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Charles City High School
Class Of 1962
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Judy (Melcher) Coyne and Carol Keith) Brautigam have mailed you preliminary information about our upcoming 60th High School Reunion scheduled for August 12, 13 and 14, 2022, Charles City.  The mailing includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope for you to use in letting the planning committee know whether or not you and family/friends might attend.  The mailing also requests that you give the committee your ideas of what you would like to experience at the Reunion.  We are also seeking contact information for several of our classmates.

Please try to respond by December 1st so there is adequate planning time and time to track down classmates for whom we presently don't have current addresses.  Your ideas and information will add to a great 60th Reunion.

I am sorry to report that I have been advised that our classmate Lyle Nott passed away this morning.  I am also advised that details can be found on Karen’s page on Facebook.

The obituary for Lyle indicates that a celebration of Lyle’s life will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at the Center For Performin Arts, Iowa Falls.  Visitation will be from 5  - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at the Woodley Funeral Home, 516 S. Oak Street, Iowa Falls 50126.

Lyle is survived by Karen, sons John (Kathy), Joel (Jamie); eight grandchildren, a great granddaughter, brother Dennis (Sally), and many other relatives.

I am sorry to report that our classmate, Duane Jerdee, passed away early this morning, Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  I have no additional information at this time, but will advise the class when more becomes available.

I am sorry to report that I have just learned that our classmate, Merlin (Red) Kreger, passed away on June 14, 2019, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Merlin was a resident os Chetek, Wisconsin.  He is survived by his wife, Beverley, his son Rob, grandchildren Brandon and Caitlin, and his two brothers and two sisters.

I’m sorry to report I have just been advised that our classmate Dennis Duryee passed away last Sunday, August 9, in Waterloo.  Funeral services were held today at Kearnys Chapel, 3146 Kimball Ave., Waterloo.  

I am sorry to report that our classmate Tom Watschke passed away on November, 18, 2020.  Surviving at home are his wife, Christa, and daughters, Katelyn and Madison.  He is also survived by his son, Jon (Kim) Watschke, and their children: Micah, Sierra and Sawyer of San Clemente, California; brothers, Doug (Ginny) of Bozeman, Montana, and Gary (Nancy) of Weare, New Hampshire; sister Colleen (Bruce) Cooper of Charles City, Iowa, and step-mother Bette Gullickson of Charles City, Iowa, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.  Services will be private at the convenience of the family, and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, due to COVID-19.

I am sorry to report that I have been advised that our classmate Darrell Ferch has passed away.  Apparently the cause of death was complications of pneumonia from COVID19.  I have no additional information at this time, but will advise as additional information becomes available.

I have now learned additional information about Darrell Ferch.  A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City.  The Mass will be live streamed on the Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home Facebook page.  Darrell’s obituary is available on the Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home web site.

I am advised that our classmate Johnnie "Junior" Simpson passed away in Charles City on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  He is survived by his son, Mark (Christina) Simpson of Hugo, Minnesota; granddaughter Megan Simpson; and grandsons Mark and Anthony "AJ" Simpson.  A more extensive obituary can be found at the Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home website,

I am sorry to report that our classmate Jon Ann Starkey (Fredericks) passed away on Tuesday, July 6, after a long bout with cancer.  I have no additional information at this time, but will send an additional announcement when more information becomes available.

I have now learned that Jon's obituary is on the website of the Major Erickson Funeral Homr (  The funeral home is in Masón City.  Funeral services will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, July 19.  Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 18.

I am sorry to report that our classmate Gloria Wilson Sullivan passed away on November 8, 2017.  The Charles City Press indicates that a private service was held in her honor.

I am sorry to report that I have just learned that our classmate Judith (Judy) A. Tischler (Spicer) passed away back in April, 2013.  A very brief obituary can be found at

I am sorry to report that our classmate Bonnie (Stohr) Michael passed away on July 24, 2017, at the Care Center of Abington, Illinois.  Bonnie had been a resident of Abington, Illinois for most of her adult life. She is survived by her husband H. Dominic Michael, three sons, Shawn Michael of Galesburg, Illinois, Michael (Maria) Hurst of Peoria, Illinois, and Nick Michael of Galesburg, Illinois, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, a brother, Alan "Butch" Stohr of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and numerous relatives and friends.  Services were held on July 29, 2017, at the First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, Illinois.

I am sorry to report that our classmate James Murch passed away on April 12, 2017, in San Angel, Texas.  James is survived by his wife Marlene, son John Matthew Murch of Wichita, Kansas, two step-daughters, Kim Stanford of Bashor, Kansas and Angela Crouton of Sedgwick, Kansas, step-son Brian Hastings of Thornton, Colorado and nine grandchildren.

I am sorry to report that I have just been advised our classmate Harold "Rusty" Friedrich recently passed away.  I have not been able to find an obituary, so I do not know the exact date of his passing or any funeral arrangements.  If anyone has additional information about Rusty, please let me know, and I will post an additional announcement.  Speaking personally, I thought Rusty was a great guy, and I am very saddened to learn of his passing.

Laura Immel Gifford has provided additional information regarding Rusty Friedrich.  He passed away on July 8, 2017.  Funeral services are at 3 p.m. this Friday, July 14, at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, Bella Vista, Arkansas.

I have just learned that Rusty Friedrich's obituary is posted on the Hauser Funeral Home website.  I will briefly summarize it here, since I'm not sure how long their posting will be accessible.

Rusty was born June 28, 1943, in Charles City.  He served in the U.S. Army and worked for IPS Electric Company.  He moved from Charles City to Bella Vista, Arkansas 21 years ago.  He is survived by his wife, Delores; two sons,  James Friedrich and Andrew Friedrich;  two stepsons, Todd and Tim Hull; sister Carol Inman of Texas; two brothers, Richard Friedrich of Florida and Charles Friedrich of Charles City; as well as eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren.


I am sorry to report that our classmate Dennis Pagels passed away in Iowa City on September 8, at the Bird House - Hospice Home of Johnson County.  According to his obituary, visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 13 at Gay and Ciha Chapel in Oxford, followed by burial with military honors at 11:30 a.m. at the Oxford Cemetry.

Dennis retired after 23 years with the U.S. Army/Army Reserve, and 22 years with Siemens Medical.  Denny was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son and the mother of his children, Karen (Albright) Pagels.

He is succeeded by his loving wife Maureen (Hall) Pagels, a daughter, Mrs. Deena (Kevin) Nelson of Cedar Rapids; son , Tom Pagels of West Branch; and four grandchildren.

I am sorry to report that our classmate John Gabel passed away Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  A visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. today (Monday, October 31) at Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 1 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Roseville, IA, with a graveside service with military honors at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

John is survived by his wife Patrice Gabel of Brookings, S.D.;  a son Christopher (Katherine) Gabel of Reddick FL; a daughter Elizabeth Ann (Keith) Wagner of McHenry, IL;  six grandchildren; a brother Gerald of Rockford, IA; and a sister Gila (Ronald) Jorgensen of Rockford, IA.

Condolences may be sent to the family through or

We are attempting to locate Jerry Cox to our class reunion.  If you have contact information for Jerry Cox, would you please advise Char Lubbert at  Thanks.

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer! It is certainly flying by!
I would like to share my news -- grandson Palmer Frederick Coyne was born on July 21. He joins big sister Ackley, who will be five in October.
Again, I am reminded of what a blessing/gift are grandchildren.
I am looking forward to next summer's reunion!! Thanks to all who are putting it together for us. You are appreciated!!
My best,


If you're on Facebook. .i have a group about Charles City. ..if you want on send request. the spelling. ...charles city fotos & friends and whatever!. ........don't forget the ! And spelling

On facebook I have a group site..mainly old fotos of cc..and a few other has been a great hit with the ones that are on it...I would like to invite you all to get on it and see the stuff...and maybe help out with fotos etc... It is ....charles city fotos & friends and whatever! those spellings and punctuation for that is the way it is listed...or just ask to be friends and it will be easy to put you on the group dave scrimger

If you're on Facebook. .i have a group about Charles City. ..if you want on send request. the spelling. ...charles city fotos & friends and whatever!. ........don't forget the ! And spelling

May 5th 1968 links.

Some of the first shots of that terrible storm are quite beautiful.

May 15 1968 Tornado in Charles City, IA

Aftermath of May 15 1968 Tornado in Charles City, IA

(There’s some guy named Jerry Fifer in this one)

Film/Television Coverage Of May 15th, 1968 Charles City, Iowa Tornado

Ya know. I think our class may be the most successful to graduate from Ce-Ce High. Maybe it was the quality education and teachers, our parents, or the stars just came together. Our class graduated an unusually high number of professionals: Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, entrepreneurs, Athletes, Architects, Nurses, teachers; . . . so many successful in whatever their life’s work. More important; a set of true family and community values, and a belief in freedom.
I don’t think any of our classmates ended up in prison. I believe that if any of our classmates needed help, we would rally for them to the best of our ability.
We can be proud of what the Class of ’62 have contributed over the last 50 years.  - Dennis Pagels


To: All 50th Class Reunion Attendees

Thank you, thank you! We received enough money to extend the class website for a full ten years. When the "bowl" came around, your generous donations, were overwhelming. Let's continue to make good use of the website.