At first I really wasn't sure how to address this phase of our class history. When one reaches the middle fifties or sixties in age, our thoughts seem to concentrate on the living (i.e. parents, siblings, spouse, children & grandchildren). Both of my parents have passed on some time ago. Their memories are still in the back of my mind but seldom are at the forefront of my daily life.
Since recently communicating with several fellow classmates, it has made me more aware of reality. Not only the deaths of fellow classmates but of the death of classmate's siblings, children & in some cases grandchildren. The thought of outliving my children is chilling at the least. But when we finally become empty nesters (as we all eventually do) the fear that you can no longer protect your children anymore will just chill the spine. You just have to trust that over the years you instilled the clean moral values, respect and honesty that a good parent always does and hope and pray for the best.
While going over the list of our deceased classmates, I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes and tried to remember if I had any contact with them during our high school years, or if I could even remember intermingling with them. Then I tried to think just how positive were those encounters? I personally remember encounters with Sam Ankeney, Bob Climie, Bill Faini, Philip Fickert, Gene Lewis, Jim Ross, Pete Tyler, Preston Mounts, Jim Loy & especially Carlene Whittenauer who I took to the prom during our senior year. In retrospect, had I known that these classmates lives were going to be cut short, I would have spent more constructive time with all of them. Then there were deceased classmates that no matter how hard I tried I could not remember ever crossing their paths so I don't know if their impression of me was positive or negative. I feel terrible that I cannot remember any intermingling in high school with Linda Ball, Wayne Byrd, Ron Chapman, Terry George, Virginia McKay, Barbara Wehner, Judy Wells or Anita Zarna. With this in mind, let's all put aside any old sour grapes from the past and try and make our 50th Reunion a big success and greet each other as we would a sibling that we haven't seen or heard from in years!
Dave Procuniar August 8th 2013
See Yearbook Photo's below:
Annette Gilbert (April 2005) Jim Rankin (Aug 2004) Kaye Girdley (Mar 2004) James Jeffers(Jul 2003)
Sam Ankeney (Jan 2001) Philip Fickert (Jan 1998) Karena Yaney (1998) Bob Walker (1996)
Jim Potter (Sept 2010) Donna Haines (Jun 2010) Sherry Inks (Feb 2010) Doug Moore (2010)
48 Photos below:
Jane Gray (April 2012) Nancy Stafford (Aug 2012) Charles Volkenand Apr 2013 Glenn King June 2013
Vic Mantell (Nov 2009) Dave Cornette (June 2009) Don Holsinger
Barb Wehner (Oct 1993)Preston Mountz (May 1993) Gene Lewis (Mar 1993) Wayne Byrd (1992)
Ken Nutter (Nov 30 2011) Sharon Jenks (Oct 2011) Jim Batdorf (Sept 2011) Ron Pittman (Jul 2011)
No yearbook photos for Vic, Dave or Don .....
Christina Kennedy (Mar 2009) Gary Vogt (Dec 2007) Lois Poole (Jan 2007) Cindy Maynard (2006)
Larry Butcher (Apr 2015) Betty Haggerty (June 2014) Pat Breen (May 2014) Linda Norman (Aug 2013)