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10/28/14 08:09 AM #41    


Barbara Gail Dunkle (Field)

I was truly amazed at all of the thoughtful gifts and posters as well as the delicious dinner and the reunion with classmates. Thank you so much for the lovely weekend, devoted committee, caring classmates, and loving spouses and other guests. You all made it a true reunion. 

Barby Dunkle (Field)

10/28/14 08:14 AM #42    


Jeffrey Keith Hamrick

Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you! All of you that worked so very hard making this a huge succes, you have my life long gratitude.  It was absolutely wonderful being with so many people that meant so much to my youth.  God bless each and everyone of you.  If we need to start funding the next one, please let me know.  Jeff Hamrick

10/28/14 09:48 AM #43    


John Stovall

The event was obviously the product of a lot of diligent planning and thoughtful ideas.  The effort of finding the classmates, getting messages out, following up and then keeping everyone aware of who was coming was a big job and handled so well.  A big thank you to all of you who coordinated it.  It was a great success.  

10/28/14 01:58 PM #44    


Shelby J. Barnes

For a job well done, I tip my hat to all those classmates who sacrificed their time and energy over the past several months in organizing the reunion.  This past weekend proved to be an excellent adventure for both myself and my wife.  My only regret is that I did not get a chance to speak with everyone.   But, I will make every effort to correct that the next time there is a meeting of the ’64 Vikings. 

10/29/14 03:57 PM #45    


Gary A. Ater

I do not know how many of you remember John Ranschaert who was a class ahead of us. He passed away this morning at 5:30 in Elkhark, IN after a short illness. He has been my friend since high school and I will miss him dearly.

10/29/14 04:20 PM #46    


Susan Traylor (Mortensen)

Gary, I am very sorry to hear the news of Johns passing. To his family as well as you, my deepest sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

10/29/14 06:45 PM #47    


Susan Wells (Doty)

Thank you everyone who worked so hard for us to have a fabulous reunion. Thanks to all who attended. Even though a lot of us haven't seen one another in such a long time, it was fun to go back and visit a simpler time in our lives. Susan Wells Doty

10/30/14 12:14 PM #48    


John Paul Jones

We spent three days out at St. Pete Beach following the reunion so I'm just getting around to posting.  Everything about the reunion was wonderful.  We had not been back to St. Pete in years and to see the transformation of the downtown and all out 4th Street North was amazing.  Who would of thought nightlife in downtown St. Pete would be what it is now.  Thank you to the committee for a well-planned and fun reunion.  There's no way to get around the awkwardness of meeting classmates after 50 years, so we just sucked it up and stared at the name tags (thank goodness for those).  So many stories in so little time.  Looking forward to the 55th.  The school trip was eye-opening.  The care and pride at current day NEHI is palpable and the many programs that have been added are keeping up with the times - a student run charted credit union, auto mechanics program, culinary arts, special needs kids program and more.  I'm so glad we attended.  We are the Vikings, mighty, mighty Vikings!

10/30/14 05:34 PM #49    


Patricia Ann Treadwell

Gary......after our just having had a conversation about John at the reunion, I am so saddened to hear of his passing.  But I'm  glad you called him after our Friday evening  ''memory test''.....that call was meant to be.  

His family and friends are in my prayers, as well as sadness for you at the loss of such a good friend.



11/03/14 01:32 PM #50    


Kathleen Mayne Gresh

I feel blessed that I was able to attend the reunion, renewing friendships and making new friends. I applaud the commitee members for what I consider a perfect weekend.

11/04/14 07:14 AM #51    


Mary Ellen Bennett (Concannon)

Thank you to the committee who worked so hard to make this reunion a success!  It was wonderful rekindling old friendships and seeing people we have not seen in many years.  It was a fun, memorable weekend and something we will all treasure.  

11/11/14 09:51 AM #52    


Patricia Ann Treadwell

Blessings to those of you who have served in our nation's militaries.

11/16/14 05:06 PM #53    


Bob Hayes

I know I'm late, but this is my first chance to thank the reunion committee of Trudy (and Frank), Ray, Bob, Yvonne, Patty, Fred, Susie, Susan McA, Susan McC, Ann, Don, Ely, and anyone else I missed.  It was a wonderful weekend that ended too soon.  Di and I stayed an extra week and were the last to check out of the hotel.  Flew home, packed the coach, off to Santa Fe for Di's glass class, then to Apache Junction, AZ and tomorrow to Casa Grande, AZ.  Anyway, I didn't want to miss this break to thank a group of really special people.  Your dedication and hard work resulted in fantastic participation and the best reunion yet.  All, first class except for maybe the bus timing.  If we have that 55th, maybe there could be a couple of extra optional days.  With the limited time, I missed so many people I wanted to talk with.

11/26/14 06:59 PM #54    


Paula Dianne Ryon (Murray)

Since I will be cooking tomorrow, I want to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving tonight. I know we all are thankful for something this year. 

02/25/15 06:07 PM #55    

Raymond Louis Mantell

Just saw inb the Tampa Bay Times this morning that Don Hickman, who coached Physical Education at Meadowlawn passed away at the age of 83.  Just wanted to pass it along.  I have some fine memories of Coach Hickman.

02/26/15 08:13 AM #56    


Shelby J. Barnes

The online obit for Donn Hickman

Both the name and his picture is so familar ...

02/26/15 04:57 PM #57    

Sherry Chapman

My brother, Jim Chapman, and some of his buddies(Class of '66) got together with him a few years ago and played golf with him when they were in town for one of their reunions.  

We girls loved rainy days so we could dance in the gym.  He always danced with us.  We felt very special.

02/27/15 06:03 AM #58    

Rick Olson


Had Coach Hickman for geography and we finished the material early so to keep us entertained he read Hucklebarry Finn until the end of the year.


09/01/15 08:59 AM #59    


Patricia Ann Treadwell

Had a great birthday vacation on Cocoa Beach, and the birthday wishes I received here

made it even more special. At this glorious age, we cherish each one!

01/31/16 09:59 AM #60    

Raymond Louis Mantell

Noticed in the Tampa Bay Times this morning that "Cleve" DeGraaf passed away on Jan. 28th.  May he rest in peace.

01/31/16 10:56 AM #61    


Yvonne McKeithen (Smith)

I just read in the paper that our classmate, Cleve DeGraaf, passed away. I remember what a kind person he was. 

01/31/16 03:36 PM #62    


Trudi Price (Massaro)

So sad to hear of Cleve's passing. It was a long tough battle with his illness. Now he is at rest.

02/01/16 01:14 PM #63    

Linda M Oliver (Thompson)

So sorry to hear of Cleve's passing, he was s really nice guy.

02/01/16 03:03 PM #64    


John Paul Jones

Cleve was one of the neighborhood kids.  I knew him from North Shore Elementary and NEHI.  We had not been in touch and I didn't know he had been ill.  Sorry to hear of his passing.  Rest in peace.

02/02/16 08:25 AM #65    


John Stovall

The Stovalls and the DeGraafs  grew up across Catalan Blvd together.  Their three boys were about the same age and their girl was the youngest as was ours.  Cleve and I explored what were then the woods of Snell Isle along Rafael Blvd and around the golf course.  We built forts, lined up firecrackers for the cars that ventured down that road, swam in the streets after rain flooded the neighborhood  and pedaled out to Weedons Island in search of snakes and Indian mounds.  My only fight was with Cleve, one we each were pretty sure that we won.  I remember Cleve losing a joint of one of his fingers in his push lawnmower and rushing to the hospital.  Never got a good explanation of how he managed that.  And in high school, playing football, they couldn’t find a helmet to properly fit down over his generously sized head which was pretty funny to us until he got smacked in the forehead, losing track of how many fingers were held up in front of him.

Cleve was, indeed, a kind person with a hearty laugh and an expressive face to match.  When he related a funny story, his eyebrows careened up to his hairline and the more he spoke, the more he tumbled over his words until he just laughed and laughed. 

He spent a lot of time out west in various places and adventures, ending up in Las Vegas for a period of time.  I seem to remember that he was in Montana for a time.  And then he came home to St. Petersburg. 

I know that he had had problems with his health over the years. 

A kind soul.  May he surely rest in peace.

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