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Ron Kessler Ron Kessler from AUSTIN, Texas wrote on September 26, 2019 at 9:38 pm:
Very excited to be at 60th. Vicki and I have been married 52 years. We are blessed with 3 wonderful children each with a marvelous spouse. Oldest daughter Kristin leads a hospitality movement called the Turquoise Table and speaks on the subject of neighboring across the country. Matt is an Anglican priest and bishop and pastors Grace Northridge in San Antonio. Youngest daughter Emily is a fierce advocate for special needs children and for social justice. They’ve given us 9 way above average grandchildren ranging in age from 8-19. Vicki and I stared married life in the Peace Corp after I had finished law school at SMU. We moved back to Dallas where I started my law practice. After an unsuccessful race for the state senate we moved to Austin where I served as partner-in-charge of the Jones Day office. After 35 years practicing law I repurposed my career and for 16 years have served as an executive leadership coach. My days are filled with being a husband, father, grandfather, friend, coach, leader or facilitator of 4 men’s Bible studies. Sadly, I’ve reallly only kept up with Bill Jennings all these years. Although John Neal and I had some great times together before he died. I regret loosing contact with so many of you. Maybe we can do something to amend for that this weekend of our reunion. You and HUTCHINSON helped form me into the man I am.
Wilma "Willy" Succa Wilma "Willy" Succa from Aurora, Colorado wrote on September 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm:
Hi fellow classmates! I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again. I have attended all the reunions and really appreciate all the hard work all of you have done through the years to make these reunions a big success. I moved from Hutchinson to Aurora, CO in March of 1962 and have enjoyed all these years here. I spent 34 years at the Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center working as an education coordinator and medical secretary in the Ob/Gyn Dept. I retired in 1996 and have enjoyed a wonderful life traveling, bowling, golfing & doing volunteer work since then. I have made many trips to Hutchinson through the years visiting my parents, but they are both gone now, so not many trips on "the yellow brick road" anymore.
william jennings william jennings from leawood wrote on September 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm:
Life after HHS has been rich and challenging for a guy who had no idea what he wanted to do after high school – aside from keeping out of sight of the draft board in the 60's. An undergraduate major in economics led improbably to medical school at KU, and after a year of internship at the U. of New Mexico Medical School, Uncle Sam caught up with me and sent me and my bride of 4 months, Alicia, (Kinsley HS class of '63) to the Zuni reservation in western N.M. for 2 years. The Mayo Clinic then molded me for 5 years, and a practice of hematology and medical oncology followed – 12 years in Greeley, Colorado, and since 1988, I have been on the faculty at the Univ. of Missouri/Kansas City School of Medicine. In addition, I had 20 years of part-time practice in Pratt Kansas with the Cancer Center of Kansas. Alicia and I celebrated our 50th anniversary this year and we are still trying to figure it out. 3 children and 4 grand-children have resulted, and all continue to enrich our lives.
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James B. ("Jim") Dean James B. ("Jim") Dean from Denver, CO wrote on August 20, 2019 at 5:46 pm:
What an incredible life it has been. One could hardly be more fortunate. After HHS, life took me to three colleges graduating from K-State and then on to Harvard Law School. From there my first wife and I went to Denver from where (together with a couple of years from Omaha) I practiced law in various legal areas all over the country for nearly 50 years and ended up doing work for cooperative organizations of all kinds. Two children with their spouses and three grandchildren plus a step daughter from my current wife (we have been together 21 years this August 2019) have provided much joy. Throughout the professional career, playing piano at churches and a couple of nursing homes have provided an outlet for a lifelong passion for music. Along with that there have been travels domestic and foreign, photography, carpentry and landscaping, continuing studies with “at home” courses, and since retirement some fairly heavy duty volunteer work at a church, a homeowners association and a very small foundation that provides information on lower limb bracing. With all of that, there have been a number of incredible people met along the way.
Jeanne Gibson-Bruhn Jeanne Gibson-Bruhn from Anchorage, Alaska wrote on August 9, 2019 at 6:56 pm:
Having spent the past 55 years in Alaska, my life has been a fabulous journey.Coming after the ‘64 quake, 5 years after statehood, it was and still is a period of constant growth and exciting change. Despite some personal bumps in the road, life’s opportunities have been magnificent. My midwestern background, at HHS, and activities with my Kansas friends provided a grounded foundation. Though heartbroken to read the list of the fallen, I look forward to reconnecting with my remaining friends. See you Sept.27. Jeanne Gibson -Bruhn
John Pirisky John Pirisky from Colorado Springs wrote on July 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm:
Although only spending a short time in Hutch, I have many fond memories of the town and people I met. I attended 9th grade at Liberty and then Hutchinson High until I joined the Navy during my Jr year. My wife, Sonja Huffman, class of 1958 and I are looking forward to attending the reunion.
LaVeda Bartley LaVeda Bartley from Vancouver, WA wrote on July 23, 2019 at 8:22 am:
Dennis Alexander and I were married in August after graduation from Hutch High in '59. We were divorced after being married 18 years. We had 3 children. We lost our oldest son, Alan at the age of 49, five years ago with Melanoma. We have a daughter who is a nurse and our youngest son is an accountant. Wei also have six grandchildren. Dennis and I both remarried after our divorce. Dennis is still married to the same woman. My second husband died after 8 years of marriage. I was single for 25 years and remarried 4 years ago. My husband is in an assisted living adult home with Multiple System Atrophy. He just recently went on hospice. I have continued to play and teach piano throughout my life. I am still teaching one of my grandsons. Going to my grandson's ballgames, fencing competitions, and school concerts keeps me busy. They are the joy of my life. Enjoy the reunion.
Jerry Wiens Jerry Wiens from San Antonio wrote on July 11, 2019 at 5:49 pm:
My wife, Cynthia, and I are looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with those who attend the 60th! While friends with many in high school, my closest buddies were usually family members. Over the years I have been fortunate to attend several of our HHS class reunions. While in high school, I worked different jobs (Kelly Flour Mill & farms during the summer; small jobs with retailers during school year). After a year at Hutch Juco, then K.U. ('63), I was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and served four years (Atlantic & Wash, D.C.). I chose to remain in the Navy Reserve for another 18 years. Cynthia Martindell (HHS '63) and I were married in '66. We have lived in D.C., Detroit, MI, Cleveland, OH, and now San Antonio, TX (since '77). I obtained a MBA while with the Navy in D.C. Along the way, we were blessed with a daughter. We have two grandchildren; a grandson (20) and a granddaughter (17). My civilian career was in corporate finance with Ford, Eaton, and with a San Antonio investment firm. After investing other people's money until they didn't have any more (you're supposed to smile), I purchased a small outdoor advertising company and developed a distribution business for 'glycan' based nutritional supplements. I continue to operate these entities from our home. I have been an active Rotarian for over 25 years. Best phone: (210-492-0681)
Lewis Ray Lewis Ray from Ellsworth, KS wrote on May 30, 2019 at 8:16 am:
Moved to KS a year ago after 50 years in Houston, TX mailing address 1170 Highway14, Apt 104, Ellsworth KS 67439 Phone 281-415-1880 – Plan to make it to the reunion in Sep. I will be attending alone as my wife, Johnnie, passed away a little over one year ago. Look forward to reconnecting with friends I haven't had any contact with for over 50 years.
Dennis and Karen Dierksen Dennis and Karen Dierksen from Port St Lucie, Florida wrote on April 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm:
Dennis and I both went to Hutch schools from k-graduation. We both went to Hutch JuCo. and then chose different paths. Dennis joined the Marines and served 3 yrs 11 mo and 28 days. He was on a helicopter carrier for 2 +yrs. Meanwhile I got married and had 2 beautiful daughters. When our 4 yrs of duty each ended.(his in honorable discharge and mine in divorce) we both decided to finsh our education. Graduated HJC and WSU (Go shockers. ) he as an accountant and me a teacher rekindled an old friendship and married in 1968. We had another beautiful daughter and he adopted my girls and we became a family. The girls are a flight attendant, a nursing assistant/nanny, and an elementary school teacher. They gave me 1 grandaughter,5grandsons and a 13 yr old great grandaughter. What a bundle of blessings. Last Dec. Our girls had a great party for our 50th Anniversary and we renewed our vows. After retiring from teaching I went to school and became a professional clown. LOVED every minute of it. Even worked on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines for 6 yrs entertaining the younger guests. Its been a ful fabulous life and I'm still enjoying it. Look forward to seeing many of you at the reunion.
Julie Shorb Mckinnis Julie Shorb Mckinnis from Hutchinson, KS wrote on March 9, 2019 at 11:01 am:
After college, taught school for 40+ years. My greatest teaching job was teaching English at HHS. My full time teaching ended with teaching at HHS. What an honor to teach at your high school! I have two sons, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great granddaughters (soon to add two more girls to the four). I live at Highlands with my best long time friend Tony Gaston. He and I own a business in Hutch. We are looking forward to my 60th reunion! To date, never missed one!! Excited to see everyone!!
Johannes Odijk Johannes Odijk from SAN DIEGO wrote on March 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm:
Although I only spend 2 years at HHS I always think back fondly of the two years. As an import from Holland who spoke some English I was welcomed with open arms. Loved to go to the football and basketball games although both sports were new for me. Always sat next to someone to clue me in what was going on on the field. What memories. Had my first girlfriend, sorry no names, she knows who she is. As a big city slicker it was a big change to arrive in Hutch. I joined the US Navy right after graduation, did a lot of traveling while in the service, was stationed a few times overseas with the family. Wish I could come to the reunion but cannot leave the wife alone. I do hope you all have a nice reunion.
Portia Gates McGehee Portia Gates McGehee from Brandon wrote on February 20, 2019 at 9:11 pm:
I'm pleased and impressed with what you have done already to make this event a success. Right now, I believe I will be coming…alone…because I have been a widow for six years now. My only reluctance is that I don't have the shared memories so many do who grew up together…went to school together from grade school on. Thanks to Linda Lyman (don't know her now name,) I was accepted into a special group of girls when I arrived in Hutchinson between my 8th and 9th grades. Most definitely Hutchinson was a wonderful place to be and I cherish the friendships I had until graduation, even though looking back I regret many of my teenage behavior. Mainly and regrettably snobbishness. All that to say, I am proud to be part of the 1959 graduating class of Hutchinson High!
Jerold (Jerry) Regier Jerold (Jerry) Regier from Gilbert Az wrote on February 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm:
I am looking forward to the HHS Class of 1959-60th Reunion on September 27-28, 2019. The HHS 50th reunion, I missed, but was told it was fun and had a great turnout. Hopefully the 6oth will have as good a turnout since this will probably be “our last roundup." It has also been fun for me this time to work with the Reunion Planning Committee (all be it via telephone from Gilbert Arizona) and help with the development of the new Class of 1959-60th Reunion Website ( www.HHS60th.com ). There is something that I need for the website and that is old pictures from high school or from the 50th Reunion. If you have picture/s you would like to share, please email me a copy/s to jerry@jregier.com and I will post them to the website. See you all in September, “be there or be square”.
Jon Davis Jon Davis from Hutchinson wrote on February 8, 2019 at 12:51 pm:
“SAVE THE DATES – September 27 and 28th” The HHS Class of 59’s – 60th Class Reunion Planning Committee has been hard at work planning our upcoming 60th reunion. Our initial communication with classmates about the 60th Reunion for the HHS Class of 59 occurred in January 2019. We sent Emails (to those with current email addresses in our data base). We sent Direct Mail (to those with current addresses but no current email address on file). Our Website and Facebook pages went live in February 2019. Please visit the Website and Facebook sites frequently for new updates. We look forward to seeing everyone at our 60TH CLASS REUNION on SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2019.
Website Admin Website Admin from Santa Rosa Beach FL wrote on January 21, 2019 at 5:40 pm:
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