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•   George Morrow  4/24
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•   Charlotte Lanham (Clark)  4/28
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Bloomington High School
Class Of 1963

 

 
"Truly great friends are hard to find,

difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."


                               ≈G. Randolf ≈

Milan Jackson

GREAT NEWS! Milan’s memorial gift from the BHS Class of ’63 totaled $1,500.00 $1,620.00! After many attempts over the past several months, I was finally able to make contact and meet in person with Greg Koos of the McLean County Historical Museum to present him with the funds we collected in Milan’s memory.

Greg suggested the money be used by the Museum to digitize City Directories and place them online for access by anyone who wants to do research. He said that Milan was constantly using the directories during the research projects he was asked to do as a volunteer at the museum. Many of the older directories are in poor shape and are very fragile so something has to be done to preserve these. The original thought was to have these refurbished; but with the COVID-19 restrictions and the museum being closed this has not been able to be done. Digitizing the directories and providing access to them through the museum’s web site will provide access to these valuable research records for everyone. I think Milan would agree and be pleased with this acknowledgement of his love for digging out the facts.

A huge thank you to the members of the BHS Class of ’63 for this wonderful gift in memory of Milan.

Sincerely, Phyllis

 

55th Class Reunion

September 15, 2018

Center front-Shirley Stumm Drobnak 

The five behind Shirl left to right are Corlyne Lane Greene, Don Alsman, Louie Saunier, Betsy Harkes Terrill, and Kay Brook. 

The third row back left to right are Jeannette Butler Litherland, Pam Gillenwater Nagel, Joy Raney Franks, Joella Folks, Tim Calhoun, Vivian Toddhunter. 

Fourth row are Milan Jackson, Margaret Wilcox Currie, Kara Lynne Knight Schmitt, Loretta Feezor Terven, Dianne Pumphrey Mowrer, Bob Dierkes, and Glenn Haney. 

Fifth row are Bob Handley,  Betty BJ Nutt, Linda Reeves Dotson, Ron Maple, Arlene Prochnow Spector, Jim Jacobs, Char Lanham Clark, Sharon Ray Knott, Darlina Liska Wright, Frances Link Owen, Charlie McGrew 

Sixth row are Bob Berry, Mike Thomas, Ron Bratcher, Charlie Crowe, Norm Shaw, Leslie Calvert Frizzell, Don Ferguson, Phyllis Giese Devers Andrews, Suzie Gross Kiesewetter, Holly Harris Anderson, Mike Hardy, Mike Howard 

Back row are Carroll Lane, Mike Fonger, Joe Baker, Terry Mack, Steve White, Linda Buttry Roberts, Ron Brownfield, Paul Dillow, Dave Salch, Larry Burke, Dave Perkins, Dave Smith, Ron Monkman, George Danielson. 

 

 

50th Class Reunion
September 28, 2013

 

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Row 1

 

Mary Selk, Jan Whitman, Kay Burris, Donna Gordon, Denny Feicke, Louis Saunier, Harlan Greeneberg, Don Alsman, Ron Monkman, Ron Brownfield, Ron Maple, Tim Calhoun, Mike Chrisman, Dave Perkins, Mike Hardy, Ron Steege, Glenn Haney, Hobby Beich.

 

Row 2:

Betty Nutt, Larry Burke, Bonnie Koerner, Charlie McGrew, Pat Butcher, Vivian Todhunter, Betsy Harkes, Kara Lynne Knight, Kerry Meyer, Tim Hanes, Mike Hargesheimer, Mike Graybeal, Ed Brown, Leslie Calvert, Bob Lehmann, Jim Jacobs, Darlina Lishka, Sandy Martin, Rob Bicket.

 

Row 3:

Rollie James, Jim Bowers, Linda Reeves, Char Poorman, Rita Holly Harris, Loretta Feezor, Dianne Pumphrey, Mickey Goetsch, Pam Gillenwater, Jeannette Butler, Paul Dillow, Arlene Prochnow, Charlie Crowe, Bob Berry, Don Wheeler, Bob Dierkes, Sue Robbins, Doris Meyer, Kay Brook, Terry Mack, Bob Hull, Dave Mayfieldl

 

Row 4:

Milan Jackson, Suzi Gross, Warren Saunders, Sue Dillingham, Barb Mooney, Kath Woosley, Joella Folks, Jan Hoffman, Mary Jean White, Linda Buttry, Sharon Ray, Steve White, Linda Yeast, Jan Russell, Sue Myers, Shirl Stumm, Joy Raney, Gloria Erickson, Frances Link, William Becker, Joe Baker, Mike Fonger.

 

Back Row:

Gary McQuown, Don Ferguson, Kent Simons, Mike Howard, Phyllis Giese, Dave Smith, Burkhardt Hoeper, Bob Handley, Randy Lloyd, Carl Sneed, Carroll Lane, Ed Burwitz, Rich Rustemeyer, George Danielson, Dave Williams, Mike Thomas, Dave Salch, Steve Davenport, Ron Bratcher.

 

 

 

 

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Mini Reunion

July 18, 2009

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Kneeling: Carol Ring, Ron Brownfield, Tim Calhoun, Janet Whiteman (Brokaw), Mike Chrisman, Mike Hardy, Louis Saunier, Norm Shaw.
 
Row 2: Barbara Mooney (Evans), Leslie Calvert (Frizzell), Betsy Bates (Birckelbaw), Sandra Martin (Edwards), Betsy Harkes (Terrill),  Shirley Stumm (Drobnak),  Kathy Woosley (Hoyland), Sharon Ray (Knott), Suzie Gross (Kiesewetter).
 
 
Row 4: Susie Buckler (Carnahan), Char Poorman (Miller), Donald Ferguson, Carroll Lane, Mike Thomas, Randy Lloyd, Milan Jackson, Ed Burwitz, Dave Nuckels, Charlie Crowe, Bob Hull. Dave Smith is behind the camera.
 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  
100 years young

It's a card shower!

Miss Selk is going to celebrate her 100th Birthday the 29th of April and they are going to have a Card Shower for her.  If you'd like to participate, the address can be found in the Message Forum.  I know she'll be thrilled if you remember her.

 

                               Have A Happy Birthday

 

                                   APRIL BIRTHDAYS

Tim Calhoun  -  April 3

Carl Sneed  -  April 5

Mike Chrisman  -  April 7

Bob Bicket  -  April 10

Donna Gordon  April 13

Jeannette Butler Leatherland  -  April 16

Kara Knight Schmitt  -  April 17

Paul Dillow  -  April 23

George Marrow  -  April 24

Robert Winger  -  April 25

Rita Holly Harris Anderson  -  April 28

Char Lanham Clark  -  April 28


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Our  thoughts and prayers are with Carl Sneed and family in their time of sarrow.  Carl's brother passed away last Friday, Maech 19th.
 

 

Julian Sneed

Bloomington - Julian Sneed, 70, of Bloomington, departed this life Friday, March 19, 2021 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Julian was the son of the late Reverend Leo and Mrs. Annie B. Sneed.  Reverend Sneed was the former pastor of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington.

Julian is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Sneed, Bloomington; a devoted sister, Dr. Jennifer G. Sneed, Niskayuna, NY (Scott McMillan), a loyal and dedicated brother, Carl B. Sneed, Bloomington (Chantal), Sloan Leo (Jennifer’s Xon), New York City, two nephews, Kyle Sneed, Chicago, and Jordan Sneed, Bloomington (Jene’), as well as a host of cousins scattered across the United States. 

Julian loved his family and was deeply knowledgeable about his community.  He attended and graduated from Bloomington Public Schools and took courses at Illinois State University.  Julian liked to work and started young as a paper deliverer for The Daily Pantagraph.  He was mechanically inclined and an avid car aficionado.  He found joy in working on cars, whether it was searching for specific parts or actually repairing them.  He would often go to Miller Park in nice weather to work on his car.  He used his interest in combustible engines when he worked several years in the parts department of Stahly Truck City.  He later worked for a number of years for the McLean County Highway Department.  He could be found in the worst weather making roads and highways safe for others. 

In 1998, Julian suffered severe burns when his apartment caught fire, and he was challenged by significant health limitations thereafter.  Even so, he was a diehard Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls fan closely following each season.  He will be sorely missed. 

The family will hold a private graveside service to celebrate Julian’s life.  Memorials in his honor may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington.

 

 

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Our deepest sympathies to Susie Buckler Carnahan and family.om the passing of her grandson, Billy Gehrt Buckler.  Billy was tthe son of Susie and Steve DeVary's daughter Kristi;

James William “Billy” Gehrt Buckler,

James William “Billy” Gehrt Buckler, 38 of Austin, Texas formerly of Bloomington passed away at his residence on Monday March 15, 2021.
There will be a graveside service at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington at a later date. Pastor Joel Labertew will officiate. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
He was born June 23, 1982 in Normal to Dennis James “Jimmy” Gehrt and Kristi Buckler. She preceded him in death as well as his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather and two uncles and one aunt. He is survived by his father Jimmy Gehrt of Bloomington, several aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Jim) Strohkirch of Bloomington, Harold (Dianna) Gehrt of Bloomington, Scott Gehrt of Pekin, Jacqueline Ruth (Dave) Carrington, Jacqueline Page Carnahan, and his maternal grandmother Susan Buckler Carnahan.
The family is forever grateful for Billy’s lifelong and dear friend Justin Pistorius who he worked for in Austin. He also loved producing music and his dog Dinkey.
Memorial contributions may be made to McLean County Humane Society.

It is with a heavy heart I share the news of Char Poorman Miller's passing this morning.

Charlotte Ann Poorman Miller

May 15, 1945 - February 22, 2021

Charlotte Ann Poorman Miller died Monday, February 22, 2021 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

She was born May 15, 1945, in Bloomington, IL, to Robert J. and Dorothy (Myers) Poorman.

Charlotte taught Creative and Critical Writing, Honors English, and Journalism at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, AR, where she was chairperson of the English Department for 31 years before retiring in 2010. She had a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Arizona State University, a bachelor’s degree in Theology from St. Gregory University in Shawnee, OK, and a master’s degree in Technical and Expository Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock as well as 45 additional graduate hours from the University of California/Berkeley, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Dayton (Ohio), Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, and Ouachita Baptist University. She received the City Education Trust (Stephens) Award in Little Rock for outstanding secondary teaching twice, one of only two teachers to be recognized more than once. She also received the award for outstanding secondary teaching from the National Catholic Education Association. She was a catechist for the Diocese of Little Rock as well as an instructor for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Her writing was published by Catholic News Service, the Christian Digest, the English Journal, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, the Liguorian, Liturgical Press, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, Segue (publication of the Arkansas Music Educators Association), Today’s Catholic Teacher, and the Arkansas Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock, for which she wrote a regular column. She published numerous book reviews, edited several professional manuscripts, and received awards for original poetry.

She was preceded in death by her son Robert, her parents, her paternal and maternal grandparents, her nephew Stephen Penn, and her brother-in-law Charles Penn.

She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Penn, nieces Kelly (Charles) Burns and Julie (Tim) Byrne, and daughter-in-law Melissa Miller.

She was a member of Epiphany Roman Catholic Church.

A private Mass of Christian Burial with her family will be celebrated at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church with Msgr. Eric S. Powell as celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge, 2125 Veterans Drive, Morton, IL 61550, where her nephew Stephen was formerly a resident. Blood donations to the American Red Cross are also suggested.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Hwan Jeong and the staff at Carle Cancer Institute for their care for Charlotte during her treatment for leukemia, as well as the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

 

I'm a little late, but wanted to express a big thank you to the 55th Reunion Committee for all of your efforts! It was fun to see everyone in attendance. The location, food and decorations were great! Thanks again for the time you spend to make our reunion so memorable!

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