
to her and her family, by us all. It will never be an easy task for me to
report the passing of anyone who attended WC, that's for sure. It was 1959's
GARY E. BARNES, who first notified me, and there were many more, following
him. There were also exchanges with his cousin, 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER
and with Nancy's classmates, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT and SALLY L. GILLETTE. Many
more made comments, though, all lamenting the loss of WC alumnus, Junior. He
ll be sorely missed, of that, there is no doubt..
On the following day, though, we got some wonderful news, which I'm thrilled
to report. The beautiful ANN C. WEIDLE of the 1956 class was remarried on
June 3 in Foley, Alabama, where she lives. She wed Robt. M. Axetell, who
lived in the same neighborhood. She says she will retain her name of Ann C.
Brown, from her longtime marriage to the late RONALD L. BROWN, who was 1952,
I believe. Both Ann and her new husband had been caregivers to their first
spouses, both deceased. So I know we all wish many happy and wonderful years
to Ann and Bob, and we thank classmate, RALPH D. WILSON, for conveying this
There is other wedding news, too! Apparently, in either latter September or
very early October, 1957 class member, ERCELL P. PHILLIPS, was also
remarried. He sent photos, but I wasn't able to find an actual date. But
neither here nor there, we certainly wish him all the happiness in the world
it looks as though his second wife's name is Jean and perhaps we'll all meet
her at an alumni event, by the time you're reading this. Congratulations and
best wishes to you, Jean and Ercell.
My cousin, JUDITH L. SAMUELS, continues to recover from her many surgeries.
She sends thanks for the kind words from 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE and 1961
s JACK L. GODBY and SALLY L. GILLETTE.. She appreciates your kindnesses. In
the 9 months ranging from November of 2013 to August of 2014, she has
endured lung cancer and the total removal of her right lung, 33 consecutive
radiation treatments, concluding sometime in March, then having cataract
surgery in July, then both a broken hip and carotid artery surgery,
practically back to back, in August. She has so far survived it all and was
miraculously declared cancer-free on Oct. 27. I don't think I've ever before
in my life heard of anyone surviving stage 4 lung cancer, not to even
mention all the rest!
It is now Oct. 14 and I shall leave for Ohio tomorrow to attend our alumni
weekend. I really don't know what to expect this year, but I sure do want to
see a good turnout. I've got some advance news from a few, and we'll see how
it goes, when I subsequently complete this one. For instance, from 1959'ss
BETSY R. MURPHY came a report of her and her 1960 spouse, T. BARRY RUSELLO
not being with us either Thursday or Friday, but do plan to be at the
Saturday night event. So we'll get to see the two of them. Barry just
celebrated a birthday on Oct. 11!
Thanks arrived from 1960's WM. O. WALKER for a birthday greeting I sent to
him. He and Karen will not be with us, this year, opting to remain at home
in Alvin, Texas. The same goes for 1961's JACK L. GODBY, and we're sure
going to miss them all. We'll try for next year.
Also, along came a thank-you from 1958's BILL R. HOWARD for the 44th
anniversary card for him and wife, Lucille M. Howard. Darned if I didn't get
the year wrong, thinking it was the 45th. However, it was the 44th, but we
all hope you had a great anniversary, Lucy and Bill. Let's see, it was Oct.
Many, many thanks to you, 1959's SANDRA R. KINNEY, for asking me to join you
on FaceBook. I'm not yet out of the 20th century, Sandy, and don't yet even
know how to cut and paste, can you believe that? I'm not a fan of the social
websites, as outlined in the previous paragraph, and really doubt I ever
will be. But I do plan to keep my old e-mail forevermore and welcome all WC
who wish to use it. By now---it's October 27---you're all aware of my
Facebook debacle. I'm so sorry, I just can't abide that Facebook thing. I
found far more which I disliked, than liked. Miraculously, dozens of you
sent e-mails in support of my decision, and even said you felt exactly the
same. Thank you all for understanding. I repeat, I love my e-mail and I love
my old, landline telephone. Please feel free to use them both, liberally, if
you wish. There's probably going to be more on that topic, as we go through
this bulletin. It seems to be an endless topic.
Among you wonderful folks who helped me through my Facebook dilemma were
1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER; 1957's SHIRLEY A. HILE; 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY;
1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, DAVID G. OTT; 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL, NANCY A. HALL,
CAROL A. MUMMA. EDNA L. GRAY, SALLY L. GILLETTE, SANDRA E. BROCK, PAUL R.
BEARDSLEY, JACK L. GODBY, FRANCES E. DAYSPRING, JANET L. WALTERS; 1963's
GAYLE E. LESHER, TERRIE A. STOLTZ, SHIRLEY A. RANKIN, NORMA ELYN SPEELMAN,
SANDRA K. MINIX. I thank you, one and all.
Now, we back up to Oct. 8, when I got a lovely thank-you e-mail from 1961
class president, JOHN W. OBERLIES, JR., who thanked me for his birthday card
(it's on that day), and told me he's a whole year older than I thought. Well
don't worry, John, I'll change it and make you a year older. I hope it was
one, fabulous birthday for you!
On October 9, I received e-mail from 1961's P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, in which
she expressed her concern for the health status of my cousin, JUDITH L.
SAMUELS. Of course, I've covered all that in the earlier paragraphs, Lynn,
so I'm sure you're up to date with Judy's health. I also know she's happy
have asked. Lynn and I had out usual, one-on-one visit, during alumni
weekend, when I visited at her Germantown home. She even took me to lunch!
Lynn also told me she had learned of the death of FRANCIS COLLINS, who was
the younger sister of 1961's JO ANNE COLLINS and 1957's MARY A. COLLINS. She
did not know a class year nor did she have the cause of death. Do any of you
know anything about this or any of the details?
From 1960's DAVID G. OTT came news of an Oct. 22 hip replacement surgery for
his 1963 spouse, SANDRA K. MINIX. He reported she was doing great, coming
along well, and would be in rehab for a week or so, and then expected to be
home. We hope you're doing great by now, Sandy.
Where were you over the recent alumni weekend, 1968's ROGER D. LUCAS? After
your e-mail of Oct. 9, I thought sure we'd be seeing you at something. Were
you there? If so, I was unaware. We do hope to see you somewhere, next year.
We didn't get to see 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, nor his wife, Sarah L. "Sally"
West. She has been undergoing a regimen of treatments for breast cancer and
Mike reported all is going well, saying her chances for complete recovery
are looking great. How wonderful to be able to report even more good health
From 1964's THOS. J. HALL came a request for any WC events taking place in
Florida. Obviously, he had heard of the now-defunct, WC Florida Spring Fest
as well as the annual WC Florida Holiday Brunch, which happened in December
I moved in early 2007, Tom, and had diligently hoped those events had by
then taken on a life of their own and would continue. I thought someone
would pick up the reins and move forward with those events, but it didn't
happen. So you'll need to come on up to see everyone in Ohio, come next Oct.
8, 9, and 10.
As the months moved past, I did some updating on my WC address records, in
the process tracking down the latest info on 1958's LANDO F. STEELE; 1960's
GERALD A. FULLER, DENNIS A ROSE, and CHAS. A. "BUDDY" LOWMAN. I succeeded in
all of them, I'm happy to report.
Prior to our alumni weekend, I received e-mail from 1954 class president,
JERRY R. GRAHAM, for the purpose of promoting their 60th gathering. Why didn
t I see you all that weekend, Jerry? Where were you? I also missed FREDA P.
FLETCHER and she told me she didn't even know there were other events! Freda
you're not reading the bulletins, are you? "Shame-y, shame-y!" One of these
days, I'm going to have pop quiz! I believe iconic teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN
was at the event, and I know he was at the dinner/dance, along with wife,
Marjorie L. Huffman.
From 1961's RICHARD L. DOLL came a request for info on classmate, MARILYN J.
WINKLER. I had nothing, but was nevertheless able to find her, using the
webiste I constantly use and it's always one, terrific souce (www.whitepages
com) The extent of obtainable info on there is amazing and I sent it to him
Did you talk with her yet, Rich?
Let's back up a bit to Sept. 28, which is when I got the latest update on a
Fahrney or two. As we all are well aware, that's an iconic surname in the
annals of WC. So from 1958 class president, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY, came a
report on his trip to Europe, where he was coaching what is termed,
American Football," while in Germany. Dick was coaching 18-year-olds and was
permitted to stay 90 days, then had to leave, due to visa limitations, but
said he'd gotten to bring over 4 grandchildren for a month, so I know he and
Jan had great fun with that. Dick also sent along a message for you, BILL R.
HOWARD, his classmate. He loved the photos you sent to him, and I guess his
thanks brought about nostalgia from the 1950s about your incredible speed as
a track runner and athlete, Bill. Of course, all of us of that era remember
your remarkable achievements, and I'm betting no one's ever yet broken a few
of the records you set.
Unfortunately, this year's timing with the Fahrneys didn't coincide with our
weekend, and we're surely hoping that won't happen too many more years. As I
type (Oct. 28), Dick probably went to Tuesday breakfast at Holly's in WC,
then they will return to do some skiing in Breckenridge, after a visit to
Kalispell, Montana---an area where I've ridden serious, Harley-Davidson
miles for many years, long ago---to visit son Lance, daughter-in-law Melissa
and their four grandchildren. Also, many thanks for the kind words, Dick,
and we sure hope to see you next year.
Toward the end of September, we got e-mail from 1960's THOS. L. WOLF, JR.,
who advised all the old class photos are hanging where they should be in
WCHS. He made arrangement to get them to open the school from 10a.m.-2p.m.,
on Oct. 18, for viewing on alumni weekend. Unfortunately, I was in such a
mad dash, I totally forgot it, but did share dinner with Tom at my table,
later that evening. He also told me the Mandalay Banquet Center is located
in the Kettering School District, not WC, as I'd thought. But that's okay.
From 1960's EULA FAYE BAILEY came news she wouldn't be with us this year,
either. She has had a number of health issues, with which she's been dealing
and just isn't up to the traveling. It's been a year since she broke her
hip, but has recovered 100% from that, she reported. So that part was good
news. We all missed you, Eula Faye!
A couple of inquiries came to me for contact information and/or an update on
1963's FRANCES L. PEFFLY. They came from SHIRLEY A. RANKIN and TERRIE A.
STOLTZ. Both want to know how to contact Fran and how she's doing. I wish I
had an answer for you both. I last saw Fran on April 14 of 2012, when I took
her and her daughter to lunch for Fran's birthday. Since then, I've heard
nothing, I'm sorry to say, and don't know why. So if anybody out there knows
how Fran is, let us know. All I can tell you is that I'm not getting any
rejects on her e-mail address, so I have to assume it's still working.
From 1957's SHIRLEY A. HILE came a request for the dates for our weekend,
but I don't recall seeing you anywhere, Shirley. Were you somewhere at one
of the weekend functions, and I missed seeing you, Shirley?
From 1961's SHARON K. WENDELKEN came a report about a class gathering for
her 1964 younger brother's class. He is TIMOTHY L. WENDELKEN, and it looks
like he lives in Gray Court, SC. I was a tad surprised by the timing of the
event, since our annual alumni weekend is so high-profile, now. But the
class met on about the last weekend of September and I have to admit I
wondered why it wasn't coincided with the alumni weekend, which would've
allowed them to see so many more Pirates. My first thought was perhaps the
planners were unaware. In any case, Sharon said her brother told her the
dinner was fabulous and was held at the Presidential Pavilion. In any case,
it's wonderful the class met for their 50th. Thanks for the report, Sharon.
From 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL came regrets about not being able to see the
e-mail address for 1958 class prez, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY. Well, Nancy, we can
sure fix that in a big hurry. I feel very confident Dick will not mind a
fellow Pirate having his e-mail address, especially one who showed an
interest in his involvement in European sports. So here's Dick's e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Okay, Nancy?
A recent call came from 1960's EDGAR L. "EDDIE: KELLY. He'd lost all his
contacts due to a crash on his PC. He also told me he hasn't been up to par
of late, but is making strides. Ed wanted contact info on his high school
girlfriend, 1961's DIANA J. MILTON, so I hope he was able to contact you,
her sister, 1958's MARGIE L. MILTON.
Also checking in with an update was Rebecca A. Fuller, spouse of 1960's
GERALD A. FULLER. She said they'll make an effort to be at our class' 55th
anniversary, next year. I sure hope so! Several years ago, Jerry connected a
few memory dots for me. For years, I'd wondered why and how I could recall a
connection to Jerry, long before we began school together. It was he who was
able to recall the fact I used to visit my aunt and uncle on Dayton's Steele
Avenue, when just a toddler. It was Jerry who was able to tell me his
parents had lived right next door. I recall going to birthday parties for
Jerry, when we were but 3 and 4 years old. I know we met each other before
our 3rd birthdays. That means, we have known one another longer than just
about any other person on earth, but for older, immediate family. I don't
have anyone living, but I think Jerry still has his two brothers, who are
Well, 1954's FREDA P. FLETCHER will soon be adding to her vast family. Her
granddaughter by her son, 1975's Dr. MARK T. SCHROEPPEL, Ph. D., is
currently 3 months pregnant with her second child and the family is very
excited. Freda already has 11 great-grandchildren and she was an only child!
I know you're doing your part to re-populate the earth, Freda!
Well, I received a wonderful e-mail from 1961's JANET L. WALTERS, in which
she tried to convince me she, like me, grew up as a Tomboy. Okay, Janet,
maybe you did, but you sure don't LOOK like any Tomboy I'VE ever seen, and
you're invariably one of the most attractive alumni who comes to any of the
functions. So if you were ever a Tomboy, you've sure done a great job of
outgrowing it, that's for sure!
From 1969's KAREN L. THROCKMORTON came an e-mail regarding the recent death
of her mother,
1945's NORMA JEAN BROWN, the spouse of her classmate, DONALD R. THROCKMORTON
We all sure did hate that one, Karen. I had the pleasure of meeting your
folks at one or two of the alumni functions, and what nice people. I'm so
sorry we lost your mother.
While there in WC, I made inroads with our new alumni president, 1978's
LARRY W. HENDERSON, and he will be letting me know, as the year passes, if
any big changes or corrections are taking place as regards our plans for
2015. Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Larry, and I know we all
appreciate once again having an alumni president. I understand the
vice-presidency remains open. If that's still the case, are there any
takers out there? If so, please let Larry know. Keep reading, as I'm
getting to the recent alumni weekend, and will have some coverage on that.
None other than 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY and wife, Frances B., are putting the
finishing touches on a new CD. As most of us are well aware, Don and Fran
do a lot of entertaining and singing around the area of southern Ohio. At
our Miami Shores Memories gathering of 2013, in fact, we were treated to a
free concert with Don, classmate LORNA D. TROUTMAN, and her 1962 sister,
THERESA M. It was great fun.
My dear friend, 1958's BRUCE E. CHENOWETH and his longtime, significant
other, 1971's PATTY JO WHEELBARGER, came to my house for a visit. Bruce
averages a visit about 3-5 times, each year, and Patty is normally with him,
at least once or twice. They also headed southward and visited 1960's
MICHAEL S. WEST and wife Sally in their chosen hometown of Gatlinburg.
With this edition, we welcome aboard 1959's NORMAN R. SANFORD. He gave me
his e-mail at our dinner/dance, and sat at the same table, as 1959 and 1960
were seated together. He and his wife live in Pennsylvania. Many of us
vividly recall Norm, as he was the drum major for the marching band, just
prior to the years when that slot was occupied by 1961's JACK L. GODBY.
Welcome to the WC bulletin readers list, Norm, and we hope you will enjoy.
During our recent weekend, it was the 60th for the class of 1954, obviously.
One class member was CAROLYN R. GILLETTE, sister of 1961's SALLY L.
GILLETTE, who reported Carolyn asked her to join the 1954 gathering, which
she did. Carolyn had other family members there, too. I so regret not
seeing anyone from that class at our dinner/dance. I had really wanted to
see several of those folks, inparticularly!
With nearly each bulletin, 1960's RONNIE R. WHEELER and I, seem to exchange
opinions on matters of pith and moment, so to speak. This time, we both
lamented the loss of the moral pulchritude with which we 1950s kids were
raised and how our own children never got to experience that. How true, how
true, Ronnie, and yes, how tragic. I've never been sure about modern being
From 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE came a proud report of the work of his
grandson, Kyle, who's getting launched into the film-making business. In
fact, he's just signed a contract to do commercials for none other than
Starbucks Coffee. His other grandson, Ryan, is headed to Los Angeles to
play in the Handicapped World Soccer Cup. While Ryan is not handicapped,
the rules call for each team to have two non-handicapped players, and Ryan
is one of them. Is it any wonder Tom and Sandi are so proud of these two
So now, we get to our weekend, as I continue typing on this Halloween night,
which is gray and very overcast for our little beggars. I had a safe and
uneventful trip to the home of my host and hostess, who are always 1960's
CHAS. V. CARTER and wife, Pamela J., who reside in Miamisburg. That was on
Wednesday, Oct. 15, and I spent that evening visiting my brother-in-law,
Ralph J. Osterman, and my sister-in-law, 1956's ANITA R. MASON, his wife of
5 years. Then it was next door for a visit to my friend, Susie McLaughlin,
caregiver, singer, and roommate to the late, great Betty C. Greenwood, who
died April 12, and whose eulogy I delivered to a packed house. I think of
her often and fondly. Susie was kind enough to make a gift to me of a
beautiful piece of Betty's jewelry, which I'll always cherish.
Then came Thursday and I went to the usual gathering at Ron's Pizza in
Miamisburg. I was firs to get there and, while waiting in my van, 1959's
GARY E. BARNES also arrived. He and I shared supper together, as we've been
doing for a number of years, The turnout was fairly light, probably around
35-40 people. But it was nevertheless fun and pleasant and lots of memories
and nostalgia. I especially enjoyed seeing the wonderful, old antique car,
driven right to the front door by 1962's RUSSELL L. "RUSTY" ELLIOTT and wife
MARY ANN DUNCAN. Everyone milled around and talked to everyone, as always
seems to be the case. I had a great visit with classmate, DAVID A. BLAIR and
his wife, Marlene.
Friday brought a repeat performance with additional people, and many of the
same ones, as we all gathered at Frisch's. Even GARY L. WARLAUMONT put in an
appearance, and so did our class vice-president, THOS. D. YOUNG and his wife
my dear friend, Sandi. Daughter Jennifer was also there with her spouse,
Larry M. Hamblin, and the great-grandson, Connor Benjamin Gill. What a cutie
and a real scene-stealer.
Suddenly, there was a tap on my shoulder and I turned to find 1958's star
football jock and hunk, none other than 1950s A-lister, LANDO F. STEELE. We
had a great visit and went all around the place, as we did table-hopping and
I told everyone who he was. He said he wanted to talk to everyone and that
was just what we did. There were lots of 1960 people there, it seemed, and
I was glad of that. Among those I saw, besides Gary and Tom, were DAVID A.
BLAIR, SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, CHAS A. "BUD" LOWMAN III, JO ANN K. STEMLEY, CHAS.
V. CARTER, C. SUE MCCLOUD, and I know others will come to mind, as I do more
We lost the Miami Shores Memories Picnic, due to rescheduling of the weekend
after the room had already been set for the prior week, the death of 1957's
BETTY LEE CARROLL, who served as our Moraine City liaison, and the confusion
of alumni officer resignations. I loved that event and have big hopes of
someone taking the reins and resurrecting that event for next year. We'll
see how it goes.
Of course, the almost-canceled-this-year dinner/dance was the following
night. Now, due to all those aformentioned-and-unforeseen stumbling blocks,
we did have a light turnout, maybe a hundred, but let me tell you, if you
weren't there, you missed the very best one we've ever had, and I'm not
kidding! The facility was Mandalay Banquet Center on East River Road, an
extremely nice facility with all amenities and I'm so glad we're going to be
staying there in future years.
While there, I spent time with 1960's T. BARRY RUSSELLO and 1959 spouse,
BETSY R. MURPHY. I can assure you, they're both still keeping the fashion
bar high. Barry had just stepped off the pages of GQ, as always, and Betsy
continues to defy age, looking about 55 (with a hard push) and fashionable
beyond description. Yep, she's the Vogue girl! Also present was 1958's
football icon, FLOYD R. "BUBBLES" WILLIAMS, whose face broke into a wide
smile when his football buddy, also a 1958-er, LANDO F. STEELE, entered the
room. I also spent some time talking with their other football buddy,
VINCENT A. BRODBECK and his delightful, longtime companion, Brenda K. Heiser
as well as 1962 class member, JACKQUELYN S. HAINES and her 1958 spouse, W.
BAILEY HAWKINS. There were also BILL R. HOWARD and his wife, Lucille M. Two
days earlier, I coincidentally ran smack into Bill and DAVID L. HOWARD, at
the WC McDonald's, when I stopped for coffee, breakfast, and a paper. We
had a nice visit, too. Also at my table was CHAS. V. CARTER, who drove me
there and back. I was happy about that, as it was a rainy night. Also
there was SHIRLEY J. TUDOR, who was lookin' good, and THOS. L. WOLF, JR. It
was a great evening.
Now, as much as I hate to say it (but I've already said it, many times), in
ALL past years, I thought the food was absolutely hog swill. I said nothing
as I wasn't there for the food, anyway. But many others echoed my opinion,
very quietly. Well, all I can say is, "Hog swill days are finished!" The
food at the Mandalay Banquet Center was absolutely delicious, every single
item. Everyone, with whom I spoke, agreed with me.
Then came the entertainment. Yes, we had entertainment and in all previous
years, I didn't enjoy it, at all. This year was exceptional! There was a
group there, who call themselves (I think) the Dell Sonics.
They sang many songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Somehow, some way,
they managed to sound just like the original recording, on each and every
song. I was amazed, as were many. By the way, the wait staff at this
facility were all Johnny-on-the-spot, keeping coffee and tea all filled,
bringing any requested items to the table, and making sure everyone was
accommodated. This was a 100%, enjoyable-all-the-way function and I'll bet
it will be repeated, and even better, come next year.
It is my understanding from the current alumni president, 1978's LARRY W.
HENDERSON, we will be doing a repeat performance of all aspects of the 2014
event. I, for one, am thrilled about that. Larry was assisted this year by
a little presentation from former president, THOS. A. DORSEY. So if you
didn't make this year's event, as so many didn't, make darned sure you put
it on your calendar for 2015. Hats off to all who had a hand in planning
this year's exceptional event. We'll also be returning to our regular time
slot of the second Saturday in October. So our WC weekend will be held on
Oct. 8, 9, and 10, come next year. BE THERE!!! Don't keep putting this off
because we're losing more and more people every year. I especially want to
see a predominance of my own class, 1960, as it will be our 55th. Not to be
excluded from importance is the class of 1965, who will be the spotlight,
50th class, and it will be the 60th for 1955. So bearing all that in mind,
make your plans and block off that weekend. Let nothing prevent you from
being there. Don't shove this to the side for other events. If you can
make just one of the events, make sure it's the dinner/dance, as that's the
only official event. If someone wants you to do something on that weekend,
you need to tell them you have already made commitments!
So guess what? This concludes this installment of the WC bulletins. The
last one was sent Sept. 24, so I'm pretty proud of myself. On this Halloween
Eve, you'll have lots of reading to do, so I hope you'll all enjoy. If I've
overlooked anything, please let me know. I'll get it in the next one. In
the meantime, I'll close with my usual wish for glowing health, personal
safety, great happiness, spiritual harmony, peaceful serenity, and boundless
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
WECATON NEWS REPORT: 21 MAY 2014
---Who knows when this one will reach you? Certainly, not me! In any case, I
'm beginning it on Feb. 5, and intend to shoot for mid-March. Hey, I'll tell
you what. My 72nd birthday, as nearly all of you already know, falls dead in
the middle of March (16th), along with that of my birthday twin (1960's
DEVONA S. TAYLOR), so I think I'll just shoot for that date as being my goal
(Footnote: Yeah, sure! So much for that piece of fantasy, right?)
In the meantime, we will stick with our usual format, first listing our
forwarders: 1954's FREDA P. FLE
TCHER; 1955's C. ELAINE BARKER; 1956's DENNIS A. MICHAEL; 1957's ERCELL P.
PHILLIPS, BETTY LEE CARROLL, R ALPH H. WARNER, SHIRLEY A. HILE; 1958's LANDO
F. STEELE, BILL R. HOWARD, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY, LORNA D.
TROUTMAN, W. BAILE
Y HAWKINS; 1959's GARY E. BARNES, ROBT. H. FULLER; 1960's RICHARD S HOLT,
DOLORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, WM. E. "BUDDY" STOVER, C. SUE MCCLOUD, THOS, L
WOLF, JR., JUDI
TH A. SLIFE, WM. O. WALKER, DAVID A. BLAIR, GARY L. WARLAUMONT; 1961's GARY
K, JANET L. WALTERS, SALLY L. GILLETTE, SANDRA E. BROCK, PAUL R. BEARDSLEY,
NETTE GARRETT, FRANCES E. DAYSPRING, CONNIE K. STREETE, SHARON K. WENDELKEN,
DALLAS K. MATHIS, LARRY D. GILBERT; 1962's JACKQUELYN S. HAINES; 1963's
SHIRLEY A. R
ANKIN; 1964's W. THOS. GODBY, KARL L. BURRUS; 1970's DEBRE C. "DEBBY"
Yes, we had more e-mail rejects, pretty much the same ones, though. I'm
right on the brink of deleting the following alumni from our readers list. I
always says if I get 3 consecutive rejects, and no update, I'll delete them.
But the fact is, I just can't bring myself to do it, until I've gotten about
6 of them. I do hate losing even one of us. If you have information which is
Current, let me know. They are 1954's BLANCHE B. MANNING; 1956's BETTY L.
CULPEPPER; 1960's RICHARD G. "JERRY" BROWN, MADELEINE J. BECK; 1963's JOHN L
JONES; 1980's BRIAN A. GILBERT; 1988's KRISITE A. WILSON; 1990's BRANDON C.
CARPENTER. From 1963's TIMOTHY A. LUCAS we got a hot tip on Jerry and
Madeleine's whereabouts. Tim said his friend in Sebring, Florida, just had
dinner with them, recently. So Tim sent the friend a message, advising him
to tell them their old, WC classmates are
searching for them. He also sent along my e-mail address to give them. So we
hope to hear from one of them soon. At least, we know they're both okay.
Thanks, Tim. But we have others, so pay attention and update me if you know
anything. Thanks for any help you can give on these. We also had a few who
sent an updates and thank you so much for doing that. One was 1958's DAVID L
HOWARD and K. JUNE. CRUTCHFIELD. Another was 1955's JESS E. HOHNHORST, as
well as 1960's RICHARD S. HOLT. Thanks so much..
Although I keep delaying this part, trying to find just the right spot to
insert it, there never seems to be one, so I'll just get on with it. Yes, we
ve lost a few more of us, so let's get these done, and then we'll move on
with other news. First of all, I'll mention the thank-yous from 1958's
RICHARD A. FAHRNEY and his 1960 sister, DOLORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY. I may
have done that, already, but if so, it's ok and we can mention it again.
These were sent to the alumni in response to the January loss of their
father, 1933's iconic A. EMERSON FAHRNEY. (Footnote: In view of passing time
and many WC losses, I decided to insert this section, further down in the
text, so keep reading. We'll cover them.)
Oh, my! Time has literally flown past. Doesn't it, always? It's now March 19
How did that happen? I'm going to go back over everything and see if I can
salvage some time here. Way back on Jan. 28, I got e-mail from 1959's SANDRA
R. KINNEY, in which she requested I add a reader. It was none other
than her classmate and fellow majorette, VIRGINIA K. GAULDIN. I was happy to
do so, and we're all thrilled you've come aboard, Virginia!
Skating right along on those coattails from Sandy, I got an e-mail on this
very day from Brenda K. Heiser, longtime companion of 1958's VINCENT A.
BRODBECK. She sends special thanks to you, inparticularly, Sandy, because of
finding her fellow nurse for her. It was 1961's MARYJANE MYERS. I had a
couple other clues, yes, but yours was key one, Sandy. Brenda is thrilled
and Mary Jane has now reconnected with a number of other old friends, due to
our joint efforts. Way to go, Pirates!
Cousin JUDITH L. SAMUELS is currently undergoing radiation, following her
November surgery which was for the removal of a lung. She's hanging in there
so far, and appreciates any and all support. She especially thanks 1961's
EDNA L. GRAY and P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, both of whom have offered contact
and/or sent cards. How wonderful of you both! (Footnote: Since writing the
previous text, I'm maintaining nearly-daily contact with Judy. She has some
really good days, but also occasionally has several days in a row, when she
s down for the count. I'm hoping for the best.)
We all remember losing WC icon, 1933's A. EMERSON FAHRNEY in January, of
course. I received nice e-mail thank-yous from both 1960's D0LORES K. "DEDE"
FAHRNEY and 1958's class prez, RICHARD A. FAHRNEY. I understand his service
was held on a bitterly-cold day, but still produced an impressive turnout. I
'm not surprised. He was one of a kind. Lots of commentary and a good report
on his service was received from THOS. L. WOLF, JR., 1960. He pointed out we
need to determine who is now our oldest, living alumnus. I think I may have
more on that, later in the text, Tom. Keep reading. Tom also sent news on
the class photo project of the older classes being hung in the hallway,
finally, and I forwarded that info to all of you, so you could make
donations to that project, if you want. They went to alumni treasurer,
1970's GARY L. JOHNSON. Thanks for your efforts, Tom and Gary.
Thanks all over the place to 1973's JEAN ANN MILLER for providing a website
to view some great WC memories and reading. I was sure I sent that, when I
first got it. But just in case, I redistributed it, on this date (Mar.19),
in order to be certain all had access, who wished to do so. It's an
enjoyable piece of WC history. Lots of folks thought this was a new bulletin
too. But it wasn't. It was just tacked onto the end of Jean's video.
In latter January, a note arrived from 1958's RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, in which
he identified a bit with my nudist colony story, of a while back. He and
share the distinction of having been (he still is, I think) process servers
in Florida. I did that for 8 years. Tom reiterated a service in which a
beautiful lady got his summons papers, totally in the nude, when she opened
the door. His wife was with him and saw it. She told Tom the lady was
beautiful when he got back in the car. Tom replied he didn't know, as he did
not see her face. Hmmmm, wonder why? Good one, Tom!
From 1960s RONNIE R. WHEELER also came some comment on my own nudist colony
story. He said he's still laughing, too. Well, so am I, Ron, now that it's
years into the past. But believe me, that's still one of the most awkward
moments of my life, and I never want to do anything like that again! Ron
also wrote, more recently, of how I should continue the bulletins, as I so
enjoy doing them, and being in touch with so many of you, as a result, but
still finding a bit of time to stop and smell the roses. There's no doubt,
you're right, Ron. I suppose, given my extenuating circumstances, my
rose-smelling time is probably done when I write. I find writing to be
relaxing and a release of sorts. It's a lifelong pursuit for me, but if
there's a downside, it's when I read printed material and/or listen to
nationally-broadcast news programs and read/hear incorrect use of grammar. I
m never, ever going to get over the huge dose of English teacher, the late
REBECCA A. MARSH, which I carry, at all times. But bully for her. I loved
her. Thanks, Ron, I'm going to keep typing!
A wonderful recollection of the 1950s neighborhood on Ellery Avenue in
Moraine City came from 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST, as he recapped the period
when everyone went to the home of another 1960 classmate, the late L. EUGENE
ZINK, drummer in the marching band. Mike wrote of how they all played
euchre there on Saturday nights, all brought to light by the mention of the
late BARBARA K. FARLEY, 1956. Also long-residing on that same street was
THOM B. THOMPSON, 1960's class treasurer.
Boy, the time gets away so quickly, I'm breathless. It's now late afternoon,
Saturday, April 5. I should've had this bulletin distributed by now, so I
want to try and actually do that. I'll resume the incoming e-mail, where I
left off, last time. As usual, there were words of praise and appreciation
from 1961's JACK L. GODBY and from 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM. Indy also
recently sent her real estate newsletter and I got word from Jack he was
going to visit his brother, 1964's W. THOS. GODBY. I haven't yet had the
report on Jack's visit, but I'll bet I'll get one. I hope all went well,
Jack. Thanks for your bulletin, Indy.
JUDITH A. SLIFE, 1960, sent an e-mail saying she wasn't in attendance at the
dinner/dance, due to an important and unexpected occurrence. She said she
will try to come this year. Judy's name was on the list of paid alumni, so
we'd hoped to see her.
From 1957's LAWRENCE J. RENAS, JR., came a little note to let me know he's
feeling all right and also to update us on the whereabouts of his younger
brother, 1960's DOUGLAS A. RENAS. Larry reports that Doug has permanently
moved to Mexico, Missouri, a tiny burg in the center of the state. Larry
also expressed surprise, saying Doug hates cold weather. For a very long
time, Doug was in the state of Arizona. Thanks, Larry, and hope to see you
I and 1958's BILL R. HOWARD had our usual word game. He was speaking of
pronunciations of the state capitals. Unbeknownst to many, the correct way
to say the capital of South Dakota (Pierre) isn't like the man's name. It
should be said as, "pier," like the nautical term. I would never have known
that, myself, but for my 20 consecutive trips to the place for the Sturgis
Rally & Races (1982-2001). So we had a little trivia lesson.
We still don't know what's up with this year's Miami Shores Memories Picnic.
I do believe the room has been confirmed, but as to who's in charge, we're
unsure. I received e-mail from 1957's BETTY LEE CARROLL and she's as of yet
unaware, also. As I get news and/or confirmation, I will keep all of you
posted. (Footnote: Sadly, you will later read in this bulletin of Betty's
passing away. She was in the state of Tennessee, as I understand it, and it
occurred toward the end of April, I think.)
PAUL R. BEARDSLEY, 1961, requested an explanation as to why I was ragging on
my old friend, 1960's GARY L. WARLAUMONT, re the new engine for his plane.
Well, I just couldn't resist, Paul. He and I have teased for decades about
everything and I wasn't able to restrain myself. Ha! Also, I was elated to
hear the news of Paul printing the bulletins for 1961's LILY K. "KITTY"
BURDETTE. I thought we'd lost her and, from a techno standpoint, I guess we
did. But she and Paul are cousins through his marriage to her classmate,
SANDRA E. BROCK. So we still have Kitty, which is great news.
Did I already tell you I'm getting company next month? I think I did, but
who cares? It bears repeating. I'll be visited by 1958's LORNA D. TROUTMAN,
her 1962 sister, THERESA M. TROUTMAN, and her spouse Roger M. "Chico" Lopez
III. Lorna and Chico live in Phoenix, Arizona, while Theresa resides in
Denton, Texas. This is very exciting. They'll be going to Ohio and Kentucky
also, as Chico is going to the Hamfest event in Ohio. He's an avid HAM
radio operator. I know we'll all have such fun.
We've all been kicking around this oldest living alumnus thing and no one
seemed to know for sure. I wasn't surprised, however, when it was 1960's
DOLORES K. "DEDE" FAHRNEY, who came up with what is probably the correct
answer for this one. Dede reported ALICE GRAY, 95 years old, as going to
Elmcroft Assisted Living in Washington Township, as of February. It seems
Alice's late sister is Katherine, who was the mother of 1960's own MADELEINE
J. BECK. I wouldn't be a bit surprised but that DeDe is correct. Does anyone
have a different person in mind? Thanks, DeDe. Are you reading this, Tom
(Wolf)? It sounds as though this might answer your query a number of
paragraphs back in the text.
After re-reading the bulletin I wrote last September (for varying reasons),
I began to wonder if I'd given anyone the wrong impression when I was joking
about 1959's COE S. WOLFE, who lives in the same building as does WALLACE W.
ROBBINS. No one said a word about it, of course, but just to be sure, I sure
didn't mean to imply---nor do I think I did so---that there was anything
more there than the fact the two of them happen to live in the same building
That's it. So if anybody got a different impression, I'd like to make sure
we all know that's not the case. I don't want to mislead anyone.
PHYLLIS A. DAVIDSON, 1972, wrote me to get me to nudge her brother, 1958's
BILL R. HOWARD, to write her a few lines. Hey, we got that done, didn't we,
Phyllis? This was conveyed to me through Phyllis' sister, 1963's GERALDINA
SELLARS. Bill and I are also kicking around the possibility that we just
might be related, a few generations back. We've both got kinfolk who share
the same surname. Now, wouldn't that be a hoot? Bill also reported some
health woes with two of his classmates, RONALD D. "TOM" FEE and DAVID L.
HOWARD. As I understand it, both are home and doing pretty well, now, as is
Bill, himself. It's always such a joy to be able to report improvements in
health for our alumni. It seems Tom had a stroke and Dave was having some
heart problems. I'm under the distinct impression both are now resolved. Let
s hope they both stay that way.
Thank you, 1961's RICHARD L. DOLL, for the invite to the Linkedin website.
However, I don't do any of the social websites. Heck, I can hardly manage
some of the things on e-mail, Rich! I've already got a number of methods for
contact and I think if I get one more, especially one I don't know how to
use, I will scream. But I'm always so flattered by the invitation, so thank
you. Rich's classmate is my friend, P. LYNNETTE GARRETT, and they've been in
touch and have discussed some medical issues for the knee replacements, I
Let's get our losses done and we'll proceed from there. I hate reporting the
deaths, but everyone does need to know about them, so here we go. From 1957
s THERESA M. MOSES came the news of the Feb. 16 death of her classmate, JOHN
W. MARKUNES. He'd apparently suffered from COPD. He'd resided in Orlando, at
the time of his death.
Also from 1957's SHIRLEY ANN HILE came notice of the Feb. 6 death of 1955's
PATSY W. KINNEY , but no details. She wrote that's all she knew. I recognize
the name, and remember her face. She had worked for WC schools, for a number
of years, I read. This passing was also reported to me by my
classmate, THOS. L. WOLF, JR.
Tom also reported to me the death of longtime, WC teacher, Marjorie L. Allen
who died at Otterbein Home. Miss Allen was my 4th grade teacher at the
school in Moraine City. I remember her vividly and she was very kind and
very nice and very pleasant. Thanks, Tom.
Although she's listed in the forwarders, I'm sorry to tell you 1957's BETTY
LEE CARROLL passed away, apparently at the end of April, while vacationing
in Nashville. I don't know the circumstances or cause of death, but I do
know Betty had had health problems for a long time. She was so helpful with
The orchestrating of our Miami Shores Memories picnic. I was so sorry to
hear this. She's been long wed to another 1957 class member, RALPH H. WARNER
We extend condolences to her family and friends, as we do each and Every
single one of the families and friends of all our departed. It was
1958's BILL R. HOWARD, who reported this one.
About March 10, we lost 1951's DOYLE A. LONAKER. He was 80 years old, and
had also been having health issues. Doyle was in his senior class play, I
remember, and was tall and lean. I found a photo of him, once, in the pages
of the 1951 Piratan. I mailed it to him and he was thrilled. This was
reported to me by 1960's THOS. L. WOLF, JR.
MICHAEL DEWAYNE JONES, class of 1981, passed away on Feb. 11. His obit was
forwarded to me by 1959's GARY E. BARNES. He was the son of BONNIE CAUPP,
another WC alumnus. He was but 51 years of age. No cause of death was listed
for Michael. Also from Gary came the obit of 1940's ROBT. L. BARRINGER, who
died on Feb. 27, and had lived a long and storied life. He was 91 years old.
Gary also sent one for the April 8 death of DONALD L. MCELWEE, age 63, and
judging from his age, I'd guess he was the class of about 1971. Perhaps
On May 11, I received a phone call from 1961's SANDRA J. CASEY, longtime
spouse of classmate, THOS. W. WELLER. Sandy's mother, Onda P. Casey, had
passed away, earlier in the week. She was nearly 97, and Sandy and I had
talked, intermittently, over the past few months, re her mother's being a
fan of my dear friend, the late Betty Greenwood. We all offer condolences
for your loss, Tom and Sandy.
This is the extent (thank God!) of all the death notices I've received,
since the last bulletin. We've lost a lot of people, readers! This just goes
to support what I keep saying. Don't delay contacting your old buddies from
high school. The next week/next month/next year thing just doesn't wash!
Pick up that phone, write that card, make that visit, just make it happen.
If you've got any doubts, re-read this list and observe the age range. Don't
assume all is well, and there's no rush, just because they aren't yet
Okay, we're back at it again, on this Mother's Day, May 11. I've had such a
time for the past few weeks, and have been busier than I ever thought I
could possibly be, and have even had a couple of unexpected road trips.
Added to everything else, I've fallen so far behind on this bulletin, I'm
nearly embarrassed. But hang in there with me, I'm determined to finish this
I'm going to resume with the April 24 news from alumni treasurer, 1970's
GARY E. JOHNSON. Gary has done such a spectacular job for us, I hate to see
him go. We all appreciate what you've done, Gary. Your replacement will
surely have some big shoes to fill. We wish you all the best and we all are
grateful to you.
From 1961's NANCY A. HALL came wonderful comments about the link sent by
1973's JEAN ANN MILLER, regarding her old WC neighborhood. Nancy lived in
that area, too, Jean,and shje wrote she really enjoyed looking at that. Jean
also reported the Jan. 26, 2014, death of JANET SPRINGER, who lived there,
too. I don't know her and have no class year, but I'll bet some of you do.
Let's all go to website ( www.devinedestinies.com ) and check out the latest
works by our in-house author, 1961's CAROL A. MUMMA. We can also see her
works on ( www.goodmysteries.webs.com ), so be sure to check this out, and
congratulations to you, Carol.
Back in February, I had a nice e-mail from 1960's DAVID A. BLAIR, who
informed me he and wife Marlene were were roaming around Florida, visiting
various friends. I trust you had a great winter, Dave, and that you're both
safely back home by now. Next time you're wheeling through Tennessee, stop
in for a visit.
Before I go further, I want to address the issue of the April 12 death of my
48-plus-years, close friend and very prominent Daytonian, Betty C. Greenwood
Known for years as, "Dayton's First Lady of Entertainment," when she died,
a huge piece of Dayton history went with her. She was larger than life and I
have no idea if I will ever recover from her death. I've cried buckets of
tears, but was so deeply honored tobe asked to write her news release, write
her obituary, and was even asked to deliver her eulogy, which I did. It was
a quick turnaround trip, and I was in town for just 15 hours, and had to
return home. The trip nearly killed me, at that pace, but I made it. Many
thanks to each of you who notified me and sent copies of her obituary, which
I'd actually written, but you had no way of knowing that. I truly did
appreciate each and every single one. Sandy Casey Weller was in attendance
with her dear, now-late mother, by the way,who was a decades-long, ardent
fan of Betty's.
Here is some wonderful, recent news. On March 24, a little girl was born and
she was named as Penelope Jane Gill. She's the granddaughter of Jennifer L.
Hamblin, who's the eldest child of my close friend, Sandi L. Young, who's
been married about 41 years to my classmate and class vice-president, THOS D
YOUNG. I saw a photo of, "Grampa Tom," holding the baby. Sandi tells me Tom
is a model grandparent. I'm sure he is and congratulations to all.
From 1956's REBECCA J. POLING came an invitation to join Twitter. I just don
t do those social web -sites, Becci. First of all, I don't have time for it,
and secondly, I don't even know how to use them. I've got 8 e-mail addresses
two cell phones, texting, a landline, and the postal service. I just don't
think I can come close to handling another form of contact. But I'm very
flattered you've asked, and thank you. Becci was a very good friend of my
late sister and only sibling, also from 1956, JUDY ANN RISNER.
Celebrating a 42nd wedding anniversary on April 21 were 1961's EDNA L. GRAY
and her husband, Richard M. Ryan. Edna wrote and told me they'd had a
pleasant day, spending it with family. She and Dick used to travel a lot,
but like most of us, Dick's health isn't what it used to be, so they now
stay a bit closer to home. She had written to thank me for sending Dick a
birthday card (which is the day prior), and an anniversary card. I wish you
many more annual celebrations, Edna and Dick.
My birthday twin, DEVONA S. TAYLOR, wrote to thank me for writing how great
she looked at the October gathering of last fall. Well, I wrote it only
because it's true, Dee, and I hope life continues to be wonderful for you
and that you're happy. I also got a recent call from JO ANN STEMLEY, of my
class year, to tell me she and spouse, Ronald R. Hall, Sr., have now
returned from Florida. Actually, you see, Ron and I have, "a secret crush,"
on each other. Trouble is, Jo Ann knows all about it and doesn't seem to be
bothered at all. Ha! She also thanked me for his birthday card and told me
his health is holding steadily, always good news.
Okay, we're back at it, and it's now May 13. I have to keep plugging away at
this thing, day after day, as I want to get it sent, even late as it is, so
we can begin a new one, right? An update arrived from 1961's RICHARD L. DOLL
on April 29. He's been a pretty busy guy, doing all sorts of historical and
ancestral research, on the Ohio Statehouse, where he has volunteered for the
past 17 years. He was a history teacher, of course, so that fits the mold
perfectly. On May 11, Rich celebrated his birthday, turning 71. We wish you
many more, Rich!
Eventually, I hope to reunite with insurance agent, 1958's DONALD I. MCCOY,
and change the policy for homeowners insurance. We've been in contact and
are working on that issue. In the meantime, he continues to entertain and
play music in the area, along with wife, Frances A.
It's really big news for 1960's DAVID G. OTT and his 1963 spouse, SANDRA K.
MINIX. At the end of April, they were in New Mexico, offering help to
granddaughter Kim, with her 8-week-old triplet girls. I can't even imagine
what a handful they must be. But Dave and Sandy are both having a ball with
little Taylor, Ryliegh, and Natalie and they're getting a helping hand from
big brother Logan, who's 5. We all offer heartiest congratulations on your
new great-granddaughters, Sandy and Dave. Enjoy!
Hmmmm, boy! I've really fallen down on the job, this time. At the end of
April, I even got a query from 1954's FREDA P. FLETHCER, asking if I was
still doing the bulletins. Yes, I am, Freda, but my plate has been so full
the past couple months, it's been all could do to maintain, but I hope to
get back on track, once I get this one distributed. Freda recently had both
an April anniversary and a birthday on May 12. Wishing you many more of both
Freda. A similar query came from 1963's TERRIE ANNE STOLTZ, and I assured
her all is well. From 1961's JACK L. GODBY came the usual words of praise
and patience, and also from 1970's INDY JO GRISSOM, as well as her May
As always, 1961's P. LYNNETTE HAWVERMALE and I are intermittently in contact
and yes, I need to call her again. She's recovering from two
fairly-closely-done knee surgeries and I believe she and classmate RICHARD L
DOLL shared some of their mutual experiences from that surgery. Lynn is
currently in a transitional period, considering a permanent move to her home
in Henderson, Nevada, since her surviving son also lives and works there If
you do that, Lynn, I'm sure going to miss our visits when I come to Ohio but
you know I wish you well, wherever you are.
The word on the street is that of 1958's DAVID N. HARRIS making great
strides in his resistance to being immobile. As most are aware, Dave has
suffered from spinal difficulties and has had some big challenges with
walking, which most of us simply take for granted. Dave recently bought one
0ff those 3-wheeled bicycles, and has succeeded in using his walker to get
himself to that bicycle and is now able to take himself about a mile at a
time. Needless to say, he's hoping for longer journeys and will continue his
efforts, until he's able to do that. Good going, Dave, and we're all pullin
for ya'! Keep up that enthusiasm and effort and maybe we'll see you tripping
the light fantastic at one of our annual, WC gatherings, hear? It's so fun
to report such good news!
On May 10, I had the privilege of playing hostess to 1958's LORNA D.
TROUTMAN, her sister, once in the 1962 class, THERESA M. TROUTMAN, and her
(Lorna's) incredibly-charming, unbelievably-talented, intelligent,
charismatic spouse, Roger M. "Chico" Lopez III. Lorna and Chico have lived
for years in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, where her family moved,
immediately following her WC graduation. Theresa now resides in Denton,
Texas, and spent her high school years in Phoenix. Her surname is now
Carriveau. We had such a wonderful and fun visit and I'd love to see them
all return. They were headed for several destinations when they left here,
including a run through the famous Blue Ridge Parkway (always a treat), and
eventually attending the annual HamFest in Dayton. Chico is an avid ham
radio operator. Actually, it seems there's almost nothing at which this guy
isn't an expert. He's an amazing photographer and gifted me with 3 of his
amazing photos of the west. They are huge and I'm having them framed.
Theresa was headed back to Texas on May 19. Lorna and Chico will probably
have returned about the same time, as he returns to work May 21. All of you
are welcome back, any old time, Lorna!
Yes, I had one of those pesky birthdays, during this bulletin period. I
turned 72 on March 16. Many of you took time to send greetings and best
wishes and I appreciated every single one of them. Among them were 1959's
GARY E. BARNES, 1960's JUDITH A. SLIFE, GERALD A. FULLER, 1961's
SALLY L. GILLETTE (who had her own birthday on March 14), NANCY A. HALL,
NANCY J. ERTEL, and a number of others, who have been lost in the drifty
corners of what's left of my mind, but whose cards I still have. Thank you,
one and all!
With this edition, we welcome aboard 1964's LINDA SUSANNE MAYO. She wrote me
an e-mail to enlist my aid in locating some classmates for their upcoming
50th, come October. So let's all rally, as we do so well, and see what we
can do to assist Linda. These are the 1964 class members, whom she is trying
to locate: DONALD G. BERNARD, ROBT. W. BRADY, JR., SUE CLIFFORD (Harvey),
FRANCES COLLINS (Jones), FRED E. FOIST, CYNTHIA FRYE (Lawson), RICHARD
SHARON LEE MCMILLAN (Pennington-Robinson), KENNETH R. POORMAN, JR., ILZE
DINAH RAMEIKA, PATRICIA RICE (Benson), WM. K. RUTHERFORD, ROBT. LEWIS
SHELTON, JR., MARILYN MARIE SULL (Kenney), and BETTY WILMOTH (Lee). Okay,
gang, let's get those names and locations to Linda, ASAP, whose e-mail
address is ( email@example.com ) I hope this helps, Linda, and we all want
the class of 1964 to have a wonderful gathering!
Okay, now it's May 14 and I'm back at it. I'm determined I'm going to
complete this one, very soon. By the time we all read this, 1960's GERALD A
FULLER and his WC-honorary spouse, Rebecca A., will have permanently moved
to their place in Panama City Beach, Florida. A few years back, they got a
place in Louisville, which is Becky's hometown, stayed a while, but recently
sold it. They grew weary of the back-and-forth and weary of the costs and
taxes for maintaining two places. Boy, do I ever get that one! So they're
now permanent, Florida residents, once again. We all hope you enjoy it,
Jerry and Becky. The cell number and e-mail address are the same.
Okay, readers, we've got another, upcoming, significant, WC event this year.
You pay careful heed to this one, FREDA P. FLETCHER. Your 1954 class is
celebrating its 60th, come October, so you are expected to leave Florida and
come to Ohio to join in the festivities. From your class president, I have
an e-mail. JERRY R. GRAHAM says you'll all be congregating at Treasure
Island Supper Club on the evening of Oct. 10. Additional info will be
forthcoming, as the summer progresses. Jerry noted the absence of the
wonderful, late WM. L. MCNABB and the impact its had on various details of
record- keeping and other items. Bill sure was great to me, that much I know
as well as everyone else. He and I had lengthy exchanges about much WC
trivia. His death left a big gap in communications, that's for sure! For
anyone who wishes to contact Jerry, here's his e-mail ( jrg574@roadrunner
By late April, there had been great improvement in the health of 1958's
RONALD D. "TOM" FEE, who had suffered a stroke, earlier in the year. He was
released from home health care and improving by leaps and bounds. In fact,
he was visited by his lifelong friend and classmate, BILL R. HOWARD, wife
Lucille M. Howard, and also by another lifelong friend and classmate, W.
BAILEY HAWKINS and wife, 1962's JACKQUELYN S. HAINES. Isn't that great? We
hope all is well by now, Tom, and we hope the same for Sandi, who earlier
had her own health problems. It's great to report good news.
Thank you, beautiful homecoming queen and cheerleader, 1959's SHIRLEY R.
PARKS, who's long been wed to 1957's NEIL H. SIZER. When I apologized for
being so late with this bulletin, Shirley wrote back and told me, in essence
to give myself a break. Well, I think I will, Shirley. Best to you and
Neil, and I hope you're both in glowing health.
From 1961's NANCY J. ERTEL came thanks for birthday wishes, too, as well as
a request from a guy named Kirk, who wanted a certain Piratan. Yes, I still
have many, and even a few extras of some of the years. However, if you've
never attended a class at good, ol' WC, you won't be getting your hands on
one of MY Piratans! By the way, I'm still accepting all years from all
sources, and would now KILL to get a 1965 edition. I've needed one of those
for reference, so many times I can't chin it.
Do we all remember 1958's BILL R. HOWARD, as the fastest guy on 2 legs, who
has ever run track in WC? Of course, we do! Bill wrote and sent some
statistics which I don't understand at all, re track records. His time was
faster in every event. Yes, we know that, Bill. Everyone knew that. You
were to track what FLOYD R. "BUBBLES" WILLIAMS, JR., RICHARD A. FAHRNEY,
LANDO F. STEELE, VINCENT A. BRODBECK, and ROBT. W. "SMITTY" SMITH were to
football. You were the undisputed champ, that's for sure.
By the way, folks, Smitty and his wife were in a serious auto accident
several months ago and I have yet to get an official update to report. But
I hear they at least lived through it and he's making his way back, and so
is Mrs. Smith. Smitty wanted a phone number and contact on classmate,
SANDRA L. PAYNE. I believe we were able to provide that, weren't we, Bill?
We all wish a full recovery for Smitty and his wife. I think they live in
Bill also said he and DAVID L. HOWARD felt we should all do a, "brain-pick,"
on iconic civics teacher, MURL E. HUFFMAN. Well, not a bad idea, you two.
Someone needs to get with him and do that. He has called me about every 6
weeks, and he leaves messages if I'm unable to answer. I believe he's doing
Hey, guess who else is coming to visit me? I got not only photos of his new
Harley-Davidson, but also several calls from 1970's THOS. A. DORSEY, our
past, longtime alumni prez. He and his wife are going to buzz down on the
bike and spend a bit of time with me. We'll likely get to take a spin here
and there. "Come on down!" Tommy! I've got lots of space.
Okay, all you golfers! Save the date of July 11. It's the next golf
tourney for the WC Football Alumni Club. It will be held at Pipestone Golf
Course in Miamisburg. This event always comes to me from
1988's JAS. A. MCGUIRE. Thanks, Jim, and for all of you who wish to contact
him and/or make your reservations, his e-mail address is ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Gallivanting around in Savannah last month were 1960's MICHAEL S. WEST and
wife, Sally. I got a postcard, as did EULA FAYE BAILEY. But Eula Faye was
out of touch for a bit, so I checked on her. All is well and we talked very
recently. I also got a call from CHAS. A. HIGH, JR., who's still suffering
awful health problems, but hanging in there. Another call came from CHAS. V
CARTER, and he's doing all right, too. I talk intermittently with 1958's
LANDO F. STEELE, and he's hanging in there, too. Aren't we all? At least,
those among us who are a bit older. As always, BRUCE E. CHENOWETH and I
touch base pretty regularly, too.
Last month, a tornado tore up a tiny town called Vilonia, Arkansas, which is
the postal address for 1958's HARRIETTE E. DOGGETT. I picked up the phone
immediately, and succeeded in reaching her. She was fine. But what else is
new? Believe me, if a tornado ever came close to Harriette's house, it
would run the other way, and very quickly. If you doubt me, you don't know
Harriette very well.
Guess what, readers? We've made it! I've processed every e-mail I've
received and thrown in every piece of news I can remember. It will take you
days to read this one, I'm sure. I apologize profusely for the extremely
long gap. I'll try hard to avoid that, in the future. I leave you all with
my sincerest wish for glowing health, personal safety, great happiness,
peaceful serenity, spiritual harmony, and boundless prosperity. Ciao!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Bonnie's Latest WECATON Report: 20 MAR 2014:
---Just in case I failed to share this with all of you, I want to make sure you have it. It has to be quite a treasure to view. Thanks to 1973's JEAN ANN MILLER. Scroll down.
Subject: Re: WECATON NEWS REPORT!!!---
Good evening Bonnie,
Back in the 1950's there was a very close neighborhood of families between Enxing and Gibbons in WC - three of the families, Springer, Sanner, and Miller, had 3 very close little girls. Just wanted to report that one of those little girls, Janet Springer, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014. I'm sure there are folks from the old neighborhood, (Simpson, Miller, Michael, Duncan, etc.) that remember the family and Janet.