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12/23/14 09:40 PM #271    


Dennis Abraham

To all my thurston class of 1963, may all of you and your families have a blessed,joyful,merry christmas and a healthy happy new year.  Always, dennis

02/29/16 05:18 PM #272    


David Daniels

Hey everyone -- thanks for the birthday wishes.  70 means I've finally caught up to the rest of you.  I think there's only one or two of our clasmates younger than myself.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I do not mind at all being 70 years old.  I'm pleased and grateful to have gotten here.  I just wish the number didn't sound so incredibly old.  What bothers me most is that I well remember my folks at this stage of their lives, and in almost every way, especialy health and mind, they were much older than I am at this point.


A number of you asked about my health.  Thank you, I do appreciate your concern.  I am well and fine.  They said to expect 3 months to full recovery, that is 3 days away -- however, I have felt fully recovered for about a month now.  I have no restrictions from my doctors.  I am going to cardiac therapy several times a week (including this morning) and am able to do everything they want me to do -- the only problem is that once I show them I can do it, they up the exercise -- more time, more weights, more reps, etc.  But, I have been able to keep up with it all.  I haven't made much progess on my weight, just a couple of pounds, but I do feel very good overall.


Both of my churches gave me the month of December off (surgery was 12-3-15) and they both offered January too -- didn't want that.  I started back preaching on the first Sunday in January and have done 2 services each week since.  I did pull back on some of my responsibilites, meetings, writing, etc. but I am back to my full load now.


So who's up for 2018 and a 55-year reunion?  My suggestion is that we down-grade this one.  There's no way we can pull off what we did 2 years ago -- no one has the energy to put in the necessary work (we almost did in a couple of people as it was) and anyway, we couldn't top it if we tried.  My suggestion is that we find out who's interested and who can come and find a restaurant with a room that can accomodate that number, then just get together for a nice meal.  All the extra stuff we had was wonderful, but we can also do without it.  This would lower the cost and the work load.  Who's in?

03/01/16 11:35 AM #273    


Stephen Leuchtman

Glad you're feeling better, Dave.  I'll be more than happy (whatever that means) to help in setting up a 55th Reunion.

03/01/16 12:27 PM #274    


Thomas Tanner

Dave:   Great suggestion about th Reunion and I'm in as well.  Maybe we could still do a tour of Thurston I missed the last one and maybe so did other classmates and that I don't believe would cost us any money.  I'd also like to see if there is any interest in putting together a co-ed golf scramble. Anyway you've already got me thinking about ideas for the 55th. depending on the time of year we select.  Glad you're doing well and again HAPPY BIRTHDAY youngster!!





03/02/16 12:18 AM #275    


Carol Strucel (Rohlinger)

I'd love a chance to see everyone in 2018 since I missed the 50th. 

03/02/16 07:39 AM #276    


Margaret Kottke (Leuchtman)

I would love to see everyone again also, I know there are many who feel the same!  I like the idea of a meal, without all the extras!  Our 50th will always be remembered and thanks for all the compliments David!  All the hard work was sooo well worth it !!!!!

I am so glad you are feeling better and doing well these days!  Keep me posted!  I am IN !!!!!


03/02/16 11:05 AM #277    


George Goodchild

Dave -- Glad you're doing better.  I would certainly consider coming to a simple reunion.  I don't play golf, I don't drink much, but I eat alot, so simple at a resturant sounds good to me.

George Goodchild

03/02/16 07:48 PM #278    


David Daniels

Appreciate hearing back from all of you.  Sounds like we have the makings of a 55th.  I'm sure the school would be up for the tour.  I did that last time and highly reccomend it if you missed it -- but I'd certainly be up for doing it again myself.  Tom -- I'll leave to golf idea up to you.  I think we can easily find out if there is enough interest.  In a month or so, I'll send out an email to everyone on my list with a similar suggestion that I put here and see what kind of response I get.  It will also give me an opportunity to find out how good my email addresses are after 2 years.  Eagles Forever Folks!

03/02/16 11:19 PM #279    

Donald Walker

Hi Dave,

Glad to hear your feeling better, sorry I took so long to respond. Just got back from Florida, so trying to catch up on things here.

I would love it if we could all get together for a reunion, I was in the process of moving when you had the last one in 2013. I wanted so much to attend but just couldn't fit it into my schedule. Hope you can pull it off, looking forward to seeing all of our classmate's.

Don Walker

03/03/16 08:55 AM #280    


David Daniels

Hey Everybody -- Carol Strucel Rohlinger is the one THS  `63 classmate that I know is younger than myself.  She hits the seven-oh tomorrow.  Give her birthday wishes and a big welcome to the club.

David D

PS - if there is someone still younger than that, please speak up.  You can't be far away.

03/03/16 10:52 AM #281    


Cheryl Roebuck (Highstreet)

Hi Dave-

I'll join other classmates in saying how glad we are that you are recovering so well.

Count me in for a 55th, depending on the time of year.  Something more simple that last time sounds good.  Like a couple of others, I don't play golf.  I discovered a long time ago that I have NO eye/hand coordination!

Again, congratulations in joining the rest of us in our 8th decade!  (That sounds pretty serious, doesn't it?!)

Take care and please keep me posted about the 55th.

Best wishes,

Cheryl (Roebuck) Highstreet

03/03/16 08:15 PM #282    


Catherine Micallef (Kosikowski)

Glad you are doing well Dave.  Count me in, I had such a great time at the 50th can't wait until the 55th.

11/30/16 04:48 PM #283    


Linda Garcia (Garcia-Shelton)

Dave, glad to hear you are better now, and thinking about a future reunion!  I like the idea of a smaller activity focus, since what I enjoyed most at the last reuinion were the unstructured times in a large room where we could meet and talk.  It might be fun to consider inviting folks from the class ahead of us and the one behind us.  Most of my interactions were with folks spanning our year and the years right around us. Linda G-S

03/13/18 07:26 PM #284    


David Daniels

Sorry to report this but it seems we've lost another classmate.  David Fawcett passed away on March 6th from cancer. I saw a notice from his sister, Barbara Fawcett Janke on Face Book.  That's all I have at this point. If I see a notice about memorial services, I will post it here.

03/13/18 07:52 PM #285    


David Daniels

Since I'm here, I might as well post this too.  I've had a number of inquires about a 55th reunion.  I've responded to emails, but have not been able to do much about it.  Some of you know that 2017 was pretty much a lost year for me with undiagnosed joint pain.  I'm doing okay, maybe a bit better than "okay" right now.  It took 14 months to find out that I have rheumatoid arthritis.  Started on a course of meds a month ago, and the pain had been reduced by at least 90%. I can certainly live with that.

Some of you attended the 61-62-63 reunion last September. I spoke with Pam Groombridge Kilgus a few weeks ago, she had been at the event last fall. It was held at the same place, Embassy Suites in Livonia where we were for #50.. Pam suggested that we could do a 55 deal there too. I suggest we do it in September or October. The weather is still decent for travel.


Pam is willing to head up things, but would need some help. Since she lives in Columbus, Ohio, it would be good to have someone a bit closer. I can handle communications, my email list is still pretty good, but that's about all I can do from the wilds of New York. If you want a reunion, you need to help. Contact Pam at It's pretty late to be pulling this off, but it's possible.


One thing we need to know is numbers. I'm not asking for a commitment right now, but if you would be serious about being here for a THS class of 63, 55-year reunion, please email me at and tell me name and how many people.

05/04/18 07:00 AM #286    


Robert Stockton

I’m saddened to report the passing of another of our classmates, James Martin.

For those that don’t remember, Jim was a four-year member of the wrestling team at THS. He was our starter in the 127-pound class and league champion.

After graduation Jim enrolled at EMU and was a roommate with Joe Halonen and I during our first semester. He was involved in many of our misadventures. For instance, on the night before classes were to start, Jim and I got locked in a girls dorm. Remember this was back when girls had curfews. Since it was all an innocent mistake we were able to talk our way of trouble. Other events are too complicated to address here, however, a few of the old EMU guys might remember Hollow Leg Duffy or the Mushroom and bring back a memory or two.

Remember the Smothers Brothers? They were very popular in the early 60’s. Jim could mimic Tommy Smothers perfectly. He was so good that we convinced many other students that he was actually the third Smothers Brother, going to EMU incognito.

Later Jim decided college wasn’t for him. He dropped out to become an apprentice electrician, He went on to become a journeyman.

Shortly after leaving EMU, Jim volunteered for the Marine Corps. I know he was very proud to have been a Devil Dog. Once a Marine, always a Marine, Semper Fi.

I was in contact with Jim on and off in subsequent years. But, as too often happens, we drifted apart.  I believe the last time I saw him was at the 25th class reunion.  He was listed as an attendee for the 50th reunion, but he was a no-show. I had intended to try to reach him, just to see how he was doing, unfortunately I never quite got around to it.

When talk of a 55th reunion came up I decided I would try to locate Jim and hopefully get him to attend.

What I found doing an internet search was an announcement of his passing on October 29, 2015. The fact that he had been gone for over two years made the news doubly sad. The notice provided no details of his passing.

I thought I should share the bad news. Some of you may have special memories of Jim that you would like to share. I know I for one would like to hear them

As I already said, Semper Fi Marine. 

05/05/18 09:29 AM #287    


David Daniels

Bob, it's unwelcome news, but thanks for letting us know.  Regardless, we need to hear it.   I don't have a particular story about Jim, but I certainly remember him, especially as a funny guy -- would have loved to have heard the Tommy Smothers routine. Also, remember him as a pretty good wrestler. I was about the same size as Jim, and he was the reason I didn't go out for wrestling.  I knew I didn't have a chance.  I ended up as a swimmer, which turned out to be a pretty good place for me.  And yes, I also was in college at the time the girls had curfews.  They did voice some complaints that it was unfair, but no one was yelling "sexism!" back then.  We just accepted it as normal procedure.   My dorm was near a bakery that cooked all night so stuff was fresh in the morning.  They started unlocking their doors at 2 AM and the guys (no curfew, of course) hung out for hours getting wonderful things fresh out of the ovens.  We loved telling the women what we had feasted on during the night. At our schoool, this was their main complaint about the curfew.  Anyway, I think we need to hear more about how you two managed to get locked in a girls' dorm afterhours.  There's gotta be more to it than a "accident."  

05/05/18 09:32 AM #288    


Orval Hayes

As I recall concerning Jim Martin, I was not as heavy  and strong as he, and he whipped me pretty handily in wrestling.  That hurt my pride as I was a year older.  Sorry to hear of his passing...........Orval  Hayes

05/05/18 11:35 AM #289    


Thomas Tanner


Although I'm very sorry to hear the news about Jim Martin's passing I appreciate you letting us all know.  If my memory serves me correctly Mr. Knotts had us wrestling in gym class to determine weight class champions.  Anyway, I remember I had to wrestle Jim in the final match and obviously he won which ended any thoughts I had to go out for the wrestling team. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe he was left handed because I don't think I had ever wrestled anyone who came at me left-handed before.

Anyway it's very sad that we lost another classmate!  Hope to see you at the 55th Reunion Dinner.


05/05/18 04:08 PM #290    


Leonard Capelli

I too knew Jim well and we did a lot together even after college but as he started to spend more time as a journeyman electrician we drifted apart through the years. Jim and I were roommates a couple of times in college in the Theta Chi House at EMU. There are many stories best left untold. From Thurston, Bob Bishop, Bob Stockton, Jonas Halonen and Jim Todd were fraternity brothers with Jim. 

Tom, I believe Jim was pretty much ambidextrous which accounts for your confusion. I know he golfed right handed, but I know he could throw a ball with either hand. 

May he rest in peace  Joining other friends that were Theta Chi and Marines  


05/06/18 03:47 PM #291    


Dennis Abraham

So sorry about Jim Martin belated passing in 2015.First I heard.Jim,really, was a friend to all of us.Rest in peace.

05/06/18 04:18 PM #292    


Robert Stockton


Sorry to disappoint, but that was perhaps the one time when it all was an honest mistake. As Len Capelli mentioned above, there are a lot of stories, maybe some will be shared at the next reunion.



I believe Jim was right-handed, but I'm not positive. If I understand what you mean by "wrestling left handed"

I did most of the time although I'm right-handed. 


And to Greg;

Yes I do remember the deal you and Jim and others pulled on me in the dorm. How could I forget?


05/06/18 10:29 PM #293    


Jean McAlees (Winteringham)

Very Sorry to hear another of our classmates, Jim Martin, has passed away.  

I can’t believe we’re 73 this year.  How time has flown.  Seems like the 50th reunion was not that long ago.  Looking forward to a more casual reunion this year.  

05/07/18 06:54 PM #294    

Gail Walton (Schimpf)

I'm really sorry to hear this news about Jim Martin. We lost touch a couple of years after graduation. Hopefuuly he had a happy life with lots of fulfilling endeavors.. He was a good hearted guy.

05/08/18 11:12 AM #295    


Stephen Leuchtman

I was sorry to learn of Jim's passing.  Like Dave Daniels (and others), I remember Jim as having a great sense of humor.  Also, he was a very gifted athlete.  There was some sort of national fitness test that everyone taking gym (and others who volunteered) could take our senior year.  It involved agility, strength, speed, stamina, etc.  Sort of a decathlon, but not all track events.  The one event I remember was the 600-yard run.  Marty Suchik and Jim were first and second in the overall test, I don't remember the order.  I didn't know Jim was a Marine, but it fits.  Hell of a guy.

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